In 1977 a single film called Star Wars exploded on the consciousness of the world. Since then the franchise, created by George Lucas, has become a global entertainment corporation. The merchandise of the original trilogy was largely confined to toys and games, but those games have since become computerized, the toys more sophisticated, and Star Wars has moved into the multi-media environment of the twenty-first century in ways unimaginable in the long-ago world of 1977. Computer games and web sites, novels, animated television shows, as well as a new trilogy of films, have all placed Star Wars at the center of world popular culture. Finding the Force of the Star Wars Franchise brings together contributors who critically analyze the Star Wars universe from many perspectives. Topics include war, foreign policy, gender roles, spirituality and religion, toy play and adult collecting, creative fandom, race, special effects, and mythology.
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Learn the inspiring story of the Philadelphia 76ers´ star center Joel Embiid!In Joel Embiid: The Inspiring Story of One of Basketball´s Star Centers, you will learn the incredible story of one of basketball´s future greats, Joel Embiid. As the third overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, Joel Embiid has emerged as one of the top centers to play in the modern league due to his ability to do close to everything. Whether it´s rebounding, blocking shots, or making three pointers, Joel Embiid is close to the total package when it comes to finding a franchise player. It is incredibly difficult and rare to find a big man with the unique skill set Embiid possesses.In the 2017-2018 season, the 76ers shocked many as they not only returned to the playoffs, but also quickly became favorites to make a deep run. While they were ultimately thwarted by the Boston Celtics, an impression was clearly made among players and coaches in the league that the 76ers were finally ready to reestablish themselves as dominant forces in the Eastern Conference. Just 24 years old at the time of this writing, it´ll be exciting to follow Embiid´s journey as he continues to grow in the years to come.Here is a preview of what is inside this audiobook: Childhood and early lifeHigh school career in the USGetting drafted, the two-year absence, first All-Star seasonEmbiid´s personal lifeImpact on basketballLegacy and future 1. Language: English. Narrator: Todd Mansfield. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/128644/bk_acx0_128644_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Secret Lies Within in an inside-out look at the trauma and pain so many people experience in this lifetime and how breaking the silence is the first step to freedom. Many people experience trauma or pain and keep it to themselves, letting it become a secret that holds them captive. They live with pain, blame, and shame, unsure of what to do or how to break free. The secrets grow, causing people to become increasingly silent while they hope and pray for better days, struggling to believe they will ever come. The Secret Lies Within is an honest, vulnerable, and courageous narrative about nearly losing everything, breaking the silence of secrets, and finding purpose in pain. Auntie Anne Beiler, founder of the international franchise Auntie Anne?s pretzels, shares her journey through the loss of a child, sexual abuse, and the resulting trauma that haunted her for years, reminding readers they are not alone in their pain. Anne weaves brief stories of other brave individuals throughout her own and presents a picture of hope for those who have experienced trauma. Those with deep secrets of their own are encouraged to break their silence and are shown the power to overcome through confession and reach a whole new level of freedom.
Listen to the books that inspired the How to Train Your Dragon films, narrated by David Tennant. THE STORY CONTINUES in the second volume of Hiccup´s How to Train Your Dragon memoirs.... Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was an awesome sword-fighter, a dragon-whisperer and the greatest Viking Hero who ever lived. But it wasn´t always like that. Hiccup´s memoirs look back to when Hiccup was just an ordinary boy, and finding it very hard to be a Hero. Can Hiccup find Grimbeard the Ghastly´s treasure before Alvin the Treacherous gets his sneaky hands on it? And if Hiccup opens a box that says DO NOT OPEN, will he live to tell the tale? How to Train Your Dragon is now a major DreamWorks franchise starring Gerard Butler, Cate Blanchett and Jonah Hill and the TV series, Riders of Berk, can be seen on CBeebies and Cartoon Network. Read the rest of Hiccup´s exploits in the rest of the series and check out the all-new Hiccup website at www.howtotrainyourdragonbooks.com. It´s the place to go for games, downloads, activities and sneak peeks! 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Tennant. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hkid/000028/bk_hkid_000028_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Basketball team building is the ultimate challenge at the NBA level, and the last few years have seen a massive change in the amount of money, technology, and approaches to finding and evaluating players. This process starts at the high school level, goes through college, and culminates in the NBA, where the ability to identify and cultivate talent is at an absolute premium. Media and fans like to talk about ´´busts´´ when a player doesn´t work out, but in truth it takes a complete team/franchise culture beyond any evaluation system to ensure the greatest chance of player success. Spanning the entire amateur and pro basketball landscape and using the 2014-2015 NBA season as a prism to a much larger story, Chasing Perfection is a fascinating, all-access spin through the inner workings of the smartest minds at every level of the game. It is about the ongoing relentless, high-stakes quest to find what national sportswriter Andy Glockner calls ´´perfected players´´ and what ultimately happens to them at the highest (pro) level. Every team knows they want to find the next Jordan or LeBron. Rather, the resources teams are pouring into various kinds of research and analysis is intended to turn less-expensive supporting players into crucial extra wins and, hopefully, championships. Chasing Perfection explores those players who, by the end of their run through high school and college and into the NBA, hit as many qualitative and quantitative predictors of future success as possible. Molded and then unearthed by years-long processes, they theoretically should be very strong contributors, but there are a ton of external factors that can affect individual success. Sometimes, though, they bomb, and the stories of why they do are as interesting and illustrative as those who actually succeed. Maybe more so. Chasing Perfection will generate a lot of conversation, as fans of both basketball and Moneyball-style performance analy 1. Language: English. Narrator: Graham Corrigan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/002992/bk_hach_002992_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Read the HILARIOUS books that inspired the HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON films! Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third is a smallish Viking with a longish name. Hiccup´s father is chief of the Hairy Hooligan tribe which means Hiccup is the Hope and the Heir to the Hairy Hooligan throne - but most of the time Hiccup feels like a very ordinary boy, finding it hard to be a Hero. In the first How to Train Your Dragon book Hiccup must lead ten novices in their initiation into the Hairy Hooligan Tribe. They have to train their dragons or be BANISHED from the tribe FOR EVER! But what if Hiccup´s dragon resembles an ickle brown bunny with wings? And has NO TEETH? The Seadragonus Giganticus Maximus is stirring and wants to devour every Viking on the Isle of Berk . . . Can Hiccup save the tribe - and become a Hero? ***Please note this ebook is TEXT ONLY and does not include the illustrations that appear in the printed book.*** READ ALL 12 BOOKS IN THE SERIES! You don´t have to read the books in order, but if you want to, this is the right order: 1. How to Train Your Dragon 2. How to Be a Pirate 3. How to Speak Dragonese 4. How to Cheat a Dragon´s Curse 5. How to Twist a Dragon´s Tale 6. A Hero´s Guide to Deadly Dragons 7. How to Ride a Dragon´s Storm 8. How to Break a Dragon´s Heart 9. How to Steal a Dragon´s Sword 10. How to Seize a Dragon´s Jewel 11. How to Betray a Dragon´s Hero 12. How to Fight a Dragon´s Fury How to Train Your Dragon is now a major DreamWorks franchise starring Gerard Butler, Cate Blanchett and Jonah Hill and the TV series, Riders of Berk, can be seen on CBeebies and Cartoon Network.