In August 1978, 13 women left San Francisco for the Nepal Himalayas to make history as the first Americans - and the first women - to scale the treacherous slopes of Annapurna I, the world´s 10th highest peak. Expedition leader Arlene Blum here tells their dramatic story: the logistical problems, storms, and hazardous ice climbing; the conflicts and reconciliations within the team; the terror of avalanches that threatened to sweep away camps and climbers.On October 15, two women and two Sherpas at last stood on the summit - but the celebration was cut short, for two days later, the two women of the second summit team fell to their deaths.Never before has such an account of mountaineering triumph and tragedy been told from a woman´s point of view. By proving that women had the skill, strength, and courage necessary to make this difficult and dangerous climb, the 1978 Women´s Himalayan Expedition´s accomplishment had a positive impact around the world, changing perceptions about women´s abilities in sports and other arenas. And Annapurna: A Woman´s Place has become an acknowledged classic in the annals of women´s achievements - a story of challenge and commitment told with passion, humor, and unflinching honesty. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Eileen Stevens. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/012738/bk_blak_012738_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Evolved Publishing presents Fright Train, the third book in the Weirdville series by Majanka Verstraete. This lower grade spooky adventure is perfect for kids 6-10 years old. Charlie´s parents drop him off at the train station so he can visit his grandma in Weirdville. It´s a cold winter evening, so when his usual train is cancelled at the last second, Charlie wishes he´d stayed home. An hour later, shivering from the cold, he climbs onboard the next train to Weirdville, even though he´d rather not. It looks like something straight out of the 19th century, as if it used a time machine to arrive at the station. His shivering doesn´t stop, for soon after Charlie boards, he realizes just how right he was to be wary of this strange train. Something is seriously wrong with all the people onboard. If only he could figure out what was going on. If only he could get off the train. Be sure to check out the other books in the Weirdville series, including The Doll Maker and House of Horrors. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Miriam Blum. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/018463/bk_acx0_018463_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.