Authors explore new corners of the Clan Chronicles universe in an anthology that brings readers into the lives of the alien inhabitants of one of the sci-fi series´s most memorable locations Welcome to one of the iconic settings of the Clan Chronicles: the infamous interstellar shopping extravaganza of the Trade Pact known as Plexis Supermarket! A market and meeting place, Plexis is where pirates rub shoulders with freighter crews, where the rich come to party and the out-of-luck chase that last opportunity, where anything can be bought or sold and only your airtag tells the truth. Most of the time. Dock your starship, pay your parking fee, and enter. You´ll never know what you´ll find. Or who you´ll meet. Because here, for the first time, Julie E. Czerneda has opened the airlocks to her fellow scribes and lovers of all things Trade Pact to produce this anthology of remarkable, all-original stories. Learn the beginnings (and kitchen secrets) of the famed Claws & Jaws: Interspecies Cuisine. Solve mysteries. Slip through service tunnels or shop with goldtags! Want the truth about Turrneds? The Neblokans? How Terk met his partner? More of Raj Plexis and Bowman? The way to Ansel´s heart? Kurr di Sarc. Huido. Manouya. Those balloons. Plexis awaits your pleasure.
An exposé of pseudoscientific myths about our evolutionary past and how we should live today. We evolved to eat berries rather than bagels, to live in mud huts rather than condos, to sprint barefoot rather than play football - or did we? Are our bodies and brains truly at odds with modern life? Although it may seem as though we have barely had time to shed our hunter-gatherer legacy, biologist Marlene Zuk reveals that the story is not so simple. Popular theories about how our ancestors lived - and why we should emulate them - are often based on speculation, not scientific evidence. Armed with a razor-sharp wit and brilliant, eye-opening research, Zuk takes us to the cutting edge of biology to show that evolution can work much faster than was previously realized, meaning that we are not biologically the same as our caveman ancestors. Contrary to what the glossy magazines would have us believe, we do not enjoy potato chips because they crunch just like the insects our forebears snacked on. And women don’t go into shoe-shopping frenzies because their prehistoric foremothers gathered resources for their clans. As Zuk compellingly argues, such beliefs incorrectly assume that we’re stuck - finished evolving - and have been for tens of thousands of years. She draws on fascinating evidence that examines everything from adults’ ability to drink milk to the texture of our ear wax to show that we’ve actually never stopped evolving. From debunking the caveman diet to unraveling gender stereotypes, Zuk delivers an engrossing analysis of widespread paleofantasies and the scientific evidence that undermines them, all the while broadening our understanding of our origins and what they can really tell us about our present and our future. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Laura Darrell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/012336/bk_adbl_012336_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Emily Andrew-Miceli, travel escort extraordinaire, and her husband, Etienne, are leading a merry band of globetrotting seniors on a tour of Scotland´s highlands and islands. In addition to the usual haggis tasting and kilt shopping activities, Emily has organized a high-tech scavenger hunt - her own version of the Highland games that soon turns into all out clan warfare. When one feuding team member is found dead, Etienne - a former police detective - suspects an allergic reaction. But upon discovering that the victim´s underhanded tactics may have accidentally unleashed an ancient curse, Emily realizes she´ll need a truly brave heart to survive this ill-fated fling. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kathleen McInerney. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/018655/bk_adbl_018655_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´I grew up in a world where everyone worried about how they´d pay for Christmas. Now I live in one where opportunities abound for the wealthy and privileged to shower their generosity on the community´s poor.´´ - J.D. Vance ´´No matter our financial position, our family somehow managed to spend just more than we had on holiday shopping. We didn´t qualify for credit cards, but there were many ways to spend money you didn´t have.´´ - J.D. Vance ´´Some people may conclude that I come from a clan of lunatics. But the stories made me feel like hillbilly royalty, because these were classic good-versus-evil stories, and my people were on the right side. My people were extreme, but extreme in the service of something - defending a sister´s honor or ensuring that a criminal paid for his crimes.´´ - J.D. Vance ´´The truth is hard, and the hardest truths for hill people are the ones they must tell about themselves. Jackson is undoubtedly full of the nicest people in the world; it is also full of drug addicts and at least one man who can find the time to make eight children but can´t find the time to support them. It is unquestionably beautiful, but its beauty is obscured by the environmental waste and loose trash that scatters the countryside.´´ - J.D. Vance What you will learn from listening to this audiobook: What life is truly like for families of the South, Appalachia, and the Rust Belt. The core of the issues that have plagued working-class whites and ´´hillbillies´´ for decades in America. How the author was able to overcome those issues and become a successful graduate of Yale Law School What ´´Hillbilly culture´´ truly is and how it has contributed to the stagnation of a large portion of the country. How the psychological effects of adverse childhood experiences continue to affect many of them throughout their entire lives. That it is possible to ... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Anthony Pica. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/087518/bk_acx0_087518_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Thought-provoking and eye-opening, Blood and Silk is an accessible, personal look at modern Southeast Asia, written by one of the region´s most experienced outside observers. This is a first-hand account of what it´s like to sit at the table with deadly Thai Muslim insurgents, mediate between warring clans in the Southern Philippines and console the victims of political violence in Indonesia - all in an effort to negotiate peace and understand the reasons behind endemic violence. Peering beyond brand new shopping malls and shiny glass towers in Bangkok and Jakarta, Michael Vatikiotis probes the heart of modern Southeast Asia. Why are the region´s richest countries such as Malaysia riddled with corruption? Why do Myanmar, Thailand and the Philippines harbour unresolved violent insurgencies? How do deepening religious divisions in Indonesia and Malaysia and China´s growing influence affect the region and the rest of the world? Vatikiotis tells the story of modern Southeast Asia using vivid portraits of the personalities who pull the strings, mixed with revealing analysis that is underpinned by decades of experience in the countries involved, from their silk-sheathed salons to blood-spattered streets. The result is a fascinating study of the dynamics of power and conflict in one of the world´s fastest growing regions. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Matt Bates. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/oras/000002/bk_oras_000002_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Liss MacCrimmon´s meddlesome mother is back in Moosetookalook, Maine, to serve a hefty portion of trouble in time for Thanksgiving. But when a scandalous murder case threatens to leave Liss alone at the table, family drama takes on a terrifying new meaning . . . While Liss preps the Scottish Emporium for November´s inevitable shopping rush, other local businesses aren´t half as lucky. Year after year, her father-in-law´s rustic hotel can barely turn a profit during the stretch between autumn´s peak and ski season. Except this time, Mr. Ruskin realizes that the recipe for success lies in enticing an untapped niche clientele-childless couples desperate for a holiday away from family . . . The unusual marketing tactic has everyone in Moosetookalook talking. Unfortunately, it also inspires a scathing social media campaign aimed at persuading tourists to boycott the hotel for affronting family values. Liss dismisses the bad publicity as being totally ´´overkilt´´-until angry mobs fill the streets, the troublemaker who started it all turns up dead, and her loved ones are suspected of murder . . . With so much at stake, Liss can´t possibly follow police orders to stay out of the investigation. There´s just one wee problem: saving her own clan could mean sending a friend or two behind bars. Now-partly helped, partly hindered by her difficult mother-Liss must digest a slew of unsettling clues and catch the real killer . . . or else everything she´s ever been thankful for may vanish before her eyes.