Samantha and her mother spend day and night caring for Samantha's ailing grandma. But tonight may be the last night Samantha will be able to sleep on the sofa next to her Grandma's hospice-provided bed. Moving and insightful, Grandma's Leather Sofa shows what it truly means to care for a loved one who is terminally ill. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Hallie Ricardo. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/029618/bk_adbl_029618_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Nadia is a dust mite. She and her family have lived for as long as she can remember under the sofa in a cabin in the woods. Not too many people come to the cabin and Nadia has never been anywhere else but in the old cabin. She has also never met any other "people" of her own kind. They are the only family that lives in the cabin. One day the sofa is sold to a family who comes to collect it, loading it onto the back of a big truck and moving it into the city into an antique shop. Nadia and her family cling on for dear life, arriving safely at the antique shop, where they find out that there are more of their own kind there. Nervous about the move, frightened about being away from all of the things that she knows and even loves, Nadia is still eager to explore. What will she and her family find? Will the other residents of the antique shop like them?Is it possible that Nadia might even make a new friend? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dorothy Deavers. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/026385/bk_acx0_026385_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Richard and Bookey Peek hadn't planned on adopting a warthog, any more than one would plan a tidal wave or a tornado, but at Stone Hills, natural disasters have a way of happening when you least expect them. Through Zimbabwe's darkest days, Stone Hills has become a world in itself: a place where you might share your shower with an owl, and a place where a warthog relinquishes her place on the sofa to return to the wild. Engaging and delightful, this book is the intensely moving story of a wildlife sanctuary and is a testament to one family's passion for Africa's wildlife. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Julie Maisey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/oakh/000092/bk_oakh_000092_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this hopeful, humorous, and astonishingly deft debut, Allison Winn Scotch explores what happens when a young woman thinks she's lost everything that matters' and ends up discovering what's truly important. This is a novel that will leave you taking stock of what's important in your own life . . . and never letting it go. It didn't start out as the worst day of Natalie Miller's life. At 30, she is moving up the political ladder, driven by raw ambition and ruthless determination. As the top aide to New York's powerful female senator, she works hard, stays late, and enjoys every bit of it, even if the bills she's pushing through do little to improve the lives of the senator's constituents. And if her boyfriend isn't the sexiest guy alive, at least he's a warm body to come home to. Then he announces he's leaving. But that news is barely a blip compared to what Natalie's doctor tells her: She has breast cancer. And she can't cure it by merely being headstrong. Now the life Natalie must change is her own. All her energy, what little of it she has left, must go into saving herself from a merciless disease. So when she's not lying on the sofa recovering from her treatments and indulging in a curious addiction to The Price Is Right, she realizes it's time to take a hard look at her choices. She begins by tracking down the five loves-of-her-life to assess what went wrong. Along the way, she questions her relationships with her friends, her parents, her colleagues, the one who got away, and, most important, with herself: Why is she so busy moving through life that she never stops to embrace it? As Natalie sleuths out the answers to these questions, her journey of self-discovery takes her down new paths and to unexplored places. And she learns that sometimes when life is at its most unexpected, it's not what you lose that makes you who you are . . . it's what you find. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Julia Whelan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/000553/bk_acx0_000553_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The new hilarious and inspirational memoir from Sunday Times number one best-selling author Bryony Gordon. Bryony Gordon was not a runner. A loafer, a dawdler, a drinker, a smoker, yes. A runner, no. Yet somehow, as she began to recover from the emotional roller coaster of laying her life bare in her mental health memoir Mad Girl, she started to realise that getting outside, moving her body and talking to others for whom life was also an occasional challenge might actually help her. Going for a run might not banish her sadness, but at least it might show it that she was damn well trying to beat it, which is sometimes half the battle. As she began to run farther, she started to see the limitations she had imposed on her life more clearly. Why couldn't she be a runner? Or a bungee jumper? Or a deep sea diver? Maybe rather than sitting on the sofa watching the world go by, fulfilling your dreams was just about standing up and taking that first step. Maybe you can do it, too. In April 2017, less than a year after she had weighed herself at over 16 stone but stepped off the scales and started training anyway, Bryony Gordon ran all 26 and 3/4 miles of the London Marathon. Here, in her new typically funny and hugely inspiring memoir, she shows us how extraordinary things can happen to us all, no matter what life throws at us, if we're just willing to keep going. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bryony Gordon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/head/001196/bk_head_001196_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Divorced and struggling with deep-rooted mental health problems, Bella Mackie ended her 20s in tears. She could barely find the strength to get off the sofa, let alone piece her life back together. Until one day she did something she had never done of her own free will - she pulled on a pair of trainers and went for a run.Over the previous decade, Bella had been so paralysed by her fears that exercise was the very last thing on her mind. So that first run didn’t last very long. But to her surprise, she was back out there the next day. And the day after that. She began to set herself achievable goals - to run 5k in under 30 minutes, to walk to work every day for a week, to attempt 10 push-ups in a row. Before she knew it, her mood was lifting for the first time in years, and she had swapped hiding in her house for fresh air, unknown roads and running tracks.In Jog On, Bella explains with hilarious and unfiltered honesty how she used running to battle crippling anxiety and depression, without having to sacrifice her main loves: booze, cigarettes and ice cream. With the help of a supporting cast of doctors, psychologists, sportspeople and friends, she shares a wealth of inspirational stories, research and tips that show how exercise often can be the best medicine. This funny, moving and motivational audiobook will encourage you to say ‘jog on’ to your problems and get your life back on track - no matter how small and scary those first steps may be. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bella Mackie. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/004317/bk_hcuk_004317_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A bighearted book of wisdom, wit, and insight, celebrating the love and joy of being a grandmother, from the Pulitzer Prize–winning columnist and #1 New York Times bestselling author“I am changing his diaper, he is kicking and complaining, his exhausted father has gone to the kitchen for a glass of water, his exhausted mother is prone on the couch. He weighs little more than a large sack of flour and yet he has laid waste to the living room: swaddles on the chair, a nursing pillow on the sofa, a car seat, a stroller. No one cares about order, he is our order, we revolve around him. And as I try to get in the creases of his thighs with a wipe, I look at his, let’s be honest, largely formless face and unfocused eyes and fall in love with him. Look at him and think, well, that’s taken care of, I will do anything for you as long as we both shall live, world without end, amen.”Before blogs even existed, Anna Quindlen became a go-to writer on the joys and challenges of family, motherhood, and modern life, in her nationally syndicated column. Now she’s taking the next step and going full Nana in this lively, beautiful, and moving book about being a grandmother. Quindlen offers thoughtful and telling observations about her new role, no longer mother and decision-maker but secondary character and support to the parents of her grandson. She writes, “Where I once led, I have to learn to follow.” Eventually a close friend provides words to live by: “Did they ask you?”Candid, funny, frank, and illuminating, Quindlen’s singular voice has never been sharper or warmer. With the same insights she brought to motherhood in Living Out Loud and to growing older in Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, this new nana uses her own experiences to illuminate those of many others. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cynthia Farrell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/011439/bk_brll_011439_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
I was alone. My husband had left me for some younger, more attractive lady, and my kids were at college a few hours away. I decided that drinking my problems away would be the solution, but it turned out, that was only a path to my real solution. My real savior came in the form of a young bartender still in college. I was still alone, but he showed me that it was possible to be happy. Warning: If you're not eighteen or older, please don't download this audiobook. In addition, there is content such as First Time MILF sex, rough sex, drunk sex, romantic sex, fingering, squirting orgasm, and more. If you find that offensive, don't read this story. Here is a preview: Tux followed me in, and he closed the door behind him. "Do you normally lock the front door when you're home?" he asked. "Just wondering, if you don't feel safe." "We have an alarm system, but I'm alone now… so yeah, lock the door." I dropped my heels next to the front door. I put my purse and keys on the coffee table and collapsed on the sofa. Moving was no longer an option for me. He did as he was told and joined me in the living room. "Should I get you some water? You seem really out of it." I shook my head, feeling like it was about to come off my neck with how it bobbed. "Come here." He smirked a little and sat next to me. As he did so, he took my hand and kissed it. "So, what do you want to do?" I looked around my living room for a moment. Pictures that had been on the walls I took down immediately after I learned he was leaving me. There were darker squares on the walls where they had been, where the sun had not bleached the paint. I felt the depression creeping in on me again, and I turned to Tux to take it away from me. "I just don't want to live here anymore." 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sophia Chambers. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/089452/bk_acx0_089452_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov, a former student, lives in a tiny garret on the top floor of a run-down apartment building in St. Petersburg. He is sickly, dressed in rags, short on money, and talks to himself, but he is also handsome, proud, and intelligent. He is contemplating committing an awful crime, but the nature of the crime is not yet clear. He goes to the apartment of an old pawnbroker, Alyona Ivanovna, to get money for a watch and to plan the crime. Afterward, he stops for a drink at a tavern, where he meets a man named Marmeladov, who, in a fit of drunkenness, has abandoned his job and proceeded on a five-day drinking binge, afraid to return home to his family. Marmeladov tells Raskolnikov about his sickly wife, Katerina Ivanovna, and his daughter, Sonya, who has been forced into prostitution to support the family. Raskolnikov walks with Marmeladov to Marmeladov's apartment, where he meets Katerina and sees firsthand the squalid conditions in which they live. The next day, Raskolnikov receives a letter from his mother informing him that his sister, Dunya, is engaged to a government official named Luzhin and that they are all moving to St. Petersburg. He goes to another tavern, where he overhears a student talking about how society would be better off if the old pawnbroker Alyona Ivanovna were dead. Later, in the streets, Raskolnikov hears that the pawnbroker will be alone in her apartment the next evening. He sleeps fitfully and wakes up the next day, finds an ax, and fashions a fake item to pawn to distract the pawnbroker. That night, he goes to her apartment and kills her. While he is rummaging through her bedroom, looking for money, her sister walks in, and Raskolnikov kills her as well. He barely escapes from the apartment without being seen, then returns to his apartment and collapses on the sofa. Thus begins Crime and Punishment with all the twists and turns and philosophical questions that permeate Dostoyevsky's writing. A world classic! 1. Russian. Vyacheslav Gerasimov. http://samples.audible.de/bk/zaot/000033/bk_zaot_000033_sample.mp3.