Five years have passed since Angie Favorite’s mother, Laura, disappeared without a trace, and Angie still hasn’t recovered. Sure, things look normal on the surface — she goes to school, works her summer job, and argues with her older brother Jason — but she can’t shake the feeling her mother didn’t leave by choice. Angie’s dad does the best he can, but his work as a musician keeps him on the road and away from home, where it’s up to Angie’s grandmother to keep an eye on the kids. She can’t be with them all the time, though, and so Angie is alone when she’s snatched from a strip mall parking lot by Scott Bittner. Angie narrowly escapes, and Bittner is arrested, but he takes his life in jail before he can offer an explanation for his crime. When his mother makes contact, begging forgiveness on her son’s behalf, Angie agrees to meet with her in hopes of finding answers to the seemingly random attack. But when she arrives at the massive Bittner estate, she is overcome by an unshakeable sense of foreboding… Part thriller, part coming-of-age tale, Favorite is an engrossing young adult novel in which nothing — and no one — is as it seems. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tara Sands. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/004137/bk_brll_004137_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A Favorite Son is a modern twist on an old tale: Jacob and his mother are plotting together against the elderly father Isaac, who is lying on his deathbed. They wish to get their hands on the inheritance and take control of the power in the family. Jacob yearns to become the favorite son, but sees only one way to achieve it: deceit. In planning his deception, it is not love for his father, nor respect for his age that drives his hesitation--rather, it is the fear to be found out. And so, pretending to be that which he is not--he is now ready for the last moment he is going to have with his father. This is no old fairy tale. Its power is here and now, in each one of us. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Kudler. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/005945/bk_acx0_005945_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Before Lucy and Desi became America’s favorite television couple, Lucille Ball developed her show-business-aspiring housewife character from 1948-1951 on CBS Radio. Some of TV’s most popular sitcom stars reprise two episodes from the radio series that inspired I Love Lucy. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Samantha Bennett, Jeff Conaway, Harold Gould, Marilu Henner, Joe Liss and Alley Mills. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Samantha Bennett, Jeff Conaway, Harold Gould, Marilu Henner, Joe Liss, Alley Mills. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/latw/000370/pf_latw_000370_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Their Favorite Halloween: a funny story of family, friendship, and adventure. You will enjoy entering the world of the Hanover twins as they plot to terrify their sixth grade class for Halloween, but an outlaw from the past has his own dangerous ideas. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Susan Hancock. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/031110/bk_acx0_031110_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the highly acclaimed, best-selling National Book Award finalist and author of A Short History of Women, a searing and timely novel about a teenage girl, a charismatic teacher, and a dark, open secret. They were on a lark, three teenage girls speeding across the greens on a ´´borrowed” golf cart, at night, drunk. The cart crashes and one of the girls lands violently in the rough, killed instantly. The driver, Jo, flees the hometown that has turned against her and enrolls at a prestigious boarding school. Her past weighs on her. She is responsible for the death of her best friend. She has tipped her parents’ rocky marriage into demise. She is ready to begin again, far away from the accident. Taut, propulsive and devastating, His Favorites reveals the interior life of a young woman determined to navigate the treachery in a new world. Told from her perspective many years later, the story cooly describes a series of shattering events and the system that failed to protect her. Walbert, who brilliantly explored a century of women’s struggles for rights and recognition in her award-winning A Short History of Women, limns the all-too-common violations of vulnerability and aspiration in the lives of young women in this suspenseful short novel. From the publisher of the classic A Separate Peace, His Favorites is an urgent book by a ´´wickedly smart writer” (The New York Times Book Review) whose work is ´´fascinating, moving and significant” (The Washington Post). 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gabra Zackman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/008842/bk_sans_008842_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From Jessica Knoll - author of Luckiest Girl Alive, the instant New York Times best seller and the best-selling debut novel of 2015 - comes a blisteringly paced thriller starring competitive sisters whose dark secrets and lies result in murder when they sign on to a reality TV show. When five hypersuccessful women agree to appear on a reality series set in New York City called Goal Diggers, the producers never expect the season will end in murder.... Brett´s the fan favorite. Tattooed and only 27, the meteoric success of her spin studio - and her recent engagement to her girlfriend - has made her the object of jealousy and vitriol from her castmates. Kelly, Brett´s older sister and business partner, is the most recent recruit, dismissed as a hanger-on by veteran cast. The golden child growing up, she defers to Brett now - a role that requires her to protect their shocking secret. Stephanie, the first black cast member and the oldest, is a successful best-selling author of erotic novels. There have long been whispers about her hot, nonworking actor-husband and his wandering eye, but this season the focus is on the rift that has opened between her and Brett, former best friends - and resentment soon breeds contempt. Lauren, the start-up world´s darling whose drinking has gotten out of control, is Goal Diggers´ recovery narrative - everyone loves a comeback story. And Jen, made rich and famous through her cultishly popular vegan food line plays a holistic hippie for the cameras but is perhaps the most ruthless of them all when the cameras are off. The Favorite Sister explores the invisible barriers that prevent women from rising up the ranks in today´s America - and offers a scathing take on the oft-lionized bonds of sisterhood and the relentless pressure to stay young, relevant, and salable. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ashlie Atkinson, Jenni Barber, Aja Naomi King. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/008254/bk_sans_008254_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What forces molded the universe? Are those forces still at work, removing, changing, or adding heavenly bodies even as we gaze upward? Will humanity, and Earth itself, one day be gone? Are we alone? In an era when science journalism is perhaps more thorough and ambitious than ever before, fascinating explorations of questions like these seem available to us almost every day - provided we have a working understanding of the scientific theories on which they´re based. Discover the answers to these and other startling questions about the cosmos with My Favorite Universe, a spirited and intellectually engaging journey through the cosmos and its history, from before the big bang to the likely ways in which Earth, and perhaps the entire universe, might end. In this lecture series, Professor Neil deGrasse Tyson, the astrophysicist who directs the nation´s most famous planetarium, makes that understanding available to anyone. Explore how black holes are formed, how asteroids move through space, why the odds seem overwhelmingly in favor of extraterrestrial life, and much more. With the foundation provided by this magnificent course, the realities of the universe will be revealed in stark - and often violent - beauty. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Neil deGrasse Tyson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tcco/000437/bk_tcco_000437_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A riveting novel in which old friends must excavate the formative event of their childhood - a murder - and determine how to pit truth against justice. Hutch Van Buren is 15 years old, playing sports and searching for arrowheads in a small industrial town in Ohio with his three closest friends when an altercation between the comrades and Petey Sanchez, a troubled 17-year-old, leads to Petey’s accidental death. Together, Hutch and his friends become ensnared in a web of secrets and moral dilemmas. A local ne’er-do-well goes to jail for the crime while the boys keep their pact of silence. Each boy shoulders the burden of truth in his own way as each attempts to leave the past behind. Thirty-three years later, in 2004, Van Buren is the prosecuting attorney in Summit County, Ohio, and a candidate for state attorney general when he learns that he and his boyhood friends weren’t the only ones keeping a secret about Petey’s death. A convicted sex offender in need of a favor attempts to blackmail Van Buren in return for his silence. Van Buren must decide between his political career and the duty of the office he has sworn to uphold. With the clock ticking, Van Buren has a week to seek out his boyhood friends and search his soul while he sorts out three decades of deceit he helped create. Favorite Sons is a wonderful, suspenseful novel with nuanced, memorable characters and unpredictable plot twists. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeremy Arthur. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/008643/bk_adbl_008643_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Exhibit A: Faith´s little sister, Skye, who muddled through her first divorce at the tender age of 21. Faith has always provided damage control when Skye´s love life gets too reminiscent of a daytime drama. But now that Faith has finally found the job, if not the man, of her dreams - as a culinary writer, currently living la dolce vita in Italy - she can´t just jet back to small-town Minnesota to help her suddenly pregnant little sister heal her broken heart and anemic bank account. Faith has been putting off this homecoming for years, ever since her dad left her family in the lurch, her mother left her in charge of Skye, and a sub-zero case of cold feet led her to call off the engagement to her high school sweetheart, Flynn. But a return to the amber fields of grain might just be what Faith needs to gain some perspective on her past - and figure out her future. It´s been way too long since her last love affair...memories of Flynn still get in the way of every man she meets. But if she and Flynn are really meant to be, why does the path to happily ever after have so many potholes? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rachel Fulginiti. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/idel/000550/bk_idel_000550_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.