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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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    "A Powerful Story - all of us should know..."
    What made the experience of listening to The Boys in the Boat the most enjoyable?

    The background given on each boy and how their individual personalities mesh to create such a great team. It is a great true story that we should all know.


    What other book might you compare The Boys in the Boat to and why?

    ... nothing comes to mind that compares to this.


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    He has the right voice for this, great choice.


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    It reminded me that we live in a great country, of great people.


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    went back and forth on 4 stars or 5 stars... yeah it's 5

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    "What a wonderful book"

    Story and performance flawless. Inspiring real-life account of 9 young men who stood for more than just individuals at the 1936 Olympics. So well-done.

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    "Most inspirational book I've ever read"

    Probably the best example of teamwork of all time. Changed the way I see things.

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    I couldn't wait to finish, then was sad for the loss of being done. I recommend highly.

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    I loved it but the narrator should have received some lessons on how to pronounce NW names and locations

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    I had not ever considered that an audio book could do this to you. The technical production and the narration are most excellent.

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    I was riveted, on the edge of my seat the whole time. I actually started getting emotionally attached to the boys success. I wish this book didn't end

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    "Page turner from beginning to end"

    Written so well
    Captivating story
    You'll smile, cry, anxious for the story to never end. And when it does, you will be totally satisfied and so proud to know the boys and their story.
    Pass it on!!'

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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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