In this issue:COMMENT´´About Facebook´´ by Andrew Marantz: Even after Cambridge Analytica, Facebook is still professing neutrality. But, as its C.E.O. readies to testify to Congress, the public isn’t buying it.THE SPORTING SCENE´´Game Plan´´ by Louisa Thomas: How far can Becky Hammon go in the N.B.A.?PROFILES´´One Good Bet´´ by Gary Shteyngart: Can a sidelined Wall Street legend find redemption in cryptocurrencies?THE CURRENT CINEMA´´Heard Instinct´´ by Anthony Lane: Reviews of ´´You Were Never Really Here” and ´´A Quiet Place.” 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jamie Renell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/nyer/180411/pe_nyer_180411_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Liana moved to L.A. with one goal in mind, to become a Hollywood screenwriter. She had the script, now she just needed the motivation. But, try as she might, Liana lacked the daring and confidence needed to take that next step...that is until she met him. Jason Kobe is an up-and-coming, impossibly charismatic actor; sporting his bad boy attitude like a badge of pride. At first, Liana had no intention of going anywhere near him; not her type at all. But when he asked for help with his acting and she began to spend more and more time with him, she slowly started to realize that there was something about the thespian that she couldn´t´ resist. She knows that he is just using her and every instinct she has tells her to run...but sometimes the heart wants what it wants and Liana´s heart wants one thing, Jason Kobe, the bad-boy actor from L.A. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Julie Campbell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/083148/bk_acx0_083148_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Humans live in landscapes of make-believe. We spin fantasies. We devour novels, films, and plays. Even sporting events and criminal trials unfold as narratives. Yet the world of story has long remained an undiscovered and unmapped country. It´s easy to say that humans are ´´wired´´ for story, but why? In this delightful and original book, Jonathan Gottschall offers the first unified theory of storytelling. He argues that stories help us navigate life´s complex social problems - just as flight simulators prepare pilots for difficult situations. Storytelling has evolved, like other behaviors, to ensure our survival. Drawing on the latest research in neuroscience, psychology, and evolutionary biology, Gottschall tells us what it means to be a storytelling animal. Did you know that the more absorbed you are in a story, the more it changes your behavior? That all children act out the same kinds of stories, whether they grow up in a slum or a suburb? That people who read more fiction are more empathetic? Of course, our story instinct has a darker side. It makes us vulnerable to conspiracy theories, advertisements, and narratives about ourselves that are more ´´truthy´´ than true. National myths can also be terribly dangerous: Hitler´s ambitions were partly fueled by a story. But as Gottschall shows in this remarkable book, stories can also change the world for the better. Most successful stories are moral - they teach us how to live, whether explicitly or implicitly, and bind us together around common values. We know we are master shapers of story. The Storytelling Animal finally reveals how stories shape us. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kris Koscheski. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/002696/bk_tant_002696_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It’s not that Micayla Lange is afraid of the clinking she hears coming from the first floor of the empty McMansion she’s housesitting for her uncle Nicco. She’s a cop, after all. It’s just that finding out her boyfriend was cheating on her was enough drama for one night. Now she’s alone on New Year’s Eve, wearing flannel pajamas and wielding a Glock 22 as she zeroes in on the unmistakable source of the sound: Uncle Nicco’s private office. Jason Davis steals things for a living, so unexpected developments are a natural part of the job. Getting caught red-handed by a hot, pigtail-sporting police officer in what is supposed to be a gangster’s deserted house is just one more twist in the game. Kind of like finding incriminating photos in Nicco Marino’s safe, only to discover the cop - and the security cameras - have gotten a real good look at his face.Unfortunately for Mick, she also got a good look at the damned pictures. Her ´´uncle” might love her like family, but if he knows she’s seen evidence that implicates him in the murder of a city councilman, she doesn’t like her chances. Which is why she’s having a hard time reconciling her professional instincts with what she is rapidly concluding is an inescapable fact: She’s about to help a criminal get away with a suitcase full of stolen money. And she’s going with him. Mick and Jason’s race for their lives hurtles them through the dangerous Michigan wilderness on speedboat and snowmobile. As their adventure heats up and their enemies close in, Mick is torn between her duty to the force and the combustible passion engulfing her and her unlikely partner in crime. She’ll have to turn Jason in sooner or later... if they survive. But will they ever get a second chance at love? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kate Rudd. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/003393/bk_brll_003393_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.