Learn the remarkable story of basketball superstar Karl Malone! In Karl Malone: The Remarkable Story of One of Basketball´s Greatest Power Forwards, you´ll read about the inspirational story of basketball´s premier power forward, Karl Malone. Karl Malone, also known more commonly as ´´The Mailman´´, dominated the post during his NBA career from 1985 to 2004. Filled in era of greats like John Stockton, Michael Jordan, and Charles Barkley, Karl Malone played in one of the most exciting eras of modern basketball. Though Karl Malone never won an NBA championship with the Utah Jazz, he left a lasting legacy in Utah and on the game of basketball. Karl Malone retired from the NBA as a two time Most Valuable Player, along with 14 All-Star nominations. He is one of the most decorated power forwards to ever play the game of basketball. Here is a preview of what is inside this book: Early Life and Childhood College Years at Louisiana Tech Karl Malone´s NBA Career Malone´s Personal Life Karl´s Impact on Basketball and Beyond Karl Malone´s Legacy 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Clem. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/026652/bk_acx0_026652_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Learn the Incredible Story of the Basketball Legend Pete Maravich! In Pete Maravich: The Inspiring Story of One of Basketball´s Most Skilled Ball-Handlers, you will learn the inspirational story of one of basketball´s greatest point guards, Pete Maravich. While we are blessed in today´s game to observe the remarkable play of point guards such as Stephen Curry and Chris Paul, Pistol Pete was one of the first point guards to display many of the key ball-handling skills that we observe on a nightly basis in the game today. A legend in his own right, his story is one persistence and hard work in order to achieve great things. When you learn Pete Maravich´s story, it comes as no surprise why he was one of the youngest players to ever be inducted into the Hall of Fame. In 1996, he was named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history due to his remarkable creativity on the court. In this book, we´ll learn his story. Here is a preview of what is inside this book: Childhood and Early Life High School Career College Career and NCAA Legacy Maravich´s NBA Career Getting Drafted Rookie Season Back-to-Back All-Star Seasons Trade to the New Orleans Jazz Scoring Champion Season Knee Injuries and Final All-Star Season Relocation to Utah, Getting Waived Joining the Boston Celtics, The Final Stretch Retirement Life After Basketball Pete Maravich´s Personal Life Legacy, Influence, and Contribution to the Game of Basketball 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Hanko. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/060347/bk_acx0_060347_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
For the bright young things of 1929, the beautiful days seem endless, filled with romance and heartbreak, adventure and intrigue, friendship and rivalry. After a month in New York, Cordelia Grey and Letty Larkspur are small-town girls no longer. They spend their afternoons with Astrid Donal at the Greys’ lush Long Island estate and their nights in Manhattan’s bustling metropolis. But Letty´s not content to be a mere socialite. She is ready at last to chase her Broadway dreams - no matter the cost. Cordelia is still reeling from the death of her father at the hands of Thom Hale, the man she thought she loved. Now she is set to honor Darius Grey’s legacy... and take her revenge. Promised to Cordelia’s half brother, Astrid is caught up in a world of dazzling jewels and glittering nights - and the sparkle is blinding. Charlie Grey is a gangster playing a dangerous game; and for Astrid, Cordelia, and Letty, the stakes could be deadly. From the New York Times best-selling author of The Luxe comes the second book in an epic series set in the dizzying last summer of the Jazz Age. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Caitlin Davies. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/002632/bk_harp_002632_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The definitive account of Louis Armstrong - his life and legacy - during the most creative period of his career. Nearly 100 years after bursting onto Chicago’s music scene under the tutelage of Joe ´´King´´ Oliver, Louis Armstrong is recognized as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. A trumpet virtuoso, seductive crooner, and consummate entertainer, Armstrong laid the foundation for the future of jazz with his stylistic innovations, but his story would be incomplete without examining how he struggled in a society seething with brutally racist ideologies, laws, and practices. Thomas Brothers picks up where he left off with the acclaimed Louis Armstrong´s New Orleans, following the story of the great jazz musician into his most creatively fertile years in the 1920s and early 1930s, when Armstrong created not one but two modern musical styles. Brothers wields his own tremendous skill in making the connections between history and music accessible to everyone as Armstrong shucks and jives. Through Brothers´s expert ears and eyes we meet an Armstrong whose quickness and sureness, so evident in his performances, served him well in his encounters with racism while his music soared across the airwaves into homes all over America. Louis Armstrong, Master of Modernism blends cultural history, musical scholarship, and personal accounts from Armstrong´s contemporaries to reveal his enduring contributions to jazz and popular music at a time when he and his bandmates couldn’t count on food or even a friendly face on their travels across the country. Thomas Brothers combines an intimate knowledge of Armstrong´s life with the boldness to examine his place in such a racially charged landscape. In vivid prose, Brothers illuminates the life and work of the man many consider to be the greatest American musician of the 20th century. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andy Caploe. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/017893/bk_adbl_017893_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When you peel away the pain and suffering from your life, you will find the seeds of wisdom. This opening process and the sorrows that come with it are a great gift - the source of the most profound spiritual lessons. In Spiritual Gifts of a Painful Childhood, Wayne Muller - author of the national best seller Legacy of the Heart - helps listeners grasp the divine thread that connects sorrow and pain to an awakening of the spirit. This graduate of Harvard Divinity School has devoted almost 20 years to helping the homeless, the sick, and the impoverished. In this moving session, Muller surveys the world´s great spiritual traditions to illustrate that our suffering does make sense and that it can be the first step to greater spiritual depth. Spiritual Gifts of a Painful Childhood is a unique audio event, combining Muller´s inspirational words of guidance with interludes of spare, reflective flute music by jazz legend Herbie Mann. Four sections cover fear, forgiveness, avoidance, and faith. Concludes with a guided meditation for loving-kindness to all beings. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Wayne Muller. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/sp/true/000848/sp_true_000848_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Learn the Inspiring Story of the Utah Jazz´s Star Center, Rudy Gobert! In Rudy Gobert: The Inspiring Story of One of Basketball’s Rising Star Centers, you´ll learn the incredible story of one of basketball´s centers, Rudy Gobert. In the last few years, Gobert has quickly emerged as a prominent big man in the league due to the significant impact he brings to the defensive end of the floor. At the time of this writing, Gobert is just 25 years old, with many more years to go in his career. Don´t be surprised if at the end of his career we are calling Gobert one of the best French players to ever play the game. With Gordon Hayward having left the Utah Jazz franchise for the Boston Celtics in the summer of 2017, it will be exciting to see how Gobert rises to the occasion of being one of the key leaders for the Jazz. If you´re a fan of Rudy Gobert, don´t delay in picking up this book. Start learning his inspiring story today. Here´s a preview of what you´ll learn about: Childhood and Early Life Cholet Basket Career NBA Career Getting Drafted Rookie Season The Rise of the French Rejection A Tower Reaching Stardom, First Playoff Appearance International Career Rudy Gobert´s Personal Life Gobert´s Impact on Basketball and Legacy 1. Language: English. Narrator: Roger Wood. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/108621/bk_acx0_108621_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning poet: an extraordinary memoir and blistering meditation on fatherhood, race, addiction, and ambition. Gregory Pardlo´s father was a brilliant and charismatic man - a leading labor organizer who presided over a happy suburban family of four. But when he loses his job following the famous air traffic controllers´ strike of 1981, he succumbs to addiction and exhausts the family´s money on more and more ostentatious whims. In the face of this troubling model and disillusioned presence in the household, young Gregory rebels. Struggling to distinguish himself on his own terms, he hustles off to Marine Corps boot camp. He moves across the world, returning to the United States only to take a job as a manager-cum-barfly at his family´s jazz club. Air Traffic follows Gregory as he builds a life that honors his history without allowing it to define his future. Slowly, he embraces the challenges of being a poet, a son, and a father as he enters recovery for alcoholism and tends to his family. In this memoir, written in lyrical and sparkling prose, Gregory tries to free himself from the overwhelming expectations of race and class, and from the tempting yet ruinous legacy of American masculinity. Air Traffic is a richly realized, deeply felt ode to one man´s remarkable father, to fatherhood, and to the frustrating yet redemptive ties of family. It is also a scrupulous, searing examination of how manhood can be fashioned in our cultural landscape. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gregory Pardlo. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/006087/bk_rand_006087_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
At his death in 1994, Ralph Ellison left behind roughly 2000 pages of his unfinished second novel, which he had spent nearly four decades writing. Long awaited, it was to have been the work Ellison intended to follow his masterpiece, Invisible Man. Five years later, Random House published Juneteenth, drawn from the central narrative of Ellison’s unfinished epic. Three Days Before the Shooting... gathers together in one volume, for the first time, all the parts of that planned opus, including three major sequences never before published. Set in the frame of a deathbed vigil, the story is a gripping multigenerational saga centered on the assassination of the controversial, race-baiting US senator Adam Sunraider, who’s being tended to by ´´Daddy” Hickman, the elderly black jazz musician turned preacher who raised the orphan Sunraider as a light-skinned black in rural Georgia. Presented in their unexpurgated, provisional state, the narrative sequences form a deeply poetic, moving, and profoundly entertaining book, brimming with humor and tension, composed in Ellison’s magical jazz-inspired prose style and marked by his incomparable ear for vernacular speech. Beyond its richly compelling narratives, Three Days Before the Shooting... is perhaps most notable for its extraordinary insight into the creative process of one of this country’s greatest writers. In various stages of composition and revision, its typescripts and computer files testify to Ellison’s achievement and struggle with his material from the mid-1950s until his death 40 years later. Three Days Before the Shooting... is an essential, fascinating piece of Ralph Ellison’s legacy, and its publication is to be welcomed as a major event for American arts and letters. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dominic Hoffman, Arthur Morey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/006117/bk_rand_006117_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Brilliantly wrought, incisive, and stirring, The Heirs tells the story of an upper-crust Manhattan family coming undone after the death of their patriarch. Six months after Rupert Falkes dies, leaving a grieving widow and five adult sons, an unknown woman sues his estate, claiming she had two sons by him. The Falkes brothers are pitched into turmoil, at once missing their father and feeling betrayed by him. In disconcerting contrast, their mother, Eleanor, is cool and calm, showing preternatural composure. Eleanor and Rupert had made an admirable life together - Eleanor with her sly wit and generosity, Rupert with his ambition and English charm - and they were proud of their handsome, talented sons: Harry, a brash law professor; Will, a savvy Hollywood agent; Sam, an astute doctor and scientific researcher; Jack, a jazz trumpet prodigy; Tom, a public-spirited federal prosecutor. The brothers see their identity and success as inextricably tied to family loyalty - a loyalty they always believed their father shared. Struggling to reclaim their identity, the brothers find Eleanor´s sympathy toward the woman and her sons confounding. Widowhood has let her cast off the rigid propriety of her stifling upbringing, and the brothers begin to question whether they knew either of their parents at all. A riveting portrait of a family, told with compassion, insight, and wit, The Heirs wrestles with the tangled nature of inheritance and legacy for one unforgettable patrician New York family. Moving seamlessly through a constellation of rich, arresting voices, The Heirs is a tale out of Edith Wharton for the 21st century. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kimberly Farr. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/005128/bk_rand_005128_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Candid, compelling, and heartbreaking - a father´s story of a talent taken too soon and a legacy that will live on for generations... On July 23, 2011, Amy Winehouse´s family, friends, and fans around the world mourned the tragedy that this remarkable, talented, and extraordinarily generous young woman was now gone. A legion of dedicated fans had lost their idol; a devastated family had lost their Amy. With this difficult news came an outpouring of love and grief from her fans, along with troubling questions about Amy´s very public struggles with drugs and alcohol, as people tried to understand how such a soulful singer had been silenced so young. Now, in this intimate and tender account, her father and confidant, Mitch, offers an inside view of Amy´s life as she lived it, putting to rest once and for all the controversies that have long surrounded her. Sifting fact from fiction, he presents a portrait of Amy unlike any other, detailing the events and the people that shaped her youth - from her mischievous childhood to her grandmother´s Jazz Age stories, to her father singing Frank Sinatra around the house. Shedding light on Amy´s musical coming-of-age, Mitch explores how she honed her distinctive sound, created her unforgettable look, and channeled her own life into hits such as ´´You Know I´m No Good´´, ´´Rehab´´, and ´´Back to Black´´ - some of the most memorable and personal pop music in years. While her beehive hair, larger-than-life voice, and outrageous personality made her famous, her life offstage made her infamous. Here Mitch holds nothing back about Amy´s addiction to drugs and alcohol, mixing the painful with the poignant as he describes the realities of her dependencies and the toll they took on the family and friends who refused to give up on her. Revealing the truth about Amy´s substance abuse and dispelling many of the tabloid-fueled rumors about her tumultuous marriage to Blake Fielder-Civil, Mitch exposes the years of beh... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mitch Winehouse, Rupert Farley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/002924/bk_harp_002924_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.