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Kensington Palace: The History of One of the Br...
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When people think of the British Royal family, and more specifically where they live, the first image that often pops into mind is that of stately Buckingham Palace, with its changing of the guard and the occasional royal coach leaving or entering. Others may think of the royal country estate of Windsor Castle, a favorite of both Britain's longest-reigning and second longest-reigning monarchs. But there was a time when both royal residences played second fiddle to a much better known home, the elegant Kensington Palace. Like many royal residences, Buckingham and Kensington began their lives as large private homes, and it was only after a king, or in Kensington's case, a king and queen, took notice of them that they were expanded into the size and grandeur that they display today. Even this work was not the product of one major overhaul but of several, spread across decades of changes in architecture, interior design, and even technology. King William III purchased Kensington Palace in the early years of his reign, less than three short decades after the Stuarts returned to the throne, and he and his queen were the first monarchs to move the British court there. Later, his successors became more attached to the palace, and by the time King George I, the first king from the House of Hanover, came to the throne, Kensington was considered the best place for the king and his family to live. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kenneth Ray. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/082281/bk_acx0_082281_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.

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England’s Most Famous Palaces: The History of B...
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“I’m glad we’ve been bombed. It makes me feel I can look the East End in the face.” (The Queen Mother in 1940, after Buckingham Palace had been bombed by the Nazis)When people think of the British royal family, and more specifically where they live, the first image that often pops into mind is that of stately Buckingham Palace, with its changing of the guard and the occasional royal coach leaving or entering. Others may think of the royal country estate of Windsor Castle, a favorite of both Britain’s longest reigning and second longest reigning monarchs. And there was a time when both royal residences played second fiddle to a much better known home, the elegant Kensington Palace. In his multivolume work Old and New London (1878), Edward Walford wrote, “It has often been said by foreigners that if they were to judge of the dignity and greatness of a country by the palace which its sovereign inhabits, they would not be able to ascribe to Her Majesty Queen Victoria that proud position among the ‘crowned heads’ of Europe which undoubtedly belongs to her. But though Buckingham Palace is far from being so magnificent as Versailles is, or the Tuilleries once were, yet it has about it an air of solidity and modest grandeur, which renders it no unworthy residence for a sovereign who cares more for a comfortable home than for display.”This is ultimately what palaces are all about: power and impressions. Buckingham Palace is not different, for though it was originally built as a home of a private citizen, once a king bought it, its future was sealed. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ken Teutsch. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/103059/bk_acx0_103059_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.

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Legends of the Ancient World: The Life and Lega...
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In a temple in Abydos, Egypt, there stands a wall relief, a carving completed during the reign of Pharaoh Seti I. The image shows the pharaoh looking back across the long list of his many predecessors, pharaohs who had ruled Egypt before him, with their names elegantly enclosed in cartouches upon the temple wall. Seti's own reign had commenced in 1306 BC, and in the image he looks back all the way to Pharaoh Menes, founder of the First Dynasty in 2920 BC. In the image, by Seti's side, also looking across the years at the history that had gone before, is the pharaoh's son, then a young prince who would one day be pharaoh himself. This prince's name was Riʻmīsisu, but he would come to be known in the annals of history by other names. He was called Ozymandias in the Greek tradition and Great Ancestor by the Egyptians, and his name has been transcribed sometimes as Rameses or Ramses. But this young prince, born in 1303 BC, would come to be known primarily as Ramesses the Great, the longest-ruling pharaoh Egypt would ever know. The life story of Ramesses II is voluminously recorded and illustrated through documents and inscriptions, and it is even represented physically through his funerary goods and the well-preserved mummified remains of the man himself. But despite the resources available with which to reason about who Ramesses II was and what his impact might have been, there is also a necessary disconnection between him and those who chronicled his story. It is possible to reason about the past, but it is not possible to access it directly, and for all of the available resources there are biases and motivations in each document that need to be sifted through and assessed independently. Much of what was written about Ramesses II during his lifetime was done by the pharaoh himself in order to legitimize his reign, sell his achievements, and expand his power and influence. Monuments recording the achievements of a pharaoh, commissioned by that very pharaoh, 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Gilboe. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/034952/bk_acx0_034952_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.

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Nick Robinson's The Prime Ministers: The Comple...
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This series explores how prime ministers have used their power and responded to the great challenges of their time and how they made the job what it is today. Sir Robert Walpole; the first and longest-serving prime minister. Lord North; remembered as the prime minister who lost America. Sir Robert Peel; who put national interest before party. Lord Palmerston; who cultivated a cavalier image and dominated mid-Victorian politics. Benjamin Disraeli turned his skills as a novelist to politics and became Britain’s first Jewish-born prime minister. David Lloyd George, Welsh radical who set up the early welfare state, became a presidential PM in the First World War and split the Liberal party. Stanley Baldwin, the first prime minister to master radio broadcasting, his notion of Englishness shaped inter-war Britain. Clement Attlee, who lacked any charisma, but created the modern welfare state and managed the big political beasts in his Cabinet. The BBC’s Nick Robinson presents his fascinating and absorbing Radio 4 series featuring eight famous British prime ministers. Extract from speech by Lloyd George: © British Library Board. All Rights Reserved. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nick Robinson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/004604/bk_bbcw_004604_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.

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Buckingham Palace: The History of the British R...
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When people think of the British Royal family, and more specifically where they live, the first image that often pops into mind is that of stately Buckingham Palace, with its changing of the guard and the occasional royal coach leaving or entering. Others may think of the royal country estate of Windsor Castle, a favorite of both Britain's longest-reigning and second longest-reigning monarchs. And there was a time when both royal residences played second fiddle to a much better known home, the elegant Kensington Palace. In his multi-volume work, Old and New London (1878), Edward Walford wrote, "It has often been said by foreigners that if they were to judge of the dignity and greatness of a country by the palace which its sovereign inhabits, they would not be able to ascribe to Her Majesty Queen Victoria that proud position among the 'crowned heads' of Europe which undoubtedly belongs to her. But though Buckingham Palace is far from being so magnificent as Versailles is, or the Tuilleries once were, yet it has about it an air of solidity and modest grandeur, which renders it no unworthy residence for a sovereign who cares more for a comfortable home than for display." This is ultimately what palaces are all about: power and impressions. Buckingham Palace is not different, for though it was originally built as a home of a private citizen, once a king bought it, its future was sealed. Walford continued, "Indeed, it has often been said that, with the exception of St. James's, Buckingham Palace is the ugliest royal residence in Europe; and although vast sums of money have been spent at various times upon its improvement and embellishment, it is very far from being worthy of the purpose to which it is dedicated - lodging the sovereign of the most powerful monarchy in the world. It fronts the western end of St. James's Park, which here converges to a narrow point; the Mall, upon the north, and Birdcage Walk, upon the south, almost meeting before its g 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kenneth Ray. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/083610/bk_acx0_083610_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.

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Taken and Ravaged by Attila the Hun , Hörbuch, ...
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I've got a big butt and I cannot lie. All my life, I've been plagued by the immensity of my oversized derriere. Everything else about me is perfectly proportional, sexy even, but the size of my massive ass has led me to becoming the butt of endless jokes, not to mention stares, insults, and everything in between. It's led to something of a complex forming in me over the years, so that for the longest time I found myself staying away from people altogether. But, one day, I decide to go to an art exhibit full of historical paintings, where I come across a beautiful woman who smiles at me when she sees me. Even though I can tell she's flirting with me, I just can't get past my ass anxiety to go up and talk to her. That is, until I pass a painting of my namesake Attila the Hun, and suddenly, I'm transformed into the spitting image of the powerful warlord himself. Now, I take the woman of my fantasies in an embrace and the two of us kiss, and soon, I'm whisking her away for the two of us to get better acquainted in the janitor's closet. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Veronica Heart. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/060021/bk_acx0_060021_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.

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Marilyn - Public Exposures
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A stunning collection of hundreds of rare and unseen photographs, behind-the-scenes notes, and interviews chronicling the media's lifelong love affair with Marilyn, created by the acclaimed curator and author of Marilyn Monroe: Metamorphosis. Though Hollywood goddess Marilyn Monroe was married three times, her longest lasting relationship was with the press-the photographers, reporters, and press agents who followed her every move for nearly two decades, and made her into the greatest icon in Hollywood history. One of the most publicized actresses of her time, Marilyn actively sought out the press, carefully crafting her public image and using events from her private life to further her career. Her romances with baseball legend Joe DiMaggio, playwright Arthur Miller, and others made her a daily feature for newspapers, magazines, and wire services; new images of the star were guaranteed to boost sales. Drawing on unseen troves from dozens of photographers, archives, and collectors, acclaimed photography expert David Wills brings together an unprecedented array of press photos from throughout Marilyn's career-including hundreds of unpublished and rare photographs that have been beautifully restored; uncropped and unretouched outtakes; handwritten notations; period captions; clippings; and more. With a foreword by Robert J. Wagner and interviews from key press agents and others, this portfolio of images offers a fresh, indelible portrait of one of the most enduring icons in history and illuminates the special alliance she shared with the press as never before.

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Marilyn - Public Exposures
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A stunning collection of hundreds of rare and unseen photographs, behind-the-scenes notes, and interviews chronicling the media's lifelong love affair with Marilyn, created by the acclaimed curator and author of Marilyn Monroe: Metamorphosis. Though Hollywood goddess Marilyn Monroe was married three times, her longest lasting relationship was with the press-the photographers, reporters, and press agents who followed her every move for nearly two decades, and made her into the greatest icon in Hollywood history. One of the most publicized actresses of her time, Marilyn actively sought out the press, carefully crafting her public image and using events from her private life to further her career. Her romances with baseball legend Joe DiMaggio, playwright Arthur Miller, and others made her a daily feature for newspapers, magazines, and wire services; new images of the star were guaranteed to boost sales. Drawing on unseen troves from dozens of photographers, archives, and collectors, acclaimed photography expert David Wills brings together an unprecedented array of press photos from throughout Marilyn's career-including hundreds of unpublished and rare photographs that have been beautifully restored; uncropped and unretouched outtakes; handwritten notations; period captions; clippings; and more. With a foreword by Robert J. Wagner and interviews from key press agents and others, this portfolio of images offers a fresh, indelible portrait of one of the most enduring icons in history and illuminates the special alliance she shared with the press as never before.

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The King Never Smiles - A Biography of Thailand...
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Thailand's Bhumibol Adulyadej, the only king ever born in the United States, came to the throne of his country in 1946 and is now the world's longest-serving monarch. "The King Never Smiles," the first independent biography of Thailand's monarch, tells the unexpected story of Bhumibol's life and sixty-year rule--how a Western-raised boy came to be seen by his people as a living Buddha, and how a king widely seen as beneficent and apolitical could in fact be so deeply political and autocratic. Paul Handley provides an extensively researched, factual account of the king's youth and personal development, ascent to the throne, skillful political maneuverings, and attempt to shape Thailand as a Buddhist kingdom. Handley takes full note of Bhumibol's achievements in art, in sports and jazz, and he credits the king's lifelong dedication to rural development and the livelihoods of his poorest subjects. But, looking beyond the widely accepted image of the king as egalitarian and virtuous, Handley portrays an anti-democratic monarch who, together with allies in big business and the corrupt Thai military, has protected a centuries-old, barely modified feudal dynasty. When at nineteen Bhumibol assumed the throne, the Thai monarchy had been stripped of power and prestige. Over the ensuing decades, Bhumibol became the paramount political actor in the kingdom, silencing critics while winning the hearts and minds of his people. The book details this process and depicts Thailand's unique constitutional monarch--his life, his thinking, and his ruling philosophy.

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