Weavers of Dreams, Unite!:Actors´ Unionism in Early Twentieth-Century America Sean P. Holmes
From his threadbare early days in Tampico, Illinois - to his marathon career as an actor in Hollywood, to his eventual rise to the seat of ultimate power in Washington; Ronald Wilson Reagan, our witty, grandfatherly Commander in Chief, is revealed in this touching remembrance of one of our greatest American presidents. In these troubled times his easy charm and no-nonsense politics are a safe harbor for all those who admire this strong, resourceful, and sincere leader. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Geoffrey Giuliano. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bigh/000495/bk_bigh_000495_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Praise for Nick Offerman narrating Mark Twain: ´´Offerman’s Illinois-raised voice and actor’s talent suit him ideally to channel Mark Twain.” (The New York Times Book Review) ´´There’s something about his wry Midwestern merriment that aspires to Twainishness.” (Men’s Journal) ´´It’s a melding of sardonic voices: Mark Twain, meet Nick Offerman.” (The Wall Street Journal) With his trademark mirth and boundless charisma, actor Nick Offerman brought the loveable shenanigans of Twain´s adolescent hero to life in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Now, in yet another virtuosic performance, the actor proves that despite being separated by a span of over a century, his connection to the author and his work is undeniable and that theirs is a timeless collaboration that should not be missed. Trading in the idyllic banks of Twain´s Mississippi for medieval England, Offerman regales listeners with one of American literature´s foremost satires and the author´s most inventive and darkly funny pieces of fiction. Hank Morgan is the archetype of modern man in 19th-century New England: adept at his trade as a mechanic, innovative, forward thinking. So when a blow to the head inexplicably sends him back in time 1300 years and places him in Camelot, instead of despair, he feels emboldened by the prospect placed before him and sets out to modernize and improve the lives of his fellow citizens. But, in order to do so, he´ll need to contend with brash nobles, superstitious nincompoops, and a conniving, blowhard wizard. While time travel has become a common trope in storytelling today, in Twain´s time it was truly a novel idea; all the more imaginative when you consider how it´s used for satirical effect. A thinly veiled critique of the political and social institutions that impede progress and a scathing condemnation of the naiveté that allows them to thrive, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur´s Court 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nick Offerman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/029631/bk_adbl_029631_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Parks and Recreation actor Nick Offerman shares his humorous fulminations on life, manliness, meat, and much more in his first book. Growing a perfect moustache, grilling red meat, wooing a woman - who better to deliver this tutelage than the always charming, always manly Nick Offerman, best known as Parks and Recreation´s Ron Swanson? Combining his trademark comic voice and very real expertise in woodworking - he runs his own woodshop - Paddle Your Own Canoe features tales from Offerman´s childhood in small-town Minooka, Illinois - ´´I grew up literally in the middle of a cornfield´´ - to his theater days in Chicago, beginnings as a carpenter/actor and the hilarious and magnificent seduction of his now-wife Megan Mullally. It also offers hard-bitten battle strategies in the arenas of manliness, love, style, religion, woodworking, and outdoor recreation, among many other savory entrees. A mix of amusing anecdotes, opinionated lessons and rants, sprinkled with offbeat gaiety, Paddle Your Own Canoe will not only tickle readers pink but may also rouse them to put down their smart phones, study a few sycamore leaves, and maybe even handcraft (and paddle) their own canoes. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nick Offerman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/002218/bk_peng_002218_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Un secolo fa, con l´Antologia di Spoon River e i suoi oltre 200 immortali personaggi che popolano un piccolo cimitero di campagna, Edgar Lee Masters ha consegnato ai posteri la memoria poetica di una comunità. Cent´anni dopo, quei personaggi trovano una voce nuova grazie a 243 ragazzi e ragazze e alla loro interpretazione spontanea, da attori per un giorno. Così il microcosmo umano che era ieri un´immaginaria cittadina dell´Illinois rivive oggi in una rete di scuole dall´altra parte del mondo. Opera collettiva realizzata dagli studenti del ´´Sabin´´ di Bologna e del ´´Morigia-Perdisa´´ di Ravenna, più una squadra di ex (rintracciati perfino in Cina!), Spoon River è un grande happening virtuale, registrato live nelle aule, in sala d´incisione, talvolta a distanza e con mezzi di fortuna, in un colorato mix di accenti e di provenienze. Con la partecipazione straordinaria di David Riondino. Traduzione di Galilea Maioli. Per gentile concessione del prof. Hilary Masters. Tracklist e molto altro su spoonriveritaly.net. Una produzione Quondam/Parametri Musicali/RavennaPoesia. One century ago, with Spoon River Anthology and its 200+ immortal characters populating a small country cemetery, Edgar Lee Masters handed down to posterity the poetic memory of a community. A hundred years later, those characters find a new voice thanks to 243 boys and girls and their spontaneous interpretation, as one-day actors. So the human microcosm that was yesterday an imaginary Illinois town revives today in a school network on the other side of the world. A collective work realized by students from Bologna and Ravenna, plus a team of ex-students (tracked down even to China!), Spoon River is a great virtual happening, recorded live in classrooms, in recording studio, sometimes at a distance and by makeshift means, in a colorful mix of accents and origins. Featuring David Riondino. Translated by Galilea Maioli. Courtesy of Prof. Hilary Masters. Tracklist and much more ... 1. Italian. David Riondino, full cast. http://samples.audible.de/bk/quon/000025/bk_quon_000025_sample.mp3.
A Dream of Jazz takes the listener on a historic and tuneful ride to Cleveland in the 1940s. The city, jazz, and friendship are celebrated through the eyes of the teenage friends Don and John. Their thoughts are filled with nothing but jazz, and their troubles are carried away on the magic carpet of the music. The spirit and power of jazz are captured in Kim Maerkl´s compelling production. Her original compositions combined with the smooth storytelling voice of renowned Austro-American actor August Zirner and the sophisticated playing of the band Fourscore is a musical treat for jazz lovers of any age. Author biography: Kim Maerkl was born in 1961 in Cleveland, Ohio. She is an author, composer, and producer. Her works have been performed in concert halls and theaters throughout Europe and released by publishers in America, Germany and Switzerland. She is a Fulbright scholar. Narrator biography: August Zirner was born in 1956 in Urbana, Illinois, and is the son of Austrian-Jewish immigrants. He has appeared in over 100 films and television shows and is one of the most popular actors in Germany. He co-starred in The Counterfeiters, which won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. youtube.com/watch?v=O3-6yhFtBJY&feature=youtu.be 1. Language: English. Narrator: August Zirner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/naxo/001353/bk_naxo_001353_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Born of humble beginnings, Ronald Reagan came into the world as the son of working class parents in Illinois. During his youth, he wasn´t a particularly gifted student, but he did graduate from college. A Hollywood actor and union leader turned politician, he served as the 33rd governor of California during the tumultuous period from 1967 to 1975. Though his hard work, determination, and a bit of good luck, Ronald Reagan became the 40th president of the United States, in office between 1981 and 1989. For his work as the President of the United States and for having realigned the country toward conservative policies, Ronald Reagan has remained an iconic influence among Republicans, who often invoke his beliefs. He transformed the American presidency with his bold strategies and inspired policies. His political agenda, including lower taxes, a conservative economic stance, and expansion of the military, redefined politics in the United States. To this day, the name Ronald Reagan is spoken with a form of reverence in circles of conservative-minded thinkers. This short book covers the life of Ronald Reagan from his early years growing up in Illinois, his rise to power through the political ranks to become the President of the United States, and the years after his term in the land´s highest office. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gregory Diehl. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/083334/bk_acx0_083334_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Ed Lowry joined the vaudeville circuit in 1910 at the age of 14. He never achieved stardom equal to the likes of Fred Allen, Jack Benny, George Burns, Buster Keaton, or Eddie Cantor, and he never considered himself an ´´artiste´´. Instead, he saw himself as a hoofer and comic simply trying to make a living on the vaude scene. My Life in Vaudeville recounts Lowry´s long career in entertainment from the viewpoint of a foot soldier with a big dream. Lowry´s story begins in the heyday of vaudeville in the early twentieth century and follows its gradual decline. Unlike many of his associates, he recognized that movies and other forms of entertainment were the future, and thus branched out into other venues. My Life in Vaudeville is an unpretentious record of a time when thousands of young people went into show business to escape the boredom of daily life, and Lowry´s story is a view of vaudeville not often encountered. Lowry does much more than recall the daily life of a working actor, musician, and comedian. His story brings vaudeville to life and places it within the larger narratives of popular culture and popular entertainment of the twentieth century. The book is published by Southern Illinois University Press. 1. Language: English. Narrator: James Romick. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/031850/bk_acx0_031850_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From master storyteller and New York Times best-selling biographer H. W. Brands, twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, comes the first full life of Ronald Reagan since his death. Ronald Reagan today is a conservative icon, celebrated for transforming the American domestic agenda and playing a crucial part in ending communism in the Soviet Union. In his masterful new biography, H. W. Brands argues that Reagan, along with FDR, was the most consequential president of the 20th century. Reagan took office at a time when the public sector, after a half century of New Deal liberalism, was widely perceived as bloated and inefficient, an impediment to personal liberty. Reagan sought to restore democracy by bolstering capitalism. In Brands´ telling, how Reagan, who voted four times for FDR, engineered a conservative transformation of American politics is both a riveting personal journey and the story of America in the modern era. Brands follows Reagan as his ambition for ever-larger stages compelled him from a troubled childhood in small-town Illinois to become a radio announcer and then the quintessential public figure of modern America, a movie star. In Hollywood, Reagan edged closer to public service as the president of the Screen Actors´ Guild before a stalled film career led to his unlikely reinvention as the voice of General Electric and a spokesman for corporate America. Reagan follows its subject on his improbable political rise, from the 1960s, when he was first elected governor of California, to his triumphant election in 1980 as president of the United States. Brands employs archival sources not available to previous biographers and dozens of interviews with surviving members of the administration. The result is an exciting narrative and a fresh understanding of a crucially important president and his era. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephen Hoye. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/004130/bk_rand_004130_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Audie Award, Non-Fiction, 2015 Richard Pryor was arguably the single most influential performer of the second half of the twentieth century, and certainly he was the most successful black actor/comedian ever. Controversial and somewhat enigmatic in his lifetime, Pryor´s performances opened up a new world of possibilities, merging fantasy with angry reality in a way that wasn´t just new - it was heretofore unthinkable. His childhood in Peoria, Illinois, was spent just trying to survive. Yet the culture into which Richard Pryor was born - his mother was a prostitute; his grandmother ran the whorehouse - helped him evolve into one of the most innovative and outspoken performers ever, a man who attracted admiration and anger in equal parts. Both a brilliant comedian and a very astute judge of what he could get away with, Pryor was always pushing the envelope, combining anger and pathos, outrage and humor, into an art form, laying the groundwork for the generations of comedians who followed, including such outstanding performers as Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, and Louis C.K. Now, in this groundbreaking and revelatory work, David and Joe Henry bring him to life both as a man and as an artist, providing an in-depth appreciation of his talent and his lasting influence, as well as an insightful examination of the world he lived in and the influences that shaped both his persona and his art. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dion Graham. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/003369/bk_tant_003369_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.