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
It's amazing how a 30 minute story stretched out to 14 hours can hold my attention. My 14 year old grandson turned it on as soon as we were in the car. What a great way to get Hungary for history. Even when you know the end. I love character development. Highly recommend if you know nothing about racing shells. I surely didn't. Footballs nothing compared to rowing. Great listen. Give me more.
No, I kept waiting for it to get good or inspirational but I never happened. It was a dud.
The narrator is excellent and a big reason I chose to read this title following "Unbroken".
No, just to be more cautious about books that have great ratings.
Here is the deal...the sample you get to listen to is the absolute best part of this book. Nothing else contained within even comes close to the inspiration of those few lines. I was hoping it would shatter my preconceived notions of rowing being boring but left me with fully conceived notions that rowing is truly unappealing to most people. It is about as interesting as a book on rowing can be, which is very little. And you already know how it ends. It's a return for me.
Not only a great book and a fantastic story about good decent men, but I am grateful that the author went after and accurately depicted leni riefenstahl for being a part of the Nazi machinery that, somehow, she was able to distance herself from later in life. It is particularly galling that she was honored by the academy awards in 2004.
Although there is a lot of backstory the first half of the book, the second half whizzes by in suspenseful and inspirational speed! Loved the narration as well.
I felt like something in my perspective on life changed with the end of the book. Inspiring as to human natures noble possibilities. Refreshing amidst so much of the negative aspects we hear daily on the news and TV.
The family story about the the main character Joe
Highly enjoyable and filled with depth and poignancy and historical relevance
author, women's aviation
Highly recommend this book. A great American story of uncommon effort on the part of ordinary young men who, collectively, achieve great team victories and personal satisfaction of a job well done.
Books are a survival tool in a sometimes insane world.
I might try another book from this author, but this story just didnt keep my attention.
I didnt find myself looking forward to picking up where I'd left off
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