From best-selling comic-book franchise writer Charles Soule comes a clever and witty first novel of a 20-something New Yorker who wakes up one morning with the power to predict the future - perfect for fans of Joe Hill and Brad Meltzer or books like This Book Is Full of Spiders and Welcome to Night Vale. Knowledge is power. So when an unassuming Manhattan bassist named Will Dando awakens from a dream one morning with 108 predictions about the future in his head, he rapidly finds himself the most powerful man in the world. Protecting his anonymity by calling himself the Oracle, he sets up a heavily guarded website with the help of his friend Hamza to selectively announce his revelations. In no time global corporations are offering him millions for exclusive access, eager to profit from his prophecies. He´s also making a lot of high-powered enemies, from the president of the United States and a nationally prominent televangelist to a warlord with a nuclear missile and an assassin grandmother. Legions of cyber spies are unleashed to hack the Site - as it´s come to be called - and the best man hunters money can buy are deployed not only to unmask the Oracle but to take him out of the game entirely. With only a handful of people he can trust - including a beautiful journalist - it´s all Will can do to simply survive, elude exposure, and protect those he loves long enough to use his knowledge to save the world. Delivering fast-paced adventure on a global scale as well as sharp-witted satire on our concepts of power and faith, Marvel writer Charles Soule´s audacious debut novel takes listeners on a rollicking ride where it´s impossible to predict what will happen next. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Charlie Thurston. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/006286/bk_harp_006286_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What happens when an entire generation commits the same crime? How Music Got Free is a riveting story of obsession, music, crime, and money, featuring visionaries and criminals, moguls and tech-savvy teenagers. It´s about the greatest pirate in history, the most powerful executive in the music business, a revolutionary invention, and an illegal website four times the size of the iTunes music store. Journalist Stephen Witt traces the secret history of digital music piracy, from the German audio engineers who invented the mp3 to a North Carolina compact-disc manufacturing plant where factory worker Dell Glover leaked nearly 2,000 albums over the course of a decade to the high-rises of midtown Manhattan where music executive Doug Morris cornered the global market on rap and finally into the darkest recesses of the Internet. Through these interwoven narratives, Witt has written a thrilling audiobook that depicts the moment in history when ordinary life became forever entwined with the world online - when suddenly all the music ever recorded was available for free. In the pause-resisting tradition of writers like Michael Lewis and Lawrence Wright, Witt´s deeply reported first book introduces the unforgettable characters - inventors, executives, factory workers, and smugglers - who revolutionized an entire art form and reveals for the first time the secret underworld of media pirates that transformed our digital lives. An irresistible, never-before-told story of greed, cunning, genius, and deceit, How Music Got Free isn´t just a story of the music industry - it´s a must-listen history of the Internet itself. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephen Witt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/002576/bk_peng_002576_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Swept away from Louisiana bayou country as a child, Miranda Miller is a woman without a past. She has a husband and child of her own and a fulfilling job in a Manhattan museum, but she also has questions - about the tragedy that cut her off from family and caused her to be sent away and about those first five years of her life, which were erased from her memory entirely.Summoned to the bedside of Willy Pedreaux, the old caretaker of her grandparents´ antebellum estate, Miranda goes back to Louisiana at last, hoping to learn the truths of her past and receive her rightful inheritance. But Willy´s premature death plunges Miranda into a nightmare of buried secrets, priceless treasure, and unknown enemies.Follow one woman´s search through the hidden rooms of a bayou mansion, the enigmatic snares of an ancient myth, and the all-consuming quest for a heart open enough for love - and for God.´´Intricately plotted and exquisitely detailed, Clark´s latest novel is fantastic. There´s a gothic feel throughout, and the outcome of the mystery is fascinating.... Mystery lovers should move this to the top of their purchase lists.´´ (RT Book Reviews)Mindy Starns Clark is the best-selling author of more than 30 books, both fiction and nonfiction, and has received numerous honors, including Christy Awards, Inspirational Readers Choice Awards, and RT Book Review´s Career Achievement Award.Visit her website at mindystarnsclark.com, or find her on Facebook at facebook.com/MindyStarnsClark. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jill Smith. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/120508/bk_acx0_120508_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
How ya doin? With these four syllables, delivered in an unmistakably authentic New York accent, Steve Osborne has riveted thousands of people through the legendary storytelling outfit The Moth (and more than a million times on their website) with his hilarious, profane, and touching tales from his 20 years serving as an NYPD street cop. Steve Osborne is the real deal, people, the tough, streetwise New York cop of your dreams, one with a big, big heart. Kojak? NYPD Blue? Law & Order? Fuggedaboutem! The Job blows them out of the water with this unpauseable book. Steve Osborne has seen a thing or two in his 20 years in the NYPD - some harmless things, some definitely not. In ´´Stakeout´´ Steve and his partner mistake a Manhattan dentist for an armed robbery suspect and reduce the man down to a puddle of snot and tears when questioning him. In ´´Mug Shot´´ the mother of a suspected criminal makes a strange request and provides a sobering reminder of the humanity at stake in his profession. And in ´´Home´´ the image of his family provides the adrenaline he needs to fight for his life when assaulted by two armed and violent crackheads. From his days as a rookie cop to the time spent patrolling in the Anti-Crime Unit - and his visceral, harrowing recollections of working during 9/11 - Steve Osborne´s stories capture both the absurdity of police work and the bravery of those who do it. His stories will speak to those nostalgic for the New York City of the 1980s and ´90s, a bygone era of when the city was a crazier, more dangerous (and possibly more interesting) place. Includes two live stories from The Moth - ´´Hot Dogs´´ and ´´Dentist´´. Stories from The Moth courtesy of The Moth. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Steve Osborne. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/004125/bk_rand_004125_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
With its bold depiction of four female friends navigating the pitfalls of Manhattan’s dating scene, Sex and the City, which aired on HBO from 1998 to 2004, was a unique television drama that evolved into a ubiquitous and widely debated cultural phenomenon. Deborah Jermyn’s Sex and the City investigates the program’s critical and popular success as well as its lasting cultural impact. To give listeners a complete picture of Sex and the City, Jermyn draws on close textual analysis of selected episodes, existing critical work on the program, testimonies from its stars and producers, and intertextual evidence ranging from the Sex and the City bus tour to fan guides and websites. In this volume Jermyn explores the show’s characters, its careful generic balance of comedy and drama, its mix of both fantasy and realism, and its dedication to the intricacies of women’s friendships. Jermyn notes that in the course of its six seasons Sex and the City emerged as a kind of controversial shorthand to explore the zeitgeist among a generation of post-feminist TV audiences, each week considering issues surrounding femininity, feminism, sexuality, consumerism, and women’s lifestyle choices. Jermyn argues that, in short, Sex and the City’s success and wider cultural impact invite us not just to analyze the particular accomplishments of its writing, design, and performances but to recognize the contribution and significance that television can have on public debate and life outside ´´the box´´. With the 2008 release of a full-length - and long-awaited - feature film version of Sex and the City, the series proves itself once again to be timely and relevant. Fans of the series as well as scholars of television history will enjoy Jermyn’s insightful study. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Colleen Patrick. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/014893/bk_acx0_014893_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
New York Times best seller ´´A gripping genetic detective story, and a meditation on the meaning of parenthood and family.” (Jennifer Egan, author of Manhattan Beach)A Washington Post, Vulture, Bustle, Real Simple, PopSugar, and LitHub Most Anticipated Book of 2019 and an Apple Books Best of January 2019From the acclaimed, best-selling memoirist and novelist - ´´a writer of rare talent” (Cheryl Strayed) - a memoir about the staggering family secret uncovered by a genealogy test: an exploration of the urgent ethical questions surrounding fertility treatments and DNA testing, and a profound inquiry of paternity, identity, and love. What makes us who we are? What combination of memory, history, biology, experience, and that ineffable thing called the soul defines us?In the spring of 2016, through a genealogy website to which she had whimsically submitted her DNA for analysis, Dani Shapiro received the stunning news that her father was not her biological father. She woke up one morning and her entire history - the life she had lived - crumbled beneath her.Inheritance is an audiobook about secrets - secrets within families, kept out of shame or self-protectiveness; secrets we keep from one another in the name of love. It is the story of a woman´s urgent quest to unlock the story of her own identity, a story that has been scrupulously hidden from her for more than 50 years, years she had spent writing brilliantly, and compulsively, on themes of identity and family history. It is an audiobook about the extraordinary moment we live in - a moment in which science and technology have outpaced not only medical ethics, but also the capacities of the human heart to contend with the consequences of what we discover. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dani Shapiro. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/006466/bk_rand_006466_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The stunning and long-awaited memoir from the beloved founder of the James Beard Award-winning website Leite´s Culinaria - a candid, courageous, and at times laugh-out-loud funny story of family, food, mental illness, and sexual identity. Born into a family of Azorean immigrants, David Leite grew up in the 1960s in a devoutly Catholic blue-collar, food-crazed Portuguese home in Fall River, Massachusetts. A clever and determined dreamer with a vivid imagination and a flair for the dramatic, ´´Banana´´, as his mother endearingly called him, obsessed over proper hair care, yearned to live in a middle-class house with a swinging kitchen door like the ones on television, and fell in love with everything French thanks to his Portuguese and French-Canadian godmother. But David also struggled with the emotional devastation of bipolar disorder. Until he was diagnosed in his mid-30s, David found relief from his wild mood swings in cooking, Julia Child, and a Viking stove he named Thor. Notes on a Banana is his heartfelt, unflinchingly honest, yet tender memoir of growing up, accepting himself, and turning his love of food into an award-winning career. Reminiscing about the people and events that shaped him, David looks back at the highs and lows of his life, from his rejection of being gay and his attempt to ´´turn straight´´ through Aesthetic Realism, a cult in downtown Manhattan, to becoming a writer, cookbook author, and web publisher, to his 23-year relationship with Alan, known to millions of David´s readers and listeners as ´´The One´´, which began with (what else?) food. Woven throughout these stories are the dishes David loves - the tastes that led him to happiness, health, and success. A blend of Kay Redfield Jamison´s An Unquiet Mind; the food memoirs of Ruth Reichl, Anthony Bourdain, and Gabrielle Hamilton; and the character-rich storytelling of Augusten Burroughs, David Sedaris, and Jenny Lawson, Notes on a Banan 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Leite. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/005916/bk_harp_005916_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Great journalists, at one time or another, have all been characters in their own stories: people with personalities that shaped what they saw and reported and were touched and changed by the experiences about which they wrote, and innovators who borrowed the storytelling techniques of fiction. The Beholder´s Eye showcases the very best of an increasing trend toward personal narrative: Mike Sager stalking Marlon Brando in the Tahitian jungle; J. R. Moehringer´s quest to discover the true identity of an old boxer; Bill Plaschke´s story about a woman with cerebral palsy who runs an obscure Los Angeles Dodgers website; Scott Anderson´s story of his lifetime of covering war after war; Harrington´s own tale of his interracial family´s struggle to persevere; and many others. Written by reporters who were willing to reveal themselves in order to bring listeners insights that were deeper than supposedly objective third-person stories, their articles are an invaluable resource for aspiring journalists, students, and teachers of the craft of writing and any listener with an appreciation for masterful storytelling. ´´My Dinner with Ali´´ 1989, reprinted with permission of the author. First appeared in Sport. ´´Resurrecting the Champ´´ 1997, Los Angeles Times. Reprinted with permission. First appeared in Los Angeles Times Magazine. ´´Her Blue Haven´´ 2001, Los Angeles Times. Reprinted with permission. First appeared in Los Angeles Times. ´´The Passions of Mario Cuomo´´ 1985, reprinted with permission of the author. First appeared in Manhattan, Inc. ´´Last Tango in Tahiti´´ 1987, reprinted with permission of the author. First appeared in The Washington Post Magazine. Recorded by arrangement with Grove Atlantic, Inc. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Adam Lazarre-White, Dendrie Taylor. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/021827/bk_adbl_021827_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.