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The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Daniel James Brown

Narrated By: Edward Herrmann

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: June 2013

Duration: 14 hours 25 minutes

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.

For readers of Unbroken, out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times—the improbable, intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant.

It was an unlikely quest from the start. With a team composed of the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington’s eight-oar crew team was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did, going on to shock the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler. The emotional heart of the tale lies with Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not only to regain his shattered self-regard but also to find a real place for himself in the world. Drawing on the boys’ own journals and vivid memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, Brown has created an unforgettable portrait of an era, a celebration of a remarkable achievement, and a chronicle of one extraordinary young man’s personal quest.

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  • Rita G.

    Absolutely loving this book. Not quite finished but certainly one of the best ever. One of my top 10 for last 5 years of reading, and or listening!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Marv S.

    Easily my favorite read this year and one of my favorite all time. Sometimes books are better as an audiobook, sometimes not. This definitely was far better in every way with one exception. Nearly every, city, town, mountain or native name used was mispronounced.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Leisen A.

    Inspiring story that brought tears to my eyes! Great for young adult readers to help the appreciate how difficult life can be and learn how to have the fortitude to overcome. Terrific narration!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Nathan T

    good book slow at times

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Filip F

    Excellent book. It hit the nail on the head describing the rowing world. Despite being a Cal alumni, I enjoyed the book a lot. There are lots of things in the book that reminded me of my rowing days.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Tatjana Lehmann

    Nice story. Many facts though at times. Great narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Beverly Widney

    Loved this book so much. I knew nothing about the sport of rowing. So amazing!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Daniel Gilmartin

    Truly inspirational work. Absolutely worth your every second.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Janet G.

    I loved how the author wove together the narratives of the Great Depression, the rise of Nazi Power and the effect they both had on the lives of ordinary people trying to achieve extrardinary things. The making of the 1936 Olympic Rowing team was the perfect backdrop for that story.

  • Lee W

    The book is just incredible and no one comes close as a reader to Edward Herrmann(rip). An absolute must !!

Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

by Daniel James Brown

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