Read Costa Award-winning author Christie Watson's incredible No. 1 Sunday Times bestselling memoir of nursing today.'It made me cry. It made me think. It made me laugh' Adam Kay, author of This is Going to Hurt and Twas the Nightshift Before ChristmasChristie Watson was a nurse for twenty years. Taking us from birth to death and from A&E to the mortuary, The Language of Kindness is an astounding account of a profession defined by acts of care, compassion and kindness.We watch Christie as she nurses a premature baby who has miraculously made it through the night, we stand by her side during her patient's agonising heart-lung transplant, and we hold our breath as she washes the hair of a child fatally injured in a fire, attempting to remove the toxic smell of smoke before the grieving family arrive.In our most extreme moments, when life is lived most intensely, Christie is with us. She is a guide, mentor and friend. And in these dark days of division and isolationism, she encourages us all to stretch out a hand.'A powerful insight into the life of nurses' The Times, Books of the Year'A remarkable book about life and death and so brilliantly written it makes you hold your breath' Ruby Wax
Modifying your body may seem to be an extreme thing to do. But when we build muscles, lose weight, pierce our ears, or get a hair transplant, aren't we modifying our bodies? What powerful needs make us do it? This audiobook explores the history of these sometimes strange and sometimes commonplace customs from around the world. Body Modification is part of the Extreme Customs non-fiction series that will engage listeners of all ages. What do customs mean in a given culture? This high-interest nonfiction series takes a look at the origins, practices and meaning of body modification (piercing, scarring, even plastic surgery), tattooing, burial rites, food traditions (everything from scorpions to fermented shark meat), and fashions in clothing and hair decoration. The Extreme Customs Series engages listeners of all ages. 1. Language: English. Narrator: The Staff at High Noon Books. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/012757/bk_acx0_012757_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This is the sequel to I Was A Non-Blonde Cheerleader from New York Times best seller Kieran Scott! New Jersey transplant and spunky brunette Annisa and her sand Dune High cheerleading squad are headed to nationals! Just when she thinks her blonde teammates have accepted her, some of the girls have suddenly made it their mission to convert Annisa to the blonde side. Annisa thinks her luck is finally changing when her old squad makes a surprise appearance at nationals, but soon it turns into a Jersey versus Florida turf battle. Torn between two worlds, and two hair colors, can one non-blonde cheerleader make it through the sea of highlights and rock nationals her own way? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jill Apple. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lili/003168/bk_lili_003168_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Brought to you by Penguin.Christie Watson was a nurse for 20 years. Taking us from birth to death and from A&E to the mortuary, The Language of Kindness is an astonishing account of a profession defined by acts of care, compassion and kindness. We watch Christie as she nurses a premature baby who has miraculously made it through the night, we stand by her side during her patient's agonising heart-lung transplant and we hold our breath as she washes the hair of a child fatally injured in a fire, attempting to remove the toxic smell of smoke before the grieving family arrive. In our most extreme moments, when life is lived most intensely, Christie is with us. She is a guide, mentor and friend. And in these dark days of division and isolationism, she encourages us all to stretch out a hand. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christie Watson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/003061/bk_rhuk_003061_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Queen of Disco Donna Summer and actor Sean Penn on this edition of Fresh Air. Donna Summer grew up singing gospel in church choirs in Boston and in her teens joined the German cast of Hair. While abroad, she recorded "Love to Love You Baby", which became a huge hit. She returned to the United States a disco star. Her other hits include "Bad Girls" and "Hot Stuff." She's written a new memoir about life in the disco spotlight called Ordinary Girl. Actor Sean Penn became a star for his role as Jeff Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. He's been nominated for Academy Awards for his roles in I am Sam, Sweet and Lowdown, and Dead Man Walking. He's starring in Mystic River, in theatres now. His new film, 21 Grams, comes out later this month. In it, he plays a mortally ill college professor awaiting a heart transplant. (Broadcast Date: November 4, 2003) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/031104/rt_whyy_031104_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of The Fourth Industrial Revolution by Klaus Schwab, read by Nicholas Guy Smith. The founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum on how the impending technological revolution will change our lives. We are on the brink of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. And this one will be unlike any other in human history. Characterized by new technologies fusing the physical, digital and biological worlds, the Fourth Industrial Revolution will impact all disciplines, economies and industries - and it will do so at an unprecedented rate. World Economic Forum data predicts that by 2025 we will see commercial use of nanomaterials 200 times stronger than steel and a million times thinner than human hair; the first transplant of a 3-D-printed liver; 10 percent of all cars on US roads being driverless; and much more besides. In The Fourth Industrial Revolution, Schwab outlines the key technologies driving this revolution; discusses the major impacts on governments, businesses, civil society and individuals; and offers bold ideas for what can be done to shape a better future for all. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mr Nicholas Guy Smith. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/pauk/000878/bk_pauk_000878_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
World-renowned economist Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, explains that we have an opportunity to shape the fourth industrial revolution, which will fundamentally alter how we live and work. Schwab argues that this revolution is different in scale, scope, and complexity from any that have come before. Characterized by a range of new technologies that are fusing the physical, digital, and biological worlds, the developments are affecting all disciplines, economies, industries, and governments and even challenging ideas about what it means to be human. Artificial intelligence is already all around us, from supercomputers, drones, and virtual assistants to 3-D printing, DNA sequencing, smart thermostats, wearable sensors, and microchips smaller than a grain of sand. But this is just the beginning: nanomaterials 200 times stronger than steel and a million times thinner than a strand of hair and the first transplant of a 3-D printed liver are already in development. Imagine "smart factories" in which global systems of manufacturing are coordinated virtually or implantable mobile phones made of biosynthetic materials. The fourth industrial revolution, says Schwab, is more significant, and its ramifications more profound than in any prior period of human history. He outlines the key technologies driving this revolution and discusses the major impacts expected on government, business, civil society, and individuals. Schwab also offers bold ideas on how to harness these changes and shape a better future - one in which technology empowers people rather than replaces them; in which progress serves society rather than disrupts it; and in which innovators respect moral and ethical boundaries rather than cross them. We all have the opportunity to contribute to developing new frameworks that advance progress. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nicholas Guy Smith. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/004908/bk_rand_004908_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
There has never been a decade in US history so defined by so many different events as the 1960s. We experienced the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., Medgar Evers, and Malcolm X. The world stood in fear as the Cuban Missile Crisis loomed. The Vietnam War was going on, and still, we all cheered as we landed a man on the moon. Great jumps in electronics and communications. The medical world with the first heart transplant and the pill. And for the first time sports were played on faux grass known as AstroTurf. The civil rights movement, feminist movement, gay rights movement - all were happenings in the 60s. Music would know a drastic change as we were invaded by the Beatles as part of the British Invasion. The music world would explode with new sounds, and culminate at Woodstock. Pot and LSD were drugs of the day. But the hippie culture embraced them all and the one I write about in this book. Colorful clothes, long hair and beards, free love, drugs. If you could think it, well, it happened here in the 60s. Baby Boomers came about because of the 60s. The events written about in this book were lived firsthand by myself and my traveling best friend as we hitchhiked through the US in search of happenings of the day. Events are written from memories which at times were clouded over with drugs at hand. Between the White Line and the Fence Post refers to that section of road often called the breakdown lane or shoulder. Here you could stand legal with thumb extended. Behind that white line wasn't considered part of the highway - cross it and you could be in trouble with the man. From the east coast to the west coast, from north to south, if it was happening, we were there and survived to tell our stories. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ignatius "Big Iggy" Puzzo. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/076960/bk_acx0_076960_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From one of the most celebrated and beloved comedians and actors of our time, George Lopez, comes this hilarious, touching, and often wacky chronicle of life after 50. George Lopez just hit the half-century mark and the reset button on his life. Newly single and ready to embrace life, George was excited to turn 50. It would be a welcome new phase in his life, a chance to say goodbye to a decade that included a kidney transplant and a divorce. But when he looked around a room full of his childhood friends, all gathered to celebrate his birthday, many now bald or overweight, it suddenly hit him that he was old. What happened? And more importantly, what was he going to do about it? George learns the hard way that when you turn 50, everything changes. You pull a muscle in your sleep. You avoid mirrors at all costs, and always, always wear a robe. You have to schedule an appointment to have sex. You have to dye your hair and buy a bathtub with a door. As George learns to embrace life after 50, he invites listeners into his world, sharing the ups and downs of getting older - from his relationship with a much younger woman to a bizarre session with a pet psychic, to a trip behind the scenes at his tumultuous two years at Lopez Tonight, to an intimate look at his sacred ground, the golf course - and, for the first time, he reveals in moving detail, the story of the battle for his life against kidney disease. I’m Not Gonna Lie will make you laugh at yourself, cry about yourself, and look at turning 50 in a way you never would’ve imagined - through the eyes of George Lopez. 1. Language: English. Narrator: George Lopez. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/002102/bk_peng_002102_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.