It´s been five incredible years since One Direction formed, and although there are now four members since Zayn´s shock departure, their enduring global appeal goes from strength to strength. The band´s fan base continues to grow and the fans remain the focal point of what makes these boys so special, meaning international success looks set to continue for Niall, Liam, Harry and Louis. Packed with amazing images from throughout their glittering career, this is the story so far. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sean Rogers. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/056270/bk_acx0_056270_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The fourteenth century reflects two contradictory images: on the one hand, a glittering time of crusades and castles, cathedrals and chivalry, and the exquisitely decorated Books of Hours; and on the other, a time of ferocity and spiritual agony, a world of chaos and the plague. Barbara Tuchman reveals both the great rhythms of history and the grain and texture of domestic life as it was lived. Here are the guilty passions, loyalties and treacheries, political assassinations, sea battles and sieges, corruption in high places and a yearning for reform, satire and humor, sorcery and demonology, and lust and sadism on the stage. Here are proud cardinals, beggars, feminists, university scholars, grocers, bankers, mercenaries, mystics, lawyers, and tax collectors, and, dominating all, the knight in his valor and ´´furious follies´´, a ´´terrible worm in an iron cocoon´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nadia May. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/001364/bk_blak_001364_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Reckless, Book 3, the final hot, sexy, forbidden romance trilogy series at Club Revive... Kathryn had planned that she would never see Adam again after their one passionate night at Club Revive, and now here they were unexpectedly face to face. 50 Shades of Romance. An illicit and oh-so-sexy tryst... Neither one of them wanted to explain it to their families if they got caught. Still, that hadn´t made it easy to see Cami flirting with Adam yesterday. Adam... Just hinking his name conjured up an image of his devastatingly gorgeous face, black hair, tan skin, high cheekbones, square jaw, sumptuous lips, and glittering blue-green eyes. He knew just how to touch her to make her knees shake and her body grow hot and slick. Kathryn... She had more baggage than Imelda Marcos coming back from a shoe store. Really. It´s not like she was a free 20-something with no reason not to pursue the sexy club owner. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rita Rush. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/033331/bk_acx0_033331_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When Adeline Bertrand-Verdon, the haughty, conniving president of the Proust Association, is murdered, Inspector Jean-Pierre Foucheroux is called on to lead the investigation. Soon Inspector Foucheroux is overwhelmed by a seemingly endless list of suspects: from her assistant to her colleagues, her fiancé to her lover, almost everyone Adeline knew had motive to kill her. Meanwhile, Gisele Dambert, the beautiful assistant with the royal-blue eyes and more than a hint of mystery, is on her own search for the lost Proust notes that would allow her to finally enter the glittering world of the literary elite. This clever satirical novel presents a dazzling array of sharp, unscrupulous professors and scholars in the image-obsessed world of academia. An assortment of suspects - the professor who plagiarizes his students´ work, the manipulative director - bring intrigue and drama to the novel. Suspense and withering commentary on the morally questionable intellectual elite combine to form a clever mix of whodunit and satire. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Liisa Ivary. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/021104/bk_adbl_021104_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 2014, the International Space Station unleashed a series of photographs that had netizens around the globe simultaneously slapping their cheeks in disbelief for more reasons than one. For starters, the world was astounded by the crisp definition and stellar resolution of the images captured by the space agency´s NightPod lenses, which showed striking satellite shots of the world at nighttime, illuminated by its dazzling city lights. But it was a close-up snap of the China-North Korea border that elicited reactions far greater than the rest, for the image, as terrific as it was, was equally troubling. Backed by a time-lapse video of the area, the images show an enormous patch of pitch-blackness - roughly 47,000 square miles of it, to be precise - flanked by two sweeping stretches of gold, the coruscating clusters of light marking the largest cities in the land. On one side lay the shimmering Chinese territories, and the other, the glittering grounds of South Korea. The patch of black in question was so dark it could very well be mistaken for an extension of either the Yellow Sea or the Sea of Japan. North Korea has long been the butt of jokes, and it has been a longstanding target of international criticism, but the startling satellite image was anything but amusing, for it demonstrated the truly catastrophic conditions North Koreans find themselves in. Statistics show that the average South Korean uses up to 10,162 kilowatt hours of power per year, whereas their neighbors in the north consume only 739. This is only one amongst a slew of stumbling blocks affecting the state, impeding it from proper progress. So why is North Korea so starkly different from its neighbors when nothing more but mere borders separate them? A tyrannical lineage secured by nepotism. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dan Gallagher. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/101539/bk_acx0_101539_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Bat Chain Puller (the title is taken from a Captain Beefheart song) is an incisive portrait of a culture unanchored and adrift. In these pieces, veteran MTV commentator and rock journalist Kurt Loder turns his jaundiced eye and trenchant wit on the nature of celebrity as embodied by rock musicians and other pop culture icons. Ride along as Mick Jagger sheds his bad-boy image to embrace the jet-setter lifestyle; ponder the puzzling dichotomy between Prince´s racy lyrics and self-proclaimed spirituality; and witness whether The Who´s latest tour will indeed be the band´s last, or a disingenuous declaration to increase profits.Bat Chain Puller also pays tribute to those who have kept the rebellious torch burning brightly in the glittering land of celebrity: David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Tina Turner, Laurie Anderson, The Beatles The Ramones, Blondie, The Velvet Underground, Iggy Pop, Talking Heads, The Sex Pistols, ZZ Top, Bruce Springsteen, and more... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki, Stephen Hoye. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/000020/bk_adbl_000020_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´There is no force in the world that can block the powerful march of our army and people, who are holding high the banner of the suns of great Comrade Kim Il-sung and great Comrade Kim Jong-il and continuing to advance under the leadership of the party and with strong faith in sure victory.´´ (Kim Jong-un) In 2014, the International Space Station unleashed a series of photographs that had netizens around the globe simultaneously slapping their cheeks in disbelief. They showed striking satellite shots of the world at nighttime, illuminated by its dazzling city lights. But it was a close-up snap of the China-North Korea border that elicited the biggest reactions, for the image, as terrific as it was, was equally troubling. The images show an enormous patch of pitch-blackness flanked by two sweeping stretches of gold, the coruscating clusters of light marking the largest cities in the land. On one side lay the shimmering Chinese territories, and the other, the glittering grounds of South Korea. The patch of black in question was so dark it could very well be mistaken for an extension of either the Yellow Sea or the Sea of Japan. At first glance, it would seem as if there was not an inkling of life in sight, had it not been for the tiny twinkle floating in the center of the abyss. This twinkle was none other than the city of Pyongyang, and the missing piece of the puzzle was North Korea. North Korea has long been the butt of jokes, and it has been a longstanding target of international criticism, but the startling satellite image demonstrated the truly catastrophic conditions North Koreans find themselves in. Statistics show that the average South Korean uses up to 10,162 kilowatt hours of power per year, whereas their neighbors in the north consume only 739. This is only one amongst a slew of stumbling blocks affecting the state. The entire state is frozen in time. Notwithstanding a fractional sliver of the capital, where the Su... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dan Gallagher. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/098262/bk_acx0_098262_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
MEM is a rare novel, a small book carrying very big ideas, the kind of story that stays with you long after you´ve finished listening to it. Set in the glittering art deco world of a century ago, MEM makes one slight alteration to history: a scientist in Montreal discovers a method allowing people to have their memories extracted from their minds, whole and complete. The Mems exist as mirror-images of their source-zombie-like creatures destined to experience that singular memory over and over, until they expire in the cavernous Vault where they are kept. And then there is Dolores Extract #1, the first Mem capable of creating her own memories. An ageless beauty shrouded in mystery, she is allowed to live on her own, and create her own existence, until one day she is summoned back to the Vault. What happens next is a gorgeously rendered, heart-breaking novel in the vein of Kazuo Ishiguro´s Never Let Me Go. Debut novelist Bethany Morrow has created an allegory for our own time, exploring profound questions of ownership and how they relate to identity, memory, and history, all in the shadows of Montreal´s now forgotten slave trade. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Soneela Nankani. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/011682/bk_blak_011682_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A glittering new novel of deeply-buried secrets, passionate love, obsession, and redemption from the master storyteller. Thirty-year old Serena Stone is a talented war photographer who has followed in her famous father’s footsteps. But when he dies unexpectedly, she steps away from the war zone to reassess her life. Drawn to writing her father’s own story, Serena approaches Harry Redford, his best friend and front line colleague. Harry has a request of his own. He wants her to go take care of Zachary North, her former lover, who has come out of Afghanistan suffering from mental and physical exhaustion. Serena and Zac inevitably rekindle their passion - and together tackle her father’s huge legacy of iconic photographs. But one collection about Venice has never been seen before. It is among these images that Serena stumbles across photos that turn her world upside down. In search of the truth about her father, her family and her own life, Serena begins a desperate quest to uncover a story from decades earlier. Moving from her family’s home in the hills above Nice to the canals and romance of Venice and the riot-filled streets of Libya, Secrets from the Past is a moving and emotional story of secrets, survival, and love in its many guises. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alexandra Boyd. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/001246/bk_hcuk_001246_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
New York Times best-selling author Lauren Weisberger returns with a novel starring one of her favorite characters from The Devil Wears Prada - Emily Charlton, first assistant to Miranda Priestly, now a highly successful image consultant who´s just landed the client of a lifetime. Welcome to Greenwich, CT, where the lawns are manicured, the Long Island iced teas are extra strong, and heads turn when an infamous new neighbor arrives for an extended long weekend. After Emily Charlton left Miranda Priestly and Runway magazine, she migrated to Los Angeles with her husband, working most recently as an image consultant to the stars. But recently Emily´s lost a few clients. She´s struggling. When the opportunity arrives to reinvent and relaunch a gorgeous former model whose mugshot graces the cover of the New York Post, Emily jumps at the chance. Relaunching Karolina is the big leagues. Until eight weeks ago, Karolina was also the wife of an up-and-coming hotshot senator from New York. On the heels of her husband´s very public philandering, Karolina finds herself arrested for drunk driving - with a Suburban full of other people´s children. Her only true friend is Miriam, a hotshot New York City attorney turned stay-at-home-mom who lives in tiny Greenwich - conveniently close to Karolina and Graham´s summer ´´cottage´´. Miriam, Emily, and Karolina make an unlikely trio, but they need each other. Badly. Together, they´ll navigate the social landmines of the suburbs on the path to reinvention - unearthing truths that were stirring below the surface all along, and getting a bit of revenge along the way. With her signature biting, dazzling style, Lauren Weisberger offers a glittering look into a sexy, over-the-top world like no one else can. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Laura Benanti. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/008711/bk_sans_008711_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.