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Free Audiobooks at the Olympics

Audiobooks made an appearance in Olympics commercials this week. In the AT&T commercial embedded above, marathon runner Ryan Hall took his smartphone for a run with a couple massive audiobooks.

If you want to follow his audiobook reading list, you can download a free audiobook copy of The Odyssey and a free audiobook copy of Moby Dick at Project Gutenberg. Those files are available for a variety of devices, just scroll down to see all your options.

Here’s AT&T’s description of the short ad: “We open on Team USA marathoner Ryan Hall, getting ready for a run. On his AT&T smartphone, he begins streaming the epic audio book, The Odyssey. It becomes clear that his run is nothing short of a marathon as he passes through different towns and terrain — all the while streaming his book over AT&T’s 4G network. With AT&T’s expansive 4G coverage, Ryan can run and run, keeping himself entertained with every step.”

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The Olympic Memoir We’d Like to See

While most of the publishing industry was getting ready for the penultimate early weekend of the summer, Free Press announced that it had signed a deal with Olympic swimming sensation Michael Phelps to publish Built to Succeed, a memoir offering “the secrets of his success and… his approach to training, competition, and winning,” according to the announcement in Publishers Marketplace.

Considering this deal, and the news from across the Atlantic about possible book deals for British medalists, another potentially attractive possibility presented itself: What about a memoir by American marathoner Ryan Hall?

Hall had already gotten significant attention from the media, including Peter Hessler‘s New Yorker profile and Michael Perry‘s Runner’s World cover story. Enough of the runner’s personality comes through in both articles to suggest that he could tell his own story in an equally compelling manner if he chose to do so, and his pre-Olympic blog offers further evidence. The more you learn about Hall’s strong Christian faith and his participation in Team World Vision, an organization that helps poverty-stricken communities raise themselves to self-sustainability, it’s easy to see him writing a book that combines the best elements of Tony Dungy‘s Quiet Strength and John Woods‘s Leaving Microsoft to Change the World. Hall’s home page already had the perfect title, one with extra poignancy following his tenth-place finish: More Precious Than Gold. If you want to understand how powerful this story could be, watch the following video.

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