Two science fiction masters - Jack McDevitt and Mike Resnick - team up to deliver a classic thriller in which one man uncovers the secret history of the US space program...Early in his career, Jerry Culpepper could never have been accused of being idealistic. Doing public relations - even for politicians - was strictly business...until he was hired as NASA´s public affairs director and discovered a client he could believe in. Proud of the agency´s history and sure of its destiny, he was thrilled to be a part of its future - a bright era of far-reaching space exploration.But public disinterest and budget cuts changed that future. Now, a half century after the first moon landing, Jerry feels like the only one with stars - and unexplored planets and solar systems - in his eyes. Still, Jerry does his job, trying to drum up interest in the legacy of the agency. Then a 50-year-old secret about the Apollo XI mission is revealed, and he finds himself embroiled in the biggest controversy of the twenty-first century, one that will test his ability - and his willingness - to spin the truth about a conspiracy of reality-altering proportions... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Brian Holsopple. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/006238/bk_adbl_006238_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Cassandra Kresnov is a highly advanced hunter-killer android. She has escaped the League and fled to Callay, a member of the Federation. Because of her fighting skills she was able to save the president´s life and is now a trusted member of the security forces. However, not all Tanushans are happy to have her on their turf and Cassandra has to tread carefully. As Callay moves towards a vote on whether to break away from the Federation, confusion reigns and terrorist groups plot their own agendas. Cassandra becomes involved with two young troubleshooters for the secret service and finds out more than she ever wanted to know about the Tanushan underground and those on the fringes. Furthermore, there is a delegation from the League in Tanusha, and Cassandra is not sure that they won´t try to take her back. Breakaway is a great story with a cracking plot and strong characters. At its heart is the enigma of Cassandra: Is she more human than human, or is she totally untrustworthy? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dina Pearlman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/007899/bk_adbl_007899_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Crossover is the first novel in a series which follows the adventures of Cassandra Kresnov, an artificial person, or android, created by the League, one side of an interstellar war against the more powerful, conservative Federation. Cassandra is an experimental design - more intelligent, more creative, and far more dangerous than any that have preceded her. But with her intellect come questions, and a moral awakening. She deserts the League and heads incognito into the space of her former enemy, the Federation, in search of a new life. Her chosen world is Callay, and its enormous, decadent capital metropolis of Tanusha, where the concerns of the war are literally and figuratively so many light years away. But the war between the League and the Federation was ideological as much as political, with much of that ideological dispute regarding the very existence of artificial sentience and the rules that govern its creation. Cassandra discovers that even in Tanusha, the powerful entities of this bloody conflict have wound their tentacles. Many in the League and the Federation have cause to want her dead, and Cassandra?s history, inevitably, catches up with her. Cassandra finds herself at the mercy of a society whose values preclude her own right even to exist. But her presence in Tanusha reveals other fault lines, and when Federal agents attempt to assassinate the Callayan president, she finds herself thrust into the service of her former enemies, using her lethal skills to attempt to protect her former enemies from forces beyond their ability to control. As she struggles for her place and survival in a new world, Cassandra must forge new friendships with old enemies, while attempting to confront the most disturbing and deadly realities of her own existence. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dina Pearlman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/007898/bk_adbl_007898_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Nathan always looks forward to visits from Nana Cassandra. They play in the park, go to movies, and have fun with video games. But one day, something different happens - no park or movies or games, but just as special. Now that Nathan is older, he and Nana will become superheroes by performing good deeds in their neighborhood. Nana Cassandra explains that people around the world help their neighbors. Nathan learns the word for ´´good deed´´ in Hebrew, Spanish, and Arabic. Nathan and Nana Cassandra Superheroes illustrates diversity among cultures and ages. Listeners observe the kindness of Nathan and Nana bringing groceries to an older adult, tending to animals at a shelter, and serving breakfast to individuals who are homeless. Nathan realizes that doing good deeds is a lot of work and also a lot of fun. But most important, Nathan likes the way he feels inside when he helps others. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dorothy Deavers Moore. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/123650/bk_acx0_123650_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A Christian historical romance with mystery set in England during the Victorian period. Abigail, Bridget, and Cassandra Darby are sisters fallen on hard times. Their mother has worked hard to support them, and now it is their turn to earn a living. Faithful Abigail is approached about a position as a parlor maid in London’s fashionable West End. At first she is warmly welcomed by the household, but swiftly they turn against her as she spends more and more time with the master. Cautious Bridget takes a position in a country home and quickly learns her growing love for an amiable man is dangerous as she is warned over and over to leave. Her life is at stake. Will she leave for safety or risk her life and stay for the sake of love? Capricious Cassandra takes action after her mother informs her of a decision she has made of which she is not a part. Will Cassandra’s decision break her heart, or will love and forgiveness come from it? In the end, will the three sisters live happily ever after? Or will deception, deceit, hate, and even death come and steal their happiness away? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kim Marks. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/122456/bk_acx0_122456_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Two years after the un-hatching of Callayan President Neiland’s plot to make the capital city of Tanusha the center of the Federation, Callay is under siege. So begins the third installment of this gripping trilogy from an exciting new sci-fi author. A powerful faction of conservative Fleet captains has surrounded Callay, at Earth’s behest, and is threatening a blockade - or worse. A fearful Earth does not wish to lose direct control of its precious war machine, and there are fears of civil war. All that Callay has to oppose the warships of the Fleet is the Callayan Defense Force (CDF) - a newly formed group of raw recruits led by a politically hamstrung general. However, the CDF is largely trained and organized by Major Vanessa Rice and her best friend, Callay’s combat-android, Commander Cassandra Kresnov. But when Cassandra’s lover, Special Agent Ari Ruben, discovers a plot to kill her using a killswitch, which her old masters in the League built into her brainstem, Sandy is forced to go underground to stay alive. Joel Shepherd is the author of Crossover and Breakaway, the two previous novels in the Cassandra Kresnov series. Born in Adelaide, South Australia, in 1974, he was raised in Perth in Western Australia. He studied film and television at Curtin University but realized that what he really wanted to do was write stories. His first manuscript was short-listed for the George Turner Prize in 1998, and Crossover was short-listed in 1999. Visit Joel Shepherd´s website at www.joelshepherd.com. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dina Pearlman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/007900/bk_adbl_007900_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Hope for the future in the hands of an enemy from the past... Cassandra Kresnov must find the answers that could free her people--or doom her family. A quarter of a million people die in the destruction of the moon Cresta. The League civil war is accelerating out of control, but projections indicate that as their technologically induced sociological dysfunction continues, all of humanity may face a similar fate. In the aftermath of Cresta´s destruction, Sandy Kresnov discovers the alien Talee operative Cai in Tanusha, there to learn just how far the insanity has gone. The Talee have seen this before, and they are terrified of anything threatening a recurrence. Meanwhile Sandy´s old nemesis Renaldo Takewashi, the self-proclaimed father of synthetic intelligence, comes to the Federation seeking asylum. Talewashi may even have a cure--previously unknown Talee technology implanted into a human child subject: Sandy´s little boy, Kiril. But it is exactly this technology that the Talee fear, and they will exterminate anyone caught using it. Now Sandy must fight to save her family from a terrible new threat, but doing so may plunge humanity into another destructive war between humans or, worse, against the massively advanced Talee. And what final secret are the Talee protecting about the origins of synthetic humans like Sandy, who could either liberate Sandy’s fellow synthetics from bondage or spell disaster for all of humanity? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dina Pearlman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/016072/bk_adbl_016072_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A selection of the stories that Jane wrote for her family when she was between the ages of 12 and 15. AUTHOR: Jane Austen was born in 1775 in her father’s Rectory in the village of Steventon in Hampshire. By the time of her death in 1817 she had written 6 major novels, left two others unfinished and was the author of a considerable amount of correspondence. Most people know Jane Austen for ´´Pride and Prejudice” ´´Emma” ´´Persuasion” and the other novels. Less well known is the fact that she started writing at the age of 8 and many of her early stories were dedicated to her family and friends. The six pieces in this collection were all written when she was between the ages of 12 and 15 and they show a light-hearted, humorous approach to storytelling that may surprise those who only know her adult work. READER: Teresa Gallagher has performed many leading roles in plays and musicals across the country, in London’s West End and Off Broadway. She is a well-known voice to listeners of BBC radio drama, having recorded hundreds of plays and readings over the years, as well as many audio book readings such as the Biography of Jane Austen, the Emily Windsnap series, The Treasure Seekers and Bleak House. Her work on film includes Mike Leigh’s Topsy Turvy and The Jacket with Adrian Brody. On TV she presented the children’s series, Playdays, along with roles in Footballers Wives, Casualty and Thackeray’s Women. She also works extensively in voice-overs and animation. MUSIC: The music is played by Peter White on a Clementi square piano which stands in Jane Austen’s house in Chawton, Hampshire. All the music played on this recording is taken from music books owned by Jane Austen herself. ILLUSTRATION: The picture is of Jane Austen’s niece, Fanny Knight, and was drawn by Jane’s sister, Cassandra. It is used by courtesy of the Jane Austen Memorial Trust. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Teresa Gallagher. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/crim/000020/bk_crim_000020_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Cassandra gegen Eugene: Die ewigen Streitereien zwischen Eugene und Cassandra gehen Rapunzel ganz schön auf die Nerven. Sie hat eine Idee: Wenn man die beiden zwingt, einige Zeit zusammen zu verbringen und zusammenzuarbeiten, dann müssten sie sich doch bestimmt bald viel besser verstehen. Mit Hilfe einer List lockt Rapunzel die beiden Ahnungslosen in eine Kerkerzelle und sperrt sie dort ein. Dann überlässt sie die beiden ihrem Schicksal, fest davon überzeugt, dass Eugene und Cassandra am Ende als gute Freunde aus diesem Abenteuer hervorgehen... Besuch von alten Freunden: Acht Jahre, nachdem Eugene gemeinsam mit seinen Komplizen Lance und Wiesel eine Kutsche überfallen hat, holt ihn seine Schurken-Vergangenheit wieder ein. Sein damaliger Komplize Lance taucht plötzlich in Corona auf. Rapunzel ist begeistert, dass Eugene einen alten Freund trifft, und lädt ihn sofort ins Schloss ein. Cassandra aber traut dem Besucher nicht. Warum ist Lance wirklich nach Corona gekommen? Was führt er im Schilde? 1. Sprache: Deutsch. Erzähler: Bodo Primus, Tobias Schmidt, Lina Rabea Mohr, Pia Allgaier, Jana Kozewa, Jörg Hengstler. Hörprobe: http://samples.audible.de/bk/kidd/001521/bk_kidd_001521_sample.mp3. Digitales Hörbuch im AAX Format.
Part military SF, part cyberpunk, part grand-scale space opera, and part techno-psychological thriller, the Cassandra Kresnov novels transcend the recently narrow segmentation of the science fiction genre.In 23 Years on Fire, Cassandra discovered that the technology that created her has been misused in her former home and now threatens all humanity with catastrophe. Returning home to Callay, she finds that Federation member worlds, exhausted by the previous thirty-year-war against the League, are unwilling to risk the confrontation that a solution may require. Some of these forces will go to any lengths to avoid a new conflict, including taking a sledgehammer to the Federation Constitution and threatening the removal by force of Cassandra´s own branch of the Federal Security Agency.More frighteningly for Sandy, she has brought back to Callay three young children, whom she met on the mean streets of Droze, discovering maternal feelings she had not known she possessed. Can she reconcile her duty as a soldier, including what she must do as a tactician, with the dangers that those decisions will place upon her family--the one thing that has come to mean more to her than any cause she now believes in? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dina Pearlman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/016071/bk_adbl_016071_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.