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  • 3 Simple Rules of Investing, The
    3 Simple Rules of Investing, The Michael Edesess
    Kwok L. Tsui
    Carol Fabbri
    George Peacock
    Narrator:
    L.J. Ganser
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    What if the most effective investment portfolio was also the easiest to manage and the least expensive? As the authors of this clear, practical, and enlightening audiobook - part financial guide, part expos - prove, there are just three simple rules you need to follow and only a few, very inexpensive investment products that are necessary for an ideal portfolio. The authors deftly bust investing’s myths - what they call investing's Seven Deadly Temptations - and dispense with all that complicated, confusing, and self-serving advice of the Wall Street wolves. By embracing commonsense solutions and rejecting investments that seem enticing but are overpriced, needlessly complex and risky, you'll put not only yourself in a stronger position, but the entire economy as well.
  • And Then the Roof Caved In
    And Then the Roof Caved In David Faber
    Narrator:
    Dennis Holland
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    CNBC's David Faber takes an in-depth look at the causes and consequences of the recent financial collapse.And Then the Roof Caved In lays bare the truth of the credit crisis, whose defining emotion at every turn has been greed, and whose defining failure is the complicity of the U.S. government in letting that greed rule the day. Faber painstakingly details the truth of what really happened with compelling characters who offer their first-hand accounts of what they did and why they did it.Faber explains the events of the previous seven years that planted the seeds for the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. He begins in 2001, when the Federal Reserve embarked on an unprecedented effort to help the economy recover from the attacks of 9/11 by sending interest rates to all-time lows. Faber also provides an up-close look at where the crisis was incubated and unleashed upon the world—Wall Street—and introduces us to insiders, from investment banks and mortgage lenders to ratings agencies, that unwittingly conspired to insure lending standards were abandoned in the head-long rush for profits.
  • Elizabeth Street
    Elizabeth Street Laurie Fabiano
    Narrator:
    Angela Dawe
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    “Basing her story on her own family narratives and a deep understanding of Italian Americans, [Fabiano] paints a vivid portrait not just of immigrants’ lives in the first ten years of the last century, but of the vicious criminals who preyed on them.” —Mike Dash, author of The First FamilyIn Elizabeth Street, Laurie Fabiano tells a remarkable, and previously unheard, story of the Italian immigrant experience at the start of the twentieth century. With stories culled from her own family history, Fabiano paints an entrancing portrait of Giovanna Costa, who, reeling from personal tragedies, tries to make a new life in a new world. Shot through with the smells and sights of Scilla, Italy, and New York’s burgeoning Little Italy, this intoxicating story follows Giovanna as she finds companionship, celebrates the birth of a baby girl, takes pride in a growing business, and feels a sense of belonging during a family outing to Coney Island.However, these modest successes are rewarded with the attention of the notorious Black Hand, a gang of brutal extortionists led by Lupo the Wolf. As the stakes grow higher, Giovanna desperately struggles to remain outside the fray, so she may fight for—and finally save—what is important above all else: family.
  • El gran solitario de Palacio
    El gran solitario de Palacio René Avilés Fabila
    Narrator:
    Raul Gutierrez
    Release Date:
    12/5/2017
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    El humor se convierte en el arma que se defiende de la opresión, la injusticia, y la violencia. El gran solitario de Palacio es una obra sobre México, y sin embargo tiene algo del efecto globalizador que caracterizó al Boom latinoamericano: escrita en México, París, y Madrid, se publicó por primera vez en 1971 en Argentina; y de alguna manera representa una realidad que se ha repetido una y otra vez en la historia de Latinoamérica. La novela es una sátira del solitario de Palacio: el dictador longevo, el caudillo ridículo; una aguda burla a la democracia invisible. Es también un vivo testimonio del movimiento estudiantil del 68 y la inolvidable matanza del 2 de octubre. En una fantástica dualidad, la novela es una crítica irónica, una especie de tragicomedia. La risa es la venganza perfecta, precisamente porque el humor es un idioma cómplice que se le niega al gran solitario de Palacio. La novela permanece vigente, ese México es actual todavía y hoy más que nunca se necesitan obras que despierten la conciencia colectiva. El gran solitario de Palacio ha resistido al paso del tiempo y va camino a convertirse en un clásico de la literatura hispanoamericana. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.
  • Song, The
    Song, The Chris Fabry
    Narrator:
    Eric G. Dove
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    Jed King's life has been shaped by the songs and mistakes of his famous father. He wants to sing his own song, but the words and melody are elusive. Haunted by the scars inflicted by his broken family, Jed's dreams of a successful music career seem out of reach...until he meets Rose. As romance quickly blooms, Jed pens a new song and suddenly finds himself catapulted into stardom. But with this life of fame comes temptation, the same temptation that lured his father so many years ago. Set in the fertile mid-South, this quest for success leads Jed and Rose on a journey that will force them to deal with the pain of loss, failure, and the desire to be who God created them to be. Lyrical and deeply honest, The Song asks the hard questions of love and forgiveness. When even the wisest of men are fools in love, can true love persevere?
  • My Mother's Wars
    My Mother's Wars Lillian Faderman
    Narrator:
    Suzanne Toren
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    An acclaimed writer on her mother's tumultuous life as a Jewish immigrant in 1930s New York and her life-long guilt when the Holocaust claims the family she left behind in Latvia A story of love, war, and life as a Jewish immigrant in the squalid factories and lively dance halls of New York's Garment District in the 1930s, My Mother's Wars is the memoir Lillian Faderman's mother was never able to write. The daughter delves into her mother's past to tell the story of a Latvian girl who left her village for America with dreams of a life on the stage and encountered the realities of her new world: the battles she was forced to fight as a woman, an immigrant worker, and a Jew with family left behind in Hitler's deadly path. The story begins in 1914: Mary, the girl who will become Lillian Faderman's mother, just seventeen and swept up with vague ambitions to be a dancer, travels alone to America, where her half-sister in Brooklyn takes her in. She finds a job in the garment industry and a shop friend who teaches her the thrills of dance halls and the cheap amusements open to working-class girls. This dazzling life leaves Mary distracted and her half-sister and brother-in-law scandalized that she has become a 'good-time gal.' They kick her out of their home, an event with consequences Mary will regret for the rest of her life. Eighteen years later, still barely scraping by as a garment worker and unmarried at thirty-five, Mary falls madly in love and has a torrid romance with a man who will never marry her, but who will father Lillian Faderman before he disappears from their lives. America is in the midst of the Depression, Hitler is coming to power in Europe, and New York's garment workers are just beginning to unionize. Mary makes tentative steps to join, despite her lover's angry opposition. As National Socialism engulfs Europe, Mary realizes she must find a way to get her family out of Latvia, and she spends frenetic months chasing vague promises and false rumors of hope. Pregnant again, after having submitted to two wrenching back-room abortions, and still unmarried, Mary faces both single motherhood and the devastating possibility of losing her entire Eastern European family.Drawing on family stories and documents, as well as her own tireless research, Lillian Faderman has reconstructed an engrossing and essential chapter in the history of women, of workers, of Jews, and of the Holocaust as immigrants experienced it from American shores.
  • Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, The
    Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, The Anne Fadiman
    Narrator:
    Pamela Xiong
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    Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction When three-month-old Lia Lee arrived at the county hospital emergency room in Merced, California, a chain of events was set in motion from which neither she nor her parents nor her doctors would ever recover. Lia's parents, Foua and Nao Kao, were part of a large Hmong community in Merced, refugees from the CIA-run 'Quiet War' in Laos. The Hmong, traditionally a close-knit people, have been less amenable to assimilation than most immigrants, adhering steadfastly to the rituals and beliefs of their ancestors. Lia's pediatricians, Neil Ernst and his wife, Peggy Philip, cleaved just as strongly to another tradition: that of Western medicine. When Lia Lee entered the American medical system, diagnosed as an epileptic, her story became a tragic case history of cultural miscommunication. Parents and doctors both wanted the best for Lia, but their ideas about the causes of her illness and its treatment could hardly have been more different. The Hmong see illness and healing as spiritual matters linked to virtually everything in the universe while medical community marks a division between body and soul and concerns itself almost exclusively with the former. Lia's doctors ascribed her seizures to the misfiring of her cerebral neurons; her parents called her illness qaug dab peg—the spirit catches you and you fall down—and ascribed it to the wandering of her soul. The doctors prescribed anticonvulsants; her parents preferred animal sacrifices.
  • Unhurried Life, An
    Unhurried Life, An Alan Fadling
    Narrator:
    Robin Bloodworth
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    The 2014 Christianity Today Book Award of Merit Winner (Spirituality)' I am a recovering speed addict.' Beginning with this confession, pastor and spiritual director Alan Fadling goes on to describe his journey out of the fast lane and into the rhythms of Jesus. Following the framework of Jesus' earthly life, Fadling shows how the work of 'unhurrying' ourselves is central to our spiritual development in such pivotal areas as resisting temptation, caring for others, praying and making disciples. Here is a book that affirms that we are called to work and to do work. Productivity is not a sin—it is the attitudes behind our work that can be our undoing. So how do we find balance between our sense of calling and the call to rest? An Unhurried Life offers a way.
  • Panopticon, The
    Panopticon, The Jenni Fagan
    Narrator:
    Gayle Madine
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    Anais Hendricks, 15, is in the back of a police car, headed for the Panopticon, a home for chronic young offenders. She can't remember the events that led her here, but across town a policewoman lies in a coma and there is blood on Anais' school uniform. Smart, funny, and fierce, Anais is a counter-culture outlaw, a bohemian philosopher in sailor shorts and a pillbox hat. She is also a child, who has been let down, or worse, by just about every adult she has ever met. The residents of the Panopticon form intense bonds, heightened by their place on the periphery, and Anais finds herself part of an ad hoc family there. Much more suspicious are the social workers, especially Helen, who is about to leave her job for an elephant sanctuary in India but is determined to force Anais to confront the circumstances of her birth before she goes. Looking up at the watchtower that looms over the residents, Anais knows her fate: She is part of an experiment, she always was, it's a given, a liberty—a fact. And the experiment is closing in. In language dazzling, energetic, and pure, The Panopticon introduces us to a heart-breaking young heroine and an incredibly assured and outstanding new voice in fiction.
  • Blabber Mouth
    Blabber Mouth Morris Gleitzman
    Narrator:
    Mary-Anne Fahey
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    Two hours ago, when I walked into this school for the first time, the sun was shining, the birds were singing and, apart from a knot in my guts the size of Tasmania, life was great. Now here I am, locked in the stationery cupboard.Rowena wants to be friends but the other kids don't. Is it because she's just stuffed a frog into Darryn Peck's mouth? Or is it because of her Dad?
  • Gift of the Gab
    Gift of the Gab Morris Gleitzman
    Narrator:
    Mary-Anne Fahey
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    I scribbled angrily in my notebook, ripped the page out and held it in front of his face. 'You killed my mother,' it said, 'and I've got the sausages to prove it.'It starts off as a normal week for Rowena. A car full of stewed apples. A police cell. A desperate struggle to keep Dad off national TV.Then her world turns upside-down. And suddenly Ro's battling French policemen, high explosives and very unusual sausages to discover painful and joyous secrets that change her life forever.
  • Girl Underground
    Girl Underground Morris Gleitzman
    Narrator:
    Mary-Anne Fahey
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    Trying to fit in at a posh new school is really hard when your loving and lovable family also happen to be criminals. Bridget is succeeding pretty well and has even made a friend, Menzies, the son of the federal Minister for National Development. Then she finds out about Menzies' penfriend, Jamal, a refugee kid from Afghanistan held in a detention centre. When daring appeals to the government and the prime minister himself fail to set Jamal and his sister free, Bridget and Menzies decide to take matters into their own hands.Sometimes the only way to make things happen is to do them yourself. A story of friendship, courage, and Iraqi blenders from the bestselling author of Boy Overboard.
  • Grace
    Grace Morris Gleitzman
    Narrator:
    Mary-Anne Fahey
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    Eleven-year-old Grace only knows one world—the world of her mum and dad and twin brothers, and the strict religious community they belong to. But when her dad is thrown out of the church for asking questions, Grace is torn. How can she stay in the church and keep her family together?
  • Hocus Pocus and the Giant Fairy, Gog
    Hocus Pocus and the Giant Fairy, Gog Laura Milligan
    Narrator:
    Mary-Anne Fahey
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    Gog the Giant wants to be a fairy. It seems unlikely that he will ever pass the fairy test, however, so Wizzles—Lucy and Joe—set about training him for the big day. If he passes, Giant Gog will be able to fly to the tail end of Hocus Pocus to rescue his father from the evil clutches of Witch Jellypoo, who wants to melt Gog's father's golden bottom off and become rich.
  • Hocus Pocus Jellypoo Blues
    Hocus Pocus Jellypoo Blues Laura Milligan
    Narrator:
    Mary-Anne Fahey
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    Giant Gog and his string dog have mysteriously disappeared.… Who could be wreaking havoc on magical Reindeer Island? Will Wizard Oldpopper, Lucy, and Joe find the clues at the ice caves that can save the Island and their giant friend from the ghastly creature? It will take one almighty wizzle-pop to save the day. But will it be enough? Another whacky and enchanting adventure in the much loved Hocus Pocus series.
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