In 1900, aged 22, Charles Stewart Rolls was the best known motorist in Britain, better known than Jeremy Clarkson today, having won the ´´Thousand Mile Trial´´ of that year, the event that launched motoring as a practical popular concept. Rolls followed his success in the Trial by racing in highly dangerous inter-city races in Europe. He drove the fastest time ever achieved in Britain, although this was never ratified. At the same time, Rolls ran a large car-sales and service showroom in London, employing 70 staff with space for 200 cars. In the span of six months, he persuaded the secretary of the Automobile Society of Great Britain and Ireland to join him, and then, shortly after, discovered Henry Royce with whom his name is now forever linked. This triumvirate of talented engineers and businessmen took Rolls-Royce Ltd. to the pinnacle of motor and aero engineering that the company has occupied ever since. Rolls helped create the new sport of hot-air ballooning and raced his balloon for his country. He then joined a select band of intrepid pioneers who risked all to prove the theory of powered flight. He was first to fly the English Channel both ways but weeks later perished at the Bournemouth Air Show. Engineer, salesman, aristocrat, pioneer, and businessman, Charles Rolls offers us a timely reminder of British invention, courage, and ingenuity more than 100 years ago. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bruce Lawson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/051842/bk_acx0_051842_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Edmund Gill Swain (1861-1938) was an English cleric and author. He was a longtime friend of M. R. James, and his ghost stories show James´ influence. ´The Man with the Roller´ is a strange tale about a photograph in which a strange figure of a man with a roller appears and drags the roller from one part of the lawn to another. But how can this happen? Who is the man? Why is he constantly rolling the lawn? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cathy Dobson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/redd/000692/bk_redd_000692_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Newbery Honor Award winner and New York Times best seller Roller Girl is a heartwarming tale about friendship and surviving junior high through the power of roller derby - perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier´s Smile! For most of her 12 years, Astrid has done everything with her best friend Nicole. But after Astrid falls in love with roller derby and signs up for derby camp, Nicole decides to go to dance camp instead. And so begins the most difficult summer of Astrid´s life as she struggles to keep up with the older girls at camp, hang on to the friend she feels slipping away, and cautiously embark on a new friendship. As the end of summer nears and her first roller derby bout (and junior high!) draws closer, Astrid realizes that maybe she is strong enough to handle the bout, a lost friendship, and middle school...in short, strong enough to be a roller girl.In this graphic novel debut - now adapted for audio - that earned a Newbery Honor and five starred reviews, real-life derby girl Victoria Jamieson has created an inspiring coming-of-age story about friendship, perseverance, and girl power!Performed by Almarie Guerra, with Jesse Bernstein, Ron Butler, Abigail Caro, Robbie Daymond, Giordan Diaz, Em Eldridge, Christopher Gebauer, Kelly Gildea, Kim Mai Guest, Kirby Heyborne, Hillary Huber, Rachel Jacobs, Sarah Jaffe, Linda Korn, Jorjeana Marie, Kathleen McInerney, Alex McKenna, Cassandra Morris, P.J. Ochlan, Adenrele Ojo, Georgette Perna, Kate Reinders, Tara Sands, Monika Felice Smith, Bahni Turpin,and Julianna Wilson. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Almarie Guerra, Various. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lili/003418/bk_lili_003418_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Praised by the Washington Post for his ´´subtle and effective voice´´, award-winning storyteller Pablo Medina has written a new novel, a radiant journey through the mind of Amadeo Terra, a Cuban cigar factory worker confined in a Florida hospital after a stoke has left him paralyzed. His body no longer works, but his mind is very much alive, as is his ruthless and audacious wit. His only human contact is with the callous nurse who constantly scolds him, the orderly who barely acknowledges him, and the nun who prays for Amadeo´s salvation while he fantasizes about what´s under her habit. One day Nurse feeds him mango from a baby-food jar, a departure from the usual bland mush, and the taste of it on his tongue brings memories of his life in Havana flooding back. Once a master cigar roller in Cuba and an imperious patriarch of enormous appetites, Amadeo now confronts the long-buried facts of his previously unexamined life. The Cigar Roller is a tour de force, an evocative portrait of a man whose life, once governed unapologetically by his most base urges, is now reduced mercilessly to its most basic functions. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/001088/bk_blak_001088_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In Random, Illinois, not much has changed in the last century. Things there move more slowly than they do in the city. At times, history seems to be moving in reverse. That’s how it seems; some folks would say that’s how it is. For Jason, Frank, Ronnie, and Lizzy, there are bits and pieces of the past that won’t go away. Not in the daylight world, and not in their dreams.They shared a secret, a bond of silence and guilt. They shared the memory of an old woman’s dry, crackling voice, the heat and sizzling terror of flames beyond their control, and the mesmerizing image of a handful of bones. Roll Them Bones is a story of closure. It is a twisting, twining mystery that refuses to make sense, bringing four children who’d grown apart in adulthood back for one last chapter. Halloween past, Halloween present – and who’s to say which is more real? Her eyes Haunt them. Her voice follows them through their nightmares. The flames lick up from below with the slow promise of destruction. ´´For an evil heart, no deed atones, to know the future? Roll them bones....´´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeffrey Kafer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/kafr/000002/bk_kafr_000002_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Martin Devereux, one of the world’s top helmsmen, runs a boatyard and charter fleet on the south coast with his elderly partner, Henry. While Martin is away in Australia, a series of sinister accidents takes place at the boatyard, and when he returns he is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery that is threatening his livelihood. Following an invitation to sail in the Marbella Cup match series, Martin finds himself caught on an accelerating roller coaster of violence and fear that sweeps him to southern Spain - the Costa del Crime. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Jayston. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/003630/bk_bbcw_003630_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
All Bernadette ´´Bernie´´ O´Brien, an underachieving, overweight 14-year-old, who happens to be blind, wants is an average share of happiness. Instead, her life is on a runaway roller coaster that can only plummet down. As she begins her freshman year at Desert Vista High School, Bernie yearns to win love from Jason, her sister´s football-star boyfriend. Instead, child-like Nick attaches himself to Bernie like acne. Then Bernie´s best friend, Leese, dumps her for more popular girls during the first week of school. Bernie keeps her head up and makes friends at the losers´ table - until Jason hits on one of those friends. Bernie´s health spirals downward, but she refuses to accept a diagnosis of kidney disease. When Leese falsely accuses a young teacher of abusing her, Bernie falters between the choice of regaining their friendship or saving the teacher´s career. Failed by those she idealizes, despising her own weaknesses, Bernie rejects her friends and family and veers toward depression. A Roller Coaster Down is a luminous, gently humorous story of failure and redemption, of the universal hunt for love and self-respect. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Maya Tuttle. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/057241/bk_acx0_057241_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Meet tiny Tiffany and her big personality in this touching story of compassion, determination, and triumph. Listeners will discover the dark and dank place (a puppy mill) where Tiffany began her life and experience her rescue and hope for a brighter tomorrow. Yet even after her rescue, Tiffany struggles to play like the other dogs due to her injuries and weak legs. With the help of her foster mom, Ashley, Tiffany gains strength in both body and spirit while she waits for her adoptive family. Tiffany discovers independence and positivity when she gets a wheelchair that allows her to run and play like the other dogs. Tiffany Rolls On promotes perspective building and empathy for others, while also supporting conversations about both animal welfare and the fact that our commonalities outweigh our differences.Perfect for ages four and up, Tiffany’s story can be useful in a variety of humane-themed lessons, including discussions about disabilities, animal welfare, adoption, and companion animal care. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kay Mack. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/144426/bk_acx0_144426_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Based on a true story. Faced with graduating with over 100,000 dollars in student loan debt, University of Miami freshman Cameron McKinney starts the largest sports betting ring in campus history. Business booms, supplying him with thousands of dollars of tax-free cash per week and the connections to experience South Beach nightlife as a VIP. Cameron raises the stakes, signing up hundreds of customers and taking on a group of jet-setting international bettors. As his operation grows, so does his ego. His stormy relationship with the daughter of a prominent Republican Party lobbyist takes its toll on the business, and his business partner´s reckless lifestyle threatens to bring him down completely. High Rollers gives a window into lifestyles of the young and rich, exploring the consequences of ambition, wealth, and relationships. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Teague Dean. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/104383/bk_acx0_104383_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An ex-con on the straight and narrow is pulled into a twisted game of Russian Roulette in Las Vegas to save his wife. 666. Six Contestants, six chambers in a revolver and six sides of a die. Riley Toback is at a crossroads. After serving a four year prison sentence for Armed Robbery, he´s determined to make a fresh start in Atlantic City. Until his brother-in-law, drowning in gambling debt, convinces him to pull a heist at a Jersey Shore nightclub. In the aftermath of the botched robbery, Karim Rashid, a vicious Indian gangster, tracks them down. And he makes Riley an offer. Triple Six. One round is loaded into a revolver and the chamber is spun. The Contestant rolls a die, with the face value dictating how many times the weapon is fired. If you can survive three rounds, you win. With his wife and life on the line, Riley takes the deal. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bob Dunsworth. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/014464/bk_acx0_014464_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.