Janet couldn't sleep. The drama with her and her boyfriend was keeping her up all night. She'd caught him cheating before and now she had reason to believe he was up to his old ways again. On top of everything else, the guy in the apartment next door was making too way too much noise. The noise seemed to be a loud pounding sound against a punching bag. She hadn't yet met her neighbor. But she pictured some butt-ugly brute with a potbelly and the personality of a bowling pin. By 2 a.m., she’d had enough. Storming out of her apartment, she went next door and loudly knocked on the door. When the door swung open, Janet got a big surprise. The butt-ugly brute she was expecting was actually a petite young woman. Sweat tickled down her pretty face. Her sky blue eyes were wide and her mouth was pushed into a soft pucker. Before Janet could speak she said, "I'm sorry, was I making too much noise? I really apologize".... Warning: This book contains sexual content and is for mature audiences only. Eighteen years and up only. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Theresa Stephens. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/103482/bk_acx0_103482_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Join USA Today best-selling author Sheila Roberts this Christmas as she returns for the final installment in her treasured Icicle Falls series. When Muriel Sterling released her new book, A Guide to Happy Holidays, she felt like the queen of Christmas. She's thrilled when the new tree she ordered online arrives and is eager to show it off - until she gets it out of the box and realizes it's a mangy dud. But rather than give up on the ugly tree, Muriel decides to make a project out of it. As she pretties up her tree, she realizes there's a lesson to be learned: Everything and everyone has potential. Maybe even her old friend Arnie, who's loved her for years. Except she's not the only one seeing Arnie's potential.... Meanwhile, Muriel's ugly-tree project has also inspired her friends. Sienna Moreno is trying to bring out the best in the grouchy man next door, who hates noise, hates kids, and hates his new neighbors. And while Olivia Claussen would love to send her obnoxious new daughter-in-law packing, she's adjusting her attitude and trying to discover what her son sees in the girl. If these women can learn to see the beauty in the "ugly trees" in their lives, perhaps this might turn out to be the happiest holiday yet. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Amy McFadden. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/006340/bk_harp_006340_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
They want to shut you up. But don't let this be the End of Discussion. In this fresh and provocative new audiobook, Mary Katharine Ham and Guy Benson, dynamic Fox News and Townhall Media duo, expose how the Left exploits fake outrage to silence their political opponents - in public, on social media, at work, and even in their own homes. End of Discussion encourages all Americans who value the open exchange of ideas to fight back against this strategic effort to make America less free, less feisty, and less fun. Ham and Benson demonstrate just how dangerous the outrage industry - a coalition of mostly liberal blowhards and busybodies - is to democracy. This media frenzy is designed to disqualify opposing viewpoints on everything from health care to infrastructure to education by labeling them racist, sexist, and evil. They punish speech that makes them uncomfortable, demanding boycotts, firings, regulations, and other economic costs for the sin of disagreeing with them. Instead of engaging in discussion, they seek to win the debate by preventing it from happening. And if you think this behavior is relegated to political fights or politicians, think again. A network of well-trained operatives, nonprofit groups, PR firms, universities, politicians, and "thought leaders" exists to foment outrage over your association with the "wrong" fried chicken joints, Internet browsers, breast cancer charities, pasta, children's toys, Halloween costumes, TV shows, schools, and even comedians' jokes. With Ham and Benson's help, listeners can cut through the noise and find their voices again, fighting back against the rampant self-censorship and hair-trigger apologies that always make things worse, not better. With fresh reporting and insightful, occasionally tongue-in-cheek, analysis, End of Discussion is a timely handbook for anyone who wants to make sure debate doesn't meet an ugly death.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mary Katharine Ham, Guy Benson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/004196/bk_rand_004196_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Winner of a 2013 Small Business Book Award for EconomicsThe world is more overwhelming than ever before. Our work is deeper and more demanding than ever. Our businesses are more complicated and difficult to manage than ever. Our economy is more uncertain than ever. Our resources are scarcer than ever. There is endless choice and feature overkill in all but the best experiences. Everybody knows everything about us. The simple life is a thing of the past. Everywhere, there's too much of the wrong stuff and not enough of the right. The noise is deafening, the signal weak. Everything is too complicated and time-sucking.Welcome to the age of excess everything. Success in this new age looks different and demands a new skill: Subtraction.Subtraction is defined simply as the art of removing anything excessive, confusing, wasteful, unnatural, hazardous, hard to use, or ugly . . . or the discipline to refrain from adding it in the first place. And if subtraction is the new skill to be acquired, we need a guide to developing it.Enter The Laws of Subtraction.Through a dozen of the most compelling stories of breakthrough innovation culled from 2,000 cases and bolstered by uniquely personal essays contributed by over 50 of the most creative minds in business today, The Laws of Subtraction outlines six simple rules for winning in the age of excess everything, and delivers a single yet powerful idea: When you remove just the right things in just the right way, something very good happens.The Laws of Subtraction features contributions by over 50 highly regarded thinkers, creatives, and executives.On Law #1: What Isn't There Can Often Trump What Is'When you reduce the number of doors that someone can walk through, more people walk through the one that you want them to walk through.' -- SCOTT BELSKY, founder and CEO of Behance and author of Making Ideas HappenOn Law #2: The Simplest Rules Create the Most Effective Experience'Keeping it simple isn't easy. By exploiting subtraction in innovation, we've been able to create an environment of freedom and creativity that allows us to thrive.' -- BRAD SMITH, CEO, IntuitOn Law #3: Limiting Information Engages the Imagination'Subtraction can mean the difference between a highly persuasive presentation and a long, convoluted, and confusing one. Why say more when you can say less?' -- CARMINE GALLO, author of The Apple ExperienceOn Law #4: Creativity Thrives Under Intelligent Constraints'Here's the key to the conundrum for managers who want to stoke the innovation fire: That close cousin of scarcity, constraint, can indeed foster creativity.' -- TERESA AMABILE, author of The Progress PrincipleOn Law #5: Break Is the Important Part of Breakthrough'If you kill the butterflies in your stomach, you'll kill the dream. Embrace the feeling. Save the butterflies.' -- JONATHAN FIELDS, author of UncertaintyOn Law #6: Doing Something Isn't Always Better Than Doing Nothing'When we're faced with the greatest odds against us, often we need to edit rather than add.' -- CHIP CONLEY, cofounder of Joie de Vivre Hospitality and author of Emotional Equations
Do you know the difference among a boundary, privacy, and security fence? Or what a Good Neighbor fence is? Or a dry stonewall? You might know about living hedges but what about snow fences? Adding a wall or fence to your property can be a major decision. It requires good design and good thinking to identify the best style , design, and material to meet your needs. Originally, fences and walls were constructed primarily for protection. Today, they are built for privacy, security, as well as protection from noise and headlights. This new book helps you select the wall or fence that suits your property and your fancy! A fence can be a decoration (think of those cute upright white pickets), hide an ugly view (such as trash cans or a/c units), block the sound of passing vehicles, enclose the swimming pool, or create a new outdoor room. Sometimes used as a backdrop for the garden, framing views, creating vistas, and providing perspective, you want a wall or fence to blend into the background; sometimes you want it to make a statement. Explore a wide range of styles and designs, in a variety of materials and quality grades. Hundreds of examples are shown in 316 full color photos, offering a comprehensive reference for homeowners, architects, landscapers, and builders.
Follow Tam on three exciting adventures to the land of Faery - where he'll battle castle nightmares, evil creatures and mischevious fairies! THE STARBURSTER At first, Tam isn't at all keen on his baby sister, Blue. But with a little inventive persuasion from Great-grandpa, Tam changes his mind. One terrible night, Blue is stolen - and an ugly fairy changeling is left in her place! It falls to Tam to journey to the magical land of Faery, return the changeling and win back Blue... THE HUMMING MACHINE Great-grandpa Toby is making so much NOISE! And if Tam can hear the clamour coming from his humming machine, the fairies will too. Soon enough, on the night of a blue moon, Great-grandpa vanishes. Tam must venture to Faery Land once more - but what will he find when he gets there? THE WINDSPINNER First the fairies took Tam's little sister, Blue. Then they took his Great-grandpa Toby. Now Tam has to keep a great secret - not only is Great-grandpa still in Faery as King, but the old King of the fairies, Oban, is now in Tam's world disguised as a boy Tam's age! At first, it's lots of fun having Oban and his magic around. He manages to charm everybody - even Tam's teacher at school. But then things start to go wrong . . . Three enchanting stories from much-loved, Carnegie Award-winning author Berlie Doherty. Young Corgi books are perfect for building reading confidence
Your life is beautiful. Not your life yesterday. Not your life tomorrow. Your life right now. But if you're like most people, you probably don't feel that way. Under a nonstop onslaught of depressing news stories, social media brain drain, gossip, fake news, and everyday frustrations, your awesomeness gets worn away and lost. And with it, so does your chance at happiness, joy, and the life that you deserve. See the Beauty: A 30-Day Celebration of Your Magnificent Life will help guide you back to seeing your life with clear eyes. Through this daily mindfulness and interactive gratitude program, you will learn to unplug from all the ugly noise and focus instead on the countless wonders that surround you each and every day. With humor, wisdom, and her trademark heartfelt storytelling, bestselling author Jools Sinclair shares insights from her own shaky path toward enlightenment as she helps readers start living happier, healthier, and more exhilarating lives. Change is only a moment away. This moment. Download this book and begin seeing your life for what it really is: amazing, magnificent, and beautiful. 'This is a gem of a book -- The See the Beauty program has changed the way I look at my own life and has helped me recognize the beauty that has passed me by for years. If my house caught fire and I only had time to save a few things, my See the Beauty journal would be at the top of the list.' -- Author Meg Muldoon