The West of the old times, with its strong characters, its stern battles, and its tremendous stretches of loneliness, can never be blotted from my mind. (Buffalo Bill Cody) Space may be the final frontier, but no frontier has ever captured the American imagination like the Wild West, which still evokes images of dusty cowboys, outlaws, gunfights, gamblers, and barroom brawls over 100 years after the West was settled. A constant fixture in American pop culture, the 19th century American West continues to be vividly and colorfully portrayed not just as a place but as a state of mind. In Charles River Editors' Legends of the West series, listeners can get caught up to speed on the lives of America's most famous frontier figures in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known. The Wild West has made legends out of many men and women through the embellishment of their stories, but it was Buffalo Bill Cody who truly brought the Wild West to life and provided the images that people still associate with the 19th century West today. Though he had a long career that spanned service in the American Civil War, trapping, and even a stint with the Pony Express, Buffalo Bill eventually became synonymous with his world-famous Wild West Show. By depicting stereotypical Western scenes like riding the Pony Express and gunfights between cowboys and Indians, Buffalo Bill became one of the men most responsible for establishing how the public came to remember the Wild West. 1. Language: English. Narrator: T. David Rutherford. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/035257/bk_acx0_035257_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Top Dog Radio speaks with former basketball star, Albert King, whose achievements on the court led to further successes in the world of business. After his basketball career ended in 1991, he decided to enter the restaurant franchise industry, working with the Wendy’s chain. King discusses using his celebrity status to further his business success, something that all too many athletes don’t take advantage of when changing careers. King also speaks about the importance of motivating workers (by “talking to employees”, not “talking down to them”, as he says), teamwork, eyeing good locations for new restaurants, and the necessity of interacting well with customers to improve quality and service. Top Dog Radio features exclusive interviews with legendary business leaders, sharing their inner-most secrets on financial and personal success. Top Dog Radio is proud to showcase their expertise to entrepreneurs all over the world who want to learn leading business strategies and maximize their potential. We welcome any feedback. For comments or questions, email Topdogradio@gmail.com. Top Dog Radio - Where business legends speak. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mrs. Marian Burnbaum, Mr. Albert King. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/btwd/000008/bk_btwd_000008_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Of all of the important Catholic men and women who have been venerated over the last 2,000 years, one of the faith's most popular and influential men also lived one of the most unique lives. Like Roman Emperor Constantine the Great, St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556) found God about as far away from church as possible; it was during military service that he underwent a remarkable conversion. A Spanish knight who hailed from a noble Basque family, Ignatius seemed destined for military glory until he was badly wounded in 1521 during the Battle of Pamplona. While convalescing, Ignatius began reading De Vita Christi by Ludolph of Saxony, after which he began a tireless career in service of the Catholic Church. After spending several years studying the faith, Ignatius formed the Society of Jesus in 1539, and as its Superior General, he sent followers as missionaries across Europe to create schools, colleges, and seminaries. The Jesuits remain active across the world nearly 500 years later. By 1548, he had published his famous Spiritual Exercises, which help the faithful commit themselves to Christ by conducting different mental exercises. The Spiritual Exercises continue to be wildly popular across the world today, even among non-Catholics. By the time Ignatius died in 1556, he was one of the most important Catholics of the Counter-Reformation, and it took less than 100 years for him to be beatified and canonized as a saint. Catholic Legends: The Life and Legacy of St. Ignatius of Loyola chronicles Ignatius' remarkable life and his ongoing legacy. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Clem. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/035726/bk_acx0_035726_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Reach is about making human connections. About going for inspirational goals. And about the critical importance of mentorship - received and given. It is the story of finding and following strong role models. It is the story of setting and reaching goals beyond what you thought possible. It is the story of paying it forward and inspiring the next generation of leaders. It is a road map for success in franchising or any other line of business and in life. It is about making human connections through mentorship and about going for inspirational goals.For nearly 30 years, entrepreneur John Rotche has led teams focused on accelerating value for brands by leveraging proven franchising systems with best-in-class support. Reach highlights Rotche’s lessons learned from his mentors including famed and former University of Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler and franchising legends - Domino’s founder Tom Monaghan and Service Brands International's founder David McKinnon. He also provides specific tactics to find and follow strong role models, set and reach goals beyond what seems possible, and inspire the next generation of leaders. “This book isn’t just the story of my career,” said Rotche. “It’s a road map for success in franchising or any other line of business - and in life.”After listening to Reach, you will understand the importance of mentors and how others can help you excel in your career and in life. Everyone (yes, you) can share your talents and strengths to help others succeed. Overthinking can lead to underachieving - don’t focus on the risks. Focus, instead, on the possibilities. You can’t do it all, so just do what you do best. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Malone. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/176925/bk_acx0_176925_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
You never get tired unless you stop and take time for it. (Bob Hope) A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history's most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors' American Legends series, listeners can get caught up to speed on the lives of America's most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known. Of all the show business icons in American history, one of the most beloved was Bob Hope, whose career spanned over six decades across film, television, vaudeville, comedy, and touring and earned him too many accolades to count. On the day of his 100th birthday, more than half of the states in America declared it "Bob Hope Day", a sign of just how monumental and influential he was as an entertainer. Along the way he performed so many United Service Organization (USO) tours, visiting troops, that Congress made him the "first and only honorary veteran of the US armed forces." Incredibly, he was given honorary awards for his career at the Academy Awards nearly 40 years before his death and decades before he actually retired from public life. By the time he reached his twilight, he was an instantly recognized institution unto himself. All of that would have been impressive for any American, let alone someone who was actually born in England with the name Leslie Townes Hope. Indeed, the quintessential American entertainer wouldn't actually move to the country until he was four, and while his English roots may have helped his impressive impersonation of Charlie Chaplin when Hope was merely a teen, he quickly became an American through and through. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Steve Marvel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/038564/bk_acx0_038564_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Being the Queen is not all about singing, and being a diva is not all about singing. It has much to do with your service to people. And your social contributions to your community and your civic contributions as well. (Aretha Franklin) A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history's most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors' American Legends series, listeners can get caught up to speed on the lives of America's most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known. A certain inevitability characterizes the rise to fame of Aretha Franklin. Indeed, while it is true that neither of her parents were pop singers, they were each talented vocalists - Aretha's father, C.L., was a particularly famous preacher, with a voice so melodic that his sermons effectively doubled as musical performances. Moreover, in an age in which economic opportunities were particularly limited for African-Americans, Aretha was fortunate enough to grow up in a household of relative comfort. Not only was she exposed to music on a daily basis in her household, but her father was a savvy enough businessman to orchestrate her career during its nascent stages, helping her navigate the challenges of entering the music industry. To be certain, in many respects, Aretha Franklin was from an early age the beneficiary of opportunities that are simply unavailable to most aspiring vocalists. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Gilboe. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/034555/bk_acx0_034555_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Dozens of men were called "robber barons", but few were as notorious or rich as John Pierpont Morgan, a financier and banker who bankrolled the consolidation of behemoth corporations across various industries. Morgan was behind the merging of Edison General Electric and Thomson-Houston Electric Company, which subsequently became General Electric, still known simply as GE across the world today. Similarly, he financed Federal Steel Company and consolidated various other steel businesses to help form the United States Steel Corporation. While critics complained about the outsized influence that these gigantic businesses had, Morgan's massive wealth also gave him unprecedented power in the financial sector and the ability to deal with politicians. In fact, Morgan played an important part in the Panic of 1907 and the subsequent decision to create the Federal Reserve as a monetary oversight. The industrial might wielded by men like Morgan directly led to a public backlash and made President Teddy Roosevelt the "trust buster", and there has since been countless regulations to attempt to avoid the types of monopolies found over 100 years ago. However, many 20th century historians and writers pushed back against the allegations hurled at the "robber barons" and even took issue with the name. Morgan may have used his wealth to collect everything from jewelry to yachts, but he was also celebrated for spending enormous sums of money on charitable works and public service projects. As a result, Morgan's reputation is still mixed, even as his legacy is felt over 100 years after his death. American Legends: The Life of J.P. Morgan looks at the life and career of one of America's most famous industrialists. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Austin Downey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/036752/bk_acx0_036752_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
For fans of Catch Me if You Can and The Sting, Handsome Devil is the dazzling true story of Count Victor Lustig, history's most daring - and flamboyant - con man. In Paris he sold the Eiffel Tower to scrap metal dealers, not once - but twice. His confidence games and sleight-of-hand scams relieved the filthy rich of their cash during America's depraved Jazz era. He evaded the law like a figure from fiction, slipping into disguise, leaping from jail cell windows, and leaving sneering letters for his enemies at the Secret Service. In Handsome Devil, acclaimed journalist Jeff Maysh brings to life one of the 20th century's most unforgettable public enemies, "Count" Victor Lustig, a dashing criminal mastermind and counterfeiter whose fake banknotes threatened to topple America's economy. Written in staggering detail and culminating in a desperate manhunt led by FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, Handsome Devil reveals the real man behind the myth: a genius who applied his talents to crime, and who kept a loving wife and daughter in the dark for most of his storied career. Set during America's original financial "bubble", Lustig's tale, from petty thief on the streets of Europe, to the most wanted man in the world, is the ultimate parable of American greed. Jeff Maysh investigates outrageous criminal plots and urban legends. His deeply immersive stories have appeared in publications including the Atlantic, Playboy, and Cosmopolitan. His story about the rise and fall of the "Bombshell Bandit" for the BBC was named the best crime story of 2015 by Longform.org. He is British, and lives in Los Angeles. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Graham Vick. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/030293/bk_adbl_030293_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The West of the old times, with its strong characters, its stern battles, and its tremendous stretches of loneliness, can never be blotted from my mind. (Buffalo Bill Cody) The Wild West has made legends out of many men and women through the embellishment of their stories, but it was Buffalo Bill Cody who truly brought the Wild West to life and provided the images that people today still associate with the 19th century West. Though he had a long career that spanned service in the Civil War, trapping, and even a stint with the Pony Express, Buffalo Bill eventually became synonymous with his world-famous Wild West Show. By depicting stereotypical Western scenes like riding the Pony Express and gunfights between cowboys and Indians, Buffalo Bill became one of the men most responsible for establishing how the public remembered the Wild West, and the show influenced subsequent film and literature. The show also featured several kinds of activities that are still part of rodeos today, including riding bucking broncos, roping livestock, and target shooting. Wild West shows were popular in America during the late 19th century, but it was Buffalo Bill who made them popular overseas and truly mastered the art of showmanship. Employing famous figures of the era, including Annie Oakley and Sitting Bull, Buffalo Bill managed to make national celebrities out of his show's participants while deftly promoting himself as the ultimate showman, making himself one of the most famous figures of the Wild West in the process. With plenty of experience shooting bison and riding for the Pony Express, Buffalo Bill would also participate as a cowboy in his own show. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tracey Norman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/096836/bk_acx0_096836_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.