Like many Jews and Christians, David Plotz long assumed he knew what was in the Bible. He read parts of it as a child in Hebrew school, then attended a Christian high school where he studied the Old and New Testaments. Many of the highlights stuck with him - Adam and Eve, Cain versus Abel, Jacob versus Esau, Jonah versus whale, 40 days and nights, 10 plagues and commandments, 12 tribes and apostles, Red Sea walked under, Galilee walked on, bush into fire, rock into water, water into wine.And, of course, he absorbed from all around him other bits of the Bible - from stories he heard in churches and synagogues, in movies and on television, from his parents and teachers. But it wasn´t until he picked up a Bible at a cousin´s bat mitzvah - and became engrossed and horrified by a lesser-known story in Genesis - that he couldn´t put it down.At a time when wars are fought over scriptural interpretation, when the influence of religion on American politics has never been greater, when many Americans still believe in the Bible´s literal truth, it has never been more important to get to know the Bible. Good Book is what happens when a regular guy - an average Job - actually reads the book on which his religion, his culture, and his world are based.Along the way, he grapples with the most profound theological questions: How many commandments do we actually need? Does God prefer obedience or good deeds? And the most unexpected ones: Why are so many women in the Bible prostitutes? Why does God love bald men so much? Is Samson really that stupid? Good Book is an irreverent, enthralling journey through the world´s most important work of literature. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Plotz. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/000936/bk_adbl_000936_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Dr. Glyn Thompson’s digital book, Duchamp’s Urinal? The Facts Behind the Façade, at first tends to make the heart sink. ´´Do I really want,´´ one tends to ask oneself, ´´to learn this much about the trade in porcelain sanitary wares, as it existed in the United States during the second decade of the 20th century?´´ Dr. Thompson has done his homework, and he is insistent that you should do it too. ´´No skipping over the chapter-and-verse, boy, in search of something a bit racier.´´Some of the facts are, however, sufficiently racy in themselves. The urinal, or Fountain, as it is now officially called, turns out not to have been the work - or wheeze - of Duchamp himself, but that of a mad German baroness called Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven. Her biographical details are almost too good to be true. Her maiden name was Plötz (as in ´´I’m just going to plotz here and wait while you do the shopping.´´). She was born in Swinemünde (you can read that as ´´swine mouth´´) in Pomerania, and studied art in not-yet-infamous Dachau, near Munich. Baron Leopold von Freytag Loringhoven was her third husband, whom she married in New York in 1913, having emigrated in America in 1910. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joe Van Riper. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/106586/bk_acx0_106586_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Another winner from the fast-paced racetrack mystery series that gives the listener a run for his money. The latest, and most entertaining installment yet, in this popular series features the return of Charlie Bradshaw´s scheming alter ego Victor Plotz, ´´without whom the world would be a much stuffier place´´ (The New York Times Book Review). Victor is as crooked as Charlie is straight, and he´ll do anything to make a quick buck, including running up to Montreal to collect a suspicious suitcase for a miserly old man. But when he decides to farm the job out to a bumbling black belt accomplice, all hell breaks loose - and the fun begins. In a slapstick, sinister farce with an unforgettable cast that includes Vic´s main squeeze, Rosemary, an Amazon stripper named Sheila, and two kneecapping thugs called Steel and Clover, Victor and Charlie embark on the trail of every deadly sin from dirty money to outright murder. Once again Charlie Bradshaw and his hapless henchmen provide what the Boston Sunday Globe calls ´´jaunty and colorful, good tongue-in-cheek fun´´ - and what fans of the series have come to expect. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Behrens. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/008142/bk_adbl_008142_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.