In Silent Night, America´s most beloved writer of suspense has crafted a very special story about the power of love, and of a child´s courage and faith. When her husband was diagnosed with leukemia, Catherine Dornan and their two young sons accompanied him to New York, during the Christmas season, for a life-saving operation. Hoping to divert the boys from worry about their father, and to temper her own near despair, on Christmas Eve Catherine takes the boys to see Rockefeller Center´s famous Christmas tree. When they stop to listen to a street musician, Brian, the younger boy, sees a woman take his mother´s wallet, which holds a precious memento his grandmother has just given them, a St. Christopher medal that saved her husband´s life in World War II, and which she and Brian believe will save his father´s life now. Unable to get his mother´s attention, Brian impulsively follows the woman who has taken the wallet into the city´s subways, thereby beginning a journey that will threaten his life and change that of his mother and of the thief, as well. Written with warmth, yet set against a background of menace and thrilling suspense, Silent Night is about courage in the face of adversity, and faith renewed and faith rewarded.It is Mary Higgins Clark´s Christmas gift for listeners of all seasons. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jennifer Beals. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/001730/bk_sans_001730_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The 1930s were a decade of enormous uncertainty--for the world, for America, and in particular for one lonely, struggling mother and her disabled son. Their story is one of love and enormous sacrifices in the face of circumstances horrendous beyond belief. When her husband leaves her for someone else, Mary and little Luke are out on their own in a world that has no room for the poor and disabled. Especially not at a time when most Americans are simply trying to survive their economic woes and job losses. But then arrives The Gift...where has it come from, and why? How can a young boy who can neither hear nor speak provide comfort, direction, and sometimes challenges to seekers who learn of the special ability? Whatever the source, its presence brings a single shaft of light and hope to Mary and her beloved Luke. Will it be enough? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tavia Gilbert. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hove/000293/bk_hove_000293_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A heart prepared to die that has never lived or loved... Born with fragile health, Dawn Uxbridge has lived a sheltered existence. Her lonely days are filled by drawing fanciful landscapes and nurturing plants. When tragedy strikes, she finds herself alone and penniless with only one talent - a green thumb. Jasper, the Earl of Seton, is in need of a gardener to reclaim his derelict estate in the remote west of England. He expected a robust commoner, not a fragile young woman. With the next train a week away, Dawn has one chance to change the earl´s mind and earn her place. But all is not as it seems at the ancestral manor. The estate is full of secrets. Ravens cluster on the parapets, and a ghostly young woman cries out at night. This garden conceals a rotten heart, and it plans to squeeze the last beat from Dawn´s.... Contains mature themes. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mary Sarah. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/011463/bk_tant_011463_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Calvin Coolidge is one of the most underrated presidents America ever had. Rather than reckon with his own words and on his own terms, however, it has become easier to caricature and dismiss him. The real record Coolidge achieved reveals a far more successful administrator, a principled constitutionalist, a much better leader than usually recognized, and a methodically independent - even non-conventional - thinker. The power of his ideas and practical experience over a lifetime in politics, holding nearly every office from city council to the White House, exemplifies not merely a great example of public service but also a stirring call to higher citizenship from each of us. As the 2016 elections approach, America needs the benefit of his many insights, the guidance of his solid grasp of human nature, and the strength of his moral example. This audiobook is not only for candidates and those who already hold office in the public trust, but also for voters to examine every campaign, test its participants. It´s for those who want to see past the empty promises, campaign posturing, and good intentions so often masking the true from the false, the vapid from the substantive, and the opportunist from the statesman or woman. Calvin Coolidge, anything but ´´silent,´´ has much to teach, if we are ready to learn. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Daniel L. Wright, Mary Jefford Wright, Emily Jefford. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/042094/bk_acx0_042094_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´Make them laugh, make them cry, and hack to laughter. What do people go to the theatre for? An emotional exercise. I am a servant of the people. I have never forgotten that.´´ (Mary Pickford) A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history´s most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors´ American Legends series, listeners can get caught up to speed on the lives of America´s most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known. At the end of the 20th century, the American Film Institute compiled a list of the 25 greatest actors and actresses in Hollywood over the past 100 years, but only a select few worked all the way back in the silent era of films, before ´´talkies´´ revolutionized the industry at the end of the 1920s. Among them was Mary Pickford, who was ranked 24th, but was arguably the most influential actress when it came to creating the career template for all actresses who followed, from name changes to salary. Like many actresses of the early 20th century, ´´Little Mary´´ got her start by acting on the stage, and she eventually made it to Broadway. By the time she had finished her run there, she had caught the eye of film director D.W. Griffith, who would go on to make Birth of a Nation and was working for the Biograph at the time. Pickford figured she would best make a mark by playing as many roles as possible, to the extent that she was appearing in an average of one film per week. ´´I played scrubwomen, and secretaries, and women of all nationalities.... I decided that if I could get into as many pictures as possible, I´d become known....´´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lavina Jadhwani. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/037895/bk_acx0_037895_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The overlooked middle sister in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice casts off her prim exterior and takes center stage in this fresh retelling of the classic novel. I will tell you the story of how I knew myself to be plain and therefore devoid of the one virtue which it behooves every woman to have. What is to be done with Mary Bennet? She possesses neither the beauty of her eldest sister, Jane, nor the high-spirited wit of second-born Lizzy. Even compared to her frivolous younger siblings, Kitty and Lydia, Mary knows she is lacking in the ways that matter for single, not-so-well-to-do women in 19th-century England who must secure their futures through the finding of a husband. As her sisters wed, one by one, Mary pictures herself growing old, a spinster with no estate to run or children to mind, dependent on the charity of others. At least she has the silent rebellion and secret pleasures of reading and writing to keep her company. But even her fictional creations are no match for the scandal, tragedy, and romance that eventually visit Mary’s own life. In Mary B, listeners are transported beyond the center of the ballroom to discover that wallflowers are sometimes the most intriguing guests at the party. Beneath Mary’s plain appearance and bookish demeanor simmers an inner life brimming with passion, humor, and imagination - and a voice that demands to be heard. Set before, during, and after the events of Pride and Prejudice, Katherine J. Chen’s vividly original debut novel pays homage to a beloved classic while envisioning a life that is difficult to achieve in any era: that of a truly independent woman. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Marisa Calin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/006259/bk_rand_006259_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In England’s silent-film industry, Randolph Fflytte is king. Mary Russell is dispatched to investigate the criminal activities that surround Fflytte’s movie studio, but nothing seems amiss until the company starts rehearsals in Lisbon. There the 13 blonde-haired, blue-eyed actresses whom Mary is bemusedly chaperoning meet the swarm of real buccaneers Fflytte has recruited to provide authenticity. As movie make-believe becomes true terror, Russell and Holmes themselves may experience a final fade-out. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jenny Sterlin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/howe/004246/bk_howe_004246_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From New York Times best-selling legend Mary Balogh - the beloved author of Longing, Silent Melody, and Beyond the Sunrise - comes a ravishing novel of passion and duty, love, and menace.... Life has taught Lucas Kendrick, duke of Harndon, that a heart is a decided liability. Betrayed by his elder brother, rejected by his fiancée, banished by his father, and shunned by his mother, Luke fled to Paris, where he became the most sought-after bachelor in fashionable society. Ten years later fate has brought him back home to England as head of the family who rejected him. Unwilling as he is to be involved with them, he must assume responsibility for his younger siblings, the family estate he once loved - and the succession. He faces the prospect of marrying with the greatest reluctance - until he sees beguiling Lady Anna Marlowe across a ballroom one night. Anna, far from being the bright-eyed innocent Luke takes her for, is no more a stranger to the shadows of a painful past than he is. But for her, marriage cannot so easily solve what is wrong in her life - not when a tormentor stalks her to the very doors of Bowden Abbey, where Luke and Anna must learn to trust in each other or risk any chance they may have for a happy future. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rosalyn Landor. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/008749/bk_reco_008749_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this episode, our hero Tom Swift, perfects a noiseless aeroplane able to cross enemy lines in a silent single bound without detection. Of course spies and evil scoundrels attempt to steal Tom´s secrets, even going so far as to kidnap Mr. Nestor. Stay tuned to learn how Tom overcomes the forces of evil to save his girlfriend Mary´s father and of more. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Michaels. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/mike/000091/bk_mike_000091_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In K-lee Starland´s powerful debut novel, The Audacious Ladies of La Gran Sorellanza, the lines between family, duty, and honor are dangerously blurred. The 1950s find mafia boss Don Amato Rizoso determined to enter the lucrative human trafficking business. The only thing standing in his way? Loretta, Mary, Doris, Georgiana, and Meredith - the wives of Don Amato´s most loyal and effective underlings. In the egregious absence of any federal laws or Immigration Customs Enforcement task force, these five wives are forced to go head-to-head with San Leandro´s most corrupt group of players. Even as they desperately attempt to keep their identities a secret in order to protect all that is dear to them, these powerful women form their own group to rescue the victims of modern-day slavery. From Cambodia to Phoenix to Kiev to Los Angeles, the La Gran Sorellanza women embark on a mission that spans the globe. Witness their violent takedown of ´´The Cocaine Queen´´, their spontaneous formation of an underground rescue network, and the dramatic rescue of eight Cambodian girls on their way to slavery. But as they fight for vulnerable strangers, the inevitable question arises: will they be able to protect their own families? This twisting tale will instantly captivate audiences as they are plunged into a netherworld teeming with greed and corruption. In the face of unimaginable odds, Loretta, Mary, Doris, Georgiana, and Meredith work tirelessly to take down an empire built on the bodies of others. Although brought together through marriage, these women bond together through a common purpose: freeing the silent victims of human trafficking. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tracy Liz Miller. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/030854/bk_acx0_030854_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.