The Boys in the Boat

The Boys in the Boat

Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Olympics

Downloadable Audiobook - 2013
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Traces the story of an American rowing team from the University of Washington that defeated elite rivals at Hitler's 1936 Berlin Olympics, sharing the experiences of their enigmatic coach, a visionary boat builder, and a homeless teen rower.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books ; [Prince Frederick, Md.] : [Distributed by] OneClick Digital, 2013, p2013
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781470352516
Characteristics: 1 sound file (14 hr., 15 min.) : digital

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RoseSuites
Jun 15, 2017

This is one of the 10 best books I've listened to or read! I felt like I was listening "live" to the Olympic race -- holding my breath as if the race was just happening...almost started pacing & wondering if they really would win! Incredible story of working together, caring and loving each other. Highly recommend this book.

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cdonaldsontx
Dec 20, 2015

Love this book and this audio version. What a great story! I can't believe I enjoyed a "sports" book about rowing, of all things.
And I cried often. All versions -- happy and sad. I felt so strongly how hungry these remarkable champions were, not just symbolically speaking, but literally, while rowing their way into Olympic history. The post-Depression and pre-WWII story will leave you cheering, "Hooray for Washington!" and "U.S.A."
Seemed very family friendly to me for kids old enough to appreciate sports stories.
I prefer the audiobook over the book because it gives you that sportscaster feeling not to be missed when reading about the races especially.
I learned so much, on so many different levels. Mind In the Boat.

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kepicturewoman
Nov 08, 2015

What a rich way to learn about our Northwest history. It is an exciting and inspiring story. It has been months since I listened to the book, but I still carry visuals with me when I go up to the UW area.

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snookbrook
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

Johna A Large 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.

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goodcooker
Aug 08, 2014

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

LPL_TriciaK 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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