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The Olympic Games

Celebrating the incredible athletes, outrageous stories, and memorable moments that have inspired us at the greatest sporting event on the planet.

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Rome 1960 - Abridged

The Olympics that Changed the World

By David Maraniss
Narrated by: David Maraniss
Length: 5 hours 42 minutes

Now in paperback, from the New York Times bestselling author of Clemente and When Pride Still Mattered, here is the blockbuster story of the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, seventeen days that helped define the modern world.

Legendary athletes and stirring events are interwoven into a suspenseful narrative of sports and politics at the Rome... Read more »

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Just Don't Fall

A Hilariously True Story of Childhood, Cancer, Amputation, Romantic Yearning, Truth, and Olympic Greatness

By Josh Sundquist
Narrated by: Josh Sundquist
Length: 10 hours 42 minutes

At age nine, Josh Sundquist was diagnosed with cancer, and by age 10, he'd lost his leg to the illness. But Sundquist never faltered in his dream to ski in the Paralympics, and in 2006 he achieved his goal in Turin, Italy. Just Don't Fall is the remarkable and honest story of Sundquist's determination and grit in the face of long odds and tough... Read more »

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Grace, Gold, and Glory My Leap of Faith

By Gabrielle Douglas
Narrated by: Haleakala Wilson
Length: 4 hours 16 minutes

The inspiring autobiography from Gabrielle Douglas—the first African-American gymnast in Olympic history to become the individual All-Around champion—revealing her journey from the time she first entered a gym to her gold-medal-winning performances.

In the 2012 London Olympics, US gymnast Gabrielle Douglas stole hearts and flew high as the...

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The Boys in the Boat

Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

By Daniel James Brown
Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
Length: 14 hours 24 minutes

If you enjoyed Dust Bowl Girls, then you’ll love The Boys in the Boat.

“Set during the Dust Bowl, amidst the Great Depression, a dedicated group of basketball beauties, the Cardinals of Oklahoma Presbyterian College, are determined to challenge societal strictures and Babe Didrickson on their quest for the National Championship title. Faced with much criticism, judged less feminine for participating in a competitive sport rather than lady-like acceptable activities, the Cardinals overcome poverty, performing to their potential recognized by Coach Babb, and capture the heart of a Nation. This is the true tale of trailblazing women overcoming the overwhelming odds against them sure to inspire the athlete in all of us. A great, informative read like The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown.”

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Fire on the Track

Betty Robinson and the Triumph of the Early Olympic Women

By Roseanne Montillo
Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
Length: 8 hours 48 minutes

The inspiring and irresistible true story of the women who broke barriers and finish-line ribbons in pursuit of Olympic Gold

When Betty Robinson assumed the starting position at the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam, she was participating in what was only her fourth-ever organized track meet. She crossed the finish line as a gold medalist and the... Read more »

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My Olympic Life: A Memoir

The Anita DeFrantz Story

By Anita L. DeFrantz & Josh Young
Narrated by: Anita L. DeFrantz
Length: 11 hours 12 minutes

Growing up in a family active in promoting civil rights, Anita L. DeFrantz knew the importance of letting her voice be heard as an African American and as a woman. Her activism for individual rights and her ascent as a leader began in earnest at Connecticut College, where she was sophomore class president, chairman of the student judiciary...

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Fast Girls

A Novel of the 1936 Women’s Olympic Team.

By Elise Hooper
Narrated by: Karissa Vacker, Kristyl Dawn Tift, Reba Buhr & Kaleo Griffith
Length: 12 hours 2 minutes

“Fast Girls is a compelling, thrilling look at what it takes to be a female Olympian in pre-war America...Brava to Elise Hooper for bringing these inspiring heroines to the wide audience they so richly deserve.”—Tara Conklin, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Romantics and The House Girl

Acclaimed author Elise Hooper explores the...

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Total Olympics

Every Obscure, Hilarious, Dramatic, and Inspiring Tale Worth Knowing

By Jeremy Fuchs
Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
Length: 10 hours 5 minutes

“An indispensable Olympic resource and a lot of pure fun.”––Jack McCallum, author of the New York Times bestseller Dream Team
 
Faster! Higher! Stronger! Stranger! A glorious tapestry of legendary characters, forgotten records, crazy accomplishments, unbelievable feats, wacky contests, and controversial moments, Total Olympics is pure pleasure... Read more »

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Letters to a Young Athlete

By Chris Bosh
Narrated by: Pete Larkin & Chris Bosh
Length: 6 hours 7 minutes

A legendary NBA player shares his remarkable story, infused with hard-earned wisdom about the journey to self-mastery from a life at the highest level of professional sports

Chris Bosh, NBA Hall of Famer, eleven-time All-Star, two-time NBA champion, Olympic gold medalist, and the league’s Global Ambassador, had his playing days cut short at their... Read more »

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Rebel Girls

By Elizabeth Keenan
Narrated by: Leslie Howard
Length: 11 hours 50 minutes

When Athena's pro-life sister is accused of having an abortion, it's up to Athena and friends to go up against their Catholic school in true riot grrrl fashion.

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Olympic Pride, American Prejudice

The Untold Story of 18 African Americans Who Defied Jim Crow and Adolf Hitler to Compete in the 1936 Berlin Olympics

By Deborah Riley Draper, Blair Underwood & Travis Thrasher
Narrated by: Leon Nixon
Length: 9 hours 8 minutes

In this “must-read for anyone concerned with race, sports, and politics in America” (William C. Rhoden, New York Times bestselling author), the inspirational and largely unknown true story of the eighteen African American athletes who competed in the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games, defying the racism of both Nazi Germany and the Jim Crow South.

Set... Read more »

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