What’s there left to say about Tim Tebow? He’s brilliant and appalling, inspiring and annoying - a straightforward young man who somehow played and prayed his way into being the most enigmatic figure in American sports. In the essay-length Kindle Single ´´The Gospel According to Tim´´, Joseph Bottum argues that Tebow strikes a nerve because he has slipped beyond all the usual categories of our wink-and-nudge culture of irony. And he’s done that mostly by being simply who he is: not a football-playing theologian but, in essence, a mystic: ´´Isn’t that what everyone who has met Tebow does? Believe in him, I mean: believe that he’s for real. The young man is drunk on charity, in the same way he’s drunk on the endorphins that race through his body during his strenuous daily workouts. In the same way he’s drunk on the excitement of winning and losing football games before roaring crowds. In the same way he’s drunk on what the medieval mystics used to call ´the gift of tears´, weeping easily and often. In the same way he’s drunk on his constant conversation with the Lord, referring all his victories and all his losses up to heaven. ´´Tim Tebow isn’t a Christian theologian. He’s a Christian mystic - intoxicated, as all mystics are, with God. He’s King David, dancing in the joy of his youth before the Ark of the Covenant.´´ Joseph Bottum, a writer in the Black Hills, is the author of the best-selling Kindle Single ´´Dakota Christmas´´. He is, the essayist Andrew Ferguson has written, ´´one of America’s most gifted writers, with a perfect ear and a matchless style´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Brian Troxell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/018827/bk_adbl_018827_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´Most of what I know about myself, I have learned from playing Schumann.” (Jonathan Biss) World-famous pianist Jonathan Biss has had a special relationship with composer Robert Schumann since he was a child. Avoiding traditional biography and dense musical criticism, Biss writes a moving tribute to one of the most vulnerable composers in classical music history in his second Kindle Single: A Pianist Under the Influence. Biss´s first Kindle Single, Beethoven´s Shadow, has been a best seller on Amazon since its release, in December 2011. A Pianist Under the Influence reflects on Biss´ lifelong, intense, multilayered relationship with the composer´s music and historical treatment. As Biss writes from the unique position of performer, scholar, and fan, his work is both a personal and professional love letter to the 19th-century composer. An engaging listen for anyone interested in the creative process, it also includes a guide for listeners who wish to delve further into the material. A Pianist Under the Influence is an important aspect of Biss´ 2012-2013 focus on Schumann, during which Biss and several hand-picked collaborators will perform Schumann´s work; music by his notable influences such as Beethoven, Schubert, and Purcell; and selections from his long list of successors ranging from Berg and Jancek to 26-year-old composer Timothy Andres. At the core of the project is four sets of concerts, curated by Biss, including series at Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, and San Francisco Performances. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeff Woodman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/011672/bk_adbl_011672_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
On an extravagant evening in May 100 years ago, the scandalous premiere of The Rite of Spring rocked the epicenter of culture and fashion - Paris - and sent aftershocks across the world. Not bad for a ballet! But this was no traditional scamper in tulle and pink toe-shoes, but a bold provocation by a trinity of avant-garde genius: composer Igor Stravinsky, choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky (the first male god of dance), and impresario Serge Diaghilev, founder of the Ballet Russes. Anticipation was high, the audience came ready to rumble, and when the curtain went up, civil war broke out in the seats - an orgy of catcalls, hisses, hecklings, and slaps. Audiences have gotten unruly before and since in the theater, but this was a moment of reckoning that split the young century in two, announcing the birth of modernism and the death of la belle epoque. What happened that riotous night and why does it ring in our ears and bones a century later? James Wolcott, a columnist for Vanity Fair and author of the Kindle Single The Gore Supremacy, takes it apart and puts it back together in Wild in the Seats. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeff Woodman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/018458/bk_adbl_018458_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Beatles´ third tour of North America was nearly a year in the planning. By late 1964, manager Brian Epstein knew that they were not only the biggest act in his stable: they had become the biggest act on earth. America worshipped them. Somewhere different for the start of this tour, in New York - somewhere appropriately massive - had to be found. It was: a baseball stadium in Flushing, Queens. On August 15, 1965, The Beatles played the concert of their lives there. This is that story. Here also are the huge strides in writing, musicianship, and recording the group made in the 12 months or so leading up to Shea Stadium. Some of this was played at the gig but little above the screams was heard. The Beatles at Shea 50 years ago remains, nonetheless, a watershed 1960s moment: the climax in the live career of the greatest quartet the world has known. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christopher Price. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/027408/bk_adbl_027408_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Journalist Oliver Broudy spent a day talking with mega pop star Justin Bieber as they cruised Beverly Hills in his Rolls Phantom - shopping at Saint Laurent, dodging crazed fans, consulting his health guru, pumping iron at an elite club, and dining at Spago´s. In the whisper quiet of the Rolls, Justin slowly reveals himself. After building a career on youthful charisma, he says he´s finally ready to leave the boyish persona behind and become a man. But are you ready to believe him? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nicholas Techosky. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/027375/bk_adbl_027375_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Jewel thievery, car chases, and romance on the French Riviera. Alfred Hitchcock´s Oscar-winning film To Catch a Thief brought together Hollywood´s two most glamorous stars, Grace Kelly and Cary Grant, in the most glamorous place on Earth, the French Riviera. It is a tale of jewel thievery, intrigue, false identity, covert investigation, and, most of all, romance. Kelly and Grant strike sparks off each other to a backdrop of sophisticated living and glorious scenery. This iconic and much-loved film was based on a novel by the American thriller and travel writer David Dodge. He took his inspiration from real-life events in the South of France, when he was briefly suspected of being a daring cat burglar and lifting jewelery worth $250,000 from the palatial establishment next door to his small rented villa. Once the real thief was behind bars, Dodge wrote at breakneck speed. Alfred Hitchcock snapped up the film rights before publication, visualizing his two favorite stars in the lead roles. Hitchcock worked with his screenwriter, John Michael Hayes, to produce the film script that would take Hollywood´s finest to the South of France. Mr Dodge, Mr Hitchcock, and the French Riviera tells the true story of the events behind the novel and the film To Catch a Thief. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robin Bloodworth. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/023375/bk_adbl_023375_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the author of the acclaimed 1970 chronicle Fire and Rain, an eye-opening look at yet another pivotal moment in American history - 1976, the year the spirit of rock & roll re-energized the country. By the mid ´70s, America was stuck in a post-Watergate malaise. Then came Jimmy Carter, ´´Rocky´´, the Ramones, Apple computers, and a slew of awards for a new late-night series called Saturday Night Live. Each of those milestones arrived in 1976 - and marked the moment the counterculture became the culture. Based on extensive research and interviews with some of the participants, Browne - a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and author of Fire and Rain and Dream Brother - vividly chronicles the year America went rock & roll in everything from politics to technology. The Spirit of ´76 will make you think anew about an under-appreciated moment in the country - and will make you wonder if its optimistic, can-do spirit of reinvention and renewal will ever come again. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Eric Martin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/022179/bk_adbl_022179_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Joe Eszterhas and Mel Gibson had a global confrontation in April of this year over their movie The Maccabees. Heaven and Mel is Eszterhas´ explosive, unabridged, no-holds-barred account. It is a Hollywood story, but it´s not. It is the story of love and hatred, of anti-Semitism and fathers and sons, and of a movie star´s tragic sexual obsession. It is the story of God and the Devil, devastating but often hilarious. It is Joe Eszterhas at his best: two-fisted, movingly sensitive, always outrageous. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tim Halligan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/022180/bk_adbl_022180_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The summer of 2012 has become the Summer of 43 - as in the summer of R. A. Dickey, the 37-year-old knuckleball pitcher who wears Number 43 on the mound for the New York Mets. As his knuckleballs flutter and drop through the strike zone, befuddling batters and producing a 12-1 record by the All Star break, Dickey has become one of the greatest feel-good stories of baseball history: the man who found redemption, after years of adversity, by mastering one of the strangest and most difficult pitches in the game. But it´s not just his own redemption that R. A. Dickey has discovered. After the Days of Steroids - the era when baseball went brazen mad and lost itself in a noonday sin - America´s game has needed a new narrative. Baseball has been desperate for a better storyline, a new shaping tale. Baseball has needed, for those who love the game, a way to signal its own redemption and its return to the hearts of baseball fans. A little faith in God - and thereby, a little faith in himself - coupled with years of work, and R. A. Dickey´s surrender to the mysteries of the knuckleball has given the man another chance at the greatness that eluded him early in his career. Given baseball itself another chance, for that matter, and promised us all that second chances really do come around in this life. In ´´The Summer of 43´´, the widely published essayist and poet Joseph Bottum takes up this story with verve and skill. The bestselling author of ´´The Gospel According to Tim´´ and ´´The Christmas Plains´´, he is, as the essayist Andrew Ferguson has noted ´´one of America’s most gifted writers, with a perfect ear and a matchless style´´. And in his account of R. A. Dickey, Bottum uncovers both the tragedy and the comedy of baseball - and the joy of a story like R.A. Dickey´s. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Brian Troxell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/018828/bk_adbl_018828_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Since the publication of the #1 bestseller Rocket Boys: A Memoir in 1998 and the premiere of the movie October Sky in 1999, many Homer Hickam listeners and fans have wondered how and why he wrote the book, and how the movie was made. Incidental to that are such questions as ´´What is Jake Gyllenhaal, Chis Cooper, Laura Dern, etc. really like?´´ and ´´What´s it like to have a movie made about your life?´´ and ´´Why are the book and movie different?´´ and ´´Why are both book and movie still so popular after all these years?´´ The answers to those questions and a lot more are in Homer Hickam´s new audiobook From Rocket Boys to October Sky. If you think you know the story of the book and the movie, you don´t! Hickam says, ´´Writing Rocket Boys wasn´t easy. In fact, I got a million dollars of psychotherapy I didn´t even know I needed!´´ The making of October Sky wasn´t easy, either. From Rocket Boys to October Sky gives lots of behind-the-scenes stories both on-set and off. Before the first frame of film was exposed, Hickam was involved with the writing of the screenplay and his comment when he saw the first draft - ´´I´m going to have to go up to West Virginia and apologize to everyone in the state!´´ - gives an idea of how that went. Be with Homer Hickam as he struggles with the complexities of how a major Hollywood motion picture is made, and how he disagreed with aspects of the film even while he admired the dedication and professionalism of the men and women making it. Listeners will also be alongside the director, producers, actors, and crew as they create one of the most beloved movies ever. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joe Barrett. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/016191/bk_adbl_016191_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.