It´s a week in ´´Pair-o-Dice´´! Junie B. and her family are going on a vacation to Hawaii! And ha! Mr. Scary is giving Junie a real, actual camera to keep a photo journal of her trip! But taking good vacation pictures is not always easy. ´Cause what if your airplane is full of grouchy ladies? And what if there is an unfortunate inner tube incident at the swimming pool? (And, oh my! Let´s not even mention what happens if a tropical bird gets tangled in your hair!) Will Junie B.´s vacation end up picture perfect? Or will her trip to Hawaii be aloha-horrible? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lana Quintal. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lili/000347/bk_lili_000347_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´In her new chic outfit, she looks like anything but a stewardess working. But work she does. Hard, too. And you hardly know it.´´ So read the text of a 1969 newspaper advertisement for Delta Airlines featuring a picture of a brightly smiling blond stewardess striding confidently down the aisle of an airplane cabin to deliver a meal. From the moment the first stewardesses took flight in 1930, flight attendants became glamorous icons of femininity. For decades, airlines hired only young, attractive, unmarried white women. They marketed passenger service aloft as an essentially feminine exercise in exuding charm, looking fabulous, and providing comfort. The actual work that flight attendants did - ensuring passenger safety, assuaging fears, serving food and drinks, all while conforming to airlines´ strict rules about appearance - was supposed to appear effortless; the better that stewardesses performed by airline standards, the more hidden were their skills and labor. Yet today, flight attendants are acknowledged safety experts; they have their own unions. Gone are the no-marriage rules, the mandates to retire by thirty-two. In Femininity in Flight, Kathleen M. Barry tells the history of flight attendants, tracing the evolution of their glamorized image as ideal women and their activism as trade unionists and feminists. Barry argues that largely because their glamour obscured their labor, flight attendants unionized in the late 1940s and 1950s to demand recognition and respect as workers and self-styled professionals. In the 1960s and 1970s, flight attendants were one of the first groups to take advantage of new laws prohibiting sex discrimination. Their challenges to airlines´ restrictive employment policies and exploitive marketing practices (involving skimpy uniforms and provocative slogans such as ´´fly me´´) made them high-profile critics of the cultural mystification and economic devaluing of ´´women´s work.´´ Barry combines attent... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Caroline Miller. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/008402/bk_acx0_008402_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Filled with hilariously scandalous situations and enough sexual chemistry to power an airplane from New York City to the South Pacific, Hooking Up is the next standalone, laugh-out-loud romance audiobook from Helena Hunting, the New York Times best-selling author of the Pucked series and Shacking Up. Amalie Whitfield is the picture of a blushing bride during her wedding reception - but for all the wrong reasons. Instead of proclaiming his undying love, her husband can be heard, by Amalie and their guests, getting off with someone else. She has every reason to freak out, and in a moment of insanity she throws herself at the first hot-blooded male she sees. But he´s not interested in becoming her revenge screw. Mortified and desperate to escape the post-wedding drama, Amalie decides to go on her honeymoon alone, only to find the man who rejected her also heading to the same tiny island for work. But this time he isn´t holding back. She should know better than to sleep with someone she knows, but she can´t seem to resist him. They might agree that what happens on the island should stay on the island, but neither one can deny that their attraction is more than just physical. This sizzling audiobook is the perfect companion to any day at the beach or a rainy afternoon. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jacob Morgan, Muffy Newtown. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aren/002724/bk_aren_002724_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In October of 1910, only four years before the outbreak of World War I, nobody knew whether planes, dirigibles, or balloons would prevail. Within a period of 17 days, this question was on prime display, as the dirigible America tried to cross the Atlantic; huge crowds gathered at horse-racing tracks to watch airplanes race around overhead; and ballooning teams from around the world took off from St. Louis in pursuit of the Bennett International Balloon Cup, given to the balloon that traveled the farthest. The dramatic denouement would stun the country and lay the foundation for the air force. In Chasing Icarus, Gavin Mortimer has plumbed original and primary sources to paint a vivid picture of the launching point of flight, and an indelible portrait of the late-Edwardian world about to explode into war. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sean Runnette. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/009639/bk_adbl_009639_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Inspired by New York Times best-selling author Neal Stephenson, an anthology of stories, set in the near future, from some of today´s leading writers, thinkers, and visionaries that reignites the iconic and optimistic visions of the golden age of science fiction. In his 2011 article ´´Innovation Starvation´´, Neal Stephenson argued that we - the society whose earlier scientists and engineers witnessed the airplane, the automobile, nuclear energy, the computer, and space exploration - must reignite our ambitions to think boldly and do Big Stuff. He also advanced the Hieroglyph Theory which illuminates the power of science fiction to inspire the inventive imagination: ´´Good SF supplies a plausible, fully thought-out picture of an alternate reality in which some sort of compelling innovation has taken place.´´ In 2012, Arizona State University established the Center for Science and the Imagination to bring together writers, artists, and creative thinkers with scientists, engineers, and technologists to cultivate and expand on ´´moon shot ideas´´ that inspire the imagination and catalyze real-world innovations. Now comes this remarkable anthology uniting 20 of today´s leading thinkers, writers, and visionaries - among them Cory Doctorow, Gregory Benford, Elizabeth Bear, Bruce Sterling, and Neal Stephenson - to contribute works of ´´techno-optimism´´ that challenge us to dream and do Big Stuff. Engaging, mind-bending, provocative, and imaginative, Hieroglyph offers a forward-thinking approach to the intersection of art and technology that has the power to change our world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Danny Campbell, Cassandra Campbell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/004117/bk_harp_004117_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The author of My Name Is Maria Isabel offers an inspiring look at her childhood in Cuba in this collection that includes ´´Where the Flame Trees Bloom´´, ´´Under the Royal Palms´´, five new stories, and more. These true autobiographical tales from renowned Hispanic author and educator Alma Flor Ada are filled with family love and traditions, secrets and deep friendships, and a gorgeous, moving picture of the island of Cuba, where Alma Flor grew up. Told through the eyes of a child, a whole world comes to life in this audio: the blind great-grandmother who never went to school but whose wisdom and generosity overflowed to those around her; the hired hand, Samone, whose love for music overcame all difficulties; the beloved dance teacher who helped sustain young Alma Flor through a miserable year in school; her dear and daring Uncle Medardo, who bravely flew airplanes; and more. Heartwarming, poignant, and often humorous, this wonderful collection encourages listeners to discover the stories in their own lives - and to celebrate the joys and struggles we all share, no matter where or when we grew up. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Trini Alvarado. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/009151/bk_reco_009151_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A 10-year-old American boy named Jack, who loves airplanes and knows a great deal about them, finds himself in a world that has just emerged from World War II. Jack´s favorite military plane is the Navy Corsair. Since the need for warplanes no longer existed, they were taken by flatbed railcars to a salvage depot called a boneyard where the planes were stacked one upon the other, resulting in a mountain of aluminum. Those aircrafts would eventually be recycled. A boneyard was conveniently located adjacent to an air base near Jack´s home. During summer school vacation, Jack went to the boneyard daily and then sat under a cottonwood tree that stood outside a chain link fence which encircled the military base and the boneyard. While there, Jack drew pictures in a sketchbook of things he observed in the boneyard; he also wrote narratives about his visual and intuitive experiences. He recognized a similarity between the boneyard and humanity. Jack hoped a Corsair would someday be brought to the boneyard for him to study. Meanwhile, a boy named Eddie, who was Jack´s age, had recently moved into Jack´s neighborhood. Eddie was a needy dullard who clung to Jack. Eddie possessed multiple character flaws. Jack believed Eddie exemplified the apparent nature of a humanity that had caused the boneyard to emerge and to trumpet a warning of a recurring future. Jack was very troubled by Eddie´s intrusion, but he could not remove himself from that unfortunate situation. Jack possessed many abilities; one was an ability to express his thoughts and visual observations into his sketchpad. While at the boneyard, Jack encountered two mysterious military policemen who were perhaps more than what they appeared to be. The passage of time seemed to favor Jack in a most unusual manner. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Julius Candelaria. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/098986/bk_acx0_098986_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Donald Culross Peattie´s two books about American trees were first published in the 1950s. In this edition, modern listeners are introduced to one of the best nature writers of the last century. As we listen to Peattie´s descriptions, we catch glimpses of our country´s history and past daily life that no textbook could ever illuminate so vividly. Here you´ll learn about everything from how a species was discovered to the part it played in our country´s history.Pioneers often stabled an animal in the hollow heart of an old sycamore, and the whole family might live there until they could build a log cabin. The tuliptree, the tallest native hardwood, is easier to work than most softwood trees; Daniel Boone carved a sixty-foot canoe from one tree to carry his family from Kentucky into Spanish territory. In the days before the Revolution, the British and the colonists waged an undeclared war over New England´s white pines, which made the best tall masts for fighting ships. It´s fascinating to learn about the commercial uses of various woods - for paper, fine furniture, fence posts, matchsticks, house framing, airplane wings, and dozens of other preplastic uses. But we cannot listen to this book without the occasional lump in our throats. The American elm was still alive when Peattie wrote, but as we listen to his account today we can see what caused its demise. Audubon´s portrait of a pair of loving passenger pigeons in an American beech is considered by many to be his greatest painting. It certainly touched the poet in Donald Culross Peattie as he depicted the extinction of the passenger pigeon when the beech forest was destroyed. A Natural History of North American Trees gives us a picture of life in America from its earliest days to the middle of the last century. The information is always interesting, though often heartbreaking. While Peattie looks for the better side of man´s nature, he reports sorrowfully on the greed and waste that have ... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Stillwell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/015057/bk_adbl_015057_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´Courage is doing what you are afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you are scared.´´ - Eddie Rickenbacker. The men and women who won World War II for the Allies have been called ´´the greatest generation,´´ and rightfully so, for they saved the Western world from destruction and domination by totalitarian dictators. As Winston Churchill so eloquently put it, ´´Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.´´ However, even within this glorious group, there was another, perhaps even more superlative generation made up of men and women who fought not only in World War II, but also World War I, which at the time was the deadliest and most destructive war in history. A few of these fighters were young enough to fight in both wars, and Eddie Rickenbacker was one of them, one of the ´´best of the best.´´ Though he served only in a civilian capacity during World War II, he remains today a romantic hero of a bygone era, a man who flew airplanes that were little more than hang gliders with engines and guns, and survived to help design jets. His service won him the Medal of Honor, along with more awards for valor than any other person fighting in World War I. But participating in the wars was not nearly enough time in the air for the ambitious Rickenbacker. When he was not setting new records in the air, he was setting new speed records on the ground, most notably as a first generation race car driver who not only drove cars, but designed them. He also served for decades as the president of one of the world´s first major commercial passenger aviation companies, Eastern Airlines, seeing it through the ups and downs of the financial and technological boom and bust in America between the wars. Eddie Rickenbacker: The Life and Legacy of America´s Top World War I Fighter Ace, chronicles the remarkable life of one of America´s greatest war heroes. Along with pictures of important people, places, and even... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim D Johnston. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/092253/bk_acx0_092253_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.