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What Tech Calls Thinking

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A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice "In Daub’s hands the founding concepts of Silicon Valley don’t make money; they fall apart." (The New York Times Book Review) From FSGO x Logic: a Stanford professor's spirited dismantling of Silicon Valley's intellectual origins Adrian Daub’s What Tech Calls Thinking is a lively dismantling of the ideas that form the intellectual bedrock of Silicon Valley. Equally important to Silicon Valley’s world-altering innovation are the language and ideas it uses to explain and justify itself. And often, those fancy new ideas are simply old motifs playing dress-up in a hoodie. From the myth of dropping out to the war cry of “disruption”, Daub locates the Valley’s supposedly original, radical thinking in the ideas of Heidegger and Ayn Rand, the New Age Esalen Foundation in Big Sur, and American traditions from the tent revival to predestination. Written with verve and imagination, What Tech Calls Thinking is an intellectual refutation of Silicon Valley's ethos, pulling back the curtain on the self-aggrandizing myths the Valley tells about itself. FSG Originals × Logic dissects the way technology functions in everyday lives. The titans of Silicon Valley, for all their utopian imaginings, never really had our best interests at heart: Recent threats to democracy, truth, privacy, and safety, as a result of tech’s reckless pursuit of progress, have shown as much. We present an alternate story, one that delights in capturing technology in all its contradictions and innovation, across borders and socioeconomic divisions, from history through the future, beyond platitudes and PR hype, and past doom and gloom. Our collaboration features four brief but provocative forays into the tech industry’s many worlds, and aspires to incite fresh conversations about technology focused on nuanced and accessible explorations of the emerging tools that reorganize and redefine life today.

©2020 Adrian Daub (P)2021 Random House Audio

Narrator: Andrew Eiden
Author: Adrian Daub
Length: 3 hrs and 58 mins
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Block by Block

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At the heart of many fields - physics, chemistry, engineering - lies thermodynamics. While this science plays a critical role in determining the boundary between what is and is not possible in the natural world, it occurs to many as an indecipherable black box, thus making the subject a challenge to learn. Two obstacles contribute to this situation, the first being the disconnect between the fundamental theories and the underlying physics and the second being the confusing concepts and terminologies involved with the theories. While one needn't confront either of these two obstacles to successfully use thermodynamics to solve real problems, overcoming both provides access to a greater intuitive sense of the problems and more confidence, more strength, and more creativity in solving them. Block by Block offers an original perspective on thermodynamic science and history based on the three approaches of a practicing engineer, academician, and historian. The book synthesizes and gathers into one accessible volume a strategic range of foundational topics involving the atomic theory, energy, entropy, and the laws of thermodynamics.

©2020 Robert T. Hanlon (P)2020 Tantor

Narrator: Paul Heitsch
Length: 33 hrs and 47 mins
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Social Engineering

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The first guide to reveal and dissect the technical aspect of many social engineering maneuvers.... From elicitation, pretexting, influence, and manipulation, all aspects of social engineering are picked apart, discussed, and explained by using real-world examples, personal experience, and the science and technology behind them to unraveled the mystery in social engineering.  Kevin Mitnick - one of the most famous social engineers in the world - popularized the term social engineering. He explained that it is much easier to trick someone into revealing a password for a system than to exert the effort of hacking into the system. Mitnick claims that this social engineering tactic was the single-most effective method in his arsenal. This indispensable audiobook examines a variety of maneuvers that are aimed at deceiving unsuspecting victims, while it also addresses ways to prevent social engineering threats.  This audiobook: Examines social engineering and the science and technology of influencing a target to perform a desired task or divulge information;  Arms you with invaluable information about the many methods of trickery that hackers use in order to gather information with the intent of executing identity theft, fraud, or gaining computer system access;  Reveals vital steps for preventing social engineering threats.  Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking does its part to prepare you against nefarious hackers. Now you can do your part by putting to good use the critical information this audiobook provides.  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2011 Christopher Hadnagy (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: A. T. Chandler
Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
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The Internet of Money

29 ratings

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The Internet of Money by Andreas M. Antonopoulos contains 11 of his most inspiring and thought-provoking talks, including: Introduction to Bitcoin; Blockchain vs Bullshit; Fake News, Fake Money; Currency Wars; Bubble Boy and the Sewer Rat; Rocket Science and Ethereum's Killer App; and many more!

©2017 Merkle Bloom LLC (P)2017 Merkle Bloom LLC

Length: 4 hrs and 16 mins
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The Glass Cage

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At once a celebration of technology and a warning about its misuse, The Glass Cage will change the way you think about the tools you use every day. In The Glass Cage, bestselling author Nicholas Carr digs behind the headlines about factory robots and self-driving cars, wearable computers and digitized medicine, as he explores the hidden costs of granting software dominion over our work and our leisure. Even as they bring ease to our lives, these programs are stealing something essential from us. Drawing on psychological and neurological studies that underscore how tightly people’s happiness and satisfaction are tied to performing hard work in the real world, Carr reveals something we already suspect: shifting our attention to computer screens can leave us disengaged and discontented. From nineteenth-century textile mills to the cockpits of modern jets, from the frozen hunting grounds of Inuit tribes to the sterile landscapes of GPS maps, The Glass Cage explores the impact of automation from a deeply human perspective, examining the personal as well as the economic consequences of our growing dependence on computers. With a characteristic blend of history and philosophy, poetry and science, Carr takes us on a journey from the work and early theory of Adam Smith and Alfred North Whitehead to the latest research into human attention, memory, and happiness, culminating in a moving meditation on how we can use technology to expand the human experience.

©2014 Nicholas Carr (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

Narrator: Jeff Cummings
Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
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How Digital Technology Shapes Us

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Most adults are concerned that children have much too much technology in their lives these days and are spending way too much time on screens. But as Professor Indre Viskontas points out in How Digital Technology Shapes Us, we are not the first to worry that new technology will harm our children and future generations. At least since the beginning of recorded history, we have been underestimating the capacity of the human brain to adapt to and take advantage of emerging technologies. In this course, Professor Viskontas shares some of the most exciting research into this relatively new topic, providing a scientific approach to judging the true pros and cons of our interaction with technology in the digital age.  Many of us believe we are adjusting well to this new digital technology with its constant demands on our time and attention by increasing our multitasking. But multitasking cannot save us because our brain is not capable of true multitasking. What we experience as multitasking is actually our brain flitting back and forth from this task to the next to the next to the next. That we can do, but in the process, we could be losing the ability - and opportunity - to perform deep work, the opportunity for deep reading, and the empathy that builds up when we think deeply about people who are different from us, to truly expand the tribe rather than reinforce tribalism.  The good news is that just recognizing the significance of deep work and deep reading, we can make it a priority and arrange some time to focus on just that without distractions. If we do, those pathways that lead to deeper cognition can become reinforced. We can also help our children focus on the positives of digital media, empowering them to connect with others to find purpose, motivation, and support. We can spend time with them to encourage them to find opportunities for deep reading and deep work in age-appropriate ways.  Digital technology definitely shapes us. But once we learn how it does so, we can make good decisions for our ourselves and our children. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2020 The Great Courses (P)2020 The Teaching Company, LLC

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You Are Not a Gadget

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Jaron Lanier, a Silicon Valley visionary since the 1980s, was among the first to predict the revolutionary changes the World Wide Web would bring to commerce and culture. Now, in his first book, written more than two decades after the web was created, Lanier offers this provocative and cautionary look at the way it is transforming our lives for better and for worse. The current design and function of the web have become so familiar that it is easy to forget that they grew out of programming decisions made decades ago. The web’s first designers made crucial choices (such as making one’s presence anonymous) that have had enormous - and often unintended - consequences. What’s more, these designs quickly became “locked in”, a permanent part of the web’s very structure. Lanier discusses the technical and cultural problems that can grow out of poorly considered digital design and warns that our financial markets and sites like Wikipedia, Facebook, and Twitter are elevating the “wisdom” of mobs and computer algorithms over the intelligence and judgment of individuals. Lanier also shows: How 1960s antigovernment paranoia influenced the design of the online world and enabled trolling and trivialization in online discourse How file sharing is killing the artistic middle class How a belief in a technological “rapture” motivates some of the most influential technologists Why a new humanistic technology is necessary. Controversial and fascinating, You Are Not a Gadget is a deeply felt defense of the individual from an author uniquely qualified to comment on the way technology interacts with our culture. 

©2010 Jaron Lanier (P)2010 Random House

Narrator: Rob Shapiro
Author: Jaron Lanier
Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
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The Alchemy of Us

9 ratings

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In The Alchemy of Us, scientist and science writer Ainissa Ramirez examines eight inventions - clocks, steel rails, copper communication cables, photographic film, light bulbs, hard disks, scientific labware, and silicon chips - and reveals how they shaped the human experience. Ramirez tells the stories of the woman who sold time, the inventor who inspired Edison, and the hotheaded undertaker whose invention pointed the way to the computer. She describes, among other things, how our pursuit of precision in timepieces changed how we sleep; how the railroad helped commercialize Christmas; and how a young chemist exposed the use of Polaroid's cameras to create passbooks to track black citizens in apartheid South Africa. Ramirez shows not only how materials were shaped by inventors but also how those materials shaped culture, chronicling each invention and its consequences - intended and unintended. Filling in the gaps left by other books about technology, Ramirez showcases little-known inventors who had a significant impact but whose accomplishments have been hidden by mythmaking, bias, and convention. Doing so, she shows us the power of telling inclusive stories about technology. She also shows that innovation is universal - whether it's splicing beats with two turntables and a microphone or splicing genes with two test tubes and CRISPR.

©2020 Ainissa Ramirez (P)2020 Gildan Media

Narrator: Allyson Johnson
Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
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Summary, Analysis, and Review of Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler's The Future Is Faster Than You Think: How Converging Technologies Are Transforming Business, Industries, and Our Lives

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PLEASE NOTE: This is a summary, analysis, and review of the book and not the original book. In The Future Is Faster Than You Think, authors Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler explore how the convergence of different technologies will revolutionize the way we eat, work, play, and live. What does this Start Publishing Notes' summary, analysis, and review include? Summary of the original book Easily digestible takeaways distilling the main ideas The key forces that are merging to amplify and accelerate the advancement of tech The ways technologies are converging to revolutionize business and life Editorial review and analysis Background on Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler About the original book: We know that technology is advancing faster every day. But what we don’t realize is the amazing opportunities that open up when two or more technologies are combined. This is the underlying argument that Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler make in The Future is Faster Than You Think. The two tech entrepreneurs paint a clear picture of what the world will look like when AI, quantum computing, 3-D printing, virtual reality, and even biotechnology converge and support each another. There is no field of humanity that won’t be untouched, whether its food production, education, real estate, health care, and even advertising. Anyone who wants to know what the next decade will look like will find this work an invaluable resource. DISCLAIMER: This audiobook is intended as a companion to, not a replacement for, The Future Is Faster Than You Think. Start Publishing Notes is wholly responsible for this content and is not associated with the original author in any way.

©2020 Start Publishing Notes LLC (P)2020 Start Publishing Notes LLC

Narrator: Michael Gilboe
Length: 37 mins
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How to Invent Everything

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An NPR Best Book of 2018 "How to Invent Everything is such a cool book. It's essential reading for anyone who needs to duplicate an industrial civilization quickly." (Randall Munroe, xkcd creator and New York Times best-selling author of What If?) The only book you need if you're going back in time What would you do if a time machine hurled you thousands of years into the past...and then broke? How would you survive? Could you improve on humanity's original timeline? And how hard would it be to domesticate a giant wombat? With this book as your guide, you'll survive - and thrive - in any period in Earth's history. Best-selling author and time-travel enthusiast Ryan North tells you how to invent all the modern conveniences we take for granted - from first principles. This manual contains all the science, engineering, art, philosophy, facts, and figures required for even the most clueless time traveler to build a civilization from the ground up. Deeply researched, irreverent, and significantly more fun than being eaten by a saber-toothed tiger, How to Invent Everything will make you smarter, more competent, and completely prepared to become the most important and influential person ever. You're about to make history....better.

©2018 Ryan North (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Ryan North
Author: Ryan North
Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
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Blockchain Chicken Farm

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From FSGO x Logic: stories about rural China, food, and tech that reveal new truths about the globalized world In Blockchain Chicken Farm, the technologist and writer Xiaowei Wang explores the political and social entanglements of technology in rural China. Their discoveries force them to challenge the standard idea that rural culture and people are backward, conservative, and intolerant. Instead, they find that rural China has not only adapted to rapid globalization but has actually innovated the technology we all use today. From pork farmers using AI to produce the perfect pig, to disruptive luxury counterfeits and the political intersections of e-commerce villages, Wang unravels the ties between globalization, technology, agriculture, and commerce in unprecedented fashion. Accompanied by humorous "Sinofuturist" recipes that frame meals as they transform under new technology, Blockchain Chicken Farm is an original and probing look into innovation, connectivity, and collaboration in the digitized rural world. FSG Originals × Logic dissects the way technology functions in everyday lives. The titans of Silicon Valley, for all their utopian imaginings, never really had our best interests at heart: Recent threats to democracy, truth, privacy, and safety, as a result of tech's reckless pursuit of progress, have shown as much. We present an alternate story, one that delights in capturing technology in all its contradictions and innovation, across borders and socioeconomic divisions, from history through the future, beyond platitudes and PR hype, and past doom and gloom. Our collaboration features four brief but provocative forays into the tech industry's many worlds, and aspires to incite fresh conversations about technology focused on nuanced and accessible explorations of the emerging tools that reorganize and redefine life today.

©2020 Xiaowei Wang (P)2021 Random House Audio

Narrator: Greta Jung
Author: Xiaowei Wang
Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
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And Then There's This

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An entertaining and eye-opening look into the new frontier of idea making - breaking news, fresh gossip, tiny scandals, trumped up crises - every day we are distracted by a culture that rings our doorbell and then runs away. Stories spread wildly and die out in mere days, quickly replaced by more stories with ever shorter shelflives. How we participate in these stories has changed, too. No longer do we sit on the sidelines waiting for monolithic media giants to tell us what's happening. Anyone on a computer in his or her local Starbucks can spread a story almost as easily as The New York Times, CNN, or People - in fact blogs are now often the source for journalists working in big media. And Then There's This is Bill Wasik's journey along the unexplored frontier of our churning and rambunctious viral culture. Covering this world - watching new bands promote themselves at South by Southwest; reporting on a website contest while secretly entering it; and creating a site that aggregates all blog smears against the presidential primary candidates - he ends up conducting six experiments himself. He doesn't always get the results he expected, but along the way he meets a cast of characters who are capable of getting their information into our brains - and they're not who you think. And Then There's This reveals how our culture is now created from the ground up. Wasik proves that any one of us can cause a small ripple that can turn into a tsunami. Anyone involved in journalism, business, or information technology - and those who want to be - must read this book. And for the rest, Wasik's tour is great, eye-opening fun.

©2009 Bill Wasik (P)2009 Penguin

Narrator: Bill Wasik
Author: Bill Wasik
Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
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Internet of Things

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If you want to learn about the internet of things, then pay attention.... You were just woken up in the middle of the night by smart light bulbs in your house blasting at full power for no reason. Your bleary-eyed investigation shows they tried to download a firmware update and failed. At that moment, Alexa starts quietly whispering sweet nonsense to herself in the corner and Roomba starts slamming into the nearest wall. What do you do? Is your house haunted or have the machines finally started an uprising? Neither - it’s just another day in the IoT wonderland. This book reveals the concepts and methods powering perhaps the most ambitious technological concept of the 21st century - the Internet of Things (IoT) - and parades all the ridiculously named gadgets techies imagined to saturate the market before the competition. Mystical, cheap, and scalable, the idea of IoT attracts creative grifters of all shapes and sizes to try their luck in pushing yet another completely unnecessary gadget to the market in hopes of fleecing gullible buyers. Some of the topics you’ll find in the audiobook are: Origins of IoT IoT security Ethical hacking Internet of things Under the cushy foot of tech giants The power of infinite funds IoT toys Bio-robotics Predictive analytics Machine learning Artificial intelligence Cybersecurity Big data Business intelligence Augmented reality Virtual reality Our future And much, much more

©2019 Neil Wilkins (P)2019 Neil Wilkins

Narrator: Brian R. Scott
Author: Neil Wilkins
Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins
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Artificial Intelligence

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Are you confused about what all the rage behind artificial intelligence is and would like to learn more? This audiobook covers everything from machine learning to robotics and the internet of things. You can use it as a nifty guidebook whenever you come across news headlines that talk about some new advancement in AI by Google or Facebook. By the time you finish listening, you will be aware of what artificial neural networks are, how gradient descent and back propagation work, and what deep learning is. You will also learn a comprehensive history of AI, from the first invention of automations in antiquity to the driverless cars of today. Here’s just a tiny fraction of what you’ll discover: Understand how machines can “think” and how they learn Learn the five reasons why experts are warning us about AI research Find the answers to the top six myths of artificial intelligence Learn what neural networks are and how they work, the “brains” of machine learning Understand reinforcement learning and how it is used to teach machine learning systems through experience Become up-to-date with the current state-of-the-art artificial intelligence methods that use deep learning Learn the basics of recommender systems Expand your current view of machines and what is possible with modern robotics Enter the vast world of the internet of things technologies Find out why AI is the new business degree And much, much more!

©2019 Neil Wilkins (P)2019 Neil Wilkins

Narrator: Brian R. Scott
Author: Neil Wilkins
Length: 3 hrs and 24 mins
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Plastic

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Plastic built the modern world. Where would we be without bike helmets, baggies, toothbrushes, and pacemakers? But a century into our love affair with plastic, we're starting to realize it's not such a healthy relationship. Plastics draw dwindling fossil fuels, leach harmful chemicals, litter landscapes, and destroy marine life. As journalist Susan Freinkel points out in this engaging and eye-opening book, we're nearing a crisis point. We're drowning in the stuff, and we need to start making some hard choices. Freinkel gives us the tools we need with a blend of lively anecdotes and analysis. She combs through scientific studies and economic data, reporting from China and across the United States to assess the real impact of plastic on our lives. She tells her story through eight familiar plastic objects: comb, chair, Frisbee, IV bag, disposable lighter, grocery bag, soda bottle, and credit card. Her conclusion: we cannot stay on our plastic-paved path. Plastic points the way toward a new creative partnership with the material we love to hate but can't seem to live without.

©2011 Susan Freinkel (P)2011 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Narrator: Pam Ward
Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
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The Ethical Algorithm

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Over the course of a generation, algorithms have gone from mathematical abstractions to powerful mediators of daily life. Algorithms have made our lives more efficient, more entertaining, and, sometimes, better informed. At the same time, complex algorithms are increasingly violating the basic rights of individual citizens. Allegedly anonymized datasets routinely leak our most sensitive personal information; statistical models for everything from mortgages to college admissions reflect racial and gender bias. Meanwhile, users manipulate algorithms to "game" search engines, spam filters, online reviewing services, and navigation apps.   Understanding and improving the science behind the algorithms that run our lives is rapidly becoming one of the most pressing issues of this century. Traditional fixes, such as laws, regulations, and watchdog groups, have proven woefully inadequate. Reporting from the cutting edge of scientific research, The Ethical Algorithm offers a new approach: a set of principled solutions based on the emerging and exciting science of socially aware algorithm design. Michael Kearns and Aaron Roth explain how we can better embed human principles into machine code - without halting the advance of data-driven scientific exploration.  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2020 Michael Kearns and Aaron Roth (P)2020 Tantor

Narrator: Teri Schnaubelt
Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
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My Personal Facebook Wall: 2011-2014

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A comprehensive treatment of all the important points about all of Facebook would require a multivolume specialized encyclopedia of thousands of hours of content. That is not happening here. To bring the focus back to my little audiobook about my small corner of Facebook: I start the audiobook with my wall posts of July 12, 2014 and travel back in time to March 11, 2014. I did not include any of my friends' responses to any of my posts, to respect their privacy. In this short audiobook, I have included poetry I have written, memes covered by fair-use copyright laws, and my own personal captions on my own posts, whenever I felt they added color. I do not always date posts in this audiobook, as I don't always date women who express an interest in me. All's fair in love and Facebook, my friends. To be completely transparent, my subtitle, "Sex, Lies, and My Crazy Life in New York City" is based on keywords to generate listeners. Psaw! I want you to know gentlemen still exist. I am a gentleman, and a gentleman never kisses and tells in an audiobook.

©2014 William Jiang (P)2015 William Jiang

Narrator: Tyler Cochran
Length: 21 mins
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Tech Trends in Practice

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How will the latest technologies transform your business? Tech Trends in Practice will give you the knowledge of today's most important technology trends and how to take full advantage of them to grow your business. The book presents 25 real-world technology trends along with their potential contributions to organizational success. You'll learn how to integrate existing advancements and plan for those that are on the way. In this book, best-selling author, strategic business advisor, and respected futurist Bernard Marr explains the role of technology in providing innovative businesses solutions for companies of varying sizes and across different industries. He covers wide-ranging trends and provides an overview of how companies are using these new and emerging technologies in practice. You, too, can prepare your company for the potential and power of trending technology by examining these and other areas of innovation described in Tech Trends in Practice: artificial intelligence, including machine and deep learning; the internet of things and the rise of smart devices; self-driving cars and autonomous drones; 3D printing and additive manufacturing; blockchain technology; genomics and gene editing; and augmented, virtual, and mixed reality.

©2020 Bernard Marr (P)2021 Gildan Media

Narrator: Rich Miller
Author: Bernard Marr
Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
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Los innovadores: Los genios que inventaron el futuro [The Innovators: The Geniuses Who Invented the Future]

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En una era que busca fomentar la innovación, la creatividad y el trabajo en equipo, Los innovadores es la obra que mejor muestra cómo se producen. Tras su extraordinaria biografía de Steve Jobs, el nuevo libro de Walter Isaacson cuenta la fascinante historia de las personas que inventaron el ordenador e internet; Los innovadores está destinado a convertirse en la historia definitiva de la revolución digital y en una guía indispensable para entender cómo sucede realmente la innovación. ¿Qué talentos y habilidades permitieron a algunos inventores y empresarios convertir sus ideas visionarias en realidades disruptivas? ¿De dónde vinieron esos saltos creativos? ¿Por qué algunos triunfaron y otros fracasaron? En esta magistral saga, Isaacson arranca con Ada Lovelace, la hija de lord Byron, una pionera de la programación informática en la década de 1840. Además, presenta a las extraordinarias personas que crearon la revolución digital que nos rodea, gente como Vannevar Bush, Alan Turing, John von Neumann, J.C.R. Licklider, Doug Engelbart, Robert Noyce, Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, Tim Berners-Lee o Larry Page. Esta es la historia de cómo funcionan sus cerebros y por qué han sido tan inventivos, pero también de cómo su capacidad para colaborar y dominar el arte del trabajo en equipo les hizo aún más creativos. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2014 Walter Isaacson (P)2016 Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, S.A.U.

Narrator: Edson Matus
Length: 19 hrs and 15 mins
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Power Trip

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A global tour of energy - the builder of human civilization and also its greatest threat. Energy is humanity's single most important resource. In fact, as energy expert Michael E. Webber argues in Power Trip, the story of how societies rise can be told largely as the story of how they manage energy sources through time. In 2019, as we face down growing demand for and accumulating environmental impacts from energy, we are at a crossroads and the stakes are high. But history shows us that energy's great value is that it allows societies to reinvent themselves. Power Trip explores how energy has transformed societies of the past and offers wisdom for today's looming energy crisis. There is no magic bullet; energy advances always come with costs. Scientific innovation needs public support. Energy initiatives need to be tailored to individual societies. We must look for long-term solutions. Our current energy crisis is real, but it is solvable. We have the power.

©2019 Michael E. Webber (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Narrator: L. J. Ganser
Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
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Circuit Engineering & Human-Computer Interaction

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Is circuit engineering what you want to learn? Always wondered how one becomes an electrical engineer? Do semi-conductors and circuit boards interest you? Purchase Circuit Engineering to discover everything you need to know about basic electronics. Step by step to increase your electrical skills. Learn the anatomy of a circuit. All your basic knowledge in one purchase!

©2016 Solis Tech (P)2016 Solis Tech

Author: Solis Tech
Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
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Cult of the Dead Cow

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The shocking untold story of the elite secret society of hackers fighting to protect our privacy, our freedom - even democracy itself... Cult of the Dead Cow is the tale of the oldest, most respected, and most famous American hacking group of all time. Though until now it has remained mostly anonymous, its members invented the concept of hacktivism, released the top tool for testing password security, and created what was for years the best technique for controlling computers from afar, forcing giant companies to work harder to protect customers. They contributed to the development of Tor, the most important privacy tool on the net, and helped build cyberweapons that advanced US security without injuring anyone.  With its origins in the earliest days of the Internet, the cDc is full of oddball characters - activists, artists, even future politicians. Many of these hackers have become top executives and advisors walking the corridors of power in Washington and Silicon Valley. The most famous is former Texas Congressman and current presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke, whose time in the cDc set him up to found a tech business, launch an alternative publication in El Paso, and make long-shot bets on unconventional campaigns. Today, the group and its followers are battling electoral misinformation, making personal data safer, and battling to keep technology a force for good instead of for surveillance and oppression. Cult of the Dead Cow shows how governments, corporations, and criminals came to hold immense power over individuals and how we can fight back against them.

©2019 Joseph Menn (P)2019 PublicAffairs

Narrator: Jonathan Davis
Author: Joseph Menn
Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
Available on Audible
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Hello World

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Sie sind eines Verbrechens angeklagt. Wer soll über Ihr Schicksal entscheiden? Ein menschlicher Richter oder ein Computer-Algorithmus? Sie sind sich absolut sicher? Sie zögern womöglich? In beiden Fällen sollten Sie das Buch der jungen Mathematikerin und Moderatorin Hannah Fry lesen, das mit erfrischender Direktheit über Algorithmen aufklärt, indem es von Menschen handelt. Algorithmen prägen in wachsendem Ausmaß den Alltag von Konsum, Finanzen, Medizin, Polizei, Justiz, Demokratie und sogar Kunst. Sie sortieren die Welt für uns, eröffnen neue Optionen und nehmen uns Entscheidungen ab - schnell, effektiv, gründlich. Aber sie tun das, ohne zu fragen, und stellen uns vor neue Dilemmata. Vor allem jedoch: Wir neigen dazu, Algorithmen als eine Art Autorität zu betrachten. statt ihre Macht infrage zu stellen. Keine Dimension unserer Welt, in der sie nicht längst Einzug gehalten haben: Algorithmen, diese unscheinbaren Folgen von Anweisungen, die im Internet sowieso, aber auch in jedem Computerprogramm tätig sind, prägen in wachsendem, beängstigendem Ausmaß den Alltag von Konsum, Finanzen, Medizin, Polizei, Justiz, Demokratie und sogar Kunst. Sie sortieren die Welt für uns, eröffnen neue Optionen und nehmen uns Entscheidungen ab - schnell, effektiv, gründlich. Aber sie tun das häufig, ohne uns zu fragen, und sie stellen uns vor neue, keineswegs einfach zu lösende Dilemmata. Vor allem aber: Wir neigen dazu, Algorithmen als eine Art Autorität zu betrachten, statt ihre Macht in Frage zu stellen. Das öffnet Menschen, die uns ausbeuten wollen, Tür und Tor. Es verhindert aber auch, dass wir bessere Algorithmen bekommen. Solche, die uns bei Entscheidungen unterstützen, anstatt über uns zu verfügen. Die offenlegen, wie sie zu einer bestimmten Entscheidung gelangen. Demokratische, menschliche Algorithmen. Dafür plädiert dieses Buch - zugänglich, unterhaltsam, hochinformativ. >> Diese ungekürzte Hörbuch-Fassung genießt du exklusiv nur bei Audible.

©2019 Verlag C.H.Beck oHG. Übersetzung von Sigrid Schmid (P)2019 Audible Studios

Narrator: Katrin Heß
Author: Hannah Fry
Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
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Exploding the Phone

3 ratings

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Before smartphones, back even before the Internet and personal computer, a misfit group of technophiles, blind teenagers, hippies, and outlaws figured out how to hack the world’s largest machine: the telephone system. Starting with Alexander Graham Bell’s revolutionary "harmonic telegraph", by the middle of the 20th century the phone system had grown into something extraordinary, a web of cutting-edge switching machines and human operators that linked together millions of people like never before. But the network had a billion-dollar flaw, and once people discovered it, things would never be the same. Exploding the Phone tells this story in full for the first time. It traces the birth of long-distance communication and the telephone, the rise of AT&T’s monopoly, the creation of the sophisticated machines that made it all work, and the discovery of Ma Bell’s Achilles’ heel. Phil Lapsley expertly weaves together the clandestine underground of "phone phreaks" who turned the network into their electronic playground, the mobsters who exploited its flaws to avoid the feds, the explosion of telephone hacking in the counterculture, and the war between the phreaks, the phone company, and the FBI. The product of extensive original research, Exploding the Phone is a groundbreaking, captivating book.

©2013 Philip D. Lapsley. Recorded by arrangement with Grove/Atlantic, Inc. (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Johann North
Author: Phil Lapsley
Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
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Cybersecurity

2 ratings

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If you want to avoid getting hacked, having your information spread and discover the world of ethical hacking then pay attention....  Two manuscripts in one audiobook:  Cybersecurity: An Essential Guide to Computer and Cyber Security for Beginners, Including Ethical Hacking, Risk Assessment, Social Engineering, Attack and Defense Strategies, and Cyberwarfare Ethical Hacking: The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Using Penetration Testing to Audit and Improve the Cybersecurity of Computer Networks, Including Tips on Social Engineering Do you create tons of accounts you will never again visit?  Do you get annoyed thinking up new passwords, so you just use the same one across all your accounts?  Does your password contain a sequence of numbers, such as “123456”?  Do you automatically click all links and download all email attachments coming from your friends?  This audiobook will show you just how incredibly lucky you are that nobody's hacked you before.  In part one of this audiobook, you will learn about:  How hackers use raunchy photos to eke out private information Examples of preposterous social engineering attacks How there's only one surefire way to protect against hacking How to lower your exposure to hacking Why companies pester you to attach a phone number to an account  Why social media is the most insecure way to spend your afternoon and much, much more Some of the topics covered in part two of this audiobook include:  Fighting against companies Ethical hacking defined Patents Penetration testing Jailbreaking Android/iPhone Shut up Cortana How a hacker could go about hacking your Wi-Fi and much, much more!

©2019 Lester Evans (P)2019 Lester Evans

Author: Lester Evans
Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
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The One Device

7 ratings

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The secret history of the invention that changed everything - and became the most profitable product in the world. Odds are that right now, an iPhone is within reach. But before Steve Jobs introduced us to "the one device", as he called it, a cell phone was merely what you used to make calls on the go. How did the iPhone transform our world and turn Apple into the most valuable company ever? Veteran technology journalist Brian Merchant reveals the inside story you won't hear from Cupertino - based on his exclusive interviews with the engineers, inventors, and developers who guided every stage of the iPhone's creation. This deep dive takes you from inside One Infinite Loop to 19th century France to WWII America, from the driest place on earth to a Kenyan pit of toxic e-waste, and even deep inside Shenzhen's notorious "suicide factories". It's a firsthand look at how the cutting-edge tech that makes the world work - touch screens, motion trackers, and even AI - made their way into our pockets. The One Device is a road map for design and engineering genius, an anthropology of the modern age, and an unprecedented view into one of the most secretive companies in history. This is the untold account, 10 years in the making, of the device that changed everything. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Brian Merchant (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Tristan Morris
Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
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Big Data

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If you want to learn about big data, then pay attention.... Do you want to understand what big data is all about, but you don’t get all the hype? Are you intrigued by the idea of building a career around big data and data science, but you just don’t understand it? If so, this audiobook could be what you are looking for. In this audiobook, we will explore the hot concept of big data and explain it for beginners like yourself. If you know nothing about big data now, you will come away with a good overview of the subject and how it integrates into the other hot technologies of the day widely adopted by business, such as artificial intelligence, predictive analytics, and machine learning. In this audiobook, you will learn: What is big data, and why is it important? The five V’s behind big data How big data is already impacting your life, and where big data may be headed How big data and your everyday devices and appliances will come together in unexpected ways via the Internet of Things How companies and governments are using predictive analytics to get ahead of the competition or improve service How big data is used for fraud detection How big data can train intelligent computer systems The many ways large corporations are benefiting from big data and the tools that use it like machine learning, AI, and predictive analytics Upcoming trends in big data that are sure to have a large impact on your future Artificial intelligence, and how big data drives its development Insights into how big data impacts privacy issues And much, much more! If you want to learn about this new, exciting, and rapidly developing technology, then get this audiobook right now! You will not be baffled by big data any longer, and you will understand the behavior of large companies far better than you ever did before.

©2019 Richard Hurley (P)2019 Richard Hurley

Narrator: Sam Slydell
Length: 3 hrs and 13 mins
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Thou Shalt Innovate: How Israeli Ingenuity Repairs the World

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Thou Shalt Innovate profiles wondrous Israeli innovations that are collectively changing the lives of billions of people around the world, and explores why Israeli innovators of all faiths feel compelled to make the world better. This is the story of how Israelis are helping to feed the hungry, cure the sick, protect the defenseless, and make the desert bloom. Israel is playing a disproportionate role in helping solve some of the world's biggest challenges by tapping into the nation's soul: the spirit of tikkun olam - the Jewish concept of repairing the world.   Following Start-Up Nation's account of Israel's incredibly prolific start-up scene, Thou Shalt Innovate tells the story of how Israeli innovation is making the whole world a better place. Israel has extraordinary innovators who are bound together by their desire to save lives and find higher purpose. In a part of the world that has more than its share of darkness, these stories are rays of light.

©2018 Avi Jorisch (P)2018 Gefen Publishing House

Narrator: Shlomo Zacks
Author: Avi Jorisch
Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
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The Most Powerful Idea in the World

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If all measures of human advancement in the last hundred centuries were plotted on a graph, they would show an almost perfectly flat line - until the eighteenth century, when the Industrial Revolution would cause the line to shoot straight up, beginning an almost uninterrupted march of progress. In The Most Powerful Idea in the World, William Rosen tells the story of the men responsible for the Industrial Revolution and the machine that drove it - the steam engine. In the process, he tackles the question that has obsessed historians ever since: What made 18th-century Britain such fertile soil for inventors? Rosen's answer focuses on a simple notion that had become enshrined in British law the century before: that people had the right to own and profit from their ideas. The result was a period of frantic innovation revolving particularly around the promise of steam power. Rosen traces the steam engine's history from its early days as a clumsy but sturdy machine, to its coming-of-age driving the wheels of mills and factories, to its maturity as a transporter for people and freight by rail and by sea. Along the way, we enter the minds of such inventors as Thomas Newcomen and James Watt; scientists, including Robert Boyle and Joseph Black; and philosophers John Locke and Adam Smith - all of whose insights, tenacity, and ideas transformed first a nation and then the world. Rosen is a masterly storyteller with a keen eye for the "aha!" moments of invention and a gift for clear and entertaining explanations of science. The Most Powerful Idea in the World will appeal to anyone who is fascinated with history, science, and the hows and whys of innovation itself.

©2010 William Rosen (P)2010 Tantor Media

Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
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The Weather Machine

2 ratings

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From the acclaimed author of Tubes, a lively and surprising tour of the infrastructure behind the weather forecast, the people who built it, and what it reveals about our climate and our planet The weather is the foundation of our daily lives. It’s a staple of small talk, the app on our smartphones, and often the first thing we check each morning. Yet behind these quotidian interactions is one of the most expansive machines human beings have ever constructed - a triumph of science, technology, and global cooperation. But what is this "weather machine" and who created it?  In The Weather Machine, Andrew Blum takes listeners on a fascinating journey through an everyday miracle. In a quest to understand how the forecast works, he visits old weather stations and watches new satellites blast off. He follows the dogged efforts of scientists to create a supercomputer model of the atmosphere, and traces the surprising history of the algorithms that power their work. He discovers that we have quietly entered a golden age of meteorology - our tools allow us to predict weather more accurately than ever, and yet we haven’t learned to trust them, nor can we guarantee the fragile international alliances that allow our modern weather machine to exist. Written with the sharp wit and infectious curiosity Andrew Blum is known for, The Weather Machine pulls back the curtain on a universal part of our everyday lives, illuminating our relationships with technology, the planet, and the global community.  

©2019 Andrew Blum (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Greg Tremblay
Author: Andrew Blum
Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
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Become an Instagram Celebrity

Summary

Become an internet sensation with this book. Be all that you can be. You, too, can be Instagram famous.

©2021 Bruce Walker (P)2021 Bruce Walker

Narrator: Sean Miranda
Author: Bruce Walker
Length: 35 mins
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The Age of Living Machines

1 rating

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From the former president of MIT, the story of the next technology revolution and how it will change our lives.  A century ago, discoveries in physics came together with engineering to produce an array of astonishing new technologies: radios, telephones, televisions, aircraft, radar, nuclear power, computers, the internet, and a host of still-evolving digital tools. These technologies so radically reshaped our world that we can no longer conceive of life without them.  Today, the world's population is projected to rise to well over 9.5 billion by 2050, and we are currently faced with the consequences of producing the energy that fuels, heats, and cools us. With temperatures and sea levels rising and large portions of the globe plagued with drought, famine, and drug-resistant diseases, we need new technologies to tackle these problems. But we are on the cusp of a new convergence, argues world-renowned neuroscientist Susan Hockfield, with discoveries in biology coming together with engineering to produce another array of almost inconceivable technologies - next-generation products that have the potential to be every bit as paradigm-shifting as the 20th century's digital wonders.  The Age of Living Machines describes some of the most exciting new developments and the scientists and engineers who helped create them. Virus-built batteries. Protein-based water filters. Cancer-detecting nanoparticles. Mind-reading bionic limbs. Computer-engineered crops. Together they highlight the promise of the technology revolution of the 21st century to overcome some of the greatest humanitarian, medical, and environmental challenges of our time.

©2019 Susan Hockfield (P)2019 Recorded Books

Narrator: Andrea Gallo
Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
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The Internet of Us

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We used to say "seeing is believing"; now googling is believing. With 24/7 access to nearly all of the world's information at our fingertips, we no longer trek to the library or the encyclopedia shelf in search of answers. We just open our browsers, type in a few keywords, and wait for the information to come to us. Indeed, the Internet has revolutionized the way we learn and know as well as how we interact with each other. Yet this explosion of technological innovation has also produced a curious paradox: Even as we know more, we seem to understand less. While a wealth of literature has been devoted to life with the Internet, the deep philosophical implications of this seismic shift have not been properly explored until now. Demonstrating that knowledge based on reason plays an essential role in society and that there is much more to "knowing" than just acquiring information, leading philosopher Michael Patrick Lynch shows how our digital way of life makes us overvalue some ways of processing information over others and thus risks distorting what it means to be human. With far-reaching implications, Lynch's argument charts a path from Plato's cave to Shannon's mathematical theory of information to Google Glass, illustrating that technology itself isn't the problem, nor is it the solution. Instead it will be the way in which we adapt our minds to these new tools that will ultimately decide whether or not the "Internet of Things" - all those gadgets on our wrists, in our pockets, and on our laps - will be a net gain for humanity. Along the way, Lynch uses a philosopher's lens to examine some of the most urgent issues facing digital life today, including how social media is revolutionizing the way we think about privacy; why a greater reliance on Wikipedia and Google doesn't necessarily make knowledge more democratic; and the perils of using big data alone to predict cultural trends. Promising to modernize our understanding of what it means to be human in the digital age, The Internet of Us builds on previous works by Nicholas Carr, James Gleick, and Jaron Lanier to give us a necessary guide on how to navigate the philosophical quagmire that is the Information Age.

©2016 Michael P. Lynch (P)2016 Random House Audio

Narrator: Dan Woren
Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
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Artificial Intelligence

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If you want to learn about artificial intelligence without having to go through a boring textbook, then pay attention.... Two manuscripts in one audiobook:  Artificial Intelligence: An Essential Beginner’s Guide to AI, Machine Learning, Robotics, The Internet of Things, Neural Networks, Deep Learning, Reinforcement Learning, and Our Future Robotics: What Beginners Need to Know about Robotic Process Automation, Mobile Robots, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Autonomous Vehicles, Speech Recognition, Drones, and Our Future In part one of this audiobook, you will learn about: Confluence of interests AI myths Manipulating the limbic system Dietary advice by AI AI and loneliness AI and ethics AI and social credit Hacking AI AI as sports referees And much, much more! Some of the topics covered in part two of this audiobook include:  The basics of robotics and what some of the advantages and disadvantages are Reasons that experts are trying to warn us about robots Myths about robots and the actual truth Robotic Process Automation and how it relates to robotics Mobile robots and how they have changed throughout the years Artificial Intelligence and how it can be tied to robotics Machine learning and how robots use it Autonomous vehicles and how they work How robots use speech recognition Drones – what they are and how they work How robots are being used in business and how they could take your job Answers to frequently asked questions about robotics And much, much more! If you want to learn more about artificial intelligence and robotics, get this audiobook now!

©2020 Neil Wilkins (P)2020 Neil Wilkins

Narrator: Brian R. Scott
Author: Neil Wilkins
Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
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The Dream Machine

7 ratings

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Behind every great revolution is a vision, and behind perhaps the greatest revolution of our time, personal computing, is the vision of J.C.R. Licklider. He did not design the first personal computers or write the software that ran on them, nor was he involved in the legendary early companies that brought them to the forefront of our everyday experience. He was instead a relentless visionary who saw the potential of the way individuals could interact with computers and software. 

At a time when computers were a short step removed from mechanical data processors, Licklider was writing treatises on "human-computer symbiosis", "computers as communication devices", and a now not-so-unfamiliar "Intergalactic Network". His ideas became so influential, his passion so contagious, that Waldrop called him "computing's Johnny Appleseed". 

In a simultaneously compelling personal narrative and comprehensive historical exposition, Waldrop tells the story of the man who not only instigated the work that led to the internet, but also shifted our understanding of what computers were and could be.

Included in this edition are also the original texts of Licklider's three most influential writings: "Man-computer symbiosis" (1960), which outlines the vision that inspired the personal computer revolution of the 1970s; his "Intergalactic Network" memo (1963), which outlines the vision that inspired the Internet; and "The computer as a communication device" (1968, coauthored with Robert Taylor), which amplifies his vision for what the network could become.

©2018 M. Mitchell Waldrop (P)2018 Stripe Press

Narrator: Jamie Renell
Length: 27 hrs and 16 mins
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Psico Cibernetica [Psycho Cybernetics]

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La Cibernética nos proporciona una prueba indudable de que la mente es un mecanismo que puede ser empleado y dirigido hacia metas especificas. La Psico-Cibernética hace posible que descubramos y utilicemos todo el dinamismo y la energía de nuestro cerebro, lo cual nos guiara por los caminos que conducen a la felicidad y el éxito. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2019 Maxwell Maltz (P)2019 HN Publishing

Narrator: Marcelo Russo
Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
Available on Audible
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The Dark Web Dive

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Notorious. Illegal. Avoid if you can.  These are words most commonly used to describe what some mistakenly call the Deep Web. Yet, the Deep Web is where your banking information sits. Your shopping profile, your saved searches, and your passwords.  What they’re really referring to is the Dark Web, and I’ll take you there - with the proper preparation and knowledge of its history. Learn who created the Dark Web and how long it’s been in existence. Discover the people who dedicated their lives to the technology that runs the Dark Web, and why they made such sacrifices. You’ll hear about those who rose to dizzying heights plumbing riches in the Darknet, and who fell because of their vanity and overconfidence.  In The Dark Web Dive, you’ll unbury the facts about:  The secret origin of Tor and the Tor Project  The uncensored history of the Dark Web, Arpanet, and its dark siblings  Who provides funding for the Dark Web? (You’ll be surprised.)  The stories behind the Silk Road, Hansa, and other infamous Dark Web marketplaces  The truth about the Surface Web and why Google is not to be trusted with your information, and what you can do about it  The technology you need to keep your internet identity safe on a daily basis  The chilling tales of the Dark Web. Are the urban legends coming from the Darknets based in truth?  Who are the heroes, and who are the villains of hidden service sites? And how do you tell one from another?  A step-by-step guide to suit up before you embark on your own Dark Web Dive  The answers you’ve always wanted to the questions you were perhaps too afraid to ask are here, along with a wealth of knowledge to open your eyes as to what’s really happening below the surface of the internet every day. Be one of the ones who know the truth and has the facts to arm themselves against identity theft and data farming.  Dare to take The Dark Web Dive today!

©2019 John Forsay (P)2019 John Forsay

Narrator: Michael Purcell
Author: John Forsay
Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
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Eccentric Orbits

2 ratings

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The incredible story of Iridium - the most complex satellite system ever built, the cell phone of the future, and one of the largest corporate bankruptcies in American history - and one man's desperate race to save it. In the early 1990s, Motorola, the legendary American technology company, developed a revolutionary satellite system called Iridium that promised to be its crowning achievement. Light-years ahead of anything previously put into space, and built on technology developed for Ronald Reagan's "Star Wars", Iridium's constellation of 66 satellites in polar orbit meant that no matter where you were on Earth, at least one satellite was always overhead, and you could call Tibet from Fiji without a delay and without your call ever touching a wire. Iridium the satellite system was a mind-boggling technical accomplishment, surely the future of communication. The only problem was that Iridium the company was a commercial disaster. Only months after launching service, it was $11 billion in debt, burning through $100 million a month, and crippled by baroque rate plans and agreements that forced calls through Moscow; Beijing; Fucino, Italy; and elsewhere. Bankruptcy was inevitable - the largest to that point in American history. And when no real buyers seemed to materialize, it looked like Iridium would go down as just a "science experiment". That is, until Dan Colussy got a wild idea. Colussy, a former head of Pan Am now retired and working on his golf game in Palm Beach, heard about Motorola's plans to "de-orbit" the system and decided he would buy Iridium and somehow turn around one of the biggest blunders in the history of business. In Eccentric Orbits, John Bloom masterfully traces the conception, development, and launching of Iridium and Colussy's tireless efforts to stop it from being destroyed, from meetings with his motley investor group to the Clinton White House, the Pentagon, and the hunt for customers in special ops, shipping, aviation, mining, search and rescue - anyone who would need a durable phone at the end of the Earth. Impeccably researched and wonderfully told, Eccentric Orbits is a rollicking, unforgettable tale of technological achievement, business failure, the military-industrial complex, and one of the greatest deals of all time.

©2016 John Bloom (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Donald Corren
Author: John Bloom
Length: 18 hrs and 48 mins
Available on Audible
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Artificial Intelligence

2 ratings

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If you want to learn key AI concepts to get you quickly up to speed with all things AI, then pay attention... Two manuscripts in one audiobook: Artificial Intelligence: What You Need to Know About Machine Learning, Robotics, Deep Learning, Recommender Systems, Internet of Things, Neural Networks, Reinforcement Learning, and Our Future Internet of Things: What You Need to Know About IoT, Big Data, Predictive Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Cybersecurity, Business Intelligence, Augmented Reality and Our Future This audiobook covers everything from machine learning to robotics and the internet of things. You can use it as a nifty guidebook whenever you come across news headlines that talk about some new advancement in AI by Google or Facebook. By the time you finish listening, you will be aware of what artificial neural networks are, how gradient descent and back propagation work, and what deep learning is. You will also learn a comprehensive history of AI, from the first invention of automations in antiquity to the driver-less cars of today. In part one of this audiobook, you will: Understand how machines can “think” and how they learn Enter the vast world of the internet of things technologies Find out why AI is the new business degree And much, much more! Some of the topics covered in part two of this audiobook include: Origins of IoT IoT Security Ethical Hacking Internet of Things Under The Cushy Foot of Tech Giants The Power of Infinite Funds IoT Toys Bio-robotics Business Intelligence Augmented Reality Virtual Reality Our Future And much, much more If you want to learn more about the artificial intelligence and internet of things, then get this audiobook today!

©2019 Neil Wilkins (P)2019 Neil Wilkins

Narrator: Brian R. Scott
Author: Neil Wilkins
Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
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A Prehistory of the Cloud

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We may imagine the digital cloud as placeless, mute, ethereal, and unmediated. Yet the reality of the cloud is embodied in thousands of massive data centers, any one of which can use as much electricity as a midsized town. Even all these data centers are only one small part of the cloud. Behind that cloud-shaped icon on our screens is a whole universe of technologies and cultural norms, all working to keep us from noticing their existence. Hu shows that the cloud grew out of such older networks as railroad tracks, sewer lines, and television circuits. He describes key moments in the prehistory of the cloud, from the game Spacewar as exemplar of time-sharing computers to Cold War bunkers that were later reused as data centers. Countering the popular perception of a new "cloudlike" political power that is dispersed and immaterial, Hu argues that the cloud grafts digital technologies onto older ways of exerting power over a population. But because we invest the cloud with cultural fantasies about security and participation, we fail to recognize its militarized origins and ideology. Moving between the materiality of the technology itself and its cultural rhetoric, Hu's account offers a set of new tools for rethinking the contemporary digital environment.

©2015 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (P)2017 Redwood Audiobooks

Narrator: Steve Toner
Author: Tung-Hui Hu
Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
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GPS

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A concise history of GPS, from its military origins to its commercial applications and ubiquity in everyday life.   GPS is ubiquitous in everyday life. GPS mapping is standard equipment in many new cars, and geolocation services are embedded in smart phones. GPS makes Uber and Lyft possible; driverless cars won't be able to drive without it. In this volume in the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series, Paul Ceruzzi offers a concise history of GPS, explaining how a once-obscure space technology became an invisible piece of our infrastructure, as essential to modern life as electric power or clean water.   GPS relays precise time and positioning information from orbiting satellites to receivers on the ground, at sea, and in the air. It operates worldwide, and its basic signals are free, although private companies can commodify the data provided. Ceruzzi recounts the origins of GPS and its predecessor technologies, including early aircraft navigation systems and satellites. He describes the invention of GPS as a space technology in the post-Apollo, pre-Space Shuttle years and its first military and commercial uses. Ceruzzi explains how the convergence of three major technological developments - the microprocessor, the internet, and cellular telephony - enabled the development and application of GPS technology.

©2018 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (P)2019 Gildan Media, LLC

Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
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Infinity Beckoned

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Infinity Beckoned illuminates a critical period of space history when humans dared an expansive leap into the inner solar system. Jay Gallentine conveys the trials and triumphs of the people on the ground who conceived and engineered the missions that put robotic spacecraft on the heavenly bodies nearest our own. Based on numerous interviews, Gallentine delivers a rich variety of stories involving the men and women, American and Russian, responsible for such groundbreaking endeavors as the Mars Viking missions of the 1970s and the Soviet Venera flights to Venus in the 1980s. From the dreamers responsible for the Venus landing who discovered that dropping down through heavy clouds of sulfuric acid and 900-degree heat was best accomplished by surfing to the five-man teams puppeteering the Soviet moon rovers from a top-secret, off-the-map town without a name, the people who come to life in this book persevered in often trying, thankless circumstances. Their legacy is our better understanding of our own planet and our place in the cosmos.

©2016 Jay Gallentine (P)2017 Redwood Audiobooks

Length: 22 hrs and 40 mins
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Free Is Bad

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Almost everything we consume online is free. Email, search, news, entertainment. But those apps on our phones aren't really free - so if we're not paying, who is? The surveillance marketing industry. It doesn't have to be this way. Web pioneers tried to invent new payment methods. Google's founders were dead set against advertising. Email wasn't always open to data mining. Yet here we are. Why? Because business can exploit our desire that "Information wants to be free", and yet someone needs to pay. It started way back in the early days of the republic, evolved with newspapers, radio and broadcast TV, and persists today online. Be the customer, not the product. In Free Is Bad, digital marketing entrepreneur John Marshall explores the web industry's early history and its search for viable business models. It's an investigation of how an evolutionary accident in the design of the web resulted in the ad-tech industry, enabling "free" as the default model for technology products like search and email, and for media products like news and entertainment. How did we become the product? Why that has led to the fracturing of society How new, people-first businesses are improving matters Free Is Bad offers not just a critique but optimism for a future where we control our online destiny. It also provides practical steps that will immediately improve your privacy and quality of information. Ultimately, we're better off being the customer and not the product, because Free Is Bad. This book explains why that is, and what you can do about it.

©2020 John Marshall (P)2020 John Marshall

Narrator: John Marshall
Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
Available on Audible
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Microsoft Secrets

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Microsoft commands the high ground of the information superhighway by owning the operating systems and basic applications programs that run on hundreds of millions of computers around the world. Beyond the unquestioned genius and vision of Bill Gates, what accounts for Microsoft's astounding success? Drawing on almost two years of on-site observation at Microsoft headquarters, eminent scientists Michael A. Cusumano and Richard W. Selby reveal many of Microsoft's innermost secrets. This inside report, based on 40 in-depth interviews by authors who had access to confidential documents and project data, outlines the seven complementary strategies that characterize exactly how Microsoft competes and operates, including the "Brain Trust" of talented employees and exceptional management; "bang for the buck" competitive strategies and clear organizational goals that produce self-critiquing, learning, and improving; a flexible, incremental approach to product development; and a relentless pursuit of future markets. Cusumano and Selby's masterful analysis successfully uncovers the distinctive way in which Microsoft has combined all of the elements necessary to get to the top of an enormously important industry - and stay there.

©1995 Michael A. Cusumano and Richard W. Selby (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: David Drummond
Length: 18 hrs and 3 mins
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Pinpoint

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Over the last 50 years, humanity has developed an extraordinary shared utility: the global positioning system. Omnipresent, free, and available to all, GPS powers everything from your phone to the Internet to the Mars Rover. Greg Milner tells the sweeping story of GPS, from its conceptual origins as a bomb guidance system to its present ubiquity. While GPS has revolutionized methods of timekeeping, navigation, and seismological prediction, it has also altered human behavior, introducing phenomena such as "death by GPS", in which drivers blindly follow their devices into deserts, lakes, and impassable mountains. Milner also shows the desperate vulnerabilities in the system we now use to predict the weather, track prisoners, and land airplanes. Delving into the neuroscience of cognitive maps and spatial recognition, Milner's inventive and timely book is at once a grand history of the scientific urge toward precision and perfection and a revelatory philosophy of how humans understand themselves in the world.

©2016 Greg Milner (P)2016 Tantor

Author: Greg Milner
Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
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The Nature of Technology

2 ratings

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"More than any thing else technology creates our world. It creates our wealth, our economy, our very way of being," says W. Brian Arthur. Yet until now, the major questions of technology have gone unanswered. Where do new technologies come from -- how exactly does invention work? What constitutes innovation, and how is it achieved? Why are certain regions -- Cambridge, England, in the 1920s and Silicon Valley today -- hotbeds of innovation, while others languish? Does technology, like biological life, evolve? How do new industries, and the economy itself, emerge from technologies? In this groundbreaking work, pioneering technology thinker and economist W. Brian Arthur sets forth a boldly original way of thinking about technology that gives answers to these questions.The Nature of Technology is an elegant and powerful theory of technology's origins and evolution. It achieves for the progress of technology what Thomas Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions did for scientific progress. Arthur explains how transformative new technologies arise and how innovation really works.Conventional thinking ascribes the invention of technologies to "thinking outside the box", or vaguely to genius or creativity, but Arthur shows that such explanations are inadequate. Rather, technologies are put together from pieces - themselves technologies - that already exist. Technologies therefore share common ancestries and combine, morph, and combine again to create further technologies. Technology evolves much as a coral reef builds itself from activities of small organisms -- it creates itself from itself; all technologies are descended from earlier technologies.Drawing on a wealth of examples, from historical inventions to the high-tech wonders of today, and writing in wonderfully engaging and clear prose, Arthur takes us on a mind-opening journey that will change the way we think about technology and how it structures our lives.

©2009 W. Brian Arthur (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Victor Bevine
Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
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Inteligencia Artificial [Artificial Intelligence]

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2 manuscritos completos en 1 audiolibro:   Inteligencia Artificial: Lo que Usted Necesita Saber Sobre el Aprendizaje Automático, Robótica, Aprendizaje Profundo, Internet de las Cosas, Redes Neuronales, y Nuestro Futuro Internet de las Cosas: Lo que Necesita Saber Sobre IdC, Macrodatos, Análisis Predictivo, Inteligencia Artificial, Aprendizaje Automático, Seguridad Cibernética, y Nuestro Futuro La primera parte de este audiolibro incluye: Entender cómo las máquinas pueden "pensar" y cómo aprenden Aprender las cinco razones por las que los expertos nos advierten sobre la investigación de la IA Encuentre las respuestas a los seis principales mitos de la inteligencia artificial Manténgase actualizado con los métodos actuales de inteligencia artificial de vanguardia que utilizan el aprendizaje profundo Aprenda los conceptos básicos de los sistemas de recomendación Amplíe su visión actual de las máquinas y lo que es posible con la robótica moderna Entre al vasto mundo de las tecnologías del Internet de las cosas Descubra por qué la IA es el nuevo título académico en negocios ¡Y mucho, mucho más! Al leer la segunda parte de este audiolibro, usted: Origen de IdC Seguridad IdC  Hackeo Ético Internet de las Cosas Bajo el Cómodo Pie de los Gigantes Tecnológicos El Poder de los Fondos Infinitos Juguetes IdC  Bio-robótica Análisis Predictivo Aprendizaje Automático Realidad Aumentada Realidad Virtual Nuestro Futuro Y mucho, mucho más ¡Obtenga este audiolibro ahora para aprender más sobre la inteligencia artificial e Internet de las cosas! Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2019 Neil Wilkins (P)2020 Neil Wilkins

Author: Neil Wilkins
Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
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Cypherpunks

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Das Internet ist eine riesige Spionagemaschine. Alles, was wir hier übertragen, wird gespeichert und ausgewertet. Regierungen weltweit greifen nach der Netzkontrolle. Ihre Komplizen, Unternehmen wie Google, Facebook, Paypal und Co, sind längst in das Geschäft mit den Daten eingestiegen und verkaufen sie meistbietend. User aller Länder vereinigt Euch und schlagt zurück, fordert Julian Assange, Mitbegründer von WikiLeaks und Amerikas Staatsfeind Nr. 1... Zusammen mit den Aktivisten Jacob Appelbaum und Jérémie Zimmermann sowie dem Chaos-Computer-Club Mitglied Andy Müller-Maguhn lotet Assange die Zukunft des Internets aus und ruft zur digitalen Revolution. Seine Botschaft: Freiheit im Internet ist machbar. Der Text wurde in verteilten Rollen gelesen und mit den Sprechern David Nathan (Julian Assange), Uve Teschner (Andy Müller-Maguhn), Elmar Börger (Jacob Appelbaum), Peter Lontzek (Jérémie Zimmermann) und Richard Barenberg (Einleitung) hochkarätig besetzt.>> Diese ungekürzte Hörbuch-Fassung genießt du exklusiv nur bei Audible.

©2013 Campus Verlag (P)2014 Audible Studios

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The Weather Machine

1 rating

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From the acclaimed author of Tubes, a lively and surprising tour through the global network that predicts our weather, the people behind it, and what it reveals about our climate and our planet. The weather is the foundation of our daily lives. It’s a staple of small talk, the app on our smartphones, and often the first thing we check each morning. Yet behind all these humble interactions is the largest and most elaborate piece of infrastructure human beings have ever constructed - a triumph of both science and global cooperation. But what is the weather machine, and who created it?  In The Weather Machine, Andrew Blum takes listeners on a fascinating journey through the people, places, and tools of forecasting, exploring how the weather went from something we simply observed to something we could actually predict. As he travels across the planet, he visits some of the oldest and most important weather stations and watches the newest satellites blast off. He explores the dogged efforts of forecasters to create a supercomputer model of the atmosphere while trying to grasp the ongoing relevance of TV weather forecasters.  In the increasingly unpredictable world of climate change, correctly understanding the weather is vital. Written with the sharp wit and infectious curiosity Andrew Blum is known for, The Weather Machine pulls back the curtain on a universal part of our everyday lives, illuminating our changing relationships with technology, the planet, and our global community.

©2019 Andrew Blum (P)2019 HarperAudio

Narrator: Greg Tremblay
Author: Andrew Blum
Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
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A Deadly Wandering

2 ratings

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An ordinary Utah college student named Reggie Shaw fatally strikes two rocket scientists while texting and driving. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Matt Richtel follows Reggie from the moment of the tragedy, through the police investigation, the state's groundbreaking prosecution, and ultimately, Reggie's wrenching admission of responsibility. Richtel parallels Reggie's journey with leading-edge scientific findings regarding human attention and the impact of technology on our brains. Remarkably, today Reggie is a leading advocate who has helped spark a national effort targeting distracted driving, and the arc of his story provides a window through which Richtel pursues actionable solutions to help manage this crisis individually and as a society. A propulsive listen filled with fascinating scientific detail, riveting narrative tension, and rare emotional depth, A Deadly Wandering is an audiobook that can change - and save - lives.

©2014 Matthew Richtel (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Fred Berman
Author: Matt Richtel
Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
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The Essential Engineer

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From the acclaimed author of The Pencil and To Engineer Is Human, The Essential Engineer is an eye-opening exploration of the ways in which science and engineering must work together to address our world's most pressing issues, from dealing with climate change and the prevention of natural disasters to the development of efficient automobiles and the search for renewable energy sources. While the scientist may identify problems, it falls to the engineer to solve them. It is the inherent practicality of engineering, which takes into account structural, economic, environmental, and other factors that science often does not consider, that makes engineering vital to answering our most urgent concerns. Henry Petroski takes us inside the research, development, and debates surrounding the most critical challenges of our time, exploring the feasibility of biofuels, the progress of battery-operated cars, and the question of nuclear power. He gives us an in-depth investigation of the various options for renewable energy - among them solar, wind, tidal, and ethanol - explaining the benefits and risks of each. Will windmills soon populate our landscape the way they did in previous centuries? Will synthetic trees, said to be more efficient at absorbing harmful carbon dioxide than real trees, soon dot our prairies? Will we construct a sunshade in outer space to protect ourselves from dangerous rays? In many cases, the technology already exists. Whats needed is not so much invention as engineering. Just as the great achievements of centuries past - the steamship, the airplane, the moon landin - once seemed beyond reach, the solutions to the 21st century's problems await only a similar coordination of science and engineering. Eloquently reasoned and written, The Essential Engineer identifies and illuminates these problems and, above all, sets out a course for putting ideas into action.

©2010 Henry Petroski (P)2010 Random House

Narrator: Mark Deakins
Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
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Samsung S9 Secrets

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Samsung S9 made easy!   When you decided to purchase the new Samsung, what went through your mind? What were you looking for in your new device? Was the new interface confusing and the user manual no help? What new features does the phone have?    Well, look no further than Samsung S9 Secrets - your go-to guide to getting all you can out of your phone!  In this guide, you’ll learn:    New tips and tricks that can maximize your ability to use the device.  The hidden features of the S9 Plus that aren’t in the user guide   The list of secrets Samsung doesn’t tell you   One trick to turn your phone into your own private secretary    If you think the S9 and S9 Plus are just the same as previous models...think again! This guide contains more than 50 cool tips, tricks, and secrets that will make you become a S9 expert quickly!    Don’t wait any longer! Buy now to unlock the true potential of your device!

©2018 Tenmei Publications (P)2018 Tenmei Publications

Narrator: Matyas J.
Author: Rodger Peck
Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
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The Economic Singularity

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The Economic Singularity is the time when most people cannot find employment, because machines can do everything that humans can do for money cheaper, faster, and better than they can. Some people say this will never happen, but most AI professionals think it will, although they disagree about when. Artificial intelligence (AI) is already superhuman at absorbing and processing information. Robots are becoming increasingly dextrous, flexible, and safe to be around (except the military ones). AI is our most powerful technology, and you need to understand it. This new third edition of Calum Chace’s best-selling book is substantially updated and extended. It argues that the Economic Singularity is the most important challenge facing humanity in the first half of the 21st century - and also its most exciting opportunity. Self-driving cars and smartphones you can have a conversation with may be the canaries in the coal mine, providing a wake-up call for everyone who isn’t yet paying attention. All jobs will be affected, from fast food McJobs to lawyers and journalists.  The fashionable belief that Universal Basic Income is the solution is only partly correct. We are probably going to need an entirely new economic system, and we should start planning for the Economic Singularity soon. Chace argues that the outcome can be very good - a world in which machines do all the boring jobs and humans do pretty much what they please. But he warns there are major risks, which we can only avoid by being alert to the possible futures and planning how to avoid the negative ones. Chace has been writing about AI since 1980, and has written two best-selling non-fiction books, and also two novels on the subject. In 2017, he co-founded the think tank, the Economic Singularity Foundation.

©2016, 2018, 2020 Calum Chace (P)2020 Calum Chace

Narrator: Calum Chace
Author: Calum Chace
Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
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Die Google Falle

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Die Suchmaschine Google ist jedem von uns ein Begriff. Ganz schnell ist der Vorgang: der Begriff wird eingetippt und einen Sekundenbruchteil später hat man eine lange Trefferliste, die man durchschauen kann. Doch Google ist weit mehr als das, wie uns Gerald Reischl in diesem Werk aufmerksam macht. Es ist ein Weltkonzern, der sich immer weiter ausbreitet und die totale Kontrolle der Internet-Gemeinde anstrebt. Google will zum größten Händler und Archivar von Informationen werden. Peter Matic zeigt dem Hörer mit Gerald Reischls Worten die Entwicklung Googles von einer Suchmaschine zu einer unkontrollierten Weltmacht im Internet auf spannende Art auf. Gerald Reischl wurde 1965 in Neunkirchen geboren. Nach seinem Studium in Wien wurde er 1992 Redakteur der österreichischen Tageszeitung Kurier und war von 2002-2009 als Technologie-Experte beim ORF in verschiedenen Sendungen zu sehen, ab dem 1. Oktober 2010 war Reischl Chefredakteur der Futurezone. 2016 wurde er schließlich Geschäftsführer des ORF Mediaservice GmbH und Leiter des ORF Start-up-Campus. Im Dezember selben Jahres wurde bekannt, dass er den ORF verlassen wird. Gerald Reischl ist neben seiner journalistischen Tätigkeit auch Autor mehrerer Bücher.

©2018 SAGA Egmont (P)2018 SAGA Egmont

Narrator: Peter Matic
Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
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Beginners Guide to Anki Vector Robots

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Do you want to push your Anki Vector and Cozmo Robots to it’s wit end? then this audiobook is for you. How best can we describe our charming little robot than to dedicate a basic guide for it? People have been asking me a lot of questions online, especially my friends and colleagues, after the Anki Company went defunct in May 2019. They would want to know if the Vector robot is still alive since the patent company is dead. This audiobook is to lay firm the truth and provide a basic guide on how to operate the cute home robot - for those who already own one, and those planning to buy theirs. This audiobook will serve as a beginner guide and will provide a clear-cut explanation of some basic Vector’s hardware and accessories. This audiobook delves into the various ways by which Vector can be used at home - providing insight into what Vector can do for you and what Vector cannot do. The audiobook explores basic commands to get the best out of Vector; starting from using Vector as a companion, using Vector to play your favorite music, using Vector to take pictures and a whole lot of other amazing tricks. In this audiobook, we have a comparison between the Vector home robot and the Cozmo game robot; placing the two side by side to see what works and what fails in both gadgets. The audiobook does not leave out the details on the internal mechanisms and control of the Vector robot and how users can take advantage of some basic software settings in Vector. The audiobook also explains how users can integrate Alexa technology inside Vector, and how users can tweak some basic functionality only to add their own functions. You don’t get to know what is inside for you until you listen to this audiobook. Don’t wait anymore, buy now to push your Anki Vector Robot to its wit end.

©2020 Derrick Grisham (P)2020 Derrick Grisham

Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
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When They Call You a Terrorist (Young Adult Edition)

1 rating

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"The audio version adds to the authenticity even more as she narrates her own words, bringing the listener into her world." (School Library Journal, starred review) This program includes a foreword read by Angela Davis Patrisse Cullors' and asha bandele's instant New York Times bestseller, When They Call You a Terrorist is now adapted for the YA audience! A movement that started with a hashtag - #BlackLivesMatter - on Twitter spread across the nation and then across the world. From one of the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement comes a poetic memoir and reflection on humanity. Necessary and timely, Patrisse Cullors’ story asks us to remember that protest in the interest of the most vulnerable comes from love. Leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement have been called terrorists, a threat to America. But in truth, they are loving women whose life experiences have led them to seek justice for those victimized by the powerful. In this meaningful, empowering account of survival, strength, and resilience, Cullors and asha bandele seek to change the culture that declares innocent black life expendable.   A Macmillan Audio production from Wednesday Books

©2020 Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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Prisoner B-3087

38 ratings

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A gripping novel based on the astonishing true story of a boy who survived 10 concentration camps. Based on the true story by Ruth and Jack Gruener.  Ten concentration camps. Ten different places where you are starved, tortured, and worked mercilessly. It's something no one could imagine surviving. But it is what Yanek Gruener has to face. As a Jewish boy in 1930s Poland, Yanek is at the mercy of the Nazis, who have taken over. Everything he has and everyone he loves have been snatched brutally from him. And then Yanek himself is taken prisoner - his arm tattooed with the words PRISONER B-3087. He is forced from one nightmarish concentration camp to another as World War II rages all around him. He encounters evil he could have never imagined but also sees surprising glimpses of hope amid the horror. He just barely escapes death only to confront it again seconds later. Can Yanek make it through the terror without losing his hope, his will - and, most of all, his sense of who he really is inside? 

©2013 Alan Gratz (P)2015 Scholastic Inc.

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In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer

7 ratings

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Irene Gut was just 17 in 1939, when the Germans and Russians devoured her native Poland. Just a girl, really. But a girl who saw evil and chose to defy it.

©2008 Irene Gut Opdyke (P)2015 Listening Library

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For Every One

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Selected as one of the Young Adult Library Services Association’s 2019 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults! Originally performed at the Kennedy Center for the unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and later as a tribute to Walter Dean Myers, this stirring and inspirational poem is New York Times best-selling author and National Book Award finalist Jason Reynolds' rallying cry to the dreamers of the world.  For Every One is just that: for every one. For every one person. For every one dream. But especially for every one kid. The kids who dream of being better than they are. Kids who dream of doing more than they almost dare to dream. Kids who are like Jason Reynolds, a self-professed dreamer. Jason does not claim to know how to make dreams come true; he has, in fact, been fighting on the front line of his own battle to make his own dreams a reality. He expected to make it when he was 16. Then 18. Then 25. Now, some of those expectations have been realized. But others, the most important ones, lay ahead, and a lot of them involve kids, how to inspire them. All the kids who are scared to dream, or don't know how to dream, or don't dare to dream because they've never seen a dream come true. Jason wants kids to know that dreams take time. They involve countless struggles. But no matter how many times a dreamer gets beat down, the drive and the passion and the hope never fully extinguish - because just having the dream is the start you need, or you won't get anywhere anyway, and that is when you have to take a leap of faith. 

©2018 Jason Reynolds (P)2018 Simon & Schuster Audio

Narrator: Jason Reynolds
Length: 25 mins
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The Fountains of Silence

14 ratings

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From the number-one New York Times best-selling author of Salt to the Sea and Between Shades of Gray comes a gripping, extraordinary portrait of love, silence, and secrets under a Spanish dictatorship. Madrid, 1957. Under the fascist dictatorship of General Francisco Franco, Spain is hiding a dark secret. Meanwhile, tourists and foreign businessmen flood into Spain under the welcoming promise of sunshine and wine. Among them is 18-year-old Daniel Matheson, the son of an oil tycoon, who arrives in Madrid with his parents hoping to connect with the country of his mother's birth through the lens of his camera. Photography - and fate - introduce him to Ana, whose family's interweaving obstacles reveal the lingering grasp of the Spanish Civil War - as well as chilling definitions of fortune and fear. Daniel's photographs leave him with uncomfortable questions amidst shadows of danger. He is backed into a corner of difficult decisions to protect those he loves. Lives and hearts collide, revealing an incredibly dark side to the sunny Spanish city. Master storyteller Ruta Sepetys once again shines light into one of history's darkest corners in this epic, heart-wrenching novel about identity, unforgettable love, repercussions of war, and the hidden violence of silence - inspired by the true postwar struggles of Spain. Includes vintage media reports, oral history commentary, photos, and more. Read by Maite Jáuregui, with Richard Ferrone, Neil Hellegers, Joshua Kane, Liza Kaplan, and Oliver Wyman, and with an author’s note read by the author.

©2019 Ruta Sepetys (P)2019 Listening Library

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Never Quit

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“That Others May Live” is a mantra that defines the fearless men of Alaska's 212th Pararescue Unit, the PJs, one of the most elite military forces on the planet. Whether they are rescuing citizens injured and freezing in the Alaskan wilderness or saving wounded Rangers and SEALS in blazing firefights at war, the PJs are some of the least known and most highly trained of America's warriors. Never Quit is the true story of how Jimmy Settle, an Alaskan shoe store clerk, became a Special Forces Operator and war hero. After being shot in the head during a dangerous high mountain operation in Afghanistan, Jimmy returns to battle with his teammates for a heroic rescue, the bullet fragments stitched over and still in his skull.  In a cross between a suicide rescue mission and an against-all-odds mountain battle, his team of PJs risk their lives again in an epic firefight. When his helicopter is hit and begins leaking fuel, Jimmy finds himself in the worst possible position as a rescue specialist - forced to leave members from his own team behind. Jimmy will have to risk everything to get back into the battle and save his brothers.   From death-defying Alaskan wilderness training, wild rescues, and battles against the Taliban and Al Qaeda, this is the true story of how a boy from humble beginnings became an American hero.

©2018 James Charles Settle and Donald Joseph Rearden (P)2018 Tantor

Narrator: Ramon De Ocampo
Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
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We Are Not Yet Equal

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Carol Anderson's White Rage took the world by storm, landing on the New York Times best-seller list and best book of the year lists from New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, and Chicago Review of Books. It launched her as an in-demand commentator on contemporary race issues for national print and television media and garnered her an invitation to speak to the Democratic Congressional Caucus. This compelling young adult adaptation brings her ideas to a new audience.  When America achieves milestones of progress toward full and equal black participation in democracy, the systemic response is a consistent racist backlash that rolls back those wins. We Are Not Yet Equal examines five of these moments: the end of the Civil War and Reconstruction was greeted with Jim Crow laws; the promise of new opportunities in the North during the Great Migration was limited when blacks were physically blocked from moving away from the South; the Supreme Court's landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision was met with the shutting down of public schools throughout the South; the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965 led to laws that disenfranchised millions of African American voters and a War on Drugs that disproportionally targeted blacks; and the election of President Obama led to an outburst of violence including the death of black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, as well as the election of Donald Trump.  This YA adaptation is written in an approachable narrative style that provides teen listeners with additional context to these historic moments. 

©2018 Carol Anderson (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: Robin Miles
Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
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Sacajawea

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Before the expedition of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, the United States stopped at the Mississippi River. However, their journey opened up the wilderness borders to the Pacific Ocean. The key to the success of this 18 month journey was a young Indian girl - Sacajawea. Without her, the corps of discovery would have been doomed from the start.

©2001 Joseph Bruchac (P)2003 Audio Bookshelf

Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
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Branded by the Pink Triangle

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When the Nazis came to power in Europe, the lives of homosexuals came to be ruled by fear as raids, arrests, prison sentences, and expulsions became the daily reality. When the concentration camps were built, homosexuals were imprisoned along with Jews. The pink triangle, sewn onto prison uniforms, became the symbol of their persecution. Branded by the Pink Triangle combines historical research with first-person accounts and individual stories to bring this history to life for listeners. From the first chapter, with its story of a young Jewish girl who was rescued from the depths of despair and starvation in the camps by a fellow prisoner who wore the pink triangle, to the last, entitled It Gets Better, which outlines the strides forward in gay rights made in the decades since the war, the feeling of bravery and perseverance in the face of inhuman cruelty shines through.

©2013 Ken Setterington (P)2020 Second Story Press

Narrator: Bill Marchant
Length: 2 hrs and 44 mins
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One Person, No Vote (YA Edition)

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In her New York Times best seller White Rage, Carol Anderson laid bare an insidious history of policies that have systematically impeded black progress in America, from 1865 to our combustible present. With One Person, No Vote, she chronicles a related history: the rollbacks to African American participation in the vote since the 2013 Supreme Court decision that eviscerated the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Known as the Shelby ruling, this decision effectively allowed districts with a demonstrated history of racial discrimination to change voting requirements without approval from the Department of Justice. Focusing on the aftermath of Shelby, Anderson follows the astonishing story of government-dictated racial discrimination unfolding before our very eyes as more and more states adopt voter suppression laws. In gripping, enlightening detail she explains how voter suppression works, from photo ID requirements to gerrymandering to poll closures. And with vivid characters, she explores the resistance: the organising, activism and court battles to restore the basic right to vote to all Americans as the nation gears up for the 2020 presidential election season.

©2020 Carol Anderson (P)2020 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: Adenrele Ojo
Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
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American Royals

27 ratings

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New York Times Best Seller What if America had a royal family? If you can't get enough of Harry and Meghan or Kate and William, meet American princesses Beatrice and Samantha. Crazy Rich Asians meets The Crown.  Perfect for fans of Red, White, and Royal Blue and The Royal We! Two princesses vying for the ultimate crown. Two girls vying for the prince's heart. This is the story of the American royals. When America won the Revolutionary War, its people offered General George Washington a crown. Two and a half centuries later, the House of Washington still sits on the throne. Like most royal families, the Washingtons have an heir and a spare. A future monarch and a backup battery. Each child knows exactly what is expected of them. But these aren't just any royals. They're American. As Princess Beatrice gets closer to becoming America's first queen regnant, the duty she has embraced her entire life suddenly feels stifling. Nobody cares about the spare except when she's breaking the rules, so Princess Samantha doesn't care much about anything, either...except the one boy who is distinctly off-limits to her. And then there's Samantha's twin, Prince Jefferson. If he'd been born a generation earlier, he would have stood first in line for the throne, but the new laws of succession make him third. Most of America adores their devastatingly handsome prince...but two very different girls are vying to capture his heart. The duty. The intrigue. The Crown.  New York Times best-selling author Katharine McGee imagines an alternate version of the modern world, one where the glittering age of monarchies has not yet faded - and where love is still powerful enough to change the course of history. "The lives of the American royal family will hook you in the very first pages and never let go. Relatable, believable, fantastical, aspirational, and completely addictive." (Sara Shepard, number one New York Times best-selling author of the Pretty Little Liars and Perfectionists series)

©2019 Katharine McGee (P)2019 Listening Library

Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
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1776

33 ratings

Summary

In this stirring audiobook, David McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence, when the whole American cause was riding on their success, without which all hope for independence would have been dashed and the noble ideals of the Declaration would have amounted to little more than words on paper.   Based on extensive research in both American and British archives, 1776 is the story of Americans in the ranks, men of every shape, size, and color, farmers, schoolteachers, shoemakers, no-accounts, and mere boys turned soldiers. And it is the story of the British commander, William Howe, and his highly disciplined redcoats, who looked on their rebel foes with contempt and fought with a valor too little known. But it is the American commander-in-chief who stands foremost: Washington, who had never before led an army in battle. The darkest hours of that tumultuous year were as dark as any Americans have known. Especially in our own tumultuous time, 1776 is powerful testimony to how much is owed to a rare few in that brave founding epoch, and what a miracle it was that things turned out as they did. Written as a companion work to his celebrated biography of John Adams, David McCullough's 1776 is another landmark in the literature of American history.

©2005 David McCullough (P)2005 Simon and Schuster Inc. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon and Schuster Audio Division, Simon and Schuster Inc.

Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
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The Deep Enders

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His home destroyed in the attack on Pearl Harbor, Murph Turner stumbles into the exotic town of Broome, hoping for safe harbor. Instead, the troubled teen discovers a wild and lawless place brimming with espionage, treachery, and romance.  An outsider in a bewildering land of red dust and paranoia, Murph is quickly taken under wing by Banjo, a cheeky aboriginal scamp with a passion for pyrotechnics, and Micki, a beautiful teenager on the run from authorities.  But even as the Japanese armada closes in on the northern coastline, the trio is suddenly thrust into a murderous adventure - all set against the backdrop of a true WW II tragedy so brutal that it was immediately covered up by the government. Praise for The Deep Enders: “A gripping read that will have you on the edge of your seat.” (BookBuzz Magazine) "An action-packed adventure filled with wonderful characters, life and color. The Deep Enders is a wild ride for readers!" (Leah James, film producer) "There's only one word for The Deep Enders, unputdownable. It has adventure, mystery, gruesome villains, hidden treasures and a trio of friends you can laugh along with." (Aziza Green, author and media consultant) About the author: Dave Reardon covered crime, politics, and crocodile attacks as a journalist for major newspapers before joining his wife Ann Reardon in producing one of the world's favorite online lifestyle shows with 500 million views on YouTube. Dave has ghostwritten numerous books, but The Deep Enders is his first novel.

©2016 Reardon Media Pty Ltd (P)2019 Reardon Media Pty Ltd

Narrator: Dave Reardon
Author: Dave Reardon
Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
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Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know

Summary

Told in alternating narratives that bridge centuries, the latest novel from New York Times best-selling author Samira Ahmed traces the lives of two young women fighting to write their own stories and escape the pressure of familial burdens and cultural expectations in worlds too long defined by men. It's August in Paris, and 17-year-old Khayyam Maquet - American, French, Indian, Muslim - is at a crossroads. This holiday with her professor parents should be a dream trip for the budding art historian. But her maybe-ex-boyfriend is probably ghosting her, she might have just blown her chance at getting into her dream college, and now all she really wants is to be back home in Chicago figuring out her messy life instead of brooding in the City of Light. Two hundred years before Khayyam's summer of discontent, Leila is struggling to survive and keep her true love hidden from the Pasha who has "gifted" her with favored status in his harem. In the present day - and with the company of a descendant of Alexandre Dumas - Khayyam begins to connect allusions to an enigmatic 19th-century Muslim woman whose path may have intersected with Alexandre Dumas, Eugène Delacroix, and Lord Byron. Echoing across centuries, Leila and Khayyam's lives intertwine, and as one woman's long-forgotten life is uncovered, another's is transformed.

©2020 Samira Ahmed (P)2020 Recorded Books

Author: Samira Ahmed
Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
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Discovering Wes Moore (The Young Adult Adaptation)

Summary

Through the telling of events from his own life, Wes Moore (author of the best-selling adult title The Other Wes Moore) explores the issues that separate success and failure. He also counterpoints his story with another man, someone who shared the same name, was almost the same age, grew up fatherless in a similar Baltimore neighborhood, but is serving a life sentence for murder. Compelled to write to the other Wes, the author was surprised to receive a reply. And so began a friendship, as letters turned into visits and the two men got to know one another. This compelling story about the challenges of growing up and the responsibility for the choices we make, is sure to inspire.

©2013 Wes Moore (P)2013 Listening Library

Narrator: Wes Moore
Author: Wes Moore
Length: 4 hrs and 1 min
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Apple

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How about a book that makes you barge into your boss' office to recite a page of poetry from? That you dream of? That every movie, song, book, moment that follows continues to evoke in some way? The term Apple is a slur in Native communities across the country. It's for someone supposedly red on the outside, white on the inside. Eric Gansworth is telling his story in Apple (Skin to the Core). The story of his family, of Onondaga among Tuscaroras, of Native folks everywhere. From the horrible legacy of the government boarding schools, to a boy watching his siblings leave and return and leave again, to a young man fighting to be an artist who balances multiple worlds. Eric shatters that slur and reclaims it in verse and prose and imagery that truly lives up to the word heartbreaking.

©2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC (P)2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Narrator: Eric Gansworth
Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
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Very, Very, Very Dreadful

5 ratings

Summary

From National Book Award finalist Albert Marrin comes a fascinating look at the history and science of the deadly 1918 flu pandemic - and its chilling and timely resemblance to the worldwide coronavirus outbreak. In spring of 1918, World War I was underway, and troops at Fort Riley, Kansas, found themselves felled by influenza. By the summer of 1918, the second wave struck as a highly contagious and lethal epidemic and within weeks exploded into a pandemic, an illness that travels rapidly from one continent to another. It would impact the course of the war, and kill many millions more soldiers than warfare itself.  Of all diseases, the 1918 flu was by far the worst that has ever afflicted humankind; not even the Black Death of the Middle Ages comes close in terms of the number of lives it took. No war, no natural disaster, no famine has claimed so many. In the space of 18 months in 1918-1919, about 500 million people - one-third of the global population at the time - came down with influenza. The exact total of lives lost will never be known, but the best estimate is between 50 and 100 million.  In this powerful book, nonfiction master Albert Marrin examines the history, science, and impact of this great scourge - and the possibility for another worldwide pandemic today.   A Chicago Public Library best book of the year! 

©2018 Albert Marrin (P)2018 Listening Library

Narrator: Jim Frangione
Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
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Nemesis and the Swan

Summary

From her prison cell in revolutionary Paris, 19-year-old aristocrat Hélène d’Aubign recalls the events that led her to choose between following in her parents’ unforgivable footsteps or abandoning the man she loves. Despite her world of privilege, Hélène is inspired early on by the radical ideas of her progressive governess. Though her family tries to intervene, the seeds of revolution have already been planted in Hélène’s heart, as are the seeds of love from an unlikely friendship with a young jeweler’s apprentice. Hélène’s determination to find true love is as revolutionary as her attempt to unravel the truth behind the concealed murder that tore her family apart. As violence erupts in Paris, Hélène is forced into hiding with her estranged family, where the tangled secrets of their past become entwined with her own. When she finally returns to the blood-stained streets of Paris, she finds everything - and everyone - very much changed. In a city where alliances shift overnight, no one knows whom to trust. Faced with looming war, the mystery of her family’s past, and the man she loves near death, Hélène will soon find out if doing one wrong thing will make everything right or if it will simply push her closer to the guillotine.

©2020 Lindsay K. Bandy (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Sarah Naughton
Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
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Unbroken (The Young Adult Adaptation)

7 ratings

Summary

The number one New York Times best-seller, which is also a major motion picture directed by Angelina Jolie, has now been adapted by the author for young adults. Beautifully illustrated throughout, this riveting biography includes more than 100 black-and-white photos, as well as exclusive content, "In Conversation", with Laura Hillenbrand and Louie Zamperini. On a May afternoon in 1943, an American military plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary sagas of the Second World War. The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. As a boy, he had been a clever delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and stealing. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a supreme talent that carried him to the Berlin Olympics. But when war came, the athlete became an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown. Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a sinking raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would respond to desperation with ingenuity, suffering with hope and humor, brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would hang on the fraying wire of his will. In this captivating young adult edition of her award-winning number one New York Times best-seller, Laura Hillenbrand tells the story of a man’s breathtaking odyssey and the courage, cunning, and fortitude he found to endure and overcome.

©2014 Laura Hillenbrand (P)2014 Listening Library

Narrator: Edward Herrmann
Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
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The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia

4 ratings

Summary

From the acclaimed author of Amelia Lost and The Lincolns comes more nonfiction at its very best - and a perfect resource for meeting Common Core standards. Here is the riveting story of the Russian Revolution as it unfolded. When Russia’s last tsar, Nicholas II, inherited the throne in 1894, he was unprepared to do so. With their four daughters (including Anastasia) and only son, a hemophiliac, Nicholas and his reclusive wife, Alexandra, buried their heads in the sand, living a life of opulence as World War I raged outside their door and political unrest grew. Deftly maneuvering between the lives of the Romanovs and the plight of Russia’s peasants - and their eventual uprising - Fleming offers up a fascinating portrait, complete with compelling primary-source material that brings it all to life. History doesn’t get more interesting than the story of the Romanovs.

©2014 Candace Fleming (P)2014 Listening Library

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In the Shadow of the Moon

Summary

An exhilarating dive into the secret history of humankind’s race to the moon, from acclaimed author Amy Cherrix. This fascinating and immersive read is perfect for fans of Steve Sheinkin’s Bomb and M. T. Anderson’s Symphony for the City of the Dead. You’ve heard of the space race, but do you know the whole story? The most ambitious race humankind has ever undertaken was masterminded in the shadows by two engineers on opposite sides of the Cold War - Wernher von Braun, a former Nazi officer living in the US, and Sergei Korolev, a Russian rocket designer once jailed for crimes against his country - and your textbooks probably never told you. Von Braun became an American hero, recognized the world over, while Korolev toiled in obscurity. These two brilliant rocketeers never met, but together they shaped the science of spaceflight and redefined modern warfare. From Stalin’s brutal Gulag prisons and Hitler’s concentration camps to Cape Canaveral and beyond, their simultaneous quests pushed science - and human ingenuity - to the breaking point. From Amy Cherrix comes the extraordinary hidden story of the space race and the bitter rivalry that launched humankind to the moon. Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.  

©2021 Amy Cherrix (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Josh Horowitz
Author: Amy Cherrix
Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
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Phantom Gunslinger

Summary

In Deadwood, you may lose your life. In Old West World, you could lose your soul. Someone is coming for Nick - and maybe his sister and all the girls who ever helped him solve a case. When Nick, Wendy, and Kat get trapped in Old West World on New Year's Eve, Nick realizes someone is gunning for him. But who is this masked man, and why does he want to face Nick in a showdown on Main Street? Chased by a psychotic wolf dog, Nick finds trouble at the Graveyard Gulch Gold Mine, tumbles into a crypt at Digger’s Undertaker, and becomes trapped on a train trestle with the Black Beauty's cowcatcher bearing down. With a group of teen girls hiding in the Holy Ghost Church, several of whom prefer Nick drop dead, he summons all the courage he has and flunks pew plate target practice. Out of options and time, he walks into town to face the mysterious man dressed in black. Will he learn why the phantom gunslinger wants him dead before Nick leaves Old West World in a pine box? In this middle-grade mystery suspense, award-winning author Eddie Jones takes listeners on a wild Wild West ride to the peak of a snow-covered Georgia mountain. In Old West World, doing the right thing may leave you on the wrong end of a tombstone. Want to help teen sleuth Nick Caden identify the Phantom Gunslinger before the big reveal gets Nick killed? (Just kidding, Nick doesn't really die.) Complete the Phantom Gunslinger: Official Criminal Inquiry: Write a Book Report - Catch a Crook to see if you have the makings of a homicide detective. With this easy-to-follow "homicide detective" worksheet, you can fill in the answers to the questions while you listen. When finished, your book report should be thorough enough to convict a killer! Check out the book report questions on this page under the "From the Author" section.

©2020 Eddie Jones (P)2020 Eddie Jones

Author: Eddie Jones
Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
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Racers: How an Outcast Driver, an American Heiress, and a Legendary Car Challenged Hitler's Best

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The heart-pounding story of an unlikely band of ragtags who took on Hitler's Grand Prix driver.   In the years before World War II, Adolf Hitler wanted to prove the greatness of the Third Reich in everything from track and field to motorsports. The Nazis poured money into the development of new race cars, and Mercedes-Benz came out with a stable of supercharged automobiles called Silver Arrows. Their drivers dominated the sensational world of European Grand Prix racing and saluted Hitler on their many returns home with victory.  As the Third Reich stripped Jews of their rights and began their march toward war, one driver, René Dreyfus, a Frenchman of Jewish heritage who had enjoyed some early successes on the racing circuit, was barred from driving on any German or Italian race teams, which fielded the best in class, due to the rise of Hitler and Benito Mussolini. So it was that in 1937, Lucy Schell, an American heiress and top Monte Carlo Rally driver, needed a racer for a new team she was creating to take on Germany's Silver Arrows. Sensing untapped potential in Dreyfus, she funded the development of a nimble tiger of a new car built by a little-known French manufacturer called Delahaye. As the nations of Europe marched ever closer to war, Schell and Dreyfus faced down Hitler's top drivers, and the world held its breath in anticipation, waiting to see who would triumph.

©2020 Scholastic Inc. (P)2020 Scholastic Inc.

Narrator: Jon Lindstrom
Author: Neal Bascomb
Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
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A Time of Fear

Summary

From National Book Award Finalist and Sibert Honor Author Albert Marrin, a timely examination of Red Scares in the United States, including the Rosenbergs, the Hollywood Ten, and the McCarthy era. In 20th-century America, no power - and no threat - loomed larger than the communist superpower of the Soviet Union. America saw in the dreams of the Soviet Union the overthrow of the US government, and the end of democracy and freedom. Meanwhile, the Communist Party of the United States attempted to use deep economic and racial disparities in American culture to win over members and sympathizers. From the miscarriage of justice in the Scotsboro Boys case, to the tragedy of the Rosenbergs to the theatrics of the Hollywood Ten, to the menace of the Joseph McCarthy and his war hearings, Albert Marrin examines a unique time in American history...and explores both how some Americans were lured by the ideals of communism without understanding its reality and how fear of communist infiltration at times caused us to undermine our most deeply held values. The questions he raises ask: What is worth fighting for? And what are you willing to sacrifice to keep it? This timely audiobook from an award-author brings to life an important and dramatic era in American history with lessons that are deeply relevant today.

©2020 Albert Marrin (P)2020 Listening Library

Narrator: Jason Culp
Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
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The Serbian Revolution

Summary

A bloody conflict with so many similarities to those of the main players in Europe. The Serbian Revolution was fought for freedom, peace, and self-governance. The fate of small European nations was often dictated by larger global geopolitical events. As the actions of the world’s major powers almost without fault swept up small and powerless nations in their wake, ethnicities, sovereignties, and centuries of history were often thoroughly destroyed.  Serbia can be in many ways regarded as an iconic example of such a turbulent and tumultuous fate - as the machinations of large Empires decided its fate, destiny, and its independence. But even the smallest of nations can cling fiercely to their identity, to their religion, and above all - to the immortal feeling of hope that is ingrained in every oppressed person. The Serbian Nation is venerable in every regard, its roots stretching far back in time. Its history was often instrumental in the great scale of European developments, and its position was in many ways the key to its importance. Nevertheless, the fate of Serbia was often directly linked to the fate of the great empires of the world, who coveted its strategic geopolitical position and its wealth of resources.  Simply put, Serbia was ever at the crossroads of cultures, at the center of the windswept battlefield of the East and the West, of Islam and Christianity. And it is this position that led to much suffering of its folk. As you listen to the audio, we will take you through the Serbian Revolution and the bravery of those who stood up for their freedom from the oppressive Ottoman Empire.

©2021 AM Publishing (P)2021 AM Publishing

Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
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Vincent & Theo

4 ratings

Summary

Printz Honor Book, 2018 The deep and enduring friendship between Vincent and Theo Van Gogh defined both brothers' lives. As a confidant, champion, sympathizer, and friend, Theo financially and emotionally supported his older brother as the artistic but troubled Vincent struggled to find his path in life as both a painter and a man. Throughout that struggle, the brothers shared everything - swapping stories of lovers and friends, successes and disappointments, dreams and ambitions. Drawing on the 658 letters Vincent wrote to Theo during his lifetime, Deborah Heiligman weaves a meticulously researched tale of those two intertwined lives and the extraordinary love that fueled them. 

©2017 Deborah Heiligman (P)2017 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Narrator: Phil Fox
Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
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Hidden Gold

3 ratings

Summary

When Poland is invaded in WWII, the Gold family sticks together in horrific conditions to survive. It’s 1942, and the Nazis are rounding up Jews in the Polish town of Pinczow for transport to the Treblinka death camp. Leib and Hanna Gold thought they had more time to develop an escape plan. While Leib leaves to negotiate a hiding place, Hanna and their children, Shoshana, Esther, and 12-year-old David, steal away in the night to find shelter with a family friend. Leib promises to join them in the morning, but when daylight breaks, Leib had vanished. Hanna must flee to a safer refuge or she and her children will perish. So begins a true story of terror, suspense, and deplorable hardship that lasts more than two years. In a place where everyone is afraid, neighbors turn on neighbors, gentiles betray Jews, and Jews victimize each other, hoping to survive the Holocaust. David Gold's memories of his formative years during World War II are captured by his niece, author Ella Burakowski, in this heart-stopping testament to the human spirit. Learn more about the book and see historic photos of the Gold family at hiddengoldbook.com.

©2015 Ella Burakowski (P)2021 Second Story Press

Narrator: Theresa Tova
Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
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Awakening

Summary

Two young men leave their families and businesses to walk the dusty roads of ancient times with hopes of excitement and adventure. An ordinary 19-year-old man, Daniyyel, observes miraculous moments in his friend Matityahu’s life and wonders what gift his friend has. Daniyyel goes so far as asking Matityahu how and why he has these abilities. Daniyyel wants that awareness and ability in his own life. Amongst the many unexpected events, from hard physical labor to saving lives after a natural disaster, is the effect of a beautiful strong, intelligent, capable young woman on Daniyyel. He has never met such an intriguing and mesmerizing woman in his short life. Could this adventure introduce him to the love of his life? Although we don’t see Daniyyel, aspire to become a healer or to create miracles, he does value the gentleness, kindness and passion that his friend, Matityahu displays. During their travels from city to farm to village and on, many unusual, synchronistic events occur. Surviving tragedy, meeting new people daily, Daniyyel is changed. After questioning, studying, and trying out Matityahu’s spiritual practices and suggestions, we see Daniyyel’s growth from traditional religious thinking to an awakening of his own spiritual nature. Daniyyel develops awareness, a deeper ability to love and a closeness to God. The journey portrays passage to new found oneness, an illustration of possibility accessible to everyone today.

©2018 Lynne Cockrum-Murphy (P)2020 Lynne Cockrum-Murphy

Narrator: Bevis Lowry
Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
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Americanized

1 rating

Summary

The hilarious, poignant, and true story of one teen's experience growing up in America as an undocumented immigrant from the Middle East, perfect for fans of Mindy Kaling and Lena Dunham's books. At 13, bright-eyed straight-A student Sara Saedi uncovered a terrible family secret: She was breaking the law simply by living in the United States. Only two years old when her parents fled Iran, she didn't learn of her undocumented status until her older sister wanted to apply for an after-school job but couldn't because she didn't have a Social Security number. Fear of deportation kept Sara up at night, but it didn't keep her from being a teenager. She desperately wanted a green card, along with clear skin, her own car, and a boyfriend. Americanized follows Sara's progress toward getting her green card, but that's only a portion of her experiences as an Iranian "American" teenager. From discovering that her parents secretly divorced to facilitate her mother's green card application to learning how to tame her unibrow, Sara pivots gracefully from the terrifying prospect that she might be kicked out of the country at any time to the almost as terrifying possibility that she might be the only one of her friends without a date to the prom. This moving, often hilarious story is for anyone who has ever shared either fear. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2018 Sara Saedi (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Lameece Issaq
Author: Sara Saedi
Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
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Bad Boy

Summary

Into a memoir that is gripping, funny, heartbreaking, and unforgettable, Walter Dean Myers richly weaves the details of his Harlem childhood in the 1940s and 1950s: a loving home life with his adopted parents, Bible school, street games, and the vitality of his neighborhood. Although Walter spent much of his time either getting into trouble or on the basketball court, secretly he was a voracious reader and an aspiring writer. But as his prospects for a successful future diminished, the values he had been taught at home, in school, and in his community seemed worthless, and he turned to the streets and his books for comfort. Here in his own words is the story of one of the strongest voices in children's and young adult literature today.

©2001 Walter Dean Myers (P)2001 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Joe Morton
Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
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The March Against Fear

Summary

James Meredith's 1966 march in Mississippi began as one man's peaceful protest for voter registration and became one of the South's most important demonstrations of the civil rights movement. It brought together leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. and Stokely Carmichael, who formed an unlikely alliance that resulted in the Black Power movement, which ushered in a new era in the fight for equality. The retelling of Meredith's story opens on the day of his assassination attempt and goes back in time to recount the moments leading up to that event and its aftermath. Listeners learn about the powerful figures and emerging leaders who joined the over 200-mile walk that became known as the "March Against Fear". Thoughtfully presented by award-winning author Ann Bausum, this book helps listeners understand the complex issues of fear, injustice, and the challenges of change. It is a history lesson that's as important and relevant today as it was 50 years ago.

©2017 Ann Bausum (P)2017 Recorded Books

Narrator: Karen Chilton
Author: Ann Bausum
Length: 4 hrs and 16 mins
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Ana's Story

Summary

She's 17. She's been abused. She has a child. And she's HIV-positive. She is Ana, and this is her story. It begins the day she is born infected with HIV, transmitted from her young mother. Now she barely remembers her mama, who died when Ana was only three. From then on, Ana's childhood becomes a blur of faint memories and secrets: secrets about her illness and about the abuse she endures. Ana's journey is a long one. Shuffled from home to home, she rarely finds safety or love. And then she meets a boy. Berto is one of the only people Ana trusts with all her secrets. That trust puts Ana on a path to breaking the silence that has harmed her, and it leads her to new beginnings, new sorrows, and new hope. Jenna Bush has written a powerful narrative nonfiction account of a girl who struggles to break free from a vicious cycle of abuse, poverty, and illness. Based on Jenna's work with UNICEF and inspired by the framework of one girl's life, it is also the story of many children around the world who are marginalized and excluded from basic care, support, and education. Resources included on this audiobook explain how you can make a difference to children in need and how you can protect yourself and others. A portion of the proceeds from this book will benefit the U.S Fund for UNICEF.

©2006 Jenna Bush (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Jenna Bush
Author: Jenna Bush
Length: 3 hrs and 26 mins
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If Blood Should Stain the Wattle

Summary

It's 1972 in Gibber's Creek, and across the nation, the catchcry is "It's time". As political ideals drift from disaster to the dismissal, it's also time for Jed Kelly to choose between past love, Nicholas, the local Labor member, and Sam from the Halfway to Eternity commune. It's time, too, for Matilda Thompson to face her ghosts and the life that took a young girl from the slums of Grinder's Alley to being the formidable matriarch of Gibber's Creek.  During this period of extraordinary social change and idealism, modern Australia would be born. And although the nation would dream of a better world, it would continue to struggle with opposing ideas of exactly what that better world might be.  Jackie French, author of the best-selling To Love a Sunburnt Country, has woven her own experience of that time into an unforgettable story of a small rural community and a nation swept into the social and political tumult of the early 1970s.  A time that would bear witness to some of the most controversial events in Australian history; and for Matilda, a time that would see her vision made real, without blood spilled upon the wattle.

©2016 Jackie French (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Edwina Wren
Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
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How Dare the Sun Rise

6 ratings

Summary

Junior Library Guild Selection * New York Public Library's Best Books for Teens * Goodreads Choice Awards Nonfiction Finalist * Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best Books for Teens: Nonfiction * 2018 Texas Topaz Nonfiction List * YALSA's 2018 Quick Picks List "This gut-wrenching, poetic memoir reminds us that no life story can be reduced to the word 'refugee.'" (New York Times Book Review) "A critical piece of literature, contributing to the larger refugee narrative in a way that is complex and nuanced." (School Library Journal) This profoundly moving memoir is the remarkable and inspiring true story of Sandra Uwiringiyimana, a girl from the Democratic Republic of the Congo who tells the tale of how she survived a massacre, immigrated to America, and overcame her trauma through art and activism.  Sandra was just 10 years old when she found herself with a gun pointed at her head. She had watched as rebels gunned down her mother and six-year-old sister in a refugee camp. Remarkably, the rebel didn't pull the trigger, and Sandra escaped.  Thus began a new life for her and her surviving family members. With no home and no money, they struggled to stay alive. Eventually, through a United Nations refugee program, they moved to America, only to face yet another ethnic disconnect. Sandra may have crossed an ocean, but there was now a much wider divide she had to overcome. And it started with middle school in New York.  In this memoir, Sandra tells the story of her survival, of finding her place in a new country, of her hope for the future, and how she found a way to give voice to her people. 

©2017 Sandra Uwiringiyimana (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
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Across Five Aprils

2 ratings

Summary

This compelling classic of a boy's coming of age during the Civil War is based on stories the author's grandfather told her about his own life.

©1965 Irene Hunt (P)2002 Audio Bookshelf

Narrator: Terry Bregy
Author: Irene Hunt
Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
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To Look a Nazi in the Eye

Summary

She had expected to hate him. But hate, just like forgiveness, can be complicated. The true story of 19-year-old Jordana Lebowitz’s time at the trial of Oskar Groening, known as the bookkeeper of Auschwitz, a man charged with being complicit in the death of more than 300,000 Jews. A granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, Jordana was still not prepared for what she would see and hear. Listening to Groening’s testimony and to the Holocaust survivors who came to testify against him, Jordana came to understand that by witnessing history she gained the knowledge and legitimacy to be able to stand in the footsteps of the survivors who went before her and pass their history - her history - on to the next generation.

©2017 Kathy Kacer with Jordana Lebowitz (P)2021 Second Story Press

Narrator: Gabi Epstein
Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
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The Miracle & Tragedy of the Dionne Quintuplets

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In this riveting, beyond-belief true story from the author of The Borden Murders, meet the five children who captivated the entire world.  When the Dionne Quintuplets were born on May 28, 1934, weighing a grand total of just over 13 pounds, no one expected them to live so much as an hour. Overnight, Yvonne, Annette, Cécile, Émilie, and Marie Dionne mesmerized the globe, defying medical history with every breath they took. In an effort to protect them from hucksters and showmen, the Ontario government took custody of the five identical babies, sequestering them in a private, custom-built hospital across the road from their family - and then, in a stunning act of hypocrisy, proceeded to exploit them for the next nine years. The Dionne Quintuplets became a more popular attraction than Niagara Falls, ogled through one-way screens by sightseers as they splashed in their wading pool at the center of a tourist hotspot known as Quintland. Here, Sarah Miller reconstructs their unprecedented upbringing with fresh depth and subtlety, bringing to new light their resilience and the indelible bond of their unique sisterhood.

©2019 Sarah Miller (P)2019 and On Listening Library

Narrator: Robin Miles
Author: Sarah Miller
Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
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To Love a Sunburnt Country

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In war-torn Malaya, Nancy dreams of Australia - and a young man called Michael. The year is 1942 and the world is at war. Nancy Clancy left school at 14 to spend a year droving, just like her grandfather Clancy of the Overflow. Now 16, Nancy's family has sent her to Malaya to bring home her sister-in-law Moira and baby nephew Gavin. Yet despite the threat of Japanese invasion, Moira resists, wanting to stay near her husband Ben.  But not even Nancy of the Overflow can stop the fall of Singapore and the capture of so many Australian troops. When their ship is bombed, Nancy, Moira and Gavin are reported missing.  Back home at Gibbers Creek, Michael refuses to believe the girl he loves has died. As Darwin, Broome, and even Sydney are bombed, Australians must fight to save their country. But as Michael and the families of Gibbers Creek discover, there are many ways to love your country, and many ways to fight for it.  From one of Australia's most-admired storytellers comes a gripping and unforgettable novel based on true events and little-known people. This is a story about ultimate survival and the deepest kinds of love.  "A book about a love of country that is heartwarming and heartbreaking, and hard to put down." (Adelaide Advertiser, four stars)

©2014 Jackie French (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Edwina Wren
Length: 16 hrs and 3 mins
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A Cave in the Clouds

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Captured by ISIS, her bravery and faith became her pathway to freedom. Badeeah Hassan was just 18 when she witnessed firsthand the horrors of the 2014 genocide of the Yazidi people by ISIS forces. Captured by ISIS, known locally as Daesh, Badeeah was among hundreds forced into a brutal human trafficking network made up of women and girls of Yazidi ethnicity, a much-persecuted minority culture of Iraq. Badeeah’s story takes her to Syria where she is sold to a high-ranking ISIS commander known as Al Amriki, the American, kept as a house slave, raped, and routinely assaulted. Only the presence of her young nephew Eivan and her friend Navine, also prisoners, keeps her from harming herself. In captivity, she draws on memories and stories from her childhood to maintain a small bit of control in an otherwise volatile situation. Ultimately, it is her profound sense of faith and brave resistance that lead her to escape with Eivan and reunite with family.  Since her escape, Badeeah has brought her harrowing story of war and survival to the world’s stage, raising awareness about the strength of her people and the acts of genocide against them. This captivating account of courage extends beyond the confines of her experience; Badeeah’s story is about the resilience of women, girls, and persecuted groups everywhere in the face of seemingly insurmountable oppression.  Bespeak Audio Editions brings Canadian voices to the world with audiobook editions of some of the country’s greatest works of literature, performed by Canadian actors.

©2019 Badeeah Hassan Ahmed, Susan Elizabeth McClelland (P)2021 Bespeak Audio Editions

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Yes She Can

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"An excellent guide to the how and why of a life of public service." (Amy Poehler) Return to President Obama's White House in this New York Times best-selling anthology for young women by young women, featuring stories from 10 inspiring young staffers who joined his administration in their 20s with the hope of making a difference. Includes a foreword by actress (Grown-ish) and activist Yara Shahidi! Shahidi is the creator of Eighteen x '18, a platform to empower first-time voters. They were teens when Barack Obama announced he was running for president. They came of age in the Obama Era. And then they joined his White House. Smart, motivated, ambitious - and ready to change the world. Kalisha Dessources Figures planned one of the biggest summits held by the Obama White House - The United State of Women. Andrea Flores fought for the president's immigration bill on the Hill. Nita Contreras traveled the globe and owned up to a rookie mistake on Air Force One (in front of the leader of the free world!). Here are 10 inspiring, never-before-told stories from diverse young women who got. Stuff. Done. They recall - fondly and with humor and a dose of humility - what it was like to literally help run the world. Yes She Can is an intimate look at Obama's presidency through the eyes of some of the most successful, and completely relatable, young women who were there. Full of wisdom they wish they could impart to their younger selves and a message about the need for more girls in government, these recollections are about stepping out into the spotlight and up to the challenge - something every girl can do.

©2019 Jenna Brayton, Eleanor Celeste, Nita Contreras, Molly Dillon, Kalisha Dessources Figures, Andrea R. Flores, Vivian P. Graubard, Noemie C. Levy, Taylor Lustig, and Jaimie Woo (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

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The Nazi Hunters

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A spy mission, a Holocaust tale, and a first-class work of nonfiction. In 1945, at the end of World War II, Adolf Eichmann, the head of operations for the Final Solution, walked into the mountains of Germany and vanished from view. Sixteen years later an elite team of spies captured him at a bus stop in Argentina and smuggled him to Israel, resulting in one of the century's most important trials - one that cemented the Holocaust in the public imagination. The Nazi Hunters is the thrilling and fascinating story of what happened between these two events. Survivor Simon Wiesenthal opened Eichmann's case; a blind Argentinean and his teenage daughter provided crucial information. Finally, the Israeli spies - many of whom lost family in the Holocaust - embarked on their daring mission, recounted here in full. Based on the adult best seller Hunting Eichmann, which is now in development as a major film, The Nazi Hunters is a can't-miss work of narrative nonfiction for middle-grade and YA listeners.

©2013 Neal Bascomb (P)2016 Scholastic Inc.

Narrator: Jason Culp
Author: Neal Bascomb
Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
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The Nutcracker Curse

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The Selection meets The Last Unicorn. Twelve days. Four realms. Break the curse. Or turn into a nutcracker. I thought I knew the main threat to my freedom. I was wrong.  At 17 years old, I’m not ready to marry, and yet that’s what I must do as the crown princess of Austria. But getting to know the foreign princes visiting my kingdom becomes the least of my worries when I touch a bespelled nutcracker and unleash a deadly curse. I have 12 days to feed the nutcracker the magical nut Crackatook. If I fail, my soul will become trapped inside the toy for all eternity, and my body will turn to wood. Instead of relying on my suitors or the king’s men to find the cure, I saddle my unicorn and sneak out of the palace. My childhood friend Philip insists on tagging along, and soon, we are off to lands filled with mythical creatures.  Will we survive all trials and find the Crackatook in time? Or will my soul become trapped in the nutcracker and my body turn to wood? Don’t miss this clean YA fairy tale filled with adventure, love, magic, and a strong heroine!  If you like K.M. Shea, Melanie Cellier, and Kiera Cass, you’ll love this! Buy it now and join Clara on her journey to break the Nutcracker Curse! The Nutcracker Curse is the first book in the Cursed Fairy Tale series. Each book can be listened to as a stand-alone. However, for greatest enjoyment, the novels should be listened to in order.  Join the adventure today, and lose yourself in a world full of magic and romance!

©2018 Margo Ryerkerk (P)2021 Margo Ryerkerk

Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
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Lugares asombrosos [Amazing Places]

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Luisito Comunica viaja de un extremo a otro del planeta. La curiosidad es el motor de las aventuras que lo lanzan hasta los terrenos más inhóspitos y misteriosos. En Lugares asombrosos. Travesías insólitas y otras maneras extrañas de conocer el mundo podrás viajar -con Luisito como compañero y guía- a los lugares más recónditos de uno, dos y más continentes: a sitios abandonados que conservan la huella de un hecho inexplicable; espacios delineados por trazos y personajes místicos; habitáculos hechizados por almas que vagan entre dimensiones desconocidas; zonas marcadas por los errores de la historia y sus fantasmas, y pintorescas comisuras del orbe con el sello de una costumbre o un suceso perturbador.  Una guía de viajes y aventuras bizarras con tips de cómo llegar, cuánto se gasta, dónde comer, dónde hospedarse, qué visitar, qué llevar en tu maleta... y muchos otros consejos acerca de reglamentación, precauciones, tipos de divisa, documentos especiales ¡y más! Apto para viajeros temerarios y trotamundos implacables. "Quiero que reflexiones sobre lo hermoso que es nuestro mundo y al mismo tiempo te sientas aterrorizado de vivir aquí. ¿Qué no se trata de eso la vida: de sorprendernos constantemente por lo que fue y será?" (Luisito Comunica)  Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2019 Luisito Comunica (P)2019 Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial

Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
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A Thousand Sisters

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Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Finalist! The gripping true story of the only women to fly in combat in World War II - from Elizabeth Wein, award-winning author of Code Name Verity. In the early years of World War II, Josef Stalin issued an order that made the Soviet Union the first country in the world to allow female pilots to fly in combat. Led by Marina Raskova, these three regiments, including the 588th Night Bomber Regiment - nicknamed the “night witches” - faced intense pressure and obstacles both in the sky and on the ground. Some of these young women perished in flames. Many of them were in their teens when they went to war. This is the story of Raskova’s three regiments, women who enlisted and were deployed on the front lines of battle as navigators, pilots, and mechanics. It is the story of 1,000 young women who wanted to take flight to defend their country and the woman who brought them together in the sky. Packed with fascinating sidebars and thoroughly researched details, A Thousand Sisters is the inspiring true story of a group of women who set out to change the world and the sisterhood they formed even amid the destruction of war.

©2019 Elizabeth Gatland (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Amy Landon
Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
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Audacity

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A gorgeously told novel in verse written with intimacy and power, Audacity is inspired by the real-life story of Clara Lemlich, a spirited young woman who emigrated from Russia to New York at the turn of the 20th century and fought tenaciously for equal rights. Bucking the norms of both her traditional Jewish family and societal conventions, Clara refuses to accept substandard working conditions in the factories on Manhattan's Lower East Side. For years, Clara devotes herself to the labor fight, speaking up for those who suffer in silence. In time, Clara convinces the women in the factories to strike, organize, and unionize, culminating in the famous Uprising of the 20,000. Powerful, breathtaking, and inspiring, Audacity is the story of a remarkable young woman, whose passion and selfless devotion to her cause changed the world.

©2015 Melanie Crowder (P)2019 Tantor

Length: 4 hrs and 2 mins
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The Special Operations Flotilla

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Midshipman Martin Stockley is 15 years old and back in the Falcon for another tour at sea. Returning from a trip to the Nordics as part of a prize crew, he is unexpectedly summoned to the Admiralty.  The following meeting with Admiral Lord Hood and William Wickham twists his career in the Navy in a direction he never expected and his talent for trouble is suddenly in demand. Add to the mix a beautiful widow and you have a story full of adventure, derring do, and romance.  He ends up back in Toulon with the beautiful French spy Linette where he is tasked with finding out what the hell Napoleon is up to amassing thousands of troops and hundreds of ships on the Mediterranean coast.

©2018 Christopher Charles Tubbs (P)2020 Christopher Charles Tubbs

Narrator: Grant Stimpson
Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
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They Went Left

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A tour de force historical mystery from Monica Hesse, the best-selling and award-winning author of Girl in the Blue Coat. Germany, 1945. The soldiers who liberated the Gross-Rosen concentration camp said the war was over, but nothing feels over to 18-year-old Zofia Lederman. Her body has barely begun to heal; her mind feels broken. And her life is completely shattered: Three years ago, she and her younger brother, Abek, were the only members of their family to be sent to the right, away from the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Everyone else - her parents, her grandmother, radiant Aunt Maja - they went left. Zofia's last words to her brother were a promise: "Abek to Zofia, A to Z. When I find you again, we will fill our alphabet." Now her journey to fulfill that vow takes her through Poland and Germany and into a displaced persons camp where everyone she meets is trying to piece together a future from a painful past: Miriam, desperately searching for the twin she was separated from after they survived medical experimentation. Breine, a former heiress, who now longs only for a simple wedding with her new fiancé. And Josef, who guards his past behind a wall of secrets and is beautiful and strange and magnetic all at once. But the deeper Zofia digs, the more impossible her search seems. How can she find one boy in a sea of the missing? In the rubble of a broken continent, Zofia must delve into a mystery whose answers could break her - or help her rebuild her world.

©2020 Monica Hesse (P)2020 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Caitlin Davies
Author: Monica Hesse
Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
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Liberty-Loving Lafayette

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Finalist, 2020 Independent Author Network "Book of the Year", Award in both Young Adult Nonfiction and History Nonfiction "...a perfect example of how a writer can make history/learning history fun...the accompanying art is wonderful"(David Bruce Smith, author of Abigail and John, founder of the Grateful American Foundation, and cofounder of the Grateful American Book Prize) "An ode to the great Lafayette, beautifully told and richly illustrated..." (Alan R. Hoffman, translator, Lafayette in America in 1824 and 1825: Journal of a Voyage to the United States, and president, The American Friends of Lafayette) "A great addition to the [Lafayette] canon." (Diane Shaw, Director Emerita of Special Collections & College Archives, Lafayette College) Inspired by the Broadway hit, Hamilton, and by Longfellow's "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere", author Dorothea Jensen wrote this short rhyming narrative about the Marquis de Lafayette and his crucial role in our Revolutionary War. This playful historical account is aimed at young and older adults. It would be entertaining and educational to perform in a classroom or other settings, such as events celebrating the upcoming bicentennial of Lafayette's 1824-5 Farewell Tour of America.  A few things you will learn from this book: Who the unlikely person was who inspired Lafayette to help America How Lafayette's powerful father-in-law tried to discourage his plan Why such a high rank was given to an inexperienced 19-year-old How Lafayette helped strengthen the crucial French Alliance What Lafayette's key successes were as a military commander in America

©2020 Dorothea Jensen (P)2020 Dorothea Jensen

Narrator: Dorothea Jensen
Length: 35 mins
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The Downstairs Girl

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From the critically-acclaimed author of Under a Painted Sky and Outrun the Moon and founding member of We Need Diverse Books comes a powerful novel about identity, betrayal, and the meaning of family. By day, 17-year-old Jo Kuan works as a lady's maid for the cruel daughter of one of the wealthiest men in Atlanta. But by night, Jo moonlights as the pseudonymous author of a newspaper advice column for the genteel Southern lady, "Dear Miss Sweetie". When her column becomes wildly popular, she uses the power of the pen to address some of society's ills, but she's not prepared for the backlash that follows when her column challenges fixed ideas about race and gender. While her opponents clamor to uncover the secret identity of Miss Sweetie, a mysterious letter sets Jo off on a search for her own past and the parents who abandoned her as a baby. But when her efforts put her in the crosshairs of Atlanta's most notorious criminal, Jo must decide whether she, a girl used to living in the shadows, is ready to step into the light. With prose that is witty, insightful, and at times heartbreaking, Stacey Lee masterfully crafts an extraordinary social drama set in the New South.

©2019 Stacey Lee (P)2019 Tantor

Author: Stacey Lee
Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
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Becoming Beatriz

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Beatriz dreams of a life spent dancing - until tragedy on the day of her quinceanera changes everything. Up until her 15th birthday, the most important thing in the world to Beatriz Mendez was her dream of becoming a professional dancer and getting herself and her family far from the gang life that defined their days - that and meeting her dance idol Debbie Allen on the set of her favorite TV show, Fame. But after the latest battle in a constant turf war leaves her gang leader brother, Junito, dead and her mother grieving, Beatriz has a new set of priorities. How is she supposed to feel the rhythm when her gang needs running, when her mami can't brush her own teeth, and when the last thing she can remember of her old self is dancing with her brother, followed by running and gunshots? When the class brainiac reminds Beatriz of her love of the dance floor, her banished dreams sneak back in. Now the only question is: will the gang let her go?  Set in New Jersey in 1984, Beatriz's story is a timeless one of a teenager's navigation of romance, gang culture, and her own family's difficult past. A companion novel to the much-lauded Like Vanessa.

©2019 Tami Charles (P)2019 Recorded Books

Narrator: Tami Charles
Author: Tami Charles
Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
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Every Falling Star

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Every Falling Star, the first book to portray contemporary North Korea to a young audience, is the intense memoir of a North Korean boy named Sungju, who is forced at age 12 to live on the streets and fend for himself. To survive, Sungju creates a gang and lives by thieving, fighting, begging, and stealing rides on cargo trains. Sungju richly recreates his scabrous story, depicting what it was like for a boy alone to create a new family with his gang, his "brothers"; to be hungry and to fear arrest, imprisonment, and even execution. This riveting memoir allows young listeners to learn about other cultures where freedoms they take for granted do not exist.

©2016 Sungju Lee (P)2016 Tantor

Narrator: David Shih
Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
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No Summit out of Sight

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Jordan Romero climbed Mount Everest at age 13 - and he didn't stop there. In this inspiring young adult memoir, he tells how he achieved such great heights. On May 22, 2010, at the age of 13, American teenager Jordan Romero became the youngest person to climb to the summit of Mount Everest. At 15, he became the youngest person to reach the summits of the tallest mountains on each of the seven continents. In this energizing memoir for young adults, Jordan recounts his experience, which started as a spark of an idea at the age of nine and, many years of training and hard work later, turned into a dream come true. "The emotional pitch of the story remains high as Romero contends with extreme weather, frustration, exhaustion, and homesickness to reach, with almost palpable exhilaration, each peak." (Publishers Weekly)

©2014 Jordan Romero, Paul Romero, and Karen Lundgren (P)2020 Tantor

Narrator: Kyle Tait
Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
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We Are Here to Stay

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The Stonewall Honor-winning author of Beyond Magenta shares the intimate, eye-opening stories of nine undocumented young adults living in America. “Maybe next time they hear someone railing about how terrible immigrants are, they'll think about me. I’m a real person.” Meet nine courageous young adults who have lived in the United States with a secret for much of their lives: they are not U.S. citizens. They came from Colombia, Mexico, Ghana, Independent Samoa, and Korea. They came seeking education, fleeing violence, and escaping poverty. All have heartbreaking and hopeful stories about leaving their homelands and starting a new life in America. And all are weary of living in the shadows.  We Are Here to Stay is a very different book than it was intended to be when originally slated for a 2017 release, illustrated with Susan Kuklin’s gorgeous full-color portraits. Since the last presidential election and the repeal of DACA, it is no longer safe for these young adults to be identified in photographs or by name. In the print version of this book, their photographs have been replaced with empty frames. Their names are represented by first initials. We are honored to publish these enlightening, honest, and brave accounts that encourage open, thoughtful conversation about the complexities of immigration - and the uncertain future of immigrants in America.

©2019 Susan Kuklin, original book published by Candlewick Press. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Blood Countess (Lady Slayers)

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A historical YA horror novel based on the infamous real-life inspiration for Countess Dracula In 17th-century Hungary, Anna Darvulia has just begun working as a scullery maid for the young and glamorous Countess Elizabeth Báthory. When Elizabeth takes a liking to Anna, she’s vaulted to the dream role of chambermaid, a far cry from the filthy servants’ quarters below. She receives wages generous enough to provide for her family, and the Countess begins to groom Anna as her friend and confidante.  It’s not long before Anna falls completely under the Countess’s spell - and the Countess takes full advantage. Isolated from her former friends, family, and fiancé, Anna realizes she’s not a friend but a prisoner of the increasingly cruel Elizabeth. Then come the murders, and Anna knows it’s only a matter of time before the Blood Countess turns on her, too. 

©2020 Lana Popovic (P)2020 Amulet Books

Narrator: Jennifer Mudge
Author: Lana Popovic
Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
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Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You

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A timely, crucial, and empowering exploration of racism - and antiracism - in America This is NOT a history book. This is a book about the here and now. A book to help us better understand why we are where we are. A book about race. The construct of race has always been used to gain and keep power, to create dynamics that separate and silence. This remarkable reimagining of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi's National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning reveals the history of racist ideas in America, and inspires hope for an antiracist future. It takes you on a race journey from then to now, shows you why we feel how we feel, and why the poison of racism lingers. It also proves that while racist ideas have always been easy to fabricate and distribute, they can also be discredited.  Through a gripping, fast-paced, and energizing narrative written by beloved award-winner Jason Reynolds, this book shines a light on the many insidious forms of racist ideas - and on ways listeners can identify and stamp out racist thoughts in their daily lives.

©2020 Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi (P)2020 Little, Brown Young Readers

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Stay Sweet

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From the author of The Last Boy and Girl in the World and The List comes a bold and sweet summer listen about first love, feminism, and ice cream. Summer in Sand Lake isn't complete without a trip to Meade Creamery - the local ice cream stand founded in 1944 by Molly Meade, who started making ice cream to cheer up her lovesick girlfriends while all the boys were away at war. Since then, the stand has been owned and managed exclusively by local girls, who inevitably become the best of friends. Seventeen-year-old Amelia and her best friend, Cate, have worked at the stand every summer for the past three years, and Amelia is "Head Girl" at the stand this summer. When Molly passes away before Amelia even has her first day in charge, Amelia isn't sure that the stand can go on. That is, until Molly's grandnephew Grady arrives and asks Amelia to stay on to help continue the business...but Grady's got some changes in mind.

©2018 Siobhan Vivian (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Bailey Carr
Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
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Master of Deceit

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"King, there is only one thing left for you to do.... Take it before your filthy, abnormal, fraudulent self is bared to the nation." Dr. Martin Luther King received this demand in an anonymous letter in 1964. He believed that the letter was telling him to commit suicide. Who wrote this anonymous letter? Most likely William Sullivan, an assistant director of the FBI. Who was Sullivan trying to impress in his campaign against King? J. Edgar Hoover. In this unsparing exploration of one of the most powerful Americans of the 20th century, accomplished historian Marc Aronson unmasks the man behind the Bureau: his tangled family history and personal relationships; his own need for secrecy, deceit, and control; and the broad trends in American society that shaped his world. Hoover may have given America the security it wanted, but the secrets he knew gave him—and the Bureau—all the power he wanted. Master of Deceit challenges listeners to explore Hoover and his secrets. Was Hoover a protector of America or a betrayer of its principles? What is the price of security? Here is a book about the 20th century that blazes with questions and insights about our choices in the 21st.

©2012 Marc Aronson (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Luke Daniels
Author: Marc Aronson
Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
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Boots on the Ground

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First came John Lennon. Then Marching for Freedom. Now, National Book Award finalist Elizabeth Partridge takes on the ultimate '60s topic: Vietnam. In March 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson sent troops into Vietnam. 57,939 American soldiers would be killed and 17 years would pass before this controversial chapter of American history concluded with the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 1982. The history of this era is complex; the cultural impact extraordinary. But it's the personal stories of eight people - six American soldiers, one American nurse, and one Vietnamese refugee - that form the heartbeat of Boots on the Ground. From dense jungles and terrifying firefights to chaotic medic rescues and evacuations, each individual's story reveals a different facet of the war and moves us forward in time. Alternating with these chapters are profiles of key American leaders and events, reminding us what was happening at home, including Kent State, Woodstock, and Watergate. This show-stopping book is Elizabeth Partridge at her finest.

©2018 Elizabeth Partridge (P)2018 Listening Library

Narrator: Ray Porter
Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
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The Poppy and the Rose

Summary

Death can take many things, but it can't take your memories. 1912: Ava Knight, a young English aristocrat, boards the Titanic and meets a sailor, a soldier, and a woman with secret knowledge about a coming war that will change the course of history. 2010: Taylor Romano arrives in Oxford for a summer journalism program and is invited to tea at an old manor with a cursed history. When Taylor discovers that the lady of the house knows an uncanny amount about Taylor and her family's secrets, she knows something isn't right. But before she can find answers, the old woman dies suspiciously, leaving Taylor with a single clue: the story of a Titanic survivor named Ava. With the help of a brooding chauffeur and some historical sleuthing, Taylor must uncover the link between Ava's past and her own before her most cherished memories are tarnished forever.

©2020 Ashlee Cowles (P)2021 Tantor

Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
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A Light in the Darkness

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From National Book Award Finalist Albert Marrin comes the moving story of Janusz Korczak, the heroic Polish Jewish doctor who devoted his life to children, perishing with them in the Holocaust. Janusz Korczak was more than a good doctor. He was a hero. The Dr. Spock of his day, he established orphanages run on his principle of honoring children and shared his ideas with the public in books and on the radio. He famously said that "children are not the people of tomorrow, but people today". Korczak was a man ahead of his time, whose work ultimately became the basis for the UN Declaration of the Rights of the Child. Korczak was also a Polish Jew on the eve of World War II. He turned down multiple opportunities for escape, standing by the children in his orphanage as they became confined to the Warsaw Ghetto. Dressing them in their Sabbath finest, he led their march to the trains and ultimately perished with his children in Treblinka. But this book is much more than a biography. In it, renowned nonfiction master Albert Marrin examines not just Janusz Korczak's life but his ideology of children: that children are valuable in and of themselves, as individuals. He contrasts this with Adolf Hitler's life and his ideology of children: that children are nothing more than tools of the state. And throughout, Marrin draws listeners into the Warsaw Ghetto. What it was like. How it was run. How Jews within and Poles without responded. Who worked to save lives and who tried to enrich themselves on other people's suffering. And how one man came to represent the conscience and the soul of humanity. This is an unforgettable portrait of a man whose compassion in even the darkest hours reminds us what is possible.

©2019 Albert Marrin (P)2019 Listening Library

Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki
Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
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Say Her Name

1 rating

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Inspired by the #SayHerName campaign launched by the African American Policy Forum, these poems pay tribute to victims of police brutality as well as the activists insisting that Black Lives Matter. Elliott engages poets from the past two centuries to create a chorus of voices celebrating the creativity, resilience, and courage of Black women and girls.  This collection features 49 powerful poems, four of which are tribute poems inspired by the works of Lucille Clifton, Audre Lorde, Nikki Giovanni, and Phillis Wheatley. This provocative collection will move every listener to reflect, respond - and act.

©2020 Zetta Elliott (P)2020 Recorded Books

Narrator: Channie Waites
Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
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The Impossible Knife of Memory

Summary

Despite my best intentions, I was beginning to understand how my dad saw the world. The shadows haunting every living thing. The secrets inside the lies wrapped in bullshit. Even Gracie’s box of pills was beginning to make sense. For the past five years, Hayley Kincain and her father, Andy, have been on the road, trying to outrun the memories that haunt them both. They moved back to Andy’s hometown to try a “normal” life, but the horrors he saw in the war threaten to destroy their lives. Hayley watches, helpless, as her father turns to drugs and alcohol to silence his demons. And then her own past creeps up, and everything falls apart. How do you keep your father alive when death is stalking him? What are you supposed to do when your parent stops acting like an adult? And what happens if a sweet guy who can make you laugh barges his way into your world and for the first time, you find yourself thinking about the future? Timely, compelling, surprising — this is Laurie Halse Anderson at her finest.

©2014 Laurie Halse Anderson (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
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Votes for Women!

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On August 18, 1920, American women finally won the right to vote. Ratification of the 19th Amendment was the culmination of an almost 80-year fight in which some of the fiercest, most passionate women in history marched, protested, and sometimes broke the law in to achieve this huge leap toward equal rights. In this expansive yet personal volume, author Winifred Conkling covers not only the suffragists' achievements and politics but also the private journeys that fueled their passion and led them to become women's champions. From Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who founded the suffrage movement at the 1848 Seneca Falls convention; to Victoria Woodhull, the first female candidate for president; to Sojourner Truth and her famous speech, "Ain't I a Woman?"; to Alice Paul, who was arrested and force-fed in prison, Conkling combines thorough research with gripping storytelling to bring the battle for the right to vote to vivid life. Votes for Women! also explores the movement's often powerful, sometimes difficult relationship with the temperance and abolition movements, and takes unflinching look at some of the uglier moments in the fight for the women's vote. Votes for Women! is a mesmerizing listen, perfect for fans of propulsive narrative nonfiction stories like Most Dangerous and The Family Romanov.

©2018 Winifred Conkling (P)2018 Recorded Books

Narrator: Christina Moore
Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
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The Text of the United States Constitution

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The United States Constitution both established both a strong central government and protected states' rights. But to say that something is of two parts is not to say that the parts are equal. Advocates of state sovereignty believed the Constitution created an executive power that was so strong it might as well have been a monarchy, while advocates of national government felt that a strong executive was essential to steer America through crises. Between these two positions, the living body of the Constitution was sculpted. Over and over, the delegates to the Philadelphia Convention clashed and compromised. Slavery, a bill of rights, legislative representation - all the battles over these issues are enshrined in the language of the Constitution. To fully appreciate the Constitution, it is necessary to understand the questions it sought to resolve. Produced by Pat Childs with music by Ralph Childs.

©1987 Carmichael & Carmichael, Inc. / Knowledge Products (P)1987 Carmichael & Carmichael, Inc. / Knowledge Products

Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
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The Other Side

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For this striking, stripped-down account of youth immigration, Villalobos interviewed teens at various stages of the immigration process to illustrate their stories - the physical and emotional difficulties of their travels. He then changed certain elements of these stories in order to protect the children's identities. Each chapter brings forth the voice of one young immigrant's experience, from crossing the Mexican desert to gang violence to the freezers at ICE detention centers. Together, these teen voices paint a vivid and thought-provoking picture of United States-Central American immigration and the American refugee crisis, which will resonate with young listeners, educators, and fans of Villalobos’ adult fiction.

©2019 Dreamscape Media, LLC (P)2019 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
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The Color of Beauty

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Ophelia DeVore boldly overcame tragedy and hardship to become the first Black model in the United States of America. She possessed grace, finesse, intelligence, natural beauty, and courage. Being the first black graduate of the Vogue Modeling School, she eventually became a powerful business mogul, an exuberant entrepreneur, and a respected leader in her field. Her story is unique because she redefined "beauty" in America. Throughout her life, she sought to prove to the world beauty could be found in every shade of color. The Ophelia DeVore Charm School and Grace Del Marco Modeling Agency served as a strong foundation for notables including Diahann Carroll, Richard Roundtree, Trudy Haynes, Helen Williams, Cicely Tyson, Susan Taylor, Audrey Smaltz, and many more. She regularly worked with fashion icons such as Christian Dior, Ralph Lauren, and Ceil Chapman. In a personal letter written on July 17, 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., thanked DeVore for being a part of "the great democratic crusade of our era". Her inspirational story will move you to believe in yourself and achieve your dreams.

©2019 Alina Mitchell (P)2021 Tantor

Narrator: LaQuita James
Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
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Malcolm X

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As a 14-year-old, he was Malcolm Little, the president of his class and a top student. At 16, he was hustling tips at a Boston nightclub. In Harlem, he was known as Detroit Red, a slick street operator. At 19, he was back in Boston, leading a gang of burglars. At 20, he was in prison. It was in prison that Malcolm Little started the journey that would lead him to adopt the name Malcolm X, and there he developed his beliefs about what being Black means in America: beliefs that shook America then and still shake America today.  Walter Dean Myers' classic biography sheds light on a Black man whose beliefs changed America.

©2019 Walter Dean Myers (P)2020 Recorded Books, Inc.

Narrator: Corey Allen
Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
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This Land Is Our Land

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Summary

Private property is everywhere. Almost anywhere you walk in the United States, you will spot "No Trespassing" and "Private Property" signs on trees and fence posts. In America, there are more than a billion acres of grassland pasture, cropland, and forest, and miles and miles of coastlines that are mostly closed off to the public. Meanwhile, America’s public lands are threatened by extremist groups and right-wing think tanks who call for our public lands to be sold to the highest bidder and closed off to everyone else. If these groups get their way, public property may become private, precious green spaces may be developed, and the common good may be sacrificed for the benefit of the wealthy few. Ken Ilgunas, lifelong traveler, hitchhiker, and roamer, takes listeners back to the 19th century, when Americans were allowed to journey undisturbed across the country. Today, though, America finds itself as an outlier in the Western world as a number of European countries have created sophisticated legal systems that protect landowners and give citizens generous roaming rights to their countries' green spaces. Inspired by the United States' history of roaming, and taking guidance from present-day Europe, Ilgunas calls into question our entrenched understanding of private property and provocatively proposes something unheard of: opening up American private property for public recreation. He imagines a future in which folks everywhere will have the right to walk safely, explore freely, and roam boldly - from California to the New York island, from the Redwood Forest to the Gulf Stream waters.

©2018 Ken Ilgunas (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Andrew Eiden
Author: Ken Ilgunas
Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
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Bonnie and Clyde

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Bonnie and Clyde may be the most notorious - and celebrated - outlaw couple America has ever known. This is the true story of how they got that way. Bonnie and Clyde - we've been on a first name basis with them for almost a hundred years. Immortalized in movies, songs, and pop culture references, they are remembered mostly for their storied romance and tragic deaths. But what was life really like for Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker in the early 1930s? How did two dirt-poor teens from West Texas morph from vicious outlaws to legendary couple? And why? Award-winning author Karen Blumenthal devoted months to tracing the footsteps of Bonnie and Clyde, unearthing new information and debunking many persistent myths. The result is an impeccably researched, breathtaking nonfiction tale of love, car chases, kidnappings, and murder set against the backdrop of the Great Depression.

©2018 Karen Blumenthal (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Gabra Zackman
Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
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The Liars of Mariposa Island

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From the author of Moxie comes a stunning novel told in three voices about the lies families tell to survive. Every year, summer begins when the Callahans arrive on Mariposa Island. That's when Elena Finney gets to escape her unstable, controlling mother by babysitting for their two children. And the summer of 1986 promises to be extra special when she meets J.C., the new boy in town, whose kisses make Elena feel like she's been transported to a new world.  Joaquin Finney can't imagine why anyone would want to come to Mariposa Island. He just graduated from high school and dreams about going to California to find his father and escape his mother's manipulation.  The Liars of Mariposa Island follows siblings Elena and Joaquin, with flashbacks to their mother's experience as a teenage refugee fleeing the Cuban revolution.  Jennifer Mathieu's multilayered novel explores the nature of secrets, lies, and fierce, destructive love.

©2019 Jennifer Mathieu (P)2019 Recorded Books

Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
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Jane Against the World

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From award-winning author Karen Blumenthal comes a deep and passionate look at the riveting history of the fight for reproductive rights in the United States. Tracing the path to the landmark decision in Roe v. Wade and the continuing battle for women's rights, Blumenthal examines, in a straightforward tone, the root causes of the current debate around abortion and repercussions that have affected generations of American women. This eye-opening audiobook is the perfect tool to facilitate difficult discussions and awareness of a topic that is rarely touched on in school but affects each and every young person. It's also perfect for fans of Steve Sheinkin and Deborah Heiligman. This journalistic look at the history of abortion and the landmark case of Roe v. Wade is an important and necessary audiobook.

©2020 Karen Blumenthal (P)2020 Listening Library

Narrator: Maggi-Meg Reed
Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
Available on Audible
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Horrible Histories: Savage Stone Age

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Summary

Learn all about the Savage Stone Age, with all the nasty bits left in. You probably thought that Stone Age people spent all their time standing stones up on one end and rubbing sticks together to make fires.

©1999 Terry Deary & Martin Brown (P)2013 Scholastic UK

Narrator: Terry Deary
Length: 53 mins
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Flowers in the Gutter

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The true story of the Edelweiss Pirates, working-class teenagers who fought the Nazis by whatever means they could. Fritz, Gertrud, and Jean were classic outsiders: Their clothes were different, their music was rebellious, and they weren’t afraid to fight. But they were also Germans living under Hitler, and any nonconformity could get them arrested or worse. As children in 1933, they saw their world change. Their earliest memories were of the Nazi rise to power and of their parents fighting Brownshirts in the streets, being sent to prison, or just disappearing. As Hitler’s grip tightened, these three found themselves trapped in a nation whose government contradicted everything they believed in. And by the time they were teenagers, the Nazis expected them to be part of the war machine. Fritz, Gertrud, and Jean and hundreds like them said no. They grew bolder, painting anti-Nazi graffiti, distributing anti-war leaflets, and helping those persecuted by the Nazis. Their actions were always dangerous. The Gestapo pursued and arrested hundreds of Edelweiss Pirates. In World War II’s desperate final year, some Pirates joined in sabotage and armed resistance, risking the Third Reich’s ultimate punishment. This is their story.

©2020 K. R. Gaddy (P)2020 Listening Library

Narrator: Natasha Soudek
Author: K. R. Gaddy
Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
Available on Audible
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Tesla

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Tesla was renowned for his achievements and showmanship, eventually earning him a reputation in popular culture as an archetypal mad scientist. His patents earned him a considerable amount of money, much of which used to finance his projects with varying degrees of success. He lived most of his life in a series of New York hotels, and only if they had the room number three, six, or nine, or adding to equal these numbers through his retirement. His work fell into relative obscurity after his death all his notes blueprints taken away by government officials the building he died in mysteriously burnt down.

©2020 Gabriel Ramirez (P)2020 Gabriel Ramirez

Narrator: Monica Jaye
Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
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The Flying Tigers

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During World War II, a group of American fighter pilots roamed the skies over China and Burma, menacing the Japanese war effort without letup. Flamboyant, daring, and courageous, they were called the Flying Tigers.  The Tigers - who had been recruited from the Army, Navy, and Marines - first saw action as a volunteer group fighting on the side of the Chiang Kai-shek's China against Japan. Trained in the unconventional air-combat tactics of their maverick leader Claire Lee Chennault, they racked up some of the most impressive air victory records of World War II. This is the story of Chennault and his magnificent Tigers - and how they performed the impossible.

©1963 by John Toland (P)2020 by Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Joe Barrett
Author: John Toland
Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
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Hidden Girl

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Summary

Shyima Hall was born in Egypt on September 29, 1989, the seventh child of desperately poor parents. When she was eight, her parents sold her into slavery. Shyima then moved two hours away to Egypt's capitol city of Cairo to live with a wealthy family and serve them eighteen hours a day, seven days a week. When she was ten, her captors moved to Orange County, California, and smuggled Shyima with them. Two years later, an anonymous call from a neighbor brought about the end of Shyima's servitude - but her journey to true freedom was far from over. A volunteer at her local police department since she was a teenager, Shyima is passionate about helping to rescue others who are in bondage. Now a U.S. citizen, she regularly speaks out about human trafficking and intends to one day become an immigration officer. In Hidden Girl, Shyima candidly reveals how she overcame her harrowing circumstances and brings vital awareness to a timely and relevant topic.

©2014 Shyima Hall (P)2014 Tantor

Narrator: Robin Eller
Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
Available on Audible
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Bootleg

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Filled with anecdotes and portraits of unique characters from the era, this fascinating audiobook by an award-winning author looks at the rise and fall of the disastrous social experiment known as Prohibition. It began with the best of intentions. Worried about the effects of alcohol on American families, mothers and civic leaders started a movement to outlaw drinking in public places. Over time, their protests, petitions, and activism paid off - when a Constitutional Amendment banning the sale and consumption of alcohol was ratified, it was hailed as the end of public drunkenness, alcoholism, and a host of other social ills related to booze. Instead, it began a decade of lawlessness, when children smuggled (and drank) illegal alcohol, the most upright citizens casually broke the law, and a host of notorious gangsters entered the public eye. Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition is fast-paced nonfiction perfect for anyone who's interested in American history, particularly the 1920s, gangsters, bootleggers, the history of alcohol in the US, the 18th Amendment and the Constitution, and American politics. Praise for Bootleg: A Kirkus Best Teen Book of the Year A School Library Journal's Best Nonfiction Book A YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist "A fast-paced, gripping narrative... An informative, insightful account of a fascinating period of American history." (Kirkus Reviews starred review) "Gangsters, guns, and political battles - this book has them all - and presents them in compelling prose...a lively read." (School Library Journal starred review) "Lively anecdotes and personal stories keep the reading brisk and often quite jovial." (Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books starred review) "A highly readable, well-shaped look at the Eighteenth Amendment...a top-notch resource." (Booklist starred review) "The scope is ambitious, but Blumenthal investigates various tangents with telling anecdotes, quotes, statistics...without losing her focus on the bigger picture. Whether you consider ongoing problems with substance abuse or increasingly polarized political discourse, the book is startlingly relevant to modern times in many ways, marking Blumenthal as one of the more intellectually adventurous authors writing for young adults today." (Horn Book Magazine)

©2011 Karen Blumenthal (P)2020 Listening Library

Narrator: Maggi-Meg Reed
Length: 3 hrs and 26 mins
Available on Audible
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Paul Robeson: No One Can Silence Me (Adapted for Young Adults)

Summary

The inspiring life and legacy of vocal artist and civil rights icon Paul Robeson - one of the most important public figures in the 20th century - adapted for young adults by the acclaimed Robeson biographer “As an artist I come to sing, but as a citizen, I will always speak for peace, and no one can silence me in this.” - Paul Robeson Paul Robeson was destined for greatness. The son of an ex-slave who upon his college graduation ranked first in his class, Robeson was proclaimed the future “leader of the colored race in America”. Although a graduate of Columbia Law School, he abandoned his law career (and the racism he encountered there) and began a hugely successful career as an internationally celebrated actor and singer. The predictions seemed to have been correct - Paul Robeson’s triumphs on the stage earned him esteem among white and Black Americans across the country, although his daring and principled activism eventually made him an outcast from the entertainment industry, and his radical views made many consider him a public enemy. With the original biography lavishly praised in the Washington Post as “enthralling...a marvelous story marvelously told", this will be a thrilling new addition to the young adult canon. Featuring a foreword by multiple award-winning author Jason Reynolds, Paul Robeson: No One Can Silence Me will introduce listeners in middle and high school to the inspiring and complicated life of one of America’s most fascinating figures, whose story of artistry, heroism, conviction, and conflict is newly relevant today.

©2021 Martin Duberman. Foreword © 2021 by Jason Reynolds (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Cary Hite
Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
Available on Audible
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Spies

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A thrilling account of the Cold War spies and spycraft that changed the course of history, perfect for listeners of Bomb and The Boys Who Challenged Hitler. The Cold War spanned five decades as America and the USSR engaged in a battle of ideologies with global ramifications. Over the course of the war, with the threat of mutually assured nuclear destruction looming, billions of dollars and tens of thousands of lives were devoted to the art and practice of spying, ensuring that the world would never be the same. Rife with intrigue and filled with fascinating historical figures whose actions shine light on both the past and present, this timely work of narrative nonfiction explores the turbulence of the Cold War through the lens of the men and women who waged it behind closed doors, and helps explain the role secret and clandestine operations have played in America's history and its national security.

©2019 Marc Favreau (P)2020 Tantor

Narrator: Curt Bonnem
Author: Marc Favreau
Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
Available on Audible
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Damsel's Deliverer

Summary

Falsely tarred as a blundering baby killer by an unscrupulous doctor, Nurse Catherine is left with no other avenue of escape but to run from the city. When she arrives at Fort Peck to meet William Davis, a gentle but manly hunter-come-homesteader, her aching self-doubt threatens to dash her chances of true love. It is only through the midnight pleas of a terrified stranger that Catherine’s true courageous colors blaze through. Catherine not only experiences her own deliverance but becomes a deliverer of new life on the wild frontiers of Fort Peck! Medicine and murder, scandalous lies and sweetening love, little kindnesses and babies first cries, will all leave you cheering for Fort Peck’s new Medicine Mother. The Beauty For Ashes Inspirational Romance Collection are stirring stories of despairing Mail Order Brides pulled from the ashes by loving Western husbands.

©2015 PureRead Ltd (P)2020 PureRead Ltd

Narrator: Serena Travis
Author: Terri Grace
Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
Available on Audible
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Someday We Will Fly

Summary

From the author of Blind, a heart-wrenching coming-of-age story set during World War II in Shanghai, one of the only places Jews without visas could find refuge. Warsaw, Poland. The year is 1940, and Lillia is 15 when her mother, Alenka, disappears and her father flees with Lillia and her younger sister, Naomi, to Shanghai, one of the few places that will accept Jews without visas. There, they struggle to make a life; they have no money, there is little work, no decent place to live, a culture that doesn't understand them. And always the worry about Alenka. How will she find them? Is she still alive?   Meanwhile, Lillia is growing up, trying to care for Naomi, whose development is frighteningly slow, in part from malnourishment. Lillia finds an outlet for her artistic talent by making puppets, remembering the happy days in Warsaw when her family members were circus performers. She attends school sporadically, makes friends with Wei, a Chinese boy, and finds work as a performer at a "gentlemen's club" without her father's knowledge. But meanwhile, the conflict grows more intense as the Americans declare war and the Japanese force the Americans in Shanghai into camps. More bombing, more death. Can they survive, caught in the crossfire?

©2019 Rachel Dewoskin (P)2019 Listening Library

Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
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Stolen Justice

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A thrilling and incisive examination of the post-Reconstruction era struggle for and suppression of African-American voting rights in the United States. Following the Civil War, the Reconstruction era raised a new question to those in power in the US: Should African Americans, so many of them former slaves, be granted the right to vote? In a bitter partisan fight over the legislature and Constitution, the answer eventually became yes, though only after two constitutional amendments, two Reconstruction Acts, two Civil Rights Acts, three Enforcement Acts, the impeachment of a president, and an army of occupation. Yet, even that was not enough to ensure that African-American voices would be heard, or their lives protected. White supremacists loudly and intentionally prevented black Americans from voting - and they were willing to kill to do so. In this vivid portrait of the systematic suppression of the African-American vote, critically acclaimed author Lawrence Goldstone traces the injustices of the post-Reconstruction era through the eyes of incredible individuals, both heroic and barbaric, and examines the legal cases that made the Supreme Court a partner of white supremacists in the rise of Jim Crow. Though this is a story of America's past, Goldstone brilliantly draws direct links to today's creeping threats to suffrage in this important and, alas, timely audiobook.

©2020 Scholastic Inc (P)2020 Scholastic Inc

Narrator: James Shippy
Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
Available on Audible
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Tommy

Summary

The fascinating and topical nonfiction story of how one gun changed American courtrooms, streets, and homes, told for a YA audience by award-winning author Karen Blumenthal John Taliaferro Thompson had a mission: to develop a lightweight, fast-firing weapon that would help Americans win on the battlefield. His Thompson submachine gun could deliver 100 bullets in a matter of seconds - but didn't find a market in the US military. Instead, the Tommy gun became the weapon of choice for a generation of bootleggers and bank-robbing outlaws, and became a deadly American icon. Following a bloody decade - and 80 years before the mass shootings of our own time - Congress moved to take this weapon off the streets, igniting a national debate about gun control. Critically acclaimed author Karen Blumenthal, author of Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition, Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History, and Six Days in October: The Stock Market Crash of 1929, reveals the fascinating story of this famous and deadly weapon - of the lives it changed, the debate it sparked, and the unprecedented response it inspired in Tommy: The Gun That Changed America. Praise for Tommy: The Gun That Changed America: "The Thompson rapid-firing submachine gun is the crux of Blumenthal’s accessible social history, which encompasses military weaponry, gangster warfare, and gun-control legislation.... Engrossing and grisly." (Publishers Weekly, starred review) "Blumenthal’s fascinating biography of the weapon is most dramatic in its chapters on the famous gangsters.... A gripping look at guns, gangsters, and finding the ‘right balance between individual freedoms and community safety.'" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

©2015 Karen Blumenthal (P)2020 Listening Library

Narrator: Maggi-Meg Reed
Length: 3 hrs and 59 mins
Available on Audible
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VIRAL: The Fight Against AIDS in America

Summary

Groundbreaking narrative nonfiction for teens that tells the story of the AIDS crisis in America. Thirty-five years ago, it was a modern-day, mysterious plague. Its earliest victims were mostly gay men, some of the most marginalized people in the country; at its peak in America, it killed tens of thousands of people. The losses were staggering, the science frightening, and the government's inaction unforgivable. The AIDS crisis fundamentally changed the fabric of the United States. Viral presents the history of the AIDS crisis through the lens of the brave victims and activists who demanded action and literally fought for their lives. This compassionate but unflinching text explores everything from the disease's origins and how it spread to the activism it inspired and how the world confronts HIV and AIDS today.

©2019 Ann Bausum (P)2019 Listening Library

Author: Ann Bausum
Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
Available on Audible
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Brides of Banff Springs

Summary

In the dirty '30s jobs were hard to come by. Having lost her father and her home in southern Alberta, Tilly McCormack is thrilled when her application for a position as a chambermaid at the prestigious Banff Springs Hotel, one of Canada’s great railway hotels, is accepted.  Tilly loves her new life in the Rocky Mountain town and the people she meets there. Local trail guide Ryan Blake is taken with Tilly’s sparkling blue eyes and mischievous sense of humor, and thinks she is just the girl for him. Ryan’s work with a guiding and outfitting company keeps him busy, but he makes time for Tilly at every opportunity - and he’s already decided to make her his bride.  On the night he plans to propose to Tilly, another bride-to-be, whose wedding is being held at the Hotel, disappears. Tilly has an idea where she might have gone and together with Ryan sets out to search for her.  Will they find the missing bride? And will Tilly accept Ryan's proposal?  In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, Books We Love, with the support of the government of Canada, is publishing a series of novels set in each of the Canadian provinces and territories. Each book features a historical event or location, as well as a the story of a bride and groom - representative of the men and women who came to Canada in search of a new life and new freedoms. These books combine fact and fiction to show how these brides and grooms, all from diverse backgrounds, joined in marriage to create new lives and build a great country.

©2016 Victoria Chatham (P)2020 Spoken Realms

Narrator: Jenny Hoops
Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
Available on Audible
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Politics Is...

Summary

What is populism? Is communism the same in China and Cuba? What makes a democracy? If you're not sure, this is the audiobook for you! Listen to find out why politics matters, and how ideas shape our world.  How do ideas make the world go round? What are the political left and right? What's the difference between capitalism and communism, or democracy and dictatorship? Who really holds the power? Can activism stop climate change, and can pacifism prevent wars? Can everyone have freedom of speech? And what does all this mean for you? Find out the answers in this audiobook, which unpacks the complicated language and often messy world of politics.  Politics is... looks at the beliefs of political thinkers, leaders, and activists from around the world, covers the key branches of government, and examines authority. While focusing on contemporary issues, the audiobook also traces the history of politics. It explains the ideas and "-isms" that shape our world as well as investigating the role of external factors, such as protest and the media, in political decision-making.  Whether you're studying politics or fed up with fake news, if you're not sure whether politics matters or why your vote counts, get your hands on this thought-provoking audiobook - it defines the big ideas you need to know and provides inspiration for analysing, interrogating, and changing your world. © 2020 Dorling Kindersley Ltd © 2020 DK Audio

©2020 DK (P)2020 DK Children

Narrator: Richard Trinder
Author: DK
Length: 4 hrs and 16 mins
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The Strangeness That Is Wales

1 rating

Summary

Discover the strange legends, tales and history of Wales. Did the Welsh sail across the Atlantic in the 12th century? Was King Arthur Welsh? Included are stories on ghosts - both real and fake - and the legend of King Arthur. Welsh animal lore, customs, monsters, and music are also examined. One of the strangest villages in the world gets a chapter to itself, as do witches, miners, and druids. The book is written in a personal, lighthearted style, with geographical references to help identify the places. Although the stories are intended to entertain as much as educate, the historical facts are accurate. Hopefully, you will come away with a different view on Wales - and a smile on your face.

©2018 Jack Strange (P)2019 Jack Strange

Narrator: Tony Walker
Author: Jack Strange
Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
Available on Audible
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Beautiful Wild

Summary

You are invited to set sail on the maiden voyage of the SS Princess of the Pacific in this indulgent historical romance from Anna Godbersen, the New York Times best-selling author of the Luxe series. High society intrigue and deliciously shocking scandals meet a gripping fight for survival in this sweeping romance, sure to thrill fans of Kiera Cass and Katie McGee. Vida Hazzard can see her future: Aboard the heralded “Millionaire’s Ship of the West”, she’ll charm the young scion Fitzhugh Farrar, resulting in a proposal of marriage. But Vida didn’t plan on Fitz’s best friend, Sal, a rough-around-the-edges boy with a talent for getting under her skin. Nor did she anticipate a hurricane dashing their ship to pieces, along with her dreams. Stranded on an island with both Fitz and Sal, Vida is torn between the life she’s always planned for and a future she’s never dared to want. As they desperately plot a course for home, Vida will discover just which boy can capture her wild heart - and where her future truly lies.

©2020 Anna Godbersen (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Amy McFadden
Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
Available on Audible
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Ms. Gloria Steinem

Summary

Gloria Steinem was no stranger to injustice even from a young age. Her mother, Ruth, having suffered a nervous breakdown at only 34, spent much of Gloria's childhood in and out of mental-health facilities. And when Gloria was only 10 years old, her father divorced her mother and left for California, unable to bear the stress of caring for Ruth any longer.  Gloria never blamed her mother for being unable to hold down a job to support them both after that, but instead blamed society's intrinsic hostility toward women, and working women in particular. This was the spark that lit a fire in her that would burn for decades and that continues to burn brightly today.

©2020 Winifred Conkling (P)2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
Available on Audible
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Traitor

Summary

Amanda McCrina's Traitor is a tightly woven YA thrill ride exploring political conflict, deep-seated prejudice, and the terror of living in a world where betrayal is a matter of life or death.   “Alive with detail and vivid with insight, Traitor is an effortlessly immersive account of a shocking and little-known moment in the turbulent history of Poland and Ukraine - and ironically, a piercing and bittersweet story of unflinching loyalty. I think Tolya has left my heart a little damaged forever.” (Elizabeth Wein, number-one New York Times best-selling author of Code Name Verity and The Enigma Game)  Poland, 1944. After the Soviet liberation of Lwów from Germany, the city remains a battleground between resistance fighters and insurgent armies, its loyalties torn between Poland and Ukraine. Seventeen-year-old Tolya Korolenko is half Ukrainian, half Polish, and he joined the Soviet Red Army to keep himself alive and fed. When he not-quite-accidentally shoots his unit's political officer in the street, he's rescued by a squad of Ukrainian freedom fighters. They might have saved him, but Tolya doesn't trust them. He especially doesn't trust Solovey, the squad's war-scarred young leader, who has plenty of secrets of his own.  Then a betrayal sends them both on the run. And in a city where loyalty comes second to self-preservation, a traitor can be an enemy or a savior - or sometimes both.  A Macmillan Audio production from Farrar, Straus and Giroux

©2020 Amanda McCrina (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
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Of Beetles and Angels

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Now in an audio edition, this acclaimed memoir tells the unforgettable story of a young boy's journey from a refugee camp in Sudan to Chicago, where his family survived on welfare. Mawi followed his father's advice to "treat people...as though they were angels sent from heaven" and realized his dream of a full-tuition scholarship to Harvard University. Updated with 14 black-and-white photos and a new epilogue.

©2016 Mawi Asgedom (P)2016 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Mawi Asgedom
Author: Mawi Asgedom
Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
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Jo & Laurie

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Summary

Best-selling authors Margaret Stohl and Melissa de la Cruz bring us a romantic retelling of Little Women starring Jo March and her best friend, the boy next door, Theodore "Laurie" Laurence. 1869, Concord, Massachusetts: After the publication of her first novel, Jo March is shocked to discover her book of scribbles has become a best seller, and her publisher and fans demand a sequel. While pressured into coming up with a story, she goes to New York with her dear friend Laurie for a week of inspiration - museums, operas, and even a once-in-a-lifetime reading by Charles Dickens himself! But Laurie has romance on his mind, and despite her growing feelings, Jo's desire to remain independent leads her to turn down his heartfelt marriage proposal and sends the poor boy off to college heartbroken.  When Laurie returns to Concord with a sophisticated new girlfriend, will Jo finally communicate her true heart's desire or lose the love of her life forever? 

©2020 Melissa de la Cruz (P)2020 Listening Library

Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
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The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie

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In the prologue, Meg Cabot describes her desire for a Barbie and her mother's reluctance to purchase one, basically summing up the conflict surrounding the doll since its introduction in 1959. Listeners learn about Mattel Toys and the background behind Barbie's concept and development, how it was a solution for girls who wanted to imagine adult roles rather than just play mother, and details about inventor Ruth Handler. But more than that, Stone reveals the pathos behind so many relationships of girls with Barbie: those who cherished her and those who were negatively influenced. Was she a destructive role model or just a toy? Experts disagree. In this balanced overview, both sides of the quandary are addressed. Barbie's different roles, graduating from nurse to surgeon, stewardess to pilot, and always a woman of her own means, reflect societal changes over the past 50 years as well.

©2010 Tanya Lee Stone (P)2011 Recorded Books

Narrator: Stina Nielsen
Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
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Eureka!

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Galileo, Einstein, Curie, Darwin, Hawking - we know the names, but how much do we really know about these people? Galileo gained notoriety over his battle with the Vatican, but did you know that this father of modern science was also an accomplished lute player? And Darwin of course discovered the principle by which new species are formed, but his bold curiosity extended to the dinner table as well. (And how many people can say they've eaten an owl!) From lutes and owls to astronomy and evolution, Eureka! explains how these scientific geniuses have shaped our understanding - and how they spent their free time as well.

©2016 John Grant (P)2016 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Narrator: Mark Meadows
Author: John Grant
Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
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Games of Deception

Summary

"Rivaling the nonfiction works of Steve Sheinkin and Daniel James Brown's The Boys in the Boat.... Even readers who don't appreciate sports will find this story a page-turner." (School Library Connection starred review)

"An insightful, gripping account of basketball and bias." (Kirkus Reviews)

From the New York Times best-selling author of Strong Inside comes the remarkable true story of the birth of Olympic basketball at the 1936 Summer Games in Hitler's Germany. Perfect for fans of The Boys in the Boat and Unbroken.

On a scorching hot day in July 1936, thousands of people cheered as the US Olympic teams boarded the SS Manhattan, bound for Berlin. Among the athletes were the 14 players representing the first-ever US Olympic basketball team. As thousands of supporters waved American flags on the docks, it was easy to miss the one courageous man holding a "Boycott Nazi Germany" sign. But it was too late for a boycott now; the ship had already left the harbor.

1936 was a turbulent time in world history. Adolf Hitler had gained power in Germany three years earlier. Jewish people and political opponents of the Nazis were the targets of vicious mistreatment, yet were unaware of the horrors that awaited them in the coming years. But the Olympians on board the SS Manhattan and other international visitors wouldn't see any signs of trouble in Berlin. Streets were swept, storefronts were painted, and every German citizen greeted them with a smile. Like a movie set, it was all just a facade, meant to distract from the terrible things happening behind the scenes.

This is the incredible true story of basketball, from its invention by James Naismith in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1891, to the sport's Olympic debut in Berlin and the eclectic mix of people, events, and propaganda on both sides of the Atlantic that made it all possible.

Praise for Games of Deception:

"Maraniss does a great job of blending basketball action with the horror of Hitler's Berlin to bring this fascinating, frightening, you-can't-make-this-stuff-up moment in history to life." (Steve Sheinkin, New York Times best-selling author of Bomb and Undefeated)

"I was blown away by Games of Deception.... It's a fascinating, fast-paced, well-reasoned, and well-written account of the hidden-in-plain-sight horrors and atrocities that underpinned sports, politics, and propaganda in the United States and Germany. This is an important read." (Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Newbery Honor-winning author of Hitler Youth)

"A richly reported and stylishly told reminder how, when you scratch at a sports story, the real world often lurks just beneath." (Alexander Wolff, New York Times best-selling author of The Audacity of Hoop: Basketball and the Age of Obama)

©2019 Andrew Maraniss (P)2019 Listening Library

Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
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A Cloud of Outrageous Blue

Summary

For fans of Fever 1793 comes the story of a young woman paving her own path and falling in love during the Great Plague of 1348, from the award-winning creator of What the Night Sings. Edyth grew up in a quiet village with a loving family, before losing everything she holds dear in the blink of an eye. Suddenly sent to live in a priory and work with ancient texts, Edyth must come to terms with her new life and the gifts she discovers in herself. But outside the priory, something much worse is coming. With the reappearance of a boy from her past and the ominous Great Plague creeping closer and closer to the priory, it will be up to Edyth to rise above it all and save herself.  From the award-winning author of What the Night Sings comes a new journey of self-discovery and love in the most uncertain times.

©2020 Vesper Stamper (P)2020 Listening Library

Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
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Van Gogh Gone

Summary

Alexandra Stewart's eidetic memory won't let her forget anything, ever. And finally she has a life worth remembering - a Spanish tutor who gives perfecto a new name, a roommate that could double as her sister, and a special role in a spy organization with secret headquarters at Brown University. When Alex's colleague Daly returns from a covert mission in Moscow, he is accompanied by a man she hoped she would never see again. He claims he can bring back to her a loved one she'd thought was gone forever. But the price he demands could be impossible to pay: Alex must find and retrieve a stolen Van Gogh painting. From Barcelona to Paris, Alex and Daly's friendship is stretched as they uncover a truth neither one of them saw coming. Alex's unusual gift may help her protect the people she cares about, but her choices may compromise everything else that matters to her.

©2015 Robin M. King (P)2017 Robin M. King

Narrator: Austenne Grey
Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
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The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh

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Winner of the 2021 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults! Six starred reviews! Discover the dark side of Charles Lindbergh - one of America's most celebrated heroes and complicated men - in this riveting biography from the acclaimed author of The Family Romanov. First human to cross the Atlantic via airplane; one of the first American media sensations; Nazi sympathizer and anti-Semite; loner whose baby was kidnapped and murdered; champion of Eugenics, the science of improving a human population by controlled breeding; tireless environmentalist. Charles Lindbergh was all of the above and more. Here is a rich, multi-faceted, utterly spellbinding biography about an American hero who was also a deeply flawed man. In this time where values Lindbergh held, like white Nationalism and America First, are once again on the rise, The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh is essential listening for teens and history fanatics alike.

©2020 Candace Fleming (P)2020 Listening Library

Narrator: Kirsten Potter
Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
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Orphan Monster Spy

4 ratings

Summary

Her name is Sarah. She's blonde, blue-eyed, and Jewish in 1939 Germany. And her act of resistance is about to change the world. After her mother is shot at a checkpoint, 15-year-old Sarah meets a mysterious man with an ambiguous accent, a suspiciously bare apartment, and a lockbox full of weapons. He's part of the secret resistance against the Third Reich, and he needs Sarah to hide in plain sight at a school for the daughters of top Nazi brass, posing as one of them. If she can befriend the daughter of a key scientist and get invited to her house, she might be able to steal the blueprints to a bomb that could destroy the cities of Western Europe. Nothing could prepare Sarah for her cutthroat schoolmates, and soon, she finds herself in a battle for survival unlike any she'd ever imagined. But anyone who underestimates this innocent-seeming girl does so at their peril. She may look sweet, but she's the Nazis' worst nightmare.

©2018 Matt Killeen (P)2018 Listening Library

Author: Matt Killeen
Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
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