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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    candy maker 02-28-17
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    "An incredible story rich with history and perseverance"

    This is an incredible story of a journey of nine boys who face, and triumph over more challenges than any generation of boys to follow them. This is a must read for any young boy, man, or athlete.

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    "UNBELIEVABLE"

    Very heart touching. This author relates this story in such a way that, even though you know what the ending will be to some point, it keeps you on the edge of your seat! And captures in words the feelings and motives that drive us to part of something better then ourselves.

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    "I loved it even more the second time."

    This is one of my favorite books if not my favorite. the story is perfect. I find myself with my headphones in cheering out loud in public one moment and wiping my eyes the next. what a great tribute to those young men and all those belonging to "the greatest generation" Edward Herrmann is the best narrator and I have enjoyed every book he reads. thank you for making this book a great experience.

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    David 02-24-17
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    "Very Inspiring!"

    The story is incredible. Narrator is good, but not familiar with pronunciation of Washington locations.

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    dull with good ending. its about rowing boats... not a very fascinating sport. the hostorical detail is interesting.

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    "just such an incredible story and told so well"

    I found myself slamming the steering wheel cheering with each riveting description of the races the boys won and cursing when they didn't. Tears trickled down my cheeks at the hardships Joe and the others faced. I want to travel to Washington to see the Husky Clipper for myself. What a wonderful story.

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    Cannot overstate how much I enjoyed this book, and I will insist my children read or listen to it too.

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    What made the experience of listening to The Boys in the Boat the most enjoyable?

    The book had a cadence, I felt like I was with the crew at times.


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    The in sites and inclusion of George Yeoman Pocock.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I choked up a couple of times towards the end.


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    I could not put it down. Well written. I'm so glad this story was recorded and shared with a national audience.

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    "Great true story"

    This is a fantastic and inspirational story. The reading and the storytelling are excellent. Both improve as the book progresses. For me, this was a little hard to get into - I started and stopped a few times with the print version, but the reader did a good job of helping me stick with it until I got into it - by the last quarter of the book, I was enthralled.

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    "Power of Perseverance"

    This book is a story the shows the power behind human will. Edward Hermann's narration was well delivered and made the book a must listen.

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