In Mr. Pritchett´s view, rules, regulations and blitzes have brought things to such a pass that the moment will come when only the reader ‘and the hundred best authors are left in the world and have somehow to shake down together.’ To prepare for this ‘unnerving situation’ he has re-read and re-assessed some of these authors, and the essays collected in this book are the fruit of his cogitations. Gibbon, Mrs. Gaskell, Dostoevsky, Fielding, Kilvert, Twain, Synge, Swift, Browning, are some of the writers Mr. Pritchett discusses. Names and dates are diverse, but nearly all have one common characteristic: they demonstrate the axiom that past and present are often parallel in most unexpected ways. Swift anticipated modern science and its consequences nearly two hundred years ago. Thackeray drew a modern Mayfair playboy when he created Rawdon Crawley. Huckleberry Finn is blood relation to Charlie Chaplin. These essays should appeal to scholars and the unlearned alike. Those who have neglected their classics will make discoveries which they can follow up with the aid of the appendix. The well-read cannot fail to be stimulated by the learning, vitality and originality which make up the texture of Mr. Pritchett´s mind. Victor Sawdon Pritchett (1900-1997) was born over a toyshop in 1900 and, much to his everlasting distaste, was named after Queen Victoria. A writer and critic, his is widely reputed to be one of the best short story writers of all time, with the rare ability to capture the extraordinary strangeness of everyday life. He died in 1997. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Graeme Malcolm. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/009354/bk_adbl_009354_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Online news articles, television news channels, and your local newspaper have probably mentioned ISIS at least once throughout the group´s existence. ISIS is viewed as a terrorist organization by some countries, but to others it is seen as people´s only hope for having their religion protected from foreign and domestic influences. Before you go siding with ISIS or become an antagonist, understand how ISIS was created and their purpose for existing. The author possesses a bachelor´s degree in business administration and an associate´s degree in management technology. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Clark. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/035868/bk_acx0_035868_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Not a book about gardening, it´s a book about people who garden...people like old Mrs Fuller who remembers watching First World War Italian POWs demolish the local manor house; General Safi former Protector of the King of Afghanistan who fled his native country after being imprisoned and tortured; and Michael Wale, who´s had an allotment since 1980 and has an obsession with compost. As Wale embarks on a narrative journey through the seasons in his allotment world, he engages with his fellow gardeners and tells their stories. View from a Shed is for everyone in the big city who has dreamt about country life - it doesn´t have to be just a dream. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Wale. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/isis/001406/bk_isis_001406_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´The most revolutionary book on China in this century!´´ Will China be the leading global power of this century? Otto Tien-Pok Xing argues that China is set to be the dominant superpower in 10 years. In his book, Friendly Advice for the Future: Suggestions for Political, Educational, and Economic Reforms to Survive 21st Century Global Competition, Xing makes a convincing case for why China will beat out all other nations, including the United States and Europe. But Xing argues that this potential success will not be realized if China does not make the needed reforms in the areas of politics, education, and economics. Xing´s intellectual prowess is in his ability to bring together historical experiences, such as Ancient Roman history and the American frontier experience, to highlight China´s areas of needed reform. Readers will be awed by Xing´s versatile command of vast information and his ability to integrate divergent facts and data to produce concrete utilitarian suggestions. Xing is forward in stating that if China does not take his advice, it could be China´s undoing. Reading through the book, readers will find Xing´s arguments convincing. Although the book is in the style of ´´a big letter´´ to be presented directly to the Chinese leadership in Beijing, all readers (both Chinese and non-Chinese) will find the book informative and enjoyable to read. Xing writes in a very readable way. Even those who have no knowledge of China will find the book fun and understandably informative. Given the accessibility, Xing´s book is ideal as a textbook for an introductory college course or an advanced high school courses on Asian Studies and International Relations. Although the book is very readable, it contains very advanced information that even the most advanced specialists in Chinese Politics, International Relations, and Economics will find helpful for their academic research. And certainly, Western corporate executives and businessmen do... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bethany Hill. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/024274/bk_acx0_024274_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This groundbreaking book explodes several myths: that selling sex is completely different from any other kind of work; that migrants who sell sex are passive victims; and that the multitude of people out to save them are without self-interest. Laura Agustín argues that the label ´trafficked´ does not accurately describe migrants´ lives and that the ´rescue industry´ disempowers them. Based on extensive research amongst migrants who sell sex and social helpers, Sex at the Margins provides a radically different analysis. Frequently, says Agustín, migrants make rational choices to travel and work in the sex industry. Although they are treated like a marginalised group they form part of the dynamic global economy. Both powerful and controversial, this book is essential listening for all those who want to understand the increasingly important relationship between sex markets, migration and the desire for social justice. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robert Blumenfeld. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/005643/bk_adbl_005643_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
On a winter´s day in 2002, a bottle shaped like a tear washed up on the English coast. It contained a letter written in French, a lock of hair, and a mystery. Only one thing could be known for certain - that the writer of the letter was a mother, grieving for her lost child, Maurice. Moved by the woman´s heartache, Karen Liebreich sets out on an epic journey to piece together the mother´s tale. Her book is the amazing true story of one woman´s search for another, and a poignant reflection on love, loss and motherhood. When this book was first published in 2006, the quest remained unresolved, but when The Letter in the Bottle was translated into French a few years later the unbelievable happened - the mother picked up the book and recognised her letter... After seven years of searching by the author, all questions would at last be answered and the mystery finally resolved. Liebreich concludes her epic quest, meeting the woman who sent the bottle years ago and coming to understand the loss that was at the heart of one mother´s impulse to communicate with the unknown. This audiobook tells the complete story. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Karen Liebreich. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lieb/000001/bk_lieb_000001_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Delving into the interesting, amusing and often bizarre lore of numbers, this intriguing book uncovers the numbers that have shaped our history and culture, from ancient Babylon to the present day. Light-hearted and entertaining, but chock-full of fascinating and little-known detail, here you´ll find the origins of many well-worn numeric words and phrases, explanations of numbers in art and popular culture, and numbers of religious and mythical significance and the superstitions surrounding them. As Easy as Pi goes ´the whole nine yards´ and celebrates the real value of the numbers we all know and love. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Lawrence. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/003138/bk_bbcw_003138_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What You Didn´t Know About the Chinese New Year Is in This Book! The Chinese New Year is certainly an interesting time of year, not just for those that celebrate it first-hand but for anyone to witness or observe as an important global phenomenon. The changing date of the holiday fluctuates from January to February on today´s calendar because, as with all traditional Chinese holidays, it follows the lunar calendar. This tradition can be seen throughout parts of Asia and is not limited to just the mainland of China. Additionally, there are even other countries with a significant Chinese population that also observe this holiday and then there are other Asian cultures, such as Japan and Korea, that also celebrate this time of year. The Chinese New Year often times refers to the 15 days of celebration at the beginning of the traditional Chinese calendar and synonymous with the Chinese Spring Festival. However, at times the Chinese New Year can also just denote the first day, then the days leading up to the Lantern Festival (15 days after the New Year) is considered the Spring Festival. Generally, this book will just refer to it as the Chinese New Year for the entire festival season. Seven Reasons to Buy This Book It´s Short and Informative - No Fluff!! This Book Is Straightforward and Gets to the Point It Has a Great Concept Learn What You Need to Know FAST! Don´t Waste Hours Listening to Something That Won´t Benefit You Specifically Written to Help and Benefit the Listener! The Best Compact Guide to Learn What You Need to Learn in a Short Period of Time 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bobby Brill. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/030571/bk_acx0_030571_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies presents Lieutenant General Michael T. Flynn´s assessment of where the United States is failing in its fight against extremism and offers a strategic formula for how to proceed in the future. After decades of serving his country in both Iraq and Afghanistan, Flynn has developed an expert´s perspective on what he perceives to be the government´s failures. He offers several solutions for how to prevent radical Islam from forever taking hold around the world. Time and again, the United States has not prepared adequately for conflict and war. In times of relative stability and peace, American leaders often fail to drill down on policy and strategy to develop innovative ways to combat emerging enemies. The prominence of radical Islam and its fight against Western values is a testament to this fact. Please note: this is key takeaways and analysis of the book and not the original book. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dwight Equitz. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/066398/bk_acx0_066398_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Horologicon - which means ´a book of things appropriate to each hour´ - follows a day in the life of unusual, beautiful, and forgotten English words. From the moment you wake to the second your head hits the pillow, there´s a cornucopia of hidden words ready for every aspect of your day. Do you tend to lie in bed before dawn worrying? Then you have the Old English ailment of uhtceare. Uhtceare can lead on to dysania (inability to get out of bed) and other zwoddery problems, which many have suffered but few can name. From encounters with office ultracrepidarians, lunchtime scamblers, and six o´clock sturmovschinas to the post-work joys of thelyphthoric grinagogs and nimtopsical nympholepsy, Mark Forsyth, author of the Sunday Times number one best seller The Etymologicon, unearths words that you didn´t even know you needed. From antejentacular to bedward by way of nuncheon, at last you can say, with utter accuracy, exactly what you mean. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Simon Shepherd. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/006360/bk_bbcw_006360_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.