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 background. She will never possess Arslan, and she will never be a prima ballerina. She will rise no higher than the corps, one dancer among many.After her relationship with Arslan sours, Joan plots to make a new life for herself. She quits ballet, marries a good man, and settles in California with him and 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. Through Harry, Joan is pulled back into a world she thought she’d left behind - back into dangerous secrets, and back, inevitably, to Arslan.Combining a sweeping, operatic plot with subtly observed characters, Maggie Shipstead gives us a novel of stunning intensity and deft psychological nuance. Gripping, dramatic, and brilliantly conjured, Astonish Me confirms Shipstead’s range and ability and raises provocative questions about the nature of talent, the choices we must make in search of fulfillment, and how we square the yearning for comfort with the demands of art. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rebecca Lowman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/003816de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
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. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rebecca Lowman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/001635de/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 Rick Beyer
The Greatest War Stories Never Told:100 Tales from Military History to Astonish, Bewilder, and Stupefy Rick Beyer, Rick Beyer
The incredible history of one of the greatest ancient civilizations of our world. When tracing the history of the development of human progress, we use the word "civilization" to refer to the rapid urban development of certain indigenous cultures - especially contrasted to other, less advanced and primitive cultures. While all Mesoamerican civilizations are regarded as having engaged in human sacrifice, the Aztecs, if their own records are anything to go by, changed it into an art form with a religious and mythological significance that cannot be emphasized enough. Moreover, there is a substantial debate between historians who cannot agree on the degree to which the Aztecs engaged in ritual sacrifice. Obviously, the Aztecs were much more than just barbaric savages - they had a thriving economy, a well-built system of roadways and irrigation, and they were aesthetically inclined, especially towards architecture. Most of the information we have about the Aztecs is through their architecture and their feats, which parallel the Egyptians and continue to baffle and astonish in equal measure. This book aims to be a detailed overview of the Aztec civilization - how it developed and thrived, its economic practices, its unique and elaborate religious myths, and finally its tragic and untimely end. Here is a preview of the book: Aztec History: The Aztec religion, culture, and mythology Aztec History: The Aztec human sacrifices Aztec History: The Spanish conquest and the decline Aztec History: An origin story Much, much more! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Theis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/073673de/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? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kate Reading. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/podm/000338de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Dante´s immortal vision of hell shines ´´as it never did before in English verse´´ (Edward Mendelson) in Clive James´ new translation of Inferno. The most captivating part of perhaps the greatest epic poem ever written, Dante´s Inferno still holds the power to thrill and inspire. The medieval equivalent of a thriller, Inferno follows Dante and his faithful guide, Virgil, as they traverse the complex geography of hell, confronting its many threats, macabre punishments, and historical figures before reaching the deep chamber where Satan himself resides. Now, in this new translation, Clive James communicates not just the transcendent poetry of Dante´s language but also the excitement and terror of his journey through the underworld. Instead of Dante´s original terza rima, a form that in English tends to show the strain of composition, James employs fluently linked quatrains, thereby conveying the seamless flow of Dante´s poetry and the headlong momentum of the action. As James writes in his introduction, Dante´s great poem ´´can still astonish us, whether we believe in the supernatural or not. At the very least it will make us believe in poetry.´´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Edoardo Ballerini. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/025068de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Blood Slave Captured, taken from her beloved family and woods, Aria’s biggest fear is not the imminent death facing her, but that she will be chosen as a blood slave for a member of the ruling vampire race. No matter what becomes of her though, Aria knows that she must keep her identity hidden from the monsters imprisoning her. She has already been branded a member of the rebellion, but the vampires do not know the true depth of her involvement with it, and they must never know. Though hoping for death, Aria’s world is turned upside down when a vampire named Braith steps forward to claim her. He delays her execution, but Aria knows it’s only a matter of time before he drains her, and destroys her. Especially once she learns his true identity as a prince within the royal family; the same royal family that started the war that ultimately brought down humankind, reducing them to nothing more than servants and slaves. Aria is determined to hate the prince, determined not to give into him in anyway, but his strange kindness, and surprising gentleness astonish her. Torn between her loyalties to the rebellion, and her growing love for her greatest enemy, Aria struggles to decide between everything she has ever known, and a love she never dreamed of finding. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Luci Christian. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/podm/000029de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In his eagerly anticipated follow-up to the enormously successful Seven Men, New York Times best-selling author Eric Metaxas gives us seven captivating portraits of some of history´s greatest women, all of whom changed the course of history by following God´s call upon their lives - as women. Each of these world-changing figures - Joan of Arc, Susanna Wesley, Hannah More, Maria Skobtsova, Corrie ten Boom, Mother Teresa, and Rosa Parks - is an exemplary model of true womanhood. The teenaged Joan of Arc followed God´s call and liberated her country, dying a heroic martyr´s death. Susanna Wesley had 19 children and gave the world its most significant evangelist and its greatest hymn writer, her sons John and Charles. Corrie ten Boom, arrested for hiding Dutch Jews from the Nazis, survived the horrors of a concentration camp to astonish the world by forgiving her tormentors. And Rosa Parks´ deep sense of justice and unshakeable dignity and faith helped launch the 20th-century´s greatest social movement. Writing in his trademark conversational and engaging style, Eric Metaxas reveals how the other extraordinary women in this book achieved their greatness, inspiring listeners to live lives shaped by the truth of the Gospel. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Parks. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tnwd/000494de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Experience the overflowing bounty of the worlds greatest collection of folk myths and fairy tales Shehrzad was a priestess of the psyche secure in her science. The wonderful ease with which she gave not the best of her tales the opening night, yet enough to pique the invalid kings interest, is one of the subtleties of the collection. Her understanding of the paradoxology of fate was transferred to King Shehriyars morbid intellect little by little (never more at a time than a self-righteous tyrant could assimilate), until, in the end, what was there left in the world for him to resist or not to love? - Joseph Campbell, Foreword, The Thousand and One Nights Translated by John Payne and edited by famed mythologist Joseph Campbell, The Thousand and One Nights appears here in its unexpurgated, bountious glory. From well-known tales like The Fisherman and the Jinni and The Seven Voyages of Sinbad to hundreds of less well known stories, Shehrzads entertainments are sure to ravish, awe, and astonish even the most jaded reader. (Arabian and Persian literature, folktales and mythology. 1.2 million words; 116 illustrations)