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  • Number 8
    Number 8 Anna Fienberg
    Narrator:
    Rebecca Macauley
    Stig Wemyss
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    I think the best number in the whole universe is eight. My friend, Asim, likes numbers about as much as me, but he likes them all - odd or even. Esmarelda, though, who lives across the street, isn't so fond of numbers and she hates maths. Singing's more her thing. She's really good, too, nearly as good as my mum. Mum's a professional singer. Or was, until we had to move. The worst number in the universe, though, is seven. For a start it's an odd number, and it's thin and sharp and mean-looking, like a medieval scythe. So when I saw 777 on that Mustang's numberplate, I knew it was the start of something bad. And I was right.
  • Number That Killed Us, The
    Number That Killed Us, The Pablo Triana
    Narrator:
    Mark Ashby
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    A critical look at the risk measurement tool that has repeatedly hurt the financial world The Number That Killed Us finally tells the 'greatest story never told': how a mysterious financial risk measurement model has ruled the world for the past two decades and how it has repeatedly, and severely, caused market, economic, and social turmoil. This model was the key factor behind the unleashing of the cataclysmic credit crisis that erupted in 2007 and which the effects are still being felt around the world. The Number That Killed Us is the first and only book to thoroughly explain this hitherto-uncovered phenomenon, making it the key reference for truly understanding why the malaise took place. The very number financial institutions and regulators use to measure risk (Vale at Risk/VaR) has masked it, allowing firms to leverage up their speculative bets to unimaginable levels. VaR sanctioned and allowed the monstrously geared toxic punts that sank Wall Street, and the world, during the latest crisis. We can confidently say that VaR was the culprit. In The Number That Killed Us, derivatives expert Pablo Triana takes you through the development of VaR and shows how its inevitable structural flaws allowed banks to take on even greater risks. The precise role of VaR in igniting the latest crisis is thoroughly covered, including in-depth analysis of how and why regulators, by falling in love with the tool, condemned us to chaos. Uncritically embraced worldwide for way too long, VaR is, in the face of such destruction, just starting to be examined as problematic, and in this book Triana (long an open critic of the tool's role in encouraging mayhem) uncovers exactly why it makes our financial world a more dangerous place. If we care for our safety, we should let VaR go. Contains controversial analysis of the hotly debated risk metric Value at Risk (VaR) and its central role in the credit crisis Denounces the role of regulators and academics in forcing the presence of the inevitably malfunctioning in financelandDescribes how bonus-hungry traders can use VaR as an alibi to take on the most reckless of betsReveals how the most recent financial crisis will simply repeat itself if the problems behind VaR are not unmaskedPablo Triana is also the author of Lecturing Birds on Flying The very risk measurement tool that was intended to contain risk allowed financial firms to blindly take on more. The model that was supposed to save us condemned us to misery. The Number That Killed Us reveals how this has happened and what needs to be done to correct the situation.
  • Numbered Account, The
    Numbered Account, The Ann Bridge
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    Elizabeth Jasicki
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    Julia Probyn, like most people, knew very little about anonymous numbered accounts in Swiss Banks. Until her cousin, Colin Munro, asked her to look into the matter of one containing a fortune, for his fiancée Aglaia Armitage, left to her by her Greek grandfather. Then Julia learned a great deal. But besides bonds and debentures, old Mr. Thalassides, proved to have left documents of vital interest to the British Secret Service, and to other Powers as well, in the vault with them. When these disappear, the hunt begins... Ann Bridge brings her characteristic wit, suspense and sense of adventure to the third book in the Julia Probyn series. Ann Bridge (1889-1974), or Lady Mary Dolling (Sanders) O'Malley was born in Hertfordshire. Bridge's novels concern her experiences of the British Foreign Office community in Peking in China, where she lived for two years with her diplomat husband. Her novels combine courtship plots with vividly-realized settings and demure social satire. Bridge went on to write novels around a serious investigation of modern historical developments. In the 1970s Bridge began to write thrillers centred on a female amateur detective, Julia Probyn, as well writing travel books and family memoirs. Her books were praised for their faithful representation of foreign countries which was down to personal experience and thorough research.
  • Numbers
    Numbers Rachel Ward
    Narrator:
    Sarah Coomes
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    Numbers that pop into her head when she looks into someone’s eyes. They’re dates, the numbers. Dates predicting with brute accuracy each person’s death. Burdened by such grim knowledge, Jem avoids relationships. Until she meets Spider, another outsider, and takes a chance. Maybe they can find happiness together, if only in the brief time that remains before his expiration date. But on a trip to London, Jem foresees a chilling chain of events: The city’s a target.The clock’s running out.The countdown is on to a blowup!
  • Numbers
    Numbers Laurann Dohner
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    Vanessa Chambers
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    Stories 14 and 15 in the New Species series. It is advisable to listen to the books in order to get the most enjoyment from the series. 140 Dana is visiting Homeland when she meets a New Species who tugs at her heartstrings. As a widow, she knows firsthand the pain he's suffering after losing his mate. Mourn isn't so certain that talking to a human female will help him heal, but he desires her. It's possible she could become his new reason for living. 927 Candi lost the male she loved but never forgot him. New Species are her only hope to seek revenge for 927's death. A human female claiming to have been reared at Mercile has demanded entry to Homeland. Hero rushes to Medical and comes face to face with his past. One look at Candi, and the life he's built since gaining freedom comes crashing down around him. Listener advisory: These stories have graphic sexual language and scenes - no closed bedroom doors (or other rooms) here! An adult science fiction romance from Ellora's Cave.
  • Numbers Game
    Numbers Game Tibby Armstrong
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    Noah Michael Levine
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    Even after the 'I do's' are said, relationships change and need work to grow and thrive. Aaron has found himself increasingly drawn to the idea of taking his and Greg's BDSM-lite games to the next level. Unsure if he can fully unleash his inner sadist without losing complete control, he seeks out a professional Dom to teach him the literal and figurative ropes.
  • Nurk
    Nurk Ursula Vernon
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    The Full Cast Family
    Bill Knowlton
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    Nurk is a quiet homebody of a shrew. But when a mysterious plea for help arrives in the mail, he invokes the spirit of his fearless warrior-shrew grandmother, Surka, and sets off to find the sender. It seems the prince of the dragonflies has been kidnapped, and Nurk is his last hope for rescue. Such a mission would be daunting for even the biggest, baddest, and bravest of shrews, and Nurk is neither big nor bad, and only a little brave. But he does his very best—and hopes his grandmother would be proud.
  • Nurse Matilda
    Nurse Matilda Christianna Brand
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    Phyllida Law
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    The most unimaginable and relentless bouts of mischief abound as the Brown children turn their minds to breaking all the rules. But when the no-nonsense nanny Nurse Matilda arrives, with her very special kind of magic, things start to happen beyond everyone's widest expectations.
  • Nurse Matilda Goes To Town
    Nurse Matilda Goes To Town Christianna Brand
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    Phyllida Law
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    Once, Nurse Matilda made Mr and Mrs Brown's children good and well-behaved, but now they are naughty again. So when the children go to stay with Great Aunt Adelaide in London, Nurse Matilda has to be called to the rescue....
  • Nursery Rhyme Classics: Best Loved Rhymes for Little Ones
    Nursery Rhyme Classics: Best Loved Rhymes for Little Ones Mark Macleod
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    Andrea Lees
    Louie Lee Feltrin
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    Here’s a new collection of the classic nursery rhymes, chosen by Mark Macleod and set to music by Peter Sullivan, for you to share with your children. From the action rhymes that get young fingers and feet moving such as ‘If You’re Happy and You Know it’ and ‘I’m a Little Teapot’, to rhymes for older children who love to practise farmyard sounds and tongue-twisters like ‘Old Macdonald Had a Farm’ and ‘She Sells Seashells’, there’s fun for everyone. Sing along with them in the car and no one will ask you, ‘Are we there yet?’
  • Nursery Rhymes: A Treasure Chest of Rhymes
    Nursery Rhymes: A Treasure Chest of Rhymes Mark Macleod
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    Andrea Lees
    Louie Lee Feltrin
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    Ever wondered what it would be like to go shopping in a kangaroo’s pouch? Or what those birds lined up on the wires are thinking as you walk underneath? Most of the traditional nursery rhymes come from Europe or the United States, but here’s a wonderful collection of original Australian rhymes and poems written by Mark Macleod and set to music by Peter Sullivan. Funny, silly and thoughtful, with an understanding of the different ways young people see the world – sometimes sung and sometimes spoken – these will become your children’s new favourites!
  • Nursery Rhymes: Clever Rhymes to Sing and Learn
    Nursery Rhymes: Clever Rhymes to Sing and Learn Mark Macleod
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    Andrea Lees
    Louie Lee Feltrin
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    Generations of children have learnt from nursery rhymes how to count, tell the time, name different colours and shapes – all sorts of things. And because the words are easy to remember, they love to join in and teach you what they’ve learnt. Here’s a clever new collection with lots of surprises. Traditional songs such as ‘Hickory Dickory Dock’, ‘Jack and Jill’ and ‘Mary had a Little Lamb’, new versions, and some original rhymes chosen or written by popular children’s book presenter and writer Mark Macleod, all set to music by concert and TV favourite Peter Sullivan. The perfect audio collection for the whole family to enjoy!
  • Nurture
    Nurture Jeff Carlson
    Narrator:
    Chris Snelgrove
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    'Nurture' is one of 16 stories contained in Jeff Carlson's Long Eyes and Other Stories, a collection of tales about strange worlds, biotech, commandos, and the girl next door.
  • Nutcase
    Nutcase Charlotte Hughes
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    Teri Clark Linden
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    Readers will go nuts for the new Kate Holly novel.Psychologist Kate Holly is about to get evicted from her office, and her best option may be to share space with her Jacuzzi-loving ex-boyfriend, Dr. Thad Glazer. That’s not going to help her patch things up with her firefighter ex-husband. With her oddball patients, meddling mother, and eccentric secretary thrown into the mix—not to mention a spree of suspicious fires—will Kate put her life back together or wind up in a padded cell?
  • Nutcracker Mice, The
    Nutcracker Mice, The Kristin Kladstrup
    Narrator:
    Angela Dawe
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    A young mouse must save her production of The Nutcracker in a charming holiday tale from the author of The Gingerbread Pirates and the illustrator of A Series of Unfortunate Events.Hidden in Saint Petersburg’s famed Mariinsky Theater are the world’s tiniest ballet fans: the Mariinsky mice, including Esmeralda, a rising dancer in the Russian Mouse Ballet Company. Despite being unable to control her tail, Esmeralda has just been assigned the lead role of Clara in a new ballet debuting at Christmas: The Nutcracker. But when she learns that the new ballet features mice as villains, her excitement turns to horror: the mice of Saint Petersburg will never come to see such a production. Meanwhile, nine-year-old Irina is convinced that the mice she’s seen in the Mariinsky—the mice her father, the custodian, is supposed to exterminate—are not only fans of the ballet, but dancers themselves. No one will believe her, so it falls to Irina to help save the mice everyone else considers vermin...and perhaps to help Esmeralda ensure the future of the mouse company. Sweet and inventive, Kristin Kladstrup’s ballet fantasy features artwork by beloved illustrator Brett Helquist, old-fashioned drama, and just a touch of holiday magic.
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