Learn about East Germany with iMinds insightful audio knowledge series. In East Germany, it was not uncommon to hear of secret police patrolling the streets dressed as civilians. It was not unusual to find hidden cameras lying in garbage cans. Artistic expression often led to a prison sentence, while learning about the outside world came only through censored films. Though East Germany was also known for its music and athletes, police brutality and economic depression dominated the international news. Fear and scarcity were daily realities for the people of the East Germany, also known as the German Democratic Republic; and this despite the great cultural achievements of the country and the immense Soviet power behind it. The Socialist Unity Party of Germany, known as the ´´SED,” controlled almost every aspect of East Germany’s economy and culture after 1949. Although this government allowed different parties to exist, it was essentially a one-party system that combined the Social Democratic Party and the Communist Party of Germany. Elections were held in an open manner in East Germany. Yet democracy was virtually non-existent. Voters were given a choice of approving or rejecting ´´unity lists” which served as opinion polls. On these lists, approval ratings of the Socialist Unity Party were around 90%, due to unregulated counting and corruption. Perfect to listen to while commuting, exercising, shopping or cleaning the house.. iMinds brings knowledge to your MP3 with 8 minute information segments to whet your mental appetite and broaden your mind. iMinds offers 12 main categories, become a Generalist by increasing your knowledge of Business, Politics, People, History, Pop Culture, Mystery, Crime, Culture, Religion, Concepts, Science and Sport.. Clean and concise, crisp and engaging, discover what you never knew you were missing. Make your MP3 smarter with iMinds MindTracks, intersperse with music and enjoy learning a little 1. Language: English. Narrator: Hamish Hughes. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/imnd/000098/bk_imnd_000098_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
With a foreword by England legend Kelly Smith, the country´s all-time record goalscorer and a player widely considered one of the best to have played the game. The exciting story of one of the fastest growing sports in the world, played by over 30 million girls and women. Over 25 million people tuned in for the Americans´ 2015 Women´s World Cup final victory - the most-watched football match in United States history. The Making of the Women´s World Cup details the most incredible tales from previous Women´s World Cups, including: Carli Lloyd´s 13-minute hat trick and the worldwide movement set off by 2015How Japan made their country smile for the first time since the devastating tsunamiThe USA´s World Cup triumph on home soil in 1999Germany´s back-to-back titles in 2003 and 2007 Marta´s magic: the birth of a Brazilian iconHow Kelly Smith announced her arrival with the kiss of a bootThe beginnings of Australia´s golden generation The 122nd-minute USA equalizer against Brazil: the quarterfinal that changed everythingThe dawn of the Lionesses: England joins world elite through tears of joy and despair 1. Language: English. Narrator: Billie Fulford-Brown. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/twuk/002258/bk_twuk_002258_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Listen to the key words and phrases in German, then repeat, practise and refine! A relaxing way to pick up the language.All essential words and phrases for modern life in Germany are here, with topics covering home life, work and school environments, shopping, food and drink, sport and leisure, transport, technology and the environment. Great care has been given to represent modern German culture and enhance your experience of Germany and its people, including food and drink, customs, celebrations and festivals.PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio on our Desktop Site. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Collins. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/004385/bk_hcuk_004385_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Goal! covers the history of the beautiful game from its origins in English public schools in the early 19th century to its current role as a crucial element of a globalized entertainment industry. The authors explain how football transformed from a sport at elite boarding schools in England to become a pastime popular with the working classes, enabling factories such as the Thames Iron Works and the Woolwich Arsenal to give birth to the teams that would become the Premier League mainstays known as West Ham United and Arsenal. They also explore how the age of amateur soccer ended and, with the advent of professionalism, how football became a sport dominated by big clubs with big money and with an international audience. There are intense rivalries in soccer, such as that in Glasgow, Scotland, between (Catholic) Celtic and (Protestant) Rangers, and the authors examine closely the social causes that make for such passionate fans. The book also discusses the use of soccer for political purposes, such as in Hitler´s Germany and Franco´s Spain. And - given the long-standing association of soccer as a man´s sport and the rise of women´s soccer, especially in the United States - the authors look at the gendered history of the world´s most popular sport. This book, which will appeal to all connoisseurs of soccer, provides a lens through which to view the social and cultural history of modern Europe. The book is published by The Catholic University of America Press. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Emil N Gallina. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/086850/bk_acx0_086850_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Olympics have long been the center of attention in the sports world, but perhaps no moment in the history of the games was as poignant as Jesse Owens´ performance in Berlin in 1936. Owens would finish his career with four gold medals and become known as ´´perhaps the greatest and most famous athlete in track and field history´´ (as his obituary in The New York Times put it), but nearly 80 years later, it´s the context that has made his performance so memorable. Owens was one of the greatest track athletes in the country in the 1930s, and while he was at Ohio State, he set three world records and tied another one within 45 minutes at a Big 10 meet in 1935, but hurdles on the track weren´t as hard to clear as ones he had to deal with away from sports. As a young black man, he had to deal with entrenched racism across the country, from staying in segregated hotels to not being eligible for a sports scholarship. In 1936, World War II was still a few years away, but Adolf Hitler was fully in control of Nazi Germany and hoped to use the Olympics as a showcase of the resurgent German nation. Internationally, Hitler´s Germany was not yet a major concern to the vast majority of people unfamiliar with politics, nor were the domestic policies being carried out by the Nazis, but some still thought the United States should not even participate in the Olympics that year. Of course, those who wanted to boycott the games could not have known what Jesse Owens had in store in Berlin. Given the unabashed racism of Hitler´s regime, Jesse Owens´ performance would end up being a rebuke of sorts to Hitler´s notion of Aryan superiority, and an apocryphal legend has since sprung up that Hitler left the games early to avoid having to shake Owens´ hand. While that reputed snub almost certainly did not occur, one Nazi official did note that Hitler ´´was highly annoyed by the series of triumphs by the marvelous colored American runner, Jesse Owens. People who 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim D. Johnston. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/072851/bk_acx0_072851_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
He´s back! Budleigh Salterton´s most famous citizen, traveller and worldly guru knows nothing about football or Germany, but from the moment he decides to book a strolling holiday in the Schwarzwald (´´because it´ll be nice and quiet this time of year´´), he pitches headlong into the thrilling arena of the World Cup. He may never have played football, but, he was Sports Monitor at school, (or as he puts it, ´´I was the only one allowed to touch the Master´s ballbag at Charterhouse´´). Originally transmitted over the three weeks of the 2006 competition itself, Giles inevitably finds himself on a series of baffling adventures and mishaps, involving, amongst other things, the Iranian squad, a stolen World Cup, a very big cake and fifty sticks of Leipzig rock. And to make matters worse, his fiancée Bella is coming out to meet him in Nuremberg to help plan their forthcoming wedding. As is her mother.... This is the Complete Series of the 3 Sony Award-winning World Cup 2006 programmes. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Marcus Brigstocke. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/002886/bk_bbcw_002886_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Martí Perarnau was given total access to Bayern Munich during season 2013-14. This audiobook represents the first time in the modern era that a writer has got this close to one of the elite teams of world football. At the invitation of Pep Guardiola, he shadowed the Catalan, his staff and his superstar players during training and on matchdays. Bayern smashed domestic records on their way to the double, but were humiliated by Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final. Perarnau was with them every step of the way. Perarnau is with Guardiola as he is courted by the world´s greatest clubs during his sabbatical in New York. We hear Guardiola explain in detail the radical tactical moves which transform Bayern´s season and reprogramme the players who will win the World Cup with Germany. Perarnau talks exclusively and in fascinating detail with players such as Arjen Robben, Manuel Neuer, Philipp Lahm, Thiago Alcântara and Bastian Schweinsteiger. Pep Confidential is much more than the story of a season it is also a lasting portrait of one of the greatest coaches in sport. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Thomas Judd. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/029855/bk_adbl_029855_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1936, against a backdrop of swastikas flying and storm troopers looming, an African-American son of sharecroppers set three world records and won an unprecedented four gold medals, single-handedly crushing Hitler´s myth of Aryan supremacy. The story of Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympic Games is that of a high-profile athlete giving a performance that transcends sports. But it is also the intimate and complex tale of the courage of one remarkable man. Drawing on unprecedented access to the Owens family, previously unpublished interviews, and exhaustive archival research, Jeremy Schaap transports us to Nazi Germany to weave this dramatic tale. From the start, American participation in the games was controversial. A boycott, based on reports of Nazi hostility to Jews, was afoot, but it was thwarted by the president of the American Olympic Committee. At the games themselves, the plots and intrigues continued: Owens was befriended by a German rival, broad jumper Luz Long, who helped Owens win the gold medal at his own expense. Two Jewish sprinters were, at the last moment, denied the chance to compete for the United States out of misguided politeness to the Nazi hosts. And a myth was born that Hitler himself had snubbed Owens. Like Neal Bascomb´s The Perfect Mile, Triumph captures this momentous episode in sports - and - world, history in a nuanced yet page-turning narrative full of drama, suspense, and color. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Shelly Frasier. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/000366/bk_tant_000366_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In Masters of Modern Soccer, Sports Illustrated writer Grant Wahl asks: How do some of the game´s smartest figures master the craft of soccer? By profiling players in every key position (American phenomenon Christian Pulisic, Mexican superstar Javier ´´Chicharito´´ Hernández, Belgium´s Vincent Kompany, Spain´s Xabi Alonso, Germany´s Manuel Neuer) and management (Belgium coach Roberto Martínez and Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc), Wahl reveals how elite players and coaches strategize on and off the field and execute in high pressure game situations. Masters of Modern Soccer is the definitive thinking fan´s guide to modern soccer. For a supporter of any team, from the US national teams to Manchester United, or any competition, from Mexico´s Liga MX to the World Cup, this book reveals what players and managers are thinking before, during, and after games and delivers a true behind-the-scenes perspective on the inner workings of the sport´s brightest minds. America´s premier soccer journalist, Grant Wahl, follows world-class players from across the globe examining how they do their jobs. This access imbues Masters of Modern Soccer with deep insight from the players on how goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders, and forwards function individually and as a unit to excel and win. Wahl also shadows a manager and director of soccer as they juggle the challenges of coaching, preparation, and the short- and long-term strategies of how to identify and acquire talent and deploy it on the field. A book that will stand the test of time, Masters of Modern Soccer is the most in-depth analysis of the craft of soccer ever written for the American fan. For any fan, player, coach, or sideline enthusiast, this book will change the way they watch the game. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Grant Wahl. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/006109/bk_rand_006109_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.