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. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Roscoe Orman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/000618de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
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.
Explains the history behind the drafting of the Articles of Confederation, the Constitution, and the Federalist Papers. Analyzes how the Supreme Court has used and interpreted the Federalist Papers. ´´It has been frequently remarked that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend for their political constitutions on accident and force. If there be any truth in the remark, the crisis at which we are arrived may with propriety be regarded as the era in which that decision is to be made.´´ (Alexander Hamilton, Federalist number one) In 1787, delegates from the recently independent 13 colonies met in Philadelphia to try to forge a new, stronger constitution. That summer, the representatives ironed out a document that had pluses and minuses for all involved, a point noted by Ben Franklin in explaining why he assented to it at the end of the process: ´´For, when you assemble a number of men to have the advantage of their joint wisdom, you inevitably assemble with those men all their prejudices, their passions, their errors of opinion, their local interests, and their selfish views. From such an assembly can a perfect production be expected? It therefore astonishes me, sir, to find this system approaching so near to perfection as it does; and I think it will astonish our enemies, who are waiting with confidence to hear that our councils are confounded like those of the builders of Babel; and that our states are on the point of separation, only to meet hereafter for the purpose of cutting one another´s throats. Thus I consent, sir, to this constitution because I expect no better and because I am not sure that it is not the best.” 1. Language: English. Narrator: Donnie Sipes. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/039024de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An edge city, poised at the northernmost tip of Africa, just nine miles across the Strait of Gibraltar from Europe and overlooking both the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, Tangier is more than a destination, it is an escape. The Interzone, as William Burroughs called it, has attracted spies, outlaws, outcasts and writers for centuries - men and women working out at the edge of literary forms, breaking through artistic borders. This outlaw originality is what most astonishes when encountering the literary history of Tangier for the first time. Particularly in the past century, the results were some of the most incendiary and influential books of our time, the most prominent being Burroughs´ Naked Lunch and Paul Bowles´ The Sheltering Sky. The list of ´´edge´´ writers who were drawn to Tangier is long, among them Ibn Battuta, Samuel Pepys, Alexandre Dumas, Mark Twain, Edith Wharton, Walter Harris, Jean Genet, Paul and Jane Bowles, Tennessee Williams, William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, Patricia Highsmith, Jack Kerouac, Truman Capote, Gore Vidal, Allen Ginsberg, Alfred Chester, Joe Orton and Mohamed Choukri.
The fourth book in the visually stunning Infographics series, which showcases information and data in stunning graphic visualisations. Complex facts about technology are explained through stylish information graphics, which astonish, amuse and inform with each turn of the page. In the seven tabbed sections learn the history of computers from the abacus to the tablet, see inside a smartphone, check out the robots working all around the world, discover how 3D printing works, follow the steps of CGI animation, take a look at the tech of a record-breaking car and imagine what the generation ships of the future could look like. Researched by the Guardian´s Datablog expert, Simon Rogers, and illustrated by the inimitably brilliant Studio Muti. Contents: High-Tech World, Computers, Robot Age, Medical Marvels, On the Move, Communications and Tomorrow´s World. Word count: 15,000
If you´re Irish American or African American or Eastern European Jewish American, there´s a rich literature to give you a sense of your family´s arrival-in-America story. Until now, that hasn´t been the case for Chinese Americans. From noted historian Mae Ngai, The Lucky Ones uncovers the three-generational saga of the Tape family. It´s a sweeping story centered on patriarch Jeu Dips´ (Joseph Tapes´) self-invention as an immigration broker in post-gold rush, racially explosive San Francisco, and the extraordinary rise it enables. Ngai´s portrayal of the Tapes as the first of a brand-new social type - middle-class Chinese Americans, with touring cars, hunting dogs, and society weddings to broadcast it - will astonish. Again and again, Tape family history illuminates American history. Seven-year-old Mamie Tape attempts to integrate California schools, resulting in the landmark 1885 Tape v. Hurley case. The family´s intimate involvement in the 1904 St. Louis World´s Fair reveals how the Chinese American culture brokers essentially invented Chinatown (and so Chinese culture) for American audiences. Finally, Mae Ngai reveals aspects - timely, haunting, and hopeful - of the lasting legacy of the immigrant experience for all Americans. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Angela Lin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/002613de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The well-known and acclaimed work of Dr. Joseph Lumpkin has been enlarged to include new research on the Books of Enoch, Fallen Angels, the Watchers, and the Nephilim. After presenting extensive historical backgrounds and brilliant translations of The First, Second, and Third Books of Enoch, Lumpkin takes time to piece together a historical narrative of Fallen Angels, the Watcher, and the Nephilim, using his extensive knowledge of ancient texts. The history of the fallen angels is sewn tightly together using such books as Enoch, Jasher, Jubilees, The Book of Giants, The War Scrolls, and many others. The story will astonish you. New information on the First Book of Enoch is greatly expanded. Lumpkin describes the calendar of Enoch and its pivotal place in the prophecy of Daniel. He takes First Enoch apart, section by section, to describe its history, the time frame of authorship, and its contents. Copious notes are included throughout. This volume, containing The First Book of Enoch (The Ethiopic Book of Enoch), The Second Book of Enoch (The Slavonic Secrets of Enoch), The Third Book of Enoch (The Hebrew Book of Enoch), and The Book of Fallen Angels, The Watchers, and the Origins of Evil. Expanded commentary is included for the three Books of Enoch, as well as the sections on angels, prophecies, and the Enochian calendar. These sources are found here, all in a single source. Dr. Joseph Lumpkin is the CEO of Fifth Estate Publishers and the author of over 20 books. He appears regularly on LA talk radio and the show Rain Making Time as an expert guest on the subjects of religion, theology, and church history. Look for other books by Joseph Lumpkin such as The Book of Jasher, The Book of Jubilees, Lost Books of the Bible, Banned from the Bible, and the Encyclopedia of Lost and Rejected Scriptures. A complete catalog can be seen at fifthestatepub.com. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dennis Logan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/096189de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A thrilling collection of twenty-one original stories by an all-star list of contributorsincluding a new A Game of Thrones story by George R. R. Martin! If you´re a fan of fiction that is more than just black and white, this latest story collection from #1 New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin and award-winning editor Gardner Dozois is filled with subtle shades of gray. Twenty-one all-original stories, by an all-star list of contributors, will delight and astonish you in equal measure with their cunning twists and dazzling reversals. And George R. R. Martin himself offers a brand-new A Game of Thrones tale chronicling one of the biggest rogues in the entire history of Ice and Fire. Follow along with the likes of Gillian Flynn, Joe Abercrombie, Neil Gaiman, Patrick Rothfuss, Scott Lynch, Cherie Priest, Garth Nix, and Connie Willis, as well as other masters of literary sleight-of-hand, in this rogues gallery of stories that will plunder your heartand yet leave you all the richer for it. Featuring all-new stories by Joe Abercrombie, Daniel Abraham, David W. Ball, Paul Cornell, Bradley Denton, Phyllis Eisenstein, Gillian Flynn, Neil Gaiman, Matthew Hughes, Joe R. Lansdale, Scott Lynch, Garth Nix, Cherie Priest, Patrick Rothfuss, Steven Saylor, Michael Swanwick, Lisa Tuttle, Carrie Vaughn, Walter Jon Williams, Connie Willis
A thrilling collection of 21 original stories by an all-star list of contributors - including a new A Game of Thrones story by George R. R. Martin! If you’re a fan of fiction that is more than just black and white, this latest story collection from number-one New York Times best-selling author George R. R. Martin and award-winning editor Gardner Dozois is filled with subtle shades of gray. Twenty-one all-original stories, by an all-star list of contributors, will delight and astonish you in equal measure with their cunning twists and dazzling reversals. And George R. R. Martin himself offers a brand-new A Game of Thrones tale chronicling one of the biggest rogues in the entire history of Ice and Fire. Follow along with the likes of Gillian Flynn, Joe Abercrombie, Neil Gaiman, Patrick Rothfuss, Scott Lynch, Cherie Priest, Garth Nix, and Connie Willis, as well as other masters of literary sleight-of-hand, in this rogues gallery of stories that will plunder your heart - and yet leave you all the richer for it. INTRODUCTION: EVERYBODY LOVES A ROGUE, read by George R. R. Martin TOUGH TIMES ALL OVER, read by Gwendoline Christie WHAT DO YOU DO?, read by Julia Whelan THE INN OF THE SEVEN BLESSINGS, read by Roy Dotrice BENT TWIG, read by Phil Gigante TAWNY PETTICOATS, read by Ron Donachie PROVENANCE, read by W. Morgan Sheppard ROARING TWENTIES, read by Janis Ian A YEAR AND A DAY IN OLD THERADANE, read by Gwendoline Christie BAD BRASS, read by Gil Bellows HEAVY METAL, read by Scott Brick THE MEANING OF LOVE, read by Conleth Hill A BETTER WAY TO DIE, read by Roy Dotrice ILL SEEN IN TYRE, read by Gethin Anthony A CARGO OF IVORIES, read by Ron Donachie DIAMONDS FROM TEQUILA, read by David Greenlee THE CARAVAN TO NOWHERE, read by W. Morgan Sheppard THE CURIOUS AFFAIR OF THE DEAD WIVES, read by Harriet Walter HOW THE MARQUIS GO... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ron Donachie, Phil Gigante, Julia Whelan, W. Morgan Sheppard, Gwendoline Christie, George R. R. Martin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/003917de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The English-language debut of Indonesia´s rising star. The epic novel Beauty Is a Wound combines history, satire, family tragedy, legend, humor, and romance in a sweeping polyphony. The beautiful Indo prostitute Dewi Ayu and her four daughters are beset by incest, murder, bestiality, rape, insanity, monstrosity, and the often vengeful undead. Kurniawan´s gleefully grotesque hyperbole functions as a scathing critique of his young nation´s troubled past: the rapacious offhand greed of colonialism; the chaotic struggle for independence; the 1965 mass murders of perhaps a million ´´Communists´´, followed by three decades of Suharto´s despotic rule. Beauty Is a Wound astonishes from its opening line: ´´One afternoon on a weekend in May, Dewi Ayu rose from her grave after being dead for 21 years....´´ Drawing on local sources - folktales and the all-night shadow puppet plays, with their bawdy wit and epic scope - and inspired by Melville and Gogol, Kurniawan´s distinctive voice brings something luscious yet astringent to contemporary literature. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jonathan Davis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/025959de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.