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This unique audiobook history of the Olympics, first issued in 2008, has been updated to include the Beijing Olympics and released to coincide with the London event. Written by the prize-winning sports journalist John Goodbody, and with a fascinating personal documentary featuring one of Britain's leading Olympians, Sebastian Coe, who is now heading the 2012 Games, this is an ideal opener!

Goodbody, for many years chief sports news writer for the Times, has covered every Olympics since 1964. In this entertaining and informative account, he tells the main stories of each of the modern Olympics. Here are some of the heroes and heroines who have made sporting history, as well as the main disasters and scandals that attend the world’s greatest sporting event.

©2012 John Goodbody (P)2012 Naxos AudioBooks

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Better than expected...

So, I kept putting this off and off but when I finally took the time to listen it, I realized the book is actually quite intriguing. Filled with interesting facts and historical references dating back to the very first Olympics, this work is well-done and the narrator does a great job as well. My only regret, the book only focuses on the summer Olympics, which is certainly disappointing to a winters-sports' guy like myself.

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  • Mr
  • 07-13-16

OK. But not quite what I was looking for.

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Competently executed, and will delight sports nerds. However the things that I was hoping to learn about the Olympic movement - the background, city-selection process, logistics, organization, finance etc, are all glossed over very briefly indeed. The focus of the book is quite tightly on athletes, sports statistics and medal tallies.

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  • Sam
  • 08-27-12

wow!!

one of the best.. buy it!!! time flew buy listening to it.. everything you ever need to know about the olympics!

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  • Chand
  • 07-31-12

Brilliant

Perfect listening material before the London Olympics! So many facts and figures about the greatest show on Earth