An entertaining look at one of sport´s greatest rivalries - the Ashes - by former England spin bowler Graeme Swann. Graeme Swann leads us on a compelling adventure through one of world sport´s most engrossing rivalries. He knows as much as anybody about the heat of England vs. Australia battles, having played in three series wins and also the whitewash defeat of 2013-14, when its intensity ended his international career. However, it brought out some of his best displays in Test cricket. But he is just one of dozens of colourful characters to have added their chapters to this great tome. The mock obituary of English cricket in the Sporting Times of 1882 was the forerunner of summers and winters of heaven and hell, depending on which side of the divide you were situated on. When it comes to on-field relations, nothing quite compares to the over-my-dead-body feel of the Ashes. From Grace to Sir Don, the most graceful of them all. From the foulest play to the fairest - contrast the 1932-33 Bodyline series affair to the image of Andrew Flintoff hunched over a distraught Brett Lee in 2005. From Ray Illingworth´s famous walk-off in the ´70s, when an England teammate was assaulted by a spectator, to Steve Waugh´s hugely emotional lap of honour when he retired a quarter of a century later. Swann´s book reveals the magic of a series that first gripped him in his front room in Northampton as an aspiring spin bowler in the mid-1980s. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Graeme Swann. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hodd/001268/bk_hodd_001268_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Technology may be different in 2060 New York, yet the city is still a place of many cultures and great divides. And as ever, some murders receive more attention than others - especially those in which the victim is a prominent businessman found in his Park Avenue apartment tied to the bed - and strangled - with cords of black velvet. It doesn´t surprise Lieutenant Eve Dallas that Thomas Anders´ scandalous death is a source of titillation and speculation for the public - and humiliation for his family. While everyone else in the city is talking about it, those close to Anders aren´t so anxious to do so. Fortunately, because Dallas´ billionaire husband, Roarke, happens to own the prime real estate where Anders´s sporting-goods firm was headquartered, she has some help with access. Before long, she´s knocking on doors - or barging through them - to look for the answers she needs. But the facts don´t add up. Physical evidence suggests that the victim didn´t struggle. The security breach in the highly fortified apartment indicates that the killer was someone close to Anders, but everyone´s alibi checks out, from the wife who was off in the tropics to the loving nephew who stands to inherit millions. Was this a crime of passion - or a carefully planned execution? It´s up to Dallas to solve a sensational case where all involved guard secrets from one another - and strangers may be connected in unexpected and deadly ways. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Susan Ericksen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/000003/bk_brll_000003_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.