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Brewing Fine Fiction Narrator:
SynopsisBook View Cafe's members include international bestselling authors and winners of the National Book Award, the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and many others. Most have sold multiple novels to major publishers. Many have taught writing at workshops around the world. The knowledge of these professional authors is gathered into a volume that will help both new and experienced writers cope with the creative challenges and the nuts-and-bolts business issues of a career in writing fiction. Contributors include: Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff, Amy Sterling Casil, Brenda W. Clough, Lori Devoti, Chris Dolley, Laura Anne Gilman, Sue Lange, Ursula K. Le Guin, Vonda N. McIntyre, Nancy Jane Moore, Pati Nagle, Steven Harper Piziks, Irene Radford, Patricia Rice, Madeleine E. Robins, Deborah J. Ross, Sherwood Smith, Jennifer Stevenson, Judith Tarr, Gerald M. Weinberg, and Sarah Zettel.
Beyond the Dark Narrator:
SynopsisThe dead have risen, and their hunger for the flesh of the living is insatiable.… It has been six weeks since the virus engulfed the world. Everyone who was infected died, and then rose again. Governments collapsed, armies fell, and civilizations turned to dust as the human race tore itself to pieces. The living are in danger of becoming extinct.… Jeff Blaine has witnessed the annihilation of his family and everything that mattered to him. When he steps outside his home for the first time since the world died, he meets Megan, George, and Jason, three other survivors who force him to accept that there may still be a reason to fight and live to see another day. It doesn’t take long for the quartet to stumble into a trap set by a group led by the charismatic Michael. While he promises a safe haven from the undead behind the walls of his makeshift fortress, the loyalty he and his cronies demand may be too high a price for Jeff and the others to pay. Daylight is fading for humanity.… When a routine supply run to a nearby town turns deadly and the ghouls walking the street track the living back to their hideout, the mettle of the meager band of survivors will be tested as they are forced to face the onslaught of the undead. Even as they flee, and their world falls deeper into despair, Jeff and the others must find a way to defeat not only the undead, but the hatred that threatens to cripple their souls. Because the only way anyone will survive is if they can find their way beyond the dark.
Comes the Dark Narrator:
SynopsisFirst time novelist, Patrick D'Orazio, takes us on a journey that follows the path of the everyman, Jeff Blaine, in the days after the end of the world. Six weeks have passed since the virus ravaged the world's population and in that time most of humanity has passed into shadow, turning into corrupt, rotting flesh eaters that known only pain and hunger as they attempt to destroy the remaining members of the human race. Jeff has lost everything, including much of his desire to continue surviving in this hell on earth. The idea of lashing out at the monsters who took his life away is the only remaining pleasure left, so Jeff decides to leave his house and destroy as many of the creatures as he can before he is annihilated by them. It doesn't take long for Jeff to discover that he is not alone. Other survivors like Megan, George, and Jason that he finds along his path of self-destruction force him to rethink his plan. They aren't willing to give up just yet-they not only want to survive, they want to live. So as the darkness threatens to consume him, Jeff has to decide if he is willing to keep fighting for himself and the others, or let the bitterness wrapped around his soul destroy him.
Into the Dark Narrator:
SynopsisSix weeks ago, the mysterious virus came out of nowhere and engulfed the world. Everyone infected seemed to die...then rise again. Jeff Blaine did his best to hold his family together and to protect them from the horrors scratching at their door, but in the end, they were ripped away from him like everything else that ever mattered. Lost and alone, Jeff decided his only option was to destroy as many of the monsters that stole his life away before they destroy him as well. But when he discovers Megan, George, and Jason, three other survivors not interested in giving up just yet, he reluctantly accepts that there might still be a reason to fight and live to see another day. Traveling through the blasted landscape their world has become, the quartet discovers that the living dead aren't the only danger with which they must cope. Even other survivors who promise safety and security from the hordes of ghouls roaming the wastelands will test loyalties and their faith in humankind. Jeff and his small band of newfound friends must forge a semblance of life in the newly blighted world. And they will have only the light of their own humanity by which to navigate as everything around them descends into the dark.
SynopsisA serious and seriously entertaining exploration of the dark and varied obsessions that the 'civilized West' has had with decapitated heads and skulls. The human head is exceptional. It accommodates four of our five senses, encases the brain, and boasts the most expressive set of muscles in the body. It is our most distinctive attribute and connects our inner selves to the outer world. Yet there is a dark side to the head's preeminence, one that has, in the course of human history, manifested itself in everything from decapitation to headhunting. So explains anthropologist Frances Larson in this fascinating history of decapitated human heads. From the Western collectors whose demand for shrunken heads spurred massacres to Second World War soldiers who sent the remains of the Japanese home to their girlfriends, from Madame Tussaud modeling the guillotined head of Robespierre to Damien Hirst photographing decapitated heads in city morgues, from grave-robbing phrenologists to skull-obsessed scientists, Larson explores our macabre fixation with severed heads.
After the Tears Narrator:
SynopsisThe trauma and grief of growing up in an alcoholic or addicted family create a lifetime of baggage. If you grew up in an addicted family, the dysfunction that permeated every aspect of your childhood may have seemed 'normal', and you may not even realize the level of affect alcohol still has on your adult life—whether or not you drink. If you are one of the millions of Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOAs), the cost of your childhood pain can be unbearable. You may have learned how to 'survive', but are you 'living' your life? Do you fear normal conflict? Do you blame yourself when something goes wrong—even when it isn't your fault? Are you a chaos junkie? Or do you just fear relationships because they are too difficult or too painful? Having devoted much of their careers to working with ACOAs, therapists Jane Middelton-Moz and Lorie Dwinell now take a deeper look into the origin and cost of childhood pain, as well as the grief resolution process that is integral to recovery. This revised and expanded edition of their groundbreaking 1986 hit After the Tears discusses the latest research and offers insights on living a good life despite a dysfunctional childhood by tackling issues such as intimacy, sibling relationships, codependency, breaking the alcoholic pattern, building a relationship with the inner child, forgiveness, and opening a window to spirituality.
Shame & Guilt Narrator:
Synopsis'It is my feeling that debilitating shame and guilt are at the root of all dysfunctions in families,' says Jane Middelton-Moz. A few common characteristics of adults shamed in childhood: You may suffer extreme shyness, embarrassment and feelings of being inferior to others. You don't believe you make mistakes, you believe you are a mistake. You feel controlled from the outside and from within. You feel that normal spontaneous expression is blocked. You may suffer from debilitating guilt; you apologize constantly. You have little sense of emotional boundaries; you feel constantly violated by others; you frequently build false boundaries. If you see yourself in any of these characteristics, you can learn how shame keeps you from being the person you were born to be and how to change that. Shame & Guilt describes how debilitating shame is created and fostered in childhood and how it manifests itself in adulthood and in intimate relationships. Through the use of myths and fairytales to portray different shaming environments, Dr. Middelton-Moz allows you to reach the shamed child within you and to add clarity to what could be difficult concepts. Listen to Shame & Guilt - you're worth it.
Stripped Down Narrator:
SynopsisWhere else but a Tristan Taormino erotica collection can you find a femme vigilante, a virgin baby butch, and a snake charmer jostling for your attention? The salacious stories in Stripped Down draw you in like honeyed voices from an upstairs room. In Peggy Munson's 'Into the Baptismal,' two farm girls decide to test their virginity pledges one rainy summer night. Quinn Vertiz's 'Jubilee' describes a classic American rite of passage a trip to a trailer brothel in the Nevada desert but with a truck full of butch dykes in place of the local boys. In Skian McGuire's 'Phoebe's Undercover Bon Voyage,' a group of well-equipped tops indulge a friend's cop fetish before she a real cop goes undercover. And Kathleen Warnock's 'After Lunch' makes it clear that the best dish in a small-town restaurant isn't on the menu. Guest editor Eileen Myles adds her street smarts and lyrical dynamism to Tristan Taormino's powerful collection of riveting girl-girl erotica.
Brand Relevance Narrator:
SynopsisBranding guru David Aaker explains how to eliminate the competition and become the lead brand in your market. This ground-breaking book defines the concept of brand relevance using dozens of case studies—Prius, Whole Foods, Westin, iPad, and more—and explains how brand relevance drives market dynamics, which generates opportunities for your brand and threats for the competition. Aaker reveals how these companies have made other brands in their categories irrelevant. Key points: When managing a new category of product, treat it as if it were a brand. By failing to produce what customers want, or losing momentum and visibility, your brand becomes irrelevant. You can create barriers to competitors by supporting innovation at every level of the organization. Using dozens of case studies, this book shows how to create or dominate new categories or subcategories, making competitors irrelevant. Aakers explains how to manage the new category or subcategory as if it were a brand and how to create barriers to competitors. The book describes the threat of becoming irrelevant by failing to make what customers are buying or by losing energy. David Aaker, the author of four brand books, has been called the father of branding. This book offers insight for creating and/or owning a new business arena. Instead of being the best, the goal is to be the only brand around—making competitors irrelevant.
Dragonfly Effect, The Narrator:
SynopsisHere are proven strategies for harnessing the power of social media to drive social change. Many books teach the mechanics of using Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to compete in business. But no book addresses how to harness the incredible power of social media to make a difference. The Dragonfly Effect shows you how to tap social media and consumer psychological insights to achieve a single, concrete goal.Named for the only insect that is able to move in any direction when its four wings are working in concert, this book:•Reveals the four 'wings' of the Dragonfly Effect—and how they work together to produce colossal results•Features original case studies of global organizations like the Gap, Starbucks, Kiva, Nike, eBay, Facebook, and start-ups like Groupon and COOKPAD, showing how they achieve social good and customer loyalty•Leverage the power of design thinking and psychological research with practical strategies•Reveals how everyday people achieve unprecedented results—whether finding an almost impossible bone marrow match for a friend, raising millions for cancer research, or electing the current president of the United StatesThe Dragonfly Effect shows that you don't need money or power to inspire seismic change.
Spanning Silos Narrator:
SynopsisWhy do so many chief marketing officers of multinationals last only two or three years on the job? Because product and country marketing teams – or “silos” – make their professional mandate impossible. Without synergy across silos, global CMOs cannot achieve their goals. In this eminently practical audiobook, branding guru David A. Aaker tells CMOs what they must do: • Find the right role and scope • Gain credibility and buy-in • Use teams to link silos • Develop a common planning process • Adapt the master brand to silo markets • Prioritize brands in the portfolio • Develop silo-spanning marketing programs For each item, Aaker breaks down the CMO’s ambitious organizational challenges into manageable tasks of facilitation, consultation, and partnering. With his guidance, CMOs will have a better chance of reducing the negative attitude toward central marketing, gaining necessary support and resources, implementing cross-silo strategy and programs, cultivating a marketing-oriented culture, improving the pool of marketing talent, and moving toward a leadership role. For some firms, reducing the silo problem is the key to winning; for others, it is no less than the key to survival.
Welcome to Your Brain Narrator:
SynopsisThe popular, myth-busting guide to the neuroscience of everyday life, by two high-profile neuroscientists.In this lively audiobook, Sandra Aamodt and Sam Wang dispel common myths about the brain and provide a comprehensive, useful overview of how it really works. In its pages, you'll discover how to cope with jet lag, how your brain affects your religion, and how men's and women's brains differ. With witty, accessible prose, this audiobook is great for quick reference or extended listening. Both practical and fun, this book is perfect whether you want to impress your friends or simply use your brain better.
Investing with Purpose Narrator:
Timothy Andrés Pabon
SynopsisWhen he was 24 years old, Mark Aardsma was fired. He had little in the way of savings. But instead of panicking and seeking to land a new job immediately, he sat down and began to invest his time and money differently. By the time he was 34, he had multiplied his limited savings a thousand fold and controlled a multi-million-dollar portfolio of businesses and other investments.The notes he took as he made his idiosyncratic journey have now been expanded into a detailed guidebook for anyone aspiring to a bigger and better future. In Investing with Purpose, you will learn how to:Use all your resources to build your future, especially your precious, limited time.Avoid the emotional pitfalls that lead smart investors to make bad decisions.Face your fear and take reasonable risks to capitalize on your best opportunities.Apply your unique investment advantages—the only reliable path to superior results.Investing with Purpose will inspire you to use what you have to create the future you want. Whether your goal is to get rich, protect the rainforest, or just improve the neighborhood, this book will help you get there.
Chicken Soup for the Parent's Soul Narrator:
SynopsisCertain to appeal to all parents—whether they are expecting or raising their first new addition, in-the-trenches veterans or empty-nesters—this delightful Chicken Soup book offers a collection of inspiring and entertaining stories that relate to the triumphs, tribulations, challenges, and joys of raising a family. Chapters include: 'The Joys of Parenting,' 'A Mother's Love,' 'A Father's Love,' 'Special Connections,' 'Special Moments,' 'Insights and Lessons,' 'Overcoming Obstacles,' 'Surviving Loss,' 'Across the Generations,' and 'Letting Go.' With contributions from celebrity and 'ordinary' parents alike, each story speaks to the range of emotions and experiences of all types of parents—single parents, foster parents, parents of adopted children, or part of a two-parent family with biological children. By sharing the personal experiences of others, this book will offer inspiration and advice to parents going through a difficult time, provide reassurance to those who worry that they're not living up to the Supermom or Superdad ideal, and share a wealth of experiences that show why being a parent is such a worthwhile and rewarding vocation. This book is a must-read for any parent or parent-to-be!
Crossing By Night Narrator:
SynopsisBritain faced defeat unless it could crack the Nazi's 'unbreakable' secret coding machine. In a last-chance effort, the British Secret Service chose a gifted amateur - Elizabeth Pack - a beautiful young American of proven courage and passionate recklessness, to steal the Nazi High Command's greatest secret. An adventure of heart-pounding intrigue that takes the listener from the Spanish Civil War to Berlin, Prague, and Warsaw, Elizabeth's perilous adventures and heated affairs climax in a breath-taking flight across Hitler's Germany on the edge of war. And Elizabeth's prize, an obscure coding machine, provides the margin of victory over Hitler in the Battle of Britain. Crossing By Night is based on the exploits of the real-life American woman who changed the course of World War II. Her extraordinary adventures inspired Ian Fleming to create the famous James Bond.