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  1. 8.3 hrs • 10/21/2014 • Unabridged

    A riveting first-person account and history of rowers who have attempted to navigate across the Atlantic More people have climbed Mount Everest than have rowed across the Atlantic Ocean. For more than seventy days, Adam Rackley and his rowing partner ate, slept, and rowed in a boat seven meters long by two meters wide in one of the world’s most extreme environments. This is his story of adventure, endurance, and self-discovery. They were following in the wake of pioneers. In 1896, George Harbo and Frank Samuelsen, a pair of Norwegian fisherman, crossed the 2,500 miles in a wooden fishing dory––and their record stood for 114 years. John Fairfax, a smuggler, a gambler, and a shark hunter, was the first to complete the feat singlehandedly in 1969. Others have followed; some have not survived the attempt. This is their story, too.

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    Salt, Sweat, Tears

    8.3 hrs • 10/21/14 • Unabridged
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    14.4 hrs • 6/4/2013 • Unabridged

    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.

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    The Boys in the Boat

    14.4 hrs • 6/4/13 • Unabridged
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  3. 5.4 hrs • 1/6/2004 • Abridged

    In the late 1990s John Pollack was working as a Washington speechwriter when, frustrated by the cynicism and hypocrisy on Capitol Hill, he quit his job to pursue a boyhood dream: to build a boat made entirely of wine corks and take it on an epic journey. Cork Boat tells the story of Pollack’s improbable quest. Overcoming one obstacle after another, he convinces skeptical bartenders to save their corks, corrals a brilliant but disorganized partner, and eventually cajoles more than one hundred volunteers who help build the boat until their fingers bleed. Ultimately, Pollack completes his vessel of 165,321 corks and sets sail on a fantastic voyage down the Douro River in Portugal, where the Cork Boat becomes a national sensation. In recounting these adventures, Pollack skillfully meanders through fascinating arcana, from the cork wars to the history of rubber bands (some 15,000 of which help hold his boat together). He also offers an insider’s look at the White House, where he was a Presidential speechwriter and enlisted navy stewards to save corks for the boat. Written with unusual grace and disarming humor, Cork Boatis a buoyant tale of whimsy, adventure, and the power of imagination.

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    Cork Boat

    5.4 hrs • 1/6/04 • Abridged
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  4. 8.7 hrs • 1/1/2004 • Unabridged

    Set against the backdrop of the first world’s fair in London, America’s Victory takes listeners into a world rich in adventure and history in an unforgettable story of skill, daring, and honor at the heart of our national identity. In 1850, a brilliant young boat designer and an unlikely team of humble, hard working men faced the might and arrogance of the British empire in a yacht race for The Great Exhibition in England. Revolutionary in design and strikingly beautiful, the schooner America set sail against the world’s greatest maritime nation. This is an account of an amazing feat accomplished long ago at the turning point in the growth of a young nation’s confidence, but it is also the story of a victory of the American spirit that bravely lives on today.

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    America’s Victory by David W. Shaw

    America’s Victory

    8.7 hrs • 1/1/04 • Unabridged
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  5. 5.2 hrs • 12/27/1998 • Unabridged

    Hear the stories of men and women battling the elements, and sometimes each other, to stay alive, confronting savage storms, rogue waves, icebergs, sharks, starvation and their own fear and suffering. From Sebastian Junger’s “The Whale Hunters” to Herman Wouk’s The Caine Mutiny to Lawrence Beesley’s The Loss of the S. S. Titanic, Rough Water is a unique collection of the finest writing on why men and women go to sea, and what they find there. Rough Water is an adventure audiobook at its most compelling!

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    Rough Water

    Compiled and edited by Clint Willis
    5.2 hrs • 12/27/98 • Unabridged
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