Getting into Guinness: One man´s longest, fastest, highest journey inside the world´s most famous record book:Collins. ePub edition Larry Olmsted
Getting into Guinness:One Man´s Longest, Fastest, Highest Journey Inside the World´s Most Famous Record Book HarperCollins e-books Larry Olmsted
The history of Guinness, one of the world´s most famous brands, reveals the noble heights and generosity of a great family and an innovative business. It began in Ireland in the mid-1700s. The water in Ireland, indeed throughout Europe, was famously undrinkable, and the gin and whiskey that took its place devastated civil society. It was a disease-ridden, starvation-plagued, alcoholic age, and Christians like Arthur Guinness - as well as monks and even evangelical churches - brewed beer that provided a healthier alternative to the poisonous waters and liquors of the times. This is where the Guinness tale began. Now, 250 years and over 150 countries later, Guinness is a global brand, one of the most consumed beverages in the world. The tale that unfolds during those two and a half centuries has power to thrill audiences today: the generational drama, business adventure, industrial and social reforms, deep-felt faith, and the noble beer itself. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Colacci. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/007787/bk_tant_007787_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Seamlessly blending history and reportage, Bill Barich offers a heartfelt homage to the traditional Irish pub, and to the central piece of Irish culture disappearing along with it. After meeting an Irishwoman in London and moving to Dublin, Bill Baricha found himself looking for a traditional Irish pub to be his local.There are nearly 12,000 pubs in Ireland, so he appeared to have plenty of choices. He wanted a pub like the one in John Fords classic movie, ´´The Quiet Man´´, offering talk and drink with no distractions, but such pubs are now scare as publicans increasingly rely on flat-screen televisions, rock music, even Texas Hold ´Em to attract a dwindling clientele. For Barich, this signaled that something deeper was at playan erosion of the essence of Ireland, perhaps without the Irish even being aware.A Pint of Plain is Barichs witty, deeply observant portrait of an Ireland vanishing before our eyes. Drawing on the wit and wisdom of Flann O´Brien, James Joyce, Brendan Behan, and J. M. Synge, Barich explores how Irish culture has become a commodity for exports for such firms as the Irish Pub Company, which has built some 500 authentic Irish pubs in 45 countries, where authenticity is in the eye of the beholder. The tale of Arthur Guinness and the famous brewery he founded in the mid-18th century reveals the astonishing fact that more stout is sold in Nigeria than in Ireland itself. From the famed watering holes of Dublin to tiny village pubs, Barich introduces a colorful array of characters, and, ever pursuing craic, the ineffable Irish word for a good time, engages in an unvarnished yet affectionate discussion about what it means to be Irish today. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Daniel Noel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/001461/bk_adbl_001461_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Cheap. Cheap suit. Cheap date. Cheap shot. It´s a dirty word, an epithet laden with negative meanings. It is also the story of Lauren Weber´s life. As a child, she resented her father for keeping the heat at 50 degrees through the frigid New England winters and rarely using his car´s turn signals - to keep them from burning out. But as an adult, when she found herself walking 30 blocks to save $2 on subway fare, she realized she had turned into him.In this lively treatise on the virtues of being cheap, Weber explores provocative questions about Americans´ conflicted relationship with consumption and frugality. Why do we ridicule people who save money? Where´s the boundary between thrift and miserliness? Is thrift a virtue or a vice during a recession? And was it common sense or obsessive-compulsive disorder that made her father ration the family´s toilet paper? In answering these questions, In Cheap We Trust offers a colorful ride through the history of frugality in the United States. Readers will learn the stories behind Ben Franklin and his famous maxims, Hetty Green (named ´´the world´s greatest miser´´ by the Guinness Book of Records), and the stereotyping of Jewish and Chinese immigrants as cheap.Weber also explores contemporary expressions and dilemmas of thrift. From dumpster-diving to economist John Maynard Keynes´s ´´Paradox of Thrift´´ to today´s recession-driven enthusiasm for frugal living, In Cheap We Trust teases out the meanings of cheapness and examines the wisdom and pleasures of not spending every last penny. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Marguerite Gavin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/gdan/000357/bk_gdan_000357_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Here is a collection of Shakespeare´s most inspiring speeches from the BBC Sound Archives, including: Romeo & Juliet - Act I, Scene III´´O Romeo, Romeo - wherefore art thou Romeo´´. This impassioned speech is beautifully spoken by Fay Compton. Hamlet - Act III, Scene I´´To be or not to be - that is the question....´´ Michael Redgrave stars as Shakespeare´s troubled Prince of Denmark. Henry V - Act IV, Scene III´´This day is called the feast of Crispian....´´ In one of the most famous and inspirational of Shakespeare´s speeches, Richard Burton´s rich and resonant voice delivers Henry V´s address to his army on the eve of Agincourt. King Lear - Act II, Scene IV´´I prithee, daughter, do not make me mad....´´ Alec Guinness´s performance as King Lear stirs the listener. Macbeth - Act I, Scene VII´´If it were done when ´tis done....´´ One of Shakespeare´s most famous and memorable speeches, with Paul Scofield and Peggy Ashcroft as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, bringing these ominous words vividly to life. Macbeth - Act II, Scene II´´Is this a dagger which I see before me.....´´ With Denis Quilley as Macbeth, this recording brings Shakespeare´s memorable words to life. Richard III - Act I, Scene I´´Now is the winter of our discontent....´´ Ian Holm delivers King Richard III´s soliloquy, bringing Shakespeare´s wonderful lines, full of psychological insight, vividly to life. The Merchant Of Venice - Act IV, Scene I´´The quality of mercy is not strained....´´ Hannah Gordon is Shakespeare´s wise Portia. 1. Language: English. Narrator: various. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/bbcw/001520/pf_bbcw_001520_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The song White Christmas is undoubtedly the most famous and popular of all the Christmas songs. Berlin wrote the song in early 1940, and it was introduced by Bing Crosby in the 1942 musical ´Holiday Inn´. Crosby had to re-record the song in 1947 because the orignal tapes of 1942 had literally worn out! This 1947 single of White Christmas is recognized as the best-selling single in any music category and Crosby´s recording has sold millions of additional copies as part of numerous albums. The 2007 Guinness Book of Records lists Crosby´s recording as the biggest selling single of all time with an estimated 50 million copies sold thus making it the best selling record in history!
Oh dear, said Evelyn Waugh of his society friends, ´´these great ladies.´´ In this book of pen portraits the listener is introduced to obscure ladies who were society stars in their day. From the Churchills to the Mitfords, British and European Royals, to international playboys and film stars, these ladies knew everyone. And everyone knew them, for better or worse. Margaret, Duchess of Argyll: Famous for her naughty polaroids, and whose divorce from her Duke saw 88 men named as her lovers. Mariga Guinness: A bewitching German princess with a harrowing childhood, who fought to preserve Irish buildings and became an icon in the process. Sylvia Ashley: A girl from the wrong side of the tracks who married two lords, two Hollywood stars, and a Russian prince. Joan Wyndham: A bohemian aristocrat who shunned a debutante existence to live a life of debauchery in Chelsea. Enid Lindeman: An Australian wine heiress who married four rich and titled men, and buried them all. Venetia Montagu: A society girl who moved at the centre of HH Asquith´s wartime government. Irene Curzon: A ´´poor little rich girl´´ who dared to break the rules. Jean Massereene: A dazzling viscountess whose association with Sir Edward Carson almost ruined her reputation. A true eccentric, fashion icon, and champion of the spiritualist movement. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Karen Gundersen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/087731/bk_acx0_087731_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.