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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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    Mario 05-13-17
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    What a beautiful message and what a wonderful way to convey it. I even listened to it in the gym since it gave me energy.

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    William 05-13-17
    William 05-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I felt like I was part of the team!"

    What an amazing book I felt like I was a member of the boat racing with the team

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    SnowBlind 05-12-17
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    "fantastic!!"

    I am not a sports fan, and I know nothing about rowing apart from what I learned in this book, but this was a fantastic read and narration. I highly recommend it. I have no idea why I picked up this book, but I am so glad that I did.

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    Kimberly Packer 05-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Exceptional"

    The story was inspiring and the narration was brisk and flowed well. Even if you already know the ending of a book, a good author will write in such a way that gets you to doubt what you know to be true in a non-fiction story. Coming up on the end of the book he had me doubting if the team actually did win gold at the Olympics. Exceptional.

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    "Great true story!"

    I truly enjoyed the personal story of the main character. But there was quite a few back and forth with past tense of events which got a little confusing at the beginning but besides that I really enjoyed the book.

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    Tracy Daugherty Woodinville, WA United States 05-09-17
    Tracy Daugherty Woodinville, WA United States 05-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "inspiring bit of local history"

    Took a grew chapters to click with the narrator and found my mind wandering here and there though the story was excellent, especially for a local who happened to cycle past the row house and over the cut during opening day races on Saturday. Though it might have been better to read this one to also avoid mispronunciations of popular localities like Alki (Al-KEYE) said AL-key.

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    Dana D. Raleigh, NC USA 05-07-17
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    "So enjoyable"

    A wonderful story, read at just the right tone and pace. Powerful and inspiring like the rowing it exults!

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    "Where to begin?"

    This is absolutely my favorite book. Enthralling history, sports, teamwork, and life story all wrapped into one epic, heroic tale. just read it and get engulfed in the story.

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    Jonathan R. Brady Center Sandwich, New Hampshire USA 05-06-17
    Jonathan R. Brady Center Sandwich, New Hampshire USA 05-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Well told and well read story"

    Recommended over a year ago, I hesitated to give up my limited listening time to this book. It was well worth it! The telling of the races are gripping, leaving you anxiously waiting for the result - even when the result is known.

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    "An Inspirational Masterpiece"

    It took me a while to get into this book, and a couple times considered letting it go. However several people whose opinions I consider highly had recommended it to me, so pushed onward and boy am I glad I did. Daniel James Brown effortlessly weaves a highly personal story of self-realisation, trust, the meaning of family and home, and, of course, glory, alongside the political landscape of the time. Rarely have I read such a masterpiece. I found myself brought to tears multiple times by the boys' stories - especially that of Joe Rantz - and now that it's over can't believe I ever considered putting it down. The story of the Husky Clipper and the Washington boys is enough to inspire anyone to action. What are you waiting for? No one's going to hand it to you, you've got to go grab whatever it is for yourselves, just like the Washington 8 did in 1936.

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