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Sport Audiobooks in November

26 Nov

Lewis MoodyWe’ve got some great names in our talkSPORT My Sporting Life range in November and December.

Sit back and listen as ex-England rugby captain Lewis Moody looks back over his phenomenal career, from his time at Leicester Tigers and Bath to playing in the historic 2003 World Cup victory and finally captaining his country. A great listen for all rugby union fans.

Next we have Britain’s only undefeated boxing world champion Joe Calzaghe. Described by Ricky Hatton as ‘the best British fighter we’ve ever had’, his record of 46 wins and 0 defeats speaks for itself. Join Joe as he reminisces about his incredible career.

Football fans are well catered for in November and December with Rodney Marsh, Tommy Doherty, Dennis Tueart and Tony Woodcock all making appearances in the My Sporting Life range.

A further two programmes which will appeal to those who are interested in matters off the football field are from former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan and manager Neil Warnock. Hear how Jordan’s life-long love of Crystal Palace (with a little help from a fortune made in the mobile phone market) made him the youngest chairman of a Football League club at the age of 32 and how his 10 turbulent years at the helm ended in Palace going into administration in 2010.

Former Crystal Palace manager (and current Leeds manager) Neil Warnock recounts his long and illustrious career in football, from humble beginnings playing for Chesterfield and Rotherham in the late Sixties and early Seventies to his glory days managing Sheffield United. He talks about his three years spent at Crystal Palace, his time at QPR and his present job of managing Leeds United.

Last and by no means least we also have episodes from athletics legends Kriss Akabusi and Derek Redmond, former England wicketkeeper Jack Russell and the most successful superbike champion of all time, the legend that is Carl Fogarty.

More great titles to come next month and with over 70 episodes now available there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Jon Dunn

Commissioning Editor, Sport

Sports Titles at AudioGO in October

9 Oct

After an amazing and unparalleled summer of sport, why not welcome the coming of autumn with a host of sporting titles to suit all tastes.

John Hartson

Our series of talkSPORT’s My Sporting Life continues with 8 titles this month. Each episode of My Sporting Life, hosted by Danny Kelly, features a 60-80 minute interview with a sporting legend as they discuss their career highs and lows, offering an amazing insight into what it takes to be a first class sports person  This month’s highlights include West Ham and Everton footballing legend Tony Cottee, Fulham, Liverpool and Republic of Ireland favourite Ray Houghton, Celtic and Wales’ John Hartson and for non-football fans there is Hull and Leeds rugby league great Garry Schofield and basketball’s John Amaechi. This month’s titles join the 48 which are already available. See all titles here.

Next up we have Martin Kelner reading his own humorous account of the history of televised sport, Sit Down and Cheer. After the blanket coverage of the sporting summer and the continuing innovation in how sport is presented to us on television, Martin delves into the history of how this came to be, adding his own unique charm and humour. From its humble beginnings (the 1937 Wimbledon tournament being the first live televised sporting event in the UK, watched by an estimated 2000 people with the quality being so bad that you couldn’t see the ball and had to follow the action by the ‘swing of the rackets’!) to today’s TV schedule dominance with its Snickometers and Hawk-Eyes, this is fascinating listening for fans of sport and TV history alike.

touchline TalesAnd finally we have Des Lynam and Christopher Matthew’s Touchline Tales. This contains the best four episodes from the first 2 series of the Radio 4 programme.  We follow Des and Christopher around various sporting venues throughout the country as they share humorous anecdotes and reminisce about legends of sport. If you’re a fan of our Johnners releases, you’ll love this.

More great sporting titles to follow next month…until then happy listening.

Top 5 sport audiobooks

6 Jul

This summer is a great one for sports, with football, tennis, cricket and athletics. To keep you in the mood for it, we’ve selected some of our favourite sporting audio books.

1980 Moscow Olympics: The Reunion1980 Moscow Olympics: The Reunion
Presented by Sue MacGregor
When Russia invaded Afghanistan in 1979, the year before the games in Moscow, President Carter, backed by Margaret Thatcher, urged athletes to boycott the event. Sue MacGregor reunites members of the British team, including Duncan Goodhew, Joslyn Hoyte-Smith and Colin Moynihan as they recall the controversial year. They reminisce about the difficult decisions they made and ultimately the triumph of a record-breaking British medals haul.
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Muhammad Ali In His Own Words

This is a fascinating collection of interviews with Muhammad Ali, beginning in 1965 and finishing with a television interview with Joanna Lumley in 1989. The legendary champion boxer makes several famous appearances on Parkinson in the 1970s and talks to David Frost in the Frost Interview along the way. He discusses his fighting career, his views on religion and society, his lack of formal education and his vision of a separate black-only American state. This is part of our ‘In Their Own Words’ series.
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Sport and the BritishSport And The British
By Clare Balding
This BBC Radio 4 series, presented by Claire Balding shows how sport has shaped the British and how Britain has shaped sport. With the help of the academic team from the International Centre for Sports History and Culture at De Montfort University, Clare looks at the role sport has, and will continue to play in our national life in this 30-part narrative series.
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The Ration Book Olympics
By Claire Balding

The Ration Book Olympics
In ‘The Ration Book Olympics’, Clare Balding looks back at the last time the Games came to London in 1948. Rationing was still in force, severe bomb damage was still evident and no new sports facilities could be built so visiting athletes were put up in schools and RAF camps. Despite all of this, the Games were a great success.
In this interesting look at the Games, Clare meets athletes from the 1948 Games, including cyclist Tommy Godwin and Dorothy Manley, both medal winners.
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George BestGeorge Best In His Own Words

This is a fascinating collection of archive interviews with George Best, one of the most talented footballers of all time, beginning in the 1970s, when the celebrated player enjoyed success at a young age. In the 1980s, Best had become a husband and father, and was coming to terms with alcoholism. Throughout this audiobook, he discusses career and personal highs and lows, finishing with an interview with Nicky Campbell from 2000.
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What do you think?
Do you have a favourite sport audiobook?