The magnum opus and latest work from Svetlana Alexievich, the 2015 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature - a symphonic oral history about the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the emergence of a new Russia. When the Swedish Academy awarded Svetlana Alexievich the Nobel Prize, it cited her for inventing "a new kind of literary genre", describing her work as "a history of emotions - a history of the soul". Alexievich's distinctive documentary style, combining extended individual monologues with a collage of voices, records the stories of ordinary women and men who are rarely given the opportunity to speak, whose experiences are often lost in the official histories of the nation. In Secondhand Time, Alexievich chronicles the demise of communism. Everyday Russian citizens recount the past 30 years, showing us what life was like during the fall of the Soviet Union and what it's like to live in the new Russia left in its wake. Through interviews spanning from 1991 to 2012, Alexievich takes us behind the propaganda and contrived media accounts, giving us a panoramic portrait of contemporary Russia and Russians who still carry memories of oppression, terror, famine, massacres - but also of pride in their country, hope for the future, and a belief that everyone was working and fighting together to bring about a utopia. Here is an account of life in the aftermath of an idea so powerful it once dominated a third of the world. A magnificent tapestry of the sorrows and triumphs of the human spirit woven by a master, Secondhand Time tells the stories that together make up the true history of a nation. "Through the voices of those who confided in her," The Nation writes, "Alexievich tells us about human nature, about our dreams, our choices, about good and evil - in a word, about ourselves." 1. Language: English. Narrator: Amanda Carlin, Mark Bramhall, Cassandra Campbell, Kimberly Farr, Kirby Heyborne, Hillary Huber, Rebecca Lowman, Jorjeana Marie, Coleen Marlo, Kathleen McInerney, Fred Sanders. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/004615/bk_rand_004615_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Too often we look for shortcuts in our relationship with God. But when life derails, we find that our view of God is nothing more than a patchwork of rumors and secondhand information - too thin to sustain us in our moment of crisis. In those critical moments, we can choose to walk away from God...or let our questions lead us home. When you decide to wrestle with God, to engage Him for yourself, you - like Jacob and Job, and David - will see rumors die and revelation come alive. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kip Johns. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hove/000555/bk_hove_000555_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Every person inherits a system of beliefs. Maybe yours came from community, or church, or society, or your parents. But one day you reach a breaking point. You look at the rituals and traditions and worship and theology and it all seems foggy. Foreign. Strange. You wonder why you believe what you believe. If you even believe anymore... Brothers Ryan and Josh Shook reached that breaking point. Their book, Firsthand, is a smart, honest and deeply felt journey that invites you to leave behind handed-down beliefs and find authentic faith. A faith that lets go of how things are supposed to be. A faith that refuses to be defined by expectations or subcultures. “Our goal is to help you replace secondhand religion with a meaningful relationship,” write the Shooks. “We want to help you get from a religion that you wear on the outside to a faith of your own - one that’s authentically yours all the way through.” Young people are leaving the church in record numbers, but Ryan and Josh know now that it doesn’t have to be that way. They spent the past several years gathering research, trying to figure out the issues that make the most difference in whether a young person’s Christian faith sticks or not. They surveyed over three hundred respondents on the really hard questions. Questions like: If God is real, then why do I feel so empty on the inside? (Chapter 2) Why should I even try to follow God when I often feel like such a failure? (Chapter 3) How do I experience real connection with Christ that’s more than just surface level? (Chapter 4) How can I get past checklist Christianity and enjoy an every-day relationship with God? (Chapter 5) Is it possible to have a strong relationship with God even when I’m filled with doubts and questions? (Chapter 6) Can I really discover the meaning of my life through a relationship with Christ? (Chapter 7) How can I find 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ryan Shook, Josh Shook. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/003428/bk_rand_003428_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A battalion of convicts... Fifty secondhand armored vehicles... A desperate scramble to hold the line... The Vasilov Worlds are on the edge of human space. They have fought a war for 35 years against the insectoid Kadan that they have no intention of ending. It's too essential to a society where the only social movement is via battle promotion. Then it all changes when the Kadan nearly annihilate the front lines. Vasilov Officer Colonel Cole Clarke has just returned home from service with the Sigg Military. Now that he has learned how the Sigg fight, he's bringing that knowledge to the Vasilov Military, plus an entire battalion of secondhand Sigg armor purchased on the scrap market. But instead of a fresh battalion of troops, he's assigned a penal battalion filled with convicts. The Vasilov Military doesn't accept change easily, even when they need it. What would happen if an entirely new style of warfare came onto the battlefield? Could a strike force of secondhand armor trump the defensive doctrines they'd used for 35 years, or would they be doomed to failure and death on the icy planet Lishun Delta? One squadron of armor. One colonel. A thousand of the worst convicts in the Vasilov Military. Will they be up to the task? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeffrey Kafer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/024134/bk_adbl_024134_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Ultimate Thrift Store Guide Learn How to Make Big Profits Selling Items From Thrift Stores Learn the best proven methods to buy and sell secondhand goods from thrift stores! Are you tired of working at the same old dead-end job? Have you been struggling to keep up with the bills? Are you in desperate need of a real change in your life? Get ready to quit your job and become your own boss, make your own hours, and finally become financially independent. Stop living paycheck to paycheck, and tell those creditors to go away and never come back. This audiobook will teach you everything you need to know to achieve full financial freedom! With these proven methods, you will learn everything you need to know about buying and selling new and used second-hand goods for profit. This book will show you where to look for the best deals. You will learn how to wisely pick and choose which items to sell. This book will describe in full detail how to turn secondhand items into fast cash and long-term investments. Discover the secrets to finding buyers who will buy your secondhand items. These methods will show you how to grow your profits to 3000+ every month by starting with almost nothing. This book is easy to understand and packed full of information to help you start earning money immediately. What are you waiting for? The time is now! Why you must have this book today: In this book, you will learn proven methods that will help you gain financial success. This book will teach you proven methods that will make you money. In this book, you will learn how to make money from almost nothing. This book will guide you from beginning to end. This book will teach you secrets to successfully buying and selling secondhand goods. This book will help you to become your own boss. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jackson Ladd. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/042522/bk_acx0_042522_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Mary-Esther Sloat is a woman with a patchwork past: three failed marriages, misspent youth, and a series of dead-end jobs. When she attempts to donate a kidney to her dying mother, she learns a life-altering truth: Loretta Boudreau Day is not her biological mother. After Loretta dies, Hurricane Katrina destroys Mary-Esther's only tie to New Orleans: her beloved Nana's house. For a while, Mary-Esther lives in a battered Chevy van. Armed with a faded birth certificate, she finally corrals the courage to unravel the mystery of her birth at a small hospital in the panhandle of Florida. When she finds the site of the hospital, she is dismayed to learn it now houses the Gadsden County Sheriff's office. Sergeant Jerry Blount befriends Mary-Esther and helps her locate a retired nurse who once worked at the small hospital. After meeting with the senior in a nearby assisted-living facility, Mary-Esther visits the county courthouse to research records for children born on the same date. She discovers a baby girl with a similar last name, Sarah Davis of Chattahoochee, a small town in the same county. Hattie Davis Lewis lives with her husband Holston and adopted child Sarah Chuntian Lewis in the old family homestead three miles south of Chattahoochee. She often thinks of her older sister, a child also named Sarah who died shortly after birth. Hattie's older brother Bobby Davis, his wife, and son live nearby on the family land. Bobby battles his own demons that threaten his hard-won sobriety. Mary-Esther camps out in her van at a lake near Chattahoochee, hesitant at first to confront the family she suspects to be her own. Instead of welcoming arms, Mary-Esther finds a clannish community and a brother determined to keep her from claiming her birthright. How can she blend the person she believed she was with the person she never had the chance to be? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Janet R. Hoskins. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/057286/bk_acx0_057286_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Deciding that she wants to move back to California permanently, Dawn worries about what she will say to the rest of the baby-sitters, who do not understand when they hear the news secondhand. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephanie Einstein. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/032823/bk_adbl_032823_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Gena Richmond is a collector of shades - sunglasses, that is. Every size, shape, color, and style. So when she finds a quirky pair at a secondhand shop, it's love at first sight. But these glasses are more than simple sun-blockers. They show her visions of what's to come...and what's coming is heart-stopping horrific. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Leah Casey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/087868/bk_acx0_087868_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From USA TODAY best-selling author Lacy Williams: Iris Tatum hasn't seen her high school sweetheart, Callum Stewart, since he left years ago without a single word. Then she witnesses a horrific hit-and-run accident and comes face to face with her past - and Cal's triplets. A volunteer paramedic, Iris can't walk away...no matter how much she wants to. Bull rider Callum Stewart was run out of town at age 20 and vowed never to return. Only one thing could bring him back: building a future for his sons. Now, thanks to the accident that left him with a broken leg, he needs help to care for his boys. He has no choice but to accept Iris's grudging help. As they rediscover a friendship - and the sparks that never faded between them - Callum's secrets are brought back with a vengeance. How can they keep the past from destroying their future? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Laura Jennings. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/049718/bk_acx0_049718_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.