In a little more than half a decade, Facebook has gone from a dorm-room novelty to a company with 500 million users - and an essential part of the social life not only of teenagers but hundreds of millions of adults worldwide. As Facebook spreads around the globe, it creates surprising effects - even becoming instrumental in political protests. Veteran technology reporter David Kirkpatrick had the full cooperation of Facebook's key executives in researching this fascinating history. Kirkpatrick tells us how Facebook was created, why it has flourished, and where it is going next. He chronicles its successes and missteps, and gives readers the most complete assessment anywhere of founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the central figure in the company's remarkable ascent. This is the Facebook story that can be found nowhere else. Kirkpatrick shows how Zuckerberg refused to compromise, insistently focusing on growth over profits and preaching that Facebook must dominate (his word) communication on the Internet. In the process, he and a small group of key executives have created a company that has changed social life in the United States and elsewhere, a company that has become a ubiquitous presence in marketing, and one that has altered politics, business, and even our sense of our own identity. This is the Facebook Effect. This special edition also includes an exclusive conversation between the author and Randi Zuckerberg, who offers unique insight as a marketer at Facebook and the CEO's sister. You'll hear them talk about major company milestones, high-profile product launches, and the CEO's growth - emotionally and experientially - as a leader. They also discuss the controversial issues surrounding Facebook's privacy policies. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Kirkpatrick. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/002403/bk_adbl_002403_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From New York Times best-selling author, Penelope Ward, comes a new novelette. The first time I met Jade Jameson, I lost my words and accidentally dropped a beer bottle, smashing it to the ground. The Broadway star sister of my brother's wife had paid us a surprise visit on Christmas. Quite simply, she was the most beautiful woman I'd ever seen; I was mesmerized. I'd made a fool of myself, though, and to make matters worse, my girlfriend was standing right there when it all happened. Jade went back to New York, and we didn't cross paths again for a year - until one night when a Facebook notification lit up my screen, setting off a chain of events that would change my life forever. Jaded and Tyed is a 16,000 word novelette. (The length is shorter than a novella.) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jacob Morgan, Andi Arndt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/110640/bk_acx0_110640_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Daphne and Oliver have almost nothing in common.... Seventeen-year-old Daphne Bowman, a bookish drama nerd in public school, might never have crossed paths with Oliver, the popular, outgoing mascot for his private school's football team, but one event has bound them inextricably. Daphne's older sister, Emily, and Oliver's older brother, Jason, who were high school sweethearts, committed suicide together seven years earlier. When Daphne uncovers Emily and Jason's bucket list - a list comprised of their "Top Ten" places to visit before they die - she knows she has to tell someone. The one person who might actually get what she's going through and who might not think it's silly that she wants to complete the list is also someone she's never spoken to - Oliver Pagano. Throwing caution to the wind, Daphne sends Oliver a Facebook message that will come to change the course of both of their senior years - and maybe their entire lives. Tackling grief with a wry voice and an unflinching eye, So Glad to Meet You tells the story of two people who, in searching for what they've lost, end up finding what they never knew they needed - each other. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Crouch, Caitlin Kelly. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/050471/bk_adbl_050471_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Washington politics might as well exist in a void, if we are going to look at the way it is so often reported on cable tv or Facebook, or those newspapers no one reads. Politicians on Capitol Hill make sweeping decisions about vast sums of money, draconian laws, the fate of armies…and those decisions are just too big for us to experience on a personal level. But not if you ask Sherry Finn. Washington’s inability to end gun violence took her sister in the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting, which left Sherry to take care of her orphaned nephew, Sean. Washington’s neglect of providing mental health care for so many Americans led Old Herbert to Sherry’s door. Laws are passed or not passed, decisions are put off, lobbyists are satisfied, while people like Sherry are left to feel their impact.My name is Ken La Salle and I write Sherry’s stories. I have a front-row seat for the lives of Sherry, Sean, Old Herbert, Brett Kavanaugh, Chuck Grassley, Lindsey Graham, and many more. And each week, I sit down and share these stories of their DC Home. Each chapter is 15 episodes long. The first chapter of Sherry’s story is right here. The introductory music was generously provided by Josh Woodward (www.joshwoodward.com). 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ken La Salle. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/157480/bk_acx0_157480_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
You know things are bad when your dreams come with a washed-up '80s soundtrack.Henry "Hen" Birnbaum's sister, Sarah, missing for over a year, has come home unexpectedly, with no explanation at all. But he can't leave well enough alone; Hen needs to figure out why she disappeared, even if she won't tell him.It's not like he has anything better to do. His girlfriend just dumped him and kicked him out of their band. He can't play the bass worth crap anyway. His social life consists of night after night of VH1 marathons with his best friend and next-door neighbor, the neurotic Emma Wood. Hen's sure the answers to Sarah's lost year lie with Gabriel Stern, Sarah's friend from college who also happens to be a 22-year-old fugitive from the law and Hen's bass teacher...too bad he can't play bass worth crap either. A month into his quest, Hen has had countless consultations with Emma, watched approximately 53 reruns of Behind the Music, and made one new Facebook friend. Unfortunately, he's no closer to any revelations about his sister.The thing is, he's too distracted to notice it, but while Hen's been looking for all the answers, something mind-blowing happened: He got a life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Fred Berman, Emily Bauer, Elisabeth Rodgers, Joe Barrett. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/001611/bk_adbl_001611_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Series 7 of the award-winning BBC Radio 4 comedy starring Christopher Douglas, John Fortune, Stephanie Cole and Sally Hawkins. Radio 4's most curmudgeonly author is back for a new series, complete with his trusty companion Elgar, his pipe and his never ending capacity for scrimping and scraping at whatever scraps his agent, Ping, can offer him to keep body, mind and cat together. In these six episodes, austerity has hit Ed hard. But things may be looking up as Ed starts working with the most disturbingly fresh and mesmerizingly compelling voice of his generation, Ben Herbert and finds himself employed on a corporate video along with director and old sparring partner Jaz Milvane. He also enrols on a writing course and learns a thing or two about setting up his very own 'Script Doctor' service. Plus, Ed finds himself in the middle of some sibling rivalry when Ping's sister, Py, undertakes some work experience at the agency; decides to immerse himself in popular culture by retuning away from Radio Four and subscribes to Facebook, where he’s reminded of the lovely Fiona Templeton. Should an old acquaintance be renewed or should Ed leave well enough alone? Written by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds, this series includes guest appearances by Paul Merton, Geoffrey Palmer and Jenny Agutter. Ed Reardon's Week was voted Best Radio Programme by the Broadcasting Press Guild. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christopher Douglas, John Fortune, Stephanie Cole, Sally Hawkins. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/bbcw/005028/rt_bbcw_005028_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In Kate Rorick's first adult fiction novel, we enter the wild, bewildering world of modern pregnancies. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll shake your head as you wonder where everyone's sanity went.... Meet the mothers.... Nathalie Kneller: Nathalie's plan: to announce her pregnancy now that she's finally made it past 12 weeks! But just as she's about to deliver (so to speak) the big news to her family, her scene-stealing sister barfs all over the Thanksgiving centerpiece. Yup, Lyndi's pregnant too, swiping the spotlight once more.... Lyndi Kneller: Lyndi's plan: finally get her life together! She's got a new apartment, new promotion, new boyfriend. What she didn't count on - a new baby! She can barely afford her rent, much less a state-of-the-art stroller.... Sophia Nunez: Sophia's plan: Once she gets her daughter Maisey off to college, she'll finally be able to enjoy life as makeup artist to one of Hollywood's biggest stars and girlfriend to one of rock's hottest musicians. But after 18 years she discovers the stork is once again on its way.... Now these women are about to jump headlong into the world of modern-day pregnancy. It's a world of over-the-top gender reveal parties (with tacky cakes and fireworks); where every morsel you eat is scrutinized and discussed; where baby names are crowdsourced and sonograms are Facebook-shared. And where nothing goes as planned.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Eva Kaminsky. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/006666/bk_harp_006666_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The riveting personal story of a young French journalist who goes undercover and gets dangerously close to a key member of ISIS. On Facebook, Melodie - a 20-year-old convert to Islam living with her mother and sister in Toulouse - meets Bilel, a French-born, high-ranking militant for the Islamic State in Syria. Within days, Bilel falls in love with Melodie, and Skypes her repeatedly, urging her to come to Syria, marry him, and do jihad. But Melodie is actually Anna Erelle, a Paris-based journalist investigating the recruitment channels of the Islamic State, whose digital propaganda constitutes one of its most formidable and frightening weapons, successfully mobilizing increasing numbers of young Europeans. In this mesmerizing true story, Erelle chronicles her intense month-long relationship with Bilel - who turns out to be none other than the right-hand man of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed caliph of ISIS. Impatient for Melodie to join him, Bilel tells her that, according to an imam he has consulted, they are already all but married, and will be officially when she arrives in Syria. As she embarks on the final, most perilous stage of her investigation, Melodie leaves for Amsterdam to begin her journey to the Middle East. But things go terribly wrong. A gripping and often harrowing inquiry into the factors that motivate young people to join extremist causes, In the Skin of a Jihadist is a pause-resister that helps us better understand the appeal of extremism. 1. Language: English. Narrator: uncredited. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/004556/bk_harp_004556_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
English professor Dr. Georgeanne Hayes has a problem. Her star pupil, an Army sergeant who works in a top secret military program, is missing - and someone tried to push her in front of a train last night. Sam "Knight Rider" McKnight is used to looking out for Georgie. When they were kids, she was just his best friend's baby sister. But Georgie's not a baby anymore and Sam is getting some very male - and very dirty - thoughts about the girl he knows he can never have. When someone threatens Georgie's life again, Sam will do anything necessary to keep her safe. Even if it means spending the next few days locked up in a remote house on Maryland's Eastern Shore with her. Sam might be used to denying himself what he wants, but he's about to find out that being cooped up with Georgie will push him to the limit. And maybe beyond. Want to chat about the HOT guys? Join Lynn's Facebook Readers and Fans Group at on.fb.me/1cyN8Xt or sign up for her newsletter at bit.ly/14xyA65 to be among the first to hear about new releases! The Hostile Operations Team Series: Book 1: Hot Pursuit (Matt & Evie)Book 2: Hot Mess (Sam & Georgie)Book 3: Hot Package (Billy & Olivia)Book 4: Dangerously Hot (Kev & Lucky)Book 5: Hot Shot (Jack & Gina)Book 6: Hot Rebel (Nick & Victoria)Book 7: Hot Ice (Garrett & Grace)Book 8: Hot & Bothered (Ryan & Emily)Book 9: Hot SEAL (Dane & Ivy) Each book stands alone and can be listened to in any order. However, you might most enjoy them in order. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Aiden Snow. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/056806/bk_acx0_056806_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.