Adult and youth titles make up this well-rounded mix of pleasur- able sports audios reviewed in Booklist between September 1,
2014, and August 2016. —Sue-Ellen Beauregard
The Boys in the Boat: The True Story of an American Team’s Epic
Journey to Win Gold at the 1936 Olympics. By Daniel James Brown.
Read by Mark Bramhall. 2015. 5.5hr. Listening Library, CD,
$35 (9781101925874). Gr. 6–9.
Adapted for youngsters from the popular adult book,
which follows the 1936 U.S. Olympic rowing team from
the University of Washington, the audio is read by Bramhall, who adapts his tones to represent the “boys” who
brought home the gold.
Breathe, Annie, Breathe. By Miranda Kenneally.
Read by Nancy Wu. 2014. 8hr. Brilliance, CD, $54.97
(9781491526378). Gr. 10–12.
To cope with the recent death of her track-star boyfriend, Annie trains for an upcoming
marathon in this novel narrated by Wu in a realistic southern accent.
Find a Way. By Diana Nyad. Read by the author. 2015. 12.5hr. Books on Tape, CD, $40
Swimming legend Nyad narrates this inspiring memoir in somewhat husky tones as
she recounts her career, including her triumphant swim from Florida to Cuba at age 64.
H.O.R.S.E.: A Game of Basketball and Imagination. By Christopher Myers. Read by Dion
Graham and the author. 2014. 11min. Live Oak, CD, $29.95 (9781430117569). K–Gr. 3.
Graham and Myers make a fantastic pair in this 2015 Odyssey Award winner in which
two friendly rivals try to outdo each other on the basketball court. Sound effects and jazzy
background music add flavor.
The Legends Club: Dean Smith, Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Valvano, and an Epic College Basketball Rivalry. By John Feinstein. Read by the author. 2016. 15.5hr. Books on Tape, CD,
Feinstein’s heartfelt reading of this profile of three legendary basketball coaches whose
rivalries peaked during the 1980s and early ’90s will entice die-hard college-basketball
Monsters: The Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football. By Rich Cohen. Read by
Tom Taylorson. 2014. 11hr. Blackstone, CD, $100 (9781482990546).
The colorful 1985 Super Bowl champion Chicago Bears remain fan favorites in the
Windy City, and Taylorson’s lively reading enhances Cohen’s account.
Pin Action: Small-Time Gangsters, High-Stakes Gambling, and the Teenage Hustler Who
Became a Bowling Champion. By Gianmarc Manzione. Read by Chris Lutkin. 2014. 9.5hr.
Dreamscape, CD, $49.99 (9781633794184).
This down-and-dirty historical account of bowling “when you kept score by hand” is enthusiastically read by Lutkin, who accurately reflects Manzione’s knowledge of the sport.
Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike. By Phil Knight. Read by Norbert Leo Butz.
2016. 13.5hr. Simon & Schuster Audio, CD, $39.99 (9781508211808).
Nike founder Knight’s memoir is narrated by Butz in a take-charge manner that emphasizes the highs, lows, and frustrations of getting a little-known shoe company off the
Taking Flight. By Michaela DePrince and Elaine DePrince. Read by Allyson Johnson.
2015. 5.5hr. Tantor, CD, $29.99 (9781494518226). Gr. 7–12.
Born in war-torn Sierra Leone, professional ballerina Michaela DePrince overcame many
hardships as recounted in this heartwarming memoir, seamlessly narrated by Johnson.
Willie & Me: A Baseball Card Adventure. By Dan Gutman. Read by Johnny Heller. 2015.
3hr. Recorded Books, CD, $30.75 (9781490629599). Gr. 5–8.
With excellent characterizations of former baseball players, Heller’s energetic reading
perfectly reflects Gutman’s twelfth time-traveling baseball adventure featuring 13-year-old
TOP 10 SPORTS AUDIOBOOKS
Nothing Short of Dying
by Erik Storey | Read by Jeremy Bobb
On sale 08/16/16
UAB CD 9781508217947 | $29.99
UAB eAudio Library 9781508216711 | $59.99
The Perfect Pass
by S.C. Gwynne | Read by Santino Fontana
On sale 09/20/16
UAB CD 9781508211747 | $29.99
UAB eAudio Library 9781508211761 | $39.99
Three Sisters, Three Queens
by Philippa Gregory | Read by Bianca Amato
On sale 08/16/16
UAB CD 9781508211563 | $49.99
UAB eAudio Library 9781508211587 | $99.99
The Jealous Kind
by James Lee Burke | Read by Will Patton
On sale 08/30/16
UAB CD 9781508211686 | $39.99
UAB eAudio Library 9781508211709 | $79.99
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