From the genre-defying icon Ben Folds comes a memoir that is as nuanced, witty, and relatable as his cult-classic songs. Ben Folds is a celebrated American singer-songwriter, beloved for songs such as ´´Brick,´´ ´´You Don´t Know Me,´´ ´´Rockin´ the Suburbs,´´ and ´´The Luckiest,´´ and is the former frontman of the alternative rock band Ben Folds Five. But Folds will be the first to tell you he´s an unconventional icon, more normcore than hardcore. Now, in his first book, Folds looks back at his life so far in a charming and wise chronicle of his artistic coming of age, infused with the wry observations of a natural storyteller. He opens up about finding his voice as a musician, becoming a rock antihero, and hauling a baby grand piano on and off stage for every performance. In the title chapter, ´´A Dream About Lightning Bugs,´´ Folds recalls his earliest childhood dream-and realizes how much it influenced his understanding of what it means to be an artist. In ´´Measure Twice, Cut Once´´ he learns to resist the urge to skip steps during the creative process. (´´There will be plenty of time for the limitations of the real world to impose themselves on your creation.´´) In ´´Hall Pass´´ he recounts his 1970s North Carolina working-class childhood and the race and class tensions that shaped his early songwriting, and in ´´Cheap Lessons´´ he returns to the painful life lessons he learned the hard way-but that luckily didn´t kill him. Folds also ruminates on music in the digital age, the absurdity of life on the road, and the challenges of sustaining a multidecade, multifaceted career in the music business. In his inimitable voice, both relatable and thought-provoking, Folds digs deep into the life experiences that shaped him, imparting hard-earned wisdom about both art and life. Collectively, these stories embody the message Folds has been singing about for years: Smile like you´ve got nothing to prove, because it hurts to grow up, and life flies by in seconds.
Old Bugs is a short story by American horror fiction writer H. P. Lovecraft, probably written shortly before July 1919. It was first published in the Arkham House volume ´´The Shuttered Room and Other Pieces´´ (1959). 1. Language: English. Narrator: Howard King. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/edel/008060/bk_edel_008060_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Edgar Allan Poe, American poet and master of the horror tale, is also credited by many with inventing the American mystery story. ´´The Gold Bug´´ is one of his most famous stories. It was first published in the Philadelphia Dollar Newspaper in June 1843, after Poe had won a competition held by the paper and received a prize of $100. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Walter Covell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/jimc/000184/bk_jimc_000184_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Terrorists have turned nature itself into a devastating weapon. And only one man can stop it.The year is 2026 and up and down the Eastern seaboard of the United States a virulent toxin is killing people. What was initially believed to be food poisoning turns out to be a terrorist attack using genetically modified insects to poison the American food supply.For Gabriel Marx, news of the poisoning is eerily familiar. A Marine Corps veteran and trained viticulturist, Gabriel is now working as a vintner at Landmark Estates Winery in California, but was once part of a secret CIA effort to use insect vectors to destroy the Afghan Taliban’s poppy industry. He’s long feared that genetically synthesized toxins delivered by insects could be used as a terror weapon.One day a stream of black SUVs carrying the Secretary of Homeland Security shows up at the vineyard, and Gabriel is recruited to help the government respond to the attack. He is drawn into a complex web of rogue scientists with links to ISIS and Chechen terrorists, and discovers that an even more devastating attack is imminent.Merging cutting-edge synthetic biology with global politics and international terrorism, The Bug Hunter is both thriller and cautionary tale of how advances in technology can be used to turn nature itself into a devastating weapon. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Perry Daniels. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/154766/bk_acx0_154766_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the genre-defying icon Ben Folds comes a memoir that is as nuanced, witty, and relatable as his cult-classic songs.´´A Dream About Lightning Bugs reads like its author: intelligent, curious, unapologetically punk, and funny as hell.” (Sara Bareilles)Ben Folds is a celebrated American singer-songwriter, beloved for songs such as ´´Brick”, ´´You Don’t Know Me”, ´´Rockin’ the Suburbs”, and ´´The Luckiest”, and is the former frontman of the alternative rock band Ben Folds Five. But Folds will be the first to tell you he’s an unconventional icon, more normcore than hardcore. Now, in his first book, Folds looks back at his life so far in a charming and wise chronicle of his artistic coming of age, infused with the wry observations of a natural storyteller. In the title chapter, ´´A Dream About Lightning Bugs”, Folds recalls his earliest childhood dream - and realizes how much it influenced his understanding of what it means to be an artist. In ´´Measure Twice, Cut Once”, he learns to resist the urge to skip steps during the creative process. In ´´Hall Pass”, he recounts his 1970s North Carolina working-class childhood, and in ´´Cheap Lessons”, he returns to the painful life lessons he learned the hard way - but that luckily didn’t kill him. In his inimitable voice, both relatable and thought-provoking, Folds digs deep into the life experiences that shaped him, imparting hard-earned wisdom about both art and life. Collectively, these stories embody the message Folds has been singing about for years: Smile like you’ve got nothing to prove, because it hurts to grow up, and life flies by in seconds.Praise for A Dream About Lightning Bugs ´´Besides being super talented, and an incredibly poignant and multifaceted musician, Ben Folds is a fantastic author. I couldn’t put this book down - and not just because I taped it to my ha 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ben Folds. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/006950/bk_rand_006950_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A book that instantly captured the hearts of readers across the country, An American Childhood is Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Dillard’s poignant, vivid memoir of growing up in Pittsburgh in the 1950s. Much of the book focuses on her parents and some of her intellectual pursuits. Her mother was a non-conformist; her father taught her about plumbing and economics, and shared his enthusiasm for the novel On The Road. Annie took piano and dance classes, went rock and bug collecting, and loved books, especially about World War II. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tavia Gilbert. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/004183/bk_blak_004183_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´I hope, when my time comes, that I die decently in bed. I don’t want to be murdered beside the garbage cans in some Chicago alley.” (Bugs Moran)Sprightly swing music spills across the dimly lit club. The grayish curtains of cigarette smoke part every once in a while to reveal a sparkling stage and tables upon tables of patrons, some incurably inebriated and others high on the fast-paced nightlife. Fabulous flappers in shimmery cocktail dresses and stylish feather headbands throw their hands up and stomp their feet to the addictive beat on the dance floor. Smartly dressed men, their hair neatly parted and slicked back, toss fistfuls of dice onto the plush green baize of the craps tables. Some hover over roulette wheels, staring intently at the spinning flashes of silver, while others finger their playing cards as they sip on tumblers of whiskey, eyeing both the river and the tower of tokens next to them.One of the most infamous of the gangsters during this era was George ´´Bugs” Moran, who bore all the qualities of a stereotypical 20th-century mobster. They didn’t call him ´´Bugs” for nothing, as the man was a vindictive ticking time bomb who unleashed hell upon anyone who dared cross him. One of the most prolific career criminals of his time, he was convicted and incarcerated at least three times before his 21st birthday. George was a seasoned gunman (so much so that he was eventually crowned the ´´father of drive-by shootings”), an expert rum-runner, and the fearsome head of one of the most prominent gangs in all of Chicago.Nobody was ever convicted for the ´´Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre”, the most infamous gangland hit in American history, but it’s an open secret that it was the work of America’s most famous gangster, Al Capone. Indeed, ´´Scarface” has captured the nation’s popular imagination since Prohibition, managing to be the most notorious gangster in America while living a very visible and high-profi 1. Language: English. Narrator: Colin Fluxman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/144026/bk_acx0_144026_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Behind the scenes at the legendary Warner Brothers film studio, where four immigrant brothers transformed themselves into the moguls and masters of American fantasy Warner Bros charts the rise of an unpromising film studio from its shaky beginnings in the early 20th century through its ascent to the pinnacle of Hollywood influence and popularity. The Warner Brothers - Harry, Albert, Sam, and Jack - arrived in America as unschooled Jewish immigrants, yet they founded a studio that became the smartest, toughest, and most radical in all of Hollywood. David Thomson provides fascinating and original interpretations of Warner Brothers pictures from the pioneering talkie The Jazz Singer through black-and-white musicals, gangster movies, and such dramatic romances as Casablanca, East of Eden, and Bonnie and Clyde. He recounts the storied exploits of the studio´s larger-than-life stars, among them Al Jolson, James Cagney, Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, Humphrey Bogart, James Dean, Doris Day, and Bugs Bunny. The Warner brothers´ cultural impact was so profound, Thomson writes, that their studio became ´´one of the enterprises that helped us see there might be an American dream out there´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Thomson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/032210/bk_adbl_032210_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An epic battle to survive.... At the end of Edge of Collapse, Luke managed to get within 60 miles of his family´s Bug Out Location. As he struggles to make it home, he faces new threats. He teams up with a mysterious stranger to battle the lawless world. Without power, food, or water, they face a grueling uphill battle against the forces of darkness. He´ll have to get creative if he wants to survive, but nothing will keep Luke from getting back to his family. Nothing. Not even the people who stand in his way. Liz struggles to defend the cabin from the preacher and his men. With too much land to cover and not enough resources, she reluctantly teams up with other people in the canyon. Their thread-bare agreement might not hold up under pressure, but it´s better than nothing. Post-apocalyptic America is a desolate, dangerous world on the edge of disaster. Unable to trust strangers, family is more important than ever. Liz will do whatever it takes to protect her kids. One day Luke will return home, but until then, she´s ready to take up arms against anyone who threatens them. Edge of Disaster is book two in the thrilling, post-apocalyptic survival prepper, EMP fiction series, American Fallout. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Meyer, Sarah Beth Goer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/102011/bk_acx0_102011_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.