Moneyball reveals 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 giant 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. In a narrative full of fabulous characters and brilliant excursions into the unexpected, 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: Scott Brick. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/002719/bk_rand_002719_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
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.
Lydia Slaughter understands the games men play - both in and out of the bedroom. Not afraid to bend the rules to suit her needs, she fleeces Will Blackshear outright. The Waterloo hero had his own daring agenda for the gaming tables of London´s gentlemen´s clubs. But now he antes up for a wager of wits and desire with Lydia, the streetwise temptress who keeps him at arm´s length. A kept woman in desperate straits, Lydia has a sharp mind and a head for numbers. She gambles on the sly, hoping to win enough to claim her independence. An alliance with Will at the tables may be a winning proposition for them both. But the arrangement involves dicey odds with rising stakes, sweetened with unspoken promise of fleshly delights. And any sleight of hand could find their hearts betting on something neither can afford to risk: love. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Susan Ericksen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/002541/bk_tant_002541_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The outrageously funny, heartbreaking, and surprising story of Tracy Morgan´s rise from ghetto wiseass to superstar comedian. Who is Tracy Morgan? The wildly unpredictable funnyman who rocketed to fame on Saturday Night Live? The Emmy-nominated actor behind the sly and ingenious character Tracy Jordan on the award-winning hit sitcom 30 Rock, whose turbulent personal life often mirrors that of his fictional alter ego? Is he Chico Divine, the life of the party - any party, anytime, anywhere - getting ladies pregnant everywhere he goes? Or is he a soulful, tender family man who emerged from a hardscrabble ghetto upbringing and, against all odds, achieved superstardom, raised a solid family, prevailed over a collection of lethal bad habits, and is still ascending new heights and coming into his own? The answer is: Tracy Morgan is all that. And a bag of potato chips with a 50-cent soda.When he was just a boy living in the Tompkins Projects in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, being funny was about survival. With the right snap, Tracy could shut down the playground bullies who picked on him and his physically disabled older brother. And with a wild enough prank, he could exact revenge on whoever stole his Pumas at the community pool. Later, being funny was about escape - from the untouchable sadness of his father´s death, from the desperation of the drug dealer´s trade, from the life-and-death battles waged on the streets of the South Bronx in the age of crack. But these days, being funny is about living his dream - a dream born in the comedy clubs of Harlem and realized on shows like Martin and Saturday Night Live, where he was a cast member for seven years, and in movies like The Longest Yard and Half-Baked. With brutal honesty and his trademark take-no-prisoners humor, Tracy tells the story of his rise to fame, with all its highs and its many lows - from the very public battles with alcohol and diabetes that thr 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tracy Morgan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/002066/bk_rand_002066_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
So you may ask, who is Adam Connor? He is the recently divorced, Academy Award-winning actor who just moved in next door with his kid. He also happens to be an exquisite male specimen and the most infuriating sly bastard I´ve ever come across. While I was being thoughtful by not breaking and entering, and was actually considering going over to offer him a shoulder to cry on (you know, because of his divorce), instead he had me thrown in jail after a small incident. Jail, people! He was supposed to grant me countless orgasms as a thank you, not a jail cell. After that day, I was mentally plotting ways to strangle him. So what if my body did more than just shiver when he whispered dirty little things in my ear? I can´t be held responsible for that. Even if he and his son were the best things since sliced bread, I couldn´t fall for him. No matter what promises he whispered on my skin, my curse wouldn´t let us be. I wasn´t a damsel in distress - I could save myself, thank you very much - but deep inside, I still hoped Adam Connor would be the hero of my story. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lidia Dornet, Sebastian York. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/006534/bk_tant_006534_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The second book in Stephen King´s Bill Hodges trilogy (Mr. Mercedes, Finders Keepers, End of Watch), an AT&T Audience Original Series, now in its second season! ´´Stephen King´s superb new stay-up-all-night thriller is a sly tale of literary obsession that recalls the themes of his classic 1987 novel Misery´´ (The Washington Post)-the #1 New York Times bestseller about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes Stephen King introduced in Mr. Mercedes. ´´Wake up, genius.´´ So announces deranged fan Morris Bellamy to iconic author John Rothstein, who once created the famous character Jimmy Gold and hasn´t released anything since. Morris is livid, not just because his favorite writer has stopped publishing, but because Jimmy Gold ended up as a sellout. Morris kills his idol and empties his safe of cash, but the real haul is a collection of notebooks containing John Rothstein´s unpublished work...including at least one more Jimmy Gold novel. Morris hides everything away-the money and the manuscripts no one but Gold ever saw-before being locked up for another horrific crime. But upon Morris´s release thirty-five years later, he´s about to discover that teenager Pete Saubers has already found the stolen treasure-and no one but former police detective Bill Hodges, along with his trusted associates Holly Gibney and Jerome Robinson, stands in the way of his vengeance... Not since Misery has Stephen King played with the notion of a reader and murderous obsession, filled with ´´nail biting suspense that´s the hallmark of [his] best work´´ (Publishers Weekly).
Cult favorite, Tony Vigorito´s award-winning underground hit is a chronicle of the party at the end of time. A game of graffiti tag on a local overpass is kicked off by a mischievous artist who writes a simple phrase: ´´Uh-oh.´´ An anonymous interlocutor responds with ´´When?´´ A sly answer appears: ´´Just a couple of days.´´ But what happens in just a couple of days? Professor Blip Korterly is arrested, his friend Dr. Flake Fountain is drafted into a shadow-government research project to develop the ultimate biological weapon, and an accidental outbreak turns into a merry-hearted, babble-inducing apocalypse that will either destroy humankind or take it to the next step in evolution. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bernard Setaro Clark. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/032137/bk_acx0_032137_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´These delightful stories do that essential-but-rare story thing: they surprise . They skip past the quotidian, the merely real, to the essential, and do so with a spirit of tenderness and wonder that is wholly unique. They are (let me coin a phrase) July-esque , which is to say: infused with wonder at the things of the world.´´ -George Saunders, author of Tenth of December Award-winning filmmaker and performing artist Miranda July brings her extraordinary talents to the page in a startling, sexy, and tender collection. In these stories, July gives the most seemingly insignificant moments a sly potency. A benign encounter, a misunderstanding, a shy revelation can reconfigure the world. Her characters engage awkwardly-they are sometimes too remote, sometimes too intimate. With great compassion and generosity, July reveals their idiosyncrasies and the odd logic and longing that govern their lives. No One Belongs Here More Than You is a stunning debut, the work of a writer with a spectacularly original and compelling voice.
He´s been described as a ´´charming, well-bred, devilishly handsome, witty, loveable, elegant, international superstar´´. And that´s just by Basil himself. As a new era for Basil´s television career dawns, he reflects on his ultra-successful early partnerships with Mr Rodney, Mr Derek, Mr Roy, Mr Howard, and Mr Billy. Basil´s high-profile celebrity life was the perfect disguise for his double life as a secret agent, and for the first time, Basil speaks openly about the time he risked all for the sake of his country. He also describes his glittering Hollywood career, his sell-out Las Vegas showcase, and his award-winning stint on Broadway in Elephant Man: The Musical. And he talks frankly about his friendships, from Joan Collins to Frank Sinatra, from the British royal family to Madonna. A tribute to Basil´s sly wit and his unparalleled storytelling ability, this book is sure to appeal to his many fans, from those who have followed his lifelong celebrity career to those who are celebrating his exciting return to the small screen. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Basil Brush. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/macm/000306/bk_macm_000306_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.