This is a true story of inspiration and determination. How do you deal with blindness, kidney failure, discrimination and a guide dog that tries to kill you? These are just some of the stories Pervez relates about his eventful life with a combination of tear jerking moments and hilarious real life events. Pervez Hussain says, "Having once had the benefit of sight, I can recall watching blind people trying to eat. There was always one baked bean left on the plate that proved elusive. Just like dreams and ambitions, you have to persevere to capture it!" Despite his disability and illnesses, Pervez has had an eventful career which includes working for West Mercia Police Service, and being a mobile DJ. As a motivational speaker, he also inspires others to chase their dreams. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andrew Philip Bryan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/078008/bk_acx0_078008_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Before the United States of America even existed, the first American celebrity was Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790). In his career, Franklin was an author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, musician, inventor, satirist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. After having his hand in all kinds of community service in Philadelphia, and inventing important devices like lightning rods, Franklin used his unique status as an international celebrity to become the colonies' best diplomat, first as an ambassador to Britain and then as an ambassador to France during the American Revolution. Franklin was particularly revered in Enlightened France, where he skillfully negotiated French entry into the Revolutionary War in a manner that practically bankrupted them, a critical step that helped the colonists win their independence. After negotiating the Treaty of Paris, Franklin played a role at the Constitutional Convention in his adopted home town of Philadelphia during the twilight of his life. Like other Founding Fathers, Franklin's lengthy career and magnificent exploits have been heavily embellished, to the point that some of the myths of Franklin's life are better known than the man himself. In addition to highlighting his life and legacy, American Legends: The Life of Benjamin Franklin also humanizes the First American, a charming ladies' man who had a bitter falling out with his son over the Revolution. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Liam Chase. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/036299/bk_acx0_036299_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Fred Stoller has played the annoying schnook in just about every sitcom you’ve seen on TV - Friends, Everybody Loves Raymond, Scrubs, Hannah Montana, My Name Is Earl - and was even a staff writer for Seinfeld, but he’s never found a solid gig. When it comes to Hollywood, it’s a case of always the bridesmaid and never the bride, except in his case he’s always the snarky waiter, the mopey cousin, or Man Number Two. This hilarious and bittersweet rags-to-rags story of the hardest-working guy in showbiz follows Fred, who started his career as a stand-up comic, from set to set as he tries to find a permanent home for his oddball character. With candor, Fred shares stories of his great adventures pounding the Hollywood pavement, including a humiliating encounter with Billy Crystal, a disastrous one-night stand with Kathy Griffin, and plenty of awkward run-ins at craft service tables. And he always shares his ups and downs with his skeptical yet loving mother waiting by the phone in Brooklyn. Everyone can relate to searching for a dream job or their next big break, and will root for Fred as he weaves his way through the cutthroat world of Tinseltown. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ray Chase. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/011347/bk_adbl_011347_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
New York Times best-selling master J. A. Jance brings back J. P. Beaumont, one of the most enduring and endearing characters in contemporary fiction, in a riveting story about a shocking, long-buried case of murder. After more than 20 years of distinguished service with the Seattle Police Department, Jonas Piedmont Beaumont is now working for the Washington State Attorney's Special Homicide Investigation Team or, as it's more commonly referred, the SHIT squad. But the more things change, the more they stay the same. An eyewitness to a fifty-year-old murder has just come forward, and Beau has been hand-picked to lead the investigation. While undergoing hypnotherapy, a middle-aged nun unexpectedly recalls the grisly details of a cold-blooded killing she witnessed when she was five-years-old. Though fear has kept these memories repressed for half a century, they've now risen to the surface to cast a harsh light on a deadly plot that spans two generations. And Beau's caught in the glare, facing a ruthless band of coconspirators willing to go to any lengths to keep their secrets hidden. Filled with all of the Jance trademarks, heart-stopping suspense, deeply drawn characters, local flavor, intelligence, and humanity, Long Time Gone is a crowning achievement in this best-selling author's career. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Harry Chase. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/001090/bk_harp_001090_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.