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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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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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    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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    Nancy Stevenson 05-06-17 Member Since 2017
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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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    Louize Smith 05-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "inspiring, every team should read or listen"

    There are a lot of lessons for anyone who is part of a team. Whether that team is small (a married couple) or large (a football team.) is more than that though it's about overcoming personal struggles, forgiving, and learning to trust.

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    Jeremy Bennett 05-05-17 Member Since 2015
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    "This goes in my top 3 of all time."

    I am ashamed I waited this long to get this book. I'll probably listen at least 2 or 3 more times and maybe even travel to Washington just to see where it all happened.

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    amy 05-04-17
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    "if you like crew, UW, history or Washington"

    you'll love it. near to my heart as we have rowers and UW in our family. narrator's pronunciation of towns wasn't correct, but was endearing.

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    "Very David McCullough-ish!!!"

    I am a huge David McCullough fan. This was written in the same style that I love where it brings you, the reader, into the lives and time of the people about whom he is writing.

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    "So great"

    My entire family enjoyed this book. The narrator is a pleasure to listen to and the story is well-researched and an exciting adventure and insightful. I appreciate the American culture of the great depression.

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    great story, well told. hope every American can read it or hear it. how we all appreciate to greatness

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    Dan 05-03-17
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    "Mind in the boat"

    Thus is a lovely and complex story of crew rowing, of the greatest boar builder of all time, of overcoming hardship and of the unity of muscle and soul that. creates a great team. I love this book It is a fine portrait of Washington State

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    Amazing and patriotic story. Well written and very entertaining. I would highly recommend it to anyone. Made me want to go buy a row boat.

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