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  • The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story | Diane Ackerman

    The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Diane Ackerman
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
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    When Germany invaded Poland, bombers devastated Warsaw - and the city's zoo along with it. With most of their animals dead, zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski began smuggling Jews into the empty cages. Another dozen "guests" hid inside the Zabinskis' villa, emerging after dark for dinner, socializing, and, during rare moments of calm, piano concerts.

    Sara says: "Wonderful!"
  • The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us | Diane Ackerman

    The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Diane Ackerman
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
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    Our finest literary interpreter of science and nature, Diane Ackerman is justly celebrated for her unique insight into the natural world and our place (for better and worse) in it.In this landmark book, she confronts the unprecedented fact that the human race is now the single dominant force of change on the planet. Humans have "subdued 75 percent of the land surface, concocted a wizardry of industrial and medical marvels, strung lights all across the darkness."

    Michael says: "Pleasant Light Ramble, with an Unsettling Point"
  • One Hundred Names for Love: A Stroke, a Marriage, and the Language of Healing | Diane Ackerman

    One Hundred Names for Love: A Stroke, a Marriage, and the Language of Healing

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Diane Ackerman
    • Narrated By Barbara McCulloh
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    Following up her international best seller The Zookeeper's Wife, Diane Ackerman tells the breathtaking story of the stroke that deprived her husband, Paul West - a distinguished novelist and poet - of every scrap of language beyond the syllable "mem". In her characteristically glorious prose, Ackerman weaves together the latest science on stroke and the brain’s ability to store and process language, with her intensely personal journey as caregiver in helping Paul to an extraordinary recovery.

    Linda says: "Tragic, touching, a story of undying love."
  • A Slender Thread: Rediscovering Hope at the Heart of Crisis | Diane Ackerman

    A Slender Thread: Rediscovering Hope at the Heart of Crisis

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Diane Ackerman
    • Narrated By Lisa Rafel
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    What is it about humans that causes us to defy genetic programming and so often live in hope, despite all that's terrible about existence? In this audio program, Diane Ackerman shares what she has learned about human survival from working at a crisis hotline. Full of insight, drama, and self-revelation, her wisdom draws from all human knowledge - from the natural and social sciences to the insights of great artists - to show how humans, like animals, cope with stress, and to illumine the tenuous but gorgeous thread by which we all cling.

    Elza says: "There is more to Ackerman..."
  • Dawn Light: Dancing with Cranes and Other Ways to Start the Day | Diane Ackerman

    Dawn Light: Dancing with Cranes and Other Ways to Start the Day

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Diane Ackerman
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
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    In an eye-opening sequence of personal meditations through the cycle of seasons, Diane Ackerman awakens us to the world at dawn---drawing on sources as diverse as meteorology, world religion, etymology, art history, poetry, organic farming, and beekeeping.

    Leopard Little says: "calm down"
  • Die Frau des Zoodirektors: Eine Geschichte aus dem Krieg | Diane Ackerman

    Die Frau des Zoodirektors: Eine Geschichte aus dem Krieg

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Diane Ackerman
    • Narrated By Bibiana Beglau
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    Eine wahre und rührende Geschichte. Während der Zweite Weltkrieg tobt, wird der Warschauer Zoo Schauplatz einer dramatischen Rettungsaktion, die über 300 Juden vor dem sicheren Tod bewahrt. Jan und Antonina Zabinski, der Zoodirektor und seine Frau, schmuggeln Juden aus dem Warschauer Ghetto auf das brachliegende Zoogelände, wo sie die Todgeweihten in den leeren Tierkäfigen vor den Nazis verstecken und ihnen damit das Leben retten.

  • The Human Age: The World Shaped By Us | Diane Ackerman

    The Human Age: The World Shaped By Us

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Diane Ackerman
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
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    Our relationship with nature has changed...radically, irreversibly, but by no means all for the bad. Our new epoch is laced with invention. Our mistakes are legion, but our talent is immeasurable. In The Human Age award-winning nature writer Diane Ackerman confronts the fact that the human race is now the single dominant force of change on the planet. Humans have 'subdued 75 per cent of the land surface, concocted a wizardry of industrial and medical marvels, strung lights all across the darkness'.

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