Requiem for Battleship Yamato is Yoshida Mitsuru´s story of his own experience as a junior naval officer aboard the fabled Japanese battleship as it set out on a last, desperate sortie in April 1945. Yoshida was on the bridge during Yamato´s fatal encounter with American airplanes, and his eloquent, moving account of that battle makes a singular contribution to the literature of the Pacific war. The book has long been considered a classic in both Japan and the United States. As with most great battle stories, its ultimate concern is less bombs and bullets than human nature, less death than life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Graeme Malcolm. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/018270/bk_adbl_018270_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When Peter Mills descends into the creepy basement of Finley Junior High, he discovers a dark and twisted truth: Girls haven´t always ruled the world. Now armed with a book of ancient, forbidden man secrets (such as how to make paper airplanes, stink bombs, and beef jerky), Peter and his friends think they´ve found the recipe to changing their lives. But the boys of the Beef Jerky Gang will soon find out that the girls aren´t about to give up control to a bunch of prank-pulling punks. Join Peter and his friends in this hilarious first book in the Beef Jerky Gang series. Perfect for kids age nine to twelve. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Josiah John Bildner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/036993/bk_acx0_036993_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Based on a popular ESPN Magazine article - optioned by Disney films, a finalist for a National Magazine Award and chosen by Dave Eggers for inclusion in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2011 - the astonishing true story of Phiona Mutesi, a teenager from the slums of Kampala, Uganda, who - inspired by an unlikely mentor, a war refugee turned missionary - becomes an international chess champion. Phiona Mutesi sleeps in a decrepit shack with her mother and four siblings and struggles to find a single meal each day. Phiona has been in and out of school her whole life because her mother cannot afford it, so she is only now learning to read and write. Phiona Mutesi is also one of the best chess players in the world. One day in 2005, while searching for food, nine-year-old Phiona followed her brother to a dusty veranda where she met Robert Katende, another child of the Ugandan slums, who works for an American organization that offers relief and religion through sports. Robert introduced Phiona to the game of chess and soon recognized her immense talent. By the age of 11 Phiona was her country’s junior chess champion and at 15, her country’s national champion. In September of 2010 she traveled to Siberia, just her second time ever on an airplane, to compete in the Chess Olympiad, the world’s most prestigious team chess event. Phiona’s dream is to one day become a grandmaster, the most elite title in chess, and to blaze a trail out of Katwe that other children in Robert’s chess community can follow. But to reach that goal, she must grapple with everyday life in one of the world’s most unstable countries, a place where girls are taught to be mothers, not dreamers, and the threats of AIDS, kidnapping, and starvation loom over the people of Katwe. Acclaimed sports journalist Tim Crothers has written a riveting and inspiring account of one girl’s improbable journey to becoming a chess champion. The Queen of Katwe 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robin Miles. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/006133/bk_sans_006133_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Created by Irving Brecher, The Life of Riley starred William Bendix as Brooklyn-born Chester A. Riley, a family man who worked as an airplane riveter at the fictional Cunningham Aircraft plant in California. The stories were usually set at home, with Riley cheerfully disrupting life with his malapropisms and ill-timed intervention into minor problems. His stock answer to every turn of fate ´´what a revoltin´ development this is!” became a popular catchphrase. Paula Winslowe was Riley´s wife, Peg; John Brown doubled as undertaker ´´Digger´´ O´Dell and as Riley´s co-worker, Jim Gillis; Tommy Cook, Bobby Ellis and Scotty Beckett each played the role of Riley’s son, Junior; and Sharon Douglas played Riley’s daughter, Babs. Alan Reed (the voice of Fred Flintstone) played multiple characters, including Riley´s boss, Mr. Stevenson and Peg´s father. Whereas Gillis gave Riley bad advice that got him into trouble, Digger gave him good advice that ´´helped him out of a hole.´´ The Life of Riley aired on radio from 1944 until 1951 making a successful transition to television in 1949. Due to a contract dispute, Bendix couldn’t initially play Riley on television so the role went to Jackie Gleason. In 1953, William Bendix was free to star as Riley on the small screen and continued with it until 1958. 10/5/46 ´´Good Neighbor Week” 12/28/46 ´´New Year’s Eve” 3/29/47 ´´The New Chair” 4/5/47 ´´Accused of Being a Child Beater” 4/12/47 ´´Is Peg Cheating?” 4/19/47 ´´Riley Thinks Junior Is a Coward” 5/3/47 ´´Launching Babs into Society” 5/10/47 ´´Mother’s Day Show” 6/7/47 ´´Courting Peg at Camp” 6/14/47 ´´Soap Box Derby” 6/28/47 ´´Vacation Without the Wives” 7/5/47 ´´Riley Thinks Peg Is Leaving Him” 1. Language: English. Narrator: full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/010758/bk_brll_010758_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.