When Stephen Bodio was a young boy in the early ´50s, he saw an image in National Geographic that became forever etched in his mind: It was a photograph of a Kazakh nomad, dressed in a long coat and wearing a fur hat, holding a huge tame eagle on his fist. And a lifelong fascination with Central Asia was born. Mongolia, a vast country located between Siberia and China and little known to outsiders, was long under Soviet domination and inaccessible to Westerners. When it became independent in 1990, Bodio began planning a pilgrimage to see if the eagle hunters of ´´The Picture´´ had survived. A lifelong falconer himself, he longed to visit the birthplace of falconry and observe the traditions that had survived intact through the ages. His fantasy was realized when he traveled independently twice to the westernmost region of Mongolia and spent months with the people and birds of his dreams. The ancient rituals of hunting with eagles are fascinating, and the remarkable relationships these nomadic people have with their birds of prey are thrilling. With vivid prose and humor, Bodio gives life to his dreams and the people, landscapes, and animals of Mongolia that have become part of his soul. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Raymond Scully. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/020065/bk_adbl_020065_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Back in January 1995 in Los Angeles, California, a Singaporean pornstar named Annabel Chong took cultural rebellion to an extreme, on terms that had never been negotiated before. She was filmed having sex with a long receiving line of men, servicing them 251 times over a ten-hour period to set a new world record: The World’s Biggest Gangbang. Now, bestselling author Gerrie Lim, Annabel’s longtime friend and confidant, revisits those events and reexamines those scenarios to shed new light on her legend, to discover why such an enduring curiosity about her exists, and to learn why she is still regarded in her own native Singapore as something akin to a mythological figure.As Lim writes, ´´she did this gangbang as a gender studies/liberal- progressive/feminist statement to subvert gender stereotypes, but no one got it.” This book, featuring many of the author’s own conversations and correspondences with Annabel over the years, is the first serious inquiry into the fascinating persona of a seldomdiscussed, yet often secretly venerated, Asian celebrity. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tatch Max. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/013274/bk_adbl_013274_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Historian Ben Cleary takes listeners beyond the legend of Stonewall Jackson and directly onto the Civil War battlefields on which he fought, and where a country once again finds itself at a crossroads.Thomas Jonathan ´´Stonewall´´ Jackson was the embodiment of Southern contradictions. He was a slave owner who fought and died, at least in part, to perpetuate slavery, yet he founded an African-American Sunday School and personally taught classes for almost a decade. For all his sternness and rigidity, Jackson was a deeply thoughtful and incredibly intelligent man. But his reputation and mythic status, then and now, was due to more than combat success. In a deeply religious age, he was revered for a piety that was far beyond the norm. How did one man meld his religion with the institution of slavery? How did he reconcile it with the business of killing, at which he so excelled?In Searching for Stonewall Jackson, historian Ben Cleary examines not only Jackson´s life, but his own, contemplating what it means to be a white Southerner in the 21st century. Now, as statues commemorating the Civil War are toppled and Confederate flags come down, Cleary walks the famous battlefields, following in the footsteps of his subject as he questions the legacy of Stonewall Jackson and the South´s Lost Cause at a time when the contentions of politics, civil rights, and social justice are at a fever pitch.Combining nuanced, authoritative research with deeply personal stories of life in the modern American South, Searching for Stonewall Jackson is a thrilling, vivid portrait of a soldier, a war, and a country still contending with its past.PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ben Cleary. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/005351/bk_hach_005351_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Best-selling author, basketball legend, and cultural commentator Kareem Abdul-Jabbar explores the heart of issues that affect Americans today. Since retiring from professional basketball as the NBA´s all-time leading scorer, six-time MVP and Hall of Fame inductee Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has become a lauded observer of culture and society, a New York Times best-selling author, and a regular contributor to The Washington Post, TIME magazine and TIME.com. He now brings that keen insight to the fore in Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White, his most incisive and important work of nonfiction in years. He uses his unique blend of erudition, street smarts, and authentic experience in essays on the country´s seemingly irreconcilable partisan divide, both racial and political; parenthood; and his own experiences as an athlete, an African American, and a Muslim. The audiobook is not just a collection of expositions; he also offers keen assessments of and solutions to problems such as racism in sports while speaking candidly about his experiences on the court and off. Timed for publication as the nation debates whom to send to the White House, the combination of plain talk on issues, life lessons, and personal stories places Writings on the Wall squarely in the middle of the conversation, as many of Abdul-Jabbar´s topics are at the top of the national agenda. Whether it is sparring with Donald Trump, within the pages of TIME magazine, or full-length features in The New York Times Magazine, writers, critics, and readers have come to agree on what The Washington Post observed: Abdul-Jabbar ´´has become a vital, dynamic and unorthodox cultural voice.´´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ben Adduchio. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/002811/bk_hach_002811_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
For centuries the tribes of the Nadir have suffered under the despotic tyranny of their Gothir overlords. Disunited and distrustful of one another, the tribes await the coming of a Messianic warlord, who will unite them against the oppressors. Into this swirling, chaotic landscape come three men who will change the fate of the continent: Talisman, the mysterious, enigmatic Nadir warrior, haunted by his past and filled with dreams of finding the Uniter; Sieben the Poet, searching for the mysteries of life and love; and Druss the Axeman, determined to find two mystic gems to heal a mortally wounded friend. Together they will journey across a war-torn land and descend beyond the gates of Hell, where a long-dead king holds the key to a secret that will change the world. The Legend of Deathwalker, this battle-charged tale of Druss among the Nadir, completes the circle begun with Legend and Druss the Legend. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sean Barrett. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/orio/001159/bk_orio_001159_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the aftermath of one tragedy, will a young Jedi´s search for redemption lead to yet another? There is no place else to channel the flood of refugees fleeing the murderous Yuuzhan Vong but the overcrowded planet Duro, poisoned by centuries of technological excess. Fortunately a deal is struck: In exchange for a new home, the refugees will work to restore the planet to health, under the watchful eye of Leia Organa Solo. While tempers flare between the Duros and the New Republic, Han Solo, his son, Jacen, and the Ryn called Droma arrive to keep the peace. They are unaware that Leia is on Duro . . . and that Luke, Mara, and Anakin are on their way, searching for a missing Jedi apprentice. And none realize that the Yuuzhan Vong have chosen this embattled planet as the next target in their brutal coreward thrust. Now, as the fragile stability on Duro threatens to collapse into violence, Jacen Solo must face his greatest dilemma: At what point does the use of power become aggression? Whatever he decides, his next step could tip the galaxy´s destiny toward the light or toward darkness-with the life of someone he loves hanging in the balance . . .
Ichabod Crane, a lanky and superstitious man and school teacher from the North, is vying for the hand of Katrina Van Tassel who happens to have another suitor named Abraham ´´Brom Bones´´ Van Brunt. Crane has ill intentions in winning the hand of Katrina and Brom decides to try to spook the school teacher out of Sleepy Hollow through a series of pranks. One autumn night, at the annual harvest party at the Van Tassel farmstead, Ichabod finally comes up with the courage to propose to Katrina, but he is rejected and leaves the party feeling sad and heavy hearted. As he is riding home, Ichabod encounters many strange things and cannot discern between what is real and what he can attribute an overactive imagination. He suddenly encounters a very real apparition of none other than the headless horseman, a soldier said to have lost his head during the Revolutionary War who rides nightly searching for it. Ichabod rides furiously for the grounds near the cemetery where it is said that the Headless Horseman will disappear in a flash of fire. Ichabod never makes it to the cemetery or back home and is never heard from again. Was he spirited away by the Headless Horseman, or could some other force be to blame for the untimely disappearance? 1. Language: English. Narrator: David McCallion. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/067033/bk_acx0_067033_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An infamous love, destined nevermore, For death could not claim, the enchanting Lenore. Cursed by the malevolent spirit of the Headless Horseman, Ireland Crane ventures to Manhattan in search of a way to break her soul-crushing bond. Instead, she discovers the lines between fact and fiction are blurring once more. Croaking ravens. Telltale hearts. Could the works of Poe be coming to pass with handsome Wall Street Midas, Ridley Peolte as their unwilling target? She walks the Earth, a plague on mankind, searching for him, her rotted heart doth pine. Together, the two unknowingly release a dark force death itself could not tame. Surrounded by the unrelenting violence and mayhem they´ve unleashed, Ireland feels her control over the Horseman slipping. Before the beast within consumes her, she and her crew must follow the clues of the dead to right a centuries´ old wrong. Will it be enough to sate the Horseman´s appetite? Hell hath no fury like a ghoul scorned. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Karen Krause. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/054539/bk_acx0_054539_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A lover’s betrayal. A flight through an evil forest. A deadly promise. When Citrine is chased out of her village for her unusual skills, she travels through a dark forest, searching for a place to call home.Along the way she runs into monsters and makes a deadly promise in exchange for freedom.Citrine´s Monsters is a 9,000 word short story and prequel to the epic fantasy series Legend of the Nameless One. Listen to the first book in the series: Realm of Beasts. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Deva Marie Gregory. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/133075/bk_acx0_133075_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.