Thirty-four-year-old Ruby Bridge is a not-too-successful comedienne who uses her mother, a nationally-syndicated "moral and spiritual counselor" as the main fodder for her cynical, rather bitter humor. Her mother Nora, long divorced from Ruby's father, is a woman whose past is just about to catch up with her - in the form of blackmail by a former lover. After an accident (an attempted suicide?) Ruby returns to care for her stricken mother - bitterly resenting the fact that once again her mother's life has colonized hers. When she is approached by a publisher to write a biography of her mother, Ruby is desperate for the princely sum offered. Yet her research into her mother's past reveals a woman very different from the one Ruby expected. And what began as "mommy dearest" ends as a love story - not only between mother and daughter, but involving two very different men who play a key role in linking the past to the present. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joyce Bean. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/001238/bk_brll_001238_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Black Rock Observatory, in Tryon, North Carolina, is a privately-owned radio telescope searching for extraterrestrial life. The facility’s giant satellite dish hits pay dirt on New Year’s Eve 2024 as a graduate student, Ronald Phillips, records a strange alien message from a distant galaxy. A press conference ensues, and the country is informed of the discovery through national television. The recording uploads quickly on Black Rock’s website, and the alien message goes viral. Public reaction is enthusiastic, and the observatory gains publicity through news and social media outlets. After the recording’s release, many people become infected by a mystery illness. The disease causes tumors in the brains of its victims and noticeable changes in their personalities. Some of the stricken are interviewed by two neurosurgeons, Doctors Kevin Dyar and James Ketterly. Their research leads them to an unthinkable conclusion: The cause of the disease is connected to the observatory. In a race against time, the neurosurgeons desperately search for a cure to an alien plague that has originated 2.2 billion light-years from Earth. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Allen Grunerud. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/195379/bk_acx0_195379_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When a man awakens from cryogenic sleep on a desert planet, stricken with amnesia and low on supplies, his race to remember becomes as urgent as his struggle to survive. Abandoning his escape pod in search of the ship that brought him here, he encounters androids wandering the sands and is puzzled to find that they too have no memories. But each encounter reveals a fragment of his life in Wintercity, the cold metropolis where he designed mind-altering drugs for Muramato Laboratories, a pharmaceutical company run by his former friend Raymond Barnes. Resentful of how Ray has profited from his research, the man seeks revenge, even as he's pulled into a police investigation of a citywide drug epidemic. When the investigation implicates a young woman he has fallen for, his attempts to protect her unravel a conspiracy involving black markets, prostitution rings, even android theft. Each thread is a clue, not only to Muramato Laboratories' shady dealings, but to the man's desert amnesia. He must make sense of it all, even though the truth might destroy him. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andrew Craven. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/071738/bk_acx0_071738_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Why is it so hard to lose weight, stop smoking, or establish healthy habits? Why do couples argue about the same issues over and over? Why do so many people lie awake at night, stricken with worry and anxiety? Why is it so difficult to come to terms with a loved one's death, even if it's after a long illness? The answers to these questions - and the path to lasting change in your life - lie in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a well-tested collection of practical techniques for managing moods and modifying undesirable behaviors through self-awareness, critical analysis, and goal-oriented change. CBT illuminates the links between thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and physical health and uses those connections to develop concrete plans for self-improvement. Built on a solid foundation of neurological and behavioral research, CBT is an approach almost anyone can use for promoting greater mental health and improving quality of life. In 24 engaging half-hour lectures, you'll build a robust and effective self-improvement toolkit with the expert guidance of Professor Satterfield of the University of California, San Francisco. You will explore CBT's roots in Socratic and stoic philosophy, build a toolkit of CBT techniques, and hear about the latest research about its outcomes. Additionally this intriguing and practical course allows you to take on the role of medical student, physician, psychologist, and patient. Throughout the course you'll explore issues that cause people to seek out therapy. In some cases you'll get to hear Dr. Satterfield working with a patient, and in others you'll be delving into research to find what causes issues and how CBT helps to resolve them. Everyone has something about their life that they would like to improve. With the tools in CBT and the desire to make your situation better, you can create lasting change in your life. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference materi 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jason M. Satterfield. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tcco/000411/bk_tcco_000411_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the author of the Nebula Award-nominated The Native Star. The Year is 1910. Eighteen-year-old Will Edwards has landed a prestigious apprenticeship at Detroit’s Tesla Industries, the most advanced scientific research center in the United States. It’s a plum prize for a young man who dreams of a career in the new science of Otherwhere Engineering. But his father doesn’t want him to go. And he won’t tell him why. Determined to get there by any means necessary, Will finds unexpected support along the way. His old friend Jenny Hansen - daughter of a San Francisco timber baron - is eager to help him for reasons of her own. And so is his estranged brother Ben, who he hasn’t seen in over 10 years. But running away turns out to be the easy part. On the first full moon after his 18th birthday, Will is stricken by a powerful magic - a devastating curse laid upon his ancestors by the malevolent sangrimancer Aebedel Cowdray. Will must find a way to control the magic that possesses him - or the vengeful warlock’s spirit will destroy everything and everyone he loves. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Pat Young. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/011154/bk_adbl_011154_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
After the US is ravaged by ecological disasters, Maya Roberts, a young herbalist, must travel in the hazardous high desert to find healing plants for her community, which has been stricken by some new, fatal illness. There, she encounters a remarkably peculiar Navajo named Howling Sky, who is able to trigger rare phenomena - impossible occurrences. But is Howling Sky a man - or a ghost? Can Maya come to terms with the dangers implicit in a despoiled earth, restore her loved ones to health, and acknowledge her destiny as a shaman's apprentice? Can she discover love? Listeners are invited to travel to what's left of the West, to the Islands of California, where a cure for the new disease has been reported. Maya, now Question Woman, mentored by Howling Sky, must resolve her past in the house where she once lived and must deal with obstacles that threaten her return to the people who need her, and where her loyalties lie. G. Miki Hayden's Navajo research provides an authentic cultural background in regard to the shamanistic details; her startling imagination supplies the rest. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gary Roelofs. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/061733/bk_acx0_061733_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
How the English Establishment Framed Stephen Ward inspired Andrew Lloyd-Weber to write a musical about Stephen Ward. It offers a wider perspective into its complex central figure, Stephen Ward, as well as a broader insight into one of the greatest scandals of the past 100 years - a scandal that refuses to go away.This book is a major expose of a government coverup that has lasted half a century. It is a powerful story of sexual compulsion, political scandal, police corruption, judicial abuse, and ultimate betrayal. The book reveals never-before-heard testimony that has been uncovered by the authors in the years since the sex scandal broke.Using startling new evidence, including Stephen Ward's own unpublished memoirs and hundreds of interviews with many who, conscience-stricken, have now spoken out for the first time, this important account rips through a half-century coverup in order to show exactly why the government of the day, the police force, the Judiciary, and the security forces decided to frame Stephen Ward.As the authors' research reveals, Stephen Ward's "trial of the century" was caused by an unprecedented corruption of justice and political malice that resulted in an innocent man becoming a scapegoat for those who could not bear to lose power. And this book now provides the main evidence for the current judicial case brought before the English Court of Criminal Appeal to get Stephen Ward's conviction overturned.This is an epic tale of sex, lies, and governmental abuse whose aftermath almost brought down the government and shook the American, British, and Soviet espionage worlds to their core. With its surprising revelations and meticulous research, Stephen Ward's complete story can finally be told. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Sweeney-Bear. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/150535/bk_acx0_150535_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Jim was born into opulence, power, and money. Despite that, at the age of 12, he fell in love with a 10-year-old poor girl from the wrong side of town, Jennifer. When Jennifer turned 18, the two married in the park under the tree where they had first met. It was a storybook love affair. Years later, his beloved was stricken with cancer and given six months to live. Jim’s money could not save her; he resigned himself to her death and planned his own. Her agony continued for two more years, with Jim by her side to attend to her every need.When all hope was lost, and with death approaching, medical science found a cure, but the FDA had concerns, fears. A special medical committee was assigned to govern the research to develop a serum that would end cancer, HIV, mental illness, and even genetic birth defects. The FDA refused approval; the manner in which the serum is obtained would bring on lawsuits and, perhaps, prison. A special committee developed a third option when the first and second failed. In the end, the serum was approved, and by the year 2080, humankind was free of the ravages of sickness and pain, but was the price worth it? The medical committee kept their darkest secrets hidden from public scrutiny - secrets that, if ever revealed, would destroy the new world they had built.Still with Eyes Closed takes a look at the darkest side of medical science. A chilling glimpse at the length mankind was willing to go to obtain a life free of sickness and pain. A medical thriller full of suspense that will leave you questioning if this is the current course of medical research today. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kelly Ryan Wilmoth. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/182595/bk_acx0_182595_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Don't miss this thrilling book in the series based on the Emmy Award-winning television show The X-Files! When a disease-ravaged body is found in the smoldering ruins of the federally funded DyMar genetic research lab, Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully fear that a deadly, man-made plague is on the loose. As the FBI agents investigating the "X-Files" - cases the bureau has deemed unsolvable - Mulder and Scully pursue the truth wherever it leads, even into the labyrinthine corridors of the FBI...and beyond. Racing to contain the lethal virus before it can spread, Mulder and Scully make a chilling discovery. Before his death, Dr. David Kennessy, a hotshot cancer researcher at DyMar, had been experimenting with a promising but highly dangerous technology: microscopic bio-machines that can cure any disease and heal any wound. In theory, this research could be a miracle cure, perhaps even a doorway to immortality. It was also the only way Dr. Kennessy could save his leukemia-stricken son. But when a second corpse turns up, savagely mutilated from within, it's anything but theoretical. Could machines created to cure have learned to kill? Scrambling for answers, Mulder and Scully are opposed at every step by faceless enemies with all the resources of the government - even perhaps of their own agency - at their command. These enemies will stop at nothing to ensure that the secret of immortality falls into the right hands - their hands. As sinister forces close in, Scully fights to save the life of an innocent boy while Mulder comes face to face with a crazed and desperate man - a man whose slightest touch brings agonizing death, and perhaps a resurrection more horrible still. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Patrick Lawlor. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/007682/bk_blak_007682_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.