For readers of Laura Hillenbrand's Seabiscuit and Unbroken, the dramatic story of the American rowing team that stunned the world at Hitler's 1936 Berlin Olympics.
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.
©2013 Daniel James Brown (P)2013 Penguin Audio
I would not recommend the audio version of this book. This is a wonderful story. Edward Hermann is a very good reader, but he didn't bother to learn the correct pronunciation of almost every Washington State place name. This spoiled the listening experience for me.
Even with the reader's problems, the story was a difficult one to put aside.
I often get the talking books of stories set in other parts of the world because I want to know how the foreign names and other unfamiliar words are pronounced. This experience makes me wonder if I can trust the readers and/or the producers to get it right.
I have been reading since before I started school. I am not sitting in front of a book someone is reading it to me!
I so enjoyed this book. The story the scene and then triumph over adversity, sometimes raises the hair on your neck and at others brings tears to your eyes. I rank this among my top 100 books of all time. I am going to be reading this over and over and over again.
The narration is exemplary. Get this book and keep reading till you can't read anymore. You will love this book.
This book could be about playing anything and it would still be just as good. The authors's narrative's are awesome.
If you like Unbroken or Seabiscuit you will love this book just as much or more. In fact they are all related and referenced.
Yes - it was suspenseful and fascinating.
I almost cried when Joe found his way back into the varsity boat and his team members welcomed him back. Beautiful scene.
What a story.
Although I am a recreational rower, I had never heard of this team, and their role in the 1936 Olympics. Myself and my 20 yo son listened to this on a long car trip and didn't want to get out of the car. Fabulously written. It reminded me of both Seabiscuit and Unbreakable in the quality of the writing. Highly recommend it.
One the very best audiobooks I have ever listened to. An absolutely amazing and compelling story. I cannot recommend this highly enough.
This is easily the best audio book I have heard in a quite a while. Edward Herrmann is sensational, the story is breath taking, and I couldn't stop listening. Best story I have read since Unbroken.
I never thought I would be interested in a boat race. But I thought the fact that it was in that horrendous Nazi Olympics might be riveting. It was, but not in the way I thought. As the title suggests, it was the boys in the boat that were mesmerizing.
I was a bit disappointed that there was not much on the German side of the story.
Still, I came away with a huge amount of respect for the boys in "our" boat.
I did not learn to read until I was in my twenties. Have not stopped since. The two most important things to learn are reading & chess.
This book tells a true story about an unlikely group that came from behind with all odds against them only to pull off one of the greatest feats in the history of the US Olympics.
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