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Forty years ago, Buzz Aldrin became the second human, minutes after Neil Armstrong, to set foot on a celestial body other than the Earth. The event remains one of mankind´s greatest achievements and was witnessed by the largest worldwide television audience in history. In the years since, millions more have had their Earth-centric perspective unalterably changed by the iconic photograph of Aldrin standing on the surface of the moon, the blackness of space behind him and his fellow explorer and the Eagle reflected in his visor. Describing the alien world he was walking upon, he uttered the words ´´magnificent desolation.´´ And as the astronauts later sat in the Eagle, waiting to begin their journey back home, knowing that they were doomed unless every system and part on board worked flawlessly, it was Aldrin who responded to Mission Control´s clearance to take off with the quip, ´´Roger. Understand. We´re number one on the runway.´´ The flight of Apollo 11 made Aldrin one of the most famous persons on our planet, yet few people know the rest of this true American hero´s story. In Magnificent Desolation, Aldrin not only gives us a harrowing first-person account of the lunar landing that came within seconds of failure and the ultimate insider´s view of life as one of the superstars of America´s space program, he also opens up with remarkable candor about his more personal trials - and eventual triumphs - back on Earth. 1. Language: English. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/001885/bk_rand_001885_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Cult bestseller, new buzz word...´´Freakonomics´´ is at the heart of everything we see and do and the subjects that bedevil us daily: from parenting to crime, sport to politics, fat to cheating, fear to traffic jams. Asking provocative and profound questions about human motivation and contemporary living and reaching some astonishing conclusions, ´´Freakonomics´´ will make you see the familiar world through a completely original lens.
Following the fortieth anniversary of Apollo 11, as NASA prepares to return astronauts to the moon, Footprints in the Dust offers a thorough, engrossing, and multifaceted account of the Apollo missions. The flight of Apollo 11 was a triumph of human endeavor, persistence, and technology, one of the greatest achievements in human history. This book begins with the mission that sent Neil Armstrong and Edwin ´´Buzz´´ Aldrin to the moon, then follows American spaceflight through the harrowing rescue of Apollo 13 before moving on to the successful joint Apollo-Soyuz mission in 1975. Drawing on extensive research and interviews with key figures in the space program, the authors convey the human drama and chart the technological marvels that went into the Apollo missions. They also put the accomplishments of American spaceflight into historical context, examining the competitive space race with the Soviet Union, the roles of politics and personality in launching the mission, and the consequences, practical and profound, of this giant leap for mankind. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jerry Longe. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/026440/bk_acx0_026440_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Everywhere he goes, crowds gather to meet Buzz Aldrin. He´s a world-class hero, a larger-than-life figurehead, and the best known of a generation of astronauts whose achievements surged in just a few years from first man in space to first men on the moon. Now he pauses to reflect on and share what he has learned, from the vantage point not only of outer space but also of time: Still a nonstop traveler and impassioned advocate for space exploration, Aldrin will be 86 in 2016. No Dream Is Too High whittles down Buzz Aldrin´s event-filled life into a short list of the principles he values, each illustrated by fascinating anecdotes and memories, such as: Second comes right after first. NASA protocol should have placed Buzz Aldrin on the moon first, but rules changed just before the mission. Buzz discusses how he learned to be proud of being the second man on the moon. Look for opportunities, not obstacles. Buzz was rejected the first time he applied to be an astronaut. Failure is an opportunity to learn to do better. Always maintain your spirit of adventure. For his 80th birthday, Buzz went diving in the Galapagos and hitched a ride on a whale shark. He stays fit, energetic, and fascinated with life. No Dream Is Too High is a beautiful memento, a thought-provoking set of ideas, and a new opportunity for Buzz Aldrin to connect with the masses of people who recognize his unique place in human history. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Traber Burns. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/008354/bk_blak_008354_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Legendary ´´space statesman´´ Buzz Aldrin speaks out as a vital advocate for the continuing quest to push the boundaries of the universe as we know it. As a pioneering astronaut who set foot on the moon during mankind’s first landing with Apollo 11 - and an aerospace engineer who designed an orbital rendezvous technique critical to future planetary landings - Aldrin has a vision, and in Mission to Mars he plots out the path he proposes, one that will take humans to Mars by 2035. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Pruden. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/005633/bk_blak_005633_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The intoxication from a pint of vodka, the electric buzz from snorting cocaine, the warm embrace from shooting heroin - drinking and drugging provide the height of human experience. It´s the promise of heaven on earth, but the hell that follows is a constant hunger, a cold emptiness. The craving to get high is a yearning as intense of any blood-thirsty monster. The best way to tell the truths of addiction is through a story, and dark truths such as these need a piece of horror to do them justice. The stories inside feature the insidious nature of addiction told with compassion yet searing honesty. Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accidental deaths, and some of the most incredible names in horror fiction have tackled this modern day epidemic. ´´A Wicked Thirst´´ by Kealan Patrick Burke ´´The One in the Middle´´ by Jessica McHugh ´´Everywhere You´ve Bled and Everywhere You Will´´ by Max Booth III ´´First, Just Bite a Finger´´ by Johann Thorsson ´´Last Call´´ by John FD Taff Torment of the Fallen´´ by Glen Krisch ´´Garden of Fiends´´ by Mark Matthews ´´Returns´´ by Jack Ketchum 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rick Gregory. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/087773/bk_acx0_087773_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Sam Manicom´s dynamic third book transports you to Southern Africa, South and Central America. Sam has a gift for describing the vibrancy of people and places, and you are led effortlessly through three very different parts of the world by his enthusiasm and his acute observations. Human behavior, drama, passion, disaster, humor, and the pure adrenaline buzz of overlanding such far-flung, wild and exotic places are all here. This thought-provoking mix is brought alive by both his descriptive, which can make the mouth water or the hairs on the back of the neck crawl, and the historical tidbits and cultural notes about the people and places he visits. Distant Suns highlights the joys of traveling with others and how, when you are with others, you often do and see things you otherwise may not have done; but also touches on the added stress that comes with traveling in groups - even small groups. Unlike his two previous books, Sam travels with a companion, Birgit, who you´ll have met during the course of his previous book Under Asian Skies. Distant Suns is the story of how boy meets girl, both endowed with a mile-wide streak of wanderlust, and both fiercely independent, but learning to live together on the road, and saving each other´s lives on occasion. Birgit catches your attention right away with her incredible initiative and capability with her bike. Yet, she´d only been riding a bike for 600 miles when they arrived in Kenya at the beginning of this journey. Sam and Birgit´s adventures are never without peril, but the attitude they have is what makes them terrific world travelers. Over the course of three years, a lot of things can and do go wrong, but Sam and Birgit don´t let any of them stop them from completing their journey. When Paul Theroux wrote, ´´Take the leap. Go as far as you can. Try staying out of touch. Become a stranger in a strange land,´´ he could have been describing Distant Suns. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sam Manicom. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/057654/bk_acx0_057654_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Audie Award, History/Biography, 2016 This acclaimed portrait of heroism and ingenuity captures a watershed moment in human history. The astronauts themselves have called it the definitive account of their missions. On the night of July 20, 1969, our world changed forever when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon. Based on in-depth interviews with 23 of the 24 moon voyagers, as well as those who struggled to get the program moving, A Man on the Moon conveys every aspect of the Apollo missions with breathtaking immediacy and stunning detail. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bronson Pinchot. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/044901/bk_acx0_044901_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.