21 Lessons for the 21st Century

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The audiobook edition of 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari, read by Derek Perkins. 

The No.1 best seller.

In 21 bite-sized lessons, Yuval Noah Harari explores what it means to be human in an age of bewilderment.

How can we protect ourselves from nuclear war, ecological cataclysms and technological disruptions? What can we do about the epidemic of fake news or the threat of terrorism? What should we teach our children?

Yuval Noah Harari takes us on a thrilling journey through today’s most urgent issues. The golden thread running through his exhilarating new book is the challenge of maintaining our collective and individual focus in the face of constant and disorienting change.

Are we still capable of understanding the world we have created?

Amerikanisches Englisch
Darauf haben alle Star Wars Fans schon ewig gewartet: Hier kommt die Geschichte des beliebtesten Draufgängers des Universums – Han Solo. Wir begegnen ihm als junger Mann in halsbrecherischen Eskapaden und werden Zeuge, wie er Chewbacca begegnet sowie seinem Kumpel Lando Calrissian, erster Besitzer des legendären „Millenium Falken“. Es wäre natürlich toll, hätte Harrison Ford dieses Hörbuch eingelesen, aber Sprecher Marc Thompson macht das mit kraftstrotzender Filou-Power wirklich überzeugend.

Britisches Englisch

Nach seinen Bestsellern „Sapiens“ und „Homo Deus“, die Vergangenheit und Zukunft des Menschen betrachteten, fällt der Blick des israelischen Historikers Yuval Noah Harari jetzt auf die Gegenwart. In 21 Essays, die teils schon in verschiedenen Publikationen erschienen sind, befasst sich Harari mit Themen wie Technologie, Krieg, Gesellschaft, Klimawandel und Terrorismus – immer betrachtet durch die Linse der menschlichen Evolution. Lösungen bietet er nicht viele, aber intensive Denkanstöße zu den großen Fragen unserer Zeit.


This Audible Original production of Jane Austen’s Emma is narrated by Emma Thompson (Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy and BAFTA winner, Love Actually, Harry Potter, Sense and Sensibility), with a full supporting cast including Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey, Liar), Morgana Robinson (The Windsors, Walliams & Friend, Morgana Robinson's the Agency), Aisling Loftus (Mr Selfridge, War & Peace), Joseph Millson (Casino Royale, The Sarah Jane Adventures) and rising star Isabella Inchbald as our eponymous heroine.

Before she began writing Emma, Austen wrote, 'I am going to take a heroine whom no-one but myself will much like' and thus introduces the handsome, clever, rich - and flawed, Emma Woodhouse. Emma is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for either love or marriage; nothing however delights her more than matchmaking her fellow residents of Highbury. But when she ignores the warnings of her good friend Mr. Knightley and attempts to arrange a suitable match for her protegee Harriet Smith, her carefully laid plans soon unravel and have consequences that she never expected. This lively comedy of manners with its witty and subtle exploration of relationships, it is often seen as Jane Austen's most flawless work.

Featuring: Alexa Davies, Joanne Froggatt, Adam Gillen, Rupert Holliday-Evans, Isabella Inchbald, Aisling Loftus, Anjella Mackintosh, Joseph Millson, Ukweli Roach, Morgana Robinson, Nicholas Rowe, Emma Thompson, Benjamin Wainwright, Eve Webster and Ria Zmitrowicz.

Britisches Englisch

Einen der beliebtesten Romane von Jane Austen gibt es jetzt als Audible Original Drama, mit Schauspielerin Emma Thompson als Erzählerin und einem illustren Cast, zu dem u.a. Joanne Froggatt („Downton Abbey“) und Aisling Loftus („Mr. Selfridge“) gehören. Der schwungvolle Klassiker um die junge und wohlhabende Emma Woodhouse, die sich für die beste Ehestifterin überhaupt hält, ist in England bereits ein Download-Bestseller.

Leverage in Death

Lieutenant Eve Dallas puzzles over a bizarre suicide bombing in a Wall St. office building in Leverage in Death, the next in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from J.D. Robb...

For the airline executives finalizing a merger that would make news in the business world, the nine a.m. meeting would be a major milestone. But after marketing VP Paul Rogan walked into the plush conference room, strapped with explosives, the headlines told of death and destruction instead. The NYPSD’s Eve Dallas confirms that Rogan was cruelly coerced by two masked men holding his family hostage. His motive was saving his wife and daughter - but what was the motive of the masked men?

Despite the chaos and bad publicity, blowing up one meeting isn’t going to put the brakes on the merger. All it’s accomplished is shattering a lot of innocent lives. Now, with the help of her billionaire husband Roarke, Eve must untangle the reason for an inexplicable act of terror, look at suspects inside and outside both corporations, and determine whether the root of this crime lies in simple sabotage, or something far more complex and twisted.

Amerikanisches Englisch

NYPD-Ermittlerin Eve Dallas und ihr Millionärsgatte Roarke lösen ihren inzwischen 47. Fall – eine unglaubliche Zahl! Dieses Mal gilt es die Hintergründe eines erzwungenen Selbstmord-Attentats in einem Business-Meeting herauszufinden. J.D. Robb’s Dauerbrenner-Serie ist auch deshalb so erfolgreich, weil Erzählerin Susan Ericksen einen so guten Job macht, dass Fans vielfach vom Buch zum Hörbuch wechseln. Die Kombination aus vertrauten Figuren und immer wieder runden Kriminalfällen wird einfach nicht alt.

Lake Success

"Spectacular." (NPR) "Uproariously funny." (The Boston Globe) “An artistic triumph.” (San Francisco Chronicle) “A novel in which comedy and pathos are exquisitely balanced.” (The Washington Post) "Shteyngart's best book." (The Seattle Times

The best-selling author of Super Sad True Love Story returns with a biting, brilliant, emotionally resonant novel very much of our times. 

Named one of the 10 best books of the year by San Francisco Chronicle and Maureen Corrigan, NPR’s Fresh Air and named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review, NPR, The Washington Post, O: The Oprah Magazine, Mother Jones, Glamour, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Newsday, Pamela Paul - KQED, Financial Times, and The Globe and Mail

Narcissistic, hilariously self-deluded, and divorced from the real world as most of us know it, hedge-fund manager Barry Cohen oversees $2.4 billion in assets. Deeply stressed by an SEC investigation and by his three-year-old son’s diagnosis of autism, he flees New York on a Greyhound bus in search of a simpler, more romantic life with his old college sweetheart. Meanwhile, his super-smart wife, Seema - a driven first-generation American who craved the picture-perfect life that comes with wealth - has her own demons to face. How these two flawed characters navigate the Shteyngartian chaos of their own making is at the heart of this piercing exploration of the 0.1 percent, a poignant tale of familial longing and an unsentimental ode to what really makes America great. 

Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction 

“The fuel and oxygen of immigrant literature - movement, exile, nostalgia, cultural disorientation - are what fire the pistons of this trenchant and panoramic novel.... [It is] a novel so pungent, so frisky and so intent on probing the dissonances and delusions - both individual and collective - that grip this strange land getting stranger.” (The New York Times Book Review

“Shteyngart, perhaps more than any American writer of his generation, is a natural. He is light, stinging, insolent and melancholy.... The wit and the immigrant’s sense of heartbreak - he was born in Russia - just seem to pour from him. The idea of riding along behind Shteyngart as he glides across America in the early age of Trump is a propitious one. He doesn’t disappoint.” (The New York Times)

Amerikanisches Englisch

Von den Literaturpäpsten gepriesen, ist dieses Roman-Portät des priveligierten weißen Mannes nicht einfach zu schlucken: Hauptfigur Barry, ein steinreicher Hedge Fond Manager, lässt seine Frau und seinen autistischen Sohn in Manhattan sitzen und begibt sich auf einen Roadtrip, um sich selbst (und eine Ex-Freundin) zu finden. Das Ganze spielt sich während der US-Wahlen 2016 und des aufsteigenden „Trumpismus“ ab. So urkomisch wie melancholisch, so bissig wie ätzend, könnte man „Lake Success“ aufgrund seines Zeitporträts in die Reihe der „great American novels“ einordnen. Man muss allerdings mit Figuren leben, deren Einstellung man innerlich ablehnt.

Two Dark Reigns

Number one New York Times best-selling author Kendare Blake returns with the highly anticipated third book in the Three Dark Crowns series! And while Arsinoe, Mirabella, and Katharine all have their own scores to settle, they aren’t the only queens stirring things up on Fennbirn Island. 

Queen Katharine has waited her entire life to wear the crown. But now that she finally has it, the murmurs of dissent grow louder by the day. There’s also the alarming issue of whether or not her sisters are actually dead - or if they’re waiting in the wings to usurp the throne.

Mirabella and Arsinoe are alive, but in hiding on the mainland and dealing with a nightmare of their own: being visited repeatedly by a specter they think might be the fabled Blue Queen. Though she says nothing, her rotting, bony finger pointing out to sea is clear enough: return to Fennbirn.  

Jules, too, is in a strange place - in disguise. And her only confidants, a war-gifted girl named Emilia and her oracle friend Mathilde, are urging her to take on a role she can’t imagine filling: a legion-cursed queen who will lead a rebel army to Katharine’s doorstep.

This is an uprising that the mysterious Blue Queen may have more to do with than anyone could have guessed - or expected.

Don't miss Five Dark Fates, the thrilling conclusion to the series, coming in September! 

Die in Südkorea geborene Fantasy-Autorin Kendare Blake hat mit der „Three Dark Crowns“-Reihe ein ungewöhnlich erbarmungsloses YA-Fantasy-Abenteuer auf den Weg gebracht, in dem geliebte Figuren in „Game of Thrones“-Manier das Zeitliche segnen müssen. Als Duologie angedacht und jetzt auf voraussichtlich vier Teile erweitert, ist der Kampf um den Thron in Teil 3 nur vorerst entschieden. Neben den giftmischenden, naturbegabten und elementwandelnden Drillingsschwestern taucht eine mögliche 4. Königin auf. Amy Landon liest das alles hauchend-evokativ.

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Don't miss the exclusive content in this thrilling adaptation of Solo: A Star Wars Story, with scenes from alternate versions of the script including Han Solo's time in the Imperial Navy, Qi'ra's past, the beginnings of the rebellion, and more!

Though Han Solo has thrilled Star Wars fans for decades, the notorious wisecracking scoundrel was chasing adventure and dodging trouble long before he walked into the cantina at Mos Eisley spaceport.  

Young Han dreams of someday soaring into space at the helm of his own starship and leaving his home, the gritty industrial planet Corellia, far behind. But as long as he's trapped in a life of poverty and crime - and under the thumb of the sinister Lady Proxima and her brutal street gang - reaching the distant stars seems impossible. When Han tries to escape with his girlfriend and partner-in-crime, Qi'ra, he makes it out - but she doesn't. Desperate for a way to find his own offworld vessel and free her, Han enlists in the Imperial Navy - the last place for a rebellious loner who doesn't play well with others.   

When the Empire clips his wings, Han goes rogue and plunges into the shady world of smugglers, gamblers, and con artists. There he meets the charming and cunning high roller Lando Calrissian, makes an unlikely friend in a cantankerous Wookiee called Chewbacca, and first lays eyes on the Millennium Falcon. To snag his piece of the outlaw pie, Han joins a crew of pirates to pull off a risky heist. The stakes are high, the danger is great, and the odds are slim. But never tell Han Solo the odds.

Praise for Solo: A Star Wars Story:

"Mur Lafferty has given us the best adaptation of a Star Wars film yet." (Star Wars News Net)

"If you liked the movie but were left wanting more, this novel has exactly what you need." (CNET)

"A fun adventure tale within the larger Star Wars franchise that goes beyond the run-of-the-mill novelization treatment to explore a new bit of the world that we haven't yet seen." (The Verge)  

Amerikanisches Englisch

Darauf haben alle Star Wars Fans schon ewig gewartet: Hier kommt die Geschichte des beliebtesten Draufgängers des Universums – Han Solo. Wir begegnen ihm als junger Mann in halsbrecherischen Eskapaden und werden Zeuge, wie er Chewbacca begegnet sowie seinem Kumpel Lando Calrissian, erster Besitzer des legendären „Millenium Falken“. Es wäre natürlich toll, hätte Harrison Ford dieses Hörbuch eingelesen, aber Sprecher Marc Thompson macht das mit kraftstrotzender Filou-Power wirklich überzeugend.


Random House presents the audiobook edition of Transcription by Kate Atkinson, read by Fenella Woolgar.

The magnificent new novel by best-selling award-winning Kate Atkinson.

‘Think of it as an adventure, Perry had said right at the beginning of all this.And it had seemed like one. A bit of a lark, she had thought. A Girls’ Own adventure.’

In 1940, 18-year old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure department of MI5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathisers, she discovers the work to be by turns both tedious and terrifying. But after the war has ended, she presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the past for ever. 

Ten years later, now a producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past. A different war is being fought now, on a different battleground, but Juliet finds herself once more under threat. A bill of reckoning is due, and she finally begins to realise that there is no action without consequence.

Transcription is a work of rare depth and texture, a bravura modern novel of extraordinary power, wit and empathy. It is a triumphant work of fiction from one of this country’s most exceptional writers.

Britisches Englisch

Originell und einzigartig – diese Adjektive galten für Kate Atkinson’s mit alternativen Verlaufsversionen spielenden Roman „Life After Life“, und sie gelten auch hier, für ihren in London während und nach dem zweiten Weltkrieg platzierten Roman „Transcription“. Von einer transkribierenden Schreibkraft steigt darin die 18jährige Juliet bis zur abgebrühten englischen Spionin auf. Hitchcock lässt grüßen, und mal wieder verläuft der Plot nicht chronologisch. Atkinson steuert eine weitere Facette – die des Spionageromans – zu ihrem erstaunlichen Kanon bei.


The inside story on President Trump, as only Bob Woodward can tell it 

With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. 

Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files, and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One, and the White House residence.

Fear is the most intimate portrait of a sitting president ever published during the president’s first years in office.

Amerikanisches Englisch

War in der Printversion in den USA sofort vergriffen: die gnadenlose Entlarvung von US-Präsident Donald Trump als unfähiger Chaot durch Bob Woodward, einer der Journalisten, die damals den Watergate-Skandal aufdeckten. Was er erzählt, ist nicht neu. Schon mehrere Bücher über die erratische Staatsführung von Trump wurden veröffentlicht, und auch dieses wird ebenso von der Öffentlichkeit verschlungen wie von Trump empört als „fake“ angefochten. Woodward bringt als Reporterlegende allerdings eine ganz andere Art von Glaubwürdigkeit mit.

Lethal White

Shortlisted for best audiobook in the Specsavers National Book Awards 2018.

I seen a kid killed.... He strangled it, up by the horse.

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic.  

Trying to get to the bottom of Billy's story, Strike and Robin Ellacott - once his assistant, now a partner in the agency - set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London, into a secretive inner sanctum within Parliament and to a beautiful but sinister manor house deep in the countryside.  

And during this labyrinthine investigation, Strike's own life is far from straightforward: his newfound fame as a private eye means he can no longer operate behind the scenes as he once did. Plus, his relationship with his former assistant is more fraught than it ever has been - Robin is now invaluable to Strike in the business, but their personal relationship is much, much more tricky than that....

The most epic Robert Galbraith novel yet, Lethal White is the gripping next instalment in the ongoing story of Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott.

Britisches Englisch

Wer nicht hinterm Mond gelebt hat, weiß, dass hinter dem Pseudonym Robert Galbraith niemand anderes als J.K. Rowling steckt. Sie schickt ihren grummeligen Privatdetektiv Cormoran Strike samt Partnerin Robin zum vierten Mal in die Straßen von London. Bisher war die Reihe (die es in UK inzwischen auch ins Fernsehen geschafft hat) ein Mix aus klassischem Detektivkrimi mit viel Laufarbeit und Befragungen, gepaart mit einer reizvollen Beinahe-Liebesgeschichte zwischen Detektiv und Assistentin. Mal sehen, ob das so bleibt. Sprecher ist wieder der versatile, wunderbare Robert Glenister.

Time's Convert

From the Sunday Times number one best-selling author of A Discovery of Witches, soon to be a major Sky TV series, a novel about what it takes to become a vampire.

From human to vampire....

Marcus Whitmore was made a vampire in the 18th century. Over 200 years later, he finds himself in love with Phoebe Taylor, a human who decides to become a vampire herself.

But her transformation will prove as challenging now as it was for Marcus when he first encountered Matthew de Clermont, his sire.

While Phoebe is secreted away, Marcus relives his own journey from the battlefields of the American Revolutionary War, through the treachery of the French Revolution, to a bloody finale in New Orleans, his belief in liberty, equality and brotherhood challenged at every stage by the patriarchy of the de Clermonts.

What will he and Phoebe discover in one another when they are finally reunited at Les Revenants, beneath the watchful gaze of Matthew and his wife, Diana Bishop?

Sunday Times number one best-selling author Deborah Harkness returns to the spellbinding world she created in A Discovery of Witches and, through the prism of an unconventional love story, explores the power of tradition and the endless possibilities for change.

Amerikanisches Englisch

Deborah Harkness‘ „All Souls Trilogy“, eine Fantasy-Liebesgeschichte um die Hexe Diana Bishop und den Vampir Matthew de Clermont, war ein Weltbestseller und wird gerade fürs britische Fernsehen als Serie verfilmt. Dieser neue Fantasy-Roman führt uns zurück in die „All Souls“-Welt und zur Vorgeschichte zweier ihrer Nebenfiguren – Marcus und Phoebe - und erzählt, wie beide zu Vampiren wurden. Sprecherin Saskia Maarleved jongliert mit amerikanischem, britischem und französisch akzentuiertem Englisch.