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June Audio Spotlight

RICHARD NIXON. The Life. John A. Farrell. Read by Dan Woren. Penguin Audio.

Cover courtesy of Penguin Audio.

Deja vu anyone? For many, the Donald Trump presidency has been the catalyst for a trek back to the classroom to revisit history. Specifically, the segment of history that includes the tenure of disgraced President Richard Nixon. On many levels, the similarities between the two administrations are shocking – almost chilling. In Richard Nixon, John Farrell presents a ground-breaking analysis of the 37th American president. Via a plethora of previously unreleased documents, Farrell paints an alarming portrait of a man hell-bent on holding the reins of power no matter who how many were destroyed by his boots. There is a tremendous amount of new information here, and fans of the genre will find this title impossible to ignore. Sample Dan Woren’s compelling narration here.

IRON AMBITION. Mike Tyson and Larry Sloman. Read by Adam Lazarre-White and Mike Tyson. Penguin Audio.

In this just-released audio, we get to know “Iron Mike Tyson” on a personal level. Did anyone even think that was possible 20 years ago? Well, that’s how good Larry Sloman (who went on tour with Bob Dylan in the 1970s) is at helping Tyson unlock the secrets of himself and create a book from the rubble. Iron Ambition continues Tyson’s reportage of his relationship with Cus D’Amato – the heavy weight’s surrogate father and the trainer who sharpened his fists into twin beasts. Who controls boxing? How is a fighter shaped – both mentally and emotionally?   It’s all out on the table in Iron Ambition. Sample the narration here.

Also of Note From Penguin Audio

EXIT STRATEGY. Steve Hamilton. Read by Ray Porter. Penguin Audio.

This is the next chapter to Hamilton’s  New York Times bestseller The Second Life of Nick Mason, and it follows Mason as he tries to take back his life from mobsters. The story, at first glance, might seem recycled, but don’t be fooled. Hamilton has infused these characters with cutting-edge tension and with real vulnerability. There is both drama and intrigue here and Porter’s performance charges it with palpable energy. Sample the narration here.

THE CUBS WAY. Tom Verducci. Read by author. Penguin Audio.

Cover courtesy of Penguin Audio.

Tom Verducci is senior baseball writer Sports Illustrated, and also a FOX Sports analyst, and he offers an insider’s view of how the “loveable losers” of Major League Baseball broke their 108 year championship drought. In 2016, even aficionados of other teams were secretly pulling for the Cubbies to take the series. And The Cubs Way tells us how they did it – from managing to assembling the pitching and power, these Cubs were built to overtake the league, and baseball fans will surely revel in Verducci’s ability to gut the complete story.  Sample the narration here.

by John Aiello


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