Water polo team THE SHINY SHRIMPS have little hope of achieving their goal to compete in the world’s biggest LGBTQ+ sporting event, the Gay Games. Their undisciplined behaviour (in and out of the pool) has team captain Jean searching for a new coach to whip the Shrimps into shape. He arrives in the form of World Silver Medallist swimmer Matthias Le Goff who, after making a homophobic remark on live TV, is offered redemption by means of training and reigning in the flamboyant Shrimps. The Shiny Shrimps, however, have other ideas. They prefer partying to serious practice and so, Matthias is forced to reconsider his professional and personal priorities. Should he quit for selfish reasons or hit the road to Croatia with this uncoordinated shoal of water divas and ensure that THE SHINY SHRIMPS become Queens of The Pool?
The Olympic Games have become the single greatest festival of a universal and cosmopolitan humanity. Seventeen days of sporting competition watched and followed on every continent and in every country on the planet. Simply the greatest show on earth. Yet when the modern games were inaugurated in Athens in 1896, the founders thought them a 'display of manly virtue', an athletic celebration of the kind of amateur gentleman who would rule the world. How was such a ritual invented? Why did it prosper, and how has it been so utterly transformed?In The Games, David Goldblatt - winner of the 2015 William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award - takes on a breathtakingly ambitious search for the answers and brilliantly unravels the complex strands of this history. Beginning with the Olympics as a sporting sideshow at the great World's Fairs of the Belle Epoque and transformation into a global media spectacular care of Hollywood and the Nazi party, The Games shows how sport and the Olympics have been a battlefield in the global Cold War, a defining moment of epic social and economic change in host cities and countries and a theatre of resistance for women and athletes of colour once excluded from the show. Illuminated with dazzling vignettes from over a century of Olympic completion, this stunningly researched history captures the excitement of sporting brilliance and the kaleidoscopic experience of the games. It shows us how this sporting spectacle has come to reflect the world we hope to inhabit and the one we actually live in. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Roger May. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/macm/000946/bk_macm_000946_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A brilliant exploration of the relationship between parents and children in sport, written and narrated by Match of the Day 2 presenter Mark Chapman. BBC sports presenter Mark Chapman is no longer in his physical prime. There is an argument to suggest he has never been in his physical prime. Now in his 40s - his early 40s, as he is often at pains to point out - he is facing a world of knee replacements and ever-expanding waistlines whilst his children are thriving. There is huge pride that they are doing so well, but it is mixed with a bittersweet sadness that he will never get his own sporting heyday back. It is also mixed with a fair amount of jealousy that actually they are better than he ever was - and a large amount of sulking that they are now able to beat him at a wide range of sports. He is passionate about sport, and it has played a huge part in his life. His parents encouraged him from a very early age, and he wants to pass the baton on to his son and daughters. Although there is every chance he might drop it and have a massive strop instead. The Love of the Game is about the constant battle not to become the sporting pariah, the biggest baddie in the world of kids' sport, the nightmare sporting dad. But beyond that it paints sport as a touchstone for everything important: growing up, becoming a parent, getting old, learning how to win (and how to lose gracefully) and the legacy we all hope to leave our children - in short, life and all that goes into it. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Chapman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/orio/001023/bk_orio_001023_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Let Me Be Frank is the new book from one of the world's sporting greats. A deeply personal story, Bruno talks about his battle with mental illness, his time inside a mental facility, the impact his illness has had on his family and his career - and his long road back to stability. Now ready to talk about the condition that devastated his world, Frank's story offers his own unique perspective on living with bipolar disorder. His fears, his triumphs and the great affection he feels for the legion of fans he has to this day. His aim is to give others hope and inspiration. Cover: Barry Marsden 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ben Onwukwe. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/050042/bk_adbl_050042_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Gabe Randall's whole life fell apart, then he met the mate who was destined to put him back together. Gabe Randall was at the peak of his college football game when bureaucrats stole his future. Shifters were no longer allowed to compete in human sporting events, so his only hope was a new football league just for them. Just as he's getting ready to join a new team in this league, his whole world comes crashing down when tragedy strikes his family. Without hope or direction, he turns to alcohol. He finds comfort in the arms of a woman who he felt a real connection to, but he left before he could drag her down. Carolyn knew how these one night stands worked, but it still hurt when Gabe walked out of her life. Just as she was about to get things back on track, she finds out she's pregnant. Will she ever even see Gabe again, and can she even be sure that he is the father to her unborn child? Fate isn't done with these two.... This full-length bear shifter paranormal romance novel has all the action, steam, and true love that only a Fated Mates story can deliver! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Meghan Kelly. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/105393/bk_acx0_105393_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.
Learn the incredible story of basketball superstar Michael Carter-Williams! In Michael Carter-Williams: The Inspiring Story of a Young, Elite Point Guard, you'll hear the inspirational story of basketball's premier point guard, Michael Carter-Williams. Michael Carter-Williams has emerged as a high-profile point guard in the NBA, among the likes of Derrick Rose, Steve Nash, Russell Westbrook, and Rajan Rondo, after sporting a stellar 2013-2014 NBA season. While the Philadelphia 76ers still have a way to go before becoming a contending team in the NBA, Michael Carter-Williams has offered new hope for the city. After a promising rookie season, MCW has a bright future ahead of him, as he will be a central piece in rebuilding the 76ers franchise. It will be exciting to see how Michael Carter-Williams and the 76ers do in the years to come. Here is a preview of what is inside this book: Early Life and Childhood College Years at Syracuse Michael Carter-Williams' NBA Career MCW's Personal Life Carter-Williams' Impact on Basketball and Beyond MCW's Legacy 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jonathan Andrew Young. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/040601/bk_acx0_040601_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Meet The Runner. In a past life, it was laps around a track and long, leisurely jogs through the neighborhood. At Geneva Grace College, she runs to escape the truth. A former star and high school standout, first-year student, Kennedy, is quickly humbled by her new surroundings. Classes, team politics, and even simple friendships are difficult to pace, let alone master. Initially, she grins and bears it, mostly because that is what the ultraconservative college leadership encourages. “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Besides, new obstacles give Kennedy something to focus on other than the cute girls sitting in her lectures, sporting spandex at practice, and moving in right next door. Along the way are Kennedy’s friends, the six other Pleiades. To challenge her is the sagely roommate: Laurel. To tempt her, the devious playmate: Becca. And, in a parallel quest of self-discovery, the injured soulmate: Torry. These women will grow, adapt, live, and love on a campus that rewards conformity - in a time that doesn’t realize revolution is just around the corner. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rachel Jacobs. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/091298/bk_acx0_091298_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Learn the incredible story of basketball superstar Michael Carter-Williams! In Michael Carter-Williams: The Inspiring Story of One of Basketball's Young Elite Point Guards, you'll read about the inspirational story of basketball's premier point guard, Michael Carter-Williams. Michael Carter-Williams has emerged as a high profile point guard in the NBA amongst the likes of Derrick Rose, Steve Nash, Russell Westbrook, and Rajan Rondo after sporting a stellar 2013-2014 NBA season. While the Philadelphia 76ers still have a ways to go before becoming a contending team in the NBA, Michael Carter-Williams has offered new hope for the city. After a promising rookie season, MCW has a bright future ahead of him as he will be a center piece for the rebuilding 76ers franchise. It will be exciting to see how Michael Carter-Williams and the 76ers do in the years to come. Here is a preview of what is inside this book: Early Life and Childhood College Years at Syracuse MCW's NBA Career Michael Carter-William's Personal Life Carter-William's Impact on Basketball and Beyond MCW's Legacy 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Clem. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/026653/bk_acx0_026653_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.