Friday, May 10, 2013

ELEVEN RINGS by Phil Jackson

Phil Jackson served as head coach for the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers, and won more championships than any coach in the history of professional sports. Unlike some other coaches whose scandals regularly make the news, he was an inspiration to his players and not a "screaming me-me." His new biography ELEVEN RINGS is a fascinating journey from his days as a preacher's kid in North Dakota to how he managed Michael Jordan and others like Dennis Rodman (who was deemed "uncoachable") using Zen techniques. Written with Hugh Delehanty, this revelatory audiobook is read by Matt Walton.
WORLD WAR Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War is the fantasy/horror movie-release version of the book on audio, performed by actors and narrators not included in the original 2007 edition. New narrators include Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, Spiderman star Alfred Molina, The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont, rapper Common, Firefly star Nathan Fillion, Shaun of the Dead's Simon Pegg, and members of the casts of Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, and Heroes. Max Brooks reprises his role as The Interviewer. It features five more hours of previously unrecorded content, with full cast members F. Murray Abraham, Alan Alda, René Auberjonois, Becky Ann Baker, Dennis Boutsikaris, Bruce Boxleitner, Max Brooks, Nicki Clyne, Common, Denise Crosby, Frank Darabont, Dean Edwards, Mark Hamill, Nathan Fillion, Maz Jobrani, Frank Kamai, Michelle Kholos, John McElroy, Ade M'Cormack, Alfred Molina, Parminder Nagra, Ajay Naidu, Masi Oka, Steve Park, Kal Penn, Simon Pegg, Jürgen Prochnow, Carl Reiner, Rob Reiner, Henry Rollins, Jeri Ryan, Jay O. Sanders, Martin Scorsese, Paul Sorvino, David Ogden Stiers, Brian Tee, John Turturro, Eamonn Walker, Ric Young, and Waleed Zuaiter.
Khaled Hosseini is joined by Navid Negahban and Shohreh Aghdashloo to tell the multigenerational story of two brothers in AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED, but unlike his novel The Kite Runner this novel expands outward in concentric circles to envelope a broader vision of family bonds beyond Afghanistan and America, and in a understated tone that is guided by an understanding of dramatic arc and collaborative performance. Also new, from the same publisher, is THE OTHER TYPIST, a first novel set in the New York City police department's typing pool in the 1920s, by Suzanne Rindell, read by actress Gretchen Mol.

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