In the plucky, hilarious, and irreverent spirit of Lansky´s popular ´´Vagabond´´ newspaper column comes Last Trout in Venice, a book of adventurous and wacky travel essays that will have you laughing out loud. In Naples, Italy, Lansky rents a car precisely because of the city´s reputation as one of the worst places to drive in the world. In Berlin he dons a full-body latex suit, preparing for his visit to the notorious erotic KitKatClub. Inspired by Hemingway, he travels to Africa, where he accidentally stumbles upon a foolproof diet - the ´´Deep Sea Fishing off Kenya´s Coast During Rainy Season Weight Loss System´´. And in Venice you´ll hear Lansky as he dries out in the sun after his fall into the Grand Canal (in which he inadvertently took a big drink of water) while taking gondola-driving lessons. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paul Mercer, Amanda Karr. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/pnix/000716/bk_pnix_000716_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
London weather is chilly - and the social scene even more so. Luckily, Bridget Forrester is just getting warmed up. Bridget longs to meet a gentleman who doesn´t mention her beautiful sister upon shaking her hand. But since being branded a shrew after a disastrous social season, Bridget knows she’s lucky to even have a man come near her. It´s enough to make a lady flee the country. So Bridget heads to Venice for music lessons with the renowned Italian composer Vincenzo Carpenini, with whom she´s been corresponding. But not only is Carpenini not expecting her, he doesn’t even remember her! His friend, theater owner Oliver Merrick, does, though. And one look into her tantalizing green eyes has him cursing his impulsive letter-writing, which brought her across the continent. Yet before Merrick can apologize, Carpenini has ordered her away. Little does either man know that they will soon be embroiled in a wager that will require the beautiful Miss Forrester´s help - or that there’ll be far more at stake in this gamble than money. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alison Larkin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/018618/bk_adbl_018618_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A murderous wicked twin. An innocent, law-abiding, and oblivious girl. The ultimate brawl between contrasting sisters! Murder, mystery, suspense, and more The Malevolent Twin is the story of a wayward wicked twin with destructive intentions. Avery Tran was ordinary in every way except one: her friend, Venice. Since she was a young girl, Avery was the only one who could see Venice. Avery would describe her as her own alter ego. As Avery got older, Venice began to appear in front of Avery wearing obscene clothing, mocking and harassing her for her frumpy style and average looks Eventually Avery started to wonder what Venice truly was. Usually imaginary friends leave after childhood is over. Her curiosity led her to an abandoned ancient mobile home, where her parents had buried a stillborn, then to a wise, old exorcist who failed to successfully exorcise Venice, then finally to a quirky middle-aged psychic. All the trouble starts when Avery wakes up in a swinger´s club. Having no recollection of how she ended up there, Avery starts to think it is Venice´s doing, after discovering herself dressed and made up to look like Venice. Soon after, a neighbor´s dog goes missing, and a murder scene appears at her workplace. Avery confronts Venice about these heinous acts and learns what she already suspected: It was Venice, controlling her body, who had committed the crimes. Frantic to stop Venice, Avery starts to handcuff herself to the bed and searches for a way to rid herself of Venice entirely. The quirky psychic, Pennie Apples, helps her figure out what is really going on, but it comes too late. Venice murders someone very close to Avery, who feels obliged to turn herself in. In the end Avery learns a lesson about what happens when the imaginary abruptly becomes very real. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Angel Clark. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/037959/bk_acx0_037959_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Thousands of copies sold, over a million pages read. Fans love the supernaturals of the Elemental Origins series! Welcome to the world of fire magi, where what doesn’t kill you (literally) makes you stronger. Saxony Cagney counts herself lucky when she wins a position as an au pair in Venice for the summer. It’s her responsibility to take care of two young boys - speak to them in English, make sure they get to their swimming lessons on time. Piece of cake, right? She unexpectedly forms a strong bond with the youngest boy - Isaia. She also meets two Italian men.... Both are smart, successful, and sexy. So far, things are going her way. Who doesn’t like options? When she discovers Isaia is actually dying and his mom is trying to keep it a secret from his dad, things get a violent shove into complicated...and then contagious - she’ll never be the same again. Just when she’s got more on her plate than she can handle, she accidentally gets tangled up with the most powerful crime family in Venice. Will Saxony survive long enough to learn the secrets of her new abilities, or will they kill her? Born of Fire is the second book in the Elemental Origins, a series of captivating YA urban fantasy novels which can be enjoyed in any order. If you like strong female characters, supernatural abilities, and a touch of romance, then you’ll love A. L. Knorr’s fiery teen fantasy adventure series. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gabra Zackman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/102354/bk_acx0_102354_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Vienna Nocturne is a deeply moving debut novel that brings to life two extraordinary figures - a 30-year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and a young English soprano, Anna Storace, who was his muse - in prose as spirited, timeless, and touching as Mozart¿s greatest compositions. In late 18th-century London, a young girl takes her first singing lessons with a mysterious castrato in exile. Her life is forever changed. Having learned everything he can teach her, Anna leaves behind all the security and familiarity of home and journeys to Naples and Venice to struggle and triumph in Italy¿s greatest opera houses. Only 16, she finds herself in an intoxicating world of theaters, nobility, and vice, overwhelmed by her newfound freedom and fame. Her first bitter experience of love and heartbreak inevitably follows. Within a few years, Anna is invited to sing in Vienna, the City of Music, by the emperor himself. There, in a teasing game of theft and play, Anna first meets Mozart, a young virtuoso pianist and striving, prodigiously talented composer. They are matched in intellect and talent, and an immediate and undeniable charge occurs between the two, despite both being married to others. As her star rises in Vienna and her personal life deteriorates, Anna experiences an ultimate crisis. During this trying time, her only light is Mozart: his energy, his determination for her, and his art. She, in turn, becomes his hope and inspiration, and his joy, as he writes for her some of his most exquisite and enduring arias - music that will live on as his masterworks. Rich in historical detail and beautifully wrought by Vivien Shotwell, an author who is herself an opera singer, Vienna Nocturne is a dramatic tour de force of a woman¿s struggle to find love and fame in an 18th-century world that controls and limits her at every turn. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kate Reading. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/003785/bk_rand_003785_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The often hilarious and sometimes poignant story behind Dal LaMagna´s attempts to create a successful business. By the time LaMagna graduated from the Harvard Business School, his numerous entrepreneurial activities - including operating discotheques in drive-in movie theaters, working with the 1960s musical teen sensations the Cowsills, and opening an ice cream parlor on the Venice Beach boardwalk - had landed him $150,000 in debt. Raising Eyebrows tells the story of how he finally succeeded. After years of failures and living pennilessly, LaMagna finally succeed with tweezers. He started Tweezerman, one of the world´s most respected, innovative and successful beauty tool manufacturers with only $500. Not only was Tweezerman a financial success but is became a model of how to operate a company responsibly. LaMagna wrote this roller-coaster memoir for entrepreneurs who are struggling and disenchanted with the ever changing economic system Packed with business lessons, financial plans, and practical advice, Raising Eyebrows is full of inspiration, conscience, and good ideas for entrepreneurs and would-be entrepreneurs everywhere. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dal LaMagna. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/100270/bk_acx0_100270_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Do you want to give the readers such a vivid experience that they feel the events of the story are real and they´re right there? Do you want them to forget their own world and worries, and live in the main character´s head and heart? The magic wand for achieving this is Deep Point of View. Readers love it, because it gives them the thrill of becoming a different person. The reader doesn´t just read a story about a gladiator in the arena, an heiress in a Scottish castle, an explorer in the jungle, a courtesan in Renaissance Venice - she becomes that gladiator, heiress, explorer, or courtesan. In this book, I´ll reveal the powerful techniques employed by best-selling authors, and I´ll show you how to apply them to rivet your readers. I´ll start with the basics of Point of View - if you´re already familiar with the concept, you can treat them as a refresher - and then guide you to advanced strategies for taking your reader deep. This is not a beginners´ book. It assumes that you have mastered the basics of the writer´s craft and know how to create compelling fictional characters. If you like, you can use this book as a self-study class, approaching each chapter as a lesson and completing the assignments at the end of each session. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cat Lookabaugh. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/065802/bk_acx0_065802_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
How did an American immigrant without a college education go from Venice Beach T-shirt vendor to television´s most successful producer? How did a timid pastor´s son surmount a paralysing fear of public speaking to sell out Yankee Stadium - twice? How did the city of Tokyo create a PowerPoint stunning enough to win them the chance to host the Olympics? They told brilliant stories. Whether your goal is to sell, educate, fund-raise or entertain, your story is your most valuable asset: ´a strategic tool with irresistible power´, according to the New York Times. Stories inspire; they persuade; they galvanize movements and actuate global change. A well-told story hits you like a punch to the gut; it triggers the light-bulb moment, the ´aha´ that illuminates the path to innovation. Radical transformation can occur in an instant, with a single sentence; The Storyteller´s Secret teaches you how to craft your most powerful delivery ever. In his hugely attended Talk Like TED events, best-selling author and communications guru Carmine Gallo found, again and again, that audiences wanted to discover the keys to telling a powerful story. Read aloud by the author, The Storyteller´s Secret unlocks the answer in 50 lessons from visionary leaders - each of whom cites storytelling as a crucial ingredient in success. A good story can spark action and passion; it can revolutionise the way people think and spur them to chase their dreams. Isn´t it time you shared yours? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Carmine Gallo. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/macm/000886/bk_macm_000886_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Brilliant and engagingly written, Why Nations Fail answers the question that has stumped the experts for centuries: Why are some nations rich and others poor, divided by wealth and poverty, health and sickness, food and famine? Is it culture, the weather, geography? Perhaps ignorance of what the right policies are? Simply, no. None of these factors is either definitive or destiny. Otherwise, how to explain why Botswana has become one of the fastest growing countries in the world, while other African nations, such as Zimbabwe, the Congo, and Sierra Leone, are mired in poverty and violence? Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson conclusively show that it is man-made political and economic institutions that underlie economic success (or lack of it). Korea, to take just one of their fascinating examples, is a remarkably homogeneous nation, yet the people of North Korea are among the poorest on earth while their brothers and sisters in South Korea are among the richest. The south forged a society that created incentives, rewarded innovation, and allowed everyone to participate in economic opportunities. The economic success thus spurred was sustained because the government became accountable and responsive to citizens and the great mass of people. Sadly, the people of the north have endured decades of famine, political repression, and very different economic institutions-with no end in sight. The differences between the Koreas is due to the politics that created these completely different institutional trajectories. Based on fifteen years of original research Acemoglu and Robinson marshall extraordinary historical evidence from the Roman Empire, the Mayan city-states, medieval Venice, the Soviet Union, Latin America, England, Europe, the United States, and Africa to build a new theory of political economy with great relevance for the big questions of today, including: - China has built an authoritarian growth machine. Will it continue to grow at such high speed and overwhelm the West? - Are America´s best days behind it? Are we moving from a virtuous circle in which efforts by elites to aggrandize power are resisted to a vicious one that enriches and empowers a small minority? - What is the most effective way to help move billions of people from the rut of poverty to prosperity? More philanthropy from the wealthy nations of the West? Or learning the hard-won lessons of Acemoglu and Robinson´s breakthrough ideas on the interplay between inclusive political and economic institutions? Why Nations Fail will change the way you look at-and understand-the world.