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.
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, No... 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.
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.
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.
At the age of 11, Michael Keith left a stable life with his mother and sisters and set off to cross the country with his irresponsible hobo of a father - a real bum. The memoir, narrated without sentimentality by this funny, world-wise little boy, describes their life on the road - the characters they meet hitching rides, their adventures with bed bugs in Salvation Army bunks, the joys of finally encountering a decent meal, and the periods when Michael´s father works odd jobs to make enough money for them to move on. Despite their sad, dysfunctional life, real love exists between them. The Next Better Place explores the thin line between wanderlust and compulsion, between running away and arriving, and leaves us with the understanding that the journey is often more powerful than the destination. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Oliver Wyman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/high/000391/bk_high_000391_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Adam Ford is an archaeologist. Not only has he been on expeditions to unlock the mysteries of the past in the Caribbean, British Isles, Jordan, Syria, Israel, United Arab Emirates and Australia, he´s also had heat stroke, hypothermia, and dysentery; been chased by camel spiders; been walked on by scorpions; and been pestered by bugs big enough to ride. In more than 20 years roaming the globe, he´s lived in some of the most remote locations in the world and suffered the back-breaking and soul-destroying monotony of shifting tonnes of dirt with a shovel. From Cold War bunkers in England to Bronze Age cities on the Euphrates, remotes caves in the Jordan Valley, shipwrecks in Western Australia and burials in Barbados, Adam has dug, dived, abseiled and trekked his way into history. Part memoir, part potted history of civilisation, My Life in Ruins is the story of a life lived in uncovering the past. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Adam Ford. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/boli/002469/bk_boli_002469_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Preview: In her memoir, Brain on Fire: My Year of Madness, Susannah Cahalan recounts her battle with a rare, debilitating autoimmune disease that led to psychosis and, eventually, catatonia. Previously healthy, Susannah never guessed that one day she would wake up in the hospital with almost no recollection of her battle with a disease that threatened not only her sanity, but her life. With the help of one particularly talented doctor, Susannah eventually obtained a diagnosis and began the long road to recovery. But first, she faced a terrifying descent into madness. Everything was going well for 24-year-old Susannah. She was a reporter at the New York Post. Her relationship with her boyfriend, Stephen, was getting serious. But in early 2009, she started to experience strange symptoms. First, when Susannah found what looked like a bug bite on her arm, she became convinced that bedbugs had infested her Manhattan apartment.... Please Note: This is summary and analysis of the book and NOT the original book. Inside this Instaread summary of Brain on Fire: Summary of the book Important People Character Analysis Analysis of the Themes and Author´s Style 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kristi Burns. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/055376/bk_acx0_055376_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
David was born and raised in the U.K. and after a somewhat uninteresting series of jobs, was bitten by the broadcasting bug in late 1965. After the closure of the pirate radio scene he emigrated to Canada and worked in both commercial radio and television. Although now retired, he still does the occasional voice-over. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Sinclair. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/097318/bk_acx0_097318_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.