After having lived in Taipei for ten years, Troy Parfitt sets out on an epic journey to test the theory that China is ascending toward a position of global hegemony. The result is whirlwind tour of the Chinese world, one that enlightens, astonishes, and entertains. Parfitt shows us he is the perfect China tour guide: the steward of an intimate knowledge of the nation´s history, culture, and psyche yet not serving any interest other than an investigative one. Here is a unique and powerful book, one that will change the way people think about China and its ´´great rise.´´ Why China Will Never Rule the World is a tour de force; vital for anyone wishing to understand what China is, what is has been, and what it is likely to become.
In this entertaining and challenging collection of logic puzzles, Raymond Smullyan - author of Forever Undecided - continues to delight and astonish us with his gift for making available, in the thoroughly pleasurable form of puzzles, some of the most important mathematical thinking of our time. In the first part of the book, he transports us once again to that wonderful realm where knights, knaves, twin sisters, quadruplet brothers, gods, demons, and mortals either always tell the truth or always lie, and where truth-seekers are set a variety of fascinating problems. The section culminates in an enchanting and profound metapuzzle in which Inspector Craig of Scotland Yard gets involved in a search for the Fountain of Youth on the Island of Knights and Knaves. In the second part of To Mock a Mockingbird, we accompany the Inspector on a summer-long adventure into the field of combinatory logic (a branch of logic that plays an important role in computer science and artificial intelligence). His adventure, which includes enchanted forests, talking birds, bird sociologists, and a classic quest, provides for us along the way the pleasure of solving puzzles of increasing complexity until we reach the Master Forest and - thanks to Godel´s famous theorem - the final revelation.
Surprise your friends! Astonish your family! With Pimsleur, you´ll be speaking and understanding like a native in no time. Thirty minutes a day is all it takes. Chinese (Mandarin) Level 3 Lessons 6-10 builds on material taught in prior units. Each lesson provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation. Each lesson contains practice for vocabulary introduced in previous lessons. The emphasis is on pronunciation and comprehension and on learning to speak Mandarin Chinese. Language: English. Narrator: Pimsleur. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/002519de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Surprise your friends! Astonish your family! With Pimsleur, you’ll be speaking and understanding like a native in no time. Thirty minutes a day is all it takes. Pimsleur Hindi, Level 1, Lessons 6-10 builds on material taught in prior units. Each lesson provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation. Each lesson contains practice for vocabulary introduced in previous lessons. The emphasis is on pronunciation and comprehension and on learning to speak Hindi. Language: English. Narrator: Pimsleur. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/004995de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE® IN LITERATURE 2013 The ten miraculously accomplished stories in Alice Munro´s Friend of My Youth not only astonish and delight but also convey the unspoken mysteries at the heart of all human experience. ´´[ Friend of My Youth is] a wonderful collection of stories, beautifully written and deeply felt.´´--Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
As a magician your greatest reward is to astonish and perplex your audience using just a simple pack of cards. And to do that, you need to master more than just the sleights of hand. You have to learn to perform. This revised edition of a classic work offers the budding magician a brilliant introduction to magic. From classic principles and practice to the art of presentation and a collection of astonishing tricks, everything you need is here. An experienced and gifted performer, writer and teacher, Hugard s exceptional combination of skills shines through in the clarity of his explanations. His example has inspired a generation of magicians and will inspire you to succeed in baffling your audience.
From the prize-winning author of Seating Arrangements comes an exquisitely written, fiercely compelling glimpse into the demanding world of professional ballet and its magnetic hold over two generations. Astonish Me is the irresistible story of Joan, a young American dancer who helps a Soviet ballet star, the great Arslan Rusakov, defect in 1975. A flash of fame and a passionate love affair follow, but Joan knows that, onstage and off, she is destined to remain in the shadows. After her relationship with Arslan sours, Joan decides to make a new life for herself. She quits ballet, marries a good man, and settles into the rhythm of Californian life with their son, Harry. But as the years pass, Joan comes to understand that ballet isn´t finished with her yet: for there is no mistaking that Harry is a prodigy. Inevitably Joan is soon pulled back into a world she thought she´d left behind and back to Arslan. Gripping and dramatic, Astonish Me is a story about the nature of talent, the choices we must make in search of fulfilment, and how we can never truly escape from the secrets of the past. ungekürzt. Language: English. Narrator: Rebecca Lowman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/001635de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Sasha is a fighter, the likes of which the highland country of Lenayin has never seen. Spurning her royal heritage to be raised by the great warrior Kessligh, Sasha´s exquisite swordplay astonishes all who see it. But she is young, untested in battle, and often led by her rash temper. In the complex world of Lenayin loyalties, her willfulness is attracting the wrong kind of attention. Lenin is a land divided by its beliefs: the Verenthane of the ruling class, and the pagan Goeren-yai, amongst whom Sasha now lives. The Goeren-yai value swordplay and honor, and have come to see Sasha as the great spirit who will unite them. But Sasha is still searching for what she believes and must choose her side carefully. Soon she will face her moment of testing. Is she ready to lead? Can she be the savior the Goeren-yai want her to be? ungekürzt. Language: English. Narrator: Kate Reading. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/podm/000338de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Based on a true story originally written by one of the survivors, Neta Lohnes Frazier´s account of seven children traveling westward still has the power to astonish. In the 1840s, the Sager family set off on the Oregon Trail, a dangerous and adventure-filled journey.Tragedy struck when both the mother and father succumbed to fever, orphaning the youngsters - one just a newborn. The entire wagon train adopted them, until they arrived at the Whitman Mission in Oregon. There, the Sagers settled into an ordinary life...until the day of an Indian massacre. The bravery of the Stouthearted Seven will amaze today´s young listeners. ungekürzt. Language: English. Narrator: Roscoe Orman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/000618de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Greatest Music Stories Never Told:100 Tales from Music History to Astonish, Bewilder, and Stupefy Harper Rick Beyer
When Devil, the most infamous member of the Cynster family, is caught in a compromising position with plucky governess Honoria, he astonishes the entire ton by offering his hand in marriage. But Honoria isn´t about to bend to society´s demands. She craves adventure and is set on seeing the world. Could her passion for Devil cause her to embrace the enchanting peril of a lifelong adventure of the heart? ungekürzt. Language: English. Narrator: Simon Prebble. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/howe/002894de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Surprise your friends! Astonish your family! With Pimsleur, you’ll be speaking and understanding like a native in no time. 30 minutes a day is all it takes. Pashto Phase 1, Unit 8 builds on material taught in prior units. It includes 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, new vocabulary, and new structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation. The lesson contains full practice for all vocabulary introduced in this unit and in previous units. The emphasis is on pronunciation and comprehension, and on learning to speak Pashto. Language: English. Narrator: Pimsleur. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/005306de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.