The History of the Olympics

The History of the Olympics

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By (author) John Goodbody, Read by Barry Davies

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  • Publisher: NAXOS AUDIOBOOKS
  • Format: CD-Audio | 5 pages
  • Dimensions: 124mm x 142mm x 25mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Hong Kong
  • ISBN 10: 9626348704
  • ISBN 13: 9789626348703
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged

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The 2008 Beijing Olympics take place in August. John Goodbody, for many years chief sports 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.

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Fitting the 26 Olympic Games that have been held since 1896 into an audiobook, A History of the Olympics is an awesome challenge. We're talking 28 different sports, many divided into numerous events. The veteran sporting journalist John Goodbody goes for the highlights, be they triumphs or disasters, ecstasies or agonies, but he also has a nice ear for colourful detail...Does it work? Barry Davies's narration is in the best spirit of sports commentary, but the brain (well, my brain) can only handle so many amazing facts at a time. So this is a publication to sip rather than guzzle, on a morning jog or drive to work. At the end, however, is a 45-minute interview with Sebastian Coe to provide just the sort of in-depth view that the History itself couldn't. - Christina Hardyment, The Times If your passion is for the Olympics rather than the venue, this comprehensive guide to the history of the games is the perfect gap-filler between heats. - Sue Arnold, The Guardian