Detective Harry Stoner has seen too much of the seamy side of life not to notice the tarnish on Los Angeles´s glitter or the gritty reality behind the never-never land of TV´s biggest daytime soaps. A detergent manufacturer, already begrimed by scandal and rumor, doesn´t want his image further muddied by the mysterious death of the head writer on the daytime series he sponsors. So it´s up to Stoner to find out what really happened that sunny August weekend when Quentin Dover took his last shower. What Stoner uncovers is a slick world of high finance and low morals, all powered with cocaine, a sexy blond widow turned on by booze and boys, the broken lives of the men and women who create America´s TV fantasies, and the perfect setting for greed, jealousy, and murder. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Peckham. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbca/001132/bk_bbca_001132_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Detective Hannah Shor gets a case in the worst way possible - a friend calls her for help. Her 12-year-old daughter has been kidnapped, and Hannah joins forces with the FBI to bring her home safely. When the kidnappers post an image of their captive on Instagram, the situation spins out of control. Now, the whole world is watching. Rumors spread like wildfire, and online vigilantes add fuel to the raging flames. As Hannah digs deeper, she unravels dark secrets from the family´s past. With the realization that the kidnapping is about more than just a ransom, Hannah needs to close in on the truth, before Abigail´s time runs out. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Eric Martin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/007060/bk_tant_007060_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The old painting was done on glass, and found beneath the ruins of the ancient, decaying French mansion that Emily Hastings´ sister, Irene, had inherited from the estate of the Marquis de Garac. The cold and distant Monsieur Philippe Gastion informed them that the painting was a forgotten masterpiece and should be given a place of honor. Soon afterward, Irene became mysteriously ill, and other signs of imminent danger pointed directly toward Emily. There were rumors of the cruelty and unbridled sexuality of the long-deceased owners. A strange black cat haunted the house, and the crumbling mausoleum out back was never to be visited. And then the image on the glass painting began to change! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mozhan Marno. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/000802/bk_acx0_000802_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Award-winning author Joan Hess packs mayhem, outrageous characters, and hijinks into this rollicking mystery set in rural Arkansas. Beleaguered chief of police Arly Hanks has her hands full when modern technology moves into small town Maggody, bringing with it controversy and murder. Maggody´s high school has a new computer lab. Folks are calling the internet the Devil´s workshop, but the adult computer class is filling up. Soon friends are exchanging E-mail, and the preacher is posting sermon notes. But when some mighty unusual images flash across monitors--and a pretty computer student is found dead in an abandoned shack--the town demands Arly find the answers. With tempers flaring and rumors raging, it will take all of Arly´s low-tech resourcefulness to find the cold-blooded killer. Narrator C.J. Critt´s sense of timing hones the hilarity and keeps you guessing throughout. 1. Language: English. Narrator: C. J. Critt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/002655/bk_reco_002655_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This trenchant analysis examines the many ways our society´s increasingly tenuous commitment to facts laid the groundwork for Donald Trump´s rise to power. Award-winning journalist Nathan Bomey argues that Trump did not usher the post-truth era into being. He was its inevitable outcome. Bomey points to recent trends that have created the perfect seedbed for spin, distortion, deception, and bald-faced lies: shifting news habits, the rise of social media, the spread of entrenched ideologies, and the failure of schools to teach basic critical-thinking skills. The evidence supporting the author´s argument is all around us: On Facebook, we present images of our lives that ignore the truth and intentionally deceive our friends and family. We consume fake news stories online and carelessly circulate false rumors. In politics, we vote for leaders who leverage political narratives that favor ideology over science. And in our schools, we fail to teach students how to authenticate information. After the Fact explores how the convergence of technology, politics, and media has ushered in the misinformation age, sidelining the truth and threatening our core principle of community. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rob Shapiro. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/006091/bk_rand_006091_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Jackson Pierce is a man with a secret. Becoming Governor isn´t in the cards for billionaire and former D.A. Jackson Pierce unless he can squelch the unsavory rumors flying around. He´s not ashamed of his bad boy past being a dominant at a BDSM club, but he knows the revelation could ruin his political career before it even begins. He´s skeptical of his campaign advisor´s idea - find a do-gooder wife to give him a more respectable image - until he meets Rose Turner, a former foster kid working in a local community center. Compassionate, feisty and passionate about helping troubled youth, she´s perfect for his needs. But as they get to know one another, his feelings for her grow all too real. Rose Turner can´t take another heartbreak, not after being abandoned by everyone she ever loved. When she accepts Jackson´s proposal, she vows to keep her distance, but the more she gets to know him, the more she wants to let him in. But trust doesn´t come easy - if he wants it, he´ll have to earn it. What´s a man of principle to do when everything he believes in falls apart? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Anne Johnstonbrown. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/019776/bk_acx0_019776_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Holly Dayton is about to go way out of her comfort zone. . .Spending Christmas vacation on a cruise with her two cousins from hell isn´t Holly´s idea of a good time. And when, in a moment of seasick-fueled desperation, she lurches into an open suite - she´s greeted with an eyeful of pepper spray. The culprit? A gorgeous guy calling himself Nick. But when Holly goes to make her exit, she gets the shock of her life: a corridor crammed with screaming teenage fans. Because Nick just happens to be Dominic Wyatt, drummer for ReadySet - one of the hottest bands in America. Suddenly, rumors are swirling and Holly´s face is captured on countless phones and plastered all over the Internet. But the band can´t risk a scandal destroying their family-friendly image, so Dominic convinces Holly to be his fake girlfriend - just for two weeks. How bad could it be to be fauxmantically involved with one of the cutest rock stars on the planet? Holly´s about to find out. . . ´´Fans of Meg Cabot will find Marni´s voice equally charming and endearing.´´ (Julie Kagawa, New York Times best-selling author) 1. Language: English. Narrator: MacLeod Andrews, Cassandra Morris. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/014098/bk_adbl_014098_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It began as rumors. Whispers at dinner parties. Warnings about bad dates with a Canadian celebrity. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, superstar CBC broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi revealed his interest in ´´rough sex´´ in a long Facebook post, and a scandal of unprecedented scale descended on the radio host. What the public did not know was that months before Ghomeshi´s emotional post, Canadaland podcaster Jesse Brown and Toronto Star journalist Kevin Donovan were quietly pursuing serious allegations against him. In Secret Life, Donovan takes us inside the Star´s investigation. Step by step, he explores the story as only he can: the media frenzy, his own personal and professional doubts, the women who came forward with stories about an alleged dark side of a national idol, and Ghomeshi´s ignominious firing and dramatic criminal trial. Taking us behind the scenes, Donovan sheds light on the journalistic process and the complexity of gathering information about a highly sensitive matter from named and confidential sources, including those women who feared it was their word against a beloved public figure´s. Secret Life is a thought-provoking account of the landmark Ghomeshi exposé that sparked a nation-wide discussion on sexual assault, the cult of celebrity, and the politics of power and gender in the workplace. Cover design by Julie Scriver from the trade paperback edition of Secret Life: The Jian Ghomeshi Investigation. Cover illustration inspired by a photo by Peter Bregg/Stringer (Getty Images). Reproduced by permission of Goose Lane Editions. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Marantz. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/029016/bk_adbl_029016_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Robert A. Caro´s life of Lyndon Johnson, which began with the greatly acclaimed The Path to Power, also winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, continues - one of the richest, most intensive, and most revealing examinations ever undertaken of an American President. In Means of Ascent, the Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer/historian, chronicler also of Robert Moses in The Power Broker, carries Johnson through his service in World War II and the foundation of his long-concealed fortune and the facts behind the myths he created about it. But the explosive heart of the book is Caro´s revelation of the true story of the fiercely contested 1948 senatorial election, for 40 years shrouded in rumor, which Johnson had to win or face certain political death, and which he did win -- by ´´the 87 votes that changed history.´´ Caro makes us witness to a momentous turning point in American politics: the tragic last stand of the old politics versus the new - the politics of issue versus the politics of image, mass manipulation, money and electronic dazzle. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Grover Gardner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/013435/bk_adbl_013435_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.