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February 15, 2016 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Sports Audiobooks
Sports fans have plenty to cheer about with this year’s top 10 sports audiobook list covering such sports as baseball, basketball, boxing, and golf. The titles were reviewed in Booklist during the past two years.
The Baseball Codes: Beanballs, Sign Stealing, and Bench-Clearing Brawls; The Unwritten Rules of America’s Pastime. By Jason Turbow. Read by Michael Kramer. 2010. 9hr. Blackstone, CS, $59.95 (9781441762993); CD, $90 (9781441763006).
Kramer projects a wry sense of humor when recounting the foibles of ballplayers, coaches, and umpires attempting to uphold a set of unwritten, occasionally conflicting baseball rules.
Branch Rickey. By Jimmy Breslin. Read by Dick Hill. 2011. 4hr. Tantor, CD, $35.99 (9781400149599).
This brief bio of Rickey, remembered as the baseball executive who brought black players into the major leagues by signing Jackie Robinson in 1947, is read with a welcoming informality by Hill.
Hard Work: My Life on and off the Court. By Roy Williams. Read by Alan Winter. 2009. 8hr. HighBridge, CD, $29.95 (9781615730209).
Winter’s accent suggests traces of the South in his reading of this matter-of-fact memoir of the rags-to-riches life of college basketball coach Roy Williams.
The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron. By Howard Bryant. Read by Dominic Hoffman. 2010. 22hr. Books on Tape, CD, $50 (9780307736901).
Despite some mispronunciations of baseball names, Hoffman otherwise turns in a pleasant reading of this acclaimed biography of baseball icon Henry Aaron.
Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend. By Larry Tye. Read by Dominic Hoffman. 2009. 13.5hr. Books on Tape, CD, $100 (9781415964682).
This biography of Satchel Paige, the “superstar hurler of the Negro Leagues,” is read by Hoffman at an appropriately languid pace.
Sixty Feet, Six Inches: A Hall of Fame Pitcher and a Hall of Fame Hitter Talk about How the Game Is Played. By Bob Gibson. Read by Mirron Willis and Dominic Hoffman. 2009. 9.5hr. Books on Tape, CD, $80 (9781415965597).
In a conversation between Hall of Famers Bob Gibson and Reggie Jackson, Willis and Hoffman project the former stars with clarity. Jackson sounds full of himself, and Gibson comes across as confident but circumspect.
Stan Musial: An American Life. By George Vecsey. Read by Scott Brick. 2011. 12hr. Books on Tape, CD, $45 (9780307934420).
Brick gives Vecsey’s loving tribute to Stan the Man a clean, coherent rendering.
Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN. By James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales. Read by James Andrew Miller and others. 2011. 28hr. AudioGO, CD, $110.99 (9781611136616).
Full of candid interviews and juicy tidbits about ESPN, this is a sports fanatic’s dream.
Tiger: The Real Story. By Steve Helling. Read by Kevin Kenerly. 2010. 7hr. Blackstone, CS, $59.95 (9781441752390); CD, $90 (9781441752406).
We may never know the “real story” about Tiger Woods’ sudden fall from grace, but this overview of his career (touching upon his personal life) is read with flair by Kenerly.
We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball. By Kadir Nelson. Read by Dion Graham. 2009. 2hr. Brilliance, CD, $42.97 (9781423375371). Gr. 5–8.
Yes, it’s a children’s title, but the 2009 award-winning book has been made into an outstanding audio, expertly read by Graham and including a CD of the striking illustrations.
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