The Greatest Music Stories Never Told:100 Tales from Music History to Astonish, Bewilder, and Stupefy Rick Beyer
The Queen of Spades I There was a card party at the rooms of Naroumoff, of the Horse Guards. The long winter night passed away imperceptibly, and it was five oclock in the morning before the company sat down to supper. Those who had won ate with a good appetite; the others sat staring absently at their empty plates. When the champagne appeared, however, the conversation became more animated, and all took a part in it. And how did you fare, Souirin? asked the host. Oh, I lost, as usual. I must confess that I am unlucky. I play mirandole, I always keep cool, I never allow anything to put me out, and yet I always lose! And you did not once allow yourself to be tempted to back the red? Your firmness astonishes me. But what do you think of Hermann? said one of the guests, pointing to a young engineer. He has never had a card in his hand in his life, he has never in his life laid a wager; and yet he sits here till five oclock in the morning watching our play. Play interests me very much, said Hermann, but I am not in the position to sacrifice the necessary in the hope of winning the superfluous. Hermann is a German; he is economical-that is all! observed Tomsky. But if there is one person that I cannot understand, it is my grandmother, the Countess Anna Fedorovna! How so? inquired the guests. I cannot understand, continued Tomsky, how it is that my grandmother does not punt. Then you do not know the reason why? No, really; I havent the faintest idea. But let me tell you the story. You must know that about sixty years ago my grandmother went to Paris, where she created quite a sensation. People used to run after her to catch a glimpse of the Muscovite Venus. Richelieu made love to her, and my grandmother maintains that he almost blew out his brains in consequence of her cruelty. At that time ladies used to play at faro. On one occasion at the Court, she lost a very considerable sum to the Duke of Orleans. On returning home, my grandmother removed the patches from her face, took off her hoops, informed my grandfather of her loss at the gaming-table, and ordered him to pay the money. My deceased grandfather, as far as I remember, was a sort of house-steward to my grandmother. He dreaded her like fire; but, on hearing of such a heavy loss, he almost went out of his mind. He calculated the various sums she had lost, and pointed out to her that in six months she had spent half a million of francs; that neither their Moscow nor Saratoff estates were in Paris; and, finally, refused point-blank to pay the debt. My grandmother gave him a box on the ear and slept by herself as a sign of her displeasure. The next day she sent for her husband, hoping that this domestic punishment had produced an effect upon him, but she found him inflexible. For the first time in her life she entered into reasonings and explanations with him, thinking to be able to convince him by pointing out to him that there are debts and debts, and that there is a great difference between a prince and a coachmaker.
The Greatest War Stories Never Told:100 Tales from Military History to Astonish, Bewilder, and Stupefy Rick Beyer, Rick Beyer
Tired of normal life? Bored of offices with nice scenery and no carcasses strewn around scorched by the killer sun? Then join Bob and Billy, two relatively normal guys, whose lives have been irrevocably changed by an accidental push of a button. ´´We haven´t seen you since the explosion! We´d love to have you visit!´´ And so start the adventures. What happens next is chronicled in Problem Cousin and Other Funny Stories, a new book by Alex Goodwin. From chasing burning Christmas trees down steep mountains to ending world-wide banana shortages, Bob and Billy will take you on an adventure like never before. Together with the two wacky friends, you will: Find out why pickled pigs´ feet are not nearly the delicacy you might expect, Discover the limitations of Personal Panic Places when it comes to fighting roaches, Realize that receiving a parachute from a flight attendant cannot be good news, And more! Bob and Billy´s mishaps and miracles will astonish any listener, and... as Billy always says, ´´TACOS!´´ Even if that didn´t make any sense, still listen to this wacky collection of stories by Alex Goodwin today! It´s sure to tickle your funny bone. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gary Roelofs. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/027587de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
David Foster Wallace made an art of taking readers into places no other writer even gets near. In his exuberantly acclaimed collection, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, he combines hilarity and an escalating disquiet in stories that astonish, entertain, and expand our ideas of the pleasures that fiction can afford. Narrators include David Foster Wallace, John Krasinski, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Cerveris, Will Forte, Malcolm Goodwin, Christopher Meloni, Chris Messina, Max Minghella, Dennis O´Hare, Lou Taylor Pucci, Ben Shenkman, Joey Slotnick, and Cory Stoll. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dennis O´Hare, John Krasinski, Bobby Cannavale, Malcolm Goodwin, Michael Cerveris, Christopher Meloni, David Foster Wallace. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/000332de/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
This carefully crafted ebook: The Return of Sherlock Holmes is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. Sherlock Holmes astonishes Dr. Watson and the world by reappearing in London. He reveals that he was not killed at the Reichenbach Falls and continues his adventures. The Return of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of 13 stories: The Empty House The Norwood Builder The Dancing Men The Solitary Cyclist The Priory School Black Peter Charles Augustus Milverton The Six Napoleons The Three Students The Golden Pince-Nez The Missing Three-Quarter The Abbey Grange The Second Stain Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) was a British writer best known for his detective fiction featuring Sherlock Holmes. The Sherlock Holmes stories are generally considered milestones in the field of crime fiction. Doyle is also known for writing the fictional adventures of Professor Challenger and for propagating the mystery of the Mary Celeste. He was a prolific writer whose other works include fantasy and science fiction stories, plays, romances, poetry, non-fiction and historical novels.
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)
The must-have companion to Bill O´Reilly´s historic series Legends and Lies: The Real West, a fascinating, eye-opening look at the truth behind the western legends we all think we know. How did Davy Crockett save President Jackson´s life only to end up dying at the Alamo? Was the Lone Ranger based on a real lawman-and was he an African American? What amazing detective work led to the capture of Black Bart, the ´´gentleman bandit´´ and one of the west´s most famous stagecoach robbers? Did Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid really die in a hail of bullets in South America? Generations of Americans have grown up on TV shows, movies and books about these western icons. But what really happened in the Wild West? All the stories you think you know, and others that will astonish you, are here--some heroic, some brutal and bloody, all riveting. Included are the ten legends featured in Bill O´Reilly´s Legends and Lies docuseries -from Kit Carson to Jesse James, Wild Bill Hickok to Doc Holliday-- accompanied by two bonus chapters on Daniel Boone and Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley. Frontier America was a place where instinct mattered more than education, and courage was necessary for survival. It was a place where luck made a difference and legends were made. Heavily illustrated with spectacular artwork that further brings this history to life, and told in fast-paced, immersive narrative, Legends and Lies is an irresistible, adventure-packed ride back into one of the most storied era of our nation´s rich history. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Wopat. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aren/001937de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A novel about learning to live in a world stranger than any tabloid headline Though she´s written dispatches from across the globe - covering the Loch Ness monster, live dinosaurs, and the ever-enigmatic yeti - Vera Perl never leaves the offices of ´´This Week,´´ a supermarket tabloid covering the universe´s stranger side. Her reporting is done entirely inside her own head, and now she¿s contemplating a Bigfoot exposé that will astonish even the most jaded conspiracy theorist. No one is better than Vera at imagining these weird, wild stories, because more than anything, she wants them to be true. One day, she dreams up a scoop about two Brooklyn children whose lemonade stand has amazing curative properties, and is shocked to learn that the children she invented actually exist. The resulting lawsuit sends this master of hoaxes into a very real tailspin, and a search for something even more elusive than Bigfoot: solace. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tara Ochs. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/016007de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.