Shopping is a raging phenomenon among developed countries and has been studied over and over. Sociologists say it´s a female drive in an attempt to explain the differences in shopping behavior between men and women. It was said that the same obsession of men over sports can be linked to the way women go crazy on Black Friday sales or on mall openings. In the evolution of man, the male species are known to be hunters while women have always been the gatherers or the ones who are in charge of finding things for their offspring. It is quite a reductionist perspective and is still widely debated, but one thing´s for sure: shopping will keep women enchanted for years to come. This behavior is not exactly exclusive to women though, because when you consider the purchase of gadgets, large screen TV, and high-end cars, the tendency of men to make expensive purchases is surely noticeable. However, this is limited to a targeted section of the market. Women, on the other hand, will shop whenever, wherever, and whatever! This is because men consider shopping as merely a purchase of specific merchandise, while for women, it´s a whole different world altogether. It´s hard to not love shopping. The glitz, glamour, scents of a newly minted shopping mall, the vibrant colors, the excitement, the friends you meet along the way, the giddy feeling of being able to all the fabulous things that money can buy - all of these are hard to resist! But when does shopping stop being a charm and starts haunting you like a curse? Where do you draw the line between recreation and obsession? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Millian Quinteros. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/032141de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A bad deal for Mrs. Frugalicious. When Maddie Michaels, AKA Mrs. Frugalicious, is invited to take a local news crew with her on a Black Friday shopping expedition, she’s excited to show viewers at home how to score the season’s best savings. Despite a negative comment from Contrary Claire - the sole naysayer in her growing Frugarmy - Maddie is hopeful her first TV appearance will be a bargain-savvy success. But Black Friday eve takes a bleak turn when a shopper is crushed beneath a pallet of toasters. After learning that the victim could be Contrary Claire, it becomes clear that Claire has made more than one enemy. Maddie finds herself dealing once again with a murder investigation. Will she catch the killer before someone else is slashed like a sale price? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tavia Gilbert. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/011866de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In which our intrepid correspondent discusses survival techniques for the bravest of us who plan on fighting the discount fight on the busiest shopping day of the year. [Broadcast Date: November 23, 2007] Every Wednesday, comedian and commentator Will Durst gets 90 seconds to speak his mind (often from the left side of the political equation). Click here to subscribe to Will Durst 0:90, only at Audible®. 1. Language: English. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/will/071123de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Shopping addiction is a raging phenomenon among developed countries and has been studied over and over. Sociologists say it´s a female drive in an attempt to explain the differences in shopping behavior between men and women. It was said that the same obsession of men over sports can be linked to the way women go crazy at Black Friday sales or at mall openings. In the evolution of man, the male species are known to be hunters while women have always been the gatherers, or the ones who are in charge of finding things for their offspring. It is quite a reductionist perspective and is still widely debated, but one thing´s for sure: shopping will keep women enchanted for years to come. This behavior is not exactly exclusive to women, though, because when you consider the purchases of gadgets, large-screen TVs, and high-end cars, the tendency of men to make expensive purchases is surely noticeable. However, this is limited to a targeted section of the market. Women, on the other hand, will shop whenever, wherever, and whatever! This is because men consider shopping merely a purchase of specific merchandise while for women, it´s a whole different world altogether. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Millian Quinteros. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/047198de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When Stuever´s narrative begins, he´s standing in line with the people waiting to purchase flat-screen TVs at Best Buy on Black Friday, the opening of the Christmas shopping season. From there he follows a number of key residents of Frisco, Texas, as they navigate through the nativity and all its attendant crises: Tammy Parnell, an eternally optimistic suburban mother and proprietor of ´´Two Elves with a Twist,´´ a company that decorates other people´s houses for Christmas; Jeff and Bridgett Trykoski, owners of that one house every town has, the house visible from space with the brightest and most awe-inspiring Christmas decorations; and single mother and Bank of America employee Caroll Cavazos, who hopes that the life-affirming moments of Christmas might overcome the struggles of the rest of the year.Steuver´s portraits are at once humane, heartfelt, revealing - and very, very funny. Tinsel is a compelling tale of our half-trillion-dollar holiday, measuring what we´ve become against the ancient rituals of what we´ve always been. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ray Porter. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/003518de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Get in the holiday spirit any time of year with these funny, sweet romantic short stories. Discover the loose thread that connects the stories and ties up in a perfect happy ending, bringing together characters from all the stories. The stories include: ´´Spooked by Love:´´ After divorcing her husband, Marnie´s afraid to trust her heart again. Her ex is moving on fine, but she hasn´t even been on her first post-divorce date. She can´t handle another break-up. Then she meets a hot single dad at her daughter´s Halloween party and he´s got his eye on Marnie. The only problem: he claims he´s just out for fun. Is anything scarier than giving romance a second chance? ´´Holiday Rush:´´ A Black Friday shopping-trip-gone-wrong loses Lindy her job, her guy, and her dignity. Then it gets worse - she has no choice but to take a job she loathes. But there´s one bonus in the deal: a seriously hot boss who might help her feel that holiday rush again. ´´Missing Christmas:´´ Is Ginny just homesick, or did she make the mistake of her life? Ginny´s spending her first Christmas away from home, but she´s not feeling the spirit of the season. She moved down south to be with her boyfriend, and now she´s having serious regrets about leaving her family and friends behind. Does new love trump twenty-three years of holiday tradition? ´´Tingle All The Way:´´ Jessica has never bought into the magic of Christmas, but when a mistaken call to 911 ruins the holiday for Morgan, the little girl next door, Jessica will do everything she can to make it up to her - and to Morgan´s hottie uncle. Can Jessica turn her worst Christmas ever into the best one yet? ´´Giving Up Guys:´´ Three friends, one vow, and a drunken toast. These gals are giving up guys for their New Year´s resolution. During the next six weeks, they´ll pursue something besides men - like new hobbies and classes. Good luck with that, ladies. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tamara McDaniel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/009360de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Black Friday - the official opening of the Holiday Shopping Season - and Patrice Marcum is stuck in the middle of her local superstore with a crying infant, a near hysterical desire to just abandon the diapers and milk she desperately needs, and the snowstorm of the century dumping a half-foot of snow on the parking lot outside. She needs a miracle. The little old lady seemed sweet, but there was no way Patrice was going to leave three-month old Jeremy with a stranger. She looked outside at the snow-covered parking lot and saw yet another distressed shopper´s cart topple over in the drifts. The old lady sensed her distress and volunteered to call a store employee to help watch over Jeremy while Patrice got her car. The older gentleman, wearing a store badge with the name ´´Ron,” seemed too good to be true. What could be safer? Less than five minutes later, after brushing the snow off the van and driving across the crowded and snow-packed parking lot, Patrice pulls up in front of the store. Jeremy is not there. Pushing back panic, she rushes into the store and looks around. Jeremy is not inside either. She pushes through the line at Customer Service, the associate calls Ron on the intercom, and issues a Code Adam. When Ron appears and he´s only seventeen years old, Patrice realizes the worst. ´´Oh God! They´ve taken my baby!” Mary O´Reilly, Private Investigator, is decorating her office for the holiday season when the newly installed bell over her door jingles. She looks over to see a six year-old boy standing next to her desk. His name is Joey Marcum and he wants to hire Mary to find his baby brother. Mary nodded. "Okay; Joey, but I´ll want to work with the police on this one. Do you have any problems with that?" Joey paused. "No; I guess you can talk to them." "That´ll be helpful." "But you can´t tell my mom you´re working for me;" he said, "Promise?"... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Erin Spencer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/006961de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A collection of five erotic stories with mixed and varied themes. ´Personal Shopper´ by Izzy French: Picture the scene: a man in a lingerie shop on a mission to buy some sexy underwear for his wife or girlfriend. Of course, he doesn´t have much idea of her size. So far, so normal, but what if you were the shop assistant and you were asked to be a stand in? ’Lot Twenty-One’ by Andrea Carver. What would you do to raise money for your favourite charity? Go on a sponsored walk? Hold a raffle? Volunteer your services at a shop or call-in centre once a week? Once a month? A charity auction is always popular, but the lots will need to be spectacular. There are plenty of wealthy businessmen who are willing to put forward high bids, but only for something that really excites them. Would you be willing to put your virginity - a very special sort of virginity - up for sale? ’Public Exposure’ by Cathryn Cooper: Would you risk public exposure? For a few brave people, the tipping point between concealment and discovery is where the fun starts. Mallory and Valentine are both looking for the ultimate thrill and are willing to risk everything to achieve it. A local shopping centre becomes a location ripe for exploitation by the daring pair as they battle for supremacy. Who is the dominant force and who is the one being punished? ’Sparring Partners´ by Everica May: There can be few more intimate experiences than the one that you have with a sparring partner. As you lock muscles and wits in the gym it would be strange if you didn´t occasionally feel a frisson of tension. The kind of tension that might turn the encounter into something less violent, more passionate.... ’Possession´ by Penélope Friday: Sometimes it´s more important to hide your instincts than to show your hand. This is the problem that faces Ana when she encounters Rafael. She finds it hard not to look his way, to maintain her composure, yet she must keep up her extr... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Katy Anderson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/summ/000263de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A collection of five erotic stories with mixed and varied themes. Fantasy X by Penelope Friday Long time married, Dee and Kyle know how to keep the passion between them alive. Every so often, they have a fantasy night, and this time it´s a fantasy of Dee’s.... Victoria Learns Discipline by Angela Meadows At the Venus School for Young Ladies, girls are prepared for their future husbands. After being caught doing something she shouldn´t, Victoria is punished by the Principle, Madame Thackeray. She is assigned a task to perform correctly every night, or face the glorious punishment of Madame Thackeray again. Booby Call by Landon Dixon A man who travels around refilling vending machines unashamedly has numerous women to brighten up his dull job. Of course, he has a couple of favourites... Phone on the Train by David Inverbrae She’s travelling on a crowded train. He’s on the phone teasing her with his words. He tells her of an exhibitionist fantasy, of them alone in the train carriage, doing dirty deeds. Before she knows it, one exhibitionist fantasy ends...and another begins. Any Friend of Hers by Jeremy Edwards Dahlia is throwing a dinner party; some of her closest friends and her loving husband. She plans to take the girls shopping and before she leaves, she asks her husband a strange question; has he ever thought about sleeping with any of her friends? Uncomfortably, he admits he does. After the dinner party, Dahlia goes back to her theatrical roots and dresses up as her friends in an exciting role play with her husband. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Katy Anderson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/summ/000294de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.