This week on The Best of Car Talk, Tom and Ray invoke the teachings of Daniel Pinkwater to convince Mary Ann that a really dumb car decision could improve every other aspect of her life. Alas, the Pinkwater philosophy won't help Paul, who is learning an expensive lesson about what happens when you don't test drive an old van before buying. Elsewhere, Ron has noticed an epidemic of padiddles (cars with one headlight out) since a recent cold snap; Lesley is looking for an antifreeze that will actually work in an Alaska winter (without giving her veterinary practice new patients); and does Tommy suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Italian Male Malaise? All of this, and lots more, this week on The Best of Car Talk. [Broadcast Date: January 13, 2018] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Magliozzi, Ray Magliozzi. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/cart/180113/rt_cart_180113_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This week’s Car Talk features our favorite road trip story, ever. It stars Dave and his girlfriend; travels from Alaska to Bemidji, Minnesota; and the featured cast includes an overheating Chevy Cavalier, a crescent wrench with no sockets, an old campfire grill, and-- yes-- a zit on Dave's forehead. As for the plot, well, you'll just have to hear for yourself. Elsewhere, Ann thinks her Buick's radio is trying to "Gaslight" her into thinking she has a hearing problem; Jed's learning why taking his Chevy Suburban to Budapest may not have been such a great idea after all; and, Alana's Civic is spitting gas back at her. Also, Tommy provides a great lesson in how NOT to start a car that's been sitting untouched for four years--that is, unless you're a big fan of billowing black smoke. All this, and lots more, this week on Car Talk. [Broadcast Date: October 27, 2012] 1. Language: English. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/cart/121027/rt_cart_121027_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Bojabi Tree is a version of a traditional West African story. Scarce rainfall has hit the African plains. Animals are becoming more and more desperate to find something to eat when they happen upon an amazing tree with enticing fruit. The problem is that they don’t know the name of the tree and if the fruit is safe to eat. The starving animals decide to send messengers to King Leo, the king of the beasts, to learn the name of the tree. But each messenger returns having forgotten the name of the tree. A tortoise named Tommy volunteers to visit King Leo but the starving animals do not believe he can accomplish the task where the other messengers have failed. Like many worthy children’s animal stories, there is a moral and a lesson to be learned. A few words about the author, Edith Rickert. While not well-known, Ms. Rickert was a brilliantly intelligent woman with immense literary and cryptographical talents. The reason she was not well-known was that she was a strong woman in an era where strong women were not allowed to exist without the aid of a male counterpart. After spending time in Europe, she returned to the United States and worked as a writer in Boston for a few years. She then moved to Washington DC to work as a cryptographer for the government during World War I. She would later become an influential medieval scholar at the University of Chicago. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Weiss. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/mike/002779/bk_mike_002779_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A true story about a beloved, city maintenance worker named Mr. Kurzeka (ker-z-ca), who befriends a little neighborhood boy and teaches him an incredible lesson in faith, hope and courage - all on one single, wintry day. The boy, Tommy, would grow-up searching to understand the meaning of that incredible day, only to realize he had the answers all along. '...Older now with years to reflect, I wonder about this and pray - why of all people, I was chosen to be with him on his last day?'
Christmas is coming, so Betty and Bobby are on their best behavior&#8212;but not Tommy. There's a lesson to be learned in this lighthearted story in verse about a greedy boy who tries to trick Santa Claus, only to get his comeuppance on Christmas morning. A perfect gift, this nostalgic read is sure to become a family tradition. It's a lovely facsimile of a rare 1916 edition, embellished with thirteen enchanting illustrations. Reproduced in a large format with sturdy pages, it will last for many seasons. It's also a fine collector's item for antique book lovers and fans of vintage Christmas memorabilia.