Using unprecedented, dramatically compelling sleuthing techniques, legendary statistician and baseball writer Bill James applies his analytical acumen to crack an unsolved century-old mystery surrounding one of the deadliest serial killers in American history. Between 1898 and 1912, families across the country were bludgeoned in their sleep with the blunt side of an axe. Jewelry and valuables were left in plain sight, bodies were piled together, faces covered with cloth. Some of these cases, like the infamous Villasca, Iowa, murders, received national attention. But few people believed the crimes were related. And fewer still would realize that all of these families lived within walking distance to a train station. When celebrated baseball statistician and true-crime expert Bill James first learned about these horrors, he began to investigate others that might fit the same pattern. Applying the same know-how he brings to his legendary baseball analysis, he empirically determined which crimes were committed by the same person. Then, after sifting through thousands of local newspapers, court transcripts, and public records, he and his daughter, Rachel, made an astonishing discovery: They learned the true identity of this monstrous criminal. In turn they uncovered one of the deadliest serial killers in America. Riveting and immersive, with writing as sharp as the cold side of an axe, The Man from the Train paints a vivid, psychologically perceptive portrait of America at the dawn of the 20th century, when crime was regarded as a local problem and opportunistic private detectives exploited a dysfunctional judicial system. James shows how these cultural factors enabled such an unspeakable series of crimes to occur, and his groundbreaking approach to true crime will convince skeptics, amaze aficionados, and change the way we view criminal history. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Bedford Lloyd. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/007961/bk_sans_007961_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Arranging a wedding for her brother and a five-time thoroughbride tests Hope’s skills and patience. She’d believed the vows would be the most dangerous part of the ceremony, but a baseball to the head during the photography session proves her wrong and lands her in the sights of her brother’s best friend, Fredrick. He wants her to plan his wedding. She wants to be his bride. Diving into the treacherous world of wedding planning, Hope keeps her word and arranges the vows for the one man she believes she could love. He doesn’t know how much she cherishes him and his friendship. What she doesn’t know lands her in the heart of a royal mess. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Keira Grace. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/200748/bk_acx0_200748_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A baseball prodigy since the age of 10, Pat Jordan had been interviewed on television and written about in newspapers at an early age. Signed as a pitcher by the Milwaukee Braves upon his graduation from high school, he believed his success would continue for years to come. But after three diminishing seasons in the minor leagues, he was cut from the roster and began painfully constructing a new life. In the wreckage of his baseball career, Jordan found new success as a writer. In 1975, he published his classic memoir, A False Spring, which Sports Illustrated hailed as "one of the fifteen sports books everyone says you must have". But his past and early promise still tugged at him. So, at age 56, Jordan decided to pitch again. A Nice Tuesday chronicles Jordan's decision to return to the mound, his struggle to get back into shape, and his ultimately successful quest to pitch for the Waterbury (Connecticut) Spirit - despite the aches and pains of middle age, his fear of not being taken seriously, and his own quixotic sense of enterprise. Capturing the magic and wonder of sport as well as the painful process of self-discovery, A Nice Tuesday is a stirring and poignant study of a man reaching into his past and trying to rewrite the biggest failure of his life. In coming to terms with the lost dreams of his youth, Jordan finally arrives at peace with his past and with himself, and in doing so, he has created a book destined to become a classic. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ken Maxon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/007599/bk_adbl_007599_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
As star players for the 1955 World Champion Brooklyn Dodgers, and prior to that as the first black players to be candidates to break professional baseball's color barrier, Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella would seem to be natural allies. But the two men were divided by a rivalry going far beyond the personality differences and petty jealousies of competitive teammates. Behind the bitterness were deep and differing beliefs about the fight for civil rights. Robinson, the more aggressive and intense of the two, thought Jim Crow should be attacked head-on; Campanella, more passive and easygoing, believed that ability, not militancy, was the key to racial equality. Drawing on interviews with former players such as Monte Irvin, Hank Aaron, Carl Erskine, and Don Zimmer, Jackie and Campy offers a closer look at these two players and their place in a historical movement torn between active defiance and passive resistance. William C. Kashatus deepens our understanding of these two baseball icons and civil rights pioneers and provides a clearer picture of their time and our own. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lamarr Gulley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/077720/bk_acx0_077720_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A straightforward yet inspiring story of what it took to be the first man of color to break into the white world of professional sports. Jackie Robinson's story is more than a telling of his tremendous talent; it is also a recollection that showcases his tenacious spirit, bravery, and the courage of his ideals. From the early influences of family and friends, to his time at UCLA, to the Army, where he challenged racism and Jim Crow laws, Jackie Robinson traces his life to playing in the black leagues, frustrated by the abuses and restrictions of second-class status in professional baseball. As Branch Rickey, president of the Brooklyn Dodgers, began to look around for a player to break the color barrier in 1946, he knew he needed a man of character who could withstand the pressures of his "Noble Experiment". Choosing Robinson gave both of them the chance to prove what they believed in. Struggles that continued in his personal life and in response to the turbulent sixties are interpreted with insight by Robinson and will give listeners an added appreciation for the amazing strength of his character. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ossie Davis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/000631/bk_brll_000631_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Crusading attorney Anthony Quinn believed his career was over when a criminal threw acid into his face, blinding him. Months later, desperate to regain his sight, Quinn underwent a unique transplant operation which gave him the eyes of a slain lawman. Not only did the procedure work, but it also gave Quinn the ability to see in the dark. Using this fantastic gift, he created the Black Bat, a justice-seeking vigilante able to battle those villains beyond the reach of the law. Aided by his team of loyal crime-fighters, Carol Baldwin, Silk Kirby and Butch O'Leary, the Black Bat is once again on the prowl; his target, the depraved and evil denizens of his beloved city. New pulp writers, Aaron Smith, Joshua Reynolds, Jim Beard, and Frank Byrns offer up a deadly quartet of fast-paced action thrills - stories that pit the Black Bat against super human Nazi monsters, corrupt politicians involved with Major League Baseball, and team him with another classic pulp legend, Jim Anthony, the Super Detective. Black Bat Mystery Vol. Two is another great pulp collection from the high flying Airship 27 Productions you won't want to miss. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bob Kern. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/046040/bk_acx0_046040_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Ernest Hemingway called Huckleberry Finn "the best book we've ever had. There was nothing before. There's been nothing as good since." Critical opinion of this book hasn't dimmed since Hemingway uttered these words. Mark Twain was the most famous American of his day, and remains in ours the most universally revered American writer. From Ken Burns, Geoffrey Ward, and Dayton Duncan (authors of Jazz, Lewis and Clark, Baseball and The Civil War) comes this audio companion to the PBS film of the same name. It pulls together material from a variety of published and unpublished sources. It examines not merely Twain's justly famous novels, stories, travelogues, and lectures, but also his diaries and letters. The authors take us from Samuel Langhorne Clemens' boyhood in Hannibal, Missouri, to his time as a riverboat worker - when he adopted the sobriquet "Mark Twain." Twain believed that "The secret source of humor itself is not joy but sorrow. There is no humor in heaven." This paradox fueled his hilarity and lay at the core of this irreverent yet profoundly serious author. With essays by Russell Banks, Jocelyn Chadwick, Ron Powers, and John Boyer, as well as an interview with actor and frequent Twain portrayer Hal Holbrook, this audio provides a full and rich portrayal of the first figure of American letters.Listen to a conversation with Ken Burns. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Meisle. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/000176/bk_rand_000176_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Jim Morris escaped the desolation of his youth by dreaming of pitching in the major leagues. But as with most kids, it was just a fantasy, made all the more impossible by injuries he suffered in his early 20s. Years passed, and on his 35th birthday Jim Morris found himself settled as a high school physics teacher in a hardscrabble West Texas town. He had a wonderful wife, three kids, and students who adored him. His baseball career was restricted to coaching, and he believed his purpose in life was to inspire his students and players to dream bigger dreams than their harsh surroundings and homes generally allowed. Then came the bet. Jim's young players had a proposition for their coach: If they won the league championship - something their school had never done - he'd try out for a major-league team. Jim laughed, knowing he was way too old to be considered by a professional squad, but he accepted. Well, they won. And what happened next surprised everyone, especially Jim Morris. Keeping his end of the bet, he headed off to try out for the major leagues. There, he threw faster and better than he had ever thrown before. Suddenly, Jim Morris was reborn. A few months later, he took the mound at Texas Stadium and became the major leagues' oldest rookie pitcher in 40 years. You must hear this story to believe it. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin O'Rourke. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/time/000227/bk_time_000227_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
He sang and danced in the rain, proclaimed New York to be a wonderful town, and convinced a group of Parisian children that they had rhythm. One of the most influential and respected entertainers of Hollywood's golden age, Gene Kelly revolutionized film musicals with his innovative and timeless choreography. A would-be baseball player and one-time law student, Kelly captured the nation's imagination in films such as Anchors Aweigh (1945), On the Town (1949), An American in Paris (1951), and Singin' in the Rain (1952). In the first comprehensive biography written since the legendary star's death, authors Cynthia Brideson and Sara Brideson disclose new details of Kelly's complex life. Not only do they examine his contributions to the world of entertainment in depth, but they also consider his political activities - including his opposition to the Hollywood blacklist. The authors even confront Kelly's darker side and explore his notorious competitive streak, his tendency to be a taskmaster on set, and his multiple marriages. Drawing on previously untapped articles and interviews with Kelly's wives, friends, and colleagues, Brideson and Brideson illuminate new and unexpected aspects of the actor's life and work. He's Got Rhythm is a balanced and compelling view of one of the screen's enduring legends. The book is published by The University Press of Kentucky."This book should become the new definitive biography on the multitalented Gene Kelly." (James Robert Parish, author of The Hollywood Book of Extravagance) "The Bridesons have given us a thoroughly readable biography of Kelly that is conscientiously researched and authoritative." (Page Laws, Norfolk State University)"Readers will get a well-documented recounting of a man who, despite shortcomings, believed that 'true talent seems to show itself most often in kindness.'" (Library Journal) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cynthia Wallace. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/169045/bk_acx0_169045_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.