For some years I have been afflicted with the belief that flight is possible to man. My disease has increased in severity and I feel that it will soon cost me an increased amount of money if not my life.´´So wrote a quiet young Ohioan in 1900, one in an ancient line of men who had wanted to fly - wanted it passionately, fecklessly, hopelessly. But now, at the turn of the 20th century, Wilbur Wright and a scattered handful of other adventurers conceived a conviction that the dream lay at last within reach, and in a headlong race across 10 years and two continents, they competed to conquer the air. James Tobin, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in biography, has at last given this inspiring story its definitive telling. For years Wright and his younger brother, Orville, experimented in utter obscurity. Meanwhile, the world watched as the imperious Samuel Langley, armed with a rich contract from the U.S. War Department and all the resources of the Smithsonian Institution, sought to create the first manned flying machine. But while Langley became obsessed with flight as a problem of power, the Wrights grappled with it as a problem of balance. Thus their machines took two very different paths - his toward oblivion, theirs toward the heavens. To Conquer the Air is a hero´s tale of overcoming obstacles within and without that plumbs the depths of creativity and character. With a historian´s accuracy and a novelist´s eye, Tobin has captured the interplay of remarkable personalities at an extraordinary moment in our history. In the centennial year of human flight, To Conquer the Air is itself a heroic achievement. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Boyd Gaines. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/000416/bk_sans_000416_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Four classic drawing books by Ed Emberley are redesigned with a new vertical trim size, but contain the same formulas to show young artists how to draw animals, faces, Halloween characters, and things in the world like airplanes, kangaroos, and a gondola. Full color.
The awkwardness of modern living takes center stage in these nine short stories by Brian Wood. Well-intentioned characters fumble through social situations: a man making small talk in line for a deadly thrill ride, a pet parrot arrested for murder, a seductive stranger on an airplane who just pulled out a handle of gin. With sparse prose and candid humor, these stories draw attention to the absurdities of our day-to-day interactions.
Have you ever wondered why that smarmy sales guy won´t quit, even when it´s obvious to both of you that you´re not buying what he´s selling? Have you ever made a snap judgment about someone´s character - only to find out that you were completely wrong? I live in California yet work for Celebrity Magician Criss Angel in Las Vegas. Needless to say, I find myself flying three to four times per week. Those who fly know. This collection of short stories set on airplanes will let you see the strangers around you in an entirely new light - and what you learn just might surprise you. People on Planes is perfect reading for - and can be read front to back on - any flight. You may find yourself sitting next to one of the characters that you´re reading about. Safe travels & happy listening! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Matt Weight. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/006128/bk_acx0_006128_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Wild, wacky, and wonderful are the characters involved in this debate-in-one-sitting. The Tarlton conservatory is the scene of many a Shavian skirmish: parents vying with children, sibling rivalry, and the battle of the sexes. An airplane crashing into the greenhouse, a gunner, and a Polish daredevil complicate matters even further! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Flo Gibson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbk/000176/bk_adbk_000176_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Number one for fiendish fun! Horrid Henry takes to the skies in Up, Up and Away!Horrid Henry is back and naughtier than ever in this brand-new book from the internationally best-selling author Francesca Simon. Contains four brand-new stories, featuring Horrid Henry wreaking havoc on an airplane, being forced to write an essay about the Tudors, sabotaging the school play and sneaking onto a forbidden roller coaster.These timeless stories offer an irresistible introduction to reading for pleasure, featuring one of the best-loved characters in children´s fiction.Horrid Henry is a major animated television series produced by Novel Entertainment Limited 1. Language: English. Narrator: Miranda Richardson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hkid/000896/bk_hkid_000896_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Scott Flores´ life implodes overnight. All that he´s built - a promising career as a standout college professor, his reputation as a brilliant young anthropologist and a near perfect marriage to his beautiful wife - is leveled and none of his personal fortune can change what happens. Grappling with the devastating aftermath and battling his own personal demons, he finds himself on an airplane headed to southern Mexico and the city of Cuernavaca, at the desperate urging of his mentor, fellow anthropologist Jerry Dwyer. The chance for a new start at a fascinating archeological dig turns into the ultimate test of character when he´s dragged into a shadowy underworld hidden behind the gritty charm of this new land. It´s an invisible world of good versus evil, black-market smuggling, merciless criminals and murder-all punctuated by a corrupt legal system. Set in contemporary Mexico against the backdrop of a wildly-contested national election that touches Scott´s life in ways he doesn´t understand, Cuernavaca showcases the best and worst of a nation struggling to recreate itself as Scott struggles to earn his own second chance. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jason Jewett. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/023033/bk_acx0_023033_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What would you do with your gifts? Would you give into temptation, or rise above? Jack Burke isn´t your typical teenager. Blessed with talent beyond measure, Jack´s pride overwhelms his inability to make sound decisions. From the time he gets drafted into professional baseball, his character is tested. His childhood dream of a baseball life turns into a nightmare marked by injury, immaturity, and personal tragedy. Amongst his darkest days, there is only one who could speak life into him - a mysterious girl from the airplane named Sara. Though their relationship gets rocky at times, she is the only person Jack can be his true self with. But after Jack moves up through the baseball ranks, she is left behind, and Jack turns to drugs and alcohol to cope. Will Jack overcome his obstacles and make his dreams come true, or will he be forced to ask himself the question he never expected: what will my life be without baseball? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Eddie Frierson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/079641/bk_acx0_079641_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.