Sheila is certain America´s dynasties will destroy the country, but her nascent group of academic colleagues has failed to persuade the government and the people of the need for change. These revolutionaries call themselves Prime Heuristic. Their influence on government is small compared to that of powerful families like the houses of Daco, Harrington, Maddox, and Tafuri. Sheila and her colleagues monitor the fight for economic dominance between these four houses and America´s other dynasties. Their influence upon politicians is indisputable. But even among the masses, dynasty wealth has its supporters, as expressed through the trendy fashion known as ´´dynasty style´´. When Sheila meets Jasira, she doesn´t know what to expect. The popular congressional correspondent is smart, attractive. Their connection is clear from the start, but Sheila finds herself wanting to know Jasira´s real agenda. Does Jasira support the dynasties and their influence upon the government she covers? Or is she, like Sheila, working to turn the country away from contemporary feudalism and back to democracy? The full voice cast includes Fawzia Mirza and Scott Duff. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Adrianne Cury, Amy Montgomery, Deb Doetzer, Fawzia Mirza, Scott Duff. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/040109/bk_acx0_040109_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Oakland is a blues city, brawling and husky.... Often overshadowed by San Francisco, its twinkling sister city across the Bay, Oakland is itself an American wonder. The city is surrounded by and filled with natural beauty - mountains and hills and lakes and a bay - and architecture that mirrors its history as a Spanish mission, a gold rush outpost, and home of the West´s most devious robber barons. It´s also a city of artists and blue-collar workers, the birthplace of the Black Panthers, neighbor to Berkeley, and home to a vibrant and volatile stew of immigrants and refugees. In Blues City, Ishmael Reed, one of our most brilliant essayists, takes us on a tour of Oakland, exploring its fascinating history, its beautiful hills and waterfronts, and its odd cultural juxtapositions. He takes us into a year in the life of this amazing city, to black cowboy parades and Indian powwows, to Black Panther reunions and Gay Pride concerts, to a Japanese jazz club where a Lakota musician plays Coltrane´s ´´Naima´´. Reed provides a fascinating tour of an untamed, unruly Western outpost set against the backdrop of political intrigues, ethnic rivalries, and a gentrification-obsessed mayor, opening our eyes not only to a singular city but to a newly emerging America. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ishmael Reed. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/004685/bk_rand_004685_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An avid high school debater and enthusiastic student body president, Craig Smith seemed destined for a life in public service from an early age. As a sought-after speechwriter, Smith had a front-row seat at some of the most important events of the twentieth century, meeting with Robert Kennedy and Richard Nixon, advising Governor Ronald Reagan, writing for President Ford, serving as a campaign manager for a major U.S. senator´s reelection campaign, and writing speeches for a contender for the Republican nomination for president. Life in the volatile world of politics wasn´t always easy, however, and as a closeted gay man, Smith struggled to reconcile his private and professional lives. In this revealing memoir, Smith sheds light on what it takes to make it as a speechwriter in a field where the only constant is change. While bouncing in and out of the academic world, Smith transitions from consultant ships with George H. W. Bush and the Republican caucus of the U.S. Senate to a position with Chrysler CEO Lee Iacocca. When Smith returns to Washington, D.C., as president and founder of the Freedom of Expression Foundation, he becomes a leading player on First Amendment issues in the nation´s capital. Returning at long last to academia, Smith finds happiness coming out of the closet and reaping the benefits of a dedicated and highly successful career. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim Tedder. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/019338/bk_acx0_019338_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Memory Mambo describes the life of Juani Casas, a 25-year-old Cuban-born American lesbian who manages her family´s laundromat in Chicago while trying to cope with family, work, love, sex, and the weirdness of North American culture. Achy Obejas´s writing is sharp and mordantly funny. She understands perfectly how the romance of exile - from a homeland as well as from heterosexuality - and the mundane reality of everyday life balance each other. Memory Mambo is ultimately very moving in its depiction of what it means to find a new and finally safe sense of home. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ruth Oakes. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/000534/bk_acx0_000534_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
How far would you go to hide who you really are inside? And what do you do when you find the one person from whom hiding your true self isn´t an option? Glamorous movie star Dara Thomas has it all - an Oscar nomination, dozens of magazine covers proclaiming her the sexiest woman alive, and people of both sexes clamoring for her attention. She also has a carefully guarded secret life. As Constance Darrow, Dara writes Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction, an outlet that allows her to be so much more than just a pretty face. Rebecca Minton is a professor of American Literature in love with the work of the mysterious, reclusive author Constance Darrow, with whom she strikes up a correspondence. A chance phrase in a letter leads her to a startling conclusion about the author. What happens next will change the course of both of their lives forever. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Emily Beresford. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/021983/bk_adbl_021983_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Awarded honorable mention in both the Rainbow Awards and the NLA: International Writing Awards for BDSM fiction! In war, sex is the most potent weapon. The kingdom is threatened by the marauding attacks from neighboring nations, and by treachery within the castle walls. Our two heroes have been thrust into a dangerous world, as Jorin has been slave-bonded to a powerful mage and Kenet has become magically bound to the general of the army. After a magical attack that scatters the army, General Roichal flees with Kenet on horseback, while Sergetten and Jorin begin the search for the missing prince. Only together can they root out the evil that threatens the crown and bring this story to a just end. Volume Two of The Prince´s Boy collects the second and final year of this original web serial by Cecilia Tan, from chapters 57 to the end. Drawing on complex themes of dominance and submission, the need for secrecy in a world where homosexuality is not accepted, and the intertwining of sex with magic, Tan weaves a multi-layered, sex-filled adventure that is part the Three Musketeers of Dumas and part Anne Rice´s The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty. Cecilia Tan is ´´simply one of the most important writers, editors, and innovators in contemporary American erotic literature,´´ according to Susie Bright. She is the author of many novels and short stories, editor of dozens of erotic short story anthologies, and the founder of Circlet Press. She was inducted into the Saints and Sinners Hall of Fame for GLBT writers in 2010. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Roman M. Wagner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/004259/bk_adbl_004259_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Stonewall Cousins, Roger and Alistair, become lifelong friends when they meet as boys in 1954. After both discovering their homosexuality, their lives intersect against the backdrop of 20th Century gay culture, from the beachboy surfer days of the 1960´s, to the Greenwich Village AIDS activism in the 1990´s. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ethan Sawyer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/013084/bk_adbl_013084_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
"Great artists suffer for the people." (Marvin Gaye) A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history´s most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors´ American Legends series, listeners can get caught up to speed on the lives of America´s most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known. Among the many stars gathered by Berry Gordy´s Motown Records during the latter half of the 20th century, one of the most famous and successful was Marvin Gaye, even though the rigidity of the studio´s operating procedures constantly collided with his capacity for stubbornness and insistence that he be given the independence to pursue his own artistic vision. Of course, it´s easy to see it from both sides; despite the ceaseless thread of masterpieces emerging from Motown studio artists (many of them performed and recorded by Gaye), it might also be said in his defense that as part of the record company´s mission statement, Motown operated in a state of near artistic lockdown where creative input by the artist was concerned. Unapologetically hit-driven, Motown measured success almost solely by chart rankings and units sold, and it naturally avoided any alteration of old formulas that produced results, all of which made Motown the epitome of an efficiently run music entertainment provider. As Marvin Gaye learned, however, it was not the place in which to nourish his thirst for creative freedom and innovation. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alan Ceppos. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/052734/bk_acx0_052734_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Picturesque Sketches of American Progress:Comprising Official Descriptions of Nearly 100 Americam Cities, Prepared Under the Supervision of the Authorities of the Respective Cities, Showing Their Origin, Development, Present Condition, Commerce and Manuf William Gay
My Daddy Is A Woman Now (American Edition): Marcia Gay