´´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.
Three decades in the future, in a public garden north of New York City, a man enjoying the seasonal blossoms, butterflies, and buzzing bees notices a strange flying insect unlike any he´s ever seen before. When it stings him between the eyes, he is overwhelmed by a tidal wave of memories crashing through his mind in a flood of simultaneous sensations and emotions. As he collapses, he manages to catch and hold onto the bug. At the hospital, medical technologist Pilar Ramirez watches as the creature is pried from Lester Ordway´s hand. It releases a swarm of even smaller insects that sting her and several other people in the emergency room causing similar, if milder, cognitive effects. Frightened but fascinated (and frustrated by the hospital´s attempt to dismiss what happened after the bugs disappear), Pilar befriends Lester and joins his quest for an explanation. Pilar and Lester enlist the help of entomologist Maybelle Terwilliger, and the three soon begin to suspect that they have discovered a secret alien invasion of Earth. An incursion on a tiny scale but of global scope, it is pervasive reconnaissance that puts the legendary hundred eyes of Argus to shame. Somebody is literally bugging the planet. Can Pilar and her friends convince the government before it´s too late? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kathleen McInerney. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/007184/bk_adbl_007184_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
With humor and charm, a bluebird narrates her first year of life--adventures, joys, and scary times too--in this companion book to My Awesome Summer by P. Mantis. ´´May 1. Today is my birthday.´´ So begins the wondrous first year of E. Bluebird. Readers are treated to the intimate details of her life such as ´´May 8: Eating all these bugs makes me poop. Mom takes my poop sack out of the nest. Good thing.´´ And ´´May 12: My brothers and sisters are getting ready to leave the nest. I like it here. It´s safe.´´ On May 18: ´´Where´s my family? I´m getting hungry. Okay. This is it! I jump! I flap! I´m flying!´´ She eventually migrates south, and when she returns north, she finds a mate and has a family of her own. What a happy year! The art is both beautiful and kid-friendly and has been vetted for accuracy by two experts. A companion book, My Awesome Summer by P. Mantis, is an American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Science Books & Film Finalist. In a rave review, The New York Times called it ´´[a] celebration of nature´s strangeness and wild wonders.´´