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The Boys in the Boat (Young Readers Adaptation)

The True Story of an American Team's Epic Journey to Win Gold at the 1936 Olympics
Written by: Daniel James Brown
Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
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A beloved story about the Greatest Generation freshly adapted for the next generation

Berlin, 1936. The Olympic finals of the eight-oared rowing race. Germany, Italy, USA. The American boat touches the finish line first, beating all odds and sending Hitler away in a silent rage. In the midst of the Great Depression, the nine rowers showed the world what true grit really meant. They were western, working-class boys who never expected to beat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did. At the center of the tale is Joe Rantz, whose personal struggle - and ultimate triumph - captures the spirit of his generation, the one that would prove in the coming years that the Nazis could not prevail over American determination and optimism.

This deeply emotional yet easily accessible middle-grade adaptation of the New York Times best-selling The Boys in the Boat shows listners how we can find hope in the most desperate of times.

©2015 Daniel James Brown (P)2015 Listening Library
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A powerful example of individual and team determination. Real life examples. These are real life heros.

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  • Bonnie
  • 2017-03-30

Best Book I read in Five Years

Where does The Boys in the Boat (Young Readers Adaptation) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top Five

What did you like best about this story?

History was perfect

Which character – as performed by Mark Bramhall – was your favorite?

Joe It showed all his sides.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Neither just felt good

Any additional comments?

Reader was very good. I love History and saw a documentary on book and History was accurate.

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  • Michaela
  • 2017-03-19

Fantastic listen, great story!

This was recommended to me a while back and I just got to it, but it was fantastic!

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  • Algaewiz
  • 2017-01-05

Awesome book

Well narrated, awesome, compelling story. Even knowing the basic story I was on the edge of my seat!

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  • Murray Schrantz
  • 2016-05-09

Phenomenal slice of history that I missed!

We really enjoyed this story and found the audiobook retelling very exciting and compelly. Wonderfully done!

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  • W.
  • 2016-02-25

Boys in the Boat

This is a true story. I purchased it looking forward to an inspiring read. It seems to me however that there was a conscious effort not to allude to any divine intervention, such as praying for or receiving assistance from God in achieving some of those impossible task that the crew members were confronted with. At the end one of the crew member's girlfriend clung to a four leaf clover as the nail biting final lap commenced. I would have enjoyed it much more if the author was not tip toeing around the elephant in the room.

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  • Demaree
  • 2020-05-28

Inspirational true story

This story pulled us in from the first chapter to the end. Would listen again!

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  • Gina M.
  • 2020-04-30

awesome

best book ever! i recommend this to historic lovers!!!!!! i loved this book so muchh

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  • Nancy
  • 2019-12-03

Now I understand why my son loved rowing in high school and college.

It is a wonderful story...and true. But this is more than a story about a college crew team. It is about the Greatest Generation, their values, their sacrifices, and how they overcame virtually impossible odds to bring America back from the economic devastation of the Great Depression and a global war after that. With magnificent narration, this book also would be a great read for any American of high school age and at any socio-economic level. It is the recipe of the “American Dream”: hard work, optimism, perseverance, loving support, independent drive, and some good luck, thrown in.

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  • GenXtinction
  • 2019-11-04

Amazing narrator! And Story!

It felt like watching a movie and being fully captivated by it - just as if I could not turn away from such a movie, I could only hit the pause button on this fabulous storyteller - to sneeze.

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  • Ethan
  • 2019-08-27

Great sport! Great book! Great respect!

My daughter walked on to make the freshman boat at her University. Soon she was one of three fresman moved up to both a JV-4 and JV-8. Both of which gave their varsity counterparts a run for their money. It was remarkable to watch her boats meet or exceed the bench marks set by her coaches. This book gives me a great respect for the teamwork, cohesion and effort required of these remarkable athletes.