A veteran football writer ranks the top 75 players in NFL history. Who are the best quarterbacks in NFL history? How about running backs? Wide receivers? How can we objectively rate the performance of individual defensive players? And how can we make reasonable judgments about players at different positions and from different eras? Who is the greatest football player of all time? Jerry Rice? Lawrence Taylor? Jim Brown? Such are the questions pondered by pro football writer Steve Silverman late at night (and during the day). As statistician Elliott Kalb did with baseball, basketball, and golf, Silverman now takes the next step with Who’s Better, Who’s Best in Football?. Taking the analytical methods he developed over his years as a senior editor at Pro Football Weekly, he applies them to an evaluation of players going back to the earliest days of the NFL. The result is a fascinating ranking of the best of the gridiron, from legendary old-timers like Sammy Baugh to present-day superstars like Peyton Manning. Throughout, Silverman discusses the many considerations that must be made when comparing modern players with players of past eras and players at different positions. Including biographical essays on those top 75 players and detailed statistics for their playing careers, Who’s Better, Who’s Best in Football? is a must have for anyone who considers football to be more than just a game. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Richard Allen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/009027/bk_adbl_009027_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
If you are a lover of Old-Time Radio and a fan of Orson Welles, you won´t want to miss this treasure chest of legendary Orson Welles´ radio broadcasts! With his flair for the sensational and innovative, Welles captured audiences´ attention with his 1930s CBS weekly drama series The Mercury Theatre on the Air, later renamed The Campbell Playhouse, which featured hour-long dramatizations of classic books. His 1938 production, The War of the Worlds (an H. G. Wells adaptation) was especially memorable, as were many other productions, each featuring talented voices and actors. Tune into the master of entertainment and enjoy this collection of original Orson Welles recordings, including more than 16 hours of radio drama! Content: Campbell Playhouse - A Christmas Carol - December 23, 1938 Campbell Playhouse - A Christmas Carol - December 24, 193 Campbell Playhouse - Ah, Wilderness - September 17, 1939 Campbell Playhouse - Algiers - October 8, 1939 Campbell Playhouse - Arrowsmith - February 3, 1939 Campbell Playhouse - Beau Geste - March 17, 1939 Campbell Playhouse - Counselor-at-Law - January 6, 1939 Campbell Playhouse - Craig´s Wife - March 10, 1940 Campbell Playhouse - Dinner at Eight - February 18, 1940 Campbell Playhouse - Dodsworth - November 26, 1939 Campbell Playhouse - Escape - October 15, 1939 Campbell Playhouse - Huckleberry Finn - March 17, 1940 Campbell Playhouse - I Lost My Girlish Laughter - January 27, 1939 Campbell Playhouse - It Happened One Night - January 28, 1940 and many more! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Orson Welles. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bnpp/000040/bk_bnpp_000040_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Marx Brothers, Laurel and Hardy, the Three Stooges, and Soupy Sales are just some of the legendary ´´funsters´´ that many grew up with in the ´50s and ´60s. Like old-time radio and television with a modern twist, George Bettinger´s Mom & Pop Variety Shop features music and comedy for the whole family. Sketches include: ´´Curly´s Gormet Coffee Fit´´, ´´Whether Prognostication´´, ´´Jerry Bazooka Lewis´´, ´´Laurel & Hardy Partake in a Shake´´, ´´Jack Benny Sings Jeepers Creepers´´, ´´The Professor´s Time Machine´´, ´´Soupy Visits the Shop´´, ´´Joe Fishy and Snowman´´, ´´Laurel & Hardy in the Bronx´´, ´´Jerry Lewis Meets Count Drekula´´, ´´W. C. Fields Health Food and Movies´´, ´´Jackie Mason´s Egg Cream´´, ´´Joe Fishy Sings!´´, ´´Phone Messages to Use at Home´´, ´´George & Gracie Sing ´Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer´´´, and ´´Definitely the End´´. George Bettinger says, ´´Make sure you laugh a little every day; it is important and can change the way you feel.´´ As a lover of the golden days of show business, George Bettinger brings all the greats of the past into the new millennium. 1. Language: English. Narrator: George Bettinger. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/008221/bk_blak_008221_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Indiana, 1818. Moonlight falls through the dense woods that surround a one-room cabin, where a nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln kneels at his suffering mother´s bedside. She´s been stricken with something the old-timers call ´´Milk Sickness.´´ ´´My baby boy...´´ she whispers before dying. Only later will the grieving Abe learn that his mother´s fatal affliction was actually the work of a vampire. When the truth becomes known to young Lincoln, he writes in his journal, ´´henceforth my life shall be one of rigorous study and devotion. I shall become a master of mind and body. And this mastery shall have but one purpose...´´ Gifted with his legendary height, strength, and skill with an ax, Abe sets out on a path of vengeance that will lead him all the way to the White House. While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years. Using the journal as his guide and writing in the grand biographical style of Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough, Seth has reconstructed the true life story of our greatest president for the first time-all while revealing the hidden history behind the Civil War and uncovering the role vampires played in the birth, growth, and near-death of our nation. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Holst. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/000409/bk_hach_000409_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Here is the story of Jerry Weintraub: the self-made, Brooklyn-born, Bronx-raised impresario, Hollywood producer, legendary dealmaker, and friend of politicians and stars. No matter where nature has placed him - the club rooms of Brooklyn, the Mafia dives of New York´s Lower East Side, the wilds of Alaska, or the hills of Hollywood - he has found a way to put on a show and sell tickets at the door. ´´All life was a theater and I wanted to put it up on a stage,´´ he says. ´´I wanted to set the world under a marquee that read: ´Jerry Weintraub Presents.´´´ In When I Stop Talking, You´ll Know I´m Dead, we follow Weintraub from his first great success at age 26 with Elvis Presley, whom he took on the road with the help of Colonel Tom Parker; to the immortal days with Sinatra and Rat Pack glory; to his crowning hits as a movie producer, starting with Robert Altman and Nashville, continuing with Oh, God!, the Karate Kid movies, and Diner, among others, and summiting with Steven Soderbergh and Ocean´s Eleven, Twelve, and Thirteen. Along the way, we´ll watch as Jerry moves from the poker tables of Palm Springs (the games went on for days), to the power rooms of Hollywood, to the halls of the White House, to Red Square in Moscow, and the Great Palace in Beijing - all the while counseling potentates, poets, and kings, with clients and confidants like George Clooney, Bruce Willis, George H. W. Bush, Armand Hammer, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, John Denver, Bobby Fischer...the list goes on forever. And of course, the story is not yet over. As the old-timers say, ´´The best is yet to come.´´ And as Weintraub says, ´´When I stop talking, you´ll know I´m dead.´´ With wit, wisdom, and the cool confidence that has colored his remarkable career, Jerry chronicles a quintessentially American journey, one marked by luck, love, and improvisation. The stories he tells and the lessons we... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jerry Weintraub. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/000412/bk_hach_000412_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Eddie Cantor was a huge star of vaudeville, Broadway, old-time radio, silent movies, and talkies. He was awarded an honorary Academy Award in 1956 for distinguished service to the film industry, in a long career that spanned three decades and such memorable films as Special Delivery, Kid Boots, Whoopee!, and Roman Scandals. One of his earliest paying jobs was as a singing waiter, with Jimmy Durante accompanying him on piano. Florenz Ziegfeld hired him to appear at his rooftop postshow, Midnight Frolic, in 1917. A year later Cantor made his Broadway debut in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1917, often appearing in blackface in an era that popularized Will Rogers, Fanny Brice, and W. C. Fields. After appearing on Broadway for years, he moved into radio in the 1920s. In 1931 he starred in an hour-long Sunday evening variety series that established him as a leading comedian. He also discovered and helped guide the career of singer Dinah Shore, first featuring her on his radio show in 1940, as well as other performers, including Deanna Durbin, Bobby Breen, and Eddie Fisher. Cantor also had a huge song hit in 1934, ´´Santa Claus Is Coming to Town´´, which sold 400,000 copies by Christmas of that year. Cantor capitalized on the 1929 stock market debacle by writing highly popular best-selling books of humor and cartoons about his experience, including Caught Short! A Saga of Wailing Wall Street in 1929. You can imagine how often Janet Cantor Gari heard that her mother was inadvertently as funny as her father, the legendary Eddie Cantor, and that she ought to write a book. The result was surprising, even to herself, as she uncovered her true relationship with her mother. Whether Janet is describing situations in her native New York or the nine years she lived in Hollywood, the book is completely candid. You´ll casually meet celebrities under circumstances you´d never expect, and you´ll empathize ... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Amanda Gari. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/010210/bk_blak_010210_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.