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  1. 17.5 hrs • 3/1/2016 • Unabridged

    More than 6 years after his death David Halberstam remains one of this country’s most respected journalists and revered authorities on American life and history in the years since WWII. A Pulitzer Prize-winner for his ground-breaking reporting on the Vietnam War, Halberstam wrote more than 20 books, almost all of them bestsellers. His work has stood the test of time and has become the standard by which all journalists measure themselves. The New York Times bestseller, now with a new introduction! The Breaks of the Game focuses on one grim season (1979-80) in the life of the Bill Walton-led Portland Trail Blazers, a team that only three years before had been NBA champions. The tactile authenticity of Halberstam’s knowledge of the basketball world is unrivaled. Yet he is writing here about far more than just basketball. This is a story about a place in our society where power, money, and talent collide and sometimes corrupt, a place where both national obsessions and naked greed are exposed. It’s about the influence of big media, the fans and the hype they subsist on, the clash of ethics, the terrible physical demands of modern sports (from drugs to body size), the unreal salaries, the conflicts of race and class, and the consequences of sport converted into mass entertainment and athletes transformed into superstars—all presented in a way that puts the reader in the room and on the court, and The Breaks of the Game in a league of its own.

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    The Breaks of the Game

    17.5 hrs • 3/1/16 • Unabridged
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    9.5 hrs • 10/6/2015 • Unabridged

    One of the most outspoken and original voices in sports sounds off while revealing his incredible life story. Jalen Rose has never been quiet. Not as a kid growing up in Detroit in the 70’s and 80’s. Not as the brash, trash-talking leader of the legendary “Fab Five” at the University of Michigan. Not as the player under the stewardship of Hall of Famers Larry Bird, Isiah Thomas, and others throughout his thirteen-year NBA career. And certainly not as a commentator and analyst on ABC/ESPN and Grantland. In Got to Give the People What They Want, no topic is off limits. Honest, unfiltered, unbiased. Raw, refreshing, real. This colorful collection of stories and opinions about basketball and life gives people the kind of insight and understanding they don’t get anywhere else in the sports world.

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    Got to Give the People What They Want

    9.5 hrs • 10/6/15 • Unabridged
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  3. 24.6 hrs • 8/1/2015 • Unabridged

    Originally published in 1976, James A. Michener’s explosive, spectacular Sports in America is a prescient examination of the crisis in American sports that is still unfolding to this day. Pro basketball players are banned for narcotics use, while a Major League pitcher is arrested for smuggling drugs across the Mexican border. The NFL’s “injury report” grows longer every Sunday. Corruption and recruiting violations plague collegiate sports as the “winning is everything” mentality trickles down to the little league level. With his lifelong enthusiasm for sports in evidence, the incomparable Michener tackles this subject thoroughly and leaves us amazed and appalled by what we’ve learned, yet still loving the games we grew up on.

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    Sports in America

    24.6 hrs • 8/1/15 • Unabridged
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  4. 10.0 hrs • 10/7/2014 • Unabridged

    Twenty-five celebrated writers share the inspiring words and timeless wisdom of the athletic coaches who changed and influenced their lives and pass on the sage advice they received.

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    Coach

    Edited by Andrew Blauner
    Stories by various authors
    Foreword by Bill Bradley
    10.0 hrs • 10/7/14 • Unabridged
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  5. 10.0 hrs • 10/7/2014 • Unabridged

    Twenty-five celebrated writers share the encouraging words and timeless wisdom of the coaches who influenced their lives. For everyone who has heard the beloved whistle at the end of a grueling practice, only to eagerly await the next, Coach is a treasure trove of insights and wisdom from the mouths of those we cherish, seen through the eyes of those we admire most. This book offers the reflections of twenty-five notable authors and writers who reveal their experiences, both good and bad, with the athletic coaches who changed and influenced their lives, irrevocably. This collection celebrates those special people whose inspiration and influence make us believe that we are greater than the sum of our parts.

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    Coach

    Edited by Andrew Blauner
    Foreword by Bill Bradley
    10.0 hrs • 10/7/14 • Unabridged
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  6. 6.0 hrs • 6/24/2014 • Unabridged

    David Foster Wallace’s extraordinary writing on tennis, collected for the first time A “long-time rabid fan of tennis” and a regionally ranked tennis player in his youth, David Foster Wallace wrote about the game like no one else. On Tennis presents David Foster Wallace’s five essays on the sport, published between 1990 and 2006, and hailed as some of the greatest and most innovative sports writing of our time. This lively and entertaining collection begins with Wallace’s own experience as a prodigious tennis player in “Derivative Sport in Tornado Alley”. He also challenges the sports memoir genre in “How Tracy Austen Broke My Heart”, takes us to the US Open in “Democracy and Commerce at the U.S. Open,” and profiles of two of the world’s greatest tennis players in “Tennis Player Michael Joyce’s Professional Artistry as a Paradigm of Certain Stuff About Choice, Freedom, Limitation, Joy, Grotesquerie, and Human Completeness” and “Federer Both Flesh and Not.” With infectious enthusiasm and enormous heart, Wallace’s writing shows us the beauty, complexity, and brilliance of the game he loved best.

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    On Tennis

    6.0 hrs • 6/24/14 • Unabridged
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    7.6 hrs • 11/19/2013 • Unabridged

    In this age of billion dollar athletic marketing campaigns, “feel good” philosophy with no connection to reality, and a sports media echo chamber that’s all too eager swallow whatever idiotic notion happens to be in vogue at the moment, it’s tough to find people who aren’t afraid to say what they’re really thinking. But that’s where Colin Cowherd comes in. As his millions of fans on ESPN Radio and ESPNU already know, Colin is the rare sports analyst who’s brave (or crazy) enough to speak his mind—even if it pisses some people off. Of course, it helps that a lot of what Colin has to say is simply hilarious. Lots of writers can tell you about Boston’s storied sports history. But how many can tell you why the city of Boston is America’s five-year-old? Lots of writers will brag about the stuff they got right, but how many will happily list all the calls they got completely and utterly wrong? Whether he’s pointing out the stupidity of conspiracy theories, explaining why media bias isn’t nearly as big a deal as many assume, or calling out those who prize short term wins over sustainability, Colin is smart, thought-provoking, and laugh-out-loud funny. Some of the questions he’s not afraid to ask in You Herd Me! include: • Is Tiger Woods really a sex addict—or does he just have good PR? • Is “work-life balance” really the ideal we should all strive for—or is that just a way for people feel better about mediocrity? • Is talent really all it’s cracked up to be—or can too much talent actually be counterproductive? • Is the X games really a sport—or would we all be better off if we admitted it’s something else entirely? • Is hell really a supernatural place of fire and brimstone—or is it actually just another word for living in Tampa? Unapologetically entertaining and packed with behind-the-scenes insights you won’t get anywhere else, You Herd Me! is unlike any other sports book ever written.

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    You Herd Me!

    7.6 hrs • 11/19/13 • Unabridged
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  8. 14.7 hrs • 3/5/2013 • Unabridged

    Here is armed America—a land of machine-gun gatherings in the desert, German shooting societies, feral-hog hunts, and Hollywood gun armories. Whether they’re collecting antique weapons, practicing concealed carry, or firing an AR-15 at their local range, many Americans love guns—which horrifies and fascinates many other Americans—and much of the rest of the world. This lively, sometimes raucous book explores the American love affair with firearms. Dan Baum is both a lifelong gun guy and a Jewish Democrat who grew up in suburban New Jersey. In Gun Guys he grabs his licensed concealed handgun and hits the road to meet some of the forty percent of Americans who own guns. Through him we meet Rick Ector, a Detroit autoworker who buys a Smith & Wesson after suffering an armed robbery—then quits his job to preach the gospel of armed self-defense to a resistant African American community; Jeremy and Marcey Parker, a young, successful Kentucky couple whose idea of a romantic getaway is the Blue Ridge Mountain Three-Gun Championship in Bowling Green; and Aaron Zelman, head of Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership. Baum also travels to New Orleans, where he enters the world of a man disabled by a bullet, and to Chicago, where he interviews a killer. Along the way, he takes us to gun shows, gun stores, and a shooting range—trying to figure out why so many of us love these things and why they inspire such passions. In the tradition of Confederates in the Attic and Among the Thugs, Baum brings an entire world to life. Written equally for avid shooters and those who would never touch a firearm, Gun Guys is more than a travelogue. It gives a fresh perspective on the heated politics surrounding guns—one that will challenge and inform people on all sides of the issue.

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    Gun Guys

    14.7 hrs • 3/5/13 • Unabridged
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  9. 3.0 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Abridged

    America’s favorite sportswriter teams up with Red Auerbach, the most successful and admired coach in basketball history, to tell the best stories of a legendary life. Living legend Arnold “Red” Auerbach led the Boston Celtics to nine NBA championships, eight of them consecutive, during his seventeen year tenure in Boston from 1950 to 1966. The fiery coach is a unique personality: brash, opinionated, and unfailingly accurate. As a coach, he never stood still along the sidelines, and in retirement he remains a lively part of the game, still consulted by coaches, players, and general managers in his eighties. For years, John Feinstein has met regularly with Red and his friends, drawing out Red’s life story in a raucous series of unforgettable sessions. From those smoke- and laughter-filled rooms come the colorful reports about all the players and coaches Red has worked with and played against over the years. Bob Cousy, Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain, Sam Jones, Bill Russell, and Michael Jordan—you name them—the basketball greats are all here. Red Auerbach’s incredible experiences in sports and John Feinstein’s unparalleled skill as a sports storyteller make this one of the greatest books to come out of the game of basketball.

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    Let Me Tell You a Story

    3.0 hrs • 7/15/12 • Abridged
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  10. 4.6 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Abridged

    Surprising, entertaining, and always imparting an important life lesson, It’s How You Play the Game features anecdotes and vignettes that are sure to benefit any reader. As Brian Kilmeade writes, “Regardless of who you are, what sport you chose, or how much success you achieved, playing the game is all about getting you ready for life. Winning or losing has little to do with who you will become. Instead, it’s how you prepared for the game that determines whether you’ll be a winner or loser in life.” From competition to camaraderie, failure to success, humiliation to glory, individual achievement to teamwork, the world of sports encompasses it all and enriches our lives. The Games Do Count reveals that America’s best and brightest haven’t just worked hard—they’ve played hard—and the results have been staggering.

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  11. 7.7 hrs • 6/22/2010 • Unabridged

    The Augusta National Golf Club, founded in 1933 and home to the prestigious Masters Tournament, is an American icon shrouded in intrigue. Co-designed by legends Bobby Jones and Alister MacKenzie, Augusta boasts gorgeous fairways and perfectly manicured greens, set against a breathtaking backdrop of azaleas and pines. Behind the wondrous scenes and memorable tournament play resides a secretive and exclusive clan, marked with scandal and invested with the social power to make or break a man’s rise to glory. Journalist and novelist Steve Eubanks has used all of his investigative and storytelling talents to get to the heart of Augusta's turbulent history, including its 44-year rule under the iron fist of Cliff Roberts and his suicide on the club's grounds; the Masters' impetuous yet long-standing relationship with CBS; allegations of racism; and the club's countless, rigid rules. With 45 inspiring photographs, Eubanks's balanced account also captures the historic moments that evoke deep affection for Augusta, from Dwight Eisenhower teeing off in the days before the Masters was televised to Jack Nicklaus's emotional victory at age 46, 23 years after he won his first green jacket. With a new chapter on Tiger Woods's 1997 triumph and published just in time for the 1998 Masters, Augusta is essential reading for anyone who wants the complete story of American golf's most hallowed ground.

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    Augusta

    7.7 hrs • 6/22/10 • Unabridged
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  12. 6.9 hrs • 5/4/2010 • Unabridged

    The most popular sports columnist in America puts his life (and dignity) on the line in search of the most absurd sporting event on the planet. What is the stupidest sport in the world? Not content to pontificate from the sidelines, Rick Reilly set out on a global journey with stops in Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Denmark, England, and even a maximum security prison at Angola, Louisiana, to discover the answer to this enduring question. From the physically and mentally taxing sport of chess boxing and the psychological battlefield that is the rock-paper-scissors championship to the underground world of illegal jart throwing and several competitions that involve nudity, Reilly, in his valiant quest, subjected himself to both bodily danger and abject humiliation (or, in the case of ferret legging, both). These fringe sports offer their participants a chance to earn a few bucks and achieve the eternal glory that is winning—even when the victory in question might strike some as pointless, like the ability to sit in an oven-hot sauna for the longest time. It’s debatable whether these sports push the body or just human idiocy to the outermost limits, but one thing is for sure: Sports in Hell is laugh-out-loud hilarious and will deliver plenty of unabashed fun.

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    Sports from Hell

    6.9 hrs • 5/4/10 • Unabridged
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  13. 4.4 hrs • 4/6/2010 • Unabridged

    Every morning more than three million listeners tune in to Mike and Mike in the Morning on ESPN Radio, mostly to hear the Mikes’ (Golic and Greenberg) riotous back-and-forth on everything from why baseball managers should dress like real people to how to lose a fight with the wife with dignity. In Mike and Mike’s Rules for Sports and Life, the beloved mic jockeys put their unique stamp on, well, the rules for sports and life. In years on the road, in the studio, and at home, Greeny and Golic have learned that it’s all about the big stuff: separating order from chaos, ensuring our survival as a species, and keeping peace. If you’re one of Golic and Greeny’s legions of followers, you probably can’t get enough of this sort of provocative, hilarious, and occasionally obsessive stuff. And if you’re one of those fans who live by the rule “There oughta be a rule,” then Mike and Mike’s Rules for Sports and Life is the audiobook for you.

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    Mike and Mike’s Rules for Sports and Life

    By Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, with Andrew Chaikivsky
    4.4 hrs • 4/6/10 • Unabridged
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  14. 11.6 hrs • 7/17/2008 • Unabridged

    After more than a year spent working out with a strength coach and polishing his craft with a guru-like kicking coach, Stefan Fatsis molded his forty-ish body into one that could stand up—barely—to the rigors of NFL training. And over three months in 2006, he became a Denver Bronco. He trained with the team and lived with the players. He was given a locker and uniforms emblazoned with the number 9. He was expected to perform all the drills and regimens required of other kickers. He was unlike his teammates in some ways—most notably, his livelihood was not on the line as theirs was. But he became remarkably like them in many ways: he risked crippling injury just as they did, endured the hazing that befalls all rookies, daily gorged on 4,000 calories, and slogged through two-a-day practices in blistering heat. Not since George Plimpton’s stint as a Detroit Lion more than forty years ago has a writer tunneled so deeply into the NFL. While Fatsis honed his mind and drove his body past exhaustion, he communed with every classic athletic type—the affable alpha male, the overpaid brat, the youthful phenom, the savvy veteran—and a welter of bracingly atypical players as well: a fullback who invokes Aristotle, a quarterback who embraces yoga, and a tight end who takes creative writing classes in the off-season. Fatsis also witnessed the hidden machinery of a top-flight football franchise, from the God-is-in-the-details strategizing of legendary coach Mike Shanahan to the icy calculation with which the front office makes or breaks careers. With wry candor and hard-won empathy, A Few Seconds of Panic unveils the mind of the modern pro athlete and the workings of a storied sports franchise as no book ever has before.

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    A Few Seconds of Panic

    11.6 hrs • 7/17/08 • Unabridged
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  15. 10.1 hrs • 11/13/2007 • Unabridged

    For years, many of Sports Illustrated’s twenty-one million readers turned first to the magazine’s last page, because that’s where they find SI’s most popular feature: the Life of Reilly column, written by bestselling author Rick Reilly. A twenty-two-year veteran of Sports Illustrated and a ten-time National Sportswriter of the Year, Reilly took over SI’s back page in 1998, and his column immediately attracted a devoted following, including the legions of fans who helped make his first collection, The Life of Reilly, a New York Times bestseller in 2000. Now comes Hate Mail from Cheerleaders, a hundred of Reilly’s favorites, along with a new foreword and column postscripts by the author. Alternately sidesplitting and heartwarming but always opinionated and provocative, these pieces are the best work by the best columnist in the business.

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    Hate Mail from Cheerleaders

    10.1 hrs • 11/13/07 • Unabridged
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  16. 9.7 hrs • 1/2/2007 • Unabridged

    A fascinating look at the history and grandeur of bullfighting Death in the Afternoon is an impassioned look at bullfighting by one of its true aficionados. It reflects Hemingway's conviction that bullfighting was more than mere sport and reveals a rich source of inspiration for his art. The unrivaled drama of bullfighting, with its rigorous combination of athleticism and artistry, and its requisite display of grace under pressure, ignited Hemingway's imagination. Seen through his eyes, bullfighting becomes a richly choreographed ballet, with performers who range from awkward amateurs to masters of great elegance and cunning. Death in the Afternoon is also a deeper contemplation of the nature of cowardice and bravery, sport and tragedy, and is enlivened throughout by Hemingway's sharp commentary on life and literature.

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    Death in the Afternoon

    9.7 hrs • 1/2/07 • Unabridged
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