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From the Ashes

717 ratings

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Winner, Kobo Emerging Writer Prize Nonfiction Winner, Indigenous Voices Awards Winner, High Plains Book Awards Finalist, CBC Canada Reads A Globe and Mail Book of the Year An Indigo Book of the Year A CBC Best Canadian Nonfiction Book of the Year   In this extraordinary and inspiring debut memoir, Jesse Thistle, once a high-school dropout and now a rising Indigenous scholar, chronicles his life on the streets and how he overcame trauma and addiction to discover the truth about who he is. If I can just make it to the next minute...then I might have a chance to live; I might have a chance to be something more than just a struggling crackhead. From the Ashes is a remarkable memoir about hope and resilience and a revelatory look into the life of a Métis Cree man who refused to give up. Abandoned by his parents as a toddler, Jesse Thistle briefly found himself in the foster-care system with his two brothers, cut off from all they had known. Eventually, the children landed in the home of their paternal grandparents, whose tough-love attitudes quickly resulted in conflicts. Throughout it all, the ghost of Jesse’s drug-addicted father haunted the halls of the house and the memories of every family member. Struggling with all that had happened, Jesse succumbed to a self-destructive cycle of drug and alcohol addiction and petty crime, spending more than a decade on and off the streets, often homeless. Finally, he realized he would die unless he turned his life around. In this heart-warming and heart-wrenching memoir, Jesse Thistle writes honestly and fearlessly about his painful past, the abuse he endured, and how he uncovered the truth about his parents. Through sheer perseverance and education - and newfound love - he found his way back into the circle of his Indigenous culture and family. An eloquent exploration of the impact of prejudice and racism, From the Ashes is, in the end, about how love and support can help us find happiness despite the odds.

©2019 Jesse Thistle (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
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Violence. Speed. Momentum.

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Too much power. Wow. Too much energy. Wow. Too much anticipation. WOW. It’s the new memoir from the biggest star in gaming: Dr. Disrespect. Dr. Disrespect is a six-foot-eight freak of nature with a 37-inch vertical, the two-time, back-to-back 1993-94 Blockbuster Video Game Champion, and in his factual opinion, the most dominant international gaming superstar in the history of the world. It was just a matter of time before Western civilization came begging Doc to save literature by writing a memoir that reads like a vicious, muscular lion clawing his way through the rocks, roaring in anger and dominance. Here you will find his deepest, most intimate secrets. The untold history of his mysterious, legendary origins and his rise to unparalleled dominance. And most of all, you will find out what, exactly, Doc’s a doctor of. Are you ready for a book with the rhythm of a sleazy ’70s muscleman and the ruthlessness of a ’90s serial killer? A journey that stares down the long, dark alley of your fears and never looks back? Does your warrior’s heart yearn to reach the tippity top of the mountain just to realize you’re still only halfway up? If so, firm handshakes, Champion: Welcome to the salvation of literature.

©2021 Piazza Labs LLC. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
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Notes of a Native Son

8 ratings

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At last, a new audio edition of the book many have called James Baldwin's most influential work!  Written during the 1940s and early 1950s, when Baldwin was only in his 20s, the essays collected in Notes of a Native Son capture a view of Black life and Black thought at the dawn of the civil rights movement and as the movement slowly gained strength through the words of one of the most captivating essayists and foremost intellectuals of that era. Writing as an artist, activist, and social critic, Baldwin probes the complex condition of being Black in America. With a keen eye, he examines everything from the significance of the protest novel to the motives and circumstances of the many Black expatriates of the time, from his home in "The Harlem Ghetto" to a sobering "Journey to Atlanta."  Notes of a Native Son inaugurated Baldwin as one of the leading interpreters of the dramatic social changes erupting in the United States in the 20th century, and many of his observations have proven almost prophetic. His criticism on topics such as the paternalism of White progressives or on his own friend Richard Wright's work is pointed and unabashed. He was also one of the few writing on race at the time who addressed the issue with a powerful mixture of outrage at the gross physical and political violence against Black citizens and measured understanding of their oppressors, which helped awaken a White audience to the injustices under their noses. Naturally, this combination of brazen criticism and unconventional empathy for White readers won Baldwin as much condemnation as praise.  Notesis the book that established Baldwin's voice as a social critic, and it remains one of his most admired works. The essays collected here create a cohesive sketch of Black America and reveal an intimate portrait of Baldwin's own search for identity as an artist, as a Black man, and as an American.

©2012 James Baldwin (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
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Lost on Treasure Island

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When Midwesterner Steve Friedman arrived in Manhattan, the land of the quick and the mean, raring to go and ready to conquer, he soon found pitfalls and pratfalls more numerous and perilous than he had ever imagined. Here is his utterly honest, often hilarious, self-deprecating account of those fateful years, starting with his first job at GQ and his awkward efforts to impress his boss, Art Cooper, and including real and imagined love affairs, disasters at work and play, growing self-awareness with its inevitable bouts of depression and subsequent therapies - all of which fail - and in the end, a wisdom that promises better things to come. In the tradition of Bright Lights, Big City and The Devil Wears Prada, Lost on Treasure Island is a witty rendition of the perils of growing up and being thrown into the real world. With sharp humor and unexpected sincerity, Friedman crafts a inviting portrait of the best of times and the worst of times. For all those who have confronted the endless opportunities of the Big Apple, only to discover how hard it is to succeed in this - or any - big city, this boisterous and often enlightening memoir will prove irresistible.

©2011, 2013 Steve Friedman (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
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Elon Musk [Russian Edition]

1 rating

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In Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, veteran technology journalist Ashlee Vance provides the first inside look into the extraordinary life and times of Silicon Valley's most audacious entrepreneur. Written with exclusive access to Musk, his family, and his friends, the book traces the entrepreneur's journey from a rough upbringing in South Africa to the pinnacle of the global business world. Vance spent more than 30 hours in conversation with Musk and interviewed close to 300 people to tell the tumultuous stories of Musk's world-changing companies - PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX, and SolarCity - and to characterize a man who has renewed American industry and sparked new levels of innovation while making plenty of enemies along the way. Vance uses Musk's story to explore one of the pressing questions of our time: Can the nation of inventors and creators that led the modern world for a century still compete in an age of fierce global competition? He argues that Musk - one of the most unusual and striking figures in American business history - is a contemporary amalgam of legendary inventors and industrialists like Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, and Steve Jobs. More than any other entrepreneur today, Musk has dedicated his energies and his own vast fortune to inventing a future that is as rich and far-reaching as the visionaries of the golden age of science fiction. Please note: This audiobook is in Russian.

©2016 Ashlee Vance (P)2016 New Internet Technologies & Olimp Business

Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
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Devenir

100 ratings

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Dans ses mémoires très attendus, Michelle Obama raconte son parcours exceptionnel, depuis son enfance dans le South Side de Chicago en passant par les années au cours desquelles elle a dû concilier sa vie d’avocate et de mère de famille, jusqu’aux huit années passées à la Maison-Blanche, où l’ancienne première dame a su imprimer sa marque tout en soutenant son mari alors qu’il dirigeait l’Amérique pendant des moments difficiles.   "Il y a encore tant de choses que j'ignore au sujet de l'Amérique, de la vie, et de ce que l'avenir nous réserve. Mais je sais qui je suis. Mon père, Fraser, m'a appris à travailler dur, à rire souvent et à tenir parole. Ma mère, Marian, à penser par moi même et à faire entendre ma voix. Tous les deux ensemble, dans notre petit appartement du quartier du South Side de Chicago, ils m'ont aidée à saisir ce qui faisait la valeur de notre histoire, de mon histoire, et plus largement de l'histoire de notre pays. Même quand elle est loin d'être belle et parfaite. Même quand la réalité se rappelle à vous plus que vous ne l'auriez souhaité. Votre histoire vous appartient, et elle vous appartiendra toujours. À vous de vous en emparer." Michelle Obama  

©2018 Éditions Fayard (P)2018 Audiolib

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Option B

Summary

Book summary of Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant.

©2005 FLASHBOOKS, LLC (P)2017 FLASHBOOKS, LLC

Length: 42 mins
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For Joshua

18 ratings

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The heartfelt memoir from one of Canada's most beloved writers. Staring the modern world in the eye, Richard Wagamese confronts its snares and perils. He sees people coveting without knowing why, looking for roots without understanding what constitutes home, searching for acceptance without extending reciprocal respect, and longing for love without knowing how to offer it. He sees this because he lived it. For Joshua is Wagamese's love letter to his estranged son. Ojibway tradition calls for fathers to walk their children through the world and teach them their place in it. To teach them they belong. In this intimate memoir, Wagamese describes his own tumultuous journey - though childhood trauma, racism, and substance abuse - and his fight to emerge stronger. His road to self-knowledge has been long and treacherous, but this has furnished him, if not with a complete set of answers, then at least with a profound understanding of the questions. Hoping to impart his newfound understanding of the world onto his beloved son, Wagamese shares his search for happiness and the choices he has made to open himself up to it.

©2003 Richard Wagamese (P)2019 Anchor Canada

Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
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Thirst

11 ratings

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By age 25, Heather Anderson had hiked what is known as the "Triple Crown" of backpacking: the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and Continental Divide Trail - a combined distance of 7,900 miles with a vertical gain of more than one million feet. A few years later, she left her job, her marriage, and a dissatisfied life and walked back into those mountains.   In her new memoir, Thirst: 2600 Miles to Home, Heather, whose trail name is "Anish", conveys not only her athleticism and wilderness adventures, but also shares her distinct message of courage - her willingness to turn away from the predictability of a more traditional life in an effort to seek out what most fulfills her. Amid the rigors of the trail - pain, fear, loneliness, and dangers - she discovers the greater rewards of community and of self, conquering her doubts and building confidence. Ultimately, she realizes that records are merely a catalyst, giving her purpose, focus, and a goal to strive toward.

©2019 Heather Anderson (P)2019 Tantor

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Trop et jamais assez

21 ratings

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Mary Trump a passé une partie de son enfance dans la maison de ses grands-parents à New-York, dans le Queens, où Donald Trump et ses quatre frères et sœurs ont grandi. Elle décrit un véritable cauchemar fait de traumatismes et de relations nocives, un mélange tragique de négligence et d'abus. À travers un regard vif et incisif, empreint d'un humour inattendu, elle raconte ces événements mais aussi les mécaniques familiales qui ont contribué à créer l'homme instable à la tête des États-Unis - notamment la relation destructrice entre Fred Trump et ses deux fils aînés, Fred Jr. et Donald Trump. Porte-parole légitime de cette saga aussi fascinante que dérangeante, Mary Trump est la seule du clan à sortir du silence pour enfin dire toute la vérité sur cette famille, dysfonctionnelle et toute puissante.

©2020 / 2020 Editions Albin Michel / Compson Enterprises LLC (P)2020 Audiolib

Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
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One Native Life

40 ratings

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One Native Life is a look back down the road Richard Wagamese has traveled - from childhood abuse to adult alcoholism - in reclaiming his identity. It's about what he has learned as a human being, a man, and an Ojibway in his 52 years on Earth. Whether he's writing about playing baseball, running away with the circus, making bannock, or attending a sacred bundle ceremony, these are stories told in a healing spirit. Through them, Wagamese reveals to listeners how to appreciate life for the journey it is.

©2009 Richard Wagamese (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
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The Home Reader

53 ratings

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Celina Myers is a Canadian paranormal home reader and the host of the Haunted Estate Podcast. After years of living in the shadows of the paranormal industry she has collected some of her most gripping stories to share with those who love the supernatural as much as she. With each chapter comes another look at her paranormal journey. From demons's, poltergeists, real murders, and beyond. Each chapter brings you another story they will change the way you see the world. Fall into her life and feel free to question your own.

©2019 Celina Myers (P)2019 Celina Myers

Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
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Too Much and Never Enough

1753 ratings

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In this revelatory, authoritative portrait of Donald J. Trump and the toxic family that made him, Mary L. Trump, a trained clinical psychologist and Donald’s only niece, shines a bright light on the dark history of their family in order to explain how her uncle became the man who now threatens the world’s health, economic security, and social fabric. Mary Trump spent much of her childhood in her grandparents’ large, imposing house in the heart of Queens, where Donald and his four siblings grew up. She describes a nightmare of traumas, destructive relationships, and a tragic combination of neglect and abuse. She explains how specific events and general family patterns created the damaged man who currently occupies the Oval Office, including the strange and harmful relationship between Fred Trump and his two oldest sons, Fred, Jr., and Donald. A firsthand witness to countless holiday meals and family interactions, Mary brings an incisive wit and unexpected humor to sometimes grim, often confounding family events. She recounts in unsparing detail everything from her uncle Donald’s place in the family spotlight and Ivana’s penchant for regifting to her grandmother’s frequent injuries and illnesses and the appalling way Donald, Fred Trump’s favorite son, dismissed and derided him when he began to succumb to Alzheimer’s. Numerous pundits, armchair psychologists, and journalists have sought to parse Donald J. Trump’s lethal flaws. Mary L. Trump has the education, insight, and intimate familiarity needed to reveal what makes Donald, and the rest of her clan, tick. She alone can recount this fascinating, unnerving saga, not just because of her insider’s perspective but also because she is the only Trump willing to tell the truth about one of the world’s most powerful and dysfunctional families.

©2020 Compson Enterprises LLC. All rights reserved. (P)2020 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
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A Cocoon with a View

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Back in the last weeks of February, which now feels like a hundred years ago, we here in Innishannon were busy planning what was termed ‘The Big Rake Off’ of the dead grass on the long sloping bank beside the road coming into the village. Happily unaware of forthcoming events, we were totally focused on creating our wild flower bank - to get something like this going you need a ‘metheal’, a word which prior to the coronavirus was unknown to anyone under 40.    Then everything changed.... Exploring the themes of community, family and personal wellbeing, Alice Taylor examines a world changed utterly by the arrival of a once-in-a-century infectious disease. Heart-warming, reflective yet always practical, Alice is a wonderful guide in a world unlike the one we lived in only a few short months ago.

©2020 Alice Taylor (P)2020 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
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Dancing with the Octopus

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Bloomsbury presents Dancing with the Octopus by Debora Harding, read by Debora Harding. For listeners of Educated and The Glass Castle, a harrowing, redemptive and profoundly inspiring memoir of childhood trauma and its long reach into adulthood. One Omaha winter day in November 1978, when Debora Harding was just 14, she was abducted at knifepoint from a church parking lot. She was thrown into a van, assaulted, held for ransom and then left to die as an ice storm descended over the city. Debora survived. She identified her attacker to the police and then returned to her teenage life in a dysfunctional home where she was expected to simply move on. Denial became the family coping strategy offered by her fun-loving, conflicted father and her cruelly resentful mother. It wasn’t until decades later - when beset by the symptoms of PTSD - that Debora undertook a radical project: she met her childhood attacker face-to-face in prison and began to reconsider and re-imagine his complex story. This was a quest for the truth that would threaten the lie at the heart of her family and with it the sacred bond that once saved her. Dexterously shifting between the past and present, Debora Harding untangles the incident of her kidnapping and escape from unexpected angles, offering a vivid, intimate portrait of one family’s disintegration in the 1970s Midwest. Written with dark humor and the pacing of a thriller, Dancing with the Octopus is a literary tour de force and a groundbreaking narrative of reckoning, recovery and the inexhaustible strength it takes to survive.

©2020 Debora Harding (P)2020 Hachette Audio

Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
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The Valkyries

10 ratings

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The enchanting, true story of The Valkyries begins in Rio de Janeiro when author Paulo Coelho gives his mysterious master, J., the only manuscript for his book The Alchemist. Haunted by a devastating curse, Coelho confesses to J., "I've seen my dreams fall apart just when I seemed about to achieve them." In response, J. gives Coelho a daunting task: He must find and speak with his guardian angel. "The curse can be broken," he replies, "if you complete the task." Rising to the challenge, Paulo and his wife, Cristina, drop everything, pack their bags, and take off on a 40-day adventure into the starkly beautiful and sometimes dangerous Mojave Desert - where they encounter more than they bargained for. A masterful blend of the exotic locales, dramatic adventure, and magical storytelling, for which Coelho's fictional works are renowned, this true-life account is at once a modern-day adventure and a metaphysical odyssey.

©1992 Paulo Coelho (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
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Four Seconds: A Memoir

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“I’m not going to try it,” I said.  “You’ll like it,” she argued.  “I know I’ll like it,” I said. “That’s why I’m not going to try it.”  “Try it just this once and I’ll never ask you to do it again.”  That was a deal. I slipped back into the driver’s seat while Pam corn-rowed two neat lines of the silky white powder on the back of a plastic cassette tape cover.  Fifteen hundred dollars every month, an abusive boyfriend, a molested child, a lost family, hotels for houses, a ruined leg, a gun to my head, a knife to my butt, and a jail cell all my own. Black eyes, bruised days, broken hours. Looking back, it seems strange what I gave up to get my roommate off my back. In her debut memoir, Andrade tells of her years with cocaine and crystal methamphetamine using, then selling, until all she had left of the life she wanted was a chalk outline and a pack of cigarettes. This is the story of her use and recovery, of the people who frustrated and inspired her, of the decision to leave the drug world. It is the story of her slow, often unsteady walk home.

©2019 Laura Andrade and Jean Knight Pace (P)2020 Laura Andrade and Jean Knight Pace

Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
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Meditations of Marcus Aurelius

55 ratings

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Meditations is former U.S. President Bill Clinton's favorite book. This audio consists of a series of personal writings by Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor 161-180 AD, setting forth his ideas on Stoic philosophy.

Public Domain (P)2012 Trout Lake Media

Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
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Old Geezer Romancing in Cyberspace

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Bill McDonald, an award-winning journalist, had no intention of writing about the internet dating he began at age 69. 

What could occur on the dates of an old geezer like me, he reasoned, that would pique ones interest or keep a reader spellbound? 

It didn't take long for him to realize he'd failed miserably as a soothsayer. 

One first-time date met him, quite intentionally, while she luxuriated in a bath of soapsuds and bubbles. A luncheon date startled him with a fact not mentioned in her profile: she was the great-granddaughter of Mark Twain, having discovered the kinship only two years earlier. A sex therapist insisted on smudging him before he could enter her home. This ancient ritual had her wafting herbal smoke around his body to eliminate negative vibes. 

These and other noteworthy occurrences led the author to write the fascinating pause resister, Old Geezer Romancing in Cyberspace.

©2018 Bill McDonald (P)2019 Bill McDonald

Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
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Angela's Ashes

119 ratings

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Pulitzer Prize, Biography/Autobiography, 1997 National Book Critics Circle, Biography/Autobiography, 1997 Frank McCourt's Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir, movingly read in his own voice, bears all the marks of a classic. Born in Depression-era Brooklyn to Irish immigrant parents, Frank was later raised in the slums of Limerick, Ireland. His mother, Angela, had no money to feed her children since Frank's father, Malachy, rarely worked, and when he did, he drank his wages. Angela's Ashes is the story of how Frank endured - wearing shoes repaired with tires, begging for a pig's head for Christmas dinner, and searching the pubs for his father - a tale he relates with eloquence, exuberance, and remarkable forgiveness. Listen to Frank McCourt talk about this book on C-SPAN's Booknotes (7/11/97).

©1997 Frank McCourt, All Rights Reserved (P)1997 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved, Audioworks is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division Simon & Schuster Inc.

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Wilhelm II.

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Das Leben des letzten deutschen Kaisers. Christopher Clark folgt der Karriere des letzten deutschen Kaisers: die schwierige Jugend bei Hof, die Etablierung seiner Macht sowie seine politischen Auseinandersetzungen und Ziele. Mit dem Ersten Weltkrieg und der Niederlage des Deutschen Reichs endet auch die Herrschaft Wilhelms II. Der Kaiser dankt ab und muss den Rest seines Lebens im Exil verbringen. Clarks sorgfältig recherchierte Biografie bietet eine neue, zuweilen durchaus provokative Interpretation des kontroversen Monarchen und seiner dreißig Jahre währenden Regentschaft. >> Diese ungekürzte Hörbuch-Fassung genießt du exklusiv nur bei Audible.

©2000 / 2008 / 2020 Christopher Clark / Random House Audio / Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt. Übersetzung von Norbert Juraschitz (P)2008 Random House Audio; 2020 Random House Audio

Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
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The Boy on the Beach

16 ratings

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An intimate and poignant memoir about the family of Alan Kurdi - the young Syrian boy who became the global emblem for the desperate plight of millions of Syrian refugees - and of the many extraordinary journeys the Kurdis have taken, spanning countries and continents. Alan Kurdi’s body washed up on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea on September 2, 2015, and overnight, the political became personal, as the world awoke to the reality of the Syrian refugee crisis. Tima Kurdi first saw the shocking photo of her nephew in her home in Vancouver, Canada. But Tima did not need a photo to understand the truth - she and her family had already been living it. In The Boy on the Beach, Tima recounts her idyllic childhood in Syria, where she grew up with her brother Abdullah and other siblings in a tight-knit family. A strong-willed, independent woman, Tima studied to be a hairdresser and had dreams of seeing the world. At 22, she emigrated to Canada, but much of her family remained in Damascus. Life as a single mother and immigrant in a new country wasn’t always easy, and Tima recounts with heart-wrenching honesty the anguish of being torn between a new home and the world she’d left behind. As Tima struggled to adapt to life in a new land, war overtook her homeland. Caught in the crosshairs of civil war, her family risked everything and fled their homes. Tima worked tirelessly to help them find safety, but their journey was far from easy. Although thwarted by politics, hounded by violence, and separated by vast distances, the Kurdis encountered setbacks at every turn, they never gave up hope. And when tragedy struck, Tima suddenly found herself thrust onto the world stage as an advocate for refugees everywhere, a role for which she had never prepared but that allowed her to give voice to those who didn’t have an opportunity to speak for themselves. From the jasmine-scented neighbourhoods of Damascus before the war to the streets of Aleppo during it, to the refugee camps of Europe and the leafy suburbs of Vancouver, The Boy on the Beach is one family’s story of love, loss, and the persistent search for safe harbour in a devastating time of war.

©2018 Tima Kurdi (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
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After All...

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A haunting memoir of one woman's survival of childhood abuse and neglect. After All… is an inspiring story of how faith and a grandmother's unconditional love gave young Maria the strength to survive a loveless home and, incredibly, showed her the path to forgiveness.  The memoir traces her journey from poverty in rural Portugal to a full and happy life in Canada.  After All… is an inspiration of perseverance, courage and forgiveness. 

©2020 Maria Trautman (P)2020 Maria Trautman

Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
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The Liar's Club

15 ratings

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A powerfully funny, razor's-edge tale of a fractured childhood, Mary Karr's biography looks back through a child's eyes to sort through dark household secrets. She witnesses an inheritance squandered, endless bottles emptied, and guns leveled at both the deserving and the undeserving. In a voice stripped of self-pity and charged with brilliant energy, she introduces us to a family ravaged by lies and alcoholism, yet redeemed by the revelation of truth. Karr, a prize-winning poet, uses her linguistic skills and sharp personal insights to make The Liar's Club an utterly mesmerizing memoir.

©1995 Viking/Penguin; 1965, 1994 John Dixon (P)16 9; 1995 Penguin Books Ltd

Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
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Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang

18 ratings

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Life doesn't get more hilarious than when Chelsea Handler takes aim with her irreverent wit. Who else would send all-staff emails to smoke out the dumbest people on her show? Now, in this new collection of original essays, the number-one best-selling author of Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea delivers one laugh-out-loud moment after another as she sets her sights on the ridiculous side of childhood, adulthood, and daughterhood. Family moments are fair game, whether it's writing a report on Reaganomics to earn a Cabbage Patch doll, or teaching her father social graces by ordering him to stay indoors. It's open season on her love life, from playing a prank on her boyfriend (using a ravioli, a fake autopsy, and the Santa Monica pier) to adopting a dog so she can snuggle with someone who doesn't talk. And everyone better duck for cover when her beach vacation turns into matchmaking gone wild. Outrageously funny and deliciously wicked, Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang is good good good good! Being unpopular: "My parents couldn't have been more unreasonable when it came to fads or clothes that weren't purchased at a pharmacy." Living with her boyfriend: "He's similar to a large toddler, the only difference being he doesn't cry when he wakes up." Appreciating her brother: "He's a certified public accountant, and I have a real life." Arm-wrestling a maid of honor: "It wasn't her strength that intimidated me. It was the starry way her eyes focused on me, like Mike Tyson getting ready to feed." PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2010 Chelsea Handler (P)2014 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Chelsea Handler
Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
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Vi

3 ratings

Summary

Cette histoire est celle du petit prince de la rue, la mienne. C’est également celle de gars et de filles qui ont laissé la mort ou la vie choisir à leur place. Si je peux me raconter maintenant, c’est que je me suis libéré de moi-même, Insha Allah, que je ne suis plus esclave de ma rage. Je suis MOI, fier d’être MOI, et surtout j’ai réussi à suivre mon destin et ma passion en restant MOI. Et ça, crois-moi, c’est tout un exploit.

©2016 Éditions Libre expression (P)2020 Vues et Voix

Narrator: Sophie Faucher
Author: Kim Thúy
Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
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A Bad Idea I'm About to Do

6 ratings

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Chris Gethard has often found himself in awkward situations most people, including you, probably would have safely avoided. The good news is now, thanks to this book, you can enjoy the painfully funny consequences of his unfortunate decisions at a safe distance. A Bad Idea I'm About to Do invites listeners to join Chris as he navigates an adolescence and adulthood mired in hilariously ill-fated nerdom, and to take comfort in the fact that - as his experiences often prove - things could always be much, much worse.

©2012 Chris Gethard (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Chris Gethard
Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
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Stalin, Volume II

17 ratings

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Pulitzer Prize finalist Stephen Kotkin continues his definitive biography of Stalin, from collectivization and the Great Terror through to the coming of the conflict with Hitler's Germany that is the signal event of modern world history. When we left Stalin at the end of Stalin: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928, it was 1928, and he had finally climbed the mountaintop and achieved dictatorial power of the Soviet empire. The vastest peasant economy in the world would be transformed into socialist modernity, whatever it took. What it took, or what Stalin believed it took, was the most relentless campaign of shock industrialization the world has ever seen. This is the story of the five-year plans, the new factory towns, and the integration of an entire system of penal labor into the larger economy. With the Great Depression throwing global capital into crisis, the Soviet Union's New Man looked like nothing so much as the man of the future. As the shadows of the '30's deepen, Stalin's drive to militarize Soviet society takes on increasing urgency, and the ambition of Nazi Germany becomes the predominant geopolitical reality he faces when Hitler claims that communism is a global "Judeo-Bolshevik" conspiracy to bring the Slavic race to power. But just because they're out to get you doesn't mean you're not paranoid. Stalin's paranoia is increasingly one of the most horrible facts of life for his entire country. Stalin's obsessions drive him to violently purge almost a million people, including military leadership, diplomatic corps, and intelligence apparatus, to say nothing of a generation of artistic talent. And then came the pact that shocked the world and demoralized leftists everywhere: Stalin's pact with Hitler in 1939, the carve-up of Poland, and Stalin's utter inability to see Hitler's buildup to the invasion of the USSR. Yet for all that, in just 12 years of total power, Stalin has taken this country from a peasant economy to a formidable modern war machine that rivaled anything else in the world. When the invasion came, Stalin wasn't ready, but his country would prove to be prepared. That is a dimension of the Stalin story that has never adequately been reckoned with before, and it looms large here. Stalin: Waiting for Hitler: 1929-1941 is, like its predecessor, nothing less than a history of the world from Stalin's desk. It is also, like its predecessor, a landmark achievement in the annals of its field and in the biographer's art.

©2017 Stephen Kotkin (P)2017 Recorded Books

Narrator: Paul Hecht
Length: 49 hrs and 44 mins
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All But My Life

1 rating

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A classic of Holocaust literature, Gerda Weissmann Klein's memoir tells the moving story of a young woman's experience as a slave laborer for the Nazis and her miraculous liberation. Gerda was 18 years old when she was taken from her home in Poland and imprisoned for 3 years in a series of German work camps. Meanwhile, her parents died in the ovens of Auschwitz and her brother perished in the interior of Poland. Gerda now lives in Arizona with her husband, Kurt Klein, who helped liberate Gerda from Volary, Czechoslovakia, on May 7, 1945. This moving memoir was the inspiration for the Academy Award-winning documentary One Survivor Remembers.

©1957 Gerda Weissmann Klein (P)1997 FSG, Penguin U.S.A.

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Mickey

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By the age of 25, Mickey's mother had born five sons. By the age of 30, she'd gotten rid of them all. For nine-year-old Mickey, the early '50s were not the Ozzie and Harriet fantasy of love and security. Instead, they were years of abandonment, unimaginable cruelty, and virtual slavery. This memoir reveals Mickey's devastating experiences of being handed off from one abusive person to another...all in the name of survival.

©2018 Robert Shafer (P)2019 Robert Shafer

Narrator: Tom Pile
Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
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Hell in the Heartland

3 ratings

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"There is, in the best of us, a search for the truth, to serve the living and dead alike.... Jax Miller is one of those people and Hell in the Heartland is one of those books." (Robert Graysmith, New York Times best-selling author of Zodiac) As seen in: Marie Claire's "Best True Crime Books of 2020" HuffPost  OK! Magazine  CrimeReads  LitHub's "Best New Summer Books"  S-Town meets I'll Be Gone in the Dark in this stranger-than-fiction cold case from rural Oklahoma that has stumped authorities for two decades, concerning the disappearance of two teenage girls and the much larger mystery of murder, possible police cover-up, and an unimaginable truth.... On December 30, 1999, in rural Oklahoma, 16-year-old Ashley Freeman and her best friend, Lauria Bible, were having a sleepover. The next morning, the Freeman family trailer was in flames and both girls were missing. While rumors of drug debts, revenge, and police corruption abounded in the years that followed, the case remained unsolved, and the girls were never found. In 2015, crime writer Jax Miller - who had been haunted by the case - decided to travel to Oklahoma to find out what really happened on that winter night in 1999 and why the story was still simmering more than 15 years later. What she found was more than she could have ever bargained for: Evidence of jaw-dropping levels of police negligence, entire communities ravaged by methamphetamine addiction, and a series of interconnected murders with an ominously familiar pattern. These forgotten towns were wild, lawless, and home to some very dark secrets.

©2020 Jax Miller (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Amy Landon
Author: Jax Miller
Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
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A Confession

13 ratings

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At this time I began to write, from vanity, greed, and pride. In my writings I did exactly as in life. In order to possess the glory and the wealth for whose sake I wrote, it was necessary to conceal the good, and to display the bad. And so I did. Tolstoy’s autobiographical essay is a dissection of his soul, a study of his life’s movement away from the religious certainties of youth, and a vital piece of reading which contextualizes the great works he is best known for. Marking the point at which his life moved from the worldly to the spiritual, Tolstoy’s philosophical reassessment of the Orthodox faith is a work that holds vital spiritual and intellectual importance to this very day.

©2011 christianaudio.com (P)2011 christianaudio.com

Narrator: Simon Vance
Author: Leo Tolstoy
Length: 2 hrs and 25 mins
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Stranger Here

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Jen Larsen always thought that if she could only lose some weight, she would be unstoppable. She was convinced that once she found a way to not be fat any more, she would have the perfect existence she'd always dreamed of. When diet after diet failed, she decided to try bariatric surgery, and it worked better than she ever could have dreamed: she lost 180 pounds. As the weight fell away, though, Larsen realized that getting skinny was not the magical cure she thought it would be and suddenly, she wasn't sure who she was anymore. Stranger Here is the brutally honest, surprisingly hilarious story of one woman's journey from one extreme of the weight spectrum to the other, and of the unexpected emotional chaos it created. Insightful and unsparing in her self-examination, Larsen depicts the exhilarating highs and devastating lows she experienced as a result of her weight loss, the incredible joy of finally beginning to look like the image of herself she's always carried inside her head, and the crushing pain and confusion of feeling like a stranger in her own body after losing the weight that has always defined her.

©2013 Jen Larsen (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Dani Cervone
Author: Jen Larsen
Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
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Am I Doing This Right?

10 ratings

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Tanya Hennessy can't tell the time on an analogue clock, was once employed as a stilt-walker and still sleeps with Morris, her childhood teddy bear, so naturally, she is the most qualified person to write a guidebook for growing up.    Am I Doing This Right? is an encyclopedia of life lessons that Tanya has learned so that you don't have to. From A is for Awkward, to B is for Bodies, right through to V is for Viral and Z is for, well, ZZZZ, Tanya has compiled an entire alphabet full of hilarious, horrible, humbling and happy experiences that will make you laugh, make you cry and ultimately leave you feeling less alone in this complicated world.

©2018 Tanya Hennessy (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: Tanya Hennessy
Length: 4 hrs and 9 mins
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Into the Wild

168 ratings

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In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. His body - along with a camera with five rolls of film, an SOS note, and a cryptic diary written in the back pages of a book about edible plants - was found six months later by a hunter.

©2007 Jon Krakauer (P)2007 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

Narrator: Philip Franklin
Author: Jon Krakauer
Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
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The Hero's Journey

14 ratings

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Joseph Campbell, arguably the greatest mythologist of the twentieth century, was certainly one of our greatest storytellers. This masterfully crafted book interweaves conversations between Campbell and some of the people he inspired, including poet Robert Bly, anthropologist Angeles Arrien, filmmaker David Kennard, Doors drummer John Densmore, psychiatric pioneer Stanislov Grof, Nobel laureate Roger Guillemen, and others. Campbell reflects on subjects ranging from the origins and functions of myth, the role of the artist, and the need for ritual to the ordeals of love and romance. With poetry and humor, Campbell recounts his own quest and conveys the excitement of his lifelong exploration of our mythic traditions, what he called “the one great story of mankind.” Cover photographs of Joseph Campbell © Joseph Campbell Foundation and used with permission.

©1990 Joseph Campbell Foundation (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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Kriegsenkel

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Die Kinder der Kriegskinder melden sich zu Wort Als Friedenskinder sind sie in den Zeiten des Wohlstands aufgewachsen. Es hat ihnen an nichts gefehlt. Oder doch? Die Generation der zwischen 1960 und 1975 Geborenen hat mehr Fragen als Antworten: Wieso haben viele das Gefühl, nicht genau zu wissen, wer sie sind und wohin sie wollen? Wo liegen die Ursachen für diese diffuse Angst vor der Zukunft? Weshalb bleiben so viele von ihnen kinderlos? Noch ist es für sie ein völlig neuer Gedanke, sich vorzustellen, ihre tiefsitzende Verunsicherung könnte von den Eltern stammen, die ihre Kriegserlebnisse nicht verarbeitet haben. Ist es möglich, dass eine Zeit, die über 60 Jahre zurückliegt, so stark in ihre Leben als nachgeborene Kinder hineinwirkt? Als Kriegsenkel verleihen Claudia Michelsen und Devid Striesow ihrer Generation eine Stimme. In deiner Audible-Bibliothek findest du für dieses Hörerlebnis eine PDF-Datei mit zusätzlichem Material.

©2009 / 2014 Sabine Bode / Klett-Cotta - J.G. Cotta'sche Buchhandlung Nachfolger GmbH (P)2015 Random House Audio

Author: Sabine Bode
Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
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Map to the Unknown

4 ratings

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A riveting, darkly funny true story of illness and of learning to trust the Universe while living with pain and uncertainty  “In a collective moment of loss and uncertainty, here comes Isabella Huffington to show us how to survive and thrive anyway. This book will be a balm to all in need of a little fiery hope.” (Glennon Doyle, author of number one New York Times best seller Untamed and founder of Together Rising)  "Isabella Huffington’s Map to the Unknown captures her journey through illness with strength, vulnerability, and a great deal of good humor. Her wise-beyond-her-years memoir will inspire its readers to find joy amid all of life's challenges." (Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and founder of Lean In and Option B)  One day, on her way to a date, Isabella Huffington gets hit by a bike. What begins as a concussion with a diagnosed recovery time of seven-to-ten days becomes more than two years of debilitating pain with no apparent end and a string of unhelpful doctor and specialist visits.    In the wreckage, jobs are canceled. Leases are broken. There is no second date. What’s left is Isabella, her body, and her pain. Because the source of her pain cannot be located within the body, she is told over and over that her pain is psychosomatic. And Isabella believes it, over and over.    What follows is a surprisingly funny medical and spiritual journey, during which Isabella must learn to trust in all that she cannot see or quantify: her pain, God, and her inner voice. Everything fell apart and then something new emerged.    

©2020 Isabella Huffington (P)2020 Audible Originals

Narrator: Brina Palencia
Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
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Love & Courage

87 ratings

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From the leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party - Jagmeet Singh - comes a personal and heartfelt story about family and overcoming adversity. In October 2017, Jagmeet Singh was elected as the first visible minority to lead a major federal political party in Canada. The historic milestone was celebrated across the nation. About a month earlier, in the lead-up to his election, Jagmeet held community meet and greets across Canada. At one such event, a disruptive heckler in the crowd hurled accusations at him. Jagmeet responded by calmly calling for all Canadians to act with “love and courage” in the face of hate. That response immediately went viral, and people across the country began asking, “Who is Jagmeet Singh? And why ‘love and courage’?” This personal and heartfelt memoir is Jagmeet’s answer to that question. In it, we are invited to walk with him through childhood to adulthood as he learns powerful, moving, and sometimes traumatic lessons about hardship, addiction, and the impact of not belonging. We meet his strong family, including his mother, who teaches him that “we are all one; we are all connected”, a valuable lesson that has shaped who he is today. This story is not a political memoir. This is a story of family, love, and courage and how strengthening the connection between us all is the way to building a better world.

©2019 Jagmeet Singh (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

Narrator: Vikas Adam
Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
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I Forgot to Die

67 ratings

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Khalil Rafati went to Los Angeles in the 1990s and had it all. He was working with Hollywood movie stars and legendary rock musicians, but it wasn't long before he found his way into the dark underbelly of the City of Angels. When he hit rock bottom - addicted to heroin and cocaine, overtaken by paranoia and psychosis, written off by his friends and family - he grabbed a shovel and kept digging. At 33, Khalil was 109 pounds, a convicted felon, high school dropout, and homeless junkie living on the infamous Skid Row in downtown L.A. So how does someone with nothing, who feels like they deserve nothing, and who just wants to end it all turn their life around? I Forgot to Die is an incredible true story of pain, suffering, addiction, and redemption - and how one man ultimately conquered his demons and wrote himself a new life story.

©2015 Khalil Rafati (P)2017 Tantor

Narrator: Khalil Rafati
Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
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Conversations with Joe

1 rating

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Conversations with Joe presents the edited highlights of Vice President Joe Biden’s 29 city US tour, in which he speaks candidly about his son Beau’s remarkable life and the hope and purpose the Biden family found in carrying on Beau’s work after he lost his battle with brain cancer. The conversations feature a kaleidoscopic assortment of American leaders, artists, performers and writers - including Man Booker Prize-winning author George Saunders, late night talk-show host Stephen Colbert, television actress Constance Wu, philanthropist Melinda Gates, Tony-winning Hamilton costar Leslie Odom Jr., and Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin. These compelling, off-the-cuff conversations are designed to amplify Biden’s powerful message of unity and promise in heartfelt and entertaining fashion for Audible listeners.

©2018 Joseph Biden, Audible Originals LLC (P)2018 Audible Originals, LLC.

Narrator: Joe Biden
Author: Joe Biden
Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
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James Acaster's Classic Scrapes

86 ratings

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The Sunday Times Best Seller James Acaster has been nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award five times and has appeared on prime-time TV shows like Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo and Russell Howard's Stand Up Central. But behind the fame and critical acclaim is a man perpetually getting into trouble. Whether it's disappointing a skydiving instructor mid-flight, hiding from thugs in a bush wearing a bright red dress, or annoying the Kettering Board Games club, a didgeridoo-playing conspiracy theorist and some bemused Christians, James is always finding new ways to embarrass himself. Appearing on Josh Widdicombe's radio show to recount these stories, the feature was christened 'James Acaster's classic scrapes'. Here, in his first book, James recounts these tales (including never-before-heard stories) in all their glorious stupidity.

©2017 James Acaster (P)2017 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

Narrator: James Acaster
Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
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Dealing with the Devil

3 ratings

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Why are we the way we are? Who can we become? What stands in our way? In Dealing with the Devil, Tony Schwartz investigates these sweeping questions by fiercely reckoning with his own life choices, regrets, and aspirations. He confronts the shame that arose after he helped craft a persona for Donald Trump in The Art of the Deal that 30 years later aided in his election as president. He provides a window into understanding our complicated relationship with Trump, and the Trump in each of us. Finally, Schwartz explores how the experience of writing The Art of the Deal prompted him to take an entirely different path in his life. This path led Schwartz to a lifelong exploration of the factors that shape our beliefs and identity, the influence of our early caregivers, and the ways that we can heal and grow by accepting and acknowledging both the best and the worst in ourselves. Schwartz’s story is defined not by his time with Trump, but rather by his lifelong quest to become a better human being - as a husband, a father, a grandfather and as the CEO of a company devoted to helping others more skillfully and wisely manage their lives. 

©2020 Tony Schwartz (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC.

Narrator: Tony Schwartz
Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
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The Ryan Green True Crime Collection: Volume 1

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Four chilling true-crime stories in one collection from the best-selling author Ryan Green. Volume one contains some of Green’s most fascinating accounts of violence, abuse, deception, and murder. Within this collection, you'll receive: Harold Shipman: The True Story of Britain’s Most Notorious Serial Killer The story of Britain’s most notorious serial killer, Harold Shipman, from his upbringing, his victims, his trial, and his motivations. Shipman killed no less than 218 of his patients, making him Britain’s most prolific serial killer.  What possessed a respected and trusted man to abuse his power on such a grand scale? Colombian Killers: The True Stories of the Three Most Prolific Serial Killers on Earth Luis Alfredo Garavito, Pedro Alonzo Lopez, and Daniel Camargo Barbosa are among the most prolific serial killers in the world. Between them, they were convicted of 329 murders, but it’s believed the number they committed is over 750.  Fred & Rose West: Britain’s Most Infamous Killer Couples This chilling audiobook is based on the true life events of Britain’s most infamous killer couple, Rosemary and Frederick West, and the terror they wreaked on their hometown before their apprehension in 1994. The story includes decades of child abuse, an underground torture chamber, and a burial ground containing the bodies of the spent victims - including that of their missing daughter. The Kurim Case: A Terrifying True Story of Child Abuse, Cults & Cannibalism A horrific narrative uncovered by accident exposes a mother and sister’s sadistic acts of child abuse, confinement, and even cannibalism of two young boys. But this turned out to be the tip of the iceberg. The child abuse was performed at a much larger scale.

©2018 Ryan Green (P)2018 Ryan Green

Narrator: Ernie Sprance
Author: Ryan Green
Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
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Man of the Family

6 ratings

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At age 11, Ralph becomes man of the family and an entrepreneur. He continues his horse riding and cattle driving, and the Moody's start a cooking business.

©1951 Ralph Moody (P)2001 Books in Motion

Narrator: Cameron Beierle
Author: Ralph Moody
Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
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Wasted

17 ratings

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Precociously intelligent, imaginative, energetic, and ambitious, Marya Hornbacher grew up in a comfortable middle-class American home. At the age of 5, she returned home from ballet class one day, put on an enormous sweater, curled up on her bed, and cried because she thought she was fat. By age 9, she was secretly bulimic, throwing up at home after school, while watching Brady Bunch reruns on television and munching Fritos. She added anorexia to her repertoire a few years later and took great pride in her ability to starve.   Marya's story gathers intensity with each passing year. By the time she is in college and working for a wire news service in Washington D.C., she is in the grip of a bout of anorexia so horrifying that it will forever put to rest the romance of wasting away. Down to 52 pounds and counting, Marya becomes a battlefield: her powerful death instinct at war with the will to live. Why would a talented young girl go through the looking glass and slip into a netherworld where up is down, food is greed, and death is honor? Why enter into a love affair with hunger, drugs, sex, and death? Marya Hornbacher sustained both anorexia and bulimia through five lengthy hospitalizations, endless therapy, the loss of family, friends, jobs, and ultimately, any sense of what it means to be "normal."  In this vivid, emotionally wrenching memoir, she recreates the experience and illuminates the tangle of personal, family, and cultural causes underlying eating disorders. Wasted is the story of one woman's travels to the darker side of reality, and her decision to find her way back again - on her own terms. 

©1998 Marya Hornbacher (P)1998 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.

Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
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Kardec, a biografia [Portuguese Edition]

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Hippolyte Léon Denizard Rivail era um professor cético, autor de livros didáticos na França do século 19, até ver mesas girarem no ar e ditarem, ao som de pancadas, mensagens atribuídas ao além. Uma batida, letra A, duas batidas, letra B, e assim sucessivamente até se formarem frases e textos inteiros, assinados por mortos ilustres ou anônimos. Fraude? Hipnose coletiva? Autossugestão? Energia manipulada pelos vivos... Ou pelos mortos? O que estaria por trás daqueles fenômenos vistos por multidões na Europa e nos Estados Unidos, e reverenciados por celebridades como o escritor Victor Hugo? Foi o que o professor decidiu descobrir. Aos 53 anos, depois de pôr à prova o invisível, Rivail mudou de vida e de nome para dar voz aos espíritos. Tornou-se Allan Kardec, uma figura cada fez mais conhecida, admirada... E perseguida. O que transformou o cético em líder de uma doutrina? O que o convenceu a acreditar que os mortos estavam vivos e se comunicavam através de médiuns? O que o fez enfrentar adversários ferrenhos da Igreja e da imprensa para levar ao maior número de leitores sua fé na sobrevivência do espírito? Foi em busca de respostas para estas perguntas que o jornalista Marcel Souto Maior, biógrafo de Chico Xavier, saiu a campo. O resultado de sua pesquisa é um retrato surpreendente do homem que virou símbolo de uma doutrina para milhões de seguidores e transformou o Brasil no maior país espírita do mundo. Please note: This audiobook is in Portuguese.

©2013 Marcel Souto Maior (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Carlos Ferolli
Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
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Study Guide: The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui

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SuperSummary, a modern alternative to SparkNotes and CliffsNotes, offers high-quality instructional study guides for challenging works of literature. This audio study guide for The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui includes detailed summary and analysis of each chapter and an in-depth exploration of the book’s multiple symbols, motifs, and themes such as the family life cycle, the spoken and the unspoken, and the inadequate American narrative about the Vietnam War. Featured content also includes commentary on major characters, 25 important quotes, essay questions, and discussion topics. The award-winning The Best We Could Do is a graphic memoir published in 2017. Alternating her narrative between her present-day experiences as a new mother in New York City with her parents’ past growing up in and then escaping from Vietnam, Bui builds a complex web of intergenerational trauma and love. This audio study guide presents the same expert content - written by experienced teachers, professors, and literary scholars - in an easy-to-access audio format. SuperSummary study guides demonstrate an authoritative voice, present expert analysis, offer big picture ideas, and help listeners understand a work’s underlying meanings and conclusions.

©2020 SuperSummary (P)2021 SuperSummary

Narrator: Michelle Lee
Author: SuperSummary
Length: 1 hr and 45 mins
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Reagan's Journey

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Today, the name Ronald Reagan is synonymous with great leadership. He led by example at a time when few thought it possible, and against the advice of experts, he went to the Berlin Wall and demanded it be torn down. He worked at keeping up the morale of his fellow citizens in honoring the sacrifices at Pointe du Hoc in Normandy, relighting the Statue of Liberty, and giving a magnificent speech for America's children on the occasion of the Challenger disaster.  In the face of a tremendous personal crisis, he maintained a positive attitude. The world watched in wonder and amazement as he joked his way through the assassination attempt that very nearly killed him. And above all else, in his signature style - friendly, avuncular, easygoing - from the Oval Office, in auditoriums large and small, and on his Saturday radio programs, he communicated with us. Please join me in exploring Reagan’s journey.

©2011 Margot Morrell (P)2019 Margot Morrell

Narrator: Andrew Pond
Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
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Enforcer

12 ratings

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Among members of the outlaw motorcycle clubs, Caesar Campbell is a legend. Former sergeant-at-arms and chief enforcer for the Comancheros, Caesar became the founding member and sergeant-at-arms of the Australian chapter of the Bandidos. He epitomised bikie culture - unbeatable in a fight, brutal in the extreme, fearing no one and nothing, and loyal until death. This is Caesar's story, from his recruitment into the Comancheros, to the savage split within the club that led to the foundation of the Bandidos and the bloody massacre at Milperra that resulted from it. Enforcer is a unique and captivating true-crime story that will shock you with its raw violence, its brutality and its insights into an outlaw world.

©2010 Caesar Campbell (P)2012 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Narrator: Dave Ferguson
Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
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So, You Want to Be a Doctoral Learner Huh? Are You Nuts?!

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Dr. L.A. Davis earned her Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Development in 2018. Her dissertation focused on the blind or visually impaired to understand how this population perceived employment, and how those perceptions motivated them to seek employment. In her first book, she writes about her experience as an online doctoral learner, the difficulties she faced, and how the words “Thank You” changed her journey. She included several tips and some websites she used to help her get through her journey. Though the book is targeted to Ed.D. and Ph.D. learners, many of the tips included in her book can be used for any level of higher education. This audiobook can be listened to by anyone who wants to understand the emotional turmoil of earning a Ph.D. or EdD. It can also be listened to by anyone who wants to have a good laugh from some funny moments written in this audiobook.

©2018 Dr. L.A. Davis (P)2020 Dr. L.A. Davis

Length: 4 hrs and 25 mins
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Possible Side Effects

4 ratings

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From the million-copy best-selling author of Running with Scissors comes Augusten Burrough's most provocative collection yet. This audiobook is approved by those seeking pleasure, escape, amusement, enlightenment, or general distraction. It is not approved to treat disorders such as eBay addiction or incessant blind dating. In some studies, people reported inappropriate, convulsive laughter, a tingling sensation in the limbs, and sudden gasping. Fewer than 1 percent reported narcolepsy. This audiobook has been shown to be especially helpful to those with parents, grandparents, life partners, and incontinent dogs. Do not operate heavy machinery while listening to this program, until you know what effects it may have on you. Ask your doctor about Possible Side Effects.

©2006 Island Road, LLC (P)2006 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
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Permanent Record (German edition)

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Edward Snowden riskierte alles, um das System der Massenüberwachung durch die US-Regierung aufzudecken. Jetzt erzählt er seine Geschichte. "Mein Name ist Edward Snowden. Sie halten dieses Buch in Händen, weil ich etwas getan habe, das für einen Mann in meiner Position sehr gefährlich ist: Ich habe beschlossen, die Wahrheit zu sagen." Mit 29 Jahren schockiert Edward Snowden die Welt: Als Datenspezialist und Geheimnisträger für NSA und CIA deckt er auf, dass die US-Regierung heimlich das Ziel verfolgt, jeden Anruf, jede SMS und jede E-Mail zu überwachen. Das Ergebnis wäre ein nie dagewesenes System der Massenüberwachung, mit dem das Privatleben jeder einzelnen Person auf der Welt durchleuchtet werden kann. Edward Snowden trifft eine folgenschwere Entscheidung: Er macht die geheimen Pläne öffentlich. Damit gibt er sein ganzes bisheriges Leben auf. Er weiß, dass er seine Familie, sein Heimatland und die Frau, die er liebt, vielleicht nie wiedersehen wird.

©2019 Edward Snowden / S. Fischer Verlag GmbH, Frankfurt am Main. Übersetzung von Kay Greiners (P)2019 Argon Verlag GmbH, Berlin

Narrator: N.N.
Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
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We Rise

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We Rise: Speeches by Inspirational Black Women is a rare compilation of memorable speeches delivered by celebrated African-American women from both the past and present. Spanning decades and elucidating the fight for equality, it not only captures important pieces of Black history, but reveals the struggle from a female perspective. The live recordings in this captivating collection are preceded by a short biography to introduce each speaker. Speeches include: Michelle Obama at the Democratic National Convention (2008) Shirley Chisholm on Equal Rights for Women (1969) Barbara Jordan, “Who Will Speak for the Common Good?” (1976) Fannie Lou Hamer at the Democratic National Convention (1964) Rosa Parks at the Million Man March (1995)

©2010 Phoenix (P)2010 Phoenix

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The Story of My Experiments with Truth: An Autobiography

3 ratings

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To mark the 150th anniversary of Gandhi’s birth, DK presents the audiobook of The Story of My Experiments with Truth: An Autobiography, narrated by Sagar Arya. Gandhi's nonviolent struggles against racism, violence, and colonialism in South Africa and India had brought him to such a level of notoriety and adulation that when asked to write an autobiography midway through his career, he took it as an opportunity to explain himself. He feared the enthusiasm for his ideas tended to exceed a deeper understanding of his quest for truth rooted in devotion to God. His attempts to get closer to this divine power led him to seek purity through simple living, dietary practices, celibacy, and a life without violence. This is not a straightforward narrative biography. In The Story of My Experiments with Truth: An Autobiography, Gandhi offers his life story as a reference for those who would follow in his footsteps. A well-known Indian actor, Sagar Arya has narrated over 35 audiobooks, including White Teeth by Zadie Smith, Love Like Blood by Mark Billingham, and audiobooks by Amish, and he brings his wealth of knowledge to this production. His television credits include A Touch of Frost, Hunted, Spooks, Casualty and Holby City. He appeared as Claudio in RSC’s Much Ado About Nothing as well as Twelfth Night (West End), The Great Game (Tricycle), and A Fine Balance (Hampstead).

©1927 M. K. Gandhi (P)2019 Random House Audio

Narrator: Sagar Arya
Author: M. K. Gandhi
Length: 20 hrs and 27 mins
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Hope and Other Luxuries

2 ratings

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Clare Dunkle seemed to have an ideal life - two beautiful, high-achieving teenage daughters, a loving husband, and a satisfying and successful career as a children's book novelist. But it's when you let down your guard that the ax falls. Just after one daughter successfully conquered her depression, another daughter developed a life-threatening eating disorder. Copublished with Elena Vanishing, the memoir of her daughter, this is the story - told in brave, beautifully written, and unflinchingly honest prose - of one family's fight against a deadly disease from an often ignored but important perspective: the mother of the anorexic.

©2015 Clare B. Dunkle (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Abby Craden
Length: 22 hrs and 4 mins
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Blame It on Bianca Del Rio

41 ratings

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The cheeky, larger-than-life drag queen and outrageous comic - "The Joan Rivers of the Drag World" (New York Times) - who isn’t afraid to shock or offend brings her trademark acerbic wit and sharp commentary to this uproarious collection of advice. When it comes to insult comics, Bianca Del Rio is in a class by herself. Fierce, funny, and fabulous - a would-be love child sired by John Waters and birthed by Joan Rivers - Bianca sandblasted her name in the annals of pop culture on RuPaul’s Drag Race. Thanks to her snarky frankness, impeccable comedic timing, and politically incorrect humor, she became the show’s breakout star, winning its sixth season. In Blame It on Bianca Del Rio, Bianca shares her opinions loudly and proudly, offering raucous, hilarious, no-holds-barred commentary on the everyday annoyances, big and small, that color her world, and make it a living, albeit amusing, hell for anyone who inhabits it. A collection of biting advice filled from Bianca’s twisted universe, Blame It on Bianca Del Rio will shock you and keep you laughing. But be warned: it is not for the faint of heart!

©2018 Bianca Del Rio (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Bianca Del Rio
Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
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A River in Darkness

41 ratings

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A New York Times bestseller and Amazon Charts Most Read and Most Sold book. A Goodreads Choice Award nominee for Memoir & Autobiography. The harrowing true story of one man’s life in - and subsequent escape from - North Korea, one of the world’s most brutal totalitarian regimes. Half-Korean, half-Japanese, Masaji Ishikawa has spent his whole life feeling like a man without a country. This feeling only deepened when his family moved from Japan to North Korea when Ishikawa was just thirteen years old, and unwittingly became members of the lowest social caste. His father, himself a Korean national, was lured to the new Communist country by promises of abundant work, education for his children, and a higher station in society. But the reality of their new life was far from utopian. In this memoir translated from the original Japanese, Ishikawa candidly recounts his tumultuous upbringing and the brutal thirty-six years he spent living under a crushing totalitarian regime, as well as the challenges he faced repatriating to Japan after barely escaping North Korea with his life. A River in Darkness is not only a shocking portrait of life inside the country but a testament to the dignity - and indomitable nature - of the human spirit.

©2000 by Masaji Ishikawa. (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Translation © 2017 by Risa Kobayashi and Martin Brown.

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No Back Doors for Me

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There are those stories of childhood that influence our way of thinking. One such story, told by her mother, ingrained a life-long mantra for I Am Joyce Johnson. In No Back Doors for Me, Joyce’s memoir of living out life and business by that mantra have been challenging. Learning to navigate in a world that has fallen short of creating diverse and inclusive workplaces has made Joyce a voice for Black women and Black professionals. As you listen to this book, you will cry, you will laugh, and you will evaluate your own thoughts and actions with a new lens.

©2021 Joyce Johnson (P)2021 Joyce Johnson

Narrator: Joyce Johnson
Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
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Self-Tanner for the Soul

37 ratings

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From Cat Marnell, author of the New York Times best-selling memoir How to Murder Your Life, an irresistibly candid and magical travelogue of soul-seeking and self-healing The spring of 2017 should have been the greatest time of Cat Marnell’s life. She was 34 and living the New York glamour life downtown, with a thriving career and a best-selling memoir. Instead, it was one of the worst. She’d gone through a protracted and traumatic breakup, nearly run out of money, and, during a month-long binge, "done something horrible" to herself that she couldn’t undo. Her troubles mounting, Marnell makes a radically simple choice: She decides to leave her problems behind. She puts her belongings into storage and uses the last of her book advance to buy a one-way plane ticket to Europe. For the next four months, Marnell is a woman on the move. With nothing but a suitcase (Sammy) and a bag of wigs to her name, and no agenda other than to follow her heart (and maybe the Libertines' Pete Doherty), Marnell embarks on a profound personal journey, from late-night "Wizard Walks" in mysterious cities to almost drowning in a river - all while learning to face down her demons. Whimsical, infectious, and utterly life-affirming, Self-Tanner for the Soul reminds us all of the life-changing magic of running away.

©2019 Cat Marnell (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

Narrator: Cat Marnell
Author: Cat Marnell
Length: 6 hrs
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American Drug Addict

7 ratings

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My name is Brett. I'm a college-educated man who was once a husband of 26 years with two children, three businesses, and a large home with an actual white picket fence. I'm also a drug addict. And I have a tale to tell. My story has everything: sex, death, pain, atheism, God, jail, marriage, divorce, heresy, homosexuality, physics, traffic fatalities, computer science, video games, cinnamon toothpicks, Barry Manilow, Nine Inch Nails, pornography, breasts, used tampons, strippers, venereal disease, abortion, prostitutes, AIDS, racism, suicide, infidelity, public nudity, anti-Semitism, marijuana, alcohol, pawn shops, drug dealers, needles, acid, ecstasy, crack, heroin, pain pills, withdrawal, interventions, rehabs, product tampering, road rage, vandalism, elderly abuse, grave desecration, arson, identity theft, burglary, armed robbery, and murder. But more importantly, it's about the despair of addiction and the absolute certainty that it can be overcome. Recovery is not simply abstinence, but a process of growing up. I spent my entire life searching for the key to long-term sobriety. I would like to share with you what I have learned.

©2017 Brett Douglas, TCA Books, LLC (P)2018 Tantor

Narrator: Ryan Turner
Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
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Christopher Hitchens in Conversation with Salman Rushdie

4 ratings

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Over the course of his 60 years, Christopher Hitchens has been a citizen of both the United States and the United Kingdom. He has been both a socialist opposed to the war in Vietnam and a supporter of the U.S. war against Islamic extremism in Iraq. He has been both a foreign correspondent in some of the world's most dangerous places and a legendary bon vivant. He is a fervent atheist, raised as a Christian, by a mother whose Jewish heritage was not revealed to him until her suicide. He has now written a searing memoir entitled, Hitch 22 that lays bare these many contradictions and affirms his conviction that all personal is also political. Christopher Hitchens is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and a visiting professor of liberal studies at the New School. He is the author of numerous books, including works on Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, George Orwell, Mother Teresa, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Henry Kissinger and his #1 New York Times bestseller and National Book Award nominee, God Is Not Great.

©2010 92nd Street Y (P)2010 92nd Street Y

Narrator: Salman Rushdie
Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
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Cherry

2 ratings

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From Mary Karr, author of the best selling The Liar's Club, comes the gorgeously written, often hilarious story of her tumultuous teens and sexual coming-of-age. In edgy, brilliant prose, Cherry takes listeners to a place never explored with such candor. Parts will leave you gasping with laughter. But its soaring close proves that from even the smokiest beginnings a solid self can form, one capable of facing down all manner of monsters.

©2000 Mary Karr (P)2000 Random House, Inc.

Narrator: Mary Karr
Author: Mary Karr
Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
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Volume 1 of The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African

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The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano was one of the first widely-read slave narratives. Eight editions were printed during the author's lifetime, and it was translated into Dutch and German. The narrative appears in a variety of styles and describes Equiano's time spent in enslavement, documenting his attempts at becoming an independent man through his study of the Bible, and his eventual success in gaining his own freedom.

Public Domain (P)2018 Museum Audiobooks

Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
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The World I Live In

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First published in 1908, The World I Live In by Helen Keller is a classic testament to hope and optimism. The book is a collection of inspiring essays offering insight into the world of an extraordinary achiever who was born deaf and blind. The work reveals her impressions of the world through her sense of touch, smell, and vibration, as well as her dreams and imagination. She explains how the whole spectrum of the senses lies open to her through the medium of language.  Considered as Helen Keller's most personal and moving work, The World I Live In is a poignant account of her experience of the beauty of life.

Public Domain (P)2019 Museum Audiobooks

Narrator: Jean Norman
Author: Helen Keller
Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
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How Y'all Doing?

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Viral sensation and Emmy Award-winner Leslie Jordan regales fans with entertaining stories about the odd, funny, and unforgettable events in his life in this unmissable essay collection that echoes his droll, irreverent voice. When actor Leslie Jordan learned he had “gone viral”, he had no idea what that meant or how much his life was about to change. On Instagram, his uproarious videos have entertained millions and have made him a global celebrity. Now, he brings his bon vivance to the page with this collection of intimate and sassy essays. Bursting with color and life, dripping with his puckish Southern charm, How Y’all Doing? is Leslie doing what Leslie does best: telling stories that make us laugh and lift our spirits even in the darkest days.  Whether he’s writing about his brush with a group of ruffians in a West Hollywood Starbucks, or an unexpected phone call from legendary Hollywood start Debbie Reynolds, Leslie infuses each story with his fresh and saucy humor and pure heart. How Y’all Doing? is an authentic, warm, and joyful portrait of an American Sweetheart — a Southern Baptist celebutante, first-rate raconteur, and keen observer of the odd side of life whose quirky wit rivals the likes of Amy Sedaris, Jenny Lawson, David Rakoff, and Sarah Vowell.

©2021 Leslie Jordan (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Leslie Jordan
Length: 4 hrs and 15 mins
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Too Scared to Cry

3 ratings

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Maggie Hartley is one of the UK's most prolific foster mothers. This inspiring collection includes three heartbreaking, true short stories about the children who have passed through Maggie's care.  'Too Scared to Cry' When Ben and Damien arrive on Maggie's doorstep, the two toddlers are too scared to speak. More disturbingly still, their baby half-brother Noah is completely unresponsive - he doesn't smile or play or crawl. The three siblings have been conditioned to be seen and not heard, and it's up to Maggie to unpick what has caused this terrible void.   'The Girl No One Wanted' Eleven-year-old Leanne is out of control. With over 40 placements in her short life, no local foster carers are willing to take in this angry and damaged little girl. Maggie is Leanne's only hope, and her last chance. If this placement fails, Leanne will be put in a secure unit. Where most others would simply walk away, Maggie refuses to give up on the little girl who's never known love.  'A Family for Christmas' A tragic accident leaves the life of toddler Edward changed forever and his family wracked with guilt. Maggie must help this family grieve for the son they've lost and learn to love the little boy he is now. But will Edward have a family to go home to at Christmas?  These heartwarming and inspiring short stories show the power of a foster mother's love, and her determination to help the children who come into her care. 

©2018 Maggie Hartley (P)2020 Orion Publishing Group

Narrator: Penny MacDonald
Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
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The Pretty One

2 ratings

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From the disability rights advocate and creator of the #DisabledAndCute viral campaign, a thoughtful, inspiring, and charming collection of essays exploring what it means to be black and disabled in a mostly able-bodied white America. Keah Brown loves herself, but that hadn’t always been the case. Born with cerebral palsy, her greatest desire used to be normalcy and refuge from the steady stream of self-hate society strengthened inside her. But after years of introspection and reaching out to others in her community, she has reclaimed herself and changed her perspective. In The Pretty One, Brown gives a contemporary and relatable voice to the disabled - so often portrayed as mute, weak, or isolated. With clear, fresh, and lighthearted prose, these essays explore everything from her relationship with her able-bodied identical twin (called “the pretty one” by friends) to navigating romance; her deep affinity for all things pop culture - and her disappointment with the media’s distorted view of disability; and her declaration of self-love with the viral hashtag #DisabledAndCute. By “smashing stigmas, empowering her community, and celebrating herself” (Teen Vogue), Brown and The Pretty One aim to expand the conversation about disability and inspire self-love for people of all backgrounds.

©2019 Keah Brown (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

Narrator: Keah Brown
Author: Keah Brown
Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
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Counting Backwards

2 ratings

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For many of the 40 million Americans who undergo anesthesia each year, it is a source of great fear and fascination. In Counting Backwards, Dr. Henry Jay Przybylo - an anesthesiologist with more than 30 years of experience - has written an unforgettable account of the routine procedure's daily dramas and fundamental mysteries. Przybylo has administered anesthesia more than 30,000 times in his career - erasing consciousness, denying memory, and immobilizing the body before reversing all of these effects - on newborn babies, screaming toddlers and sullen teenagers, his own son, and even a gorilla. With compassion and candor, he weaves his experiences into intimate stories that explore the nature of consciousness, the politics of pain relief, and the wonder of modern medicine. Through its intense and humane tales of mistakes, near-disasters, life-saving successes, and moments of grace, Counting Backwards shines a light on one of the most fascinating but unexplored corners of the medical world.

©2017 Henry Jay Przybylo, MD (P)2017 Tantor

Narrator: Tom Perkins
Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
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Tim Paulson - Marketing Legend and the Head Coach of Coaches

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Tim Paulson is one of the smartest marketers around. Period. He also has a remarkable ability to find something good in everything - which has been one of the biggest secrets to his success. He is known as the Head Coach of Coaches for his reputation in training business coaches to increase the value they offer, as well as their prices. He is also a hugely popular business speaker, and his entrepreneurial wisdom and energy is truly infectious. This interview may contain references to dates, events, etc., which have already taken place. These references have not been omitted in order to maintain the integrity of the recording, as all Meet The Giants interviews are REAL and unedited conversations.

©2009 Meet The Giants (P)2009 Meet The Giants

Narrator: Mike Giles
Author: Tim Paulson
Length: 57 mins
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A Time of Gifts

Summary

In 1933, at the age of 18, Patrick Leigh Fermor set out on an extraordinary journey by foot - from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople. A Time of Gifts is the first volume in a trilogy recounting the trip, and takes the listener with him as far as Hungary. It is a book of compelling glimpses - not only of the events that were curdling Europe at that time, but also of its resplendent domes and monasteries, its great rivers, the sun on the Bavarian snow, the storks and frogs, the hospitable burgomasters who welcomed him, and that world's grandeurs and courtesies. His powers of recollection have astonishing sweep and verve, and the scope is majestic.

©1977 The estate of Patrick Leigh Fermor (P)2014 Hodder & Stoughton

Narrator: Crispin Redman
Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
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Jack Nicklaus

2 ratings

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During his more than 40-year career as champion amateur, dominating professional, and senior star, the Golden Bear has won almost 100 tournaments around the world. Topping that astounding achievement are his record 20 major-championship victories: two U.S. Amateurs, six Masters, four U.S. Opens, three British Opens, and five U.S. PGA Championships. This is Jack Nicklaus’ complete and compelling in-depth account of his legendary major triumphs, along with many other competition highlights—and some lowlights, too—of one of the greatest sports careers of all time.

©1997 Jack Nicklaus (P)1998 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Ian Esmo
Length: 18 hrs and 32 mins
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Mut zur Freiheit

Summary

Eine junge Frau erzählt von Ihrer Flucht aus Nordkorea und ihrem Kampf ums Überleben. Yeonmi Park träumte nicht von der Freiheit, als sie im Alter von erst 13 Jahren aus Nordkorea floh. Sie wusste nicht einmal, was Freiheit ist. Alles was sie wusste war, dass sie um ihr Leben lief, dass sie und ihre Familie sterben würde, wenn sie bliebe - vor Hunger, an einer Krankheit oder gar durch Exekution. In ihrem Hörbuch erzählt Yeonmi Park von ihrem Kampf ums Überleben in einem der dunkelsten und repressivsten Regime unserer Zeit; sie erzählt von ihrer grauenhaften Odyssee durch die chinesische Unterwelt, bevölkert von Schmugglern und Menschenhändlern, bis nach Südkorea; und sie erzählt von ihrem erstaunlichen Weg zur führenden Menschenrechts-Aktivistin mit noch nicht einmal 21 Jahren.

©2015 Yeonmi Park / Goldmann Verlag, München. Übersetzung von pociao, Jörn Ingwersen und Sabine Herting (P)2015 der Hörverlag

Narrator: Julia Casper
Author: Yeonmi Park
Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
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Plain Speaking

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“No one will ever study or write about the time of Truman again without a bow of gratitude to Merle Miller. Never has a president of the United States, or any head of state for that matter, been so totally revealed, so completely documented." (Robert A. Arthur)  Plain Speaking is a book based on conversations between Merle Miller and the thirty-third President of the United States, Harry S. Truman. From these interviews, as well as others who knew him over the years, Miller transcribes Truman’s feisty takes on everything from his personal life, military service, and political career to the challenges he faced in taking the office during the final days of World War II and the beginning of the Cold War. Using a series of taped discussions from 1962 that never aired on television, Plain Speaking takes an opportunity to deliver exactly how Mr. Truman felt about the presidency, and his thoughts in his later years on his accomplishments and the legacy he left behind.

©1974 Merle Miller (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

Author: Merle Miller
Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
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Jedz a Behaj: Moja Neuveritelna Cesta k Ultramaratonskej Spicke (Eat and Run)

Summary

"Run until you can't run anymore. Then run some more. Find a new source of energy and will. Then run even faster." The words of Scott Jurek, a dominant force - and darling - in the grueling and growing sport of ultrarunning for more than a decade. In 1999, as a complete unknown, he took the lead in the Western States Endurance Run, a 100-mile jaunt over the Gold Rush trails of America's Sierra Nevada. He went on to win that race seven years in a row. Jurek was also one of the elite runners who travelled to Mexico to run with the Tarahumara Indians, as profiled in the international bestseller Born to Run. His accomplishments are nothing short of extraordinary.  In Eat and Run, Jurek opens up about his life and career as an elite athlete and about the vegan diet that is key to his success. From his Midwestern childhood of hunting and fishing to his slow transition to ultrarunning and veganism, to his epic, record-breaking races, Jurek's story shows the power of an iron will and the importance of thinking of food as fuel. Full of stories of endurance and competition as well as practical advice and some of his original recipes, Eat and Run will motivate people to go the distance, whether that means getting out for a first run, expanding your food horizons, or simply exploring the limits of human potential. Please note: This audiobook is in Slovak.

©2012 Scott Jurek (P)2014 Audiolibrix Ltd.

Narrator: Pavol Michalka
Author: Scott Jurek
Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
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The Forgotten Highlander

18 ratings

Summary

Alistair Urquhart was a soldier in the Gordon Highlanders captured by the Japanese in Singapore. He not only survived working on the notorious Bridge on the River Kwai , but he was subsequently taken on one of the Japanese ‘hellships’ which was torpedoed. Nearly everyone else on board died and Urquhart spent 5 days alone on a raft in the South China Sea before being rescued by a whaling ship. He was taken to Japan and then forced to work in a mine near Nagasaki. Two months later a nuclear bomb dropped just ten miles away . . . This is the extraordinary story of a young men, conscripted at nineteen and whose father was a Somme Veteran, survived not just one, but three close encounters with death - encounters which killed nearly all his comrades.

©2010 Alistair Urquhart (P)2010 Hachette Digital

Narrator: David Rintoul
Length: 3 hrs and 14 mins
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Normal Sucks

8 ratings

Summary

This program is read by the author. Confessional and often hilarious, in Normal Sucks, a neuro-diverse writer, advocate, and father meditates on his life, offering the radical message that we should stop trying to fix people and start empowering them to succeed. Jonathan Mooney blends anecdote, expertise, and memoir to present a new mode of thinking about how we live and learn - individually, uniquely, and with advantages and upshots to every type of brain and body. As a neuro-diverse kid diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD who didn't learn to read until he was 12, the realization that that he wasn’t the problem - the system and the concept of normal were - saved Mooney’s life and fundamentally changed his outlook. Here he explores the toll that being not normal takes on kids and adults when they’re trapped in environments that label them, shame them, and tell them, even in subtle ways, that they are the problem. But, he argues, if we can reorient the ways in which we think about diversity, abilities, and disabilities, we can start a revolution.  A highly sought-after public speaker, Mooney has been inspiring audiences with his story and his message for nearly two decades. Now he’s ready to share what he’s learned from parents, educators, researchers, and kids in a book that is as much a survival guide as it is a call to action. Whip-smart, insightful, and utterly inspiring - and movingly framed as a letter to his own young sons, as they work to find their ways in the world - this audiobook will upend what we call normal and empower us all.   PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Jonathan Mooney (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

Narrator: Jonathan Mooney
Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
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The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano

5 ratings

Summary

Olaudah Equiano's autobiography challenged minds and hearts in the late 1700s. The first autobiography ever written by a former slave, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano is one of the most well-recognized slave-narratives. It was first published in 1789 and gained notoriety as a mechanism for the abolitionist movement in England in 1807. In his work, Equiano illuminates the life of himself as a slave and then a freed man, ultimately becoming a respected politician and philosopher.

©2017 Bassett Publishing (P)2017 Bassett Publishing

Narrator: Jeff Moon
Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
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Mat Boggs - Turning Your Passion into Your Business

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According to Thomas J. Stanley, author of The Millionaire Mind, the top four most important success factors for millionaires in order of importance are: Being honest with all people Being well disciplined Getting along with people Having a supportive spouse He was so inspired by his grandparents 63-year marriage that he decided to take a 75-day road-trip across the U.S. to speak to more than 300 so-called ‘Marriage Masters’ – people who have enjoyed incredible, long-lasting marriages – to find out what the secrets are to sustaining long-lasting, happy unions. "Getting relationships right", whether within the sphere of marriage or outside, is a prerequisite to success for any serious entrepreneur. Boggs has been featured on Good Morning America, Oprah and Friends, CNN, and numerous other TV programs. He will reveal the secrets of exactly how he managed to land such massive publicity without spending a penny on PR firms. This interview may contain references to dates, events, etc., that have already taken place - these references have not been omitted in order to maintain the integrity of the recording, as all Meet The Giants interviews are REAL and unedited conversations.

©2009 Meet The Giants (P)2009 Meet The Giants

Narrator: Mike Giles
Author: Mat Boggs
Length: 50 mins
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Fragen Sie Ihren Bestatter

Summary

Caitlin Doughty ist Amerikas berühmteste Bestatterin. In ihrem Bestseller befreit sie den Tod von etlichen Tabus - und den Hörer von der Scheu, sich mit ihm zu beschäftigen. Den Vorhang zwischen hier und dort zu lüften kann nämlich ungemein befreiend wirken, vorausgesetzt, man hört einer mutigen Erzählerin zu, die die letzten Dinge so ausspricht, wie sie eben sind.   Schon mit Anfang 20 weiß Caitlin, dass Tote ihre Berufung sind und sie beginnt nach ihrem Studium bei einem Krematorium zu arbeiten. Mit Humor und Offenherzigkeit erzählt sie von ihrem ungewöhnlichen Beruf, lässt teilhaben an höchst skurrilen Erlebnissen, philosophiert, gibt erfrischende Ratschläge - kurz: die beste Begleiterin durch beide Welten! In deiner Audible-Bibliothek findest du für dieses Hörerlebnis eine PDF-Datei mit zusätzlichem Material.

©2016 C. H. Beck Verlag (P)2016 Bonnevoice Hörbuchverlag GmbH

Length: 9 hrs
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The Devil and Sherlock Holmes

2 ratings

Summary

Acclaimed New Yorker writer and author of the breakout debut best seller The Lost City of Z, David Grann offers a collection of spellbinding narrative journalism. Whether hes reporting on the infiltration of the murderous Aryan Brotherhood into the U.S. prison system, tracking down a chameleon con artist in Europe, or riding in a cyclone-tossed skiff with a scientist hunting the elusive giant squid, David Grann revels in telling stories that explore the nature of obsession and that piece together true and unforgettable mysteries. Each of the dozen stories in this collection reveals a hidden and often dangerous world and, like Into Thin Air and The Orchid Thief, pivots around the gravitational pull of obsession and the captivating personalities of those caught in its grip. There is the world's foremost expert on Sherlock Holmes who is found dead in mysterious circumstances; an arson sleuth trying to prove that a man about to be executed is innocent; and sandhogs racing to complete the brutally dangerous job of building New York City's water tunnels before the old system collapses. Throughout, Grann's hypnotic accounts display the power and often the willful perversityof the human spirit. Compulsively listenable, The Devil and Sherlock Holmes is a brilliant mosaic of ambition, madness, passion, and folly.

©2010 David Grann (P)2010 Random House

Narrator: Mark Deakins
Author: David Grann
Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
Available on Audible
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Life & Works - Giuseppe Verdi

Summary

With the possible exception of Mozart, Verdi is the most popular opera composer who ever lived. Quite early in his career his tunes were being cranked out by barrel organs throughout Europe and were well known to many who may never even have heard his name. But the complex man behind them remains elusive and puzzling. In this portrait-in-sound, Jeremy Siepmann and a group of distinguished actors take an in-depth look behind the popular image of a man who was, and perhaps remains, the most enduring national hero in Italian history and a colossus in the history of music itself. Here, Verdi comes alive through an utterly committed portrayal by Freddie Jones. The composer’s larger-than-life personality, with all its self-indulgent outbursts and irresistible expressions of artistic genius, is here conveyed in a unique and touching way. We can follow his path, as exemplary passages of music are smoothly intermingled with spoken text. Jeremy Siepmann’s narration is enthralling and detailed, and the character behind this most fervently Italian music is fascinating to discover.PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2003 Naxos AudioBooks (P)2003 Naxos AudioBooks

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The Making of a Con

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This is not the story of an ordinary criminal but rather the story of a man caught up in a world within which he could not function; boyhood naïveté did not prepare him for a society that inflicted stark reality. This true-to-life story is told in his own words, with minor editorial adjustments. The first 20 chapters are told before he found out the facts surrounding his father's death. I am sure the listener will be as intrigued as I was by the circumstances that propelled this man inexorably onto his destructive path, a man without goals and who hated prisons as much as he depended upon them.

©2015 Grace Larson (P)2015 Grace Larson

Narrator: James Babson
Author: Grace Larson
Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
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Living a Life of Fire

22 ratings

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Living a Life of Fire, by Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke, is the amazing life story of one of the world's most successful promoters of the Christian message. Bonnke's name is known around the world - from Taiwan to Timbuktu, from Cape Town to Calgary - and is synonymous with gigantic gospel campaigns in Africa, where not just thousands or tens of thousands, but hundreds of thousands of people are won to Christ - in a single meeting. This book is more than simple facts about a preacher's life - it's filled with adventures from the heart of Africa, real-life dramatic stories of people and places that will leave you on the edge of your seat, and powerful demonstrations of the Holy Spirit working in the here and now. Bonnke's life is a model for generations of preachers to come, and his story inspires Christians everywhere to believe for God's maximum.

©2009 Reinhard Bonnke (P)2015 Harvester Services, Inc.

Narrator: Reinhard Bonnke
Length: 25 hrs and 28 mins
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On My Worst Day

3 ratings

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Many of us stumbled into Jesus and discovered the one we'd been searching for all our lives, whether we knew it or not. He told us everything was going to be alright. He was a best friend who whispered that he loved us to the exact extent his father loved him. He saw everything we did yet refused to condemn us ever. He was an incredibly powerful and supernatural God who could actually change the outcome of our horror into beauty. Then enter shame, time, failure, disappointment, and bad teaching. We learned to see him as disgusted that we haven't shaped up by now. We now have a hard time reading the words of Jesus without feeling he's telling us we're not enough and we should be better, after all he's done for us. And we pull back, not as easily daring to trust him with us, less willing to trust his plans, life and destiny for us. What if that voice didn't exist for us? What if we could read his voice, hear his voice, without an artificial, religious filter? And what if we discovered he has been caring about us, speaking to us, wooing us, entering into our daily events, from the very start, long before we took even a hint of interest in him? On My Worst Day allows us to listen to one person's journey to rediscovering that voice of Jesus. We are allowed to imagine what Jesus might be saying to us in our best and worst, our horrid disasters and funniest moments. We will cry, laugh, and find ourselves in every story. And we will walk away changed; drenched with hope, and the best friend we found at the start.

©2013 CrossSection (P)2013 Truefaced

Narrator: John Lynch
Author: John Lynch
Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
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Between Parenthesis

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The essays of Roberto Bolano in English at last. Between Parentheses collects most of the newspaper columns and articles Bolano wrote during the last five years of his life, as well as the texts of some of his speeches and talks and a few scattered prologues. "Taken together," as the editor Ignacio Echevarra remarks in his introduction, they provide “a personal cartography of the writer: The closest thing, among all his writings, to a kind of fragmented 'autobiography.'" Bolano's career as a nonfiction writer began in 1998, the year he became famous overnight for The Savage Detectives; he was suddenly in demand for articles and speeches, and he took to this new vocation like a duck to water. Cantankerous, irreverent, and insufferably opinionated, Bolano also could be tender (about his family and favorite places) as well as a fierce advocate for his heroes (Borges, Cortzar, Parra) and his favorite contemporaries, whose books he read assiduously and promoted generously. A demanding critic, he declares that in his "ideal literary kitchen there lives a warrior": He argues for courage, and especially for bravery in the face of failure. Between Parentheses fully lives up to his own demands: "I ask for creativity from literary criticism, creativity at all levels."

©2004 The Heirs of Roberto Bolano, Copyright 2004 by Editorial Anagrama, Translation copyright 2011 by Natasha Wimmer (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: David Crommett
Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
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Land of Men

2 ratings

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Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is known universally for the gentle charm of Le Petit Prince, but it is this book, Land of Men - known originally in English as Wind, Sand and Stars - which is his masterpiece. First published in 1939, it documents Saint-Exupéry's life as a pilot in the pioneering days of long-distance flying and in particular his experiences as a pilot transporting mail across countries, across continents. These courageous pilots took their lives in their hands each time they set out to deliver the mail. It was extremely hazardous, for the aeroplanes were unreliable, precise meteorology was in its infancy, radio communication and maps were relatively primitive and new and long routes were being pioneered over dangerous terrain of all kinds - across the Sahara, over the Andes, even just across the Mediterranean. But in Land of Men, Saint-Exupéry doesn't just relate tales of derring-do in the clouds, the storms, or what it is like to be lost over thousands of featureless miles above sea or sand. He does speak of the dangers, the risks from bandits and dissidents when landing in a tiny desert outpost and the struggles to keep these basic machines in the air when faced with buffeting winds or flying through dense cloud for hours, without one reassuring sight of a landmark. He recounts his crash in the Sahara, his days of walking without water and his remarkable survival. But all this action is underpinned by reflection, by poetic expression, by camaraderie and by an inner quiet born of those hours spent high in the sky - with the wind, the sand and the stars. It is poignant also, because Saint-Exupéry himself disappeared one day five years after the book's publication, flying over the Mediterranean. All this, and a rich humanity, makes this a great, great book. It has been an international favourite since it first appeared and is now presented in Bill Homewood's vibrant new translation of Terre des Hommes, more faithful to and representative of Saint-Exupéry's original. This recording, narrated with intimacy and care by Nicholas Boulton, will be one you will never forget.

©2016 Ukemi Audiobooks (P)2016 Ukemi Audiobooks

Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
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Mrs. Beaton's Question

1 rating

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Robert Mercer's life could have been very different. He was born with very low vision and as a youngster struggled in school. But through the intervention of a caring teacher and the support of his family, he found his way to the Halifax School for the Blind and into the classroom of Mrs. Beaton. It was there he discovered his voice, a voice he uses to recount his remarkable journey from a shy little boy to a community leader.

©2019 Robert Mercer (P)2020 Graham Conway

Narrator: Graham Conway
Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
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Word by Word

8 ratings

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Brimming with intelligence and personality, a vastly entertaining account of how dictionaries are made - a must-listen for word mavens. While most of us might take dictionaries for granted, the process of writing them is in fact as lively and dynamic as language itself. With sharp wit and irreverence, Kory Stamper cracks open the complex, obsessive world of lexicography - from the agonizing decisions about what and how to define to the knotty questions of usage in an ever-changing language. She explains why small words are the most difficult to define (have you ever tried to define is?), how it can take nine months to define a single word, and how our biases about language and pronunciation can have tremendous social influence. Throughout, Stamper brings to life the hallowed halls (and highly idiosyncratic cubicles) of Merriam-Webster, a world inhabited by quirky, erudite individuals who quietly shape the way we communicate. A sure delight for all lovers of words, Word by Word might also quietly improve listeners' grasp and use of the English language.

©2017 Kory Stamper (P)2017 Random House Audio

Narrator: Kory Stamper
Author: Kory Stamper
Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
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Les Schirato - Interview with Australia's Legendary Coffee King

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One of Australia’s most successful entrepreneurs and recognised as the Coffee King, Les Schirato heads the Cantarella Group of Companies. Les' entrepreneurial flair was responsible for a remarkable company debt turnaround, while also achieving market leadership in four retail product categories. This success resulted in Les being awarded the title of Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur of the Year in 2001 (consumer and industrial products) and his business being named Family Business Australia's 2004 second-generation business of the year. In 2005 Les was awarded the Young Presidents' Organisation International Legacy Honour, for which he was nominated by his peers in the YPO Sydney Chapter. Les Schirato is the second recipient of this award since its inception in 2002. This interview may contain references to dates, events, etc., that have already taken place. These references have not been omitted in order to maintain the integrity of the recording, as all Meet The Giants interviews are REAL and unedited conversations.

©2009 Meet The Giants (P)2009 Meet The Giants

Narrator: Mike Giles
Author: Les Schirato
Length: 37 mins
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Radical Son

2 ratings

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David Horowitz was one of the founders of the New Left and an editor of Ramparts, the magazine that set the intellectual and revolutionary tone for the movement. From his vantage point at the center of the action, he provides vivid portraits of people who made the radical decade: world-famous philosopher Bertrand Russell, who in his 90s became America's scourge, organizing a War Crimes Tribunal over the war in Vietnam; Tom Hayden, the radical Everyman who promoted guerrilla warfare in America's cities in the 60s and became a Democratic state senator when his revolutions failed; and Huey Newton, a street hustler and murderer who founded the most celebrated radical group of the 60s, the Black Panthers. A brutal murder committed by the Panthers prompted Horowitz's profound "second thoughts" that eventually transformed him into an intellectual leader of conservatism and its most prominent activist in Hollywood.

©1997 David Horowitz (P)1998 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Jeff Riggenbach
Length: 20 hrs and 9 mins
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Out of Africa

4 ratings

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Danish countess Karen Blixon, known as Isak Dineson, ran a coffee plantation in Kenya in the years when Africa remained a romantic and formidable continent to most Europeans. Out of Africa is her account of her life there, with stories of her respectful relationships with the Masai, Kikuyu, and Somali natives who work on her land; the European friends who visit her; and the imposing permanence of the wild, high land itself. Stage and television actress Julie Harris delivers a reading that is emotionally charged and reflective, recreating Dinesen's lively appreciation for the land she loved so much.

Public Domain (P)1985 The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.

Narrator: Julie Harris
Author: Isak Dinesen
Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
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La Mujer Que Sabe Volar [The Woman Who Knows How to Fly]

2 ratings

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Antonieta Osornio era una joven rebelde que se enamoró y se casó muy joven. Un día su marido la desafía y Tony decide saltar de un avión y como resultado de esa experiencia, Tony se vuelve adicta al paracaidismo. A partir de ese momento, su vida se convierte en una serie de aventuras, escapando de la muerte en tantas ocasiones que finalmente la llevan a convertirse en una fuente de inspiración y cambio para las personas con discapacidades motoras.  Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2020 Audible Originals, LLC (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC.

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Nice Try

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Emmy-Award winning writer and comedian Josh Gondelman’s collection of personal stories of best intentions and mixed results. Josh Gondelman knows a thing or two about trying - and failing. The Emmy Award-winning stand-up comic - dubbed a “pathological sweetheart” by the New York Observer - is known throughout the industry as one of comedy’s true “nice guys.” Not surprisingly, he’s endured his share of last-place finishes. But he keeps on bouncing back. In this collection of hilarious and poignant essays (including his acclaimed New York Times piece “What if I Bombed at My Own Wedding?”), Josh celebrates a life of good intentions - and mixed results. His true tales of romantic calamities, professional misfortunes, and eventual triumphs reinforce the notion: we get out of the world what we put into it. Whether he’s adopting a dog from a suspicious stranger, mitigating a disastrous road trip, or trying MDMA for the first (and only) time, Josh only wants the best for everyone - even as his attempts to do the right thing occasionally implode.  Full of the warm and relatable humor that’s made him a favorite on the comedy club circuit, Nice Try solidifies Josh Gondelman’s reputation as not just a good guy, but a skilled observer of the human condition.

©2019 Josh Gondelman (P)2019 HarperAudio

Narrator: Josh Gondelman
Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
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Lone Survivor- SEAL-Team 10

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Der authentische Bericht des einzigen Überlebenden von Operation Red Wings. Auf einmal stand da eine Armee... SEAL-Team 10: eine Elitetruppe. Die Mission: einen Al-Qaida-Führer zur Strecke bringen. Der Feind: Dutzende zu allem entschlossene Taliban-Kämpfer. Vier SEALs gegen eine ganze Armee. Und dann bricht die Hölle los. Die Army schickt Helikopter zur Verstärkung. Neunzehn Männer kommen um, ein einziger kehrt zurück. Dies ist sein Bericht. In einer sternenklaren Nacht im späten Juni 2005 verlassen vier US Navy SEALs ihre Basis im nördlichen Afghanistan in Richtung pakistanische Grenze. Ihr Auftrag: Gefangennahme oder Tötung eines hochrangigen Al-Qaida-Führers, der mit Osama bin Laden operieren und sich in den Bergen versteckt halten soll… "Lone Survivor" ist die Geschichte von Marcus Luttrell, des einzigen Überlebenden der Operation Red Wings. Nicht nur seine drei Kameraden sterben im Gefecht mit einer unterschätzten gegnerischen Truppe, auch die komplette Besatzung des Special-Operations-Aviation-Regiments, das zur Rettung per Hubschrauber losgeschickt wurde, findet den Tod. Nur dank der Hilfe von Einheimischen, die ihn aufnehmen, pflegen und vor den Taliban beschützen, überlebt der schwer verletzte Luttrell. Seine Geschichte handelt von Angst, Tod und grenzenlosem Leid, aber auch von Mut und Treue, von Freundschaft und Hoffnung - und von dem unbedingten Willen zu überleben.

©2014 Heyne Verlag (P)2014 Random House Audio

Narrator: Frank Arnold
Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
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Master Intellects and Creative Giants

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New York Times best-selling author and NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar examines some of the leading political and cultural figures of the Harlem Renaissance - including Marcus Garvey,W.E.B. Du Bois, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Langston Hughes, and many more.

©2007 Union Productions/OSG, LLC (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

Narrator: Jesse L. Martin
Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
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A Marriage Made in Heaven

2 ratings

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“I now pronounce you husband and wife.” There are few phrases as sobering, with the possible exceptions of “We have lift-off” and “This country is at war.” Yet, as they have done for centuries, millions of courageous men and women continue to walk down the aisle every year, without so much as a job description. Now, in her most autobiographical book, Erma Bombeck puts it all in loving and laughing perspective, as she looks back on her own 43-year-but-who’s-counting marriage.

©1993 Erma Bombeck (P)1995 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: C. M. Hebert
Author: Erma Bombeck
Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
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Behind Palace Doors

2 ratings

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She was described as the most dangerous woman in Europe by Adolf Hitler; Noël Coward said people who spent any time with her were always reduced to gibbering worshippers; she adored Margaret Thatcher and disliked Germans; she found the French comical and hankered for the old days of Empire and Commonwealth. Above all, though, she was loved by the nation and in this affectionate and often hilarious inside story of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, her former equerry Major Colin Burgess reveals what life was like living with the most private of all the Royals. Behind Palace Doors is a unique and warmly remembered historic insight into one of our longest-surviving institutions. Constantly fascinating and packed with previously untold stories, this is also a celebration of a life gone - and a way of life fast disappearing.

©2006 John Blake Publishing (P)2012 Prospero Media

Narrator: Bob Sinfield
Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
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All Things Wise and Wonderful

44 ratings

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In this third enchanting collection of stories, James Herriot, the world's most beloved veterinarian, picks up where All Things Bright and Beautiful left off: World War II has begun, and James has been inducted into the RAF. We see him at training camp and we go back with him to Yorkshire - on real trips as he breaks away to see Helen, who is about to have a baby, and on trips of reverie as he recalls the dales, the animals, and the Yorkshire people who have so enriched his life. We meet old friends again - his partner Siegfried, the zany Tristan, the bon vivant Granville Bennett - and scores of new folk, each with a story to tell. James Herriot is back and, as one reviewer said of his work, "If ever you have loved a friend, human or otherwise, these stories are for you."

©1977 by James Herriot (P)1996 by Audio Renaissance Tapes, a Division of CPU, Inc.

Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
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Winston Churchill

34 ratings

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"Nous sommes tous des vers", avait modestement confié le jeune Winston à une amie, "mais je crois que moi, je suis un ver luisant !" Le mot n'est pas trop fort : Alexandre Dumas aurait pu inventer un personnage de ce genre, mais dans le cas de Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, la stricte réalité dépasse de très loin la fiction. Jusqu'à ses 26 ans, les aventures du jeune officier et du reporter évoquent immanquablement celles de Tintin, puis le personnage devient une synthèse de Clemenceau et de De Gaulle, l'humour et l'alcool en plus... ainsi qu'une imagination sans limites : "Winston, disait le président Roosevelt, a cent idées par jour, dont quatre seulement sont bonnes... mais il ne sait jamais lesquelles !" C'est pourtant le général de Gaulle qui l'a le mieux jugé : "Il fut le grand artiste d'une grande histoire." Cette vie a été un roman ; elle est racontée comme tel, sans un mot de fiction. Se fondant sur des recherches dans les archives de huit pays, la consultation de quelque quatre cents ouvrages et l'interview de nombreux acteurs et témoins, ce récit épique montre comment un homme solitaire, longuement façonné par d'exceptionnels talents et de singulières faiblesses, a pu infléchir le cours de notre siècle.

©2000 / 2015 Éditions Tallandier (P)2019 Audiolib

Narrator: Vincent Schmitt
Length: 25 hrs and 58 mins
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My Daughter, Myself

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A riveting memoir about the passions and perplexities of the mother-daughter bond. In My Daughter, Myself, acclaimed journalist Linda Wolfe chronicles her 38-year-old daughter's near-fatal stroke, the arduous course of physical and mental rehabilitation that led to the young woman's remarkable recovery, and the profound ways in which that journey from morbidity to health tested and changed every member of their blended family. Heart-stopping and highly personal, Wolfe's memoir is an inspiring account of how a mother, suddenly confronted by every mother's worst nightmare, must master the unfamiliar language of hospitals and illness, discover untapped wells of resilience within both her daughter and herself, and ultimately learn to let her daughter be her guide as they embark on an altogether new chapter in their lives.

©2013 Linda Wolfe, Distributed in 2014 by Open Road Distribution (P)2014 Audible Inc.

Narrator: Jo Howarth
Author: Linda Wolfe
Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
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Every Patient Tells a Story

5 ratings

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A riveting exploration of the most difficult and important part of what doctors do, by Yale School of Medicine physician Dr. Lisa Sanders. Sanders is the author of the monthly New York Times Magazinecolumn "Diagnosis" - the inspiration for the hit Fox TV series House. "The experience of being ill can be like waking up in a foreign country. Life, as you formerly knew it, is on hold while you travel through this other world as unknown as it is unexpected. When I see patients in the hospital or in my office who are suddenly, surprisingly ill, what they really want to know is, 'What is wrong with me?' They want a road map that will help them manage their new surroundings. The ability to give this unnerving and unfamiliar place a name, to know it, on some level, restores a measure of control, independent of whether or not that diagnosis comes attached to a cure. Because, even today, a diagnosis is frequently all a good doctor has to offer." A healthy young man suddenly loses his memory, making him unable to remember the events of each passing hour. Two patients diagnosed with Lyme disease improve after antibiotic treatment, only to have their symptoms mysteriously return. A young woman lies dying in the ICU - bleeding, jaundiced, incoherent - and none of her doctors know what is killing her. In Every Patient Tells a Story, Dr. Lisa Sanders takes us bedside to witness the process of solving these and other diagnostic dilemmas, providing a firsthand account of the expertise and intuition that lead a doctor to make the right diagnosis.

©2009 Lisa Sanders (P)2009 Random House

Narrator: Lisa Sanders
Author: Lisa Sanders
Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
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Circa 2020

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Circa 2020: Inspirational Stories from Covid-19. Part 1 July 5, 2020.  So far, Covid-19 has impacted 11.32 million people in the world with 531729 deaths. Families lost their elders with absolutely no warning. The generational wisdom is lost so quickly. Covid-19 did not see age, gender, race, religion, color, caste, creed, language, or borders before striking.  Like the proverbial B.C and A.C (before and after Christ), next few months will say B.C and A.C (Before and after Coronavirus). There is a humorous anecdote saying that 1919 and 2020 had virus attacks - both have repeating first two numerals. Every individual got to learn few lessons for their rest of the life. There are more lessons that can be learnt from others as well. The book is a consolidation of such news and events that other people in the world have gone through.   The idea is to get a different perspective to our lives.

©2020 Matt Ravikumar (P)2020 Matt Ravikumar

Narrator: Matt Ravikumar
Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
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Teacher Man

13 ratings

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Nearly a decade ago Frank McCourt became an unlikely star when, at the age of 66, he burst onto the literary scene with Angela's Ashes, the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir of his childhood in Limerick, Ireland. Then came 'Tis, his glorious account of his early years in New York. Now here at last, is McCourt's long-awaited audiobook about how his thirty-year teaching career shaped his second act as a writer. Teacher Man is also an urgent tribute to teachers everywhere. In bold and spirited prose featuring his irreverent wit and heartbreaking honesty, McCourt records the trials, triumphs, and surprises he faces in public high schools around New York City.

©2005 Green Peril Corp. (P)2005 Simon and Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

Narrator: Frank McCourt
Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
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Try This at Home

2 ratings

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The brand-new memoir from the Sunday Times best-selling author of The Road Beneath My Feet.    Taking 36 songs from his back catalogue, folk-punk icon Frank Turner explores his songwriting process. Find out the stories behind the songs forged in the hedonistic years of the mid-2000s North London scene, the ones perfected in Nashville studios and everything in between.  Some of these songs arrive fully formed, as if they've always been there; some take graft and endless reworking to find 'the one'. In exploring them all, Turner reflects with eloquence, insight and self-deprecating wit on exactly what it is to be a songwriter.    From love songs and breakup songs to political calls to arms; songs composed alone in a hotel room or in soundcheck with the Sleeping Souls, this brilliantly written memoir is a must-have audiobook for FT fans and anyone curious about how to write music. 

©2019 Frank Turner (P)2019 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

Narrator: Frank Turner
Author: Frank Turner
Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
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On the Edge of Nowhere

6 ratings

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His father is a white trapper, his mother an Athabascan Indian who walks a thousand miles in winter to reunite with her family. Thus, Jimmy Huntington learns early how to survive on the land. Huntington is only seven when his mother dies, and he must care for his younger siblings. A courageous and inspiring man, Huntington hunts wolves, fights bears, survives close calls too numerous to mention, and becomes a championship sled-dog racer.

©2002 Jimmy Huntington Foundation and Lawrence Elliott (P)2018 Tantor

Narrator: P.J. Ochlan
Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
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Lady Gaga: Queen of Pop

1 rating

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Everything you need to know about the rise and rise of the First Lady of Pop. A detailed account of Gaga's rise to fame, from her early life when she was known as Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, through to her current super-stardom. It begins with her birth in 1986, covers her time at Convent of the Sacred Heart in New York, her early quests to nightclubs with her mother to perform at open-mic events, and her brief foray into the Tisch School of the Arts. Germanotta took on the name "Lady Gaga" from the song by the rock group Queen called "Radio Ga Ga"; she released her first album The Fame in 2008. Lady Gaga: Queen of Pop describes the musician's success in the industry, noting her business collaborations and appearance on the cover of Rolling Stone in 2009.

©2010 Emily Herbert (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Narrator: Eloise Oxer
Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
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The Autobiography of Malcolm X

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The Autobiography of Malcolm X was published in 1965, the result of a collaboration between human rights activist Malcolm X and journalist Alex Haley. Haley coauthored the autobiography based on a series of in-depth interviews he conducted between 1963 and Malcolm X's 1965 assassination. The Autobiography is a spiritual conversion narrative that outlines Malcolm X's philosophy of black pride, black nationalism, and pan-Africanism. After the leader was killed, Haley wrote the book's epilogue. He described their collaborative process and the events at the end of Malcolm X's life. While Malcolm X and scholars contemporary to the book's publication regarded Haley as the book's ghostwriter, modern scholars tend to regard him as an essential collaborator who intentionally muted his authorial voice to create the effect of Malcolm X speaking directly to readers. Haley influenced some of Malcolm X's literary choices. For example, Malcolm X left the Nation of Islam during the period when he was working on the book with Haley. Rather than rewriting earlier chapters as a polemic against the Nation which Malcolm X had rejected, Haley persuaded him to favor a style of "suspense and drama". According to Manning Marable, "Haley was particularly worried about what he viewed as Malcolm X's anti-semitism" and he rewrote material to eliminate it. When The Autobiography was published, The New York Times reviewer described it as a "brilliant, painful, important book." In 1967, historian John William Ward wrote that it would become a classic American autobiography. In 1998, Time named The Autobiography of Malcolm X as one of ten "required reading" nonfiction books. James Baldwin and Arnold Perl adapted the book as a film; their screenplay provided the source material for Spike Lee's 1992 film Malcolm X.

©2001 Alex Haley (P)2020 Alex Haley

Narrator: Alex Haley
Author: Alex Haley
Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
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My Father's Fortune: A Life

Summary

An unknown place. This was what Michael Frayn’s children called the shadowy landscape of the past from which their family had emerged. In this book he sets out to rediscover that lost land before all trace of it finally disappears beyond recall. As he tries to see it through the eyes his parents and the others who shaped his life, he comes to realise how little he ever knew or understood about them. This is a charming, moving and witty childhood memoir from one of Britain’s best-loved writers.

©2010 Michael Frayn (P)2011 AudioGO Ltd

Narrator: Martin Jarvis
Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
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Peggy McColl - Turning Your Book into a Bestseller

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Through hard work, determination, and meticulous attention to detail, Peggy McColl has become the gold standard in online book publishing and specifically in creating best sellers. She has been the marketing brains behind the success of some of the biggest name authors of recent times, including Neal Donald Walsh, Wayne Dyer, Jack Canfield, Jim Rohn, Bob Proctor, Mark Victor Hansen, Debbie Ford, Caroline Myss, and Greg Braden, to name but a few. This interview may contain references to dates, events, etc., which have already taken place. These references have not been omitted in order to maintain the integrity of the recording, as all Meet The Giants interviews are REAL and unedited conversations.

©2009 Meet The Giants (P)2009 Meet The Giants

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Length: 43 mins
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A Piece of Cake

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New York Times best seller The heart-wrenching, uplifting tale about a woman named Cupcake “[Cupcake] Brown’s confessional...memoir is one you can’t easily put down. Her life is nothing short of a miracle.” (Chicago Sun-Times) There are shelves of memoirs about overcoming the death of a parent, childhood abuse, rape, drug addiction, miscarriage, alcoholism, hustling, gangbanging, near-death injuries, drug dealing, prostitution, and homelessness.  Cupcake Brown survived all these things before she’d even turned 20. And that’s when things got interesting....Orphaned by the death of her mother and left in the hands of a sadistic foster parent, young Cupcake Brown learned to survive by turning tricks, downing hard liquor, and ingesting every drug she could find while hitchhiking up and down the California coast. She stumbled into gangbanging, drug dealing, hustling, prostitution, theft, and, eventually, the best scam of all: a series of 9-to-5 jobs.  A Piece of Cake is unlike any memoir you’ll ever read. Moving in its frankness, this is the most satisfying, startlingly funny, and genuinely affecting tour through hell you’ll ever take.  Praise for A Piece of Cake “[Brown] reflects now with insight and honesty on her experiences....An engaging account...of a remarkable life filled with pain and wisdom, hope and redemption.” (San Francisco Chronicle)  “Dazzles you with the amazing change that is possible in one lifetime.” (Washington Post)

©2006 Cupcake Brown (P)2006 Books on Tape

Narrator: Bahni Turpin
Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
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The Story of My Life

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Before she was two years old, a scarlet fever destroyed Helen Keller's sight and hearing. At seven, alone and withdrawn, she was rescued by Anne Sullivan, her teacher and friend. She learned to read (in several different languages) and speak so well that she graduated with honors in 1904 from Radcliffe, where she authored The Story of My Life. In addition to her remarkable accomplishment of overcoming such huge disabilities, her other achievements are impressive in their own right. She published 13 books and numerous articles; she devoted her life to social reform; and she campaigned in 35 countries touching the faces, and hearts, of kings, presidents, and movie stars on behalf of the handicapped. Today the foundations she established continue to help the deaf and blind throughout the world. Enthusiastic and untiring, Helen Keller's life is deservedly inspirational and stands before all of us as an example of what we can accomplish, given fortitude and purpose. Most importantly, she demonstrates that the severely disabled have nothing to be ashamed of.

©1994 Joss Recordings (P)2005 Tantor Media, Inc.

Narrator: Frances Cassidy
Author: Helen Keller
Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
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Black Widow: The True Story of Giggling Granny Nannie Doss

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In 1927, Charley Braggs arrived home to find two of his children dead. The doctor who observed the children in their last moments diagnosed food poisoning as the cause. There was no need for an autopsy. His wife, Nannie, blamed tainted grains as the source, but Charley wasn’t convinced.

Charley didn’t feel safe around his wife. In the middle of the night, he took his eldest daughter and ran for his life.

The outpouring of sympathy doubled for Nannie when they discovered her husband’s treachery. To her community, she was a sweet lady renowned for her cheerful disposition. But behind the facade was a much darker and sinister reality. A truth that four of her future husbands, two of her sisters, her mother, her mother-in-law, her nephew and her grandson would perilously discover.

Black Widow is a dramatic and chilling account of one of the most shocking true crime stories in American history. Ryan Green’s riveting narrative draws the listener into the real-live horror experienced by the victims and has all the elements of a classic thriller. 

Caution: This book contains descriptive accounts of abuse and violence. If you are especially sensitive to this material, it might be advisable not to listen to this audiobook.

©2019 Ryan Green (P)2019 Ryan Green

Narrator: Steve White
Author: Ryan Green
Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
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The Grass Is Always Greener over the Septic Tank

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Erma Bombeck's humorous insights about family life always tickle the funny bone. Her New York Times best-sellers sold millions of copies to gleeful readers around the world. In The Grass Is Always Greener over the Septic Tank, Bombeck rides the train to the suburbs. In lands like the Suburbian Gems subdivision, settlers from the city brave endless cul-de-sacs and overly helpful insurance salesmen. Picture windows bring new meaning to the term "neighborly". A poorly timed trip to the restroom results in a promotion to Girl Scout Cookie Captain. And brave parents fight epic battles to get sex out of the schools and back into the gutters. With Barbara Rosenblat's perfect comic timing, the author of If Life Is a Bowl of Cherries - What Am I Doing in the Pits? and A Marriage Made in Heaven, or Too Tired for an Affair adds to her reputation as America's favorite funny lady.

©1995 Erma Bombeck (P)2007 Recorded Books

Author: Erma Bombeck
Length: 4 hrs and 11 mins
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The Warlizard Chronicles

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My new fiancée Betty and I were sitting on the couch watching the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, when she looked over at me and casually said, "My first orgasm came from a dog." As I sat there stunned, trying to control my reactions and collect myself, I had two immediate thoughts: 1. Now I know why my dog likes her better. 2. I wish this was the worst thing she'd ever told me. About the audiobook: In The Warlizard Chronicles, Warlizard tells the tales of a misspent youth, from the story of his "dog-gasmic" ex-fiancée to the logic of serving as a German linguist in Iraq. The stories are light, fast-paced, graphic, and not remotely safe for work. You have been warned.

©2011 Warlizard (P)2015 Warlizard

Narrator: Jeff Machado
Author: Warlizard
Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
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Angela's Ashes

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Frank McCourt's Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir, movingly read in his own voice, bears all the marks of a classic. Born in Depression-era Brooklyn to Irish immigrant parents, Frank was later raised in the slums of Limerick, Ireland. His mother, Angela, had no money to feed her children since Frank's father, Malachy, rarely worked, and when he did, he drank his wages. Angela's Ashes is the story of how Frank endured - wearing shoes repaired with tires, begging for a pig's head for Christmas dinner, and searching the pubs for his father - a tale he relates with eloquence, exuberance, and remarkable forgiveness.

©1997 Frank McCourt, All Rights Reserved (P)1997 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved, Audioworks is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division Simon & Schuster Inc.

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Pat Mills

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In the 1970s a new genre of comic superhero was born: Judge Dredd. He immediately captured the imagination of millions. Hard-hitting and satirical, futuristic and violent, the infamous hero has even been turned into a major motion picture starring Sylvester Stallone. The man behind the amazing success was Pat Mills, the English writer behind Action and Battle Picture Weekly. Together with John Wagner, the character of Judge Dredd was developed and improved as time went by and is still very much alive and successful to this day. We go deep with Pat Mills in this interview and listen to his story and his background. Where did the Judge come from? Pat Mills spills the beans.

©2009 World Wide Multi Media (P)2009 World Wide Multi Media

Author: Pat Mills
Length: 48 mins
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Swimming Among Sharks

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The drama of this book unfolds when the producer of the Grizzly two sequel, Grizzly II. Revenge, disappeared after the first day of the shoot. Since the movie was made in Hungary in 1983, the co-producer Suzanne C. Nagy had to take over the role of the producer. Under a very unusual circumstance, she was able to continue with the production and finish the principal photography. The drama continues when the old producer showed up in Paris when the film was edited and claimed full control. A disaster is about to unfold.

©2020 Suzanne C. Nagy (P)2020 GBGB International

Narrator: Mizuo Peck
Length: 1 hr and 49 mins
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Liderazgo [Leadership]

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¿Los líderes nacen o se hacen? ¿De dónde viene la ambición? ¿Cómo afecta la adversidad al crecimiento del liderazgo? ¿El líder hace a los tiempos o los tiempos hacen al líder?  En Liderazgo: en tiempos turbulentos, Goodwin recurre a los cuatro presidentes que ha estudiado más de cerca -Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt y Lyndon B. Johnson (en derechos civiles) - , para mostrar cómo reconocieron las cualidades de liderazgo dentro de sí mismos y fueron reconocidos como líderes por parte de otros. Al recordar sus primeros pasos en la vida pública, los encontramos en un momento en que sus caminos estaban llenos de confusión, temor y esperanza a la vez. Liderazgo: en tiempos turbulentos, cuenta la historia de cómo todos ellos chocaron con drásticos cambios que interrumpieron sus vidas y amenazaron con destruir sus ambiciones para siempre. Sin embargo, todos emergieron preparados para enfrentar las situaciones y dilemas de sus tiempos. Ningún patrón común describe la trayectoria del liderazgo. Aunque se distinguieron por sus orígenes, habilidades y temperamento, estos hombres compartían una ambición feroz y una resiliencia profunda que les permitía superar dificultades inusuales. En su mejor momento, los cuatro fueron guiados por un sentido de propósito moral. En momentos de gran desafío, pudieron utilizar sus talentos para engrandecer las oportunidades y las vidas de los demás. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2019 Doris Kearns Goodwin (P)2019 Grupo Nelson

Narrator: Elena Sáenz
Length: 17 hrs and 31 mins
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Idiss

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"J'ai écrit ce livre en hommage à ma grand-mère maternelle, Idiss. Il ne prétend être ni une biographie, ni une étude de la condition des immigrés juifs de l'Empire russe venus à Paris avant 1914. Il est simplement le récit d'une destinée singulière à laquelle j'ai souvent rêvé. Puisse-t-il être aussi, au-delà du temps écoulé, un témoignage d'amour de son petit-fils." R. B.

©2018 Librairie Arthème Fayard (P)2019 Audiolib

Narrator: Féodor Atkine
Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
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The Glass Castle, a Memoir by Jeannette Walls: Summary & Analysis

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Please note: this is a summary and analysis of The Glass Castle and not the original book. Preview: Jeannette Walls chronicles all the heartbreak, deprivation, humor, and love of her childhood in The Glass Castle, a memoir of growing up dirt-poor on a cross-country odyssey with her charismatic, but alcoholic, father and her codependent mother. Jeannette began thinking of her childhood after spotting her mother, Rose Mary, rummaging through trash in New York City. Her parents were basically living on the street, but offers of help were always rejected. Jeannette went home to her husband's apartment on Park Avenue. She arranged to have lunch with her mom, who advised her to stop feeling guilty, accept her parents as they were, and stop hiding the truth about them. Taking this advice, Jeannette started writing her story. Her first memory went back to a trailer park in Arizona. At the age of three, she spent six weeks in a hospital after her pink tutu caught fire while she was boiling hot dogs with no supervision.... Inside this Instaread summary and analysis of The Glass Castle: Summary of book Introduction to the important people in the book Analysis of the themes and author's style

©2015 Instaread (P)2015 Instaread

Narrator: Michael Gilboe
Author: Instaread
Length: 30 mins
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Franklin and Winston

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Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill were the greatest leaders of "the Greatest Generation". In Franklin and Winston, Jon Meacham explores the fascinating relationship between the two men who piloted the free world to victory in World War II. It was a crucial friendship and a unique one: a president and a prime minister spending enormous amounts of time together and exchanging nearly 2,000 messages. Amid cocktails, cigarettes, and cigars, they met, often secretly, in places as far-flung as Washington, Hyde Park, Casablanca, and Teheran, talking to each other of war, politics, the burden of command, their health, their wives, and their children. Born in the 19th century and molders of the 20th and 21st, Roosevelt and Churchill had much in common. Sons of the elite, students of history, politicians of the first rank, they savored power. In their own time both men were underestimated, dismissed as arrogant, and faced skeptics and haters in their own nations, yet both magnificently rose to the central challenges of the 20th century. Meacham's new sources, including unpublished letters of FDR's great secret love, Lucy Mercer Rutherfurd; the papers of Pamela Churchill Harriman; and interviews with the few surviving people who were in FDR and Churchill's joint company, shed fresh light on the characters of both men as he engagingly chronicles the hours in which they decided the course of the struggle. Charting the personal drama behind the discussions of strategy and statecraft, Meacham has written the definitive account of the most remarkable friendship of the modern age.

©2003 Jon Meacham (P)2003 Random House, Inc.

Narrator: Len Cariou
Author: Jon Meacham
Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
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Hysterectomy at 29

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Women, you are not alone! Decisions, decisions, we are surrounded by them. Life is full of complications, and at times what we are contemplating can be life altering. I changed not only my life, but my entire outlook on family, work, and how I view myself. Somehow I found the strength within to decide what avenue was best for me.

©2014 Candy O'Donnell (P)2015 Candy O'Donnell

Narrator: Kat Marlowe
Length: 30 mins
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Assholes Finish First

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What do you do after you write a number-one best-selling book about your drunken, sexual misadventures that makes you rich and famous? Celebrate by getting more drunk and having insane amounts of sex, obviously. And pretty soon you've got another f-ing book on your hands. Stuffed full of ridiculous stories of bad decisions, debauchery, and sexual recklessness, Assholes Finish First starts where I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell left off, then proceeds to "some next-level shit." You already know how women react to confidence, game, and vodka, but what happens when you add money and fame to the mix? You get answers to the hard questions you've never thought of asking: What's it like to have sex with a midget? What about two midgets? How does it feel to get multiple requests to "fuck for charity"? What does it do to a man to watch a 19-year-old do wind sprints to sober up, so that she can have sex with you before her twin sister does? At what number of virgins does deflowering them stop being fun and start feeling like a job? When a girl you met three hours ago decides to tattoo your name next to her pussy, what is the appropriate reaction? Can you X-ray a blowjob? The answers are inside, they are absurd and hilarious, and they are the product of one man's experiences: His name is Tucker Max, and he is still an asshole.

©2010 Tucker Max (P)2010 Simon and Schuster Audio

Narrator: Tucker Max
Author: Tucker Max
Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
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Swing Low

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After her father took his own life in 1998, Miriam Toews decided to face her confusion and pain straight on. In writing her father’s memoir, she was motivated by two primary goals: For her own sake, she needed to understand, or at least accept, her father’s final decision. For her father’s sake, she needed to honour him, to elucidate his life, and to demonstrate its worth. Apart from its brief prologue and epilogue, Swing Low is written entirely from Mel Toews’s perspective. Miriam Toews has her father tell his story from bed as he waits in a Steinbach hospital to be transferred to a psychiatric facility in Winnipeg. Mel turns to writing to make sense of his condition, to review his life in the hope of seeing it more clearly. He remembers himself as an anxious child, the son of a despondent father and an alcoholic mother, who never once made him feel loved. At 17 he was diagnosed with manic depression (now known as bipolar disorder). His psychiatrist’s predictions were grim: Mel shouldn’t count on marrying, starting a family, or holding down a job. With great courage and determination, Mel went on to do all three: he married his childhood sweetheart, had two happy daughters and was a highly respected and beloved teacher for 40 years. Although Mel was able to keep his disorder hidden from the community, his family frequently witnessed his unraveling. Over the years this schism between his public and private life grew wider. An outgoing and tireless trailblazer at school, he often collapsed into silence and despair at home. Ironically, in trying to win his family’s love through hard work and accomplishments, he deprived them of what they yearned for most: his presence, his voice. Once he retired from teaching - "the daily ritual of stepping outside himself" - Mel lost his creative outlet and, with it, his hope. In the Globe and Mail, author Moira Farr described Swing Low as "audacious, original and profoundly moving." She added: "Getting into the head of your own father - your own largely silent, mentally ill father, who killed himself - has to be a kind of literary high-wire act that few would dare to try.… Healing is a likely outcome of a book imbued with the righteous anger, compassion and humanity of Swing Low."

©2000 Miriam Toews (P)2018 Vintage Canada

Narrator: David Hamilton
Author: Miriam Toews
Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
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Dead Man Walking

20 ratings

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The unbelievably true story of a 40-day fast, beating cancer, dying, coming back to life, and ego death. This audiobook begins the Hard Times series, which follows up on the success of Stefan Aarnio's best-selling book, Hard Times Create Strong Men.

©2020 Stefan Aarnio (P)2020 Stefan Aarnio

Narrator: Stefan Aarnio
Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
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The Grinding of the Millstone

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From a desperate stowaway to Canada’s luxury custom home builder and philanthropist, The Grinding of the Millstone is a tale of a pursuit of a seemingly far-fetched dream, the power of hope, and unshakable faith in God. This book is a real-life portrayal of God's faithfulness and grace and defiant power of the human spirit. Vasile was born and raised in a mountainous region in northern Romania. Toughened by hardships of life in a rugged landscape, his eyes were drawn upward by the mountains to search for something greater...something beyond and greater than himself. He was, and he still is a dreamer! His dream of a better life took him on an epic journey through war-torn Yugoslavia on foot across treacherous mountains to a precarious existence as an illegal laborer in Greece and ultimately, on a near-tragic voyage across the Atlantic with a company of stowaways in a cargo shipping container to Canada.  Somewhere in dangers and privations, he came to a God who was interested intimately in his well-being, who, in his love and grace, had his hand on Vasile's life.     "I hope that this book will remind you of the fact that the defining factor in your life’s journey is resourcefulness not resources; and that you are resourceful beyond imagination!" (Vasile Caniuca)

©2009 Vasile Caniuca (P)2019 Vasile Caniuca

Narrator: Douglas Wilkin
Length: 4 hrs and 11 mins
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Navajos Wear Nikes

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Just before starting second grade, Jim Kristofic moved from Pittsburgh across the country to Ganado, Arizona, when his mother took a job at a hospital on the Navajo Reservation. Navajos Wear Nikes reveals the complexity of modern life on the Navajo Reservation, a world where Anglo and Navajo coexisted in a tenuous truce. After the births of his Navajo half-siblings, Jim and his family moved off the Reservation to an Arizona border town where they struggled to readapt to an Anglo world that no longer felt like home. With tales of gangs and skinwalkers, an Indian Boy Scout troop, a fanatical Sunday school teacher, and the author’s own experience of sincere friendships that lead to ho "zho" (beautiful harmony), Kristofic's memoir is an honest portrait of growing up on - and growing to love - the Reservation.

©2011 Jim Kristofic (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Jim Kristofic
Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
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Ultima fermata Auschwitz

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Sul finire del 1944 i tedeschi stanno abbandonando Auschwitz, mentre l'Armata Rossa si avvicina. Portano con sé gran parte dei prigionieri rimasti, forzandoli in estenuanti marce verso i lager della Germania. Per sfuggire a quel destino, Eddy de Wind si nasconde in una delle baracche, sotto un cumulo di vestiti; Friedel, sua moglie, non ha il coraggio di imitarlo. Di lì a qualche giorno Eddy trova un taccuino abbandonato e comincia a scrivere la sua storia. Lui e Friedel si sono conosciuti nel campo di transito di Westerbork, nei Paesi Bassi. Giovani e in salute, i due erano stati messi al lavoro: Eddy come medico, Friedel come infermiera. Si erano frequentati, innamorati e sposati sempre all'interno del campo, ma quella parentesi di relativa pace non era destinata a durare. Caricati sui convogli della morte, erano stati anche loro trasferiti ad Auschwitz. Sopravvissuti alla prima selezione, si erano ritrovati di nuovo a lavorare nelle infermerie del campo, ma questa volta divisi. Eppure, persino lì sono riusciti a mantenere una qualche forma di comunicazione, scambiandosi di nascosto brevi lettere d'amore, stringendosi in abbracci fugaci quanto illegali e resistendo fino all'ultimo. Quella di Eddy e Friedel è una vicenda autentica, una ricostruzione fedele scritta "a caldo" da dietro al filo spinato del lager. Una storia in cui il racconto delle atrocità quotidiane - il timore nei confronti delle SS, gli abusi, le umiliazioni, l'abbrutimento, l'agonia propria e altrui - è venato da una flebile ma tenace speranza: quella di un amore che non smette di lottare anche in un simile scenario di sofferenza e morte. Un documento imprescindibile, per mantenere in vita il ricordo di ciò che non possiamo dimenticare.

©2020 Rizzoli (P)2020 Rizzoli

Author: Eddy de Wind
Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
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I Am Ozzy

16 ratings

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"They've said some crazy things about me over the years. I mean, okay: 'He bit the head off a bat.' Yes. 'He bit the head off a dove.' Yes. But then you hear things like, 'Ozzy went to the show last night, but he wouldn't perform until he'd killed fifteen puppies . . .' Now me, kill fifteen puppies? I love puppies. I've got eighteen of the f**king things at home. I've killed a few cows in my time, mind you. And the chickens. I shot the chickens in my house that night. It haunts me, all this crazy stuff. Every day of my life has been an event. I took lethal combinations of booze and drugs for thirty f**king years. I survived a direct hit by a plane, suicidal overdoses, STDs. I've been accused of attempted murder. Then I almost died while riding over a bump on a quad bike at f**king two miles per hour. People ask me how come I'm still alive, and I don't know what to say. When I was growing up, if you'd have put me up against a wall with the other kids from my street and asked me which one of us was gonna make it to the age of sixty, which one of us would end up with five kids and four grandkids and houses in Buckinghamshire and Beverly Hills, I wouldn't have put money on me, no f**king way. But here I am: ready to tell my story, in my own words, for the first time. A lot of it ain't gonna be pretty. I've done some bad things in my time. I've always been drawn to the dark side, me. But I ain't the devil. I'm just John Osbourne: a working-class kid from Aston, who quit his job in the factory and went looking for a good time."

©2010 Ozzy Osbourne (P)2010 Hachette

Narrator: Frank Skinner
Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
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Calamity Jane: The Woman and the Legend

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Forget Doris Day singing on the stagecoach. Forget Robin Weigert’s gritty portrayal on HBO’s Deadwood. The real Calamity Jane was someone the likes of whom you’ve never encountered. That is, until now.

This book is a definitive biography of Martha Canary, the woman popularly known as Calamity Jane. Written by one of today’s foremost authorities on this notorious character, it is a meticulously researched account of how an alcoholic prostitute was transformed into a Wild West heroine.

Always on the move across the northern plains, Martha was more camp follower than the scout of legend. A mother of two, she often found employment as waitress, laundress, or dance hall girl and was more likely to be wearing a dress than buckskin. But she was hard to ignore when she’d had a few drinks, and she exploited the aura of fame that dime novels created around her, even selling her autobiography and photos to tourists.

Gun toting, swearing, hard drinking - Calamity Jane was all of these, to be sure. But whatever her flaws or foibles, James D. McLaird paints a compelling portrait of an unconventional woman who more than once turned the tables on those who sought to condemn or patronize her. His book is a long-awaited biography of Martha Canary and the last word on Calamity Jane.

The book is published by University of Oklahoma Press.

"The definitive biography of Martha Jane Canary." (L.A. Times)

©2005 University of Oklahoma Press (P)2019 Redwood Audiobooks

Narrator: Todd Curless
Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
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Everybody Is Awful

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A rant-ish memoir by the veteran stand-up comedian and former cohost of That Metal Show, with a foreword by Jim Norton. Twitter Trolls. Facebook Freaks. Instagram Exhibitionists. These are just a few of the creatures our technology-obsessed culture has spawned in its quest to simplify our lives. The madness is so universal now that everyone has dealt with it.  You log in to Facebook, read a stupid post, and immediately want to tell your "friend" to go have relations with himself. Sure, social media may keep us connected, but it is a breeding ground for idiots, and these idiots have crowd-sourced a storm of useless information, corny jokes, and douchebag drama that's wasting our time and screwing with our peace of mind. Thankfully, popular comedian and television host Jim Florentine has a solution for those of us on the verge of bashing our iPhones to bits.  In Everybody Is Awful, Florentine attacks awful people and awful situations with the same biting satire and cringe-worthy humor that made him famous on television shows like Crank Yankers, Meet the Creeps, and That Metal Show. Along the way, Everybody Is Awful takes listeners through the author's formative years, a time filled with rebellion and horrible behavior, to the crazy early days of his career as a stand-up comedian. Florentine also recounts how he developed an obsession with pranks that morphed into his uniquely vigilante style of comedy and made him one of the most legendary prank callers of all time. Florentine excels at channeling the core rage we all feel at the seemingly small annoyances of life, and his fans love the cathartic experience of his hilarious ranting and raving, a tradition continued in Everybody Is Awful. Acting as a de facto therapist, Florentine diagnoses awful behavior, shames awful people, and offers comedic takes on how to reclaim our lives from it all. 

©2018 Jim Florentine (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
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Reagan in His Own Voice

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From 1975 to 1979 Ronald Reagan gave more than 1,000 daily radio broadcasts, the great majority of which he wrote himself. This program represents the opening of a major archive of pre-presidential material from the Reagan Library and the Hoover Institution Archives. These addresses transform our image of Ronald Reagan, and enhance and revise our understanding of the late 1970s - a time when Reagan held no political office, but was nonetheless mapping out a strategy to transform the economy, end the Cold War, and create a vision of America that would propel him to the presidency. These radio programs demonstrate that Reagan had carefully considered nearly every issue he would face as president. Reagan's radio broadcasts would change his reputation even among his closest friends and allies. Here, in his own voice, Reagan the thinker is finally fully revealed. Reagan's radio addresses are introduced by George Schultz and feature additional introductions by Nancy Reagan, Richard V. Allen, Judge William Clark, Michael Deaver, Peter Hannaford, Edwin Meese III and Harry O'Connor.

©2001 The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, Alll Rights Reserved (P)2001 Simon & Schuster Inc., AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

Narrator: Ronald Reagan
Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
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Fritna

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"Ma mère ne m'aimait pas. Ne m'avait jamais aimée, me disais-je certains jours. Elle, dont je guettais le sourire - rare - et toujours adressé aux autres, la lumière noire de ses yeux de Juive espagnole, elle dont j'admirais le maintien altier, la beauté immortalisée dans une photo accrochée au mur où dans des habits de bédouine, ses cheveux sombres glissant jusqu'aux reins, d'immenses anneaux aux oreilles, une jarre de terre accrochée au dos tenue par une cordelette sur la tête, elle, ma mère dont je frôlais les mains, le visage pour qu'elle me touche, m'embrasse enfin, elle, ma mère, ne m'aimait pas." (Gisèle Halimi)

©1999 Éditions Plon (P)2006 Éditions des femmes

Narrator: Gisèle Halimi
Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
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Truth & Beauty

6 ratings

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The author of Bel Canto, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Orange Prize, and long-running New York Times best seller, turns to nonfiction in a moving chronicle of her decades-long friendship with the critically acclaimed and recently deceased author, Lucy Grealy. What happens when the person who is your family is someone you aren't bound to by blood? What happens when that person is not your lover, but your best friend? In her frank and startlingly intimate first work of nonfiction, Truth & Beauty, Ann Patchett shines light on the little-explored world of women's friendships and shows us what it means to stand together. Ann Patchett and Lucy Grealy met in college in 1981, and after enrolling in the Iowa Writer's Workshop began a friendship that would be as defining to both of their lives as their work. In her critically acclaimed memoir, Autobiography of a Face, Lucy Grealy wrote about the first half of her life. In Truth & Beauty, the story isn't Lucy's life or Ann's life but the parts of their lives they shared together. This is a portrait of unwavering commitment that spans 20 years, from the long cold winters of the Midwest to surgical wards to book parties in New York. Through love, fame, drugs, and despair, this is what it means to be part of two lives that are intertwined. This is a tender, brutal book about loving the person we cannot save. It is about loyalty and about being lifted up by the sheer effervescence of someone who knew how to live life to the fullest.

©2004 Ann Patchett (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Narrator: Ann Patchett
Author: Ann Patchett
Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
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The Great Book of Pub Trivia

1 rating

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Are you a pub trivia enthusiast looking for some new challenges? The Great Book of Pub Trivia is the perfect companion for game nights, fun family times, fun evenings with friends, or just brushing up on your pub trivia knowledge. These trivia questions will get your brain working, and these random facts will give you bragging rights with all your friends (if you get them right). You'll get instant access to fun quizzes covering different topics such as film, politics, science, history, fashion and many more. You’ll get a taste of quizzes like: In emergency situations, this process is used to determine which injured people should receive medical attention first, based on how serious and how treatable they are. This especially happens out in the field. The term comes from the French meaning to separate, sift, or select. What is the name of this process? This man was a famous businessman, investor, pilot, and film industry genius who was incredibly wealthy, becoming a millionaire at age 18. He was also incredibly troubled with OCD and pain from injuries he got in a plane crash. He was born in 1905 and died in 1976 at which point he had become a major recluse. He famously dated Katherine Hepburn, broke a world record for a flight around the world. His famous plane was known as the Spruce Goose. He was the subject of the movie The Aviator, where he was portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio. What is his name? The Mustang was originally unveiled in 1964 and is a classic American muscle car. It appeared in many famous films, including Goldfinger. It was created to compete with the Chevrolet Camaro, Pontiac Firebird, AMC Javelin, Chrysler Plymouth Barracuda, and the Dodge Challenger. Which car manufacturer created the Mustang?

©2017 LAK Publishing (P)2017 LAK Publishing

Narrator: Rob Maxwell
Author: Bill O'Neill
Length: 4 hrs
Available on Audible
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Daddy's Curse

1 rating

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A harrowing true story of an eight-year-old girl human sex trafficking and organized crime survivor Have you ever experienced total despair? Yuna was just an eight-year-old girl when she experienced total devastation. Growing up in the Mongolian countryside, she wasn't ready to face the darker side of the world. And yet she had to. After she was kidnapped by an organized crime gang, Yuna had to overcome her fears at an early age and start taking care of herself. She tried to escape from slavery, but everybody that she encountered wanted to take advantage of her. Yuna and other girls just like her were constantly abused, beaten, raped, and sold as sex slaves. Human trafficking is the worst kind of humiliation, especially for a young woman. She tried to escape and find freedom, but it wasn't easy. In this emotional and heart-shattering true story, author Luke G. Dahl will let you behind the curtains of sex-trafficking gangs and into the soul of abused women, who try to glue the broken pieces of their soul together to survive. By understanding what they have had to endure, you can find a new perspective and respect for life.

©2018 Cedenheim Publishing (P)2018 Cedenheim Publishing

Narrator: Nunt. R
Author: Luke G. Dahl
Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
Available on Audible
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Burnt

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Ian Colquhoun is an extraordinary young man surviving a mind-numbing attack that has resulted in the loss of his legs. The agonies and extraordinary experiences, courage, and his determination to survive make this a gripping and inspirational audiobook. Given the last rites three times, Ian has come through kidney failure, a seven-week coma, heart problems, 65 percent burns, and has endured more than 20 operations. Thanks to the Internet, there were thousands of people praying for his life all over the world. The burns were to his chest/abdomen, arms, hands, chin, and worst of all, his legs. They were burned right through to the bone. They were going to have to come off if he was to live. His parents were told that still might not be enough to save his life. Yet, somehow, his burned, broken body and soul fought on. Author Says: "Losing my legs was the best thing to happen to me! I had the opportunity to take stock of my life and go on to writing books and starring in films and on TV. I have no regrets about anything." Author Bio: Born April 7, 1978, Ian was brought up in Livingston, Scotland. Since his amputations and recovery, he has passed his driving test and appeared on Channel 4's Men in White programme. Ian has also been stunt trained through a specialist agency, his first film role, playing a sailor in Ocean of Fear, and performed a dangerous stunt at Pinewood Studio's underwater studio. Since writing his autobiography, he has survived two high-speed motorway accidents, walking away from both without a scratch. A military historian, with a particular interest in the Jacobite wars in Scotland and Ireland (1689-1746), Ian has taken to writing historical novels and appeared in a highly successful promotional film that helped Scotland be awarded the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

©2007 Ian Colquhoun (P)2017 Ian Colquhoun

Narrator: David McCann
Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
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Climb

1 rating

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Year after year, climbers return to the world's most difficult mountains. At these places, even the most cautious climber is vulnerable to mistakes, bad weather and bad luck, which often leads to death. This collection offers harrowing accounts of extreme mountaineering and its potentially fatal consequences.

©2000 Clint Willis (P)2001 Listen & Live Audio, Inc.

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Still Standing

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Natalie Queiroz was eight months pregnant when she was stabbed by her partner in the most vicious attack imaginable.  In the space of nine minutes, and in broad daylight, Natalie was stabbed 24 times with a carving knife. She suffered horrific wounds to her lungs, liver, stomach and uterus, whilst the knife missed her baby by a margin of two millimetres, before the arteries in her wrists were methodically severed by the hooded attacker she finally realised was her partner and the father of her unborn child.  After heroic intervention by passers-by and police, the attack was brought to an end, but her ordeal was not over. An air ambulance rescue was launched, and against all medical odds, Natalie and her baby survived - but not without life-changing physical and emotional damage.  Still Standing is the story of one life-shattering event - what came before that fateful day, what happened on it and how one woman and her baby survived to rebuild and heal together after it. At once a shocking story of evil, manipulation and violence and a truly moving reminder that a life can be pieced back together, no matter how bad the damage, this book will empower and inspire anyone who has ever faced true adversity to rise up and stand tall.

©2019 Natalie Queiroz (P)2019 Bonnier

Narrator: Kat Rose-Martin
Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
Available on Audible
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Charles Darwin

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The man responsible for the near religion of "Darwinism" and the theory of evolution was a quiet, patient, and gentle man, suffering for most of his life from chronic ill-health. He rarely attended banquets given in his honor or even meetings of the Royal Society to which he was elected a Fellow before his 30th birthday. His most famous book, The Origin of Species, is considered to be the most important book of the 18th century and had an overwhelming reception. It was hailed by most of the world's scientists and far-thinking men as an inspired work of genius. Others, vehement in their condemnations, declared it was filthy blasphemy written by a monster who was already damned in body and soul.

©1976 Kenneth Allen (P)1976 Ivan & Inge Berg

Length: 1 hr and 1 min
Available on Audible
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Mr Pikes

1 rating

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It’s not every day you come across an autobiography which starts out with learning how to overcome sexual abuse as a child, how to become an international playboy who built the most famous boutique hotel in the world, where people like Freddie Mercury, George Michael, Julio Iglesias to name a few, called a home away from home, add in the odd shipwreck or two and more than a few thousand sexual partners and misdemeanors along the way, and when your finished, you'll agree that this book is not just another great listen but its perhaps the greatest story every told.

©2017, 2019 Graham Hughes (P)2019 Graham Hughes

Narrator: Howard J Davey
Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
Available on Audible
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I Remember Nothing

12 ratings

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Nora Ephron returns with her first book since the astounding success of I Feel Bad About My Neck, taking a cold, hard, hilarious look at the past, the present, and the future, bemoaning the vicissitudes of modern life, and recalling with her signature clarity and wisdom everything she hasn’t (yet) forgotten. Even as she’s listing “What I Won’t Miss” and “What I Will Miss” - making the final tally - Ephron reaches back to recount falling hard for a way of life (“Journalism: A Love Story”) and breaking up even harder with the men in her life (“The D Word”), a long-anticipated inheritance with entirely unanticipated results (“My Life as an Heiress”), and the evolution, a decade after she wrote and directed You’ve Got Mail, of her relationship with her in-box (“The Six Stages of E- mail”). All the while, she gives candid, charming voice to everything women who have reached a certain age have been thinking... but have rarely acknowledged. Filled with insights and observations that instantly ring true - and could have come only from Nora Ephron - I Remember Nothing is a pure delight.

©2010 Nora Ephron (P)2010 Random House Audio

Narrator: Nora Ephron
Author: Nora Ephron
Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
Available on Audible
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The Life of St. Teresa of Jesus

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Teresa of Avila has impacted the hearts of men and women everywhere through her writings and teachings. Living in the 16th century, she dedicated her life to knowing Jesus Christ and seeking God through contemplative, mental prayer. Even in this modern 21st century, St. Teresa is still an example to many of what the divine life looks like.   This audiobook offers a vast look at the life of St. Teresa. Authored by her own hand, she details her life and experiences, along with her mystical encounters with God.    May you be truly blessed as you listen to this audiobook.

©2017 GodSounds, Inc. (P)2018 GodSounds, Inc.

Narrator: Evie Irwin
Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
Available on Audible
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Open Up the Wall: Revelations of a Renovation Contractor

5 ratings

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Renovation - money, anxiety, good faith, bad checks, tool breakdowns, people meltdowns.    This is the inside story of the reno biz that you won’t see on any home renovation show. It is the real story of the men in tool belts that we let into our homes to transform the way we live. Open Up the Wall is a chronicle of jobs and job sites, unforgettable characters and mind boggling situations. You can’t make this stuff up!  "Hilarious, heartbreaking, and achingly human. This is a riveting memoir. It is reflective of all the things that I decided too early, I wouldn’t be good at, leaving me wondering whether I should have tried them." (Sarah Polley, actor, writer, director) "I found myself caught up in the narrative describing the world of house renovation...it is a fine book." (Patrick Crean, publisher, Harper Collins Publishing) "Open Up the Wall has you laughing out loud one moment, and crying empathetic tears the next". (Ted Wallace, director, HGTV series The Really Big Flip)

©2018 Geoff Bowes (P)2019 Geoff Bowes

Narrator: Geoff Bowes
Author: Geoff Bowes
Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
Available on Audible
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Becoming Steve Jobs

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Visionär? Genie? Getriebener? Halb Genie, halb Wahnsinniger, Guru, Choleriker und Kontrollfreak - das ist das vorherrschende Bild, das sich die Welt von Steve Jobs gemacht hat. Jobs selbst hat zu Lebzeiten dieses Image gern gepflegt, und seine Biografen sind ihm bereitwillig gefolgt. Vier Jahre nach seinem Tod ist es nun an der Zeit, ein klareres Bild des Apple-Gründers zu zeichnen. Auf Grundlage zahlreicher Gespräche mit Jobs selbst sowie mit engsten Vertrauten und Weggefährten wie Tim Cook oder Bill Gates ist ein ebenso differenziertes wie leidenschaftliches Porträt entstanden, das der Frage nachgeht, wie aus einem ungestümen, jungen Gründer die wichtigste Unternehmerpersönlichkeit unserer Zeit reifen konnte.

©2015 Siedler Verlag. Übersetzung von Karlheinz Dürr, Pauline Kurbasik und Heike Schlatterer (P)2015 der Hörverlag

Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
Available on Audible
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180 Days

1 rating

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Two teachers. Two classrooms. One school year. 180 Days represents the collaboration of two master teachers - Kelly Gallagher and Penny Kittle - over an entire school year: planning, teaching, and reflecting within their own and each other's classrooms in California and New Hampshire. Inspired by a teacher's question, "How do you fit it all in?" they identified and prioritized the daily, essential, belief-based practices that are worth spending time on. They asked, "Who will these students be as readers and writers after a year under our care?"  What we make time for matters: what we plan, how we revise our plans while teaching, and how we reflect and decide what's next. The decision-making in the moment is the most essential work of teaching, and it's the ongoing study of the adolescents in front of us that has the greatest impact on our thinking. With both the demands of time and the complexity of diverse students in mind, Kelly and Penny mapped out a year of engaging literacy practices aligned to their core beliefs about what matters most. They share their insights on managing time and tasks and offer teaching strategies for engaging students in both whole class and independent work.  180 Days. Make every moment matter. Teach fearlessly. Empower all students to live literate lives.

©2019 Kelly Gallagher (P)2019 Kelly Gallagher

Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
Available on Audible
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Isaac Newton

8 ratings

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James Gleick has long been fascinated by the making of science: how ideas order visible appearances, how equations can give meaning to molecular and stellar phenomena, how theories can transform what we see. In Chaos, he chronicled the emergence of a new way of looking at dynamic systems; in Genius, he portrayed the wondrous dimensions of Richard Feymnan's mind. Now, in Isaac Newton, he gives us the story of the scientist who, above all others, embodied humanity's quest to unveil the hidden forces that constitute the physical world. In this original, sweeping, and intimate biography, Gleick moves between a comprehensive historical portrait and a dramatic focus on Newton's significant letters and unpublished notebooks to illuminate the real importance of his work in physics, in optics, and in calculus. He makes us see the old intuitive, alchemical universe out of which Newton's mathematics first arose and shows us how Newton's ideas have altered all forms of understanding from history to philosophy. And he gives us a moving account of the conflicting impulses that pulled at this man's heart: his quiet longings, his rage, his secrecy, the extraordinary subtleties of a personality that were mirrored in the invisible forces he first identified as the building blocks of science. More than biography, more than history, more than science, Isaac Newton tells us how, through the mind of one man, we have come to know our place in the cosmos.

©2003 James Gleick (P)2003 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Narrator: Allan Corduner
Author: James Gleick
Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
Available on Audible
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Summary: Losing My Virginity by Richard Branson

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Sir Richard Branson released his best-selling autobiography, Losing My Virginity: How I've Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way, in 1998. The book chronicles Branson's adventures in his business life and his personal life while offering valuable advice for others who need inspiration or want to follow in his footsteps. The book follows his life in quite vivid detail until the age of 43. This autobiography gives us the opportunity to see what made this man, who became worth 5.1 billion dollars and had fun doing it. Sir Richard Branson was born on July 18, 1950, in London, England. He is well known for starting the Virgin Group which has ownership of more than 400 companies.

©2018 Mike Anderson (P)2018 Mike Anderson

Narrator: Nate Sjol
Length: 32 mins
Available on Audible
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An Only Child and Her Sister

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Casey and her little sister, Christine, started off with what looked like a good beginning. But looks can be deceiving. Their mother, Eve Whitney, a stunning Hollywood beauty, didn't much care for children. Their father, Eddie Maxwell, was a successful songwriter and gag man; he was a brilliant, handsome, hugely charismatic man, but he had a secret drug habit that sent him careening between warm and loving parent one day, to hair-trigger monster the next. If Casey got only sporadic moments of love and caring, Chris got nothing. Neither Eddie nor Eve ever had a kind thought for their youngest child. And so the sisters were forced to find their own paths through this horrific excuse of a childhood, each making choices that pulled them farther and farther apart when the one thing they needed was each other. Told without an ounce of self-pity or bitterness, this story is unique as well as universal. The scenes of pain and incredible neglect live side by side with amazing moments of humor, courage, and triumph. Contains mature themes. For more information on the author and her work, visit caseymaxwellclair.com.

©2016 Casey Maxwell Clair (P)2020 Tantor

Narrator: Donna Postel
Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
Available on Audible
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Newton and the Counterfeiter

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In 1695, Isaac Newton, already renowned as the greatest mind of his age, made a surprising career change. He left quiet Cambridge, where he had lived for 30 years and made his earth-shattering discoveries, and moved to London to take up the post of Warden of His Majestys Mint.Newton was preceded to the city by a genius of another kind, the budding criminal William Chaloner. Thanks to his preternatural skills as a counterfeiter, Chaloner was rapidly rising in London's highly competitive underworld, at a time when organized law enforcement was all but unknown and money in the modern sense was just coming into being. Then he crossed paths with the formidable new warden.In the courts and streets of London, and amid the tremors of a world being transformed by the ideas Newton himself had set in motion, the chase was on. This astonishing tale of Isaac Newton's journey from Cambridge's ivory tower to London's underworld will appeal to fans of The Professor and the Madman.

©2009 Thomas Levenson (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Kevin Pariseau
Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
Available on Audible
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Girls Like Us

Summary

Joni Mitchell, Carole King, and Carly Simon remain among the most enduring and important women in popular music. Each woman is distinct: King is the product of outer-borough, middle-class New York City; Mitchell is the granddaughter of Canadian farmers; and Simon is a child of the Manhattan intellectual upper crust. Collectively, they represent, in their lives and their songs, a great swath of American girls who came of age in the late 1960s. Their stories trace the arc of the now-mythic generation known as "the 60s" - the female version - but in a bracingly specific and deeply recalled way, far from cliché. The history of the women of that generation had never been written - until now - and it is told through the resonant lives and emblematic songs of Mitchell, Simon, and King. Filled with the voices of dozens of these women's intimates, this alternating biography reads like a novel - except it's all true, and the heroines are famous and beloved. Sheila Weller captures the character of each woman and gives a balanced portrayal, enriched by a wealth of new information. Girls Like Us is an epic treatment of midcentury women who dared to break tradition and become what none had been before them: confessors in song, rock superstars, and adventurers of heart and soul.

©2008 Kellwell Inc. (P)2008 Tantor

Narrator: Susan Ericksen
Length: 22 hrs and 52 mins
Available on Audible
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American Sniper

Summary

Chris Kyle var medlem af eliteenheden Navy SEAL og kendt for at være den mest dødbringende finskytte i det amerikanske militærs historie. Som finskytte har Chris Kyle udført 160 bekræftede drab - det reelle antal dræbte er sandsynligvis langt højere. Chris fortryder ikke et eneste af drabene og udtaler: "Det var min pligt at skyde fjenden. Det eneste jeg er ked af, er de soldater og venner, jeg ikke kunne redde. Jeg er ikke naiv og romantiserer ikke krig. De værste øjeblikke i mit liv har jeg haft som Navy SEAL, men jeg kan stå overfor Gud med ren samvittighed." "American Sniper" er en action-fyldt og dybt personlig øjenvidneskildring af krigens barske virkelighed, som kun én mand kan fortælle. Chris Kyle beretter ærligt om smerten ved krig, om at blive skudt to gange og om at miste to nære venner.

©2017 Lindhardt og Ringhof. Translated by Brian Christensen (P)2017 Lindhardt og Ringhof

Narrator: Thomas Gulstad
Author: Chris Kyle
Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
Available on Audible
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Descent

3 ratings

Summary

At age 20, Thomas Dekker was already earning €100,000 a year - as an amateur bike racer. The next year, he turned pro and his salary quadrupled then rose again to €900,000 as he established his position as a super-domestique among Europe's wealthiest superteams. The sport world marveled at Dekker's rise as the young racer set his ambitions on capturing cycling's biggest prizes for himself. Before long, though, Dekker found himself corrupted by money, dazzled by fame, and cracking under the relentless pressure to perform at a superhuman level. In his tell-all book Descent: My Epic Fall from Cycling Superstardom to Doping Dead End, Dekker reveals a sordid way of life full of blood bags, drugs, prostitutes, and money. Descent tells the story of a years-long bender that exposes the brutal truth of his life as a professional cyclist. And Dekker is not alone; he names those who fell with him and those who aided in his downfall. In Descent, we take an unflinching look at the European peloton as it roars through its modern boom years - the height of the EPO era - and what we see is shocking. You won't be able to turn away from this compelling book about one man's rise, fall, and redemption and what his story reveals about professional sports.

©2017 Thomas Dekker and Thijs Zonneveld (P)2018 Tantor

Narrator: Liam Gerrard
Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
Available on Audible
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Jimi Hendrix & The Ghettofighters

Summary

Jimi Hendrix & the Ghetto Fighters in Harlem World is the story of The Aleem Twins, who rose from the streets of Harlem to influence virtually every musical genre of their generation, and whose mysterious connection to Jimi Hendrix, one of 20th-century's most important musicians, has launched hundreds of folk tales.

This audiobook is mandatory listening for the planet's countless Hendrix aficionados.

©2014 TaharQa Aleem (P)2019 TaharQa Aleem

Narrator: Mr. Gates
Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
Available on Audible
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Acquired Tastes

Summary

With an updated foreword by Peter Mayle, Acquired Tastes, originally published in 1993, is a celebration of life's extravagances. Exploring an aspect of human nature that, although lying dormant in hard economic times, is capable of erupting with the hint of good fortune and the drop of a credit card, it samples the luxuries of Havana cigars, Parisian Hotels, bespoke London tailoring, hand-made shoes, and the proper color for a stretch limousine. It weighs the cost versus the pleasure of keeping a mistress, and explains the proper way to eat true caviar, all while providing the listener with hours of pure, unadulterated escapism.

©2011 Peter Mayle (P)2011 Escargot Books Online Ltd

Narrator: Robin Sachs
Author: Peter Mayle
Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
Available on Audible
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Mishegas: A Concrete Tale of Family Quicksand

Summary

Senseless behavior - that's mishegas. According to Harley Dresner, it means life with overbearing, obstreperous, melodramatic parents and a pugilistic, caffeine-addicted, octogenarian uncle. Blend Jerry Seinfeld's and Raymond Barone's parents together and the result is the Vesuvian mess that Dresner calls his family.  In one vignette, social graces are callously thrown to the Las Vegas desert wind when Gerry and Uncle Bernard offend everyone from hotel receptionists to street hookers. Further listening finds doctoring for sport, a new American pastime through obsessions with colonoscopies, and wars waged against phlegm.  Dresner's unmistakable, take-no-prisoners sarcasm and wit shine through this dysfunctional Cruise to Nowhere. His memoir is a fresh, laugh-out-loud study of life-long relationships that proves one can embrace familial roots while maintaining perspective and sanity.  Listeners will revel in the uncomfortable, squirming circumstances in which a family routinely embroils a child. Anyone who wouldn't dream of running away from the family they would love to escape understands Mishegas.

©2017 Harley Dresner (P)2018 Harley Dresner

Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
Available on Audible
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Histoire d'une Jeunesse

Summary

Issu d'un univers sépharade aujourd'hui totalement disparu, c'est en 1971 à la disparition de son frère Georges, qu'Elias Canetti - Prix Nobel de Littérature en 1981 - entreprend d'écrire le récit de sa vie et des personnages qui ont marqué son enfance, à commencer par sa mère, Mathilde Arditi. Pierre Arditi, comédien et petit cousin de l'auteur, restitue ce lien familial à travers des textes choisis au fil d'Histoire d'une jeunesse, Histoire d'une vie et Les voix de Marrakech. La musique a été composée par Éric Slabiak.

©1977 Albin Michel (P)2014 Productions Jacques Canetti

Narrator: Pierre Arditi
Length: 50 mins
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Single, Again, and Again, and Again...

Summary

Do you feel as if you’ll never find the one? Are you sick of failed relationships? And are you seriously fed up with comments from friends and family hinting that you are getting old and need to settle down before it’s too late? At 36 years old, that’s how author Louisa Pateman perceived her situation. She was constantly reminded of how her time was running out. Single, Again, and Again, and Again...follows Pateman and her quest to find her happily ever after. Convinced all the good men were taken, she continually reassessed her aspirations to accomplish her life plan. Feeling defeated after a string of failed relationships and frustrated with her inability to find her soulmate, she re-examined her priorities and played the cards she was dealt. Finding inner courage, she discovered ways to create extraordinary experiences despite her perceived failures.

©2020 Louisa Pateman (P)2020 Louisa Pateman

Narrator: Louisa Pateman
Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
Available on Audible
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For the Record

3 ratings

Summary

David Cameron was elected Conservative leader in 2005, promising to modernize the party following its three successive electoral defeats. He became Prime Minister in 2010, forming Britain’s first coalition government in 70 years, at a moment of economic crisis, and went on to win the first outright Conservative majority for 23 years at the 2015 general election.  In For the Record, he will explain how the governments he led transformed the UK economy while implementing a modern, compassionate agenda that included reforming education and welfare, legalizing gay marriage, honoring the UK’s commitment to overseas aid and spearheading environmental policies. He will shed light on the seminal world events of his premiership - the Arab Spring; the rise of ISIS; the invasion of Ukraine; the conflicts in Libya, Iraq and Syria - as well as events at home, from the Olympic Games in 2012 to the Scottish referendum. He will provide, for the first time, his perspective on the EU referendum and his views on the future of Britain’s place in the world following Brexit.  Revealing the battles and achievements of his life and career in intimate and frank detail, For the Record will be an important assessment of the significant political events of the last decade, the nature of power and the role of leadership at a time of profound global change. 

©2019 David Cameron (P)2019 HarperAudio

Narrator: David Cameron
Length: 29 hrs and 59 mins
Available on Audible
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ALS Saved My Life...Until It Didn't

Summary

Most people know life will not necessarily go as they planned. But what do we do when nothing goes as we had hoped? How do we cope with unpredictable changes in body and spirit - changes that require constant shifting of our view of ourself, other people, and the world?  Jenni, diagnosed in 2009 with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease), has been forced to find answers to these questions every day. With the hope of helping others move forward after life-altering events, Jenni shares her story of life with ALS, outlining both the practical and existential changes needed to adapt and thrive. Embodying the idea that courage does not always roar, Jenni reveals the combination of self-reflection, radical acceptance, grit, and social support that have allowed her to remain true to herself while living her life to the fullest.

©2018 Jenni Kleinman Berebitsky (P)2019 Jenni Kleinman Berebitsky

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Paula

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Paula, nata il 22 ottobre 1963, è una ragazza felice, innamorata del marito, appassionata del suo lavoro. La sua è una vita semplice, che non ha niente a che vedere con quella di sua madre Isabel. Due donne, due destini diversi. Improvvisamente Paula si ammala di una malattia gravissima, la porfiria, che la trascina in un coma da cui non c'è ritorno. Isabel accorre al suo capezzale per cercare di trattenerla in vita, o forse per accompagnarla dolcemente verso la fine... Con la scrittura la madre scrittrice cerca di "distrarre la morte", cerca di trovare un senso a una tale insensata tragedia: grazie alla magia della parola evoca tutti i componenti della sua esuberante e bizzarra famiglia perché circondino Paula, superando i confini individuali di vita e di morte.   >> Questo audiobook in edizione integrale vi è offerto in esclusiva per Audible ed è disponibile solamente in formato audio digitale. 

©2014 Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Editore S.r.l. Tradotto da Gianni Guadalupi (P)2018 Audible Studios

Narrator: Viola Graziosi
Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
Available on Audible
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The Confessions Series

Summary

Eager to share her journey, Orlena Cain has now bundled her first two books for your listening pleasure! Delve into her personal memoirs of finding her path after a tumultuous beginning.  Book one - Unlucky in Love: Confessions of a Die Hard Romantic Orlena Cain is an established Canadian radio and TV personality with over 15 years of celebrated presence in the industry. She has recently delved into further developing her writing talents with a background in journalism. In this candid memoir, she tactfully shares her tumultuous journey to find love and happiness in a bid to inspire others to discover the importance of healing and self-love in the wake of trauma. Book two - 365 Days Single: Confessions of a Serial Monogmaist  At the end of her first memoir Unlucky in Love: Confessions of a Die Hard Romantic, Orlena Cain committed to spending 365 days single while she rediscovered herself. This was done with the intent of healing the festering wounds she has hidden for a lifetime. Being single and dating with no commitment to a relationship sounded like a death sentence to her, but she realized it was down to now or never to wake up and really get to understand her inner demons - so that she can learn how to abolish them.

©2020 Orlena Cain (P)2020 Orlena Cain

Narrator: Orlena Cain
Author: Orlena Cain
Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
Available on Audible
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Not a Novel

Summary

Jenny Erpenbeck’s highly acclaimed novel Go, Went, Gone was a New York Times notable book and launched one of Germany’s most admired writers into the American spotlight. In the New Yorker, James Wood wrote: “When Erpenbeck wins the Nobel Prize in a few years, I suspect that this novel will be cited.” On the heels of this literary breakthrough comes Not a Novel, a book of personal, profound, often humorous meditations and reflections. Erpenbeck writes, “With this collection of texts, I am looking back for the first time at many years of my life, at the thoughts that filled my life from day to day.” Starting with her childhood days in East Berlin (“I start with my life as a schoolgirl.... My own conscious life begins at the same time as the socialist life of Leipziger Strasse”), Not a Novel provides a glimpse of growing up in the GDR and of what it was like to be 22 when the wall collapsed; it takes us through Erpenbeck’s early adult years, working in a bakery after immersing herself in the worlds of music, theater, and opera, and ultimately discovering her path as a writer. There are lively essays about her literary influences (Thomas Bernhard, the Brothers Grimm, Kafka, and Thomas Mann), unforgettable reflections on the forces at work in her novels (including history, silence, and time), and scathing commentaries on the dire situation of America and Europe today. “Why do we still hear laments for the Germans who died attempting to flee over the wall, but almost none for the countless refugees who have drowned in the Mediterranean in recent years, turning the sea into a giant grave?” With deep insight and warm intelligence, Jenny Erpenbeck provides us with a collection of unforgettable essays that take us into the heart and mind of “one of the finest and most exciting writers alive” (Michel Faber).

©2019, 2020 Jenny Erpenbeck. Translation copyright by Kurt Beals. (P)2020 New Directions Publishing Corp.

Narrator: Lisa Flanagan
Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
Available on Audible
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Small Things Considered

Summary

The second collection of personal essays from award-winning and nationally-published author and essayist Joel Schwartzberg examines a variety of tiny obsessions and observations about modern life through the comic perspective of a remarried dad and pop culture junkie. Thirty-six hysterical, heroic, and haunting short pieces sum up a half-lifetime's worth of experiences that range from relatable and reassuring to funny and fervent, and one extolling a certain 70's pop icon that really depends on how you feel about the guy.

©2014 Joel Schwartzberg (P)2014 Joel Schwartzberg

Length: 2 hrs and 44 mins
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A Royal Duty

8 ratings

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In A Royal Duty, Paul Burrell reveals the truth about Princess Diana, as well as a faithful account of her thoughts. He was the favourite footman who formed a unique relationship with the Queen. He was the butler who the Princess of Wales called "my rock" and "the only man I can trust". He was accused of theft, then acquitted following the historic intervention of the monarch. He was the Princess' most intimate confidant - and may be the only person able to separate the myth from the truth of the Diana years.

©2003, 2004 Paul Burrell (P)2007 W F Howes Ltd.

Narrator: Paul Burrell
Author: Paul Burrell
Length: 18 hrs and 45 mins
Available on Audible
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Secret Child

2 ratings

Summary

The shocking true story of a young boy hidden away from his family and the world in a Catholic home for unmarried mothers in 1950s Dublin. Born an 'unfortunate' onto the rough streets of 1950s Dublin, this is the incredible true story of a young boy, a secret child born into a home for unmarried mothers in 1950s Dublin and a mother determined to keep her child, even if it meant hiding him from her own family and the rest of the world. Despite the poverty, hardship, and isolation, the pride and hope of a community of women who banded together to raise their children would give this boy his chance to find his real family. A wonderfully heartwarming and evocative tale of working class life in 1950s Dublin and 1960s London.

©2015 Gordon Lewis (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Narrator: Kevin Hely
Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
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Metafisica dei tubi

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Un romanzo in cui l'autrice ripercorre i suoi primissimi anni di vita. Una bambina nata in Giappone da una famiglia belga, il suo passaggio da "tubo" con tre sole occupazioni, immobile e onnipotente quanto Dio, a creatura collerica e urlante, infine a essere umano che scopre la propria capacità di articolare pensieri e frasi. Un'autobiografia che parla del primo impatto con la vita e dell'attrazione della morte, della scoperta del linguaggio e della bellezza della menzogna.

©2000 Les éditions Albin Michel S.A. Per la versione italiana: Edizioni Voland. Tradotto da Patrizia Galeone (P)2018 Audible Studios

Narrator: Lella Costa
Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins
Available on Audible
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Ich bin Zlatan

Summary

Seine Fans versetzt er regelmäßig in Ekstase. Seine Gegner lehrt er durch seine Unberechenbarkeit am Ball das Fürchten. Lästige Fragen nach seinem exzentrischen Auftreten beantwortet er gerne mit dem Satz: "Weil ich Zlatan bin."

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, geboren 1981 in Malmö, ist einer der besten, bekanntesten Stürmer weltweit - und ganz bestimmt der schillerndste. Doch kaum jemand weiß von seinem wechselvollen Weg, auf dem er vom kickenden Fahrraddieb in den Malmöer Ghettos zum bestbezahlten Fußballprofi der Welt wurde.

©2013 Piper Verlag GmbH, München (P)2013 Hörbuch Hamburg HHV GmbH, Hamburg

Narrator: Mark Bremer
Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
Available on Audible
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Walking the Amazon

Summary

Ed Stafford havde sat et år af til at gå hele vejen langs Amazonfloden fra dens udspring i Peru til Atlanterhavets kyst - som det første menneske nogensinde. Det kom til at tage meget længere - 860 dage, for at være helt præcis, ikke underligt med alle de vanvittige ting, han kom ud for undervejs: Han blev anklaget for mord, truet på livet, blev jagtet af stammefolk med macheter og var øjenvidne til den brutale skovrydning, der truer Amazonas. Ed Stafford (f. 1975) er en engelsk opdagelsesrejsende, der er den første person, der har gået hele vejen langs Amazonfloden. Han har sidenhen udgivet en bog om sit eventyr og står bag en række dokumentarprogrammer om sin færd, der blandt andet er blevet vist på Discovery Channel og DR 2.

©2017 Lindhardt og Ringhof. Translated by Per H. Jacobsen (P)2017 Lindhardt og Ringhof

Narrator: Tobias Hertz
Author: Ed Stafford
Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
Available on Audible
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Cynthia Ann Parker, the Story of Her Capture

Summary

Originally published in1886, the book is about Cynthia Ann Parker, who was captured by the Comanche at Fort Worth in Texas. The tribe adopted her; she married Chief Peta Nocona and spent a quarter century with them.

Public Domain (P)2019 Museum Audiobooks

Narrator: Zöe Dean
Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
Available on Audible
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Nancy Pelosi in Conversation with Dr. Gail Saltz

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Nancy Pelosi was on the path to political prominence when, as a 47-year-old mother of five, she ran for a seat in Congress and won. Now the highest ranking elected woman in American history and the first female Speaker of the House, Pelosi talks candidly about the opportunities and choices that have brought her - and our country - to this time and place.  Her latest book is Know Your Power: A Message to America's Daughters. Dr. Gail Saltz is a psychiatrist, columnist, best-selling author and television commentator. She is a regular contributor to the Today show and has appeared often on Dateline, CBS News, Fox News, and CNN, among others. 

©2008 92nd Street Y (P)2008 92nd Street Y

Narrator: Dr. Gail Saltz
Author: Nancy Pelosi
Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
Available on Audible
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Flesh and Blood

1 rating

Summary

Stephen McGann is Dr. Turner in the BBC hit drama series Call the Midwife. His family survived famine-ravaged Ireland in the 1850s. His ancestors settled in poverty-rife Victorian Liverpool, working to survive and thrive. Some of them became soldiers serving on the Western Front. One would be the last man to step off the SS Titanic as it sank beneath the icy waves. He would testify at the inquest. This is their story. Flesh and Blood is the story of the McGann family as told through seven maladies - diseases, wounds or ailments that have afflicted Stephen's relatives over the last century and a half and which have helped mould him into what he now perceives himself to be. It's the story of how health, or the lack of it, fuels our collective will and informs our personal narrative. Health is the motivational antagonist in the drama of our life story - circumscribing the extent of our actions, the quality of our character and the breadth of our ambition. Our maladies are the scribes that write the restless and mutating genome of our self-identity. Flesh and Blood combines McGann's passion for genealogy with an academic interest in the social dimensions of medicine - and fuses these with a lifelong exploration of drama as a way to understand what motivates human beings to do the things they do. He looks back at scenes from his own life that were moulded by medical malady and traces the crooked roots of each affliction through the lives of his ancestors, whose grim maladies punctuate the public documents or military records of his family tree. In this way he asks a simple, searching question: how have these maladies helped to shape the story of the person he is today? Hear Stephen's incredible story told in his own words in this magnificent unabridged audiobook.

©2017 Stephen McGann (P)2017 Simon & Schuster UK

Narrator: Stephen McGann
Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
Available on Audible
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Repeat Until Rich

1 rating

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A deliciously wry, edge-of-your-seat memoir of making a fortune with card counters across a wide swath of blackjack in America At 24, Josh Axelrad held down a respectable and ominously dull job on Wall Street. Adventure was a tuna fish sandwich instead of the usual turkey for lunch. Then one night, a stranger at a cocktail party persuaded him to leave the nine-to-five behind and pursue an unlikely dream: the jackpot. The stranger was a blackjack card counter, and he sold Axelrad on the vision of Vegas with all its intrigue, adventure - and cash.  Repeat Until Rich is Axelrad's taut, atmospheric, and darkly hilarious account of ditching the mundane and entering the alternative universe of professional blackjack. Axelrad has one thing in common with his team: they all thrived in the straight world, found success boring, and vowed to make life more exotic. Axelrad adopts Jon Roth's "repeat until rich" philosophy - and from his strategy and skill spring hasty retreats across casino floors, high-speed car chases, arrests on dubious grounds, and the massive cash paydays that make it all worthwhile.  Filled with actual bad guys, chase scenes, and high stakes, Repeat Until Rich offers an intoxicating, unprecedented view of the dangerous allure of living off the cards and one's wits.

©2019 Blackstone Publishing (P)2019

Narrator: Josh Axelrad
Author: Josh Axelrad
Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
Available on Audible
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Churchill: A Life, Part 1 (1874-1918)

3 ratings

Summary

Churchill: A Life follows Winston Churchill from his earliest days to his moments of triumph. Here, the drama and excitement of his story are ever-present. Martin Gilbert gives us a vivid portrait, using Churchill's most personal letters and the recollections of his contemporaries, both friends and enemies, to go behind the scenes of some of the stormiest and most fascinating political events of our time. Part 1 takes us from Churchill's birth to the end of the First World War. Christian Rodska reads the first part of Martin Gilbert’s epic, definitive biography of Winston Churchill.

©1991 Martin Gilbert (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
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Family Romance

3 ratings

Summary

Family Romance is a beautifully written memoir in which John Lanchester joins the dots of his parents' history, their extraordinary secrets, and the shape of their shared life. From his grandparents' beginnings in rural Ireland and colonial Rhodesia, Lanchester navigates through his parents' lives: his father Bill's devastating war-time separation from his parents; his mother Julia's tragic first love, her decision to become a nun, and her adoption of a new identity. Lanchester illuminates their characters and Julia's motives with moving insight.

©2007 John Lanchester (P)2007 W F Howes Ltd

Narrator: John Lanchester
Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
Available on Audible
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Jump

5 ratings

Summary

Jump is the story of what happened when Daniella quit her job to backpack around the world for two years, and how freedom from the trappings of what society considers success leads to true contentment, strength and authenticity.  'The point of all this has nothing to do with finding yourself. It’s about what you can do to lose what you don't need.' It’s a dark rainy afternoon on Dublin s jammed M50 motorway. The rain is hammering on the windscreen of Daniella Moyles car. She is 26, a highly successful radio presenter, model and influencer, but panic is building in her head and chest, the internal state of affairs she has been trying to ignore finally spilling over into something undeniably physical. She is frozen, petrified, looks to her boyfriend and says, 'I don’t know who or where I am.' This day changed Daniella’s life. It derailed almost everything she had worked to achieve and set her on a new path.

©2020 Daniella Moyles (P)2020 Bolinda Publishing

Narrator: Daniella Moyles
Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
Available on Audible
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The Moneyless Man

2 ratings

Summary

Imagine a year without spending - or even touching - money. Former businessman Mark Boyle did just that and here is his extraordinary story. Going back to basics and following his own strict rules, Mark learned ingenious ways to eliminate his bills and discovered that good friends are all the riches you need. Encountering seasonal foods, solar panels, skill-swapping schemes, cuttlefish toothpaste, compost toilets, and - the unthinkable - a cash-free Christmas, Boyle puts the fun into frugality and offers some great tips for economical (and environmentally friendly) living. A testament to Mark's astounding determination, this witty and heart-warming book will make you re-evaluate your relationship to your wallet.

©2010 Mark Boyle (P)2012 Audible Ltd

Narrator: David Thorpe
Author: Mark Boyle
Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
Available on Audible
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Berliner Kindheit um 1900

Summary

Der Sprecher Heinz Schimmelpfennig liest folgende Kapitel aus dem Buch "Berliner Kindheit um 1900" von Benjamin Walter: Tiergarten, Siegessäule, Steglitzer Ecke Genthiner, Pfaueninsel, Glienicke.

©gemeinfrei (P)1961 SWR

Length: 21 mins
Available on Audible
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Confessions of a Japanese Linguist - How to Master Japanese

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Follow the author on his odyssey from a 24-year-old Midwesterner unable to speak a word of Japanese as he recounts his initial struggle to survive even Japanese 101, to cramming four years of college Japanese into one year with top grades, to gaining functional fluency, conquering kanji, and finally gaining sufficient mastery over the language to develop marketable Japanese skills as a Japanese teacher and translator, all within four short years. There is no shortage of excellent resources for learning the Japanese language. If simply having access to excellent study material or a learning environment were the key to language learning success, anyone today with an Internet connection or a good textbook would become a successful learner. However, without the proper insight and understanding of what it really takes to master Japanese, the reality is that most aspiring Japanese learners ultimately fail in their quest to master the language or even gain a basic level of fluency. This is not your run-of-the-mill Japanese textbook. You won’t learn Japanese grammar, hiragana, katakana, or kanji by listening to this audiobook. Instead, Confessions of a Japanese Linguist - How to Master Japanese provides a full insider’s glimpse of what it really takes to succeed at Japanese, both inside the classroom and beyond, in order to attain a true functional proficiency in the language. As you listen, you will learn how to negotiate the many unique nuances of Japanese culture, as well as avoid the many pitfalls and detours in the learning process that can result in years, if not an entire lifetime, of lost time and frustrated effort in attempting to learn the Japanese language and grasp the complicated intricacies of Japanese culture. Confessions of a Japanese Linguist - How to Master Japanese is a must-listen for any aspiring Japanese learner and is full of first-hand insight into the nuances of the Japanese language and culture for any listener with even a passing interest in the language and culture of Japan.

©2014 Shane Jones (P)2020 Shane Jones

Narrator: Dan Wooten
Author: Shane Jones
Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
Available on Audible
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Swami Kriyananda: Lightbearer

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In the early 1970s, Swami Kriyananda asked Asha to start taking notes for the book he knew she would someday write. He explained himself to her in a way he did to only a few others. Since then, she has stayed in constant contact with him, as a devotee, friend, personal assistant, and eventually, a spiritual teacher in her own right. It's a rare gift to live with a true teacher. Experience it for yourself, as Asha brings you into meetings, conversations, personal counseling, living rooms, classrooms, long walks, meetings, and meditations. Swami's life was a triumphant life, but not an easy one. Plagued by ill-health, financial challenges, and years of bitter estrangement from fellow disciples, his life story is told in the struggle as well as the victory. A great soul incarnates to awaken faith in our own spiritual potential. Asha writes, "A great wave of Divine Light is sweeping over the planet. If you tune in to that Light, you, too, will become an instrument of that Light." This first-hand account of life with Swami Kriyananda is more than a biography. It's a guidebook for spiritual living, a path of light that all may follow. And it's a labor of love by Asha that has been 44 years in the making. "Don't miss the photos! Audiobook purchase includes a PDF file containing all the photographs included in the print edition." PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Asha Nayaswami (P)2019 Asha Nayaswami

Narrator: Asha Nayaswami
Length: 27 hrs and 53 mins
Available on Audible
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Jonny Magic and the Card Shark Kids

1 rating

Summary

If you think a gang of real-life geeks can't take on the world and win big...think again. And whatever you do, don't sit down across a gaming table from Jon Finkel, better known as Jonny Magic. Jonny Magic and the Card Shark Kids is his amazing true story: the jaw-dropping, zero-to-hero chronicle of a fat, friendless boy from New Jersey who found his edge in a game of cards and turned it into a fortune! The ultimate bully-magnet, Finkel grew up heckled and hazed until destiny came in the form of a trading-card game called Magic: The Gathering. Magic exploded from nerdy obsession to mainstream mania and made the teenage Finkel an ultra-cool world champion. Once transformed, this young shark stormed poker rooms from the underground clubs of New York City to the high-stakes tables online, until he landed on the largest card-counting blackjack team in the country. Taking Vegas for millions, Finkel's squad of brainy gamers became the biggest players in town. Then they took on the town's biggest game, the World Series of Poker, and walked away with more than $3.5 million! Thrilling, edgy, and ferociously feel-good, the odyssey of these underdogs-turned-overlords is the stuff of pop-culture legend. Acclaimed author David Kushner masterfully deals out the outrageous details while bringing to life a cast of characters rife with aces, kings, knaves¿and more than a few jokers. If you secretly believe every player has his day, you're right. Here's the proof. This audio also includes an interview with Jon Finkel, a.k.a. Jonny Magic.

©2005 David Kushner (P)2005 Listen & Live Audio

Narrator: David Kushner
Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
Available on Audible
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Clinton Bush and CIA Conspiracies: From The Boys on the Tracks to Jeffrey Epstein

3 ratings

Summary

In the 1980's, George HW Bush imported cocaine to finance an illegal war in Nicaragua. Governor Bill Clinton’s Arkansas state police provided security for the drug drops. For assisting the CIA, the Clinton Crime Family was awarded the White House. The #clintonbodycount continues to this day, with the deceased including Jeffrey Epstein. This audiobook features harrowing true stories that reveal the insanity of the drug war. A mother receives the worst news about her son. A journalist gets a tip that endangers his life. An unemployed man becomes California’s biggest crack dealer. A DEA agent in Mexico is sacrificed for going after the big players. The lives of Linda Ives, Gary Webb, Freeway Rick Ross and Kiki Camarena are shattered by brutal experiences. Not all of them will survive.

©2019 Shaun Attwood (P)2020 Shaun Attwood

Narrator: Randal Schaffer
Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
Available on Audible
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The Tao of Willie

2 ratings

Summary

National icon Willie Nelson has evolved over the years from country music outlaw swimming against a whiskey river to a Zen-like figure of wisdom and contentment. In this autobiographical collection of life advice, The Tao of Willie, one of America's truest hearts reveals the spiritual and practical lessons learned from decades of hard knocks and good bounces. This inspiring and entertaining collection of "Willie wisdom" takes us from his days as a young boy in Texas where he learns to respect his elders, to his roadhouse days when he united redneck rockers, long-haired hippies, and straight-laced country music fans, to the mega-sized benefit concerts and environmentalism that define his boundless heart. And there are plenty of his favorite jokes along the way. With stories that will both make you laugh out loud and look deep inside yourself, he shows us how the Willie way, and the way of the Tao, can also be your way. Let Willie's common sense approach to life awaken you to the happiness that already exists in your own heart. With Willie as your guide, join the river of life and you'll be carried on an amazing journey.

©2006 Willie Nelson (P)2006 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. All rights reserved. Penguin Audio is a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

Length: 4 hrs and 15 mins
Available on Audible
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American Bloomsbury

Summary

Here is a brilliant, controversial, and fascinating biography of those who were, in the mid-19th century, at the center of American thought and literature. It was an eclectic cast of characters. At various times in Concord, Massachusetts, three houses on the same road were home to Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry and John Thoreau, Bronson Alcott and his daughter Louisa May, Nathanial Hawthorne, and Margaret Fuller. Among their friends and neighbors were Henry James, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Edgar Allen Poe, and others - men and women are at the heart of American idealism. We may think of them as static daguerreotypes, but in fact, these men and women fell desperately in and out of love with each other, edited each other's work, discussed and debated ideas and theories all night long, and walked arm in arm under Concord's great elms - all of which creates a thrilling story. It was America's equivalent to England's Bloomsbury. American Bloomsbury explores how, exactly, Concord developed into the first American community devoted to literature and original ideas - ideas that, to this day, define our beliefs about environmentalism and conservation, and about the glorious importance of the individual self.

©2006 Susan Cheever (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.

Narrator: Kate Reading
Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
Available on Audible
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The Darkest Hour

Summary

A story from the anthology Masters of True Crime, which spans murder cases from the beginning of the 20th century to today. This is a must-hear for fans of true crime and will also be compelling to mystery and thriller listeners.

©2012 R. Barri Flowers (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Tara Ochs
Author: Amanda Lamb
Length: 43 mins
Available on Audible
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Diana: Closely Guarded Secret

Summary

Diana: Closely Guarded Secret became a best seller on both sides of the Atlantic. As a member of Scotland Yard's elite Royalty Protection Department, Inspector Ken Wharfe was personal protection officer - in other words, bodyguard - to the late Diana, Princess of Wales, during the years that saw the final breakdown of her marriage and her separation from Prince Charles. In that time he became a close friend and trusted confidant who shared her most private moments. His intimate firsthand account provides an affectionate, if not always uncritical, insight into this complex, troubled, but ultimately deeply fascinating woman. Packed with anecdotes - and now revised with a new chapter containing material about Diana's so-called 'rock', her butler, Paul Burrell - this extraordinary account is the most intimate portrait of Diana to date and a record of the events that unfolded around her during the most crucial period of her life.

©2004 Right Recordings (P)2016 Right Recordings

Narrator: Ken Wharfe
Author: Ken Wharfe
Length: 3 hrs and 58 mins
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Bernard Landry

3 ratings

Summary

« J’ai eu dans ma vie beaucoup de richesses qui n’avaient rien à voir avec l’argent… Lorsque je quitterai ce monde, je sais que je laisserai à mon peuple tant chéri une autre richesse, impalpable, mais réelle : celle d’un pays possible, mais tout de même d’un pays à faire. »

©2019 Libre Expression (P)2020 Vues et Voix

Narrator: Martin Watier
Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
Available on Audible
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Scab Vendor

Summary

Jonathan Shaw's Scab Vendor: Confessions of a Tattoo Artist is a surreal, multigenerational roller-coaster ride through the underbelly of modern culture, charting the course of a life measured by extremes and all the people, places, and events that shaped that life into a survivor's tale of epic proportions. In it, Shaw takes the listener deep, not only into the recesses of his extraordinary mind and adventures but also into the strange and magical process of memoir-writing itself. If truth is indeed stranger than fiction, then, as Shaw's friend and literary mentor Charles Bukowski once told him, much of this book would have to be lived before it could be written. In that sense, Scab Vendor: Confessions of a Tattoo Artist is much more than a fascinating chronicle of a popular outlaw artist's creative evolution. It is a multicolored, cinematic, modern-day Odyssey, written in blood, ink, and tears - a kaleidoscopic, visionary road map to the journey of the human soul.

©2017 Jonathan Shaw (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

Length: 17 hrs and 27 mins
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How Literature Saved My Life

Summary

In this wonderfully intelligent, stunningly honest, and painfully funny book, acclaimed writer David Shields uses himself as a representative for all readers and writers who seek to find salvation in literature. Blending confessional criticism and anthropological autobiography, Shields explores the power of literature (from Blaise Pascal's Penses to Maggie Nelson's Bluets, Renata Adler's Speedboat to Proust's A Remembrance of Things Past) to make life survivable, maybe even endurable. Shields evokes his deeply divided personality (his "ridiculous" ambivalence), his character flaws, his woes, his serious despairs. Books are his life, but when they come to feel unlifelike and archaic, he revels in a new kind of art that is based heavily on quotation and consciousness and self-consciousness - perfect, since so much of what ails him is acute self-consciousness. And he shares with us a final irony: he wants "literature to assuage human loneliness, but nothing can assuage human loneliness. Literature doesn't lie about this - which is what makes it essential.

©2013 David Sheilds (P)2014 Audible Inc.

Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
Available on Audible
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Frontal Matter: Glue Gone Wild

Summary

A fun, funny, and heartbreakingly real memoir of a woman's fight against terminal brain cancer. The writing is honest, charming, and full of cuss words... Suzanne Samples teaches English at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. She was diagnosed with a frontal lobe glioblastoma multiforme at 36. She loves roller derby and lives on the side of a mountain with her pets Gatsby, Prufrock, and Duffles. Featured in swag bags for the 2019 Golden Globe presenters and nominees.

©2018 Suzanne Samples (P)2019 Suzanne Samples

Narrator: Sarah Goeke
Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
Available on Audible
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Black Magic

4 ratings

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A powerful exploration of Black achievement in a white world based on honest, provocative, and moving interviews with Black leaders, scientists, artists, activists, and champions. “I remember the day I realized I couldn’t play a white guy as well as a white guy. It felt like a death sentence for my career.” When Chad Sanders landed his first job in lily white Silicon Valley, he quickly concluded that to be successful at work meant playing a certain social game. Each meeting was drenched in white slang and the privileged talk of international travel or folk concerts in San Francisco, which led Chad to believe he needed to emulate whiteness to be successful. So Chad changed. He changed his wardrobe, his behavior, his speech - everything that connected him with his Black identity.  And while he finally felt included, he felt awful. So he decided to give up the charade. He reverted back to the methods he learned at the dinner table, or at the Black Baptist church where he’d been raised, or at the concrete basketball courts, barbershops, and summertime cookouts. And it paid off. Chad began to land more exciting projects. He earned the respect of his colleagues. Accounting for this turnaround, Chad believes, was something he calls Black Magic, namely resilience, creativity, and confidence forged in his experience navigating America as a Black man. Black Magic has emboldened his every step since, leading him to wonder: Was he alone in this discovery? Were there others who felt the same? In moving essays, Chad dives into his formative experiences to see if they might offer the possibility of discovering or honing this skill. He tests his theory by interviewing Black leaders across industries to get their take on Black Magic. The result is a revelatory and very necessary book. Black Magic explores Black experiences in predominantly white environments and demonstrates the risks of self-betrayal and the value of being yourself.

©2021 Chad Sanders. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

Author: Chad Sanders
Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
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For the Love of a Dog

1 rating

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After the death of her mother and the end of a postdivorce relationship leave her heartbroken, novelist Amanda Brookfield finds her once secure world imploding.  As despair closes in, she talks of getting a puppy to revive her optimistic spirit. Amanda is advised that her lifestyle will not suit becoming a dog owner, but she can't resist Mabel, a beautiful golden doodle puppy. Arming herself with an arsenal of equipment, Amanda learns that there are no shortcuts to training and caring for a dog.  Through battling daily challenges and constantly regrouping, Amanda realises she is starting to come to terms with her bereavement and the prospect of facing the rest of her life alone.  For the Love of a Dog tells the bigger, more poignant story about the labour of emotional recovery after the trauma of loss. Mabel shines like a light throughout, the unwitting architect of rebuilding self-belief. Mabel's own journey is equally captivating, as she blossoms into a mischievous, endearing head turner of a companion - as affectionate as she is glorious.

©2018 Amanda Brookfield (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

Narrator: Jane McDowell
Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
Available on Audible
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Coming Clean

5 ratings

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Kim Miller is an immaculately put-together woman with a great career, a loving boyfriend, and a tidy apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. You would never guess that Kim grew up behind the closed doors of her family’s idyllic Long Island house, navigating between teetering stacks of aging newspapers, broken computers, and boxes upon boxes of unused junk festering in every room - the product of her father’s painful and unending struggle with hoarding. In this moving coming-of-age story, Kim brings to life her rat-infested home, her childhood consumed by concealing her father’s shameful secret from friends, and the emotional burden that ultimately led to an attempt to take her own life. And in beautiful prose, Miller sheds light on her complicated yet loving relationship with her parents that has thrived in spite of the odds. Coming Clean is a story about recognizing where we come from and the relationships that define us - and about finding peace in the homes we make for ourselves.

©2013 Kimberly Rae Miller (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
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Enter Talking

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For decades, Joan Rivers was known as America's top female comedian... her brash unsparing style and truly tenacious spirit inspired both her fellow comedians and her millions of fans. In her own voice, she recounts her personal story from the inside out - her anguish, her anger, her insight, her inspiration - from her rags to riches struggle on the hard way to the top, to the breakthrough act which not only changed her world but also changed the world of stand-up comedy.

©1986 Joan Rivers with Richard Meryman (P)1986, 2014 Dove Books on Tape, Phoenix Books

Narrator: Joan Rivers
Author: Joan Rivers
Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins
Available on Audible
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Dopefiend

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The shocking nightmare story of a black heroin addict Trapped in the festering sore of a major American ghetto, a young man and his girlfriend - both attractive, talented, and full of promise - are inexorably pulled into the living death of the hardcore junkie. It is a horrifying world where addicts will do anything to get their next fix. For 23 years of his young life, Donald Goines lived in the dark, despair-ridden world of the junkie. It started while he was doing military service in Korea and ended with his murder in his late 30s. He had worked up to a hundred-dollars-a-day habit - and out of the agonizing hell came Dopefiend.

©2007 Donald Goines (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

Narrator: Kevin Kenerly
Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
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Frida Kahlo: Viva la Vida

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Surrealist Andre Breton called the work of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo "a bomb with a ribbon around it." The epic work of muralist Diego Rivera, to whom she was married, often overshadowed its miniature detail. Kahlo said she simply painted her life. Producer Katie Davis presents the story of that life, delving into Kahlo's work borne of the color of Mexico's popular culture, the political legacy of Villa, Zapata and the Revolution of 1910, the violence of a debilitating spinal injury, the pain of lost motherhood and the desperation of immobility. With interviews that include artists and friends such as Isamu Noguchi and Lucienne Bloch, and excerpts from her writings, Frida Kahlo: Viva La Vida is a portrait of an artist who gave us some of the most compelling imagery of the 20th century. The Soundprint documentary series features the best work of top radio producers. The award winning documentaries are renowned for drawing the listener into the story with compelling interviews, authentic voices and rich sound. From memoirs to science, health and popular culture, Soundprint creates a powerful experience the listener will not soon forget. Here are some related Soundprint documentaries: The Day of the Dead Produced by: Marco Vinicio Gonzalez and Maria HinojosaIn Search of Judith Produced by: Judith KampfnerMy Monets Produced by: David Stewart and Susan DavisThe President’s Mother Produced by: Judith KampfnerSoundprint Executive Producer: Bill SiemeringProducer: Moira RankinAudio Engineer: Anna Maria de FreitasAssociate Producer: Amy Zeirler

©1990 SMCI (P)2013 SMCI

Author: Katie Davis
Length: 27 mins
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Nancy Reagan

Summary

A shocking portrait of the 1980s, of America, and of the woman whose position helped shape the values and policies of the Reagan administration. Through over 1,000 interviews collected during four years of exhaustive research and reporting, Kelley reveals Nancy Reagan as a superb public performer; a vain, materialistic social climber; a bitter foe; and formidable strategist - an American phenomenon.

©1991 Kitty Kelley (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Suzanne Toren
Author: Kitty Kelley
Length: 21 hrs and 36 mins
Available on Audible
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Alive, Alive Oh!

Summary

Several years ago, Diana Athill accepted that she could no longer live entirely independently and moved to a retirement home in Highgate. There, she found herself released from the daily anxieties of caring for her own property and free to settle in to her remaining years. From this vantage point, she reflects on what it feels like to be very old and on the moments in her long life that have risen to the surface and which sustain her in these last years. What really matters in the end? And after a long life, which memories stand out as she approaches her 100th year? With vivid memories of the past mingled with candid, wise and often very funny reflections on what it's like to be very old, Alive, Alive Oh! reminds us what really matters and of the joy to be found at every stage of life.

©2015 Diana Athill (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: Sheila Mitchell
Author: Diana Athill
Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
Available on Audible
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Silent Tears

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When her family relocated to rural China in 2003, Kay Bratt was thrust into a new world, one where boys were considered more valuable than girls and poverty and the one-child policy had created an epidemic of abandoned infants. As a volunteer at a local orphanage, Bratt witnessed conditions that were unfathomable to a middle-class mother of two from South Carolina. Based on Bratt’s diary of her four years at the orphanage, Silent Tears offers a searing account of young lives rendered disposable. In the face of an implacable system, Bratt found ways to work within (and around) the rules to make a better future for the children, whom she came to love. The book offers no easy answers. While often painful in its clear-sightedness, Silent Tears balances the sadness and struggles of life in the orphanage with moments of joy, optimism, faith, and victory. It is the story of hundreds of children - and of one woman who never planned on becoming a hero but became one anyway.

©2011 Kay Bratt (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Shannon McManus
Author: Kay Bratt
Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
Available on Audible
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Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends

3 ratings

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Tom Hanks wrote the introduction to this rousing story of two inseparable friends and soldiers portrayed in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers. William "Wild Bill" Guarnere and Edward "Babe" Heffron were among the first paratroopers of the U.S. Army - members of an elite unit of the 101st Airborne Division called Easy Company. Arguably the bravest, most efficient, physically fit, and tight-knit group of soldiers the Army has ever produced, the unit was called upon for every high-risk operation of the war, including D-Day, Operation Market Garden in Holland, the Battle of the Bulge, and the capture of Hitler's Eagle's Nest in Berchtesgaden. Both fought side-by-side until Guarnere lost his leg in the Battle of the Bulge and was sent home. Heffron went on to liberate concentration camps and rake Hitler's Eagle's Nest hideout. United by their experience, the two reconnected at the war's end and have been the best of friends ever since. Their story is a tribute to the lasting bond forged between comrades in arms - and to all those who fought for freedom.

©2007 William Guarnere, Edward Heffron, and Robyn Post (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.

Narrator: Dick Hill
Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
Available on Audible
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Great Artists

Summary

Throughout art history, certain creative geniuses have helped to steer art in a completely new direction - and their influence has in many cases been extraordinary, enduring down the centuries to impact on future generations of artists, sculptors and architects. This lavish publication looks back over the centuries to explore the life and work of some of history's most influential artists.

©2015 Go Entertain (P)2016 Go Entertain

Narrator: Bob Barton
Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
Available on Audible
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Abraham Lincoln: In His Own Words

Summary

Abraham Lincoln was one of America's greatest public orators. The cadence, argument and power he brought to his speeches, like those of the Gettysburg address almost every American learns in school, still stir the hearts of not only Americans, but countless millions around the world. This series of 24 lectures examines Lincoln's rhetoric - the public messages in which he evolved his views on slavery and the preservation of the Union and by which he sought to persuade others. By tracing significant moments in Lincoln's career from the fresh perspective of his use of public persuasion, you'll learn how Lincoln was able to navigate the constraints imposed by both audiences and situations, and you'll understand exactly how he was able to take advantage of creative opportunities. You also see the extent to which Lincoln's public career developed through his public speeches and writings, and gain valuable insight into the importance of both thinking rhetorically and reasoning with specific audiences and situations in mind.

©1999 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)1999 The Great Courses

Narrator: David Zarefsky
Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
Available on Audible
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Who Is Pete Buttigieg?

Summary

Meet the two-term mayor and US veteran famous for his housing reforms. Including his time as mayor of South Bend and the countless ups and downs he faced, Who Is Pete Buttigieg? gives an enlightening and insightful introduction to the two-term mayor and US veteran now running for the presidency. With references to his childhood and college years, this biography also includes a detailed breakdown of Buttigeig’s policies and promises, from gun control and his fight for LGTBQ equality to his views on education reform, health care, and more.  Famous for his housing reforms, Pete hopes to bring his progressive policies to the White House to benefit all Americans. Buy the audiobook now to discover this rapidly growing political force today!

©2019 Matthew Wilson (P)2019 Matthew Wilson

Narrator: James Larson
Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
Available on Audible
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Yeshua, My Prince Charming

Summary

Audrey shares her life story of tremendous obstacles she endured, growing up as a reformed Jew who found her Messiah in early adulthood. Audrey is transparent with her life's journey through abuse, abandonment, and feeling alone. Yeshua (Jesus) became her source of life and support through every situation she encounters. Audrey shares her testimony from early childhood until her adult years as a single mom. Come and experience how Yeshua has transformed and brought real meaning and purpose into her life.

©2014 Audrey Brown (P)2014 Audrey Brown

Author: A B
Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
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Favorite Wife

2 ratings

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She had no choice in the matter - none of the girls did. Her mission was to give birth to and raise many children in devoted service to a shared husband. Susan was 15 years old when she became the sixth wife of Verlan LeBaron, one of the leaders of a rogue Mormon cult, who was engaged in a blood feud with his brother that from 1972 to 1988 claimed up to two dozen lives. In this gripping and eloquent book, Susan Ray Schmidt tells the story of growing up on the inside and of her ultimate escape with her children from an oppressive and violent life. Delving more deeply into this mysterious underworld than any previous work, Favorite Wife is a powerful account of the affairs of the heart, coming of age under exceptional circumstances, and the tough choices that are sometimes painfully necessary to preserve human dignity. Susan Ray Schmidt was once a member of the Church of the Firstborn of the Fullness of Times and the child-bride of polygamist Verlan LeBaron in Colonia LeBaron in Mexico. After eight years of marriage, she left her husband and fled with her five children back to America. She remarried three years later.

©2006 Susan Ray Schmidt (P)2018 Tantor

Narrator: Susan Ericksen
Length: 22 hrs and 1 min
Available on Audible
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47 and Not Married

Summary

Was it entirely my fault that all my brothers, friends, and former girlfriends all married 20 years before me? I walked around believing I had bad breath, a runny nose, a creepy appearance, or was born undeserving. So, I fixed all those things, and still women deceived me or were murdered. Finally, I confirmed that my life was constantly re-directed through divine intervention. I even found proof, but why was the divinity favoring me with so much personalized torment? And how would I explain it to people who thought I was weird?

©2014 Michael Katzman (P)2019 Michael Katzman

Narrator: Michael Katzman
Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
Available on Audible
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Autobiografia. Dzieje moich poszukiwan prawdy

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Byl prorokiem i osoba swieta, a zarazem grymasnym i dokuczliwym starcem. Gdyby przyszedl na swiat dwa tysiace lat wczesniej, jego nauki przeksztalcilyby sie w religie, która nazwano by bezgwaltem (ahimsa) i niesprzeciwianiem sie zlu, mestwem i poszukiwaniem Prawdy, czyli Boga. W religiach Wschodu bezgwalt, czyli rezygnacja z przemocy, pojawil sie wczesniej: w buddyzmie i w dzinizmie, ale kombinacja tych cech z odrzuceniem leku i rozumna poblazliwoscia dla grzeszników jest oryginalnym pomyslem Gandhiego. Jego imiona Mohandas Karamczand moga oznaczac "sluge piekna" oraz "zmieszany (zaklopotany) ksiezyc". Znamy go jednak jako Mahatme, czyli Wielka Dusze, ale jest to nie imie, a tytul, jaki przyznano mu w Indiach po powrocie z Afryki Poludniowej, gdzie zaczela sie jego praca i kariera zyciowa. Jest to tytul jednorazowy - nikt wiecej go nie otrzymal. Gandhi bardzo go nie lubil. Wolal, zeby nazywano go, jak za mlodu, bhai (bratem) czy bapuji, co znaczy "szanowny pan ojciec". Krzysztof Mroziewicz, ambasador RP w Indiach 1996-2001. Gandhi byl prawdziwym rewolucjonista, który wywalczyl niepodleglosc Indii. Zyl wlasnym przeslaniem i byl jego glosicielem. Bardzo niewielu polityków dwudziestego wieku wciaz liczy sie w dzisiejszym swiecie, ale on z pewnoscia pozostaje postacia wazna i aktualna. Nalezy do tej samej kategorii co Jezus i Budda. W Polsce stanowil inspiracje politycznych przemian bez uzycia przemocy. W kwestiach ekonomicznych zawsze zauwazal potrzeby, pietnujac chciwosc. Apelowal do przywódców mocarstw, by przykladali wieksza uwage do zapewnienia dobrobytu krajom potrzebujacym, nie zas nabijali kiese garstce milionerów. Gdyby Gandhi zyl w dzisiejszych czasach, wciaz bylby oredownikiem spraw ludzi biednych. dr Surender Bhutani, profesor wizytujacy Polskiej Akademii Nauk. Please note: This audiobook is in Polish.

©2013 Axis Mundi (P)2015 Storybox

Author: M. K. Gandhi
Length: 22 hrs and 45 mins
Available on Audible
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Oh How I Love Him

Summary

Oh How I Love Him is an intimate account of Bernadette Smith's journey through a life saturated with deceit, suffering, hardship, and triumphs. In the audiobook, you will hear strength, wisdom, and courage throughout her words. Bernadette's experiences emerged as cornerstones and building blocks for her transformation as they became the focal point of her existence in serving God.  As you listen, may the same strength, wisdom, and courage resonate within you so that you can walk away discovering that your possibilities are infinite, as Bernadette did with hers.

©2018 Belinda McClinton (P)2019 Belinda McClinton

Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
Available on Audible
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The Heroes of the FDNY

1 rating

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Some people call astronauts heroes. But who might an astronaut consider to be a hero? Mike Massimino's dreams of flying in space were formed while growing up in a New York City Fire Department (FDNY) family. Mike's father, Mario, was a fire inspector with the FDNY, teaching Mike through this service that it was important in life to contribute to the public good. This message of duty - to give back to the world around you - as well as the demonstration of bravery and camaraderie shown through the many FDNY stories his father shared with him, inspired Mike's dream to do and experience that same through a different path. Though Mario died before he flew in space, Mike was able to honor both his father and those inspirational heroes of the FDNY who were killed on September 11, 2001, flying items in their honor in space as well as speaking to and of those brave men and women while on Earth. Yes, astronauts are considered heroes by many, but this is a story of how one astronaut honored the people he considers to be some of the truest heroes, including his father.

©2016 Michael J. Massimino (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Mike Massimino
Length: 14 mins
Available on Audible
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House to House

13 ratings

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This is the personal side of battle, where emotion, courage, and strength are stretched to the limits. In one of the most compelling combat narratives ever written, Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, an Army infantry platoon leader in Iraq, gives a teeth-rattling, first-hand account of 11 straight days of heavy house-to-house fighting during the climactic second battle of Fallujah. His actions in the firefight, which included killing five insurgents in hand-to-hand combat, earned Bellavia the Bronze Star, the Silver Star, and New York State's highest military honor, the Conspicuous Service Cross. He has been nominated for the Medal of Honor and for the Army's second-highest combat medal, the Distinguished Service Cross.

©2007 David Bellavia (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

Narrator: Ray Porter
Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
Available on Audible
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Without a Doubt

9 ratings

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From the outside, the prosecution's case looked bulletproof, but Marcia Clark knew better. Mountains of physical evidence connected O. J. Simpson to the murders of Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman, but that didn't mean it would be easy. For the woman charged with prosecuting the "Trial of the Century", the light of fame would glow white hot, as the media scrutinized her strategy, her family, even her hair. As the case spun out of control, Marcia Clark stood tall - a single mother fighting an army of overpaid attorneys and a judge who let the media coverage go to his head. Now she tells her story. The bloody glove, the botched evidence collection, the LAPD's war with the black community of Los Angeles - Marcia Clark understands every moment of the O. J. Simpson trial like no one else. In this gripping account of her life, her career, and the trial that made her a legend, Clark shows what it truly means to fight for justice.

©1997 Marcia Clark (P)1997 Penguin Random House LLC

Narrator: Marcia Clark
Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
Available on Audible
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Your Own Kind of Girl

2 ratings

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Award-winning singer and actress Clare Bowditch confronts her inner critic in this no-holds-barred memoir.   This is the story I promised myself, aged 21, that I would one day be brave enough - and well enough - to write. Clare Bowditch has always had a knack for telling stories. Through her music and performing, this beloved Australian artist has touched hundreds of thousands of lives. But what of the stories she used to tell herself? That 'real life' begins only once you're thin or beautiful, that good things happen only to other people.   Your Own Kind of Girl reveals a childhood punctuated by grief, anxiety and compulsion and tells how these forces shaped Clare's life for better and for worse. This is a heartbreaking, wise and at times playful memoir. Clare's own story told raw and as it happened. A reminder that even on the darkest of nights, victory is closer than it seems.   With startling candour, Clare lays bare her truth in the hope that doing so will inspire anyone who's ever done battle with their inner critic. This is the work of a woman who has found her true power - and wants to pass it on.  Happiness, we discover, is possible only when we take charge of the stories we tell ourselves. 

©2019 Clare Bowditch (P)2019 Story Baker Pty Ltd

Narrator: Clare Bowditch
Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
Available on Audible
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The Principal: Surviving & Thriving

Summary

Take it and use it as your own! This audiobook is a compilation of my experiences as a school leader. Enjoy the stories, tips, and strategies to handle all that comes your way in your position of leadership. Survive and thrive and do the best you can for your students and staff!

©2017 Andrew Marotta, LLC (P)2017 Andrew Marotta, LLC

Narrator: Steve Berner
Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins
Available on Audible
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El largo camino hacia la libertad [Long Walk to Freedom]

1 rating

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Escucha ahora la autobiografía de Nelson Mandela, escrita de su puño y letra. La vida un hombre extraordinario, un héroe internacional, uno de los grandes líderes morales y políticos de nuestro tiempo. El largo camino hacia la libertad es la estimulante historia de la vida épica de Nelson Mandela, una historia de adversidades, resistencia y triunfo final narrada con la claridad y elocuencia de un líder nato. Nelson Mandela representa para millones de personas el triunfo de la dignidad y de la esperanza sobre la desesperación y el odio, de la autodisciplina y el amor sobre la persecución y la ignominia. Su extraordinaria vida consagrada a la lucha contra la opresión racial lo hizo merecedor del Premio Nobel de la Paz y lo alzó a la presidencia de su país. Desde su triunfal puesta en libertad en 1990 se convirtió en el centro del acontecimiento político más complejo y alentador de los últimos tiempos. En El largo camino hacia la libertad Nelson Mandela recorre el sendero de su extraordinaria vida. Descubriremos sus primeros pasos como estudiante y pasante en Johannesburgo, el lento despertar de su conciencia política, la ruptura de su primer matrimonio, la dolorosa separación de sus hijos, los veintisiete años que estuvo en prisión -repletos de acontecimientos-, su libertad y la instauración definitiva en Sudáfrica de una democracia multirracial. Una obra magistral destinada a ocupar un lugar de honor entre las memorias de las figuras más importantes de la historia, ahora disponible en formato audiolibro. Las palabras de Mandela: «No nací con hambre de libertad, nací libre en todos los aspectos que me era dado conocer. [...] Solo cuando empecé a comprender que mi libertad infantil era una ilusión, cuando descubrí, siendo joven, que mi libertad ya me había sido arrebatada, fue cuando empecé a añorarla.» «Me gustan los amigos que tienen pensamientos independientes, porque suelen hacerte ver los problemas desde todos los ángulos». «Debemos usar el tiempo sabiamente y darnos cuenta de que siempre es el momento oportuno para hacer las cosas bien». Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©1994 Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (P)2019 Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, S.A.U.

Narrator: Victor Sabi
Length: 30 hrs and 25 mins
Available on Audible
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The Tragedy of Rudy Giuliani

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From Michael Wolff, author of the explosive, number one best seller Fire and Fury, comes the mesmerizing story behind the most bizarre melt-down in recent American political history. The decline and fall of Rudy Giuliani, from “America’s Mayor” to public spectacle, has all the makings of a modern Shakespearean tragedy. Those who know Giuliani, whose tough leadership and even tougher politics helped revitalize New York City in the 1990s and lead the country through 9/11, have stood by and watched with incredulity as he put himself at the heart of impeachment charges against the President.  In The Tragedy of Rudy Giuliani, Michael Wolff uncovers just what happened to the iconoclastic former mayor, and reveals how his apparent self-destruction frames some of the great political questions of the age: How have evidently unstable people come to have such success in institutional politics? How have the mean and nasty achieved such heights in a system that has valued – insisted on – likeability and conventionality?

©2020 Michael Wolff (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC.

Narrator: Michael Wolff
Length: 2 hrs and 8 mins
Available on Audible
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Hard Call

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There is a point in everybody's life at which a tough decision will have to be made - a hard call. For inspiration and direction, we can look to the remarkable individuals in John McCain and Mark Salter's book, which dramatically describes the anatomy of a great decision, including: Branch Rickey's decision to offer Jackie Robinson a contract to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers in the face of public opposition. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf's decision to return to Liberia, after receiving an economics degree from Harvard University, to face the nightmare of a civil war, imprisonment, and the challenge of leadership. General Fred Weyand's decision to redeploy 15 of his battalions, despite resistance from senior American military commanders in Vietnam. Woven into these stories are McCain's own views on the process and art of decision-making, and stories about hard calls he's faced, and the ones we might all have to face in the future. Hard Call is an inspiring testament to grace under pressure by one of America's most admired political leaders.

©2007 John McCain and Mark Salter (P)2007 Hachette Audio

Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
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Mon fol amour

7 ratings

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Pour qu’une histoire d’amour traverse le temps, il faut des fondations solides. Mais les coups de foudre reposent rarement sur un rapport d’inspection concluant…  Quand Dominique découvre le chalet caché au bout du chemin Tour du lac, la chimie est instantanée: elle a enfin trouvé son nid d’écriture, l’oasis où recevoir ses amis autour de soupers animés. Tant pis pour les rabat-joie qui voient toutes sortes de défauts à la maison. L’appel du huard est plus fort que leurs avertissements.  Par contre, lorsqu’il est question de trouver l’homme idéal, l’affaire se complique. Les catastrophes amoureuses passées ont laissé des cicatrices, et Timothée le micro-chien met la barre haute en tant que parfait compagnon. Faut-il faire confiance aux copines qui vantent les rencontres en ligne?

©2017 Éditions Québec Amérique Inc. (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
Available on Audible
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Tolkien und der Erste Weltkrieg

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Haben die Orks etwas mit den Nazis zu tun? Ist Tolkiens großes Epos von Mittelerde eine Allegorie auf den Ersten Weltkrieg? Diese und andere Fragen beschäftigen von jeher die Leser. John Garth stellt diesen Spekulationen ein fundiertes und faszinierend argumentierendes Buch über den großen Autor Tolkien entgegen. "1914 als junger Mann in all das hineinzugeraten, war eine keineswegs weniger schreckliche Erfahrung als 1939… 1918 waren alle meine engen Freunde mit nur einer Ausnahme tot." So äußerte sich Tolkien zu Deutungen, die im "Herrn der Ringe" eine Reaktion auf den Zweiten Weltkrieg sahen. John Garth beschreibt hier zum ersten Mal ausführlich, wie Tolkien in seiner Jugend erlebte, dass die Welt um ihn in der Katastrophe versank. Gerade diese Erfahrungen prägten Tolkiens mythologische Erfindungen maßgeblich, in denen er seine eigene literarische Tradition begründete. Mittelerde und seine Anziehungskraft sind daher nicht aus Eskapismus entstanden, sondern aus dem Drang, das Erlebnis der Verwüstung dichterisch in eine Form zu bringen, die bis heute nachwirkt und fasziniert.

©2014 Klett-Cotta. Übersetzung von Marcel Aubron-Bülles und Birgit Herden (P)2014 Der Hörverlag

Author: John Garth
Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
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Kierkegaard: Audio Lectures

2 ratings

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The Zondervan Biblical and Theological Lectures series provides a unique audio learning experience. Unlike a traditional audiobook's direct narration of a book's text, Kierkegaard: Audio Lectures includes high-quality live recordings of college-level lectures that cover the important points from each subject, as well as relevant material from other sources. Gain a new understanding of Kierkegaard's thought and life, a story filled with romance, betrayal, humor, and riots, in Kierkegaard: Audio Lectures. Søren Kierkegaard indeed lived an extraordinary life. He never saw the fruits of his work in his life - it would be almost 100 years after his death that others would unleash his words onto the wider world. Yet the Danish philosopher, theologian, social critic, and writer is now widely recognized as one of the world's most profound writers and thinkers, and his influence on philosophy, literature, and on secular and religious life and thought is incalculable. Philosophers and theologians influenced by Kierkegaard include Karl Barth, Emil Brunner, Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, Thomas Merton, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Kafka, Martin Luther King Jr., and numerous others. In Kierkegaard: Audio Lectures, author and professor Stephen Backhouse highlights the interesting and controversial aspects of Kierkegaard's life, recounting a story that few today know, and provides brief, straightforward overviews of his key works.

©2017 Stephen Backhouse (P)2017 Zondervan

Length: 3 hrs and 20 mins
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The Song Poet

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In the Hmong tradition, the song poet recounts the story of his people, their history and tragedies, joys and losses; extemporizing or drawing on folk tales, he keeps the past alive, invokes the spirits and the homeland, and records courtships, births, weddings, and wishes. Following her award-winning book The Latehomecomer, Kao Kalia Yang now retells the life of her father, Bee Yang, the song poet, a Hmong refugee in Minnesota driven from the mountains of Laos by America's Secret War. Bee lost his father as a young boy and keenly felt his orphanhood. He would wander from one neighbor to the next, collecting the things they said to each other, whispering the words to himself at night until one day a song was born. Bee sings the life of his people through the war-torn jungle and a Thai refugee camp. But the songs fall away in the cold, bitter world of a Minneapolis housing project and on the factory floor until, with the death of Bee's mother, the songs leave him for good. But before they do, Bee, with his poetry, has polished a life of poverty for his children, burnished their grim reality so that they might shine. Written with the exquisite beauty for which Kao Kalia Yang is renowned, The Song Poet is a love story - of a daughter for her father, a father for his children, and a people for their land, their traditions, and all that they have lost.

©2016 Kao Kalia Yang (P)2016 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

Narrator: Kao Kalia Yang
Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
Available on Audible
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The Leading Lady

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The star of television's The Golden Girls recounts the tale of Dinah, a seeing eye dog who, no longer able to work for her blind master after going blind herself, was adopted by White.

©1992 Betty White and Tom Sullivan (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
Available on Audible
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Pearl Jam

4 ratings

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In this new audiobook, broadcaster and music writer Alan Cross narrates the definitive history of Pearl Jam. Cross succeeds once again in revealing the fascinating history behind the music in the same compelling way we've come to expect from his long broadcasting career.

©2009 Alan Cross (P)2009 HarperCollins Canada

Narrator: Alan Cross
Author: Alan Cross
Length: 34 mins
Available on Audible
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Freight Dog: The Dark Side of Aviation

1 rating

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Don't worry about your tray table and seat back for this one. Forget what you've been told about the romantic notion of the airline business. It's not like what you've seen in the movies. Buckle your seat belt and join Captain Kimber C. Turner for a flight over a thirty year career of ups and downs in aviation. This story of his love/hate life in airplanes will take you from laughter to livid and back again. Kimber C. Turner is a retired airline pilot with over 18,000 hours of flight time, and a former radio talk show host. Now he is out of the sky and off of the air. In his retirement, Captain Turner does some voice over work and an occasional guest spot on the radio. He also writes a book now and then.

©2014 Kimber C. Turner (P)2014 Kimber C. Turner

Narrator: Ron Allan
Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
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Letters to Camondo

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A tragic family history told in a collection of imaginary letters to a famed collector, Moise de Camondo. Letters to Camondo is a collection of imaginary letters from Edmund de Waal to Moise de Camondo, the banker and art collector who created a spectacular house in Paris, now the Musée Nissim de Camondo, and filled it with the greatest private collection of French 18th-century art. The Camondos were a Jewish family from Constantinople, “the Rothschilds of the East”, who made their home in Paris in the 1870s and became philanthropists, art collectors, and fixtures of Belle Époque high society, as well as being targets of antisemitism - much like de Waal's relations, the Ephrussi family, to whom they were connected. Moise de Camondo created a spectacular house and filled it with art for his son, Nissim; after Nissim was killed in the First World War, the house was bequeathed to the French state. Eventually, the Camondos were murdered by the Nazis. After de Waal, one of the world’s greatest ceramic artists, was invited to make an exhibition in the Camondo house, he began to write letters to Moise de Camondo. These 50 letters are deeply personal reflections on assimilation, melancholy, family, art, the vicissitudes of history, and the value of memory. A Macmillan Audio production from Farrar, Straus and Giroux

©2021 Edmund de Waal (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

Narrator: Edmund de Waal
Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
Available on Audible
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The White Donkey: Terminal Lance

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New York Times Best Seller A graphic novel of war and its aftermath. A powerful, compulsively pause-resisting, vivid, and moving tribute to the experience of war and PTSD, The White Donkey tells the story of Abe, a young marine recruit who experiences the ugly, pedestrian, and often meaningless side of military service in rural Iraq. He enlists in the hope of finding that missing something in his life but comes to find out that it's not quite what he expected. Abe gets more than he bargained for when his journey takes him to the Middle East, in war-torn Iraq. This is a story about a marine written by a marine, and the print version was the first graphic novel about the war in Iraq from a veteran. The White Donkey explores the experience of being a marine as well as the challenges that veterans face upon their return home, and its raw power will leave you in awe. Full list of narrators includes John Glouchevich, Grace Lee, Benita Robledo, and Eric Lopez.

©2016 Maximilian Uriarte (P)2016 Hachette Audio

Available on Audible
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The Great Book of Crazy President Trivia

Summary

Do you love American history? Do you enjoy learning about the US presidents? If so, then this president trivia book is for you.  The Great Book of Crazy President Trivia is filled with many lesser-known facts about the American presidents. It is filled with great stories of the US presidents that you will not find in any US history books. This president trivia book is going to let you see the presidents of the past in a whole new light. Learn about their personal lives, the challenges they faced, and their great accomplishments.  When you listen to this trivia book, you are going to learn not only about the presidents of the US but about the history of the US as well. When we learn about the presidents, most often we learn about a few of their accomplishments that they had while in office. However, this book is going to show you the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to the lives of these men.  At the end of each chapter, you will find trivia questions and answers that are going to allow you to learn even more about the men who have been in charge of the United States of America. You are going to learn how war not only challenged these men but how it affected who they were. You will see how great decisions were made as well as some that were not so great.   In the end, you are going to find that these men were in fact just men who took on a huge responsibility. Some of them were successful, some of them failed miserably, but each of them, with their own hands, molded the US into what it is today.

©2017 LAK Publishing (P)2017 LAK Publishing

Narrator: Rob Maxwell
Author: Bill O'Neill
Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
Available on Audible
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The Narrative of Sojourner Truth

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Sojourner Truth’s autobiographical narrative chronicles her life as a slave in Upstate New York and her transformation into an abolitionist, women’s rights activist, orator, and preacher. She was born around 1797 and emancipated by state law in 1827. The following year she moved to New York City, where she became involved with various unorthodox religious groups. By 1843 she had become an itinerant preacher and spent most of the next 13 years in Northampton, Massachusetts. She was illiterate; her autobiography was dictated to her neighbor Olive Gilbert, and the Narrative was published in 1850. In the 1870s, her friend Frances Titus compiled a new edition, adding the Book of Life, a scrapbook of articles, essays, and letters from Truth’s admirers.

Public Domain (P)2020 Museum Audiobooks

Narrator: Melissa Summers
Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
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Left to Tell

29 ratings

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In 1994, Immaculee Ilibagiza's world was ripped apart when her native country of Rwanda descended into a bloody genocide. Her family was brutally murdered during a killing spree that lasted three months and claimed the lives of nearly a million Rwandans. Miraculously, Immaculee survived the slaughter. For 91 days, she and seven other women huddled silently together in the cramped bathroom of a local pastor while hundreds of machete-wielding killers hunted for them. It was during those endless hours of unspeakable terror that Immaculee forged a profound and lasting relationship with God. The triumphant story of this remarkable woman's journey through the darkness of genocide will inspire anyone whose life has been touched by fear, suffering, and loss.

©2006 Immaculee Ilibagiza and Steve Erwin (P)2006 Hay House

Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
Available on Audible
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Pride & Ownership

4 ratings

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Pride & Ownership holds no punches. Chief Rick Lasky takes a hard look at the fire service and finds it short on the only element that makes it effective: passion. Chief Lasky gives an upfront and honest criticism about the need to reignite the love of the job on every level, from chiefs and on down. Do you have what it takes? Not everyone is cut out for the fire service. It takes only the best to serve the public when people need help most. Pride and Ownership calls for men and women with honor and integrity to measure up to the task. There's nothing else in the world like being a firefighter. Every day, Chief Lasky remembers why his job is the best in the world, and he brings that passion to Pride & Ownership. Lasky revisits the proud history and tradition of the fire service and reflects on the family values and brotherhood that have made firefighting a truly family-oriented vocation.

©2006 Clarion Events Inc (P)2020 Clarion Events Inc

Narrator: Rick Lasky
Author: Rick Lasky
Length: 4 hrs and 14 mins
Available on Audible
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Herbie

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Every life reaches that crucial intersection, the place where you must choose your fate, or have it chosen for you. For best-selling author Rich Cohen (The Fish That Ate the Whale, The Last Pirate of New York), it came in a writing workshop senior year in college, when, at 17, he had to knuckle under to a ruthless professor or make a righteous, self-defeating stand.  The story of that decision and the resulting struggle takes us from the winter streets of Chicago to the candy-colored bars of New Orleans to the glory of late 20th century Manhattan, while raising certain fundamental questions: What’s the difference between constructive and destructive criticism? What can a father do to help his child and when has he gone too far? Is it worth telling a bully to f--k off even if it may determine the direction of the rest of your life?  You will meet indelible characters along the way, especially Herbie, the author’s father (author of the classic business book You Can Negotiate Anything) who wears two watches, one on each wrist, because, as he says, "A man with one watch thinks he knows the time, while a man with two watches can never be sure." At once funny and serious, this story is perfect for any parent wanting to help their kids find their way in the world, or for any kid who just wants to be free.   

©2019 Rich Cohen (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

Narrator: Rich Cohen
Author: Rich Cohen
Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
Available on Audible
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Nato fuori legge

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Nato nel Sudafrica dell'apartheid da madre xhosa e padre bianco, Trevor è colored: né bianco né nero, un'anomalia intollerabile per il rigido sistema razziale sudafricano. Destinato fin dalla nascita a un'esistenza "fuori legge", Trevor se la cava splendidamente poiché la sua infanzia, spericolata e indimenticabile, è orchestrata da una madre più potente del tuono: Patricia Nombuyiselo Noah, un magma di contraddizioni stupendamente africane. È bigotta e ribelle, severa e anticonformista, e soprattutto ha fiducia nel fatto che tutto è possibile, di qualsiasi colore sia la tua pelle, l'importante è andare a scuola, imparare l'inglese, fare quello che si pensa sia giusto e rifiutare le leggi sbagliate e illogiche inventate dagli uomini. Ragazzino impacciato di fronte alle prime esperienze sentimentali, poi esperto di pirateria musicale e organizzatore di rumorose feste clandestine nelle townships di Johannesburg, Trevor ripercorre la sua vicenda senza alcuna retorica, sempre sul filo di un'irresistibile vena ironica che lo affranca dal ruolo di vittima e rende il suo racconto più forte di qualsiasi denuncia. Non teorizza nulla, mostra sé stesso, il "bastardo": la sua mescolanza razziale sfida l'ingiustizia del sistema e ne mette in luce l'insostenibilità e incoerenza. Mescolarsi è la vera rivoluzione e questa storia esplosiva e "fuori legge" ne è la prova. L'aspettavamo da tempo.

©2019 Ponte alle Grazie (P)2020 Adriano Salani Editore

Narrator: Riccardo Mei
Author: Trevor Noah
Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
Available on Audible
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The Sins of the Father

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From the New York Times best-selling author of 20 books about the Secret Service, FBI, and CIA comes the detailed account of the life and times of the ambitious, powerful, masterfully manipulative Joseph Patrick Kennedy. For all his wealth and power, Joe Kennedy was not a happy man. He also had no shame. What he cared about was having power. Through the political dynasty that he founded, he achieved that for generations to come. If he hurt and corrupted others in the process, no one had the courage to challenge him. The results are the myths that continue to enshrine the Kennedy family and maintain it as a national obsessions. This book explodes those myths. Utilizing extensive research and interviews with Kennedy family members and their intimates, speaking on record for the first time, Kessler reveals stunning details of Joseph Kennedy's enormous accomplishments and the terrible personal losses he suffered.

©2012 Ronald Kessler (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Frank Langella
Length: 3 hrs
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Not Without My Father

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Can an epic adventure succeed without a hero? Andra Watkins needed a wingman to help her become the first living person to walk the historic 444-mile Natchez Trace, as the pioneers did. She planned to walk 15 miles a day for 34 days. After striking out with everyone in her life, she was left with her disinterested 80-year-old father. And his gas. The sleep apnea machine and self-scratching. Sharing a bathroom with a man whose gut obliterated his aim. As Watkins trudged America's forgotten highway, she lost herself in despair and pain. Nothing happened according to plan, and her tenuous connection to her father started to unravel. Through arguments and laughter, tears and fried chicken, they fought to rebuild their relationship before it was too late. In Not Without My Father: One Woman's 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace, Watkins invites listeners to join her dysfunctional family adventure in a humorous and heartbreaking memoir that asks if one can really turn "I wish I had" into "I'm glad I did".

©2015 Andra Watkins (P)2015 Andra Watkins

Narrator: Andra Watkins
Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
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Blood, Sweat, Tears and Prayers

8 ratings

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We do a dangerous job. We knew that when we signed up. We reach out to each other in difficult times. We are there for each other - all the time! These words echo the words of almost every firefighter and paramedic who is challenged with saving lives and property everyday they are on the job. Shootings, stabbings, building fires, and car accidents are just some of the nail-biting daily experiences of these brave public servants. Gary Ludwig has been a firefighter/paramedic for 37 years and has worked in two of the most violent cities in the United States (St. Louis and Memphis) for 34 years of those years. He gathers his experiences in this field and presents an honest overview of his experiences with the emotions, feelings, sights, and gut-wrenching efforts men and women in this field experience to save a life or property. This is the insider look at a profession few of us fully appreciate: This book gains the profession the respect that is due. This is a book filled with drama, compassion, and a true understanding of EMS and the fire service. Not since "Report from Engine Company 82" have stories like these been told in such a realistic way.

©2015 Gary Ludwig (P)2016 Gary Ludwig

Narrator: Kevin Kollins
Author: Gary Ludwig
Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
Available on Audible
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Tagebuch

1 rating

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Im März 1945 starb Anne Frank im Alter von fünfzehn Jahren im Konzentrationslager Bergen-Belsen. Gut zwei Jahre später wurde "Het Achterhuis. Dagboekbrieven" (Das Hinterhaus. Tagebuchbriefe) veröffentlicht. Für Anne Frank war ihr Tagebuch in der Enge des Verstecks Ersatz für eine Freundin und Gesprächspartnerin, Ventil für Sorgen und Unmutsausbrüche, zugleich Übungsfeld für ihre schriftstellerischen Talente. Für uns ist und bleibt es das eindringlichste und bewegendste Dokument der Judenverfolgung im Nationalsozialismus.

©Anne Frank Tagebuch. Einzig autorisierte und ergänzte Fassung Otto H. Frank und Mirjam Pressler. 1991 by ANNE FRANK-Fonds, Basel. Alle Rechte vorbehalten S. Fischer Verlag GmbH, Frankfurt am Main. (P)2009 Argon Verlag GmbH, Berlin

Author: Anne Frank
Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
Available on Audible
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Une femme

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Annie Ernaux s'efforce ici de retrouver les différents visages et la vie de sa mère, morte le 7 avril 1986, au terme d'une maladie qui avait détruit sa mémoire et son intégrité intellectuelle et physique. Elle, si active, si ouverte au monde. Quête de l'existence d'une femme, ouvrière, puis commerçante anxieuse de "tenir son rang" et d'apprendre. Mise au jour, aussi, de l'évolution et de l'ambivalence des sentiments d'une fille pour sa mère : amour, haine, tendresse, culpabilité, et, pour finir, attachement viscéral à la vieille femme diminuée. "Je n'entendrai plus sa voix... J'ai perdu le dernier lien avec le monde dont je suis issue."

©1988 Editions Gallimard (P)2020 Editions Gallimard

Narrator: Annie Ernaux
Author: Annie Ernaux
Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
Available on Audible
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The Lonely City

6 ratings

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An expertly crafted work of reportage, memoir, and biography on the subject of loneliness told through the lives of six iconic artists, by the acclaimed author of The Trip to Echo Spring. You can be lonely anywhere, but there is a particular flavor to the loneliness that comes from living in a city, surrounded by thousands of strangers. The Lonely City is a roving cultural history of urban loneliness, centered on the ultimate city: Manhattan, that teeming island of gneiss, concrete, and glass. What does it mean to be lonely? How do we live if we're not intimately involved with another human being? How do we connect with other people, particularly if our sexuality or physical body is considered deviant or damaged? Does technology draw us closer together or trap us behind screens? Olivia Laing explores these questions by traveling deep into the work and lives of some of the century's most original artists, among them Andy Warhol, David Wojnarowicz, Edward Hopper, Henry Darger, and Klaus Nomi. Part memoir, part biography, part dazzling work of cultural criticism, The Lonely City is not just a map, but a celebration of the state of loneliness. It's a voyage out to a strange and sometimes lovely island, adrift from the larger continent of human experience, but visited by many - millions, say - of souls.

©2016 Olivia Laing (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Susan Lyons
Author: Olivia Laing
Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
Available on Audible
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A Home from Home

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When George Alagiah was dropped off at a Hampshire boarding school as a child back in 1967, he was confronted with an extreme version of the private struggle faced by all immigrants - the battle to leave the past behind and fit into a new culture.  His arrival in Britain coincided with the unhappy intrusion of race into politics. A key part of the ensuing fight against racism was the concept of multiculturalism. But in a closely argued and forthright chapter, Alagiah suggests that, far from improving the prospects for some immigrants, multiculturalism may be an impediment to integration. All too often these are the poor and isolated communities who most need the help of the state to break out of what is fast becoming a version of ghetto life.  Above all, this book is a tender and evocative portrayal of the immigrant experience. Alagiah brings colour and life to a subject that is too often reduced to screaming tabloid headlines and he sheds light on the controversial question of British identity.

©2006 George Alagiah (P)2020 Audible, Ltd

Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
Available on Audible
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Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte

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Följ Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte från födelsen år 1763 ända fram till när han blev svensk kronprins. Bernadotte var mycket duglig och modig i sitt militära yrkesutövande och också omtyckt av sina soldater. Napoleon befordrade honom till general, och privat fanns flera trådar dem emellan: Bernadotte gifte sig med Desirée, som tidigare varit förlovad med Napoleon, och hennes syster var i sin tur gift med Napoleons bror Joseph. Men så småningom blev relationen mellan de två starka personligheterna spänd.

©2019 Margareta Beckman / Lind & Co (P)2019 Lind & Co

Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
Available on Audible
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Den hvide masai

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Hardbackudgave af den Schweiziske Corinne Hofmanns fascinerende selvbiografi om sine fire års ægteskab med en masaikriger og deres primitive dagligliv i bushen i Kenya, der endte med at blive en voldsom kamp for at overleve. Hun kom ud i en strøm af eventyr, der bragte hende til grænserne for sin fysiske og psykiske formåen. Corinne Hofmann giver et virkelighedstro billede af både fascinationen og de kulturelle sammenstød, der opstår, når en vestlig kvinde bosætter sig i så fremmedartet et samfund som masaiernes.

©2017 Gyldendal. Translated by Mogens Wenzel Andreasen (P)2017 Gyldendal

Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
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Is It My Fault Mummy?

1 rating

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Maggie Hartley is one of the UK's most prolific foster mothers. This inspiring collection includes three heartbreaking, true short stories about the children who have passed through Maggie's care.  'Is It My Fault Mummy?'  Seven-year-old Paris is trapped in a prison of guilt. Devastated after the death of her baby brother, Joel, Maggie faces one of her most heartbreaking cases yet as she tries to break down the wall of guilt surrounding this damaged little girl.  'A Desperate Cry for Help' Twelve-year-old Meg arrives at Maggie's after a fire destroys the children's home she's been living in. Traumatised by the fire and angry and vulnerable, having been put into care by her mother, Meg is lashing out at everyone around her. Can Maggie reach this damaged little girl before it's too late? And before Meg's destructive behaviour puts Maggie's life - and the lives of the other children in her care - at risk? These heartwarming and inspiring short stories show the power of a foster mother's love and her determination to help the children who come into her care.

©2020 Maggie Hartley (P)2020 Orion Publishing Group

Narrator: Penny MacDonald
Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
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Warden Force: Cold, Cold Hearts and Other True Game Warden Adventures: Episodes 39-49

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A collection of 11 award-winning short stories concerning the true adventures of California fish and game wardens and the wildlife-destroying outlaws they pursue. These stories illustrate the wide variety of wildlife-related problems wardens face in California, which has a greater diversity of wildlife and wildlife habitat than any other state and is second only to Alaska in its vast expanses of wilderness. The fourth season contains 11 more exciting adventures: Trash Can Joe - Wardens pursue an infamous outlaw hunting guide who uses donuts to illegally bait bears. Meet “The Black Robin Hood”. Callous Hearts - A rogue band of meth-cooking deer poachers meets with misfortune. Rascal’s Road to Justice - “The world’s greatest duck caller”, as a renowned waterfowl violator bills himself, crows that he’s too smart to be caught. His education to the contrary soon follows. True Remorse - One of the coldest of the cold, cold hearts pays a heavy price for extreme cruelty to a trapped bear. Turkeys - The wardens meet a hardened criminal whose hobbies are turkey hunting and home-invasion robberies. A Weekend with “Starsky and Hutch” - A swashbuckling pair of wardens cram a fourth-story, roof-to-roof foot chase in old San Francisco and heroic rescues from burning buildings into a single memorable weekend. The Natural - A young woman proves that she was born to be a fish and game warden. Dirty Harry and Ape Island - A warden thinks his way out of a jam in this story that features a good-humored Highway Patrol sergeant and an ill-humored monkey. Lucky Breaks - A warden demonstrates his substantial tracking skills to put away an outlaw houndsman who traffics in bear gallbladders. Lobster Jake - An infamous lobster pirate teams with “The Muppet”, a character straight out of a nightmare. Cold, Cold Hearts - A California warden, at great risk to himself, flies to Alaska to help state troopers there deal with a team of highly dangerous, cruel, and destructive grizzly poachers.

©2016 Tharen Hodges (P)2019 Tharen Hodges

Author: Terry Hodges
Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
Available on Audible
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Alice Diamond and the Forty Elephants

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The Forty Elephants were unique in the annals of British crime. Known also as the Forty Thieves, they were the country's only all-female crime syndicate, a gang of tough but glamorous young women who plundered the fashion stores and jewel shops of the West End, took their lovers from the among London's most notorious gangsters, and terrorised their rivals, male and female alike.    Their roots lay with the Elephant Gang, a band of highwaymen who once haunted the Elephant and Castle coaching inn south of the Thames and whose reputation descended through generations of cutthroats. In the dying years of Queen Victoria's reign, their women forged a name of their own.   But it was in the early years of the 20th century that Alice Diamond led the Elephants to their greatest infamy. Born the oldest of eight children in Lambeth Workhouse Infirmary, Diamond was the daughter of a jailbird and by her teens was said to be the cleverest shoplifter in London. Newspapers described her gang as 'notorious for their good looks, fine stature, and smart clothing' as well as for stealing the most expensive silks, gems, and furs. One detective described how they would descend 'like a gang of locusts' in taxis and chauffeur-driven limousines, cleaning out a store inside one hour. They also used the motor-car and train to travel the country, targeting shops and warehouses, wearing specially made skirts and knickers to hide their plunder and spending their ill-gotten gains on a life of mad excess.    Crime historian Brian McDonald has uncovered a wealth of material to write the first ever full-length account of these remarkable women and their scandalous exploits, now available for the first time as an audiobook read by Adna Sablyich.

©2015 Brian McDonald (P)2018 Sharp Eared Owl Audiobooks

Narrator: Adna Sablyich
Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
Available on Audible
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365 Days Single: Confessions of a Serial Monogamist

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At the end of her first memoir, Unlucky in Love: Confessions of a Die Hard Romantic, Orlena Cain committed to spending 365 days single, while she rediscovered herself. This was done with the intent of healing the festering wounds she has hidden for a lifetime. Being single and dating with no commitment to a relationship sounded like a death sentence to her, but she realized it was down to now or never to wake up and really get to understand her inner demons - so that she can learn how to abolish them.

©2018 Orlena Cain (P)2020 Orlena Cain

Narrator: Orlena Cain
Author: Orlena Cain
Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
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You, Me & OCD

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After two decades of suffering with the mental disorder known as obsessive-compulsive disorder, Derek has reached his breaking point. His past attempts to find inner peace had lead him astray. At last he longs for a life of ease and tolerance without the handicap his illness brings. Enter the next phase of his life as he copes with obstacles ahead in this true story. Follow his path to recovery as he seeks help, wisdom, and clarity to rise above what has grounded him for so long.

©2017 Derek Ryan Ferris (P)2017 Derek Ryan Ferris

Narrator: Mike Bender
Author: Derek Ferris
Length: 1 hr
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Walking in Silent Pain: Autobiography About Strength & Resilience

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Frank Rivera is an advocate for not only Sarcoidosis, but also for the rare disease and chronic pain community. This audiobook is about how to rise above adversity and the strength of one person. One person can make a difference if you work hard. Frank has dealt with adversity as a child with leukemia. His mother having health issues herself taught him strength and love. He fought through tough times during his childhood to only find out as an adult, after misdiagnosis, he has a rare disease that has no cure. Even with all of that he still says Sarcoidosis (his rare disease) has made him a better person. Knowing what he has been through he fights to make life better for other rare disease patients. His fight has been hard but he still goes through his life with strength and a smile. Now he is truly fighting for his life! This audiobook is an uplifting audiobook about triumphing over adversity. As Frank says he had two options "I could roll up in a ball or I can fight. I chose to fight and inspire, even if it is just one person. Don't ever judge a book by its cover".

©2020 Frank Rivera (P)2021 Frank Rivera

Narrator: Khai Lannor
Author: Frank Rivera
Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
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JFK

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Nearly 50 years after the assassination, a majority of Americans continue to respond favorably toward President Kennedy’s conduct in office, despite revelations of his serial philandering and the cover-up of his serious health problems. This book examines the dominant images of the Kennedy presidency for some of the possible causes of the disparities between perception and reality. Kennedy was the nation’s first president to understand the power of imagery. He harnessed the power of media and television to cultivate favorable images and sustain popular appeal. Kennedy and others in the White House consciously worked to create positive images that portrayed the president’s youthful appearance and his wholesome appeal as a faithful husband and loving father. Many people identified with idealized images of Kennedy, who seemed like a picture of robust health and an ideal family man. Behind the scenes, though, a different image has emerged overtime of an enigmatic, complex man - a human being who was capable of both selfless and selfish motives and actions. This book assesses both the positive and negative dimensions of the Kennedy legacy to provide a fresh perspective. This book will survey John F. Kennedy’s life and highlight some of the images associated with his rise to the presidency. It will summarize Kennedy’s popular image to understand why some Americans embraced or rejected the president’s image. The final chapter will discuss the impact of the assassination, emergence of the Camelot myth and the legacy of the Kennedy presidency. Based on an examination of historic, sociological, scholarly documents and a lifelong interest in reading about the Kennedys, this book concludes that many Americans projected many positive values onto President Kennedy, but failed to account fully for the reality of his complexities and weaknesses.

©2020 Mike Parson (P)2020 Mike Parson

Narrator: Chloe Jacobson
Author: Mike Parson
Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
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La Terre est ma demeure

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À travers le récit des épreuves qui ont jalonné sa vie, de son exil forcé du Vietnam, son pays natal, à son combat aux côtés de Martin Luther King pour les droits civiques, Thich Nhât Hanh, le grand maître du bouddhisme, nous révèle son parcours d'artisan de la paix et nous livre un récit très émouvant et plein d'espérance. Comment, lorsqu'on a vécu l'exil, se sentir chez soi quelque part ? Pour Thich Nhat Hanh, la réponse est simple : le vrai chez-soi ne dépend ni de la géographie ni de ceux qui nous entourent. Le vrai chez-soi, c'est l'instant présent. Dans La Terre est ma demeure, récit autobiographique, le sage se dévoile et évoque tour à tour son rapport à la pauvreté et au dénuement, à la guerre et à l'exil, et la création du village des Pruniers, la communauté dans laquelle il prodigue ses enseignements.  >> Ce livre audio en version intégrale vous est proposé en exclusivité par Audible et est uniquement disponible en téléchargement.

©2017 Belfond (P)2018 Éditions Thélème

Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
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Island Home

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'I grew up on the world's largest island.'

This apparently simple fact is the starting point for Tim Winton's beautiful, evocative and sometimes provocative memoir of how this unique landscape has shaped him and his writing.

For over 30 years, Winton has written novels in which the natural world is as much a living presence as any character. What is true of his work is also true of his life: from boyhood, his relationship with the world around him - rock pools, sea caves, scrub and swamp - was as vital as any other connection.

Camping in hidden inlets of the southeast, walking in the high rocky desert fringe, diving at Ningaloo Reef, bobbing in the sea between sets, Winton has felt the place seep into him, with its rhythms, its dangers, its strange sustenance, and learned to see landscape as a living process.

Island Home is the story of how that relationship with the Australian landscape came to be and how it has determined his ideas, his writing and his life. It is also a passionate exhortation for all of us to feel the ground beneath our feet. Much more powerfully than a political idea or an economy, Australia is a physical entity. Where we are defines who we are in ways we too often forget, to our detriment and the country's.

Wise, rhapsodic, exalted - Island Home is not just a brilliant, moving insight into the life and art of one of our finest writers but a compelling investigation into the way our country makes us who we are.

©2015 Tim Winton (P)2015 Bolinda

Author: Tim Winton
Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
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A Drink of Water - Part 1

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A Drink of Water is a story of fear, faith, love, and devotion. In this three-part series by D.J. Bradley, we are read the life of Pamela Burroughs, an evangelizing single mother.  In Part 1, we meet Pam, her fellow missionary friends, and Bibi, the boy who becomes their mission. While on a religious support trip to Africa, Pam's journey takes a surprising twist, as Pam's path crosses Bibi's. Bibi, a young, native Nigerian Christian, is on the brink of death, injured, bleeding, and without water. A detour caused by an accident on the highway changes the course of not only the vehicle the missionaries are traveling in, but in the lives of Pam and her group, along with Bibi and dozens of others. What happens next changes the course of the world.  Part 1 of the series shares ideas of faith, love, prayer, perseverance, and courage. Reminding us not to give to receive, but to give to be a blessing, A Drink of Water travels through the pain of loss and fear of death, through hurting and healing, and through spiritual growth. A Drink of Water refreshes us with the story of a woman who proves what's possible with faith. Enjoy!

©2018 D.J. Bradley (P)2018 D.J. Bradley

Narrator: Becky Parker
Author: D.J. Bradley
Length: 2 hrs and 34 mins
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Inside My Outside

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Upon meeting Sara Pyszka, most people think they know what it's like to be her, regardless of what they actually know about her.  They see her wheelchair. They see the computer attached to her chair. They may or may not see the bands that hold her arms down, or the buttons on either side of her head rest. They see, and probably speak with, whichever personal assistant is accompanying her that day. They see her, yes, but this doesn’t mean they know anything about her.  Few people can accurately imagine what it’s like to be completely nonverbal, to be unable to walk or use their hands. They don’t actually know what it’s like to rely on strangers to get them out of bed and ready for the day, to feed them, to bathe them.  Inside My Outside: An Independent Mind in a Dependent Body provides an in-depth look into the life of a young woman with cerebral palsy who cannot walk or talk but who uses an electronic device for communication. This memoir covers three full days, from morning to night, in Sara Pyszka’s life, providing glimpses of past relationships, friendships, schooling, and outrageous stories about the challenges of hiring, firing, and working with personal care assistants. Sara even takes it a step further by providing the occasional comparison between her life and what she imagines life would be like if she did not have a disability. 

©2020 Sara Pyszka (P)2020 Sara Pyszka

Narrator: Corrie Legge
Author: Sara Pyszka
Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
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An American Princess: The Many Lives of Allene Tew

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A Wall Street Journal and Amazon Charts bestseller. Two-time Man Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel names An American Princess as one of her favorite books of the year: “light and gracefully written, it dances through a century of history...” (The Guardian) Born to a pioneering family in Upstate New York in the late 1800s, Allene Tew was beautiful, impetuous, and frustrated by the confines of her small hometown. At eighteen, she met Tod Hostetter at a local dance, having no idea that the mercurial charmer she would impulsively wed was heir to one of the wealthiest families in America. But when he died twelve years later, Allene packed her bags for New York City. Never once did she look back. From the vantage point of the American upper class, Allene embodied the tumultuous Gilded Age. Over the course of four more marriages, she weathered personal tragedies during World War I and the catastrophic financial reversals of the crash of 1929. From the castles and châteaus of Europe, she witnessed the Russian Revolution and became a princess. And from the hopes of a young girl from Jamestown, New York, Allene Tew would become the epitome of both a pursuer and survivor of the American Dream.

©2015 Annejet van der Zijl (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Translation © 2018 by Michele Hutchison.

Narrator: Teri Schnaubelt
Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
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Mark It and Strike It

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It's hard to believe there's only one Steve Allen! This same person has: created the Tonight show, written 28 books, composed over 4,000 songs, made some 40 record albums, starred on Broadway and in motion pictures, composed Broadway, television, and film scores, starred in his own television series, and created, written, and hosted the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Meeting of Minds. We invited Steve into our studios so he could tell you his own story. He talks about his family, his upbringing, his views, the creative process, and the business of being funny in this updated version of his autobiography. And because Steve always brings something extra special to his work, he brightens this recording with some of his inimitable ad-libbing on the piano.

©1986 Steve Allen (P)2009 Phoenix

Narrator: Steve Allen
Author: Steve Allen
Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
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When Money Is King

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Revlon's C.E.O., financier Ronald O. Perelman is one of the richest men in America. Watched by the financial community with interest, Perelman has built a personal business empire worth an estimated $6 billion over the past fifteen years. Linked to society's most dazzling beauties, Perelman owns palatial estates in Palm Beach, East Hampton, Manhattan, Sun Valley and Bel Air, as well as an impressive art collection, a fleet of automobiles and two G-4 jets. Here, in the first-ever biography about the brilliant entrepreneur, is the story behind Perelman's spectacular financial success and lavish lifestyle.

©1996 Richard Hack (P)2009 Phoenix

Author: Richard Hack
Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
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One Sip at a Time

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Can a two-career couple really pick up stakes and move to Provence? Keith and Val had a dream - to live in Provence, the land of brilliant sunlight, charming hilltop villages, and the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean. But there were two problems: they weren't French speakers and they had full-time jobs. So they came up with a plan.... Follow their adventures (and misadventures) as they quit their jobs, become consultants, and split their time between two countries. Laugh along as they build a life in Provence, slowly mastering a new language and making friends with the locals over long meals and just a bit too much wine. This light and breezy memoir is full of wry observations on France, like the power of cheese to sway elections, the right and wrong ways for men to kiss each other, and the law requiring that blood donors must speak French. If you've ever dreamed of changing gears and learning what joie de vivre is really all about, you won't want to miss this delightful book.

©2016 Keith Van Sickle (P)2017 Tantor

Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
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The Life of Alexander

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The Life of Alexander is one of many notable Greek figure biographies written by Plutarch in his series Parallel Lives. Alexander is arguably one of the most notable Greek figures, immortalized in stories and legends that are commonly used in mythology classes today. With the lingering feeling of discontent after the Persian invasion and the political unrest that surrounded him, his life made for an interesting topic in Plutarch’s works.  Parallel Lives is often lauded as one of the most reliable references to Alexander’s life that is currently available.  

Public Domain (P)2018 Audio Sommelier

Narrator: Andrea Giordani
Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
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My Grape Paris

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My Grape Paris takes fans of Laura Bradbury’s Grape Series to the captivating world of Paris, where Laura has managed to organize an exchange year at the Sorbonne. Franck accompanies her, delighted to return to his native France. Over afternoons napping in an ancient Roman amphitheater and nights gallivanting around the Louvre, Laura dreams of becoming a sophisticated Parisian woman. However, Laura soon discovers that living in Paris is much more complicated than the fantasy. Besides inappropriate relatives and spiteful teachers, there are also questions that become impossible to ignore.  Will Franck stay in Paris after Laura’s stint at the Sorbonne is up?  Is their Parisian year the final hurrah for their romance?  Find out in My Grape Paris, as Laura confronts love and heartbreak in the city of lights. Praise for Laura Bradbury's Grape Series: "Bradbury’s Grape Series feels like a series of honest and funny letters sent from a friend about her fascinating (and sometimes baffling) life in France. A beautiful read.” (Janice MacLeod, The New York Times best-selling author of Paris Letters and A Paris Year) “Bradbury’s Grape Series takes the reader on a romantic adventure into the heart, soul, and people of la belle France. Filled with delicious food, love, and laughter, Bradbury’s writing proves that you have to dare to follow your heart wherever it leads you...and that sometimes we have to step outside our comfort zone to truly live.” (Samantha Vérant, author of How to Make a French Family and Seven Letters from Paris)

©2018 Laura Bradbury (P)2019 Laura Bradbury

Narrator: Hope Newhouse
Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
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Summary: GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso

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In #GirlBoss, Sophia Amoruso, a well-known American fashionista, shares her wisdom and inspiration with women who are also seeking success. While less conventional than other female business moguls, Amoruso stands on her own after rising from her days of dumpster-diving to eBay saleswoman to CEO of her own worldwide company. Her business, Nasty Girl, started as a self-funded enterprise in her aunt's basement. In a few years, she was reporting revenues more than $10 million - all without so much as a college degree! In her book, Amoruso, explains to girls and women, in her unique way, that they must shed gender stereotypes and embrace others to forge ahead. Her most important piece of advice? Amoruso says girls must be bossy if they are going to make their own way. She says women must be in charge of their lives, to receive everything wanted out of life - not because it's been handed to her, but because she's earned it. A girl boss must be a fighter, must hold themselves accountable and take responsibility for their success, and know when to follow the rules and when to break them. A girl boss knows when to have fun and when to get serious. Most importantly, a girl boss knows herself and has a clear idea of where she is going and how she's going to get there. The New York Times calls Amoruso "The Cinderella of Tech". It's not a far-off description of a woman who rose from rags to riches via the Internet and is now inviting her favorite girlfriends to the Palace Ball.

©2017 Alice Bailey (P)2018 Alice Bailey

Narrator: Danley Stone
Author: Alice Bailey
Length: 31 mins
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I Used to Be Charming

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Previously uncollected nonfiction pieces by Hollywood's ultimate It Girl about everything from fashion to tango to Jim Morrison and Nicholas Cage.

Eve Babitz knew everyone, tried everything (at least once), and was never shy about sharing her thoughts on any subject, be it sex, weight loss, drug use, or her ambivalence toward New York City. From the 1970s through the 1990s, Babitz wrote on a wild variety of topics for some of the biggest publications around, from Esquire to Vogue to The New York Times Book Review. I Used to Be Charming brings together this nonfiction work. 

All previously uncollected, these pieces range from sharp personal essays on body image and the male gaze to playful meditations on everything from ballroom dancing to kissing to perfume. There are breathtaking celebrity profiles, too. In one, Nicholas Cage takes her for a ride in his ’67 Stingray and in another she dishes about dragging Jim Morrison to bed before the Doors had even settled on a band name (“Jim was embarrassing because he wasn’t cool, but I still loved him,” she writes). In another essay, the author ponders her earliest days in the spotlight, posing nude with Marcel Duchamp, and in another, the never-before-published title essay, she writes about the tragic accident that compelled her to leave that spotlight behind forever.

©2019 Eve Babitz (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Introduction © 2019 by Molly Lambert.

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Live Nude Girl: My Life as an Object

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Live Nude Girl: My Life as an Object is a lively meditation on the profession of art modeling as it has been practiced in history and as it is practiced today. Kathleen Rooney draws on her own experiences working as an artist's model, as well as the famous, notorious, and mysterious artists and models through the ages. Through a combination of personal perspective, historical anecdote, and witty prose, Live Nude Girl reveals that both the appeal of posing nude for artists and the appeal of drawing the naked figure lie in our deeply human responses to beauty, sex, love, and death.

©2008 The University of Arkansas Press (P)2014 Redwood Audiobooks

Narrator: Eva Hamilton
Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
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In the Blink of an Eye

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One thing about life is that you’re never too old to learn, or are you? This is a true story that involves a medical condition that came into my life unannounced. Join me on a roller-coaster ride of ups and downs during a 10-month-period that changed my life. This infection was much more serious than I ever imagined, and came close to serious consequences including death. The book describes how this infection affected me mentally, physically, and financially in many ways that put me into situations that I never expected to be in. While serious in nature there were some humorous moments as well. My life changed, in the blink of an eye!

©2019 David A Bogart (P)2019 David A Bogart

Narrator: David Kresser
Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
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Frank McCourt at the 92nd Street Y

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The recently passed award-winning author of the memoirs Angela'a Ashes and 'Tis discusses his writing, his life, and teaching as a profession. He reads from Teacher Man: A Memoir.

©2005 92nd Street Y (P)2005 92nd Street Y

Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
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I Am My Father-Mother's Daughter

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A fast moving story of growing up in a big family, working on the farm as cheap labor, and reclaiming our native happiness and sense of belonging. Listeners relate to Cheryl's life of plunging in and out of self-doubts and risk-taking, while finding the confidence to operate heavy-equipment and nurture family. A family that takes on a new look. Cheryl gives voice to our abilities to deepen and enlarge relationships and to experience mental and physical health. A serious tone shows when to say “no” to abuse, and a whimsical tone shows when to say “yes” to newness.

©2019 Cheryl Petersen (P)2019 Cheryl Petersen

Narrator: Randi Bachman
Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
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Barack Obama

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How much do you really know about America’s first black President? This detailed book delves into the life and legacy of Barack Obama from his childhood and early years to the campaign which took him to the White House. With two terms and a wealth of achievements, this book takes a deeper look at the powerful mind-set that led Obama to The White House. Containing his life lessons, rules for success, and the philosophies which helped him serve eight years as the leader of the free world, this audiobook is a powerful reminder that anybody can achieve great things if they have the right tools and a growth mind-set.  With his most notable quotes and the legacy he leaves behind, this book is a must-listen for anyone interested in both politics and personal success. Buy now to discover Barack Obama’s rules for success today!

©2019 Ryan Harris (P)2019 Ryan Harris

Narrator: Robert Plank
Author: Ryan Harris
Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
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On Call in Hell

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Cdr. Richard Jadick's story is one of the most extraordinary to come out of the war in Iraq. At 38, the last place the Navy doctor was expected to be was on the front lines. He was too old to be called up, but not too old to volunteer. In November 2004, with the military reeling from an acute doctor shortage, Jadick chose to accompany the First Battalion, Eighth Marine Regiment (the "1/8") to Iraq. During the Battle of Fallujah, Jadick and his team worked tirelessly and courageously around the clock to save their troops amidst the worst street fighting Americans had faced since Vietnam. It is estimated that without Jadick at the front, the Marines would have lost an additional 30 men. Of the hundreds of men he treated, only one died after reaching a hospital. This is the inspiring story of his decision to enter into the fray, a fascinating glimpse into wartime triage, and a compelling account of courage under fire.

©2007 Richard Jadick and Thomas Hayden (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.

Narrator: Lloyd James
Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
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Engine 24: Fire Stories

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Every firefighter has a treasure trove of interesting stories to tell and the stories more often than not are instructional, as well as exciting. When I was a firefighter, I kept notes of the fires I responded to. Now that I am retired, I have reflected on my career as a firefighter and have written a book about the men alongside whom I worked, facing dangerous situations daily. This book is a compilation of five FIRE short stories written between 1964 and 1972, from notes I wrote after returning from fires. "FIRE: Box 598" tells the tragic story where 12 New York City firefighters lost their lives in a fire. The short book won the Readers Favorite 2013 award in the short story category. "FIRE: Trapped on the Fourth Floor" takes place in the mid-1960s and was written from notes I took after the fire. While the story was still fresh in my mind, I added a sub-story about a friend of mine who I worked with in the FDNY. While searching through boxes I hadn't opened in decades, I came across notes about the day I drove my buddy Joe Black to the hospital and I decided to honor his memory by including a few words about what happened that day in this short story. "FIRE: The Bouncing Lieutenant" occurred at the Keneret Restaurant cellar fire on Jane Street in lower Manhattan and was taken from notes written by me almost a half century ago. As I wrote this story, the memories of that night came flooding back in vivid detail. I hope that I have successfully captured and conveyed the drama of the moment to the listener. "FIRE: The Broadway Central Hotel" "FIRE: Mutual Aid"

©2014 Joe Corso (P)2016 Joe Corso

Author: Joe Corso
Length: 1 hr and 58 mins
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The Detective in the Dooryard

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Tim Cotton has been a police officer for more than 30 years. The writer in him has always been drawn to the stories of the people he has met along the way. Dealing with the standard issue ne’er-do-wells as a patrol officer, homicide detective, polygraph examiner, and later as the lieutenant in charge of the criminal investigation division certainly provides an interesting backdrop - but more often he writes about the regular folks he encounters, people who need his help, or those who just want to share a joke or even a sad story. The Detective in the Dooryard is composed of stories about the people, places, and things of Maine. There are sad stories, big events, and even the very mundane, all told from the perspective of a seasoned police officer and in the wry voice of a lifelong Mainer. Many of the stories will leave you chuckling, some will invariably bring tears to your eyes, but all will leave you with a profound sense of hope and positivity.

©2020 Timothy A. Cotton (P)2020 Rowman & Littlefield

Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
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My Gorgeous Life

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Dame Edna Everage, housewife and megastar, not to mention investigative journalist, social anthropologist, swami, and chanteuse, describes her life and times, from her humble beginnings in the Melbourne suburb of Moonee Ponds, to her marriage to Lord Norm Everage in 1946 and her subsequent rise to megastardom. More than a show-biz autobiography, more than a housewife's diary, more than a chunk of history - this is a Hymn to Life.

©1989 Dame Edna Everage (P)1993, 2014 Dove Audio, Phoenix Books

Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
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Mummy's Little Soldier: A Troubled Child. An Absent Mum. A Shocking Secret.

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Casey's Unit is, as ever, full of troubled, disaffected pupils, and new arrival Leo is something of a conundrum. Thirteen-year-old Leo isn't a bad lad - in fact he's generally polite and helpful, but he's in danger of permanent exclusion for repeatedly absconding and unauthorised absences. Despite letters being sent home regularly, his mother never turns up for any appointments, and when the school calls home she always seems to have an excuse. Though Casey has her hands full, she offers to intervene for a while, to try to get Leo engaged in learning again and to remain in school. The head's skeptical, though, and warns her that this is Leo's very last chance. But Casey's determined, because there's something about Leo that makes her want to fight in his corner and get to the bottom of whatever it is that compels this enigmatic boy to keep running away. With Leo so resolutely tight-lipped and secretive, Casey knows that if she's going to keep this child in education, she's going to have to get to the bottom of it herself....

©2016 Casey Watson (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Narrator: Kate Lock
Author: Casey Watson
Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
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Escape

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When she was 18 years old, Carolyn Jessop was coerced into an arranged marriage with a total stranger: a man 32 years her senior. Merril Jessop already had three wives. But arranged plural marriages were an integral part of Carolyn's heritage: She was born into and raised in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS), the radical offshoot of the Mormon Church. Over the next 15 years, Carolyn had eight children and withstood her husband's psychological abuse and the watchful eyes of his other wives, who were locked in a constant battle for supremacy. Carolyn was miserable for years and wanted out, but she knew that if she tried to leave and got caught, her children would be taken away from her. But in 2003, Carolyn chose freedom over fear and fled her home with her eight children. Escape exposes a world tantamount to a prison camp, created by religious fanatics. Against this background, Carolyn Jessop's flight takes on an extraordinary, inspiring power. She became the first woman ever granted full custody of her children in a contested suit involving the FLDS, and in 2006, her reports to the Utah attorney general on church abuses formed a crucial part of the case that led to the arrest of its notorious leader, Warren Jeffs.

©2007 Visionary Classics, LLC (P)2007 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

Narrator: Alison Fraser
Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
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The Lives of Others

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Author, critic and traveler, Marina Vaizey, in her third lockdown essay, reflects on the books of figures in the changing façade of English society and the establishment. Missing people, even with telephones and emails. And music and theatre even with the incredibly generous digital provision. Digital just proves, too, that at least for us oldies, the live event trumps all. Even the best CDs are tinny to my ear (which is not a great ear) compared to even - well, perhaps, not quite the worst - bad live performances. And the cat pursues his independence. He disdains any other creature’s neediness and spurs the notion of any togetherness. It is reading - not domesticities or doing all the sorting and tidying that I have promised myself for so long, or fulfilling commissions to write - but reading that rescues the hours and days.  Home with piles of books and what to read? Oddly, I discover looking at several thousand exhibition catalogues and monographs that art, although I have spent my life looking at what is portentously but I think accurately called material culture, does not save the world, however it may express the world. So what books from the piles on the floor and the tables and the serried rows on the shelves have almost accidentally proved the most totally absorbing? Books I never thought I would read, and if so, enjoy, but are somehow here, acquired for reasons long lost in the mist of the past.

©2020 CV Publications (P)2020 CV Publications

Length: 12 mins
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Butterfly

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Von Syrien nach Rio zu den Olympischen Spielen: die wahre Flucht-Geschichte der UN-Sonderbotschafterin für UNHCR und Schwimmerin Yusra Mardini. Yusra Mardini wächst in Damaskus in einer schwimmbegeisterten Familie auf. Von klein an trainiert sie in jeder freien Minute, denn sie hat einen großen Traum: bei den Olympischen Spielen als Schwimmerin anzutreten. Doch dann bricht in ihrer Heimat Syrien der Bürgerkrieg aus und macht alle Hoffnung zunichte. Gemeinsam mit ihrer älteren Schwester Sara flieht Yusra 2015 nach Europa. Bei der Überfahrt über die Ägäis droht das mit 20 Flüchtlingen völlig überfüllte Schlauchboot einer Schlepperbande zu sinken. Ohne lange nachzudenken, springen die beiden Leistungsschwimmerinnen Yusra und Sara ins Wasser und ziehen, unterstützt von zwei weiteren Flüchtlingen, das Boot über Stunden hinweg an die griechische Küste. So retten sie allen Flüchtlingen das Leben. Ihre Flucht aus Syrien führt die Schwestern weiter nach Berlin. Dort nimmt Yusra nicht nur endlich wieder ihr Schwimmtraining auf, sondern steht 2016 vor der Erfüllung ihres Traums, als sie als Teilnehmerin des Flüchtlings-Teams nach Rio zu den Olympischen Spielen reisen darf. Über Nacht wird Yusra Mardini berühmt. Sie hält Vorträge auf der ganzen Welt, trifft Barack Obama, Papst Franziskus und wird von den Vereinten Nationen zur Sonderbotschafterin des Flüchtlingshilfswerks UNHCR ernannt. In diesem Hörbuch erzählt die Schwimmerin ihre wahre Geschichte und gibt vielen anderen Flüchtlingen eine Stimme.   >> Diese ungekürzte Hörbuch-Fassung genießt du exklusiv nur bei Audible.

©2018 Verlagsgruppe Droemer Knaur GmbH & Co. KG (P)2018 Audible Studios

Narrator: Yara Blümel
Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
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Io sono nessuno

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Wainer Molteni non avrebbe mai immaginato che un giorno sarebbe finito a dormire su un cartone. È successo. Non conosceva il significato della parola "fame". Lo ha scoperto. Non credeva si potesse vivere senza soldi e documenti. Lo ha fatto. Dopo un'infanzia normale - sempre che "normale" significhi qualcosa - si è ritrovato per strada. Il caso, il destino, il dna. Fatto sta che ci è rimasto per otto anni. Dalle notti in discoteca alle code nelle mense, dal master in criminologia nella sede dell'Fbi a Quantico, in Virginia, al dormitorio pubblico di via Maggianico a Milano, dal "riso oro e zafferano" di Gualtiero Marchesi alla nascita di "Clochard alla riscossa", il primo sindacato dei senzacasa. "Io sono nessuno" racconta la sua odissea. Potrebbe essere quella di ciascuno di noi. >> Questo audiobook in edizione integrale vi è offerto in esclusiva per Audible ed è disponibile solamente in formato digitale.

©2014 Baldini & Castoldi Srl (P)2016 Audible Studios

Narrator: Guido Di Naccio
Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
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A Piece of Cake

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There are shelves of memoirs about overcoming the death of a parent, childhood abuse, rape, drug addiction, miscarriage, alcoholism, hustling, gangbanging, near-death injuries, drug dealing, prostitution, or homelessness. Cupcake Brown survived all these things before she'd even turned 20. And that's when things got interesting. This is the strange, heart-wrenching, and exhilarating tale of a woman named Cupcake. It begins as the story of a girl orphaned twice over, once by the death of her mother and then again by a child welfare system that separated her from her stepfather and put her into the hands of an epically sadistic foster parent. But there comes a point in her preteen years, maybe it's the night she first tries to run away and is exposed to drugs, alcohol, and sex all at once, when Cupcake's story shifts from a tear-jerking tragedy to a dark comic blues opera. As Cupcake's troubles grow, so do her voice and spirit. Her gut-punch sense of humor and eye for the absurd, along with her outsized will, carry her through a fateful series of events that could easily have left her dead. Young Cupcake learned to survive by turning tricks, downing hard liquor, partying like a rock star, and ingesting every drug she could find while hitchhiking up and down the California coast. She stumbled into gangbanging, drug dealing, hustling, prostitution, theft, and, eventually, the best scam of all: a series of 9-to-5 jobs. But Cupcake's unlikely tour through the cubicle world was paralleled by a quickening descent into the nightmare of crack cocaine use, till she eventually found herself living behind a dumpster. Astonishingly, she turned it around. With the help of a cobbled together family of eccentric fellow addicts and "angels", a series of friends and strangers who came to her aid at pivotal moments, she slowly transformed her life from the inside out.

©2006 Cupcake Brown (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

Narrator: Cupcake Brown
Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
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David Bowie

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In this new audiobook, radio broadcaster and music writer Alan Cross narrates the definitive history of David Bowie. Cross succeeds once again in revealing the fascinating history behind the music in the same compelling way we've come to expect from his long broadcasting career.

©2009 Alan Cross (P)2009 HarperCollins Canada

Narrator: Alan Cross
Author: Alan Cross
Length: 52 mins
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Cornelius Vanderbilt - The Commodore: Insight and Analysis Into the Life and Success of America's First Tycoon

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Cornelius Vanderbilt I had no illusions about his life. He didn’t start out with grand plans and ungodly greed. He merely stepped in this world one foot at a time, one boat at a time, one market at a time - one day at a time. He worked 16 hours a day, seven days a week. He worked hard and played hard. When all was said and done, though, he was a simple man who pushed the world of transportation to be all it could be - to be what it is today. The times he lived through and contributed to is the history that forms the foundation of our present life. He teaches us through his actions how to hit the pavement of life every day relentlessly seeking to do better and to do it with pragmatism and realistic goals. He was tough as nails in body, mind, and spirit. He did what he wanted to and never hid it. Vanderbilt was never a hypocrite. The greatest part of his life are the years when he bounced from shore to shore across all the islands in New York Harbor and then ventured farther inland, farther north, and even farther south until he became the first man to sail a steamboat up the San Juan River in Nicaragua in search of a path to cut from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Vanderbilt was a man of steel, and we can learn incredible things from him, so scroll up and click the "Buy Now" button to start learning about America’s first tycoon.

©2019 CAC Publishing LLC (P)2019 CAC Publishing LLC

Narrator: Kevin Kollins
Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
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Stay Hungry

115 ratings

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This inspiring, honest, uproarious collection of essays traces Sebastian Maniscalco's career from playing boxing rings and bowling alleys to reaching the pinnacles of comedy success. At 24, Sebastian Maniscalco arrived in LA with a suitcase and saved up minimum wages. He knew no one and nothing about standup comedy, but he was determined to go for it anyway. At 44, he's on the Forbes' list of highest earning comedians, sells out arenas, and has starred in four hit comedy specials including Why Would You Do That? on Showtime. Stay Hungry tells the story of the 20 years in between. On the way from clueless rube to standup superstar, Seb was booed off stages; survived on tips and stolen food; got advice from mentors Andrew Dice Clay, Vince Vaughn, Tony Danza, and Jerry Seinfeld; fell in love; and stayed true to his Italian-immigrant roots. The one code that always kept him going: stay hungry, keep focused, never give up, and one day, you'll make it.

©2018 Sebastian Maniscalco (P)2018 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
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Catching Your Breath: The Sacred Journey from Chaos to Calm

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What if you could experience a new level of freedom, strength, healing, and energy? Too many people are overwhelmed and holding on to deep suffering, unable to catch their breath in a world that tells them to fake it till they make it. As the pressure of fear, pain, anxiety, and anger build, sooner or later these individuals are going to explode just like best-selling author and life coach Steve Austin. That is no way to live.  With rare honesty, true stories, and refreshingly straight talk, Austin shares his personal journey from crippling anxiety and perfectionism to calm amid life's inevitable chaos. He pulls no punches, revealing his darkest moments and the thoughts most people would be too afraid to admit. Yet he offers hope. In these powerful book, you will find simple ways to cultivate calm and practice self-care by living courageously and authentically. It all starts with vulnerability. Discover how to come up for air and breathe again.

©2018 Steve Austin (P)2018 Steve Austin

Narrator: Steve Austin
Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
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This Is Not My Beautiful Life

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When a squad of federal agents burst through her parents' front door, Victoria Fedden felt ill-prepared to meet them: She was weeks away from her due date, and her T-shirt wasn't long enough to hide her maternity undies. As for the question of how to raise a child when you've just discovered that your mother and stepfather have allegedly masterminded a pump-and-dump scheme? She was pretty sure that wasn't covered in What to Expect When You're Expecting - and she really hoped that Bradford Cohen, the noted criminal defense attorney who famously waived his exemption on The Apprentice, would prove them innocent. This Is Not My Beautiful Life is the story of how Victoria lost her parents to prison and nearly lost her mind. No one ever said motherhood would be easy, but as she struggles to change diapers, install car seats, and find the right drop-off line at preschool - no easy task when each one is named for a stage in the life cycle of a butterfly - she's also forced to ask herself whether a jumpsuit might actually complement her mom's platinum-blonde extensions and fend off the cast of shady, stranger-than-fiction characters who populated her parents' world.

©2016 Victoria Fedden (P)2016 Tantor

Narrator: Jorjeana Marie
Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
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My Grape Village

1 rating

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Five years after My Grape Escape, Laura and Franck are back in Burgundy to tackle their newest project - a derelict 16th-century winemaker’s cottage located behind Franck’s family home. Navigating the different rules for raising children and managing a family in a small French village prove every bit as challenging for Laura as learning to drive a stick shift through narrow streets or arguing with tyrannical French officials over paint colors (spoiler alert: any color as long as it’s gray).  Come along on this evocative and honest journey where love, coupled with good French food and local wine, pave the way to la belle vie. Praise for Laura Bradbury: "Bradbury’s Grape Series feels like a series of honest and funny letters sent from a friend about her fascinating (and sometimes baffling) life in France. A beautiful read.” (Janice MacLeod, The New York Times best-selling author of Paris Letters and A Paris Year) “Bradbury’s Grape Series takes the reader on a romantic adventure into the heart, soul, and people of la belle France. Filled with delicious food, love, and laughter, Bradbury’s writing proves that you have to dare to follow your heart wherever it leads you...and that sometimes we have to step outside our comfort zone to truly live.” (Samantha Verant, author of How to Make a French Family and Seven Letters from Paris)

©2014 Laura Bradbury (P)2020 Laura Bradbury

Narrator: Hope Newhouse
Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
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Hell Motel

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Prepare to never look at motels the same way ever again.... Hell Motel exposes the seedy underbelly of the economy line industry, and weaves both humorous and horrific true-life tales of the people who sleep, work, and claw to survive at roach motels. This is the exposé that they don't want you to hear.  Hell Motel is the true story of a privileged, immature, and spoiled asshole named Mike, who relocates to the big city in an attempt to outrun his personal demons. After accepting a management position at a cheap dive motel, Mike is overwhelmed by the prostitutes, drug addicts, and desperados who infest the property...but through eight months of depravity, Mike is ultimately able to rediscover his humanity. 

©2021 Mike Lee (P)2021 Mike Lee

Narrator: Mike Lee
Author: Mike Lee
Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
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Trials and Tribulations

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This is the autobiography of Jeremiah Semien - the short version.

©2017 Jeremiah Semien (P)2017 Jeremiah Semien

Narrator: Jeremiah Semien
Length: 20 mins
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Langston Hughes: The Value of Contradiction

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Langston Hughes was a man far ahead of his time, but his actions were often unpredictable, contradictory and refused classification. To give an example, he campaigned tirelessly for civil rights but then testified before the controversial House Committee on Un-American Activities, seen by many as a witch-hunt.  Rather than ignoring or excusing these contradictions, Bonnie Greer confronts them, highlighting the many contradictions present in both his day and ours and painting an unforgettable portrait of a man caught up in strange and contradictory times.

©2016 Bonnie Greer (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: Bonnie Greer
Author: Bonnie Greer
Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
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Relentless

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An incredible journey of determination and recovery In 2005, Ted W. Baxter was at the top of his game. He was a successful, globe-trotting businessman with a resume that would impress the best of the best. In peak physical condition, Ted worked out nearly every day of the week. And then, on April 21, 2005, all that came to an end. He had a massive ischemic stroke. Doctors feared he wouldn’t make it, or if he did make it, he would be in a vegetative state in a hospital bed for the rest of his life. But miraculously, that’s not what happened.... In Relentless, Ted W. Baxter describes his remarkable recovery. Not only did he live, but he's walking and talking again. He moves through life almost as easily as he did before the stroke; only now, his life is better. He’s learned that having a successful career is maybe not the most important thing. He’s learned to appreciate life more. He's learned that he wants to help people - and that’s what he does. He gives back, volunteering his time and effort to help other stroke victims. Relentless is a wonderful resource for stroke survivors, caregivers, and their loved ones, but it is also an inspiring and motivating read for anyone who is facing struggles in their own life.

©2018 Ted W. Baxter (P)2020 Greenleaf Book Group

Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
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Un saco de canicas [A Bag of Marbles]

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La lucha por la supervivencia de un niño judío en la Francia ocupada por los nazis. El peluquero Joffo, un honrado judío establecido en el París ocupado por los nazis, decide dispersar a su familia para evitar el cruel y posible destino que les espera. Sus hijos, Joseph (el autor de esta obra) y Maurice tienen, a sus diez y doce años, que sobrevivir solos en un universo desquiciado, en el que la barbarie, la amistad, la picaresca y, sobre todo, el miedo, imponen una sola ley: la supervivencia. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©1973 J. C. Lattes/Édition speciale (P)2019 Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, S.A.U.

Narrator: Miguel Bianchi
Author: Joseph Joffo
Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
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Paris 1928

1 rating

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"That night I didn’t sleep a wink. It wasn’t the bedbugs that kept me awake, it was Europe, the horror and misery, which penetrated it through and through." Henry Miller's Nexus was censored 50 years ago, while Miller and his publishers fought for freedom of speech. Nexus II was never published, and looks at his first trip to Paris and Europe in 1928, a world on the edge of the great depression. Paris 1928 collates these unpublished memoirs as Henry Miller wished, together with the censored pages from Nexus.

©2012 Estate of Henry Miller. Published in association with John Libbey & Tom Thompson (P)2012 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Narrator: Lynn Hard
Author: Henry Miller
Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins
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Keeping at It

16 ratings

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The extraordinary life story of the former chairman of the Federal Reserve, whose absolute integrity provides the inspiration we need as our constitutional system and political tradition are being tested to the breaking point. As chairman of the Federal Reserve (1979-1987), Paul Volcker slayed the inflation dragon that was consuming the American economy and restored the world's faith in central bankers. That extraordinary feat was just one pivotal episode in a decades-long career serving six presidents. Told with wit, humor, and down-to-earth erudition, the narrative of Volcker's career illuminates the changes that have taken place in American life, government, and the economy since World War II. He vibrantly illustrates the crises he managed alongside the world's leading politicians, central bankers, and financiers. Yet he first found his model for competent and ethical governance in his father, the town manager of Teaneck, NJ, who instilled Volcker's dedication to absolute integrity and his "three verities" of stable prices, sound finance, and good government.

©2018 Paul Volcker and Christine Harper (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
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Un hombre de verdad

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Thomas Page McBee fue el primer boxeador transexual en combatir en el Madison Square Garden, pero este audiolibro no va de eso. McBee nació con cuerpo de mujer, siempre se supo hombre, se operó a los 30 años y entendió que el mundo no volvería a ser igual. Porque cambiar de género lo cambia todo. Y de eso sí que trata este audiolibro. Un hombre de verdad es el relato en primerísima persona de esa transición, un testimonio lírico sobre qué significa ser hombre en el mundo actual. Cuando McBee decidió inscribirse en un gimnasio de boxeo para entender la masculinidad a partir de la violencia, se reconoció como amateur ante ese deporte y ante las preguntas más elementales sobre su propia identidad. La historia de McBee puede escucharse como un reportaje intimista sobre el acoso, el miedo, el rechazo y la aceptación. Pero sobre todo como una defensa de la fragilidad frente a los estereotipos omnipresentes del machito desfasado, con la certeza de que dentro y fuera del ring esta lucha es una sola. La suya, la tuya, la nuestra. "En una época en la que la identidad se ha fragmentado y fraccionado tanto, la empatía de McBee con los hombres es algo refrescante, pero es su determinación por hacerse responsable de su situación lo que resulta más radical." (The Guardian) "La exploración lírica y dolorosa de McBee sobre la pérdida y la madurez ofrece un antídoto esperanzador para las formas más tóxicas de la masculinidad." (Publishers Weekly) Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish/

©2018 Thomas Page McBee (P)2019 Editorial Planeta, S. A.

Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
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No Time to Kill

Summary

Victor Alvarez follows few rules, the real deal. A bounty hunter par excellence, and with the backdrop of 1980s Tucson, Arizona, he tracks and hunts some of the most ruthless and dangerous criminals free on bail - with many narrowing escapes and jaw-dropping shootouts and the most thrilling car chases ever penned. It's what Alvarez's fans have come for - and he doesn't disappoint.

The retired army cop and detective returns in six thrilling stories of high adventure and suspense, with some brazen, sensual, and at times steamy love scenes. An audiobook you won't be able to pause.

So, what's going on with Alvarez? Imagine being face-to-face with Alvarez as he takes you through a car chase of a known killer and his sister trying to effect an escape - as gunshots and a standoff happen to open Pandora's box. Onto a female bail jumper and a kidnapping - follow Alvarez as he uncovers the kidnapping, an orchestrated hoax, while getting bushwhacked for his efforts. Then a crackhead and known killer jumps bail - with two drug cartel enforcers out for the jumper's head and Alvarez not far behind as a three-way shootout ensues. Follow story after story as he leads the listener through one, then another story of action, revenge, and back-stabbing ruthlessness as criminals go out for the bounty hunter's blood. 

The audiobook's final story sees Alvarez again in a heated car chase through the desert moon scrape as two Mexican drug cartel enforcers run for the border with Alvarez dead on their tail, then encountering a hail of bullets when they set up a deadly ambush.    

©2018 Victor M Alvarez (P)2019 Victor M Alvarez

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Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
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Seven Pillars of Wisdom

3 ratings

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Although Lawrence of Arabia died in 1935, the story of his life has captured the imagination of succeeding generations. The Seven Pillars of Wisdom is a monumental work in which he chronicles his role in leading the Arab Revolt against the Turks during the First World War. A reluctant leader, and wracked by guilt at the duplicity of the British, Lawrence nevertheless threw himself into his role, suffering the blistering desert conditions and masterminding military campaigns which culminated in the triumphant march of the Arabs into Damascus.

(P)1994 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.; ©1994 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.

Narrator: Jim Norton
Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
Available on Audible
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Nobody Knows My Name

1 rating

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James Baldwin's Nobody Knows My Name records the last months of this famed American writer's 10-year self-exile in Europe, his return to America and to Harlem, and his first trip south at the time of the school integration battles. It contains Baldwin's controversial and intimate profiles of Norman Mailer, Richard Wright, and Ingmar Bergman. And it explores such varied themes as the relations between blacks and whites, the role of blacks in America and in Europe, and the question of sexual identity.

©2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc. (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Kevin Kenerly
Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
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Christoph Martin Wieland

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In der Biografie berichtet Walter Benjamin über den deutscher Dichter, Übersetzer und Herausgeber Christoph Martin Wieland (1733-1813). Wieland war einer der bedeutendsten deutschen Schriftsteller der Aufklärung und der Älteste des klassischen Viergestirns von Weimar, zu dem neben ihm Johann Gottfried Herder, Johann Wolfgang Goethe und Friedrich Schiller gezählt wurden.

©gemeinfrei (P)1963 SWR

Narrator: Kurt Lieck
Length: 25 mins
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He Ain't Going Nowhere

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In partnership with Texas Monthly, John Spong's "He Ain't Going Nowhere" is now available as an audio download, where the length and timeliness of a podcast meets the high-quality production of a full-length audio program. As the godfather of Nashville songwriters, Guy Clark has survived more than 40 years of late-night partying and arduous touring - and suffered the loss of those he loved most. Yet somehow his genius is as sharp as ever.

©2014 John Spong (P)2018 Random House Audio

Narrator: Bruce Dubose
Author: John Spong
Length: 37 mins
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All Creatures Great and Small

52 ratings

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Find an all new recording read by Nicholas Ralph, star of the new PBS Masterpiece series, here on Audible. These are the stories that catapulted James Herriot to literary fame. When this book was first published, it was a simple volume of memoirs by an unknown Scottish veterinarian. But within a year, the book became recognized as a masterpiece. And in the two and a half decades that followed, Dr. Herriot became one of the most universally loved authors of our time. In this first volume of his memoirs, then-newly-qualified vet James Herriot arrives in the small Yorkshire village of Darrowby, and he has no idea what to expect. How will he get on with his new boss? The local farmers? And what will the animals think? This program is filled with hilarious and touching tales of the unpredictable Siegfried Farnon, his charming student brother, Tristan, and Herriot's first encounters with a beautiful girl named Helen. Now as then, All Creatures Great and Small is full of humor, warmth, pathos, drama, and James Herriot's love of life. His journey across the Yorkshire dales, and his encounters with humans and dogs, cows and kittens, are lovingly told by Christopher Timothy with all the fascination, affection and joy that suffuses Dr. Herriot's works.

©1972 The James Herriot Partnership; Master recordings produced by Chivers Press Limited: If Only They Could Talk (p) 1994, It Shouldn’t Happen to a Vet(p) 1993, Let Sleeping Vets Lie (p)1994 • Compilation (p)1996 by Macmillan Audio (P)1996 by Audio Renaissance

Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
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Good morning Mr. President !

1 rating

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Dans les coulisses de la présidence d'Obama, une jeune assistante à l'humour décapant apprend les rouages de la politique, tombe amoureuse, et trouve sa voie : l'écriture. En 2012, Rebecca Dorey-Stein répond à une petite annonce pour un job à Washington. Quand elle apprend que c'est pour travailler à la Maison Blanche, dans l'équipe de sténographes d'Obama, c'est l'euphorie ! Pendant cinq ans, de 2012 à 2017, elle accompagne le Président partout où il va, enregistreur et micro à la main. Elle se lie d'amitié avec les équipes de campagne, des jeunes hommes et jeunes femmes qui, comme elle, font le choix de laisser leur vie derrière eux pour monter à bord de l'Air Force One au service du Président le plus séduisant depuis Kennedy. Entre deux points presse à la Maison Blanche et un voyage au bout du monde, Rebecca apprend les ficelles du protocole, fête son anniversaire avec le président, et tombe amoureuse de celui qu'il ne fallait pas approcher... Un univers fascinant, des intrigues à tous les étages, beaucoup de joie et quelques désillusions : ce récit trépidant et drôle se lit comme un roman.

©2018 Robert Laffont (P)2019 Audible Studios

Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
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Zen in the Art of Writing

6 ratings

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"Every morning I jump out of bed and step on a land mine. The land mine is me. After the explosion, I spend the rest of the day putting the pieces back together. Now, it's your turn. Jump!" Zest. Gusto. Curiosity. These are the qualities every writer must have, as well as a spirit of adventure. In this exuberant book, the incomparable Ray Bradbury shares the wisdom, experience, and excitement of a lifetime of writing. Here are practical tips on the art of writing from a master of the craft - everything from finding original ideas to developing your own voice and style - as well as the inside story of Bradbury's own remarkable career as a prolific author of novels, stories, poems, films, and plays. Zen in the Art of Writing is more than just a how-to manual for the would-be writer: it is a celebration of the act of writing itself that will delight, impassion, and inspire the writer in you. In it, Bradbury encourages us to follow the unique path of our instincts and enthusiasms to the place where our inner genius dwells, and he shows that success as a writer depends on how well you know one subject: your own life.

©1994 Ray Bradbury Enterprises (P)2018 Recorded Books

Narrator: Jim Frangione
Author: Ray Bradbury
Length: 3 hrs and 54 mins
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There Is a Reaper

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Five-year-old Christopher Aaron has always been a whirlwind of heroic action, leading his brothers into all sorts of youthful mischief. A mysterious illness suddenly plunges him and his family into a frightening nightmare of hospitals and doctors and extreme therapies far from his small-town home. Can his doctors diagnose his strange disease? How will he and his family adapt to a bizarre new world they have been thrust into? Heart-wrenching, searing, and powerful, There Is a Reaper immerses the reader into Christopher's intense struggle against his pitiless foe as he matures and transforms in the white heat of his epic battle.

©2015 Michael D. Lynes (P)2017 Michael D Lynes

Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
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Always Running

2 ratings

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By age 12, Luis Rodriguez was a veteran of East L.A. gang warfare. Lured by a seemingly invincible gang culture, he witnessed countless shootings, beatings, and arrests, then watched with increasing fear as that culture claimed friends and family members. Before long, Rodriguez saw a way out of the barrio through education and successfully broke free from years of violence and desperation. Achieving success as an award-winning poet, he was sure the streets would haunt him no more - until his son joined a gang. Rodriguez fought for his child by telling his own story in this vivid memoir. At times heartbreakingly sad and brutal, Always Running is ultimately an uplifting true story, filled with hope, insight, and a hard-learned lesson for the next generation.

©2005 Luis J. Rodriguez (P)2011 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
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I Love the Bones of You

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"My father was an 'ordinary man', which of course means he was extraordinary. I aim to capture him and his impact on my life and career."  (Christopher Eccleston) Drawing on his memories, Chris describes a vivid life of growing up in a Salford, working-class household in the 1970s with his siblings, a loving mother, and the totemic figure of his hardworking, serious-minded and socialist father - Ronnie. How his life changed from a potential future as ‘factory fodder’ in his native Northwest, to a deep-rooted desire to perform onstage, and what developed into a burgeoning acting career - from his stunning film debut Let Him Have It; to the BBC’s landmark drama miniseries Our Friends in the North; his remarkable relaunch of the iconic Doctor Who franchise; and many more BAFTA-nominated roles over the past three decades such as starring in the current production of Macbeth for the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford and playing the role of the grandfather in the BBC1 hit drama series The A Word. Along this path of fame and fortune also lay a man still bonded to his home city of Salford, his politics, his family, and especially his beloved parents. Chris discusses openly the loss of his father and his family’s struggle to cope with his condition over the past decade of his life as they watched his health deteriorate. A journey thousands of British families travel on each year. A heart-rending, honest and often touching memoir of a man embedded in his roots and mourning the loss of the father who nurtured those roots.

©2019 Christopher Eccleston (P)2019 Simon & Schuster UK

Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
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Walden: Life in the Woods

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Thoreau's classic account of the solitary life, describing his attempts to simplify his life and sort out his priorities by living alone in a cabin beside Walden Pond for nearly two years, is one of the most influential books ever written. The bible of the environmental movement, Walden vividly portrays Thoreau's reverence for nature and his understanding of the idea that nature is made up of crucially interrelated parts.

Public Domain (P)2020 Hanley Media

Narrator: Drake Johnson
Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
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Summary of A Man Without a Country by Kurt Vonnegut

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A Man Without a Country is an essay collection published in 2005 by the author Kurt Vonnegut. The extremely short essays that make up this book deal with topics ranging from the importance of humor, to problems with modern technology, to Vonnegut's opinions on the differences between men and women. Most prevalent in the text, however, are those essays that elucidate Vonnegut's opinions on politics, and the issues in modern American society, often from a decidedly humanistic perspective. In January 2007, Vonnegut indicated that he intended this to be his final work, a statement that proved to be correct with his death in April 2007. Later published works of Vonnegut's were all published posthumously, and consisted almost entirely of previously unpublished material from early in his career.

©2017 Mike Wallace (P)2017 Mike Wallace

Narrator: Kevin Kollins
Author: Mike Wallace
Length: 28 mins
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Coming Together, Coming Apart

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When Daniel Gordis, his wife, Elisheva, and their three young children abandoned a safe and comfortable home in Los Angeles to move halfway around the world and find a new life in Israel, the future looked bright. It was 1998, Ehud Barak had just been elected prime minister, and peace appeared to be only a few tough negotiations away.  Two years later, hope had turned to terror, as the rattle of machine-gun fire perforated the night and the frightened, exhausted children clung desperately to their stuffed animals in fitful sleep, dreaming perhaps of the quiet, peaceful world they had left behind.  In Coming Together, Coming Apart, Gordis tells a timely, relevant, and deeply personal tale that lays bare the complex problems of the seemingly intractable and often incomprehensible Israeli-Palestinian conflict, revealing how much is at stake and underscoring the toll the struggle takes on every human being it touches.

©2008 Daniel Gordis (P)2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
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Joe Biden

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The 46th president of the United States, Joe Biden Joseph Robinette Biden Jr., Better known as Joe Biden, is one of the most recognizable figures in American politics. The past six decades, he has overcome heartbreaking personal tragedies and discouraging political setbacks to become a popular US senator, US vice president, and US presidential candidate. Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, to a large, hard-working, Catholic family, Biden was ridiculed for his stutter. He emerged as a famous football player, elected class president, married his college sweetheart, attended law school, practiced law, became a public defender, winning a county council seat, then become the sixth-youngest US senator in American history. Biden grieved after the tragic deaths of his wife and young daughter, chairing the US Senate Judiciary Committee. Causing plagiarism scandals, serving as the 47th vice president of the United States, grieved after his adult son's tragic death, now he's running for president of the United States for the third time. This short audiobook will give the facts of Joe Biden in this quick yet engaging listen.  Scroll up and click "Buy Now" for instant access to your copy!

©2020 World Changing History (P)2021 World Changing History

Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
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Lost and Found

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A search for the past. An identity reclaimed.  This moving memoir by speaker, educator, and entrepreneur Sam Thiara documents his seemingly impossible quest to find his grandfather’s village — armed with little more than a faded photograph.  Sam vividly recounts his adventure through India’s crowded roads — a journey filled with mishaps and surprising encounters, and a growing sense of purpose. Drinking in the beauty of the Taj Mahal and the Golden Temple, he finds himself connecting more deeply with his Sikh faith, while confronting the ugliness of the country’s poverty and injustice. Along the way, Sam also wrestles with his sense of self. A British-born Indian, living in Canada, whose parents came from Fiji, he questions: Am I Indian? Am I Canadian? Am I Sikh? Who am I?  As he begins to piece together the puzzle of his history, Sam realizes he is piecing himself together, too. Touching and inspiring, Lost and Found is a book for anyone who has felt adrift in the world, confirming that what was once lost can be found. 

©2019 Sam Thiara (P)2020 Sam Thiara

Narrator: Sunny Patel
Author: Sam Thiara
Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
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Fragments A.K.A. Incomplete thoughts

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This book was written during a time of a recession in my country. I am a few days away from being a bastard case. My father bailed out on me and my mother. I fell in love with doing crimes at the age of 12. I caught my first felony at 15. I have a lot of stories to tell firsthand. I stripped myself away from blessing at an early age.  I have good friends that were murdered or had to go before the creator because of their reasons. I started feeling like nobody loved me. Actually some people did stop loving me. You the man when you have the money, but what about being a good person? That doesn’t matter to a lot of people anymore. One thing I learned is that when materialistic items are stripped away from people, you will see nothing but their true character. I had to write this book because I witnessed too many people who do not control their own life.

©2009 Zakee Howze (P)2021 Zakee Howze

Narrator: Fran Gregory
Author: Zakee Howze
Length: 49 mins
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To Teach

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To Teach is the now-classic story of one teacher's odyssey into the ethical and intellectual heart of teaching. For almost two decades, it has inspired teachers across the country to follow their own path, face their own challenges, and become the teachers they long to be. Since the second edition, there have been dramatic shifts to the educational landscape including the rise and fall of NCLB. This new Third Edition is essential reading amidst today's public policy debates and school reform initiatives that stress the importance of ''good teaching.'' To help bring this popular story to a new generation of teachers, Teachers College Press is publishing an exciting companion volume: To Teach: The Journey, in Comics. In this graphic novel, Ayers and talented young artist Ryan Alexander-Tanner bring the celebrated memoir to life. The Third Edition of To Teach The book is published by Teachers College Press

©2001 Teachers College Press, Columbia University (P)2012 Redwood Audiobooks

Narrator: Kevin Pierce
Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
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My Grape Escape

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In My Grape Escape, 26-year-old Laura steps off the path to a prestigious legal career in London and into a revolutionary-era ruin in the Burgundian town of Beaune with her new husband, Franck. Is this split-second, life-altering decision profoundly wise or utterly insane? Laura's idealistic visions of bicycling through French vineyards with fresh baguettes under her arm had not included steaming plates of veal brains for breakfast or taming an electrician named Tin Tin. Still, as Laura learns the art of bartering for antique furnishings and rekindles her romance with Franck, she gains a newfound perspective. Will running from the law to the vineyards of France trump the expectations she has long held for herself? Find out in My Grape Escape, book two in Laura's popular Grape Series.

©2013 Laura Bradbury (P)2020 Laura Bradbury

Narrator: Hope Newhouse
Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
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Surprisingly Down to Earth, and Very Funny

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The hysterical, shocking and incredibly intimate memoir from one of the most original and unique comedians alive today. Hello! I’m Brian Limond, aka Limmy. You might know me from Limmy’s Show. Or you might not know me at all. Don’t worry if you don’t. They asked me to write a book about mental health, because I sometimes talk about my mental health in tweets and interviews, like suicidal thoughts and anxiety, and what I’ve done to try to deal with it. I said to them, oh, I don’t know if I could fill a whole book with just that. But how’s about I write a general autobiography type of thing, and all the mental health stuff will naturally appear along the way? I could talk about growing up and slashing my wrist and taking acid all the time and getting done for car theft and feeling like a mad freak that would never amount to anything. And then how I made my own sketch show. I directed it and everything. Plus I’m a dad. I’m an adult. But I still feel like that mad freak from years ago. I still feel like chucking it all away, for a laugh. I asked them if they wanted me to write about all that, plus some other stuff. Like being an alky. And my sexual problems. Stuff like that. They said aye. So here it is.

©2019 Limmy (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Limmy
Author: Limmy
Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
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Tomato Can Blues

1 rating

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Charlie Rowan was a small-time cage fighter in rural Michigan who couldn't get a break. His punches weren't landing. He owed money to impatient people. He needed to start over, but he didn't know how. Then, at home on the sofa, he came up with a plan. Original long-form journalism from The New York Times, read by the actor Bobby Cannavale.

©2013 The New York Times Company (P)2013 The New York Times Company

Narrator: Bobby Cannavale
Author: Mary Pilon
Length: 29 mins
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I Was Told There'd Be Cake

5 ratings

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Wry, hilarious, and profoundly genuine, this debut collection of literary essays is a celebration of fallibility and haplessness in all their glory. From despoiling an exhibit at the Natural History Museum to provoking the ire of her first boss to siccing the cops on her mysterious neighbor, Crosley can do no right despite the best of intentions - or perhaps because of them.   Together, these essays create a startlingly funny and revealing portrait of a complex and utterly recognizable character that's aiming for the stars but hits the ceiling and the inimitable city that has helped shape who she is. I Was Told There'd Be Cake introduces a strikingly original voice, chronicling the struggles and unexpected beauty of modern urban life.

©2008 Sloane Crosley (P)2008 Penguin Audiobooks

Narrator: Sloane Crosley
Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
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Wish Man

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Always at his mother's side, Frank Shankwitz spent much of his childhood on the move, frequently hungry and forever homeless. They moved around the country, sleeping in the family car as they ventured from one city to another in search of gainful employment.  Frank remembers vividly those who went out of their way to show kindness and compassion. In every way, these acts of kindness fueled Frank's journey. Without knowing it at the time, the selfless generosity of those around him would become the foundation on which Frank would build his legacy.  Journey with Frank as he shares the story of his legacy; a life rooted in kindness, near-misses, and close calls. A life centered around the magic of making wishes come true.

©2018 Titletown Publishing (P)2018 Beacon Audiobooks

Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
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Finding Moosewood, Finding God

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For 25 years, millions of Americans watched Jack Perkins on NBC News as a correspondent, commentator, and anchorman. People were familiar with his face, his bearing, and his rich, reassuring bass. Yet at the age of 52 and at the height of his career, Jack Perkins disappeared from the public eye and moved with his wife, Mary Jo, to a bare-necessities cabin on an uninhabited island off the coast of Maine. This isolated home they came to call Moosewood was the setting for Jack and Mary Jo’s spiritual awakening. In the busy years of Jack’s career in Los Angeles he hadn’t felt the need for God. In their new, quiet, and difficult life, though, he began to rethink everything he thought he knew. For 13 years they endured (and learned to enjoy) snowbound winters, shuttling supplies from the mainland, testing themselves and their marriage, and discovering the rewards of a close-to-nature life, acknowledging that the hand guiding their blessed new lives was the hand of a gracious God who knew them long before they acknowledged him....

©2013 Jack Perkins (P)2013 Zondervan

Narrator: Jack Perkins
Author: Jack Perkins
Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
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A Carnival of Losses

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“Hall lived long enough to leave behind two final books, memento mori titled Essays After Eighty (2014) and now A Carnival of Losses: Notes Nearing Ninety. They’re up there with the best things he did.” -Dwight Garner, New York Times

From the former poet laureate of the United States, essays from the vantage point of very old age

Donald Hall lived a remarkable life of letters, one capped most recently by the New York Times bestseller Essays After Eighty, a “treasure” of a book in which he “balance[s] frankness about losses with humor and gratitude” (Washington Post). Before his passing in 2018, nearing ninety, Hall delivered this new collection of self-knowing, fierce, and funny essays on aging, the pleasures of solitude, and the sometimes astonishing freedoms arising from both. He intersperses memories of exuberant days - as in Paris, 1951, with a French girl memorably inclined to say, “I couldn’t care less” - with writing, visceral and hilarious, on what he has called the “unknown, unanticipated galaxy” of extreme old age.  

“Why should a nonagenarian hold anything back?” Hall answers his own question by revealing several vivid instances of “the worst thing I ever did," and through equally uncensored tales of literary friendships spanning decades, with James Wright, Richard Wilbur, Seamus Heaney, and other luminaries. 

Cementing his place alongside Roger Angell and Joan Didion as a generous and profound chronicler of loss, Hall returns to the death of his beloved wife, Jane Kenyon, in an essay as original and searing as anything he's written in his extraordinary literary lifetime.

©2018 Donald Hall (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Narrator: Arthur Morey
Author: Donald Hall
Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
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Garbage Bag Suitcase

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Shenandoah Chefalo is on a wholly dysfunctional journey through a childhood with neglectful, drug- and alcohol-addicted parents. She endures numerous moves in the middle of the night with just minutes to pack, multiple changes in schools, hunger, cruelty, and loneliness. Finally at the age of 13, Shen had had enough. After being abandoned by her mother for months at her grandmother's retirement community, she asks to be put into foster care. Surely she would fare better at a stable home than living with her mother? It turns out that it was not the storybook ending she had hoped for. When a car accident lands her in the hospital with grave injuries and no one comes to visit her during her three-week stay, she realizes she is truly all alone in the world. Overcoming many adversities, Shen became part of the three percent of all foster care children who get into college, and the one percent who graduate. Despite her numerous achievements in life though, she still suffers from the long-term effects of neglect, and the coping skills that she adapted in her childhood are not always productive in her adult life. Garbage Bag Suitcase is not only the inspiring and hair-raising story of one woman's journey to overcome her desolate childhood, but it also presents grass-root solutions on how to revamp the broken foster care system.

©2016 Shenandoah Chefalo (P)2018 Tantor

Narrator: Coleen Marlo
Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
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Something That May Shock and Discredit You

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“One of our smartest, most inventive humor writers, Ortberg combines bathos and the devotional into a revelation.” (Jordy Rosenberg, The New York Times Book Review) From the New York Times best-selling author of Texts from Jane Eyre and Merry Spinster, writer of Slate's "Dear Prudence" column, and cofounder of The Toast comes a hilarious and stirring collection of essays and cultural observations spanning pop culture - from the endearingly popular to the staggeringly obscure. Daniel M. Lavery is known for blending genres, forms, and sources to develop fascinating new hybrids - from lyric rants to horror recipes to pornographic scripture. In his most personal work to date, he turns his attention to the essay, offering vigorous and laugh-out-loud funny accounts of both popular and highbrow culture while mixing in meditations on gender transition, family dynamics, and the many meanings of faith. From a thoughtful analysis of the beauty of William Shatner to a sinister reimagining of HGTV's House Hunters, and featuring figures as varied as Anne of Green Gables, Columbo, Nora Ephron, Apollo, and the cast of Mean Girls, Something That May Shock and Discredit You is a hilarious and emotionally exhilarating compendium that combines personal history with cultural history to make you see yourself and those around you entirely anew. It further establishes Ortberg as one of the most innovative and engaging voices of his generation - and it may just change the way you think about Lord Byron forever.

©2020 Daniel Mallory Ortberg (P)2020 Simon & Schuster Audio

Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
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Endlich mit meiner Tochter in Barsaloi

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Corinne Hofmann, Autorin von "Die weiße Massai", liest persönlich das emotionalste Kapitel aus ihrem neuen Buch "Afrika, meine Passion", in dem sie von der Begegnung ihrer Tochter mit den afrikanischen Wurzeln, der Großfamilie im Norden Kenias und mit ihrem Vater, dem ehemaligen SamburuKrieger Lketinga, berichtet. Die Eindrücke, Gedanken und Stimmungen, die ihre Tochter für das Buch aufgeschrieben hat, spricht für sie Tatjana Pokorny."Vor allem durch den gemeinsamen Besuch mit meiner Tochter in Barsaloi" so Corinne Hofmann, "ist mir klar geworden, dass die Verbundenheit mit meiner afrikanischen Familie nie enden wird".

©2012 Komplett Media GmbH (P)2012 Komplett Media

Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
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Pen Pal

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Tiyo Attallah Salah-El died in 2018 on “Slow Death Row” while serving a life sentence in a Pennsylvania prison. He was a man with a dizzying array of talents and vocations: author, scholar, teacher, musician, and activist: he was the founder of the Coalition for the Abolition of Prisons. He was also, as is apparent from the letters written over a decade and half to his friend Paul Alan Smith that make up this book, an extraordinarily eloquent correspondent. Tiyo’s missives present a vivid picture of the tribulations faced by those incarcerated, especially the nearly 60 percent who are non-white: habitual racism, arbitrary lockdowns, brutal beatings and hospitalizations, stifling heat and bitter cold. Here too are descriptions of Tiyo’s individual struggles with cancer, aging, and the sirens of personal demons. Tiyo’s refusal to succumb to such hardships is evident in dispatches that are generous, philosophical and often laugh-out-loud funny. Through them we learn of his many friendships, including those with the historian Howard Zinn, a range of activist/advocate supporters on the outside, and two fellow inmates who were leaders of the Black liberation group MOVE. At a time when the appalling racial bias of America’s police and criminal justice system is under the spotlight as never before, Pen Pal is both a vital intervention and moving portrait of someone whose physical confinement could never extinguish an extraordinary free spirit.

©2020 O/R Books (P)2020 New Deal Mfg. Co.

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Sure, I'll Be Your Black Friend

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In the biting, hilarious vein of What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker and We Are Never Meeting in Real Life comes Ben Philippe’s candid memoir-in-essays, chronicling a lifetime of being the Black friend (see also: foreign kid, boyfriend, coworker, student, teacher, roommate, enemy) in predominantly White spaces.  In an era in which “I have many Black friends” is often a medal of Wokeness, Ben hilariously chronicles the experience of being on the receiving end of those fist bumps. He takes us through his immigrant childhood, from wanting nothing more than friends to sit with at lunch, to his awkward teenage years, to college in the age of Obama, and adulthood in the Trump administration - two sides of the same American coin.  Ben takes his role as your new Black friend seriously, providing original and borrowed wisdom on stereotypes, slurs, the whole “swimming thing”, how much Beyoncé is too much Beyoncé, Black Girl Magic, the rise of the Karens, affirmative action, the Black Lives Matter movement, and other conversations you might want to have with your new BBFF.  Oscillating between the impulse to be "one of the good ones" and the occasional need to excuse himself to the restrooms, stuff his mouth with toilet paper, and scream, Ben navigates his own Blackness as an "Oreo" with too many opinions for his father’s liking, an encyclopedic knowledge of CW teen dramas, and a mouth he can't always control. From cheating his way out of swim tests to discovering stray family members in unlikely places, he finds the punchline in the serious while acknowledging the blunt truths of existing as a Black man in today’s world.  Extremely timely, Sure, I’ll Be Your Black Friend is a conversational take on topics both light and heavy, universal and deeply personal, which reveals incisive truths about the need for connection in all of us.

©2021 Ben Philippe (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: James Fouhey
Author: Ben Philippe
Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
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Perfectly Reasonable Deviations from the Beaten Track

2 ratings

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Few scientists have enthralled more people than Richard P. Feynman, the Nobel Prize winner and best-selling author of Six Easy Pieces and Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! Beloved for his engaging character and zest for life, he is an American icon. In this selection of letters, Feynman's towering genius and singular personality shine like dazzling stars. A brilliant physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project, Feynman believed the excitement of discovery was matched by the bliss of sharing. That joy is evident here, whether Feynman's subject is quantum physics or the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. The letters also show a personal side to this extraordinary man, a man who dearly loved his wife and enthusiastically shared his thoughts with those who sought them. Most of Feynman's personal correspondence has remained private for years. Now, at long last, the most personal reflections of this fascinating man can be relished by all.

©2005 Michelle Feynman and Carl Feynman (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC

Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
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Lambeaux

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Dans cet ouvrage, l'auteur a voulu célébrer ses deux mères : l'esseulée et la vaillante, l'étouffée et la valeureuse, la jetée-dans-la-fosse et la toute-donnée. La première, celle qui lui a donné le jour, une paysanne, à la suite d'un amour malheureux, d'un mariage qui l'a déçue, puis quatre maternités rapprochées, a sombré dans une profonde dépression. Hospitalisée un mois après la naissance de son dernier enfant, elle est morte huit ans plus tard dans d'atroces conditions. La seconde, mère d'une famille nombreuse, elle aussi paysanne, a recueilli cet enfant et l'a élevé comme s'il avait été son fils. Après avoir évoqué ces deux émouvantes figures, l'auteur relate succinctement son parcours. Ce faisant, il nous raconte la naissance à soi-même d'un homme qui est parvenu à triompher de la "détresse impensable" dont il était prisonnier. Voilà pourquoi Lambeaux est avant tout un livre d'espoir.

©1995 Editions P.O.L. (P)2019 Editions Gallimard

Narrator: Didier Sandre
Length: 3 hrs and 33 mins
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In My Time

3 ratings

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In this eagerly anticipated memoir, former Vice President Dick Cheney delivers an unyielding portrait of American politics over nearly 40 years and shares personal reflections on his role as one of the most steadfast and influential statesmen in the history of our country. The public perception of Dick Cheney has long been something of a contradiction. He has been viewed as one of the most powerful vice presidents: secretive, even mysterious, and at the same time opinionated and unflinchingly outspoken. He has been both praised and attacked by his peers, the press, and the public. Through it all, courting only the ideals that define him, he has remained true to himself, his principles, his family, and his country. Now, in an enlightening and provocative memoir with flashes of surprising humor and remarkable candor, Dick Cheney takes listeners through his experiences as family man, policymaker, businessman, and politician during years that shaped our collective history. Born into a family of New Deal Democrats in Lincoln, Nebraska, Cheney was the son of a father at war and a high-spirited and resilient mother. He came of age in Casper, Wyoming, playing baseball and football and, as senior-class president, courting homecoming queen Lynne Vincent, whom he later married. This all-American story took an abrupt turn when he flunked out of Yale University, signed on to build power lines in the West, and started living as hard as he worked. Cheney tells the story of how he got himself back on track and began an extraordinary ascent to the heights of American public life, where he would remain for nearly four decades: He was the youngest White House Chief of Staff, working for President Gerald Ford - the first of four chief executives he would come to know well. He became Congressman from Wyoming and was soon a member of the congressional leadership, working closely with President Ronald Reagan. He became Secretary of Defense in the George H. W. Bush administration, overseeing America's military during Operation Desert Storm and in the historic transition at the end of the Cold War. He was CEO of Halliburton, a Fortune 500 company with projects and personnel around the globe. He became the first vice president of the United States to serve out his term of office in the twenty-first century. Working with George W. Bush from the beginning of the global war on terror, he was - and remains - an outspoken defender of taking every step necessary to defend the nation. Eyewitness to history at the highest levels, Cheney brings to life scenes from the past and present. He describes driving through the White House gates on August 9, 1974, just hours after Richard Nixon resigned, to begin work on the Ford transition; and he portrays a time of national crisis a quarter century later when, on September 11, 2001, he was in the White House bunker and conveyed orders to shoot down a hijacked airliner if it would not divert. With its unique perspective on a remarkable span of American history, In My Time will enlighten. As an intimate and personal chronicle, it will surprise, move, and inspire. Dick Cheney's is an enduring political vision to be reckoned with and admired for its honesty, its wisdom, and its resonance. In My Time is truly the last word about an incredible political era, by a man who lived it and helped define it - with courage and without compromise.

©2011 Richard B. Cheney (P)2011 Simon & Schuster Audio

Length: 20 hrs
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En busca de la felycidad [The Pursuit of Happiness]

2 ratings

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A la edad de veinte años, Chris Gardner, nativo de Milwaukee, recién terminando La Marina, llegó a San Francisco para seguir una carrera prometedora en la medicina. Considerado un hijo prodigio de la investigación científica, sorprendió a todos y a sí mismo estableciendo su punto de vista en el competitivo mundo de las altas finanzas. Sin embargo, apenas había entrado a una posición de gran nivel en una empresa de prestigio, Gardner se encontró atrapado en una red de circunstancias increíblemente difíciles que lo dejaron como parte de los ciudadanos sin hogar y con un hijo pequeño. Motivado por la promesa que se hizo a sí mismo como un niño huérfano de nunca abandonar a sus propios hijos, los dos pasaron casi un año moviéndose entre refugios, moteles, comedores públicos, e incluso dormir en el baño público de una estación de metro. Nunca cediendo a la desesperación, Gardner hizo una transformación asombrosa pasando de ser parte de la ciudad pobre e invisible a convertirse en un jugador de gran alcance en su distrito financiero. Más que un libro de memorias de éxito financiero de Gardner, esta es la historia de un hombre que rompe el ciclo de su propia familia sobre hombres que abandonan a sus hijos. Legendario, triunfante e increíblemente honesto, En busca de la felicidad evoca a héroes como Horatio Alger y Antwone Fishe, y apela a la esencia del sueño americano. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2015 Chris Gardner (P)2015 Thomas Nelson Publishers

Narrator: Bob Borquez
Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
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The 'Plenty' Book

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In these troubled times, The 'Plenty' Book gives wise guidance and hope to those who want to contribute to making a better society, but don’t know what to do or how to do it. Although we live in a divided world, this memoir prescribes non-partisan steps we can take to restore our personal sense of purpose and create value in our lives.

©2019 Stephen P. Watkins (P)2020 Stephen P. Watkins

Narrator: Benjamin Fife
Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
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The Snow Leopard

23 ratings

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In 1973, Peter Matthiessen and field biologist George Schaller traveled high into the remote mountains of Nepal to study the Himalayan blue sheep and possibly glimpse the rare and beautiful snow leopard. Matthiessen, a student of Zen Buddhism, was also on a spiritual quest to find the Lama of Shey at the ancient shrine on Crystal Mountain. As the climb proceeds, Matthiessen charts his inner path as well as his outer one, with a deepening Buddhist understanding of reality, suffering, impermanence, and beauty.

©1978 Peter Matthiessen (P)2014 Penguin Audio

Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
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Thunder Dog

4 ratings

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Faith. Trust. Triumph. "I trust Roselle with my life, every day. She trusts me to direct her. And today is no different, except the stakes are higher." &Michael Hingson First came the boom - the loud, deep, unapologetic bellow that seemed to erupt from the very core of the earth. Eerily, the majestic high-rise slowly leaned to the south. On the 78th floor of the World Trade Center’s north tower, no alarms sounded, and no one knew what had just happened at 8:46 a.m. that morning, September 11, 2001 - which should have been a normal workday for thousands of people. All that was known to the people inside was what they could see from the windows: smoke and fire and millions of pieces of burning paper and other debris falling through the air. Blind since birth, Michael couldn’t see a thing, but he could hear the sounds of shattering glass, falling debris, and terrified people flooding around him and his guide dog, Roselle. However, Roselle sat calmly beside him. In that moment, Michael chose to trust Roselle’s judgment and not to panic. They were a team. Thunder Dog allows you entry into the isolated, fume-filled chamber of stairwell B to experience survival through the eyes of a blind man and his beloved guide dog. Live each moment from the second a Boeing 767 hits the north tower, to the harrowing stairwell escape, to dodging death a second time as both towers collapse into the earth. It’s the 9/11 story that will forever change your spirit and your perspective. Thunder Dog illuminates Hingson’s lifelong determination to achieve parity in a sighted world, and how the rare trust between a man and his guide dog can inspire an unshakable faith in each one of us.

©2011 Michael Hingson (P)2011 Oasis Audio

Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
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My Life (Complete)

3 ratings

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President Bill Clinton's My Life is the strikingly candid portrait of a global leader who decided early in life to devote his intellectual and political gifts, and his extraordinary capacity for hard work, to serving the public. It shows us the progress of a remarkable American who, through his own enormous energies and efforts, made the unlikely journey from Hope, Arkansas, to the White House - a journey fueled by an impassioned interest in the political process that manifested itself at every stage of his life.

©2004 Bill Clinton (P)2016 Random House Audio

Narrator: Michael Beck
Author: Bill Clinton
Length: 50 hrs and 29 mins
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It All Adds Up

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In this collection of more than 30 essays, published in the New York Times, Esquire, and the New Republic, the vast range of Saul Bellow’s nonfiction is made abundantly clear. In Bellow’s capable hands, a single essay can range fluidly across topics as various as the talents of President Roosevelt, the economic narrative of Jay Gatsby, and childhood adventures in Chicago. This rich mix of literary, political, and personal musings allows Bellow to explore subjects as enormous as the writer’s search for truth, and as minute as the discomforts of a French doctors’ office. Traveling from Washington to Spain to the Sinai Peninsula, and profiling friends and characters such as John Cheever and John Berryman, Bellow is keenly focused and perceptive. This collection, spanning a lifetime of thought and debate, presents provocative arguments and erudite literary criticism, all with the wry humor of a great storyteller. In It All Adds Up, Bellow turns his view away from the sparkling characters of his novels, and toward the conditions and qualities of his own experience of writing and living.

©1948, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1970, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1979, 1983, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994 by Saul Bellow. © renewed 1976, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1990 Saul Bellow (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

Author: Saul Bellow
Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
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Confessions of a Bookseller

1 rating

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"Do you have a list of your books, or do I just have to stare at them?" Shaun Bythell is the owner of The Bookshop in Wigtown, Scotland. With more than a mile of shelving, real log fires in the shop and the sea lapping nearby, the shop should be an idyll for bookworms.  Unfortunately, Shaun also has to contend with bizarre requests from people who don't understand what a shop is, home invasions during the Wigtown Book Festival and Granny, his neurotic Italian assistant who likes digging for river mud to make poultices.  The Diary of a Bookseller (soon to be a major TV series) introduced us to the joys and frustrations of life lived in books. Sardonic and sympathetic in equal measure, Confessions of a Bookseller will reunite readers with the characters they've come to know and love.

©2019 Shaun Bythell (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

Narrator: Peter Kenny
Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
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Can't Forgive

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When Kim Goldman was just 22, her older brother, Ron, was brutally killed by O. J. Simpson. Ron and Kim were very close, and her devastation was compounded by the shocking not guilty verdict that allowed a smirking Simpson to leave as a free man. It wasn't Kim's first trauma. Her parents divorced when she was young, and she and Ron were raised by their father. Her mother kidnapped her, telling her that her father didn't love her any more. When she was 14, she was almost blinded from severe battery acid burns on her face during an automobile accident, requiring three reconstructive surgeries. But none of these early traumas compared to the loss of her brother, the painful knowledge that his killer was free, and the fact that she could not even grieve privately. Counseled by friends, strangers, and even Oprah to "find closure", Kim chose a different route. She chose to fight.

©2015 Kim Goldman (P)2015 Tantor

Narrator: Kim Goldman
Author: Kim Goldman
Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
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It Won't Be Easy

3 ratings

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Tom Rademacher wishes someone had handed him this sort of book along with his teaching degree: a clear-eyed, frank, boots-on-the ground account of what he was getting into. But first he had to write it. And as 2014's Minnesota Teacher of the Year, Rademacher knows what he's talking about. Less a how-to manual than a tribute to an impossible and impossibly rewarding profession, It Won't Be Easy captures the experience of teaching in all its messy glory.   The book follows a year of teaching, with each chapter tackling a different aspect of the job. Pulling no punches (and resisting no punch lines), he writes about establishing yourself in a new building; teaching meaningful classes, keeping students a priority; investigating how race, gender, and identity affect your work; and why it's a good idea to keep an extra pair of pants at school. Along the way he answers the inevitable and the unanticipated questions, from what to do with Google to how to tell if you're really a terrible teacher, to why "Keep your head down" might well be the worst advice for a new teacher.   Though directed at prospective and newer teachers, It Won't Be Easy is mercifully short on jargon and long on practical wisdom, accessible to anyone - teacher, student, parent, pundit - who is interested in a behind-the-curtain look at teaching and willing to understand that, while there are no simple answers, there is power in learning to ask the right questions.

©2017 Tom Rademacher; Foreword copyright 2015 by Dave Eggers (P)2018 Tantor

Narrator: Roger Wayne
Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
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The Wedding

Summary

"Jews and Irish Catholics did not often marry each other in the 1970s. Lynn and I did. A few mishaps, an AWOL rabbi, a long delay and a riotous reception, all combined for a hugely memorable day."

©2012 Alphie McCourt (P)2012 Hachette

Narrator: Alphie McCourt
Length: 16 mins
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Last of the Few

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After the fall of France in May 1940, the British Expeditionary Force was miraculously evacuated from Dunkirk. Britain now stood alone to face Hitler’s inevitable invasion attempt. For the German Army to be landed across the Channel, Hitler needed mastery of the skies – the RAF would have to be broken – so every day, throughout the summer, German bombers pounded the RAF air bases in the southern counties. Greatly outnumbered by the Luftwaffe, the pilots of RAF Fighter Command scrambled as many as five times a day, and civilians watched skies criss-crossed with the contrails from the constant dogfights between Spitfires and Me-109s. Britain’s very freedom depended on the outcome of that summer’s battle. Britain’s air defences were badly battered and nearly broken, but against all odds, ‘The Few’, as they came to be known, bought Britain’s freedom – many with their lives. These are the personal accounts of the pilots who fought and survived that battle. We will not see their like again.

©2010 Max Arthur (P)2010 Random House Audiobooks

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The Attachment

Summary

It all began when Tony Doherty, an 80-year-old priest, emailed writer Ailsa Piper to say how much he enjoyed her latest book. Soon emails were flying back and forth as these two inquisitive minds shared stories, experiences, questions and ideas over the course of many seasons. And through this exchange grew an unexpected but deep friendship.

©2017 Ailsa Piper and Tony Doherty (P)2017 W.F. Howes Ltd

Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
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Perfection

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This audio edition includes an exclusive interview with the author. Julie Metz's life changes forever on one ordinary January afternoon when her husband, Henry, collapses on the kitchen floor and dies in her arms. Suddenly, this mother of a six-year-old is the young widow in a bucolic small town. And this is only the beginning. Seven months after Henry's death, just when Julie thinks she is emerging from the worst of it, comes the rest of it: She discovers that what had appeared to be the reality of her marriage was but a half-truth. Henry had hidden another life from her. "He loved you so much." That's what everyone keeps telling her. It's true that he loved Julie and their six-year-old daughter ebulliently and devotedly, but as she starts to pick up the pieces and rebuild her life without Henry in it, she learns that Henry had been unfaithful throughout their 12 years of marriage. The most damaging affair was ongoing - a tumultuous relationship that ended only with Henry's death. For Julie, the only thing to do was to get at the real truth - to strip away the veneer of "perfection" that was her life and confront each of the women beneath the veneer. Perfection is the story of Julie Metz's journey through chaos and transformation as she creates a different life for herself and her young daughter. It is the story of coming to terms with painful truths, of rebuilding both a life and an identity after betrayal and widowhood. It is a story of rebirth and happiness - if not perfection.

©2009 Julie Metz (P)2009 Hyperion

Author: Julie Metz
Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
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Rock On

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How do you land a sweet six-figure marketing gig at the hallowed record label known for having signed everyone from Led Zeppelin to Stone Temple Pilots? You start with a resume like Dan Kennedy's: Dressed up as a member of Kiss every Halloween Memorized Led Zeppelin IV at age 10 Fronted a lip-sync band in junior high Worked as a college DJ while he was a college drop-out In his outrageous memoir, McSweeney's contributor Kennedy chronicles his misadventures at a major record label. Whether he's directing a gangsta rapper's commercial or battling his punk roots to create an ad campaign celebrating the love songs of Phil Collins, Kennedy's in way over his head. And from the looks of those sitting around the boardroom, he's not alone. Egomaniacs, wackos, incompetents, and executive assistants who know more than their seven-figure bosses round out this power-ballad to office life and rock and roll. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.  

©2008 Dan Kennedy (P)2008 Random House, Inc.

Narrator: Dan Kennedy
Author: Dan Kennedy
Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
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Official Book Club Selection

8 ratings

Summary

Official Book Club Selection is Kathy Griffin unplugged, uncensored, and unafraid to dish about what really happens on the road, away from the cameras, and at the star party after the show. (It's also her big chance to score that coveted book club endorsement she's always wanted. Are you there, Oprah? It's me, Kathy.) Kathy Griffin has won Emmys for her reality show Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, been nominated for a Grammy, worked and walked every red carpet known to man, and rung in the New Year with Anderson Cooper. But the legions of fans who pack Kathy's sold-out comedy shows have heard only part of her remarkable story. Writing with her trademark wit, the feisty comic settles a few old scores, celebrates the friends and mentors who helped her claw her way to the top, and shares insider gossip about celebrity behavior - the good, the bad, and the very ugly. She recounts the crazy ups and downs of her own career and introduces us to some of the supertalented people she encountered before they got famous (or, in some cases, after fame went to their heads). Word to the wise: If you've ever crossed Kathy Griffin at some point in your life, check the index for your name. Along the way, Kathy reveals intimate details about her life before and after she made the big time. She opens up about everything from growing up with a dysfunctional family in suburban Illinois to bombing as a young comedian in L.A., from her well-publicized plastic surgery disasters to her highly publicized divorce, and more. Only in this book will you learn how the dinner table is the best training ground for a career in stand-up, how speaking your mind can bite you on the ass and buy you a house, and which people in Kathy's life have taught her the most valuable lessons - both inside and outside the entertainment industry. Refreshingly candid and full of hilarious "Did she really say that?" moments.

©2009 Kathy Griffin (P)2009 Random House

Narrator: Kathy Griffin
Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
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The Lightless Sky

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A gripping, inspiring, and eye-opening memoir of fortitude and survival - of a 12-year-old boy's traumatic flight from Afghanistan to the West - that puts a face to one of the most shocking and devastating humanitarian crises of our time. "To risk my life had to mean something. Otherwise what was it all for?" In 2006, after his father was killed, Gulwali Passarlay was caught between the Taliban, who wanted to recruit him, and the Americans, who wanted to use him. To protect her son, Gulwali's mother sent him away. The search for safety would lead the 12-year-old across eight countries, from the mountains of Eastern Afghanistan through Iran and Europe to Britain. Over the course of 12 harrowing months, Gulwali endured imprisonment, hunger, cruelty, brutality, loneliness, and terror - and nearly drowned crossing the Mediterranean Sea. Eventually granted asylum in England, Gulwali was sent to a good school, learned English, won a place at a top university, and was chosen to help carry the Olympic torch in the 2012 London Games. In The Lightless Sky, Gulwali recalls his remarkable experience and offers a firsthand look at one of the most pressing issues of our time: the modern refugee crisis - the worst displacement of millions of men, women, and children in generations. Few, like Gulwali, make it to a country that offers the chance of freedom and opportunity. A celebration of courage and determination, The Lightless Sky is a poignant account of an exceptional human being who is today an ardent advocate of democracy - and a reminder of our responsibilities to those caught in terrifying and often deadly circumstances beyond their control.

©2016 Gulwali Passarlay (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
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Outskirts

Summary

Forgotten edgelands, furious battles, suburban mysteries - discover the secret history of our green belts.

Green belts are part of the landscape and psyche of post-war Britain, but have led to conflicts at every level of society - between conservationists and developers, town and country, politicians and people, nimbys and the forces of progress.

Growing up on 'the last road in London' on an estate at the edge of the woods, John Grindrod had a childhood that mirrored these tensions. His family, too, seemed caught between two worlds: his wheelchair-bound mother and soft hearted father had moved from the inner city and had trouble adjusting. His warring brothers struggled too: there was the sporty one who loved the outdoors, and the agoraphobic who hated it. And then there was John, an unremarkable boy on the edge of it all discovering something magical.

In the green belts John discovers strange hidden places, from nuclear bunkers to buried landfill sites, and along the way meets planners, protestors, foresters and residents whose passions for and against the green belt tell a fascinating tale of Britain today.

The first book to tell the story of Britain's green belts, Outskirts is at once a fascinating social history, a stirring evocation of the natural world, and a poignant tale of growing up in a place, and within a family, like no other."

©2017 John Grindrod (P)2017 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd

Narrator: Nick Underwood
Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
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Vanity Fair: March 2014

Summary

Vanity Fair is a cultural filter, sparking the global conversation about the people and ideas that matter most. With a dedication to journalistic excellence and powerful storytelling, Vanity Fair is the first choice - often the only choice - for the world's most influential and important audience. From print to social media, the big screen to the smartphone and now on audio, Vanity Fair is the arbiter of our era.

This month's issue, V.F.'s 20th annual Hollywood issue, features:

Film: Why the movies are better than TV

Scandal: The shocking dissolution of Rupert Murdoch's marriage

Fashion: Why Hollywood's top stylists rule the red carpet

Investigation: The whereabouts of Scientology's First Lady

Plus: Graydon Carter on Gwynet

©2014 Vanity Fair (P)2014 Blackstone

Author: Vanity Fair
Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
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The Lyricist's Voice - Rosanne Cash

Summary

"Driven by a deep love and obsession with language, poetry and melody, I had first wanted to be a writer, in a quiet room, setting depth charges of emotion in the outside world, where my readers would know me only by my language," writes Rosanne Cash in Composed, her new memoir. "Then I decided I wanted to be a songwriter, writing not for myself but for other voices. Then, despite myself, I began performing my own songs, which rattled me to the core." Upon the publication of Composed, Ms. Cash sits down for a conversation about her life in music.

©2010 92nd Street Y (P)2010 92nd Street Y

Narrator: A. M. Holmes
Author: Rosanne Cash
Length: 55 mins
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Reservation Restless

Summary

In the powerful and haunting lands of the Southwest, rainbows grow unexpectedly from the sky, mountain lions roam the desert, and summer storms roll over the Colorado River. As a park ranger, Kristofic explores the Ganado valley, traces the paths of the Anasazi, and finds mythic experiences on sacred mountains that explain the pain and loss promised for every person who decides to love. After reconnecting with his Navajo sister and brother, Kristofic must confront his own nightmares of the Anglo society and the future it has created. When the possible deaths of his mentor and of the American future loom before him, Kristofic must find some new way to live in the world and strike some restless path that will lead back to hózhó - a beautiful harmony. Acclaim “Once in a great while, a miracle of a book comes along, a gift that both touches the heart and engages the mind. Reservation Restless is such a book. Kristofic’s entertaining, jaw-droppingly honest recollections of adventures and explorations on and off the Navajo Nation come with a poet’s respect for the perfect word in the perfect place." (Anne Hillerman, New York Times best-selling author of Rock with Wings and The Tale Teller) "Reservation Restless is a book about growing up, loss, and arrival, all of it told in stories populated by walks, books, Navajos, mentors, river guides, canyons, and coyotes. Oh yes, and rainbows you get to touch." (Dan Flores, New York Times best-selling author of Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History) "Beautiful, evocative, Kristofic has written a book that conveys that sense of mythic reality that pervades every corner of the Colorado Plateau. He reveals portals into indigenous mind rarely understood by non-Native peoples.... It makes you pull the nails out of your frame of reference in order that you may perceive with greater clarity." (Jack Loeffler, author of Adventures with Ed: A Portrait of Abbey) About the author Jim Kristofic grew up on the Navajo Reservation in Northeastern Arizona. He has written for the Navajo Times, Arizona Highways, Native Peoples Magazine, and High Country News. He is the author of Medicine Women: The Story of the First Native American Nursing School and Navajos Wear Nikes: A Reservation Life. He lives in Taos, New Mexico.

©2020 Jim Kristofic (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Jim Kristofic
Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
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American Legends: The Life of Woodrow Wilson

Summary

Includes Wilson's Fourteen Points, inaugural addresses, and his war message to Congress for World War I. As one of the most influential men of the 20th century, there is no shortage of adjectives to use when describing Woodrow Wilson's two terms as president of the United States. Wilson was a pioneer of the Progressive movement both before and during his presidency, becoming a populist champion a generation before Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal. He ran for reelection by touting his neutrality during World War I, only to lead his nation into the war and become the architect of a world body that would lead to greater inter-connection among nations. Today Wilson is best remembered for his Fourteen Points, one of the most forceful arguments for an idealistic foreign policy in American history, and his fight for the League of Nations, which set the model for today's United Nations. Wilson's presidency was monumentally consequential, but it is not without its critics, nor is the man himself. Even as Wilson has come to be viewed as one of America's greatest presidents, perception of Wilson and his administration as racist have also taken hold. Despite being one of the early 20th century's most forceful proponents of a globalized foreign policy, Wilson's personal views and comments were ardently anti-immigration, and Wilson's administration entrenched and expanded segregation in the federal government.

©2014 Charles River Editors (P)2017 Charles River Editors

Narrator: Bill Hare
Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
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The Upside of Fear

1 rating

Summary

Weldon Long knows firsthand that Maui is nicer than prison. After 13 years of federal and state incarceration, he emerged a transformed man: a powerful speaker, driven motivator, and successful trainer/entrepreneur. Long holds a BS in law and an MBA in management, despite dropping out of high school in the ninth grade.

©2018 Weldon Long (P)2020 Greenleaf Book Group

Narrator: Weldon Long
Author: Weldon Long
Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
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Call of Duty

1 rating

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As part of the elite 101st Airborne paratroopers, Lt. Lynn "Buck" Compton fought in the critical battles of Normandy and Market Garden and in the freezing cold of Bastogne. Easy Company, immortalized as the Band of Brothers, stands today as an unparalleled icon of brotherhood and bravery under fire. Here, Compton tells his own story for the first time, revealing how the skills, work ethic, and discipline he learned as a young man served as the foundation for the courage and selflessness he displayed during the deadliest conflict of the twentieth century. From his years as a two-sport UCLA star who played baseball with Jackie Robinson and football in the 1943 Rose Bowl, through his legendary post - World War II legal career as a prosecutor, in which he helped convict Sirhan Sirhan for the murder of Robert F. Kennedy, Compton truly embodies the American dream: college sports star, esteemed combat veteran, detective, attorney, and judge. This is the true story of a real-life hero who traveled to a faraway place and put his life on the line for the cause of freedom---and an insightful memoir about courage, leadership, camaraderie, compassion, and the opportunities for success that can only happen in America.

©2008 Lt. Lynn “Buck” Compton (P)2008 Tantor

Narrator: Dick Hill
Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
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Ich war, ich bin, ich werde sein

Summary

Walter Jens: "Die Humanität in unserer Gesellschaft wird sich auch danach bemessen, inwieweit das Erbe Rosa Luxemburg in Ehren gehalten wird". In den Briefen Rosa Luxemburgs vermischt sich Privates und Politsches. Die Sprecherin Ernie Wilhelmi hat eine temperamentvolle, polemische Figur geschaffen, die im Stakkato Ideen, Meinungen und Manifeste ausspuckt, die für die Rechte der Frauen und die Freiheit des Einzelnen streitet: eine Impulsgeberin für das 20. Jahrhundert (Börsenblatt des Deutschen Buchhandels).

(c)+(p) 2008 Noa Noa Hör-Buchedition

Narrator: Ernie Wilhelmi
Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
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St. Patrick of Ireland

Summary

Ireland's patron saint has long been shrouded in legend: he drove the snakes out of Ireland; he triumphed over Druids and their super-natural powers; he used a shamrock to explain the Christian mystery of the Trinity. But his true story is more fascinating than the myths. Late in the 4th century Irish pirates captured a young, British citizen named Patricius from his parents' Roman villa. The boy was sold into slavery and sent to tend sheep in Ireland. After walking nearly 200 miles across bogs and mountains to the coast, he managed to escape on a ship full of pagan sailors and returned home to the astonishment of his family. Patrick was destined for the privileged life of nobility but, when he experienced a profound religious awakening, he decided to become a priest and return to Ireland to convert the Irish to Christianity. The Patrick who emerges is even more extraordinary than the patron saint of legend, a passionate, courageous, and very human figure who exerted an incalculable impact on the course of Irish history.

©2004 Philip Freeman (P)2004 Tantor Media, Inc.

Narrator: Alan Sklar
Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
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Jesse James, My Father - Jesse James, Jr.

Summary

“We don't steal from the rich and give to the poor. We steal from the poor because they can't fight back, most of them, and the rich take from us because they could wipe us out in a day.” (JESSE JAMES) 

Jesse James was born on September 5, 1847, in Kearney, Missouri. James and his brother Frank served in the Confederate Army before embarking upon their fabled criminal careers in the Old West. The James brothers made a name for themselves as daring bank and train robbers, leading the James-Younger gang. Gang member Robert Ford killed Jesse James in 1882, after which James became a true legend of the Old West. Here is his own untold story as related by his son. 

Geoffrey Giuliano is the author of 32 internationally best-selling books published by the biggest publishers in the world from 1984 until today. He is also an acclaimed Hollywood film actor, director, designer, and is the voice on over 500 popular audiobooks. 

Series producer Avalon Giuliano in New York

Produced by Alex Franchi in Milan

Edited and mixed by Macc Kay in Bangkok

ICON intern Eden Garret Giuliano

©2018 Icon Audio Arts (P)2018 Icon Audio Arts

Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
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Maximiliano de Habsburgo: La Vida del Emperador Europeo de Mexico [Maximilian of Habsburg: The Life of the European Emperor of Mexico]

Summary

Había una vez, cuando la guerra civil amenazaba separar a Estados Unidos, una monarquía al sur del Río Bravo. El reino se llamaba México. Había un castillo, una princesa y un joven príncipe alto y barbado; era noble e idealista, tenía fuego en el corazón, pero también era débil y crédulo. Necio, decían algunos. Un día, cuando todavía era adolescente, escribió: “La ambición es como el aeronauta. Hasta cierto punto la ascensión es agradable y hace gozar de una vista espléndida y de un panorama inmenso. Pero cuando se sube más, sobreviene el vértigo, el aire se enrarece y crece el riesgo de una gran caída”. Con esa parábola, el príncipe austriaco Maximiliano de Habsburgo plasmó sin darse cuenta el destino hacia el que cabalgó valiente, a pesar de las advertencias… y de los aduladores. En todo caso, siguió lo que su corazón le indicaba. Y Carlota, la princesa, era por su parte “una de las más cultas y bellas” de toda Europa. Desde niña sabía que un día se convertiría en reina, o emperatriz. Cuando les hablaron por primera vez de ofrecerles la corona de México, ella tenía 22 años y él 28, y estaban cercados por las intrigas y ambiciones de sus hermanos. Todos tenían prisa de quitarlos del camino. Por eso, cuando un par de años más tarde la pareja recibió a una comisión diplomática oficial donde les aseguraron que México requería su presencia, fue como un cuento de hadas hecho realidad. En la imaginación de la época, el lejano país era el paraíso que había descrito el gran geógrafo Alexander von Humboldt, con sus espesas selvas y bosques, volcanes humeantes, riquísimas minas de oro y plata, Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2017 Charles River Editors (P)2018 Charles River Editors

Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
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The Culprit

6 ratings

Summary

Narrated by the author, this is an eloquently written memoir of the author and his wife's crazy life experiences, splashed and peppered with the outrageous antics of this wildly witted Bengal Kitten that not only turned their Empty Nest upside-down - but brought into focus a continuity of Kindred Spirits that gave meaning to their lives. A heartfelt and hilarious read that will leave you loving The Culprit from start to finish!

©2020 Martin Sasek (P)2020 Martin Sasek

Narrator: Martin Sasek
Author: Martin Sasek
Length: 4 hrs and 46 mins
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Babes, Booze & Biceps

Summary

An impressive follow-up to Slayback’s (Boys, Bumps & Blood, 2013) debut memoir.

The author picks up right where his first autobiography left off, in the fall of 1952. At the age of 14, he was shuttled from Duluth, Minnesota, to Lansing, Michigan, while his father headed to Florida. Such trips had been part of their regular routine ever since the author’s mother died; this time, he was left in the care of his married older sister, Lorna. Yet as heartbreaking as it was for the author to hear his father abruptly tell him to "learn to be happy on your own," it hardly sets the tone for the remainder of the memoir. Instead, the author was resilient, throwing himself into a quest for happiness and contentment; he immersed himself in archery, bodybuilding, and bow-hunting, among other things. His diligence with schoolwork eventually allowed him to go to college. There, he enjoyed, for a short time, pole vaulting, spent productive time on a horse ranch, and met a steady procession of women.

This improved effort is sure to delight listeners of heartfelt, folksy autobiographies. Slayback writes with sincerity, imparting vignettes from his life with urgency, as if committing them to paper might relieve the pain or sorrow he encountered in his early youth. His love of Michigan particularly shines through ("Fall in Michigan is football season.... In every city, town, or village, it’s in the air, the fresh, brisk, warm, sunny air of day, coupled with the slight bite of cool air in the evening."). He just as clearly describes his time spent learning to rope calves in a rodeo as he does a spicy boat trip to Cuba. The memoir’s cheeky title, though, belies the emotional, introspective landscape of the author’s life. Overall, Slayback relates his adventuresome life with gusto and reflection.

A delightful second memoir that’s more engaging and contemplative than the first.

©2014 Paul Slayback (P)2019 Paul Slayback

Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
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The Yorkshire Vet

2 ratings

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This is the life story of vet Peter Wright, charting his working relationship with the famous 'James Herriot', from work experience with him as a lad, to taking over his practice in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.    Packed full of laugh-out loud moments, heartbreaking stories and transporting tales of his love for working with the animals and people of this breathtaking part of the country. Covering his bucolic childhood growing up on a farm right through to the heady days of his successful Channel 5 TV series, Peter's warm nature and professional attitude shine through.

©2018 Peter Wright (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

Author: Peter Wright
Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
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Fourteen

4 ratings

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Winner of five independent book awards: NIEA, Readers' Favorites, Next Generation Indie, Independent Press Award and Beverly Hills Book Awards. Obsessed with sailing, Leslie Nack's larger-than-life Norwegian father has a dream to live on a sailboat and show his three daughters the world. And although it takes years, in 1975 he finally completes his preparation and sets his sights on French Polynesia. But when they begin their journey, Leslie, who has just turned 14, faces a disturbing reality: her father, who's crossed boundaries in the past, is not to be trusted...and she's trapped with him on a 45-foot sailboat. Intense and inspiring, Fourteen is a coming-of-age adventure story about a girl who – with the help of the ocean, which alternately serves as her solace and her savior - comes into her own power and finds the strength to fight back against abuse.

©2015 Leslie Johansen Nack (P)2016 Leslie Johansen Nack

Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
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Broken Glass: A Family's Journey Through Mental Illness

1 rating

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When Robert Hine's daughter, Elene, first showed signs of unhappiness as a little girl, no one dreamed she would grow up to have a serious personality disorder. As an early baby boomer, Elene reached adolescence and young womanhood in the midst of the counterculture years. Her father, a respected professor of American history at the University of California, shares the story of his family's struggle to keep Elene on track and functional, to see her through her troubles with delusions and medication, and eventually to help her raise her own children. Candid in its portrayal of the suffering Elene and her parents endured and the stumbling efforts of doctors and hospitals, Hine's story is also generous and inspiring. In spite of unimaginable difficulties, Elene and her father preserved their relationship and survived. The book is published by University of New Mexico Press.

©2006 Robert V. Hine (P)2015 Redwood Audiobooks

Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
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Devil's Advocate

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In this memoir, narrated in Karan Thapar's trademark incisive style, the author relates different stories from his life, from personal anecdotes about his childhood, college days and marriage to his encounters with various well-known personalities in the course of anchoring his TV shows.  Find out about Karan Thapar's friendship in university and later with Benazir Bhutto; his short-lived yet memorable stint as a foreign correspondent with The Times under the tutelage of Charles Douglas-Home; his entry into news television; and why no one from the BJP agrees to appear on his shows any more.

©2018 Karan Thapar (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Ashish Sen
Author: Karan Thapar
Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
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An American Life

2 ratings

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Ronald Reagan is an American success story. From modest beginnings in a small Midwestern town to a distinguished career in films and television, he lived the American dream. As governor of California and as the century's most popular president, he embodied and revitalized the American spirit. Now, in this dramatic and revealing memoir, Ronald Reagan recounts both his life and his beliefs with uncompromising candor and his familiar wit. He discusses his decision to run for president, historic meetings with Mikhail Gorbachev and other heads of state, his frustrations in dealing with an often hostile Congress, his unshakable faith in the American people, and his enduring love for Nancy, who would always be his First Lady. In a moving passage, President Reagan also speaks frankly about the assassination attempt on his life and its effects on him and his family. An American Life is a richly detailed, definitive account of a great and historic presidency and of a unique American life, from the man who restored America's confidence and strength and shaped the future of the world.

©1990 Ronald W. Reagan. All rights reserved (P)2004 Simon and Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

Narrator: Ronald Reagan
Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
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King Cohn

1 rating

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Harry Cohn left no writings, made no speeches, rarely submitted to interviews and abhorred personal publicity. Despite all of those facts, the notoriously rough and tough studio chieftain is brilliantly rendered in what may be Thomas's finest work. King Cohn details the mogul's rise as a New York City song-plugger to a Poverty Row impresario, to his reign as one of the most powerful men in Hollywood during the studio golden era. Updated and revised in 2003 with forward written and read by Peter Bart, former editor in Chief, Daily Variety. For nearly seven decades writing for the AP, Bob Thomas, the gentlemanly, soft-spoken reporter with the wry sense of humor, enjoyed access to the stars that modern journalists rarely attain. Thomas possessed an encyclopedic knowledge of the industry as well as a filing system at his home that rivaled that of any news bureau. At the time of his death in 2014, he had penned nearly three dozen biographies and was considered the last link to the golden age of motion pictures.

©1968, 1990, 2003 Bob Thomas (P)2003, 2014 New Millennium Entertainment, Phoenix Books

Narrator: John Landis
Author: Bob Thomas
Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
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Marley and Me

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John and Jenny were just beginning their life together. They were young and in love, with a perfect little house and not a care in the world. Then they brought home Marley, a wriggly yellow furball of a puppy. Life would never be the same. Marley quickly grew into a barreling, 97-pound streamroller of a Labrador retriever. He crashed through screen doors, gouged through drywall, and stole women's undergarments. Obedience school did no good, Marley was expelled. And yet his heart was pure. Just as Marley joyfully refused any limits on his behavior, his love and loyalty were boundless, too. A dog like no other, Marley remained steadfast, a model of devotion, even when his family was at its wit's end. Unconditional love, they would learn, comes in many forms.

©2005 John Grogan (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: John Grogan
Author: John Grogan
Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Written by Herself

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One of the first personal narratives written by an ex-slave, this is also one of the few written by a woman. Harriet Jacobs (1813-97) was enslaved, along with her family, in North Carolina under a ruthless master who sexually harassed her. After several failed escape attempts, and several years of hiding, she finally made her way North to freedom, where she was eventually reunited with her children. The book was published in 1861.

Public Domain (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Jean Barrett
Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
Available on Audible
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Slaves in the Family

1 rating

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This program is read by the author. Twenty years after this celebrated work of narrative nonfiction won the National Book Award and changed the American conversation about race, Slaves in the Family makes its audio debut, with a new preface by the author.  The Ball family hails from South Carolina - Charleston and thereabouts. Their plantations were among the oldest and longest-standing plantations in the South. Between 1698 and 1865, close to 4,000 black people were born into slavery under the Balls or were bought by them. In Slaves in the Family, Edward Ball recounts his efforts to track down and meet the descendants of his family's slaves. Part historical narrative, part oral history, part personal story of investigation and catharsis, Slaves in the Family is, in the words of Pat Conroy, "a work of breathtaking generosity and courage, a magnificent study of the complexity and strangeness and beauty of the word ‘family.'"  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©1998, 2014 Text copyright Edward Ball, Preface copyright Edward Ball (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

Narrator: Edward Ball
Author: Edward Ball
Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
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Springsteen on Broadway

2 ratings

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Springsteen on Broadway is the new album of music and stories by Bruce Springsteen and the soundtrack to the Netflix film of the same name. This audiobook is the complete live performance of the show.    Springsteen on Broadway is the solo acoustic performance written and performed by Tony Award, Academy Award, and 20-time Grammy Award winner Bruce Springsteen. Based on his worldwide best-selling autobiography Born to Run, Springsteen on Broadway is a unique evening with Bruce, his guitar, a piano, and his very personal stories. In addition, the show features a special appearance by Patti Scialfa.    Bruce Springsteen's historic sold-out series of performances of his one man show began previews on October 3, 2017 and officially opened October 12, 2017. The show was extended three times after its initial eight-week run and ran on Broadway at The Walter Kerr Theatre through December 15, 2018, bringing the total number of performances to 236.

©2018 Bruce Springsteen (P)2018 Bruce Springsteen

Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
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Simply Freud

1 rating

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Born into a Jewish family in the Moravian town of Freiberg, Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) entered the University of Vienna at the age of 17 and began his medical career in 1882. Following an 1885 fellowship in Paris, during which he learned about the use of hypnosis to treat hysteria, he embarked on the incredible journey of discovery that would lead to the creation of the “talking cure” and, ultimately, a whole new way to think about human consciousness and experience. In Simply Freud, Professor Stephen Frosh offers an engaging and accessible introduction to Freud and his major ideas, including the unconscious, sexual repression, free association, and the interpretation of dreams. At the same time, he reminds us that Freud was also a person - ambitious, conflicted, amorous, irritable, blind about some things, prophetically insightful about others. His personality shaped the way psychoanalysis developed, and Professor Frosh shows how the dreams he had, the jokes he told, and the patients he worked with all contributed to the formation of his landmark work. With its vivid portrait of life in 19th-century Vienna - and the enormous social and political upheavals that provided the context for Freud’s work - Simply Freud is an invaluable overview of the life and times of the man whose revolutionary insights remain crucial for our understanding of central aspects of our world.

©2018 Stephen Frosh (P)2018 Simply Charly

Narrator: Matthew Lyon
Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
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The Four Trials of Henry Ford

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The Four Trials of Henry Ford chronicles Henry Ford’s forays into landmark litigation during the early years of the 20th century. Ford was a man of extraordinary genius in the intricacies and workings of mechanical objects and in the identification and hiring of talented engineers and administrative managers. But he was constitutionally unable to permit a light to shine on anyone other than himself and often employed humiliating tactics to terminate any employee who rose to prominence. Lawyer Gregory Piché follows Ford’s lonely defense against alleged infringement of the Selden patent on the automobile brought by a powerful automotive monopoly determined to control prices and competition in the emerging automobile market. He explores a minority shareholder oppression lawsuit brought against Ford by the Dodge brothers who initially manufactured all of the mechanical parts for Ford’s cars. He covers Ford’s libel suit against the Chicago Tribune for calling him an “anarchist” and “ignorant idealist” in the midst of the patriotic fervor during the US/Mexico intervention and the run-up to World War I. And finally, he examines a Jewish lawyer’s persistent libel action against Ford for the defamation of himself and his race in anti-Semitic diatribes widely published and circulated in his personally owned newspaper, the Dearborn Independent. In recounting the Ford litigation, Piché examines Ford’s parallel manipulation of public media to advance his own political and narcissistic agenda. It follows the initial rise of his reputation as a Progressive capitalist to its ultimate erosion as a mean-spirited bigot and contributor to the propaganda that fueled the Holocaust.

©2019 Gregory Piché (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: David de Vries
Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
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The Making of Prince of Persia

Summary

A deep dive into the origins of the epic, best-selling video game, featuring previously unreleased content in the game creator's own words. The creator of one of the most innovative and best-selling video games of all time gives an unvarnished look into the process in this one-of-a-kind compilation. Before Prince of Persia was a best-selling video game franchise and a Disney movie, it was an Apple II computer game created and programmed by one person: Jordan Mechner. Mechner's candid and revealing journals from the time capture the journey from his parents’ basement to the forefront of the fast-growing 1980s video game industry, and the creative, technical, and personal struggles that brought the prince into being and ultimately into the homes of millions of people worldwide. Now, on the 30th anniversary of Prince of Persia’s release, Mechner looks back at the journals he kept from 1985 to 1993, offering new insights into the game that established him as a pioneer of cinematic storytelling in the industry. This collector’s edition includes: Narration from Jordan’s original journals The stages of the game’s creation The Making of Prince of Persia is both a tribute to a timeless classic and an indelible look at the creative process that will resonate with retro-gaming fans, game developers, and writers, artists, and creators of all stripes.

©2011, 2020 Jordan Mechner (P)2020 Jordan Mechner

Narrator: Yuri Lowenthal
Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
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My Husband, My Friend

Summary

Steve McQueen's wife of 15 and a half years, Neile, rode the dazzling Hollywood roller coaster with him. Here, she reveals a Steve McQueen no one knew - his good side, his crazy side, his dark side.

©1983 Neile McQueen-Toffel (P)1986, 2016 Dove Books-On-Tape, Phoenix Books

Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
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This is Not a Drill

1 rating

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Picking up right where he left off, Paul Carter pulls out more tall tales of a mad, bad and dangerous life in the international oil trade. Starting with action and mayhem galore This Is Not A Drill sets an unrelenting pace that just doesn't let up, as Paul almost drowns when the Russian rig he's working on begins to capsize; is reunited with his Dad - another adrenaline junkie; gets married; hangs out with his rig pig buddies in exotic locations; and spends a couple of interesting weeks in Afghanistan. This is the next fast, furious and very funny book from Paul Carter, the author of the bestselling Don't Tell Mum I Work on the Rigs, She Thinks I'm a Piano Player in a Whorehouse.

©2008 Paul Carter (P)2008 Bolinda Publishing

Narrator: Paul Carter
Author: Paul Carter
Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
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Theodor Storm - Leben und Werk

Summary

Er hat seine Heimat besungen, ohne ein Heimatdichter zu sein, nahm eine dezidiert antidänische Haltung in den Streitigkeiten zwischen Österreich mit Preußen auf der einen und dem Königreich Dänemark auf der anderen Seite ein, ohne ein politischer Agitator zu sein; er verbrachte elf Jahre in Potsdam und Heiligenstadt und ist doch eng verbunden mit den Menschen und der Landschaft, die er immer wieder beschrieb: Theodor Storm. 1817 in Husum geboren, der "grauen Stadt am grauen Meer".

©2017 SAGA Egmont (P)2017 SAGA Egmont

Narrator: Axel Thielmann
Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
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Morningstar

Summary

In her admired works of fiction, including the recent The Book That Matters Most, Ann Hood explores the transformative power of literature. Now, with warmth and honesty, Hood reveals the personal story behind these works of fiction. Growing up in a mill town in Rhode Island, in a household that didn't foster the love of literature, Hood nonetheless learned to channel her imagination and curiosity by devouring The Bell Jar, Marjorie Morningstar, The Harrad Experiment, and other works. These titles introduced her to topics that could not be discussed at home: desire, fear, sexuality, and madness. Later, Johnny Got His Gun and The Grapes of Wrath influenced her political thinking as the Vietnam War became news; Dr. Zhivago and Les Miserables stoked her ambition to travel the world. With characteristic insight and charm, Hood showcases the ways in which books gave her life and can transform - even save - our own.

©2017 Anne Hood (P)2017 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

Narrator: Donna Postel
Author: Ann Hood
Length: 3 hrs and 44 mins
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Louisa May Alcott

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Louisa May Alcott portrays a writer as worthy of interest in her own right as her most famous character, Jo March, and addresses all aspects of Alcott's life: the effect of her father's self-indulgent utopian schemes; her family's chronic economic difficulties and frequent uprootings; her experience as a nurse in the Civil War; and the loss of her health and frequent recourse to opiates in search of relief from migraines, insomnia, and symptomatic pain. Stories and details culled from Alcott's journals; her equally rich letters to family, friends, publishers, and admiring readers; and the correspondence, journals, and recollections of her family, friends, and famous contemporaries provide the basis for this lively account of the author's classic rags-to-riches tale. Alcott would become the equivalent of a multimillionaire in her lifetime based on the astounding sales of her books, leaving contemporaries like Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, and Henry James in the dust. This biography explores Alcott's life in the context of her works, all of which are to some extent autobiographical. A fresh, modern take on this remarkable and prolific writer, who secretly authored pulp fiction, harbored radical abolitionist views, and completed heroic service as a Civil War nurse, Louisa May Alcott is also the story of how the all-time beloved American classic Little Women came to be. This revelatory portrait will present the popular author as she was and as she has never been seen before.

©2009 Harriet Reisen and Nancy Porter (P)2009 Tantor

Narrator: Harriet Reisen
Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
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Goodbye Homeboy

Summary

One sunny afternoon in 1982, a young businessman experienced a terrifying mugging in New York City that shook him to his core.   Tortured by nightmares about the teens who roughed him up, Steve Mariotti sought counseling. When his therapist suggested that he face his fears, Mariotti closed his small import-export business and became a teacher at the city's most notorious public school - Boys and Girls High in Bed-Stuy.   Although his nightmares promptly ceased, Mariotti's out-of-control students rapidly drove him to despair. One day, Mariotti stepped out of the classroom so his students wouldn't see him cry. In a desperate move to save his job, he took off his watch and marched back in with an impromptu sales pitch for it. To his astonishment, his students were riveted.   Mariotti realized his students felt trapped in soul-crushing poverty. They saw zero connection between school and improving their lives. Whenever Mariotti connected their lessons to entrepreneurship, though, even his most disruptive students got excited about learning.   By turns tragic and hilarious, Goodbye Homeboy shares Mariotti's flaws and missteps as he connects deeply with his troubled students - saving himself in the process.

©2019 Steve Mariotti (P)2019 Tantor

Narrator: Matthew Josdal
Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
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I Wonder as I Wander

1 rating

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In I Wonder as I Wander, Langston Hughes vividly recalls the most dramatic and intimate moments of his life in the turbulent 1930s. His wanderlust leads him to Cuba, Haiti, Russia, Soviet Central Asia, Japan, Spain (during its Civil War), through dictatorships, wars, revolutions. He meets and brings to life the famous and the humble, from Arthur Koestler to Emma, the Black Mammy of Moscow. It is the continuously amusing, wise revelation of an American writer journeying around the often strange and always exciting world he loves.

©1956 Langston Hughes (P)2011 Random House

Narrator: Dominic Hoffman
Length: 16 hrs and 42 mins
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The Dirty Life

3 ratings

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From a “graceful, luminous writer with an eye for detail” (Minneapolis Star Tribune), this riveting memoir explores a year on a sustainable farm. When Kristin Kimball left New York City to interview a dynamic young farmer named Mark, her world changed. On an impulse, she shed her city self and started a new farm with him on 500 acres near Lake Champlain. The Dirty Life is the captivating chronicle of the couple’s first year on Essex Farm, from the cold North Country winter through their harvest-season wedding in the loft of the barn.  Kristin and Mark’s plan to grow everything needed to feed a community was an ambitious idea, and a bit romantic. It worked. Every Friday evening, all year round, over a hundred people travel to Essex Farm to pick up their weekly share of the “whole diet” - beef, pork, chicken, milk, eggs, maple syrup, grains, flours, dried beans, herbs, fruits, and 40 different vegetables - produced by the farm. In The Dirty Life, Kristin discovers the wrenching pleasures of physical work, learns that good food is at the center of a good life, falls deeply in love, and finally finds the engagement and commitment she craved in the form of a man, a small town, and a beautiful piece of land. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2010 Kristin Kimball (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

Narrator: Kristin Kimball
Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
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Every Day Is a Holiday

Summary

George Mahood had a nice, easy, comfortable life. He had a job, a house, a wife, and kids. But something was missing. He was stuck in a routine of working, changing nappies, and cleaning up cat sick. He felt like he was missing out on a lot of what the world had to offer. He then discovered that it was Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day. The day after that was National Curmudgeon Day, and the day after that was Inane Answering Machine Message Day. In fact, the calendar is full of these quirky, weird, and wonderful events. He realized that somebody somewhere had created these holidays, believing that they were important enough to warrant their own official day. Surely he should therefore be more appreciative of their existence? So he decided to try and celebrate them all. As you do. He hoped that at the end of the challenge he would be transformed into a happier, more intelligent and more content person. Follow George on his hilarious, life-changing adventure as he tries to balance his normal life with a wealth of new experiences, people, facts, and ridiculous situations. It's a rip-roaring, life-affirming, roller coaster of a ride, where every day is a holiday.

©2014 George Mahood (P)2016 George Mahood

Narrator: James Elliott
Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
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Please Don't Eat the Daisies

Summary

This collection of essays observes the perils of motherhood, wifehood, selfhood, and other assorted challenges. Since its publication in 1957, it has sold millions of copies and has been adapted into a Broadway play, a film, a TV series, and now an audiobook. Jean Kerr's parodies of the clichéd 1950s prescription for glamorous or maternal feminine behavior still resonate today as we enter the 21st century.

©1987 Jean Kerr (P)2010 BBC Audio

Narrator: Marni Webb
Author: Jean Kerr
Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
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Broken Crayons Still Color 2: Based on a True Story

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When you squeeze a water balloon, as long as you don't make it burst, the water simply goes to a different part of the balloon. Addictive personalities are similar. If a person breaks an addiction, they then have to find something else to transfer their energy toward.  With Ashlon's help, Devin has made major strides to change his life in order to be a better man. He gives up alcohol and drug addiction but is now facing the toughest battles he's ever had to face: forgiveness and gambling. Coming from the streets, he only understood that penalties existed for those who offended him. But you can't walk with God and carry the work of the devil, and how can you ask for forgiveness from God when you yourself can't forgive those that have hurt you?  Some people saw gambling as a harmless venture. They saw a gambler win big or lose big but never saw the psychological side effects to winning and losing money at such a rapid pace. Devin gets the wake-up call of a life time, forcing him to embark on a dramatic journey toward finding and getting to know God on a level that he'd never known him before.  A deep, emotional love story that is sure to make you feel every single emotion that exists and the sequel to the best-selling love story, Broken Crayons Still Color is a passionate drama that wins over listeners one word at a time. One of the most important stories of the year with over 1,000 Amazon customer reviews in 5 months, this is a must-listen for fans of powerful award-winning stories, as well as members of Oprah's Book Club.

©2018 David Weaver (P)2018 David Weaver

Narrator: Benjamin Young
Author: David Weaver
Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
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One Hundred Years of Exile

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One Hundred Years of Exile: A Romanov’s Search for Her Father’s Russia is the story of one woman’s journey through 100 years of history to find peace with her father. Tania Romanov Amochaev and her father were both exiled from their homelands as infants; both knew life in refugee camps. Their shared fate does not lead to mutual understanding. The family’s immigration to San Francisco heralded a promising new future — but while Tania just wanted to be an American, her father could not trust that this was his final asylum. His fears and his resistance to assimilation leave Tania with deep resentment toward him and her Russian heritage. Decades later, his unexpected death exposes Tania’s open wounds and a host of unanswered questions about her father and his story. A serendipitous meeting with a last surviving member of the Russian royal family, followed by a baffling error that miraculously connects her with unknown relatives, catapults Tania on a quest for answers in her father’s homeland. Tania’s story proves inseparable from Russia’s, featuring Cossacks who fled revolution, a family who survived Stalin, and a family of royal exiles, culminating in a meeting between princess and peasant. One Hundred Years of Exile is a moving story of how revisiting the past can bring not only forgiveness and redemption, but something far more powerful as well.

©2020 Tania Romanov (P)2020 Tania Romanov

Narrator: Becky Parker
Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
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The Control of Candy Jones

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"Candy Jones" was the stage name of Jessica Wilcox (b. 1921) who became famous as a model and "pinup girl" in the early 1940s. Her story seems too bizarre to be true. One of America's most famous models, brainwashed by the CIA? Yes, it is another example of truth being stranger than fiction.  The story begins with Candy's wedding to Long John Nebel, New York's most successful radio talk-show host. During the wedding, and regularly thereafter, Candy's personality would seem to shift. She would suddenly change from her affable, self-effacing self to a brusque, aggressive "stranger". For the first few months of the marriage, these shifts were infrequent enough that Nebel didn't worry much about it, but as time went on, they got worse. Nebel began trying to relax his wife by hypnotizing her. Although Candy insisted that she couldn't be hypnotized, she slipped easily into a relaxed state and then into a healthy, deep sleep. But during the third session, with no suggestion from Nebel, Candy spontaneously regressed to a young age. After that, Nebel began to record their sessions. The result of these sessions was that Nebel discovered his wife had been brainwashed into have a second identity, "Arlene", whom a CIA doctor had used to carry messages all over the world. Eventually, Candy was tortured at CIA headquarters, so that her doctor could display her "successful" programming. The Control of Candy Jones sent shockwaves through the corridors of power when it was first published in 1976. After reportedly being suppressed by the CIA, it became an instant classic and remains so today.

©1983 Saucerian Press (P)2018 NEW SAUCERIAN LLC

Narrator: Joe Mills
Author: Donald Bain
Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
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Called Out

2 ratings

Summary

Too often we lean into the wrong things and burn out. We buy society's lie that our worth is our work, our value is our vocation, our calling is our career. Confusing what we do with who we are wreaks havoc on our bodies, our souls, and our relationships.  Called Out is a deeply personal book from Paula Faris, the beloved on-air reporter for ABC News and former co-host of The View. She shares her journey through conquering fears that nearly kept her from the high-profile, high-stakes world of broadcast journalism, and then the dangers when that world threatened to consume her. She burned out and faced public humiliation, physical breakdowns, and family struggles. But along the way, she heard God gently calling her out of that dangerous place. As she struggled to find who she was outside of what she did, she discovered her true purpose and true calling. Today, she is the host of ABC's popular podcast Journeys of Faith.  Written with passion and conviction, this book reflects on what it truly means to be called, how to move past the fear holding you back, and how to walk in God's path for you. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Paula Faris (P)2020 Baker Publishing Group

Narrator: Paula Faris
Author: Paula Faris
Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
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Whatever You Do, Don't Run

14 ratings

Summary

Whatever You Do, Don't Run is a hilarious collection of true tales from top ­safari guide Peter Allison. In a place where the wrong behavior could get you eaten, Allison has survived face-to-face encounters with big cats, angry ­elephants, and the world's most unpredictable animals: herds of untamed tourists and foolhardy guides whose outrageous antics sometimes make them even more dangerous than a pride of hungry lions! Join Allison as he faces down charging lions (twice); searches for a drunk, half-naked tourist who happens to be a member of the British royal family; drives a Land Rover full of tourists into a lagoon full of hippos; and adopts the most ­vicious animal in Africa as his "pet". Full of lively humor and a genuine love and respect for Botswana and its rich wildlife, Whatever You Do, Don't Run takes you to where the wild things are and introduces you to a place where every day is a new adventure!

©2007 Peter Allison (P)2012 Tantor

Narrator: Antony Ferguson
Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
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Summary of First Principles by Thomas E. Ricks

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Note to listeners: This is an unofficial summary and analysis of Thomas E. Rick’s, designed to enrich your listening experience.  It took more than a millennium before Europe’s centuries of learning and creativity produced the Renaissance, that golden era when human intellect shone a bright light that cast out the shadows of the Dark Ages. The pace was a little faster in the New World. Less than 200 years after the first English settlers set foot on the continent of North America, the United States had produced a Renaissance man, a man of humble beginnings who boldly left his mark in politics, science, education, philosophy, diplomacy, and innovation. That he was able to be so versatile is both a tribute to his natural intelligence and character and a testament to his homeland's inventiveness. All subsequent civilizations indeed build upon what went before. Still, Europe's legacy was so rigid that, to rise to a position of status, a man needed either his august lineage or wealthy and influential patrons.  There was no religious institute of education for Benjamin Franklin to provide him with learning; there was no vast store of wealth to bankroll him. He was, in fact, deliberately and enthusiastically, a member of the middle class, a man who had pulled himself up by his bootstraps and then figured out a way, metaphorically, to make a better bootstrap. He was thrifty, patriotic, intelligent, and virtuous; he had a common-law wife, an illegitimate son, and a reputation as a flirt among the ladies of France, who adored him when he was well past the age for such dalliances. He was a pragmatist, a writer, a statesman, a scientist, an inventor, a philanthropist, a citizen; Benjamin Franklin was so many things that it took 84 years for him to bring them all to fruition.  Benjamin Franklin, an American, is a legend. He is also endearingly, unmistakably human. Meet the man who was his nation’s first celebrity and discover how Franklin, who has been called “The First American", remains a fascinating man whose personality has not been dimmed by the passage of time. View him in his ordinary, 18th-century garb and posture, but don’t be fooled: Benjamin Franklin is part of every American entrepreneur, innovator, and crusader who has ever lived because his virtues came not from his time, but from the timelessness of his talents and the boundless rejuvenation of his native soil.

©2021 Genius (P)2021 Reads

Narrator: Grace Bjarnson
Author: Genius Reads
Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
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Go Ask Ali

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New York Times best-selling author Ali Wentworth offers her hilarious and unique advice on surviving the absurdity of modern life in her third collection of laugh-out-loud comic vignettes.  Ali Wentworth's first two books, Ali in Wonderland and Happily Ali After, were lauded by listeners, critics, and fellow comedians alike. Entertainment Weekly included Happily Ali After on its "Must List" and hailed it as "hilarious.... Her glass isn't half full - it's empty and cracked", while Cosmopolitan praised it as "razor-sharp." Chelsea Handler called Ali in Wonderland "truly hilarious", and Kathy Griffin christened it "Chicken Soup for the Vagina." Alec Baldwin has described Ali as "funny and warm and crazy all at once. Like Barbara Eden. But on something. Like crystal meth", and Jerry Seinfeld has raved, "Everything that comes out of Ali Wentworth's mouth is funny!"  At once endearing and hilarious, thoughtful and far-fetched, this third collection offers Ali at her wisest and wittiest as she delivers tips, pointers, and quips on a host of life's conundrums and sticky situations, including the funny, sometimes embarrassing yet unforgettable situations that have shaped her inimitable world view as a wife, mother, actress, comedian, and all around bon vivant. Thoroughly entertaining, Go Ask Ali is packed with thoughts and musings from "the girlfriend you want to have a glass of wine with, the one who makes you laugh because she sees the funny and the absurd in everything" (Huffington Post). 

©2018 Trout the Dog Productions (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Ali Wentworth
Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
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The Secrets of the Notebook

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Eve was just eight years old when, as a Jewish girl in a Berlin school, the rumblings of the Nazis' rise to power began to threaten everything she knew. Fortunately, her parents managed to get the family out of Germany and start a new life in London. The horrors of war were just a part of the past - until the day when Eve inherited a treasured family notebook that hid an amazing secret.

©2009 Eve Haas (P)2009 Oakhill Publishing Ltd

Narrator: Jilly Bond
Author: Eve Haas
Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
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Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin: Two Predator Leaders. The Biography Collection

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Adolf Hitler was a German politician, demagogue, and Pan-German revolutionary, who was the leader of the Nazi Party, chancellor of Germany, and führer of Nazi Germany. As dictator, Hitler initiated World War II in Europe with the invasion of Poland and was central to the Holocaust.  Hitler gained popular support by attacking the Treaty of Versailles and promoting Pan-Germanism, anti-Semitism, and anti-communism with charismatic oratory and Nazi propaganda. He frequently denounced international capitalism and communism as being part of a Jewish conspiracy. Inside, you’ll learn about: Adolf’s paternal and maternal roots A troubled childhood Joined the forces of World War I Chancellor Hitler Night of the long knives Fuhrer Hitler World War II and full effect The end is nigh And much more! Initially presiding over an oligarchic one-party regime that governed by plurality, Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili became the de facto dictator of the Soviet Union. Joseph Stalin raised funds for Vladimir Lenin's Bolshevik faction via robberies, kidnappings, and protection rackets. Repeatedly arrested, he underwent several internal exiles. To eradicate those regarded as "enemies of the working class", Stalin instituted the "Great Purge" in which over a million were imprisoned and at least 700,000 were executed from 1934 to 1939. In 1939, Stalin's government signed a non-aggression pact with Nazi Germany. Germany ended the pact by invading the Soviet Union in 1941. The Soviet Red Army halted the German incursion and captured Berlin in 1945, ending World War II in Europe. Inside, you’ll learn about: From Georgia with rage Winds of change begin to blow Warfare Purges The great terror The Great Patriotic War Victory and aftermath Cold War All things must end And much more!

©2019 The History Hour (P)2019 The History Hour

Length: 3 hrs
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Martin Van Buren: The Definitive Biography

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Martin Van Buren was the eighth president of the United States.

He was the first US citizen to become president. He was also a capable politician, a shrewd negotiator, and the first politician to create an administrative infrastructure to support his election campaigns. He served as governor of New York and vice president in the Andrew Jackson administration, before he easily won the presidential election of 1836. Yet Martin Van Buren has been almost completely forgotten by history.

Why is that? Van Buren was no less able than many of his contemporaries, yet they are remembered, while he is not. Perhaps it was because he lacked the flamboyant personality of many early US politicians? Perhaps it was because the little magician liked to work his magic behind the scenes, rather than in the glare of publicity? Perhaps it is simply that he is considered a "failed" president because he was unable to deal with the financial crisis which engulfed America during his presidency?

This audiobook looks at the life and work of one of the least known and appreciated presidents of the United States. It also highlights some intriguing facts about Van Buren’s life, including the surprising omissions in his autobiography, his part in the scandalous Petticoat Affair, and the little-known link between President Van Buren and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow".

Rediscover America’s forgotten president in this book, which covers:

Early life in New York State

Entry into state politics

National politics and the emergence of the sly fox

Presidency and the financial crisis

Later life

Legacy

©2019 Innovating History (P)2019 Innovating History

Length: 1 hr and 1 min
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Howard Gardner and David Brooks

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Selected by Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines as one of the 100 most influential public intellectuals in the world, Howard Gardner is the author of 25 books including, most recently, Truth, Beauty and Goodness Reframed: Educating for the Virtues in the 21st Century. He sits down with David Brooks, Op-Ed Columnist for the New York Times, for an in-depth discussion of his most recent work.

©2010 92nd Street Y (P)2011 92nd Street Y

Narrator: David Brooks
Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
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The Longest Trip Home

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Finding your place in the world can be the longest trip home... In the highly anticipated follow-up to Marley & Me, John Grogan again works his magic, bringing us the story of what came first. Before there was Marley, there was a gleefully mischievous boy growing up in a devout Catholic home outside Detroit in the 1960s and '70s. Despite his loving parents' best efforts, John's attempts to meet their expectations failed spectacularly. Whether it was his disastrous first confession, the purloined swigs of sacramental wine, or the fumbled attempts to sneak contraband past his father, John was figuring out that the faith and fervor that came so effortlessly to his parents somehow had eluded him. And then one day, a strong-willed young woman named Jenny walked into his life. As their love grew, John began the painful, funny, and poignant journey into adulthood, away from his parents' orbit and into a life of his own. It would take a fateful call and the onset of illness to lead him on the final leg of his journey, the trip home again. With his trademark blend of humor and pathos that made Marley & Me beloved by millions, John Grogan traces the universal journey each of us must take to find our unique place in the world. Filled with revelation and laugh-out-loud humor, The Longest Trip Home will capture your heart, but mostly it will make you want to reach out to those you love most.

©2008 John Grogan (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: John Grogan
Author: John Grogan
Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
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Deputy

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True street cop stories from retired LA Sheriff Sergeant Cliff Yates. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to patrol the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood? Or to work South-Central Los Angeles during the gang wars of the 1980s?  Ride along with Cliff Yates, a real deputy who worked the streets from upstate New York to Los Angeles.  Cliff worked for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for 30 years. There is the television show Deputy, and there is the real thing. There are shootings, chases, and laughter is these true stories by a real cop.

©2019, 2020 Cliff Yates and Associates Inc. (P)2020 Cliff Yates

Narrator: Cliff Yates
Author: Cliff Yates
Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
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Atal Bihari Vajpayee

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From being one of the earliest members of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, Vajpayee blossomed into a leading opposition MP by the late 1960s and went on to become External Affairs Minister in the short-lived Janata government and, finally in 1999, to head the first non-Congress government to complete a full term in office. That it was a coalition government made the feat all the more remarkable and testifies to the fact that though wedded to a right-wing political ideology, Vajpayee did not believe in the politics of exclusion. A protégé of Jana Sangh stalwarts like Syama Prasad Mukherjee and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, Vajpayee won the admiration of Jawaharlal Nehru, was consulted by his daughter Indira Gandhi - whom he never lacked the courage to criticize - and was befriended by fiery trade unionist George Fernandes even before they became political allies. He thus displayed an unusual ability to carry along all shades of political opinion - an ability that came to the fore when he headed the National Democratic Alliance government between 1999 and 2004. And behind this public persona was an unusual personal life, conducted with such dignity as to remain free of innuendo. In this book journalist Kingshuk Nag traces the political journey of this tall parliamentarian of over four decades, who was conferred the Bharat Ratna in December 2014. Atal Bihari Vajpayee: A Man for All Seasons is a definitive account of the life and times of one of India's most illustrious non-Congress leaders.

©2016 Kingshuk Nag (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

Author: Kingshuk Nag
Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
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My FAB Years

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My FAB Years is a definitive 'behind the scenes history' of the great British sci-fi television and films of the late '50s, '60s, and '70s - shows like Supercar, Fireball XL5, Stingray, Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, and Joe 90, all featuring the cast of puppet characters brought to life in 'Supermarionation' - the brain child of the Gerry & Sylvia Anderson winning team. The new audio version of Sylvia’s best-selling book is written and read by her, giving a personal touch to her very personal story.

©2009 Whiteroom Music Ltd (P)2010 Whiteroom Music Ltd

Narrator: Sylvia Anderson
Length: 3 hrs and 38 mins
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The Art of Rivalry

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Rivalry is at the heart of some of the most famous and fruitful relationships in history. The Art of Rivalry follows eight celebrated artists, each linked to a counterpart by friendship, admiration, envy, and ambition. All eight are household names today. But to achieve what they did, each needed the influence of a contemporary - one who was equally ambitious but who possessed sharply contrasting strengths and weaknesses. Edouard Manet and Edgar Degas were close associates whose personal bond frayed after Degas painted a portrait of Manet and his wife. Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso swapped paintings, ideas, and influences as they jostled for the support of collectors like Leo and Gertrude Stein and vied for the leadership of a new avant-garde. Jackson Pollock's uninhibited style of "action painting" triggered a breakthrough in the work of his older rival, Willem de Kooning. Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon met in the early 1950s, when Bacon was being hailed as Britain's most exciting new painter and Freud was working in relative obscurity. Their intense but asymmetrical friendship came to a head when Freud painted a portrait of Bacon, which was later stolen.

©2016 Sebastian Smee (P)2016 Tantor

Narrator: Bob Souer
Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
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The Underachieving Ovary

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Will there be light at the end of the birth canal?

Does the word endometriosis make you want to stick a fork in your eye? No?

Then perhaps this book isn't for you. It's funny, and (sometimes alarmingly) frank. It contains an impressive array of synonyms for vagina and it's certainly NSFW.

It's about having a devil womb and a hot knife lodged in a shoulder. It's about becoming blackly bitter and twisted in infertility, and then slowly finding a way to untwist.

It's part memoir, part dark comedy, wrapped up loosely as a journal full of TMI and quirk.

Let me put it this way: If Helen Fielding and Marian Keyes were to go through IVF, and use Caitlin Moran as a surrogate, this book would be their baby.

The Underachieving Ovary is an honest and satisfying must-hear for anyone battling endometriosis or infertility. Start listening to it today.

©2016 Janita Lawrence (P)2018 Janita Lawrence

Author: JT Lawrence
Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
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The Problems of Philosophy by Bertrand Russell

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Bertrand Russell is, without a doubt, one of the most prominent and influential figures in philosophy in the 20th century. His work was a significant influence on minds such as Albert Einstein, Isaac Asimov, and Noam Chomsky. With The Problems of Philosophy, he brings a complicated subject into easy reach. Russell uses this work to highlight the main philosophical subjects examined through the course of history. The Problems of Philosophy reviews the ideas of notable philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Hume, Locke, Kant, and Hegel, while keeping to language anyone can grasp. True genius can explain a complex subject in simple terms, and Russell expresses his genius well in this small but comprehensive text. The Problems of Philosophy outlines philosophical inquiry in a way that opens it to the novice, while providing a valuable review for those well versed in the subject. A summary precedes the narration of the full text, giving a biography of the author and background information on the work. Also included are an overview, synopsis, and analysis. The summary is concluded with an examination of the historical context, criticisms, and social impact of Russell's work. This work is a must-hear for those interested in the field of philosophy, and an excellent introduction for the general listeners.

©2017 AudioLearn (P)2017 AudioLearn

Narrator: Bob Rundell
Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
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The Predatory Lies of Anorexia

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"I want you to like me, to think I am the most beautiful, the smartest, the thinnest...." With these words, Abby Kelly encapsulates the overwhelming struggle of her 15-year bout with anorexia. Beginning in her teenage years when the predatory lies of the disease took root in her psyche as she felt pressured from family and peers for not being "enough", Abby lays bare the reality of anorexia. In her quest for a greater sense of personal power, she concludes, "I'll be 'more', but it will be on my terms." Her reasoning is a classic example as to why and how eating disorders dig in and persist as long as they do. From this new self-awareness to make change, she targets her body as the agent to show others that she is disciplined and focused. She sets out to restrict her food intake and adheres to an extreme schedule of exercise. While others close to Abby see a person who is dangerously thin, Abby, in fact, derives a sense of personal achievement from her weight loss. In this spellbinding account, Abby exposes the battles, defeats, and ultimate triumph-taking the listener on a poignant odyssey from onset to recovery, including how she fooled the many who tried to help her - from dietitians to therapists, from one inpatient treatment center after another, and reveals not o