That's Not English: Britishisms, Americanisms, and What Our English Says About Us [Audiobook]
21 September 2016, 05:47
2015 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 5 hrs 54 mins | 160.62MB
An expat's witty and insightful exploration of English and American cultural differences through the lens of language that will leave listeners gobsmacked.
In That's Not English, the seemingly superficial differences between British and American English open the door to a deeper exploration of a historic and fascinating cultural divide. In each of the 30 chapters, Erin Moore explains a different word we use that says more about us than we think. For example, "Quite" exposes the tension between English reserve and American enthusiasm; in "Moreish" she addresses our snacking habits. In "Partner" she examines marriage equality; in "Pull" the theme is dating and sex; "Cheers" is about drinking; and "Knackered" covers how we raise our kids. The result is a cultural history in miniature and an expatriate's survival guide. American by birth, Moore is a former book editor who specialized in spotting British books - including Eats, Shoots and Leaves - for the US market. She's spent the last seven years living in England with her Anglo-American husband and a small daughter with an English accent. That's Not English is the perfect companion for modern Anglophiles and the 10 million British and American travelers who visit one another's countries each year.
Animal: The Autobiography Of A Female Body [Audiobook]
21 September 2016, 04:38
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 20 mins | 222.33MB
Take a funny and illuminating tour of the female body with award-winning comedian Sara Pascoe.
Women have so much going on, what with boobs and jealousy and menstruating and broodiness and sex and infidelity and pubes and wombs and jobs and memories and emotions and the past and the future and themselves and each other.
Here's a book that deals with all of it. Sara Pascoe has joked about femininity and sexuality on stage and screen, but now she has a book to talk about it all for a bit longer. Animal combines autobiography and evolutionary history to create a funny, fascinating insight into the forces that mould and affect modern women.
Read for you by the author, Animal is entertaining and informative, personal and universal - silly about lots of things and serious about some. It's a laugh-out-loud investigation to help us understand and forgive our animal urges and insecurities.
Some Remarks: Essays and Other Writing [Audiobook]
16 September 2016, 01:34
2012 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 11 hrs 36 mins | 319.32MB
One of the most talented and creative authors working today, Neal Stephenson is renowned for his exceptional novels - works colossal in vision and mind-boggling in complexity. Exploring and blending a diversity of topics, including technology, economics, history, science, pop culture, and philosophy, his books are the products of a keen and adventurous intellect. Not surprisingly, Stephenson is regularly asked to contribute articles, lectures, and essays to numerous outlets, from major newspapers and cutting-edge magazines to college symposia. This remarkable collection brings together previously published short writings, both fiction and nonfiction, as well as a new essay (and an extremely short story) created specifically for this volume.
Stephenson ponders a wealth of subjects, from movies and politics to David Foster Wallace and the Midwestern American College Town; video games to classics-based sci-fi; how geekdom has become cool and how science fiction has become mainstream (whether people admit it or not); the future of publishing and the origins of his novels. Playful and provocative, Some Remarks displays Stephenson's opinions and ideas on
- The Internet, our dwindling national attention span, and the cultural importance of books and bookishness;
- Waco, religion, and the cluelessness of secular society;
- Metaphysics and the battle between Isaac Newton and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz;
- The laying of the longest wire on Earth - and why it matters to you;
- Technology, freedom, commerce, and the Chinese;
- How Star Wars and 300 mirror who we are today and what that spells for our future; and
- Modern Jedi knights, a.k.a. scientists and technologists, and why they are admired and feared by both the left and the right.
By turns amusing and profound, critical and celebratory, yet always entertaining, Some Remarks offers a fascinating look into the prismatic mind of this extraordinary writer.