18 Best Sports Audiobooks for the Superfan in All of Us

18 Best Sports Audiobooks for the Superfan in All of Us

Whether you’re a die-hard sports fanatic or a casual observer, you’ve likely felt the rush of adrenaline that comes from watching a world-class competitor at peak performance. Another way to capture the high energy of professional athletics? A sports audiobook with the perfect balance of substance and style. From classic underdog stories to entrepreneurial successes and legendary matches, the 18 best sports audiobooks will have you cheering from the stands.
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    • By: Phil Knight
    • Narrated by: Norbert Leo Butz, Phil Knight - introduction
    • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
    • Release date: 26-04-2016
    • Language: English
    • 5 out of 5 stars 3,621 ratings
    • In 1964, fresh out of business school with just a $50 loan from his dad, Phil Knight started a small business selling imported sneakers from the trunk of his car. Today, that small business is worth more than $30 billion and boasts perhaps the most recognisable logo in the world: the Nike swoosh. An absorbing listen for sports and business enthusiasts alike, Shoe Dog is a stirring narrative of what it takes to build a global brand — and the risks, setbacks, and successes that happen along the way. Tony Award-winning actor Norbert Leo Butz provides dynamic narration that leaves an air of suspense, crafting an engrossing corporate drama that weaves through the many ups and downs of the Nike story.

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    • By: Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated by: Philip Franklin
    • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
    • Release date: 05-04-2016
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 630 ratings
    • In Into Thin Air, bestselling author Jon Krakauer gives a look into his trek to the summit of Mount Everest in 1996, now recognised as one of the deadliest seasons in the history of Everest climbs. Krakauer reached the peak after 57 hours without sleep and a close-to-fatal lack of oxygen. But reaching the summit was just half the battle; on his descent, the author experienced exhaustive hallucinations and hypoxia. Krakauer literally lived to tell the tale, surviving a trek (now widely known as the 1996 Mount Everest Disaster) which claimed the lives of five other climbers. Narrated by Philip Franklin, this personal, painful audiobook will help listeners learn what it is that compels so many people to put aside the risks and place their lives on the line by taking on Everest.

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    • My Journey to Becoming a Two-Time CrossFit Games Champion
    • By: Katrin Davidsdottir
    • Narrated by: Katrin Davidsdottir
    • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
    • Release date: 06-08-2019
    • Language: English
    • 5 out of 5 stars 111 ratings
    • Narrated by the author herself, Katrin Davidsdottir’s autobiography illustrates just what it takes to become the Fittest Women on Earth... twice. In 2015 and 2016, Davidsdottir won the women’s CrossFit Games. In this engrossing memoir, she reveals that it’s not her successes that drive her, but rather her defeats. In Dottir, Davidsdottir describes how it was her failure to qualify for the Games in 2014 that gave her the drive and focus she needed to become a champion. She offers valuable encouragement as well as practical insights into her nutrition and training routines, but above all else, she gives a firsthand look at how she stays mentally tough, making for a listen that’s sure to inspire.

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    • By: Mike Tyson
    • Narrated by: Joshua Henry
    • Length: 20 hrs and 7 mins
    • Release date: 16-01-2014
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 393 ratings
    • Undisputed Truth is Mike Tyson’s detailed account of how he became a world-class heavyweight fighter, then rocketed to even greater fame as an international celebrity. But Tyson’s life wasn’t all limelight and luxury; in 2013, he hit rock bottom with a felony conviction and crippling substance abuse issues. In this autobiography, narrated by Joshua Henry, who maintains notes of Tyson’s own intonations and accent as tells the fighter’s story, Tyson shares how he endured this period of very public struggle with some deeply personal demons. Relying on his fighter’s instinct to refuse defeat, Tyson recounts how he painstakingly climbed one step at a time to achieve sobriety, regain control over his life, and ultimately rise again to find health, success, and happiness.

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    • My Life so Far
    • By: Maria Sharapova
    • Narrated by: Maria Sharapova
    • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
    • Release date: 12-09-2017
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 70 ratings
    • When Maria Sharapova won Wimbledon at only 17 years old, she became an overnight sensation. Her talent and rags-to-riches backstory stole the hearts of tennis fans all over the world. But when she was suspended in 2016 for taking the performance-enhancing drug meldonium, many critics thought it was the end of her career. In Unstoppable, Sharapova explains how she took this setback and turned it into an even more fervent dedication to her sport. In her own voice, the author discusses the intense training she undertook — not unlike the rigorous training she endured on the courts of her small Russian hometown — in order to bounce back and prove that she very well may be unstoppable.

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    • The autobiography of Shane Warne
    • By: Shane Warne, Mark Nicholas
    • Narrated by: Rhys Muldoon
    • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
    • Release date: 01-10-2018
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 578 ratings
    • From the start of his career in 1992, to his official retirement from all formats of the game in 2013, Shane Warne has long desired to tell his incredible story without compromise. In No Spin, Shane sets the record straight. Nothing is off limits in this enthralling listen, from his history-making 700th Test wicket to the controversy surrounding the diuretic pill in South Africa, to his high-profile relationship with Hollywood star Elizabeth Hurley. And there’s no better narrator to bring Warne’s story to life than Rhys Muldoon. Intimate and relatable, No Spin offers a pitch-side seat to one of cricket’s finest eras — and the man at the centre of it all.

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    • The Autobiography
    • By: Johnathan Thurston, James Phelps
    • Narrated by: James Phelps
    • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
    • Release date: 13-11-2018
    • Language: English
    • 5 out of 5 stars 183 ratings
    • Johnathan Thurston is widely regarded as one of rugby league's greatest players. This autobiography is his story — told from the perspective of the legend himself. Written off as too skinny, slow and wild, Thurston tackled every misconception to score the final try: playing professionally for the Bulldogs in the NRL. He then went on to become a State of Origin star, and was the only player to participate in all 24 games of Queensland’s eight-year Origin winning streak from 2006-2014. With beautiful narration by James Phelps, listeners get an intimate look inside the life and mind of the best players that the NRL has ever seen.

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    • By: Tyson Fury
    • Narrated by: Tyson Fury - introduction, Jake Wood
    • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
    • Release date: 14-11-2019
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 327 ratings
    • Born three months premature and weighing less than a half a kilo at birth, Tyson Fury overcame all odds to become one of the most unlikely heavyweight champions in sporting history. However, this ‘dream come true’ soon turned into a nightmare. Alcohol and cocaine abuse took hold, and Tyson was quickly stripped of his titles. What followed was the darkest moment of his life — detailed in this audiobook for the first time — in which he came within seconds of ending everything. Read by Jake Wood, with an introduction by Fury himself, Behind the Mask is an unflinching autobiography from one of the greatest boxers of all time.

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    • The Hidden Tribe, the Ultra-Runners, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
    • By: Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
    • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
    • Release date: 04-04-2012
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 1,178 ratings
    • In this tale of impressive athleticism, author Christopher McDougall recounts stories of the Tarahumara — an all but hidden tribe of indigenous Mexicans who for centuries have practised the seemingly impossible feat of running for hundreds of miles at a time without rest. Travelling to the deadly Copper Canyon in the tribe’s native state of Chihuahua, the author meets the mysterious and solitary Caballo Blanco, an outsider who lives among the tribe. He begins studying the ways of the Tarahumara, hoping to become an ultramarathoner himself. Blending engrossing narratives with scientific research on just how much the human body can achieve, Born to Run is at once a fascinating cultural study, colourful travel memoir, and inspiring athletic journal, all brought to life by Fred Sanders’s excellent and easy-to-follow narration.

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    • By: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
    • Narrated by: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Gabe Wicks
    • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
    • Release date: 16-10-2018
    • Language: English
    • 5 out of 5 stars 10 ratings
    • In his first-ever authorised audiobook, NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt Jr. narrates his life’s journey through wins, losses, injury, recovery, and his never-ending drive to race. But Racing to the Finish is not simply the autobiography of one of NASCAR’s most well-known racers; it is an intimate telling of how Earnhardt coped with serious concussions that took him away from racing. As he dealt with the pressure to recover quickly, Earnhardt faced the possibility that his injuries could impede his ability to live a long and fulfilling life. Sharing his story with the help of expert narrator Gabe Wicks, Earnhardt divulges how his loved ones helped him recover his health and his confidence, and how the decision to cross his final finish line was one of the most rewarding he’s ever made. The result is a striking listen that sheds light on the excruciating realities of suffering a potentially career-ending (and life-altering) injury.

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    • The Autobiography
    • By: Andre Agassi
    • Narrated by: Erik Davies
    • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
    • Release date: 11-11-2009
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 680 ratings
    • Aside from his eight Grand Slam Titles and Olympic gold medal, Andre Agassi is probably best known for being the first punk on the tennis court. In his fast-paced autobiography, Agassi describes how his austere high school tennis experience drove him to be a new kind of world champion — one with dyed hair, piercings, and multiple high-profile rendezvous with Hollywood starlets. Agassi’s personal account of his rise to fame, dynamically narrated by acclaimed voice actor Erik Davies, also incorporates nail-biting stories of some of his most memorable matches, like those against world champions Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras, and Roger Federer. Revealing a fascinating athlete and an even more interesting man, Open is a colourful character study of a person who is, in more ways than most, utterly and completely unique.

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    • By: Michael Cox
    • Narrated by: Colin Mace
    • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
    • Release date: 01-06-2017
    • Language: English
    • 5 out of 5 stars 90 ratings
    • In 1992, soccer was emerging from a five-year ban from European competition. The game was based on strength over speed, with a physical, bruising and aggressive style of play. Then, almost overnight, it all changed. The creation of the Premier League coincided with one of the most seismic rule changes in the sport’s history: the abolition of the back-pass. Suddenly defenders had no easy out, goalkeepers had to be able to field and play the ball, and the pace of the game accelerated immeasurably. Narrated by Colin Mace, The Mixer tells the tactical story of the rise of the Premier League and how the game has developed over the last quarter century.

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    • My Life
    • By: Adam Gilchrist
    • Narrated by: William McInnes
    • Length: 17 hrs and 7 mins
    • Release date: 04-08-2009
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 111 ratings
    • Adam Gilchrist is one of the greatest wicket keepers and batsmen in the history of cricket. To his millions of fans around the world, it’s the way he plays the game that makes him one of the best-loved cricketers of his generation. Now, True Colours brings his story to life. Read by homegrown actor William Mclnnes, this audiobook takes listeners into the world of cricket that few outside of the Australian team have ever seen. From his early struggles to establish himself, through to the giant achievements of the Aussie test and one-day sides, True Colours offers an extraordinary look into one of cricket's major stars and the game itself.

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    • A Memoir
    • By: Lamar Odom, Chris Palmer - contributor
    • Narrated by: Chris Palmer
    • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
    • Release date: 25-06-2019
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 27 ratings
    • Lamar Odom, renowned for his years on the two-time NBA world champion Los Angeles Lakers, and his connection to the Kardashian clan, relays his personal journey in this raw and revealing autobiography. Odom narrates not just the electrifying story of his career but also the darker side of his meteoric rise to fame, delving into difficulties such as drug addiction and life-threatening medical issues. This listen makes it an excellent choice for Odom fans, but even those with little prior knowledge of his story will find themselves engrossed in layers of social and cultural commentary on the American sports industry, the phenomenon of fame, and how far one can— or should—push oneself under pressure.

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    • By: Neale Daniher, Warwick Green
    • Narrated by: David Tredinnick
    • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
    • Release date: 24-10-2019
    • Language: English
    • 5 out of 5 stars 120 ratings
    • In 2013, AFL legend Neale Daniher was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease — a cruel and incurable condition. He had a choice. He could spend his remaining time focused on himself, or he could seize the opportunity to tell his story, and make a better future for others. Daniher chose the latter. He sat down to pen a letter to the grandchildren he'll never get to know. Then he kept on writing and his autobiography was born. Masterfully narrated by David Tredinnick, When All Is Said & Done is a timely reminder that even though life doesn't promise to be fair, we all have the power to choose how to make our time matter.

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