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The Boys in the Boat Audiobook
The Boys in the Boat
Written by: 
Daniel James Brown
Narrated by: 
Edward Herrmann
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The Boys in the Boat Audiobook

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

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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.

©2013 Daniel James Brown (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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    "great story"

    the book was both thrilling and inspirational. it was well written and narrated. I was on the edge of my seat during the descriptions of the races.

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    N. Krasnoff Austin, TX 05-06-16
    N. Krasnoff Austin, TX 05-06-16 Member Since 2013

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    Very enjoyable and beautiful. I wish I took up rowing in my youth. a a a

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    No Batteries Required 05-05-16
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    "You're in the Boat with the Boys"

    The spirit of American grit and determination at its best. This is a part of American history we don't know about and must be part of the larger jigsaw that was life during this period.

    Edward Hermann made you feel the blood sweat and tears of each accomplishment and you felt like you were in the boat with the boys.

    You won't be disappointed.

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    LindaJ0508 Harleysville, USA 05-04-16
    LindaJ0508 Harleysville, USA 05-04-16

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    "Mind on the Boat"

    Loved it, kept me engaged and was a great balance of the stories of all of the boys

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    M. Hartman 05-04-16
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    Editorial in character. This story was one documented fact after another. Interesting to a point, but difficult to bind with the lead character. Then again, I'm not a fan of non fiction..

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    Even though you know how the story ends, it I still a gripping read getting there. Inspiring indeed.

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    "Incredible story, with an incredible narrator"

    I loved this story of strength and determination amidst adversity. The narration by Edward Herrman was fantastic! Perfect!

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    Ryan Holcombe 05-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Spectacular!"

    What an amazing story! As I listened to the narration I felt as if I was right with the boys in the boat. It is a must read for all.

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    karen texas usa 05-03-16
    karen texas usa 05-03-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Truly a 5 star read"

    One of the best I've ever "read". A real "I couldn't put it down",
    especially part two. I often listen to books to help me fall asleep with its soft riveting sound. I cannot think of anything but the book and my mind finally relaxes even with mysteries. They will be there tomorrow It didn't work.with this book. I couldn't wait for the next word. A true story of amazing "boys in a boat."

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    Richard Watts 05-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    inspiring and very well written and performed. I was captivated by the story of The Boys in the Boat.

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