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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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    Maggie S. 03-10-17
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    "Fantastic!"

    Everything that makes a memorable book! Triumph of the human spirit! Loved everything about it!

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    Louise 03-09-17
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    "Absolutely gripping"

    This was my first audiobook, and I am blown away. I didn't know a thing about rowing before I began listening, and you don't even need to be interested in sport. It is very much a classic tale about the triumph of the human spirit. Brown sketches the characters and tells the story vividly. It was a pleasure to listen to the late Edward Hermann's narration. I recommend it without hesitation.

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    "Great story."

    An unlikely subject to be so riveting. An incredible and inspirational story. Historical nonfiction that captivated me, so much in fact, I want to buy a boat now.

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    "Triumphant!"

    I love stories from this era of American history and this book captures the struggles of that time and the triumph of America in spite of seemingly insurmountable odds. Inspiring to say the least.

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    "A Profound Experience"

    I have been neither a military buff nor much of an historian, but, as I , myself, become more historic, the stories of history become more relevant! This is not "just history", but a masterfully woven historically meticulous and heart-rending saga of how a generation tried by the depression developed not only bodily strength but strength of character which was needed to do battle with the evils of their time. It is now one of my most choice experiences. Edward Hermann is masterful in his narration.

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    "One of my all time favorites"

    When searching for a book, this is the type I'm always hoping to find. It's captivating. I have a long commute and start driving slower so I can keep listening.

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    Jason 03-04-17
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    One of the best stories I have ever had the privilege to read. A true American inspiration story. Should be required reading for every person in America!

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    Carla Clay 03-03-17
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    "Historical and Inspiring. Great narrator!"
    Would you listen to The Boys in the Boat again? Why?

    Yes, well written details that transported you back to the 1930s.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Joe was my favorite character


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

    No, I have not listened to any of Edward Herrmann's performance, however this one was excellent.


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

    Made me feel ashamed of how much we all take for granted today.


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    William E. Doyle III Vienna, VA USA 03-01-17
    William E. Doyle III Vienna, VA USA 03-01-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Boys in the boat a hit"

    I didn't know a thing about 8 man rowing boats. Daniel James Brown and Edward Hermann brought this story alive!

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    Terry Smith 03-01-17
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    "Simply Terrific, History Done Right"

    The author does a masterful job telling this story, and the narration was very enjoyable. I would highly recommend this book, and I now find myself eager to further research the history surrounding the subject.

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