When one hears the term ´´Victorian´´, many images come to mind. For some, the term conjures up visions of lace and gloves and delicate fans. Others think of tight corsets and even tighter morals. Others, swayed perhaps by one too many British costume dramas, envision gentle elegance and long lost beauty. Naturally, few people think of multiple dead bodies cast about in the streets or dark bedrooms, most mutilated to a shocking degree, and yet, those tragic images played a significant role not only in late Victorian London but ever since. In 1888 and 1889, a killer stalked the dark backstreets of the city through the notoriously overcrowded and crime-ridden Whitechapel district, murdering young women and then cutting their bodies up like a butcher. There have been a countless number of serial killers throughout history, and certainly more prolific ones, but the timing, circumstances, and unsolved nature of the case continue to make Jack the Ripper the most famous serial killer in history. The murders came at a time when media coverage could be both more acute and more widespread, and it allowed the public a closer look into how police agencies operated at the time, exposing both their strengths and shortcomings. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Clem. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/080213/bk_acx0_080213_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When one hears the term Victorian, many images come to mind. For some, the term conjures up visions of lace and gloves and delicate fans. Others think of tight corsets and even tighter morals. Others, swayed perhaps by one too many British costume dramas, envision gentle elegance and long lost beauty. Naturally, few people think of multiple dead bodies cast about in the streets or dark bedrooms, most mutilated to a shocking degree, and yet, those tragic images played a significant role not only in late Victorian London but ever since. In 1888 and 1889, a killer stalked the dark backstreets of the city through the notoriously overcrowded and crime-ridden Whitechapel district, murdering young women and then cutting their bodies up like a butcher. As is so often the case with a serial killer, the first murder was largely ignored. She was a ´´fallen woman´´, a prostitute barely worthy of police notice. But then there was another victim, killed and butchered while plying her illicit trade. The police took notice and, by the time the third body was found, also mutilated and filleted like a fish, the public took notice too. An outcry began to swell from the good people of the city who, though willing to overlook a prostitute dying in the streets of alcohol poisoning or a venereal disease, were disconcerted by idea of a mass murderer. Then came two victims found in one day, and a feeling that, if the killer remained on the loose, there was nothing to stop him from seeking victims anywhere, even in the nice suburban neighborhoods of the rising middle-class. As more victims turned up, terror spread throughout the city, and it even became news across the globe, but then the murders seem to have ended just as quickly as they began. There have been a countless number of serial killers throughout history, and certainly more prolific ones, but the timing, circumstances, and unsolved nature of the case continue to make Jack the Ripper the most fam 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Clem. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/080622/bk_acx0_080622_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Jack Lawson grew up poor and can´t forget it. He´s a huge success in the business world, but it won´t be enough until the image of ´´poor little Jack´´ is completely wiped away. When Jack runs into his old friend, Noah Mercier, he decides that Noah´s sister, an up-and-coming movie star, would be the perfect evidence of glamorous success. If Jack can win Hayley, it will be clear to everyone, including himself, that he has truly arrived. The problem with Jack´s grand plan is that he´s more attracted to Noah. Jack´s never worried about the gender of his conquests, but Noah just isn´t flashy enough for Jack´s scheme to set the world on fire... unless Jack realizes he has practically no control over deciding who he wants - and even less choice in who he needs. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Derrick McClain. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/032248/bk_acx0_032248_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
I love you, I love you, I love you. A million times over. Most of the universe doesn’t know about the Darkers: a group of people that work outside of time to better the future. Acquisitions Editor Alice Goetz had no idea they existed until they enlisted her for a ´´simple” mission to improve the future: get Paul Osmund to sign his book to her publisher. After years of reliving the same few hours over and over, Alice realizes simplicity is never simple. She gets the contract, but the mission isn’t quite over, and staying on longer is dangerous. Paul is falling in love with her every time, and despite fighting to stay aloof, she’s falling too. Alice has known since she first started working for the Darkers that she and Paul couldn’t be together. If Alice doesn’t accept that fact, she may change the future in ways no one intended, and the deeper she goes, the more chance there is that Paul could die on every timeline in which he exists.Cover art by Jack Voraces; Images adapted from Freepik 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jack Voraces. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/128525/bk_acx0_128525_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A young mother´s life is forever changed and her faith in God is broken when her son in diagnosed with complex physical disabilities. Restore and grow your faith as you read about Hilary Yancey´s personal journey back to God. Three months into her pregnancy with her first child, Hilary Yancey received a phone call that changed everything. As she learned the diagnosis - cleft lip and palate, a missing right eye, possible breathing complications - Hilary began to pray in earnest. Even in the midst of these findings, she prayed that God would heal her son. God could do a miracle unlike anything she had seen. Only when Hilary held her baby, Jack, in her arms for the first time did she realize God had given her something drastically different than what she had demanded. Hilary struggled to talk to God as she sat for six weeks beside Jack´s crib in the NICU. She consented to surgeries and learned to care for a breathing tube and gastronomy button. In her experience with motherhood Hilary had become more familiar with the sound of her son´s heart monitor than the sound of his heartbeat. Later, during surgeries and emergency trips back to the hospital with her crying, breathless boy, Hilary reproached the stranger God had become. Jack was different. Hilary was not the mother she once imagined. God was not who Hilary knew before. But she could not let go of one certainty - she could see the image of Christ in Jack´s face. Slowly, through long nights of wrestling and longer nights of silence, Hilary cut a path through her old, familiar faith to the God behind it. She discovered that it is by walking out onto the water, where the firm ground gives way, that we can find him. And meeting Jesus, who rises with his scars to proclaim new life, is never what you once imagined. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Hilary Yancey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/004375/bk_hach_004375_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Jack Morgan investigates the disappearance of the biggest superstar couple in Hollywood. Thom and Jennifer Harlow are the perfect couple, with three perfect children. They may be two of the biggest movie stars in the world, but they´re also great parents, philanthropists, and just all-round good people. When they disappear without a word from their ranch, facts are hard to find. They live behind such a high wall of security and image control that even world-renowned investigator Jack Morgan can´t get to the truth. But as Jack keeps probing, secrets sprout thick and fast – and the world´s golden couple may emerge as hiding behind a world of desperation and deception that the wildest reality show couldn´t begin to unveil. Murder is only the opening scene. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jay Snyder. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/001664/bk_rhuk_001664_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Worlds apart and just ´round the bend....For years, Jack Parsons dreamed of escaping the tiny community of Maple Bend, West Virginia. Now, he is trapped in another world entirely. Seeking help to protect the crossroads from the immortal ´´man in the white suit” and his coven, Jack ventures into the world ´Round the Bend, a mirror image of West Virginia more wondrous, and more dangerous, than he had ever imagined.On the other side of the crossroads, the coven pursues Jessabelle Rose with plans to use her shape-shifting powers for their own dark ends. Jessabelle must choose between flight or fight; to escape the coven forever or risk everything to protect her family.What began with mysterious deaths deep in the Appalachian Mountains now threatens to engulf two worlds. Witchcraft and creatures of folklore mix with shadowy high-tech organizations and political intrigue in this thrilling tale of magic and adventure. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Janel Valentine. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/146767/bk_acx0_146767_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The flag of the rising sun, originally used throughout feudal Japan and during the Meiji Reformation, officially became a battle flag for the new imperial military. During the World War II and well before, the Empire of Japan used the rising sun flag for not just state use or functions but also naval jacks and army banners, cementing its image as a symbol for an aggressive and imperialist Japan. To many Koreans, Filipinos, Chinese, and countless Asian ethnicities, the rising sun flag occupied the same moral space as the swastika and the Nazi flag. Yet although Japan was also an axis power responsible for heinous war crimes, Japan did not seem to go through the same deep cultural cleansing of its officials and state symbols the way that Germany did following at the end of the war. The flag did not receive an official ban from the government or from the allied occupation forces.The rising sun, although a symbol of the Japanese Empire, would see its official return again in 1954, when the Japan Self Defense Forces were officially founded following Soviet military and nuclear threats. Less than a decade earlier, it had been used for militaristic and imperialist motivations by an aggressive government seeking to build an empire and enrich itself by any means necessary. To many throughout the Asian continent, the rising sun symbolizes hostility and serving unwillingly to an empire. To many, it also brings images of comfort women, the Rape of Nanking, and the brutality of a warmongering military. 1. Language: English. Narrator: J. Wesley Price. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/141025/bk_acx0_141025_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A shattered childhood. A mended marriage. Bound together by one little boy. After years of believing Chuck´s affair is behind them, Bobbi´s marriage is tested again when Tracy Ravenna resurfaces. Tracy´s not alone, though. Jackson Charles Ravenna is the newest student in Bobbi´s first grade class and the spitting image of her husband. When Chuck decides to pursue joint custody, they discover Jack isn´t the only secret Tracy´s been hiding. As Tracy´s past begins to threaten their future with Jack, Bobbi is forced to face the unsettling truth about God´s grace. But this time, what will it cost to forgive the unforgivable? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Moe Egan, Jeffrey Kafer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/078957/bk_acx0_078957_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.