Starting with my childhood, and throughout my entire life, Istanbul provided me with a rich and broad understanding of storytelling.... I witnessed skyscrapers being raised to the skies around the glorious historical areas, yet ironically I also watched those skyscrapers being surrounded by jerry-built tenements. I sadly watched the spectacular fabric of this city getting more and more polluted over time, including its green hills; its beautiful woodlands were also pillaged and destroyed in a blink of an eye! I don’t believe any other populace in any other place has been as inattentive or negligent as Istanbul. I wrote over a hundred stories by using a plain, natural, and straightforward narrative style. Objectively, to the best of my abilities, I tried portraying the people of Istanbul, who are neither urban nor rustic folks but a mixture of both in their truest forms. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mira Demirkan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/118087/bk_acx0_118087_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
By the best-selling author of Don't Let Me Go and Pay It Forward, Second Hand Heart is a devastating and unexpected story of love and loss--of learning to live for the first time and learning to live all over again. Vida is only 19, but she knows a lot about dying. Her weak heart has kept her on the edge of death her whole life. It hasn't been much of a life. Thanks to her overprotective mother, Vida's only friend is Esther, an elderly Holocaust survivor who lives upstairs. Vida's heart is finally about to give out unless she can get a donor heart in time. Richard is 36 and blissfully married until he gets the call that his beloved wife has died in a car accident. His world falls to pieces. When Richard is invited to the hospital to meet the young woman who received his wife's donor heart, he goes, even though he's entirely not ready for it. Vida takes one look at Richard and feels she's known and loved him all her life. Richard is horrified by her reaction and thinks Vida is just a sheltered and confused young woman. As Vida and Richard struggle to define themselves in circumstances neither ever thought they'd face, both begin to wonder if it's possible that cellular memory, the idea that memories can be stored in individual cells, might actually be real. Could Vida's heart retain some of the love Richard's wife felt? Can a heart remember, at least for a time, on its own? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Khristine Hvam, Anthony Bowden. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/021978/bk_adbl_021978_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Julia Malone is abandoned at the door of an old English manor, but she's not alone for long. Five telepathic children soon arrive to form a paranormal family of makeshift misfits. Julia packs a humorous punch with her witty way of viewing an unpredictable world. In fact it becomes her survival mechanism when life goes topsy turvy in the craziest way imaginable. When the children come of age, they drink an unknown substance supplied by a wealthy American benefactor from New York City. It slows the aging process, but side effects become a game changer. The mysterious and charming Claude Van Buren arrives at their annual autumn party and unveils himself as the man behind the madness. Julia becomes Van Buren Industries' vice president of product development and cracks the code by finally stabilizing substance X, also known as the elixir. Claude Van Buren promises to revolutionize the world with a new line of skin care touted as the fountain of youth. Nic and Julia are sent on a vacation and find themselves in the middle of the jungle, discovering scientific anomalies the world would never believe. This coming-of-age series is one girl's journey into the puzzling realm of first loves, ethical dilemmas, and life that is stranger than fiction. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Beth Kesler. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/031265/bk_acx0_031265_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Paul Hannon moved to Tucker Springs for his girlfriend, but she's left him with a house he can't afford and a pantry full of useless gadgets. All Paul wants is to get back to normal, even if he's not sure what that is anymore. When he wanders into Tucker Pawn for a gift to win her back, he meets El Rozal, pawn shop owner and all-around cynic. El Rozal doesn't do relationships, especially not with clueless straight boys still pining for their ex. El may make his living dealing in castoffs, but that doesn't apply to men. Still, when Paul starts clearing out his old life, pawning kitchen equipment he never wanted in the first place, El is drawn to Paul in spite of himself. Paul and El have nothing in common except a past full of disappointments. There's no reason to believe the two of them could fit, but in El's line of work, one man's junk is another man's treasure. When it comes to love, El and Paul may learn that secondhand doesn't mean second best. Publisher's note: This novel is part of the Tucker Springs series, which do not need to be heard in order. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Iggy Toma. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/051851/bk_acx0_051851_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Roman Keane has been in the saddle for the last four months, exploring America from his Road King. He was looking forward to getting home when a couple of old friends asked him for a favor. Would he help them deliver a collection of vintage motorcycles? No problem, he said. He didn’t even give it a second thought, until it nearly got them all killed. Now they’re in deep trouble, and before it’s over, Roman will have to ask himself the hardest question anyone can face: How far will you go to save your friends? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Holden Still. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/155719/bk_acx0_155719_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.