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AudioGO Celebrates the 2012 London Summer Olympics!

The roar of the crowds! The thrill of the competition! There’s no other sporting event quite like this one. Catch the Olympic fever and get ready for the games to begin with these great audio titles.

The Ration Book Olympics: When London Hosted the Austerity Games

Presented by Clare Balding, a four-time BBC Radio Olympic reporter

Take a look back at the last time the Olympics were held in London with this compelling chronicle of the 1948 Games. Three years after the end of the Second World War, rationing was still in force, bomb damage was in evidence and visiting athletes were put up in schools and RAF camps. Yet, the Games, in true winning spirit, were a resounding success!


Gold Medal Summer

Gold Medal Summer written by Donna Freitas, narrated by Jaselyn Blanchard

Whether you think of Romanian Nadia Comăneci scoring the first perfect 10, Mary Lou Retton winning the All Around Gold, or Kerri Strug’s triumphant vault, gymnastics are the iconic sport of every summer Games!

Competitive gymnast and author Donna Freitas offers young listeners a terrific tale about stretching some limits, bending the rules, and finding your balance.


Steve Redgrave: In His Own Words

Steve Redgrave — In His Own Words

Meet Britain’s greatest Olympian of all time. Rower Steve Redgrave is one of only four athletes to win gold medals in five consecutive Olympic Games. He discusses his early days rowing and his post-race emotions, and memories of his last race in this exclusive audio.


The Taking Part

Presented by Tim Franks, BBC’s Sports News Correspondent

Winning isn’t necessarily everything. Just taking part in the Olympics can be a life-changing event and a tremendous honor. Journalist Tim Franks chronicles the story of the athletes at the historic and tragic Munich Games, painting a vivid picture of what it takes to make it that far and what it means ever afterward to be an Olympian.


1980 Moscow Olympics: The Reunion

This edition of BBC Radio 4’s Reunion was recorded in July 2005, just after the UK won the 2012 Olympic bid.

What happens when politics intervene with the Olympics? In 1979, the British team was in training for the following year’s Olympics when Russia invaded Afghanistan. President Carter, backed by Margaret Thatcher, urged athletes to boycott the event. This fascinating program  features members of the British Olympic team as they recall that controversial year and reflect on the personal dilemmas they faced competing in the shadow of political opposition

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Claire’s Cranberry Walnut Bread Recipe From Steven Raichlen’s Martha’s Vineyard: Stories and Recipes from Island Apart

AudioGO is delighted to share recipes found in Steven Raichlen’s novel Island Apart and discussed in detail in the exclusive audio companion piece Steven Raichlen’s Martha’s Vineyard: Stories and Recipes from Island Apart.

Stay tuned for more recipes and surprises throughout the week.

If only you could smell the cranberry walnut bread scented with cardamom when you click play!

Claire’s Cranberry Walnut Bread Recipe

Makes 1 loaf, enough to serve 6 to 8.

1-1/2 cups fresh cranberries

1 cup walnut halves

1-1/2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour, 

plus flour for the loaf pan

1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup light brown sugar

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted,
plus 1 tablespoon for the loaf pan

2 eggs, lightly beaten with a fork

The grated zest of 1 orange (about 1 tablespoon)

2/3 cup fresh orange juice (from 2 to 3 oranges including the one grated
for the zest)

 (1) 9- x 5-inch loaf pan
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.    Pick through the cranberries, removing any stems or shriveled berries.

Toast the walnuts in a dry cast iron skillet over medium-high heat until fragrant and lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes.   Let cool.

Brush the loaf pan with melted butter, chill, brush it again with butter, and lightly dust it with flour.

Sift the flour into a bowl, followed by the spices, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.   Whisk in the brown sugar.   Add the butter, egg, orange juice, and orange zest, and whisk until thoroughly mixed.   Fold in the cranberries and walnuts.   Spoon the batter into the loaf pan and tap a couple times to dislodge any air bubbles.

Bake the bread until puffed and browned and sounds hollow when tapped, 40 to 60 minutes.   (When done, an inserted skewer will come out clean.)

Unmold the cranberry bread onto a cooling rack and cool for 30 minutes.  Serve right away, or wrap in plastic and let “ripen” overnight at room temperature before serving.

Slice with a serrated knife.

© Steven Raichlen, 2012.   All rights reserved.

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Memorial Day Remembrance

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In honor of Memorial Day, AudioGO has assembled a collection of audiobooks available in MP3 download and CD formats.  Join the AudioGO family and earn points with every purchase.

These Honored Dead by Thomas A. Desjardin is available for download.  (Listen to sample audio).  Ever since the guns fell silent in July 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg has emerged as the defining conflict in our nation’s history. American memory has established Gettysburg as the most important, most heroic, most savage battle this nation has ever fought.

Although no sculptured marble should rise to their memory, nor engraved stone bear record of their deeds, yet will their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honored.  ~Daniel Webster

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