´Twas the night (okay, more like the week) before Christmas and little Joshua Barker is in desperate need of a Christmas miracle. Josh is sure he saw Santa take a shovel to the head and now the seven year old has only one prayer: Please Santa, come back from the dead! Coming to Earth to grant Josh´s wish is none other than Archangel Raziel. Unfortunately, he´s not sporting the brightest halo in the bunch and before you can say ´´Kris Kringle,´´ he´s botched his sacred mission and sent the residents of Pine Cove headlong into Christmas chaos.
In this issue:COMMENT´´Test for Liberals´´ by Amy Davidson Sorkin: Al Franken, Roy Moore, and a test for the Democratic Party.THE SPORTING SCENE´´Confidence Game´´ by Nick Paumgarten: Mikaela Shiffrin seems to be a sure bet to win gold at the next Olympics. But so much could still go wrong.A REPORTER AT LARGE´´The People´s Police´´ by Alexis Okeowo: When the authorities could no longer be trusted, Nestora Salgado organized a citizens´ police force. Did she go too far?ANNALS OF CRIME´´The Serial-Killer Detector´´ by Alec Wilkinson: A former journalist, equipped with an algorithm and the largest collection of murder records in the country, finds patterns in crime. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jaime Renell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/nyer/171122/pe_nyer_171122_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award, this is a scorching and deeply personal autobiography that lifts the lid on the life and character of one of English rugby´s most successful players. Brian Moore, or ´Pitbull´ as he came to be known during nearly a decade at the heart of the England rugby team´s pack, established himself as one of the game´s original hard men at a time when rugby was still an amateur sport. Since his retirement, he has earned a reputation as an equally uncompromising commentator, never afraid to tell it as he sees it and lash out at the money men and professionals that have made rugby into such a different beast. Yet, for all his bullishness on and off the pitch, there also appears a more unconventional, complicated side to the man. A solicitor by trade, Moore´s love of fine wine, career experience as a manicurist, and preference for reading Shakespeare in the dressing room before games, mark him out as anything but the stereotypical rugby player. In Beware of the Dog Moore lays open, with astounding frankness, the shocking events, both personal and professional, that have gone towards shaping him over the years. Presenting an unparalleled insight into the mind of one of British rugby´s greatest players and characters, Beware of the Dog is a uniquely engaging and upfront sporting memoir. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Brian Moore. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/005571/bk_sans_005571_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Finalist for The Indie Book Awards, for General Non-Fiction and Memoir, 2011 He was just a kid from Lubbock, Texas, sporting black horn-rimmed glasses, blue jeans, a white T-shirt, white socks, and loafers. And he changed the course of music history. Today, more than five decades after his tragic death, Buddy Holly still affects lives around the world. Critically acclaimed author Gary W. Moore was not a fan of rock music. He was familiar with Buddy´s name and thought he was dead, but he couldn´t name even a single song Buddy had written or performed. In a single evening all that changed when the late great Buddy Holly reached out from a stage in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and seized Gary´s heart and soul through a song - not a song written or performed by Buddy, but a song about Buddy performed by musician John Mueller. Even Buddy´s closest friends say John is Buddy reincarnated, and his resemblance and music will take your breath away. Hey Buddy is a warm and intimate chronicle of the author´s personal journey to discover more about the young man from Lubbock, his music, his influence, and the times in which he lived. Join Gary as he meets Buddy´s personal friends, celebrities, and everyday Buddy enthusiasts. Their unique stories will make you laugh, smile, cry, and think all the while, What if? What if Buddy had lived instead of perishing in that terrible plane crash in Clear Lake, Iowa, on that winter night in 1959? What if Buddy had continued to write music into the 1960s and ´70s? What if...Along the way Gary discovers the darker side behind Buddy´s last hours. The doomed Dwyer Flying Service charter flight took off in deteriorating weather with an inexperienced 21-year-old pilot who was not instrument-rated. The Dwyers claim they have the plane wreckage in which Buddy, Ritchie Valens, ´´Big Bopper´´ Richardson, and the pilot died and told Gary ´´the truth has never been told about what happened on that flight´´./ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gary W. Moore. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/133629/bk_acx0_133629_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Twas the night (okay, more like the week) before Christmas, and all through Pine Cove, California, people are busy buying, wrapping, packing, and generally getting into the holiday spirit. But not everybody is feeling the joy. Little Joshua Barker is in desperate need of a holiday miracle. No, he´s not on his deathbed. But Josh is sure that he saw Santa take a shovel to the head, and now the 7-year-old has only one prayer: Please, Santa, come back from the dead. But hold on! There´s an angel waiting in the wings. (Wings, get it?) It´s none other than the Archangel Raziel come to Earth seeking a small child with a wish that needs granting. Unfortunately, our angel´s not sporting the brightest halo in the bunch, and before you can say ´´Kris Kringle´´ he´s botched his sacred mission and sent the residents of Pine Cove headlong into Christmas chaos, culminating in the most hilarious and horrifying holiday party the town has ever seen. Only Christopher Moore, the man who brought you the outrageous lost gospel Lamb and the hysterical fish tale Fluke, could have devised a new holiday classic that tugs at the heartstrings and serves up a healthy slice of fruitcake to boot. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tony Roberts. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/000873/bk_harp_000873_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the publisher of the USA TODAY bestselling & #1 Amazon bestselling Timeless Romance Anthology series in Clean Romance, comes A SEASON IN LONDON. **Amazon Top 20 in Victorian Romance** **Amazon Top 30 in Regency Romance** Three brand new Regency Romance novellas by Elizabeth Johns, Heather B. Moore, and Rebecca Connolly: POOR RELATIONS by Elizabeth Johns As a ´poor relation,´ Emma Standrich has already pre-empted her dismal Season by applying for a governess post. Her aunt and cousin are kind enough to sponsor her, but in truth, Emma is just waiting for it to all be over. Emma´s grief over the death of her brother while in military service casts a pallor on everything else in her life. When Colonel Shelton, the man who was her brother´s superior, asks her to dance at her first ball, Emma is more surprised than anyone. But she has questions for him, and soon she´s caught up in an intrigue she wasn´t expecting - both of the heart and the mind. EDWARD & EMILY by Heather B. Moore As a second son, Edward Blackwood never anticipated becoming heir to his family estate, or the need to find a wife and secure that inheritance. But with the death of his older brother, Edward is thrust into a life he never wanted. When his mother encourages him to be kind to his long-time neighbor Emily Foster, a girl he´d hardly paid attention to while growing up, Edward realizes that returning home might not be such a set-back after all. A SPORTING SEASON by Rebecca Connolly Daphne Hutchins is no simpering female who aims for a husband with a fortune. In fact, she´d be more than happy to live her life free of the heartache that men seem to bring. So when she sets out to play the fool in front of the ton during her first Season in order to send all eligible men running, she´s quite unprepared for James Woodbridge. Bored, but with a sense of family duty, James arrives for the Season, anticipating going through the ex 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sarah Zimmerman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/009475/bk_brll_009475_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Beijing 2008, the 100 metres final: Usain Bolt slows down, beats his chest, metres clear of his nearest rival, his face filled with the euphoria of a young man utterly in thrall to his extraordinary physical talent. It is one of the greatest sporting moments. It is just the beginning. Of the 10 fastest 100-metres times in history, eight belong to Jamaicans. How is it that a small Caribbean island has come to almost totally dominate the men’s and women’s sprint events? The Bolt Supremacy opens the doors to a community where sprinting permeates conversations and interactions; where the high school championships are watched by 35,000 screaming fans; where identity, success and status are forged on the track; and where making it is a pass to a world of adoration and lucrative contracts. In such a society there can be the incentive for some to cheat. There are those who attribute Jamaican success to something beyond talent and hard work. Award-winning writer Richard Moore doesn’t shy away from difficult questions as he travels the length of this beguiling country speaking to antidoping agencies, scientists and sceptics, as well as to coaches, gurus, superstar athletes and the young guns desperate to become the next big thing. Peeling back the layers, Moore finally reveals the secrets of Usain Bolt and the Jamaican sprint factory. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Richard Moore. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/002129/bk_rhuk_002129_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Adventure of Silver Blaze, one of the 56 Sherlock Holmes short stories written by British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is one of 12 in the cycle collected as ´´The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes´´. Doyle ranked ´´Silver Blaze´´ 13th in a list of his 19 favourite Sherlock Holmes stories. One of the most popular Sherlock Holmes short stories, ´´Silver Blaze´´ focuses on the disappearance of the eponymous race horse (a famous winner) on the eve of an important race and on the apparent murder of its trainer. The tale is distinguished by its atmospheric Dartmoor setting and late-Victorian sporting milieu. It also features some of Conan Doyle´s most effective plotting, hinging on the ´´curious incident of the dog in the night-time.´´ Sherlock Holmes and his partner Dr. Watson travel by train to Dartmoor to investigate a crime of disappearance of the great race horse Silver Blaze and the murder of the horse´s trainer, John Straker. Holmes and Watson arrive at King´s Pyland, from which Silver Blaze is missing. Fitzroy Simpson has come to Dartmoor (and specifically to King´s Pyland) to gather information relating to his professional activities, and has become a suspect in the murder. However, to Holmes, from the outset, there seem to be a number of facts that do not fit the inspector´s case against Simpson, damning as it looks. It seems odd, for instance, that he would lead the horse out on to the moor simply to injure or kill him. That could be done right in his stall. He could not have stolen the animal. What good would such a famous thoroughbred be to him? Why has an exhaustive search of the neighbourhood not turned up Silver Blaze? What has Simpson done with him? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Carol Phillips. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/edel/007081/bk_edel_007081_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.