The New Jedi Order continues as Jaina Solo struggles with anger and despair after the Jedi Knights´ harrowing adventure behind enemy lines. Though the Jedi strike force completed its deadly mission into Yuuzhan Vong territory, the price of success was tragedy: not everyone made it out alive. In a daring getaway, hotshot pilot Jaina Solo stole an enemy ship, taking along her fellow survivors, and leaving behind a huge piece of her heart. With the enemy in hot pursuit, Jaina is forced to seek haven in the unprotected, unfriendly Hapes Cluster, where the Jedi are held responsible for a past tragedy - and where the royal family has grim plans for their famous Jedi guest. Even more sinister are the intentions of the Yuuvhan Vong, desperate to capture Jaina for a hideous sacrifice. Grief-stricken and obsessed with revenge, Jaina is blind to these threats and to the overpowering evil dangerously close to consuming her. In the coming conflagration, Jaina will be fighting not for victory or vengeance, but for her very being. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alexander Adams. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/001068/bk_rand_001068_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Two brothers brave a whirlwind summer in this taut and luminous coming-of-age novel. A 12-year-old boy lives with his family in a small, poverty-stricken town in Vermont. His father works at a manufacturing plant, his mother is a homemaker, and his 15-year-old brother is about to enter high school. His family has gained enough financial stability to move out of the nearby trailer park, and as conflict rages abroad, his father’s job at a weapons manufacturing plant appears safe. But then his mother is diagnosed with cancer, and everything changes. As the family clings to the traditions of their hard-line Catholicism, he meets Taylor, a perceptive, beguiling girl from the trailer park, a girl who has been forced to grow up too fast. Taylor represents everything his life isn’t, and their fledgling connection develops as his mother’s health deteriorates. Set over the course of one propulsive summer, Soon the Light Will Be Perfect chronicles the journey of two brothers on the cusp of adulthood, a town battered by poverty and a family at a breaking point. In spare, fiercely honest prose, Dave Patterson captures what it feels like to be gloriously, violently alive at a moment of political, social, and familial instability. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Timothy McKean. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/008572/bk_harp_008572_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The second installment of the Dark Athyx Series continues where Diversity is Madness leaves off. Insanium returns from hiding with a vengeance and snuffs out more gods. He scars others, enraging some while frightening others. His presence insights nightmares among the gods. The Keeper of Secrets is dead and the weight of discovering ancient secrets falls upon the powers of Prometheus. Insanium grows in power and rips gateways in Time and Space for the power of the Forgotten One to taint the world. The denizens of Dark Athyx and even the gods are stricken with mutations from his taint of madness. Can this ancient titan-god be stopped? Can his avatar, Insanium be stopped before it is too late? Where is Kronos? The dramatics of their coming demise causes many of the gods to think like mortals. Many seek relationships in the wake of their coming dooms. Others attempt to cower and hide. The chosen few struggles to stand against Insanium and fight to the bitter end. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sarah L. Colton. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/126386/bk_acx0_126386_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´Ode to Death is a celebration of good, old fashioned storytelling and creeping dread. I couldn’t stop turning the pages and you won’t be able to either. I had a great time with this collection.” (Richard Chizmar) From author Andrew Lennon comes a new collection of 18 titles, including short stories, drabbles, and poetry. This versatile collection will have you fearing those noises coming from the attic, questioning whether you should enter that haunted house at the fairground, thinking twice before you stay in a motel on a desert-stricken highway. It will touch you emotionally when you witness a person’s struggles, their discovery of new friends, how they can triumph and live to see another day, raising their heads to create their own Ode to Death. Contents ´´My Ode to Death´´ ´´House of Illusion´´ ´´Lunchtime´´ ´´Ghost Story´´ ´´No Sleep´´ ´´Caravan´´ ´´Buried´´ ´´Santa Claus Comes at Night´´ ´´Dog Race´´ ´´Trying to Write a Horror Story´´ ´´Hide Behind a Smile´´ ´´Visiting Time´´ ´´Stress Blanket´´ ´´Red Shoes´´ ´´New Beginning´´ ´´The Secret Life of my Imaginary Friend´´ ´´Lover´´ ´´One Night In Hotel´´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Steve White. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/160301/bk_acx0_160301_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this gripping psychological thriller - smart, chilling, and unrelenting Nancy Springer establishes herself as an exciting new suspense writer with a distinctive voice and some surprises up her sleeve.... To their neighbors, Dorrie and Sam White are a contented couple in America´s heartland, with steady jobs, a suburban home, and plenty of community activities to keep them busy. But they´re not quite what they seem. For plain, hard-working Sam hides a depth of devotion for his wife that no one would suspect. And Dorrie is living a lie - beset by physical ailments, alone within herself...and secretly following the comings and goings of the 16-year-old daughter, Juliet, she gave up for adoption when she was hardly more than a child herself. Then one day at the mall, Dorrie watches horror-stricken as Juliet is abducted; forced into a van that drives away. Instinctively, Dorrie sends her own car speeding after it - an act of reckless courage that puts her on a collision course with a depraved killer...and draws Sam into a dogged, desperate search to save his wife. As mother and daughter unite in a terrifying struggle to survive, to what extremes will Dorrie go in overcoming her own limitations...and in confronting her dark, tormented past? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kate Levy. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/004974/bk_adbl_004974_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Although it is not entirely to her liking, grief-stricken Satha, a dark-skinned woman from a poor Theseni clan weds young Loic, the wealthy Doreni son of the king´s First Captain. Loic, graced with ability to see into the hearts and minds of others, begins to help Satha overcome her sorrows. Despite coming from different tribes, they begin to forge a life together. But when Satha´s own compassion is used against her and a treacherous enemy contrives to dishonor her in Loic´s absence, Loic´s love turns to anger and disgust. Embittered, Loic must still avenge his honor and Satha´s and he sets out on a journey that brings despair as well as spiritual discovery. Battling him are the Arkhai, the spirits of the land who know his quest will lead him toward the God whom they have usurped. After his departure, Satha is kidnapped, sold into slavery and learns, first hand, how cruel the pioneering Angleni tribe can be. Both face great hardship, danger and anguish apart, but with the Creator´s aid there remains hope they will be reunited and heal the love the world has torn asunder. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Darla Middlebrook. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/016253/bk_acx0_016253_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Barbara Kreiger´s intriguing narrative presents the account of Clorinda Minor, a charismatic American Christian woman whose belief in the second coming prompted her to leave a comfortable life in Philadelphia in 1851 and take up agriculture in Palestine.After her disappointment in a failed prophecy that the end of days would take place in October 1844, Mrs. Minor determined the holy land was not yet adequately prepared for such an event and decided it would be her mission to teach the poverty-stricken Jews of Palestine to work the soil. In this very American story, Mrs. Minor, like so many other pioneers of her day, looked to the land as her future.Even as her mission was distinctly religious, her daily efforts were in the social realm. And although her work brought Jews and Arabs together and her small farm was a unique settlement where Christians, Muslims, and Jews labored alongside one another, the events detailed in Divine Expectations had dramatic and tragic diplomatic and international repercussions.With the deft touch of a novelist, Barbara Kreiger weaves the little-known story of Clorinda Minor into the larger context of the region and its history, presenting it in its charming eccentricity and its gripping reality. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Anneliese Rennie. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/131367/bk_acx0_131367_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the fascinating story of the sustainable food revolution, an environmental journalist and professor asks the question: Is the future of food looking bleak - or better than ever?´´In The Fate of Food, Amanda Little takes us on a tour of the future. The journey is scary, exciting, and, ultimately, encouraging.” (Elizabeth Kolbert, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sixth Extinction)Climate models show that global crop production will decline every decade for the rest of this century due to drought, heat, and flooding. Water supplies are in jeopardy. Meanwhile, the world’s population is expected to grow another 30 percent by midcentury. So how, really, will we feed nine billion people sustainably in the coming decades?Amanda Little, a professor at Vanderbilt University and an award-winning journalist, spent three years traveling through a dozen countries and as many US states in search of answers to this question. Her journey took her from an apple orchard in Wisconsin to a remote control organic farm in Shanghai, from Norwegian fish farms to famine-stricken regions of Ethiopia. The race to reinvent the global food system is on, and the challenge is twofold: We must solve the existing problems of industrial agriculture while also preparing for the pressures ahead. Through her interviews and adventures with farmers, scientists, activists, and engineers, Little tells the fascinating story of human innovation and explores new and old approaches to food production while charting the growth of a movement that could redefine sustainable food on a grand scale. She meets small permaculture farmers and ´´Big Food”executives, botanists studying ancient superfoods and Kenyan farmers growing the country´s first GMO corn. She travels to places that might seem irrelevant to the future of food yet surprisingly play a critical role - a California sewage plant, a US Army research lab, eve 1. Language: English. Narrator: Amanda Little. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/006995/bk_rand_006995_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
For twelve-year-old Martha ´´Sonny´´ Creech, there is no place more beautiful than her family´s cotton farm. She, her two brothers, and her parents work hard on their land - hoeing, planting, picking - but only Sonny loves the rich, dark earth the way her father does. When a tragic accident claims his life, her stricken family struggles to fend off ruin - until their rich, reclusive neighbor offers to help finance that year´s cotton crop.Sonny is dismayed when her mama accepts Frank Fowler´s offer; even more so when Sonny´s best friend, Daniel, points out that the man has ulterior motives. Sonny has a talent for divining water - an ability she shared with her father and earns her the hated nickname ´´water witch´´ in school. But uncanny as that skill may be, it won´t be enough to offset Mr. Fowler´s disturbing influence in her world. Even her bond with Daniel begins to collapse under the weight of Mr. Fowler´s bigoted taunts. Though she tries to bury her misgivings for the sake of her mama´s happiness, Sonny doesn´t need a willow branch to divine that a reckoning is coming, bringing with it heartache, violence - and perhaps, a fitting and surprising measure of justice. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tiffany Morgan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/014424/bk_tant_014424_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.