Twelve-year-old Rory is an artist like her father. Through a hundred drawing lessons, he has guided her hand, trained her eye, taught her how to mix colors and achieve perspective. Together they plan to paint a beautiful mural for Rory´s mother, maybe a sunset, because she always misses the real sunset while she´s at her job, supporting the family.Rory goes to find her father in his studio so she can show him her sketch for the mural. But when she arrives, she finds him kissing his model. Outraged, she tries to hurt him by burning up her sketchbook, and her father leaves. Rory is devastated and stops painting altogether. Finally, she realizes that she has to talk to her father. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Marguerite Gavin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/001990/bk_blak_001990_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The author of the Love in Provence series returns to the South of France with a poignant portrait of a woman who must learn how to create a new life for herself... Sixty-two-year-old Arianna arrives in the South of France for a two-week artists´ workshop full of anticipation but burdened by guilt. Back home in Toronto, she has been living with the devastating diagnosis of her husband´s dementia and the heartbreak of watching the man she has loved for decades slip away before her eyes. What does her future hold without Ben? Before her is a blank canvas. Encouraged by her family to take some time for herself, she has traveled to Arles to set up her easel in the same fields of poppies and sunflowers that inspired Van Gogh. Gradually, she rediscovers the inner artist she abandoned long ago. Drawing strength from the warm companionship and gentle wisdom of her fellow artists at the retreat - as well as the vitality of guest lecturer Jacques de Villeneuve, an artist and a cowboy - Arianna searches her heart for permission to embrace the life in front of her and, like the sunflowers, once again face the light. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Susan Hanfield. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/009415/bk_brll_009415_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Young detective, Annie Tillery, wins a series of art lessons at a prestigious art gallery, plunging her into the New York City art world and a brutal murder mystery. At the gallery, Annie discovers her instructor, Francesca Gabrielli, engaged in a volatile argument with John DiCristiani, the gallery´s director. He demands that Francesca make forgeries of masterpieces for him. When the gallery director is found murdered in cold blood, Francesca becomes the prime suspect and calls upon Annie to help solve the crime and clear her name. As Annie and her NYPD detective aunt, Jill Tillery, brave the dangers of an international art fraud ring in an attempt to find the murderer, they realize that the key to solving the case lies hidden in a mysterious brownstone in Brooklyn, whose inhabitants present tantalizing and elusive clues. As Annie and company attempt to stay one step ahead of DiCristiani´s murderer, they manage to escape one deadly trap after another. The stakes are high in the glamorous yet dangerous world of illegal art trafficking. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Darlene Allen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/008230/bk_acx0_008230_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
With the growth of the U. S. national government under the Obama administration, the perennial debate over where to draw the line between public and private has come to the fore yet again. This time around, however, the stakes are higher than ever, as unprecedented amounts of public money are poured into private corporations. In Drawing the Line, Andrew Stark takes a fresh and provocative look at how Americans debate the border between the public realm and the private. Are these arguments specific to policy and community, or do the reveal something bigger about politics and society? Having conducted hundreds of interviews with policymakers and advocates, Stark weaves that input with his own innovative insights into a counterintuitive view on how citizens at the grassroots level divide up in policy debates - e.g., on education, land use, health care, and welfare - over the line between public and private responsibility. In doing so, the book provides striking ´´Main Street´´ lessons on creating new policy coalitions. The book is published by Brookings Institution Press. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christopher Prince. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/redw/000091/bk_redw_000091_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The ´´Birds and Bees´´ Are Best Taught Firsthand A personal call from the school principal is a call to action for Joey´s guardians. Quickly discovering their dear Joey may be growing up faster than they realize, a one-on-one discussion is deemed the best way to set the facts of life straight for Joey who´s been caught sharing intimate drawings of women with his classmates. Sometimes, a personal demonstration is the best method of instruction. So focused on administering the most accurate anatomical lesson, Joey´s teacher for his first at-home course in the most obvious and best-loved part of the female body is the woman of the household Joey loves and trusts completely. She´s sweet, sensitive, to the point, and not at all hesitant in delivering a firsthand experience he´ll never forget. When Joey´s reaction to the straightforward visual and physical tutelage is more than she expects, his live-in teacher knows it´s time for a hands-on approach. His Budding Curiosity Addressed in the Most Memorable Way - Her Careful Guidance and Nurturing Tenderness - Their Accidental, First-Time Taboo Experience 1. Language: English. Narrator: Me. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/027457/bk_acx0_027457_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Welcome to the amazing world of drawing! In this audiobook, I have joined my passion for the Arts & Crafts with the brilliant artist Joana Rubinstein to bring you the One Day Drawing Mastery. As an amateur drawer, I´ve been blessed to have had an incredible teacher in Joana who has guided me in my practice - and I´m thrilled that you will allow us to help you learn this beautiful art. Art is an expression of progressive humanity. What most people forget is that they are, in fact, a work of art. You are a work of art - a walking, talking being of beauty, capable of making beauty. Drawing is a form of artistic expression that absolutely everyone can do. Once you get started, it is a lot of fun, and it can be a very lucrative hobby. Not only that, you can touch lives with a simple cartoon drawing of a bunny nurse with a thermometer on a get-well-soon card. Or you can create a heartwarming gift for your loved ones by sketching their face. True, some people are born with an innate artistic ability. Some can even paint murals at an early age. Before we get sidetracked further, the point is, regardless of talent, just about anyone can do it because it is a skill that can be honed through practice. In this audiobook, you will learn the fundamental building blocks to learn how to draw. We start with the ´´Stickman´´ as the fundamental and most basic way of drawing. After incorporating the lessons from that simple figure, we then dive into shapes, spaces, perspective, and rudimentary anatomy guidelines for drawing the human being. We finish with lights, texture, and how to make a sophisticated drawing by following the simple guidelines of the ´´Rule of Thirds´´ and the ´´Golden Ratio´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sean Tivenan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/089748/bk_acx0_089748_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Would you like to know the secrets to attracting your soul mate and feeling profound love every day? With this hip and fun guide, you´ll learn to use the rules of attraction, magic, astrology, and your intuition to attract the man of your dreams and experience true, soulful love. Jessica Shepherd joyfully reveals the Nine Soul Mate Secrets, offering insight into all aspects of creating and maintaining love, such as how to focus on loving yourself, open up to love from others, and trust your intuition. You´ll engage in fun, hands-on spells, rituals, and meditations to explore your heart and grow spiritually. The Nine Soul Mate Secrets will also reveal how to: Break bad karmic patterns Move beyond difficult relationships Learn from past mistakes Overcome your fears Tap your magnetism with your Venus sign From avoiding relationship ´´potholes´´ to understanding karmic soul mates - and the invaluable lessons that they teach us - to casting love spells under a waxing moon, this love-focused astrology book holds the key to achieving long-lasting love with your true soul mate. ´´A Love Alchemist´s Notebook is a worldly and wise guide to finding a spiritual partner. Jessica Shepherd reveals in detail the practical magic that will work for anyone ready to connect with great love.´´ (Holiday Mathis, author of Rock Your Stars) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jessica Shepherd. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/111296/bk_acx0_111296_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
As secretary of defense for Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, Robert S. McNamara was one of the chief architects of American foreign policy, and particularly of the strategy that propelled the U.S. into the Vietnam War. Though he at first firmly believed that fighting communism in East Asia was worth the loss of American lives, McNamara eventually found himself at odds with other members of the Johnson administration when he came to see the ever-escalating was as unwinnable. In the years since he resigned his office, he has until now refused any public comment on the unpopular war with which he was so thoroughly identified. Drawing on his personal experience and a wealth of documentation, McNamara presents a classic insider account of how Vietnam policy grew, of exactly how we stumbled into the war and exactly why it quickly became almost impossible to pull out. Both personal and historic, his account reveals the trials of leadership, of how a generation´s ´´best and brightest´´ led our nation into tragedy, and what we can learn from their mistakes. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robert S. McNamara (preface), Joseph Campanella. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/pnix/000227/bk_pnix_000227_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This memoir of James Stavridis´ two years in command of the destroyer USS Barry (DDG-52) reveals the human side of what it is like to be in charge of a warship for the first time and in the midst of international crisis. From Haiti to the Balkans to the Arabian Gulf, the Barry was involved in operations throughout the world during his 1993-1995 tour. Drawing on daily journals he kept for the entire period, the author reveals the complex nature of those deployments in a ´´real-time´´ context and describes life on board the Barry and liberty ashore for sailors and officers alike. With all the joy, doubt, self-examination, hope, and fear of a first command, he offers an honest examination of his experience from the bridge to help listeners grasp the true nature of command at sea. The window he provides into the personal lives of the crew illuminates not only their hard work in a ship that spent more than 70 percent of its time underway, but also the sacrifices of their families ashore. Stavridis credits his able crew for the many awards the Barry won while he was captain, including the Battenberg Cup for top ship in the Atlantic Fleet. Naval aficionados who like seagoing fiction will be attracted to the book, as will those fascinated by life at sea. Officers from all the services, especially surface warfare naval officers aspiring to command, will find these lessons of a first command by one of the Navy´s most respected admirals both entertaining and instructive. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Chaz Allen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/019442/bk_acx0_019442_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.