The morning of her niece´s wedding, Margo Just drinks a double martini and contemplates the many mistakes she´s made in her fifty-odd years of life. Spending three decades in love with a wonderful but unattainable man is pretty high up on her list of missteps, as is a long line of unsuccessful love affairs accompanied by a seemingly endless supply of delicious cocktails. When the young bride flees - taking with her a family heirloom and leaving behind six hundred bewildered guests - her mother offers Margo fifty grand to retrieve her spoiled brat of a daughter and the invaluable property she stole. So, together with the bride´s jilted and justifiably crabby fiancé, Margo sets out in a borrowed 1955 red MG on a cross-country chase. Along the way, none of what she discovers will be quite what she expected. But it might be exactly what she´s been seeking all along. From acclaimed humor writer Jane Lotter comes this madcap, laugh-out-loud adventure, The Bette Davis Club. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sue Pitkin, Tessa Marts. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/008277/bk_brll_008277_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This important book traces the evolution of grassroots social movement in the former German Democratic Republic (GDR) and reveals the democratically spirited, subversive forms of communication that were practiced behind the Wall before it fell on November 9, 1989. From the political jokes that were shared in private, to the informational events, small group work, underground publications, and weekly "peace prayers" that were sheltered by Evangelical-Lutheran churches, to the demonstrations of 1989, to the onslaught of exposé work after the fall of the Wall, East Germans resisted and rebelled against the state in a number of humble but rhetorically brilliant ways. Working from firsthand interviews and other primary source materials, Kerry Kathleen Riley brings listeners closer to the people who helped bring down the Wall and heightens our appreciation for the subversive impact of everyday political communication. Here we see how speech, social interactions, and rudimentary print materials can keep democratic sensibilities alive for a populace while courageous individuals do the painstaking work of opening up the space, both physical and rhetorical, for social change to occur. We see the power of a private political culture, the role that can be played by churches, the importance of small group activities to social movements, the crucial work of intermediaries and "hidden hands;" and the step-by-step winning of the street for political action. We also see what happens to the hard-earned tradition of GDR truth-telling when the East German story is finally open to all. The book is published by Michigan State University Press. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cynthia Wallace. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/085268/bk_acx0_085268_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An old flame’s fiancé is missing, and only Drum can save him from the Soviets. Chester Drum will never love another woman the way he loves Marianne. After years of on-and-off romance, he tells her that his work as a private detective is too dangerous for him to ever marry, so she ends the affair and moves to West Berlin, to report on the Cold War from its front lines. There she falls in love with Quentin Hammond, ace foreign correspondent, and Drum is happy for her until her new man disappears behind the Iron Curtain. She telegraphs for help, and Drum is on the next plane. Hammond was close to winning the scoop of the century, by cooperating with an exiled East German dissident to tunnel beneath the Berlin Wall and free thousands of people from the other side. Before they could complete their audacious scheme, though, the Stasi kidnapped them. Only Drum has the skills to go behind the wall and return with the man who’s stolen the woman he loves. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Pete Larkin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/005934/bk_adbl_005934_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This 1985 espionage thriller follows FBI agent William Cochran´s efforts to stop a Nazi spy from assassinating FDR. Toss in a love affair with a British Secret Service operative and you have the makings of a pause-resister. It is 1939. Roosevelt is winding down his second term in the White House. The Nazis have taken Austria, and Stalin´s Red Army is systematically eliminating the Kremlin´s enemies. Europe is going to hell in a handbasket. With isolationist sentiment running high in America, and the president´s popularity at an all-time low, Hitler seizes the moment and dispatches his secret weapon: An agent named ´´Siegfried´´ who conceals himself behind the mask of middle-class America. A chameleon who can change identities and personalities at will. A cold-blooded killer who will win the war for Germany. A banker, linguist, and demolitions expert who has successfully infiltrated German intelligence, FBI Special Agent Thomas Cochrane is handpicked by Roosevelt for an impossible mission: to find Hitler´s spy before he carries out a plan that will remove the president from office at a critical moment in the century´s history. As Cochrane, with the help of British Intelligence agent Laura Worthington, circles closer to his elusive quarry, a spy with supporters in the highest levels of U.S. government readies the world stage for a final act of annihilation that will alter the tide of war - and the future of the free world - in unthinkable ways. 1. Language: English. Narrator: George Kuch. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/024878/bk_acx0_024878_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
For generations, the big city has promised romance, danger, opportunity. But what happens when you wake up one hungover morning and realize the promise is gone...along with your cheap apartment? That your whole existence in Berlin - 10 years of easy living based on cheap rent and the ability to just barely make it in the creative industry - was just a historical accident, the cheap rent and Bohemian setting products of a perverse economy, a miracle that couldn´t possibly last? What does it do to your sense of place to realize that Berlin is following cluelessly in New York´s footsteps, from artsy wonderland to real estate boondoggle? Does that mean Berlin, like New York, is over? Or does it come back to you: Deep down, does it mean that you can´t afford to go on fooling yourself? Part amateur sociology, part autobiographical journey, Zombies of Berlin explores Ralph Martin´s experience of gentrification in Berlin and New York and the dawning horror that these cities have windows of raw beauty: Blink and you might miss them. The author takes an anxiety-fueled trip to Leipzig to check out the ´better Berlin´, with distinctly mixed results, thrown back upon himself as he tries to figure out whether we shouldn´t all just move to the country. Zombies is not a political pamphlet but a hauntingly melancholic and comical journey: a vivid portrait of status anxiety in the age of real estate. Ralph Martin is an ex-New Yorker, writer, and journalist. His work has appeared in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, in the New York Times, and elsewhere. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Eric Martin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/026507/bk_adbl_026507_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Lucy stole her friend Rose´s ´´happily ever after´´ because she wanted Rose´s husband - and Lucy always gets what she wants. Big mistake. Rose was the ideal wife and is the ideal mother; Lucy was the perfect mistress. Rose doesn´t have the vocabulary to describe Lucy. A devoted single mum, she fills her life with labeling school uniforms, organic vegetables, and car runs for extracurricular activities. She´s an exemplary mother, but the boys seem to need her less and less, and without them, she wonders what she amounts to. Both Lucy and Rose envy Connie, who is happily married and is effortlessly balancing two kids with a fulfilling career - until a dangerous old flame flickers back into view at the school gates and threatens her marriage. All three of these women need more than blind belief to negotiate their way through modern life. Things can only get better...or worse. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Phil Hearne, Sara Markland, Clare Wille, Peter Kenny. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/orio/000142/bk_orio_000142_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Berlin ist die Kneipe auf dem verlassenen Marktplatz eines Kaffs namens Brandenburg. Manchmal tanzen wir auf den Tischen, manchmal liegen wir darunter, jeder war schon mal mit jedem im Bett und Weihnachten ist Lokalrunde. Endlich! Nach ´´Wahnsinn in Gesellschaft´´ gibt es nun Lea Streisands zweites Solowerk mit Geschichten aus dem sogenannten Großstadtalltag. 1. Sprache: Deutsch. Erzähler: Lea Streisand. Hörprobe: http://samples.audible.de/bk/fine/001002/bk_fine_001002_sample.mp3. Digitales Hörbuch im AAX Format.
[Contains mature themes] He reached out because a year after the discovery of his affair, they aren’t fighting anymore, but they certainly haven’t moved on. Esther guides them towards a more honest conversation, and a revelation about their communication. 1. Language: English. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/or/a194/000102/or_a194_000102_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
New York Times best-selling author Joe De Sena, founder and CEO of Spartan, the global health and wellness platform, leader in obstacle racing, and executive producer of NBC’s television show Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge, challenges you to live the Spartan way. Determined to yank 100 million people off their couch cushions to start living instead of being passive observers of life, Joe De Sena has one ultimate goal: to help improve everyone’s physical and emotional health by teaching them the tenets of Spartan living from ancient Greece: simple eating, smart training, mastering resilience, and an all-out commitment to achieving a goal. Like Spartan training, living the Spartan way requires endurance to reach your finish line, the goal that inspires and drives you to succeed no matter what obstacles are thrown in your path. De Sena believes you can gain that endurance in just 36 days by following the 10 Spartan core virtues, timeless principles to help you embrace adversity and overcome any challenge, and making them a permanent part of your own personal core. The Spartan core values include: Self-awareness - know yourself Commitment - be dedicated Passion - discover your purpose Discipline - practice diligence Prioritization - put your house in order Grit - push your limits Courage - face your fears and your failures Optimism - look for the positives Integrity - act honestly Wholeness - live as a Spartan De Sena turned this philosophy into a lifestyle - and so can you. With The Spartan Way, you’ll discover your true north, unleash the warrior within, and transform your life to 10 times your maximum potential. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the a... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christian Rummel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/030477/bk_adbl_030477_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
September 1940. England is at war once again and London has become an ever-fragile place for widowed Livia Ripley and her two young daughters, Polly and Eliza. When Livia meets charismatic publisher Hugo Ballantyne, she is hopeful that her life is about to change for the better. But as clouds gather in the clear autumn sky, the wail of the siren heralds the arrival of the Luftwaffe. As the raids intensify, Livia volunteers to be warden at the invitation of enigmatic Justin Connelly. Here she experiences the true reality and despair of war, a contrast to the world of comfort and cocktails provided in fleeting afternoons at the Balfour Hotel with Hugo. And ultimately Livia discovers a strength she never knew she had that will give her the power to save those she loves. For when you don´t know what tomorrow may bring, there is no choice but to live for today. Reminiscent of classic films like Brief Encounter and The End of the Affair, this is a stunningly captured story of a woman finding herself whilst the world is at war. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jilly Bond. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/twuk/001017/bk_twuk_001017_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.