• Summary & Analysis: The Boys in the Boat

  • Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
  • By: Book Junkie
  • Narrated by: Todd Eflin
  • Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 01-26-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: S&S Publishing
  • 5 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)

Regular price: $6.95

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Publisher's Summary

You need to listen to this book if you want to dive deeper into the world of Daniel James Brown. This is a summary and analysis and not the original book.

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics is written by best-selling author Daniel James Brown, the author of two riveting historical novels The Indifferent Stars Above and Under a Flaming Sky.

The Boys in the Boat is a gripping story about American Olympic glory in Nazi Germany from unlikely heroes: sons of farmers, loggers, and shipyard workers, specifically Joe Rantz, a young man abandoned by his family at the age of 15.

The story is built from interviews with Joe and his family in addition to excerpts from journals from the young men who made history in the Olympics, primarily known for Jesse Owens victory in Berlin.

Inside, you'll find:

  • Information about the author
  • Chapter summaries
  • Background information
  • Characterization
  • Focus points and themes
  • Writing style and structure
  • Images, metaphors, and symbols
  • Quotes for discussion

Disclaimer: This text serves as a companion and guide to the best-seller The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. It will help to broaden the listener's understanding of the book and highlight insights that might otherwise be overlooked. As this is a companion volume, you'll want to have a copy of the actual book on hand before listening to this.

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NICE BOOK TO HAVE

Of course to be the real deal an audiobook needs a good narrator and for this book, author precisely the right tone and hits all the right notes.

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Just loved it

The book is based on historical research well done. But the author does much more with the story than that. He is a writer with knowledge of presenting setting, character, and plotting skill. He brings history to life with empathy and insight.

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highly suggested

The story is told primarily through Joe, whose self-determination enabled him to overcome abandonment by his family at a young age. We learn less of the other boys in the boat, most of them had also known hardship. A constellation of colorful characters surround the boys - coaches, a boat builder, sports writers, and civic supporters from Seattle plus the whole State of Washington.

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love it

Fantastic book about a fascinating topic. Not only it is a look into what people were going through during the Depression, it shows the different way that training was viewed back in that day.

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Great book

Great history of a sport, the north-west, human self-doubt, and a group of unlikely, courageous heroes.

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Best book

I like the flow of the story. It is great to finish the story in a snap. This will really touch the heart of the readers. If you want to have an inspiration when you're down, then you can definitely have this book handy. This will give you an entire different meaning of life. This will even change your faith and way of living. This is ideal for people who are losing their path.

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highly suggested

This is a wonderful book about perseverance and dedication to a team. Wonderfully written once you get into the first couple chapters. Learning the training involved in competitive rowing. It is also a very interesting way to learn about the rise of Hitler in this time period. Highly recommend!

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best chapters.....

I was moved from the first page and has kept me glued ..
Love, life, truth, suffering ... all this you will find in these pages.
Young men in Hitler's time.
You must not lose it.

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Very useful book

The sport of rowing has sadly devolved into being viewed as a very elitist activity. But from the late 1800s well into the later part of the last century, crew was a wildly popular sport, akin to baseball today.

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highly suggested

This book showcases one of the most demanding sports there is, and how these boys used that sport to quietly put Hitler in his place.