In this gripping account of one of the most important steps in the history of American desegregation, Jules Tygiel tells the story of Jackie Robinson´s crossing of baseball´s color line. Examining the social and historical context of Robinson´s introduction into white organized baseball, both on and off the field, Tygiel also tells the often neglected stories of other African-American players - such as Satchel Paige, Roy Campanella, Willie Mays, and Hank Aaron - who helped transform our national pastime into an integrated game. Drawing on dozens of interviews with players and front office executives, contemporary newspaper accounts, and personal papers, Tygiel provides the most telling and insightful account of Jackie Robinson´s influence on American baseball and society. The anniversary issue features a new foreword by the author. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rodney Gardiner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/015270/bk_adbl_015270_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Andrew ´´Ender´´ Wiggin thinks he is playing computer-simulated war games at the Battle School; he is, in fact, engaged in something far more desperate. Ender is the result of decades of genetic experimentation, Earth´s attempt to make the military genius that the planet needs in its all-out war with an alien enemy. Is Ender the general Earth needs? The only way to find out is to throw the child into ever-harsher training, to chip away and find the diamond inside, or destroy him utterly. Ender Wiggin is six years old when his training begins. He will grow up fast. But Ender is not the only result of the experiment. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender´s two older siblings, Peter and Valentine, are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives. This, the author´s definitive edition, also includes an original postscript written and recorded by the author himself, Orson Scott Card! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/alit/000164/bk_alit_000164_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Penguin Random House Audio presents How To Eat, written and read by Nigella Lawson. With an introduction by Jeanette Winterson.Relax and relish Nigella Lawson´s delicious prose in her revelatory cookery book, published as an audiobook for the first time to celebrate 20 years of How to Eat. When Nigella Lawson’s first book, How to Eat, was published in 1998, two things were immediately clear: that this fresh and fiercely intelligent voice would revolutionise cookery writing and that How to Eat was an instant classic of the genre. Here was a versatile culinary bible, through which a generation discovered how to feel at home in the kitchen and found the confidence to experiment and adapt recipes to their own needs. This was the book to reach for when hastily organising a last-minute supper with friends, when planning a luxurious weekend lunch or contemplating a store-cupboard meal for one, or when trying to tempt a fussy toddler. This was a book about home cooking for busy lives. The chief revelation was the writing. Rather than a set of intimidating instructions, Nigella’s recipes provide inspiration. She has a gift for finding the right word to spark the listener´s imagination, evoking the taste of the ingredients, the simple, sensual pleasures of the practical process, the deep reward of the finished dish. Passionate, trenchant, convivial and wise, Nigella’s prose demands to be savoured and ensures that the joy and value of How to Eat will endure for decades to come. Nigella´s audiobook of How To Eat is a feast for the ears. You´ll be ready to head into the kitchen and take on anything with Nigella’s voice guiding you through. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nigella Lawson, Jeanette Winterson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/003891/bk_rhuk_003891_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The overly scientific, always respectable, and socially awkward Alexander Banks has just been informed his name resides on a betrothal agreement right above the name of the worst chit in all of England. With a loophole that allows him to marry another without consequence before the 30th anniversary of his birth, he has only four weeks to find another woman and make her his wife. Being the logical scientist he is, Alex decides to take his friend´s advice and treat his quest for a bride just like a science experiment. Caroline Sinclair is still trying to scrape her jaw off the floor after hearing her cousin, Lady Olivia´s, latest announcement when the object of their conversation, Alex Banks, Olivia´s intended, arrives for what Caroline assumes is a bout of drawing-room chitchat with his betrothed. But when an experiment is mentioned, Caroline, who cannot resist a science experiment any more than she can deny her lungs air, volunteers to help before she even knows what his latest experiment is! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stevie Zimmerman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/020350/bk_acx0_020350_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
On the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, the epic story of an enormous apartment building where Communist true believers lived before their destruction. The House of Government is unlike any other book about the Russian Revolution and the Soviet experiment. Written in the tradition of Tolstoy´s War and Peace, Grossman´s Life and Fate, and Solzhenitsyn´s The Gulag Archipelago, Yuri Slezkine´s gripping narrative tells the true story of the residents of an enormous Moscow apartment building where top Communist officials and their families lived before they were destroyed in Stalin´s purges. A vivid account of the personal and public lives of Bolshevik true believers, the book begins with their conversion to Communism and ends with their children´s loss of faith and the fall of the Soviet Union. Completed in 1931, The House of Government, later known as The House on the Embankment, was located across the Moscow River from the Kremlin. The largest residential building in Europe, it combined 505 furnished apartments with public spaces that included everything from a movie theater and a library to a tennis court and a shooting range. Slezkine tells the chilling story of how the building´s residents lived in their apartments and ruled the Soviet state until some 800 of them were evicted from the house and led, one by one, to prison or their deaths. Drawing on letters, diaries, and interviews, The House of Government weaves together biography, literary criticism, architectural history, and fascinating new theories of revolutions, millennial prophecies, and reigns of terror. The result is an unforgettable human saga of a building that, like the Soviet Union itself, became a haunted house, forever disturbed by the ghosts of the disappeared. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/010321/bk_blak_010321_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
On their 100th anniversary, the story of the extraordinary scientific expeditions that ushered in the era of relativity.In 1919, British scientists led extraordinary expeditions to Brazil and Africa to test Albert Einstein´s revolutionary new theory of general relativity in what became the century´s most celebrated scientific experiment. The result ushered in a new era and made Einstein a global celebrity by confirming his dramatic prediction that the path of light rays would be bent by gravity.Today, Einstein´s theory is scientific fact. Yet the effort to ´´weigh light´´ by measuring the gravitational deflection of starlight during the May 29, 1919, solar eclipse has become clouded by myth and skepticism. Could Arthur Eddington and Frank Dyson have gotten the results they claimed? Did the pacifist Eddington falsify evidence to foster peace after a horrific war by validating the theory of a German antiwar campaigner? In No Shadow of a Doubt, Daniel Kennefick provides definitive answers by offering the most comprehensive and authoritative account of how expedition scientists overcame war, bad weather, and equipment problems to make the experiment a triumphant success. 1. Language: English. Narrator: L.J. Ganser. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/high/002502/bk_high_002502_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Chaos written by Tom O´Neill with Dan Piepenbring, read by Kevin Stillwell.A journalist’s 20-year obsession with the Manson murders brings shocking revelations about the most infamous crimes in American history: carelessness from police, misconduct by prosecutors and even potential surveillance by intelligence agents. What really happened in 1969?In 1999, when Tom O’Neill was assigned a magazine piece about the 30th anniversary of the Manson murders, he worried there was nothing new to say. Weren’t the facts indisputable? Charles Manson had ordered his teenage followers to commit seven brutal murders, and in his thrall, they’d gladly complied. But when O’Neill began reporting the story, he kept finding holes in the prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi’s narrative, long enshrined in the best-selling Helter Skelter. Before long, O’Neill had questions about everything from the motive to the manhunt. Though he’d never considered himself a conspiracy theorist, the Manson murders swallowed the next two decades of his career. He was obsessed.Searching but never speculative, Chaos follows O’Neill’s 20-year effort to rebut the ‘official’ story behind Manson. Who were his real friends in Hollywood, and how far would they go to hide their ties? Why didn’t law enforcement act on their many chances to stop him? And how did he turn a group of peaceful hippies into remorseless killers? O’Neill’s hunt for answers leads him from reclusive celebrities to seasoned spies, from the Summer of Love to the shadowy sites of the CIA’s mind-control experiments, on a trail rife with cover-ups and coincidences.Featuring hundreds of new interviews and dozens of never-before-seen documents from the LAPD, the FBI and the CIA, CHAOS mounts an argument that could be, according to Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Steven Kay, strong enough to overturn the verdicts on the Mans 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Stillwell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/004056/bk_rhuk_004056_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Columbia Workshop aired on CBS radio from 1936 until 1947. Created by Irving Reis, it was an experimental platform with no boundaries for what radio had to offer. In its debut broadcast it noted that The Columbia Workshop dedicates itself to the purposes of familiarizing you with the story behind radio, both in broadcasting, as well as in aviation, shipping, communication and pathology, and to experiment in new techniques with a hope of discovering or evolving new and better forms of radio presentation, with special emphasis on radio drama; to encourage and present the work of new writers and artists who may have fresh and vital ideas to contribute. Broadcast from New York, it featured the biggest stars from stage, screen and radio including Orson Welles, Burgess Meredith, Agnes Moorehead, Frank Lovejoy, Elsa Lanchester, Joseph Cotten, Richard Widmark, Art Carney, Charles Laughton, Vincent Price and Laurence Olivier. Stories were by William Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, Charles Dickens, John Keats, Edgar Allan Poe, Ernest Hemingway, Norman Corwin, Stephen Vincent Benet, Rudyard Kipling, Mark Twain, Lucille Fletcher, Carl Sandburg and Herman Melville with music by Bernard Herrmann. 5/29/39 ´´Private Throgg” 9/14/39 ´´The Use of Man” 7/7/40 ´´The Cockeyed Wonder” 9/15/40 ´´Mr. Charles” 9/29/40 ´´The Pussy Cat and the Expert Plumber Who Was a Man” 2/9/46 ´´Anniversary” 2/16/46 ´´Just a Plain Blue Suit” 2/23/46 ´´Hard Luck Story” 3/2/46 ´´Slim” 3/9/46 ´´Thanks for the Memories” 3/23/46 ´´Act of Faith” 4/6/46 ´´The Last Speech” 1. Language: English. Narrator: full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/010749/bk_brll_010749_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A mind-expanding dive into a lost chapter of 1968, featuring the famous and forgotten: Van Morrison, folkie-turned-cult-leader Mel Lyman, Timothy Leary, James Brown, and many more. Van Morrison´s Astral Weeks is an iconic rock album shrouded in legend, a masterpiece that has touched generations of listeners and influenced everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Martin Scorsese. In his first book, acclaimed musician and journalist Ryan H. Walsh unearths the album´s fascinating backstory - along with the untold secrets of the time and place that birthed it: Boston 1968. On the 50th anniversary of that tumultuous year, Walsh´s book follows a crisscrossing cast of musicians and visionaries, artists, and hippie entrepreneurs, from a young Tufts English professor who walks into a job as a host for TV´s wildest show (one episode required two sets, each tuned to a different channel) to the mystically inclined owner of radio station WBCN, who believed he was the reincarnation of a scientist from Atlantis. Most penetratingly powerful of all is Mel Lyman, the folk-music star who decided he was God, then controlled the lives of his many followers via acid, astrology, and an underground newspaper called Avatar. A mesmerizing group of boldface names pops to life in Astral Weeks: James Brown quells tensions the night after Martin Luther King, Jr., is assassinated; the real-life crimes of the Boston Strangler come to the movie screen via Tony Curtis; Howard Zinn testifies for Avatar in the courtroom. From life-changing concerts and chilling crimes, to acid experiments and film shoots, Astral Weeks is the secret, wild history of a unique time and place. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephen Hoye. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/003876/bk_peng_003876_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.