In this issue: COMMENT´´Discriminating Tastes´´, by Kelefa Sanneh: Obama and the new racism debate. ANNALS OF ENTERTAINMENT´´The Price of the Ticket´´, by John Seabrook: The business of concertgoing. POLITICS AND PROSE´´The Courthouse Ring´´, by Malcolm Gladwell: The truth about Atticus Finch. A CRITIC AT LARGE´´Wilder Women´´, by Judith Thurman: The women behind the Little House stories. THE TALK OF THE TOWN´´One of the Boys´´, by Tad Friend: Leslie Mann on the Judd Apatow gang. THE CURRENT CINEMA´´Lightened Loads´´, by Anthony Lane: Reviews of Cold Souls and Not Quite Hollywood. 1. Language: English. Narrator: uncredited. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/nyer/090805/pe_nyer_090805_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Easy-to-implement classroom lessons from the world´s premier educational system. Finland shocked the world when its 15-year-olds scored highest on the first Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a set of tests touted for evaluating critical-thinking skills in math, science, and reading. That was in 2001; but even today, this tiny Nordic nation continues to amaze. How does Finnish education - with short school days, light homework loads, and little standardized testing - produce students who match the PISA scores of high-powered, stressed-out kids in Asia? When Timothy D. Walker started teaching fifth graders at a Helsinki public school, he began a search for the secrets behind the successes of Finland´s schools. Walker wrote about several of those discoveries, and his Atlantic articles on this subject became hot topics of conversation. Here, he gathers all he learned and reveals how any teacher can implement many of Finland´s best practices. Remarkably, Finland is prioritizing the joy of learning in its newest core curricula and Walker carefully highlights specific strategies that support joyful K-12 classrooms and integrate seamlessly with educational standards in the United States. From incorporating brain breaks to offering a peaceful learning environment, this audiobook pulls back the curtain on the joyful teaching practices of the world´s most lauded school system. His message is simple but profound: these Finland-inspired strategies can be used in the US and other countries. No educator - or parent of a school-aged child - will want to miss out on the message of joy and change conveyed in this audiobook. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Walter Dixon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/gdan/002185/bk_gdan_002185_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Welcome to Forbes for July 26th, 2010 from Audible. This edition contains seven feature articles. In the cover story, we´ll tell you about, ´´The Way to Win on Wall Street Now´´ - The markets may be a rigged game, but don´t count on federal reform to help you out. You can gain the upper hand by making smart investment decisions. Also, ´´How to Avoid A Double-Dip Recession´´ - Stimulus fans like Paul Krugman say government spending will turn the economy around. Too bad the data refuse to cooperate, counters Harvard´s Robert Barro. From Forbes´ special report: ´´2010 International Investing, Where to Hide Money from Your Ex´´ - If you´re aiming to stiff creditors, litigants or an ex-spouse, should you hide your money in Nevis or Nevada? We´ll also tell you about, ´´The First Annual Cheap Fund Awards´´ - Vanguard, Blackrock iShares, Schwab and State Street SPDRs take honors for the best index funds and ETFs for really cheap investors. Next, ´´Uncovering a World of Cheap Stocks´´ - Skip breakneck China and Brazil, say the money men at Tweedy, Browne. Look for slow-moving companies in Europe and Japan. Followed by, ´´Investing in Bonds of Low-Debt Nations´´ - David Rolley´s fund can shop for bonds anywhere in the world. His favored spot: countries whose low debt loads give them the best chances of paying them off. And in our final story, ´´SportsMoney 50-50´´ - The world´s most powerful teams and athletes. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ken Borgers. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/forb/100726/pe_forb_100726_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
For Cade Grayson, husband, father, and former Delta Force operator, that one warm sunny Saturday in July - to be labeled Z-Day by some anonymous person probably long dead - began like all the others before and none since. With his daughter, Raven, and wife, Brook, away visiting her parents in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Cade hopes his immediate future holds nothing but an easy chair, Mariners on the tube, and paring down a honey-do list a mile long. But those hopes were quickly dashed and his life forever changed when news broke of a clash in downtown Portland between soldiers from the Oregon National Guard and hundreds of anarchist protesters suddenly turned violent and, by one anchor´s account, blood-thirsty and cannibalistic. As the first waves of injured bystanders, guardsmen, and rioters arrived at hospitals, it became apparent that a deadly new disease had been unleashed on the population. Whether the virus was naturally occurring or an escaped lab experiment, Cade hadn´t a clue and wasn´t especially concerned until he learned of its unprecedented virulence, unusual method of transference, and the fact that, according to the news, it brought the newly dead back to life, semi-mindless, and with an insatiable desire to feed on the flesh of the living. Armed with this new information and now seeing the bigger cities such as Washington, D.C., New York, and Los Angeles rocked by the rapidly spreading scourge, Cade ignores the volley of contradictory edicts drawn up by the White House and set into motion by FEMA and DHS, dusts off his tools of war, and loads his truck with supplies. Unable to get ahold of Brook and Raven, and unwilling to leave them at the mercy of some distant politician´s inability to hold the nation together, he begins an impossible 3,000-mile journey across a reeling United States with presumably millions of infected in his path and only one acceptable outcome: find Brook and Raven alive - or die tryin... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Chris Patton. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/046967/bk_acx0_046967_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
If you´re a man of a certain age you´ll know there comes a point in life when getting a sports car and over-analysing your contribution to society sounds like a really good idea. With a good job in sales and marketing and a nice house in Manchester that he shared with his wife and kids, John Bishop was no different when he turned the dreaded 4-0. But instead of spanking a load of cash on a car that would have made him look like a senior stylist at Vidal Sassoon, he stumbled onto a pathway that ultimately lead him to become one of the nation´s best loved comedians. It was a gamble, but boy, did it pay off. How Did All This Happen? is the story of how a boy who, growing up on a council estate dreaming of ousting Kenny Dalglish from Liverpool FC´s starting line-up, suddenly found himself on stage in front of thousands of people nationwide, at an age when he should have known better. In his own inimitable style, John guides us through his life from leaving the estate and travelling the globe on a shoe string, to marriage, kids and the split that led him to being on a stage complaining to strangers one night - the night that changed his life and started his journey to stardom. Wonderfully entertaining and packed with colourful reminiscences and comical anecdotes, this is a heart-warming, life-affirming and ultimately very, very funny memoir from one of the nation´s greatest comedians. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Bishop. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/001421/bk_hcuk_001421_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Who needs a mountain of debt? Each year, the nation´s top business schools are flooded with applications from people eager to pursue their MBA dreams. But those aspirations come at a steep price. According to U.S. News and World Report, the average debt load for graduates of NYU´s Stern School of Business, MIT´s Sloan School of Management, and other top business schools exceeds $100,000. Like most, author Laurie Pickard couldn´t shoulder that. But she faced a dilemma: despite two degrees and a Peace Corps stint, she needed a business education to land her dream job in international development. She decided to take her education into her own hands, and found that some of those same prestigious business schools offer MOOCs (massive online open courses) for low or even no cost. By picking the right classes from the best schools, she gained the skills - without all the debt. In Don´t Pay for Your MBA, Pickard shows self-starters, career changers, and budding entrepreneurs how to navigate the expanding universe of online education. Building on her popular No-Pay MBA blog, Pickard reveals how to: Define your goals and tailor a curriculum that works for you Master the language of business Build a strong network Choose a concentration and deepen your expertise Showcase your nontraditional education in a way that attracts offers Self-directed learning fills gaps in your training, positions you for promotions, and opens up new opportunities. Why pay exorbitant tuition when you can MOOC your way to success? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Marguerite Gavin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/gdan/002300/bk_gdan_002300_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
To err is human. Yet most of us go through life assuming (and sometimes insisting) that we are right about nearly everything, from the origins of the universe to how to load the dishwasher. If being wrong is so natural, why are we all so bad at imagining that our beliefs could be mistaken, and why do we react to our errors with surprise, denial, defensiveness, and shame? In Being Wrong, journalist Kathryn Schulz explores why we find it so gratifying to be right and so maddening to be mistaken, and how this attitude toward error corrodes relationships—whether between family members, colleagues, neighbors, or nations. Along the way, she takes us on a fascinating tour of human fallibility, from wrongful convictions to no-fault divorce; medical mistakes to misadventures at sea; failed prophecies to false memories; ´´I told you so!´´ to ´´Mistakes were made.´´ Drawing on thinkers as varied as Augustine, Darwin, Freud, Gertrude Stein, Alan Greenspan, and Groucho Marx, she proposes a new way of looking at wrongness. In this view, error is both a given and a gift—one that can transform our worldviews, our relationships, and, most profoundly, ourselves. In the end, Being Wrong is not just an account of human error but a tribute to human creativity—the way we generate and revise our beliefs about ourselves and the world. At a moment when economic, political, and religious dogmatism increasingly divide us, Schulz explores with uncommon humor and eloquence the seduction of certainty and the crises occasioned by error. A brilliant debut from a new voice in nonfiction, this book calls on us to ask one of life´s most challenging questions: what if I´m wrong? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mia Barron. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/002206/bk_harp_002206_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The fascinating story of a young American amateur who helped the FBI bust a Russian spy in New York - sold in 10 countries and in a major deal with 20th Century Fox. For three nerve-wracking years, Naveed Jamali spied on America for the Russians, trading thumb drives of sensitive technical data for envelopes of cash, selling out his own beloved country across noisy restaurant tables and in quiet parking lots. Or so the Russians believed. In fact this young American civilian was a covert double agent working with the FBI. The Cold War wasn´t really over. It had just gone high tech. How to Catch a Russian Spy is the one-of-a-kind story of how one young man´s post-college adventure became a real-life US counterintelligence coup. He had no previous counterespionage experience. Everything he knew about undercover work he´d learned from Miami Vice and Magnum PI reruns and movies like Ronin, Spy Game, and anything with Bond or Bourne in the title. And yet, hoping to gain experience to become a navy intelligence officer, he convinced the FBI and the Russians they could trust him. With charm, cunning, and a big load of naiveté, he matched wits with a veteran Russian military-intelligence officer who was recruiting spies on American soil, outmaneuvering the Russian spy and his secret-hungry superiors. Along the way Jamali and his FBI handlers cast a rare light on espionage activities at the Russian Mission to the United Nations in New York and earned a solid US win in the escalating hostilities between Moscow and Washington. Now Jamali reveals the whole engaging story behind his double-agent adventure - from coded signals on Craigslist to the Russian spy´s propensity for Hooters´ Buffalo wings. Cinematic, news-breaking, and wildly entertaining, How to Catch a Russian Spy is an armchair spy fantasy brought to life. Film rights sold to 20th Century Fox for director Marc Webb (The Amaz... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kirby Heyborne. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/007109/bk_sans_007109_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When BBC Radio 4´s Material World programme announced a search for the UK´s top amateur scientist, little did anyone expect that the winning experiment would comprise one of our humblest garden pests. Ruth Brooks posed this question: Do snails have a homing instinct? The nation was gripped by the unexpected thesis and by Ruth´s online diaries, which catalogued her trials and tribulations as she got to grips with these slimy little gastropods. A Slow Passion is Ruth´s story, with anecdotes and misadventures galore. What starts out as a ruthless vendetta against the snails that are decimating her hostas becomes a journey of discovery into the whys and wherefores of snail life. When Ruth dumps a group of the worst offending snails in a far-off wood, she decides to paint their shells with nail varnish, just to see what happens. And guess what, they come back home. This is the beginning of an obsession that sees the grandmother-turned-scientist prowling about and pouncing on the snails in her garden, sneaking off on night-time missions to repatriate bucket loads of painted snails, reading up on the sex-life of snails (which turns out to be unexpectedly romantic) and, eventually, sending off the application to a national competition for home science. With charming illustrations, A Slow Passion is a sweet, funny and surprising investigation into the hidden life of snails, which will change the way you look at the smaller (and slower) things in life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kelly Birch. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/016973/bk_adbl_016973_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.