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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (14 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rick Reilly Narrator: Mike Chamberlain Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2010 ISBN: 9780307577955
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The most popular sports columnist in America puts his life (and dignity) on the line in search of the most absurd sporting event on the planet.

What is the stupidest sport in the world? Not content to pontificate from the sidelines, Rick Reilly set out on a global journey—with stops in Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Denmark, England, and even a maximum security prison at Angola, Louisiana—to discover the answer to this enduring question.

From the physically and mentally taxing sport of chess boxing to the psychological battlefield that is the rock-paper-scissors championship, to the underground world of illegal jart throwing, to several competitions that involve nudity, Reilly, in his valiant quest, subjected himself to both bodily danger and abject humiliation (or, in the case of ferret legging, both).

These fringe sports offer their participants a chance to earn a few bucks and achieve the eternal glory that is winning—even when the victory in question might strike some as pointless, like the ability to sit in an oven-hot sauna for the longest time. It's debatable whether these sports push the body or just human idiocy to the outermost limits, but one thing is for sure: Sports in Hell is laugh-out-loud hilarious and will deliver plenty of unabashed fun.

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Quotes & Awards

  • You don't need to know your bogeys from your birdies to find at least three laughs per page in this novel. The New York Times Book Review
  • “Part Damon Runyon, part Raymond Chandler, and part Caddyshack...I was hooked for the full 18. Entertainment Weekly
  • The most entertaining golf novel not written by Dan Jenkins. This is a must read for any fan of golf—or of good humor. Star Telegram
  • Showcases the underrated eloquence of male banter…fast-paced, hilarious (and often raunchy) hijinks…Reilly can add another stroke of genius to his scorecard Rocky Mountain News
  • A splendid comic device whose literal telling of his NBA career says more about pro sports than he could ever know. Chicago Tribune
  • "[An] inspired satire, a laugh-a-minute, sometimes bawdy, over-the-top riff on everyone and everything associated with professional basketball. If you don't find something to laugh at with Slo-Mo!, run out, don't walk, and find a sense of humor. Denver Post
  • Reilly could write about lawn bowling and make it funny, informative, and entertaining. You never know what the next page is going to bring. Los Angeles Times
  • Good, wacky fun—and the primo Father’s Day gift of the year Fortune

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Blanchette | 4/10/2012

    " Interesting and funny, this is a solid read for both casual and diehard sports fans alike! It is amazing what some people do for fun! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug | 4/26/2011

    " Very entertaining book from Reilly, who is almost always funny, although a total smart aleck, about non-mainstream sports, from women's football to competive sauna sitting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brent | 4/14/2011

    " This was a fun, easy read that I found both entertaining and informative. Rick Reilly's writing makes me laugh and managed to introduce me to a lot of nonsense that others call sports. Even a marginal sports fan would enjoy this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark | 3/8/2011

    " While parts of this are really funny (esp. the chapter on the sport of chess boxing... or the one on why baseball is a dumb game), overall the book stoops to frat boy humor (booze, puke & chicks) and frat boy language way too often for me to recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim | 1/29/2011

    " Pretty funny book. I really want to play golf from the top of the mountain! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theanonymousafro | 1/2/2011

    " Hilarious tales. I almost can't believe that some of these events are real. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shane | 11/29/2010

    " This book was all right. In some places in was absolutely hilarious, and always entertaining. Perhaps one thing that marked it down a notch, at least for me, is that Reilly was very raunchy in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 11/7/2010

    " Some are best in audio and this is one of them. Funny as hell!

    Caution: Listening to this while driving may make you laugh hystically, make you lose control of your car and wreck! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anthony | 11/1/2010

    " Not a sports fan, but it's a pretty fun and interesting look at a bunch of sports I've never thought of. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 10/23/2010

    " As someone who does not regularly read sports writers, I was very surprised to find Reilly hilarious and not at all my image of a sports writer. This books is full of crazy stuff, some I'd be willing to try and most I wouldn't. It's a good, amusing book. "

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About the Author

Rick Reilly has been named National Sportswriter of the Year eleven times and is the winner of the 2009 Damon Runyon Award for Outstanding Contributions to Journalism. His other books include Shanks for Nothing and Who’s Your Caddy? He lives in Denver and Hermosa Beach, California, with his wife and a putter he’s not currently speaking to.

About the Narrator

Mike Chamberlain is an actor and voice-over performer in Los Angeles whose audiobook narration has won five AudioFile Earphones Awards. His voice credits range from radio commercials and television narration to animation and video game characters. Stage trained at Boston College, he has performed works from Shakespeare and the classics to contemporary drama and comedy.