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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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    M. Calderwood 09-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "awesome read"

    this book was absolutely amazing. It was definitely "a page-turner" and I couldn't put it down!!!
    you feel completely in touch with the journey cover the boys who rowed their way to the Olympics.
    perfect narrator as well

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    Wendy Sparks 09-03-16
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    i loved everything about it...story, writing style, performance..feel good story...


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    I listened to it over 10 days..I like to take my time and re-listen to chapters.


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    629 09-02-16
    629 09-02-16

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    "Best book ever"

    This is a fantastic book...touching ,humbling,eye opening,educational, and so touching hearing about the lives of these incredible men.
    The narration is excellent.

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    Amazon Customer 09-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great historical read!"

    Truly incredible group of boys. The fact that this is a true account makes it so intriguing. Truly the best generation of our lives.
    Long story with lots of details. Great choice of narrators. Highly recommend

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    Dana 09-01-16
    Dana 09-01-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Life changing experience"

    Perfect story, perfectly told. Could make a rower out of you. Inspiring, exquisitely researched book that is completely engaging with every sentence. This was my very best audible book experience ever. I care about each character and did my own further research about every one. The only character I still would like to understand more is Thula, who must have had a very abusive childhood herself or was carrying a full-fledged personality disorder to be who she was. Maybe she saw young Joe Rantz for the obviously utterly competent person he was, whom she couldn't stand showing up her poor sense of herself so she had to get him out of her sight. What a terrible, cruel woman she was, with a husband who was terrified to stand up to her.

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    Bootsie Hayesville, NC, US 08-31-16
    Bootsie Hayesville, NC, US 08-31-16 Member Since 2015
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    "loved the story!"

    I knew nothing of rowing nor the Berlin Olympics so the book was informative as well as entertaining

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    Florencia Pettigrew Washington, DC United States 08-31-16
    Florencia Pettigrew Washington, DC United States 08-31-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story. Masterfully told"

    Not all great books are performed well. This one is an exception. Highly recommended. Great listen.

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    Ultra Andy 08-30-16
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    One of the best I've ever read/listened to! Well written, well orated, I was sad to have it end.

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    KymBerlyn Farrugia 08-29-16
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    "An amazing audio book!"

    I haven't stopped telling people to listen to this book. It is amazing! The story itself is immensely engaging and the voice is like being brought home to grandpa to hear a story unlike you've heard before. I absolutely loved this books.

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    "Wow!"

    What an incredible story, beautifully written by the Daniel James Brown and expertly read by Edward Herrmann. I will definitely re-listen many times.

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