It’s Only Slow Food Until You Try to Eat It: Misadventures of a Suburban Hunter-Gathere by Bill Heavey
Requirements: .M4A/.M4B reader, 257 MB
Overview: A longtime contributor to Field and Stream, Bill Heavey knew more than a little about hunting and fishing when he embarked on an ambitious project a few years ago to see how far he could get eating wild. But Heavey knew next to nothing about gardening or foraging, and he lives in northern Virginia, close to Washington, D.C. The rural wilds, this was not. Is it any surprise that his tasty triumphs were equaled by his hilarious misadventures?
With just the right dose of self-deprecation, Heavey tells the story of his quest, beginning locally and moving out from there. He digs up the ground behind his house and plants an elaborate garden only to be driven to squirrel murder (and a cover-up). He experiences abundance mania in the perch run on the Potomac, and again when he spots perfect wild mushrooms in Arlington National Cemetery. He forages for wild watercress, berries, and pawpaws within the beltway, and hunts crayfish in Louisiana and caribou on the Alaskan tundra.
With teachers that include Paula, a grizzled local so popular among DC fishers that she’s been called the Pablo Escobar of herring; Hue, a Bronze Star ex-military survival instructor and foraging expert; Michelle, a single mother unself-consciously devoted to eating local, and Jody, a weathered Cajun fisherman, Bill learns how to catch and cook frogs, prepare cattail pancakes, make salads out of garden weeds and bake a pie with foraged wild cherries.
To the delight of his readers and to his young daughter’s despair, Heavey also suffers serious blood loss, humiliation, and meals that are best described as edible. Entertaining and informative, this is Bill Heavey at his best.and worst.
Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction
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It Occurs to Me That I Am America: New Stories and Art by Jonathan Santlofer (Editor)
Requirements: .M4A/.M4B reader, 365 MB
Overview: In time for the one-year anniversary of the Trump inauguration and the Women’s March, this provocative, unprecedented anthology features original short stories from 30 best-selling and award-winning authors – including Alice Walker, Richard Russo, Walter Mosley, Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Hoffman, Neil Gaiman, Michael Cunningham, Mary Higgins Clark, and Lee Child – with an introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen.
When Donald Trump claimed victory last November, the US literary world erupted in indignation. Many of America’s leading writers and artists openly resist the current administration’s dogma and earliest policy moves, and they’re not about to go gently into that good night. In It Occurs to Me That I Am America: New Stories and Art, more than 30 of the most acclaimed modern writers consider the fundamental ideals of a free, just, and compassionate democracy – through fiction.
Featuring artwork by some of today’s best known artists, cartoonists, and graphic novelists – including Art Spiegelman, Roz Chast, Marilyn Minter, and Eric Fischl – who cover political, social, and cultural issues, this anthology is a beautiful, enduring collection that will resonate with anyone concerned with the contest for our American soul.
Genre: Audiobooks > Fiction Literary, Short Stories
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I Am Still Alive by Kate Alice Marshall, Amy McFadden (Narrator)
Requirements: .MP3 reader, 235mb
Overview: After: Jess is alone. Her cabin has burned to the ground. She knows if she doesn’t act fast, the cold will kill her before she has time to worry about food. But she is still alive – for now.
Before: Jess hadn’t seen her survivalist, off-the-grid dad in more than a decade. But after a car crash killed her mother and left her injured, she was forced to move to his cabin in the remote Canadian wilderness. Just as Jess was beginning to get to know him, a secret from his past paid them a visit, leaving her father dead and Jess stranded.
After: With only her father’s dog for company, Jess must forage and hunt for food, build shelter, and keep herself warm. Some days it feels like the wild is out to destroy her, but she’s stronger than she ever imagined.
Jess will survive. She has to. She knows who killed her father..and she wants revenge.
Genre: Audiobooks > Fiction
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Evolve Your Brain by Joe Dispenza, Sean Runnette (Narrator)
Requirements: .M4A/.M4B reader, 783mb
Overview: Ever wonder why you repeat the same negative thoughts in your head? Why you keep coming back for more from hurtful family members, friends, or significant others? Why you keep falling into the same detrimental habits or limiting attitudes-even when you know that they are going to make you feel bad?
Dr. Joe Dispenza has spent decades studying the human mind-how it works, how it stores information, and why it perpetuates the same behavioral patterns over and over. In the acclaimed film What the Bleep Do We Know!? he began to explain how the brain evolves-by learning new skills, developing the ability to concentrate in the midst of chaos, and even healing the body and the psyche.
Evolve Your Brain presents this information in depth, while helping you take control of your mind, explaining how thoughts can create chemical reactions that keep you addicted to patterns and feelings-including ones that make you unhappy. And when you know how these bad habits are created, it’s possible to not only break these patterns, but also reprogram and evolve your brain, so that new, positive, and beneficial habits can take over.
This is something you can start to do right now. You and only you have the power to change your mind and evolve your brain for a better life-for good.
Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction
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Every Shot Must Have a Purpose: How GOLF54 Can Make You a Better Player by Pia Nilsson, Lynn Marriott, Ron Sirak
Requirements: .MP3 reader, 138 MB
Overview: As coaches to some of golf’s top players, Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott have designed and refined a revolutionary way of teaching the game, with phenomenal results. They don’t believe in prescribing the same stance, grip, and swing to everyone, followed by hours of purposeless drilling. They don’t even believe in beginning with physical technique. Their success has proven to them that a great game begins with a great vision.
Unlike any other golf book, Every Shot Must Have a Purpose offers cutting-edge techniques for integrating the physical, technical, mental, emotional, and social parts of a player’s game. Emphasizing the individual golfer rather than a rigid set of mechanics, their VISION54 method takes the frustration out of the game. Why 54? Because they believe it’s possible to shoot a 54 (making a birdie on every hole of a par-72 course) if you have the right mindset and well-honed intuitive power.
Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction
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Drown the Witch by Michael Coolwood
Requirements: .MP3 reader, 276 mb
Overview: Susan Fletcher has been hired to infiltrate a secret society of witches. Her contact promises fame, fortune, and protection from the fallout. Now, Susan’s contact is dead, murdered by one of the people she threatened to expose.
Can Susan uncover the murderer, escape the mansion of monsters, and above all, keep the witches from discovering she’s not one of them?
Genre: Audiobooks > Fiction Fantasy Paranormal
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Dark Mirror (A Tale from The Legend of Drizzt #2) by R.A. Salvatore
Requirements: .MP3 reader, 140 MB
Overview: Dan Harmon, creator of NBC’s Community and known Dungeons & Dragons aficionado, tells the tale of when Drizzt stands face-to-face with his own prejudices.
Genre: Audiobooks > Fiction Fantasy
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Cosmosapiens: Human Evolution from the Origin of the Universe by John Hands
Requirements: .M4A/.M4B reader, 852 MB
Overview: Cosmosapiens is a big-picture look at how human life emerged and evolved in the universe, incorporating the ideas of world-renowned experts from a wide range of intellectual disciplines.
Who are we, and how did we get here? These are two of the most fundamental and far-reaching questions facing scientists and cosmologists alike and have rested at the center of human intellectual endeavor since its beginning. They are questions that stretch across numerous disciplines. Philosophy, theology, evolutionary biology, and mathematics are just some of the fields looking to explain the emergence of human life. But with so many groups seeking answers using so many different methods, it can be nearly impossible to tell what sort of progress has been made without stepping back and looking at the whole interdisciplinary picture.
In Cosmosapiens, John Hands presents listeners with exactly such a synthesis, 10 years in the making and incorporating the ideas of world-renowned experts from wide array of fields. The book sifts the speculative from the firmly established, examining claims of all sorts, challenging the orthodox consensus in those branches of cosmology, biology, and neuroscience that have ossified into dogma. His striking analysis reveals underlying patterns of cooperation, complexification, and convergence that begin to tell the story of human emergence and consciousness. In the end, it will transform our understanding of what we are and how we evolved from the origin of the universe.
Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction
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