Ein Ticket für den Friedhof ist der achte Roman mit Lawrence Blocks fesselndster Figur, Matthew Scudder. Eher klassischer Thriller als Kriminalroman, ist er vielleicht sogar sein bester. Von heftigen Schuldgefühlen geplagt, hat Scudder Frau und Kinder verlassen und den Polizeidienst quittiert, um in einem Hotel in New Yorks Hell¿s Kitchen ein einsames Dasein zu fristen und sich in Jimmy Armstrong¿s Saloon gleich um die Ecke vorwiegend von Bourbon und Kaffee zu ernähren. Inzwischen hat er zwar dem Alkohol abgeschworen, lebt aber immer noch in demselben spartanischen Hotelzimmer und verdient sich das wenige Geld, das er zum Leben braucht, indem er, wie er es selbst nennt, ´´Freunden hin und wieder einen Gefallen tut´´. Dann holt ihn eines Tages die Vergangenheit ein. Zwölf Jahre zuvor hat Matthew Scudder vor Gericht eine Falschaussage gemacht, um James Leo Motley hinter Gitter zu bringen. Inzwischen ist der brutale Gewaltverbrecher wieder auf freiem Fuß und sinnt auf Rache. Scudders Freunde und ehemalige Geliebte - sogar vollkommen Fremde, die das Pech hatten, denselben Familiennamen zu tragen - bezahlen mit ihrem Leben. Denn der rachsüchtige Psychopath ist fest entschlossen, nicht eher zu ruhen, als bis er seinen Erzfeind wieder in den Suff getrieben - und dann ins Grab gebracht hat. ´´Man kann dieses Buch einfach nicht mehr aus der Hand legen´´, schrieb die Washington Post Book World. ´´Anhaltende Spannung und ein atemberaubendes Ende.´´ Der Boston Herald lobte Ein Ticket für den Friedhof als ´´fesselnden Spannungsroman, der die Nerven des Lesers auf eine harte Belastungsprobe stellt´´. Ins selbe Horn stößt die San Diego-Union Tribune: ´´Nervenzehrende, kaum zu ertragende Spannung. Lawrence Block ist einer von Amerikas besten Krimiautoren, und er war nie besser als in diesem Buch.´´
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ? The bestselling author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is at her superb best in this fun-loving, moving novel about what it means to be truly alive. WINNER OF THE SOUTHERN BOOK PRIZE Elmwood Springs, Missouri, is a small town like any other, but something strange is happening at the cemetery. Still Meadows, as it´s called, is anything but still. Original, profound, The Whole Town´s Talking, a novel in the tradition of Thornton Wilder´s Our Town and Flagg´s own Can´t Wait to Get to Heaven, tells the story of Lordor Nordstrom, his Swedish mail-order bride, Katrina, and their neighbors and descendants as they live, love, die, and carry on in mysterious and surprising ways. Lordor Nordstrom created, in his wisdom, not only a lively town and a prosperous legacy for himself but also a beautiful final resting place for his family, friends, and neighbors yet to come. ´´Resting place´´ turns out to be a bit of a misnomer, however. Odd things begin to happen, and it starts the whole town talking. With her wild imagination, great storytelling, and deep understanding of folly and the human heart, the beloved Fannie Flagg tells an unforgettable story of life, afterlife, and the remarkable goings-on of ordinary people. In The Whole Town´s Talking, she reminds us that community is vital, life is a gift, and love never dies. Praise for The Whole Town´s Talking ´´A witty multigenerational saga . . . [Fannie] Flagg´s down-home wisdom, her affable humor and her long view of life offer a pleasant respite in nerve-jangling times.´´-People ´´Fannie Flagg at her best.´´-The Florida Times-Union ´´If there´s one thing Fannie Flagg can do better than anybody else, it´s tell a story, and she outdoes herself in The Whole Town´s Talking. . . . Brilliant . . . equally on the level as her famous Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe.´´-The Newport Plain Talk ´´Delightful.´´-The Washington Post ´´A ringing affirmation of love, community and life itself.´´-Richmond Times-Dispatch
At the height of the Cold War, Captain Jake Grafton becomes entangled in the hunt for a spy selling high-tech military secrets to the Soviet Union. Naval pilot Jake Grafton flies fighter jets with ice water in his veins. But when he’s assigned a desk job in the Pentagon as the head of a top-secret stealth bomber program, his nerve is tested as never before. Colleagues die mysteriously, test flights are sabotaged, and the program is threatened at every level. America faces a deadly, catastrophic threat. If Grafton can’t infiltrate a web of espionage and counter-espionage centered round the deadly traitor, code-named the Minotaur, embedded in the highest reaches of the U.S. government, he stands to lose much more than just his career. The Minotaur is an exhilarating mixture of cutting-edge aviation, spies, and counter-spies, all set in the complex world of military technology R&D. In this unique espionage thriller written early in his career, Coonts’s extraordinary talent is brilliantly displayed. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Benjamin L. Darcie. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/005650/bk_brll_005650_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A family saga spanning three generations, beginning in 1861, and ending in 1934. The story takes place in Derbyshire, England, and follows the lives of the Freeman and Lambert families. Their lives were forever changed when a widow with seven children, married a widower with seven children. Three step sibling marriages are arranged to benefit from a dowry that was doubled by their filial unions. The way in which their lives intertwine is the grist for Twisted Trees. It is a story of one man´s ambition to rise above the oppressive class system, where men were judged by their heritage and not their ability; where women often endured loveless marriages rather than face the stigma of divorce. Above all, it is Polly´s story. A woman of great courage, who had the nerve to escape a cruel, loveless marriage, and fight for her children. Her love of family and family values have left a legacy that is still carried on today by her great-great-great grandchildren. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sandy Latka. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/061876/bk_acx0_061876_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A strange and terrifying ability surfaces in investigative journalist Sam Cleave, leaving his associate, Dr. Nina Gould, worried for his health. But Sam is not the one she should be worried about. Nina discovers Sam´s psychic talent is not meant to help others - quite the opposite. Somewhere, Sam has contracted a parasite that attacks the brain, facilitating heightened powers of hypnotic suggestion through increased electrical activity in the neurons. In other words: mind control. When their mutual friend, David Purdue, is kidnapped and tortured by an evil Nazi by the name of Klaus Kemper, a distant connection to Sam´s malady comes into play. Kemper knows Sam´s psychic powers are the work of an ancient organism that happens to be caught within the amber resin used in the legendary lost art masterpiece, the Amber Room, and he wants the power it holds to brainwash the world into submission. Purdue, Sam, and Nina embark on a quest to find the Amber Room, reputed to have been destroyed during WWII. They have 48 hours to deliver it to Kemper or else the Order of the Black Sun will execute the German chancellor and subjugate the countries of the European Union. But the last lost pieces of the Amber Room are hidden by a clandestine Red Army unit under one of the most inaccessible and hazardous locations in the world: the Chernobyl Power Plant. Mystery of the Amber Room leads the listener on a roller-coaster ride in search of a legend. Packed with breathtaking suspense and nerve-shredding action, Mystery of the Amber Room is a thrilling listen for all fans of action, suspense, and intrigue. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Clay. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/117109/bk_acx0_117109_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
No country of people´s democracy has so many nationalities as this country has. Only in Czechoslovakia do there exist two kindred nationalities, while in some of the other countries there are only minorities. Consequently in these countries of people´s democracy there has been no need to settle such serious problems as we have had to settle here. With them the road to socialism is less complicated than is the case here. (Tito) The World War II era produced many leaders of titanic determination, men whose strengths and weaknesses left an extraordinary imprint on historical affairs. Josip Broz Tito, better known to history as Marshal Tito, was undoubtedly one of these figures. Originally a machinist, Tito leveraged his success in the Communist Party of Yugoslavia (CPY) and a number of extraordinary strokes of luck into dictatorial rule over Yugoslavia for a span of 35 years. World War II proved the watershed that enabled him to secure control of the country, leading an ever more powerful army of communist partisans against both the Germans and other Yugoslav factions. During the war, SS leader Heinrich Himmler himself begrudgingly stated, ´´He has really earned his title of Marshal. When we catch him we shall kill him at once...but I wish we had a dozen Titos in Germany, men who were leaders and had such resolution and good nerves, that, even though they were forever encircled, they would never give in.´´ During his reign, Tito managed to quash the intense national feelings of the diverse groups making up the Yugoslavian population, and he did so through several methods. He managed to successfully play the two superpower rivals, the United States and the Soviet Union, off against each other during the Cold War, and in doing so, he maintained a considerable amount of independence from both, even as he additionally received foreign aid to keep his regime afloat. All the while he remained defiant, once penning a legendary letter to Joseph Stalin w 1. Language: English. Narrator: Colin Fluxman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/083214/bk_acx0_083214_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
George Soros Ends the Speculation ´´The outcome [of this book] is a summing up of my life´s work. . . As I finish the book, I feel I have succeeded.´´-George Soros from the Preface Critical praise for Soros on Soros ´´If you have ever wanted to sit down for a candid conversation with a phenomenal financial success, George Soros´s book provides the opportunity. You will meet a complex man and a first-rate mind.´´-Henry A. Kissinger ´´The best expert on Soros is undoubtedly George Soros! After all, who is better equipped to tell us what he really thinks and how he thinks, a matter of some importance given the fact that he has translated a remarkable personal financial success into a truly generous and historically significant effort to promote postcommunist democracy.´´ -Zbigniew Brzezinski ´´The best X-ray of the mind of the master yet.´´ -Barton M. Biggs ´´George Soros brings a lot more to the world of finance than the intuition and nerve of a born trader-and in Soros on Soros he´s no longer bashful about telling us about it. A philosopher at heart, George attributes his success at investing to a theory of the interaction of reality and human perception. What really drives the man now, with a personal fortune beyond all personal need, is a different kind of strategic investing-investment to build in Eastern Europe the kind of open societies he came to value in his own life.´´ -Paul A. Volcker Financial guru George Soros is one of the most colorful and intriguing figures in the financial world today. Now in Soros on Soros, readers are given their most intimate and revealing look yet into the life and mind of the one BusinessWeek dubbed, ´´The Man Who Moves Markets.´´ Soros on Soros interweaves financial theory and personal reminiscence, political analysis and moral reflection to offer a compelling portrait of the world (and its markets) according to Soros. In an interview-style narrative with Byron Wien, Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, and with German journalist Krisztina Koenen, Soros vividly describes the genesis of his brilliant financial career and shares his views on investing and global finance, politics and the emerging world order, and the responsibility of power. Speaking with remarkable candor, he traces his progress from Holocaust survivor to philosophy student, unsuccessful tobacco salesman to the world´s most powerful and profitable trader and introduces us to the people and events that helped shape his character and his often controversial views. In describing the investment theories and financial strategies that have made him ´´a superstar among money managers´´ (The New York Times), Soros tells the fascinating story of the phenomenally successful Soros Fund Management and its $12 billion flagship, Quantum Fund. He also offers fresh insights into some of his most sensational wins and losses, including a firsthand account of the $1 billion he made going up against the British pound and the fortune he lost speculating on the yen. Plus: Soros´s take on the devaluation of the peso and currency fluctuations internationally. He tells of the personal and professional crises that more than once threatened to destroy him and of the personal resources he drew upon to turn defeat into resounding victory. And he explains his motivations for establishing the Soros Foundation and the Open Society Institute through which he worked to build open societies in postcommunist countries in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Finally, turning his attention to international politics, Soros offers keen insights into the current state of affairs in Russia and the former communist bloc countries and analyzes the reasons behind and likely consequences of the West´s failure to properly integrate them into the free world. He also explores the crisis of the ERM and analyzes the pros and cons of investing in a number of emerging markets. Find out what makes one of the greatest financial wizards of this or any age tick. Soros on Soros is a must read for anyone interested in world finance and international policy. George Soros Ends the Speculation ´´The outcome [of this book] is a summing up of my life´s work. . . As I finish the book, I feel I have succeeded.´´-George Soros from the Preface Critical praise for Soros on Soros ´´If you have ever wanted to sit down for a candid conversation with a phenomenal financial success, George Soros´s book provides the opportunity. You will meet a complex man and a first-rate