Fast bowler, six-hitter, popular hero, one of the lads, king of the jungle - Andrew Flintoff is all of those things. In Second Innings, his searingly honest yet uplifting autobiography, Flintoff reveals unseen, surprising sides to his career and personality. The restless need to push and challenge himself that led him to take up professional boxing. The complex and troubled relationship with discipline, alcohol and authority during his exhilarating cricket career. The search for an authentic voice as a player, free from the blandness and conformity of modern professionalism. Is Flintoff the last of his kind in any sport? Through all his highs and lows, triumphs and reversals, this book reveals a central tension. There is ´´Fred´´ - performer, extrovert, centre of attention. Then there is ´´Andrew´´ - reflective, withdrawn and uncertain. Two people contained in one extraordinary life. And sometimes, inevitably, keeping the two in balance proves too much. We are taken backstage, seeing the mischief and adventure that has defined Andrew Flintoff´s story. Above all, we observe the enduring power of fun, friendship and loyalty - the pillars of Flintoff´s career. At ease with his faults as well as his gifts, Andrew Flintoff has sought one thing even more than success: to be himself. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Richard Burnip. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hodd/000871/bk_hodd_000871_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
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There are six articles in the November 27, 2006 issue:COMMENT ´´Unrealistic´´ by George Packer: Why the Democrats´ tough talk about withdrawing troops is just that.ANNALS OF NATIONAL SECURITY´´The Next Act´´ by Seymour Hersh: A damaged White House is still eyeing Iran.REFLECTIONS´´Road Trips´´ by David Sedaris: Interesting propositions received while traveling cross-country. THE SPORTING SCENE´´Cardinals Rule´´ by Roger Angell: A peculiar World Series.BOOKS´´Do The Math´´ by Louis Menand: Thomas Pynchon´s Against the Day.THE CURRENT CINEMA´´Liberal Education´´ by David Denby: Bobby, Fast Food Nation, and The History Boys. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christine Marshall, Dan Bernard. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/nyer/061122/pe_nyer_061122_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Based on unlimited access to the Ultimate Fighting Championshipand its rival leagues, Blood in the Cage peers through the chain-link Octagon into the frighteningly seductive world of mixed martial arts, which is exploding in popularity despite resistance from every corner. Wertheim focuses on Pat Miletich, a mixed-martial-arts pioneer and six-time UFC champion, who currently runs the most famous MMA training school in the world. Miletich has Single-handedly transformed a gritty town on the banks of the Mississippi into an unlikely hotbed for his sport. He has also transformed many an average Joe into a walking weapon of destruction. Wertheim intertwines Miletich´s own life story, by turns tragic and triumphant, with the larger story of the unholy rise of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, from its controversial, back alley roots to the fastest-growing sporting enterprise in America. For fans of Jeff MacGregor´s Sunday Money and Sam Sheridan´s A Fighter´s Heart, Blood in the Cage takes readers behind the scenes, right down to the mat, from a punch in the kidney to the ping of the cash register, as Wertheim brilliantly exposes the no-holds-barred reality of the blood sport for a new generation. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Phil Gigante. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/001509/bk_brll_001509_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From now on, you can put structure into your workouts! Write down your fitness sessions for a whole year in this training book. Record your strengths and weaknesses, your sporting goals, and your eating habits. Make regular progress checks, including progress photos, to keep track of how much your fitness level is advancing. Compare your workouts so you can reach your goals faster. Those who train without a plan find that eventually their workouts will stagnate. Transparency ensures motivation and guarantees long-term success! Become a fitter, healthier you with My Fitness Journal.
There has never been a period in history where tennis has been so rich in iconic personalities, and recent times have seen more astonishing, history-making stories than ever before. Small wonder, then, that Neil Harman, who this season celebrates a decade at the helm of The Times tennis coverage, should want to share the tales he has lived through in a book that drips personality, excitement, drama and intrigue from first page to last. Court Confidential gets right to the heart of what makes the game tick with frank, in-depth interviews with all the leading players, their coaching staff, their agents and managers, with fresh insights and the strong personal views for which Harman is known. Court Confidential will appeal to tennis aficionados everywhere, from the casual observer to the ultra knowledgeable. Fast-paced, high entertainment, controversial, informative, this is all that a really good sporting book should be. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tristan Gemmill. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/007077/bk_bbcw_007077_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Stories from the life of a sporting icon.... Here´s another set of yarns and stories from the man who teaches us how to hypnotise a chook. It´s Aussie fun, by the well known larikin and former test cricket fast bowler. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mr Max Walker. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/maxw/000002/bk_maxw_000002_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Beijing 2008, the 100 metres final: Usain Bolt slows down, beats his chest, metres clear of his nearest rival, his face filled with the euphoria of a young man utterly in thrall to his extraordinary physical talent. It is one of the greatest sporting moments. It is just the beginning. Of the 10 fastest 100-metres times in history, eight belong to Jamaicans. How is it that a small Caribbean island has come to almost totally dominate the men’s and women’s sprint events? The Bolt Supremacy opens the doors to a community where sprinting permeates conversations and interactions; where the high school championships are watched by 35,000 screaming fans; where identity, success and status are forged on the track; and where making it is a pass to a world of adoration and lucrative contracts. In such a society there can be the incentive for some to cheat. There are those who attribute Jamaican success to something beyond talent and hard work. Award-winning writer Richard Moore doesn’t shy away from difficult questions as he travels the length of this beguiling country speaking to antidoping agencies, scientists and sceptics, as well as to coaches, gurus, superstar athletes and the young guns desperate to become the next big thing. Peeling back the layers, Moore finally reveals the secrets of Usain Bolt and the Jamaican sprint factory. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Richard Moore. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/002129/bk_rhuk_002129_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
10 Years 13 Seconds is the story of Irish MMA fighter Conor McGregor´s emergence as arguably the most compelling sporting figure of the past decade. An explosive 13 second demolition of reigning UFC champion Jose Aldo at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on December 12th, 2015, marked the completion of McGregor´s journey from welfare to world champ. This short biography outlines McGregor´s rise to fame and fortune, details the people and environment that forged his unique character, and explains for the general reader why the fast growing and often brutal sport of MMA is set to eclipse boxing on the world stage.