For Rem and Lem, thieving is an art form and the city of Perry is an ever expanding canvas for the twins to practice their artistic nature. The life of a thief is anything but dull in the epidemic-afflicted Perry. That strikes doubly true for the Pestelson twins. After burgling the wrong house, Rem and Lem are offered a position in the famed Touch organization. The coin is abundant and prompt, the jobs challenging but well-equipped, and the management is more than competent - everything a thief could ask for. But, when a moral quandary threatens to topple their new enterprise, will the twins choose wealth over the life of an innocent child, especially when that child might hold the cure to the Dark Lung, the epidemic which has been sweeping through the city? Discover the origins of Rem and Lem in this original novella set in the world of The Nine Cities and The Warrior Poet Archives. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Daniel Storm. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/068890/bk_acx0_068890_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Today´s National Basketball Association commands millions of spectators worldwide, and its many franchises are worth hundreds of millions of dollars. But the league wasn´t always so successful or glamorous: in the 1940s and 1950s, the NBA and its predecessor, the Basketball Association of America, were scrambling to attract fans. Teams frequently played in dingy gymnasiums, players traveled as best they could, and their paychecks could bounce higher than a basketball. How did the NBA evolve from an obscure organization facing financial losses to a successful fledgling sports enterprise by 1960? Drawing on information from numerous archives, newspaper and periodical articles, and Congressional hearings, The Rise of the National Basketball Association chronicles the league´s growing pains from 1946 to 1961. David George Surdam describes how a handful of ambitious ice hockey arena owners created the league as a way to increase the use of their facilities, growing the organization by fits and starts. Rigorously analyzing financial data and league records, Surdam points to the innovations that helped the NBA thrive: regular experiments with rules changes to make the game more attractive to fans, and the emergence of televised sports coverage as a way of capturing a larger audience. Notably, the NBA integrated in 1950, opening the game to players who would dominate the game by the end of the 1950s decade: Bill Russell, Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain, and Oscar Robertson. Long a game that players loved to play, basketball became a professional sport well supported by community leaders, business vendors, and an ever-growing number of fans. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Todd Barsness. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/017471/bk_acx0_017471_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Alyssa Cole delivers another fun, sexy romance novella in the Reluctant Royals series! Regina Hobbs is nerdy by nature, businesswoman by nurture. She´s finally taking her pop-culture-centered media enterprise, Girls with Glasses, to the next level, but the stress is forcing her to face a familiar supervillain: insomnia. The only thing that helps her sleep when things get this bad is the deep, soothing voice of puzzle-obsessed live streamer Gustave Nguyen. The problem? His archive has been deleted. Gus has been tasked with creating an escape room themed around a romance anime...except he knows nothing about romance or anime. Then mega-nerd and anime expert Reggie comes calling, and they make a trade: his voice for her knowledge. But when their online friendship has IRL chemistry, will they be able to escape love? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Karen Chilton. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/008654/bk_harp_008654_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This is the dramatic story of the American bomber boys in World War II who brought the war to Hitler’s doorstep. With the narrative power of fiction, this is a harrowing ride through the fire-filled skies over Berlin, Hanover, and Dresden. Fighting at 25,000 feet in thin, freezing air no warriors had encountered before, bomber crews battled new kinds of assaults on body and mind. Air combat was deadly but intermittent: periods of inactivity and anxiety were followed by short bursts of fire and fear. Unlike infantrymen, bomber boys slept on clean sheets, drank beer in local pubs, and danced to the music of Glenn Miller’s Air Force Band. But they had a much greater chance of dying than ground soldiers. In 1943 an American bomber crewman stood only a one-in-five chance of surviving his tour of duty. The Eighth Air Force lost more men in the war than the US Marine Corps. The bomber crews were an elite group of warriors. Actor Jimmy Stewart was a bomber boy, as was ´´King of Hollywood” Clark Gable. The air war was filmed by Oscar-winning director William Wyler and covered by reporters like Andy Rooney and Walter Cronkite, all of whom flew combat missions with the men. The Anglo-American bombing campaign against Nazi Germany was the longest military campaign of World War II, a war within a war. Until Allied soldiers crossed into Germany in the final months of the war, it was the only battle fought inside the German homeland. Strategic bombing did not win the war, but the war could not have been won without it. American airpower destroyed the rail facilities and oil refineries that supplied the German war machine. The bombing campaign was a shared enterprise: The British bombed at night while American bombers attacked by day - a technique that British commanders thought was suicidal. Drawn from interviews, oral histories, and American, British, German, and other archives, this is an authoritative, deeply moving account of the world 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robertson Dean. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/004692/bk_blak_004692_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Studio drummer Hal Blaine and an archive interview with journalist James Fallows on this edition of Fresh Air. Hal Blaine´s distinctive sound could be heard on thousands of recordings from the late 1950s and on for 25 years. He played on the hit records, Be My Baby by The Ronettes, Good Vibrations by the Beach Boys, I Got You Babe, by Sony and Cher, Mr. Tambourine Man, by The Byrds, Monday, Monday by The Mamas and the Papas, Strangers in the Night by Frank Sinatra, and many, many more. Last year, Blaine was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. James Fallows is the national correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly and the author of Looking at the Sun. In this 1994 interview, Fallows examined political and economic systems that arose in East Asia, which challenged Western principles of capitalism and democracy. Fallows argues the impact of Asia on the West has been hidden by America´s false perception about the ´´success´´ of individual enterprise and rights in the area. He predicts Korea, Taiwan, and ´´Greater China´´ are the most likely countries to dominate the region economically. (Broadcast Dates: May 9, 2001 and April 20. 1994) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/010509/rt_whyy_010509_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The extraordinary real-life adventure of three brothers at the center of the most dramatic turning points of World War II and their mad race to change history - and save one of their own. They are three brothers, all navy men, who end up coincidentally and extraordinarily at the epicenter of three of the war´s most crucial moments. Bill is picked by Roosevelt to run his first map room in Washington. Benny is the gunnery and antiaircraft officer on the USS Enterprise, one of the only carriers to escape Pearl Harbor and by the end of 1942 the last one left in the Pacific to defend against the Japanese. Barton, the youngest and least distinguished of the three, is shuffled off to the Navy Supply Corps because his mother wants him out of harm´s way. But this protection plan backfires when Barton is sent to the Philippines and listed as missing in action after a Japanese attack. Now it is up to Bill and Benny to find and rescue him. Based on 10 years of research drawn from archives around the world, interviews with fellow shipmates and POWs, and primary sources including diaries, unpublished memoirs, and letters half forgotten in basements, The Jersey Brothers is a remarkable story of agony and triumph - from the home front to Roosevelt´s White House and Pearl Harbor to Midway and Bataan. It is the story, written with intimate, novelistic detail, of an ordinary young man who shows extraordinary courage as the Japanese do everything short of killing him. And it is, above all, a story of brotherly love: of three men finding their loyalty to each other tested under the tortures of war - and knowing that their success or failure to save their youngest brother will shape their family forever. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cassandra Campbell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/007903/bk_sans_007903_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The dream of capturing and organizing knowledge is as old as history. From the archives of ancient Sumeria and the Library of Alexandria to the Library of Congress and Wikipedia, humanity has wrestled with the problem of harnessing its intellectual output. The timeless quest for wisdom has been as much about information storage and retrieval as creative genius. In Cataloging the World, Alex Wright introduces us to a figure who stands out in the long line of thinkers and idealists who devoted themselves to the task. Beginning in the late 19th century, Paul Otlet, a librarian by training, worked at expanding the potential of the catalog card, the world´s first information chip. From there followed universal libraries and museums, connecting his native Belgium to the world by means of a vast intellectual enterprise that attempted to organize and code everything ever published. Forty years before the first personal computer and fifty years before the first browser, Otlet envisioned a network of ´´electric telescopes´´ that would allow people everywhere to search through books, newspapers, photographs, and recordings, all linked together in what he termed, in 1934, a reseau mondial essentially, a worldwide web. Otlet´s life achievement was the construction of the Mundaneum, a mechanical collective brain that would house and disseminate everything ever committed to paper. Filled with analog machines such as telegraphs and sorters, the Mundaneum, what some have called a ´´Steampunk version of hypertext´´ was the embodiment of Otlet´s ambitions. It was also shortlived. By the time the Nazis, who were pilfering libraries across Europe to collect information they thought useful, carted away Otlet´s collection in 1940, the dream had ended. Broken, Otlet died in 1944.Wright´s engaging intellectual history gives Otlet his due, restoring him to his proper place in the long continuum of visionaries and pioneers who have struggled to classify knowledge. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Lee. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/019815/bk_adbl_019815_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Simply put, Dark Data is stored, largely non-inventoried, unstructured data not currently used for the purpose of conducting data science, but which is nevertheless maintained on a ´´just in case´´ basis - either to meet regulatory requirements, or in the hope that the data will prove useful for research purposes at some time in the future. ´´Gathering dust´´ in archives, Dark Data, is - as less simply put by CIO and industry pundit Isaac Sacolick - ´´data and content that exists and is stored, but is not leveraged and analyzed for intelligence or used in forward looking decisions. It includes data that is in physical locations or formats that make analysis complex or too costly, or data that has significant data quality issues. It also includes data that is currently stored and can be connected to other data sources for analysis, but the business has not dedicated sufficient resources to analyze and leverage.´´ Add to this unstructured data of a nature for which sufficiently robust or accurate analysis tools have not yet been invented, and some data (notably most log files) which will simply never be of use and will never yield useful Business Intelligence, commonly known as BI. In Dark Data & Dark Social, Lars Nielsen explores then nature of Dark Data, how to go about discerning genuinely useful Dark Data amid the large balance of useless data debris with which most enterprises are swamped, how to build a data science team to accomplish this task and leverage Dark Data to its utmost potential, how to safely and irrevocably dispose of unusable data debris, and also how to exploit some of the darkest of dark data: ´´Dark Social´´ the hard-to-track but incredibly valuable real-time data pegged to largely-anonymous second party referrals to web sites (as opposed to direct click-throughs). Throughout the book, Nielsen provides information in a user-friendly, jargon-free manner which assumes little technical background. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dave Wright. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/027534/bk_acx0_027534_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.