The #1 New York Times–bestselling story about American Olympic triumph in Nazi Germany, the inspiration for the PBS documentary The Boys of '36, broadcast to coincide with the 2016 Summer Olympics and the 80th anniversary of the boys' gold medal race.
Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.
The emotional heart of the story lies with one rower, Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not for glory, but to regain his shattered self-regard and to find a place he can call home. The crew is assembled by an enigmatic coach and mentored by a visionary, eccentric British boat builder, but it is their trust in each other that makes them a victorious team. They remind the country of what can be done when everyone quite literally pulls together - a perfect melding of commitment, determination, and optimism.
Drawing on the boys' own diaries and journals, their photos and memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, The Boys in the Boat is an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times - the improbable, intimate story of nine working-class boys from the American west who, in the depths of the Great Depression, showed the world what true grit really meant. It will appeal to readers of Erik Larson, Timothy Egan, James Bradley, and David Halberstam's The Amateurs.
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The races sucked you in and kept you listening.
He tells the story so masterfully!
No way. It's good but not a book you have to keep listening to.
I was surprised how much I enjoyed listening to the portions of the book surrounding the races. Masterfully written, the races made this book. The rest of the book is okay and interesting, but not worthy of 5 stars.
An incredible story enhanced by the writing of Daniel Brown and the narration of Edward Hermann. I listen to a great deal of audiobooks but this one is most definitely at the very top of my list. It was as if I was in the boat with them--stroke by stroke--as they conquered their inner demons, the other boats and the elements. An inspiration I shall never forget.
Narration is silky and the story is excellent. Couldnt recommended enough. Absolutely wholesome story of perseveance and hard work.
Gripping from the Prologue through the Epilogue. I loved this story. It is informative, inspiring, and motivational. The historical element alone should make this required reading in jr high schools and/or high schools throughout the US
It took us a long time to finish this, but it was one of the most worthwhile listens in my long history e audible. encompassed everything character development to history to an appreciation of a sport you haven't done and might never do. Great story well told!
A wonderfully written and narrated story that I can't wait to start again! Right up there with Seabiscuit, U, and the Jesse Owens story, and oddly intertwined with all three. There's just something about that generation!
I had put off reading (listening) to this book for quite awhile. When I finally began it, I became completely immersed and didn't want it to end. I bonded with the boys in the boat during my long rural commute each day, and all too often I'd find myself at work easy too soon, or sitting in the driveway at home, still listening. The story is wonderful and the narration is top notch.
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