A hilarious and heart-warming tale for children and grown-ups of all ages. What Simon wanted for his seventh birthday was a set of action figures from Planet Patrol, his favourite cartoon. What he got was a tatty, second-hand teddy bear. What Simon doesn't know is that the teddy bear is alive and can do magic. What the bear doesn't know is that he's not as good at magic as he thinks he is. When the bear tries to grant a wish for Simon, everything goes wrong, and poor Simon's life is turned inside out, upside down, and sideways. Will things ever go back to the way they were? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Steven J Pemberton. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/114393/bk_acx0_114393_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Meera Syal reads this exclusive audio story featuring the Eleventh Doctor and Amy Pond. The ice-planet Vinsk, in the year 2112. The all-new anti-viral hand wash, Gemini, has been laced with Meme-Spawn: a sentient micro-organism which makes the user fluent in every language in the universe. However, manufacturer Zalnex made one crucial mistake. They didn’t test Gemini on humans, who are seized by the violent urge to communicate but speak every language all at once - with a manic, garbled shriek - and pass on the virus by touch. The Doctor and Amy arrive on an Earth-bound cargo-ship loaded with Gemini, where a human crew are succumbing to the virus which has nasty second and third phases in store. When the Doctor and Amy are separated, they both know that it’s only a matter of time before Amy is infected. With the ship locked on course, and no way of curing the sufferers, the Doctor is faced with a terrible decision: does he save Amy, or Earth? Written specially for audio by Jason Arnopp, ‘The Gemini Contagion’ is read by Meera Syal, who played Nasreen Chaudhry in the BBC TV episodes ‘The Hungry Earth’ and ‘Cold Blood’. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Meera Syal. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/bbcw/004376/rt_bbcw_004376_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
As you read these words, planet Earth teems with trillions of life-forms, all going about their own business: eating, reproducing, thriving.... Yet the life of almost every single organism draws nearer to certain death. On the other hand, "suicide" inside the mitochondria that live within us results in the death of millions of cells each second for our own good! Why is death such a universal companion to life on Earth? Why haven't animals evolved to break free of its shackles? In this wide-ranging exploration of death, Jules Howard attempts to shed evolutionary light on one of our biggest and most unshakable taboos. He visits a salon that's trying to abolish our queasiness over talking about death. He also looks to the nematode, one of the most basic of life-forms, for clues about why near starvation actually can prolong life. Encountering some of the world's oldest animals and meeting the scientists attempting to unravel their mysteries, Howard also comes face-to-face with evolution's outliers - the animals that may one day avoid death altogether. Written in an engaging style, Death on Earth's journey ends with the inevitable questions: Can we ever become immortal? And if we could, would we really want to? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jon Caruth. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/026243/bk_adbl_026243_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Cobras are technologically-enhanced warriors bred to fight an alien menace no ordinary human can withstand. At the center of action, on the Cobra world of Aventine, is the legendary Moreau clan. While the Cobras are necessary in times of war, in times of peace, they are often reviled by those they have saved. Now, the Cobras have resisted a second invasion of the alien Troft forces, forcing the Troft to a stalemate - even converting some thoughtful Troft into uneasy allies against their kin. Yet all is not well in the human sector of the galaxy. A supposed sister empire, the Dominion of Man, threatens the Cobra worlds with what is, in effect, enslavement, as it moves to consolidate power over all of the Cobra worlds. The plan on Aventine is to extort from the Moreau family the location of the home planet of a mysterious human ally - one that may even be more powerful than the Dominion: The Qasaman Empire. Meanwhile, Cobra Merrick Moreau is on a secret mission of his own, to a world where humans are enslaved by Troft masters. It is a world of barbaric cruelty, where humans are slave chattel to Troft gamblers. There the Troft force whole villages, even children, into life and death struggles served up for Troft entertainment. But the totalitarian Dominion of Man and the Troft game-masters are in for a rude surprise: Cobras are not merely technological marvels. They are far more. For within each Cobra, bred by close family ties and hard testing in battle, there beats the heart of a warrior and the burning conviction that a Cobra will be slave to no one. Rebellion is at hand, and once again, Cobras lead the fight for freedom. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/014308/bk_adbl_014308_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Book one of the Cobra Rebellion saga and a new entry in New York Times number-one best seller Timothy Zahn's legendary Cobra series. Cobras: technologically enhanced warriors bred to fight an alien menace no ordinary human can withstand. At the center of the action on Cobra world Aventine: the legendary Moreau clan. In times of war, the Cobras are necessary, yet in times of peace they are often reviled by those they have saved. Now the Cobras have resisted a second invasion of the alien Troft forces and forced the Troft to a stalemate--and even converted some thoughtful Troft into uneasy allies against their kin. Yet all is not well in the human sector of the galaxy. A supposed sister empire, the Dominion of Man, threatens the Cobra worlds with what is, in effect, enslavement, as it moves to consolidate power over all the Cobra worlds. The plan on Aventine: to extort from the Moreau family the location of the home planet of a mysterious human ally that may be more powerful than the Dominion: the Qasaman Empire. Meanwhile Cobra Merrick Moreau is on a secret mission of his own to a world of humans enslaved by Troft masters. It is a world of barbaric cruelty, where human are slave chattel to Troft gamblers. There the Troft force whole villages, even children, into life-and-death struggles served up for Troft entertainment. But the totalitarian Dominion of Man and the Troft game masters are in for a rude surprise: Cobras are not merely technological marvels. They are far more. For within each Cobra, bred by close family ties and hard testing in battle, there beats the heart of a warrior and the burning conviction that a Cobra will be slave to no one. Rebellion is at hand, and once again Cobras lead the fight for freedom. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/019941/bk_adbl_019941_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Scout Lieutenant Shaydra den'Kurona was trying to escape the stifling responsibilities of her homeworld. But a quick stop on an out-of-the way planet brought her face-to-face with her own desires.Mark Paxton was stuck in a dead-end job in a small town. But one night a starship landed next to him. Now a sexy alien is living with him. One magic night he will find out that space girls are easy!~~~~~ Excerpt ~~~~~They didn’t quite fall into each others’ arms when the door to his bedroom closed behind them. It was more like a mutual tackle; fierce and almost violent. Shayla climbed him like a tree, her arms wrapping around his neck, and she kissed him, kissed him hard, her tongue forcing itself between his lips and searching his out. When they met, it was as if a jolt of electricity coursed through their paired bodies. He groaned, opening his mouth wide, his hands clutching the curves of her rear.“The bed,” he panted. “On the bed. If we keep this up, we’ll fall down, and I’ll be damned if I make love to you on a hardwood floor.”He staggered over to the bed and fell backwards onto it, cushioning her fall with his body. For a second she simply lay on his chest, enjoying the feel of his strong body under hers. But after a moment she slithered higher, then sat up on her heels. Catching his eye, she raised her hands to the shirt-cord, tied in a low knot just above her breasts. Moving slowly, she undid the knot, then pulled the cord out of the lace-holes, one at a time, until her shirt was hanging open, barely hiding her chest.As she teased him, he put his hands on her hips, his thumbs stroking the flat planes of her stomach. When the garment was finally undone, she slipped it off, eyes shining with pride as she watched his face change.His hand curved up her back, then settled bare inches away from her breast. She swallowed at the heat of his touch. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Aiden Black. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/127812/bk_acx0_127812_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Der Römer Donato Dozzy (Afterhour-DJ der Panorama Bar, Voices From The Lake) ist inzwischen einer der Superstars in der Nische zwischen Ambient, Dub und Techno.Der Römer ist seit den späten 80ern als DJ aktive seine ersten Maxi-Releases erscheinen erst 2004. In Berlin steigt er zum Afterhour-Resident-DJ in der noch jungen Panorama Bar auf. Drei Jahre bleibt Dozzy in Berlin, verbessert seine Produktionstechniken, vernetzt sich bestens mit den Berghain-Künstlern und kehrt 2007 als in Kennerkreisen gefeierter Techno-DJ nach Italien zurück. Nach Maxi-Releases auf Mental Groove, Curle Recordings und Mule Electronique erschien 2010 mit K sein erstes Album, gefolgt vom Longplayer seines zusammen mit dem Produzenten Neel gestarteten Projekts Voices From The Lake. Bei den Releases von Dozzy klingen trotz aller Abstraktion immer auch seine Psychedelic-Wurzeln, die Vorliebe für The Who, mit an. Seine Tracks lassen sich irgendwo zwischen Ambient, Dub und Techno verorten. Diese Genres bilden die Fixpunkte in den DJ-Sets von Donato Dozzy, die ihre graduellen Veränderungen auszeichnen und die einen ausgeprägt hypnotischen Charakter entfalten. The Loud Silence widmet sich als Konzeptalbum einem Instrument: Der Maultrommel. In April of this year, Donato Dozzy took a set of mouth harps back to his parent's house in the Italian countryside and set about exploring the possibilities of that most basic of instruments. The mouth harp had been calling to Dozzy ever since childhood, when he had discovered the marranzano on a holiday in Sicily with this parents at the tail end of the 1970s. Almost four decades later, Dozzy had begun to see in this peculiar, ancient sound, the roots of the music he'd been making and playing in clubs all these years. It was time to find out how far he could trace it all back. The Loud Silence is the result of those explorations, an accompanied deep-dive into childhood memory, social history and the roots of psychedelia. Recorded indoors and outdoors, half-way up mountains and on the edge of the Mediterranean sea, the record is meditative but also powerful. Dozzy has distilled his ideas into an incredibly intimate sound, one that invites an inverted sort of exploration, pushing you further and further into your own head. Each track maintains an inviolable central pulse, while delicate, fluttering sounds hint at vast spaces that might open up at any minute - they're just waiting for you to connect with them. Field recordings hover below the resonating harps, adding to the mysterious atmosphere. Tracks like 'The Loud Silence' and 'Downhill to the Sea' are wrapped up in simple rhythms, their strict throb drawing you deeper and deeper into the primitive sound. Where so much of today's trance-inducing music is mechanical, born of grids and microchips, The Loud Silence pulses with the presence of the human body. As Dozzy says, The hand gives the tempo, together with the breath. It's all about the mouth, the ears, the hands. The organic physicality of the sound, made in concert with the body itself, generates a primal response in the listener, an undeniably visceral understanding, an empathetic resonance. When you play such an instrument, you'll feel all your bones vibrating to the sound in a sort of chain reaction! says Dozzy. It becomes an emotional and physical clean up. In Italy, one of the ways to call the jew's harp is 'scacciapensieri', which literally means 'It kicks thoughts away'. The sound and its effects also carry with them a sense of history, of community and of social ritual. Trance states, whether shamanic rituals in the Amazon or DJ sets in dark night-clubs, have always relied on a social element, a communal understanding of what is going on, what is expected to happen. The Loud Silence is a personal album that speaks to this communal experience, that wonders implicitly why these ancient ideas of society and community have been so devalued today. In a moment where all individuals seem to act egoistically and not as a tribe, says Dozzy, This music gives me the sense of continuity with the past. Throughout history, states of altered consciousness have been religious, political, poetical or nihilistic, but rarely ever just a means of innocent entertainment. There is something inherently transgressive about removing the shackles of individual will and succumbing to something larger than yourself. Giving up your base desires and ambitions in favour of a sound, to submit yourself to something as simple and fleeting as vibrations in the air, the sound of some metal resonating in another person's mouth, is a way to communicate with the part of you which is in everyone else too. It's a way to reach both in and out at once, to the heart of what it is to be human on this planet. At a time when nations are burning and whole continents are on the edge of breaking apart, recognising the bonds that bring and hold people together, recognising that what we share is what truly defines us, couldn't be more important. The Loud Silence is Dozzy's second solo album, and it sees him return to Further Records, where he released his first solo LP, K, in 2010. On the surface, there might seem to be a world of difference between this record and K, but they share the same sense of dynamic movement within a limited sphere. It's not minimal exactly - it's hard to describe such a rich sound as minimal or reduced in any way - but it is music that gets the most out of a small, well-chosen set of tools. Like on the recent album Sintetizzatrice, a full-length collaboration with singer Anna Caragnano, and a forthcoming Further LP from Aquaplano studio partner Nuel, the ability to make a single element - voice, synthesizer, mouth-harp - the centre of a musical world is enthralling. The Loud Silence is a testament to this eagerness to unearth the historical and social resonances of lone instruments, to see what traditions, what emotions, lie hidden in the most familiar sounds. Anyone who has followed Dozzy's work over the years, whether the celebrated Voices from the Lake collaboration with Neel, the otherworldly mixes he's done for MNML SSGS and electronique.it, or particularly his album of Bee Mask remixes for the Spectrum Spools label, will see that The Loud Silence is a continuation of a life-long fascination with sound and its potential to bring people, times and places together. It's one more stunning chapter in a musical career that has never shirked the task of digging deep into the sounds that move us. This record is the first in a series exploring the depth of one instrument - next up in the series a solo record from Nuel that explores the Ekdahl Polygamist. TRACKS: 1. Personal Rock (5:03) 2. Cross Panorama (4:10) 3. The Loud Silence (4:09) 4. The Net (4:34) 5. For Arnaud (3:58) 6. Downhill to the Sea (6:08) 7. Concert for Sails (3:44) 8. Exit The Acropolis (6:04)
From the past to the future, the development of human civilization has been closely related to the Earth's soil. However, we are now on the planet with the productive forces of soil resources that are gradually exhausting. In many agricultural areas, crop yields have been devastated by heavy soil erosion. Global warming, on the other hand, accelerates microbial greenhouse gas released in soils and has a key role in recent climate change. In the first part of this book, we show the challenges faced by human beings in the 21st century because of the direct and indirect responses of the soil expansion made by human past and future activities. We also stress that soil and forest are the future survival and development key factors for human beings. The circular economy is a philosophy of sustainable management. More specifically, it is a concept of zero waste. If the waste can be fully recycled or converted into energy, it will achieve the core values of the circular economy as well as the highest level of energy efficiency. The second part of this book presents an overview of the development of waste energy in three countries in the East Asian, namely, Taiwan, China, and Japan.
Second Hand Planet is the second album of New Zealand rock group, Opshop released in 2007 under Siren Records. A double disk Souvenir Edition was released 17 November 2008. The album was certified 3x Platinum in New Zealand on February 8, 2009, selling over 45,000 copies. Opshop is a New Zealand rock band formed in 2002. Their first album, You Are Here was released in 2004. Their second album, Second Hand Planet was released in 2007 and received Triple Platinum certification. It produced the successful single, One Day. Their third album, Until The End Of Time was released in 2010 and debuted at number one on the New Zealand Album Charts.