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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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    Jeri K Swatosh 09-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "An exceptional story, beautifully told"

    I loved reading this book the first time, and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it a second time. It is excellent in every way.

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    Amazon Customer 09-29-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Love Boys in the Boat"

    This is an excellent book. Fall in love with rowing and the characters involved. Tons of interesting history. Well written and well read.

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    Steel Breeze 09-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Everybody loves this book and so did I - Sorry"

    This is a fantastic story. Young men from average backgrounds, underdogs across the board, full of the same human strengths and weaknesses we all share in varying degrees. To say that a good team is more than merely the sum of a collection of great athletes is nothing new. But this book illustrates the concept in a way that sent my mind racing. Yes, we would all love to be on that team.

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    "Great book"

    The narrator was great and it was a very inspiring book. loved the history of all the the young boys and the war. I learned a lot and had fun doing so great book.

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    Kenny 09-27-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Wow!!!"

    It’s a must listen to book. The story will astound and inspire you. Also, the narrator, Edward Herriman, is masterful with the text.

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    Michael Kuklinski 09-26-17 Member Since 2017
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    "An Amazing Story, A True Classic"

    This may be one of the best books about rowing I have ever encountered. Woven into the tremendous and thrilling rowing exploits of the Washington Crew is an immensely touching and human story of the individual oarsmen and their coxswain.

    A couple decades ago, I was a walk-on oarsman in a college program, just like the young men described in this books (just minus the talent that these amazing men had). The author is able to truly capture what it feels like to be a collegiate oarsman. The early mornings, the endless hours spent cold, wet, sweaty, and just downright in pain for months on end, all to be ready for a race that last minutes. The author's descriptions of being in a boat during a race is flawless. Mr. Brown perfectly captures the strategy, technique, and all-out effort that crews face within a race. If you have never been in a rowing shell, take my word for it, this book will describe so many little details perfectly. The quotes from George Pocock that begin each chapter are dead on perfect insights into the philosophy that guides rowers (and rowing coaches) even to this day.

    I found myself tearing up at the end, as the story concluded. The deep respect and bonding that these men had is wonderful to read about. It is a bond that many rowers have with their boat mates and one I have experienced first hand. Mr. Brown's writing of this difficult to describe bond is masterful.

    As for the audio, Edward Herrmann's narration sounds simply divine. After reading some of the other reviews that didn't take kindly to mispronunciation of some of the place names in the Northwest, I am a little glad that I am from the Midwest and have only been to Washington state once. I have no idea what those place names should sound like, so it didn't cloud the narration at all for me. I can see how some Washington native may be miffed, but if you are like me, you won't notice a bit!

    All in all, this is a tremendous audio book that I cant give a higher recommendation for. Get it now and enjoy it over and over again!

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    making my great escape 09-25-17 Member Since 2012
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    "One of the best books you will ever read."

    From the beginning till the end this book had my husband and myself captivated leaving us feeling thrilled. This book is so well researched, but doesn't loose its buoyancy with overwhelming amounts of facts as many books. You don't need to know anything about rowing to know this book is a winner.

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    C. 09-24-17 Member Since 2017
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    What made the experience of listening to The Boys in the Boat the most enjoyable?

    Edward Herrmann made this story come alive. He took Brown's poetically crafted historical adventure and made it so enjoyable to listen to, giving life to the characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Boys in the Boat?

    The boys winning at Berlin, because the language used was borderline poetic, yet fast paced and alive.


    What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

    Everything. Every single thing.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Joe's father told him he wasn't coming with them, and how much that impacted Joe's life from that point on.


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    Thomas 09-23-17
    Thomas 09-23-17 Member Since 2006
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    "A Must read/listen"

    Anyone who rows should experience this book.
    Anyone who likes a good, uplifting story should experience this book.
    Anyone who cares about treating all people with respect should experience this book.
    Riveting and sublime.

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    dennis s mercer 09-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Pure Excellence"

    Absolutely loved the story. By the time you're through with the book you love the boys in the boat as well. Highly recommended.

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