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Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, H...
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I wrote this book because I fell in love with a story." But the idea for the book came well before I had good reason to write it - before I had a story to fall in love with. It began, really, with an innocent question: how did one of the poorest teams in baseball, the Oakland Athletics, win so many games? With these words Michael Lewis launches us into the funniest, smartest, and most contrarian book since, well, since Liar's Poker. Moneyball is a quest for something as elusive as the Holy Grail, something that money apparently can't buy: the secret of success in baseball. The logical places to look would be the front offices of major league teams, and the dugouts. But the real jackpot is a cache of numbers collected over the years by a strange brotherhood of amateur baseball enthusiasts: software engineers, statisticians, Wall Street analysts, lawyers and physics professors. These numbers prove that the traditional yardsticks of success for players and teams are fatally flawed. This information has been around for years, and nobody paid it any mind. And then came Billy Beane, General Manager of the Oakland Athletics. Billy paid attention to those numbers, and this book records his astonishing experiment in finding and fielding a team that nobody else wanted. In a narrative full of fabulous characters and brilliant excursions into the unexpected, Michael Lewis shows us how and why the new baseball knowledge works. He also sets up a sly and hilarious morality tale: Big Money, like Goliath, is always supposed to win...how can we not cheer for David? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Lewis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/000286/bk_rand_000286_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.

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The Betrayers: A Novel , Hörbuch, Digital, 1, 3...
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A compact saga of love, duty, family, and sacrifice from a rising star whose fiction is "self-assured, elegant, perceptive . . . and unflinchingly honest" (New York Times)These incandescent pages give us one fraught, momentous day in the life of Baruch Kotler, a Soviet Jewish dissident who now finds himself a disgraced Israeli politician. When he refuses to back down from a contrary but principled stand regarding the settlements in the West Bank, his political opponents expose his affair with a mistress decades his junior, and the besieged couple escapes to Yalta, the faded Crimean resort of Kotler's youth. There, shockingly, Kotler comes face-to-face with the former friend whose denunciation sent him to the Gulag almost 40 years earlier. In a whirling 24 hours, Kotler must face the ultimate reckoning, both with those who have betrayed him and with those whom he has betrayed, including a teenage daughter, a son facing his own moral dilemma in the Israeli army, and the wife who once campaigned to secure his freedom and stood by him through so much. Stubborn, wry, and self-knowing, Baruch Kotler is one of the great creations of contemporary fiction. An aging man grasping for a final passion, he is drawn inexorably into a crucible that is both personal and biblical in scope.In prose that is elegant, sly, precise, and devastating in its awareness of the human heart, David Bezmozgis has rendered a story for the ages, an inquest into the nature of fate and consequence, love and forgiveness. The Betrayers is a high-wire act, a powerful tale of morality and sacrifice that will haunt readers long after they turn the final page. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christopher Lane. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/001767/bk_hach_001767_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.

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The Hustons , Hörbuch, Digital, 1, 2263min
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When John Huston died at 81 on August 28, 1987, America lost a towering figure in movie history. The director of such classic films as The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The African Queen, The Maltese Falcon, Prizzi's Honor, and The Dead, John Huston evoked passionate responses from everyone he encountered. He was at the center of a dynasty, with three generations of Oscar winners (Walter, John and Anjelica). Now, for the first time as an audiobook, the complete story of this remarkable family is told in The Hustons by Lawrence Grobel. The book chronicles the family's history - from Walter's days on the vaudeville circuit and his later fame on Broadway, through John's meteoric rise, to Anjelica's emergence as a great actress in film today. Grobel interviewed John Huston for over 100 hours and conducted 200 interviews with John's four children, three of his five wives, many of his mistresses, producers, writers, technicians, and a number of celebrities who rarely grant interviews. J.P. Donleavy named The Hustons the best book of the year when it was published. James A. Michener dubbed it a "Masterpiece." Kirkus called it "Spellbinding." Larry King thought it, "Biography writing at its absolute best." Frederick Raphael wrote, "The Hustons is a delicious, wicked guide to the delicious, wicked life of a sly, sadistic scoundrel who was equaled only by Byron in the sentimental cynicism and fecund carelessness with which he played the world's game." Alyn Brodsky in The Miami Herald called it, "An engrossing study in family dynamics… Marvelous… This is one of the best biographies of a Hollywood personality since - actually, I can't recall since when." And the Hollywood Reporter said it "Reads like a gutsy movie that might have been made by Huston himself." 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Drummond. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/017793/bk_adbl_017793_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.

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Studio 360 (English): Tony Nominees & Indie Vid...
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Across the United Kingdom, streets are lined with Union Jacks in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee — 60 years since she inherited the crown in 1952. But with the Queen’s Golden Jubilee only a decade behind them, a royal wedding last year, and the Olympics coming up this summer, are Britons up for yet another party?Next, Nina Arianda is the it-girl on Broadway — she’s nominated for a Tony for her performance in David Ives’ comedy Venus In Fur. The show is a play within a play: a writer has adapted an erotic novel for the stage, and he’s having a hell of a time casting the lead. Enter Vanda: a sexy, sly actress who is by turns sultry and bombastic, and pretty much takes over the show. Then, in Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 play A Raisin in the Sun, a black family buys a house in an all-white neighborhood — and even before they move in, the neighbors are up in arms. Karl Lindner, a member of the Clybourne Park property owners association, visits the buyers, suggesting that “Negro families are happier when they live in their own communities.” Following that, the San Antonio band Girl in a Coma formed over a junior high obsession over the tortured music of Morrissey. “I loved him so much it hurt,” says singer Nina Diaz, who was only 13 when she joined the band. “I turned vegetarian after that, started reading Oscar Wilde, eating yogurt and bagels and trying to be just like him.” Bassist Jenn Alva remembers, “We had posters all over the room, and we would talk to them.” After that, according to the Entertainment Software Association, 72% of American households play videogames while, according to the Motion Picture Association of America, 67% of Americans went to the movies. If those figures are both correct, videogames might now be the great American pastime. And finally, WNYC listener Julie Bayley grew up watching daytime talk shows to catch comics like Rodney 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kurt Andersen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/stud/120602/rt_stud_120602_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.

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Moneyball
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Moneyball is a quest for the secret of success in baseball. Following the low-budget Oakland Athletics, their larger-than-life general manger, Billy Beane, and the strange brotherhood of amateur baseball enthusiasts, Michael Lewis has written not only "the single most influential baseball book ever" (Rob Neyer, Slate) but also what "may be the best book ever written on business" (Weekly Standard). I wrote this book because I fell in love with a story. The story concerned a small group of undervalued professional baseball players and executives, many of whom had been rejected as unfit for the big leagues, who had turned themselves into one of the most successful franchises in Major League Baseball. But the idea for the book came well before I had good reason to write it-before I had a story to fall in love with. It began, really, with an innocent question: how did one of the poorest teams in baseball, the Oakland Athletics, win so many games? With these words Michael Lewis launches us into the funniest, smartest, and most contrarian book since, well, since Liar's Poker. Moneyball is a quest for something as elusive as the Holy Grail, something that money apparently can't buy: the secret of success in baseball. The logical places to look would be the front offices of major league teams, and the dugouts, perhaps even in the minds of the players themselves. Lewis mines all these possibilities-his intimate and original portraits of big league ballplayers are alone worth the price of admission-but the real jackpot is a cache of numbers-numbers!-collected over the years by a strange brotherhood of amateur baseball enthusiasts: software engineers, statisticians, Wall Street analysts, lawyers and physics professors. What these geek numbers show-no, prove-is that the traditional yardsticks of success for players and teams are fatally flawed. Even the box score misleads us by ignoring the crucial importance of the humble base-on-balls. This information has been around for years, and nobody inside Major League Baseball paid it any mind. And then came Billy Beane, General Manager of the Oakland Athletics. Billy paid attention to those numbers -with the second lowest payroll in baseball at his disposal he had to-and this book records his astonishing experiment in finding and fielding a team that nobody else wanted. Moneyball is a roller coaster ride: before the 2002 season opens, Oakland must relinquish its three most prominent (and expensive) players, is written off by just about everyone, and then comes roaring back to challenge the American League record for consecutive wins. In a narrative full of fabulous characters and brilliant excursions into the unexpected, Michael Lewis shows us how and why the new baseball knowledge works. He also sets up a sly and hilarious morality tale: Big Money, like Goliath, is always supposed to win... how can we not cheer for David?

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For the Record
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Die Zukunft der Musik entsteht dort, wo die Red Bull Music Academy die weltweit führenden Köpfe aus Musik und Musikindustrie zusammenbringt. Mit For the Record ist ein Buch entstanden, das die aktuell relevantesten Themen aus Sicht der gegenwärtigen Taktgeber beleuchtet und Aussicht auf die Zukunft der Musikproduktion gibt.For the Record enthält Gespräche zwischen Koryphäen wie Nile Rodgers und Martyn Ware – die Väter beispielloser Disco- und Pop-Tunes für Grössen wie Chic, The Human League, Madonna, Daft Punk und David Bowie geben ihre Charthit-Strategien preis. Erykah Badu, tragende Stimme des Neo-Soul, teilt Karriereratschläge und psychedelische Weisheiten mit dem aufstrebenden New Yorker Rap-Duo The Underachievers. DJ Harvey und Ben UFO, Vertreter unterschiedlicher DJ-Generationen, sprechen über die guten alten und heutigen Zeiten sowie die unbestimmte Zukunft ihres Berufs. Nicht zuletzt trifft der jamaikanische Visionär Lee „Scratch“ Perry auf den britischen Dub-Produzenten Adrian Sherwood und teilt seine einzigartige Weltansicht.Auf ähnliche Weise behandelt For the Record Themen wie Live Performances, Instruments/Interfaces, Conceptualism, Drumming, Rhythm und viele mehr. Zusammen mit dem einschlägigen Layout von Chris Rehbergers Double Standards Agentur ist eine einfühlende Publikationen zum Status Quo in Musik und Musikindustrie entstanden. Alle Gespräche:João Barbosa x Kalaf Ângelo x Mulatu AstatkeBernard Purdie x Jaki Liebezeit Martyn Ware x Nile RodgersKerri Chandler x Patrick AdamsGareth Jones x Metro AreaCarsten Nicolai x Olaf Bender x Uwe SchmidtBenny Ill x Moritz von OswaldAdrian Sherwood x Lee „Scratch“ PerryMatias Aguayo x Sly & RobbieBen UFO x DJ HarveyCosey Fanni Tutti x Nik VoidModeselektor x Mykki BlancoErykah Badu x The UnderachieversJust Blaze x Paul RiserRobert Henke x Tom Oberheim

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Bull
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'Beautifully clever.' —Weekend Edition Saturday ★ “Razor-sharp rhyme schemes and sly, vicious humor make Bull a bawdy yet sophisticated romp, a literary feast fit for the gods.” – Shelf Awareness, starred review ★ 'Elliott contemporizes the ancient story of blackmail, betrayal, and revenge with humor, poignancy, and profanity . . . . the personalities and voices Elliott brings to these mythical characters make this powerful and engrossing book a genre of its own.' —Publishers Weekly, starred review ★ '...Elliott’s clever verse version of the classical story of the Minotaur: its title, Bull, is topically and colloquially apt.' —Horn Book, starred review ★ “There’s nothing half-blooded or Disneyfied in David Elliott’s energetic, multi- voiced verse novel retelling . . . . Brief, useful notes explain both the liberties taken with the myth and choices of form for each character. Nods to Hamilton are inevitable, but whether or not Lin-Manuel Miranda had anything to do with inspiring what we hope will be a trend of transforming old stories into hip-hop gold, all readers and educators can say at this point is keep ’em coming.” —Bulletin, starred review ★ 'Elliott's absolutely magnetic rhythms will wake up any high school class, and the book could also work as a play. Irresistible, slick, and sharp (no bull!)—with plenty of bull to dissect.' —Kirkus, starred review ★ 'This striking reexamination of the Greek myth Theseus and the Minotaur [is] a conceit that easily could have floundered; in Elliott’s capable hands, it soars.'  — Booklist, starred review 'Elliott’s contemporary take on the classic myth incorporates modern slang, profanity, and a bawdy sense of humor into an accessible, highly entertaining, and original novel... Recommended for most large collections, particularly those in need of engaging interpretations of classic myths.' —School Library Journal 'It's rude, it's crude, and it's a whole bunch of fun.' —BookPage “David Elliott’s Bull does for mythology what Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s Hamilton has done for U.S. history. Teens of all genders and reading levels will devour this salty, quick-witted retelling and the timely truth of this story: It takes a god to make a boy into a beast, but it is us humans who turn him into a monster. I loved this book.” —Allan Wolf, author of The Watch That Ends the Night and New Found Land   “Stunning, explosive, and brilliantly-crafted. BULL is a perfect addition to the new canon of classics.” —Liz Wright, Brazo Books   “Dark, disturbing, and devastatingly good.” —Elana K. Arnold, author of Infandous and Sacred   “What an extraordinary book! Saucy and thoroughly modern, Bull feels both ageless and of our time, and is, above all, a bracing, unforgettable read.” —Jane Brox, author of Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light   “The voices in this poem—as much hip hop as epic—taunt in a spirit that is at once modern ghetto and ancient philosopher. As a lover of the Greek tales, I'm so grateful for this dizzying ride.” —Donna Jo Napoli, author of Sirena, Bound, and Beast 'Irreverent and witty, the book is a fantastic labyrinth of its own, with new turns and twists that deliver us to the wisdom at its center.' —Kyoko Mori, author of One Bird and Shizuko’s Daughter “A remix told in striking and affecting verse, BULL offers a modern, haunting look at this story of power, lust, love, and revenge” —Sara Grochowski, Brilliant Books   “An entirely refreshing twist on the indelicate undercurrents of Greek Mythology, BULL will inspire today’s readers to rediscover the classics.” —Sara Hines, Eight Cousins Books

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Mafeking Road
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'It will be a tragedy for the creative process if we parents, both black and white, deny our children the opportunity to read [Herman Charles] Bosman.'-Johnny Masilela'Bosman knows what to tell us and when, and most importantly he knows what not to tell us. To this he adds a subtle and simple treatment of deep reflections, a rural 'sit-back-and-relax' feel, and an ability for remarkably poignant description. The result is a classic set of stories, deserving of world attention to match the attention it already receives in Bosman's home country.'-David LahtiHe seemed to have nothing but what the sun and the sand and the grass had given him, and yet that was more than what all the men in the world could give him. In the voice of the sly old Bushveld storyteller Oom Schalk Lourens, Herman Charles Bosman tells tales of love, jealousy, betrayal, and friendship in a rural South Africa at the turn of the century. It is a fusion of satire and raw emotion in a politically fraught era. 'Mafeking Road' was chosen as one of the twenty-five classics for the South Africa Reads program.Herman Charles Bosman (19051951) is widely considered the greatest short story writer of South Africa, known for infusing the cadence of Afrikaans speech into his English-language writing. Drawing upon his experiences living in the Transvaal farming town district of Groot Marico, Bosman wrote the first stories of 'Mafeking Road' (his most celebrated collection) during a brief imprisonment for killing his stepbrother.

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Betrayers
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Winner of the National Jewish Book Award A Wall Street Journal Best Book of 2014 A New Yorker Favorite Book of 2014 New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice These incandescent pages give us one fraught, momentous day in the life of Baruch Kotler, a Soviet Jewish dissident who now finds himself a disgraced Israeli politician. When he refuses to back down from a contrary but principled stand regarding the settlements in the West Bank, his political opponents expose his affair with a mistress decades his junior, and the besieged couple escapes to Yalta, the faded Crimean resort of Kotler's youth. There, shockingly, Kotler encounters the former friend whose denunciation sent him to the Gulag almost forty years earlier. In a whirling twenty-four hours, Kotler must face the ultimate reckoning, both with those who have betrayed him and with those whom he has betrayed, including a teenage daughter, a son facing his own moral dilemma in the Israeli army, and the wife who once campaigned to secure his freedom and stood by him through so much. Stubborn, wry, and self-knowing, Baruch Kotler is one of the great creations of contemporary fiction. An aging man grasping at a final passion, he is drawn inexorably into a crucible that is both personal and biblical in scope. In prose that is elegant, sly, precise, and devastating in its awareness of the human heart, David Bezmozgis has rendered a story for the ages, an inquest into the nature of fate and consequence, love and forgiveness. The Betrayers is a high-wire act, a powerful tale of morality and sacrifice that will haunt readers long after they turn the final page.

Anbieter: Orell Fuessli CH
Stand: 08.12.2019
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