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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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    A fascinating combination of an exciting sports commentary, an insight into a formative time in history, and the ultimate underdog story. Highly recommended.

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    Touching. A well written account of being able to succeed against all odds. Highly recommend

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    This WSU cougar will bow down to Washington. An amazing story of incredible men read brilliantly.

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    "Blown Away"

    Before the 1980 US hockey team miracle on ice, there was the 1936 Washington University crew. If there is a better sports book out there, I have not heard of it. This is a fantastic life story, with terrific detail of rowing, a true sense of the depth of depression era struggles, and collective triumph. Brilliant.

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    Nathan Kuykendall 04-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent "

    I thoroughly enjoyed the book and narration. As a collegiate rower, Brown nailed the essence of rowing in a poetic fashion.

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    "Inspirational History"

    I felt like I was in the boat with them. I could see their exhaustion and the water dripping off the oars, hear the crowds, and feel the "swing." A good story, a slice of history, and inspiration.

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    "WOW!!!!"

    Never has a bok captured me so completely and inspired me in countless ways! As soon as I finished it the first time I listened to it again. Absolutely one of the best books I have read in my life!

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    "Spellbound!"
    What did you love best about The Boys in the Boat?

    Rarely do I read a book that has me so drawn into it that tears flow freely in the final chapters. Such was the case as I listened to the final chapter and epilogue in the Audiobook version of this fantastic story of nine young men, their coaches and families.


    What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

    Edward Hermann is a master at reading books. He truly brought the book alive for me.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Tears were streaming down my face during the last chapter and through the epilogue. Beautiful. Heart-wrenching.


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    A story of inner strength and courage gained along the journey to love and trust.

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    "It's the boys who make the boat"
    What made the experience of listening to The Boys in the Boat the most enjoyable?

    This book grabbed you slowly, but gave a face to rowers in a fiercely competitive 'east coast' sport. What makes this story unique is the coaches and rowers from the west coast who defied odds repeatedly to win a spot on a US Olympic Team,


    What does Edward Herrmann bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Edward Herrmann's voice and pace set a tone throughout the book and the listener gets caught up in the 'story' of the main athlete.


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

    Every race is important to the Boys in the Boat but the Olympic Finals, during which the boys overcome serious challenges, are a real thrill and brilliantly described.


    Any additional comments?

    The book gives the listener details of where all the Olympic Eight Crew came from and ended up and this allows the reader to see them as people first and athletes second. This is essentiel to the success of the book. Otherwise, it becomes just a series of races. Also, the listener gets a great deal of information about boat design and coaching strategy through the story of the individual coaches and the family of boat builders that moves to America from Great Britain.

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