This satire offers a thought-provoking and scathing indictment that may prod readers to examine the more sinister possibilities of corporate - and media-dominated culture. (Publishers Weekly (starred review)For Titus and his friends, it started out like any ordinary trip to the moon - a chance to party during spring break and play with some stupid low-grav at the Ricochet Lounge. But that was before the crazy hacker caused all their feeds to malfunction, sending them to the hospital to lie around with nothing inside their heads for days. And it was before Titus met Violet, a beautiful, brainy teenage girl who has decided to fight the feed and its omnipresent ability to categorize human thoughts and desires. Following in the footsteps of George Orwell, Anthony Burgess, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr., M. T. Anderson has created a not-so-brave new world - and a smart, savage satire that has captivated listeners with its view of an imagined future that veers unnervingly close to the here and now. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Aaron Baker. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lili/000050/bk_lili_000050_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Eighteen-year-old sixth former Emma has a crush on her teacher, Miss Duncan. Although drop-dead gorgeous, Emma is painfully shy and hasn't managed any sort of proper relationship as yet. Amy Duncan takes her under her wing. By the time she has finished with her, Emma will be a complete and confident woman. She just has to give up her maidenhead! Extract: Entering the lounge, Emma saw her teacher sat on an upright wooden chair in the middle of the carpet. Still fully dressed in her silk blouse and long skirt, she sat up with perfect posture; accentuating her perfect bosom and flat stomach. "Undress for me," she said. "Slowly!" Emma's hands came up automatically to the loop under her breasts again. Amy flicked on some slow music and Emma's hips began to move to it. Her school shirt hung open and she eased it down her arms to reveal her pretty pink bra. Then her regulation skirt was unzipped and shrugged downwards, to leave her standing just in her pretty pink lingerie. "What a dream," Amy sighed, as she ogled the young woman. Her big tits stood proud on her slim chest, and her panty gusset was stretched tightly over an interesting looking mound. "Let's see the goodies then," she nodded. The bra went first, and Amy caught her breath at seeing those beauties in all their glory. When the girl's hairy blonde muff was revealed, it was all the school ma'am could do to resist the urge to rape her student there and then. "Come here," she commanded firmly. Emma walked across the room and couldn't help making her slim hips sway in a way that made the older woman's mouth water. 1. Language: English. Narrator: C J Edwards. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/078795/bk_acx0_078795_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Accepting a job in a new city, Dan Hill has just moved his wife and four-year-old daughter into an ordinary-looking duplex. The appliances are avocado, the carpet sea-foam green, and there's a fine layer of ash below the surface from the house that used to stand there. "Well that's a funny thing," the Hill's new neighbor tells Dan. "The house caught fire and the oldest boy thought his sister was still inside. He went in to get her, but never made it back out. The rest of the family - the little girl included - all came through with relatively minor stuff: scrapes and bruises, smoke inhalation.... It was just the one boy who died, burned up...14 or 15 years old, I think." He let the story trail off, shaking his head. "Not the sort of thing they like to advertise, is it?" He leaned back into his lounge chair, considering the small border of earth around the patio. "It's here though, if you dig. I put in those cedars last month," he said, pointing at the small line of shrubs. "Digging the holes, I noticed a lot of ash and some burnt slivers of shingling." He took a long sip off his beer. "Makes you think about where you're sleeping, doesn't it?" Awakened by strange sounds in the dead of night, the Hills soon suspect someone is prowling about their new home, vanishing when they switch on the lights. Little things go missing: spoons, hair ribbons, a black bra...bits of food from the refrigerator. Frustrated, Dan sets up a video camera in hopes of capturing the intruder on tape. Less than a week later, his wife and daughter disappear. Dan retrieves the camera from its hiding spot and plays back the tape.... What he sees turns his blood to ice. Michael James McFarland peels back layers of the human psyche to expose what happens when our worst fears really do come true. Warning: This novella contains graphic material and is not intended for listeners 17 and under. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Chris Koprowski. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/050908/bk_acx0_050908_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
'I Can't Get No Satisfaction' - rock music was officially born when this worldwide hit by the Rolling Stones was released, found it's way into and spread quickly across the clubs and stadiums of the world. The fact that the Stones and their wild heirs are also able to write beautiful ballads that are easy to play on the piano is proven by Carsten Gerlitz here. In this new volume from the Piano Lounge series, he has arranged a selection of the best known rock melodies in a new and surprisingly lounge-like way. Titles include famous rock ballads such as Who Wants To Live Forever, Wind of Change, Cryin' and Angie. All pieces have been recorded on the accompanying CD by the author himself. Instrumentation: piano
Like Beale Street in Memphis and Bourbon Street in New Orleans, Lower Broadway was the heart of the country music scene in Nashville, the place where locals could rub elbows with stars and impromptu jam sessions could last late into the night. But after the Grand Ole Opry moved out of the Ryman Auditorium in the 1970s, Lower Broad deteriorated into a down-and-out skid row. When the Ryman's reopening and urban gentrification started bringing people&#8212;especially tourists&#8212;back to Lower Broad in the 1990s, locals fought to retain some of its old-time authenticity. Bill Rouda's evocative photographs capture the return of the spirit of real country music in honky-tonks like Tootsie's Orchid Lounge and Robert's Western World. Here bands like the hip, retro BR549 played for tips while fans danced the night away, ignoring the shadows of the newly constructed convention center and the glare of Planet Hollywood. Rouda's photographs also capture legends like Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson and attest to the true heart and soul of country music.
One of the most perceptive descriptions of Manchester City's play during their glory years was made by Manchester Evening News reporter Peter Gardner who said that 'When Youngy plays, City play'. For all the talk in the intervening years of greats such as Summerbee, Bell and Lee, it was the local lad made good who made most impact when it mattered. A tall, leggy striker with a venomous left-foot shot, Young scored in every significant game for City in the late 60s. Scorer of two goals in the 1968 Championship win up at Newcastle, the scorer of the 1969 FA Cup Final winner and the first goal in the 1970 Cup Winners' Cup final, Neil Young played as significant a role in the success and style of the Mercer-Allison partnership as anyone. Yet by 1972 he was allowed to leave the club as City began their now familiar relationship with underachievement and mismanagement. In 'Catch a Falling Star', Neil Young explains what he has been up to in the years since his sizzling shots stung the hands of the country's finest goalkeepers. Here he frankly discusses the problem that faced footballers of the pre-Premiership era: 'When I left Rochdale for the last time one Friday afternoon I had a week's wages... about £60. I drove home and sat in my lounge for about two hours, wondering what the hell I was going to do. I had a car on HP, a mortgage, a wife and three children to feed. I was the provider who could no longer provide. I had no savings whatsoever and my wife didn't work. I didn't see it coming. It was a calamity waiting to happen.' Thus starts Neil's decline into illness and depression. During the next painful decade Neil suffered numerous illnesses, lost his family, his mother and survived a suicide attempt. Thankfully, he has emerged with his spirit intact thanks largely to the love of his third wife, Carmen. 'Catch a Falling Star' is the moving tale of a how a star on the wane managed to mount a personal comeback as impressive as any achieved on the pitch by City's star-studded squad of the late 60s.
Pre-eminent football historian Richard Whittingham brings together vintage and contemporary photographs, a colorful blend of facts, features, and profiles to create a book no Washington 'skins football fan should be without. Whittingham traces the club's beginnings in Boston as the Braves through its successful move to our nation's capital. It's all here from the almost slapstick inept teams of the 50's to George Allen's Over-the-Hill-Gang that began a resurgence that carried the Redskins to four Super Bowls.There's profiles of such rich and zany personalities as George Presto Marshall, the team's first owner who often seemed more interested in the halftime show than the game; quarterback Sonny Jurgensen, who was as at home in a cocktail lounge as the pocket; and running back John Riggins, who made headlines by calling America's first female Supreme Court Justice 'Sandy Baby'. And who could forget the 'Hogs?' as sportswriter Will McDonough immortalized the porcine offensive linemen. Washington fans joined the fun with Hog hats, Hog T-shirts and even Hog costumes.We get the story behind the numbers -- 73-0, 72-41, 42-10 -- along with a full complement of Redskin records and famous feats. Every exciting moment of the 'skins four Super Bowl wins is featured. With more than 100 archival photos this is a 'keeper' for Redskin fans of all ages.
From the critically acclaimed author whom The Wall Street Journal called 'a first-class historian,' here is a riveting account of one of the most spectacular rescue operations in history. On January 30, 1945, American troops staged a successful raid on Cabanatuan, a notorious Japanese POW camp where thousands of prisoners had been tortured and died. Based on interviews with the heroes who survived the raid, this book brings to life in electrifying detail the dramatic events that took place on that historic day. Praise for William B. Breuer and his books 'A first-class historian.' --The Wall Street Journal 'Fast-paced, detailed, and satisfyingly dramatic.' --World War II Magazine on Devil Boats 'Another smasher by Breuer, who specializes in thrilling reports of WWII spycraft and warfare.' --Kirkus Reviews on Race to the Moon 'Vivid . . . skillfully written.' --Los Angeles Times on Retaking the Philippines 'Brings to life how airborne soldiers survived, how the human will prevails . . . against overwhelming enemies, tactical failures, and even death.'--The New York Times on Geronimo: American Paratroopers in World War II Early on the morning of January 28, 1945, a small detachment of volunteers under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Henry A. Mucci, leader of the 6th Ranger Battalion, embarked from their base in the Philippines on the most audacious rescue operation ever undertaken. Their objective: Penetrate thirty miles behind enemy lines and liberate 511 POWs from Cabanatuan, the notorious Japanese POW camp where thousands of American prisoners had been brutally tortured and killed. Little did Mucci's Rangers know when they got under way that morning that over the next few days and nights they would be making history. Written by acclaimed military historian William B. Breuer, The Great Raid on Cabanatuan is a riveting account of that rescue mission and the gallant soldiers who carried it out against overwhelming odds. Based largely on interviews with the heroes who survived the operation, and featuring twenty-eight previously unpublished photographs--many of them taken while the raid was in progress--it brings to life in electrifying detail the dramatic events that took place on the night of the raid, January 30, and during the harrowing days that followed. In sketching out the many roads that led to Cabanatuan, Breuer brilliantly combines oral history with dramatic narrative to bring to life some of the most spectacular events of the war in the Pacific. We relive the hellish battles for Bataan and Corregidor, where in 1942 American and Filipino soldiers fought bravely to hold back the Japanese invasion force. We experience firsthand the horrors of the Bataan Death March on which tens of thousands of prisoners lost their lives en route to Cabanatuan. And we learn of the American underground and guerilla operations in the Philippines during the Japanese occupation from the men and women behind them, including Margaret Utinsky, leader of 'Miss U's underground,' and Claire Phillips, the glamorous lounge singer turned spy- master. A gripping chronicle of one of the most harrowing rescue missions ever undertaken as told in all its gritty detail by the heroes who made it happen, The Great Raid on Cabanatuan is both a first-class piece of military scholarship and a thrilling adventure story.
'I reckon throwing that rock through the window of Phelan's butcher shop was one of the best things I ever did. But I didn't think so at the time ...' So begins the Ted Egan story. Old Phelan presented Ted's mother with a bill: TO WINDOW BROKEN BY TEDDY EGAN £5 5s 0d. Ted was going to have to find the money. He got it as a paperboy, shouting 'Herooda paper!' on street corners. Jumping on and off the No. 20 tram rattling out of the city of Melbourne into Coburg. Ducking back to the newsagency to get a Women's Weekly for a woman in the Ladies' lounge of Brown's Hotel. In The Paperboy's War the well-known outback folklorist, singer, songwriter, historian, and television presenter recalls his early days, his priestly vocation, the warmth of family life, the agony of puberty, and Melbourne in the 1940s. A great and terrible war raged, but here we see it from a unique perspective: the paperboy. At home the Yanks were taking over leafy Parkville, the dance floors and the women's hearts. Even - black Yanks! Nights at home would be spent tracing the exploits of brave Timoshenko at Stalingrad, speculating on how 'people who live in paper houses' like the Japanese couldn't cause too much trouble, and gaining an encyclopedic knowledge of divisional shoulder patches, enemy aircraft silhouettes and the classes of warships. Ted Egan rekindles the pride Australians felt for 'the Rats' at Tobruk and those who slugged it out on the Kokoda Trail. But life and dreams go on, war or no war. Every schoolday the excruciatingly beautiful Norma would hop on the tram at The Grove. Br. 'Slick' Edwards at the Christian Brothers would read Man Shy and there arouse a love of words. The return of cousin Frank, the bronzed Anzac from the Middle East, provided a role model. Aunt Mary's tales of the Murchison Goldfields stirred a wish to travel. And there was cousin Bill, who had run away to sea at 15, travelled the world and experienced the war at close quarters. He came back wearing Italian suits and gave the young Ted an idea. He too would be a sailor. Ted would leave Melbourne and go to Brazil, via Darwin. Ted Egan was born in Melbourne and spent the first sixteen years of his life there, the years covered by this book, the first of three telling of his life. He intended to drop in on the Northern Territorians for a month before going off to become a gaucho in South America, but ended up staying in the Territory for more than 40 years. Ted Egan studied under lamplight in the outback, gaining a BA from ANU. He is working on a post-graduate historical account of the clash between Aboriginal and western culture when a group of Japanese fishermen and a white policeman were speared to death in 1932. He learned two Aboriginal languages and has taught Aboriginal Studies at Alice Springs High School. He performs, writes, sings and records his own songs, and collects and records others. He is a television presenter and writer. He is a member of the Prime Minister's Reconciliation Council. Awarded the Order of Australia (AM) in 1993 for 'services to the Aboriginal community and contribution to the literary heritage of Australia through song and verse', he lives and works in Alice Springs.