The Wright Brothers initially underestimated the difficulties involved in flying, and they were apparently surprised by the fact that so many others were working on solving the ´´problem of human flight´´ already. Decades before their own historic plane would end up in the National Air & Space Museum, Wilbur and Orville asked the Smithsonian for reading materials and brushed up on everything from the works of their contemporaries to Leonardo Da Vinci. Undeterred by the work, and the fact that several would-be pioneers died in crashes trying to control gliders, the Wright Brothers tested out gliding at Kitty Hawk in North Carolina for several years, working to perfect pilot control before trying powered flight.In December 1903, the brothers had done enough scientific work with concepts like lift to help their aeronautical designs, and they had the technical know-how to work with engines. On December 17, the brothers took turns making history’s first successful powered flights. The fourth and final flight lasted nearly a minute and covered nearly 900 feet. The Wright Flyer I had just made history, and minutes later it would be permanently damaged after wind gusts tipped it over; it would never fly again.A decade later, aircraft appeared in the skies over the battlefields of World War I, but they did not represent a complete novelty in warfare either, at least not during the early months of World War I. While airplanes had never before appeared above the field of war, other aerial vehicles had already been in use for decades, and balloons had carried soldiers above the landscape for centuries to provide a high observation point superior to most geological features. The French used a balloon for this purpose at the Battle of Fleurus in 1794, and by the American Civil War, military hydrogen balloons saw frequent use, filled from wagons generating hydrogen from iron filings and sulfuric acid. The balloonist Thaddeus Lowe persuaded President Abraham Lin 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Bernard. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/162232/bk_acx0_162232_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this propulsive debut thriller, two women with deep secrets are thrown together by an unexpected meeting that plunges both their lives into chaos. But it’s a sick little girl whose fate hangs in the balance.Motherhood is tough. But then, so is daughterhood. When we first meet Claire, she’s living in Sedona, Arizona, with her boyfriend Cal and ducking calls from her mother. Her mom is a world class psychic on the East Coast, and Claire doesn’t want her to discover the truth. Claire works in the family business and calls herself a psychic, but she doesn’t really have ´´the gift” and hasn’t for a long time. She’s a fraud.Meanwhile, on the other side of the country, Rena, a young mother, has family issues of her own. She’s divorced, and her four-year-old daughter, Stephanie, suffers from mysterious, seemingly incurable stomach problems. No matter how many specialists Rena drags her to, no matter how many mommy-blog posts she makes about her child’s health issues, trying to get help and support from her online community, Stephanie only gets sicker.When Claire and Rena meet by chance on an airplane, their carefully constructed lives begin to explode. Can these two women help each other, and can they help Stephanie before it’s too late? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Karissa Vacker, Elizabeth Godley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/008996/bk_harp_008996_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A calm and beautiful selection of the most powerful sounds for relaxation. Enjoy 10 hours of peaceful ocean, nature, and meditation sounds. Perfect for various activities including working out, airplane rides, creative work, rest, and motivation. Amazing for meditation, yoga, sleep, study, and focus. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ariel Navina. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/150292/bk_acx0_150292_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this high concept psychological suspense novel from the USA Today best-selling author of Somebody’s Daughter, a chance meeting with a woman in an airport sends a man on a pulse-pounding quest for the truth. Joshua Fields takes the same flights every week for work, his life a series of departures and arrivals, hotels and airports. During yet another layover, he meets Morgan, a beautiful stranger with whom he feels an immediate connection. When it’s time for their respective flights, Morgan kisses Joshua passionately, lamenting that they’ll never see each other again. As soon as Morgan disappears in the crowd, Joshua is shocked to see her face on a nearby TV. The reason: Morgan is a missing person. What follows is a whirlwind, fast-paced journey filled with lies, deceit, and secrets as Joshua tries to discover why Morgan has vanished from her own life. Every time he thinks one mystery is solved, another rears its head - and his worst enemy might be his own assumptions about those around him. Praise for Layover ´´A terrifically tense thriller with a femme fatale who will keep you guessing until the very end. The perfect airplane read!´´ (Riley Sager, New York Times best-selling author of The Last Time I Lied) ´´[A] fast-paced thriller....Bell keeps the reader guessing whodunit until the end.´´ (Publishers Weekly)´´You meet someone at an airport and the connection between you is so irresistible you change your flight and chase after them. This killer premise kicks off David Bell’s twisty, breakneck thriller, and has you tearing through the pages to a shattering finale.” (Louise Candlish, international best-selling author of Our House) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robbie Daymond. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/004583/bk_peng_004583_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Designed to help you increase your Spanish language vocabulary, Learn Spanish Words is great for learners of all levels. The audio version is perfect for learning Spanish in your car while stuck in traffic, on an airplane or in the gym. This guide contains nouns, verbs, and adjectives used in everyday speech that will definitely help you towards your goal of Spanish language fluency! Each word is presented in English and Spanish with an accompanying example sentence so that you can hear how the word is used in everyday speech. This book is perfect for people learning Spanish for business and tourist purposes! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michelle Murillo. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/063698/bk_acx0_063698_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.
Here is a game the whole family can love! Perfect for road trips, family vacations, camping trips, and airplane rides. You Laugh, I Win! The Ultimate Try Not To Laugh Challenge Joke Book - Family Vacation Edition is not only full of great family-friendly jokes, but it´s presented in a competition format. The player or team that smiles, grins or laughs the most are actually the losers! Try not to laugh as you are presented with some funny jokes. The team that can hold in their laughter will be the winners, but it won´t be easy. Get the humorous You Laugh, I Win! The Ultimate Try Not To Laugh Challenge Joke Book - Family Vacation Edition today. It makes a great gift for moms, dads, or any members of the family! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Will Tulin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/138543/bk_acx0_138543_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Gourmet Detective did not expect his job to be easy. He had been sent by Desmond Lansdown, respected actor and London´s premier restaurateur, to find the best chef in Italy. But even the most difficult tasks can be savored when one enjoys his work, and the sleuth happily immerses himself in his duties, sampling the peninsula´s finest cuisine with his beautiful and mysterious guide, Francesca. But between courses of boccocini--vol au vents filled with chicken giblets and truffles - and strangolopreti - a gnocchi and spinach dish whose name means ´´priest stranglers´´ - the determined gourmet begins to suspect that someone is trying to kill him. And when an agricultural magnate with whom he has enjoyed several meals turns up facedown in a swimming pool, the Gourmet Detective must dodge stampeding buffalo, a kamikaze airplane, and a killer monk, while at the same time choosing the perfect chef and solving the perfect murder. In a country where chefs enjoy a celebrity status second only to their food, would one kill to be the best? In Death al Dente, the fourth installment in the Gourmet Detective series, the discerning sleuth finds himself embroiled in a sizzling mixture of food and passion. Can he discover the murderer´s motive before his own goose is cooked? 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Baker. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/005915/bk_adbl_005915_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This is an autobiography about a man from New Jersey born in 1947. Following his graduation from high school in 1965, he enlisted in the Marines and went to Vietnam. Home and honorably discharged before turning 21, he meandered for a few years in the time of the anti-war movement and psychedelic drugs that were the late ´60s and early ´70s. He found his feet in aviation with his first introductory flight. He immediately knew piloting an airplane was what he wanted to do. His involvement in the drug culture led to incarceration and jeopardized his future, though. He met a woman fell in love and has been married for 42 years. They raised a family and built a house while he struggled to stay employed as an airplane pilot. The ebb and flow of the pilot employment market led to various jobs and even an attempted career change. After earning a degree at a culinary school, he bought a failing restaurant and gave it a go for a few years. Before becoming bankrupt he managed to get back in aviation as the restaurant was failing. The return to flying was in turbine powered equipment at first doing more night freight work, but it led to his best job ever. Someone ran an ad for a position in Africa: ´´Sabreliner Captain wanted so I can give my man a holiday.” The timing was perfect because it was the same type airplane he had been flying. The job was for a month but he stayed on for four years as pilot for a dictator’s cabinet in the heart of Africa. It wasn’t all smooth air over there but survive he did. On returning to the States he went back to grass roots stick-and-rudder agricultural aviation for three years, spraying corn in Iowa. In the journey there was one wife, two children, two sailboats, one airplane and one house built. He also earned two Associates degrees. One in Science/Math and the other Arts/Culinary. 1. Language: English. Narrator: James Gannone. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/117055/bk_acx0_117055_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.