The monumental life of Benjamin Rush, medical pioneer and one of our most provocative and unsung Founding Fathers In the summer of 1776, 56 men put their quills to a dangerous document they called the Declaration of Independence. Among them was a 30-year-old doctor named Benjamin Rush. One of the youngest signatories, he was also, among stiff competition, one of the most visionary. From improbable beginnings as the son of a Philadelphia blacksmith, Rush grew into an internationally renowned writer, reformer, and medical pioneer who touched virtually every page in the story of the nation´s founding. He was Franklin´s protégée, the editor of Common Sense, and Washington’s surgeon general. He was a fierce progressive agitator - a vocal opponent of slavery and prejudice by race, religion, or gender, a champion of public education - even as his convictions threatened his name and career, time and again. He was a confidant and often the physician of America’s first leaders; he brokered the twilight peace between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. As a doctor, he became ´´the American Hippocrates” whose brilliant, humane insights and institutional reforms revolutionized the understanding and treatment of mental illness in ways that still reverberate. Like the greatest Revolutionary minds, Dr. Benjamin Rush recognized that 1776 was only the beginning of the American experiment. Rush brings new drama to his singular life and towering legacy, finally installing him in the pantheon of our wisest and boldest Founding Fathers. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John H. Mayer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/006366/bk_rand_006366_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Sheila Cassidy’s honest and wise books on suffering and healing have made her one of the UK’s best-loved and most popular writers on pastoral care and personal growth. She is widely known for her work in the hospice movement, and as a young doctor who survived torture for daring to give medical care to an opponent of the Pinochet regime in Chile. Her Catholic faith has led, comforted and sustained her for over 60 years. Now, in Confessions of a Lapsed Catholic, Cassidy writes: ‘I no longer attend Mass, I no longer avail myself of the sacraments, those ´´outward signs of inward grace” which sustained me in my earlier years. God is to be found outside the Church even more than in it: in nature, in people, in animals, in poetry and in all the wild and wonderful works of the Divine. God is everywhere, in everything shining forth, if we only care to look’. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bob Sinfield. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/pros/000011/bk_pros_000011_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Deep in the sub-Saharan jungles, she finds a raw, primal passion that captures her in its unrestrained, animalistic grip. Marnie Arbinger, a brilliant hematologist, had always found solace in the safety of her sterile laboratory. Now, out on the edge of civilization, life in rural Africa is harder than Marnie imagined. When an injured man rides into the encampment, her medical training kicks in, but as she dresses his wounds, she realizes something is amiss about the broad, muscular, insanely attractive stranger. Something besides the unquenchable fire he ignites within her. Jax, a powerful tiger shifter, awakens in a medical tent to find fate has bestowed a gift upon him. The beautiful doctor who treated his battle wounds is his. He will love, protect, and fiercely defend her with his very life. As formidable and fearsome an opponent as Jax is, however, there remains one thing that will bring him to his knees. He watches, helpless as a kitten, as his mate is afflicted with the horrifying disease laying claim to the village. It´s a race against time. Will a cure to the epidemic be found before Marnie becomes another one of its casualties? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nikki Kwiatkowski. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/122888/bk_acx0_122888_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
There are many ways to die in a hospital…being sick is only one of them. Chief resident Steve Mitchell is the quintessential surgeon: ambitious, intelligent, confident. Charged with molding a group of medical trainees into doctors, and in line for a coveted job, Steve´s future is bright. But then a patient mysteriously dies, and it quickly becomes clear that a killer is on the loose in his hospital. A killer set on playing a deadly game with Steve. A killer holding information that could ruin his career and marriage. Now, alone and under a cloud of suspicion, Steve must discover a way to outsmart his opponent and save the killer´s next victim before the cycle repeats itself again and again…. A chilling and compelling thriller that also takes you into the hospital and details the politics and hierarchy among doctors, as well as the life-and-death decisions that are made by flawed human beings, Kelly Parsons´ Doing Harm marks the gripping debut of a major fiction career. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robert Petkoff. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aren/001714/bk_aren_001714_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Crystal Moore´s good friend Ron Drake is a shoo-in for governor of Texas. Two members of the opposition camp believe their candidate´s only chance is a political dirty trick that will sink Drake´s backing. They execute an elaborate hoax. But something goes terribly wrong and a man is killed. And things only get worse from there as the perpetrators try to eliminate loose ends. The dirty trick is successful. Drake´s support begins to crumble. As Crystal investigates the fake news being released, she becomes a target. At this point, no one on Crystal and Drake´s side knows these attacks are in any way associated with the campaign. The attacks get worse, sending Crystal to the doctor once and to the hospital on two occasions. Drake´s numbers sink below his opponent´s and the attacks on Crystal increase. Drake may lose the election but Crystal may lose her life. Midwest Book Review´s senior reviewer Diane Donovan said in part, ´´Powerful in its characterization, plot, and narrative interactions, Political Dirty Trick is the item of choice for thriller readers who like their stories steeped in realistic scenarios and possibilities.´´´´Reads like a fast-paced James Patterson cliffhanger.´´ (Award-winning author William Doonan on Amazon) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Veleka Gray. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/129966/bk_acx0_129966_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Preparing a planet for colonization can be a deadly business. Scientists and engineers working on the Ceres project have all been poisoned from radiation. But there may still be a way to save the mission. Dr. Adrian McElroy has proposed a radical and illegal solution - the transfer of his colleagues’ intelligence into android bodies. The doctor is positive he can make his lifelong dream work. However, the scientists will soon find radiation is not the only thing threatening their lives.McElroy’s plan has raised the ire of engineer Mikola Petrovsky - a bitter opponent to artificial life. Mikola fought to come aboard the prestigious colonization mission to save face after losing his aeronautics job to robots. Now he must overcome his disgust and consent to become an android/human hybrid in order to settle his personal vendetta with artificial beings once and for all. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Charles Geddes. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/125040/bk_acx0_125040_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Because of a bet, Billy is in the uncomfortable position of having to eat 15 worms in 15 days. The worms are supplied by his opponent, whose motto is ´´The bigger and juicier, the better!´´ At first Billy´s problem is whether or not he can swallow the worm placed before him, even with a choice of condiments from peanut butter to horseradish. But later it looks as if Billy will win, and the challenge becomes getting to the worm to eat it. Billy´s family, after checking with the doctor, takes everything in stride. They even help Billy through his gastronomic ordeal, which twists and turns with each new day, leaving the outcome of the bet continually in doubt. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jay O. Sanders. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lili/001493/bk_lili_001493_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Her mission in life is simple: Make a difference in the lives of others.... After three tours in the Middle East as an Army physician, Talia Fournier accepts a position in a field hospital in South Sudan. Love was never part of the plan. But when she finds herself falling for the sexy and insufferable Jack McCabe, she begins to reevaluate her life. His only fear in life is falling in love.... But when Dr. Jack McCabe meets the breathtaking new doctor, his resolve begins to crumble. And when Talia expresses her desire to adopt a seven-year-old orphaned child, Jack realizes an even greater fear: becoming a father. In a country torn apart by conflict, Talia wages a war of her own in order to save the child from a fate worse than death. Her opponent? Leader of the Army forces in Sudan, General Abdul-Samad Hamid who has claimed the girl as his own child. Will Talia succeed in getting the child out of the country without getting caught? Will Jack put aside his fears and help them escape before the brutal dictator finds them? Find out in this second installment of The Other Side of the World. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Elizabeth Siedt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/078802/bk_acx0_078802_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The latest rousing tale of sex, sleaze, and salvation in the City of Angels, featuring Dick Henry, the Shortcut Man, by p. g. sturges, whom Michael Connelly calls ´´a worthy successor to Chandler”. In Angel’s Gate, Dick Henry is drawn into a case involving an aging but still amorous Los Angeles movie mogul named Howard Hogue, who keeps a stable of twenty-plus young starlets available for his highly ritualized and private attentions... Henry is retained by the sister of a young woman who has gone missing and soon he is becoming friendly with Devi Stanton, the ´´housemother” to the starlets. Despite Devi’s morally questionable responsibilities, she is willing to help (and enjoy the company of) the Shortcut Man, a relationship that will be crucial to his survival. After Hogue’s star director batters one of the starlets in a drug-fueled romp, Henry is drawn into a deeper mystery from years past involving a haunting death on a boat and a missing screenplay written by what appears to be a local homeless man. As he peels back layer upon layer of sordid Hollywood history, Dick Henry must contend with crazed drug dealers, Hogue’s personal doctor, crooked cops, private security henchmen, and Hogue himself, who is so powerful and bunkered in his movie-biz millions that he is not intimidated by the ever-resourceful Henry. Amid a final showdown and genius plot twists, the Shortcut Man must outwit his opponents if he is to have any chance to survive. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Preston Sturges. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/017511/bk_adbl_017511_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Three lives hang in the balance this morning as Dr. James Grigson pulls up in a gleaming white Cadillac, ready to make his rounds. The tall Texan with one hand on the wheel and one hand on his flamboyant golden cigarette holder, the legendary forensic psychiatrist known as ´´Dr. Death´´, is about to head out for the West Texas prairie to do some testifying. Indeed, for the Doctor - the traveling expert witness for hire, the courtroom terror of death-penalty foes - this is going to be the most extraordinarily concentrated stretch of testifying he´s ever done. Three death-penalty trials in three Texas towns in two days. In ´´Travels with Dr. Death´´, Ron Rosenbaum profiles legendary Texas forensic psychiatrist James Grigson, who, as of this reporting, had testified in court against 124 murderers. Acting on his advice, and his weird, unproven theories, juries had sentenced 115 of them to death, leading some opponents to call Grigson the ´´hanging shrink´´. ´´Travels with Dr. Death´´ was originally published in Vanity Fair, May 1990. 1. Language: English. Narrator: L. J. Ganser. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/030744/bk_adbl_030744_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.