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 Imagine a future in which human boxing has been replaced by heavyweight bouts between massive robots.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.
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.
Sarah Steele is the hottest and youngest Assistant District Attorney ever to hit the courtroom. Sarah may look innocent enough but she is a killer, she just doesn´t know it yet. The Death Penalty! Sarah should be excited, this was her big win, but something about Hank Williams is not right. He acts like he knows something, as if he thinks his money will get him a get out of jail free card. Pushed to her breaking point Sarah must decide what to do when the system she believes in fails. Breaking Steele is the first in a new hard-boiled thriller series from the mind of bestselling author Aaron Patterson. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Em Eldridge. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/008278/bk_acx0_008278_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Sarah Steele needs a vacation from her high-profile job as an ADA, so she goes with her best friend on a trip they´ve always dreamed of to Rio de Janeiro. The vacation is off to a great start - jet skiing in the ocean, hiking, reading, and flirting with the cabana boys - but then their little piece of heaven takes a hellish turn. Sarah runs into The Blondes, a mysterious group of female criminals who specialize in micro-kidnapping, and she gets captured with two other tourists. It was supposed to be quick and simple. But after their bank accounts are emptied and they´re promised freedom, things take a deadly turn. As she holds a dying girl in her arms, she swears The Blondes will receive justice. And she´ll be the one to give it. But as things get more twisted than she ever imagined, does she have what it takes to bring them down? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kelley Hazen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/044874/bk_acx0_044874_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Whether you´re a new or mature believer, this book will challenge you in areas few teach and defend these days. From topics ranging from prophecy to doctrine, each chapter will stretch you spiritually and enable you to defend the accuracy of God´s word. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Morgan Malloy. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/131344/bk_acx0_131344_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.