Soccer has been America´s Sport of the Future since 1972. Propelled by the rise of the World Cup, Premier League, the glory of the United States Women´s National Team, Lionel Messi´s demigod-esque talent and repeat exposure to Cristiano Ronaldo´s preening abs, that future has finally arrived. The Men in Blazers are two English-born, soccer-obsessed broadcasters who have savored the dizzying growth of the game along with millions of Americans, as if it was a rollicking, sporting telenovela playing out in real life. Written in such a way that fully immerses Americans in the history and culture of the world´s game, their Encyclopedia Blazertannica relives the careers of such greats such as George Best, Maradona, Beckham...and Alexi Lalas. It examines fan culture, from the tactical variations of scarf tying, to the pathos of England´s classic, yet doomed, World Cup theme songs, and explores the complex physics and ethics of both celebratory knee slides and fights between players, along with such burning questions as how professional footballers deal with hair loss. Any listener will feel as if they´ve had a front-row seat for the classic matches - seeing every dive and missed penalty kick, and hearing every vulgar chant - and will emerge with a deeper appreciation for the dodgy haircuts and ill-judged neck tattoos that populate world football. Includes bonus material exclusive to the audiobook: an extended clip from the Men in Blazers podcast 1. Language: English. Narrator: Roger Bennett, Michael Davies. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/006041/bk_rand_006041_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Liam is too big for his boots. And his football strip. And his school blazer. But being super-sized height-wise has its advantages: he´s the only eleven-year-old to ever ride the G-force defying Cosmic rollercoaster - or be offered the chance to drive a Porsche. Long-legged Liam makes a giant leap for boy-kind by competing with a group of adults for the chance to go into space. Is Liam the best boy for the job? Sometimes being big isn´t all about being a grown-up. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Daniel Ryan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/macm/000410/bk_macm_000410_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Dermot Sparhawk, a former all-American football star at Boston College, returns in Beyond the Bridge, the prequel to Tom MacDonald´s award-winning debut novel, The Charlestown Connection. In Beyond the Bridge, Sparhawk, a struggling alcoholic, agrees to help find the killer of an accused pedophile priest. When two more priests are slain in Boston´s Charlestown neighborhood, it becomes evident that it is the work of a sadistic serial killer who crucifies his prey after killing them. Sparhawk blazes an unconventional trail to the killer that puts him at odds with the very people he is trying to help and initiates a turf war with law enforcement. He gathers a cadre of unlikely allies, including a parish priest, a police lab criminalist, the district attorney, and a state police lieutenant who help to rebuff attempts to derail him from the case. Then, with the help of his Micmac Indian cousin and his paraplegic tenant and former Boston College teammate, Sparhawk bulldozes his way to the truth, while putting his own life at risk. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Slocum. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/019130/bk_acx0_019130_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.