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.
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 Imagine a future in which human boxing has been replaced by heavyweight bouts between massive robots.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.
Sun and Steel was published in the anthology Blackguards: Tales of Assassins, Mercenaries, and Rogues. About this story, author Jon Sprunk says, ´´´Sun and Steel´ is set in same fictional world as my Book of the Black Earth epic fantasy series. It illuminates the origin of Jirom, one of the series´ main characters. This story explores the brutal nature of this world as well as the honor and duty that bind its characters together.´´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Aiello. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/023367/bk_adbl_023367_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Simon Steinberg, a major movie producer, and Blaire Scott, an award-winning television writer, are among the most respected couples in Hollywood. They have defied the clichés, keeping their marriage together for decades. Their children - Samantha, Scott, and Allegra - are successful and happy but must face the challenges we fear for our own children as well. As an attorney for the stars, 29-year-old Allegra Steinberg is used to negotiating major movie deals and fielding phone calls at all hours of the day and night. But she has little time for a private life - until a chance encounter with a New York writer turns her life upside down. Suddenly, Allegra finds herself planning a wedding at her parents´ Bel Air home.As preparations begin for a September ceremony, surprise announcements and ever-increasing anxiety bring out the best and worst in everyone. But as couples in each generation of the Steinberg family struggle with broken vows and new hopes, the real meaning of Allegra´s wedding emerges. For the bride, the ceremony is a bridge between her past and her future. For her parents, it is a reminder of the bond that holds them all together. And for both families, it is an opportunity for reconciliation and new hope. In a compelling portrait of real people in an unreal world, Danielle Steel uses Hollywood as a backdrop to reveal the dreams, the fears, and the expectations of a ceremony that unites us all and changes lives forever.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: J. R. Horne. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bant/000309/bk_bant_000309_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Simon Steinberg and Blaire Scott are among the most respected couples in Hollywood. Simon, a major movie producer, and Blaire, an award-winning television writer, have defied the Hollywood clichés, keeping their marriage together for decades. Their three children - aspiring teenage model Samantha, pre-med student Scott, and entertainment lawyer Allegra - are successful and happy but must face the challenges we fear for our own children as well. As an attorney for the stars, 29-year-old Allegra Steinberg is used to hand-holding her celebrity clients through their tangled lives and loves, negotiating major movie deals, and fielding phone calls at all hours of the day and night. But with a career that consumes so much of her time, Allegra has little time for a private life, until a chance encounter with a New York writer turns Allegra´s life upside down. And suddenly, she finds herself planning a wedding at her parents´ Bel Air home. As preparations begin for a September ceremony, the chaos of last-minute arrangements, surprise announcements, and ever-increasing anxiety brings out both the best and the worst in everyone. But as couples in each generation of the Steinberg family struggle with broken vows and new hopes, the real meaning of Allegra´s wedding emerges. For the bride, the ceremony is a bridge between her past and her future. For her parents, it is a reminder of the bond that holds them all together. And for both families, it is an opportunity for reconciliation, forgiveness, and new hope for the future, as weddings often are for us all. 1. Language: English. Narrator: J. R. Horne. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bant/000325/bk_bant_000325_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In November 1910, the vessel Terra Nova left New Zealand carrying an international team of explorers led by Robert Falcon Scott, an Englishman determined to be the first man to reach the South Pole. Scott kept a detailed journal of his adventures until March 29, 1912, when he and the few remaining members of his team met their ends in a brutal blizzard. The daily progress of the expedition toward the pole is recorded in an immensely vivid and personal narrative, depicting the beauty of the Antarctic tundra, the harsh living conditions, and Scott´s own desperation to beat rival explorers to the pole. 1. Language: English. Narrator: William Sutherland. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/000519/bk_blak_000519_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Climb aboard a time machine to the far edges of history and see what really happened! The Time Pedaler series brings to life a new kind of teen hero, Chant Baker, a typical kid who makes a very extraordinary discovery, a time machine. In book one of the Time Pedaler series, a cleaning trip to the basement of his parent´s new store leads Chant to a discovery that will change his life forever and take him on incredible and amazing adventures back in time! Along the way he meets a surprise cast of historical figures, and everyday people who just happen to live several hundred years ago. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Drew Brown. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/064043/bk_acx0_064043_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Captain Robert Scott’s final journey to the South Pole has been called one of history’s greatest tales of adventure. And his journals are among the most dramatic and moving documents in the English language. Sensitively read by David Horovitch, this new audio adaptation starts in 1910 as Scott´s ship, the Terra Nova, sets sail from New Zealand. Then in vivid, conversational style details the dangerous journey through the ice to Antarctica, the winter hibernation in 24-hour darkness, and the final journey to and from the Pole. A remarkable story of courage, it ends with Scott´s last tragic diary entry on the 29th March 1912, when he, Wilson and Bowers, out of food, sheltering from the raging blizzard outside their tent, calmly await their deaths. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Horovitch. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/csaw/000224/bk_csaw_000224_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.