In the second Quarterly Essay of 2005, Gail Bell investigates Australia´s depression epidemic. Why, she wonders, do well over a million Australians now take anti-depressant drugs? This is a fresh, frank and independent look at the depression culture and the move to medicalise sadness. Bell examines how the prescription culture operates, scrutinising the role of big drug companies and GPs and talking to those who take - and don´t take - the new anti-depressants, from anxious students to lonely retirees. She finds that drug companies have invested billions in an effort to simplify a profoundly complex mental condition, and that along the way ordinary problems of living have been transformed into medical conditions. She also finds that we, the consumers, have been happy to get on board: The vocabulary of depression - ´´serotonin´´, ´´bipolar´´, ´´genetic predisposition´´ - rolls off our tongues as if each of us had studied it at medical school. In this free-ranging and elegant essay, Bell takes the pulse of Australia´s ´´worried well´´ and looks at alternative cures for what ails us. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gail Bell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/boli/001190de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Though her memory remains clouded by sorcery, Imrhien (heroine of The Ill-Made Mute) must take vital news to the King-Emperor of Caermelor, hoping also to find the fearless ranger who has won her heart. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kris Faulkner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bimo/000046de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
TRACKLISTING: * ´Shut Us Down´ * ´Go Insane´ * ´Trouble´ * ´Never Going Back Again´ * ´Big Love´ * ´Under The Skin´ * ´All My Sorrows´ * ´In Our Own Time´ * ´Illumination´ * ´Second Hand News´ * ´Tusk´ * ´Stars Are Crazy´ * ´End Of Time´ * ´That´s The Way That Loves Goes´ * ´I´m So Afraid´ * ´Go Your Own Way´ * ´Turn It On´ * ´Treason´ * ´Seeds We Sow´
From the NYT bestselling author of Mister O, comes a hot and hilarious new standalone. Here´s what you need to know about me - I´m well-off, well-hung, and quick with a joke. Women like a guy who makes them laugh - and I don´t mean at the size of his you-know-what. No, they want their funny with a side of huge, not to mention loyal. I´ve got all that plus a big bank account, thanks to my booming construction business. Yup. I know how to use all my tools. Enter Natalie. Hot, sexy, smart, and my new assistant. Which makes her totally off limits...Hey, I´m a good guy. Really. I do my best to stay far away from the kind of temptation she brings to work. Until one night in Vegas...Yeah, you´ve heard this one before. Bad news on the business front, drowning our sorrows in a few too many Harvey Wallbangers, and then I´m banging her. In my hotel room. In her hotel room. Behind the Titanic slot machine at the Flamingo (don´t ask). And before I can make her say "Oh God, right there, YES!" one more time, we´re both saying yes - the big yes - at a roadside chapel in front of a guy in press-on sideburns and a shiny gold leisure suit. But it turns out what happened in Vegas didn´t stay in Vegas. And now my dick doesn´t stay in my pants when she´s around. But the more we try to keep our hands to ourselves, the more we end up naked again, and the more time I want to spend with her fully clothed, too. The question is...do I take this woman to be my ex-wife? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sebastian York. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/066524de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Three years after the War of the Lotus, alliances have already begun to unravel. As Rowen Locke struggles to maintain peace, troubling news reaches him from every corner. Persecution of the Shel´ai has reignited in the south, spurred on by a fanatical priest. To the north, the Isle Knights are withering under the leadership of mad Crovis Ammerhel. Old friends fight each other when not drowning their sorrows in taverns. A new threat emerges from across the sea, dispatched by the same exiled Dragonkin who have been plotting their revenge for centuries. Rowen and his companions soon realize that the target is the Dragonward itself: their one and only defense against an evil so vast even Knightswrath could not vanquish it. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Craig Beck. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/069060de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Zoey Mills´s life is in shambles. She´s been accused of leaking her upper crust Hollywood clients´ data to an online magazine for a large payday. After a wine and chocolate-filled evening of drowning her sorrows, she determines that her best course of action is to leave her home in sunny Los Angeles for a week-long vacation in the Scottish Highlands. It´s the only way she can escape from the fact that her image is being splashed across the nightly news - and it might actually give her a chance to consider what her next move should be, now that her Great Master Life Plan has disintegrated into dust. Unfortunately, she´s only just landed and is navigating the tiny roads in her rental car when a freak early autumn snow storm hits. Zoey finds herself stranded and winds up on the doorstep of Mullardoch Manor; home of the sexy Scotsman, Declan McDougal, who is her every dark fantasy brought to life. Declan is one of the founding members of The Dungeon Fantasy Club. As a billionaire businessman and a Dom, he prefers to keep his sexual preferences and tastes away from the boardroom. He´s also become bored, not just with the club, but also with his life. None of the subs he meets can hold his interest for more than a night and it´s been that way for a long time. He just never wants more than a brief encounter. At least, not since his ex-fiancée cheated on him with another Dom and ran away. However, that all changes when Zoey barrels into his home uninvited and upends his luxurious but stale existence. When Zoey finds herself without a place to stay, Declan makes her a tantalizing but scandalous offer: Stay in his home for the week, free of charge, and spend each night warming his bed. Or any other time of the day, for that matter. Deciding she doesn´t have much to lose and possibly everything to gain, Zoey accepts. With Zoey´s every sweet subsequent cry of ecstasy, Declan uncovers a sub who warms not only his bed, but slowly thaws his froze... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mister Plug. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/086990de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Rarely has a literary novel so captured the hearts and minds of readers and listeners across America and the world as E. Annie Proulx´s The Shipping News, winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Accordion Crimes is another masterpiece of storytelling that spans a century and a continent. The book opens in 1890 in Sicily as an accordion maker completes his finest instrument and dreams of owning a music store in America. He and his 11-year-old son, carrying little more than the accordion, voyage to the teeming, violent port of New Orleans. Within a year, the accordion maker is murdered by an anti-Italian lynching mob, but his instrument carries Proulx´s story as it falls into the hands of various immigrants who carry it from Iowa to Texas, from Maine to Louisiana, looking for a decent life. The music is their last link with the past - voice for their fantasies, sorrows and exuberance - but it, too, is forced to change. Proulx´s prodigious knowledge, heartbreaking characters, and daring storytelling unite the sections of Accordion Crimes - a stunning novel, exhilarating in its scope and originality. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Stechschulte. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/005527de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.