In 1948, 21-year-old Shannon Lyons immigrated to America, and was hired as a waitress at The Crater Lake National Park Lodge in Oregon. That same summer, an Italian bus boy, Johnny Marino, is returning for his third summer. It takes some time for Johnny to work up the nerve to ask the beautiful new waitress out on a date. A few dates, hikes, and picnics later, the two are celebrating Shannon´s birthday and take a sunset drive to see Phantom Ship Island. Everyone has one summer in their life that stands out above the rest. For Johnny and Shannon, the summer of 1948 was one of those summers. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alice Parsloe. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/101167/bk_acx0_101167_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
National Treasure is the tenth book in Dr. Bradley´s Survivalist series. Just when it looks like Deputy Marshal Mason Raines might finally settle into a life free from violence, he receives an emergency distress call from the New Colony. Not only has his handler been brutally attacked, but the life of a treacherous woman he once loved is also in danger. Forced to choose between contentment and duty, he must once again forsake his own happiness for the welfare of others. This time, however, he would be well-served to remember that the motives of those being rescued are anything but pure. Faced with an equally daunting challenge, Tanner and Samantha travel west to Fort Knox, Kentucky. Their goal is as simple as it is impossible: to rob the nation´s gold vault of all its remaining treasure. The trip takes an unexpected turn, and they find themselves recruited by an old woman eager to lay her husband to rest. But even that task is not without moral choices that have them questioning what it means to be one of the nation´s last remaining survivors. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John David Farrell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/106866/bk_acx0_106866_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This second edition of The National Security Enterprise provides practitioners´ insights into the operation, missions, and organizational cultures of the principal national security agencies and other institutions that shape the US national security decision-making process. Unlike some textbooks on American foreign policy, it offers analysis from insiders who have worked at the National Security Council, the State and Defense Departments, the intelligence community, and the other critical government entities. The book explains how organizational missions and cultures create the labyrinth in which a coherent national security policy must be fashioned. Taking into account the changes introduced by the Obama administration, the second edition includes four new or entirely revised chapters (Congress, Department of Homeland Security, Treasury, and USAID) and updates to the text throughout. It covers changes instituted since the first edition was published in 2011, implications of the government campaign to prosecute leaks, and lessons learned from more than a decade of war in Afghanistan and Iraq. This up-to-date book will appeal to students of US national security and foreign policy as well as career policymakers. The book is published by Georgetown University Press. ´´Provides the best one-volume compilation I´ve seen for understanding intelligence, its internal processes, and the environment in which it operates.´´ (International Journal of Intelligence & Counter Intelligence) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Moriarty. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/108643/bk_acx0_108643_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Each autumn, in conjunction with the conferring of The National Book Awards in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People´s Literature, the Board of Directors of the Foundation presents a Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. The recipient is a person who has enriched our literary heritage over a life of service or a corpus of work. The 2003 recipient of this distinguished award was presented to one of the great voices of American literature, Stephen King. King accepts the award with grace and wit. His acceptance speech is filled with loving thanks to his wife Tabitha and with a passionate appreciation of his craft. King reflects on bridging the gap between literary and popular writers as well as staying true to his work and to himself over the many years. He concludes his speech by saluting all the nominees and with his sincerest hope that ´´you´ll find something to read that will fill you up as this evening has filled me up´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephen King. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/sp/sans/000558/sp_sans_000558_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Bridging the gap between textbook models of how public policy should work, and how the process actually works in contemporary Washington, Pathways of Power provides a framework that integrates the roles of political interests and policy ideals in the contemporary policy process. This book argues that the policy process can be understood as a set of four distinctive pathways of policymaking - pluralist, partisan, expert, and symbolic - that draw upon different political resources, appeal to different political actors, and elicit unique strategies and styles of coalition building. Revealing the strategic behavior of policy actors who compete to shift policies onto pathways that maximize their resources and influence, the book provides a fresh approach to understanding the seeming chaos and volatility of the policy process today. The book´s use of a wide universe of major policy decisions and case studies, focused on such key areas as health care, federal budgeting, and tax policy, provides a useful foundation for students of the policy process as well as for policy practitioners eager to learn more about their craft. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Charles Olsen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/080345/bk_acx0_080345_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This is not your father´s history book! Spanning prehistoric times all the way through the Civil War, How Come They Always had the Battles in the National Parks? presents a humorous look at our country´s past, a historically accurate, concise, and easy to follow account of the main events in America´s saga up through the Civil War, definitely enough to get you by in case you find yourself surrounded by annoying smart people at a party. Ideal for young people who want to learn and older folks who like to remember, this audiobook offers a perfect blend of information and humor, proving conclusively that the subject of History can be both interesting and fun. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Peter Bales. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bale/000001/bk_bale_000001_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
While on a mission to bring his sister´s killer to justice, bounty hunter Riley Martelli spots a missing FBI agent in a Colorado national park. When he calls in the tip, he´s joined in his search by Special Agent Harper Prentiss. Harper, aided by her faithful German shepherd, is determined to locate the missing agent...without falling for the charms of the handsome bounty hunter. Working together is the best option to find their targets, but it also doubles the danger they´re in. With a killer looming large, poised to end their search for good, can Riley and Harper unite to find both men without becoming the next victims? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Vanessa Daniels. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/008698/bk_tant_008698_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Novelist Aaron Mite meets Laurie Lee at a writers´ colony and mistakenly believes her to be a renowned writer of important fiction. When he discovers she´s a self-published romance author, he´s already fallen in love with her. Aaron thinks genre fiction is an affront to the fiction-writing craft. He often quotes the essayist Arthur Krystal, who says literary fiction ´´melts the frozen sea inside of us´´. Ironically, Aaron doesn´t seem to realize that he´s emotionally frozen. The vivacious Laurie, lover of flamingo-patterned attire and all things hot pink, is the one person who might be capable of melting him. In the tradition of The Rosie Project, Love Literary Style is a sparkling romantic comedy which pokes fun at the divide between low and high brow fiction. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cris Dukehart. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/006790/bk_tant_006790_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A violent attacker is on the loose. His calling card: a tattoo on his victims´ skin. With no witnesses and no evidence left at the crime scenes, it will take all of the National Crime Agency´s resources to track him down. At the head of the investigation, codenamed Operation Juniper, Senior Investigator Joanne Stuart knows that the clock is ticking. The time between abductions is decreasing and the perpetrator grows ever more brazen. She fears it won´t be long before his assaults turn deadly. As the hunt closes in, Jo´s already troubled personal life is put under further pressure. With danger closer than she thinks, just how far will Jo go to solve the case - and at what cost? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Anne Flosnik. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/008593/bk_brll_008593_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The story of an enslaved African American. Booker T. Washington was an author, an educator, an orator and political leader, and one of history´s most influential African Americans. One if his more remembered quotes is: ´´Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.” He titled his autobiography Up from Slavery. 1. Language: English. Narrator: J. D. Streeter. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bigh/000320/bk_bigh_000320_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.