When Adam Piggott rode his motorbike across Australia chasing a girl he barely knew, he didn´t understand much about anything at all. He wanted to change his life, but he didn´t know how or what to change. The girl was the catalyst that forced him out of his comfortable existence. This is the story of how a young man with no direction ended up working as a river guide in a range of exotic locations around the world. And on the way, while battling crazy bosses, fearsome rivers, and hordes of charlatans, thieves, and witch doctors, he learned what it is to truly effect change in oneself. With humor and honesty, Piggott shows how it´s possible for a young man to end up in extraordinary circumstances through a willingness to take a chance instead of settling for the safe option. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Davis Aurini. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/056514/bk_acx0_056514_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Fed up with questions about what he was going to do when he retired, Edward decided to get on his bicycle and ride from Le Havre to the Mediterranean. He struggled in Normandy to get directions from old men tipsy on Calvados by 9 am, passed by prairies of corn and acres of sunflowers, and hit his stride on the towpath of the Burgundy canal. He explored the mystery of what an ouvrier eats for lunch, and was barred from a swimming pool because his trunks were too decent.Through the Rhone and down to Provence and the Camargue, Enfield is witty and informative as always. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Wallis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/006684/bk_bbcw_006684_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Margaret Mahy is one of the very best childrens´ writers. Her inventive stories and humour are both incredible and delightful. In The Downhill Crocodile Whizz, a crocodile is sent a pair of skates by his Grandma, and ignoring her warning sets off to have fun. In Elephant Milk Hippopotamus Cheese, a giant helps Weedy finally grow into her enormous feet. Absolute joy. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Julie Peasgood. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/copy/000017/bk_copy_000017_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Retirement insecurity is an increasingly serious manifestation of the vast inequality that risks destroying the social fabric in America. The nearly inevitable consequence of lifetime wage discrepancies, security in retirement is linked to the kinds of jobs we hold during our work lives. That, in turn, is a product of all the forces leading to historic levels of inequality, forces that have protected the very wealthy, destroyed any hold on stability for the poor, and gradually eroded the security of the vast middle class. The problem of inequality has moved from an academic preoccupation to a growing theme in national and local politics. The election of Bill Di Blasio in New York was the first real political victory that owes itself to citizens demanding a reversal of inequality. It has been an underlying them in the Democratic presidential debates, a motif for the Hillary Clinton campaign and a pronounced feature of Bernie Sanders´ bid. This attention is not an accident. When members of Congress returned to their districts to test out messages for upcoming elections, the one issue that resonated among their publics was ´´do something about retirement.” 1. Language: English. Narrator: Karen White. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/high/002381/bk_high_002381_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Originally drawn to the game by his father, Carl Hiaasen wisely quit golfing in 1973. But some ambitions refuse to die, and as the years - and memories of shanked 7-irons - faded, it dawned on Carl that there might be one thing in life he could do better in middle age than he could as a youth. So gradually he ventured back to the dreaded driving range, this time as the father of a five-year-old son -and also as a grandfather. ´´What possesses a man to return in midlife to a game at which he´d never excelled in his prime, and which in fact had dealt him mostly failure, angst and exasperation? Here´s why I did it: I´m one sick bastard.´´ And thus we have Carl´s foray into a world of baffling titanium technology, high-priced golf gurus, bizarre infomercial gimmicks and the mind-bending phenomenon of Tiger Woods - a maddening universe of hooks and slices where Carl ultimately (and foolishly) agrees to compete in a country-club tournament against players who can actually hit the ball. ´´That´s the secret of the sport´s infernal seduction,´´ he writes. ´´It surrenders just enough good shots to let you talk yourself out of quitting.´´ Hiaasen´s chronicle of his shaky return to this bedeviling pastime and the ensuing demolition of his self-esteem - culminating with the savage 45-hole tournament - will have you rolling with laughter. Yet the bittersweet memories of playing with his own father and the glow he feels when watching his own young son belt the ball down the fairway will also touch your heart. Forget Tiger, Phil and Ernie. If you want to understand the true lure of golf, turn to Carl Hiaasen, who offers an extraordinary audiobook for the ordinary hacker. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Carl Hiaasen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/001454/bk_rand_001454_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An impossible deadline. A runaway project. And then you get the 5:30 a.m. phone call… what could possibly be wrong? Rolling Rocks Downhill is a fast, fun and often funny read. It´s a business novel, just like Eli Goldratt´s classic The Goal, where you sit on the characters´ shoulders, watching them fight to save their jobs and their baby - a large software-intensive project, called FPP, that has been running late since day 1, but now, suddenly, needs to launch on an impossibly early date, or else. You feel their pain, and their joy, as they battle problem after problem until, slowly, torturously, they rediscover the few - but fundamental - principles underlying successful commercial software development. Sometimes you´re a step ahead. Sometimes a step behind. Sometimes it feels like you´re sitting in the room with them… 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paul Kearney. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/056970/bk_acx0_056970_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
One woman´s inspirational journey, swapping the slog to the summit for the freedoms downhill... What happens when you seem to have it all - enough money, health and success - but happiness remains elusive? The Upside Down Mountain forsakes the summit for the journey downhill, when the quest for achievement and nirvana no longer makes sense. This descent through the wild landscapes of the Pyrenees, the Amazon, Tibet and Egypt, penetrates the hidden depths of darkness and discomfort most people live to avoid. It reveals how to navigate troubled times and create a new story for ourselves and the world: empowering us to become the change we seek. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mags MacKean. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/051405/bk_acx0_051405_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Daisy Weal lived a normal life, right up until the moment she was born. Then things went downhill... Now one little girl must face the reality that she can do things that others can´t and discover how dangerous it could be if they found out. So her early years were spent learning to control her gifts, trying to fit in, to be human. It wasn´t easy. There were mistakes... big mistakes, some of which couldn´t be made right. But she isn´t as alone as she thought. She forms an inseparable bond with a very large dog named Bruce. Together they will face the world and discover that as much as Daisy has tried to fit in, it might ultimately be impossible. Should she accept that she was not completely human or fully embrace the part of her that was? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ruth Golding. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/023281/bk_acx0_023281_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation is a captivating thriller written by Simon Passmore, originally broadcast as the Afternoon Play on 29 June 2009. What would you be prepared to do to escape the grind of a life going relentlessly downhill? For former City lawyer Alice, the price is getting higher by the minute. Stars Claudia Harrison in the lead role of Alice, Emily Joyce as Hattie, Stephen Hogan as Patrick, Lizzy Watts as Marcy and Paul Rider as Stone. Directed by Toby Swift. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Claudia Harrison, Stephen Hogan, Lizzy Watts, Paul Rider. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/004034/bk_bbcw_004034_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.