For the Glory: Eric Liddells Journey from Olympic Champion to Modern Martyr Audiobook, by Duncan Hamilton Play Audiobook Sample

For the Glory: Eric Liddell's Journey from Olympic Champion to Modern Martyr Audiobook

For the Glory: Eric Liddells Journey from Olympic Champion to Modern Martyr Audiobook, by Duncan Hamilton Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Nicholas Guy Smith Publisher: Penguin Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 9.17 hours at 1.5x Speed 6.88 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: May 2016 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780399565823

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09:48 minutes

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17 seconds

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The untold and inspiring story of Eric Liddell, hero of Chariots of Fire, from his Olympic medal to his missionary work in China to his last, brave years in a Japanese work camp during WWII.

Many people will remember Eric Liddell as the Olympic gold medalist from the Academy Award winning film Chariots of Fire. Famously, Liddell would not run on Sunday because of his strict observance of the Christian sabbath, and so he did not compete in his signature event, the 100 meters, at the 1924 Paris Olympics. He was the greatest sprinter in the world at the time, and his choice not to run was ridiculed by the British Olympic committee, his fellow athletes, and most of the world press. Yet Liddell triumphed in a new event, winning the 400 meters in Paris.

Liddell ran—and lived—for the glory of his God. After winning gold, he dedicated himself to missionary work. He traveled to China to work in a local school and as a missionary. He married and had children there. By the time he could see war on the horizon, Liddell put Florence, his pregnant wife, and children on a boat to Canada, while he stayed behind, his conscience compelling him to stay among the Chinese. He and thousands of other westerners were eventually interned at a Japanese work camp.

Once imprisoned, Liddell did what he was born to do, practice his faith and his sport. He became the moral center of an unbearable world. He was the hardest worker in the camp, he counseled many of the other prisoners, he gave up his own meager portion of meals many days, and he organized games for the children there. He even raced again. For his ailing, malnourished body, it was all too much. Liddell died of a brain tumor just before the end of the war. His passing was mourned around the world, and his story still inspires.

In the spirit of The Boys in the Boat and Unbroken, For the Glory is both a compelling narrative of athletic heroism and a gripping story of faith in the darkest circumstances.

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“With fine research and a gentle, methodical narration from Nicholas Guy Smith, Liddell’s true self comes across clearly in this biography…Smith, in his British accent, adds an appropriately formal narration to the story of a truly selfless man who devoted his life to helping others…This is definitely worth a listen.”

— AudioFile 


  • “Hamilton shows us not only the power of a hero but also the power of faith…A beautifully written, evocative story of unflinching morality and true humanity.”

    — Eric Blehm, New York Times bestselling author
  • “Hamilton seamlessly combines quotes from research documents, historical facts, and his own way with words, and his writing feels effortless in this inspiring story.”

    — Publishers Weekly
  • “Poignant and tragic yet stimulating, Liddell’s personality leaps off the pages and will draw in all readers, from history and sports enthusiasts to casual fans of nonfiction.”

    — Library Journal
  • “Poignant…moving…Will appeal to fans of Chariots of Fire as well as Unbroken and similar books.”

    — Kirkus Reviews

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About Duncan Hamilton

Duncan Hamilton is an award-winning sportswriter and author who has twice won the foremost sports writing prize in the United Kingdom, The William Hill, and been nominated an additional three times. He is the author of several books.

About Nicholas Guy Smith

Nicholas Guy Smith, an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator, is a highly rated and diverse voice-over actor who has been heard in feature films, television commercials, and video games. He has voiced characters for Disney, Warner Brothers, Universal, and the Cartoon Network.