This week on Car Talk, Steve's cross-country road trip got a little more exciting when high winds began blowing open the driver's door on his Pathfinder. He's wondering if this is just a design quirk to make the car feel more outdoors-y, or if there's an actual problem - and can said problem be fixed with anything other than duct tape or rope? Elsewhere, Patricia loves her Rambler - except for the calling card of black soot it leaves in every parking space; Jamie's suffering an epidemic of escaping spark plugs; and, after a "low smoke" at-home alternator replacement, Helen's oil light is flashing a little too much for comfort. All this, and lots more, this week on Car Talk. [Broadcast Date: January 28, 2012] 1. Language: English. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/cart/120128/rt_cart_120128_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Leslie Charteris’ square-jawed, blue-eyed hero loved, fought and stole his way through Europe in the 1930s, endlessly pursuing blondes, baddies and boodle. Adored by women and feared by his foes, he was known as ‘The Saint’ after the calling card he left at the scenes of his crimes - a sketch of a stick figure with a halo. In 'Saint Overboard', a villain plans to steal a shipment of sunken treasure. Simon Templar will go to any lengths to stop him - even under the sea. 'The Saint Plays with Fire' sees our hero investigating a country house fire - and uncovering a Fascist conspiracy to seize power in France. Starring Paul Rhys as Simon Templar and with Patsy Kensit as Loretta and Fiona Fullerton as Valerie, these two thrilling dramas are full of the charm and verve of the original stories. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paul Rhys, Patsy Kensit. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/bbcw/003464/rt_bbcw_003464_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When wine tasting turns to murder... A serial killer is on the loose in Bordeaux. A local chief detective calls wine expert Benjamin Cooker to the crime scene of a brutal murder. The killer has left a strange calling card: 12 wine glasses lined up in a semi-circle with the first one filled with wine. Cooker is charged with the task of identifying the fabulous grand cru and is astonished by what he learns. A second victim is found, with two glasses filled. Is the killer intentionally leaving clues about his victims and his motives? Memories are jogged about the complicated history of Bordeaux during Nazi occupation. It was a dark time: weinfuhrers ruled the wine trade, while collaborationists and paramilitary organizations spread terror throughout the region. In present-day wine country, time is running out. Will Cooker and his young assistant Virgile solve the mystery before all 12 glasses are full? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Simon Prebble. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/019497/bk_adbl_019497_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Mark Novak's greatest mystery might just be his own.... Private Investigator Mark Novak's relentlessness as an investigator has been his professional calling card and curse, but the one case he couldn't bring himself to pursue is the one closest to his heart: that of his wife's death. Returning to the scene of her murder, a country road outside Cassadaga, Florida, he uncovers disturbing leads that show how her murder might be connected to Novak's own troubled youth in Montana. The investigation leads him back to the mining towns of Montana, which he thought he'd left behind forever. On returning, he discovers there are more than just bad memories to be found when you go digging up the past. Novak faces an adversary more frightening than he's ever known and a secret that has wended its way through his entire life, from the caverns beneath Indiana to the abandoned streets of a Southern Gothic town to the darkest corners of the Northwest. Novak is about to discover that evil and heroism are inextricably and tragically linked. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robert Petkoff. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hodd/001014/bk_hodd_001014_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The new novel by NBA All-Star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, starring brothers Mycroft and Sherlock Holmes.It is 1873, and as the economies of Europe threaten to crumble, Mycroft Holmes finds himself in service to the Crown once again. A distant relative of Queen Victoria has been slain by the Fire Four Eleven killer, a serial murderer who leaves no mark upon his victims, only a mysterious calling card. Meanwhile, Sherlock has already taken it upon himself to solve the case as his interest in the criminal mind grows into an obsession. Mycroft begrudgingly allows Sherlock to investigate, as Ai Lin--the woman he is still in love with--needs his aid. Her fiancé has been kidnapped, and the only man who might know his fate is a ruthless arms dealer with a reputation for killing those who cross him. Mycroft persuades his friend Cyrus Douglas to help find the young man, but Douglas himself is put in harm's way. As Sherlock travels the country on the hunt for the Fire Four Eleven murderer, both he and Mycroft will discover that the greed of others is at the root of the evil they are trying to unearth.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Damian Lynch. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/052290/bk_adbl_052290_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Guitars. Hillbilly Music. Nashville, Tennessee. Dallas Fortune is a small-town girl with a gift for playing guitar. A member of her family has played the Grand Ol Opry since it began as a simple radio show in 1925. But, they are the minstrels, the troubadours - session players - not stars. Dallas lives her life on the road. She’s just another guitar player with a dream until she finds an antique blue mandolin in a pawn shop. Her life comes into focus as the enchantment of the mandolin captivates her audiences. The Guitar God of Nashville beckons her. Everything is there for Dallas at last, until a stage accident sends her home and shatters her dreams.Blow after blow, she fights the hand of fate. Is she destined to lose out in life? Hope, dreams, and love seem to be just out of reach. Every girl dreams of a happy ending. Will a spontaneous card reading reveal her destiny? Dallas Fortune has the best fairy godmother in country music history. Will she help make Dallas’ dreams come true?Is the future among the stars, in the cards, or locked in your heart? Fortune Calling is the first story in The Fortune series. Set in contemporary Nashville and rural Tennessee, the series chronicles the life and loves of Dallas Fortune. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ali Lockwood. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/122265/bk_acx0_122265_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The heroines of Lauren Willig's best-selling Pink Carnation series have engaged in espionage all over 19th-century Europe. In the sixth stand-alone volume, our fair English heroine travels to India, where she finds freedom - and risk - more exciting than she ever imagined. Everyone warned Miss Penelope Deveraux that her unruly behavior would land her in disgrace someday. She never imagined she's be whisked off to India to give the scandal of her hasty marriage time to die down. As Lady Frederick Staines, Penelope plunges into the treacherous waters of the court of the Nizam of Hyderabad, where no one is quite what they seem - even her husband. In a strange country, where elaborate court dress masks even more elaborate intrigues and a dangerous spy called the Marigold leaves venomous cobras as his calling card, there is only one person Penelope can trust. Captain Alex Reid has better things to do than play nursemaid to a pair of aristocrats. Or so he thinks - until Lady Frederick Staines out-shoots, out-rides, and out-swims every man in the camp. She also has an uncanny ability to draw out the deadly plans of the Marigold and put herself in harm's way. With danger looming from local warlords, treacherous court officials, and French spies, Alex realizes that an alliance with Lady Staines just might be the only thing standing in the way of a plot designed to rock the very foundations of the British Empire. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kate Reading. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/001412/bk_peng_001412_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The gripping true story of the origins of the Mafia in America - and the brilliant Italian-born detective who gave his life to stop it. Film rights optioned by Paramount Studios, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Beginning in the summer of 1903, an insidious crime wave filled New York City, and then the entire country, with fear. The children of Italian immigrants were kidnapped, and dozens of innocent victims were gunned down. Bombs tore apart tenement buildings. Judges, senators, Rockefellers, and society matrons were threatened with gruesome deaths. The perpetrators seemed both omnipresent and invisible. Their only calling card: the symbol of a black hand. The crimes whipped up the slavering tabloid press and heated ethnic tensions to the boiling point. Standing between the American public and the Black Hand's lawlessness was Joseph Petrosino. Dubbed the "Italian Sherlock Holmes", he was a famously dogged and ingenious detective and a master of disguise. As the crimes grew ever more bizarre and the Black Hand's activities spread far beyond New York's borders, Petrosino and the all-Italian police squad he assembled raced to capture members of the secret criminal society before the country's anti-immigrant tremors exploded into catastrophe. Petrosino's quest to root out the source of the Black Hand's power would take him all the way to Sicily - but at a terrible cost. Unfolding a story rich with resonance in our own era, The Black Hand is fast-paced narrative history at its very best. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Aiello. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/025738/bk_adbl_025738_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Go ahead... ask her anything. Over the radio and now on her popular TV talk show, Wendy Williams has always been approached for her blunt, in-your-face words of advice. How's she doin'? "Ask Wendy" has become more than just a fan-favorite TV segment; it's her calling card. Wendy has helped her viewers cope with everything from backstabbing girlfriends and deadbeat boyfriends to crazy mothers-in-law and jealous coworkers. Fans trust Wendy, even when her advice is tough to hear. She's earned her reputation as "the friend in your head." On TV, Wendy only has a few minutes to respond to each audience member, but in Ask Wendy she goes deeper, answering questions sourced from viewers across the country. No question is off-limits and no situation is too outrageous for her to take on. Wendy shoots straight from those womanly hips of hers to help you manage all the crazy that comes into your life - keepin' it real by drawing on the personal experiences that have shaped her unique perspective. Wendy reveals never-before-shared intimate secrets about struggling with weight, navigating rough times in her marriage, and learning to accept herself. Along with the usual girlfriend, boyfriend, and family drama, Wendy straight talks on topics like style, body image, and office etiquette, and of course she tackles your wildest sex questions. If you've dealt with it, Wendy has a solution for it. Filled with fun personality quizzes, Wendy's laugh-out-loud anecdotes, and tons of spot-on advice, Ask Wendy will help listeners to end the drama in their lives. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Wendy Williams. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/003421/bk_harp_003421_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.