The Big Yin: Life And Times Of Billy Connolly by Jonathon Margolis
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Overview: Unauthorised Biography of the internationally famous comedian and entertainer to the TV public, the stars and even royalty. Billy Connolly was the first rock/alternative comedian long before the comedy store generation took off. And he is still a cult a 50 show UK tour in early 1994 sold out within days. On the way up, Connolly has collided with trendies, booze, women, the press the Royals and even Fyffes bananas. The Big Yin is an enormously entertaining read about one of the funniest comedians at work today.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs
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Billy Straight (Petra Connor #1) by Jonathan Kellerman
Requirements: .MP3 reader, 185 MB
Overview: In this riveting, astute, high-tension thriller, the creator of psychologist sleuth Alex Delaware weaves a Dickensian tale of innocence, urban depravity, and the resilience of the human spirit, and brings to the listener one of the most endearing and finely drawn characters in contemporar fiction.
Twelve-year-old Billy Straight – precocious, heartbreakingly perceptive, relentlessly moral – has fled the chaos and abuse of his life at home and is fighting to survive on L.A.’s meanest streets. All alone, Billy has fashioned a precarious existence for himself, using principled tricks to nourish his body and his mind.
Late one night he watches from his hiding place as a man viciously butchers a woman. The victim turns out to be the ex-wife of a television celebrity with a history of domestic violence, and Billy becomes the center of terrifying attention – from the media, from violent bounty hunters, and from the murderer himself. As he runs for his life, relying on his native wit and instincts for survival, Billy is also tracked by a potential savior: Petra Connor, a tough, gifted, beautiful LAPD homicide detective with a past of her own.
Breathtakingly paced, Billy Straight brings to life one street kid’s efforts to survive in the face of unspeakable evil. Richly layered, emotionally compelling, and peopled by a vivid cast of supporting characters – including Alex Delaware himself in a strong cameo role – this gripping novel represents one of the century’s great story-tellers at the top of his form.
Genre: Audiobooks > Fiction Mysteries & Thrillers, Suspense
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Wanted: The Outlaw Lives of Billy the Kid and Ned Kelly by Robert M. Utley
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Overview: The oft-told exploits of Billy the Kid and Ned Kelly survive vividly in the public imaginations of their respective countries, the United States and Australia. But the outlaws’ reputations are so weighted with legend and myth, the truth of their lives has become obscure. In this adventure-filled double biography, Robert M. Utley reveals the true stories and parallel courses of the two notorious contemporaries who lived by the gun, were executed while still in their twenties, and remain compelling figures in the folklore of their homelands.
Robert M. Utley draws sharp, insightful portraits of first Billy, then Ned, and compares their lives and legacies. He recounts the adventurous exploits of Billy, a fun-loving, expert sharpshooter who excelled at escape and lived on the run after indictment for his role in the Lincoln Country War. Bush-raised Ned, the son of an Irish convict father and Irish mother, was a man whose outrage against British colonial authority inspired him to steal cattle and sheep, kill three policemen, and rob banks for the benefit of impoverished Irish sympathizers. Utley recounts the exploits of the notorious young men with accuracy and appeal. He discovers their profound differences, despite their shared fates, and illuminates the worlds in which they lived on opposite sides of the globe.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History
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Billy the Kid: A Short and Violent Life by Robert M. Utley
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Overview: Whatever his name or alias at the moment-Henry McCarty, Henry Antrim, Kid Antrim, Billy Bonney-people always called him the Kid. Not until his final month did anyone call him Billy the Kid. Newspapers pictured him as a king of outlaws; and his highly publicized capture, trial, escape, and end fixed his image in the public mind for all time. He was only twenty-one years old when a bullet from Sheriff Pat Garett’s six-shooter killed him on July 14, 1881. Within a year Billy the Kid became the subject of five dime-novel “biographies” as well as Garett’s ghost-written account, and that was just the beginning. Robert M. Utley does what countless books, movies, television shows, musical compositions, and paintings have failed to do: he successfully strips off the veneer of legendry to expose the reality of Billy the Kid. Using previously untapped sources, he presents an engrossing story-the most complete and accurate ever-of a youthful hoodlum and sometime killer who found his calling in New Mexico’s bloody power struggle known as the Lincoln County War. In unmasking the legend Utley also tells us much about our heritage of frontier vigilantism and violence.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biography | History
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Billy Bishop: Top Canadian Flying Ace by Dan McCaffery
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Overview: The true story of an amazing Canadian! Author Dan McCaffery presents a short, readable account of Canada’s most famous flying ace using information he gathered from interviews and archival sources. Bishop was a highly skilled pilot and an accurate shot. But he went from being the most decorated war hero in Canadian history to a crusader for peace.
This new, highly illustrated edition contains more than 50 photos including German and British air aces, plus artifacts from the collection now on display at Billy Bishop airport, Toronto.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biography
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