Only two people were in a position to experience all the events leading up to the first flight of a viable airplane, and here in three short essays they report how it came about.The idea of powered flight was so new that there were not even accepted methods of measuring the forces at play on a machine in-flight. The Wright brothers had to develop their own testing methods and conduct experimentation before they finally began to design something theoretically capable of the feat. Most vexing of all was the problem of control – how to conduct a controlled turn when the forces are unbalanced. Without boring you with calculations they explain how they tested different wing shapes and control vanes and then verified them in hundreds of flights in a glider. Finally, in December, 1903, they achieved their milestone: ´´the flight lasted only 12 seconds, but it was nevertheless the first flight in the history of the world in which a machine carrying a man had raised itself by its own power into the air in full flight, had sailed forward without reduction of speed, and had finally landed at a point as high as that from which it started.´´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark F. Smith. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/mike/000034/bk_mike_000034_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In her highly anticipated new novel, Judy Blume, the New York Times number-one best-selling author of Summer Sisters and of young adult classics such as Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, creates a richly textured and moving story of three generations of families, friends and strangers, whose lives are profoundly changed by unexpected events. In 1987, Miri Ammerman returns to her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey, to attend a commemoration of the worst year of her life. Thirty-five years earlier, when Miri was 15, and in love for the first time, a succession of airplanes fell from the sky, leaving a community reeling. Against this backdrop of actual events that Blume experienced in the early 1950s, when airline travel was new and exciting and everyone dreamed of going somewhere, she paints a vivid portrait of a particular time and place - Nat King Cole singing ´´Unforgettable”, Elizabeth Taylor haircuts, young (and not-so-young) love, explosive friendships, A-bomb hysteria, rumors of Communist threat. And a young journalist who makes his name reporting tragedy. Through it all, one generation reminds another that life goes on. In the Unlikely Event is vintage Judy Blume, with all the hallmarks of Judy Blume’s unparalleled storytelling, and full of memorable characters who cope with loss, remember the good times and, finally, wonder at the joy that keeps them going. ´´Like many family stories, this one is not without its life-changing secrets and surprises. There is no surprise that the book is smoothly written, and its story compelling. The setting - the early 1950s - is especially well realized through period references and incidents.” (Booklist) ´´In Blume’s latest adult novel...young and old alike must learn to come to terms with technological disaster and social change. Her novel is characteristically accessible, frequently 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kathleen McInerney. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/004132/bk_rand_004132_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Do you want to know how the Human Race got to where it is today? Hear about the 50 most important events in human history, from the first civilizations to the birth of the Internet. This book is perfect for history lovers. Author James Weber did the research and compiled this huge list of events that changed the course of history forever. Some of them include: The first civilization in Mesopotamia in 3,000 BC The Norman invasion of England in 1066 The invention of the printing press by Johannes Guttenberg around 1450 The French Revolution in 1789 The first motorized airplane flight in 1903 The moon landing in 1969 and many more The book includes explanations to every event, making this the perfect resource for students and anyone wanting to broaden their knowledge of history. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Theis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/063790/bk_acx0_063790_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It was the end of days. The world had less than seven hours to prepare. When it hit, the coronal mass ejection from the sun rolled back hundreds of years of technological innovation. Airplanes fell from the skies. Power grids crashed. Even electrical cabling was turned to slag. No Internet. No cable TV. No electricity. No modern day conveniences of any kind, from fancy European sedans to smart phones to clean, running water. The entire world is plunged back into the Dark Ages in less than a second, courtesy of the most powerful electromagnetic pulse (EMP) event in recorded history. Television development exec Tony Vincenzo has always lived a high-society life, first in Los Angeles, now in Manhattan. As New York City tears itself apart in an orgy of violence, Vincenzo has to leave his high-floor luxury condominium on Central Park South´s Billionaire´s Row in order to return to his wife and young son in the Hollywood Hills overlooking LA. But the only way to get there is to walk, and Vincenzo is no Joe Survivalist - he´s the kind of guy used to the trappings of the good life. While society unravels all around him, he has to not only make it out of New York alive, but across the entirety of a nation descending into feral madness. His journey becomes more complex when he commits a truly selfless deed, and winds up with two young charges: seven-year-old Daniel, an autistic boy ill-equipped for a life of hardship, and his sassy four-year-old sister, Gabriella. Together, the trio will need every stroke of luck they can find to persevere in the lawless lands that lie ahead of them...and survive the brutality of the serial killer Roth who pursues them. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lee Alan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/084098/bk_acx0_084098_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Hear about the 50 most important events in the 20th century, from the Chinese Boxer Rebellion in 1900 to the Y2K bug. This book is perfect for history lovers. Author James Weber did the research and compiled this huge list of events that changed our planet´s history forever. Some of them include: Wright Brothers fly first motorized airplane (1903) Sinking of the Titanic (1912) Beginning of World War I (1914) The Spanish Flu pandemic (1918) Adolf Hitler appointed Chancellor (1933) Beginning of World War II (1939) First satellite, Sputnik I launched (1957) Oil crisis (1973) Chernobyl disaster (1986) Scientists clone sheep (1997) And many, many more The book takes you through the most important events of the 20th century. This is the perfect resource for students and anyone wanting to broaden their knowledge in history. Download your copy now! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Anthony Colby. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/069752/bk_acx0_069752_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Do you want to know how modern life got to where it is today? Hear about the 50 most important events in modern history, from the Industrial Revolution to the present day. This book is perfect for history lovers. Author James Weber did the research and compiled this huge list of events that changed the course of history forever. Some of them include: The defeat of Napoleon in 1815 The spring of Nations in 1848 Einstein´s theory of relativity in 1905 The first motorized airplane flight in 1903 Gandhi´s civil disobedience in 1947 The global financial crisis in 2007 And many many more Download your copy now! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Theis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/069754/bk_acx0_069754_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Between the world wars, no sport was more popular, or more dangerous, than airplane racing. Thousands of fans flocked to multi-day events, and cities vied with one another to host them. The pilots themselves were hailed as dashing heroes who cheerfully stared death in the face. Well, the men were hailed. Female pilots were more often ridiculed than praised for what the press portrayed as silly efforts to horn in on a manly, and deadly, pursuit.Fly Girls recounts how a cadre of women banded together to break the original glass ceiling: the entrenched prejudice that conspired to keep them out of the sky.O´Brien weaves together the stories of five remarkable women: Florence Klingensmith, a high school dropout who worked for a dry cleaner in Fargo, North Dakota; Ruth Elder, an Alabama divorcee; Amelia Earhart, the most famous, but not necessarily the most skilled; Ruth Nichols, who chafed at the constraints of her blue blood family´s expectations; and Louise Thaden, the mother of two young kids who got her start selling coal in Wichita. Together, they fought for the chance to race against the men - and in 1936 one of them would triumph in the toughest race of all. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Erin Bennett. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/high/002170/bk_high_002170_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
On September 11, 2001, Lisa Beamer was thrust into the national spotlight after her husband, Todd, became an American hero by preventing terrorist hijackers from almost certainly flying United Flight 93 into the White House or the United States Capitol. Instead, Todd led a group of passengers to resist the hijackers, forcing the plane to crash into a Pennsylvania field. Todd and the other heroes of Flight 93 gave their lives so that untold others would be spared. Nothing could be more heroic. Lisa is now telling that story, and much more. She explores the tragic events of that day, revealing some information never before published. She also looks at the life of her husband, telling how and why he was prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice and the reason for her hope, courage, and quiet personal strength. This is Todd and Lisa´s story, but it´s also ours, for all of us who long to have the personal qualities of a real hero. This book shows us what they are and how to develop them. The phrase, ´´Let´s Roll´´ were the last words the GTE Airfone operator heard from Todd before the crash. They have become a rallying cry for all Americans to move ahead, despite pain and suffering, with hope, courage, and strength. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lisa Helm. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tynd/000023/bk_tynd_000023_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
After a CIA agent mysteriously dies overseas, his top asset surfaces with a startling and terrifying claim. There´s just one problem - no one knows if she can be trusted. But when six exchange students go missing, two airplane passengers trade places, and one political-asylum seeker is arrested, a deadly chain of events is set in motion. With the United States facing an imminent and devastating attack, America´s new president must turn to covert counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath to help carry out two of the most dangerous operations in the country´s history. Code-named ´Gold Dust´ and ´Blackbird´, they are shrouded in absolute secrecy as either of them, if discovered, will constitute an act of war.