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Maria is an Englishwoman who has fallen in love with her husband Iain´s Highland heritage - but there´s a shock in store for them when they take a trip home to his mother´s island croft. It is Hogmanay, and Iain has just received news of his mother´s death. He and Maria set off from Edinburgh to attend the funeral. They drive north in blizzard conditions. Eventually they reach Iain´s mother´s house, where brother James, sister-in-law Ishbel, and the church elders are gathered. In the aftermath of this family crisis Maria´s love affair with the island way of life will be severely tested. Written by Gerda Stevenson. Starring Juliet Stevenson as Maria and Iain MacRae as Iain, with David Walker, Carina MacLeod and Angus Peter Campbell. Producer/director: Bruce Young. 1. Language: English. Narrator: full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/007338/bk_bbcw_007338_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In a macabre twist, the hominid evolutionary tree’s most famous fossil star, Lucy, tumbled to her death from high up in a tree, a controversial new study suggests.´´Lucy Fell from Tree, Study Claims´´ is from the September 17, 2016 issue of Science News. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jamie Renell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/bosn/020222/pe_bosn_020222_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The second novel in Ovidia Yu´s delightfully charming crime series set in 1930s Singapore, featuring amateur sleuth Su Lin.What we came to think of as the betel nut affair began in the middle of a tropical thunderstorm in December 1937....Singapore is agog with the news of King Edward VIII´s abdication to marry American heiress Wallis Simpson. Chen Su Lin, now Chief Inspector Le Froy´s secretarial assistant in Singapore´s newly formed detective unit, still dreams of becoming a journalist and hopes to cover the story when the Hon Victor Glossop announces he is marrying an American widow of his own, Mrs Nicole Covington, in the colony. But things go horribly wrong when Victor Glossop is found dead, his body covered in bizarre symbols and soaked in betel nut juice.The beautiful, highly strung Nicole claims it´s her fault he´s dead...just like the others. And when investigations into her past reveal a dead lover as well as a husband, the case against her appears to be stacking up. Begrudgingly on Le Froy´s part, Su Lin agrees to chaperone Nicole at the Farquhar Hotel, intending to get the truth out of her somehow. But as she uncovers secrets and further deaths occur, Su Lin realises she may not be able to save Nicole´s life - or even her own. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Crystal Yu. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/twuk/002301/bk_twuk_002301_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 2005, Margaret Jones Bolsterli learned that her great-great-grandfather was a free mulatto named Jordan Chavis, who owned an antebellum plantation near Vicksburg, Mississippi. The news was a shock; Bolsterli had heard about the plantation in family stories told during her Arkansas Delta childhood, but Chavis´ name and race had never been mentioned. With further exploration, Bolsterli found that when Chavis´ children crossed the Mississippi River between 1859 and 1875 for exile in Arkansas, they passed into the white world, leaving the family’s racial history completely behind. Kaleidoscope is the story of this discovery, and it is the story, too, of the rise and fall of the Chavis fortunes in Mississippi, from the family’s first appearance on a frontier farm in 1829 to ownership of over a thousand acres and the slaves to work them by 1860. Bolsterli learns that in the 1850s, when all free colored people were ordered to leave Mississippi or be enslaved, Jordan Chavis´ white neighbors successfully petitioned the legislature to allow him to remain, unmolested, even as three of his sons and a daughter moved to Arkansas and Illinois. In Kaleidoscope, long-silenced truths are revealed, inviting questions about how attitudes toward race might have been different in the family and in America if the truth about this situation and thousands of others like it could have been told before. Published by The University of Arkansas Press. ´´Kaleidoscope‘s value as a memoir about the South can hardly be overstated.´´ (Arkansas Historical Quarterly) ´´This well-written and insightful narrative is a timely addition to the American drama.´´ (Jeannie Whayne, author of Delta Empire and co-author of Arkansas: A Narrative History) ´´A riveting read.´´ (Elizabeth Payne, editor of Mississippi Women) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Theresa Wolcott. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/109211/bk_acx0_109211_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
IntroductionTim Lynch and Steve Silverman on jury nullification James Tooley on his book The Beautiful TreeClark Neily on the epidemic of judicial abdicationDaniel Drezner on why military primacy doesn’t payJonathan Rauch on countering attacks on free thoughtSen. Ron Wyden on reforming the NSA 1. Language: English. Narrator: Caleb Brown. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/sp/cato/131210/sp_cato_131210_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The New York Times best-selling Magic Tree House series is back! But with the magic tree house comes terrible news: Merlin´s beloved penguin, Penny, has been put under a spell! Jack and Annie must find four things to break the spell. The first is a rare and precious emerald. When the magic tree house whisks them back to India over 400 years ago to search for the jewel, they discover an amazing and exotic world filled with great danger. Will Jack and Annie find what they´re looking for? Will they avoid the wrath of the all-powerful Great Mogul, survive a crazy ride on a wild elephant, escape an attack by king cobras - and make it back to the magic tree house alive? Mary Pope Osborne brings together just the right combination of history, magic, and fast-paced adventure to satisfy kids, parents, teachers, and librarians. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mary Pope Osborne. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lili/001250/bk_lili_001250_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Secrets can be funny things. We think they keep us safe, but more often than not, they spill out when we least expect and make a mess out of everything. It´s a truth Scarlett Jo Newberry knows all too well - a truth Grace Shepherd and Zach Craig are about to learn the hard way. As the lives of this boisterous pastor´s wife, polished news anchor, and beleaguered divorce attorney intersect in the tree-lined streets of Franklin, Tennessee, scandal threatens to topple their carefully constructed worlds. Grasping at survival, they embark on a journey of friendship and courage, desperate to find a way back to laughter, love, and life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Denise Hildreth Jones. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/010325/bk_acx0_010325_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The 65-Storey Treehouse is the fifth book in Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton´s wacky treehouse adventures. Andy and Terry´s amazing 65-Storey Treehouse now has a pet-grooming salon, a birthday room where it´s always your birthday (even when it´s not), a room full of exploding eyeballs, a lollipop shop, a quicksand pit, an ant farm, a time machine and Tree-NN: a 24-hour-a-day TV news centre keeping you up to date with all the latest treehouse news, current events and gossip. Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stig Wemyss. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/macm/001053/bk_macm_001053_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.