Famous But Nameless:Lessons and Inspiration from the Bible´s Anonymous Characters Mark W. Hendrickson
After completing her first year of learning magic at Whitehall School, Emily accepts an invitation from Princess Alassa to accompany her on her progress back to her home country of Zangaria, where the princess may meet her future husband. Alassa, who was a spoiled brat before she met Emily, wants to show off her friend - and impress potential suitors. For Emily, it is a chance to relax and explore a world very different to Earth, meet new people and come to terms with her reputation in the Nameless World. After her defeat of Shadye, everyone wants to know her, to talk with her, to kill her or to marry her. For Emily, hardly a social butterfly, the experience is disconcerting. She was never seriously courted before, not on Earth. And yet, as she sees more of the countries surrounding Whitehall, she feels more and more out of place. The locals come from a very different culture, one that is often strange and horrifying to her eyes. Even her friends seem different people in their homes. But dark forces are at work, plotting to capture the princess, take power in Zangaria, and undo all of Emily´s work. As all hell breaks loose, Emily may be all that stands between Zangaria and a return to the dark ages of brute force that threatened to lay the kingdom low once before. And if she fails, her friends will be just the first victims of a war that will rip the Allied Lands apart. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tavia Gilbert. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/podm/000287/bk_podm_000287_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The power of reading is beautifully captured in this 2006 Newbery Honor-winning book. Bernie keeps a barn full of animals the rest of the world has no use for - two retired trotters, a rooster, some banty hens, and a Muscovy duck with clipped wings who calls herself The Lady. When the cat called Whittington shows up one day, it is to the Lady that he makes an appeal to secure a place in the barn. The Lady´s a little hesitant at first, but when the cat claims to be a master ratter, that clinches it. Bernie´s orphaned grandkids, Abby and Ben, come to the barn every day to help feed the animals. Abby shares her worry that Ben can´t really read yet and that he refuses to go to Special Ed. Whittington and the Lady decide that Abby should give Ben reading lessons in the barn.It is a balm for Ben when, having toughed out the daily lesson, Whittington comes to tell, in tantalizing installments, the story handed down to him from his nameless forebearer, Dick Whittington’s cat - the legend of the lad born into poverty in rural England during the Black Death, who runs away to London to seek his fortune. This is an unforgettable tale about how learning to read saves one little boy. It is about the healing, transcendent power of storytelling and how, if you have loved ones surrounding you and good stories to tell, to listen to, and to read, you have just about everything of value in this world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joel Brooks. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lili/000406/bk_lili_000406_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Increasingly, identity theft is a fact of life. We might once have hoped to protect ourselves from hackers with airtight passwords and aggressive spam folders, and those are good ideas as far as they go. But the truth is there are people out there - a lot of them - who treat stealing your identity as a full-time job. One such company is a nameless firm located in Russia, which has a trove of over a billion Internet passwords. Another set up a website full of live streams of hacked web cameras, showing everything from people´s offices and lobbies to the feeds from baby monitors. Even purchases made in person are still logged by retailers like Target, who are famously vulnerable to hackers. Adam Levin, a longtime consumer advocate and identity fraud expert, is your guide to this brave new world. By telling memorable stories and extracting the relevant lessons, he offers a strategy for dealing with these risks. You may not be able to prevent identity theft, but you certainly shouldn´t wait until it happens to take action. Levin´s approach is defined by the three M´s: minimizing risk, monitoring your identity, and managing the damage. The audiobook is also organized around the different problems caused by identity theft: financial, criminal, medical, familial, etc., enabling listeners to dip in to the sections most relevant to them. Swiped is a practical, lively audiobook that is essential to surviving the ever-changing world of online security. It is invaluable not only for preventing problems but for helping cope when they arrive. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Adam Levin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/gdan/001771/bk_gdan_001771_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.