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

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Edward Herrmann

14 Hours 27 Minutes

Penguin Audio

June 2013

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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 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 personal quest. From the Hardcover edition.

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  • susan hewitt

    Wonderfully written and the narration fern gave me goosebumps !

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  • Tatjana Lehmann

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

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  • Jane Trivett

    Magical story with incredible character development and vivid descriptions! I LOVED How the writer flipped back and forth between current events of the time and what was happening in the small neighborhoods of Washington. The reader's tones made it hard to turn off. It was my first time hearing the story of Joe and his team and I was so impressed by their story.

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  • Miggie Greenberg

    I loved this book. I have no interest in crew or any sport but it was inspirational.

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  • Beverly Widney

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

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  • David Deutscher

    Fantastically done book and narration. I recommend this book to anyone.

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  • Jenifer Gardner

    What a story! Wonderful this story has been made known. The author makes beautiful analogies between the the spruce used to craft the shells, the water, the ancient handtools and character. The reader is inspired to work hard and make a contribution. One of my all time favorites!

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  • Rosa Amodeo

    Wonderful story about perseverance. The boys and their story was brought to life by the narration. Simply loved it.

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  • Alex Binnie

    Really great American story through the lens of a unlikely hero. Would recommend to anyone!

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  • Kristen Faux

    I loved, loved, loved this book! Everyone should read it. I learned so much, it was so interesting and intertwined history that left me wanting to study up on WW11 history. Again I just loved it and the narrator was so fun to listen to, open your ears and your heart and get swept away!

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