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.
From the best-selling author of The Bone Collector and Devil´s Teardrop comes this spine-chilling new thriller that pits renowned criminalist Lincoln Rhyme against the ultimate opponent - Amelia Sachs, his own brilliant protege. A quadriplegic since a beam crushed his spinal cord years ago, Rhyme is desperate to improve his condition and goes to the University of North Carolina Medical Center for high-risk experimental surgery. In a twenty-four hour period, the sleepy Southern outpost of Tanner´s Corner has seen a local teen murdered and two young women abducted. And Ryhme and Sachs are the best chance to find the girls alive. The prime suspect is a teenaged truant known as the Insect Boy, so nicknamed for his disturbing obsession with bugs. Rhyme agrees to find the boy while awaiting his operation. Rhyme´s unsurpassed analytical skills and stellar forensic experience, combined with Sachs´s exceptional detective legwork, soon snare the perp. But Sachs disagrees with Rhyme´s crime analysis and so ensues a battle of wits and forensics between Rhyme and Sachs, his best friend and soul mate. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Richard Turner Perry. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/005893/bk_sans_005893_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Ninteen ninety-four, Northern California. The Internet is just emerging from its origins in the military and university research labs. Groups of idealistic technologists, recognizing its potential as a tool for liberation and solidarity, are working feverishly to build the network. In the early chat rooms of one such gathering, soon-to-become-famous as The WELL, a Stanford futurist named Tom Mandel creates a new conference. In a topic headed ´´Local Bug Report´´, he asks for advice from fellow online participants about how he might shake off a persistent hacking cough. A few weeks into the conversation, it emerges that Mandel´s illness is something serious. Within six months he is dead. This astonishing and deeply moving book is an edited version of the exchanges that took place on The WELL in the months leading up to the death of Mandel. It traces the way an innocuous health topic morphed into a dramatic chronicle of terminal illness and the complicated and emotional issues that surrounded it. A cast of articulate and savvy participants offer their advice and love to Mandel, supporting both him and each other as the trauma unfolds. At the center of their back-and-forth is Mandel himself, in a voice that is irascible, intelligent, never sentimental, and, above all, determined to stay in the conversation to the end. With an introduction by Paper editor Kim Hastreiter, who followed the exchanges on The WELL as they happened and was so moved that she printed and filed away a copy, @heaven opens a window onto the way the Internet functioned in its earliest days. In contrast to the trolling and take-downs of today´s online discourse, this electronic chronicle of a death foretold reminds us of the values of kinship and community that the Internet´s early pioneers tried to instill in a system that went on to take over the world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Drummond. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/023968/bk_adbl_023968_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Every year on January 1, a quirky crowd of adventurers storms out across North America for a spectacularly competitive event called a Big Year: a grand, grueling, expensive, and occasionally vicious, ´´extreme´´ 365-day marathon of birdwatching. For three men in particular, 1998 would be a whirlwind, a winner-takes-nothing battle for a new North American birding record. In frenetic pilgrimages for once-in-a-lifetime rarities that can make or break their lead, the birders race each other from Del Rio, Texas, in search of the rufous-capped warbler, to Gibsons, British Columbia, on a quest for Xantus´s hummingbird, to Cape May, New Jersey, seeking the offshore great skua. Bouncing from coast to coast on their potholed road to glory, they brave broiling deserts, roiling oceans, bug-infested swamps, a charge by a disgruntled mountain lion, and some of the lumpiest motel mattresses known to man. The unprecedented year of beat-the-clock adventures ultimately leads one man to a new record, one so gigantic that it is unlikely ever to be bested: finding and identifying an extraordinary 745 different species by official year-end count. Prize-winning journalist Mark Obmascik creates a rollicking, dazzling narrative of the 275,000-mile odyssey of these three obsessives as they fight to the finish to claim the title in the greatest, or maybe the worst, birding contest of all time. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Del Roy. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bkot/000167/bk_bkot_000167_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Every year on January 1, a quirky crowd of adventurers storms out across North America for a spectacularly competitive event called a Big Year: a grand, grueling, expensive, and occasionally vicious, ´´extreme´´ 365-day marathon of birdwatching. For three men in particular, 1998 would be a whirlwind, a winner-takes-nothing battle for a new North American birding record. In frenetic pilgrimages for once-in-a-lifetime rarities that can make or break their lead, the birders race each other from Del Rio, Texas, in search of the rufous-capped warbler, to Gibsons, British Columbia, on a quest for Xantus´s hummingbird, to Cape May, New Jersey, seeking the offshore great skua. Bouncing from coast to coast on their potholed road to glory, they brave broiling deserts, roiling oceans, bug-infested swamps, a charge by a disgruntled mountain lion, and some of the lumpiest motel mattresses known to man. The unprecedented year of beat-the-clock adventures ultimately leads one man to a new record, one so gigantic that it is unlikely ever to be bested: finding and identifying an extraordinary 745 different species by official year-end count. Prize-winning journalist Mark Obmascik creates a rollicking, dazzling narrative of the 275,000-mile odyssey of these three obsessives as they fight to the finish to claim the title in the greatest, or maybe the worst, birding contest of all time. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Oliver Wyman, Matthew Parker - introduction. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/000371/bk_rand_000371_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When aging, balding, copy editor Ernest ´´Sparky´´ Hemingway (no relation) gets a call from the daughter of his Vietnam buddy George Washington (also no relation), he is faced with a choice. He can head out to Minneapolis to help her out of a jam or hang up the phone - and this phone call has the potential to turn Sparky´s life upside down. He´s managed to erect a pretty effective cocoon around himself over the last few years, and no amount of aggravation (or thoughts about his long-gone ex-wife) can get through his very carefully nurtured shell. He´s very comfortable living (well, maybe just existing) in the little North Dakota town of Hardwoods, filled with its decidedly odd folks who just do what they have to in order to get along, where everybody knows everybody else´s secret but pretends they don´t. He´s left alone, and that´s the way Sparky likes it. But you don´t walk away from a promise. Especially when that promise was made to somebody who pulled your butt out of more unfriendly and friendly fire than a hailstorm of June bugs. You don´t ask, you just do. His fellow vet buddy Doc Holiday (you guessed it, no relation) meets him in Minneapolis and tosses him a .45, which comes in handy when they run into a hard time with some gang-bangers who are after the girl in question. They rescue Washington´s teenage daughter, Tenisha, and Doc and Sparky split up, Sparky taking Tenisha and her cat back to his place. Between dealing with the aforementioned gang-bangers, the Minneapolis police, who are hassling Sparky, Doc´s brain tumor, and the mostly white town Sparky lives in taking umbrage at the color of Tenisha´s skin - not to mention having to haul a four-month-pregnant neighbor and her baby to his house for safety during a blizzard - Sparky thinks he´s handling himself pretty well. And then things start to get weird. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Richards. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/007138/bk_adbl_007138_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this hour, biologist and professor at the University of the South, David George Haskell set himself an unusual task for one year: to examine a one-square-meter patch of biologically diverse old-growth Tennessee forest nearly every day and record his observations. He writes about his experiment in contemplative science in a book of essays: The Forest Unseen: A Year´s Watch in Nature. Biologist E.O. Wilson says the book represents ´´a new genre of nature writing, located between science and poetry.´´ Next, what does it mean to be an ecological steward of your own land? Stephen Long and his wife live on 95 wooded acres in Central Vermont. He is also the founder of Northern Woodlands Magazine and the author of More Than a Woodlot. He takes us for a walk in his woods, revealing how much there is to notice, and to care for. Then, noted nature writer Terry Tempest Williams is one of this country´s most ardent advocates for the preservation of wild places. She also knows from first-hand experience that wild woods can be dangerous, if visited with the wrong person. In her new book of essays, When Women Were Birds, she tells the story of the day she narrowly escaped a brutal attack, while hiking in Idaho´s Sawtooth Wilderness. After that, Hansel and Gretel, Snow White, Red Riding Hood... fairy tales are full of stories that take place in enchanted forests. And sacred woods and trees figure strongly in mythic traditions, from the British Isles to the Norselands to ancient Sumeria. Marina Warner writes about art, symbolism, myth and fairy tales. She explores the many meanings of forests in the human imagination.Finally, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine´s landmark musical, Into the Woods celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Sondheim looks back over its history and we hear musical selections. [Broadcast Date: April 17, 2013] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim Fleming. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/tbon/130417/rt_tbon_130417_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.