This book will help anyone who is interested in learning more about death, coping with a loss, approaching death, or explaining death to a child. It is an exploratory journey that includes multiple viewpoints, including Steve Jobs´ embrace of his death, Ray Kurzweil´s striving for immortality, and Joseph Campbell´s view of death as the ´´ornament of life´´. The book looks at death from the perspectives of atheists, Christians, and Tibetan Buddhists, among many others. Interestingly, it considers the often unexplored aspects such as the curious relationship between death and ayahuasca. It is a guidebook, offering insights and comfort on a topic that many find frightening or macabre. The author grew up with a skeleton in his living room, and surrounded by other symbols of death. His unusual upbringing makes him uniquely qualified to serve as guide. As you join him in discovering more about death, you will find yourself enjoying a fuller life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Greg Zarcone. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/073778/bk_acx0_073778_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Paris, 1627. Ravaged by a new outbreak of the Black Death, France is ripe for civil unrest and rebellion. When Louis XIII´s younger brother marches on the palace at the head of an army backed by the country´s enemies, the king and his wife, Anne of Austria, are driven into exile and hiding. Four years later a young man from Gascony flees north after losing his entire family to the plague and his land to armed peasants. Hungry and desperate, he finds himself falling in with three most unusual men and their even more unusual friends. All is not as it seems, however. What sort of intrigue has young Charles d´Artagnan stumbled upon? Author´s note: This book contains graphic depictions of sex and violence and includes descriptions of self-injury with religious connotations. It is intended for adult listeners. We Feared to Fly contains bonus content in the form of an excerpt from the next book in the series, No Haven Beckons. Based on the D´Artagnan romances by Alexandre Dumas. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gwendolyn Druyor. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/048520/bk_acx0_048520_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Among members of the outlaw motorcycle clubs, Caesar Campbell is a legend. Former sergeant-at-arms and chief enforcer for the Comancheros, Caesar became the founding member and sergeant-at-arms of the Australian chapter of the Bandidos. He epitomised bikie culture - unbeatable in a fight, brutal in the extreme, fearing no one and nothing, and loyal until death. This is Caesar´s story, from his recruitment into the Comancheros, to the savage split within the club that led to the foundation of the Bandidos and the bloody massacre at Milperra that resulted from it. Enforcer is a unique and captivating true-crime story that will shock you with its raw violence, its brutality and its insights into an outlaw world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dave Ferguson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/boli/001491/bk_boli_001491_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the author of Boston Strong: A City’s Triumph Over Tragedy ´´Joseph Barboza is the most dangerous individual known.” -FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, 1965 Joe Barboza knew that there were two requirements for getting inducted into the Mafia. You had to be Sicilian. And you had to commit a contract killing. The New Bedford-born mobster was a proud Portuguese, not Sicilian, but his dream to be part of La Cosa Nostra proved so strong that he thought he could create a loophole. If he killed enough men, if he did enough of the Mafia’s dirtiest biddings, then they would have no choice but to make him a Made Man. Barboza’s brutal rise during one of the deadliest mob wars in US history became the stuff of legend, both on the bloodied streets of Boston and in the offices of the FBI and the US Attorney General. He took sick joy in his crimes, and it became increasingly difficult for the mob to keep the Animal on his leash. But soon the hunter became the hunted. Betrayed by the mob and now on the run, Boston’s most notorious contract killer forged a Faustian bargain with two unscrupulous FBI agents - a pact that would transform the US criminal justice system. From false testimony and manipulated evidence that sent mob leaders to death row, to the creation of the Witness Protection Program so the feds could protect their prized, cold-blooded witness, this was the horrific, dramatic first act in a story of murder and FBI corruption still being played out today in the news and the courtroom with the capture and trial of Whitey Bulger. Barboza’s legacy, buried for years thanks to the murders or deaths of its participants, is finally coming to light and being told in its unvarnished brutality by one of America’s most respected true crime writers. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim Goad. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/050255/bk_adbl_050255_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
True War Crimes of the Gestapo: Stories of the Feared German Police Force... The Gestapo were the secret police that Hitler instituted to ferret out spies and other people who did not fall in line with his ideologies; if, for instance, someone was suspected of being of Jewish origin, Hitler would send the Gestapo to round them up, take them into custody, interrogate them - often with violent and painful methods - and then either kill or send them to a concentration camp where they would probably die in any case. When the Second World War came to an end, the Gestapo was found to be responsible for the deaths of millions of people. At the Nuremberg Trials, where most of the WW2 criminals were put on trial and then punished, the Gestapo was declared to be an official criminal organization and many of their leaders were convicted of a number of war crimes. In the end, the German secret police force was an organization that struck terror and fear into the hearts of all civilians. What made them so effective was not just their field skills or their ability to complete their mission, but the fact that they enjoyed what they did and truly believed in the skewered Nazi ideology of racism and Anti-Semitism. We will look at some of the horrific stories of the Gestapo, where they destroyed thousands of innocents and trace the lives of a few individual police offers who are known for their brutality and their cruelty during the war... Here is a preview of what´s inside... World War 2 History: Gestapo Accounts - Revenge Against the Trojan Horse World War 2 History: Jurisdiction, Methods and Effectiveness of The Gestapo World War 2 History: Gestapo Accounts - The Night of the Long Knives World War 2 History: The Individual Officers of The Gestapo World War 2 History: History and Background of the Gestapo World War 2 History: Organization of The Gestapo Much, 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nolan Barger. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/094606/bk_acx0_094606_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Dresden Files have taken the genre of paranormal mystery to a new level of action, excitement, and hard-hitting magical muscle. Now, in Death Masks, Jim Butcher´s smart-guy private eye may have taken on more than he can handle... Harry Dresden, Chicago´s only practicing professional wizard, should be happy that business is pretty good for a change. But he also knows that whenever things are going good, the only way left for them to go is bad. Way bad. Such as: ? A duel with the lethal champion of the Red Court, who must kill Harry to end the war between vampires and wizards... ? Professional hit men using Harry for target practice... ? The missing Shroud of Turin-and the possible involvement of Chicago´s most feared mob boss... ? A handless and headless corpse the Chicago police need identified... Not to mention the return of Harry´s ex-girlfriend Susan, who´s still struggling with her semi-vampiric nature. And who seems to have a new man in her life. Some days, it just doesn´t pay to get out of bed. No matter how much you´re charging.
In Shadow Man, Cody McFadyen took the suspense thriller where other writers have feared to tread. He introduced readers to a heroine every bit as dark and edgy as the serial killers she hunts: Special Agent Smoky Barrett. Now, in his latest novel, McFadyen brings Agent Barrett back to track down a killer who breaks all the rules. Get ready for a shattering confrontation with the very essence of human evil. ´´I want to talk to Smoky Barrett or I´ll kill myself.? The girl is sixteen, at the scene of a grisly triple homicide, and has a gun to her head. She claims ´´The Stranger? killed her adoptive family, that he´s been following her all her life, killing everyone she ever loved, and that no one believes her. No one has. Until now. Special Agent Smoky Barrett is head of the violent crimes unit in Los Angeles, the part of the FBI reserved for tracking down the worst of the worst. Her team has been handpicked from among the nation´s elite law enforcement specialists and they are as obsessed and relentless as the psychos they hunt; they´ll have to be to deal with this case. For another vicious double homicide reveals a killer embarked on a dark crusade of trauma and death: an ´´artist? who´s molding sixteen-year-old Sarah into the perfect victim?and the ultimate weapon. But Smoky Barrett has another, more personal reason for catching The Stranger?an adopted daughter and a new life that are worth protecting at any cost. This time Smoky is going to have to put it all on the line. Because The Stranger is all too real, all too close, and all too relentless. And when he finally shows his face, if she´s not ready to confront her worst fear, Smoky won´t have time to do anything but die. From the Hardcover edition.
2000 AD´s Judge characters, despite their huge popularity in the long-running comic, have never really made their presence felt across the games industry. In fact, until now there have been only a couple of video games based upon the formidable Judge Dredd. However, Dredd vs Death for PlayStation 2 marks another outing for the merciless law enforcer, developed in-house at Rebellion. It is the 22nd century, and unemployment is endemic. Boredom is universal and only the Judges can prevent total anarchy. Naturally, the most feared and respected of all Judges is Dredd. But in the depths of Mega-City One, a group calling themselves the Death Cult are devising a plan to free the not-so-pleasant Dark Judges from their holding chamber in a Justice Department penitentiary. A story-driven shooter, Dredd vs Death does pit players against endless hordes of evil minions, but it does at least give a sense of meaning to the anarchy. Not that that matters too much to your average gamer, because most players will see this purely as the fun and uncomplicated shooter it really is. Refreshingly, the entire Dredd vs Death game can be played in a co-operative multi-player mode, and although the PS2 version doesn´t cater for 32 players like its PC counterpart, it does boasts some admirable split-screen gameplay. It´s largely a case of taking out the enemy together with an array of weapons. The computer AI is reasonably intelligent, so gameplay is challenging, but it´s not an all-out massacre - there is an element of strategy involved in the proceedings. You are the law - have fun!
Almost everyone with a pulse fears death, but not everyone fears life. With crippling social anxiety, I feared both. But after an accidental call to a funeral home during my mid-life crisis trip to grad school, I reluctantly embarked on a journey to explore professions that dealt with death in order to come to terms with my own mortality. The result of this quirky trip is Death Becomes Us, a humorous memoir about what happens when a middle-aged, anxiety-filled, life-avoider attempts to investigate the last taboo of American culture. And lives to tell the tale. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lisaun Whittingham. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/110443/bk_acx0_110443_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.