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
I never thought I would be interested in a boat race. But I thought the fact that it was in that horrendous Nazi Olympics might be riveting. It was, but not in the way I thought. As the title suggests, it was the boys in the boat that were mesmerizing.
I was a bit disappointed that there was not much on the German side of the story.
Still, I came away with a huge amount of respect for the boys in "our" boat.
I did not learn to read until I was in my twenties. Have not stopped since. The two most important things to learn are reading & chess.
This book tells a true story about an unlikely group that came from behind with all odds against them only to pull off one of the greatest feats in the history of the US Olympics.
The narrator mispronounces so many local place names--Alki, Skagit, Suzzallo, Ephrata, Chehalis, even Oregon! This Northwest native found it grating, not to mention sloppy for a book so likely to be read by UW alumni and WA natives alike. If you can get past it, it's a good read otherwise.
the human spirit.
the relationships between the Boys in the Boat.
all were outstanding. overcoming adversity to become the best they could be.
They started as Boys in the Boat and became Men representing their Country and the goodness of the human spirit.
one of the top books I have ever read, and I read tons !!!
I would highly recommend this book to anyone. The rich details and flow of the texts is incredible.
One of the best books I have ever read (heard). It captures the essence of competing at the highest level in a beautiful and extraordinarily well written style. I highly recommend it!
He helps bring the characters to life. He also does a wonderful job of conveying the powerful emotions that run throughout the book.
The final race.
Mr. Herrmann's voice lends a level credibility to everything he reads. His tone is perfect and it seems like he has a real understanding of what the author really meant. The only annoying thing was his mispronunciations of the various local points mentioned in the book. If you have never been to Seattle you probably won't notice them. The story is so compelling that I found myself wishing that my children would have the fortune of actually experiencing something as powerful as those young men did. I do not want to spoil the book but there was a part of the "big race" that seemed to be a bit unbelievable simply due to the fact that the rest of the story had the real sense of authenticity. 98% of the events came across to me as something that only hard work and dedication could make happen. A real sense of teamwork. 2% seemed a bit contrived. I will say that I enjoyed the reading and I listened to the story every opportunity I had.
I don't want to rank the audiobooks that I've read as I enjoy so many of them. However, I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book.
I loved how the author integrated historical events that were going on at the same time as the events that the crew were encountering. It helped paint a very colorful picture of this interesting period in world history.
Mr. Hermann has a very easy to listen to voice. I thoroughly enjoyed his performance.
It was a bit too long for that.
I highly recommend this audio book.
Compelling read for all. I'm a rower and was immediately drawn to the book. But the history will be of interest to anyone.
The start of the final race for the gold in the 1936 Olympics. The Germans did everything they could to handicap the American boat including announcing the start so the Americans couldn't hear it. They didn't know the race started until they saw the other boats moving. They won. That's not giving away the ending. The gold for the men's 8 in the olympics of 1936 is a matter of history. How they got there is of great interest to everyone, even non-rowers.
Kept the interest and suspense. This was a real performance.
Winning olympic gold against all odds.
Don't miss this one.
Great storytelling and a story worth telling. Hermann does a great job.
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