Pulling consecutive all-nighters makes some brain areas groggier than others. Regions involved with problem solving and concentration become especially sluggish, a new study reveals.´´Sleep Loss Hits Some Brain Areas Hard´´ is from the September 17, 2016 issue of Science News. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jamie Renell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/bosn/020218/pe_bosn_020218_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What happens when ambition trumps the truth? A town reeling in the wake of tragedy. An arsonist is on the loose in Colmstock, Australia, most recently burning down the town´s courthouse and killing a young boy who was trapped inside. An aspiring journalist desperate for a story. The clock is ticking for Rose Blakey. With nothing but rejections from newspapers piling up, her job pulling beers for cops at the local tavern isn´t nearly enough to cover rent. Rose needs a story - a big one. Little dolls full of secrets. In the weeks after the courthouse fire, precise porcelain replicas of Colmstock´s daughters begin turning up on doorsteps, terrifying parents and testing the limits of the town´s already fractured police force. Rose may have finally found her story. But as her articles gain traction and the boundaries of her investigation blur, Colmstock is seized by a seething paranoia. Soon, no one is safe from suspicion. And when Rose´s attention turns to the mysterious stranger living in the rooms behind the tavern, neighbor turns on neighbor and the darkest side of self-preservation is revealed. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Saskia Maarleveld. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/006337/bk_harp_006337_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Book three of the Austin Family Chronicles, an award-winning young adult series from Madeleine L´Engle, author of A Wrinkle in Time, about a girl who experiences the difficulties and joys of growing up. ´´A first-rate suspense story.´´ (The Washington Post Book World) The Austins are trying to settle into their new life in New York City, but their once close-knit family is pulling away from each other. Their father spends long hours alone in his study working on the research project that brought the family to the city. John is away at college. Rob is making friends with people in the neighborhood: newspaper vendors, dog walkers, even the local rabbi. Suzy is blossoming into a vivacious young woman. And Vicky has become closer to Emily Gregory, a blind and brilliant young musician, than to her sister Suzy. With the Austins going in different directions, they don´t notice that something sinister is going on in their neighborhood - and it´s centered around them. A mysterious genie appears before Rob and Emily. A stranger approaches Vicky in the park and calls her by name. Members of a local gang are following their father. The entire Austin family is in danger. If they don´t start telling each other what´s going on, someone just might get killed. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jorjeana Marie. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lili/003456/bk_lili_003456_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
About 50km outside of Cape Town lies the beautiful town of Stellenbosch, nestled against vineyards and blue mountains that stretch to the sky. Here reside some of South Africa´s wealthiest individuals: all male, all Afrikaans - and all stinking rich. Johann Rupert, Jannie Mouton, Markus Jooste and Christo Weise, to name a few. Julius Malema refers to them scathingly as ´The Stellenbosch Mafia´, the very worst example of white monopoly capital. But who really are these mega-wealthy individuals, and what influence do they exert not only on Stellenbosch but more broadly on South African society? Author Pieter du Toit begins by exploring the roots of Stellenbosch, one of the wealthiest towns in South Africa and arguably the cradle of Afrikanerdom. This is the birthplace of apartheid leaders, intellectuals, newspaper empires and more. He then closely examines this ´club´ of billionaires. Who are they and, crucially, how are they connected? What network of boardroom membership, alliances and family connections exist? Who are the ´old guard´ and who are the ´inkommers´, and what about the youngsters desperate to make their mark? He looks at the collapse of Steinhoff: what went wrong, and whether there are other companies at risk of a similar fate. He examines the control these men have over cultural life, including pulling the strings in South Africa rugby.
A madcap modern marriage of convenience tale sure to leave fans begging for more. Maybe there hasn´t been actual blood, other than a few paper cuts, but Myles has put plenty of sweat into his independent, local newspaper, and he´s even willing to admit to a few manly tears. Certainly, the paper has been his mistress since he moved to the small town of Wishful, Mississippi, and he doesn´t feel it´s hyperbolic in the least to say it owns a piece of his soul. He´s building his dream, independent of the life laid out for him by his family, and that means everything. There´s nothing he wouldn´t do to ensure its success. Piper fell hard for Myles when they co-stared in the production of ´´White Christmas´´ that saved Wishful´s historic Madrigal Theater. Not in love, she´s careful to remind herself, but into very serious like, and certainly outrageous, chemistry-fueled attraction. But Piper knows that the bright lights of the stage can wreak havoc with perspective. She´s been burnt by them before, when an on-stage passion fizzled into disappointment and heartache. That´s why she put on the brakes with Myles, and she admits to herself that the fact that he played by her rules and waited only adds to his appeal. When Myles tells her that a major investor is pulling out of the paper, leaving him with a huge loan to repay or lose his control over what he´s built, Piper is devastated for him. But when he jokingly admits that the best option he´s come up with is to marry a showgirl to gain access to a trust fund, well, that just sounds like a plan to Piper. After all, why not take this great guy on marriage test drive? He´s worth having just for this moment, however long it lasts. But as their fake marriage turns alarmingly real, they´ll have to decide if they´re in it for the moment or forever. Welcome to Wishful, Mississippi, a small town with big hearts, where folks come together to make their dreams come true. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Amy McFadden. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/116207/bk_acx0_116207_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.