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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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    bbigelow 03-26-17
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    "Wonderful!"

    What a nice way to come out of the winter months here in Vermont. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the characters in this book. Their strength, grit and wisdom were all inspiring. A truly wonderful book and Mr. Herrmann's reading was perfection! Thank you.

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    VAI NY, NY 03-26-17
    VAI NY, NY 03-26-17 Member Since 2016

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    A classic and at once extraordinary tale of American grit and greatness. The reader is fabulous.

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    Joseph 03-24-17
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    "Amazing"

    I loved this book. Emotional and inspiring. For me growing up in Washington state most of the places mentioned in the book I knew where they were. I highly recommend this book.

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    "An excellent story!"


    The book was very well written and performed. I found it very enjoyable and have already recommend it to several friends.

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    Dean 03-16-17
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    "Inspirational"

    Enjoyed it very much. A true story about overcoming hardship, teamwork, and pursuing a dream.

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    James W. Larsen, Jr. 03-15-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Fantastic story. Very good (but imperfect) voice performance."

    This book captured my full passion and attention. I'm from A suburb of Seattle and went to the University of Washington so hearing the names of familiar people, businesses, places, and events made this story particularly poignant. The characters are fleshed out in a way that makes you feel like you know them and their motivations. The voice performance was very well done, but I was occasionally jerked out of my entranced state by the mispronunciation of Pacific Northwest locations and names. Granted, these names are difficult to pronounce just based on spelling (many of them draw from the local Native American languages) and the mispronunciation doesn't detract from the incredible story, but it can be distracting for those who know the correct way to say them. Overall, an excellent audiobook.

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    Bill 03-15-17
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    "Great story"

    This author is overly sentimental. The narrator makes it worse with his lilting voice and over dramatic reading. Too many of the details are mannered and seem to be made up or at least manipulated and suggested by the author. He has the story and the essence exactly right but the telling is very bothersome.

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    beth email bgreek00@yahoo.com 03-15-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Edward Herrmann makes this"

    Narrator Edward Herrmann makes a wonderful story even more special. A good story of teamwork and trust.

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    Amazon Customer 03-14-17 Member Since 2016

    Love a good story where characters are interesting and I can learn about unfamiliar cultures. Love to learn.

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    What made the experience of listening to The Boys in the Boat the most enjoyable?

    I simply enjoyed reading about these boys in the 1930's and how their lives came together in this story


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

    The race at the 1936 olympics and everything that lead up to it


    Have you listened to any of Edward Herrmann’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He is just easy to listen to, I would buy another book he narrated


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

    It made me cry a few times and was thought provoking. I don't recall laughing, maybe once


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    I would like to find another book that i like as much as this one. I really enjoyed it

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    "Inspiring Story"

    Such a tale of triumph. Masterful interweaving of Joe Rantz life story, history of the times and wonderful quotes and tales of George Pocock. The Nazi information so hard to hear but a reminder of the times in the '30s. Worth every minute of listening.

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