The Saxon Knives by James Calbraith (The Song of Ash #2) Requirements: ePUB Reader, 547 KB Overview: Two years after the victory at Saffron Valley, a new menace threatens Dux Wortigern’s domain: the Picts are raiding the coast, razing the cities and looting the churches and villas of the southern provinces. Ash, now a Councillor at Wortigern’s court, joins a Iute war band dispatched to deal with the invaders – but the real threat to Londin’s safety and Wortigern’s rule may be coming from within the Council itself… Genre: Historical Fiction
How Conversation Works: 6 Lessons for Better Communication by Anne Curzan, The Great Courses Requirements: .MP3 reader, 127.96 MB Overview: Regardless of age or occupation, conversation can be tricky. But like it or not, it’s one of the most important things you do on a daily basis. Successful conversations help you advance professionally and make, maintain, and deepen relationships. Moreover, research shows that talking, when done on a substantive level, is correlated with a feeling of happiness and general well-being.
In just six lectures, Professor Curzan teaches you key strategies that can dramatically improve your ability to converse with anyone, from strangers to supervisors. This highly practical course focuses on the fundamental principles you need to become more conversationally aware and savvy at home, in the workplace, and beyond. You’ll learn graceful ways of pointing out a mistake, asking someone to do something he or she doesn’t want to do, preparing a person for “no,” asking for a big favor, and providing information the recipient doesn’t want to hear. You’ll also learn devices for skillfully opening and closing exchanges, taking turns “negotiating the conversational floor,” sending people subtle signals, and sharing the conversational burden to make discussions feel more mutual and enjoyable.
Whether you want to build rapport with colleagues, promote yourself in an interview, give a winning presentation, ingratiate yourself with your boss, or even create a connection on a first date, knowing what to say and how to say it allows for more productive, smoother interactions.Professor Curzan helps you get ahead by outlining simple techniques for accomplishing all of these goals and more. Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction
At Your Door by J. P. Carter (DCI Anna Tate #02) Requirements: .MP3 reader, 268 MB Overview: What happens when the past comes back to kill you? When DCI Anna Tate is called to the gruesome discovery of a dead woman found on Barnes Common, she is plunged into a high-profile investigation involving a prominent MP.
London is baying for blood – but is there more to Holly’s death than at first meets the eye? Meanwhile, the hunt is on for Anna’s missing daughter Chloe, who vanished ten years ago when her ex-husband kidnapped her. The case has been cold for what feels like forever – but a phone call brings a brand new lead… Can Anna solve the murder case whilst dealing with her own personal demons? Or is someone from the past planning to get in her way? Genre: Audiobooks > Fiction
Bureau of Investigative Time Travel series by Alydia Rackham (#1-2) Requirements: .ePUB Reader, 1.0 MB Overview: Alydia Rackham graduated from McPherson College with a bachelor’s degree in English. She has published 75 fanfiction stories and 28 original novels. In addition, she is a singer (winning superior ratings at state competitions in both high school and college), an artist, an avid traveler, and has performed in 20 theatrical productions, 6 short films and one feature-length film to date (winning a Jester Award in high school for the role of Mrs. Higgins in "My Fair Lady," and a gala award for Best Female Performer in a Musical for her role as Mary Poppins in Salina Community Theatre’s Production of "Mary Poppins.") She wrote the screenplay for the feature-film "Inkfinger," which was featured in four film festivals, including the Hollywood Dreamz International Film Festival and Writers Celebration in Las Vegas, Nevada, where it was nominated for Best Cinematography. It also won the Award of Merit at the IndieFest Film Awards in La Jolla, California. Genre: Fiction > Sci-Fi/Fantasy
1. The Ghost Division Agent Artful Doyle, the Bureau’s expert on Reports and Regulations, has been unexpectedly given an assignment after three years doing desk work. She’s been sent to "bring to heel" their foremost Ripperologist, Agent Darrish Fox, who shows signs of going rogue. But when she finally arrives in Victorian London and discovers what Agent Fox has been investigating, she realizes that situations in the field are rarely as cut-and-dried as they are on paper. The Bureau has always used technology that simulates ghosts and haunted houses to disguise their presence in the past, but now, it seems that not all Bureau ghosts are accounted for–and a mysterious entity may be using that same technology for illegal and sinister purposes…
2. The Charade Agent Artful Doyle and her new partner, Agent Darrish Fox, have been given their very first assignment: a "ghost" that should have been deactivated long ago has apparently turned up in a castle in Northumberland, 1880, terrifying guests who attempt to sleep in the Tapestry Chamber. And in order to complete the investigation together, the brand new team must masquerade as husband and wife.
The Long Way Home by David Laskin Requirements: .MP3 reader, 367.34 MB Overview: The United States has always been a nation of immigrants – never more so than in 1917, when the nation entered the First World War. Of the 2.5 million soldiers who fought with U.S. armed forces in the trenches of France and Belgium, some half a million – nearly one out of every five men – were immigrants.
In The Long Way Home, David Laskin, author of the prize-winning history The Children’s Blizzard, tells the stories of 12 of these immigrant heroes. Starting with their childhoods in Europe, Laskin unfolds the saga of their journeys to Ellis Island, their struggles to start over in the land of opportunity, and the ordeal of their return to Europe in uniform to fight – and win – a war that had already killed tens of millions.
Three of these soldiers died on the battlefield; two won the Congressional Medal of Honor; all were transformed forever by their experiences in combat. It is a transformation that continues to be felt in the pride and pain and cherished memories of immigrant families that have long since assimilated.
In tracing the lives of these 12 men, Laskin tells the story of an immigrant generation – a generation that streamed into this country in unprecedented numbers around the turn of the last century, that sweated to support their families through back-breaking physical labor, and that fought loyally for their adopted country on the battlefields of Belleau Wood, Soissons, St. Mihiel, and the Argonne forest. Based on stories, letters, and diaries passed on by descendants – as well as Laskin’s personal interviews with two foreign-born Doughboys who were still alive at the time he was researching the book, The Long Way Home is a reverent work of history and a deeply moving evocation of the dreams and sacrifice at the heart of the American experience. Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction , History
Heartbeat by M. R. Pritchard Requirements: ePUB Reader, 87 KB Overview: The mountain has provided Jessie with everything a growing kid could ever need: safety, shelter, an education. Then Ginger went dark. Now Jessie needs spare parts to fix the robot, but the world outside is nothing like what’s described in the books from the Oldworld. A mountain education didn’t prepare Jessie for this. Genre: Fiction > Sci-Fi/Fantasy > 45-Minute Short Reads
Wardens of the Black Heart series by Rob Campbell (#1,3) Requirements: .ePUB Reader, 691 KB Overview: Rob Campbell was born in the blue half of Manchester. He studied Electrical & Electronic Engineering at Manchester Polytechnic, gaining an honours degree, but the fact that he got a U in his Chemistry O-Level helps to keep him grounded. Having had a belly full of capacitors and banana plugs, on graduation he transferred his skills to software engineering. He still writes code by day, but now he writes novels by night. Listing his pastimes in no particular order, he loves music, reading and holidays, but he is partial to the words and music of Bruce Springsteen. His favourite authors are David Morrell, Joe Abercrombie, Scott Lynch & Carlos Ruiz Zafón. He lives in Manchester with his wife and two daughters. Genre: Fiction > Mystery/Thriller
1. Monkey Arkwright Budding writer Lorna Bryson is struggling to come to terms with the recent death of her father when she meets Monkey Arkwright, the boy who loves to climb. The two strike up an immediate rapport, and Monkey challenges her to write about him, claiming that he can show her things that are worth writing about.
True to his word, Lorna is catapulted into Monkey’s world of climbing and other adventures in the churches, woodlands and abandoned places in and around their home town of Culverton Beck. When the two teenagers find an ancient coin in the woods, claims from potential owners soon flood in, including the mysterious Charles Gooch, who is adamant that the coin is his. But this is only the opening act in a much larger mystery that has its roots in some dark deeds that took place more than a century earlier.
Combining their talents, Lorna and Monkey set about fitting the pieces together in a tale of budding friendship, train-obsessed simpletons, the shadow of Napoleon and falling pianos.
3. The Well of Tears The three talismanic masterpieces created over a century ago by the artist, Abernathy, have caused Lorna and Monkey plenty of problems. But things are looking up for the brave and resourceful teenagers. Having tracked down the painting known as The Truth, they now get to discover what Dylan Fogg is hiding in his cellar. But when Lorna is attacked by an unknown assailant desperate to get his hands on the painting, and with Victoria Halfpenny’s betrayal still fresh in her mind, it becomes clear that simply hanging on to the works of art may be a battle in itself.
Meanwhile, Monkey is battling his own demons. Still in denial over the claims of his estranged uncle, Monkey is about to learn the shocking truth concerning his father – and it may be darker than he feared.
With Charles Gooch out of the picture, the Wardens squabble over their next move. Leader Daniel Turnbull is intent on channelling the power of Abernathy’s masterpieces to plunge the world into a dark and uncertain future. But hidden in the shadows, at least one member of the Wardens’ council doesn’t share his leader’s views and plans a bold move of his own – a move that could jeopardise everything Lorna and Monkey have achieved.
The Children’s Blizzard by David Laskin Requirements: .MP3 reader, 265.36 MB Overview: January 12, 1888, began as an unseasonably warm morning across Nebraska, the Dakotas, and Minnesota, the weather so mild that children walked to school without coats and gloves. But that afternoon, without warning, the atmosphere suddenly, violently changed. One moment the air was calm; the next the sky exploded in a raging chaos of horizontal snow and hurricane-force winds. Temperatures plunged as an unprecedented cold front ripped through the center of the continent.
By Friday morning, January 13, some 500 people lay dead on the drifted prairie, many of them children who had perished on their way home from country schools. In a few terrifying hours, the hopes of the pioneers had been blasted by the bitter realities of their harsh environment. Recent immigrants from Germany, Norway, Denmark, and Ukraine learned that their free homestead was not a paradise but a hard, unforgiving place governed by natural forces they neither understood nor controlled. Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction , History
Irresistible? by Stephanie Bond (Love & Laughter #14) Requirements: .ePUB reader, 240 KB Overview: Ellie Sutherland isn’t exactly desperate–yet. But she’s getting pretty close. So when she has a chance to take part in a four-week clinical study that involves a pill that makes the taker attractive to the opposite sex, Ellie doesn’t waste any time signing up. After all, she has nowhere to go but up, right? Genre: Fiction > Romance
Bomber Command by Max Hastings Requirements: .MP3 reader, 521.57 MB Overview: With an introduction read by Max Hastings. Bomber Command’s offensive against the cities of Germany was one of the epic campaigns of the Second World War.
More than 56,000 British and Commonwealth aircrew and 600,000 Germans died in the course of the RAF’s attempt to win the war by bombing. The struggle began in 1939 with a few score primitive Whitleys, Hampdens and Wellingtons, and ended six years later with 1,600 Lancasters, Halifaxes, and Mosquitoes razing whole cities in a single night. Max Hastings traced the developments of area bombing using a wealth of documnets, letters, diaries, and interviews with key surviving witnesses. Bomber Command is his classic account of one of the most controversial struggles of the war. Max Hastings, author of over 20 books, has been editor of the Daily Telegraph and the Evening Standard. He has received many awards for his journalism and was knighted in 2002. Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction , History, Military