Grammar! For many of us, the word triggers memories of finger-wagging schoolteachers, and of wrestling with the ambiguous and complicated rules of using formal language. But what is grammar? In fact, it´s the integral basis of how we speak and write. As such, a refined awareness of grammar opens a world of possibilities for both your pleasure in the English language and your skill in using it, in both speech and the written word. As a foundation for writing, a detailed grounding in grammar and usage will hugely expand your resources for meaningful verbal expression, for navigating the subtleties of the language, and for achieving clarity of communication and stylistic power. In English Grammar Boot Camp, linguist and popular Great Courses instructor Professor Curzan takes you on an enjoyable exploration of the essential aspects of English grammar. These 24 spirited and accessible lectures offer you a comprehensive core training - a linguistic ´´boot camp,´´ by which we mean a thorough immersion in all of the key elements of English grammar and usage, in their most immediate, practical application. Here you get a breadth of perspective and context you won´t find elsewhere, leaving you with a more choices and rich verbal resources for your own use of the language. In discussing the different parts of speech, Professor Curzan directs your attention to how the element at hand evolved. Highlighting reflections from 18th- and 19th-century usage guides as well as from multiple modern commentators, she guides you in examining real-world language use in a variety of contexts, helping you develop a sophisticated frame of reference and a deep awareness of the idiosyncrasies of English. This delightful and superbly insightful course offers you a unique opportunity to explore the linguistic riches of the English language, and to significantly deepen your mastery of grammar, usage, and style. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase thi 1. Language: English. Narrator: Anne Curzan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tcco/000447/bk_tcco_000447_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
How to Pick Out a Pair of Hiking Shoes is a terrific and unique guide that explains everything you need to know about how to find hiking shoes that fit your feet perfectly and comfortably. Whether you are an ultralight backpacker or love to venture into rough and rugged terrains, this audiobook will guide you on how to choose the kind of hiking shoes that can serve you for a long period to come. The guide informs you about different types of hiking shoes and their respective features, the different types of materials used to manufacture modern hiking shoes, and why shoes cuts and fits are important to consider when you go to a shoe store to pick a pair of hiking shoes for yourself. The audiobook is extremely helpful for both novices and expert hikers and climbers. This audiobook will help you to make the right choice when it comes to picking the hiking shoes that are best for you. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joshua Hernandez. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/037579/bk_acx0_037579_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Would you know a Mod from a Rocker, Dr No from Dr Who, or Simon from Garfunkel? If so, then kick off your go-go boots, switch on the lava lamp and reminisce about the age of peace and free love, when England won the World Cup, men walked on the moon and daleks first menaced the planet. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joy Gelardi. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/summ/000152/bk_summ_000152_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
David Kilcullen is one of the world´s most influential experts on counterinsurgency and modern warfare, a ground-breaking theorist whose ideas ´´are revolutionizing military thinking throughout the west´´ (Washington Post). Indeed, his vision of modern warfare powerfully influenced the United States´ decision to rethink its military strategy in Iraq and implement ´´the Surge´´, now recognized as a dramatic success. In Counterinsurgency, Kilcullen brings together his most salient writings on this vitally important topic. Here is a picture of modern warfare by someone who has had his boots on the ground in some of today´s worst trouble spots - including Iraq and Afghanistan - and who has been studying counterinsurgency since 1985. Filled with down-to-earth, common-sense insights, this book is the definitive account of counterinsurgency, indispensable for all those interested in making sense of our world in an age of terror. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Peter Ganim. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/002769/bk_adbl_002769_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Wood, a battlefield view of moral injury, the signature wound of America´s 21st-century wars. Most Americans are now familiar with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and its prevalence among troops. In this groundbreaking new audiobook, David Wood examines the far more pervasive yet less understood experience of those we send to war: moral injury, the violation of our fundamental values of right and wrong that so often occurs in the impossible moral dilemmas of modern conflict. Featuring portraits of combat veterans and leading mental health researchers, along with Wood´s personal observations of war and the young Americans deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, What Have We Done offers an unflinching look at war and those who volunteer for it: the thrill and pride of service and, too often, the scars of moral injury. Impeccably researched and deeply personal, What Have We Done is a compassionate, finely drawn study of modern war and those caught up in it. It is a call to acknowledge our newest generation of veterans by listening intently to them and absorbing their stories and, as new wars approach, to ponder the inevitable human costs of putting American boots on the ground. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Pittu. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/002872/bk_hach_002872_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Modern slavery is happening all around you...and you can be part of the solution. Human trafficking is not just something that happens in other countries. Nor is it something that just happens to ´´other people´´, such as runaways or the disenfranchised. Even kids in your own neighborhood can fall victim. But they don´t have to. Through true stories and expertise from her many years of boots-on-the-ground experience, anti-trafficking expert Nita Belles teaches you everything you need to know about human trafficking in the United States - helping you identify risk factors, take practical steps to keep your loved ones and neighbors safe from predators, and recognize trafficking around you so that you can help fight it. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nicol Zanzarella. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/oasi/001477/bk_oasi_001477_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
There was someone standing further along the beach, facing out to sea. An old man dressed in...I blinked...battle fatigues? Second World War US by the looks of the helmet. I looked on for a moment, squinting into the sun-streaked coconut smoke. ´´You won’t like Bonga’s Guest House, I can tell you now. Maximo Bonga,´´ said the fisherman’s wife. She was lost for words, shaking her head. ´´Maximum Bongo?´´ I asked. ´´Bonga,´´ she said. ´´It means flamboyant.´´ Based on a true story. On one of Southeast Asia’s most remote beaches, a young woman’s body is found. The corrupt local police think they have found the perfect fall guy in Maximo Bonga - cantankerous World War Two veteran and owner of the weirdest guesthouse in town. But unbeknownst to them, an unlikely friendship has been forged between Maximo and John, one of the boarders of Maximo’s guest house-cum-boot camp, where an old machine gun and camouflaged mantraps stand guard, sandbags form fences and a tyrannical pet rooster terrorises the guests. Along with an eccentric bunch of modern-world rejects, John sets out to defend the old soldier in a kangaroo court set up at the local cockpit, in a paradise like no other. John Harris left his job at 18 to travel and work around the world. His trip round Southeast Asia formed the background for his best-selling first book, The Backpacker. John is currently based in Vietnam. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Matt Addis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/024180/bk_adbl_024180_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A surreal, lyrical work of narrative nonfiction that portrays how the largest domestic oil discovery in half a century transformed a forgotten corner of the American West into a crucible of breakneck capitalism. As North Dakota became the nation´s second-largest oil producer, Maya Rao set out in steel-toe boots to join a wave of drifters, dreamers, entrepreneurs, and criminals. With an eye for the dark, absurd, and humorous, Rao fearlessly immersed herself in their world to chronicle this modern-day gold rush, from its heady beginnings to OPEC´s price war against the US oil industry. She rode shotgun with a surfer-turned-truck driver braving toxic fumes and dangerous roads, dined with businessmen disgraced during the financial crisis, and reported on everyone in between - including an ex-con YouTube celebrity, a trophy wife mired in scandal, and a hard-drinking British Ponzi schemer - in a social scene so rife with intrigue that one investor called the oilfield Peyton Place on steroids. As the boom receded, a culture of greed and recklessness left troubling consequences for investors and longtime residents. Empty trailers and idle oil equipment littered the fields like abandoned farmsteads, leaving the pioneers who built this unlikely civilization to reckon with their legacy. Part Barbara Ehrenreich, part Upton Sinclair, Great American Outpost is a sobering exploration of 21st-century America that sounds like a frontier novel. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ellen Archer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/004471/bk_hach_004471_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this unprecedented audiobook, a paramilitary contractor with more than two decades of experience gives us a firsthand look into the secret lives of America´s private warriors and their highly covert work around the world. Author Jamie Smith has planned and executed hundreds of missions on behalf of government agencies and private industry in some of the world´s most dangerous hot spots - and lived to tell the tale. They are elite warriors who run highly dangerous missions deep inside foreign countries on the brink of war. Jamie Smith knows these men well. Not only is he one of them, but he was the founding director of one of the most successful global, private military contracting firms. For the first time, he breaks his silence, pulling back the curtain to reveal in raw, intimate terms exactly what paramilitary spies and operators like him do when the government cannot act or take public responsibility. Combining the thrilling narrative of an international spy thriller with bracing boots-on-the-ground realism, Gray Work follows Smith through grinding CIA training and his career as an operative, his work with Blackwater Security, and the creation of his own successful company. Here is the grit and gristle of modern warfare, from espionage and assassinations, rescues and renditions; from the dark corners of the Arab Spring and the fall of Qadhafi to black ops; from Syria to Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, and beyond. Smith has fought terrorists and won; he was ambushed on a mission in Pakistan and took a bullet through his shoulder and to his back and subsequently survived a grueling mountain trek that almost cost him his life. As founding director of Blackwater Security and then as head of his own company, Smith has helped shape a decade of war. His book powerfully illustrates how the men who serve in this gray area between the public and private worlds are transforming the art and science of modern warfare. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeff Gurner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/004552/bk_harp_004552_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.