The Boys in the Boat

[nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics]

Brown, Daniel

Audiobook CD - 2013
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Boys in the Boat
This is the remarkable story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal. 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 Adof Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

Publisher: Prince Frederick, Md. : Recorded Books, p2013
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781611761696
Branch Call Number: CD- 797.123 B87761b
Characteristics: 12 sound discs (14 hr., 15 min.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in


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Another great piece of narrative nonfiction set in the great Northwest. Must read. Must read before the movie comes out.

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Mar 19, 2015

We've listened to the book as a family. My 11 and 13-year-olds especially enjoyed this story. There were many character lessons, historical insight and interesting facts to keep their attention and to faciliate discussion.

Mar 12, 2015

i just made it through the audio version....I wish the narrator would of pronounced more of the place names correct. He was not from the pacific north west

Dec 11, 2014

An incredible, inspirational story, beautifully written, and a fascinating piece of Washington history. Unfortunately the reader of the audio version, while perhaps a fine actor, mispronounced nearly all of the place names, which, for for me, a Washingtonian, was a major annoyance. While he did pronounce Sequim correctly he could have done a simple Google search to learn the how to pronounce Alki, Juan de fuca, Anacortes, Puyallup, Coeur d'alene, Montesano, Gueymes, Colville, Chinook, Suzzallo etc. This oversight was a disservice to the book's author and especially to Joe Rantz. My recommendation to any Northwesterner is to read the book instead.

Oct 24, 2014

Best audiobook I've listened to--ever! A heartfelt story of boys who grow into men as they row for UW in the 1930s. Truly inspirational.

Aug 08, 2014
  • goodcooker rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is fabulous! Everyone should read it and learn about an amazing group of young people.

Apr 19, 2014

I loved this book! The characters, especially the key rower, Joe Rantz, are admirable in their moral steadfastness and their work ethic both in & out of the boat. The races are thrillingly recounted and the historical context is inherently dramatic: the human suffering of the Depression and the surreal, twisted setting of the Nazi Olympics.

If you are into working out at all, you'll find great motivation in recalling their superhuman physical efforts when you are exercising and your muscles start screaming at you.

I listened to this via my library's online audiobook service with OneClick Digital and loved the narration. However, I missed being able to see photos as I was listening, so I had to go online to find pictures of the main characters.

Read it before the movie comes out!


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