Pathological mind games. Covert and overt put-downs. Triangulation. Gaslighting. Projection. These are the manipulative tactics survivors of malignant narcissists are unfortunately all too familiar with. As victims of silent crimes where the perpetrators are rarely held accountable, survivors of narcissistic abuse have lived in a war zone of epic proportions, enduring an abuse cycle of love-bombing and devaluation - psychological violence on steroids. From how to heal our addiction to the narcissist to how to recognize a covert narcissist, Shahida Arabi´s articles on narcissistic abuse have gained renown as some of the most accurate and in-depth depictions of this terrifying trauma, resonating with millions of survivors all over the world and receiving endorsements from numerous mental health professionals. In this essay compilation, listeners can enjoy some of her most popular articles as well as new thought pieces on narcissistic abuse: what therapists have to say about malignant narcissists and how children of narcissistic parents can become trapped in the trauma repetition cycle. Survivors are offered new insights on what it means to be both a survivor and a thriver of covert manipulation and trauma. Power teaches us that it is important to not only understand the tactics of toxic personalities but also to recognize and combat the effects of narcissistic abuse; it guides the survivor to learning, growing, healing and most importantly of all - owning their agency to rebuild their lives and transform their powerlessness into victory. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Julie McKay. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/030832/bk_adbl_030832_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A memoir of brutality, heroism and personal discovery from Europe´s dark heart, revealing one of the most extraordinary untold stories of the Second World War. In the spring of 1945, at Rechnitz on the Austrian-Hungarian border, not far from the front lines of the advancing Red Army, Countess Margit Batthyany gave a party in her mansion. The war was almost over, and the German aristocrats and SS officers dancing and drinking knew it was lost. Late that night, they walked down to the village, where 180 enslaved Jewish labourers waited, made them strip naked, and shot them all before returning to the bright lights of the party. It remained a secret for decades, until Sacha Batthyany, who remembered his great-aunt Margit only vaguely from his childhood as a stern, distant woman, began to ask questions about it. A Crime in the Family is Sacha Batthyany´s memoir of confronting these questions and of the answers he found. It is one of the last untold stories of Europe´s nightmare century, spanning not just the massacre at Rechnitz, the inhumanity of Auschwitz, the chaos of wartime Budapest and the brutalities of Soviet occupation and Stalin´s gulags but also the silent crimes of complicity and cover-up and the damaged generations they leave behind. Told partly through the surviving journals of others from the author´s family and the vanished world of Rechnitz, A Crime in the Family is a moving and revelatory memoir in the vein of The Hare with the Amber Eyes and The House by the Lake. It uncovers barbarity and tragedy but also a measure of peace and reconciliation. Ultimately, Batthyany discovers that although his inheritance might be that of monsters, he does not bear it alone. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christopher Oxford, Karen Cass. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/qpuk/000368/bk_qpuk_000368_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It is 1830, and the Berrybender family - rich, aristocratic, English, and fiercely out of place - is on its way up the Missouri River to see the American West as it begins to open up. Lord and Lady Berrybender have abandoned their palatial home in England to explore the frontier and to broaden the horizons of their children, who include Tasmin, a budding young woman of grit, beauty, and determination, her vivacious and difficult sister, and her brother. As they journey by rough stages up the Missouri River, they meet with all the dangers, difficulties, temptations, and awesome natural scenery of the untamed West. At the very core of the story is Tasmin´s fast-developing relationship with Jim Snow, frontiersman, ferocious Indian fighter, and part-time preacher. Known up and down the Missouri as ´´the Sin Killer,´´ he´s the handsome, silent Westerner who eventually captures her heart. Against the immense backdrop of the American West, Larry McMurtry tracks this engaging family as they make their way up the great river, surviving attacks, discomfort, savage weather, and natural disaster. Sin Killer is an adventure story full of incident, and suspense, as well as a charming love story between a headstrong and aristocratic young Englishwoman and the stubborn, shy, and very American Jim Snow. As big as the West itself, this is the kind of story that only Larry McMurtry can write. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alfred Molina. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/000442/bk_sans_000442_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
After ten years of surviving as a walking, talking, living doll, Laura feels dead inside. She has sacrificed everything for her family, marrying a man she could never love. Her husband doesn’t beat her, doesn’t berate her. He transforms her, forcing her to live as a stand-in for his long dead wife. She stays silent as piece after piece of herself disappears, willing to do anything to protect the people she loves.When his demands go too far, she finally tells her brother the ugly truth. Wanting to protect her without putting the rest of their family at risk, he sends her to the one place he knows she’ll be safe. He places her into the hands of his best friend, vice president of the Savage Outlaws MC. Once again, she is transformed into someone new: Shay.Bowie has spent many nights dreaming about his best friend’s little sister. The reality is so much sweeter than his dreams. He wants to be more for Shay, needs to protect her, but he’s not sure if he knows how.Can an outlaw show her how beautiful life should be? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sebastian Monistere. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/101666/bk_acx0_101666_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
On a seldom-used smuggler´s trail between Mexico and Austin, a man lies dying. Texas Ranger Chick Bowdrie takes the stranger´s body to Valverde, the nearest town. Upon arriving, a crowd gathers, watchful and silent as Bowdrie tells his story to the sheriff. In the crowd is the beautiful blonde Rose Murray, owner of the RM Ranch. Rose explains to Bowdrie that she has reason to believe the stranger was coming to see her in order to right a terrible wrong. Twenty years ago, the Chilton Gang robbed her family. Once Bowdrie discovers the identity of the dead man, he wonders if the surviving members of the Chilton Gang have returned to recover. 1. Language: English. Narrator: uncredited. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/rand/001634/pf_rand_001634_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Strong Shall Live: When they burned his home, he rebuilt it. When they shot at him, he shot back. But now the man they call Cavagan is in the worst bind of his life. With his hands tied and his body stiff from beatings, he has been left for dead at the bottom of a deep sand pit in the searing Santa Fe desert. Sixty miles from the nearest water. On foot, without a weapon, in 120-degree heat. Only one thought drives him on: ´´I shall Live! I shall live to see Sutton die.´´ ´´Keep Travelin´, Rider´´: After an absence of several years, Tack Gentry heads home to his Uncle John´s G-Bar Ranch. But when he arrives, the entire town has changed. What´s more, strangers have taken over the G-Bar. Strangers who claim that Tack´s uncle died in a gunfight. But Tack knows better. He knows his uncle was a strict Quaker - a man who never even owned a gun. The new sheriff in town wants Tack to get out of town, pronto...but Gentry vows to stay put and fight for the land he believes is his. ´´Strawhouse Trail´´: On a seldom-used smugglers´ trail between Mexico and Austin, a man lies dying. Texas Ranger Chick Bowdrie takes the stranger´s body to Valverde, the nearest town. Upon arriving, a crowd gathers, watchful and silent as Bowdrie tells his story to the sheriff. In the crowd is the beautiful blonde Rose Murray, owner of the RM Ranch. Rose explains to Bowdrie that she has reason to believe the stranger was coming to see her in order to right a terrible wrong. Twenty years ago, the Chilton Gang robbed her family. Once Bowdrie discovers the identity of the dead man, he wonders if the surviving members of the Chilton Gang have returned to recover. 1. Language: English. Narrator: full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/003500/bk_rand_003500_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Rebuilding Dorado is only the first challenge.... Surviving a vicious attack by their enemies and an outbreak of the fever has left Dorado in ruins and the Flying K under siege. Now all their resources are devoted to rebuilding their town and protecting the newborn Fevered in their midst. Buck Morning Star and his siblings divide their time between training their new family members and avoiding the threat of detection the arrival of soldiers constructing a new fort pose, but Delilah haunts the spirit walker´s dreams. When Jason Kane threatens to come between them, Buck´s obsession may drive him to madness. Her secrets could destroy them all. Rescued from a whorehouse in Fort Courage, Delilah Rinaldi never expected to find a sanctuary populated by Fevered and their allies. Silent since her arrival at the ranch, she longs to believe in Buck and the passionate dreams they share. But she keeps dangerous knowledge of the enemy hunting them all close to her heart - information Jason may reveal and cost her the only home and man she loves. Primitive, primal and provocative, their struggle is intensely personal. Close contact arouses a soul-stirring passion and love. But it may not be enough to sustain a relationship forbidden by their power and the tempest it can unleash. His dream. Her words. Their destiny. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Hollie Jackson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/071191/bk_acx0_071191_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Kelly Bouldin Darmofal suffered a severe TBI in 1992; currently, she holds a Masters in Special Education from Salem College, NC. Her memoir, Lost in My Mind: Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), tells her story of tragedy and triumph. Kelly will be teaching ´´TBI: An Overview for Educators´´ at Salem College. Kelly´s ´´tips´´ were learned during two decades of recovery and perseverance; they include: Ways to avoid isolation and culture shock post-TBI Tips for staying organized in the face of instant chaos Strategies for caretakers and teachers of TBI survivors Life philosophies that reject despair How to relearn that shoes must match Why one alarm clock is never enough, and A breath of humor for a growing population with a ´´silent illness´´ - TBI ´´Those who suffer from TBI should benefit from Kelly Darmofal´s advice. She speaks often of the value of a sense of humor in dealing with TBI symptoms and quotes Viktor Frankl who believed that humor was one of the ´...soul´s weapons in the fight for self preservation.´ I strongly recommend her work.´´ (Dr. George E. Naff, NCC, LPC, Diplomate in Logotherapy) ´´Kelly is a wonderful resource about TBI for survivors, caregivers, teachers, and the entire community. The wisdom gained from her own experience makes her believable; the frankness and sense of humor that she reveals as she writes makes her authentic.... Kelly and her publications have become a trusted resource for our clients who are surviving from a TBI.´´ (Barbara Saulpaugh, regional executive director, CareNet Counseling, an affiliate of Wake Forest Baptist Health) From Loving Healing Press, www.LHPress.com. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lisa Negron. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/109545/bk_acx0_109545_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.