Merlin: the very name evokes intriguing images - magician, wise man, prophet, adviser to Arthur, counsellor of Camelot. The legend is famous but not the truth: that Merlin was a historical figure, a Briton, who hailed not from England or Wales, as traditional wisdom would have it, but from Scotland. Adam Ardrey brings back to life Merlin´s role in the cataclysmic battles between reason and religion of sixth-century Britain; battles which Merlin would ultimately lose. From the time of his death up until the present day, historical records relating to Merlin have been altered, his true provenance and importance obscured and his name changed to mean ´Madman´. The same fate awaited Merlin´s twin sister, Languoreth, as intelligent and powerful as her brother but, as a woman, a greater threat to the power of church and state. Languoreth´s existence was all but obliterated and her story lost - until now. Finding Merlin uncovers new evidence and re-examines the old. The places where Merlin was born, lived, died and was buried are identified, as well as the people surrounding him - his nemesis Mungo and his friend the hero Arthur. In this impressively well-researched and accessibly written book, Merlin walks from the pages of legend into history. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mike Rogers. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/015679/bk_adbl_015679_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Sexual abuse knows no religious or social boundaries. The Wounded Heart is an intensely personal and specific look at this form of abuse. Dr. Allender explores the secret lament of the soul damaged by sexual abuse and lays hold of the hope buried there by the one whose unstained image we all bear. Includes information about false memory issues. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Arthur Morey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hove/001627/bk_hove_001627_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
She is a painter. He is a poet. Their art bridges time.It is 1978. Merle is in her first year at the Corcoran School of Art, catapulted from her impoverished Appalachian upbringing into a sophisticated, dissipated art scene. It is also 1870. The teenage poet Arthur Rimbaud is on the verge of breaking through to the images and voice that will make his name. The meshed power of words and art thins the boundaries between the present and the past—and allows these two troubled, brilliant artists to enter each other’s worlds.Radiant Days is a peerless follow-up to Elizabeth Hand’s unforgettable, multiple-starred Illyria. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cassandra Campbell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/004926/bk_blak_004926_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The glory of the Elizabethan Age is tarnished by the continuing religious conflict begun by Henry VIII. Griffin Kirkwood renounces his title, his lands, his love for the mysterious demon-ridden Roanna, and his magical heritage as a descendant of both King Arthur and the Merlin to become a Catholic priest in France. His twin, Donovan (his mirror image in face and form and rarely more than a thought away) shoulders the responsibilities willingly. He agrees to two arranged-marriages, one after the other, and takes on the outward appearance of whichever religion is dominant to protect all that he loves, but without magic, or the love of his life. Together and separately the twins must fight to guide Queen Elizabeth through the intricate maze of politics and religion. Their spiritual and magical journeys cross each other, oppose, and re-align as they battle internal demons and external threats. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rebecca Rogers. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/014592/bk_adbl_014592_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The hero of John Updike´s Rabbit, Run (1960), 10 years after the hectic events described in Rabbit Redux (1971), has come to enjoy considerable prosperity as Chief Sales Representative of Springer Motors, a Toyota agency in Brewer, Pennsylvania. The time is 1979: Skylab is falling, gas lines are lengthening, the president collapses while running in a marathon, and double-digit inflation coincides with a deflation of national confidence. Nevertheless, Harry Angstrom feels in good shape, ready to enjoy life at last - until his son, Nelson, returns from the West, and the image of an old love pays a visit to his lot. New characters and old populate these scenes from Rabbit´s middle age, as he continues to pursue, in his erratic fashion, the rainbow of happiness. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Arthur Morey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/001761/bk_rand_001761_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A mythmaker of the highest order, China Miéville has emblazoned the fantasy novel with fresh language, startling images, and stunning originality. Set in the same sprawling world of Miéville´s Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning novel Perdido Street Station, this latest epic introduces a whole new cast of intriguing characters and dazzling creations. Aboard a vast seafaring vessel, a band of prisoners and slaves, their bodies remade into grotesque biological oddities, is being transported to the fledgling colony of New Crobuzon. But the journey is not theirs alone. They are joined by a handful of travelers, each with a reason for fleeing the city. Among them is Bellis Coldwine, a renowned linguist whose services as an interpreter grant her passage - and escape from horrific punishment. For she is linked to Isaac Dan der Grimnebulin, the brilliant renegade scientist who has unwittingly unleashed a nightmare upon New Crobuzon. For Bellis, the plan is clear: live among the new frontiersmen of the colony until it is safe to return home. But when the ship is besieged by pirates on the Swollen Ocean, the senior officers are summarily executed. The surviving passengers are brought to Armada, a city constructed from the hulls of pirated ships, a floating, landless mass ruled by the bizarre duality called the Lovers. On Armada, everyone is given work, and even Remades live as equals to humans, Cactae, and Cray. Yet no one may ever leave. Lonely and embittered in her captivity, Bellis knows that to show dissent is a death sentence. Instead, she must furtively seek information about Armada´s agenda. The answer lies in the dark, amorphous shapes that float undetected miles below the waters - terrifying entities with a singular, chilling mission. China Miéville is a writer for a new era - and The Scar is a luminous, brilliantly imagined novel that is nothing short of spectacular. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gildart Jackson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/004026/bk_rand_004026_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Elizabeth Jane Howard (1923-2014) wrote brilliant novels about what love can do to people, but in her own life the lasting relationship she sought so ardently always eluded her. She grew up yearning to be an actress, but when that ambition was thwarted by marriage and the war, she turned to fiction. Her first novel, The Beautiful Visit, won the John Llewellyn Rhys prize - she went on to write 14 more, of which the best-loved were the five volumes of The Cazalet Chronicle. Following her divorce from her first husband, the celebrated naturalist Peter Scott, Jane embarked on a string of high-profile affairs with Cecil Day-Lewis, Arthur Koestler and Laurie Lee, which turned her into a literary femme fatale. Yet the image of a sophisticated woman hid a romantic innocence which clouded her emotional judgment. She was nearing the end of a disastrous second marriage when she met Kingsley Amis, and for a few years they were a brilliant and glamorous couple - until that marriage too disintegrated. She settled in Suffolk, where she wrote and entertained friends, but her turbulent love life was not over yet. In her early 70s, Jane fell for a con man. His unmasking was the final disillusion and inspired one of her most powerful novels, Falling. Artemis Cooper interviewed Jane several times in Suffolk. She also talked extensively to her family, friends and contemporaries and had access to all her papers. Her biography explores a woman trying to make sense of her life through her writing as well as illuminating the literary world in which she lived. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Eleanor Bron. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hodd/001000/bk_hodd_001000_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Melanie doesn´t understand why she´s not allowed in the cellar, and the curiosity is getting the better of her. Finally, she´s determined there´s no way around it. Even if her parents and her nanny will be angry she just has to understand why she hears noises and why she´s not allowed inside. This thrilling little gem is yet another example of why Arthur Pendryll is rapidly gaining a name in the world of short horror fiction. Warning: This horror story has very dark and disturbing images. Adults should listen carefully before determining if the content is appropriate for a child in their care. Here is a preview: She knew that, sometimes when Mommy and Daddy went out and Nanny Carla sent her to bed, noises came from Nanny Carla´s room. Once she´d crept to the hallway and watched, but there wasn´t a monster. Instead, Mr. Harper the gardener came out of the room with a guilty look on his face. She didn´t know why he went to Nanny Carla´s room, but she knew the sounds meant something was happening. When she tried to ask Mrs. Harper if Mr. Harper made noises in their bedroom, Mrs. Harper looked shocked. Before she could answer, Nanny Carla whisked her away with a swat on her bottom and told her she was being improper. The point was simple, though, even for a little girl like Melanie. Noises meant something, and there were noises coming from the cellar. She wanted to know what was making the sounds. She wasn´t afraid, not really. Mommy, Daddy, Nanny Carla, the cook, and the maid all went down into the cellar every now and then, so there wasn´t a monster. That was sure. Still, why couldn´t she go down? Why couldn´t she see what was there? It was maddening, like when she had to stay in the nursery while Mommy and Daddy entertained guests in the parlor. It was like how she had to drink milk when everyone else at the table got pretty red wine from fancy bottles, fancy bottles from the cellar. She dropped her doll when she h... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sapphire Rose. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/008269/bk_acx0_008269_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Over the past several years, Hardwick, Vermont, a typical hardscrabble farming community of three thousand residents, has jump-started its economy and redefined its self-image through a local, self-sustaining food system unlike anything else in America. Even as the recent financial downturn threatens to cripple small businesses and privately owned farms, a stunning number of food-based businesses have grown in the region—Vermont Soy, Jasper Hill Farm, Pete’s Greens, Patchwork Farm & Bakery, Applecheek Farm, Claire’s Restaurant and Bar, and Bonnieview Farm, to name only a few. The mostly young entrepreneurs have created a network of community support, meeting regularly to share advice, equipment, and business plans and to loan each other capital. Hardwick is fast becoming a model for other communities hoping to replicate its success. The captivating story of a small town coming back to life, The Town That Food Saved is narrative nonfiction at its best, full of colorful characters and grounded in an idea that will revolutionize the way we eat. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Arthur Morey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/004063/bk_blak_004063_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A lonely retired sheriff watches from the sidelines as a new crop of crime fighters try desperately to come to terms with evil in their midst. Arthur Pendryll´s dark and brooding tale of psychotic evil descending on a small town is at once disturbing and profound. Warning: This audiobook contains very dark and disturbing images of horror. Adults should read carefully to determine if the content is appropriate for a child in their care. Here is a preview: Forensic evidence that Alex didn´t really understand suggested that their tormenter kept them alive and tortured them for three to five days, before finally slitting their throats and depositing the bodies somewhere remotely. Modern forensics had been available when he retired a decade and a half past, but he´d never really integrated it into his investigations. Why the hell would he need to? Outside of an occasional robbery gone wrong or a drunken husband carrying a fight with his wife too far, there really wasn´t serious crime to address until recently. Mary Ellen Allis and Thomas Harding, the prom king and queen, had disappeared on prom night. According to the papers, their friends and contemporaries at the dance said they drove off, probably to Mill Lake, right after the prom. It was a typical hang out for high school students and more than one girl had lost her virginity in the backseat of a car, while the soft sound of the lake water lapping at the shore made for romantic background noise. Alex had to suppress a smile thinking of all the kids he´d run off from Mill Lake, of the deer-in-the-headlights looks when the flashlight caught the wandering hand or the smudged lipstick, of the grateful looks when he told them to start the engine and get the hell out of the area. They hadn´t found the couple when they´d found the boy´s car. It hadn´t been found at the lake, though. Instead, they´d discovered it at a convenience store about a mile down the road. There was a small bi... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mike Dennis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/008267/bk_acx0_008267_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.