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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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    Amazon Customer New Bern, NC 09-12-16
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    "One of my favorite books"

    This is a superlative account of rowing and the spirit it takes to do it well. The story of the US olympic team of 1936 is inspring and delightful as well as an excellent backdrop of the events of the time from the tragedy of the dust bowl to the disastrous rise of Nazi Germany. Everyone should read this book.

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    Seward 09-11-16
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    A great story that is well told but sanitized for general consumption. Was clearly written to be a movie.

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    A. Simons Houston TX 09-10-16
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    "Wonderful story, beautifully narrated"

    This is a heroic tale and incredibly exciting and moving. Edward Herrman is the perfect person to tell it. I'm from Seattle and never knew this story, so it's a great revelation.

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    Carla 09-10-16
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    "Engrossing well-narrated story!"
    What did you love best about The Boys in the Boat?

    The a very well-written account of the 1936 Olympics 8-man coxed rowing team is thoroughly enjoying. I especially enjoyed the back ground on the individual boys and the difficulties they endured personally, in addition to the determination they displayed in supporting one another and becoming Olympic athletes. An awe-inspiring story worth reading/listening to again and again.


    What other book might you compare The Boys in the Boat to and why?

    Unbroken is similar with regards to the unyielding determination by the main characters of both books exhibit.


    Which character – as performed by Edward Herrmann – was your favorite?

    Joe Rantz and coxain Bobby Moch.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES, I nearly did!


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book/audio book to anyone who enjoys accounts of the resilience of the human spirit.

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    "One of the finest books!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I put off listening to this as I couldn't believe it would be that interesting. I WAS SO WRONG. This turned out to be one of my favorite books...and of course, with Edward Herrmann narrating it was even better. Well-written. Keeps you interested! Great way to learn about rowing....I had no idea. Wonderful book.


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    Rob Round Rock, TX USA 09-10-16
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    "One of the all time best books I have ever read"

    Daniel Brown is an artful writer and words things beautifully. The story of Joe and the boys is inspiring, touching, thrilling and leaves one feeling whole. This book will inspire you to be and do better in life. It is worth a second read.

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    Patricia Ferrer Delray Beach, Florida USA 09-10-16
    Patricia Ferrer Delray Beach, Florida USA 09-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "collective human power"

    Well told story of suffering, hardship, endurance and finding strength from your teammates and fellow man. The UW Huskies and Seattle history that all living in the PNW should know.

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    Vongphet Douangphrachanh Lynnwood, WA, United States 09-09-16
    Vongphet Douangphrachanh Lynnwood, WA, United States 09-09-16 Member Since 2014

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    Reads like a movie with a sports commentator and poetic undertone throughout the whole book. You'll want to read it again to get your heart pumping, because it stays with you.

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    This book has a surprising reach beyond the subject of rowing without being overly didactic.

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    Joan H. Wade Ripon, WI 09-07-16
    Joan H. Wade Ripon, WI 09-07-16 Member Since 2015

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    This book is well worth reading and/or listening to. Historical context is fascinating. Characters are well defined. Excellent writing. I could easily see where events were taking place in my minds eye! Well done!

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