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The Girl He Used to Know: A Novel

por Tracey Garvis Graves

New York Times bestselling author of On the Island, Tracey Garvis Graves, presents the compelling, hopelessly romantic audiobook of unconditional love.

Annika (rhymes with Monica) Rose is an English major at the University of Illinois. Anxious in social situations where she finds most people's behavior confusing, she'd rather be surrounded by the order and discipline of books or the quiet solitude of playing chess.

Jonathan Hoffman joined the chess club and lost his first game--and his heart--to the shy and awkward, yet brilliant and beautiful Annika. He admires her ability to be true to herself, quirks and all, and accepts the challenges involved in pursuing a relationship with her. Jonathan and Annika bring out the best in each other, finding the confidence and courage within themselves to plan a future together. What follows is a tumultuous yet tender love affair that withstands everything except the unforeseen tragedy that forces them apart, shattering their connection and leaving them to navigate their lives alone.

Now, a decade later, fate reunites Annika and Jonathan in Chicago. She's living the life she wanted as a librarian. He's a Wall Street whiz, recovering from a divorce and seeking a fresh start. The attraction and strong feelings they once shared are instantly rekindled, but until they confront the fears and anxieties that drove them apart, their second chance will end before it truly begins.

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How Life Imitates Chess: Making the Right Moves - From the Board to the Boardroom

por Garry Kasparov

How Life Imitates Chess is a primer on how to think, make decisions, prepare strategies and anticipate the future. Kasparov has distilled the lessons he learned over a lifetime as a Chess grandmaster to cover the practical side—tactics, strategy, preparation—as well as the subtler, more human arts of using memory, intuition, and imagination. It's a remarkably honest audiobook in which Kasparov—one of the world's most celebrated and successful competitors—details both his blunders and his victories, always with the intent to enable readers to absorb his lessons and do better for themselves.

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Chess Opening Names

por Nathan Rose

The people, places, and stories behind the chess openings and their names: When we play chess, the first few moves define the game. You probably know the names already: the Sicilian Defense, the Ruy Lopez, the French Defense, the Caro-Kann, the Benoni, the London System, the Scandinavian Defense and so on. But most chess players don't know WHY the openings are called what they are.
In this entertaining audiobook, best-selling author Nathan Rose lays out the origins of over 50 standard chess openings and their names. The tales are often deeply connected to the lives of the leading chess grandmasters, the historical events taking place at the time, and the critical chess world championship contests. All these stories are collected together in this, the first audiobook dedicated to uncovering them.
The names of the chess openings tell the history of chess: You will meet larger-than-life characters such as Bobby Fischer, Aron Nimzowitsch, Alexander Alekhine, Frank Marshall, Siegbert Tarrasch, Wilhelm Steinitz, and Paul Morphy. Some of these men won their fame in the chess world championship, while some gained wider renown for reasons other than their ability to play chess. You will be agog at Paul Morphy's stunning conquest of Europe and subsequent disappearance, the outrageous antics of Aron Nimzowitsch upon losing a game, and the eccentric names Alexander Alekhine gave his cats.
You will also travel through the places and events that defined chess in the early years. As David Shenk showed in The Immortal Game, the history of chess has often mirrored the history of society. There's the 1972 world chess championship that pitted the Soviet Union's Boris Spassky against America's irascible Bobby Fischer in the Match of the Century; the 1939 chess olympiad in Argentina which coincided with the outbreak of World War II; and the unveiling of the "Mechanical Turk" chess-playing contraption in 18th-century Vienna.
Impress your friends with superior opening knowledge - without the tedious study!
Knowing the history of chess will prove your cleverness even more effectively than winning over the board. Once you have listened to this audiobook, you can speak of your temptation to play the Sicilian Defense, but instead play Alekhine's Defense. Then, you can explain the origins of the names to your opponent. Even if you lose the game, your opponent will still be impressed!
Enjoy this capitvating romp through the names of the first few moves. This audiobook is brisk, enjoyable addition to any chess player's library. Prepare to be surprised, amazed, amused and informed.

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My Name Is Tani . . . and I Believe in Miracles: The Amazing True Story of One Boy’s Journey from Refugee to Chess Champion

por Tanitoluwa Adewumi

Every few years the story of an extraordinary child captures the imagination of the world and changes the way we think about ourselves and the world around us. In 2008, it was Ishmael Beah’s story of his life as a child soldier in Sierra Leone, A Long Way Gone. In 2013, it was Malala Yousafzai’s story of risking her life to pursue her education in her native Pakistan.
Now meet Tani Adewumi.
Tani Adewumi didn’t know what Boko Haram was or why they had threatened his family. All he knew was that when his parents told the family was going to America, Tani thought it was the start of a great adventure rather than an escape. In truth, his family’s journey to the United States was nothing short of miraculous—and the miracles were just beginning.
Tani’s father, Kayode, became a dishwasher and Uber driver while Tani’s mother, Oluwatoyin, cleaned buildings, while the family lived in a homeless shelter. Eight-year-old Tani jumped into his new life with courage and perseverance—and an unusual mind for chess. After joining the chess club in his public school, Tani practiced his game for hours in the evenings at the shelter. Then he began competing in the ultra-exclusive chess clubs of New York City. And winning—again and again. And then, less than a year after he learned to play, Tani won the New York State chess championship.
In My Name Is Tani . . . and I Believe in Miracles, Tani and his parents tell us their incredible true story of sacrificing everything for family, living with nothing but hope, and then sharing generously all they received to discover the greatest riches of all. Tani’s triumphant spirit reminds us of the power of kindness and the beauty of unity as we watch for the next miracle to begin.
Bring the story to life with photos included in the audiobook companion PDF download.

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Flanagan: A Short Filibustering Adventure

por Stephen Crane

Flanagan: His Short Filibustering Adventure

Flanagan is a story not dissimilar from The Open Boat except that the captain does in Flanagan but not in the Open Boat. Flanagan is hired to take a ship, aptly named the Foundling, down to Cuba to run guns and people into Cuba. He does so in a rickety old boat and does a good job. A gun boat finds them and barrels at them at top speed. Rather than just running, the natural instinct, Flanagan turns his ship towards the small gun boat, an unexpected chess move, and runs down the surprised small gun boat at sinks her. Afterward, his men make sure to gun down the survivors in their life boats to assure no followup.

After this great victory, Flanagan sees a storm whirling up in the distance. It comes upon him and is about to destroy his ship, after they try heading as far towards the Florida coast as possible. They can't make it so abandon ship. This is during a great party on shore, where people, upon hearing of the shipwreck come down as part of the party to gawk. It was a lovely scene on shore with the party goers.

"Later there floated to them a body with a calm Irish face (presumably Flanagan). The Expedition of the Foundling will never be historic" as the story ends in a dull thud, the classic irony of a Crane short story. Every bit as interesting as The Open Boat, a companion piece with a somewhat similar results.

As with all Simply audio books, we provide an commentary in an afterword for those interested.

Keywords: The Open Boat, Cuba, Flanagan, Florida, Foundling, Stephen Crane.

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Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There

por Lewis Carroll

This is a SoundCraft Audiobook production - enhanced with music and sound effects - of Lewis Carroll's "Through the Looking-Glass," the follow-up story to his classic children's tale "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." It is no exaggeration to say that, over the years, "Looking Glass" has become just as popular and beloved as Carroll's first book. When the original story became a publishing sensation in 1865, renowned for Carroll's imaginative characters, creative and incisive use of language and keen wit, Carroll set to work on the sequel and the result is a wild, sometimes dark ride through the mind of a child. It tells the tale of Alice, a young girl who steps through a mirror and enters a world of fairy tale characters, talking chess pieces and anthropomorphic flowers and insects.
Long hailed as one of the greatest children's books of all time, "Through the Looking Glass" is presented here in it's original, uncut and unabridged format and features a biography of the author.

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The Double Dangerous Book for Boys

por Conn Iggulden

Conn Iggulden returns with more information, insights, and diversions for boys from eight to eighty. This companion volume to The Dangerous Book for Boys includes more than seventy new chapters and important skills, fascinating historical information, and essential stories, including:
How to pick a padlock Making a Flying Machine Tying a Windsor Knot Advice from Fighting Men Questions About the Law Chess Openings Making Perfume Maps of Historic Empires: British, Ottoman, Genghis, Persian, Medes, Babylonian, Alexander Great Speeches Forgotten Explorers How to Wire a Plug and Make a lamp Writing a Thank You Letter Polishing Shoes Parents looking to get their kids off screens can use this book to fill weekend afternoons and summer days with wonder, excitement, adventure, and fun—learn to build go-carts and electromagnets, identify insects and spiders, and fly the world’s best paper airplanes. This charming and practical guide will ignite the imagination and stimulate curiosity, and provide grandfathers, fathers, sons, and brothers the opportunity to deepen their bonds. Conn Iggulden has at last put together a second wonderful collection that is the essence of boyhood.
Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.

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Ek Dui Arai : MyStoryGenie Bengali Audiobook 29: The Giuoco Piano Plot

por Debatosh Das

Octogenarian retired bureaucrat and widower - Mr Krishna Majumdar, suddenly passed away in his sleep, as the circumstances seem to suggest. His only son has been living in the United States, and thus Mr Majumdar was living all alone during the last many years, with only a domestic help by his side – Pradeep. But his son suspected foul play after reading the time of death reported in the death certificate, as Mr Majumdar normally use to sleep late and furthermore he didn’t respond to his son's multiple video calls that evening which were made well before his normal bed time, although he was supposed to be expecting phone call from his USA based son that night.
Police stepped in to investigate the case and spoke to Mr Probal Sengupta – who has been Mr Majumdar’s neighbour and companion in his chess games off late. Mr Sengupta hinted at depression and suicidal tendencies in his chess buddy, attributing it to Mr Majumdar's loneliness at such advanced age. His narratives seemed to be quite convincing to the investigating officer and generally to the detective department although they found out that Mr Sengupta had deliberately under reported certain facts pertaining to the case and had suppressed his knowledge about surprisingly similar cases that occurred in that neighbourhood in the recent times. As the investigation headed for a stalemate with no apparent break-through in the offing, private investigator - Dharini Koyal aka "DK" was roped in to navigate the muddy waters.
Will DK succeed to navigate through the maze crafted by an obsessive chess player in the veritable end game??
Tune in to this pulsating crime thriller from Debatosh Das - one of the most admired pens of this generation in this "MyStoryGenie" Bengali Audiobooks presentation.

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