A beloved story about the Greatest Generation freshly adapted for the next generation
Berlin, 1936. The Olympic finals of the eight-oared rowing race. Germany, Italy, USA. The American boat touches the finish line first, beating all odds and sending Hitler away in a silent rage. In the midst of the Great Depression, the nine rowers showed the world what true grit really meant. They were western, working-class boys who never expected to beat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did. At the center of the tale is Joe Rantz, whose personal struggle - and ultimate triumph - captures the spirit of his generation, the one that would prove in the coming years that the Nazis could not prevail over American determination and optimism.
This deeply emotional yet easily accessible middle-grade adaptation of the New York Times best-selling The Boys in the Boat shows listners how we can find hope in the most desperate of times.
©2015 Daniel James Brown (P)2015 Listening Library
This is a true story. I purchased it looking forward to an inspiring read. It seems to me however that there was a conscious effort not to allude to any divine intervention, such as praying for or receiving assistance from God in achieving some of those impossible task that the crew members were confronted with. At the end one of the crew member's girlfriend clung to a four leaf clover as the nail biting final lap commenced. I would have enjoyed it much more if the author was not tip toeing around the elephant in the room.
The Boys in the Boat was required reading for all high school students in our district. For most people, this book is far too detailed and not very interesting for the first half or so. Once the crew team goes to the Olympics, the description of their races and Nazi Germany becomes more interesting. Overall however, I would not recommend this book unless this is a subject that is of particular interest to you.
When the road trip was over, we still had an hour to the end of the book...we drove around an hour longer to finish! ;) So well written and read.
My heart raced as the races would happen as if I was there in attendance. My 12 year old felt the same way.
What a rich story, so well written. This story of the Washington university rowing team was packed with history and great heart tugging background on these tough young men. I recently watched PBS program on the story. Felt I was there in a way, but also made me appreciate how far we have come in the chaotic world we live in. Puts things in perspective ! Thank you Mr. Brown.
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