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Audiobooks: Inside the World of ESPN and More

By on September 2, 2011
RoadKing Mag

Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN
By James Andrew Miller & Tom Shales
24 CDs, 28.5 hours

This is not a book about athletes.

Those Guys Have All the Fun goes into meticulous detail about the creation and evolution of sports channel ESPN. More than 500 people are quoted, and the revolving door of executives, the ego clashes, triumphs and mistakes are relayed through their direct quotes. It takes a few discs before the story gets to the ESPN everyone knows now, and a few more before the juicy stuff kicks in. Still, when that 24th CD ends, there’s no doubt that the history of ESPN has been delivered.
Nancy Henderson

10th Anniversary
By James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
7 CDs, 8 hours

After putting in long hours on the job, there’s nothing like meeting the girls to dish the workplace gossip over a margarita, right? Just ask the ladies of the Women’s Murder Club, who are equal parts girly gal-pals and tough-as-nails crime fighters.

Police detective Lindsay Boxer, District Attorney Yuki Castellano and newspaper reporter Cindy Thomas are all trying to track down the truth behind three different crimes. With multiple plots all unreeling at once, the endings are anticlimactic compared with the suspenseful buildup. Nonetheless, the characters seem like old friends, and turning away from 10th Anniversary is nearly impossible when their lives may be in peril.
Elizabeth DeBell

Carte Blanche
By Jeffery Deaver
11 CDs, 13.5 hours

James Bond is an icon of a certain age in many ways. But in this latest literary makeover, American crime writer Jeffery Deaver brings the international man of mystery into the 21st century. Though Bond is as daring and debonair as ever, this time he is app-obsessed and ensnared in the changing global power structure, just like the rest of us.

The plot kicks off with a cryptic text message: “Casualties estimated in the thousands, British interests adversely affected.” The action then roars onward with ferocity to match the engine in Bond’s Bentley. From Serbia to London to Dubai, there are explosions, car chases and — most shocking of all — texting and driving!

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