´´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.
Their story takes us through a maze of dead ends and exhilarating breakthroughs as they and their colleagues wrestle not only with the abstraction of code but with the unpredictability of human behavior, especially their own. Along the way, we encounter black holes, turtles, snakes, dragons, axe-sharpening, and yak-shaving - and take a guided tour through the theories and methods, both brilliant and misguided, that litter the history of software development, from the famous ´´mythical man-month´´ to Extreme Programming. Not just for technophiles but for anyone captivated by the drama of invention, Dreaming in Code offers a window into both the information age and the workings of the human mind. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kyle McCarley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/003871/bk_acx0_003871_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Foreword by Noel Blanc, Mel Blanc´s son: This is an audiobook for any animation fan, young or old, who might wonder what it would be like to actually work directly with Hollywood´s greatest cartoon voice artist: my father, Mel Blanc. Millions continue to celebrate him today as the voice of Bugs Bunny and nearly every other Looney Tunes character, but only a rare handful of people ever got to share time with him every day behind the scenes in his own studio. Chuck McKibben was one of those few, and he has created a highly entertaining and surprisingly revealing memoir that will transport you back to the early 1970s and our recording facility in Beverly Hills. I was the president, and Chuck eventually became the new studio operations director of Mel Blanc Audiomedia, a small company dedicated to making truly outstanding and memorable radio commercials and syndicated programs, utilizing the greatest creative talents in show business. In a twist of fate recounted in this book, Chuck became an employee of ours just minutes after first meeting dad and me on the opening night of The Mel Blanc School of Commercials and Voice. This was a pivotal moment in our own lives, as we had spent years planning a way for dad to help usher newcomers into commercials and cartoons with a high level of training, not otherwise being offered for these specialized fields. Chuck was there throughout the labor of love that was our school, and now takes you ´´inside´´ dad´s classroom...an extraordinary source of insight for all aspiring voice actors. Author´s note: Bob Bergen, the official, current voice of Porky Pig and Tweety since 1990, is featured in the epilogue, telling his amazing story of following in the footsteps of his idol, Mel, for the first time in any book. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Chuck McKibben. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/117480/bk_acx0_117480_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
After 200 years of farming in Yorkshire, the Benson family were forced to sell up. They found, like so many other farmers, that big business was wiping out a way of life they had known for generations.Farming had not come naturally to Richard Benson; he had fled to London long ago. But when he returned to help, he found himself caught up in memories of his childhood in the countryside. Recalling a lost world of pigs digging up the neighbour´s lawn, love affairs among haystacks, and men who wrestled bulls to prove a point, he tells of the changing English landscape, of the people affected, and how his family adapt to a new life after being forced to give up their birthright. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Richard Benson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/orio/000057/bk_orio_000057_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Sex, drugs, and...bug stew? In the vein of The Glass Castle and Wild, Cea Sunrise Person´s compelling memoir of a childhood spent with her dysfunctional counterculture family in the Canadian wilderness - a searing story of physical, emotional, and psychological survival. In the late 1960s, riding the crest of the counterculture movement, Cea´s family left a comfortable existence in California to live off the land in the Canadian wilderness. But unlike most commune dwellers of the time, the Persons weren´t trying to build a new society - they wanted to escape civilization altogether. Led by Cea´s grandfather Dick, they lived a pot-smoking, free-loving, clothing-optional life under a canvas tipi without running water, electricity, or heat for the bitter winters. Living out her grandparents´ dream with her teenage mother, Michelle, young Cea knew little of the world beyond her forest. She spent her summers playing nude in the meadow and her winters snowshoeing behind the grandfather she idolized. Despite fierce storms, food shortages, and the occasional drug-and-sex-infused party for visitors, it seemed to be a mostly happy existence. For Michelle, however, now long separated from Cea´s father, there was one crucial element missing: a man. When Cea was five, Michelle took her on the road with a new boyfriend. As the trio set upon a series of ill-fated adventures, Cea began to question both her highly unusual world and the hedonistic woman at the centre of it - questions that eventually evolved into an all-consuming search for a more normal life. Finally, in her early teens, Cea realized she would have to make a choice as drastic as the one her grandparents once had in order to save herself. While a successful international modeling career offered her a way out of the wilderness, Cea discovered that this new world was in its own way daunting and full of challenges. Containing 24 intimate black-and-white family photos, North of 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cea Sunrise Person. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/006443/bk_harp_006443_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
There was a time when Ralphie May was one of the biggest stand-up comedians in the country, both by ticket sales and by tonnage. While some things changed - Ralphie lost half his body weight - others did not: He will be remembered as one of the most successful comics of his time. Completed just months before his untimely passing, in This Might Get a Little Heavy, Ralphie takes listeners on a behind-the-scenes tour of his life and career, one that winds across the country, over obstacles, beyond heartbreak, and through the golden age of stand-up. Raised in poor, rural Arkansas by a single mom who struggled to make ends meet, Ralphie´s early years were the perfect breeding ground for the kind of pain and stress and adversity that only comedy can cure. Bitten by the comedy bug at a Methodist sleepaway camp when he was 12 years old, Ralphie seized a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity six years later at an open mic in a pizza parlor. Mentored and inspired by legendary comedian Sam Kinison to move to Houston, where he got his start, Ralphie packed his bags and never looked back. A major headliner for over 25 years, in This Might Get A Little Heavy, Ralphie finally tells the world how a chubby poor kid from Clarksville went from Arkansas to Houston to Hollywood and beyond. Full of never before told stories from Ralphie´s life, This Might Get A Little Heavy will bust your gut, pull at your heart strings, and touch your soul. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Oliver Wyman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/033206/bk_adbl_033206_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Epidemiologist Steffanie Strathdee and her husband, psychologist Tom Patterson, were vacationing in Egypt when Tom came down with a stomach bug. What at first seemed like a case of food poisoning quickly turned critical, and by the time Tom had been transferred via emergency medevac to the world-class medical center at UC San Diego, where both he and Steffanie worked, blood work revealed why modern medicine was failing: Tom was fighting one of the most dangerous antibiotic- resistant bacteria in the world.Frantic, Steffanie combed through research old and new and came across phage therapy: the idea that the right virus, aka ´´the perfect predator,´´ can kill even the most lethal bacteria. Phage treatment had fallen out of favor almost 100 years ago, after antibiotic use went mainstream. Now, with time running out, Steffanie appealed to phage researchers all over the world for help. She found allies at the FDA, researchers from Texas A&M, and a clandestine Navy biomedical center - and together they resurrected a forgotten cure.A nail-biting medical mystery, The Perfect Predator is a story of love and survival against all odds, and the (re)discovery of a powerful new weapon in the global superbug crisis. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christine Lakin, Dan Woren. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/004881/bk_hach_004881_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Author and musician Mitch Alden wanted to record a new CD. Months after running a personal best at the 2009 New York City Marathon, he decided a new full-length CD would be his next goal. During an early spring run, however, the marathon bug emerged from winter´s grip and took a bite out of him. As he ran, he formed the crazy idea of combining his passions for singing and running into one epic experience: He could record his CD at a friend´s studio in Chicago and race the Chicago Marathon immediately afterward. Though he knew he could accomplish each individually, he wondered if his body would be able to withstand the many high-energy days in the studio only to race 26.2 miles when he was done. Alden shares his thoughts in Musical Miles, a memoir that is equal parts running, music, and life lessons. It covers Alden´s four-month training journey for the 2010 Chicago Marathon, exposes the mind of a passionate and driven independent artist, and attempts to answer the question of why we run. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mitch Alden. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/118088/bk_acx0_118088_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From a darkened world, bound by four walls, a young woman called Jessica tells the tale of her battle against the M. E. Monster. The severest form of a neuroimmune disease called Myalgic Encephalomyelitis went to war with her at just 15 years old. From beneath her dark glasses, Jessica glimpses a world far different from the one she remembers as a teenage schoolgirl. This true story follows her path as she ends up living in a hospital for years with tubes keeping her alive.This harrowing story follows the highs and lows of the disease and being hospitalised, captured through her voice-activated technology diary called ´´Bug´´ that enables her to fulfil her dream of one day becoming an author. It provides a raw, real-time honesty to the story that would be impossible to capture in hindsight. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Queenie James. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/125605/bk_acx0_125605_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.