An inventive story collection that spans the globe as it explores love, childhood, and parenthood with an electric mix of humor and emotion. Acclaimed for the grace, wit, and magic of her novels, Ramona Ausubel introduces us to a geography both fantastic and familiar in eleven new stories, some of them previously published in The New Yorker and The Paris Review. Elegantly structured, these stories span the globe and beyond, from small-town America and sunny Caribbean islands to the Arctic Ocean and the very gates of Heaven itself. And though some of the stories are steeped in mythology, they remain grounded in universal experiences: loss of identity, leaving home, parenthood, joy, and longing. Crisscrossing the pages of Awayland are travelers and expats, shadows and ghosts. A girl watches as her homesick mother slowly dissolves into literal mist. The mayor of a small Midwestern town offers a strange prize, for stranger reasons, to the parents of any baby born on Lenin´s birthday. A chef bound for Mars begins an even more treacherous journey much closer to home. And a lonely heart searches for love online - never mind that he´s a Cyclops. With her signature tenderness, Ramona Ausubel applies a mapmaker´s eye to landscapes both real and imagined, all the while providing a keen guide to the wild, uncharted terrain of the human heart. Audiobook Table of Contents: ´´You Can Find Love Now,´´ read by Kirby Heyborne with Emily Rankin ´´Fresh Water From the Sea,´´ read by Rebecca Lowman ´´Template for a Proclamation to Save the Species,´´ read by Danny Campbell ´´Mother Land,´´ read by Cassandra Campbell ´´Departure Lounge,´´ read by Kate Rudd ´´Remedy,´´ read by Karissa Vacker ´´Club Zeus,´´ read by Macleod Andrews ´´High Desert,´´ read by Amanda Carlin ´´Heaven,´´ read by Vikas Adam ´´The Animal Mummies Wish to Thank the Following,´´ read by Bruce Mannbr 1. Language: English. Narrator: full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/003874/bk_peng_003874_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the former secretary of state and best-selling author - a sweeping look at the global struggle for democracy and why America must continue to support the cause of human freedom. From the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union to the ongoing struggle for human rights in the Middle East, Condoleezza Rice has served on the front lines of history. As a child, she was an eyewitness to a third awakening of freedom, when her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, became the epicenter of the civil rights movement for black Americans. In this book, Rice explains what these epochal events teach us about democracy. At a time when people around the world are wondering whether democracy is in decline, Rice shares insights from her experiences as a policymaker, scholar, and citizen, in order to put democracy´s challenges into perspective. When the United States was founded, it was the only attempt at self-government in the world. Today more than half of all countries qualify as democracies, and in the long run that number will continue to grow. Yet nothing worthwhile ever comes easily. Using America´s long struggle as a template, Rice draws lessons for democracy around the world - from Russia, Poland, and Ukraine, to Kenya, Colombia, and the Middle East. She finds that no transitions to democracy are the same because every country starts in a different place. Pathways diverge and sometimes circle backward. Time frames for success vary dramatically, and countries often suffer false starts before getting it right. But, Rice argues, that does not mean they should not try. While the ideal conditions for democracy are well known in academia, they never exist in the real world. The question is not how to create perfect circumstances but how to move forward under difficult ones. These same insights apply in overcoming the challenges faced by governments today. The pursuit of democracy is a continuing struggle shared by people around th 1. Language: English. Narrator: Grace Angela Henry. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/003111/bk_hach_003111_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Most NPR listeners have experienced at least one ´´driveway moment´´: You’re so captivated by a story, interview, or essay you’re hearing on the radio that you sit in your driveway, motor running, to hear it all the way through. Even if the ice cream is melting in the trunk. The latest collection of this best-selling series features memorable tales, bits, and commentary from NPR favorites, regulars, and guests. Smartly chosen, sincerely hilarious, this collection will leave you in stitches. Contents: Joan Rivers: ´´Outrageous and Outspoken as Ever´´ Harry Shearer: ´´Now You See It´´ Harry Shearer: ´´Sammy the Flame-Resistant Salmon´´ ´´Comedy Writing: How to Be Funny´´ ´´The (Wacky) World According to John Hodgman´´ ´´At Climate Conference, Hot Air Reigns´´ ´´Dave Barry´s Science Fair Tricks´´ Brian Williams on Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me! ´´Snoring Does Not Get in the Way of Love´´ ´´Kevin Kling Returns´´ Carol Burnett: ´´Still Glad For ´This Time Together´´ ´´Tim Conway Delivers Laughs Without an Apology´´ ´´Mehlman´s Famous Actors Tour of Los Angeles´´ ´´A Rejection Letter Template´´ ´´What´s America´s Funniest Joke?´´ Robert Earl Keen Plays ´´Not My Job´´ ´´Bob and Ray, Masters of the Subtle Spoof´´ ´´Powerball Dreams´´ ´´Jane Lynch, TV’s New Queen of Mean´´ ´´Wedding Season Can Be Trying´´ ´´My Child, the Prodigy - and Other Punch Lines´´ ´´Advice for New Fathers´´ Tom Bodett: ´´You´ve Been Warned´´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robert Krulwich. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/high/000706/bk_high_000706_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Use storytelling to influence people and move them to action. Need to get your point across? Get staff on board with change? Foster collaboration? Increase sales? Strengthen employee engagement? Build customer loyalty? Drive innovation and creativity? Capture best practices? Align people around a goal? Grow your business? Business Storytelling for Dummies can help you do this - and more. Pre-order your copy today! Discover: Expert advice with real-world examples Proven case studies, tips, and templates How to get results by capturing, crafting, telling stories And more PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dina Pearlman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/019304/bk_adbl_019304_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Sherlock co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss present their all-time favorite Sherlock Holmes adventures, with introductions read by Mark Gatiss. The hit BBC series Sherlock has introduced a whole new generation of fans to Arthur Conan Doyle´s legendary detective. In this unique collection, Sherlock co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss have selected their all-time favorite Sherlock Holmes adventures, providing listeners a curated masterclass in crime fiction. Each of these 19 tales, from Sherlock´s first appearance in A Study in Scarlet to the late classic The Dying Detective, is a potent mix of murder, suspense, cryptic clues, red herrings, and revenge - a ground-breaking combination of forensic science and bold storytelling. Sherlock Holmes established new rules for what a fictional hero could be, and provided a template for detective stories we still follow today. With introductions to each story by producers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, this beautifully designed collection is the perfect introduction to the world of Sherlock Holmes and the ultimate gift for fans of the show it inspired. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Simon Vance, Mark Gatiss. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/008847/bk_brll_008847_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The action-based guide to powerful, influential organizational storytelling...Circle of the 9 Muses captures the best practices of the world´s most influential story consultants and knowledge workers to help you find, tell, and draw value from your organizational stories as impetus for action. This rich toolbox is loaded with fun, graphical instructions and dozens of unique, replicable, and facilitated processes that require no special training or expertise. You´ll discover your organization´s hidden narrative assets, use different templates and frameworks to tell the stories of your past, present, and future, and then draw team members into rich meaning-making dialogue that translates into action. These activities can be exercised in endless permutations, and expert advice steers you toward the right activity for a specific purpose, including managing change, setting strategy, onboarding, defining the brand, engaging supporters or customers, merging cultures, building trust, and much more. Organizational storytelling is a powerful managerial tool and an essential change management technique. This is about your influence as a leader. Knowing the right story to tell and how to deliver it effectively gives you and your organization enormous influence, and helps connect employees to strategy by providing understanding, belief, and motivation in their personal contribution. This book is the ultimate field guide to becoming an influential storyteller, with concrete, actionable guidance toward all the storytelling fundamentals. Identify your organization´s ´´narrative assets´´ Craft an elegant, well-constructed organizational story Capture, bank, and share stories with extraordinary engagement Facilitate a dialogue to draw out meaning and induce change The growing interest surrounding organizational storytelling has many change agents focused on ´´trying to tell better stories, 1. Language: English. Narrator: Noah Michael Levine. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/gdan/003007/bk_gdan_003007_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This concise book by the well-known Serbian writer and literary researcher summarizes his decade-long experience of teaching creative writing at the Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade. Always offering attendees four good reasons for not attending his course, or, in a broader perspective, discouraging them from professional writing altogether, the author reflects ultimately on what it really takes to become a writer of literary fiction. This essay, which makes up the first part of this work, is complemented by a selection of witty short stories, forming the second part, and which have been used as templates in the teaching context.
The business analyst role can cover a wide range of responsibilities, including the elicitation and documenting of business requirements, upfront strategic work, design and implementation phases. Typical difficulties faced by analysts include stakeholders who disagree or don´t know their requirements, handling estimates and project deadlines that conflict, and what to do if all the requirements are top priority. The Business Analysis Handbook offers practical solutions to these and other common problems which arise when uncovering requirements or conducting business analysis. Getting requirements right is difficult; this book offers guidance on delivering the right project results, avoiding extra cost and work, and increasing the benefits to the organization. The Business Analysis Handbook provides an understanding of the analyst role and the soft skills required, and outlines industry standard tools and techniques with guidelines on their use to suit the most appropriate situations. Covering numerous techniques such as Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN), use cases and user stories, this essential guide also includes standard templates to save time and ensure nothing important is missed.
Audie Award, Fantasy, 2013 Award-winning author, narrator, and screenwriter Neil Gaiman personally selected this book, and, using the tools of the Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX), cast the narrator and produced this work for his audiobook label, Neil Gaiman Presents. A few words from Neil on Anita: ´´Anita is an almost forgotten novel by one of the finest UK writers. But it is a favorite of mine. Anita works on two levels: on the one hand, the stories are a product of the 1960s - they come out of a swinging world and a ´´Georgy Girl´´ time, and Keith Roberts, then a young art director, has captured the feel of the sixties. At the same time, he writes about a teenage witch being brought up by her Granny; he writes about a young witch falling in love, getting her heart broken, about change and growing up and compromise, about what magic is and how you can lose it sometimes and how you can get it back. And the character of Anita´s Granny is amazing, one of Keith Roberts´ best characters…. [Anita] set the template for all the teenage witch stories that come after, and she did it better and more magically. I wanted these stories back in ´´print´´, where people could hear them and could fall in love with Anita and Granny, as I did.´´ Meet Anita Thompson: she´s young, she´s lovely, she´s clever ... and she´s a witch. A real one. Anita lives in two worlds: the modern world of supermarkets and sports cars, radio and rock & roll, where she is a thoroughly modern girl with a thoroughly modern interest in boys and fast living and her own independence. But the ancient and rustic world of traditions, cauldrons, and familiars , where she and her Granny (a witch of the Old School, broom and all) invoke elemental spirits int he service of Him Wot´s Down Under. She has senses no ordinary mortal can imagine (at least nine); with them, she can hear the voices of every creature of the night. She can changer 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nicola Barber. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/000394/bk_acx0_000394_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.