From New York Times best-selling author Kaui Hart Hemmings comes the highly anticipated follow-up to The Descendants. In the idyllic ski town of Breckenridge, Colorado, Sarah St. John is reeling. Three months ago, her 22-year-old son, Cully, died in an avalanche. Though single, Sarah is hardly alone in her grief. Her father, a retiree, tries to distract her with gadgets from the QVC home shopping channel. Sarah’s best friend offers life advice by venting details of her own messy divorce. Even Cully’s father reemerges, stirring more emotions and confusion than Sarah needs. Still, Sarah feels she is facing the stages of grief - the anger, the sadness, the letting go - alone. Barely ready to face the fact she will never again hear the swoosh of her son’s ski pants, or watch him skateboard past her window, Sarah is surprised when a strange girl arrives on her doorstep. Unexpected and unexplained, she bears a secret from Cully that could change all of their lives forever. Kaui Hart Hemmings highlights the subtle poignancies of grief and relationships in this stunning look at people faced with impossible choices in the wake of a tragedy. With the unsentimental and refreshingly wry style famous for presenting trouble in paradise in The Descendants, Hemmings in The Possibilities considers the difficult questions of what we risk to keep our loved ones close. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joy Osmanski. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/006728/bk_sans_006728_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In Had I Known, the former host of Good Morning America, health advocate, international speaker, mother of seven, grandmother of one, and New York Times best-selling author Joan Lunden speaks candidly about her battle against breast cancer, her quest to learn about it and teach others, and the transformative effect it has had on her life. With a large extended family counting on her, giving up was not an option. After announcing her diagnosis of stage two triple negative breast cancer on Good Morning America, people all over the country rallied around Joan as she went into warrior mode. Joan appeared on the cover of People bald, showing the world her brave resolve and that breast cancer does not need to define you. Joan´s illness has changed her in profoundly unexpected ways and has redefined her values and, most of all, her health. Following a new clean and healthy way of eating, Joan became her best advocate by taking control of her nutrition, which helped combat the adverse side effects of chemotherapy like a warrior. Uncharacteristically vulnerable, irreverent, and straight from the heart, Had I Known is a deeply personal and powerful story of pain, persistence, and perseverance in which Joan openly evaluates her decision to go public with her battle, shaving her head, wig shopping, reconnecting with her viewers, rediscovering her purpose, and ultimately realizing that sometimes you have to look back to move forward. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joan Lunden. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/004614/bk_harp_004614_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Presley Thurman, a sassy, thirty-something red-head, was looking to reinvent herself. She didn´t allow the fact she was recently fired to bother her - she was ready to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a writer. Presley is a lover of shopping and Starbucks, and even though she sometimes had bad taste in men, she always had great taste in clothes. Not looking back on corporate America, Presley decided to follow her dream. With her feisty nature and a spirit to not ´´sweat the small stuff´´ she was ready to tackle any challenge (even if she had no idea how she would pay the bills). When her friend Trevor offered her a job with his online magazine to interview public figures, she jumped at the chance. However, the new job turned into something unexpected when the U.S. Senator she was slated to write about was murdered - in her home town! Presley was excited - she hadn´t seen so much buzz since the spring sample sale at Saks. She was ready for this adventure, even if it didn´t seem to fit neatly into her life. She couldn´t pass up the opportunity to be in the middle of the buzz. Presley was determined (not to mention curious) to find the killer and write her story. After all, she couldn´t afford her shoe habit without a job and she was certainly not one to shy away from danger. The only thing standing in her way was an old high school fling, Cooper Sands, head of the Senator´s security. He was not actually standing in her way, but because of his good looks, he was the biggest distraction and one she was having the hardest time overcoming. Cooper felt it was too dangerous for Presley to look for a killer and tried to distract her with reliving the past; which Presley found more dangerous than any killer. While she attempted to resist Cooper´s good looks and charm, Presley was able to discover the Senator´s wife, Helen, had been having an affair... with her best friend´s boyfriend! Did Helen kill the Senator? Or was it the Senator´s love of gambling ... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Margie Lenhart. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/003099/bk_acx0_003099_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´If I could work my will,´ said Scrooge indignantly, ´every idiot who goes about with ´´Merry Christmas´´ on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding and buried with a stake of holly through his heart.´ A Christmas anthology from legendary historian and Christmas Cracker compiler John Julius Norwich. This year go carol singing in the Cotswolds with Laurie Lee or attend church with a grumpy Samuel Pepys. Make plum puddings for bemused French villagers with Elizabeth David; go present shopping with Virginia Woolf, or eat far too much with Agatha Christie. Celebrate Christmas at Chatsworth, in the workhouse or marooned in the ice with Shackleton.... For the last for 45 years, the arrival of John Julius Norwich´s latest Christmas Cracker has become as essential a part of the Christmas experience as holly and mistletoe. In An English Christmas, the legendary popular historian has finally gathered all the best writing about this strangest and most memorable time of year into one audiobook. Vividly evoking all the good things about the festive season, this unexpected anthology is just as entertaining about its darker aspects. Eight-year-old Princess Margaret´s thank-you list jostles with moving letters home from the trenches. Sherlock Holmes solves his trickiest case. George Orwell writes about indigestion, Jane Austen about reluctant socialising and Thomas Hardy about the old folk belief that all animals kneel at midnight on 24 December. There are ghost stories, games and bizarre recipes. Diary entries, recipes and letters sit alongside poems and short stories. An English Christmas could convert any Scrooge into an instant enthusiast. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Julius Norwich, Luke Thompson, Nicky Diss, Sandra Duncan, Gareth Armstrong. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hodd/001249/bk_hodd_001249_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Strange Tales of the Curiously Uncommon is a collection of darkly humorous short stories, each with a cunning twist in the tale. When extraordinary events befall some of London´s most ordinary of inhabitants, unexpected turns lead to some witty, strange, sometimes shocking yet ultimately gratifying results. ´´An Honest Mistake´´: Madge has long since surrendered herself to the verbal abuse doled out to her by her belligerent husband, Stan. On this particular evening, however, her fears of a rat beneath the floorboards, combined with her natural absent-mindedness, result in her dishing up Stan not only his evening meal but perhaps his just desserts! ´´A Familiar Face´´: Two elderly Cockney women meet up in a London café shortly after one them, Dora, has been widowed. When Dora calmly removes from her shopping bag a large glass jar containing a human head, discussions over its mysterious identity and how it came to be lodged in the cupboard under her stairs lead to some startling revelations. ´´A Slip of the Tongue´´: Miss Perkins, tired of the constant sexual innuendos of her employer, Mr. Reams, decides to hand in her notice. Mr. Reams, however, attempts to take things one step further. Unfortunately, due to Miss Perkins´ nervous disposition, he soon discovers he´s bitten off more than he can chew or, at least, one of them has. ´´An Embarrassing Odor´´: Ethel, a frail, widowed pensioner, suddenly has her tranquil world turned upside when a burglar breaks into her home. This violent delinquent´s only concern is in getting his hands on her valuables. That, and the unpleasant smell that fills the room. What is that smell? ´´A Stunning Confession´´: As Ron and Jan made themselves comfortable on their sofa, they thought they were settling in for just another quiet night in front of the television. But beneath the surface each was withholding a guilty secret from the other, and on this particular evening one of them found they... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jonathan Trueman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/058681/bk_acx0_058681_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the hugely respected journalist Miranda Sawyer, a very modern look at the midlife crisis - delving into the truth and lies of the experience and how to survive it, with thoughtfulness, insight and humour. ´You wake one day, and everything is wrong. It´s as though you went out one warm evening - an evening fizzing with delicious potential, so ripe and sticky-sweet you can taste it on the air - for just one drink...and woke up two days later in a skip. Except you´re not in a skip, you´re in an estate car, on the way to an out-of-town shopping mall to buy a balance bike, a roof rack and some stackable storage boxes.´ Miranda Sawyer´s midlife crisis began when she was 44. It wasn´t a traditional one. She didn´t run off with a Pilates teacher or blow thousands on a trip to find herself. From the outside, all remained the same. Work, kids, marriage, mortgage, blah. Days, weeks and months whizzed past as she struggled with feeling - knowing - that she was over halfway through her life. It seemed only yesterday that she was 29, out and about. Out of Time is not a self-help audiobook. It´s an exploration of this sudden crisis, this jolt. It looks at how our tastes and our bodies change as we get older. It considers the unexpected new pleasures that the second half of life can offer, from learning to code to taking up running (slowly). Speaking to musicians and artists, friends and colleagues, Miranda asks how they, too, have confronted midlife and the lessons, if any, that they´ve learned along the way. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Miranda Sawyer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/002474/bk_hcuk_002474_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Are you overwhelmed by financial difficulties? Have you accumulated too many debts that are struggling you to death? Or have you made poor investment decisions and are now unable to enjoy money? According to a research conducted by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), ´´the majority of Americans do not plan for a predictable event such as retirement or children´s college education. Most importantly, people do not make provisions for unexpected events and emergencies, leaving themselves and the economy exposed to shocks´´. Four out of five American adults are faced with economic insecurity at some point in their lives, and the majority of Americans lack basic numeracy and knowledge of fundamental economic principle. There is also a sharp disconnection between self-reported financial knowledge and financial knowledge as measured by financial literacy quizzes. Even those who give their best knowledge score poorly on quizzes. Moreover, while many believe they are pretty good at dealing with day-to-day financial matters, in actuality, they engage in financial behaviors that generate expenses and fees, overdrawing checking accounts, making late credit card payments, or exceeding limits on credit card charges. Comparing terms of financial contracts and shopping around before making financial decisions are not at all common among the population. How would you like to change your financial life and protect your family from an economic disaster? In this book, you´ll discover a step-by-step and easy-to-follow guide that reveals the secret to effectively save money, as well as the fundamental and basic economic principle everybody ought to know about. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dan Carroll. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/056643/bk_acx0_056643_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.