A journalist travels throughout mainland China and Taiwan in search of his family´s hidden treasure and comes to understand his ancestry as he never has before. In 1938, when the Japanese arrived in Huan Hsu´s great-great-grandfather Liu´s Yangtze River hometown of Xingang, Liu was forced to bury his valuables, including a vast collection of prized antique porcelain, and undertake a decades-long trek that would splinter the family over thousands of miles. Many years and upheavals later, Hsu, raised in Salt Lake City and armed only with curiosity, moves to China to work in his uncle´s semiconductor chip business. Once there a conversation with his grandmother, his last living link to dynastic China, ignites a desire to learn more about not only his lost ancestral heirlooms but also porcelain itself. Mastering the language enough to venture into the countryside, Hsu sets out to separate the layers of fact and fiction that have obscured both China and his heritage and finally complete his family’s long march back home. Melding memoir, travelogue, and social and political history, The Porcelain Thief offers an intimate and unforgettable way to understand the complicated events that have defined China over the past 200 years and provides a revealing, lively perspective on contemporary Chinese society from the point of view of a Chinese American coming to terms with his hyphenated identity. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Huan Hsu. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/004101/bk_rand_004101_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Thirty Days in the Kingdom:Searching for a Laughing Place Matt Ferrell
All people are searching desperately for a way to influence and direct the outcomes of their lives. They are not happy with the results of their efforts and want the ability to impact the outcomes. Our families, our finances, our relationships, our health, and our faith are often far below our desired experience. Our makeup does not allow us to become comfortable with an unsuccessful life. We long for a way to rise above situations, circumstances, and relationships. It is not reasonable to believe there is not a way to achieve success for everyone. It is not reasonable to believe we have to depend on government, our parents, our luck, our religion, or anything else outside ourselves and our own ability to understand the plan and how to achieve success. This audiobook will begin your journey for knowledge - the awareness of the plan, how that plan applies to you and works for you personally, and the understanding of how all of this fits into the plan for all humanity. May you be informed, encouraged, and empowered to achieve greater success than you have ever imagined, hoped for, or believed possible. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Douglas James. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/117343/bk_acx0_117343_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The powerful Baron Omer has been secretly maintaining a slave village under the nose of the king for years. The wealth and political clout he has built for himself have made his sprawling castle complex, known simply as The Keep, the most formidable power center on Denall outside the capitol city. Omer has also been searching for the Stones of Power, using any means necessary to track them down - even striking a deal with the evil sorcerer Mordyar and his stone seekers. Now the stones are coming to him, but not in a way that will bring him any pleasure. Wielding the Sight and Hearing Stones, Kaz Kinsley and the beautiful but mysterious Pentra are on their way to free the slaves and bring Omer down. With the other Stones on the move, Omer´s secrets will not remain hidden for long. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Guy Williams. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/082924/bk_acx0_082924_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
She expected to die saving her world.... Magna´s existence was once filled with laughter, love, and joy. Her life changes in a single night when a mysterious object falls from the sky into the ocean, and she wakes to find herself held captive in her own body. As the centuries pass, she becomes known as the Sea Witch - a creature who is feared and reviled. Her efforts to save the Seven Kingdoms and destroy the alien creature living inside her should have ended both their lives - instead, Magna wakes to find herself in a strange, new realm. Gabe Lightfoot and his best friend, Kane Field, have stood side by side through thick and thin. Brothers by circumstance, they have seen the darker side of life and lived to remember it. When Gabe rescues a wounded woman in the waters off the coast of Oregon, they have no idea what´s in store for them. It doesn´t take long for Magna to learn that she is no safer in this new world than she was in her own. Fearful of endangering the two men who have taken her under their wing, Magna is torn between trying to return to her world or staying in this one. The choice may be decided for her when strangers come to town searching for clues regarding a series of strange disappearances. Can Gabe and Kane protect her from those who would lock her up to study her, or will the curse of the Sea Witch destroy them as well? Contains mature themes. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Brenin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/011857/bk_tant_011857_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Porcelain Thief:Searching the Middle Kingdom for Buried China Crown Huan Hsu
The invasion is here. Already decimated by civil war, the armies of the Three Kingdoms struggle desperately to mount a defense against a force stronger than any they have fought before. In the midst of the chaos, the actions and choices of a select few will shape the future of the land. Akira prepares to give up his Lordship. Ryuu wanders the Southern Kingdom, searching for a reason to fight. Moriko sits quietly, biding her time before she leaves the Three Kingdoms for good. Finally, across the Three Sisters, Nameless fight to keep his fragile alliance of clans together. A new age is dawning in the Three Kingdoms. An age born in blood and sacrifice. An age shaped by the wind and the void. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andrew Tell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/060394/bk_acx0_060394_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The series takes place in a world similar to our own but one where vampires, witches, werewolves and shape-shifters live among humans without their knowledge. These supernatural races make up a secret society known as the Night World, which enforces two fundamental laws to prevent discovery: 1) Never allow humans to gain knowledge of the Night World´s existence and, 2) Never fall in love with one of them. First he put her in a dungeon. Then he realized they were soulmates. Now he wants to make her a vampire princess. Maggie Neely is a short, spunky 16-year-old with auburn hair and an iron will. When her brother turns up missing, she’s determined to find him. But she never suspects that the trail will lead her into the most secret heart of the Night World, a kingdom where no outsider has stepped in five hundred years. The kingdom is ruled by the young vampire prince Delos…who keeps all humans as slaves. When Delos falls in love with Maggie, he frees her and demands that she join him in his life of dark pleasure. He’s handsome, he’s romantic – Maggie can hardly resist him. But did he kill Maggie’s brother? And who are the strange people searching the kingdom for a Wild Power? Maggie won’t give up until she learns the truth – even if it means destroying Delos and his secret land. If he doesn’t destroy her first…. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Teri Clark Linden. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/002089/bk_brll_002089_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Once upon a time I became an adult. I had dreams and vision for my life. I was going places. Every day I worked as hard as I could - keeping myself busy with meaningless activities, thinking it would get me closer to my dreams. One day I moved to the Middle East, where my algorithm of ´´keep busy and I´ll reach my dreams´´ did not work. I was exhausted from culture shock, was drowning in language learning, while trying to figure out how to be a good dad and husband. Because of that, I woke up and started searching for a better way - a Kingdom way. Until finally - after two and a half years of prayer, research, and writing, I published The Ease of Hard Work - a biblical perspective on hard work, smart work, and rest. This is not a book on heady theology, or doctrine - but is a simple book that provides tools to become a practitioner of your faith and of your dreams. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Brother Lucas. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/061682/bk_acx0_061682_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Darracia saga continues with all the key players spread out and searching for answers throughout the solar system. Prince V´sair struggles to hold his fractured kingdom together without help from his family. His stepbrother Zayden is on a vengeful hunt for his evil uncle Staf Nuen. Tulani navigates her two worlds trying to bring them together. Staf Nuen, the orchestrator of the original coup, is making unholy alliances with nefarious new allies. Like the comet zipping across the horizon, all the different factions are heading for a collision course that will test both their faith and power. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dan McGowan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/018535/bk_acx0_018535_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.