The seventh book in Lemony Snicket's splendidly gloomy Series of Unfortunate Events shadows the three Baudelaire orphans as they plummet headlong into their next misadventure. Mr. Poe, their ineffective legal guardian, having exhausted all options for finding them a new home with relatives (including their 19th cousin), sadly entrusts his young charges' fate to a progressive guardian program formed with the premise "It takes a village to raise a child."
Don Vito Corleone controls one of the most powerful and richest mafia families in New York, Godfather, as he's nicknamed . He has three sons and a daughter: Sonny, the eldest, Fredo, Michael, the youngest and Connie Corleone. He has also an adoptive son, Tom Hagen. Michael was different from the others in his family. He wants a quiet and honest life with Kay, his fiancé. This isn’t as easy as he thinks. Michael will be forced to change by dramatic events.
In language of great simplicity and power, Hemingway tells the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck--he hasn't caught a fish in 84 days--who goes out in his small skiff one more time. This time he hooks a huge marlin. During his relentless ordeal, a long and agonizing battle with the marlin far out in the Gulf Stream, the old man faces long days of hunger and exhaustion, his courage and his respect for his adversary never flagging. The man is old and tired and at the end of his life, but he remains the archetypical Hemingway hero who refuses to accept defeat.
At a Hallowe'en party, Joyce - a hostile thirteen-year-old - boasts that she once witnessed a murder. When no-one believes her, she storms off home. But within hours her body is found, still in the house, drowned in an apple-bobbing tub. That night, Hercule Poirot is called in to find the 'evil presence'. But first he must establish whether he is looking for a murderer or a double-murderer ...
The Art of War
Author: Sun Tzu, Adaptation and Introduction by Stefan Rudnicki
Narrator: Ron Silver and B.D. Wong
To win without fighting is best, Sun Tzu said. For the Chinese philosopher/general war was coeval with life. Tzu viewed the world as a network of combat zones where the stakes are high and struggle is the primary mode of being, where no one is to be trusted, and survival depends on nothing less than unconditional victory. Actors Ron Silver and B.D. Wong narrate this 2,500-year-old work of wisdom that continues to guide and inspire people of all cultures, teaching the principles of strategy required in everything from sports to business to affairs of the heart. Augmented by commentaries and anecdotes, this audio edition maintains the spare, near-poetic tone of the original.
Audio Length: 2 hours and 14 min.
The Age of Spiritual Machines:
When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence
by Ray Kurzweil - Narrator Alan Sklar
Amid the recent spate of books anticipating our possible technological futures, Ray KurzweilТs The Age of Spiritual Machines stands out both for its enthusiasm and for its odd and unsettling vision of the future. If Kurzweil is right, when we finally take to the stars, we will more closely resemble the Borg Collective than the United Federation of Planets ? and we will have embraced this fate of УassimilationФ simply in the course of trying to keep up with our own technology.
Where Michio KakuТs Visions predicts fairly extensive human augmentation through medical technologies, biotechnologies, and the still nascent nanotechnologies, Kurzweil foresees a total, final merging of human and machine. This merger, according to Kurzweil, will take place at the intersection of two inexorable evolutionary trends: increased human augmentation and increasingly intelligent computers. Eventually, there will be no discernible difference between our own downloaded, digital selves and our intelligent, emotional, artistic, and even spiritual computers.