Soon to be a major motion picture starring Hugh Jackman, here is a new short story collection by the New York Times best-selling author of I Am Legend. Imagine a future in which human boxing has been replaced by heavyweight bouts between massive robots. Richard Matheson’s classic short story, ´´Steel´´, is the inspiration for Real Steel, a new movie starring Hugh Jackman. ´´Steel” is just one of over a dozen unforgettable tales in this outstanding collection, including a satirical fantasy, ´´The Splendid Source´´, and two new stories never before collected in any previous Matheson collection. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Brick. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/004542/bk_blak_004542_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The ´´Immaculate Reception´´ may have started it all, but the 1979 Pittsburgh Steelers put the stamp on the modern era’s greatest sports dynasty. It’s not even a debate. No other National Football League team in the modern sports era - as defined by Nielson - won so much in so little time. The tag is sure to stay with the Steelers for a long, long time. Fans in Pittsburgh can thank NFL free agency, but only in part. They should really thank the ’79 Steelers for winning a fourth title when, really, the team should not have done so. The 1979 Steelers were not supposed to win a championship. The Steel Curtain was in decline, and the Houston Oilers were pounding on the door of the AFC. By the end of the season, of course, the banged-up Oilers were not to be feared, not with the San Diego Chargers gathering steam. In the NFC, the Dallas Cowboys could taste revenge, particularly after Steelers coach Chuck Noll had mocked them unmercifully following the previous year’s Super Bowl. However, the Steelers persevered. ´´We probably won it more on desire, football intellect,´´ said Steelers defensive superstar ´´Mean´´ Joe Greene. Greene admitted that the defense was in decline. He even admitted his great career was in decline, but he never thought the end of the dynasty was near. Star quarterback Terry Bradshaw, on the other hand, with his career just taking off, knew the end was at hand, and after his greatest season, after his second of back-to-back Super Bowl Most Valuable Player awards, Bradshaw hinted at retirement. ´´I probably should have,´´ he admits 25 years later. The 1979 season had exhausted Bradshaw, a topic he talks about in Tales from Behind the Steel Curtain. Greene also has plenty to say. So do their teammates and their coaches, not to mention the scouts, front office and support personnel, media, and fans. They all have tales to tell about the key season of one of the greatest dynasties the sports world has ever seen. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tim Lundeen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/008734/bk_adbl_008734_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Superman rose from popular culture - comic books, newspaper strips, radio, television, novels, and movies - but people have so embraced the character that he has now become part of folklore. This transition from popular to folk culture signals the importance of Superman to fans and to a larger American populace. Superman´s story has become a myth dramatizing identity, morality, and politics. Many studies have examined the ways in which folklore has provided inspiration for other forms of culture, especially literature and cinema. In Superman in Myth and Folklore, Daniel Peretti explores the meaning of folklore inspired by popular culture, focusing not on the Man of Steel´s origins but on the culture he has helped create. Superman provides a way to approach fundamental questions of human nature, a means of exploring humanity´s relationship with divinity, an exemplar for debate about the type of hero society needs, and an articulation of the tension between the individual and the community. Through examinations of tattoos, humor, costuming, and festivals, Peretti portrays Superman as a corporate-owned intellectual property and a model for behavior, a means for expression and performance of individual identity, and the focal point for disparate members of fan communities. As fans apply Superman stories to their lives, they elevate him to a mythical status. Peretti focuses on the way these fans have internalized various aspects of the character. In doing so, he delves into the meaning of Superman and his place in American culture and demonstrates the character´s staying power. The book is published by University Press of Mississippi. The audiobook will be published by University Press Audiobooks. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Carrico. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/130403/bk_acx0_130403_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Two bloody brilliant short stories from number-one best-selling crime writer Stuart MacBride, featuring DS Logan McRae and his boss, DI Steel. ´Stramash´: something fishy is happening on the isle of Jura. DS Logan McRae gets a phone call from DI Steel ordering him to come to the island at once. One freezing night´s sleep in a hatchback and two storm-battered ferries later, Logan arrives - but there´s no sign of Steel. She´s lumped him in the middle of a policing nightmare, with bodies and bullets and tiny, wee boats. And a dangerous hard man who´s meant to be dead.... DI Steel´s ´Bad Heir Day´: why is DI Steel in an even worse mood than usual? Is it because it´s Christmas? Or maybe it´s because the missing persons case she´s just caught looks like a hoax from a mile off. Or is it because she´s just been left a huge amount of money? One thing´s for certain: Steel´s having a bad day, and she´s hell-bent on making sure Constable Guthrie has one, too. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Steve Worsley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/002259/bk_hcuk_002259_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Growing up with drug-dealing, addict parents hasn´t been easy for Matteo and Felipe. When their father finds out Matteo is gay, he ejects him from the house and into the arms of county sheriff Hector Gomez, who decides to foster him. Unfortunately, Matteo is forced to leave his younger brother to the not-so-tender mercies of their parents. But, during a DEA/FBI raid on their parents´ home, Felipe is turned over to Social Services, and Hector decides to foster Felipe, as well. Fostering two boys is full of challenges. But, Hector and his roommate FBI agent Steele Adams love them. And in the process, discover their love for one another. The new family is fine...until the parents get out on bail. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeff Richards. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/069537/bk_acx0_069537_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An updated edition celebrating the greatest Steelers players including members of the Super Bowl XLV team! Who are the men made of steel? In this behind-the-scenes look at the AFC Conference championship team, Jim Wexell digs deep to bring out the stories and legacies which have defined this NFL empire for the last 70 years. Through interviews with players, coaches, and managers, Wexell captures the determination and brashness that has made Pittsburgh the powerhouse of football. In Pittsburgh Steelers: Men of Steel, fans will get to relive the Steelers’ most defining moments on and off the field. Why won’t Frenchy Fuqua talk about the ´´immaculate” reception of 1972? What drove Rod Wilson to get back on the field despite a torn ACL and play in Super Bowl XXX? What made Jack Lambert the most ´´raucously just” Steelers player of all time? Readers will revisit the Steelers’ most memorable characters from past and present. From Elbie Nickel’s historic plays in the 1950s to Super Bowl XLV, Pittsburgh Steelers: Men of Steel tells it all. This all-encompassing book of Steelers stories is a must-have for any fan. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bob Souer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/008727/bk_adbl_008727_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Saloon keepers, street preachers, gypsies, steel-walking Mohawks, a bearded lady, and a 93-year-old ´´seafoodetarian´´ who believes his specialized diet will keep him alive for another two decades are among the people that Joseph Mitchell immortalized in his reportage for the New Yorker and in four books - McSorley´s Wonderful Saloon, Old Mr. Flood, The Bottom of the Harbor, and Joe Gould´s Secret - that are still renowned for their respectful observation, their graveyard humor, and their offhand perfection of style. These masterpieces (along with several previously uncollected stories) are available in one volume, which presents an indelible collective portrait of an unsuspected New York and its odder citizens - as depicted by one of the great writers of this or any other time. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Grover Gardner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/007950/bk_blak_007950_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A funny exploration of the twin mysteries that are Bob and Billy, masterfully presented by Alex Goodwin, the non-Pulitzer Prize winner and non-New York Times–bestselling author of the Bob and Billy Funny Stories series.In his previous book, Problem Cousin and Other Funny Stories, Alex Goodwin embarked on the exploration of lives of Bob and Billy as they attempted to find pickled goats’ feet, colluded with witches that control bananas, hosted their slightly problematic cousin, and even chased a burning Christmas tree up and down the mountain (mostly down, as gravity of the situation would have it). And all of it was done to hilarious results.In Lost in Lithuania and Other Funny Stories, an uproarious, brand-new collection, Alex Goodwin tackles everything from curling tournaments to high-stress bakery jobs to incredibly inventive (in the wrong way!) midnight tours of Igor’s castle to the hardship of aglet manufacturing to the satisfaction of homecoming (even if that home happens to be a bomb-testing field in the Death Valley).Let’s face it: Bob and Billy are back, and they are funnier than ever. What are you waiting for? Get on your unicycle and pedal through this book! As Bob and Billy would put it, don’t be a wild Hungarian moose baby about it and read this new non-masterpiece. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gary Roelofs. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/028798/bk_acx0_028798_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.