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 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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The number one New York Times best seller about the Greatest Generation freshly adapted for the next generation.
For listeners of Unbroken, out of the depths of the Great Depression comes the astonishing tale of nine working-class boys from the American West who at the 1936 Olympics showed the world what true grit really meant. With rowers who were the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington’s eight-oar crew was never expected to defeat the elite East Coast teams, yet they did, going on to shock the world by challenging the German boat rowing for Adolf Hitler.
At the center of the tale is Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, whose personal quest captures the spirit of his generation - the generation that would prove in the coming years that the Nazis could not prevail over American determination and optimism.
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|Listening Length||5 hours and 36 minutes|
|Author||Daniel James Brown|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||September 08, 2015|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #32,590 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1 in Sports & Outdoors for Children
#4 in North American History for Children
#43 in Children's American Local History
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Boys in the Boat takes place in the mid-1930s in Washington State. The main character, Joe Rantz wants to be successful in life. To do this, he must overcome many challenges such as poverty, lack of family and most of all, his struggle to do it all on his own. Joe wants to be successful without any help. But Joe realizes how many people helped him on his way to his goal. Ultimately, Joe’s success in rowing is linked to his work on a team.
In order to pay for college at The University of Washington, Joe gets a job at the Grand Coulee Dam construction site. To work on the dam, you need to be strong. “The jackhammer work was brutal, for eight hours a day he dangled on a rope in furnace like heat of the canyon, pounding at the wall of rock in front of him. The jackhammer seemed to have a life of its own, constantly trying to rip itself out of his (Joe’s) grip.” (P.119). This shows how Joe must use his physical strength to succeed at the dam.
Joe faces many challenges on his way to success. His perseverance is seen repeatedly throughout the book. One example of this is when he was living in Sequim as a teenager without a family. “Joe began to fend entirely for himself. He drove iron stakes into the ground to defend the chicken coop […] He foraged in the dripping woods for mushrooms.” (P.52). We see that Joe just keeps pushing himself to be able to survive without anyone around to help him.
When Joe was in Sequim, he had to be a self-made man to survive. “He dug tunnels under tree stumps and pried them out of the earth with iron bars […] He stooped and scraped with a shovel, digging irrigation ditches by hand […] He lugged one hundred twenty pound cans of milk and sweet cream around dairy farms.” (P.54). This shows how many different jobs Joe needed to survive without a family. Another example of Joe being a self-made man is when he is in Sequim trying to make a living. “From now on, he would make his own way. He would find his own route to happiness, as his father had said.” (P.52). Joe is making a big decision to move forward.
Throughout everything, Joe deals with being abandoned at a young age and struggling to survive. Joe’s story gives us an example of how physical strength, perseverance, and being a self-made man leads to great success. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars and 2 thumbs up! This book is a great read.
I have not read the original version, but plan to because this was such a compelling and captivating story. I hope they make a movie out of it, too.