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A beloved story about the Greatest Generation freshly adapted for the next generation

Berlin, 1936. The Olympic finals of the eight-oared rowing race. Germany, Italy, USA. The American boat touches the finish line first, beating all odds and sending Hitler away in a silent rage. In the midst of the Great Depression, the nine rowers showed the world what true grit really meant. They were western, working-class boys who never expected to beat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did. At the center of the tale is Joe Rantz, whose personal struggle - and ultimate triumph - captures the spirit of his generation, the one that would prove in the coming years that the Nazis could not prevail over American determination and optimism.

This deeply emotional yet easily accessible middle-grade adaptation of the New York Times best-selling The Boys in the Boat shows listners how we can find hope in the most desperate of times.

©2015 Daniel James Brown (P)2015 Listening Library

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  • W.
  • Modesto, CA, United States
  • 02-25-16

Boys in the Boat

This is a true story. I purchased it looking forward to an inspiring read. It seems to me however that there was a conscious effort not to allude to any divine intervention, such as praying for or receiving assistance from God in achieving some of those impossible task that the crew members were confronted with. At the end one of the crew member's girlfriend clung to a four leaf clover as the nail biting final lap commenced. I would have enjoyed it much more if the author was not tip toeing around the elephant in the room.

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  • Bonnie
  • United States
  • 03-30-17

Best Book I read in Five Years

Where does The Boys in the Boat (Young Readers Adaptation) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top Five

What did you like best about this story?

History was perfect

Which character – as performed by Mark Bramhall – was your favorite?

Joe It showed all his sides.

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

Neither just felt good

Any additional comments?

Reader was very good. I love History and saw a documentary on book and History was accurate.

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Fantastic listen, great story!

This was recommended to me a while back and I just got to it, but it was fantastic!

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Awesome book

Well narrated, awesome, compelling story. Even knowing the basic story I was on the edge of my seat!

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Phenomenal slice of history that I missed!

We really enjoyed this story and found the audiobook retelling very exciting and compelly. Wonderfully done!

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This is an amazingly powerful moving book!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This covers all aspects of life, how to conquer adversity, challenges, life changes, poverty, family dynamics, etc. All ages will relate, and connect with the story of courage, resilience and perseverance.

What did you like best about this story?

The truth - the facts of life, the struggle and the victory!

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

No this is the first one.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The family dynamics, being left behind, persevering to victory - holding no grudges..

Any additional comments?

Every middle school should be incorporating this book into their curriculum - reading, life skills, any subject matter really!

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Great Book!

We really enjoyed this book. My boys (age 10 & 6) especially enjoyed listening to this story. It helped pass the time on our 8 hour drive this week! It’s an inspiring story and a great look back at some extraordinary young men.

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love it

well written story the determination of these boys ... unbelievable, the struggles the dedication amazing

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Most incredible book ever.

The incredible true story of overcoming extreme obstacles. Set in a pivotal time in American History this story could not be more intriguing or magical. My words could never do it justice. Just get the book. Listen with your kids.

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Best read for young people

What made the experience of listening to The Boys in the Boat (Young Readers Adaptation) the most enjoyable?

The struggles and triumph. Great for upper elementary aged kids. The perseverance of the main character was astounding!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Joe's story of survival is incredible. He never gave up and was rewarded in the end. Soft hearted and never selfish.

Which scene was your favorite?

He was asked why he never was angry/upset about how his father treated him, he said "getting angry takes energy, I was more worried about surviving than getting angry."

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Joe's whole life moved me, he was kick down many many times and always moved forward.

Any additional comments?

Love this book! It really needs to get into the hands of more school children. His unstoppable survival and bettering himself and those around him make it the perfect story of triumph for one that was just living each day to see the next.

I am a 5th grade teacher and my class will be reading this.