From our democratic way of government to timeless elements of architectural design, the civilization of the ancient Greeks has influenced virtually every civilization on earth, past and present. The influence of the Greek culture, whether it be in philosophy or the tradition of the Olympic games, is buried so deeply in modern life that we´re often unaware of it. This full cast audio production takes the listener back to the origins of Ancient Greece in its Golden Age to revisit elements of daily life and milestones of achievement. In this informative and entertaining journey, the listener will discover how that ancient culture reaches through time to touch our modern world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kent Broadhurst, Ralph Byers. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/time/000136/bk_time_000136_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
En Junio de 1914 el asesinato del archiduque Francisco Fernando de Austria provocó la primera ´´guerra total´´ de la historia: un conflicto que cambiará el destino del mundo. Normalmente no se presta a la Primera Guerra Mundial la debida atención, las estanterías, rebosantes de libros sobre la Segunda Guerra Mundial, no tienen mucho sitio para su predecesora. Este fantástico audio libro de Jesús Hernández viene a arrojar luz sobre este conflicto fundamental para entender gran parte de los enfrentamientos políticos del S.XX, como la propia Segunda Guerra Mundial, y algunos de los que aún siguen abiertos en pleno S.XXI, por ejemplo, los combates entre israelíes y palestinos. En Todo lo que debe saber sobre la Primera Guerra Mundial conoceremos no sólo los datos más importantes de la contienda, también misterios que aún no han sido resueltos, leyendas y mitos, curiosidades históricas y una descripción de la dureza de la vida en las trincheras. Jesús Hernández pone sus abundantes conocimientos a disposición de un estilo narrativo impecable, ágil y exacto, y consigue recrear las escenas más sobresalientes del resurgimiento milagroso del ejército francés que salvó a París en 1914, o la espontánea tregua navideña del frente oriental, o el fracaso de las batallas de Chemin des Dammes y de Passchendeale donde unos oficiales engreídos enviaron a miles de soldados a una muerte segura. Además de aclararnos misterios como la desaparición del regimiento de Norfolk en Turquía y explicarnos el origen de leyendas como la de que un ejército de arqueros fantasmas ayudó a los aliados, Todo lo que debe saber sobre la Primera Guerra Mundial incluye en los últimos capítulos información fundamental para todos los oyentes interesados en la materia. La historia de la Primera Guerra Mundial es el relato de numerosos fracasos diplomáticos, la historia de la aparición del submarino, el tanque, el zepelín, el avión y las armas qu�... 1. Spanish. Gustavo Dardes. http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/019004/bk_adbl_019004_sample.mp3.
One of the most violent conflicts in the history of civilization, World War I has been strangely forgotten in American culture. It has become a ghostly war fought in a haze of memory, often seen merely as a distant preamble to World War II. In The Long Shadow critically-acclaimed historian David Reynolds seeks to broaden our vision by assessing the impact of the Great War across the twentieth century. He shows how events in that turbulent century—particularly World War II, the Cold War, and the collapse of Communism—shaped and reshaped attitudes to 1914–18.By exploring big themes such as democracy and empire, nationalism and capitalism, as well as art and poetry, The Long Shadow is stunningly broad in its historical perspective. Reynolds throws light on the vast expanse of the last century and explains why 1914–18 is a conflict that America is still struggling to comprehend. Forging connections between people, places, and ideas, The Long Shadow ventures across the traditional subcultures of historical scholarship to offer a rich and layered examination not only of politics, diplomacy, and security but also of economics, art, and literature. The result is a magisterial reinterpretation of the place of the Great War in modern history. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John FitzGibbon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/018261/bk_adbl_018261_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Home to mythical kingdoms, wars and expeditions and strange and magical beasts, the Himalayas have always loomed tall in our imagination. Overrun at different times by Buddhism, Taoism, shamanism, Islam and Christianity, they are a grand central station of the world´s religions. They are also a plant hunter´s paradise, a climber´s challenge and a traveller´s dream. In his quest to explore the region´s seismic history, Twigger seeks out the Nagas, who helped his grandfather build a camp for Allied soldiers near Imphal during the Second World War, and takes the most scenic bike ride in the world, from Lhasa to Kathmandu. The result is a sweeping, fascinating and surprising journey through the history of the world´s greatest mountain range. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Meadows. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/orio/000997/bk_orio_000997_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´Here are luxury and penury, abundance and the most extreme deprivation, piety, and atheism...and an unbelievable frivolity - warring elements which, out of their constant conflicts, create this marvelous, outrageous, gigantic whole which we know by its collective name: Moscow.´´ (Konstantin Batyushkov) Among all the world´s capitals, few contain governmental seats of power as imposing or impressive as the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. While the name itself is often used as a shorthand to refer to the Russian government, and many people associate it with Red Square, the Kremlin is actually a fortress inside the heart of Moscow, replete with everything from ramparts and towers to decadent churches. The history of Russia is vast and winding, so it should come as no surprise that the same can be said for the Kremlin. Construction on the site was taking place by the 12th century, and by the 14th century it was imposing enough to withstand sieges. Ivan the Great added artistic flourishes to the Kremlin during the Renaissance, Catherine the Great had a residence built inside it during the 18th century, and Napoleon severely damaged the Kremlin in the course of ordering its destruction during the invasion of Russia in 1812. Even as Russian dynasties came and went, and a transition to the Soviet Union was made, the Kremlin remained - even as constant changes took place within it. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nathan Yoder. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/035977/bk_acx0_035977_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1876, Sophia Duleep Singh was born into Indian royalty. Her father, Maharajah Duleep Singh, was heir to the Kingdom of the Sikhs, one of the greatest empires of the Indian subcontinent, a realm that stretched from the lush Kashmir Valley to the craggy foothills of the Khyber Pass and included the mighty cities of Lahore and Peshawar. It was a territory irresistible to the British, who plundered everything, including the fabled Koh-I-Noor diamond. Exiled to England, the dispossessed Maharajah transformed his estate at Elveden in Suffolk into a Moghul palace, its grounds stocked with leopards, monkeys, and exotic birds. Sophia, god-daughter of Queen Victoria, was raised a genteel aristocratic Englishwoman: presented at court, afforded grace and favor lodgings at Hampton Court Palace and photographed wearing the latest fashions for the society pages. But when, in secret defiance of the British government, she travelled to India, she returned a revolutionary. Sophia transcended her heritage to devote herself to battling injustice and inequality, a far cry from the life to which she was born. Her causes were the struggle for Indian Independence, the fate of the lascars, the welfare of Indian soldiers in the First World War - and, above all, the fight for female suffrage. She was bold and fearless, attacking politicians, putting herself in the front line and swapping her silks for a nurse´s uniform to tend wounded soldiers evacuated from the battlefields. Meticulously researched and passionately written, this enthralling story of the rise of women and the fall of empire introduces an extraordinary individual and her part in the defining moments of recent British and Indian history. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tania Rodrigues. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/022231/bk_adbl_022231_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Throughout history women have accomplished extraordinary things, and many times never received the credit for what they have done. In this highly entertaining and wonderfully researched book are 100 stories of extraordinary accomplishments of women that you never knew. Did you know a woman put the power in the US Navy? What famous woman movie star invented the snooze alarm? What woman was an out of this world quilter? A woman designed the space helmets used for NASA space missions. A woman invented the windshield wipers on cars and 95 more incredible true stories. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Chaz Allen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/054200/bk_acx0_054200_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
1914. Hace ahora cien años...Europa vivía una plenitud dorada. Los adelantos científicos y técnicos prometían un futuro feliz, sin hambrunas ni guerras. Pero un terrorista serbio asesinó, durante un desfile en Sarajevo, al heredero del Imperio austrohúngaro y a su esposa. Ese hecho aislado provocó un efecto dominó que arrastró a la guerra a más de cincuenta países. En cuatro años de contienda, la Gran Guerra arrasó a Europa y arruinó a los cuatro imperios que dominaban a la Tierra. Las consecuencias de aquel cataclismo aún perduran en el mundo inestable que hemos heredado. A lo largo de estas narraciones, el oyente contemplará los inéditos estragos de la nueva guerra tecnificada que imponen la ametralladora, el tanque, y los gases asfixiantes en los campos de fango y sangre surcados por laberintos de trincheras. Junto a esos horrores, conocerá a la seductora Mata Hari y al legendario Barón Rojo, que brinda con una nueva copa de plata por cada avión derribado. También a Rasputín, el inquietante y corpulento monje que seduce a las damas de la corte rusa. El oyente viajará en el tren sellado que condujo a Lenin a Rusia en compañía de su esposa y de su amante, sobrevolará África en un zepelín, asistirá al asesinato de la familia del zar, se sorprenderá con los pasatiempos de la tropa, con las costumbres de los burdeles, con los espías que pululaban por los hoteles de lujo de Madrid y con mil historias particulares de anónimos muchachos y de futuros grandes hombres que jamás volverían a ser los mismos después de aquella decisiva experiencia. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish. 1. Spanish. Pau Ferrer. http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/031061/bk_adbl_031061_sample.mp3.
An audiobook in Tamil.Who was the world´s first human being? Man or woman?Where did man plant his first footstep on earth? What is the name of the first human species? Where did the first human settlement occur? When did Sri Lanka move away from the Indian sub-continent? Did man ever see dinosaurs face to face? When did man first cook? Who was the world´s first peasant-farmer? Who was the world´s first great emperor? The world´s first panchayat (or village council), first law, first police station, first eye operation....This is the ultimate book of lists, throwing light on these and many more of the ´´firsts´´ of planet Earth. The origin of man, the birth and death of civilizations, wars and empires, the beginning of the universe - all this and more is covered in this comprehensive journey in to the past, present, and future. And Madan makes it all so enjoyable. With his easy flowing style and ready humor, he turns a complex voyage in a time machine into a walk in the park.This audiobook will drench you in the sound of music - music as fresh as folk songs and as profound as hymns as Madan´s history of the world is brought to you in pure audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Charles K. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/newh/000019/bk_newh_000019_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A classic memoir about growing up in Baghdad in the 1940s, by a grand old man of Canadian letters.Here is the exotic world of one of the East´s ancient cities, where Naim Kattan was born into the heart of its then teeming Jewish community. In this evocative memoir, a young boy comes of age, discovering work, literature, patriotism, racism - and women and love. Farewell, Babylon is a story of roots and anguished exile, of thirst for life and life´s experiences. Above all it is a memoir of a lost world, a magical city in which Iraq´s Kurds, Bedouins, Muslims, Jews, and Christians lived together in a rough sort of harmony. 1. Language: English. Narrator: A. C. Fellner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/000276/bk_adbl_000276_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The insider knowledge London City Walking Tour. The listener is guided through the streets with stories and secrets intertwined and immersed in a world of music, interviews, and sound effects from those in the know.The King´s Road is world famous as the epicentre of Swinging London. Walk down the short stretch of road that changed the world of fashion, music, art and theatre forever. Where The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix could be found and where UK punk music was born. The King´s Road stayed at the forefront of culture for over 25 years. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Max Decharne. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/smap/000004/bk_smap_000004_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
China today is never out of the news: from human rights controversies and the continued legacy of Tiananmen Square, to global coverage of the Beijing Olympics, and the Chinese ´´economic miracle.´´ It is a country of contradictions and transitions: a peasant society with some of the world´s most futuristic cities, an ancient civilization that is modernizing as rapidly as possible, a walled-off nation that is increasingly at the center of world trade. This Very Short Introduction offers an indispensable starting point for anyone who needs to quickly know the themes and controversies that have shaped modern China. Prize-winning author and scholar Rana Mitter examines the modern history, politics, economy, and thriving cultural scene of contemporary China, and its relations with the wider world. This lively guide covers a range of social issues from the decline of footbinding and the position of women in society, to the influence of television and film, and the role of the overseas Chinese diaspora. It covers many prominent figures as well, such as the Communist leaders, the last emperors, and prominent writers and artists throughout China´s history. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nancy Wu. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/000901/bk_adbl_000901_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.