This is a story of a tough young man who lost his way, and of a loving God who never forgot him, no matter where he was. (Nicky Cruz, best-selling author of Run Baby Run) The son of El Salvadorian immigrants, Casey Diaz was brought to Los Angeles at the age of two. An abusive, impoverished family life propelled Casey at only 11 years of age into the Rockwood Street Locos gang. Casey was willing to do anything to be number one, but years of chasing rival gang members led to a dramatic ambush and arrest by the LAPD. At just 16, Casey was sentenced to more than 12 years in solitary confinement in California’s toughest prison as one of the state’s most violent offenders. He thought his life was over. Yet, when a determined elderly woman paid Casey a visit, a whole new world of possibilities began to unfold. Casey scoffed as she quietly insisted God was going to use him. As the days in solitary wore on, Casey realized Someone else was calling the shots. What happened next can only be described as a miracle.Perfect for:People who believe they’re too far goneParents who want to keep their kids out of gangs - what are the warning signs?Social workers who interact with at-risk youthThose looking for a gritty, informed perspective on LA street gangs and gang culture A visceral insider’s look at the violent world of gangs and prison life, The Shot Caller is a remarkable demonstration of God’s reckless, unending grace and His desire to reach even the worst of sinners - no matter where they are. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bob Borquez. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tnwd/001482/bk_tnwd_001482_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Tight: Lately, Bryan´s been feeling it in all kinds of ways....Bryan knows what´s tight for him - reading comics, drawing superheroes, and hanging out with no drama. But drama is every day where he´s from, and that gets him tight, wound up.And now Bryan´s friend Mike pressures him with ideas of fun that are crazy risky. At first, it´s a rush following Mike, hopping turnstiles, subway surfing, and getting into all kinds of trouble. But Bryan never really feels right acting so wrong, and drama really isn´t him. So which way will he go, especially when his dad tells him it´s better to be hard and feared than liked?But if there´s one thing Bryan´s gotten from his comic heroes, it´s that he has power - to stand up for what he feels....Torrey Maldonado delivers a fast-paced, insightful, dynamic story capturing urban community life. Listeners will connect with Bryan´s journey as he navigates a tough world with a heartfelt desire for a different life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Torrey Maldonado. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lili/003313/bk_lili_003313_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Who agrees to an arranged marriage in the 21st century? Beth Malone can´t believe a date request with the 1Night Stand service morphed into an arranged marriage offer. But after a heartbreaking divorce and no knight in shining armor coming to sweep her off her feet, her desire to find that knight and have a family is looking more like a dream than a reality. After filling out a 1Night Stand questionnaire worthy of the CIA, Christian Ramos is stunned when Madame Eve offers to arrange more than a date for one night: She suggests a wife! What the hell? After his best friend, Jackson Castillo, stops laughing, he advises him to consider the offer. Between the 40th birthday looming on the horizon and his Latino upbringing, Chris is forced to take a hard look at his life. Reality check - time is running out for what he wants - a family and a woman to share his life. First comes love, then comes marriage isn´t part of their matrimonial situation, but neither Beth nor Christian anticipated the immediate attraction and contentment that comes with saying, ´´I do.´´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lane Baldwin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/045006/bk_acx0_045006_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Jeff Garcia brings the laughs when he talks about racial issues and Los Angeles idiosyncrasies. Then, Neal Brennan takes the mic and gets tough on gangsters and romance. Next, Jay Davis talks about homoerotic experiences at the gym and relationships based on text messaging.Jeff GarciaBy the time Jeff Garcia was sixteen, he landed his first television spot on HBO´s Loco Slam. Since then, Jeff has made over twelve television appearances, including NBC´s Friday Night Videos, Vibe with Sinbad, and Galavision´s Funny is Funny showcasing his comedy talent. Jeff currently tours across the country at comedy clubs, colleges, and most recently the Latino Laugh Festival held in San Antonio. Neal BrennanNeal Brennan is an accomplished writer, stand-up comedian, director, and producer. He is most popularly known for his work on the Comedy Central series Chappelle´s Show, and for co-writing the film Half Baked.Jay DavisJay Davis is a comedian and a producer who garnered nationwide attention after appearing in Dane Cook´s Tourgasm on HBO. Aside from touring across the country, Jay books, produces, and hosts the long-running Life of The Party show every Tuesday night at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood. 1. Language: English. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/lafa/071113/pf_lafa_071113_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Jamal Doman has his own style of comedy, which he refers to as ´´sophisticated ghetto´´. Jamal says, ´´My comedy is much like my personality. I´m from the hood, but I have some sophistication to me.´´ Called ´´a comedian´s comedian´´ by his peers, Jamal is poised on the brink of stardom. Jamal may be rough around the edges, but he is genuine at the core, and the audience relates to him. A Philadelphia native, Jamal was born into a family where comedy reigned supreme. His parents, whom Jamal credits for their unconditional support of his comedic endeavors, were huge fans of Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, and Robert Klein. After his first encounter with Murphy´s Raw, Jamal was compelled to give his own stand-up chops a try; he entered a talent show and has been moving full speed ahead ever since. In 1998 Jamal made the move to Los Angeles, where he quickly became an industry favorite. Shortly after his arrival in Hollywood, Jamal began making appearances on stand-up comedy TV shows including Comics Unleashed, BET Comicview, Martin Lawrence 1st Amendment, Latino Laugh Festival, Showtime at the Apollo, Who Wants to Date a Comedian, and Comedy Central Laff Riots. Not content with conquering the stage and TV, Jamal set his sights on both film and the Internet. Over the course of his career, he starred in the films Repos, The Greatest Song, and Streets. He has also solidified his reputation as an Internet sensation, with his videos amassing thousands of views and his ´´JUICY T. - Certified Pimp´´ webisodes, which are now popular classics. He has a new podcast titled The Baldheads with Comedian Tobe Hixx. Jamal is a US military favorite, having performed for our troops in Guam, South Korea, Iceland, Japan, Afghanistan, Kuwait, and Iraq. Jamal says, ´´Performing for the troops is one of the joys of being in this business´´. With almost three decades in the game, the best is ye 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jamal Doman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/roar/000192/pf_roar_000192_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
After getting kicked out of the police academy, Alfred Robles rose to become one of the hottest young comedians in the country. Two years into his comedy career, Alfred was featured on the hit shows Loco Comedy Jam and the Latino Laugh Festival. Alfred has spent the last three years touring the country and the world with Gabriel Iglesias on Comedy Central´s Fluffy Shop Tour, Comedy Central´s Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand-Up Revolution, and Gabriel Iglesias´ Unity Through Laughter Tour. He has been seen on NUVO TV´s Stand Up and Deliver, STARZ´s Staaand Upp, and Comedy.TV with Byron Allen. A mix between the comedy stylings of Mitch Hedberg and Jim Jeffries, Alfred´s comedy is on the dark side. He steps on the line but doesn´t cross it. But beware - no one is safe from Alfred´s good-humored teasing. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alfred Robles. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/roar/000180/pf_roar_000180_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Listening to the Bible will change the way you understand scripture. The stories and poems and instructions comes in through the ears and consume your whole being as God´s word becomes part of a living experience. The Common English Bible is not simply a revision or update of an existing translation. It is a bold new translation designed to meet the needs of Christians as they work to build a strong and meaningful relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Who is it for? The Common English Bible is committed to the whole church of Jesus Christ. To achieve this, the CEB represents the work of a diverse team with broad scholarship, including the work of over one hundred and twenty scholars - men and women from twenty-four faith traditions in American, African, Asian, European and Latino communities. As a result, the English translation of ancient words has an uncommon relevance for a broad audience of Bible readers - from children to scholars. ´´I have been, for over forty years, a great collector of different translations… I find the Common English Bible stands apart. 1. Language: English. Narrator: uncredited. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hove/001101/bk_hove_001101_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Pride and Prejudice gets remixed in this smart, funny, gorgeous retelling of the classic, starring all characters of color, from Ibi Zoboi, National Book Award finalist and author of American Street. Zuri Benitez has pride. Brooklyn pride, family pride, and pride in her Afro-Latino roots. But pride might not be enough to save her rapidly gentrifying neighborhood from becoming unrecognizable. When the wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street, Zuri wants nothing to do with their two teenage sons, even as her older sister, Janae, starts to fall for the charming Ainsley. She especially can’t stand the judgmental and arrogant Darius. Yet as Zuri and Darius are forced to find common ground, their initial dislike shifts into an unexpected understanding. But with four wild sisters pulling her in different directions, cute boy Warren vying for her attention, and college applications hovering on the horizon, Zuri fights to find her place in Bushwick’s changing landscape, or lose it all. In a timely update of Jane Austen´s Pride and Prejudice, critically acclaimed author Ibi Zoboi skillfully balances cultural identity, class, and gentrification against the heady magic of first love in her vibrant reimagining of this beloved classic. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Elizabeth Acevedo. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/007664/bk_harp_007664_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Nobody who works hard should be poor in America, writes Pulitzer Prize-winner David Shipler. Clear-headed, rigorous, and compassionate, he journeys deeply into the lives of individual store clerks and factory workers, farm laborers and sweat-shop seamstresses, illegal immigrants in menial jobs, and Americans saddled with immense student loans and paltry wages. They are known as the working poor. They perform labor essential to America´s comfort. They are white and black, Latino and Asian - men and women in small towns and city slums trapped near the poverty line, where the margins are so tight that even minor setbacks can cause devastating chain reactions. Shipler shows how liberals and conservatives are both partly right - that practically every life story contains failure by both the society and the individual. Braced by hard fact and personal testimony, he unravels the forces that confine people in the quagmire of low wages. And unlike most works on poverty, this book also offers compelling portraits of employers struggling against razor-thin profits and competition from abroad. With pointed recommendations for change that will challenge Republicans and Democrats alike, The Working Poor stands to make a difference. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Peter Ganim. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/003085/bk_adbl_003085_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Stephanie Banner is 20 years old the night Dakota Shane stands center stage while six bullets ring out through the stadium. Five deaths occur from those shots, although only four ever go on record. All four are women. It happens in Portland, Oregon, at the Rose Garden Arena. The show is a sellout. Twenty-two thousand seats gone in less than four hours. For the eight days leading up to the concert, a handful of disparate lives intertwine as their world unravels. Their sanity, their relationships, their work, their children, the law, and even death hangs in the balance. Among them are: the learning-disabled black kid from East St. Louis trying to move past having his little sister die in his arms when she and his Momma become collateral damage during a drive-by; the quick-witted black man who, after losing control of his car on his way to visit family in Portland, finds himself duct-taped to a chair, a hostage to a meth-addled lunatic wanted for a double homicide; the Latino son now desperately struggling to rise above his abusive father and help his mother and sister move on to a better life, while unable to let go of the tremendous guilt he bears over the fate of the other sister he once had; the slash-punk singer who manages to score her band the best gig of its career, only to learn she may not have a band left to play it; the Korean psychiatrist finally confronting how much of her life has slipped by her - how many years she lost - while focussing on far less important things; the ex-LAPD detective now working for the Portland PD finally facing the ghosts that still linger from the time of the Rodney King riots - a past that forced him to drag his family up out of LA; the bitter ex-wife of a disc jockey who still secretly listens to her ex-husband´s midnight radio show as she drinks herself into a whiskey coma; the out of control daughter having unprotected sex with strangers hoping that pregnancy might draw the attention of parents unable 1. Language: English. Narrator: Eric Bryan Moore. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/070365/bk_acx0_070365_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.