China im 19. Jahrhundert: Ein große Ladung Gold ist auf dem Weg zum kaiserlichen Palast. Rivalisierende Clans und gesetzlose Kung Fu-Krieger tun alles, um die Beute in ihre Hände zu bekommen. Auch Madame Blossom mit ihren Freudenmädchen und der berüchtigte Jack Knife wollen sich ihren Teil vom Schatz sichern. Ein Fremder mit besonderen Fertigkeiten in der Waffenschmiedekunst gerät zwischen die Fronten. Als ihm beide Hände abgehakt werden, schwört er blutige Rache und zieht in den Kampf, um sein Dorf gegen die skrupellose Meute zu verteidigen.
Shanghai 1925: Die japanischen Besatzer kontrollieren mit brutaler Härte den nördlichen Bezirk der pulsierenden Weltstadt, um heimlich ihre anstehende Invasion vorzubereiten. Dort liegt der glamouröse Nachtclub Casablanca, ein Treffpunkt für die chinesischen Triaden, hochrangige japanische Offiziere und internationale Spione. Mitten im Geschehen: Kung-Fu-Kämpfer Chen Zhen, der inkognito in seine Heimatstadt zurückgekehrt ist. Vor vielen Jahren rächte er den blutigen Mord an seinem Meister und floh danach ins Ausland. Als maskierter Widerstandskämpfer versucht er den Japanern Einhalt zu gebietenb ...
Der ehemalige Auftragskiller Pardo hat auf ganz eigene Art und Weise zu Gott gefunden. Jeden Tag, den Pardo überlebt, nutzt er, um arme und schwache Menschen zu beschützen. Gleichzeitig hat er sich ein Ziel gesetzt. Er will die kriminelle Organisation zur Strecke bringen, für die er einst gearbeitet hat und für die Frau sorgen, die in sein Leben getreten ist.
Eine euterschwingene Ninja-Kuh, französisch sprechende Aliens, Karatekämpfer mit schlechten 70er Jahre Frisuren: das sind nur ein paar der harten Prüfungen, die der Kämpfer ´The Chosen One´ bestehen muss, bevor er seinen Erzfeind ´Master Pain´ zur Strecke bringen kann.
In der abgelegenen Bergwildnis Japans werden Ryu und Ken von ihrem Meister Go-ken ausgebildet, ohne zu wissen, dass sie die letzten Schüler eines längst vergessenen Kampfstils sind. Das Training ermöglicht sie dazu, ihre Chi-Energie zu manipulieren und diese als tödliche Waffe einzusetzen. Doch das Ausüben dieser Kampftechnik ist mit hohem Risiko verbunden. Als die beiden Street Fighter die Wahrheit darüber erfahren, dass sie die letzten Krieger dieses Kampfstils sind, offenbart sich ihnen Stück für Stück die geheimnisvolle und düstere Vergangenheit ihrer Meisters.
´´She sings jumping and dancing, her fists alternately clenching and breaking open to clap; the corners of her marvelous mouth turning down in the fierceness of joy breaking through anguish; her hair covering her eyes until swept back with a meaty hand. In great shouts that send her strings of beads flying and knot her face into grimaces, the energy explodes and explodes again, sending out waves of electrical excitement. Some say she can sing more than one note at a time; maybe, but does it matter? In her every note there are infinite meanings.´´ As the sixties come to a close, Michael Lydon follows Janis Joplin - a year before her death - illuminating the icon´s unapologetic, all-out approach to life, her absolute vitality and, above all, her intoxicating, shape-shifting devotion to feeling. Every Moment She Is What She Feels was originally published in the New York Times Magazine, February 23, 1969. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dina Pearlman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/029502/bk_adbl_029502_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
They called him Hands of Stone. In his own words, and for the first time, Roberto Duran tells his unbelievable story in I Am Duran: The Autobiography of Robert Duran. From the mean streets of Panama to the bright lights of Las Vegas, blazing a trail through the golden decade of boxing, Duran, in unflinching form, dispels myths and lays bare the cost of conquering the world. He also returns to the debacle that entered sporting folklore during his rematch with Sugar Ray Leonard, when he uttered the infamous words ´´no mas´´ - no more. Starting life in abject poverty as the illegitimate son of a serving US soldier, Duran quickly realized that his fists could both protect him on the streets and put food on the table. His reputation in and out of the ring travelled the corridors of boxing power on the day, for a bet, he knocked down a horse with a single punch. From his stunning debut in New York to the glorious defeat of Sugar Ray Leonard, the world titles and the chaos that ensued after the No Mas encounter, Duran´s explosive life in the ring was matched only by the volatility outside of it as he lurched from kingmaker to bankruptcy before the ultimate ending of a bloody comeback and, finally, redemption. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Henry Leyva. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/macm/000950/bk_macm_000950_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Tearing open the deepest wound in professional sports, Feinstein uncovers the secrets of the NBA before and after that fateful moment in December of 1977 when the face of professional hoops was changed forever. It was a chilly December evening and the Los Angeles Coliseum was buzzing as the Lakers hosted the Houston Rockets. As two players, Houston´s Rudy Tomjanovich and LA´s Kermit Washington were warming up, they were unaware their lives were about to be destroyed. The game began and as Tomjanovich trailed a play up the court, a small skirmish broke out between Washington and another Rocket player. Dropping the ball, Tomjanovich approached the tussling men hoping to break up the fight and resume the game. But instead, his face met the powerful fist of Kermit Washington. The punch, so brutal on impact, left most of the bones in Tomjanovich´s face broken and spinal fluid leaking from cracked vertebrae. Although he nearly died, Tomjanovich recovered from his injuries. But his game was never the same. After a two month suspension, Washington retook the court but had lost his touch. His snap reaction had irrevocably killed two careers, and the way the NBA played basketball forever. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Richard M. Davidson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/000372/bk_reco_000372_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
"I can lick any son of a bitch in the world." So boasted John L. Sullivan, the first modern heavyweight boxing champion of the world, a man who was the gold standard of American sports for more than a decade and the first athlete to earn more than a million dollars. He had a big ego, a big mouth, and even bigger appetites. His womanizing, drunken escapades, and chronic police-blotter presence were godsends to a burgeoning newspaper industry. The larger-than-life boxer embodied the American dream for late 19th-century immigrants as he rose from Boston´s Irish working class to become the most recognizable man in the nation. In the process the "Boston Strong Boy" transformed boxing from outlawed bare-knuckle fighting into the gloved spectacle we know today. Strong Boy tells the story of America´s first sports superstar, a self-made man who personified the power and excesses of the Gilded Age. Everywhere John L. Sullivan went, his fists backed up his bravado. Sullivan´s epic brawls, such as his 75-round bout against Jake Kilrain, and his cross-country barnstorming tour in which he literally challenged all of America to a fight are recounted in vivid detail, as are his battles outside the ring with a troubled marriage, wild weight and fitness fluctuations, and raging alcoholism. Strong Boy gives listeners ringside seats to the colorful tale of one of the country´s first Irish American heroes and the birth of the American sports media and the country´s celebrity obsession with athletes. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joe Barrett. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/007763/bk_blak_007763_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A veteran hockey writer takes on hockey culture and the NHL, addressing the game´s most controversial issue. Whether it´s on-ice fist fights or head shots into the glass, hockey has become a nightly news spectacle with players pummeling and bashing each other across the ice like drunken gladiators. And while the NHL may actually condone on-ice violence as a ticket draw, diehard hockey fan and expert Adam Proteau argues against hockey´s transformation into a thuggish blood sport. In Fighting the Good Fight, Proteau sheds light on the many perspectives of those in and around the game, with interviews of current and former NHL stars, coaches, general managers, and league executives, as well as medical experts. One of the most well-known media figures on the hockey scene today, famous for his funny, feisty observations as a writer for the Toronto Star and The Hockey News and commentator on CBC radio and TV, Adam Proteau is also one of the few mainstream media voices who is vehemently anti-fighting in hockey. Not only is his book a plea to the game´s gatekeepers to finally clamp down on the runaway violence that permeates the sport even at its highest level, he offers realistic suggestions on ways to finally clean the game up.Includes interviews with medical experts on head injuries and concussions, as well as with other members of the mediaThe author not only wages an attack on the value of fighting in hockey, but also on the establishment hockey culture Covering the most polarizing issue in hockey today, Fighting the Good Fight gives hockey fans and sports lovers everywhere a reason to stamp their feet and whistle at a rare display of eloquence and common sense. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Moseley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/004732/bk_adbl_004732_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.