Zola called Selfridges a ´great cathedral of shopping´, and its high priest was Harry Gordon Selfridge, father of modern retailing, philanderer, gamble dandy and the greatest showman the consumer world has ever known. The charismatic Selfridge had created nothing less than a lavish ´theatre of retail´.
Now a major ITV drama series, Mr Selfridge is a tale of Edwardian excess and the rise and fall of maverick retailer Harry Gordon Selfridge. In 1909 London´s first dedicated department store opened in a huge blaze of publicity. Zola called Selfridges a ´great cathedral of shopping´, and its high priest was Harry Gordon Selfridge, father of modern retailing, philanderer, gambler, dandy and showman. Selfridge´s talents were for shopping and seduction: and as his shop grew in success, so did his list of mansions, yachts, racehorses - and conquests. He lived through the turmoil of the First World War and the glittering excesses of the 1920s before losing millions at French gaming tables and being ousted from his store in 1939. To this irrepressible man, ´the store was a theatre with the curtain going up at 9 o´clock´: Mr Selfridge reveals the captivating story of what happened before the curtain fell. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Peter Marinker. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/006437/bk_bbcw_006437_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Shopping and spending money is a major part of our culture, and few of us are immune to the seductions of consumerism. Big business knows this, and they count on the fact that we are all conditioned to crave what we do not have. It is possible, however, for us to stop living out of our conditioning and realize that nothing is really missing. Each of us is perfect and complete, lacking nothing, and once we realize this our entire life begins to change. When we start living with a sense of fullness, we can let go of greed and craving and learn how to give with a totally open heart. Zen Buddhism emphasizes zazen, or seated meditation, as the means to study the self and understand who we truly are. Dharma talks are an essential aspect of Zen training and take place in the context of zazen. Said to be ´´dark to the mind and radiant to the heart´´, a dharma talk is one of the ways in which a teacher points directly to the heart of the teachings of the Buddha. In our meditation practice, it is easy to get lost in self-doubt, fantasy, numbness, and emotional agitation. Dharma talks help to ground our practice, providing inspiration and an essential recognition of exactly where we find ourselves, so that we can learn to face difficulties and obstacles with a free and flexible mind. This talk was given at Zen Mountain Monastery or the Zen Center of New York City of the Mountains and Rivers Order of Zen Buddhism, founded in 1980 by the late American Zen Master John Daido Loori, Roshi (1931-2009). 1. Language: English. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/sp/dhar/000022/sp_dhar_000022_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
More than money, power, and even happiness, silence has become the most precious and dwindling commodity of our modern world.Between iPods, music-blasting restaurants, earsplitting sports stadiums, and endless air and road traffic, the place for quiet in our lives grows smaller by the day. In Pursuit of Silence gives context to our increasingly desperate sense that noise pollution is, in a very real way, an environmental catastrophe.Listening to doctors, neuroscientists, acoustical engineers, monks, activists, educators, marketers, and aggrieved citizens, George Prochnikexamines why we began to be so loud as a society, and what it is that gets lost when we can no longer find quiet. He shows us the benefits of decluttering our sonic world.As Prochnik travels across the United States and overseas, we meet a rich cast of characters: an idealistic architect who is pioneering a new kind of silent architecture in collaboration with the Deaf community at Gallaudet University; a special operations soldier in Afghanistan (and former guitarist with Nirvana) who places silence at the heart of survival in war; a sound designer for shopping malls who ensures that the stores we visit never stop their auditory seductions; and a group of commuters who successfully revolted against piped-in music in Grand Central Station.A brilliant, far-reaching exploration of the frontiers of noise and silence, and the growing war between them, In Pursuit of Silence is an important book that will appeal to fans of Michael Pollan and Daniel Gilbert. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Don Hagen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/gdan/000385/bk_gdan_000385_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Ava Gilmore has the perfect life. She’s surrounded by people who love her, she’s having sex on a regular basis, and her Coach bag collection just grew by three. The problem? She’s expected to follow in her family’s footsteps at Seduction and Snacks, working with sex toys and baked goods. Ava loves vibrators and cupcakes as much as the next person, she’d just rather play with them than sell them. With her shopping addiction reaching an all-time high and her credit card bills piling up, Ava decides to put her obsession to good use and start a fashion blog. But she has one other problem - the guy she’s having sex with has a My Little Pony addiction. While dealing with her family’s disappointment and confusion over her choices, she finds support in the unlikeliest of places - Tyler Branson. Tyler has slowly wormed his way into her bed and her heart and he refuses to leave. Tyler has his own family problems to deal with and, for the first time ever, Ava finds herself feeling bad for the annoying, immature guy and chanting ´´Friendship is magic!´´ during the sex she’d swore to stop having with him. Ava needs to get her life in order once and for all before she finds herself doing something she never wanted to do - fall in love with a Brony. 1. Language: English. Narrator: James Fouhey, C. J. Bloom. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/018737/bk_adbl_018737_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Private investigator Eddie Naku is hired by attractive divorcee Kathryn Higuchi on Maui to investigate the murder of her sister, Suzette Higuchi Bordeau, wife of a well-known criminal defense attorney. She was gunned down in a shopping center in the Upcountry region of Pukalani. What seems like a routine case for the ex-police detective turns into a complex murder mystery as Naku uncovers a web of lies, deceit, arms trafficking, infidelity, seduction, betrayal, and more murders as he tries to solve a deadly crime. In the process he becomes a target and must identify the killer or killers before he winds up breathing his own last breath and leaving life in paradise behind. Included is a complete bonus novelette, Killer Connection. Honolulu fashion designer Kiyoshi Yoshida had just gone through the worst year of her life after her twin brother, Sergio Matsuko, one-time dedicated and decorated homicide detective for the Honolulu Police Department, was identified as the Aloha Black Scarf Killer, a serial killer who had raped and murdered seven women. He committed suicide before he could be apprehended. Kiyoshi relocates to Maui, hoping to escape the notoriety, but is pursed by a true crime writer hoping to get info about Matsuko for a book. Also watching Kiyoshi is a stone-cold killer waiting for the right time to add her to her list of victims. Bonus material also includes excerpts from R. Barri Flowers´ Hawaii mystery novels Murder in Maui, Murder in Honolulu, and Seduced to Kill in Kauai. Dead in Pukalani will keep you entertained and in suspense from beginning to end as a Hawaii mystery and spellbinding listen in the spirit of aloha! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jane Boyer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/039289/bk_acx0_039289_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Erica helped me study for an exam, and I told her if I aced the test I´d do anything she wanted. Of course, I thought it would be getting our hair done or maybe going shopping. I was absolutely shocked when she told me she wanted a threesome! Of course, I couldn´t resist Erica and before long I had my very first lesbian sex and the most incredible experience of my life. That´s just one of the sexy tales you´ll find in this collection. Download this audiobook now. Warning: This audiobook contains very explicit descriptions of sexual activity and includes rough sex, first lesbian sex, lesbian seduction, group sex, and more. Only mature adults who won´t find that offensive should listen to this collection. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jackie Marie. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/068615/bk_acx0_068615_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It´s hard being the only single girl on Lexington Lane, but when Felicia runs into the perfect MILF, Lilly, she learns that single and young doesn´t mean you have to do without hardcore sex in her neighborhood! Before long, she´s in the middle of her first lesbian sex experience, and when the cougar´s husband Lawrence shows up and catches them, it´s her first ménage a trois! Warning: This audiobook contains very explicit descriptions of sexual activity during an mff threesome sex encounter. It includes lesbian seduction, first lesbian sex, oral sex, deep throat, husband share, sex with neighbor, MILF sex, ménage sex, and semen splattering.It is intended for mature readers who will not be offended by graphic depictions of sex acts between consenting adults. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jess Bella. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/018607/bk_acx0_018607_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Dr. Ed´s head is spinning: a long-lost ´son´ has just been sent over to his office by the temp agency, his shopping-addicted wife seems to have disappeared, and the clinical trial that he is running for a revolutionary new anti-depressant might well be going off the rails. But we needn´t worry about Dr. Ed: he is in control of everything, including himself. Thus begins ´´Skinner Boxed´´, the first of two thematically linked novellas that comprise White Mythology. In the second piece, ´´Love´s Alchemy´´, five narrators deliver stories of betrayal that are nested like Russian dolls, stories that span an attempted seduction in Tokyo in 1987 back to a brotherly schism that erupted during a bottle rocket game of ´war´ in 1970s Massachusetts. From boys who poison their teacher´s plants to men who compulsively urinate into rivers, these strange (and strangely connected) monologues drop the listener into the pitch-black dunk tank of the soul. 1. Language: English. Narrator: L. J. Ganser. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/061828/bk_acx0_061828_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.