Baseball in the 1920s is most known for Babe Ruth and the New York Yankees, but there was another great Yankee player in that era whose compelling story remains untold. Urban Shocker was a fiercely competitive and colorful pitcher, a spitballer who had many famous battles with Babe Ruth before returning to the Yankees. Shocker was traded away to the St. Louis Browns in 1918 by Yankees Manager Miller Huggins, a trade Huggins always regretted. In 1925, after four straight seasons with at least 20 wins with the hapless Browns, Shocker became the only player Huggins brought back to the Yankees. He finally reached the World Series with the 1926 Yankees.In the Yankees’ storied 1927 season, widely viewed to be the best in MLB history, Shocker pitched with guts and guile, finishing with a record of 18-6 even while his fastball and physical skills were deserting him. Hardly anyone knew Shocker was suffering from an incurable heart disease that left him able to sleep only while sitting up and that would take his life in less than a year. With his physical skills diminishing, he continued to win games through craftiness and well-placed pitches.The audiobook is published by University Press Audiobooks. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David A. Nickerson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/123684/bk_acx0_123684_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The silent films were not silent for long. The live music that accompanied early cinema was as much a part of the experience as the film itself. The Music Of The Silent Films features 50 original pieces and arrangements for Solo Piano, divided into specific moods in the same way that the live music accompanists of the silent era would have used.This book tells the extraordinary story of the rise and abrupt fall of silent movie music and includes 50 original pieces and arrangements for Solo Piano, allowing you to play scores inspired by what is arguably the golden era of film music. era, The Music Of The Silent Films boasts specially selected pieces that evoke a range of mood music genres, representing a number of composers.Not only does this book comprise an eclectic collection of Piano scores, it also features film stills and stunning photography to accompany a fascinating introduction to this precedential era of ´sight and sound´. Further to this, a short guide to how to use the music to create your own silent film scores is sure to help you bring a new dimension to your playing, and might even help to revive a lost art! During the pre-talkie period of 1915–1927, live musical ´photoplay´ accompaniment was required in movie theatres great and small, giving work to an army of musicians. To help the solitary pianists run the gamut of musical emotions, night after night, music publishers produced a wealth of scores with selections of printed music chosen to match a range of on-screen moods and activities. The Music Of The Silent Films includes short biographies of some of the leading composers of the genre, as well as detailed descriptions of the most popular ‘moods’ used, helping you not only to play the pieces but learn more about sound and cinema at the same time.Perfect for any pianist interested in silent films, film composition, or just wanting a diverse range of original pieces, The Music Of The Silent Films is a collection of fantastic arrangements, and a guide to a fascinating period of musical history.A Chinese Tragedy [Baron, Maurice] A Festive Gathering [Jacquet, Maurice H.] A Marionette´s Romance [Leigh, Norman] Agitato No. 3 [Langey, Otto] Allegro Perpetuo [Savino, Domenico] Allegro Precipitoso [Savino, Domenico] Allegro Scintillante [Kempinsky, Leo A.] Amaryllis (Graceful Dance) [Ketelbey, Albert W.] Andante Cantabile [O´Hare, Christopher] Andante Dramatico [Borch, Gaston] Appassionato No.1 [Rapée & Axt] Arabian Nights [Ketelbey, Albert W.] Battle Music [Riesenfeld, Hugo] Betrayed [Kempinsky, Leo A.] Comedy Excitement [Zamecnik, J.S.] Dashing Cowboy [Aborn, Morris] Dramatic Andante No.1 [Rapée, Erno & Axt, William] Gaiety [Savino, Domenico] Happy Bohemians [Axt, William] Hurry No. 2 [Langey, Otto] Hurry No.3 [Langey, Otto] Impending Danger [Kempinsky, Leo A.] In Despair [Irénée Bergé] Indian War-Dance [Bergé, Irénée] Into The Unknown [Carbonara, Gerard] Jollity [Zamecnik, J.S.] June Moon [Fenton, Bernard] Kiki [Savino, Domenico] Love´s Awakening [Ketelbey, Albert W.] Miss Mischief (Caprice d´Amour) [Kempinsky, Leo A.] Misterioso [Zamecnik, J.S.] Pomp And Pageantry [Schertzinger, Victor L.] Recitative No.1 [Rapée, Erno & Axt, William] Remorse [Lowitz, W.W.] Reproach [Zamecnik, J.S.] Sinister Misterioso [Bergé, Irénée] Solemn Scenes From Nature [O´Hare, Christopher] Storm, Strife Or Tempest [Ancliffe, Charles] Sunset [Ancliffe, Charles] Terreur (Terror) [Baron, Maurice] The Bold Riders [Carbonara, Gerard] The Creepy Creeps [Borch, Gaston] The Flight [Savino, Domenico] The Hobbling Hobo [Bergé, Irénée] The Jesters [Carbonara, Gerard] The Village Clown [Axt, William] The Village Cut-Up [Axt, William] Treacherous Knave [Zamecnik, J.S.] Valse Mimi [Axt, William] Violence [Zamecnik, J.S.]
The extraordinary new suspense novel from ´´one of the most exciting new thriller talents in years´´ (Vince Flynn). Four years after the events of The Mullah´s Storm (´´[A]n irresistible adventure story´´ - USA Today), jihadists strike the Afghan National Police training center in Kabul, killing many and wounding others, including Sergeant Major Sophia Gold. The injured are hurriedly loaded onto a C-5 Galaxy bound for Germany, but once airborne, the commander, Major Michael Parson, receives a message. The jihadists have placed bombs on some planes leaving Afghanistan, and the Galaxy is one of them. If Parson tries to descend - the bomb will go off. Parson, Gold, and everybody else aboard are trapped at altitude, until either they or someone on the ground can figure out what to do. They can refuel in midair, but not indefinitely. The aircraft is deteriorating, the condition of the patients is worsening, the crew is tiring - and their biggest challenges are yet to come. The enemy is all around... and will take surprising form. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Brick. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/001756/bk_peng_001756_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Before the railroad´s thin lines of steel bit their way up through the wilderness, Athabasca Landing was the picturesque threshold over which one must step who would enter into the mystery and adventure of the great white North. It is still Iskwatam - the ´´door´´ which opens to the lower reaches of the Athabasca, the Slave, and the Mackenzie. It is somewhat difficult to find on the map, yet it is there, because its history is written in more than 140 years of romance and tragedy and adventure in the lives of men, and is not easily forgotten. Over the old trail it was about 150 miles north of Edmonton. The railroad has brought it nearer to that base of civilization, but beyond it the wilderness still howls as it has howled for a thousand years, and the waters of a continent flow north and into the Arctic Ocean. It is possible that the beautiful dream of the real-estate dealers may come true, for the most avid of all the sportsmen of the earth, the money-hunters, have come up on the bumpy railroad that sometimes lights its sleeping cars with lanterns, and with them have come typewriters, and stenographers, and the art of printing advertisements, and the Golden Rule of those who sell handfuls of earth to hopeful purchasers thousands of miles away - ´´Do others as they would do you.´´ And with it, too, has come the legitimate business of barter and trade, with eyes on all that treasure of the North which lies between the Grand Rapids of the Athabasca and the edge of the polar sea. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rusty Nelson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bimo/001436/bk_bimo_001436_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Greta Garbo, a Swedish-born American actress, holds her own as one of the top five female stars of the Hollywood Golden Years. The renowned silent film star remained mysteriously silent off-screen, too. This earned her the moniker of ´´Swedish sphinx,” an aura of mystique she cultivated despite her international stardom. After 20 years in film, she retired and spent the next 50 years as a recluse in New York; she made few public appearances, declining even to attend the 1954 Academy Awards to accept her special Academy Honorary Award. This biography peeks into the private life of MGM’s highest paid actor of the era, revealing hidden details about the mysterious woman who left behind an estate worth $32,000,000. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Larry G. Jones. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/124129/bk_acx0_124129_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Charming and classically handsome, John Gilbert (1897-1936) was among the world´s most recognizable actors during the silent era. He was a wild, swashbuckling figure on screen and off, and accounts of his life have focused on his high-profile romances with Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich, his legendary conflicts with Louis B. Mayer, his four tumultuous marriages, and his swift decline after the introduction of talkies. A dramatic and interesting personality, Gilbert served as one of the primary inspirations for the character of George Valentin in the Academy Award - winning movie The Artist (2011). Many myths have developed around the larger-than-life star in the eighty years since his untimely death, but this definitive biography sets the record straight. Eve Golden separates fact from fiction in John Gilbert: The Last of the Silent Film Stars, tracing the actor´s life from his youth spent traveling with his mother in acting troupes to the peak of fame at MGM, where he starred opposite Mae Murray, Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Greta Garbo, and other actresses in popular films such as The Merry Widow (1925), The Big Parade (1925), Flesh and the Devil (1926), and Love (1927). Golden debunks some of the most pernicious rumors about the actor, including the oft-repeated myth that he had a high-pitched, squeaky voice that ruined his career. Meticulous, comprehensive, this audiobook provides a behind-the-scenes look at one of the silent era´s greatest stars and the glamorous yet brutal world in which he lived. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Hugh Munro Neely. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/012424/bk_acx0_012424_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It was a time of bold new technology, historic moments, and international jousting on the final frontier. But it was also a time of human drama, of moments less public but no less dramatic in the lives of those who made the golden age of space flight happen. These are the moments and the lives that Into That Silent Sea captures, a book that tells the intimate stories of the men and women, American and Russian, who made the space race their own and gave the era its compelling character. These minutes chronicle a varied and riveting cavalcade of human stories, including a look at Yuri Gagarin´s harrowing childhood in war-ravaged Russia and Alan Shepard´s firm purchase on the American dream. It also examines the controversial career of cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space, and the remarkable struggle and ultimate disappointment of her American counterparts. It tries to uncover the truth behind the allegations that shadowed Gus Grissom and Scott Carpenter and then allows the listener to share the heart-stopping suspense of Alexei Leonov´s near-fatal first spacewalk. Through dozens of interviews and access to Russian and American official documents and family records, the authors bring to life the experiences that shaped the lives of the first astronauts and cosmonauts and forever changed their world and ours. The book is published by University of Nebraska Press. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Gagnepain. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/056898/bk_acx0_056898_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It´s Christmas time, and for Raine Stockton and her Search and Rescue dog, Cisco, Hansonville, North Carolina is just like a Norman Rockwell painting - except for the rash of thefts of baby Jesus figurines from nativity scenes, an abandoned box of golden retriever puppies that someone leaves beside her mailbox, and a mysterious gift from one of Cisco´s a grateful admirers. Raine already has her hands full with her own misbehaving pooches, unexpected house guests, and a complicated new relationship. But when a newborn is abandoned in the manger of the town´s living nativity and Raine walks in on what appears to be the scene of a murder, she has more to worry about than keeping the Christmas spirit alive. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Donna Postel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/019105/bk_acx0_019105_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.