From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Dead Hand comes the riveting story of the CIA´s most valuable spy in the Soviet Union and an evocative portrait of the agency´s Moscow station, an outpost of daring espionage in the last years of the Cold War. While getting into his car on the evening of February 16, 1978, the chief of the CIA´s Moscow station was handed an envelope by an unknown Russian. Its contents stunned the Americans: details of top-secret Soviet research and development in military technology that was totally unknown to the United States. From 1979 to 1985, Adolf Tolkachev, an engineer at a military research center, cracked open the secret Soviet military research establishment, using his access to hand over tens of thousands of pages of material about the latest advances in aviation technology, alerting the Americans to possible developments years in the future. He was one of the most productive and valuable spies ever to work for the United States in the four decades of global confrontation with the Soviet Union. Tolkachev took enormous personal risks, but so did his CIA handlers. Moscow station was a dangerous posting to the KGB´s backyard. The CIA had long struggled to recruit and run agents in Moscow, and Tolkachev became a singular breakthrough. With hidden cameras and secret codes, and in face-to-face meetings with CIA case officers in parks and on street corners, Tolkachev and the CIA worked to elude the feared KGB. Drawing on previously secret documents obtained from the CIA, as well as interviews with participants, Hoffman reveals how the depredations of the Soviet state motivated one man to master the craft of spying against his own nation until he was betrayed to the KGB by a disgruntled former CIA trainee. No one has ever told this story before in such detail, and Hoffman´s deep knowledge of spycraft, the Cold War, and military technology makes him uniquely qualified to bring listeners this real-life 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dan Woren. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/004199/bk_rand_004199_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
God is moving in the hearts of powerful leaders in all the Colombian fighting factions, and peaceful meetings are now taking place in Havana, Cuba. Marxists guerillas, right-wing paramilitary, and the Colombian government each have their own agenda. Who would have guessed a meeting of the minds would take place under the helpful auspices of communist Cuba? And that these battle-scarred leaders would give reporters and missionaries the opportunity to challenge some of their core philosophies and even pray with them? During the often intense negotiations, it becomes obvious that even the most hardened individuals can have a change of heart. Previously seen only as men to be feared, these powerful leaders are now turning to the only one who can provide lasting peace - the Lord. The Stendals have witnessed Army generals having daily prayer and distributing Bibles to their troops, guerrilla commanders requesting and receiving prayer for healing, paramilitary commanders asking their many victims, one by one, to forgive them, and many other powerful demonstrations of what the Lord does through those willing to love their enemies. God´s agenda is winning, and we watch in awe. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Christensen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/071408/bk_acx0_071408_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Union army may be full of bastards, but there´s only one who thinks he can save the day single-handed when the Gurkish come calling: the incomparable Colonel Sand dan Glokta. Curnden Craw and his dozen are out to recover a mysterious item from beyond the Crinna. Only one small problem: no one seems to know what the item is. Shevedieh, the self-styled best thief in Styria, lurches from disaster to catastrophe alongside her best friend and greatest enemy, Javre, Lioness of Hoskopp. And after years of bloodshed, the idealistic chieftain Bethod is desperate to bring peace to the North. There´s only one obstacle left - his own lunatic champion, the most feared man in the North: the Bloody-Nine . . . Sharp Ends combines previously published, award-winning tales with exclusive new short stories. Violence explodes, treachery abounds, and the words are as deadly as the weapons in this rogue´s gallery of side-shows, back-stories, and sharp endings from the world of the First Law.
Read by Steven Pacey, and featuring Joe Abercrombie narrating ´Freedom´. This audio edition also includes an interview with Steven and Joe. The Union army may be full of bastards, but there´s only one who thinks he can save the day singlehanded when the Gurkish come calling: the incomparable Colonel Sand dan Glokta. Curnden Craw and his dozen are out to recover a mysterious item from beyond the Crinna. Only one small problem: no one seems to know what the item is. Shevedieh, the self-styled best thief in Styria, lurches from disaster to catastrophe alongside her best friend and greatest enemy, Javre, Lioness of Hoskopp. And after years of bloodshed, the idealistic chieftain, Bethod, is desperate to bring peace to the North. There´s only one obstacle left - his own lunatic champion, the most feared man in the North: the Bloody-Nine.... Sharp Ends combines previously published award-winning tales with exclusive new short stories. Violence explodes, treachery abounds and the words are as deadly as the weapons in this rogue´s gallery of sideshows, backstories and sharp endings from the world of the First Law. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Steven Pacey, Joe Abercrombie. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/orio/000950/bk_orio_000950_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Powerful techniques to eliminate anxiety from your life today The new updated version We all have those moments when we feel like the world is just about to fall on us. At that time, butterflies cannot even seem to describe the feeling of helplessness, tension, and anxiety that goes on in our mind. We feel that we would be delighted if we could just disappear and emerge when certain situations (like an interview, an exam, a medical test, a speech, an important business meeting etc.) in our life have passed. But the good thing is that we don´t run away; we stick there until the end, only to realize that whatever we feared wasn´t as bad as we had convinced ourselves previously. While this is completely normal, there are times when this can be so common that it affects your everyday life. Obviously, when this happens, you have crossed the line between normal and abnormal. Abnormal in this case might mean that you avoid certain situations or experiences because of the fear, worry, and insecurity, pass on opportunities because of fear, fail to meet new people because of fear, and avoid many other things simply because the fear within you is just unbearable and cannot let you do whatever it is you wanted. Becoming anxious for something new or exciting is absolutely normal, but feeling anxious the whole day is worrying. Do you feel shy or insecure when socializing with others? Do you feel incapable of accomplishing your tasks? Do you often feel insecure about yourself and cannot face people confidently? If so, then you probably have an anxiety disorder. Obviously, if you are anxious much of the time, you are probably likely to achieve very little in life, whether it is in the social, business, or professional front. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Marcus Davis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/064541/bk_acx0_064541_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In his own inimitable style, Terry Jones leads you through Chaucer´s filthy and very funny tale of adultery, the feared coming of the second flood and burnt bums. The Canterbury Tales broke the literary mould in many ways. It established English as an acceptable language for literature, where previously it had been almost exclusively Latin or Norman French. It was also one of the first books to create a link between all the pieces of work in a literary collection. Before that an author had merely put together a group of pieces that he considered interesting, in no particular order and with no connecting narrative. Chaucer chose a meeting between pilgrims at the Tabard Inn on the road to Canterbury to provide the linking narrative for his Canterbury Tales. A group of pilgrims swap their tales, with a thoroughly human competitiveness and retaliatory jousting. The choice of pilgrims for his characters allowed Chaucer to put together types that wouldn´t usually associate let alone talk. This recording of The Miller´s Tale is a translation from the Middle English into modern language by the leading Chaucerian scholar, Terry Jones - yes, the Python one - who adds to his truly scholarly rendition of the text a smattering of highly useful and fascinating notes, recorded as he read. He also, of course, adds a particular dimension all his own to a tale of wicked bawdiness and bare asses. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Jones. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/slks/000033/bk_slks_000033_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Cassandra Chamberlain has always stood out. It´s hard not to at 6´1´´ and 165 pounds, with jet black hair and sapphire blue eyes. And if that isn´t enough, she is also brilliant, graduating from Harvard at 15, teaching at MIT at 19, and up for the prestigious Magellan Award at 25. She´s never really fit in. Not with her peers, not with her contemporaries, only with her family. But everything changes when the Earth is attacked, and Cassandra and her niece, Victoria, are the only survivors. Suddenly the smartest woman on the planet has to relearn everything. Everything she´s believed to be true is challenged, and she has to learn to survive, not only for herself but for Victoria, because someone wants them dead. Admiral William Zafar is the youngest Admiral ever in the Coalition fleet, the hero of the Battle of Fayal. At 7´1´´, he´s 325 pounds of Carinian male in his prime who is feared and respected throughout the fleet. He is a royal from the House of Protection, carrying its birthmark, and considers its king one of his oldest friends. But when the Regulians destroy a previously unknown planet, leaving only two survivors, he finds he´s willing to risk it all to protect the woman he loves from the Regulians and the Carinian traitor that wants her dead. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ian Gordon, Jennifer Gill, Jess Friedman, Gary Gordon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/060698/bk_acx0_060698_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The 2015 Paris and San Bernardino terrorist attacks heralded the beginning of a new wave of terrorism - one rooted in the ongoing conflict in Syria and Iraq that shows the possibility of foreign attackers working with citizens of the country. As ISIS seeks to expand its reach in the Middle East, its territory serves as a training and operations base for a new generation of jihadis. Young people from the West, primarily from Europe, have traveled to join the terror organization, re-emerging as hardened fighters with military training and a network of international contacts. Many have returned to their homelands, where it is feared they are planning a new series of brutal attacks. When the War on Terror began, Western political leaders assured their citizens that they would be engaging terrorists ´´over there´´ in Iraq and Afghanistan and not at home. In this guide to the latest developments in the War on Terror based on extensive interviews and previously unseen material, Peter R. Neumann explains the phenomenon of the ´´new jihadis´´ and why the threat of terrorism and ISIS in the West is greater than ever before. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Malcolm Hillgartner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/009562/bk_blak_009562_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.