Inspiration for the Netflix Limited Series, Tales of the CityThe fifth novel in the beloved Tales of the City series, Armistead Maupin’s best-selling San Francisco saga. Tranquillity reigns in the ancient redwood forest until a women-only music festival sets up camp downriver from an all-male retreat for the ruling class. Among those entangled in the ensuing mayhem are a lovesick nurseryman, a panic-stricken philanderer, and the world’s most beautiful fat woman. Significant Others is Armistead Maupin’s cunningly observed meditation on marriage, friendship, and sexual nostalgia. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cynthia Nixon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/003335/bk_harp_003335_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Waverly Sloan is a down-on-his-luck lawyer. But just when he's about to hit rock bottom, he stumbles upon a business with the potential to solve all of his problems. In Waverly's new line of work, he comes to the aid of people in desperate need of cash. But there's a catch. His clients must be terminally ill and willing to sign over rights to their life insurance policies before they can collect a dime. Waverly then finds investors eager to advance them thousands of dollars - including a hefty broker's fee for himself - in exchange for a significant return on their investment once the clients take their last breath. The stakes get higher when Waverly brokers the policy of the cancer-stricken wife of Lawrence Erickson, a high-powered lawyer who's bucking to become the next U.S. Attorney General. When Waverly's clients start dying sooner than they should, both Waverly and Erickson - who has some skeletons of his own to hide - are unwittingly drawn into a perilous web of greed, blackmail, and murder. 1. Language: English. Narrator: R.C. Bray. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/002336/bk_acx0_002336_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The president's son is dying. Terrorists claim to have the only cure.When a private plane whisks CDC epidemiologist Madeline Hamilton to Washington, DC, for an urgent medical symposium, she knows something significant is underway - but she doesn’t expect to face the most disturbing medical mystery of her career. A debilitating neurological toxin has stricken the children of several political families, and one of them is the son of US President Anna Moreland.With the lives of children on the line, Madeline assembles a team of medical experts. The investigation takes a horrifying turn when she starts receiving communications from the terrorists, who want to engage in a deadly political game.Desperate to find the perpetrators and a cure, the White House recruits FBI anti-terror specialist Quinn Traynor to run a parallel investigation. As the teenagers start dying and the answers seem no closer, Madeline and Quinn fight to prevail before President Moreland is forced to make an impossible choice: give in to the terrorists’ demands, or let her only child succumb to an agonizing death.This is the second book in the phenomenal FBI and CDC Thriller series by USA Today best-selling author Jenifer Ruff. It can be listened to as a stand-alone.If you’re a fan of James Patterson, Karin Slaughter, Lisa Gardner, Lee Child, Tami Hoag, Lisa Regan, Robin Cook, Ken Follett, or Gillian Flynn, you’ll love Only One Cure.Praise for Only One Cure:“Dark and intense, filled with twists and suspense. Only One Cure will grab you on page one and not let go. Another winner from Jenifer Ruff!” (USA Today best-selling author Dan Alatorre) "In Only One Cure, Jenifer Ruff weaves another suspenseful tale featuring the expertise of her relatable characters. As the stakes are raised, we’re taken on an incredible journey. Ruff’s narrative demands we read on!” (Allison Maruska, autho 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephanie Dillard. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/205311/bk_acx0_205311_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the depths of the poverty-stricken West Virginia coal mines to the heights of power as one of the nation's most prominent and feared labor organizers, "Big Dan" Huggins is a hero worthy of Harold Robbins' attention. After its release in 1979, Memories of Another Day spent 24 weeks on The New York Times best sellers list, topping the list at number one and now it's available for digital download. Recognized as one of the world's most captivating storytellers, Robbins has written what is arguably the most significant book ever published about the rise of the labor unions in America. Born to a life of violence and tragedy, Dan becomes one of the most powerful and dangerous labor organizers in the country - at the expense of his personal relationships. He's a man who embraced violence, fierce ambition, lust and a deep hunger for justice even as he accumulated personal wealth, fame, and power. The novel opens at Dan's funeral, where his estranged son Jonathan is relieved by his father's death. But Jonathan is quickly thrust into his father's role and must return to his father's origins to better understand the man who shaped his past and continues to shape his future. Looking into the lives and childhoods of both father and son, Memories of Another Day gives a close look into the perks - and costs - of power. Robbins' gift for combining popular fiction with the most pertinent subjects of the twentieth century allowed him to create a snapshot in time. In this novel, Robbins creates a magnificent epic portrait of 50 years of the bitter birth and tarnished maturity of American labor. Relevant, respectful, and engaging, Memories of Another Day proves once again why Harold Robbins' books have sold more copies than almost any other American writer in history. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephen Bowlby. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/021034/bk_adbl_021034_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Violent crime remains an escalating social crisis in modern society. In our cities, suburbs, even our rural areas, violence erupts with little regard for socioeconomic class, race, or religion, leaving no subculture unaffected. Rather than engage in a purely academic analysis of violence, this work uses documentary and realistic fiction as a methodology. Whether it is the school teacher who watches his student suffer at the hands of cruel adolescents, or the 9/11 hijacker stricken by conscience before his fateful suicide mission, the characters from the six short stories in this collection attempt to uncover something significant about the nature of violence and how, in its own unique way, the concept of power plays a persuasive and often pivotal role in the cycle of brutality we see plaguing our society every day.
Even a small and simple innovation can have a big impact on the life of the most poverty-stricken people. The concept of transferring money using mobile has projected such kind of possibilities in many developing and least developed countries like Bangladesh. A survey, conducted in some very remote parts of Bangladesh, has uncovered the huge potentials of mobile money transfer to help to improve the welfare status of poor people. The study finds that there are significant positive impacts on welfare, such as, food consumption, health service intake, schooling of children, savings, community safety net etc. Furthermore, the study identifies that cost reduction in money transfer processes, instant availability of money, and as a consequence, protection from various sudden shocks, and less dependency on non income generating money lending, are the major channels to bring the changes in welfare status of dependents of internal migrants in Bangladesh.
Climate change is a burning topic in global level which adversely affects agricultural production and livelihoods of our population through increased frequency of droughts and floods. By end of 21st century average global surface temperature may rise 1.4 to 5.80C. In tropical, yield of some crops would decrease with even minimal increases in temperature because they are near their maximum temperature tolerance. So, famine crop (finger millet) is best suited especially for drought stricken areas. It can lie dormant in the soil for weeks after receiving sudden rainfall, spring to life and ready for harvest in short period of time. It contains the most important amino acid (methionine) which is lacking in the diets of millions of the poor and popular among diabetic patients in all over the world due to its slow digestion indicates low blood sugar level. Regarding nutrient management, generally farmers apply chemical fertilizer alone in rainfed situation. But enriched form fertilizers will help to produce greater response. To overcome the problem of climate change, agronomic management practice (INM) will play a significant role to achieve sustainable productivity by farming society.
The opera paraphrases take a prominent place among Liszt's complete works as a self-contained art form alongside original compositions. Feruccio Busoni values the high artistic merit of these compositions in the manner in which their well-considered structural planning in the arrangement of form and contrast and the endeavour to expand and embellish the chosen motifs place Liszt's opera fantasies apart from the 'plebeian potpourri'. The early Verdi paraphrases, particularly this Rigoletto-Paraphrase composed in 1859, are far superior to the later paraphrases (including those based on Don Carlos and Aida). This exceedingly brillant concert piece based on arguably the most famous quartet in the history of opera is particularly significant for the unique way in which Liszt is able to bring together the juxtaposition of extreme contrasts - the Duke's ardent declaration of love, Maddalena's prattling rejection, the grief-stricken cantilene of Gilda's and Rigoletto's furious parlando - as in Verdi's original, resulting in a marvellous formal unity. Instrumentation: piano
Britain's defeat of Napoleon is one the great accomplishments in our history. And yet it was by no means certain that Britain itself would survive the revolutionary fervour of the age, let alone emerge victorious from such a vast conflict. From the late 1790s, the country was stricken by naval mutinies, rebellion in Ireland, and riots born of hunger, poverty and grinding injustice. As the new century opened, with republican graffiti on the walls of the cities, and revolutionary secret societies reportedly widespread, King George III only narrowly escaped assassination. Jacobin forces seemed to threaten a dissolution of the social order. Above all, the threat of French invasion was ever-present. Yet, despite all this, and new threats from royal madness and rampant corruption, Britain did not become a revolutionary republic. Her elites proved remarkably resilient, and drew on the power of an already-global empire to find the strength to defeat Napoleon abroad, and continued popular unrest at home. In this brilliant, sweeping history of the period, David Andress fuses two hitherto separate historical perspectives - the military and the social - to provide a vivid portrait of the age. From the conditions of warfare faced by the British soldier and the great battles in which they fought, to the literary and artistic culture of the time, The Savage Storm is at once a searing narrative of dramatic events and an important reassessment of one of the most significant turning points in our history.