This week, three takes on superheroes. Kurt Andersen talks with Robert Rodriguez, who likes his characters ´´indestructible.” Now the film director is overseeing a new English language cable network for Latino audiences. A graphic novel brings to life the Boxer Rebellion, when peasants believed the gods would give them magical powers to defeat their enemies. And will the success of The Hunger Games finally bring some female action heroes to the big screen? [Broadcast Date: March 22, 2014] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kurt Andersen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/stud/140322/rt_stud_140322_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´I pictured myself a wine-dark streak in a TV desert, ears too full of the summer wind to hear that ominous ticking in the sky: the sound of a cultural clock counting me out of youth.´ Briohny Doyle turned 30 without a clear idea of what her adult life should look like. The world she lived in, with its global economic uncertainty, political conservatism and precarious employment conditions, didn´t match the one her parents grew up in. Every day she read editorials about how her millennial cohort - dubbed the ´Peter Pan generation´ - were reluctant to embrace the traditional markers of adulthood: a stable job, a house in the suburbs, a nuclear family. But do these emblems of maturity mean the same thing today as they did 30 years ago? In a smart and spirited enquiry, Doyle examines whether millennials are redefining what it means to be an adult today. Blending personal essay and cultural critique, she ventures into the big claims of philosophy and the neon buzz of pop culture to ask: in a rapidly changing world, do the so-called adult milestones distract us from other measures of maturity? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Briohny Doyle. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/031011/bk_adbl_031011_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
We live in a world of extreme polarization. We are constantly bombarded with opinions and arguments. As a result, church culture can become segregated from the rest of the world. But Jesus walked on both sides of the dividing line. He spoke with religious people, and he ate with town rejects. What if God´s truth is somewhere between the division? Unbalanced takes a close look at what we´ve separated over, what the church has gotten right and wrong, and where Jesus stands in the middle of it all. Chapter titles: Inside Outside: Why I´m Nervous at the Circus Don´t Mess with the Formula: How the Top Two Greatest Albums Almost Never Happened Silent Monk Screams: Why Some Pain Sticks Around Longer Hollywood Moses: Why Christian Movies are So Terrible My Public Meltdowns: What Types of People Belong in Church Chili´s, Bennigan´s, and Other Places I Wasn´t Allowed To Go: How My Mom Conquered Her Fear of Bar-and-Grills Zacchaeus: How God Burst My Church Bubble Church in a Bar: How Jesus and John the Baptist Were Complete Opposites and Completely Alike The Exaggerated Battles of American Christians: What is the Best Form of Protest? Identity Crisis: Who does the Perfect Christian Looks Like? Full House Lied to Me: Why I Can´t Run Away from Home God Did It: How I Deal with Atheists, Science, and Questions Hamster Prison Break: Why We Have Trouble with Freedom Behind Burned Doors: When My Grandma Dropped the Mic Please Like Me: When What You Didn´t Know Existed Becomes What You Can´t Live Without Stick of Dynamite: What Side is Jesus On? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jonathan Tony. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/088890/bk_acx0_088890_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Taking his lead from his subject, Gershom Scholem - the 20th-century thinker who cracked open Jewish theology and history with a radical reading of Kabbalah - Prochnik combines biography and memoir to counter our contemporary political crisis with an original and urgent reimagining of the future of Israel. In Stranger in a Strange Land, Prochnik revisits the life and work of Gershom Scholem, whose once prominent reputation as a Freud-like interpreter of the inner world of the cosmos has been in eclipse in the United States. He vividly conjures Scholem´s upbringing in Berlin and compellingly brings to life Scholem´s transformative friendship with Walter Benjamin, the critic and philosopher. In doing so he reveals how Scholem´s frustration with the bourgeois ideology of Germany during the First World War led him to discover Judaism, Kabbalah, and finally Zionism as potent counterforces to Europe´s suicidal nationalism. Prochnik´s own years in the Holy Land in the 1990s brings him to question the stereotypical intellectual and theological constructs of Jerusalem and to rediscover the city as a physical place rife with the unruliness and fecundity of nature. Prochnik ultimately suggests that a new form of ecological pluralism must now inherit the historically energizing role once played by Kabbalah and Zionism in Jewish thought. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Stifel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/028866/bk_adbl_028866_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Everybody know Claire Winters is …*ahem*… not a nice person. She struts into town in her designer heels only when she wants money from her estranged father. Except for retired special-forces straight talker, Finn Williams, who came to Twin Elks searching for the peace and contentment missing in his life. Finn likes Claire just fine and is not shy to show it. Irresistibly drawn to each other, will mistrust, lies and deceit destroy Claire and Finn´s happily ever after before it begins?
In this festive novella by the author of Christmas at the Vicarage, will Enid follow her heart or her head?Since the tragic loss of her parents, Enid has lived alone in a coastal cottage in Jersey. But this year someone new has come into her life: Fred, who truly gets her, and who knows how to make her happy. The only problem is that Enid has Asperger’s and doesn’t like to leave her comfort zone - and Fred lives in Australia.Like Enid, Fred has survived heartbreak and is searching for a way to start again. Could a stranger on the other side of the world really bring new meaning to his life, or is he just setting himself up for another fall?When Fred invites Enid to Australia for Christmas, her vivacious sister Bess begs her to take a risk for the first time ever. But Enid’s whole life is structured around familiarity. As the festive season approaches, she has a decision to make: play it safe, or embark on a momentous journey into the unknown? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Fiona Hardingham, Henrietta Meire, Nico Evers-Swindell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/011367/bk_brll_011367_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.