´There is a serious prospect that, in our time, we are losing faith in politics. The words of politicians float by, practised and polished but profligate. The respect, veneration and hope first expressed by Pericles has gone missing. It is the grand purpose of this book to help to call it back.´ In his work as a speechwriter to senior politicians and business leaders around the world, Philip Collins has become well versed in understanding what it is that makes a speech great. When They Go Low, We Go High explores the ways in which the most notable speeches in history have worked, analysing the rhetorical tricks to uncover how the right speech at the right time can profoundly shape the world. Travelling across continents and centuries, Collins reveals what Thomas Jefferson owes to Cicero and Pericles, who really gave the Gettysburg Address and what Elizabeth I shares with Winston Churchill. And in telling the story of the great speeches, he tells the story of democracy. For it is in the finest public speeches that progress unfolds, and we need those speeches now more than ever. While we are bombarded by sound bites and social media, fake news and sloganeering, and while populists are winning support, democratic politicians need to find words that inspire and give us hope. Because disenchantment with politics fosters the dangerous illusion that there is an alternative. Informed by Collins´ own experiences as a speechwriter, When They Go Low, We Go High is a passionate defence of the power of good public speaking to propagate and protect democracy and an urgent reminder of how words can change the world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Philip Collins, Ben Onwukwe, Eric Meyers, Helen Keeley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/003114/bk_hcuk_003114_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Henrietta O´Dwyer Collins, better known as ´´Henrie O´´, has experienced much sadness and loss in her life - yet nothing more tragic than the sudden death six years ago of her husband, Richard, on Kauai. Then, on a brisk March morning, a package arrives by courier that shatters her fragile peace of mind - a chilling message that claims Richard´s fatal fall from a towering island cliff was no accident. It was murder. It is news that enrages the normally self-contained Henrie O, and creates a summons she cannot ignore. She follows cryptic clues and her infallible instincts to a secret-shrouded tropic Eden - a lush and verdant Pacific paradise where giant palm fronds hide evil deeds from inquisitive eyes and the soft, salt-scented ocean breeze whispers of treachery and death. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kate Reading. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/003051/bk_rand_003051_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
John Sandford and Michele Cook complete their New York Times best-selling thriller series in this explosive finale. Fans of James Dashner, Harlan Coben, and Suzanne Collins will love this nail-biting trilogy. Shay Remby and her band of renegade activists have got the corrupt Singular Corporation on the run. Their exposé is finally working. Or is it? Even as revelations about the human experimental subjects break in the news, Singular´s employees are slithering out of sight. And then their CEO is killed in a plane crash.... Was it a freak accident? Or a cover-up? Shay´s gang begins to see signs that there may be even more powerful figures than they knew managing events - publicly expressing outrage and mopping up the mess but secretly gathering up their scientists and moving the operation further out of sight. It will take nothing short of a rampage to stop the Singular menace for good.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tara Sands. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lili/002061/bk_lili_002061_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In an unforgettable new novel from award-winning authors Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, two teens - one black, one white - grapple with the repercussions of a single violent act that leaves their school, their community, and ultimately the country bitterly divided by racial tension. A bag of chips. That´s all 16-year-old Rashad is looking for at the corner bodega. What he finds instead is a fist-happy cop, Paul Galluzzo, who mistakes Rashad for a shoplifter, mistakes Rashad´s pleadings that he´s stolen nothing for belligerence, mistakes Rashad´s resistance to leave the bodega as resisting arrest, mistakes Rashad´s every flinch at every punch the cop throws as further resistance and refusal to STAY STILL as ordered. But how can you stay still when someone is pounding your face into the concrete pavement? But there were witnesses: Quinn Collins - a varsity basketball player and Rashad´s classmate who has been raised by Paul since his own father died in Afghanistan - and a video camera. Soon the beating is all over the news, and Paul is getting threatened with accusations of prejudice and racial brutality. Quinn refuses to believe that the man who has basically been his savior could possibly be guilty. But then Rashad is absent. And absent again. And again. And the basketball team - half of whom are Rashad´s best friends - start to take sides. As does the school. And the town. Simmering tensions threaten to explode as Rashad and Quinn are forced to face decisions and consequences they had never considered before. Written in tandem by two award-winning authors, this tour de force shares the alternating perspectives of Rashad and Quinn as the complications from that single violent moment, the type taken from the headlines, unfold and reverberate to highlight an unwelcome truth. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Guy Lockard, Keith Nobbs. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/007230/bk_sans_007230_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A 2016 Coretta Scott King Author Honor book, and recipient of the Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children´s Literature. In this New York Times bestselling novel, two teens-one black, one white-grapple with the repercussions of a single violent act that leaves their school, their community, and, ultimately, the country bitterly divided by racial tension. A bag of chips. That´s all sixteen-year-old Rashad is looking for at the corner bodega. What he finds instead is a fist-happy cop, Paul Galluzzo, who mistakes Rashad for a shoplifter, mistakes Rashad´s pleadings that he´s stolen nothing for belligerence, mistakes Rashad´s resistance to leave the bodega as resisting arrest, mistakes Rashad´s every flinch at every punch the cop throws as further resistance and refusal to STAY STILL as ordered. But how can you stay still when someone is pounding your face into the concrete pavement? There were witnesses: Quinn Collins-a varsity basketball player and Rashad´s classmate who has been raised by Paul since his own father died in Afghanistan-and a video camera. Soon the beating is all over the news and Paul is getting threatened with accusations of prejudice and racial brutality. Quinn refuses to believe that the man who has basically been his savior could possibly be guilty. But then Rashad is absent. And absent again. And again. And the basketball team-half of whom are Rashad´s best friends-start to take sides. As does the school. And the town. Simmering tensions threaten to explode as Rashad and Quinn are forced to face decisions and consequences they had never considered before. Written in tandem by two award-winning authors, this four-starred reviewed tour de force shares the alternating perspectives of Rashad and Quinn as the complications from that single violent moment, the type taken directly from today´s headlines, unfold and reverberate to highlight an unwelcome truth.
How does the Gospel communicate the eternal truth? Jesus was perhaps the world´s greatest storyteller because his sometimes surprising parables conveyed timeless truths. While modern expressions of truth often reflect scientific frameworks, the ancient world just as powerfully expressed crucial truths through parables - stories that illustrate a truth by expressing it as fiction. In this exceptional lecture series, you will explore how Jesus used this teaching method to preach the good news and address vital issues in society. You will journey through the most beloved parables: the Prodigal Son, the Rich Man and Lazarus, the Lost Sheep, and many more. As you do so, you will come to understand the message of the Gospel as never before. As Fr. Raymond Collins praises, ´´Andrea Molinari and Jack Conroy breathe new life into the parables of Jesus´´. You will take two Scripture experts as your guides for delving into the word of God. Under their guidance, you will examine the literary and historical context of the ancient texts that incorporate parables. After exploring a selection of illuminating parables in the Old Testament and documents outside of the biblical canon, you will dive into the New Testament, looking at 12 of the most powerful and enduring parables told by Jesus. You will ask two essential questions: ´´What does the parable say?´´ and ´´what does the parable mean?´´ As you move through these lectures, you will more fully understand the teaching of Jesus and engage the word of God in your daily life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Prof. Andrea Lorenzo Molinari PhD, Prof. Jack T. Conroy PhD. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/nykm/000197/bk_nykm_000197_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The world changed on a Tuesday. When a spaceship landed in an open field in the quiet mill town of Sorrow Falls, Massachusetts, everyone realized humankind was not alone in the universe. With that realization everyone freaked out for a little while. Or almost everyone. The residents of Sorrow Falls took the news pretty well. This could have been due to a certain local quality of unflappability, or it could have been that in three years the ship did exactly nothing other than sit quietly in that field, and nobody understood the full extent of this nothing the ship was doing better than the people who lived right next door. Sixteen-year-old Annie Collins is one of the ship´s closest neighbors. Once upon a time she took every last theory about the ship seriously, whether it was advanced by an adult or by a peer. Surely one of the theories would be proven true - if not several of them - the very minute the ship decided to do something. Annie is starting to think this will never happen. One late August morning, a little over three years since the ship landed, Edgar Somerville arrived in town. Ed´s a government operative posing as a journalist, which is obvious to Annie - and pretty much everyone else he meets - almost immediately. He has a lot of questions that need answers, because he thinks everyone is wrong: The ship is doing something, and he needs Annie´s help to figure out what that is. Annie is a good choice for tour guide. She already knows everyone in town, and when Ed´s theory is proven correct - something is apocalyptically wrong in Sorrow Falls - she´s a pretty good person to have around. As a matter of fact, Annie Collins might be the most important person on the planet. She just doesn´t know it. The Spaceship Next Door is the latest novel from Gene Doucette, best-selling author of The Immortal Trilogy, Fixer, The Immortal Chronicles, and Immortal Stories: Eve. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Steve Carlson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/065188/bk_acx0_065188_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The prequel to Dracula, inspired by notes and texts left behind by the author of the classic novel, Dracul is a supernatural thriller that reveals not only Dracula´s true origins but Bram Stoker´s--and the tale of the enigmatic woman who connects them. It is 1868, and a twenty-one-year-old Bram Stoker waits in a desolate tower to face an indescribable evil. Armed only with crucifixes, holy water, and a rifle, he prays to survive a single night, the longest of his life. Desperate to record what he has witnessed, Bram scribbles down the events that led him here ... A sickly child, Bram spent his early days bedridden in his parents´ Dublin home, tended to by his caretaker, a young woman named Ellen Crone. When a string of strange deaths occur in a nearby town, Bram and his sister Matilda detect a pattern of bizarre behavior by Ellen--a mystery that deepens chillingly until Ellen vanishes suddenly from their lives. Years later, Matilda returns from studying in Paris to tell Bram the news that she has seen Ellen--and that the nightmare they´ve thought long ended is only beginning. A riveting novel of gothic suspense, Dracul reveals not only Dracula´s true origin, but Bram Stoker´s---and the tale of the enigmatic woman who connects them. Read by a Full Cast: Pete Bradbury, Narrator Vikas Adam, as Bram Stoker Saskia Maarleveld, as Matilda Stoker Raphael Corkhill, as Thornley Stoker Alana Kerr Collins, as Ellen Allan Corduner, as Arminius Vambéry
Sara Adams awakes blind, unable to remember the most basic details of her life, but her darkness seems a blessing when she discovers the terrors of The Light. Stella Montgomery investigates the news from the mean streets of Detroit, where she´s noticed a disturbing trend: Young women are vanishing. When her best friend disappears, Stella digs for answers - despite warnings from her police detective boyfriend - following a twisted trail that leads her through the city´s most dangerous and forsaken precincts. There she uncovers something more sinister than she could have imagined: a shadowy organization known as The Light, led by the enigmatic Father Gabriel. As Sara struggles to understand her place in the strange world she´s awakened to - an oppressive cult demanding unquestioning obedience - and her feelings for Jacob, the husband she can´t recall and whose harsh and tender attentions confuse and beguile her, Stella risks all to discover the truth. But enlightenment always comes with a price.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin T. Collins, Erin deWard, Noah Michael Levine. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/025785/bk_adbl_025785_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Why can´t we solve our problems anymore? Why do threats such as the Gulf oil spill, worldwide recession, terrorism, and global warming suddenly seem unstoppable? Are there limits to the kinds of problems humans can solve? Rebecca Costa confronts - and offers a solution to - these questions in her highly anticipated and game-changing book, The Watchman´s Rattle. She pulls headlines from today´s news to demonstrate how accelerating complexity quickly outpaces that rate at which the human brain can develop new capabilities. With compelling evidence based on research in the rise and fall of the Mayan, Khmer, and Roman empires, Costa shows how the tendency to find a quick solution leads to a frightening long-term consequence: society´s ability to solve its most challenging, intractable problems becomes gridlocked, progress slows, and collapse ensues. A provocative new voice in the tradition of thought leaders Thomas Friedman, Jared Diamond, and Malcolm Gladwell, Costa reveals how we can reverse the downward spiral. Part history, part social science, part biology, The Watchman´s Rattle is sure to provoke, engage, and incite change. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Therese Plummer, Kevin T. Collins. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/002652/bk_adbl_002652_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.