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The Boys in the Boat

112 ratings


The #1 New York Times–bestselling story about American Olympic triumph in Nazi Germany, the inspiration for the PBS documentary The Boys of '36, broadcast to coincide with the 2016 Summer Olympics and the 80th anniversary of the boys' gold medal race. 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. The emotional heart of the story lies with one rower, Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not for glory, but to regain his shattered self-regard and to find a place he can call home. The crew is assembled by an enigmatic coach and mentored by a visionary, eccentric British boat builder, but it is their trust in each other that makes them a victorious team. They remind the country of what can be done when everyone quite literally pulls together - a perfect melding of commitment, determination, and optimism. Drawing on the boys' own diaries and journals, their photos and memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, The Boys in the Boat is an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times - the improbable, intimate story of nine working-class boys from the American west who, in the depths of the Great Depression, showed the world what true grit really meant. It will appeal to readers of Erik Larson, Timothy Egan, James Bradley, and David Halberstam's The Amateurs.

©2013 Daniel James Brown (P)2013 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Edward Herrmann
Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
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The Indifferent Stars Above

22 ratings


From the number one best-selling author of The Boys in the Boat comes an unforgettable epic of family, tragedy, and survival on the American frontier. “An ideal pairing of talent and material.... Engrossing.... A deft and ambitious storyteller.” (Mary Roach, New York Times Book Review) In April of 1846, 21-year-old Sarah Graves, intent on a better future, set out west from Illinois with her new husband, her parents, and eight siblings. Seven months later, after joining a party of pioneers led by George Donner, they reached the Sierra Nevada Mountains as the first heavy snows of the season closed the pass ahead of them. In early December, starving and desperate, Sarah and 14 others set out for California on snowshoes and over the next 32 days endured almost unfathomable hardships and horrors. In this gripping narrative, New York Times best-selling author Daniel James Brown sheds new light on one of the most legendary events in American history. Following every painful footstep of Sarah’s journey with the Donner Party, Brown produces a tale both spellbinding and richly informative.

©2009 Daniel James Brown (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
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The Boys in the Boat (Young Readers Adaptation)

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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

Narrator: Mark Bramhall
Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
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Vivre sans souffrir

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Avez-vous déjà rêvé de pouvoir mettre fin à toute forme de souffrance ? De vous libérer de l'angoisse, de la culpabilité et de la tristesse ? De pouvoir faire basculer votre état émotionnel vers la paix intérieure ? Moi, oui. Je me nomme Stan Carrey et j'exerce en tant que sophrologue, coach en développement personnel et écrivain. En 2015, j'ai décidé d'étudier la souffrance émotionnelle. Je me suis alors lancé dans un long travail d'introspection, d'analyse de mon fonctionnement psychologique et d'entraînement de mon esprit. Au fur et à mesure des années, je suis parvenu à mettre un terme à mes plus grandes peurs, ainsi qu'à ma culpabilité, ma colère, ma tristesse, et à bon nombre d'autres blocages mentaux. Ce livre audio recueille le fruit mon travail. Vous y trouverez des clés de compréhension de Soi et des idées percutantes pour vous déclencher des prises de conscience. Il contient des solutions concrètes pour ne plus produire la souffrance émotionnelle. Les méthodes qui y sont présentées m'ont permis d'aider plus de 1500 personnes en consultations individuelles de coaching. Comment savoir si ce livre audio est fait pour vous ? Il vous suffit de choisir dans le sommaire une thématique sur laquelle vous souhaitez travailler. Voyez ensuite si les solutions proposées vous permettent de vous libérer d'un poids et d'y voir plus clair. Comme l'indique le titre Vivre sans souffrir, ce livre audio a pour but de vous aider à vivre une existence plus douce, en accord avec l'appel de votre cœur. Un manuel de développement personnel et de connaissance de soi complet pour vous aider à dépasser et gérer vos émotions.

©2020 Stan Carrey (P)2021 Audible Studios

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Under a Flaming Sky

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On September 1, 1894, two forest fires converged on the town of Hinckley, Minnesota, trapping over 2,000 people. Daniel J. Brown recounts the events surrounding the fire in the first and only book to chronicle the dramatic story that unfolded. On September 1, 1894, two forest fires converged on the town of Hinckley, Minnesota, trapping over 2,000 people. Daniel J. Brown recounts the events surrounding the fire in the first and only book to chronicle the dramatic story that unfolded. Whereas Oregon's famous "Biscuit" fire in 2002 burned 350,000 acres in one week, the Hinckley fire did the same damage in five hours. The fire created its own weather, including hurricane-strength winds, bubbles of plasmalike glowing gas, and 200-foot-tall flames. In some instances "fire whirls", or tornadoes of fire, danced out from the main body of the fire to knock down buildings and carry flaming debris into the sky. Temperatures reached 1,600 degrees Fahrenheit - the melting point of steel. As the fire surrounded the town, two railroads became the only means of escape. Two trains ran the gauntlet of fire. One train caught on fire from one end to the other. The heroic young African American porter ran up and down the length of the train, reassuring the passengers even as the flames tore at their clothes. On the other train, the engineer refused to back his locomotive out of town until the last possible minute of escape. In all, more than 400 people died, leading to a revolution in forestry management practices and federal agencies that monitor and fight wildfires today. Author Daniel Brown has woven together numerous survivors' stories, historical sources, and interviews with forest fire experts in a gripping narrative that tells the fascinating story of one of North America's most devastating fires and how it changed the nation.

©2016 Daniel Brown (P)2016 Penguin Audio

Category: History, Americas
Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
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