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  1. Me: Elton John Official Autobiography Audiobook Me: Elton John Official Autobiography
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  2. Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas: Festive hospital diaries from the author of million-copy hit T Audiobook Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas: Festive hospital diaries from the author of million-copy hit T
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  3. Christmas Shopaholic Audiobook Christmas Shopaholic
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  4. The Guilty Mother Audiobook The Guilty Mother
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  5. Girl, Woman, Other Audiobook Girl, Woman, Other
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  6. Postscript: The sequel to PS, I Love You Audiobook Postscript: The sequel to PS, I Love You
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  7. Indulge Audiobook Indulge
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  8. Shut Up and Listen!: Hard Business Truths that Will Help You Succeed Audiobook Shut Up and Listen!: Hard Business Truths that Will Help You Succeed
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  9. The Family Upstairs: The Number One bestseller from the author of Then She Was Gone Audiobook The Family Upstairs: The Number One bestseller from the author of Then She Was Gone
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  10. The Uninhabitable Earth: A Story of the Future Audiobook The Uninhabitable Earth: A Story of the Future
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Michelangelo, God's Architect: The Story of His Final Years and Greatest Masterpiece Audiobook

Michelangelo, God's Architect: The Story of His Final Years and Greatest Masterpiece

Author: William E. Wallace Narrator: Simon Callow Release Date: October 2019

In this audiobook, acclaimed actor Simon Callow narrates the gripping untold story of Michelangelo's final decades-and his transformation into one of the greatest architects of the Italian Renaissance As he entered his seventies, the great Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo despaired that his productive years were past. Anguished by the death of friends and discouraged by the loss of commissions to younger artists, this supreme painter and sculptor began carving his own tomb. It was at this unlikely moment that fate intervened to task Michelangelo with the most ambitious and daunting project of his long creative life. Michelangelo, God's Architect is the first book to tell the full story of Michelangelo's final two decades, when the peerless artist refashioned himself into the master architect of St. Peter's Basilica and other major buildings. When the Pope handed Michelangelo control of the St. Peter's project in 1546, it was a study in architectural mismanagement, plagued by flawed design and faulty engineering. Assessing the situation with his uncompromising eye and razor-sharp intellect, Michelangelo overcame the furious resistance of Church officials to persuade the Pope that it was time to start over. Leading Michelangelo expert William Wallace sheds new light on this least familiar part of Michelangelo's biography, revealing a creative genius who was also a skilled engineer and enterprising businessman. The challenge of building St. Peter's deepened Michelangelo's faith, Wallace shows. Fighting the intrigues of Church politics and his own declining health, Michelangelo became convinced that he was destined to build the largest and most magnificent church ever conceived. And he was determined to live long enough that no other architect could alter his design.

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Brooklyn: The Once and Future City Audiobook

Brooklyn: The Once and Future City

Author: Thomas J. Campanella Narrator: William Hope Release Date: September 2019

An unprecedented history of Brooklyn, told through its places, buildings, and the people who made them, from the early seventeenth century to today America's most storied urban underdog, Brooklyn has become an internationally recognized brand in recent decades-celebrated and scorned as one of the hippest destinations in the world. In Brooklyn: The Once and Future City, Thomas J. Campanella unearths long-lost threads of the urban past, telling the rich history of the rise, fall, and reinvention of one of the world's most resurgent cities. Spanning centuries and neighborhoods, Brooklyn-born Campanella recounts the creation of places familiar and long forgotten, both built and never realized, bringing to life the individuals whose dreams, visions, rackets, and schemes forged the city we know today. He takes us through Brooklyn's history as homeland of the Leni Lenape and its transformation by Dutch colonists into a dense slaveholding region. We learn about English émigré Deborah Moody, whose town of Gravesend was the first founded by a woman in America. We see how wanderlusting Yale dropout Frederick Law Olmsted used Prospect Park to anchor an open space system that was to reach back to Manhattan. And we witness Brooklyn's emergence as a playland of racetracks and amusement parks celebrated around the world. Campanella also describes Brooklyn's outsized failures, from Samuel Friede's bid to erect the world's tallest building to the long struggle to make Jamaica Bay the world's largest deepwater seaport, and the star-crossed urban renewal, public housing, and highway projects that battered the borough in the postwar era. Campanella reveals how this immigrant Promised Land drew millions, fell victim to its own social anxieties, and yet proved resilient enough to reawaken as a multicultural powerhouse and global symbol of urban vitality.

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Continuous Branding: For Service-based Organisations Ambitious to Grow Audiobook

Continuous Branding: For Service-based Organisations Ambitious to Grow

Author: Craig Thatcher Narrator: Craig Thatcher Release Date: July 2019

This book will help your service business to thrive by overcoming the three biggest challenges to growth that all companies selling services as opposed to those that manufacture or sell products, have to address. Introducing you to the 'Continuous Branding' tool. To benefit from the performance-boosting power of service branding, I'll guide you through what it is all about and inspire you to use it better. As well as helping you to achieve your commercial or strategic objectives, I'll introduce you to 'Continuous Branding', which is the tool I've developed for you. If you're an owner or director of a service company with an ambition to grow then you'll find this book very useful. Key things you'll learn Change the way you think about your company and uncover it's true potential.Add enormous value to your business by harnessing the power of branding.Design your customers' experience in advance, making it distinctive and memorable.Grow your company by motivating your people to deliver your proposition.Embark confidently on your own journey to greater success.Clearly communicate your business strategy or purpose directly to your people, your customers and partners with the support of practical and effective ways to build your business and your brand. Here are the five simple principles. Think like a brand ownerLead from a powerful market positionHave a point of viewPersonalise your brand experienceInvest continuously to grow consistentlyProven with great results. Every year since 2011, Greg Mace, Managing Director of Rapport Guest Services uses 'Continuous Branding' to grow his company by more than 20% per annum, and has created a market leading, award winning business in the highly competitive world of corporate front of house services.

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Egyptian Pyramids Revisited Audiobook

Egyptian Pyramids Revisited

Author: Moustafa Gadalla Narrator: Susie Hennessy Release Date: July 2019

A complete handbook about the pyramids of Ancient Egypt during the Pyramid Age. It contains: the locations and dimensions of interiors and exteriors of the pyramids; the history and builders of the pyramids; theories of construction; theories on their purpose and function; the sacred geometry that was incorporated into the design of the pyramids; and much, much more. This Expanded Edition of the book consists of fully illustrated seven Parts with a total of 18 Chapters, as well as one Appendix. Part I: Overview consists of two chapters 1 and 2, as follows: Chapter 1: The Background provides a short opening statement about the common 'theories' and the counterpoints based on actual facts. Chapter 2: The Genuine Masonry Pyramids provides a list of the Egyptian pyramids that were built during the Fourth dynasty about 4500 years ago. Part II: Pyramids versus Tombs consists of two chapters 3 and 4, as follows: Chapter 3: Stepped 'Pyramid' of Zoser covers details of its super-structure and its underground chambers. Chapter 4: The Fictional Tombs covers the details of a typical Ancient Egyptian tomb and how totally different from the interiors of the Egyptian masonry pyramids of the Fourth Dynasty. Part III: Pyramids -- Functions & Forms consists of two chapters 5 and 6, as follows: Chapter 5: The Pyramid Complex shows how the Egyptian pyramid was a component of a complex that was connected to other temples; and the differences in functions and forms between a pyramid and a temple; as well as the energetic proportioning of such structures. Chapter 6: Pyramid Power covers the form variations of the Egyptian masonry pyramids; and how such forms attract, maintain and channel cosmic energies. Part IV: Pyramid Construction Techniques consists of two chapters 7 and 8, as follows: Chapter 7: The Flawed 'Common Theory'covers the details of the Common 'Theory'; the unidentified 'source' of quarried blocks ; the impossibilities of cutting and shaping the pyramid blocks; the impossible logistics of fabricated ramps' theory; the convenietly ignored three immense Pyramids of Snefru; and a summation refuting the western-made 'Common Theory' Chapter 8: The Material Facts covers Herodotus accounts of pyramid construction; Egyptian molding techniques ; the differences between synthetic and natural blocks; the various types of synthetic concrete blocks; the unique qualities of the pyramids'casing stones; additional evidential facts of synthetic pyramid blocks; as well as bringing to light the even more outstanding details of the earlier incredible masonry works of Saqqara Part V:The Three Snefru Pyramids consists of three chapters 9 through 11, as follows: Chapter 9: Snefru's Meidum Pyramid covers its detailed exteriors and interiors. Chapter 10: Snefru's Bent Pyramid covers its detailed exteriors and interiors. Chapter 11: Snefru's Red Pyramid covers its detailed exteriors and interiors. Part VI: The Three Pyramids of Giza consists of four chapters 12 through 15, as follows: Chapter 12: The Giza Plateau provides an overall diagram of the main points of interest in the Giza Plateau Chapter 13: Khufu's Great Pyramid covers its detailed exteriors and interiors. Chapter 14: Khafra's Pyramid covers its detailed exteriors and interiors. Chapter 15: Menkaura's Pyramid covers its detailed exteriors and interiors. Part VII: After The Pyramids consists three chapters 16 through 18, as follows; Chapter 16: Mission Accomplished concludes the Egyptians' objectives of building the pyramids Chapter 17: 'Pyramid' Texts covers the origin of such incorrectly western characterization of such texts. Chapter 18: The Greatest Pharaohs That Followed provides accounts of subsequent more powerful and great builders who never built a pyramid because the real objectives of building pyramids were achieved during the era of the Fourth dynasty. Appendix A: Roof Forms and Their Metaphysical Designations.

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The Great Great Wall: Along the Borders of History from China to Mexico Audiobook

The Great Great Wall: Along the Borders of History from China to Mexico

Author: Ian Volner Narrator: Ian Volner Release Date: June 2019

During his campaign for the presidency, one of Donald Trump's signature promises was that he would build a "great great wall" on the border between the United States and Mexico, and Mexico was going to pay for it. A year and a half into his term, with only a few prototype segments erected, the wall is the 2,000-mile multibillion-dollar elephant in the room of contemporary American life. In The Great Great Wall, architectural historian and critic Ian Volner takes a deep dive into the story of Trump's wall. Volner follows the conception, selling, design, and construction (or lack thereof) of this expensive and consequential barrier, giving listeners a detailed description of what's happening in Washington, DC-and along the border. He also travels far afield, to China, the Middle East, northern England, and back to our border to examine the barriers we've been building for centuries. Why do we build walls? What do they reveal about human history?

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Scottish History: A Concise Overview of the History of Scotland From Start to End Audiobook

Scottish History: A Concise Overview of the History of Scotland From Start to End

Author: Eric Brown Narrator: John Leen Release Date: May 2019

Explore the History of Scotland From Start to End... Are you interested in the romance and drama of Scottish history? Are tales of Robert the Bruce and the wars against England just footnotes in your wider historical knowledge? This book provides a concise and impressive chronicle! Scotland has always held a fascination for people around the world. from inventors and patriots to great writers and thinkers, Scotland has traditionally punched well above its weight on the world stage. But did you know how it all started and how Scotland has been shaped by wider world events? This book, Scottish History: A Concise Overview of the History of Scotland From Start to End, tells Scotland's story through several hundred years of turmoil and strife and includes chapters on: The emergence of the Scottish nationThe golden ageThe Wars of IndependenceThe Black DeathInventors, explorers and missionariesThe impact of two world warsAnd much more... This in-depth and informative book aims to give the reader a taste of what Scottish history has meant for it, the United Kingdom as a whole and for the rest of the world as a result. It is perfect for anyone who has an urge to learn more about what Scotland has done throughout the years! Don't wait another moment to enjoy from this information - Get your copy of Scottish History right away!

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Three Years in Wonderland: The Disney Brothers, C. V. Wood, and the Making of the Great American The Audiobook

Three Years in Wonderland: The Disney Brothers, C. V. Wood, and the Making of the Great American The

Author: Todd James Pierce Narrator: Al Kessel Release Date: April 2019

While the success of Disneyland is largely credited to Walt and Roy Disney, there was a third, mostly forgotten dynamo instrumental to the development of the park-fast-talking Texan C. V. Wood. Three Years in Wonderland presents the never-before-told, full story of 'the happiest place on earth.' Using information from over one hundred unpublished interviews, Todd James Pierce lays down the arc of Disneyland's development from an idea to a paragon of entertainment. In compelling detail, Three Years in Wonderland lays out the struggles and rewards of building the world's first cinematic theme park and convincing the American public that a seventeen million dollar amusement park was the ideal place for a family vacation. The early experience of Walt Disney, Roy Disney, and C. V. Wood is one of the most captivating untold stories in the history of Hollywood. Pierce interviewed dozens of individuals who enjoyed long careers at the Walt Disney Company as well as dozens of individuals who-like C. V. Wood-helped develop the park but then left the company for good once the park was finished. Through much research and many interviews, Three Years in Wonderland offers readers a rare opportunity to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the men and women who built the best-known theme park in the world.

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Hygge: The Happy Danish Art of Life Audiobook

Hygge: The Happy Danish Art of Life

Author: Victor Frandsen Narrator: Thomas Cassidy Release Date: April 2019

The cozy lifestyle of the Danish has inspired many. Hygge is the philosophy and lifestyle of coziness that can only be achieved through certain designs and interiors that motivate to gain peace of mind despite harsh winters and heavy rains. We can learn from the Danish and the relaxed attitude they create with their outlook on life. In this audiobook, you will learn about topics such:  How to embrace the Hygge culture and way of decorating your homeItems to include in your cozy roomsThe background, underlying reasons, and history of HyggeDanish culture and all the facets that contribute to the Hygge lifestyleTips and tricks to enjoy the aesthetic comfort of your homeAnd much more! Curious yet? Then don't wait and start listening!

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Ends: Why we overlook endings for humans, products, services and digital. And why we shouldn't. Audiobook

Ends: Why we overlook endings for humans, products, services and digital. And why we shouldn't.

Author: Joe Macleod Narrator: Joe Macleod Release Date: January 2019

Ends makes a compelling case that demonstrates how, over centuries, our changing relationship with death has led to the loss of our relationship with endings. Giving rise to guilt-free consumers, an overly-blamed business sector and a society which finds itself at a loss when it needs to grapple with responsibility.Drawing on a plethora of sources in history, sociology, psychology and industry, Ends argues that we are taking the wrong approach to challenging the impact of consumption and that we need to create coherent endings in our product, service and digital experiences to rebalance this.

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History of Paris Audiobook

History of Paris

Author: Introbooks Narrator: Introbooks Release Date: January 2019

Paris abounds in the history of more than 2,000 years old legacy of wars, enriched culture and high-class literature with poetry, prose, drama and world-class architectural designs to amaze the world. The Gauls of the Parisii tribe settled here in Paris around 250 and 200 B.C. They went on to find a fishing village on an island situated in the river which is the "Ile de la Cite" of the present day. This was the main center around which the entire city of Paris was built and structured. Paris was known as "Lutetia" (Lutece) in the medieval times and was occupied by Julius Caesar in 52 B.C. Paris continued to subsist as a regional center under the influence of the Romans during the early Middle Ages. In 987, the Count of Paris named as Hugh Capet became the King of France. Under his successors and clan which came to be known as the Capetians, Paris continued to flourish as the national capital city of France. The people of Paris were considered to be rebellious and high-spirited as they went on to declare themselves as an independent commune in 1355-58 under the leadership of Etienne Marcel. In 1789, the storming of the Bastille was the first in the series of actions which was accelerated by the people of Paris and this came to be known as the French Revolution. During the years 1830 and 1848, Paris played a major role in the French Revolution as it became the center of all prime activities which took place on the social, economic, political domains of the revolutionary period. In 1871, the capital city of France witnessed an oncoming war known as the Franco-Prussian War under the influence of which the city was encircled and besieged unless France surrendered after four months. It was only after the withdrawal of the German troops that the French radicals began to establish the Commune of Paris. The Germans were prevented from entering Paris during the World War I. However, they did manage to occupy the city during the World War II during the period of 1940 to 1944. Paris again became the center spot for violence as it also witnessed the student's riots of 1968. The Paris we see today is the fashion hub of the world and the most romantic city in the world. Paris today maintains its charm, character, and importance in the real world. Its physical appearance has been transformed by mega-structures like Beaubourg and several other grand projects including reforming the city into architectural perfection under the presidency of Mitterrand. In addition to the Bastille Opera and the La Defense arch, the projects of Mitterrand included te renovations of the Louvre by the architect named I.M Pei. Many more projects undertaken by him to renovate the entire capital city were in the southeast region, the La Villette complex which was located in the northeastern province of the city, a great computer-era library, the Bibliotheque de France and much more. The history of Paris also abounds in the excellent town planning of which it boasts in the world even today. Planning of the city of Paris and the Paris Basin region included the consideration of large areas of land around the Seine River valley all the way to the mouth of the River. As the history of Paris made its way into modernization, Paris witnessed building up of new parks, lanes, towns, industrial locations and many more displays of architectural excellence on both sides of the River Seine. By reading the journal, you can be enlightened into the glorious history of Paris accompanied with mixtures of bitter and sweet royal blend of the Monarchy as well as the Republic and the socio-economic state of the city along with political upheavals with the two world wars and much more.

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Life After Carbon: The Next Global Transformation of Cities Audiobook

Life After Carbon: The Next Global Transformation of Cities

Author: John Cleveland, Peter Plastrik Narrator: Timothy Andrés Pabon Release Date: December 2018

The future of our cities is not what it used to be. The modern-city model that took hold globally in the twentieth century has outlived its usefulness. It cannot solve the problems it helped to create—especially global warming. Fortunately, a new model for urban development is emerging in cities to aggressively tackle the realities of climate change. It transforms the way cities design and use physical space, generate economic wealth, consume and dispose of resources, exploit and sustain the natural ecosystems, and prepare for the future. In Life After Carbon, urban sustainability consultants Pete Plastrik and John Cleveland assemble this global pattern of urban reinvention from the stories of 25 'innovation lab' cities across the globe—from Copenhagen to Melbourne. A city innovation lab is the entire city—the complex, messy, real urban world where innovations must work. It is a city in which government, business, and community leaders take to heart the challenge of climate change and converge on the radical changes that are necessary. They free downtowns from cars, turn buildings into renewable-energy power plants, re-nature entire neighborhoods, incubate growing numbers of clean-energy and smart-tech companies, convert waste to energy, and much more. Plastrik and Cleveland show that four transformational ideas are driving urban climate innovation around the world, in practice, not just in theory: carbon-free advantage, efficient abundance, nature's benefits, and adaptive futures. And these ideas are thriving in markets, professions, consumer trends, community movements, and 'higher' levels of government that enable cities. Life After Carbon presents the new ideas that are replacing the pillars of the modern-city model, converting climate disaster into urban opportunity, and shaping the next transformation of cities worldwide. It will inspire anyone who cares about the future of our cities, and help them to map a sustainable path forward.

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The Design of Everyday Things: Revised and Expanded Edition Audiobook

The Design of Everyday Things: Revised and Expanded Edition

Author: Don Norman Narrator: Neil Hellegers Release Date: November 2018

The ultimate guide to human-centered design Even the smartest among us can feel inept as we fail to figure out which light switch or oven burner to turn on, or whether to push, pull, or slide a door. The fault, argues this ingenious-even liberating-book, lies not in ourselves, but in product design that ignores the needs of users and the principles of cognitive psychology. The problems range from ambiguous and hidden controls to arbitrary relationships between controls and functions, coupled with a lack of feedback or other assistance and unreasonable demands on memorization. The Design of Everyday Things shows that good, usable design is possible. The rules are simple: make things visible, exploit natural relationships that couple function and control, and make intelligent use of constraints. The goal: guide the user effortlessly to the right action on the right control at the right time. The Design of Everyday Things is a powerful primer on how-and why-some products satisfy customers while others only frustrate them.

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