A cultural history of sneakers, tracing the footprint of one of our most iconic fashions across sports, business, pop culture, and American identity When the athletic shoe graduated from the beaches and croquet courts of the wealthy elite to streetwear ubiquity, its journey through the heart of American life was just getting started. In this rollicking narrative, Nicholas K. Smith carries us through the long 20th century as sneakers became the totem of subcultures from California skateboarders to New York rappers, the cause of gang violence and riots, the heart of a global economic controversy, the lynchpin in a quest to turn big sports into big business, and the muse of high fashion. Studded with larger-than-life mavericks and unexpected visionaries - from genius rubber inventor, Charles Goodyear, to road-warrior huckster Chuck Taylor, to the feuding brothers who founded Adidas and Puma, to the track coach who changed the sport by pouring rubber in his wife´s waffle iron - Kicks introduces us to the sneaker´s surprisingly influential, enduring, and evolving legacy. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christopher J. Grove. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/006132/bk_rand_006132_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A team of neuroscientists uncover amazing new capabilities in the brain that may steer human evolution toward miraculous and deadly frontiers in this spectacular debut work of speculative science fiction - Limitless meets James Rollins - that combines spirituality and science in an inventive, mind-blowing fashion. For decades scientists have speculated about the untapped potential of the human brain. Now, neuroscientist Chuck Brenton has made an astonishing breakthrough. He has discovered the key - the crucial combination of practice and conditioning - to access the incredible power dormant in 90 percent of our brains. Applying his methods to test subjects, he has stimulated abilities that elevate brain function to seemingly godlike levels. These extraordinary abilities can transform the world, replacing fear and suffering with tranquility and stability. But in an age of increasing militarization, corporate exploitation, and explosive technological discovery, a group of influential power brokers are determined to control Brenton´s new superbeings for their own manipulative ends - and their motives may be far from peaceful. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nick Podehl. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/005184/bk_harp_005184_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Everything that parents need to survive and thrive in the 21st century. Marriage, children, and family have been lifelong priorities for Charles Swindoll. Based on his extensive study of both the Old and New Testaments, Chuck has drawn together those timeless insights for building close and rewarding family relationships. Following a biblical exploration of God´s purpose and plans for families, listeners are equipped with all the tools necessary to grow strong, healthy families. Chuck then takes a clear-eyed look at those areas where parents and families often experience difficulties. In typical Swindoll fashion, these discussions are frank and direct but always leave the listener filled with hope and encouragement. Selected chapters: ´´This Is Not Your Grandfather´s Family´´ ´´Practical Advice on Making a Marriage Stick´´ ´´Cultivating a Life of Self-Worth´´ ´´The Best Kept Secret of Wise Parenting´´ ´´Increasing the Priority of Your Family´´ ´´Staying Young as Your Family Grows Older´´ ´´Danger Signs of Domestic Erosion´´ ´´Restoring Relationships After You´ve Blown It´´ ´´Affirming and Encouraging Words to Dads´´ ´´Secret Struggles...Family Troubles´´ ´´From Resentment to Rebellion´´ ´´Final Words to Families Then and Now´´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Wayne Shepherd. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tnwd/000769/bk_tnwd_000769_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An expanded, radically refashioned ´´director’s cut” of a favorite Palahniuk novel... Injected with new material, Invisible Monsters Remix fulfills Chuck Palahniuk’s original vision for his 1999 novel, moving a daring satire on beauty and the fashion industry even further into a wildly unique listening experience. Palahniuk’s fashion-model protagonist has it all - boyfriend, career, loyal best friend - until an accident destroys her face, her ability to speak, and her self-esteem. Enter Brandy Alexander, queen supreme, one operation away from becoming a bonafide woman. Laced in are new chapters of memoir and further scenes with the book’s characters. Listeners will jump between chapters and have a second listen to understand the dissolve between fiction and fact, taking them on a ride they’ll never forget. About the author: Chuck Palahniuk’s best-selling novels include Tell-All, Damned, Pygmy, Snuff, Rant, Haunted, Lullaby, Fight Club, Diary, Survivor, Invisible Monsters, and Choke. He is also the author of a nonfiction profile, Fugitives and Refugees: A Walk in Portland, Oregon, published as part of the Crown Journeys series, and the nonfiction collection Stranger than Fiction. He lives in the Pacific Northwest. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Chuck Palahniuk, Anna Fields, Paul Michael Garcia. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/005034/bk_blak_005034_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this timely new book, BBC star and Gardening World´s thrifty and resourceful Alys Fowler shows that there is a way to take the good life and re-fashion it to fit in with life in the city. Abandoning the limitations of traditional gardening methods, she has created a beautifully productive garden where tomatoes sit happily next to roses, carrots are woven between the lavenders and potatoes grow in pots on the patio. And all of this is produced in a way that mimics natural systems, producing delicious homegrown food for her table. And she shares her favorite recipes for the hearty dishes, pickles and jams she makes to use up her bountiful harvest, proving that no-one need go hungry on her grow-your-own regime. Good for the pocket, good for the environment and hugely rewarding for the soul, The Edible Garden urges urbanites everywhere to chuck out the old gardening rules and create their own haven that´s as good to look at as it is to eat. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Melora Kordos. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/015510/bk_acx0_015510_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.