The Dawn Prayer (or How to Survive in a Secret Syrian Terrorist Prison) [Audiobook]
17 April 2018, 13:28
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hours and 46 minutes | 268.87MB
A photographer captured in Syria and imprisoned for seven months recounts his story and how he became the first American ever to escape al-Qaeda.
"What is your name?" asked General Mohammad.
"Matthew," I said. I had stopped saying Matt a while ago because it means "dead" in Arabic.
On New Year's Eve in 2012, Matthew Schrier was headed home from Syria, where he'd been photographing the intense combat of the country's civil war. Just 45 minutes from the safety of the Turkish border, he was taken prisoner by the al-Nusra Front, an organization the world would come to know as the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda.
Over the next seven months he would endure torture and near starvation in six brutal terrorist prisons. He would face a daily struggle just to survive. And, eventually, he would escape. In this gripping, raw, and surprisingly funny memoir, Schrier details the horrifying and frequently surreal experience of being a slight, wisecracking Jewish guy held captive by the world's most violent Islamic extremists. Managing to keep his heritage a secret, Schrier used humor to develop relationships with his captors - and to keep himself sane during the long months of captivity.
The Dawn Prayer (or How to Survive in a Secret Syrian Terrorist Prison) is a tale of patriotism and unimaginable bleakness shot through with light, of despair and friendship, sacrifice and betrayal, in a setting of bombed-out buildings and shifting alliances. It's the story of the first Westerner to escape al-Qaeda - not a battle-hardened soldier, but an ordinary New Yorker who figured out how to set his escape plan in motion from a scene in Jurassic Park. From the prisoners' fiercely competitive hacky-sack games and volleyball tournaments (played using a ball made of shredded orange peels and a shoelace) to his own truly nail-biting breakout, Matthew Schrier's story is unforgettable - and one you won't want to miss.
Man vs. Baby: The Chaos and Comedy of Real-Life Parenting [Audiobook]
17 April 2018, 12:26
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 5 hours and 57 minutes | 163.68MB
From a ''hero for dads everywhere'' (Daily Mirror), a hilarious, insightful, and heartfelt take on parenting based on a viral blog post that Ashton Kutcher called, ''the best description of fatherhood I've ever read.''
One Tuesday evening in 2015, while his three-month-old son Charlie briefly slept, Matt Coyne staggered to his desk, opened his laptop, and wrote a side-splittingly funny Facebook post about early fatherhood: Comparing his diaper-changing skills to that of a Formula One pit crew, birth to a Saw movie, and the sound of a baby crying at three a.m. to ''having the inside of your skull sandpapered by an angry Viking,'' he shared his observations with friends and family -- and soon, to his surprise, the world. In the spirit of that post, which became an instant sensation, Man vs. Baby is the tale of one man's journey through the first year of parenthood, told with wit, humor, and heart.
Part memoir, part tell-it-like-it-is parenting book, this is a ferociously funny, inventively foul-mouthed, and genuinely touching account of a baby's first year, filled with relatable references to Harry Potter, McDonalds, and the villain in Die Hard. Matt covers everything you need to know, from labor (a good time to play ''profanity bingo'') to what you might find in your baby's diaper, a catalogue that includes The Phantom, The Expressionist, and The Jeff Goldblum. Capturing both the comic helplessness of new fatherhood and his deep love and admiration for his partner Lyndsay and child, Matt's story will appeal to anyone who has a baby -- or is even contemplating the idea. Whether you're looking for a reprieve from the news cycle or a reminder of what's most important in life, Man vs. Baby will have you laughing out loud -- and, if you're a new mother or father, filled with relief at being truly understood.
A fresh take on the bewilderment and joy of having a baby from a rip-roaringly talented new voice, this combination memoir and advice book is sure to charm parents everywhere.
Il Bel Centro: A Year in the Beautiful Center [Audiobook]
17 April 2018, 12:21
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 20 hours and 4 minutes | 552.02MB
Named one of "10 Fascinating Books about Living in a Foreign Country" by Huffington Post.
When Michelle Damiani dreamed of living in Italy, she imagined her family as it was in Virginia--her husband filling every moment with work, her teenage son experimenting with sarcasm, her daughter smiling at the scent of lilacs, her baby-cheeked son methodically clicking Legos together, and herself hovering over the happiness of them all--only surrounded by ancient cobblestone alleys and the sound of ringing Italian.
What she didn't know was how Italy would work to change them all.
Il Bel Centro: A Year in the Beautiful Center is the profoundly moving story of Michelle and her family's adaptation to the people and culture of Spello, Italy. Part searingly-honest memoir, part celebration of Umbrian life, Il Bel Centro is a page-turner with a beating heart.
Michelle Damiani brings fresh perspective to the American-abroad story, and creates a sense of place so authentic that readers feel they, too, have strolled the pink-hued alleys of Spello alongside the Damiani family.
Vivid descriptions evoke the pleasures of medieval village life, from the scent of almond pastries curling into morning fog, to olive trees tossing glints of silver into the achingly blue sky.
At once hilarious and wise, this spellbinding journey will feed your soul and your wanderlust. Il Bel Centro will sweep you into the heart of Italy, where for bakers, pants are optional, and a good lunch will take you straight through till dinner.
"I was not prepared for Italy.
Luckily, Italy was waiting for me anyway."
Il Bel Centro: A Year in the Beautiful Center includes recipes for delicious Umbrian dishes as well as professional-quality photographs.