Alexanderplatz has long survived as the symbol of a city burdened by its ruinous past. In 2012, twenty-year-old Jonny K. was beaten to death on this infamous Berlin square - and Germany´s first multicultural murder brought another shock to a country that’s seen its share. Before the trial, the question of guilt already had an ideological slant: Was Alexanderplatz itself to blame? Was the socialist architecture? The brutality of capitalism? Georg Diez pursues the mystery of Alexanderplatz in a narrative at once contentious and sincere. He portrays a city shaking free of the cultural pathos that defined it, even as its citizens wrestle with the legacies of Hitler and an East German regime that isolated the square before the Berlin Wall fell. In imaginative prose, Diez describes a historical icon unleashed in modern Germany, fueled by unbridled enterprise and consumerism. Along the way, he takes the status quo to task and unveils a provocative view of the German capital in a troubled era. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christopher Lane. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/006339/bk_brll_006339_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Glücklich sein geht nur zu zweit. Ist das wahr oder auch nur einer von diesen falschen Glaubenssätzen? Als der Journalist Felix Lill nach Tokio zog und seine Freundin mit ihm Schluss machte, stellte er fest: Single zu sein steht in Japan dem Leben zu zweit in nichts nach. Er erzählt, wie er die Vorstellung von einer Zweierbeziehung als einzigem Weg zum Glück überwand und was danach kam. Mit gut recherchierten Fakten zeigt er, wie und warum die Zukunft nicht nur in Japan zusehends den Singles gehört.Felix Lill, 1985 in Hamburg geboren, lebt seit 2012 in Tokio und Berlin. Nach seinen Volkswirtschafts-, Philosophie- und Politikstudien besuchte er eine Journalistenschule in London. Die für ihn reizvolle Kombination aus Politikstudium und freier journalistischer Tätigkeit führte ihn nach Japan. Mittlerweile ist Felix Lill mehrfach preisgekrönter Autor und berichtet aus Tokio für ´´Die Zeit´´, ´´Der Spiegel´´, ´´Neue Zürcher Zeitung´´, ´´Die Presse´´ und viele mehr. 1. Sprache: Deutsch. Erzähler: Peter Bocek. Hörprobe: http://samples.audible.de/bk/edel/008395/bk_edel_008395_sample.mp3. Digitales Hörbuch im AAX Format.
Verwöhnt, verzogen, sozial gestört. Einzelkinder haben ein schlechtes Image. Was ist anders, wenn Kinder keine Geschwister haben? In Deutschland wächst jedes dritte Kind ohne Bruder oder Schwester auf. Die Liebe der Eltern, die Fürsorge und Aufmerksamkeit in der Familie müssen Einzelkinder nicht teilen. Ist das ein Vorteil? Wie lernen Kinder Rücksicht, Empathie oder Kompromissbereitschaft? Braucht man dazu Geschwister? Gesprächspartner: Dorothee Adam-Lauterbach, Psychotherapeutin in Berlin; Walter Bien, Familienwissenschaftler am Deutschen Jugendinstitut in München; Hartmut Kasten, Entwicklungspsychologe und Frühpädagoge an der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in München. 1. Sprache: Deutsch. Erzähler: Susanne Kaufmann, Dorothee Adam-Lauterbach, Walter Bien, Hartmut Kasten. Hörprobe: http://samples.audible.de/bk/swrm/000513/bk_swrm_000513_sample.mp3. Digitales Hörbuch im AAX Format.
An ingenious thriller in which young Detective Constable Trave uncovers a sophisticated plot at the heart of MI6 to assassinate Churchill and bring the Second World War and the whole Allied effort to an untimely end. It’s 1940, and Bill Trave is a Detective Constable in his early 30s working in West London. France has fallen and the capital is being bombed both day and night - it seems against all odds that Britain can survive the onslaught. Almost single-handedly Winston Churchill maintains the country’s morale, with the German enemy convinced that his removal would win them the War. Albert Morrison, a rich widower forced into early retirement by failing eyesight, is stabbed to death in his Chelsea flat. His only daughter, Ava, tells Trave that she would read the newspapers to him every evening, and the night before his death he had become suddenly excited when she read him an obscure obituary notice. At Morrison’s funeral, Ava learns from an old colleague that her father worked for MI6 before the War. The obituary notice was a coded message preparing for an assassination, although it does not specify the target. Trave realizes that there is a Nazi double agent within MI6, with a plan to assassinate Churchill and to set up another agent to take the blame. He is in a race against time to save Churchill, for if he fails, Britain’s entire war effort could be at stake.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Damian Kell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/001208/bk_hcuk_001208_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A corporate lawyer from the House of Single & Single is shot dead on a Turkish hillside for crimes that he does not understand. A children’s entertainer in Devon is hauled to his local bank late at night to explain a monumental influx of cash. A Russian freighter is arrested in the Black Sea.... The logical connection of these events and more is one of the many pleasures of this story of love, deceit, family and the triumph of humanity. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Jayston. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/003317/bk_bbcw_003317_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A lawyer from the London finance house of Single & Single is shot dead on a Turkish hillside by people with whom he thought he was in business. A children´s magician in the English countryside is asked by his bank to explain the unsolicited arrival of more than five million pounds sterling in his young daughter´s modest trust. A freighter bound for Liverpool is boarded by Russian coast guards in the Black Sea. The celebrated London merchant venturer ´´Tiger´´ Single disappears into thin air. In Single & Single, the writer who both epitomizes and transcends the novel of espionage opens with a haunting set piece, then establishes a sequence of events whose connections are mysterious, complex, and compelling. This is a story of corrupt liaisons between criminal elements in the new Russian states and the world of legitimate finance in the West. le Carré´s finest novel in years, it is also an intimate portrait of two families: one Russian, the other English; one trading illicit goods, the other laundering the profits; one betrayed by a son-in-law, the other betrayed, and redeemed, by a son. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John le Carré. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/000243/bk_sans_000243_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A corporate lawyer from the house of Single & Single is shot dead in cold blood on a Turkish hillside for crimes that he does not understand. A children’s entertainer in Devon is hauled to his local bank late at night to explain a monumental influx of cash. A Russian freighter is arrested in the Black Sea. A celebrated London financier has disappeared into thin air. A British customs officer is on a trail of corruption and murder.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: John le Carré. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/boli/002561/bk_boli_002561_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Hascia, a precocious biochemistry major (class of 1966), was newly engaged in New York City and bored out of her mind - until she met and fell in love with Barry, a transfixing salesman and unconventional entrepreneur. When his business fell apart, Barry approached Hascia with a crazy idea: Why didn´t they try their hand at building a life in Europe, away from the oppressive bureaucracies of the city? So off to Berlin they went, where they set up a wildly successful company selling educational materials to schools. But that, too, fell apart thanks to a false accusation that they were dealing drugs. This time Hascia came up with the crazy idea that would take them to the drug dens of Morocco, to a remote Spanish prison, and on the adventure of a lifetime: If they were going to be treated like outlaws, why didn´t they live like them, too? James McGirk lives in the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and has written for Time, Wired, the Chronicle of Higher Education, The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, and many other publications. He has an MFA from Columbia University and teaches writing at Northeastern State University and the University of Tulsa. Cover design by Adil Dara. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Abby Craden. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/023110/bk_adbl_023110_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Eric Erickson was the most important American spy of World War II. He also had a secret to keep. In 1942, the Brooklyn-born Erickson was a millionaire oil mogul who volunteered for a dangerous mission inside the Third Reich: Locating the top-secret synthetic oil plants that kept the German war machine running. To fool the Nazis, Erickson played the role of a collaborator. He hung a portrait of Hitler in his apartment and ´´disowned´´ his Jewish best friend, then flew to Berlin, where he charmed Himmler and signed lucrative oil deals with the architects of the Final Solution. All the while, he was visiting the oil refineries and passing their coordinates to Allied Bomber Command, who destroyed the plants in a series of B-17 raids, helping to end the war early. After the war, Erickson´s was revealed as a secret agent and received the Medal of Freedom for his bravery. William Holden even played him in a hit Hollywood movie. For a brief moment in the early ´60s, Erickson was the most famous spy in the world. His secret? He hadn´t played a Nazi collaborator. He´d actually been one - a war profiteer who´d made millions of trading with Hitler before having a change of heart. Black-listed by the Allies and disowned by his family, Erickson had volunteered for the spy mission in order to redeem himself, and ended up saving thousands of Allied lives. Based on newly-discovered archives in Sweden, The Secret Agent is a riveting piece of narrative nonfiction that tells the true story of Erickson´s remarkable life for the first time. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Steve Carlson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/019788/bk_adbl_019788_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.