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  • The Boys in the Boat

  • Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
  • Written by: Daniel James Brown
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. 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 Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can’t say enough

  • By Terry Kennedy on 2019-07-01

Amazing story, awesome narrator

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-13

This book was incredible. Even though I knew the outcome right from the beginning, the author managed to build the story in such a way that I was frequently on pins and needles, eagerly anticipating what would happen next. Not only do we learn about the rowers and their path to the podium (which in and of itself is fascinating, heartbreaking and thrilling all at once), but the author manages to seamlessly interweave stories of other underestimated athletes of the era, an education on the Great Depression, and the tale of a woman who played a role in Hitler's rise to power. By the time I reached the end of the novel, I felt as though I had listened to - and thoroughly enjoyed! - multiple novels all for the price of one.

With respect to the reader, he was just awesome. His deep voice and the way he enunciated his words fit the era of the book perfectly. I would have loved this book if I had read the hard copy, but having the opportunity to listen to it made it that much more enjoyable. #Audible1

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves history, sports, and a good underdog story. It really hits the mark in all categories!