J.J. Williamson has hung up her figure skates...for good. The world of competitions, sequined skating dresses, and heartbreak is behind her. Until she receives a call from her old coach, needing help with a new skating program at a local rink. J.J.´s not interested...or is she? Kevin Harrison is the new manager of The Big Skate, a rink once famous for its hockey teams. Can he help it if the old building is falling down around him? He doesn´t have the funds to renovate, so why bother? When his uncle decides the dilapidated rink needs a new figure skating club, Kevin is convinced it´s a mistake...until that gorgeous new coach enters. Will J.J. and Kevin link arms to resurrect The Big Skate, or will their differences put them on opposite sides of the ice? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Becky Boyd. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/053764/bk_acx0_053764_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A pioneering and beloved Canadian legend comes to life. Father David Bauer changed lives - at the rink, in the classroom, and at the pulpit. Bauer´s dream created the first truly national Canadian hockey team. In 1963 that unique group represented Canada abroad and were committed to both country and to Father Bauer. Whether shepherding the hockey program at St. Michael´s College in Toronto or the men´s national team out of the University of British Columbia, Bauer was both spiritual leader and trailblazer. Through exhaustive research and countless interviews, author Greg Oliver explores a Canadian icon, the teams that he put on the ice, and the rocky, almost unfathomable years of the 1970s when Canada didn´t play international hockey. Finally, for the first time ever, the whole story of Father Bauer´s critical importance to Canada´s game is told in the rich detail it deserves, and a beloved icon is celebrated for his contributions to our nation´s sporting history. 1. Language: English. Narrator: JP Linton. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/029886/bk_adbl_029886_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
For pure exhilaration and drama, there´s nothing quite like sports: it´s the crack of the bat as it connects with the baseball, hurtling it into the bleachers for a home run; the swish of the basketball as it drops into the net for a three-point play at the buzzer; the roar of the crowd as the quarterback delivers a perfect spiral pass for the winning touchdown. Most importantly, sports bring out the best in the human spirit. There is an intensity and a richness inherent in every sporting experience that amplifies our emotions and our connection with the moment and, indeed, with ourselves. This latest collection of Chicken Soup honors all that is good in the world of sports. From major leaguers to little leaguers, from hockey stars to figure skaters, and from horseracing to mushing, the stories in this book highlight the positive and transformative nature of sports. You´ll come to see sports as one of our most important and powerful teachers. They can teach us to focus and stay the course, or to develop a new strategy and rededicate ourselves to a goal. They can teach us to be humble in victory and gracious in defeat. They can teach us the importance of teamwork and remind us that we must strive to give our individual all. At their best, sports will build us up and they will wear us down; they will build character and teach us to overcome adversity. This book is for anyone who has ever enjoyed watching or participating in any sport, from the professional athlete to the weekend warrior, from the soccer mom to the diehard sports fan, from the marathon runner to the neighborhood jogger. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcom/000024/bk_hcom_000024_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What happened in high school stayed in high school. Until now. Five years ago Michael Graham betrayed the only person who ever really knew him. Since then he´s made an art of hiding his sexual orientation from everyone. Including himself. So it´s a shock when his past strolls right into the Harkness College locker room, sporting a bag of hockey gear and the same slow smile that had always rendered Graham defenseless. For Graham, there is only one possible reaction: total, debilitating panic. With one loose word, the team´s new left wing could destroy Graham´s life as he knows it. John Rikker is stuck being the new guy. Again. And it´s worse than usual, because the media has latched on to the story of the only ´´out´´ player in Division One hockey. As the satellite trucks line the sidewalk outside the rink, his new teammates are not amused. And one player in particular looks sick every time he enters the room. Rikker didn´t exactly expect a warm welcome from Graham. But the guy won´t even meet his eyes. From the looks of it, his former...best friend/boyfriend/whatever isn´t doing so well. He drinks too much and can´t focus during practice. Either the two loneliest guys on the team will self-destruct from all the new pressures in their lives, or they can navigate the pain to find a way back to one another. To say that it won´t be easy is the understatement of the year. Warning: Unlike the other books in this series, this heartbreaking love story is about two guys. Contains sexual situations, dance music, snarky T-shirts, and a poker-playing grandmother. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Teddy Hamilton, Christian Fox. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/026729/bk_adbl_026729_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The much-anticipated debut from the Pulitzer Prize - winning New York Times reporter, Boy on Ice is a moving human story and behind-the-scenes account of a life lived in the glare of sporting fame. The tragic death of hockey star Derek Boogaard at 28 was front-page news across the country in 2011 and helped shatter the silence about violence and concussions in professional sports. Now, in a gripping work of narrative nonfiction, acclaimed reporter John Branch tells the shocking story of Boogaard´s life and heartbreaking death. Boy on Ice is the richly told story of a mountain of a man who made it to the absolute pinnacle of his sport. Widely regarded as the toughest man in the NHL, Boogaard was a gentle man off the ice but a merciless fighter on it. With great narrative drive, Branch recounts Boogaard´s unlikely journey from lumbering kid playing pond-hockey on the prairies of Saskatchewan, so big his skates would routinely break beneath his feet; to his teenaged junior hockey days, when one brutal outburst of violence brought Boogaard to the attention of professional scouts; to his days and nights as a star enforcer with the Minnesota Wild and the storied New York Rangers, capable of delivering career-ending punches and intimidating entire teams. But, as Branch reveals, behind the scenes Boogaard´s injuries and concussions were mounting and his mental state was deteriorating, culminating in his early death from an overdose of alcohol and painkillers. Based on months of investigation and hundreds of interviews with Boogaard´s family, friends, teammates, and coaches, Boy on Ice is a brilliant work for fans of Michael Lewis´s The Blind Side or Buzz Bissinger´s Friday Night Lights. This is a book that raises deep and disturbing questions about the systemic brutality of contact sports - from peewees to professionals - and the damage that reaches far beyond the game. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Pruden. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/020694/bk_adbl_020694_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Listen to Neil Haverson´s 50-year ride through the Norfolk and Suffolk newspaper industry, in this audiobook edition read by ´´Brat Minor´´, Nick Haverson, and with an introduction to Neil´s ´´greatest hits´´ from ´´Brat Major´´.Enjoy Neil´s tales of bachelor life in King´s Lynn and sporting prowess on the cricket field and hockey pitch - also find out how he met Mrs H.Neil has witnessed it all in the ever-changing regional media world - from flongs, hot metal, and office cricket to full color printing, digital editions, and the web.For much of his career, Neil worked in Eastern Counties Newspapers, latterly Archant´s commercial arm, but his talent as a humorous writer was discovered on the in-house Prospect magazine. This led to wry sporting columns and the famous ´´Fortress H´´ dispatches in the Eastern Daily Press.In this audiobook hear Neil´s ´´greatest hits´´ from his Norwich Mercury, Eastern Daily Press, and Let´s Talk magazine columns and his reflections on half a century of ink in his blood.Nick Haverson said: ´´I read other people´s words out loud for a living nearly every day, but reading out my Dad´s words was a whole new experience. I had to cope with the shock that he was once young and then narrate the horror of my own childhood behavior.”Neil Haverson explained: ´´When I write I try to use words that will paint a picture in the reader’s imagination. Words and phrases that I hope will convey mood and humor. It was fascinating to hear them spoken aloud and see how Nick interpreted them. He got the message spot on. Not only because he was present for much of it but, according to his mother and his wife, he has a certain sense of humor. Not dissimilar to mine.” 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nick Haverson, Brat Minor. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/154089/bk_acx0_154089_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this highly entertaining and insightful memoir, one of television’s most respected broadcasters interweaves the story of his life and career with lively firsthand tales of some of the most thrilling events and fascinating figures in modern sports. No sportscaster has covered more major sporting events than Al Michaels. Over the course of his forty-plus year career, he has logged more hours on live network television than any other broadcaster in history, and is the only play-by-play commentator to have covered all four major sports championships: the Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals, and the Stanley Cup Final. He has also witnessed first-hand some of the most memorable events in modern sports, and in this highly personal and revealing account, brings them vividly to life. Michaels shares never-before-told stories from his early years and his rise to the top, covering some of the greatest moments of the past half century - from the ´´Miracle on Ice” - the historic 1980 Olympic hockey finals - to the earthquake that rocked the 1989 World Series. Some of the greatest names on and off the field are here - Michael Jordan, Bill Walton, Pete Rose, Bill Walsh, Peyton and Eli Manning, Brett Favre, John Madden, Howard Cosell, Cris Collinsworth, and many, many more. Forthright and down-to-earth, Michaels tells the truth as he sees it, giving listeners unique insight into the high drama, the colorful players, and the heroes and occasional villains of an industry that has become a vital part of modern culture. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Al Michaels, Ray Porter. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/004219/bk_harp_004219_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.