No matter what one ultimately decides about Benedict, it remains incontrovertible that he is a remarkable man. Not only was he a world-class theologian before he was elected to the papacy, but he also gained renown by becoming the first pope to resign freely since Celestine V. He has always been a man who is concerned with the direction of humanity and the triumph of truth, love, and goodness. His zest for life manifests itself not only through his dedication to the church, to theology, and to his ministry but also through his love of Mozart, his affection for his cat, and his enthusiastic admiration of the beauty of creation. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Glass. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/037033/bk_acx0_037033_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From a best-selling author with unprecedented access to Pope Francis, an investigative look at the recent financial scandals at the highest levels of the Vatican. A veritable war is waging in the church: On one side there is Pope Francis´ strong message for one church of the poor and all; on the other there is the old Curia, with its endless enemies, and the old and new lobbies struggling to preserve their not-so-Christian privileges. The old guard do not back down; they are ready to use all means necessary to stay in control and continue the immoral way they conduct their business. They resist reforms sought by Pope Francis and seek to delegitimize their opponents, to isolate those who want to eliminate corruption. It´s a war that will determine the future of the church. And if he loses the battle against secular interests and blackmail, Pope Francis could resign, much like his predecessor. Based on confidential information - including top-secret documents from inside the Vatican and actual transcripts of Pope Francis´ admonishments to the papal court about the lack of financial oversight and responsibility - Merchants in the Temple illustrates all the undercover work conducted by the Pope since his election and shows the listener who his real enemies are. It reveals the instruments Francis is using to reform the Vatican and rid it, once and for all, of the overwhelming corruption traditionally encrusted in the Roman Catholic Church. Merchants in the Temple is a startling book that will shock every listener. It´s a story worthy of a Dan Brown novel, with its electrifying details of the trickery and scheming against the papacy - except that it is real. 1. Language: English. Narrator: P. J. Ochlan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aren/002146/bk_aren_002146_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Much has been said about global warming and climate change. There are, of course, both the proponents and the opponents of this environmental theory and both vigorous debate their ideological viewpoint with equal vigor. And now the debate has reached a truly global stage the United Nations, and none other than the Vatican´s Pope Francis himself have infused much of their energy and time debating the merits of deforestation and greenhouse gases. In the wake of the pope´s monumental Apocalyptic Encyclical on climate change, this audiobook seeks to present both of the sides of the debate, but not only that, it seeks to invoke the thoughts of the listener so that after ingesting so much energy and theories around the subject they can create their own interpretation of this complicated and multifaceted topic of global warming and climate change! Some topics covered are: Homeostasis of the Earth: Can our planet heal itself? The Al Gore debate: Science or sci-fi? Global warming or Global cooling? Who is responsible? Can we survive? Business as usual: A vision of the future! Environmental justice Biodiversity 1. Language: English. Narrator: Trevor Clinger. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/044649/bk_acx0_044649_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What year was Close Encounters first in theaters?What state gets the most snow each year?How many albums has Madonna sold?Its likely that you dont know any of these facts. But you might have a rough idea, and thats good enough, because America is a party game where being close counts. And if you have absolutely no idea what the answer is? Take advantage of your friends who do know. And if you realize that no one (including you) seems to know what the answer is, you can bet against everyone!In America, each player uses their knowledge of pop culture, food, products, games, sports, and the history of America to get more points than their opponents. And if your opponents know something that you dont, you can leverage their knowledge to your advantage, scoring more than them with clever play. The cards have full color clues to help you, as well as interesting factoids for every question in the game. With almost 1000 questions covering more than 300 topics, America will be a favorite for family and friends for a long time!America is designed by Ted Alspach (Castles of Mad King Ludwig, One Night Ultimate Werewolf, Suburbia) and Friedemann Friese (Power Grid, Terra, Fauna).
When superstar athlete Jim Thorpe and football legend Pop Warner met in 1904 at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania, they forged one of the winningest teams in American football history. Called ´´the team that invented football´´, they took on the best opponents of their day, defeating much more privileged schools such as Harvard and Army in a series of breathtakingly close calls, genius plays, and bone-crushing hard work. But this is not just an underdog story. It´s an unflinching look at the persecution of Native Americans and its intersection with the beginning of one of the most beloved - and exploitative - pastimes in America, expertly told by nonfiction powerhouse Steve Sheinkin. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Bramhall. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lili/002189/bk_lili_002189_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Alexander never did what he said. Cesare never said what he did. (Italian proverb) The stories and legends attributed to the Borgias have made them one of the most notorious families in history. Five hundred years after their deaths, they have come to be associated more with incest, political intrigue, murder, and state-sponsored violence. While 21st-century TV series have cast the Borgias as the first organized crime family, the rumors spread by the family´s political opponents in the late 15th century have taken hold among a fascinated public. Did Cesare really have an incestuous relationship with sister Lucrezia? Did the pope really throw lavish orgies? While Rodrigo may not have been as colorful or criminal as the enduring legends, there is no question he was manipulative, ruthless and ultimately effective. From an administrative standpoint, Rodrigo was a success as Pope Alexander VI, with a big assist from son Cesare. In one of the most famous political treatises in history, Niccolo Machiavelli famously advised those who hold power that it is better to be feared than loved. The world has always had a fascination with femme fatales, and few historical women have ever been portrayed as one quite like Lucrezia Borgia. Lucrezia is a baseless, immoral villain in Victor Hugo´s Lucrezia Borgia, and she continues to be depicted as a schemer and manipulator on par with her famous brother and father in film and critically acclaimed television series. The great irony is that Lucrezia´s reputation seems to be wildly at odds with the actual woman herself. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joseph Chialastri. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/037095/bk_acx0_037095_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Game theory means rigorous strategic thinking. It’s the art of anticipating your opponent’s next moves, knowing full well that your rival is trying to do the same thing to you. Though parts of game theory involve simple common sense, much is counterintuitive, and it can only be mastered by developing a new way of seeing the world. Using a diverse array of rich case studies - from pop culture, TV, movies, sports, politics, and history - the authors show how nearly every business and personal interaction has a game-theory component to it. Mastering game theory will make you more successful in business and life, and this lively book is the key to that mastery. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Matthew Dudley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/012353/bk_adbl_012353_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A modern reworking of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle´s classic Sherlock Holmes story, Charles Augustus Milverton. Instead of the Victorian world of debutants and stolen love letters, we have a fallen tabloid editor capitalizing on the nation´s thirst for celebrity gossip and threatening to expose a young pop star for a dalliance caught on a security camera. On the advice of her security manager, ex-Scotland Yard detective Gareth Lestrade, Milverton´s blackmail victim consults Sherlock Holmes. Irascible, difficult, eccentric but brilliant, Holmes brings the full weight of his intellect to bear on this new case despite the obstinacy of his opponent. And it all provides a very welcome distraction for his ex-flat mate John Watson, whose book about their adventures together had done little to rescue him from his midlife crisis. Or make his wife happy. First story in a series of five modern Sherlock Holmes adventures based on original works by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Steve White. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/066537/bk_acx0_066537_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
As a young kid growing up in a farm town, Ross Mathews might as well have wished for a pet unicorn or a calorie-free cookie tree to grow in his front yard. Either of those far-fetched fantasies would have been more likely to come true than his real dream: Working in television in Hollywood, California. Seriously, that stuff just doesn´t happen to people like Ross. But guess what. It totally did. Now, with his first book, Ross takes us inside his journey as a super-fan, revealing the most embarrassing and hilarious moments of his small-town life and big-city adventures. From learning to swear like a hardened trucker to that time in high school when had to face down the most frightening opponent of all (his girlfriend´s lady bits), Ross holds nothing back. Oh, then there´s his surprisingly shady past involving the cutest pair of plus-sized women´s pajama bottoms, deliciously dangerous pot butter, and embezzled sandwiches. And, of course, how he´s managed to turn an obsession with pop-culture into one-on-one interactions with celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Tiffani-Amber Theissen, Madonna, Michelle Kwan, and countless more without ever having a single restraining order issued against him. Infused with Ross´s trademark humor, unique voice, and total honesty, Man Up! is a mission statement for anyone who doesn´t fit the mold. His hasn´t been the most traditional way to build a career in Hollywood, but Ross has somehow managed to make his mark without ever compromising who he is. He is as serious about this as he is about Golden Girls trivia: You don´t need to change who you are to achieve your dreams (although there´s nothing wrong with a makeover every now and then). You just need to Man Up! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ross Mathews. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/001229/bk_hach_001229_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Eddie Haskell was the bad kid who never went away.When child actor Ken Osmond stepped onto the set of Leave It to Beaver in 1957, he not only entered our living rooms, he homesteaded a permanent place in the American pop culture. The poster child for sneaky, rotten kids everywhere, he was the reference point for cautious mothers to warn their children about. And everyone in America knew an Eddie Haskell at some point in his or her lives.The amazing phenomenon of Ken Osmond’s character is still going strong over half a century after the show’s cancellation. Even today, the name Eddie Haskell remains firmly entrenched in the American lexicon. Political foes from both sides of the ideological spectrum love to accuse their opponents of ´´acting like Eddie Haskell´´, and when Kobi Bryant argues a referee’s call, tweets go out labeling him as an ´´Eddie Haskell´´. Psychology Today Magazine has published articles about recognizing and treating ´´Eddie Haskell Syndrome´´ and Matt Groening created Bart Simpson as his own version of ´´the son of Eddie Haskell´´.Now it’s time to meet Ken Osmond, the man behind America’s preeminent bad boy. A man who, as co-star Jerry Mathers said, ´´...was the best actor on the program, because he was so diametrically opposed to the character he played.´´ A devoted husband, father and patriot, he’s a man who’s been forever shadowed by Eddie Haskell, but whose own life was even more amazing than the character he portrayed. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gary Fearon, Kelly Cruise. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/107902/bk_acx0_107902_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.