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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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    This is a story that demonstrates both the power of individuality and the strength found in connection between good people. It also demonstrates how good people, regular people can do the extraordinary.

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    "The Boys in the Boat"

    Well written. A page turner. About working hard. About the pleasure, love, trust, life long camaraderie of a close knit, and well oiled team working together. Also, a little historic reminder about Nazi Germany just before World War II. Well done.

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    What did you love best about The Boys in the Boat?

    The determination and development of the team coming together for the ultimate goal.


    What does Edward Herrmann bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Another great narration by Edward Hermann who has the knack of bringing a book to life!


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    "Teach all our children to be like these boys"

    The boys in this book exemplify hard work, what it takes to overcome personal difficulties and find success. The greatest generation leaves a lot to aspire to. The qualities they engendered are unfortunately disappearing among our youth and nation in our impatient, entitled, give it to me now society. This book definitely was inspiring and a joy to listen to.

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    This book is truly a masterpiece that will appeal to all ages. Having just finished it, I'm going to listen again. Never has an audiobook gripped me like this. I was moved to tears on more than one occasion. This was an incredibly gifted and special group of men. Well written, perfectly narrated. Loved it.

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    This is one of the best books I've ever read . I started crying halfway through it. I might read it all over again!!

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    This is an inspirational insightful story. It is a bit like a documentary but it is so interesting that is fine. It's a story worth knowing and much easier as an audio book than a paper book. It's not all riveting but some portions of the story are! Very good account of the characters, background and epilogue.

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    What a story! What a book! What a performance! Can't say enough! You will not be disappointed. Probably the best book I've listened to. Enjoy! Wish I could listen to it for the first time again.

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