From car mechanic to internationally loved opera, musical and recording star: the story of Alfie Boe.... Alfie Boe is the first official bad boy of opera: a musical superstar celebrated not only in Britain, but worldwide. This is the story of his life - the ups and the downs, from finding fame to losing his father - and, essentially, of his love affair with music. Raised in Lancashire, the youngest of nine children and with a father who played opera at home, Alfie´s story is not typical of most musical stars. His dreams of singing were only ever going to be dreams until fate intervened in the form of a stranger: he was training as a car mechanic when a customer overheard him singing and told him about a London audition. Alfie tried out, got the part and has never since looked back. This is the tale of how Alfie went from car mechanic to the UK´s most popular and well-known opera star, lauded by Baz Luhrman, Cameron Macintosh and Michael Parkinson as the best tenor we´ve produced in a generation. Now, for the first time, he has granted his millions of fans an intimate glimpse into the life of the man they adore. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andrew Wincott. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/006102de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Best-selling author and Grammy-winning musical superstar Naomi Judd shares her devastating personal story of depression to spread awareness and encourage others with the disease. The world knows Naomi Judd as one of the most successful and best-loved country music stars ever. What the world hasn´t known - until now - is that after her 2010 and 2011 North American tour with Wynonna, Naomi fell into a debilitating and terrifying depression that seemingly came out of nowhere. Just months after the successful tour ended, Naomi truly believed she had every reason to end her life. Facing severe depression, terrorizing panic attacks, PTSD, toxic drug poisoning, and addiction, she spent the next two and a half years in psychiatric hospitals, undergoing treatments and searching for answers. In River of Time, Naomi describes the agonizing toll this took on her and shares her message of hope after surviving the most painful period in her life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Naomi Judd, Carolyn Cook. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/002715de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Two of the most famous and iconic children´s classics are turned into a musical extravaganza by composer Rob Kapilow, one of the most successful and most performed composers on the planet. He is joined by international superstars Nathan Gunn, who sings Polar Express, and Isabel Leonard, who sings Dr. Seuss´ Gertrude McFuzz. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nathan Gunn, Isabel Leonard, Olivia Lombardi. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/naxo/001272de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Daniel and Moog are back on the run as their cross-country road trip rocks-and-rolls on.... Rock Island Rock continues the Crossroads Thriller series from where Blues Highway Blues, voted Best Blues Book of 2012 by Blues411.com, left off. In the shadow of the mysterious bluesman, Mr. Atibon, reluctant hero Daniel Erickson; his hitman friend, Moog Turner; and his girlfriend, Vicki Bean, are crisscrossing America to follow the musical clues that lead to a rock-and-roll superstar’s killer. Along the way they’ll encounter obsessive FBI agents, vengeful Russian mobsters, ruthless cartel assassins, and psychotic bikers. The greatest danger, though, may lie at the end of the road, where a trap has been set by an evil greater than any of them could imagine. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeff Cummings. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/005106de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Little Girl Blue is an intimate profile of Karen Carpenter, a girl from a modest Connecticut upbringing who became a Southern California superstar. Karen was the instantly recognizable lead singer of the Carpenters. The top-selling American musical act of the 1970´s, they delivered the love songs that defined a generation. Little Girl Blue reveals Karen´s heartbreaking struggles with her mother, brother, and husband; the intimate disclosures she made to her closest friends; her love for playing drums and her frustrated quest for solo stardom; and the ups and downs of her treatment for anorexia nervosa. After her shocking death at 32 years of age in 1983, she became the proverbial poster child for that disorder; but the other causes of her decline are laid bare for the first time in this moving account. Little Girl Blue is Karen Carpenter´s definitive biography, based on exclusive interviews with her innermost circle of girlfriends and nearly 100 others, including childhood friends, professional associates, and lovers. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cheryl Bentyne. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/011944de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
During radio´s golden age, vocalists and musical groups were often the stars of their own daily or weekly radio shows. Teamed with full studio orchestras and harmonizing vocal groups, these tuneful and relaxing programs were often the way for an unknown band singer to become a superstar in his or her own right. In this fully restored collection, transferred from original recordings, you will enjoy 19 programs from the 1940s and 1950s featuring many of the top musical talents of the era, including a rare series of live shows recorded exclusively for armed forces during World War II and never heard by civilian audiences. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Peggy Lee, Benny Goodman, Perry Como, Dinah Shore, Johnny Mercer, Mel Torme. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/drms/000977de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Treu wie ein Soldat beherzigt unser Ausbilder Schmidt auch diesmal sein Motto: ´´Reden ist luschig, brüllen ist Gold.´´ Die Menschen wollen ihre Meinung sagen. Am liebsten laut und deutlich. Und wer könnte ihre Meinung besser verkünden, als unser Freund und Helfer ´´Schmidti´´?! Wie gehen wir mit der Überalterung der Menschheit um? Schicken wir alle Rentner nach Holland?? Was tun, wenn im Feinschmeckerrestaurant ein Gruß aus der Küche kommt, der aussieht wie ´´Fliegenschiss an Läuseschenkel´´??? Kann der Ausbilder privat nett sein, zum Beispiel am Hochzeitstag? Hat er eine poetische Ader? Und in Zeiten der Suche nach Superstars muss es selbstverständlich auch Musik geben. Am besten ein Musical. Jawohl! ´´Schmidti´´ singt... schlimmer hätte es nicht kommen können. Aber der Ausbilder trägt und singt es mit Fassung. Ein Soldat weint nicht! 1. Sprache: Deutsch. Erzähler: Ausbilder Schmidt. Hörprobe: http://samples.audible.de/bk/wrta/000002de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digitales Hörbuch im AAX Format.
Leonard Bernstein was a charismatic and versatile musician - a brilliant conductor who attained international super-star status, and a gifted composer of Broadway musicals (West Side Story), symphonies (Age of Anxiety), choral works (Chichester Psalms), film scores (On the Waterfront), and much more. Bernstein was also an enthusiastic letter writer, and this audiobook is the first to present a wide-ranging selection of his correspondence. The letters have been selected for the insights they offer into the passions of his life - musical and personal - and the extravagant scope of his musical and extra-musical activities. Bernstein´s letters tell much about this complex man, his collaborators, his mentors, and others close to him. His galaxy of correspondents encompassed, among others, Aaron Copland, Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Robbins, Thornton Wilder, Boris Pasternak, Bette Davis, Adolph Green, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and family members including his wife Felicia and his sister Shirley. The majority of these letters have never been published before. They have been carefully chosen to demonstrate the breadth of Bernstein´s musical interests, his constant struggle to find the time to compose, his turbulent and complex sexuality, his political activities, and his endless capacity for hard work. Beyond all this, these writings provide a glimpse of the man behind the legends: his humanity, warmth, volatility, intellectual brilliance, wonderful eye for descriptive detail, and humor. 1. Language: English. Narrator: George Guidall. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/001833de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1974, at the age of 17, author Glenn Berger served as ´´schlepper´´ and apprentice to the legendary recording engineer Phil Ramone at New York City´s A&R Studios, and was witness to music history on an almost daily and nightly basis as pop and rock icons such as Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Frank Sinatra, Burt Bacharach, Bette Midler, and James Brown performed their hit-making magic, honed their sound, strutted their stuff, bared their souls, and threw epic tantrums. In this memoir, full of revelatory and previously unknown anecdotal observations of these musical giants, Berger recounts how he quickly learned the ropes to move up from schlepperhood to assistant to the tyrannical Ramone, and eventually, to become a recording engineer superstar himself. Not only is Never Say No to a Rock Star a fascinating, hilarious, and poignant behind-the-scenes look of this musical Mecca, but Berger, now a prominent psychologist, looking back through the prism of his youthful experience and his years working as a counselor and therapist, provides a telling and honest examination of the nature of fame and success and the corollaries between creativity, madness, and self-destruction. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephen R. Thorne. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/007806de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Helene Fischer - Die erste Biografie über den Superstar am Schlagerhimmel! Mit über 5 Millionen verkauften Tonträgern zählt sie zu den erfolgreichsten deutschen Schlagerstars. Ihr Album ´´Farbenspiel´´ ist eines der meistverkauften Musikalben in Deutschland. Als zweites Kind des russlanddeutschen Ehepaares Maria und Peter Fischer wurde Helene am 05. August 1984 in Sibirien geboren. Schon sehr früh interessierte sich Helene für Musical und Theater und besuchte die Stage & Musical School in Frankfurt, welche sie als staatliche anerkannte Musicaldarstellerin absolvierte. Bereits während der Ausbildung wurde sie entdeckt und seither kennt ihre Karriere nur eine Richtung. 1. Sprache: Deutsch. Erzähler: Natalia Bagatelas. Hörprobe: http://samples.audible.de/bk/xaod/000269de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digitales Hörbuch im AAX Format.