Last Shop Standing: Whatever Happened To Record Shops?: Graham Jones
Born in a middle-class trading family, Kishore Biyani started his career selling stonewashed fabric to small shops in Mumbai. Years later, with the launch of Pantaloons, Big Bazaar, Food Bazaar, Central and many more retail formats, he redefined the retailing business in India. Incidentally, Kishore Biyani´s objective is to capture every rupee in the wallet of every Indian consumer, wherever they are - an investment banker living in a south Mumbai locality or a farmer in Sangli. As large business houses enter the retail space, Kishore Biyani is not just concentrating on retail but aiming to capture the entire Indian consumption space. From building shopping malls and developing consumer brands to selling insurance, he is getting into every business where a customer spends money. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Shantiraj. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/028615/bk_adbl_028615_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Great Food Expo was meant to introduce new restaurants, country inns, and food specialty shops to Pickax - it was not supposed to be a literal explosion. But that´s what happened. Luckily, Qwill is on the scene, his mustache twitching with suspicions that the bomber meant to do more than send a warning. His evidence: Koko and Yum Yum´s newfound interest in...cheese. In her 18th Cat Who... mystery, best selling author Lilian Jackson Braun sends Qwill and the cats on a trail that will demand all their feline intuition and mustachioed insight. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mason Adams. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/dove/000095/bk_dove_000095_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
On this tour of Paris´ Left Bank, you´ll experience: the white hot center of Paris where writers, artists, and musicians come to create; St. Germain des Pres, the oldest church in Paris; the history of massacres and martyrs; chic shops and naughty novels; the art of the cafe; the history of what happened to the heads of Notre Dame´s statues; Roman ruins beneath the Cathedral; a hidden jewel of a Renaissance courtyard; window shopping to the pulse of Jazz; a stroll through a marvelous morning market; a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower; a walk on the street where the guillotine was perfected; the joy of eating French fries in the student quarter; Ernest Hemingway, Josephine Baker, Ben Franklin, and the Empress Josephine; a secret entrance to the Louvre; a soaking in Impressionists and Existentialists, intellectuals and revolutionaries. 1. Language: English. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/sp/ijou/000006/sp_ijou_000006_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When award-winning journalist Dave Jamieson´s parents sold his childhood home a few years ago, he rediscovered a prized boyhood possession: his baseball card collection. Now was the time to cash in on the investments of his youth. But all the card shops had closed, and cards were selling for next to nothing online. What had happened? In Mint Condition, his fascinating, eye-opening, endlessly entertaining book, Jamieson finds the answer by tracing the complete story of this beloved piece of American childhood. Picture cards had long been used for advertising, but after the Civil War, tobacco companies started slipping them into cigarette packs as collector´s items. Before long the cards were wagging the cigarettes. In the 1930s cards helped gum and candy makers survive the Great Depression. In the 1960s royalties from cards helped transform the baseball players´ association into one of the country´s most powerful unions, dramatically altering the game. In the ´80s and ´90s, cards went through a spectacular bubble, becoming a billion-dollar-a-year industry before all but disappearing, surviving today as the rarified preserve of adult collectors. Mint Condition is charming original history brimming with colorful characters, sure to delight baseball fans and collectors. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Young. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/021830/bk_adbl_021830_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Agnes Barton is not your typical senior citizen living in Tadium, MI, on the shores of Lake Huron. She drives a red hot Mustang, shops at Victoria´s Secret, rankles local police officials, and has a knack for sticking her nose where it doesn´t belong. What does a murder that happened forty-three years ago have to do with missing tourist Jennifer Martin? Agnes makes it her personal mission to find out, and she´s not letting the fact she´s seventy-two get in the way. Butting heads with Sheriff Clem Peterson is something she´s accustomed to, but lately Clem seems to be acting even more strange, making Agnes wonder what he may be hiding ala the Martin disappearance. Agnes´ partner in crime, Eleanor Mason tags along, Watson to her Holmes. Together, they unearth clues. If only Eleanor would behave, as although lovable, she has a knack for getting into trouble by tangling with her rival, Dorothy Alton, or flirting with anyone - male or female - and gossiping! She´s incorrigible, but she does carry a Pink Lady revolver in her purse, one that has proved useful at times. Life for Agnes and Eleanor is shaken up when Agnes´ former boss and secret crush comes to Tadium. Before long, the lady sleuths have more on their hands to contend with as goons roll into town and bullets begin to fly. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Toni Orans. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/025415/bk_acx0_025415_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Pablo Escobar was the King of Cocaine, the wealthiest and most violent criminal in the world. By the 1980s his Medellin Drug Cartel was responsible for smuggling several tons of cocaine into America each and every day. The end result was hundreds of millions of dollars in cash profits. In response, the Money Laundering Act of 1986 was created. As US Agents became more efficient at finding his dirty cash, stashed inside ship bellies and truck beds at American borders, Pablo and other Cartel leaders sought a more efficient method to get their money back to Colombia. They found it in an unlikely place, a dusty back room of a tiny, rare coin shop in the small town of Cranston, Rhode Island. The shop owner was a young, local mobster who had already been laundering much of the Italian Mob´s stolen gold. With a few minor adjustments, his coin shop evolved into a springboard for a new venture, a billion-dollar Cartel money laundering scheme. The Italian Mafia´s stolen gold was used to dispose of the Colombian Cartel´s dirty cash. It was the perfect scheme, brilliant. As his customer base grew, the young mobster, known as Fat Man, AKA Mr. Cash, set up a string of phony gold shops crisscrossing America. The end result was one of the world´s largest, most efficient money laundering networks. This is the true story of how it happened, a step-by- step view of how the scheme worked and how it was ultimately uncovered. It was unlikely that Fat Man, a small town gangster, would ever become an international money launderer for Colombian Drug Lords. More unlikely was the fact that it took a rookie agent to uncover the scheme. While Fat Man relished a life of crime, I had dreamed of becoming an agent. My first assignment was to follow a lead, a cash deposit at a local bank. It was originally considered to be a dead end, ´´keep busy work´´ for the office rookie. That changed when I followed the lead to Fat Man´s Coin Store. 1. Language: English. Narrator: James Highfield. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/083582/bk_acx0_083582_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
1st November 2003 started so unremarkably that I would later look back and wish I could have appreciated the normality of it. Because I would never, ever know peace again.No body. No convictions. No answers.Charlene Downes was 14 years old when she went missing in the seedy underbelly of Blackpool. Once a happy-go-lucky schoolgirl, she had turned into a truant. Though Charlene was hanging out with a new crowd by takeaway shops and the pier, her mum, Karen, always knew her typical teenage daughter would come home.But one day she didn´t. Sold in Secret is a heartbreaking story of a broken family and a 15-year campaign for justice. Arrests were made, a murder trial was had, but to this day Karen still has no answers to what happened to her daughter. The truth of exactly what happened to Charlene and why she disappeared remains undiscovered, with no police convictions - this is a raw, compelling account of every parent´s worst nightmare. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lucy Brownhill. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bonn/000056/bk_bonn_000056_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What are ghost eyes? They are eyes that can see beyond the veil of death. As children, Kara and Colin were inseparable but tragedy came between them. Now she needs Colin to help her discover the truth of her brother´s disappearance, but he might also be the one who helps mend her broken spirit. With its magnolia-lined streets and quaint little shops, Bayou Landing is the picture-perfect small town, but beneath its charming exterior there are dark secrets and haunting nightmares. Twenty years ago, two children disappeared without a trace, leaving Bayou Landing and Kara Savoy changed forever. One of the children that went missing is Kara´s twin brother. In an instant, her life was plunged into darkness. Her grandmother always told her that she´d inherited ghost eyes - eyes that can see the dead. Kara is determined to use her gift to find out what happened to her brother on that fateful day and bring a killer to justice. The second child to disappear that year was Special Agent Colin Reid´s sister. Colin is also determined to unravel the mystery, but he doesn´t want Kara´s help. When another child goes missing, Kara must convince her childhood friend to let her help, but that won´t be easy. Colin doesn´t believe in Kara´s gift. With another child´s life on the line and a killer on the loose, Colin might be the only one she can count on. But does she dare trust him with her heart a second time? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lisa McKenna. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/084726/bk_acx0_084726_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this riveting true story of coming of age in the Chicago Mob, Charles ´´Charley” Hager is plucked from his rural West Virginia home by an uncle in the 1960s and thrown into an underworld of money, cars, crime, and murder on the streets of Chicago Heights. Street-smart and good with his hands, Hager is accepted into the working life of a chauffeur and ´´street tax” collector, earning the moniker ´´Little Joe College” by notorious mob boss Albert Tocco. But when his childhood friend is gunned down by a hit man, Hager finds himself a bit player in the events surrounding the mysterious, and yet unsolved, murder of mafia chief Sam Giancana. Chicago Heights is part rags-to-riches story, part murder mystery, and part redemption tale. Hager, with author David T. Miller, juxtaposes his early years in West Virginia with his life in crime, intricately weaving his own experiences into the fabric of mob life, its many characters, and the murder of Giancana. Fueled by vivid recollections of turf wars and chop shops, of fix-ridden harness racing and the turbulent politics of the 1960s, Chicago Heights reveals similarities between high-level organized crime in the city and the corrupt lawlessness of Appalachia. Hager candidly reveals how he got caught up in a criminal life, what it cost him, and how he rebuilt his life back in West Virginia with a prison record. Based on interviews with Hager and supplemented by additional interviews and extensive research by Miller, the book also adds Hager’s unique voice to the volumes of speculation about Giancana’s murder, offering a plausible theory of what happened on that June night in 1975. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andy Cowell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/137617/bk_acx0_137617_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.