For the past decade, an audacious program called Football Dreams has held tryouts for millions of young boys across Africa, looking for soccer´s next superstars. Led by the Spanish scout who helped launch Lionel Messi´s career and funded by the desert kingdom of Qatar, the program chooses just a handful of boys each year to train to become professionals; the process is one thousand times more selective than getting into Harvard University. In an extraordinary work of reporting, international politics, and sports science, Sebastian Abbot follows a small group of the boys as they are discovered on dirt fields across Africa, join the glittering Football Dreams academy in Doha, and fight for the chance to gain fame and fortune at Europe´s top clubs. Weaving together the drama of the boys´ determination to chase their dreams with the latest ideas on talent spotting and predicting sporting success, Abbot memorably explores why some of the boys succeed and chronicles the heartbreak of those who don´t. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robert Fass. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/high/002011/bk_high_002011_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
James is exactly what you´d expect from one of London´s most promising, young town planners. He´s cautious, respected by colleagues and performs well in team meetings. But while James understands the glitter and grime of the city better than almost anyone, he hasn´t actually experienced much of it. And, as he watches his university friends blossom bewilderingly into rich and successful adults, he has the nagging sense that he has somehow fallen by the wayside. That is, until he meets Felix, who navigates the glamorous and cynical capital with sophisticated ease. Felix introduces James to a London that he has never known, and which doesn´t feature in the planning manuals: a world of private clubs and executive football boxes; of book launches, contemporary art galleries, suburban drug dealers, and dates with women even more exotic than the peculiar vodka shots they drink. But London is an expensive city in many ways, and the world Felix has opened up comes at a cost. James may know how to design housing estates and high streets, but is it really possible to redraw the masterplan for his own life? And what will he lose along the way? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Napoleon Ryan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/020332/bk_adbl_020332_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A little truth is a dangerous thing. A lot could kill us all. The Nightstalkers are back, and the world needs them now more than ever. When a real-life truth serum, a military cabal bent on launching a preemptive strike against America’s enemies, and the nuclear football - which contains the information the President needs to launch the nation´s missiles - all converge, the Nightstalkers suit up for another deadly mission. Joining forces with the Cellar, the covert world’s police force, the team might be mankind´s last hope. A bombed-out neighborhood in Pakistan. A strip mall in suburban Virginia. A decommissioned ICBM silo in Nebraska. The highest-security location inside the White House. The Book of Truths hits all the hotspots and roars to a breathless showdown that could mean the beginning of the end for everyone. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Eric G. Dove. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/005159/bk_brll_005159_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Assigned to White House duty, Navy commander Dan Lenson battles threats against the president and the nation in this gripping adventure. Working with a team to analyze and defeat external threats to U.S. security, Dan must deal with a terrorist plot to smuggle in dirty-bomb material using the established drug-cartel methods. In the meantime, there´s an internal threat from disgruntled military elements involving an attempt on the president´s life using the "football": the mysterious suitcase that accompanies the president at all times, containing the codes and protocols to launch a nuclear strike. Only Dan can stop a plot that would engineer a coup against the president. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ray Porter. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/001997/bk_blak_001997_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
That’s the flummoxed state of Edward Stanton, a 42-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome. His job, his therapist, and his best friends are all gone. Even his nightly ritual of watching Dragnet reruns has short-circuited. But a call from his friend Donna in Idaho, telling him that her son Kyle is in trouble, launches Edward from his rigidly scheduled existence in Billings, Montana, to the open road. He and Kyle, a sweet little boy turned sullen adolescent, debate football, music, and bodily functions (´´Why do you pee so much?” Kyle asks). All the while, inspired by dreams of the past, Edward tries to make peace with his life - and when he meets an eccentric motel owner, perhaps open it to love. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Luke Daniels. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/004860/bk_brll_004860_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Richard Gale, a college football star, travels to Mexico to prove himself after failing in every business opportunity that his wealthy father had handed him. When he arrives at an Arizona border town, a chance meeting with an old friend launches him into an adventure to save a young Spanish beauty from a ruthless Mexican bandit.Discover the meaning of a haunting secret that symbolizes Grey´s spirituality. Within the mystical beauty of the desert landscape, this extraordinary novel touches on many complexities of humanity including honor, lust, vengeance, and love. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Bolen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/000124/bk_tant_000124_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Jack Walsh´s father´s old business partner goes on a rampage, killing Tom and Marsha Walsh before trying to take out Jack, who manages to kill him. Jack realizes that if he reports the crime - and his self-defense - he will have a guardian appointed because of his young age, and the event will haunt him for the rest of his life. So he "disappears" his family and the killer by incinerating and disposing of their bodies. After that traumatic event, Jack´s other life challenges seem easy, as he roars through high school, college, and then joins the NFL´s San Diego Chargers, starting as strong safety and punter, and backing up the quarterback as number 18. Along the way, he gains MBA and entrepreneurship training. Jack´s business dealings will be better than an MBA for listeners who want to learn how to launch a business and have it prosper. This audiobook is perfect for people interested in business, football, and modern-day dealings between male and female. The insights incorporated range from the wisdom of Plato and Thoreau to Jefferson and Ali. The quotations are worthwhile on their own! The fast-paced scenes flash by, conveying both sagacity and great fun. Jack´s "above average mediocrity" (to cite his own self-analysis), leads people to trust and rely on him. This is a modern saga of someone whose destiny is decided by others and who is dragged backward while trying to move forward. The book has much the same attitude of a Patricia Highsmith novel. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Deaver Brown. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/smag/000106/bk_smag_000106_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In July 2012, aged 30, Juliet Jacques underwent sex reassignment surgery and felt for the first time that her body matched the person she felt she had been since childhood. Through university and then in a series of dead end clerical jobs, Jacques felt out of place with her surroundings and with who she really was. Living in Brighton, trying to launch a career as a writer, she navigates the hostilities and misunderstandings of growing up in a time when the mainstream media - and even feminism - fail to acknowledge transgender identity. Yet through films, music, politics and football, she begins to find herself and starts the process of transition - and life beyond. Throughout her memoir, Jacques interweaves the narrative with powerful explorations of many of the major debates surrounding trans: the uses of life writing, the relationship with feminism, and the before and after images that illustrated so many articles and documentaries. Brilliantly written, revealing and honest, Trans also includes an epilogue with award-winning author Sheila Heti, in which Jacques and Heti discuss the issues facing transgender people. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rebecca Root. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/027133/bk_adbl_027133_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This audiobook heralds a new generation of Christians who are more than bold...they are fearless! No Fear draws you inside the stories of young, ordinary believers who, despite incredible opposition, courageously stood up for God´s truth. Tony Perkins pairs each story with a biblical example and gives practical ideas for building a ´´no fear´´ perspective every day. Today, followers of Jesus Christ face more opposition to their beliefs than any generation in American history. Yet even in such a hostile cultural and political environment, it is an exciting time to stand firm in the faith. You have been chosen to live in this important hour, and listening to these stories will inspire you to the same kind of courage. So what are you waiting for? Includes discussion questions after each chapter. Join the conversation on social media with #nofearbook. Making a difference starts with standing up for what´s right: A 14-year-old girl testifies before the Maryland state Senate in support of the traditional family. A young man and his new wife launch a campaign to decrease abortions in their community. A high school cheerleader goes to court for the right to put Bible verses on banners at football games. These young Americans knew that honoring God and his word was more important than winning friends or keeping their jobs. In No Fear, Tony Perkins tells the stories of young Christians who took a stand for truth in the face of intense opposition. These unlikely heroes will show you the dramatic influence one person can have in seeking fairness, justice, and compassion in a nation. The book also draws you back to the heroes of the Bible who stood up for God in their own days and cultures, modeling the same brand of courage that is needed today. What would you do for God if you had no fear? The possibilities are endless. It´s time to get started! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tony Perkins. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hove/001566/bk_hove_001566_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.