When Hal Southerland, a socially isolated computer contracts manager nearing retirement at a federal agency in Atlanta, spots a curious anomaly on an astronomy website, he realizes aliens are coming. A slip of the tongue before it becomes public knowledge results in Hal being chosen by the aliens to serve in a very special role: king of the planet. The catch is that Earth is on the verge of environmental disaster, and this very special role has a very special task: to choose which four billion humans will be "Disappeared" to preserve the oxygen essential for both human and alien survival. What follows is a series of missteps on the path toward creating a world where the aliens and humans can live together in peace. Will Hal and his alien "liaison" Angie (who looks a lot like Marilyn Monroe) find a way for humans and aliens to live side by side? Or will the mistakes continue in this clash of civilizations?
Flying blind in interactions with customers, colleagues, collaborators, or competitors? Frustrated by misunderstandings with other organizational silos or cultures? Learn the number-one skill: how to step into anyone’s shoes, decode their mindset, and get the job done with anyone, anywhere.What derails deals is not that we don’t bow, kiss, or shake hands correctly. What kills success is our inability to read between the lines, decode the mindset of the other side, and see the world from other perspectives.Forged in the fire of clashing cultures and living on four continents, Dr. Zweifel, the CEO, Columbia professor, and award-winning author, unpacks the toolbox he developed over three decades of helping managers in 100+ countries lead effectively - a system for success across organizational and cultural boundaries."Culture Clash not only reminds us of our blindness, but also offers a cure." -Scott A. Snook, professor, Harvard Business School In this action-packed, quick and fun listen (cross-cultural fiascos can be hilarious... Some jokes are so risqué that the publisher banned them until now), learn: The 13 Do’s and Taboos in dealing with other value-systems.The most powerful troubleshooting tool on the market to prevent culture clash - which saved Dr. Zweifel’s clients millions in sunk costs, with cases.The eight dimensions to prep quickly for any meeting anywhere - even if you’ve never been there.How to lead effective global meetings and teleconferences (before, during, after), with a case of a $40m value-add.How to adapt your website, videos, and social media, so you don’t alienate new customers.The hidden differences between American, Asian, European, and other mindsets that trip up negotiations.How to address difficult topics for example sex - in different cultures.“Absolutely required reading for leaders who manage across cultu 1. Language: English. Narrator: Thomas D. Zweifel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/063760/bk_acx0_063760_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Hard Bargain describes in vivid detail and elegant prose the clash of wills between a famous father and his hard-driving middle son. Richard Tucker, the American superstar tenor from the golden age of the Metropolitan Opera, demanded that his son become a surgeon. Rejecting his fathers wishes, David wanted to follow his father onto the opera stage.Their struggle over Davids future - by turns hilarious and humiliating, wise and loving - is played out in medical and musical venues around the world. The father and son strike a bargain, the hard bargain of the title, which permitted both dreams to flicker for a decade until one (the right one, it turns out) bursts into sustaining flame.This heartfelt memoir about a son's struggle against the looming power of a magnetic father is conveyed in a moving narrative that one reviewer has called the most dramatic exploration of the private life of a legendary singer in the annals of opera literature.Visit the Tucker and Spivak website, thehardbargainbook.com, for more information. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Bauer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/148929/bk_acx0_148929_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Flying blind in interactions with customers, colleagues, collaborators, or competitors? Frustrated by misunderstandings with other organizational silos or cultures? Learn the number-one skill: how to step into anyone’s shoes, decode their mindset, and get the job done with anyone, anywhere. What derails deals is not that we don’t bow, kiss, or shake hands correctly. What kills success is our inability to read between the lines, decode the mindset of the other side, and see the world from other perspectives. Forged in the fire of clashing cultures and living on four continents, Dr. Zweifel, the CEO, Columbia professor, and award-winning author, unpacks the toolbox he developed over three decades of helping managers in 100+ countries lead effectively - a system for success across organizational and cultural boundaries. "Culture Clash not only reminds us of our blindness, but also offers a cure." (Scott A. Snook, Professor, Harvard Business School)In this action-packed, quick, and fun listen (cross-cultural fiascos can be hilarious...some jokes are so risqué that the publisher banned them until now), learn: The 13 dos and taboos in dealing with other value systems. The most powerful troubleshooting tool on the market to prevent culture clash - which saved Dr. Zweifel’s clients millions in sunk costs, with cases. The eight dimensions to prep quickly for any meeting anywhere - even if you’ve never been there. How to lead effective global meetings and teleconferences (before, during, after), with a case of a $40 million value-add. How to adapt your website, videos, and social media so you don’t alienate new customers. The hidden differences between American, Asian, European, and other mind-sets that trip up negotiations. How to address difficult topics - for example, sex - in different cultures. “Absolutely required reading for leaders who manage across 1. Language: English. Narrator: Shlomo Zacks. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/066244/bk_acx0_066244_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The unbelievable true story of the man who built a billion-dollar online drug empire from his bedroom - and almost got away with it In 2011, a 26-year-old libertarian programmer named Ross Ulbricht launched the ultimate free market: the Silk Road, a clandestine website hosted on the Dark Web where anyone could trade anything - drugs, hacking software, forged passports, counterfeit cash, poisons - free of the government's watchful eye. It wasn't long before the media got wind of the new website where anyone - not just teenagers and weed dealers but terrorists and black hat hackers - could buy and sell contraband detection-free. Spurred by a public outcry, the federal government launched an epic two-year manhunt for the site's elusive proprietor, with no leads, no witnesses, and no clear jurisdiction. All the investigators knew was that whoever was running the site called himself the Dread Pirate Roberts. The Silk Road quickly ballooned into a $1.2 billion enterprise, and Ross embraced his new role as kingpin. He enlisted a loyal crew of allies in high and low places, all as addicted to the danger and thrill of running an illegal marketplace as their customers were to the heroin they sold. Through his network he got wind of the target on his back and took drastic steps to protect himself - including ordering a hit on a former employee. As Ross made plans to disappear forever, the feds raced against the clock to catch a man they weren't sure even existed, searching for a needle in the haystack of the global Internet. Drawing on exclusive access to key players and two billion digital words and images Ross left behind, Vanity Fair correspondent and New York Times best-selling author Nick Bilton offers a tale filled with twists and turns, lucky breaks, and unbelievable close calls. It's a story of the boy next door's ambition gone criminal, spurred on by the clash between the new world of libertarian-leaning, anonym 1. Language: English. Narrator: Will Damron. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/003123/bk_peng_003123_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Alice Augustine runs the oldest bookstore in the historic district of Natchitoches and believes technology is the root of most problems. If only more people would turn off the TV and shut down the computer, the world wouldn't be in the mess it's in. She wishes she could get the teens she loves to step away from the screens and hold on to their Creole culture. The only person who seems to understand her passion for classic literature is the mysterious website owner, Browning Wordsworth Keats. Paul Olivier comes back to his home town determined to show the people of Cane River that he's not the poor, nerdy kid he once was. He's made a fortune designing video games, and opening a giant electronics store right in the snooty historic district will be the crowning glory of his career. Unfortunately, one bookish anti-tech fanatic has decided to do everything she can to keep that from happening. Even worse, she doesn't know that in cyber space, they're kindred spirits. Alice and Paul clash from the start, but nothing is ever quite as it seems. When secrets are revealed, will there be a second chance - for both of them? A romance that brings the humor of You've Got Mail and the deep friendships of 84, Charring Cross Road, this romance will touch the classic literature lover in everyone. A clean Christian inspirational romance, including recipes! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Daisy Mae. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/050657/bk_acx0_050657_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Random House presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of American Kingpin by Nick Bilton, read by Will Damron. From New York Times best-selling author Nick Bilton comes a true-life thriller about the rise and fall of Ross Ulbricht, aka the Dread Pirate Roberts, the founder of the online black market Silk Road. In 2011, Ulbricht, a 26-year-old libertarian idealist and former Boy Scout, launched 'a website where people could buy anything anonymously, with no trail whatsoever that could lead back to them'. He called it Silk Road, opened for business on the Dark Web, and christened himself the Dread Pirate Roberts (after the Princess Bride character). The site grew at a tremendous pace, quickly becoming a $1.2 billion enterprise where you could buy or sell drugs, hacking software, forged passports, counterfeit cash, guns, grenades, and poisons. The Silk Road soon caught the attention of the feds, who embarked on an epic two-year manhunt for the site's proprietor. Ulbricht, in the meantime, struggled to maintain control of his double life and his marketplace, which he originally started to prove that legalising drugs could make society safer. He gradually abandoned his libertarian ideals to rule Silk Road with increasingly authoritarian force. At one point he engaged the services of hired hitmen to take out employees he felt had wronged him. Soon some of the federal agents who were supposed to be hunting for Ulbricht were lured into the dark world and switched sides to join him. This is a true-life thriller about ambition gone awry, spurred on by the defining clash of our time: the new world of libertarian-leaning, anonymous, decentralised web advocates and the old world of government control, order and the rule of law. Bilton's dazzling rendering and gift for narrative make for an endlessly fascinating drama. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Will Damron. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/002868/bk_rhuk_002868_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Famous names from favourite Nintendo franchises and guest characters come together in a portable fighter filled with spectacular action. With unique modes, online multiplayer, the ability to customise your fighter and the series’ biggest roster of playable fighters ever, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is truly a clash for the ages!The basics of Super Smash Bros. are simple. Use your chosen character’s unique attacks and special moves to damage your opponent, then hit ‘em with a smash attack to send them flying off the stage! The higher your opponent’s damage – represented as a percentage – the farther they’ll fly when launched, so pummel away until you see them steaming, then unleash your strongest smash attack and watch your target skyrocket off the stage! Take on nearby challengers in local multiplayer, or bring the battle to faraway friends and foes in online matches.Mega Man, Little Mac, PAC-MAN and more new challengers join the longest roll call of famous fighters the Super Smash Bros. series has ever seen. You can even take on these gaming greats yourself as your Mii character – become a Sword Fighter, Gunner or Brawler and see how you stack up in a scrap!Whoever you choose, customise their special moves and equipment to make them your own. Collect equipment during gameplay and equip them to strike the perfect balance of attack, defence and speed, or maximise one attribute to suit your personal play style. Special moves can be collected and customised too, enabling you to craft your perfect fighter to bring into battle!Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS both share the same roster of fighters, items and basic gameplay, but each boasts unique modes designed around its host format. On Nintendo 3DS, go toe-to-toe in StreetSmash, where you can battle against character tokens gathered via StreetPass. In Smash Run, battle enemies in a large labyrinth, then power your character up for the final battle in a unique mode packed with action, strategy, and completely compelling gameplay! And of course, it’s the first ever Super Smash Bros. game you can play on the go – perfect for throwing down against any opponent you meet, no matter where or when!A packed roster of gaming greats, new ways to play on your own or with friends, stages and modes unique to Nintendo 3DS and much more make Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS an utterly unmissable experience. Head over to our Super Smash Bros. for Wii U gamepage to find out more about brawling in high definition, unique modes and much more.Power up your Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS experience with amiibo, a brand new range of interactive figures*. In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS you can transfer the data from your amiibo so it can appear in the game and fight for you. As your amiibo fights, it will develop its own unique attributes and skills, becoming stronger and learning new moves. You can even add your own twist to combat by customising special moves! Head over to our amiibo website to learn more about this brand new way to interact with your favourite Nintendo characters and games.- Mario, Donkey Kong, PAC-MAN and over 30 other famous faces come together in the biggest Super Smash Bros. line-up ever!- Unleash your brawling best against opponents near or far in local and online multiplayer modes- Customise your character’s special moves and abilities, and battle yourself as your Mii character- Take on Smash Run and StreetSmash, two unique modes only available on Nintendo 3DS
Jona McCracken is a broken ex-Marine with PTSD and a host of other personal issues. He stumbles upon a website promising relief from all his ills. The only catch is that he must immigrate to Shinar 54, a utopian city in the Nevada desert to obtain the wonder cure and to meet Lisa, his enchanting recruiter. Shinar is the enclosed haven for millions of people who have overcome sickness and pain. The outside world believes Shinar is a powerful and dangerous doomsday cult. Shinar prepares its people for the next life with a singularity of purpose that impoverishes the United States and sets the two nations on a collision course. As the political and economic tensions ratchet up, the world spirals down into an epidemic of fear, bigotry, and propaganda. World war is imminent. Jona and Lisa find themselves in the middle of it. Marco Franco, Jona's friend and confidant, is on his own mission to rescue his younger sister from certain death. Can he do it through intrigue and alliances? Set in the not-too-distant future, Shinar 54 is a story of conflict between good and evil, truth and lies, and the clash of opposing values. Ultimately, it is a tale of renewal, redemption, and reconciliation.