An asteroid impacts Earth, forever changing life on our planet. Only the object isn´t an asteroid. For 32 years archaeologist Julius Gabriel investigated the Mayan calendar, a 2,500-year-old enigma of time and space that predicts humanity will perish on December 21, 2012 (the winter solstice). Julius believes that certain mysterious sites - the Great Pyramid of Giza; Stonehenge; the giant desert drawings of the Nazca Plateau; the temple of Angkor Wat; the Pyramid of the Sun; and the key site, the Kukulcán Pyramid at Chichén Itzá in the Yucatán Peninsula, site of the ancient asteroid impact - represent pieces of a global puzzle linked to the salvation of our species. Ridiculed by his peers, Julius dies before he can solve the doomsday prophecy. Now only one person can prevent our annihilation: Julius´ son, Michael, a patient locked up in a Miami mental asylum. Miami, 2012. Psychology major Dominique Vazquez reports to a Miami asylum to complete her graduate internship. The new director assigns her to a special patient - Mick Gabriel, a paranoid schizophrenic with a high IQ. Mick attempts to charm her into believing his father´s theories of the apocalypse so he can escape. What Dominique doesn´t realize is that she represents Mick´s last hope of saving humanity. Fall equinox, 2012. As it has done for 1,000 years, a serpent´s shadow appears on the northern balustrade of the Kukulcán Pyramid. As a rare galactic alignment occurs, a deep-space radio transmission reaches Earth, activating the remnants of an object buried long ago in the Gulf of Mexico. It is the beginning of the end. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Roxanne Hernandez. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/009390/bk_blak_009390_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
American short-story writer and poet Edgar Allan Poe is known worldwide as the master of the macabre, but with ´´The Domain of Arnheim´´, first published in 1847, we get to see a whole other side to the revered author, some would even say a much deeper side. ´´The Domain of Arnheim´´ is a short tale about a man of great means named Ellison who builds a castle with a garden of breathtaking beauty called Arnheim. In ´´The Domain of Arnheim´´, Poe delves deep into the human mind, creative imagination, the soul, and the nature of beauty. Poe blends this in-depth study of the spirit and the mind with his characteristic vivid descriptions of Arnheim to create a piece that, although very different from the bulk of his work, should most definitely not be overlooked. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sal Stevens. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/yurt/000384/bk_yurt_000384_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In ´´The Domain of Arnheim”, Edgar Allen Poe combines an explication of his aesthetic theory and a physical description of a landscape-garden, Arnheim. The builder of Arnheim, Ellison, is described by a narrator as a fabulously wealthy man, interested ´´instinctively...in the creation of novel forms of Beauty”.He is interested in shaping nature, in molding it into a ´´purely physical loveliness.” 1. Language: English. Narrator: Chiquito Crasto. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/comm/001550/bk_comm_001550_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Edward Calloway had much to deal with mentally as an adolescent. The challenges continued through his adulthood. Dealing with the problems became routine. In time the difficulty was always expected at one time or other. The problems had gotten to be easily resolved. After many years the pace slowed. Much was taken care of. Mental health was being impacted on by many factions. Someone of high caliber was needed to start the wheels in motion to resolve the issues that had become paramount. The events occurred over a great many years. The search for a qualified person to do the job was eventually final. The ideal candidate was picked because he had much history as an advocate for mental health. All could see he could help effect much change. There are many secret goings-on, with many numerous outcomes that were exposed. There had become much disarray and no structure or common goals in the mental health system. Many organizations and agencies were now involved with no communication established between them. All those involved work as though they had the ultimate solution. They had no regard for others working toward their own goals. Some were governmental or government funded. Something had to be done. The mental health of society cannot continue in a downhill spiral. Otherwise it could be the end of mankind. The Domain. All the unknown secrets about mental health not told to the general public. Based on a true story. A science fiction and fantasy novel. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Quentin Bridges. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/136386/bk_acx0_136386_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
En 1187, le jour de son mariage, devant la noce scandalisée, la jeune Esclarmonde refuse de dire ´´oui´´ : elle veut s´offrir à Dieu, contre la décision de son père, le châtelain régnant sur le domaine des Murmures. La jeune femme est emmurée dans une cellule, avec pour seule ouverture sur le monde une fenestrelle. Mais elle ne se doute pas de ce qui est entré avec elle dans sa tombe... Loin de gagner la solitude à laquelle elle aspirait, Esclarmonde se retrouve au carrefour des vivants et des morts. Depuis son réduit, elle soufflera sa volonté sur le fief de son père et ce souffle l´entraînera jusqu´en Terre sainte. Carole Martinez donne ici libre cours à la puissance poétique de son imagination et nous fait vivre une expérience à la fois mystique et charnelle, à la lisière du songe. 1. French. Isabelle Carré. http://samples.audible.de/bk/gall/000052/bk_gall_000052_sample.mp3.
Terror does not always dwell in the darkness of night. Sometimes the most terrifying things can lurk with in the brightness of the sun but no heat from its rays can reach its icy core to warm it. Deep in a small town a vagabond, weary and cold hunkers down in a old abandoned house. The little girl warned him there was something not right about it, something Evil but to a wandering artist like Travis it was nonsense...or was it? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Julie Hoverson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/014711/bk_acx0_014711_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The world is dead, devoured by a plague of reanimated corpses. In a crumbling city, Sarah, Nathan, and a band of survivors barricade themselves inside a warehouse surrounded by a sea of shambling putrefaction. Days in seclusion blur by, and their food is nearly gone. The group is faced with two possible deaths: creeping starvation, or the undead outside the warehouse. As Sarah stands on the edge of the warehouse roof preparing to step out into oblivion she spots a glimmer of hope. In the distance a helicopter approaches the city... but is it the salvation the survivors have been waiting for? And do they dare attempt to fight their way through the mass of infected dead to reach it? BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction by the author. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Karl Miller, Iain McKinnon (introduction). Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/003063/bk_adbl_003063_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.