Holly.... She is a fragile innocent haunted by memories of her past and by dreams of the man who once shared her secrets...the only man she can ever truly love. Shannon....One of the world´s great beauties, her face and figure grace the fashion pages of the most elegant magazines. Though many desire her, only one may have her. Holly Shannon North....She is a contradiction: assured yet vulnerable, irresistible yet untouched. Destiny has brought her back to Hidden Springs - where she can be one person, where romance once touched her tender young heart - and back to Lincoln McKenzie, the proud California rancher, long since hardened by life´s tragedies. Now, in the icy chill of a desert storm, they must find the way back to love together - to rekindle the fire whose healing warmth has drawn them home. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Laural Merlington. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/000531/bk_brll_000531_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Early Church Fathers of the Western Christian Tradition are widely known, but the Early Desert Fathers of the Orthodox Church (The Writers of the Philokalia) are not as widely known or understood. What makes them unique is their unusual asceticism. Most of them became hermits and lived in the caves of Egypt to uncover the deepest secrets of the inner soul of man. It was in this profound aloneness and heightened dispassion, that these Early Desert Fathers found God. And it was in this utter silence, that they expounded the deep truths which they discovered and wrote down for generations to come. Writers of the Philokalia seeks to simplify the four to six volume collection of the Philokalia by introducing the lives and teachings of these Desert Fathers in an overview fashion. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ken Maxon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/011671/bk_acx0_011671_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A washed up T.V. reporter stumbles onto a corruption scandal in Western China. Pursued through the desert by a psychotic spin-doctor and a world-weary cop, he discovers the real China: illegal metal mines, a fashion-crazed gang of girl bikers, a whole commune of Tiananmen Square survivors and the up-market sleaze-joints of Beijing. En route, he clashes with a stellar cast of people - traffickers, prostitutes and T.V. execs. But then the unquiet dead begin to intervene: ghosts from his own past and the past of Chinese Communism; the ´´spirits that hover three feet above our heads´´ of Chinese folklore. Rare Earth is a story about love, journalism, ghosts, metallurgy, vintage militaria and large motorcycles set in the badlands of Inner Mongolia and Ningxia. It is about the west´s inability to understand the East; one man´s epic journey across a dying landscape, where ´´thousands of pairs of eyes peer beyond grimy windowpanes into the moonless sky, looking for something better. 1. Language: English. Narrator: James Chen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/013706/bk_adbl_013706_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´There was a desert wind blowing that night. It was one of those hot dry Santa Anas that come down through the mountain passes and curl your hair and make your nerves jump and your skin itch.´´ Before there was Philip Marlowe, there was John Dalmas, a character very much like Marlowe. (In some later editions of this short story, the protagonist´s name is actually changed to Marlowe´s.) Here, he investigates a series of murders in classic hard-boiled fashion. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Elliott Gould. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/pnix/000371/bk_pnix_000371_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´The geometric ones could indicate the flow of water or be connected to rituals to summon water. The spiders, birds, and plants could be fertility symbols. Other possible explanations include: irrigation schemes or giant astronomical calendars.´´ - Cynthia Stokes Brown In 1927, Today, millions of people fly, and everyone who does views the ground thousands of feet below. But in 1927, air traffic was a relatively new phenomenon, especially in the wilds of southern Peru, and when the first planes passed over the sprawling expanse of the Nazca Desert, passengers looking out their windows saw an incredible sight that they could hardly believe. On the baked desert floor, someone had carved broad, perfectly straight lines that ran for miles. Even more amazingly, some of the lines twisted together to form the shapes of animals, birds, and insects. But when the lines were investigated further, it was discovered that they were mostly undetectable from ground level. As researcher Viktoria Nikitzki put it, ´´The lines themselves are superficial, they are only 10 to 30 cm deep.´´ Since their discovery, these ´´geoglyphs´´ (the name for any large carving viewable from the air) have attracted attention from the around the world, and their popularity is matched only by the mystery surrounding them. Why were they created? Who drew the lines? What technology did they use to fashion them? Their beauty and mystery have, at times, led to farfetched theories that have credited extraterrestrials. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Steve Carlson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/033304/bk_acx0_033304_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This sleek, stylish novel set in 1940s New York, between the shock of Pearl Harbor and the landing of American troops in Europe, is a deft, romantic novel about a wartime love triangle involving a 22-year-old fashion designer poised to launch her career; the French expatriate writer and war pilot, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, who’s left his Nazi-occupied country and come to Manhattan for a month, only to stay for two years; and his beautiful, estranged Salvadoran wife determined to winback her husband at all costs - and seductions.With Paris under occupation by Hitler’s troops, New York’s Mayor La Guardia has vowed to turn his city into the new fashion capital of the world. A handful of American designers are set to become the industry’s brightest names, and Mignonne Lachapelle is determined to be among them. Her ambition and ethics are clear until she falls for the celebrated and tormented adventurer Captain Saint-Exupéry.In New York, Saint-Ex writes a new book on the fall of France, Flight to Arras,and collects (a year late) his National Book Award for Wind, Sand and Stars. But he suffers under exile and, todistract himself from his malaise, begins work on a new book at his US publisher’s offhand suggestion: an exotic fable.Nothing about Mig’s tempestuous, romantic relationship with Saint-Ex is straightforward, but the greatest complication will come in the form of his deceptively simple manuscript about a petit bonhomme in the Sahara Desert fallen to earth on a journey across the planets. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cassandra Campbell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/005704/bk_blak_005704_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT )is the perfect place for an average person to do something extraordinary. Bill Walker (´´Skywalker´´), who stands 6´11´´, might seem like anything but average. Yet in a brutally honest tone, he lays to bare all his considerable weaknesses and fears. Among these are crushing weight loss and fatigue, along with a fear of getting lost or a bear stealing his food. Nonetheless, he is bound and determined to hike the PCT which - at 2,663 miles - runs all the way from Mexico to Canada. The PCT´s calling card is its stunning beauty. It has a diversity of geography unequaled by any footpath in the world. Haunting and beckoning the PCT hiker are the implacable desert, the towering majesty of the so-called High Sierra, and the ruggedly bleak, northern Cascade range. Indeed, the PCT hiker faces much greater extremes of terrain and climate than on the famed Appalachian Trail. Completing this demanding challenge calls for overwhelming clarity of purpose. Walker´s signature characteristic as a writer is his real talent in capturing people. Obviously, he is a people person because he runs into and vividly describes a truly colorful cast of characters from seemingly all walks of American life. Among these are Uber Bitch, Shit Bag, and Serial Killer; the listener learns how these hikers ended up with their names (hint: blunders).The listener need not worry that Walker is a bully. Throughout this irreverent narrative, he turns his considerable supply of humor back on himself in ruthlessly self-deprecating fashion. It all makes for a delightful experience. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Walker. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/009813/bk_adbl_009813_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.