´´A book about the complexities of combat that´s just as applicable for dealing with the complexities of business and our personal lives.´´-Kevin Sharer, chairman and CEO, Amgen As a commander of Delta Force-the most elite counter-terrorist organization in the world-Pete Blaber took part in some of the most dangerous, controversial, and significant military and political events of our time. Now he takes his intimate knowledge of warfare-and the heart, mind, and spirit it takes to win-and moves his focus from the combat zone to civilian life. In this book, you will learn the same lessons he learned, while experiencing what the life of a Delta Force Operator is like-from the extreme physical and psychological training to the darkest of shadow ops all around the world. From each mission, Pete Blaber has taken a life lesson back with him. You will learn these enlightening lessons as you gain insights into never-before-revealed missions executed around the globe. And when the smoke clears, you will emerge wiser, more capable, and better prepared to succeed in life than you ever thought possible.
Pete Sampras is arguably the greatest tennis player ever, a man whose hard-nosed work ethic led to an unprecedented number one world ranking for 286 weeks, and whose prodigious talent made possible a record-setting fourteen Grand Slam titles. While his more vocal rivals sometimes grabbed the headlines, Pete always preferred to let his racket do the talking. Until now. In A Champion´s Mind, the tennis great who so often exhibited visible discomfort with letting people ´´inside his head´´ finally opens up. An athletic prodigy, Pete resolved from his earliest playing days never to let anything get in the way of his love for the game. But while this single-minded determination led to tennis domination, success didn´t come without a price. The constant pressure of competing on the world´s biggest stage-in the unblinking eye of a media machine hungry for more than mere athletic greatness-took its toll. Here for the first time Pete speaks freely about what it was like to possess what he calls ´´the Gift.´´ He writes about the personal trials he faced-including the death of a longtime coach and confidant-and the struggles he gutted his way through while being seemingly on top of the world. Among the book´s most riveting scenes are an early devastating loss to Stefan Edberg that led Pete to make a monastic commitment to delivering on his natural talent; a grueling, four-hour-plus match against Alex Corretja during which Pete became seriously ill; fierce on-court battles with rival and friend Andre Agassi; and the triumphant last match of Pete´s career at the finals of the 2002 U.S. Open. In A Champion´s Mind, one of the most revered, successful, and intensely private players in the history of tennis offers an intimate look at the life of an elite athlete. From the Hardcover edition.
A single day in Paris changes the lives of three Americans as they each set off to explore the city with a French tutor, learning about language, love, and loss as their lives intersect in surprising ways. Josie, Riley, and Jeremy have come to the City of Light for different reasons: Josie, a young high-school teacher, arrives in hopes of healing a broken heart. Riley, a spirited but lonely expat housewife, struggles to feel connected to her husband and her new country. And Jeremy, the reserved husband of a renowned actress, is accompanying his wife on a film shoot but feels distant from her world. As they meet with their tutors - Josie with Nico, a sensitive poet; Riley with Phillippe, a shameless flirt; and Jeremy with the consummately beautiful Chantal - each succumbs to unexpected passion and unpredictable adventures. Yet as they traverse Paris´s grand boulevards and intimate, winding streets, they uncover surprising secrets about one another - and come to understand long-buried truths about themselves. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kathe Mazur. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/002680/bk_rand_002680_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The ´´Birds and Bees´´ Are Best Taught Firsthand A personal call from the school principal is a call to action for Joey´s guardians. Quickly discovering their dear Joey may be growing up faster than they realize, a one-on-one discussion is deemed the best way to set the facts of life straight for Joey who´s been caught sharing intimate drawings of women with his classmates. Sometimes, a personal demonstration is the best method of instruction. So focused on administering the most accurate anatomical lesson, Joey´s teacher for his first at-home course in the most obvious and best-loved part of the female body is the woman of the household Joey loves and trusts completely. She´s sweet, sensitive, to the point, and not at all hesitant in delivering a firsthand experience he´ll never forget. When Joey´s reaction to the straightforward visual and physical tutelage is more than she expects, his live-in teacher knows it´s time for a hands-on approach. His Budding Curiosity Addressed in the Most Memorable Way - Her Careful Guidance and Nurturing Tenderness - Their Accidental, First-Time Taboo Experience 1. Language: English. Narrator: Me. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/027457/bk_acx0_027457_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What happens when a young girl is playing hide-and-seek with her cousin and her special hiding place suddenly turns into an exploding inferno? Nine-year-old Lesia Cartelli lived through the total demolition of her grandparent´s home that resulted in burns covering 50 percent of her body and face. You will discover her scars are her gift as you learn quickly that Lesia Cartelli attracts people to her heart. Heart of Fire takes you on a roller coaster ride. You will laugh, cry, and laugh again. As Lesia recovers, valuable lessons surface. Lessons for all of us who have endured any type of loss or traumatic event. Through her life´s example, the listener reflects on their own struggles as gifts. Heart of Fire is inspiring in teaching that all losses are full of gifts, some we can´t see right away. She is the founder, CEO, and guiding light of Angel Faces (AngelFaces.com), an international non-profit organization that creates retreats and ongoing support for adolescents and young women who have severe trauma injuries and deep loss. Her passion is for us to embrace our losses and trauma, and not allow it to define us. Heart of Fire is beautifully written straight from the heart with the clarity of what we often all endured; and her extraordinary insight with humor. Lesia Cartelli makes the differences in millions of lives... and she will in yours, too. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lesia Stockall Cartelli. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/102741/bk_acx0_102741_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Extraordinary Life of an Extraordinary LeaderTracing her development as a leader, Frances Hesselbein reveals her remarkable personal story and the principles that have served and guided her well throughout her extraordinary life. Written in an intimate and compelling voice, this audio book delivers key leadership lessons applicable to leaders in every walk of life. My Life in Leadership offers a look at what shaped Frances Hesselbein as a person and as a leader, from her youth in the mountains of western Pennsylvania to her professional journey with the Girl Scouts of the USA where she went from troop leader to transformational CEO, and to how Peter F. Drucker chose her to found and lead the Drucker Foundation, now the Leader to Leader Institute. With excitement and humility, she relives the key moments that have shaped her life of leadership including the day she received our country´s highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. This remarkable audio book also includes stories about her world travels to deliver her message of leadership and her notable experiences with, as well as what she has learned from, some of the most distinguished leaders of our time including Peter Drucker; John W. Gardner; Max DePree; Presidents Clinton, H.W. Bush, and Reagan; General Eric Shinseki; Jim Collins; Warren Bennis; and Marshall Goldsmith. As inspirational as it is practical, My Life in Leadership is filled with Frances Hesselbein´s universal leadership lessons that will serve any leader, of any age, in any sector. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Karen Saltus. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/gdan/000575/bk_gdan_000575_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Eleanor Roosevelt is considered by many to be the most fascinating, accomplished, and admired woman in American history. While she is best known as a politician, diplomat, humanitarian, UN delegate, activist, feminist, and First Lady she was also a prolific reporter and writer who changed the role of women in government. Roosevelt wrote twenty-seven books, more than 8,000 columns, and over 555 articles. She received an average of 175,000 letters a year while she served as first lady and delivered more than 75 speeches a year. Organized into sections like by sections like Becoming Eleanor Roosevelt, On Women, Diversity and Democracy, and the UN and Human Rights, In Her Words: Eleanor Roosevelt collects the most fascinating writings from her life including historical documents like the Universal Human Declaration of Rights, relevant commentary on sexism, racism, and immigration, intimate letters to Lorena Hickock and others, and witty self-help. Illustrated with dozens of photographs and documents, this is the perfect gift for history buffs, feminist, social activists, and anyone who is curious about the Roosevelt family.
In 1994, Dr. John Gottman and his colleagues at the University of Washington made a startling announcement: Through scientific observation and mathematical analysis, they could predict, with more than 90-percent accuracy, whether a marriage would succeed or fail. The only thing they did not yet know was how to turn a failing marriage into a successful one, so Gottman teamed up with his clinical psychologist wife, Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman, to develop intervention methods. Now the Gottmans, together with the Love Lab research facility, have put these ideas into practice. In Ten Lessons to Transform Your Marriage, the Gottmans share this vital information so that couples can develop the skills to turn their relationship problems around and create strong, lasting unions. What emerged from the Gottmans´ collaboration and decades of research is a body of advice that´s based on two surprisingly simple truths: Happily married couples behave like good friends; and they handle their conflicts in gentle, positive ways. The authors offer an intimate look at 10 couples who have learned to work through potentially destructive problems, extramarital affairs, workaholism, parenthood adjustments, serious illnesses, lack of intimacy, and examine what they´ve done to improve communication and get their marriages back on track. Giving an insider´s view of the Love Lab, the Gottmans take the listener step-by-step through the couples´ conversations, before and after they are counseled. The authors also provide an analysis of the couples´ interactions, identifying their core problems and offering suggestions for resolving them. By ´´listening´´ to the discussions in this way, you will learn to detect the most common stumbling blocks of a relationship and, most important, how to avoid them. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Susan Denaker. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bkot/000728/bk_bkot_000728_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1994, Dr. John Gottman and his colleagues at the University of Washington made a startling announcement: Through scientific observation and mathematical analysis, they could predict, with more than 90-percent accuracy, whether a marriage would succeed or fail. The only thing they did not yet know was how to turn a failing marriage into a successful one, so Gottman teamed up with his clinical psychologist wife, Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman, to develop intervention methods. Now the Gottmans, together with the Love Lab research facility, have put these ideas into practice. In Ten Lessons to Transform Your Marriage, the Gottmans share this vital information so that couples can develop the skills to turn their relationship problems around and create strong, lasting unions. What emerged from the Gottmans´ collaboration and decades of research is a body of advice that´s based on two surprisingly simple truths: Happily married couples behave like good friends; and they handle their conflicts in gentle, positive ways. The authors offer an intimate look at 10 couples who have learned to work through potentially destructive problems, extramarital affairs, workaholism, parenthood adjustments, serious illnesses, lack of intimacy, and examine what they´ve done to improve communication and get their marriages back on track. Giving an insider´s view of the Love Lab, the Gottmans take the listener step-by-step through the couples´ conversations, before and after they are counseled. The authors also provide an analysis of the couples´ interactions, identifying their core problems and offering suggestions for resolving them. By ´´listening´´ to the discussions in this way, you will learn to detect the most common stumbling blocks of a relationship and, most important, how to avoid them. 1. Language: English. Narrator: L.J. Ganser, Anne Gartlan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/000832/bk_rand_000832_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A funny and intimate look at fatherhood from the actor and writer/director of The Boss and Tammy that combines stories about his own larger-than-life dad and how his experiences raising two daughters with his wife, Melissa McCarthy, are shaped by his own childhood. Though he´s best known for his appearances in the movie Enough Said, as well as his hilarious role as Air Marshall Jon in Bridesmaids, Ben Falcone isn´t a big-shot movie star director at home. There, he´s just Dad. In this winning collection of stories, Ben shares his funny and poignant adventures as the husband of Melissa McCarthy and the father of their two young daughters. He also shares tales from his own childhood in Southern Illinois and life with his father - an outspoken, brilliant, but unconventional man with a big heart and a somewhat casual approach to employment named Steve Falcone. Ben is just an ordinary dad who has his share of fights with other parents blocking his view with their expensive electronic devices at school performances. Navigating the complicated role of being the only male in a house full of women, he finds himself growing more and more concerned as he sounds more and more like his dad. While Steve Falcone may not have been the briefcase and gray flannel suit type, he taught Ben priceless lessons about what matters most in life. A supportive, creative, and downright funny dad, Steve made sure his sons´ lives were never dull - a sense of adventure that carries through this warm, sometimes hilarious, and poignant memoir. Foreword read by Melissa McCarthy and featuring the voices of Stephen, Margaret, and Flynn Falcone. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ben Falcone, Melissa McCarthy, Stephen Falcone, Margaret Falcone, Flynn Falcone. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/006006/bk_harp_006006_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.