You don't have to be a sports-enthusiast to enjoy titles on this list. From fiction to nonfiction, biographies to self-help, there's something for all ages, genders and interests. These books will make you feel inspired to rise up and accomplish YOUR dreams.
The Games: A Global History of the Olympics by David Goldblatt: Renowned sportswriter David Goldblatt has been hailed by the Wall Street Journal for writing "with the expansive eye of a social and cultural critic." In The Games Goldblatt delivers a magisterial history of the biggest sporting event of them all: the Olympics. Narrated by Napoleon Ryan.
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown: After enthralling readers with works such as The Indifferent Stars Above, Daniel James Brown turned to the journals of the 1936 U.S. crew team to present the tale that inspired a nation. Overmatched but determined, a group of rowers came together to take on the world for a chance at their sport's ultimate prize. Narrated by Edward Herrmann.
In the Water They Can't See You Cry by Amanda Beard with Rebecca Paley: In this candid and ultimately uplifting memoir, Olympic medalist Amanda Beard reveals the truth about coming of age in the spotlight, the demons she battled along the way, and the new-found happiness that has proven to be her greatest victory. Narrated by Tavia Gilbert.
Catch a Star by Tamika Catchings with Ken Petersen: When all she wanted was to fit in, Tamika Catchings stood out and felt left out, never knowing one day she'd stand out-as a basketball superstar and an inspiration. She faced being set apart by her hearing loss, separated from family, living up to high expectations, and the pain and discouragement of debilitating physical injury. Yet she reached for the stars with hard work, perseverance, and her faith in God. Through the silence, she found the way to shine. Catch a Star tells Tamika's story of overcoming: of leading the Indiana Fever to its first championship, being named one of the WNBA's top fifteen players in history, earning three Olympic gold medals, and founding the Catch the Stars Foundation to help young people achieve their dreams. Narrated by Robin Eller.
The Quickest Kid in Clarksville by Pat Zietlow Miller: Growing up in the segregated town of Clarksville, Tennessee, in the 1960s, Alta's family cannot afford to buy her new sneakers--but she still plans to attend the parade celebrating her hero Wilma Rudolph's three Olympic gold medals.
Gold by Chris Cleave: Gold introduces Zoe and Kate, speed cyclists set to participate in the London Olympics. They have been friends and rivals over the years, but as they approach their final competition together, the two will be forced to confront difficult truths about ambition, trust, and sacrifice. Narrated by Emilia Fox.
Playing for Keeps: Michael Jordan and the World He Made by David Halberstam: Michael Jordan is more than a great basketball player, he is a cultural phenomenon. This remarkable book by a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer offers human drama and penetrating insights into professional athletics. It helps you understand Jordan's epic career in the context of the new world of sports-one with higher stakes, more pressure, and less humanity. Narrated by Richard Davidson.
On the Ice with ... Wayne Gretzky by Matt Christopher: He's been called "The Great One" ever since he laced up his first pair of skates. In this exciting biography for middle grades, Matt Christopher, the number one children's sports writer in America, puts you on the ice with the National Hockey League's superstar center Wayne Gretzky. Narrated by Richard Davidson.
Swimming by Nicola Keegan: Nicola Keegan's affecting debut novel Swimming "is as entertaining as it is deeply moving, a story of loss that is- against all odds-also a jubilation" (Lauren Groff, author). Whether at home or at school, life for Pip in small-town Kansas is fraught with angst and disappointment. But when she's in the pool, Pip is unstoppable-and nothing will dash her dreams of some day competing in the Olympics. Narrated by Aya Cash.
Zero Regrets by Apolo Ohno: Over three consecutive Olympic games, Apolo Ohno has come to symbolize the very best of the competitive spirit. In Zero Regrets, he shares the inspiring personal story behind his remarkable success, as well as the hard won truths and strategies he has discovered in good times and bad. Narrated by the author.
Lives of the Athletes by Kathleen Krull: Do you have a favorite sports hero? If so, have you ever wondered about what kind of zany things things he or she likes to do when not competing? Have you ever wondered what the great athletes like to eat, or what they like to drink? Do you ever imagine what their childhoods were like? This fascinating middle grade book answers all these questions and many more you might never have even thought to ask! Narrated by Kevin Orton.
Night Olympic Team: Fighting to Keep Drugs Out of the Game by Caroline Hatton: A team of scientists works to expose athletes who use banned drugs to win Olympic medals. Here is the true, inside story for young adults of the UCLA Olympic Laboratory - the drug-detection team that tests athletes for banned performance-enhancing drugs. Narrated by Barbara McCulloh.
Dream Team by Jack McCallum: Acclaimed sports journalist Jack McCallum delivers the untold story of the greatest team ever assembled: the 1992 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team that captivated the world, kindled hoop dreams, and remade the NBA into a global sensation. Narrated by Dick Hill.
The End of the Perfect 10 by Dvora Meyers: Perfect 10 is an exciting and insightful account of the controversial world of gymnastics, the recent changes of the scoring system, and why those changes will drive American gymnasts to the top of the sport in the twenty-first century. Narrated by Elise Arsenault.