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.
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.
Explore the captivating history of the vikingsMen like Ragnar Lothbrok, Eric Bloodaxe, Ivar the Boneless, and Bjorn Ironside are portrayed as preying on unsuspecting communities and spreading fear across Europe as they laid waste to all that lay before them, taking what they wanted at the point of a sword. It is true that the Vikings were, without a doubt, brutal men living in a brutal age. They did use their skills as warriors to relentlessly attack Europe and the British Isles to increase their wealth and territory, but that is not all the Vikings were, and their contribution to world history is far more than warmongering. In this captivating history audiobook, you´ll not only learn about heroic warriors in battle but you´ll also discover the remarkable achievements made by the Vikings.In History of the Vikings: A Captivating Guide to the Viking Age and Feared Norse Seafarers Such as Ragnar Lothbrok, Ivar the Boneless, Egil Skallagrimsson, and More, you will discover topics such as The Rise of the Mighty Vikings and the Viking AgeSignificant Viking Raids and BattlesRagnar Lothbrok - Man or MythIvar the Boneless - Ruthless Warrior, Leader of the Great Heathen Army, and Conqueror of EnglandBjorn Ironside - Raider of the Mediterranean Harald Fairhair - First King of NorwayEric Bloodaxe - Terrifying Family KillerEgil Skallagrimsson - Warrior PoetSweyn Forkbeard - The Forgotten King of EnglandKing Olaf Tryggvason and the Rise of Christianity in NorwayHarald Hardrada - The Last Great Viking RulerThe Viking Age of ExplorationThe Significance of the Settlement of Iceland, Greenland, and VinlandViking Society and Everyday LifeAnd much, much moreSo listen to this audiobook now if you want to learn more about the history of the Vikings!/ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Desmond Manny. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/134743/bk_acx0_134743_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.
Are you interested in learning more about Adolf Hitler, one of the most feared leaders of all time? In this candid guide, you’ll discover what made the boy such a successfully murderous man. Adolf Hitler. This name triggers a range of emotions for so many people. Hatred. Fear. Fascination. Historians have been studying his story since he died at the end of World War 2. What drove a young man from Austria to seek out power, and use it to murder so many innocent people?In Hitler’s biography, I’ll take you through the early beginnings of Hitler’s childhood, right up until that fateful day when he shot himself in a bunker after the 3rd Reich failed - and he had changed the world forever. A darker time in history we’ve not yet seen. This is his story. In this biography, you’ll discover:Where Hitler came from, and what inspired him to extremist beliefsHis role in creating a new ideology, one that persists todayThe young, ambitious politician, and how he rose to prominenceHow the Führer came to be, and how he gathered his powerHitler’s final solution, and the devastation it createdHow Hitler was beaten, and his final daysBy studying the past, we prepare for a brighter future. Learn about the life of a man who made such a significant impact on history, and the world - and an entire generation of people.True evil rises when conditions are desperate enough. Enjoy the story of a dictator who rose, and was later toppled by a world that refused to let evil win.Explore the life of Adolf Hitler in this book.Get it now and learn how it happened! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Marcus Saylor. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/153420/bk_acx0_153420_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.
A hundred years in the past, there existed a common myth that redheads would no longer ∃ a genetic fault that would correct itself over a century. Here we are, a hundred years later, and merely one still exists. The last redhead. The year is 2111, nine years after an intergalactic war has erupted throughout the Milky Way. In a galaxy filled with interstellar species, the Alliance of Republic Worlds continues to step in the way of the rising Wersillian Legion, a theocratic alliance determined to colonize other worlds. James Stone, a soldier with extraordinary gifts, and his unit of five other members must overcome terrible tragedy and near insurmountable odds to combat the superior forces of the Wersillian Legion.In the midst of battle, James comes across one of the deadliest, most feared individuals the Wersillian Legion has at their disposal: one of the eight Warlords of Virtue. After struggling with hard personal choices, James takes it upon himself to rid the galaxy of this warlord - a monster that will push James harder than he´s ever been pushed. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Adam McGahee. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/149848/bk_acx0_149848_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 Institute an 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 New England Mafia was a hugely powerful organization that survived by using violence to ruthlessly crush anyone that threatened it, or its lucrative gambling, loansharking, bootlegging, and other enterprises. Psychopathic strongman Joseph ´´The Animal´´ Barboza was one of the most feared mob enforcers of all time, killing as many as 30 people for business and pleasure.From information based on newly declassified documents and the use of underworld sources, Boston Mob spans the gutters and alleyways of East Boston, Providence, and Charlestown to the halls of Congress in Washington, D.C., and Boston´s Beacon Hill. Its players include governors and mayors, and the Mafia Commission of New York City.From the tragic legacy of the Kennedy family to the Winter Hill-Charlestown feud, the fall of the New England Mafia and the rise of Whitey Bulger, Mark Songini´s Boston Mob is a saga of treachery, murder, greed, and the survival of ruthless men pitted against legal systems and police forces. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joe Barrett. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/012931/bk_tant_012931_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.