The Stig gets his kit off and reveals how he came to be Top Gear's iconic racing driver and so much more - including what it's like to thrash an Aston Martin DBS, train for the Army and face the terror of Jeremy Clarkson's underwear
When the Black Stig disappeared off the end of an aircraft carrier in 2003, we were introduced to The White Stig. Faster. Stranger. Harder to keep clean. And ever since, millions have wondered who is The Man in the White Suit? They're about to find out. Ben Collins caught the car the bug young, kicking his dad's boss in the balls for not giving him a company Jag. This was the attitude that eventually led him to spend seven years sharing a cabin with Jeremy Clarkson's underwear, James May's PhD thesis and Richard Hammond's hairspray. Because he is The Stig. Now he tells all about life inside the iconic white helmet. What it's like to guide a blind ex-RAF officer around the Top Gear track; pit a drug dealer's Mitsubishi Evo against a Trojan tank; set a Vauxhall Monara against Chloe the dancing Ninja; and race double-decker Route masters against bendy buses. Not to mention all the inside stuff on how the show's amazing driving sequences are made. He also reveals how he got to be there setting a Dunsfold lap time faster than Michael Schumacher's. Breaking records with the best of the best at Daytona and Le Mans. It's an awesome story, told by an amazing man.
©2010 Ben Collins (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Former Top Gear Stig Ben Collins shares expert skills and wisdom refined over a 20-year career as one of the best drivers in the world - from Le Mans Series racing to NASCAR, piloting the Batmobile and dodging bullets with James Bond. Ben's philosophy of anticipation, smoothness and speed, honed over thousands of hours of elite-level performance, is really about economy of motion - which also gives you greater control, safety and fuel efficiency. How to Drive is about driving better, not faster. Whether you've been behind the wheel for the best part of 30 years or you bought your first L-plate 10 seconds ago, this is the stuff your instructor missed, your dad forgot and your mates pretend to know...but don't.
©2015 Ben Collins (P)2017 Audible, Ltd
On a hot rainy summer night in Nassau, the Bahamas, in 1943, someone murdered Sir Harry Oakes, one of the richest men in the world, as he slept. When police found him the next morning, there were four wounds to his skull. His corpse had been abused, covered ritualistically with feathers and set on fire. The murder was perverse, horrific, and jaded by anyones standards. A few evenings later in New York City, the phone rang in the home of Alan Hynd, identified in that era by the NY Times as Americas highest paid true crime reporter. The Oakes case would send the writer, with a quarter of a century of experience covering murders, to the Bahamas in wartime. He would try to bring truth to a case that was littered with a colorful cast of international characters and which, in its resolution, became unique in the annals of true crime. Ashes from a Burning Corpse is the fictionalized story of that writers coverage of the case - and how it changed his life forever. It is also a literary and cultural journey into New York and the colonial Bahamas of the World War Two era, a story touching upon Hemingway, Sinatra, and FDR, big-shot film and Broadway producers, crooked cops, gangsters, and a murder trial so big that it knocked the world war off the front pages. Welcome to what is also a literary journey into true crime, politics, book publishing and magazine work in the World War Two era, with allusions to writers from Edmond Pearson to Scott Fitzgerald. This audiobook is part of a trilogy titled "An American True Crime Reporter in the 20th Century," three cases which were the centerpieces of a veteran real-life crime reporters legacy. The trilogy will also include first person novels on the original Charles Ponzi swindling case, The Pied Piper of Boston, and the Charles Lindbergh kidnapping case, The Crimes of The Century. The latter two titles will appear in early 2018 and feature the same writer/reporter at earlier stages of his long career.
©2018 Noel Hynd (P)2019 Noel Hynd
Ben Collins, the championship winning racing driver, Hollywood stuntman, best-selling author and the legend that is The Stig from Top Gear visits the Audible Studios to chat about his new book How To Drive.
©2017 Audible Ltd (P)2017 Audible Ltd
Benjamin Griersons Union cavalry thrusting through Mississippi is one of the most well-known operations of the Civil War. The last serious study was published more than six decades ago. Since then, other accounts have appeared, but none are deeply researched full-length studies of the raid and its more-than-substantial (and yet often overlooked) results. The publication of Timothy B. Smiths The Real Horse Soldiers: Benjamin Griersons Epic 1863 Civil War Raid Through Mississippi rectifies this oversight. There were other simultaneous operations to distract Confederate attention from the real threat posed by US Grants Army of the Tennessee. Griersons operation, however, mainly conducted with two Illinois cavalry regiments, has become the most famous, and for good reason: For 16 days (April 17 to May 2) Grierson led Confederate pursuers on a high-stakes chase through the entire state of Mississippi, entering the Northern border with Tennessee and exiting its Southern border with Louisiana. The daily rides were long, the rest stops short, and the tension high. Ironically, the man who led the raid was a former music teacher who some say disliked horses. Throughout, he displayed outstanding leadership and cunning, destroyed railroad tracks, burned trestles and bridges, freed slaves, and created as much damage and chaos as possible. Griersons Raid broke a vital Confederate rail line at Newton Station that supplied Vicksburg and, perhaps most importantly, consumed the attention of the Confederate high command. While Confederate Lt. Gen. John Pemberton at Vicksburg and other Southern leaders looked in the wrong directions, Grant moved his entire Army of the Tennessee across the Mississippi River below Vicksburg, spelling the doom of that city, the Confederate chances of holding the river, and perhaps the Confederacy itself. Novelists have attempted to capture the large-than-life cavalry raid in the popular imagination, and Hollywood reproduced the daring cavalry action in The Horse Soldiers, a 1959 major motion picture starring John Wayne and William Holden. Although the film replicates the raids drama and high-stakes gamble, cinematic license chipped away at its accuracy. Based upon years of research and presented in gripping, fast-paced prose, Timothy B. Smiths The Real Horse Soldiers captures the high drama and tension of the 1863 horse soldiers in a modern, comprehensive, academic study. Listeners will find it fills a wide void in Civil War literature.
©2018 Savas Beatie (P)2018 Savas Beatie
In 2014, Eric J. Wittenberg published The Devils to Pay: John Buford at Gettysburg: A History and Walking Tour, an award-winning study of Union cavalry delaying actions at Gettysburg. Fast-forward four years to 2018 and Wittenbergs latest release, a companion Western Theater study entitled Holding the Line on the River of Death: Union Mounted Forces at Chickamauga, September 18, 1863. This volume focuses on the two important delaying actions conducted by mounted Union soldiers at Reeds and Alexanders bridges on the first day of Chickamauga. A cavalry brigade under Col. Robert H. G. Minty and Col. John T. Wilders legendary Lightning Brigade of mounted infantry made stout stands at a pair of chokepoints crossing Chickamauga Creek. Mintys small cavalry brigade held off nearly 10 times its number on September 18 by designing and implementing a textbook example of a delaying action. Their dramatic and outstanding efforts threw Confederate Gen. Braxton Braggs entire battle plan off its timetable by delaying his armys advance for an entire day. That delay cost Braggs army the initiative at Chickamauga. Wittenberg brings his expertise with Civil War cavalry operations to bear with vivid and insightful descriptions of the fighting and places the actions in their full and proper historic context. This thoroughly researched and well-written book includes three appendices - two orders of battle and a discussion of the historic context of some of the tactics employed by the Union mounted force on September 18, and an epilogue on how the War Department and National Park Service have remembered these events. It also includes a detailed walking and driving tour complete with the GPS coordinates, a trademark of Wittenbergs recent works. Complete with more than 60 photos and 15 maps by master cartographer Mark Anderson Moore, Holding the Line on the River of Death: Union Mounted Forces at Chickamauga, September 18, 1863 will be a welcome addition to the burgeoning Chickamauga historiography. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.
©2018 Savas Beatie (P)2019 Savas Beatie
The entire MacLeod clan is haunted by secrets, and young Bud MacLeod doesn't realize he carries the biggest secret of all. Growing up poor in Depression-era South Georgia is hard enough, but Bud is also cursed with a stutter and a birthmark that disfigures his face. His hateful father and amoral mother make life worse still, despite his brother's efforts to shield him. To survive in body and soul, Bud must discover his strengths and confront the sins of his parents. First, though, he'll need to grasp his own truth: that he can't embrace his future until he comes to terms with his past.
©2018 George Weisntein (P)2018 Southern Fried Karma, LLC
During the Great Depression, the U.S. government illegally deported more than a million Mexican-American citizens to make room on the welfare rolls and alleviate unemployment for white Americans. Carlos Moreno is a young man who has known only hardship and poverty, chasing rumors of work across Texas during the 1920s. Pursued by a renegade Texas ranger who thinks he holds the key to a secret, Carlos takes refuge in Little Mexico, Houstons colorful, boisterous barrio. He picks the worst possible time to fall in love.
As the U.S. launches its repatriation campaign, the ranger joins forces with Immigration agents to step up his personal manhunt. Now Carlos and his wife will have to rely on their courage and ingenuity to avoid a dragnet that will ensnare an entire population.
©2018 Southern Fried Karma, LLC (P)2019 Southern Fried Karma, LLC
Fibromyalgia afflicts a large percentage of the population, yet medical professionals still understand very little about this condition. While there is no known definitive cause, this audiobook explains and describes some of the factors that are believed to contribute to the development of fibromyalgia. There is also no known cure for the condition, but there are many treatment methods as described within this audiobook, including medical, alternative, and self-help solutions. This audiobook explains how fibromyalgia is diagnosed, along with the signs and symptoms that occur as a result of the condition. Fibromyalgia can be very difficult to live with, unless you get a proper diagnosis and treatment. Through listening to this audiobook, you'll better understand how to manage, treat, and improve you fibromyalgia in order to live a happy, pain-free, and normal life!
©2015 Ingram Publishing PTY LTD (P)2018 Ingram Publishing PTY LTD
This is a gripping, epic, prepper tale of suspenseful catastrophe, occasionally mixed with humorous survival, in the dystopia of a post-apocalyptic Deep South. It is a continuing, fast-paced, science-fiction fantasy that foresees the fall of America after a solar storm takes the electrical grid down. The story is set in the aftermath of a world in which famine leads to mass chaos. The federal government forms a new economy by issuing two new paper currencies: military script for the FEMA camps and the Amero for the city states backed by nothing more than promises. The individual possession of gold and silver coinage is now historically illegal once again, but for people living far from government camps, it's all the currency the Free Traders Guild uses, except for barter, as a means of monetary exchange. This post-apocalyptic, science-fiction anthology series brings in some of the beloved characters from the best-selling, classic, original Prepper Trilogy. A motley crew of diverse survivors and heroes living on lakes and rivers, drawn from other books from Ron Foster's years as an apocalyptic and dystopian-fiction writer, get a chance to all meet up at the yearly Trade Rendezvous. This mystery thriller begins in the heart of a crisis five years after the power grid goes down. This apocalyptic drama sets the stage and allows the listeners to hear several newly introduced characters interacting with their favorite old survivalist ones, as well as, a glimpse at their back stories of survival. After barely surviving the first economic collapse in the country, the Free Traders Guild established a bank and backed trade notes with gold and silver. The new emergency government of the United States has just confiscated all the metal in that particular bank, and the traders are wondering what to do with all the bits of seemingly worthless paper they are left holding.
©2016 Ron Foster (P)2018 Ron Foster
Lying down in a kayak to go under obstacles like a fallen tree across a creek is called "doing the kayak limbo". Our hero must access a secret saltwater canal by traveling through a bridge culvert in his kayak in order to go under a road to seek refuge from the violence of societal breakdown occurring all around him. It is said that if you want to change the world, find someone to help you paddle. However, if you get stranded a thousand miles from home in the tourist section of Panama City Beach, Florida, by a solar storm without a car, asking strangers to help you survive or paddle is not much of an option. Far from home without a gun to defend himself with, Bob must find a way to get food and protect his possessions from would-be thieves in this post-apocalyptic world. Luckily, he has his fishing gear with him along with an inflatable kayak he brought on the airplane with him for recreation. Now his luggage has become his bug-out gear. Others want what he has, and he tries to flee the area to avoid them. Youth gangs take over the area where he resides. This audiobook will teach you a lot about survival crabbing as our displaced traveler practices the arts of being a master solo-kayak crabber to feed himself and other survivors in a grid-down world.
©2017 Ron Foster (P)2018 Patricia Lambert