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.
Eyewitness provides a rare and fascinating opportunity to hear the events of the century described by those who saw them happen. A wealth of BBC archive recordings, some never previously broadcast, is interwoven with an illuminating commentary by the historian Joanna Bourke. Published in 10 volumes, Eyewitness examines the role and the life of the British people in each decade of the century.Politics dominated the ´90s, from the toppling of the Iron Lady, ousted by her own party in 1990, to New Labour´s massive election victory.The Gulf War caused controversy, with opponents questioning the need for war and supporters disappointed by its inconclusive ending. There was conflict in Bosnia too, and British troops were sent to the former Yugoslavia as part of the UN peacekeeping force.The media remained preoccupied with celebrity and trivia, exemplified by the shocking death of Diana, Princess of Wales, pursued by paparazzi. The nation mourned, but there was good news in Northern Ireland at last, as a ceasefire and the Good Friday Agreement brought an uneasy peace.On 31 December 1999, the elite celebrated in the Millennium Dome. Apocalyptic fears proved groundless, and the Millennium Bug did not cause the expected chaos. The turbulent century came to a quiet end. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tim Pigott-Smith. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/bbcw/000813/rt_bbcw_000813_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´Unquestionably, it was going to be highly dangerous. Yet I felt it was quite natural to jump at the task. After all, if you don´t like action and excitement, you don´t go into police work. And, what the hell, I figured, nobody lives forever!´´ - Eliot Ness On February 14, 1929, members of Bugs Moran´s North Side gang arrived at a warehouse on North Clark Street in Chicago, only to be approached by several police officers. The officers then marched them outside up against a wall, pulled out submachine guns and shotguns, and gunned them all down on the spot. A famous legend is that one of the shot men, Frank Gusenberg, dying from 14 gunshot wounds, told police that nobody shot him. Though Gusenberg´s statement is probably apocryphal, nobody opened their mouths. Nobody was ever convicted for the ´´Saint Valentine´s Day Massacre,´´ the most famous 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 profile life in Chicago. Born a Brooklyn tough, Capone engaged in a life of crime even as a teenager and had come to Chicago as a young man to smuggle liquor during Prohibition. Allying himself with Johnny Torrio, Capone began to accumulate power almost as quickly as he accumulated a reputation for being merciless, and after an attempted hit severely injured Torrio, Capone´s rise to gangland supremacy was ensured. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Skinner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/039300/bk_acx0_039300_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
How many times have you seen an interesting looking bug and wondered if it was friend or foe? We´ll discuss a great new way to find out when we interview Arthur Evans, the author of the brand-new National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Insects and Spiders & Related Species of North America. Then, the Question of the Week: weed woes got you down? Mike McGrath will help you get your garden back with tips on using flame, vinegar, soap, and your own two hands to safely remove those great plants growing in the wrong place. [Broadcast Date: August 9, 2007] 1. Language: English. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/gard/070809/rt_gard_070809_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
After the devastating battle at the Tower of Charm, Croaker leads the greatly diminished Black Company south, in search of the lost Annals. The Annals will be returned to Khatovar, 8,000 miles away, a city that may exists only in legend...the origin of the first Free Companies. Every step of the way, the Company is hounded by shadowy figured and carrion-eating crows. As they march every southward, through bug infested jungle; rivers dense with bloodthirsty pirates; and cities, dead and living, haunted by the passage of the Company north, their numbers grow until they are thousands strong. But always they are watched by the Shadowmasters, a deadly new enemy. They are twisted creatures that deal in darkness and death, powerful, shadowy creatures bent on smothering the world in their foul embrace. This is the first round in a deadly game, a game that the Black Company cannot hope to win. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Marc Vietor. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/002311/bk_adbl_002311_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
North Korea has a plan to take down the United States and deceive the whole world in the process of just how they are going to go about it. A secret military plan code named ´´Smoking Skillet” is to be put into play to crush America and its allies´ infrastructure and cause societal and economic collapse. A devilishly plausible scheme with lots of deniability built in is concocted by an alliance between the would be atomic powers of Iran and North Korea that ends up causing a nuclear exchange and lights out for much of the modern world. A middle-aged prepper couple trying to settle a deceased relative’s estate out of town find themselves now facing an electrical grid down apocalypse far from home. They must try to survive this chaos with the help of a pair of elderly neighbors in a small town suburb. They are forced to bug out eventually and take to the road in hopes of getting to an old friend´s vacation fish camp after a chance meeting with he and his wife in a militia run town. The survivors of this apocalyptic tale use a variety of backyard survival tips and tricks to find food in their small neighborhood, but it isn’t enough and they grow weaker with starvation everyday. 1. Language: English. Narrator: T. David Rutherford. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/113752/bk_acx0_113752_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Yankees flock to the sunny South where flowers bloom even in the middle of winter and summertime rules for most of the year. What nobody tells you is why the Yankees hightail it back North again. Yankee, Go Home exposes the gritty side of the South. Get lost in Arkansas and chased through Alabama by a madman. Find out who really won the Civil War and why. Come face to face with the Ku Klux Klan through the eyes of two tough, Yankee bikers. Meet up with a cop under the watchful eye of The Big Chicken. Discover the South through the eyes of a Yankee in this memoir of a Yankee in the South. Get the answers to your most burning questions: Does it snow in the South? Are the bugs really bigger in the South? What´s the proper way to say hello? What Southern delicacy is considered unmentionable? What happens when a Yankee faces off with her Southern counterparts in the 1970s and 80s? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lee Ann Howlett. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/006864/bk_acx0_006864_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When Matthew had to renew his European visa, his point of exit was obvious: he was going to Morocco. Memories of his previous trip filled him with anxiety. What was he thinking? After everything that had happened, did he really want to go back? Scams. Altercations. Mishaps. But also humor and beauty. His curiosity overcoming his fears, his second trip would prove as unforgettable as the first. ´´My reflexes belatedly kicking in, I couldn´t help but flinch. The children cheered, relishing having reduced me to their plaything.´´ ´´Our little spectacle having brought the night market to a standstill, we were now surrounded by about 50 men. I was living the chaotic mob scene from so many movies, and it was every bit as nightmarish as it had always looked on-screen.´´ ´´As I was about to let out a desperate cry that would require no translation, the giant finished...leaving me flinching on the floor like a bug that´s been smashed but isn´t quite dead.´´ ´´Amidst astonishingly beautiful, unsullied waves of sand, a lone figure squatted, holding a roll of toilet paper. It was a peculiar, paradoxical sight.´´ An Amazon.com best-selling collection of travel writing as entertaining for the armchair traveler as indispensable for anyone interested in adventure in North Africa. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Matthew Félix. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/107832/bk_acx0_107832_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
As a woman used to traveling and living the high life in Bangkok, Leanne Shirtliffe recognized the constant fodder for humor while pregnant with twins in Asia´s sin city. But in spite of deep-fried bug cuisine and nurses who cover newborn bassinets with plastic wrap, Shirtliffe manages to keep her babies alive for a year with help from a Coca-Cola deliveryman, several waitresses, and a bra factory. Then she and her husband return home to the isolation of North American suburbia. In Don´t Lick the Minivan, Shirtliffe captures the bizarre aspects of parenting in her edgy, honest voice. She explores the hazards of everyday life with children such as:The birthday party where neighborhood kids took home skin rashes from the second-hand face paint she appliedThe time she discovered her twins carving their names into her minivan´s paint with rocksThe funeral she officiated for ´´Stripper Barbie´´The horror of glitterAnd much more! A delayed encounter with postpartum depression helps Shirtliffe to realize that even if she can´t teach her kids how to tie their shoelaces, she´s a good enough mom. At least good enough to start saving for her twins´ college - eh, therapy - fund. And possibly her own. Crisply written, Don´t Lick the Minivan will have parents laughing out loud and nodding in agreement. Shirtliffe´s memoir might not replace a therapist, but it is a lot cheaper. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Trudie Kessler. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/011328/bk_adbl_011328_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Someone lucky enough to live on Milwaukee´s near north side between 1888 and 1952 could experience the world without ever leaving the neighborhood. Nestled between North Seventh and Eighth Streets and West Chambers and Burleigh, Borchert Field was Milwaukee´s major sports venue for 64 years. In this rickety wooden stadium (originally called Athletic Park), Wisconsin residents had a close-up view of sports history in the making, along with rodeos, thrill shows, and even multiple eruptions of Mount Vesuvius. In Borchert Field, baseball historian Bob Buege introduces the famous and fascinating athletes who dazzled audiences in Milwaukee´s venerable ballpark. All the legendary baseball figures - the Bambino, Satchel Paige, Ty Cobb, Joltin´ Joe, Jackie Robinson, the Say Hey Kid - played there. Olympic heroes Jim Thorpe, Babe Didrikson, and Jesse Owens displayed their amazing talents in Borchert. Knute Rockne´s Fighting Irish competed there, and Curly Lambeau´s Green Bay Packers took the field 10 times. Buege tells stories of other monumental moments at Borchert as well, including a presidential visit, women ballplayers, the arrival of television broadcasting, the 1922 national balloon race, and an appearance by scat-singing bandleader Cab Calloway. Borchert Field is long gone, but every moment of this audiobook takes listeners back to the sights, sounds, and spectacle of its heyday. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Brian Geller. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/117335/bk_acx0_117335_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.