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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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    it will give you chills like an epic sporting event. It was a great book and well-written

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    Humble origins and lack of many of the supports we often take for granted, did not prevent "the boys" from achieving greatness of spirit, of manhood, of maturity. This book tells a powerful story of how anyone might achieve greatness: self regulation, dignity, intellectual and physical challenge. A terrific read--hard to put down, and the Audible narration is perfect. I recommend it to any thinking person who wants to experience elation--it is a must read/listen for anyone with ties to the Pacific Northwest!

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    I love the book and the narrator is wonderful. a definite read for anyone! enjoy

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    Fantastic reading of the Boys in the Boat. I had to go to the doctor after finishing it as my eyes were leaking. Great story about a generation of Americans that truly worked for respect and success.

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    In tears by the end and not wanting it to end! Such a moving story of perseverance and brotherhood!! Loved it!!

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    It reminds me of the style of 'unbroken'. So well written and well intertwined with wll. Would recommend to any history buff or person who loves an inspiring all American story.

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    Transporting! This offers a deep understanding of the events and people involved. Absolutely breathtaking storytelling!

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    The story was incredible and the narrator was perfect. I was entranced and did not want it to end.

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    I love true stories. Great story about a bunch of poor college kids from Washington who surprised the country and the world. Joe's tough childhood makes me look at my sons and realize how lucky they are. Tough times build tough people.

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    I loved it! The back stories, the history, and the people. My only, I mean only, criticism is that the historical details were at times more than what I wanted. But that being said I loved the book and narration!,

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