The subject of the major motion picture Hands of Stone, starring Ana de Armas, Ellen Barkin, Robert De Niro, and Edgar Ramirez. Roberto Duran is a sporting legend. Often called the greatest boxer of all time, he held world titles at four different weights and is the only boxer in history to have fought in five different decades. His bouts with fellow greats like Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns, and Marvin Hagler have gone down in fistic folklore. He finally retired in January 2002 at age 52, with a professional record of 104 wins (69 by KO) in 120 fights. They called him Manos de Piedra: ´´Hands of Stone´´. Now journalist Christian Giudice has written the first - and definitive - story of Duran´s incredible life, both in and out of the ring. He has interviewed the fighter, his family, his closest friends, and scores of his opponents to separate truth from myth. Duran was born in utter poverty in Panama and grew up in the streets, fighting to survive. His talent with his fists soon emerged, and he had his first professional fight in 1967. Duran grew into a fighter´s fighter. His hunger to destroy opponents and his willingness to take on anyone, anywhere, made him a huge favorite while his flamboyant lifestyle outside the ring made headline news. Duran was one of the first Latino fighters to become a mainstream sports star in the United States, and his natural talent, unprecedented achievements, and longevity made an indelible mark on the world of sport. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ozzie Rodriguez. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/004696/bk_rand_004696_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
On vacation with his girlfriend, Ingeborg, the German war games champion Udo Berger returns to a small town on the Costa Brava where he spent the summers of his childhood. Soon they meet another vacationing German couple, Charly and Hanna, who introduce them to a band of locals—the Wolf, the Lamb, and El Quemado—and to the darker side of life in a resort town.Late one night, Charly disappears without a trace, and Udo’s well-ordered life is thrown into upheaval; while Ingeborg and Hanna return to their lives in Germany, he refuses to leave the hotel. Soon he and El Quemado are enmeshed in a round of Third Reich, Udo’s favorite World War II strategy game, and Udo discovers that the game’s consequences may be all too real. Written in 1989 and found among Roberto Bolaño’s papers after his death, The Third Reich is a stunning exploration of memory and violence. Reading this quick, visceral novel, we see a world-class writer coming into his own—and exploring for the first time the themes that would define his masterpieces The Savage Detectives and 2666. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Simon Vance. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aren/001325/bk_aren_001325_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this brilliant collection, the follow-up to her New York Times best seller Reading Like a Writer, the distinguished novelist, literary critic, and essayist celebrates the pleasures of reading and pays homage to the works and writers she admires above all others, from Jane Austen and Charles Dickens to Jennifer Egan and Roberto Bolaño. In an age defined by hyper-connectivity and constant stimulation, Francine Prose makes a compelling case for the solitary act of reading and the great enjoyment it brings. Inspiring and illuminating, What to Read and Why includes selections culled from Prose’s previous essays, reviews, and introductions, combined with new, never-before-published pieces that focus on her favorite works of fiction and nonfiction, on works by masters of the short story, and even on books by photographers like Diane Arbus. Prose considers why the works of literary masters such as Mary Shelley, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, and Jane Austen have endured, and shares intriguing insights about modern authors whose words stimulate our minds and enlarge our lives, including Roberto Bolaño, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Jennifer Egan, and Mohsin Hamid. Prose implores us to read Mavis Gallant for her marvelously rich and compact sentences, and her meticulously rendered characters who reveal our flawed and complex human nature; Edward St. Aubyn for his elegance and sophisticated humor; and Mark Strand for his gift for depicting unlikely transformations. Here, too, are original pieces in which Prose explores the craft of writing: ´´On Clarity´´ and ´´What Makes a Short Story´´. Written with her sharp critical analysis, wit, and enthusiasm, What to Read and Why is a celebration of literature that will give listeners a new appreciation for the power and beauty of the written word. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Allyson Johnson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/007483/bk_harp_007483_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The essays of Roberto Bolano in English at last. Between Parentheses collects most of the newspaper columns and articles Bolano wrote during the last five years of his life, as well as the texts of some of his speeches and talks and a few scattered prologues. ´´Taken together,´´ as the editor Ignacio Echevarra remarks in his introduction, they provide ´´a personal cartography of the writer: The closest thing, among all his writings, to a kind of fragmented ´autobiography.´´´ Bolano´s career as a nonfiction writer began in 1998, the year he became famous overnight for The Savage Detectives; he was suddenly in demand for articles and speeches, and he took to this new vocation like a duck to water. Cantankerous, irreverent, and insufferably opinionated, Bolano also could be tender (about his family and favorite places) as well as a fierce advocate for his heroes (Borges, Cortzar, Parra) and his favorite contemporaries, whose books he read assiduously and promoted generously. A demanding critic, he declares that in his ´´ideal literary kitchen there lives a warrior´´: He argues for courage, and especially for bravery in the face of failure. Between Parentheses fully lives up to his own demands: ´´I ask for creativity from literary criticism, creativity at all levels.´´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Crommett. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/011529/bk_adbl_011529_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From time to time when I take a break from researching and writing my thrillers, I write short stories such as the ones collected for the first time in this new anthology, Trust and Other Nightmares. Each of these stories has its germination in nights when my sleep was suddenly savaged by ethereal visions and sounds sufficiently disturbing to wrench me from tangled, sweat-drenched sheets. Some of them have seen a bit of daylight before now, and the last two debut here. All of them are spawned of the dancing skeletons and reanimated corpses that plague the bleakest, blackest hours preceding my blessed dawns. They include: ´´Trust´´, without which a murder-suicide pact is merely revenge´s favorite recipe ´´Rougarou´´, where a terrified boy learns it´s never easy to tell monsters from saviors in a desolate Louisiana swamp ´´Frankie´s Last Affair´´, where we´re taught that if a thing is truly art, someone has to suffer for it ´´Canis´´, a post-apocalyptic tale where the wolves in sheep´s clothing have no lock on cross-dressing ´´Showtime´´, in which a famous television psychic medium´s dirty secret is he knows there´s no such thing as ghosts I hope you enjoy this collection. If it scares you enough to keep you up a night or two, I know just how you feel. As this anthology demonstrates, I sleep well rarely. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Roberto Scarlato. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/041419/bk_acx0_041419_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.