The English Premier League is the richest in the world, with clubs able to attract some of the best footballing talent on the planet. But who are the 10 greatest players ever to have graced the Premier League? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Simon Watts. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/115373/bk_acx0_115373_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
As modern football legends, the Class of 92 need no introduction. Class of 92: Out of Their League, however, opens a dramatic new chapter in the story of former Manchester United greats Gary and Phil Neville, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Nicky Butt as they all take on new roles in their lives: as owners of semiprofessional club Salford City FC. An enthralling, in-depth account of Salford´s first two years under new ownership, Class of 92: Out of Their League combines firsthand accounts from Gary, Phil, Paul, Ryan and Nicky as they try to turn round the club´s fortunes along with a wider story of tremendous athletic and human drama. Featuring colourful characters like managers Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley, star players, club chairman Karen Baird, lifelong fans and more, this is a story told with real authenticity and grit. Accompanying the second series of the hugely popular BBC series, Class of 92: Out of Their League is both a testament to the best of modern football and a brilliant reminder, in an era when fans are threatening walkouts over rising ticket prices, of what football is really all about. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Daniel Weyman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/002579/bk_rhuk_002579_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Lifelong baseball fanatic and former college ball player Abe Streep had long since grown disillusioned with the slick spectacle of modern major-league baseball when he discovered the Santa Fe Fuego, a scrappy upstart team struggling through its first season in an independent professional league that few baseball fans had even heard of. The Fuego players were paid barely fifty dollars a week. They slept on the couches of sympathetic fans and cleaned up the trash in the ballpark themselves after games. As the last place team in the least-prestigious professional league in America, they had acquired a unique distinction: They were officially the worst professional baseball team in America.The Fuego might not have been winners, but they were fighters and dreamers, willing to suffer the indignities and disappointments of life in the minor minor leagues for a shot - however remote - at the big time. In The Legends of Last Place, Streep spends a season with the team and its members - the grizzled Vietnam veteran coach with his number tattooed on his back, the pitcher attempting his third comeback as the oldest pro in the game, the one-time Mets recruit fallen on hard times - and finds something he thought had gone missing from professional baseball: its heart.´´Another title for Abe Streep´s hilarious and heartbreaking account of the ups, downs, and farther downs of life in indy baseball might be The Catastrophic News Bears, yet somehow it´s never depressing. This wonderful story is about so much more than baseball.´´-Tom Bissell, author of Magic Hours and Extra Lives´´If you love baseball, you will find The Legends of Last Place irresistible; if you love clear, lucid prose, you will find it a pleasure. I happen to love both, so The Legends of Last Place had me from the very first sentence.´´-Daniel Okrent, author of Nine Innings and Last Call 1. Language: English. Narrator: Abe Streep. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/008315/bk_acx0_008315_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Kansas City Monarchs, the Chicago American Giants, the St. Louis Stars, the Birmingham Black Barons, the Homestead Grays, and the Indianapolis Clowns; for over 50 years, they were the Yankees, Cardinals, and Red Sox of black baseball in America. And for over a decade beginning in the late 1940s, umpire Bob Motley called balls and strikes for many of their games, working alongside such legends as Satchel Paige, Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks, and Willie Mays. Today, Motley is the only living arbiter from the Negro Leagues. His personal account of the Negro Leagues is a revealing, humorous, and unforgettable memoir celebrating a long-lost league and a remarkable group of baseball players. In Ruling Over Monarchs, Giants, and Stars, Motley and his son Byron share the characters, adventures, and challenges faced by these amazing men as they enthusiastically embraced America’s pastime and made it their own. Filled with stories of talented heroes, small miracles, and downright fun, this unique memoir is a must-listen for any baseball fan. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Richard Allen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/009015/bk_adbl_009015_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
At last, the most talked about footballer of his generation does his own talking. It´s heartfelt, it´s raw, it´s one hell of a story. Every football fan has an opinion on Rio Ferdinand. He is one of the most gifted footballers this country has ever produced, twice breaking the British transfer record, but he courts controversy in equal measure. Most famously he was dropped by England for missing a drugs test, his subsequent eight-month ban making front-page news. But then there is the glorious football. He captained Leeds in a Champions League semi-final, won the Premiership and Carling Cup with Manchester United and was England´s outstanding player in the 2002 and 2006 World Cups. We´ve all read the front and back page stories. Now, for the first time, Rio tells it as it is, from the heart, no holds barred. This is his explosive story of the good, the bad, and the beautiful game. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Felix Dexter. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/head/000016/bk_head_000016_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Sleeper Cars and Flannel Uniforms brings baseball legends to life through the eyes of Elden Auker, a submarine-style pitcher in the American League from 1933-1942. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Allen O´ Reilly. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/009601/bk_adbl_009601_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The legends of the game and the magic of the times - an oral history of pro basketball´s wonder years, by the author of the highly acclaimed Loose Balls. Using a lively oral history format, Terry Pluto provides the best look yet at the glory days of the NBA. Tall Tales is essential reading for any fan who understands that the history of the league does not begin and end with Michael Jordan. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Matthew Dudley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/011124/bk_adbl_011124_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Baseball Hall of Fame ´legend´ Mickey Mantle played his entire 18-year major-league career for the New York Yankees, and is loved by just about everyone who´s a fan of the game. To this day, Mickey Mantle is one of the most celebrated players in the history of baseball. He holds the record for the most World Series home runs and a lengthy list of other spectacular stats. The term legend is often over-used, but it was coined for players like Mickey Mantle. Ann Liguori caught up with Mantle at his restaurant in New York City, and talked with him at length about his career. Liguori, award-winning luminary in sports broadcasting with a celebrated career that spans two decades. Liguori has interviewed some of the most legendary sports personalities, drawing out their success stories, their opinions on a variety of issues, and their love of the game. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ann Liguori. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/sp/made/000301/sp_made_000301_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The best stories about one of baseball´s most colorful teams - updated to include their recent glory years. Since 1883, the Philadelphia Phillies have been up, down, and all around. Most recently, thanks to Charlie Manuel, the Phillies have become a National League powerhouse, with four NL East titles, two pennants and the 2008 World Series championship to show for it. In Tales from the Philadelphia Phillies Dugout Rich Westcott takes listeners behind the scenes into the glorious, quirky, and victorious stories that make this team the legend it is. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Pollak. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/008772/bk_adbl_008772_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Andrés Iniesta is the Barcelona and Spain legend, rated by the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Paul Scholes as one of the greatest footballers of all time. This is the thinking fan´s footballer, with a thinking fan´s football audiobook. Andrés Iniesta was 12 years old when scouts invited him into Barcelona´s famous La Masia academy. Shortly after he joined the club, Barca legend Pep Guardiola remarked of him, ´This lad is going to retire us all´. Iniesta rapidly became a permanent fixture in the Barca midfield, propelling the club to a raft of trophies, including eight La Liga championships and four Champions League titles. With his country he has won the European Championship twice and scored the winning goal in the 2010 World Cup final. Behind the wonderfully graceful passing and movement and the accolades and trophies he has garnered, there exists an intelligent and thoughtful man who, until now, has let his beautifully skillful feet do the talking. In The Artist: Being Iniesta, the Spanish maestro paints a vivid self-portrait in his own words but also in those of his coaches, teammates, opponents, friends and family. The result is intriguing. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joe McGann. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/head/000531/bk_head_000531_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.