High above Earth orbits the starship Basilica. On board the huge vessel is a sleeping woman. Of those who made the journey, Shedemei alone has survived the hundreds of years since the Children of Wetchik returned to Earth.She now wears the Cloak of the Starmaster, and the Oversoul wakes her sometimes to watch over her descendants on the planet below. The population has grown rapidly - there are cities and nations now, whole peoples descended from those who followed Nafai or Elemak.But in all the long years of watching and searching, the Oversoul has not found the thing it sought. It has not found the Keeper of Earth, the central intelligence that alone can repair the Oversoul´s damaged programming. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/003049/bk_blak_003049_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It begins when the strangely marked body of a young prostitute is found just outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. A similarly disfigured corpse of an American nun turns up. Then an Arab boy. As the list of victims grows, their only apparent connection is the bizarre markings on their bodies, it appears that Israel is facing its first serial murder case. David Bar-Lev, chief of the Pattern Crimes Unit of the Jerusalem police, is not so sure. A tough yet sensitive investigator with a powerful intelligence and a querying mind, he begins searching for a pattern that will explain the apparently random killings. At first the disorder is overwhelming, the case unfathomable. But then, as David probes deeper into this particular pattern crime, he is not so sure he wants to understand it. Pieces emerge that suggest that this time the key may lie within his own life. During the course of his investigation he must uncover and confront many painful secrets: The mysterious behavior of his father, Avraham, a retired psychoanalyst; The tragic suicide of his brother, Gideon, a talented fighter pilot; The hidden past of his beautiful Russian lover, the cellist Anna; And the possibility of corruption within the Jerusalem police and the ultra-secret General Security Services (Shin Bet). But despite the pain of these and other revelations, David probes on until he finally glimpses his astonishing solution - for, as one cop says of David Bar-Lev, ´´It is not enough for him to investigate. David has to understand.´´ The Jerusalem of Pattern Crimes is not the idealized Holy City of the guidebooks. Depicted as the capital of an angry, anguished, torn-up nation, a city of prostitutes, narcotics dealers, lusting journalists, ruthless politicians, and zealots of every stripe, it becomes here an arena for a remarkable story of crime and punishment. This is a book about patterns – in love, in relationshi... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dick Hill. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/000172/bk_acx0_000172_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
As the Soviet Union dissolves, a long-buried secret puts Charlie’s life in danger - again. Charlie Muffin shouldn’t be condemned for mourning the end of the Cold War. For decades the KGB provided him with endless professional success and now that it’s gone, Charlie is nearly out of a job. Removed from active duty, he is now training new recruits on operations in a post-Soviet era. It’s dull work that leaves Charlie yearning for the adventures of old and this time, he’ll get more than he bargained for. One of Charlie’s first pupils is arrested within days of arriving in Beijing to extract a blown British agent. Now Charlie must go to China and get both of them out. Meanwhile, someone is searching for Charlie - Natalia Fedova, a former lover, who surfaces with a new job high up in Russian intelligence and a daughter she says is his. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Napoleon Ryan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/009055/bk_adbl_009055_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
On June 8, 2010, while on a book tour for his bestselling memoir, Hitch-22 , Christopher Hitchens was stricken in his New York hotel room with excruciating pain in his chest and thorax. As he would later write in the first of a series of award-winning columns for Vanity Fair, he suddenly found himself being deported ´´from the country of the well across the stark frontier that marks off the land of malady.´´ Over the next eighteen months, until his death in Houston on December 15, 2011, he wrote constantly and brilliantly on politics and culture, astonishing readers with his capacity for superior work even in extremis. Throughout the course of his ordeal battling esophageal cancer, Hitchens adamantly and bravely refused the solace of religion, preferring to confront death with both eyes open. In this riveting account of his affliction, Hitchens poignantly describes the torments of illness, discusses its taboos, and explores how disease transforms experience and changes our relationship to the world around us. By turns personal and philosophical, Hitchens embraces the full panoply of human emotions as cancer invades his body and compels him to grapple with the enigma of death. MORTALITY is the exemplary story of one man´s refusal to cower in the face of the unknown, as well as a searching look at the human predicament. Crisp and vivid, veined throughout with penetrating intelligence, Hitchens´s testament is a courageous and lucid work of literature, an affirmation of the dignity and worth of man.
Michael Anstruther-Wetherby is a man destined for power. Except that Michael, for all his political skill and intelligence, lacks the most important element of success: a wife. So he goes searching for his ideal bride, a gently bred, well-managed young lady. Michael discovers such a paragon, but finds a formidable obstacle in his path, the young lady´s beautiful, strong-minded aunt, Caroline Sutcliffe. Caro has lived through an unhappy political marriage, and wants nothing of the sort for her niece, especially as the young woman has already lost her heart to another. Caro and the younger woman hatch a plot: Caro will demonstrate why an inexperienced young lady is not the bride for him. In deflecting Michael´s matrimonial attentions away from her niece, Caro unwittingly focuses them on herself. And then it is Michael´s turn to be persuasive, a task that requires every ounce of his seductive charm. A series of mysterious and dangerous accidents befall Caro; it becomes clear that an assailant has stepped in with his or her own idea for Caro´s future, one that could even involve murder. Before Caro can become Michael´s ideal bride, they must race to uncover the unknown´s identity before all hope of what they long for, and wish for, is destroyed. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Clare Higgins. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/000956/bk_harp_000956_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Marryatt (the clergyman), Carmichael (the retired don), Reeves (the former member of the military intelligence), and Gordon (the vacationing golfer) are playing golf in Paston Oatvile when Reeves slices his drive from the third tee. In searching for the ball, they come upon the dead body of Mr. Brotherhood below the railroad viaduct. When they find Brotherhood’s hat 15 yards away from the body, they suspect dirty work is afoot, and so the foursome sets out to solve his murder. A witty, clever and thoroughly delightful classic British mystery story, The Viaduct Murder is the first of Ronald Knox’s detective novels and the only one that does not include Miles Bredon. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mike Grady. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/011136/bk_adbl_011136_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
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.