• The Boys in the Boat (Young Readers Adaptation)

  • The True Story of an American Team's Epic Journey to Win Gold at the 1936 Olympics
  • By: Daniel James Brown
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Children's Audiobooks, History
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (520 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"The word teamwork, which can sound humdrum to kids in coaches' droning lectures, doesn't adequately describe the connection shared by the men in that boat in 1936. Illustrated with vintage photos, this moving book offers young people a vivid sense of that shared experience. A Depression-era story with timeless appeal." (Booklist, starred review)

"Offering a model of masterful nonfiction writing, Brown expertly balances the leisurely pacing of the protagonists' back stories with the exciting race scenes, related with concrete nouns, lively verbs, and short sentences, selected and adapted for this edition by Mone. Many photographs, an easy-to-read timeline, and notes on "The Art of Rowing", complete with a diagram, add visual appeal. A fine companion to Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken (2014), also about the 1936 Olympics and also adapted for young readers." (Kirkus)

"It becomes almost impossible not to root for such a hardscrabble collection of underdogs as they exhibit hard work, sacrifice, teamwork, and loyalty at every stage of their collective journey to Berlin." (Horn Book

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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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Inspirational true story

This story pulled us in from the first chapter to the end. Would listen again!

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History was perfect

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

Joe It showed all his sides.

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Neither just felt good

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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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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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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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Flawless and inspiring.

This is a remarkably well-written and well-performed story. One of the best non-fictions books I've read. My kids loved this version.

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Great Family Book

We chose this audiobook for our family and it was a good fit. My just, son (9) and I enjoyed it immensely. It is a great combination of determination, overcoming adversity, exemplary character mixed with history and sports. We have all boys and I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to provide a true story to exemplify strong character traits that lead to victory.

My 7 and 4 year old struggled to engage with the book but I had no concern out content and will plan to listen to it again in future years.

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awesome

best book ever! i recommend this to historic lovers!!!!!! i loved this book so muchh

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Now I understand why my son loved rowing in high school and college.

It is a wonderful story...and true. But this is more than a story about a college crew team. It is about the Greatest Generation, their values, their sacrifices, and how they overcame virtually impossible odds to bring America back from the economic devastation of the Great Depression and a global war after that. With magnificent narration, this book also would be a great read for any American of high school age and at any socio-economic level. It is the recipe of the “American Dream”: hard work, optimism, perseverance, loving support, independent drive, and some good luck, thrown in.