An Iranian terrorist cell has gotten its hands on weaponized Ergot-B, a compound that causes violent hysteria, madness and death within 24 hours,and plan to unleash the weapon on major cities around the world. Successful deployment would begin a bloodbath, as those exposed would kill everyone they encountered before succumbing to the compound's lethal effects. Erik Somers - Callsign: Bishop - is called in to investigate, but his first discovery shocks him to the core. Dawoud Abbasi, the terrorist leader planning to unleash Ergot-B, is his biological father. Bishop, along with an undercover Delta operator known as Callsign: Joker, race across the unforgiving Iranian desert in search of the Ergot-B. Seeking answers, both professional and personal, Bishop must fight against a private army, Iranian Special Forces and men driven mad by Ergot-B. With the life of his biological mother in the balance, and countless more people in cities around the world, Bishop must call on all his strength to not only survive, but also stop the man revealed as his father - even if he has to kill him. The Callsign Books: Callsign: Bishop is part of a series of Chess Team novellas released in 2011. Each of the audiobooks follows a single member of the team and is titled for them: Callsign: Queen, Callsign: Knight, etc. The novellas are co-authored by Jeremy Robinson and five other fantastic authors. The stories take place after the events of Threshold, the third Jack Sigler thriller, but are designed to introduce listeners to the series. If you haven't listened to the novels, no worries. Enjoy the ride! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeffrey Kafer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/028882/bk_acx0_028882_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Susie loves to know what books people are reading. When Dan Savage was profiled recently in the New York Times, he revealed some of his favorite authors and genres. Susie was pleased to see one of her favorites on his list: No Shades of Gray: The Best Erotic Fiction of Aaron Travis. She has an excerpt from the audiobook for us to hear. Next, divorce... Iranian-style. Susie reads "The Ayatollah Under the Bed(sheets)", an article by Karim Sadjadpour. It's about the Islamic Republic of Iran, where all politics may not be sexual, but all sex is political. Finally, Susie is intrigued by and reads another article. This one is by Laura Agustin, whose website is The Naked Anthropologist, where she writes about migration, trafficking, and the rescue industry. The article describes a philosophical encounter with an airport security guard. Have a question? You can call Susie's hotline at 831-480-5110. And you can send your confidential questions - plus requests for free samples and blog banners! - to firstname.lastname@example.org [Episode 576, June 28, 2013] Explicit Language Warning: You must be 18 years or older to purchase this program. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Susie Bright. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/suzy/130719/pf_suzy_130719_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
On May 30, 1593, London's most popular playwright was stabbed to death. The royal coroner ruled that Christopher Marlowe was killed in self-defense, but historians have long suspected otherwise, given his role as an "intelligencer" in the queen's secret service. In 16th century London, Marlowe embarks on his final intelligence assignment, hoping to find the culprits behind a high-stakes smuggling scheme. In present-day New York, grad student turned private eye Kate Morgan is called in on an urgent matter. One of her firm's top clients, a London-based financier, has chanced upon a mysterious manuscript that had been buried for centuries, one that someone is desperate to steal. What secret lurks in those yellowed ciphered pages? And how, so many years later, could it drive someone to kill? As Kate sets off for England, she receives a second assignment. An enigmatic art dealer has made an $11 million purchase from an Iranian intelligence officer. Is it a black-market antiquities deal, or something far more sinister? Like Marlowe, Kate moonlights as a spy, her P.I. firm doubles as an off-the-books U.S. intelligence unit, and she is soon caught like a pawn in a deadly international game. As The Intelligencer's interlocking narratives race toward a stunning collision, and Kate closes in on the truth behind Marlowe's sudden death, it becomes clear that she may have sealed a similar fate for herself. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jan Maxwell, Alfred Molina. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/000493/bk_sans_000493_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From wartime England to Nixon's America and beyond, Cynthia Helms was witness to some of the seminal events of our time - Vietnam, Watergate, and especially the demoralization of the CIA in the 1970s for political purposes. Opening with her feminist "epiphany" in 1968 (the annus horribilus as she describes it) that led her to end her first marriage of 24 years, this memoir reveals a world where appearances always had to be questioned, where rumors and gossip carried the weight of intrigue. Helms grew up on a farm in Maldon, England and served as one of the original Boat Crew Wrens during World War II. She came to the United States after the war with her first husband, a physician. Her later marriage to Richard Helms introduced her to a world previously known only to her in books, not just the physical world from Mexico to Fiji to Iran, but also the world of a spymaster who enjoyed the confidence of some of the most important leaders of the late twentieth century. Her time as the ambassador's wife in Tehran on the eve of the Iranian Revolution is especially telling, as she witnesses the charming but deeply flawed Shah slowly lose his way with his own people. Her "inside the beltway" observations are no less captivating, especially when her husband was being vilified by ambitious congressmen for events that happened long ago and far away and in a completely different national security context. A fascinating narrative, An Intriguing Life is a window to our most recent history. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Connie Ventress. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/010218/bk_acx0_010218_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The hilarious, poignant, and true story of one teen's experience growing up in America as an undocumented immigrant from the Middle East, perfect for fans of Mindy Kaling and Lena Dunham's books. At 13, bright-eyed straight-A student Sara Saedi uncovered a terrible family secret: She was breaking the law simply by living in the United States. Only two years old when her parents fled Iran, she didn't learn of her undocumented status until her older sister wanted to apply for an after-school job but couldn't because she didn't have a Social Security number. Fear of deportation kept Sara up at night, but it didn't keep her from being a teenager. She desperately wanted a green card, along with clear skin, her own car, and a boyfriend. Americanized follows Sara's progress toward getting her green card, but that's only a portion of her experiences as an Iranian "American" teenager. From discovering that her parents secretly divorced to facilitate her mother's green card application to learning how to tame her unibrow, Sara pivots gracefully from the terrifying prospect that she might be kicked out of the country at any time to the almost as terrifying possibility that she might be the only one of her friends without a date to the prom. This moving, often hilarious story is for anyone who has ever shared either fear. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lameece Issaq. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/029471/bk_adbl_029471_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 2014 it is possible that Israel, backed by the United States, will launch an attack on Iran. This would be a catastrophic event, risking war, bloodshed, and global economic collapse. In this passionate, but rationally argued essay, the author's attempt to avert a potential global catastrophe by showing that the grounds for war do not exist, that there are no Iranian nuclear weapons, and that Iran would happily come to a table and strike a deal. They argue that the military threats aimed by the West against Iran contravene international law, and argue that Iran is a civilised country and legitimate power across the Middle East.For years Peter Oborne and David Morrison have, in their respective fields, examined the actions of our political classes and found them wanting. Now they have joined forces to make a powerful case against military action. In the wake of the Iraq war, will the politicians listen? Peter Oborne is the chief political commentator of the Daily Telegraph, and a reporter for Channel 4's Dispatches and Unreported World. He has written a number of books and pamphlets that try to identify the power structures which lurk behind political discourse, including The Triumph of the Political Class. He is a regular on BBC programmes Any Questions and Question Time and often presents Week in Westminster. David Morrison has written many articles and two highly regarded pamphlets - Iraq: Lies, Half-Truths & Omissions and Iraq: How Regime Change Was Dressed Up as Disarmament - on the deception perpetrated by the British government to induce the British public to support military action against Iraq. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Sackville. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/016322/bk_adbl_016322_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From one of Iran's most acclaimed and controversial contemporary writers, his first novel to appear in English - a dazzlingly inventive work of fiction that opens a revelatory window onto what it's like to live, to love, and to be an artist in today's Iran.The novel entwines two equally powerful narratives. A writer named Shahriar - the author's fictional alter ego - has struggled for years against the all-powerful censor at the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. Now, on the threshold of 50, tired of writing dark and bitter stories, he has come to realize that the "world around us has enough death and destruction and sorrow." He sets out instead to write a bewitching love story, one set in present-day Iran. It may be his greatest challenge yet.Beautiful black-haired Sara and fiercely proud Dara fall in love in the dusty stacks of the library, where they pass secret messages to each other encoded in the pages of their favorite books. But Iran's Campaign Against Social Corruption forbids their being alone together. Defying the state and their disapproving parents, they meet in secret amid the bustling streets, Internet cafés, and lush private gardens of Tehran.Yet writing freely of Sara and Dara's encounters, their desires, would put Shahriar in as much peril as his lovers. Thus we read not just the scenes Shahriar has written but also the sentences and words he's crossed out or merely imagined, knowing they can never be published.Laced with surprising humor and irony, at once provocative and deeply moving, Censoring an Iranian Love Story takes us unforgettably to the heart of one of the world's most alluring yet least understood cultures. It is an ingenious, wholly original novel - a literary tour de force that is a triumph of art and spirit. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sunil Malhotra, Naila Azad. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/001849/bk_rand_001849_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Textbooks play a crucial role in language teaching particularly in EFL classrooms where they provide the primary form of linguistic input. EFL textbooks are expected to develop EFL students' linguistic and pragmatic competences. Pragmatics, claimed by some to be the fifth skill in language learning, needs to be incorporated as an integral component of EFL textbooks. However, there is little knowledge on how well pragmatic aspects of language are taken into consideration in developing EFL textbooks in general and Iranian high school English books in particular. This book addressing this gap in the literature attempts to explore pragmatic knowledge incorporation into English books in Iranian public education system. EFL teachers and researchers whose professional and academic interest lie in English teaching in public schools will benefit from studying this book.
The ultimate goal of English language teaching is to develop learners' communicative competence which will enable them to communicate successfully in the real world. Meaningful relationships with friends and neighbors and intercultural partners depend on the ability to deal effectively with differences in a positive manner. For this reason, language should be conceptualized as an integral part of society, culture and psyche. Language teaching and learning are not culturally neutral. One should consider the concept of languaculture as very useful in the construction of such a new understanding of the relationship between language and culture. The aim of this study is to examine the Iranian FLT course books in promoting intercultural competence and the prospect of creating intercultural understanding through English as a foreign language in the Iranian high school course books.