Why would spry senior Bob Weiderley suddenly faint and fall into a coma after winning a game of Bingo? After all, he was the most physically fit of all the men at the Happy Haven Assisted Living Facility (although there weren´t many men at HH because women outnumbered them four to one). It was just very suspicious. That´s why Essie Cobb and her friends and fellow residents - Opal, Marjorie, and Fay - decided to investigate. Was it possible that someone was out to get the friendly old gentleman? Maybe it was Violet, Happy Haven´s director, trying to cover up her shady past. Or Sue, the activities director, whose behavior was unusual to say the least. Maybe it was one of the three women who sat at Bob´s regular table in the dining room. Or the mysterious man who had recently sent Bob a startling letter. Essie Cobb is determined to find out-and she´s not going to let her age (90), or her various age-related infirmities hold her back. Welcome to Happy Haven. If you thought most elderly residents of assisted living facilities spent their days watching television and sitting in the sun, you haven´t met Essie Cobb, senior sleuth, and her three mystery-solving buddies. These four elderly ladies have insatiable curiosity, unending concern for their fellow man (especially their fellow ´man´), and energy and determination that some might find unusual for women in their 80´s and 90´s. They may not be able to get around as fast as youngsters in their 60´s, or navigate that Interstate-Internet (or whatever that computer thing is), but they can solve a mystery. And they´re starting with this one. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jean Habrukowich. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/002628/bk_acx0_002628_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The creation of the Mac, in 1984, catapulted America into the digital millennium, captured a fanatic cult audience, and transformed the computer industry into an unprecedented mix of technology, economics, and show business. Veteran technology writer and Newsweek senior editor Steven Levy zooms in on the great machine and the fortunes of the unique company responsible for its evolution. Loaded with anecdote and insight, and peppered with sharp commentary, Insanely Great is the definitive book on the most important computer ever made. It is a must-have for anyone curious about how we got to the interactive age. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Steven Levy. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/003612/bk_adbl_003612_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the acclaimed Vanity Fair and GQ journalist - an unprecedented, in-depth portrait of the man whose return to Apple precipitated one of the biggest turnarounds in business history. When Steve Jobs became the acting CEO of Apple Computers, it was hemorrhaging more than a billion dollars a year. His return after twelve years of exile to the company he co-founded completely revitalized Apple. With the revolutionary success of the iMac, Apple turned a profit of over $600 million last year. Based on interviews with scores of people - rivals, colleagues, friends - who have worked with Jobs over the years, The Second Coming of Steve Jobs presents the most revealing portrait yet of this extraordinarily complex man; how and why he almost gave up his career; the details of his negotiations with Disney´s Jeffrey Kaztenberg and Michael Eisner and of the culture clash between Silicon Valley and Hollywood; his methods of leadership, management, creativity, and innovation; his friendship and rivalry with Bill Gates - and much more. Since the early days of Apple, Steve Jobs has captivated the public. Now, as Jobs prepares to conquer Hollywood with his enormously successful animation film studio, Pixar, Alan Deutschman brings listeners what will be one of the most talked-about business audios of the year. Alan Deutschman is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. For the past twelve years, he has covered business and technology. He was a correspondent for Fortune for seven years, a senior writer at GQ, and a contributing editor at New York magazine. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Charles Stransky. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhau/000003/bk_rhau_000003_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
C# in Depth, Third Edition updates the best-selling second edition to cover the features of C# 5, including the challenges of writing maintainable asynchronous code. It preserves the uniquely insightful look into the tricky areas and dusty corners of C# that only expert Jon Skeet can provide.If you´re a .NET developer, you´ll use C# whether you´re building an advanced enterprise application or just slamming out a quick app. In C# 5, you can do amazing things with generics, lambda expressions, dynamic typing, LINQ, iterator blocks, and other features. But first you have to learn it in depth.C# in Depth, Third Edition has been thoroughly revised to cover the features of C# 5, including the subtleties of writing maintainable asynchronous code. You´ll see the power of C# in action, learning how to work with high-value features that you´ll be glad to have in your toolkit. And you´ll learn to avoid hidden pitfalls of C# programming with the help of crystal clear explanations of ´´behind the scenes´´ issues.This book assumes you´ve digested your first C# book and are hungry for more!What´s Inside:Updated for C# 5 Async/await featureHow C# works and whyAbout the author: Jon Skeet is a senior software engineer at Google, and a highly visible participant of newsgroups, user groups, international conferences, and the Stack Overflow Q&A site. Jon spends much of his day coding in Java, but his heart belongs to C#.PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ezra Simeloff. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/135087/bk_acx0_135087_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A new edition of the number one book in the human computer interaction field!This book seeks to chart the technology-fueled changes taking place in the field of corporate governance and describes the impact these changes are having on boards and the enterprises they govern. It also describes what the future could look like once companies truly embrace the power of technology to change governance.Additionally, this book will provide a set of ´´suggested action steps´´ for companies and their boards focused on ways they can leverage technology tools to enhance governance immediately. Through a review of the latest governance research, interviews with key thought leaders, and case studies of enterprises that have embraced governance technology, listeners will be armed with new insights and approaches they can take to enhance the work of their boards and senior leaders to reach new levels of performance. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kyle Tait. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/gdan/003241/bk_gdan_003241_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Organisations that excel at service buzz. Their people are switched on, and they ´´make it happen´´ for customers. It is down to all the little things they get right. They focus on what counts, and in the world of commerce, as well as in public service, there is only one person that counts, and that is the customer. ´´Get the First Five Seconds Right´´ The original Tom Peters-style fashion for customer service evolved into CRM (customer relations management), and as companies struggled to reduce costs, improve efficiency, and enhance profits, they allowed high-technology and computers to take over many of the traditional roles exercised by empowered and customer-friendly front-line people. Call centres, IVR (interactive voice recording), and Internet ordering became the order of the day. Empowered front-line employees were proving just too expensive and too unreliable to provide cost-effective customer service. In other words, many companies lost the plot. ´´Make Customers Laugh´´ This audiobook is aimed at stimulating senior executives, managers, and front-line employees to re-examine the little things they do every day in relation to customers (external and internal). 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bookbytes. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bkby/000001/bk_bkby_000001_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Even in the era of glasnost, a defector is worth having, especially if he is a senior computer specialist in Russian military intelligence. But when the defection goes wrong, the British are left with three bodies and two inadequate clues to the nature of the information they might have been offered, and which now lies buried somewhere in the collective memories of David Audley and his one-time colleague Major Peter Richardson.But what is the secret that Audley shares with the half-Italian Richardson, now frightened into hiding somewhere in Italy? For once, David Audley has no idea and the race is on to find the elusive Major. But Audley´s objective is fast being overtaken by modern political imperatives, ones very different from the black and white certainties of the old Cold War days. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mike Grady. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/009126/bk_adbl_009126_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In his latest work, former senior computer systems designer and best-selling author Gregg Braden merges ancient and modern worldviews into a powerful new model of time. Marrying the modern laws of fractal patterns to the ancient concept of cycles, he demonstrates how everything from the war and peace between nations to our most joyous relationships and personal crises are the returning patterns of our past. As each pattern returns, it carries the same conditions of previous cycles - fractal patterns that can be known, measured and predicted!What makes this model so important today is that the returning cycles also carry a window of opportunity - a choice point - that allows us to choose a new outcome for the cycle. Braden suggests that if we can see time from this perspective, the patterns will show us what´s in store for the future, and perhaps how to avoid the mistakes of our past. After presenting the case histories that confirm the accuracy of fractal time calculations, the author crosses the traditional boundaries of science and spirituality to answer the question that must be asked: What does fractal time tell us about 2012, and beyond? Because the cycles repeat, the seed for 2012 has already happened and the pattern already exists! In a narrative format of easy-to-read science and true-life accounts, Fractal Time shows us what we can expect as we close the Great World Age described by the Mayan Calendar, and the secret to our moment in history. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gregg Braden. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hayh/000239/bk_hayh_000239_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
May 1970. Vietnam. Cambodia. Kent State. Jackson State. Violent protests erupt on college campuses across America. Paul ´´Tesla” Simmons and his best friend Toby Jessup are college seniors who spend their time writing programs on Wellston University’s IBM 650 mainframe computer, playing pinball in the back room of the Beef ‘n’ Bun restaurant, and dreaming. President Nixon’s escalation of the war and their friendship with student activist Meg Wells draw Paul and Toby into the antiwar movement and a choice between violent and non-violent protest. As the war and opposition to the war reach their climaxes, Toby, Paul, and Meg become ever more radicalized, only to have their plans overshadowed by an incident that alters the course of their personal histories forever.Decades later, Paul, a successful programmer in an era transformed by the rise of the computer, makes a revolutionary technological discovery. Realizing he now has the means to change a tragic, yet seemingly minor historical event, Paul acts, and unwittingly sets history on a deadly new course.Living in the world his actions created, a world where computers are the province of a select few, seeing life as it was only in his dreams, can Paul, with the help of the brilliant young hacker Melora Kennedy, return history to its proper path and restore the dreams of his youth?From New England’s ivy-covered college halls, to New Jersey’s crumbling cities, to the beaches of Florida’s Gulf coast and the ruins of post-war Vietnam, Virtual Fire’s four narrators relate their experiences of war, resistance to war, the power of friendship, and the power of dreams.Author’s Note: Virtual Fire contains scenes concerning warfare, post-traumatic stress disorder related to the Vietnam War, violent acts committed by and against antiwar protesters, and explicit language. It includes a compendium of links to books, movies, and music for those who want to learn more ab 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Cooper, Mendy Sobol, Karen Lee Sobol, Lelia Zsiga. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/153155/bk_acx0_153155_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.