Circle of Greed is the epic story of the rise and fall of Bill Lerach, once the leading class action lawyer in America and now a convicted felon. For more than two decades, Lerach threatened, shook down and sued top Fortune 500 companies, including Disney, Apple, Time Warner, and most famously, Enron. Now, the man who brought corporate moguls to their knees has fallen prey to the same corrupt impulses of his enemies, and is paying the price by serving time in federal prison. If there was ever a modern Greek tragedy about a man and his times, about corporate arrogance and illusions and the scorched-earth tactics to not only counteract corporate America but to beat it at its own game, Bill Lerach´s story is it. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Erik Davies. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/002202/bk_rand_002202_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Even if you are not the kind of person that loves history, there is a pretty good chance that you will have heard of Julius Caesar, even though he walked on the Earth over 2,000 years ago. Quite simply, he is the most well-known Roman citizen who ever lived and is the one emperor that has stuck in the minds of people for thousands of years due to his actions throughout his reign. Such was his power, and the desire of others to emulate him, that even his name spawned terms such as czar and kaiser, which have been used by other emperors centuries later to announce that they had absolute power. In other words, Julius Caesar has been held in high regard by almost anybody that wished to follow in his footsteps in some way and the fact that his name has entered into common language is testimony to the skill of the man himself. Throughout this amazing book, we will explore his early life and show how that shaped his character and then, eventually, his entire career. We will explore the highs and severe lows of his life from being forced into the army to effectively save his life, to being captured by pirates, conquests, revolts, civil war, supreme power, and of course his brutal assassination. This book does not go on hearsay, but instead it focuses on details from sources of the time. It charts his rise to power, how brutal he could be at times with people that crossed him or stood up against him. It looks at the very reasons that could have ultimately led to his assassination. Was it because he was getting too much power? Was it due to him making constitutional reforms that led to the rich getting poorer? Was it for the greater good of the empire or was it all about personal gain? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jennifer Howe. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/043849/bk_acx0_043849_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´We are the people our parents warned us about´´ is the motto of the Bandidos, one of the world´s most feared outlaw motorcycle gangs. For ten years, Steve Utah was a Bandidos insider. He arranged the security of their clubhouses. He ´cooked´ ecstasy and ice for them. He was at meetings where interstate and overseas drug and weapons smuggling was planned. He saw stolen military weapons being sold. He witnessed vicious beatings, helped dump corpses. He saw men executed in front of him. It all became too much and, in an attempt to regain control of his life, Utah resorted to the unthinkable: he rolled over to the Federal Police and told them all he knew about the Bandidos. This shocking, unflinching, tragic story is Steve Utah´s confession. He knows he is a dead man running - that inevitably the Bandido code will be honoured and he will be silenced. But not before Utah gets his chance to wake Australians to the looming threat in their midst - the relentless rise of sophisticated organised crime networks inside outlaw motorcycle gangs and the apparent inability of the Police and legal system to deal with it. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Carman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/boli/001050/bk_boli_001050_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Stevie has been having repeated nightmares about the mysterious figure known as Herobrine. Some say Herobrine is an old ghost story. Some say he´s a virus. But no one believes he is real...except maybe Stevie, whose nightmares are telling him that Herobrine is going to take over the Overworld. His cousin, Alex, has come to visit, and during one of her explorations she finds a music disc that predicts the destruction of the Overworld! Are Stevie´s nightmares and the music disc connected? Stevie and Alex hook up with Stevie´s best friend, Maison, and the three quickly begin looking for answers. While they look, Herobrine is drawing ever closer. Someone is stealing the villagers´ most precious belongings, including Stevie´s cat, Ossie. People are angry and turning against one another. And there are mysterious signs appearing around the Overworld. Stevie, Maison, and Alex must unearth more music discs, piece together clues from the nightmares, and ultimately confront Herobrine - the most feared being of all - at his dark home in an abandoned temple high atop a forbidding mountain. The fate of the Overworld is depending on them. Sky Pony Press, with our Good Books, Racehorse, and Arcade imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of books for young listeners - books for small children, chapter books, books for middle grade listeners, and novels for young adults. Our list includes best sellers for children who love to play Minecraft; stories told with LEGO bricks; books that teach lessons about tolerance, patience, and the environment; and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times best seller or a national best seller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dan Woren. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/027116/bk_adbl_027116_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
At some point during the 1930s, an altered form of simian immunodeficiency virus, or SIV, was transferred from a chimpanzee to a human hunter. This most likely occurred in the Democratic Republic of Congo when hunters handled and consumed meat from hunted chimpanzees. Those initially infected by the chimpanzees would spread the disease further, and a generation later, in 1959, a man in the Democratic Republic of Congo died due to AIDS-related complications. Using blood plasma, researchers have determined he was the first documented case of the disease in humans. Flashing forward to the 1970s, the disease continued to spread throughout the world undetected. It reached countries such as the US and England, passing the radar of most medical professionals, and as a result, no research was performed during the decade. By 1981, an extremely rare type of skin cancer, Kaposi’s sarcoma, became increasingly common among gay men in New York City and California. This, coupled with high rates of pneumonia, led researchers to believe immunodeficiency was on the rise due to a disease. By the end of 1981, 121 Americans had died as a result of the unknown disease, and the following year, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, made initial predictions related to the disease. They hypothesized the immune deficiencies present in gay men was the result of an infection. As a result, the phrase acquired immune deficiency syndrome, or AIDS, was coined. They also learned other groups, such as drug users and hemophiliacs, were at equally high risk of contracting the disease. By 1983, the disease had reached five continents and was becoming more widespread in Europe. Gay men who had visited the US and individuals who had connections to Africa were especially at risk. At this point, researchers began to investigate these ties. The disease was finally discovered in 1984 by Luc Montagnier at France’s Pasteur Insti... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tracey Norman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/119612/bk_acx0_119612_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The true story behind the hit film Casino from an ´´enforcer´´ who lived it. Tony Spilotro was the Mob´s man in Las Vegas. A feared enforcer, the bosses knew Tony would do whatever it took to protect their interests. The ´´Little Guy´´ built a criminal empire that was the envy of mobsters across the country, and his childhood pal, Frank Cullotta, helped him do it. But Tony´s quest for power and lack of self-control with women cost the Mob its control of Vegas; and Tony paid for it with his life. ´´I was a little nervous before my first meeting with former mobster Frank Cullotta. It turned out we had a pleasant conversation that ended with an agreement for me to write his book. As I drove home, I realized I had made a deal with a career thief and killer on a handshake. What was I thinking?´´ (Dennis N. Griffin, author of Surviving the Mob) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Clay Lomakayu. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/088690/bk_acx0_088690_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The dramatic conclusion to the absorbing, tantalizing saga Southern Legacy! Set against the backdrop of Antebellum Charleston with the martial clash of brother against brother looming on the horizon-here is an absorbing, tantalizing saga of life during one of our country´s most turbulent times--Southern Legacy Series. From the ashes of war, can an ember of love still burn? The final chapter of this sweeping tale finds Josephine Wright Montgomery reeling from the devastation and loss around her. Stunned, she has never felt so helpless and alone. The life she has known is gone forever. Through her courage and strength, she is determined to hold onto Magnolia Bluff, but there is more working against her than the war raging. US Navy Lieutenant Cullen Smythe has distinguished himself with his bravery and valor in the hard fought campaigns at New Orleans and Mobile. Time and battles have done little to expunge the demons that haunt him. Nevertheless when he receives news he has long feared, he has no choice. He follows his heart back to Josephine...but will it be too late? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sandra Parker. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/124411/bk_acx0_124411_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A tribute to legendary restaurateur Elaine Kaufman and her renowned Manhattan creative melting pot. Elaine´s was a world-famous New York restaurant that became home to writers and celebrities. Owner Elaine Kaufman was known to be ´´New York feisty´´, controversial, often rude, always blunt, with the flare of Gertrude Stein and Dorothy Parker. Elaine was highly respected and frequently feared, and Elaine´s the restaurant received the public´s love and praise time and time again. Woody Allen held a regular table there, and Elaine´s was even featured in Allen´s Manhattan and Billy Joel´s song ´´Big Shot´´. Throughout the years Mick Jagger, John Lennon, and countless celebrities, politicians, socialites, private eyes, athletes, and artists and the biggest names in Hollywood became Elaine´s regulars. Most emphatically Elaine´s raison d´être was to nourish ´´starving writers´´ with encouragement, introductions to Pulitzer Prize winners, and free food and alcohol. These struggling authors responded to Elaine´s support with profound gratitude. Elaine passed away in 2010, forcing the restaurant manager to close shop shortly after. ´´There is no Elaine´s without Elaine´´, she decreed. However, the memories remain and are recalled by a variety of Elaine´s regulars in this moving, oftentimes amusing collection of personal essays. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nicol Zanzarella, Johnathan McClain. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/022828/bk_adbl_022828_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In early 1815, Secretary of State James Monroe reviewed the treaty with Britain that would end the War of 1812. The United States Navy was blockaded in port; much of the army had not been paid for nearly a year; the capital had been burned. The treaty offered an unexpected escape from disaster. Yet it incensed Monroe, for the name of Great Britain and its negotiators consistently appeared before those of the United States. ´´The United States have acquired a certain rank amongst nations, which is due to their population and political importance,´´ he brazenly scolded the British diplomat who conveyed the treaty, ´´and they do not stand in the same situation as at former periods.´´ Monroe had a point, writes Troy Bickham. In The Weight of Vengeance, Bickham provides a provocative new account of America´s forgotten war, underscoring its significance for both sides by placing it in global context. The Napoleonic Wars profoundly disrupted the global order, from India to Haiti to New Orleans. Spain´s power slipped, allowing the United States to target the Floridas; the Haitian slave revolt contributed to the Louisiana Purchase; fears that Britain would ally with Tecumseh and disrupt the American northwest led to a pre-emptive strike on his people in 1811. This shifting balance of power provided the United States with the opportunity to challenge Britain´s dominance of the Atlantic world. And it was an important conflict for Britain as well. Powerful elements in the British Empire so feared the rise of its former colonies that the British government sought to use the War of 1812 to curtail America´s increasing maritime power and its aggressive territorial expansion. And by late 1814, Britain had more men under arms in North America than it had in the Peninsular War against Napoleon, with the war with America costing about as much as its huge subsidies to European allies. Troy Bickham has given us an authoritative, lucidly written global account that... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Brian Morris. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/011609/bk_adbl_011609_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.