The fourteenth century reflects two contradictory images: on the one hand, a glittering time of crusades and castles, cathedrals and chivalry, and the exquisitely decorated Books of Hours; and on the other, a time of ferocity and spiritual agony, a world of chaos and the plague. Barbara Tuchman reveals both the great rhythms of history and the grain and texture of domestic life as it was lived. Here are the guilty passions, loyalties and treacheries, political assassinations, sea battles and sieges, corruption in high places and a yearning for reform, satire and humor, sorcery and demonology, and lust and sadism on the stage. Here are proud cardinals, beggars, feminists, university scholars, grocers, bankers, mercenaries, mystics, lawyers, and tax collectors, and, dominating all, the knight in his valor and ´´furious follies´´, a ´´terrible worm in an iron cocoon´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nadia May. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/001364/bk_blak_001364_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Reckless, Book 3, the final hot, sexy, forbidden romance trilogy series at Club Revive... Kathryn had planned that she would never see Adam again after their one passionate night at Club Revive, and now here they were unexpectedly face to face. 50 Shades of Romance. An illicit and oh-so-sexy tryst... Neither one of them wanted to explain it to their families if they got caught. Still, that hadn´t made it easy to see Cami flirting with Adam yesterday. Adam... Just hinking his name conjured up an image of his devastatingly gorgeous face, black hair, tan skin, high cheekbones, square jaw, sumptuous lips, and glittering blue-green eyes. He knew just how to touch her to make her knees shake and her body grow hot and slick. Kathryn... She had more baggage than Imelda Marcos coming back from a shoe store. Really. It´s not like she was a free 20-something with no reason not to pursue the sexy club owner. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rita Rush. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/033331/bk_acx0_033331_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When Adeline Bertrand-Verdon, the haughty, conniving president of the Proust Association, is murdered, Inspector Jean-Pierre Foucheroux is called on to lead the investigation. Soon Inspector Foucheroux is overwhelmed by a seemingly endless list of suspects: from her assistant to her colleagues, her fiancé to her lover, almost everyone Adeline knew had motive to kill her. Meanwhile, Gisele Dambert, the beautiful assistant with the royal-blue eyes and more than a hint of mystery, is on her own search for the lost Proust notes that would allow her to finally enter the glittering world of the literary elite. This clever satirical novel presents a dazzling array of sharp, unscrupulous professors and scholars in the image-obsessed world of academia. An assortment of suspects - the professor who plagiarizes his students´ work, the manipulative director - bring intrigue and drama to the novel. Suspense and withering commentary on the morally questionable intellectual elite combine to form a clever mix of whodunit and satire. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Liisa Ivary. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/021104/bk_adbl_021104_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
For centuries the waters of the Red Sea have been amongst the most hazardous and feared in the world. Strong or erratic winds have taken lives and broken boats, smashed against rocks or hidden sandbars. Pirates too have menaced: some out for booty alone; others for slaves. Many seafarers have been terrified by the capricious genies of the ocean, and only by prayer and ritual might crew members hope to ward off any disaster or evil that might befall their ship. Central to this archetypal and perilous maritime scene has been the dhow, the versatile sailing craft that survives to this day and that for many hundreds of years has linked the commercial and pilgrim centres of sea and desert. Few images are as evocative as the silhouette of the Arab dhow as, under full sail, it tacks to windward on glittering water before moving across the face of the rising or setting sun. In this authoritative new book, Dionisius A. Agius, one of the foremost scholars of Islamic material culture, offers a lucid and wide-ranging history of the iconic dhow from medieval to modern times. Traversing the Arabian and African coasts, he shows that the dhow was central not just to commerce but to the vital transmission and exchange of ideas. While the history of global and seafaring exploration is more popular than ever, seaborne discovery from the Islamic lands remains an understudied subject. Whether discussing trade and salt routes; shoals and wind patterns; spice harvest seasons; the symbols and decorative motifs on ships that were considered to have special powers; litanies and votive offerings to the sea; or the deep and resonant connection between language, memory and oral tradition, this is the first book to place the dhow in its full and remarkable cultural contexts.
In 2014, the International Space Station unleashed a series of photographs that had netizens around the globe simultaneously slapping their cheeks in disbelief for more reasons than one. For starters, the world was astounded by the crisp definition and stellar resolution of the images captured by the space agency´s NightPod lenses, which showed striking satellite shots of the world at nighttime, illuminated by its dazzling city lights. But it was a close-up snap of the China-North Korea border that elicited reactions far greater than the rest, for the image, as terrific as it was, was equally troubling. Backed by a time-lapse video of the area, the images show an enormous patch of pitch-blackness - roughly 47,000 square miles of it, to be precise - flanked by two sweeping stretches of gold, the coruscating clusters of light marking the largest cities in the land. On one side lay the shimmering Chinese territories, and the other, the glittering grounds of South Korea. The patch of black in question was so dark it could very well be mistaken for an extension of either the Yellow Sea or the Sea of Japan. North Korea has long been the butt of jokes, and it has been a longstanding target of international criticism, but the startling satellite image was anything but amusing, for it demonstrated the truly catastrophic conditions North Koreans find themselves in. Statistics show that the average South Korean uses up to 10,162 kilowatt hours of power per year, whereas their neighbors in the north consume only 739. This is only one amongst a slew of stumbling blocks affecting the state, impeding it from proper progress. So why is North Korea so starkly different from its neighbors when nothing more but mere borders separate them? A tyrannical lineage secured by nepotism. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dan Gallagher. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/101539/bk_acx0_101539_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A long-awaited and highly intimate visual history of Versace, the glamorous and globally renowned Italian fashion house. Versace-a name that epitomizes Italian opulence, bold sexiness, and a flair for the extravagant-holds its place firmly in the fashion world as a legendary and iconic luxury brand. Taking over the creative artistic direction of the family-run fashion house in 1997, the enigmatic and alluring Donatella Versace has since catapulted the brand into popular culture, cementing Versace as a go-to label for A-list celebrities. This richly illustrated tome chronicles Donatella´s interpretation of Versace in the twenty-first century and her remarkable work as the curator and face of Versace. Versace includes exclusive contemporary and archival imagery from runway and backstage shots to intimate scenes at the Versace atelier, with accompanying original essays penned by fashion´s most authoritative voices. Featuring arresting photography by Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, and Steven Meisel, among many others; images of Versace fashions modeled by the original ´´supers,´´ such as Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, and Linda Evangelista; and red-carpet coverage of Hollywood´s elite wearing dazzling Versace couture, this glittering volume delivers the magnetic vibrancy, supreme luxury, and glamour quotient that define Versace.
Bat Chain Puller (the title is taken from a Captain Beefheart song) is an incisive portrait of a culture unanchored and adrift. In these pieces, veteran MTV commentator and rock journalist Kurt Loder turns his jaundiced eye and trenchant wit on the nature of celebrity as embodied by rock musicians and other pop culture icons. Ride along as Mick Jagger sheds his bad-boy image to embrace the jet-setter lifestyle; ponder the puzzling dichotomy between Prince´s racy lyrics and self-proclaimed spirituality; and witness whether The Who´s latest tour will indeed be the band´s last, or a disingenuous declaration to increase profits.Bat Chain Puller also pays tribute to those who have kept the rebellious torch burning brightly in the glittering land of celebrity: David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Tina Turner, Laurie Anderson, The Beatles The Ramones, Blondie, The Velvet Underground, Iggy Pop, Talking Heads, The Sex Pistols, ZZ Top, Bruce Springsteen, and more... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki, Stephen Hoye. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/000020/bk_adbl_000020_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´There is no force in the world that can block the powerful march of our army and people, who are holding high the banner of the suns of great Comrade Kim Il-sung and great Comrade Kim Jong-il and continuing to advance under the leadership of the party and with strong faith in sure victory.´´ (Kim Jong-un) In 2014, the International Space Station unleashed a series of photographs that had netizens around the globe simultaneously slapping their cheeks in disbelief. They showed striking satellite shots of the world at nighttime, illuminated by its dazzling city lights. But it was a close-up snap of the China-North Korea border that elicited the biggest reactions, for the image, as terrific as it was, was equally troubling. The images show an enormous patch of pitch-blackness flanked by two sweeping stretches of gold, the coruscating clusters of light marking the largest cities in the land. On one side lay the shimmering Chinese territories, and the other, the glittering grounds of South Korea. The patch of black in question was so dark it could very well be mistaken for an extension of either the Yellow Sea or the Sea of Japan. At first glance, it would seem as if there was not an inkling of life in sight, had it not been for the tiny twinkle floating in the center of the abyss. This twinkle was none other than the city of Pyongyang, and the missing piece of the puzzle was North Korea. North Korea has long been the butt of jokes, and it has been a longstanding target of international criticism, but the startling satellite image demonstrated the truly catastrophic conditions North Koreans find themselves in. Statistics show that the average South Korean uses up to 10,162 kilowatt hours of power per year, whereas their neighbors in the north consume only 739. This is only one amongst a slew of stumbling blocks affecting the state. The entire state is frozen in time. Notwithstanding a fractional sliver of the capital, where the Su... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dan Gallagher. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/098262/bk_acx0_098262_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
MEM is a rare novel, a small book carrying very big ideas, the kind of story that stays with you long after you´ve finished listening to it. Set in the glittering art deco world of a century ago, MEM makes one slight alteration to history: a scientist in Montreal discovers a method allowing people to have their memories extracted from their minds, whole and complete. The Mems exist as mirror-images of their source-zombie-like creatures destined to experience that singular memory over and over, until they expire in the cavernous Vault where they are kept. And then there is Dolores Extract #1, the first Mem capable of creating her own memories. An ageless beauty shrouded in mystery, she is allowed to live on her own, and create her own existence, until one day she is summoned back to the Vault. What happens next is a gorgeously rendered, heart-breaking novel in the vein of Kazuo Ishiguro´s Never Let Me Go. Debut novelist Bethany Morrow has created an allegory for our own time, exploring profound questions of ownership and how they relate to identity, memory, and history, all in the shadows of Montreal´s now forgotten slave trade. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Soneela Nankani. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/011682/bk_blak_011682_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Lonely Planet: The world´s leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Moscow is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Gawk at Red Square and the city´s countless glittering domes, lose yourself in a performance at the Bolshoi, or brush up on your Cold War history; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Moscow and begin your journey now! Inside Lonely Planet´s Moscow Travel Guide: Colour maps and images throughout Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, art, literature, music, architecture, performing arts, Moscow today Covers the Kremlin and Red Square, Tverskoy, Presnya, Arbat, Khamovniki, Zamoskvorechie, Meshchansky, Basmanny, and more The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Moscow , our most comprehensive guide to Moscow, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled. Looking for just the highlights of Moscow? Check out Pocket Moscow & St Petersburg , a handy-sized guide focused on the can´t-miss sights for a quick trip. Travelling further afield? Check out Lonely Planet´s Russia guide for a comprehensive look at all the country has to offer; St Petersburg for a guide to the city´s most popular attractions , and Trans-Siberian Railway , focused on the can´t-miss sights for a trip of a lifetime. About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world´s leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.