George Smiley is one of the most brilliantly realised characters in British fiction. Bespectacled, tubby, eternally middle-aged, and deceptively ordinary, he has a mind like a steel trap and is said to possess ´the cunning of Satan and the conscience of a virgin´. The Berlin Wall is down, the Cold War is over, but the world´s second oldest profession is very much alive. Smiley accepts an invitation to dine with the eager young men and women of the Circus´ latest intake; and over coffee and brandy, by flickering firelight, he beguilingly offers them his personal thoughts on espionage past, present, and future. In doing so, he prompts one of his former Circus colleagues into a searching examination of his own eventful secret life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Jayston. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/005273/bk_bbcw_005273_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A freewheeling, sharpshooting indictment of a tech-besotted culture. With a razor wit, Nicholas Carr cuts through Silicon Valley´s unsettlingly cheery vision of the technological future to ask a hard question: Have we been seduced by a lie? Gathering a decade´s worth of posts from his blog, Rough Type, as well as his seminal essays, Utopia Is Creepy offers an alternative history of the digital age, chronicling its roller-coaster crazes and crashes, its blind triumphs, and its unintended consequences. Carr´s favorite targets are those zealots who believe so fervently in computers and data that they abandon common sense. Cheap digital tools do not make us all the next Fellini or Dylan. Social networks, diverting as they may be, are not vehicles for self-enlightenment. And ´´likes´´ and retweets are not going to elevate political discourse. When we expect technologies - designed for profit - to deliver a paradise of prosperity and convenience, we have forgotten ourselves. In response Carr offers searching assessments of the future of work, the fate of reading, and the rise of artificial intelligence, challenging us to see our world anew. In famous essays including ´´Is Google Making Us Stupid?´´ and ´´Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Privacy´´, Carr dissects the logic behind Silicon Valley´s ´´liberation mythology´´, showing how technology has both enriched and imprisoned us - often at the same time. Drawing on artists ranging from Walt Whitman to the Clash while weaving in the latest findings from science and sociology, Utopia Is Creepy compels us to question the technological momentum that has trapped us in its flow. ´´Resistance is never futile,´´ argues Carr, and this audiobook delivers the proof. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Steven Menasche. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/gdan/002024/bk_gdan_002024_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
His name is Prescott. He is a survivor. Two years ago an event known as The Descent swept the nation and transformed the majority of the population into raging, destructive beings, known as FREAKS. During that time Prescott has been searching for his sister Emily, who went missing in the early days of the catastrophic event. Prescott enters The 88, a bar which all his gathered intelligence has led him to believe, he will finally find his missing sister. What he discovers will shock him to his very core. Choosing to run instead of facing his emotions Prescott lands in Nashville, TN, where a vicious war lord named Kade, rules the destroyed city with his congregation of Freaks. It is here where Prescott will learn that family can grow from the ashes of devastation, love is still possible, and hope is eternal. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nik Magill. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/074378/bk_acx0_074378_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The new book of essays from Jonathan Franzen, author of Freedom. Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom was the runaway most-discussed novel of 2010, an ambitious and searching engagement with life in America in the 21st century. Now, a new collection of Franzen’s non-fiction brings fresh demonstrations of his vivid, moral intelligence, confirming his status not only as a great American novelist but also as a master noticer, social critic, and self-investigator. In Farther Away, which gathers together essays and speeches written mostly in the past five years, the writer returns with renewed vigour to the themes, both human and literary, that have long preoccupied him. Whether recounting his violent encounter with bird poachers in Cyprus, examining his mixed feelings about the suicide of his friend and rival David Foster Wallace, or offering a moving and witty take on the ways that technology has changed how people express their love; these pieces deliver on Franzen’s implicit promise to conceal nothing from the reader. Taken together, these essays trace the progress of unique and mature mind wrestling with itself, with literature, and with some of the most important issues of our day. Farther Away is remarkable, provocative, and necessary. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jonathan Franzen, Scott Shepherd. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/001038/bk_hcuk_001038_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
One wondrous faery with stupendous magical skills and a superior mind (not to mention incredible modesty). One drop-dead gorgeous, green-eyed stud muffin and his evil Fey brother. And the end of the world. Maybe. Madrona might still not remember anything about her past, and she might be more of an evil villain than a fabulous superhero, but that doesn´t mean she can´t also be a super spy. With Rubus desperately searching for the magical dragon sphere that can return the faeries back to their homeland - and cause the apocalypse in this land - she doesn´t have much choice. Someone with wit, intelligence, and strength has to step up and save the world...and if that person happens to look super sexy while doing it, then that´s just an added bonus. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gabrielle Baker. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/012488/bk_tant_012488_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Early in his career, A.J. Jacobs put his Ivy League education to work at Entertainment Weekly. He emerged five years later knowing which stars have fake boobs, which stars have toupees, which have both, and not much else. This realization led Jacobs on a life-changing quest: to read the entire contents of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, all 33,000 pages, all 44 million words. The mission began in October 2002, with the word ´´a-ak´´. The word launches hilarious misadventures through 32 volumes, as Jacobs accumulates useful and less-so knowledge, and along the way finds a deep connection with his father, examines the nature of knowledge vs. intelligence, and learns how to be rather annoying at cocktail parties. The Know-It-All is an ingenious, mightily entertaining memoir of one man´s intellect, neuroses, and obsessions, and a soul-searching, ultimately touching struggle between the obsessive quest for factual knowledge and the undeniable gift of hard-won wisdom. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Geoffrey Cantor. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/high/000177/bk_high_000177_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The H.M.S. Unseen is one of the most efficient, lethal submarines ever built. But suddenly, on a training mission off the English coast, it vanishes, baffling military intelligence on both sides of the Atlantic, including national security adviser Admiral Arnold Morgan. A missing weapon is dangerous enough. But then the unthinkable begins to happen.... Planes begin blowing up across the skies. Searching for answers, Morgan is convinced that only one man can be behind all these devastating events: his archenemy, the world´s most cunning - yet reportedly dead - terrorist spy. Determined to stop his old nemesis, Morgan must use all his wits to find a madman armed with a powerful sub hidden somewhere in a million square miles of ocean. What Morgan doesn´t know, however, is that the fanatical terrorist has a plan of his own, one that will bring these two intense warriors face-to-face - and only one will come out alive in one of the most chilling spy stories of the year. 1. Language: English. Narrator: George Guidall. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/005420/bk_harp_005420_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Intelligence officer Alex Hawke takes on power-hungry Russian president Vladimir Putin, who is wielding a terrifying new weapon, in the latest adrenaline-fueled thriller in Ted Bell´s New York Times best-selling series. In corrupt Russia, an erratic Vladimir Putin is determined to forge his country into a formidable superpower once again. He intends to redraw the map of Europe and will go to impossible extremes to realize his fantasies - including shooting down a civilian airliner packed with tourists bound for China. Kremlin scientists have developed a radical new weapon that could forever alter modern warfare. NATO, locked in a tense standoff over Ukraine, Poland, and Estonia, knows Putin will not hesitate to use it. But there is one man who can bring the world back from the brink: Britain´s foremost intelligence asset, Lord Alexander Hawke. The intrepid MI6 officer´s latest challenge begins in the Gulf of Aden and soon has him searching for the link to a series of bizarre assassinations. Spies are dying all over the world - from London, Washington, DC, and Maine to Moscow and even the glittering Cote d´Azur. In the murky world of counterterrorism and high-stakes intrigue, the odds have never been higher. Once again, Alex Hawke must save the world...one bullet at a time. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Shea. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/004613/bk_harp_004613_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Is Moscow pulling the strings? Urgent, topical and shot through with insider knowledge, this is thriller writing on a grand scale. Russian counterintelligence chief Colonel Dominika Egorova has been a recruited asset of the CIA - stealing Kremlin secrets for her handler, Nate Nash - for over seven years. In the dazzling finale of the Red Sparrow trilogy, their forbidden and tumultuous love affair continues, mortally dangerous for them both but irresistible. In Washington, a newly installed administration is selecting its cabinet members. Dominika hears whispers of a closely held Kremlin operation to place a mole in a high intelligence position. If the Kremlin´s candidate is confirmed, the Russians will have access to all the names of assets spying for the CIA in Moscow, including Dominika´s. Dominika recklessly immerses herself in the palace intrigues of the Kremlin, searching for the mole´s identity and stealing as many of President Putin´s secrets for her CIA handlers as she can before her time runs out. With a plot ripped from tomorrow´s headlines, The Kremlin´s Candidate is a riveting listen and a thrilling conclusion to the trilogy that began with Red Sparrow and Palace of Treason. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeremy Bobb. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/boli/003415/bk_boli_003415_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Russian counterintelligence chief Colonel Dominika Egorova has been a recruited asset of the CIA, stealing Kremlin secrets for her CIA handler, Nate Nash, for over seven years. In the dazzling finale to the Red Sparrow Trilogy - which will be published right before the release of Red Sparrow, a major motion picture starring Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton - their forbidden and tumultuous love affair continues, mortally dangerous for them both but irresistible. In Washington, a newly installed US administration is selecting its cabinet members. Dominika hears a whisper of a closely held Kremlin operation to place a mole inside a high intelligence position. But it´s worse than that: One of the three candidates under consideration has been a paid Russian spy for a decade, selling precious US secrets. If the Kremlin´s candidate for the position is confirmed, the Russians will have access to all the names of assets spying for CIA in Moscow, including Dominika´s. But which of the three individuals is the mole? Dominika´s report triggers a desperate mole hunt before she´s exposed and arrested. Resisting all suggestions to defect and save herself, Dominika recklessly immerses herself in the palace intrigues of the Kremlin, searching for the mole´s name, and stealing as many of President Putin´s secrets for her CIA handlers before her time runs out - even as Putin´s dangerous interest in her grows. The treasure trove of her intelligence reporting sends Nate Nash and colleagues on desperate missions to Sevastopol, Istanbul, Khartoum, and Hong Kong. With a plot ripped from tomorrow´s headlines, The Kremlin´s Candidate is a riveting story if you´ve never listened to Jason Matthews and a thrilling conclusion to the trilogy begun with Red Sparrow and Palace of Treason, which The New York Times Book Review called ´´a primer in 21st-century spying...terrifically good´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeremy Bobb. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/008184/bk_sans_008184_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.