Goethe was probably the greatest universal genius who ever lived. Although known primarily as a poet, playright, and novelist, he was also known for his work in anatomy, botany, color, art criticism, and jurisprudence. Many people are deterred from attempting to read anything by Goethe because of his extremely penetrating intelligence and dense prose. But his travel diary, Italian Journey, is by far easier to digest than anything else by him. The journal is a straightforward account of his sojourn to Italy as a young man between 1786 and 1789. The book has a modern ring to it, and indeed Goethe seems to foreshadow the coming of many of the things we consider "modern" today: intense self-examination, scientific methodology, and anthropology. But that's not what makes this a great book. Long after you finish it, you will be contemplating the wealth of pithy, insightful comments he makes about Italians in particular and humans in general. You will revisit portions of this book many times, and you will mark passages in it, so you can pull it down and quote it to your friends. Goethe is a fabulous feast for the intellect and a balm for the spirit. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Charlton Griffin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acon/000202/bk_acon_000202_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf | Summary & Analysis Preview: The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf is a biography of Alexander von Humboldt, a Prussian naturalist born in 1769. Humboldt had an older brother, Wilhelm. Their father died when they were young, and their mother was emotionally detached from her sons. Alexander and Wilhelm received exacting educations. Alexander became interested in exploration and science, but his mother pressured him to become a civil servant, so he attended a mining academy to become a mine inspector while conducting his own botanical research. He invented new tools for miners, published books on subterranean plants and rocks, and experimented with the effect of electricity on the nervous system. Wilhelm introduced Alexander von Humboldt to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the renowned author, and they formed a close friendship based on a mutual interest in the intersection of science and art. Humboldt gained an appreciation for aesthetic perspective from Goethe, and Goethe received the latest in scientific information from Humboldt.... Please Note: This is a summary and analysis of the book and NOT the original book. Inside this Instaread summary & analysis of The Invention of Nature: Summary of book Introduction to the Important People in the book Analysis of the Themes and Author's Style 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Pauley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/053069/bk_acx0_053069_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Sorrows of Young Werther is a loosely based autobiographical novel by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. It was first published in 1774 and is one of the most famous - and infamous - works in the history of literature. Werther, a sensitive young man, falls in love with Lotte, a sweet-natured girl he meets while visitng an idyllic German village. Although Lotte is betrothed to Albert, Werther���s infatuation with her torments him to the point of despair and suicide. The book, consisting almost entirely of letters written by Werther to his friend Wilhelm, was an immediate success and developed a large cult following, resulting in copycat suicides. Based on Goethe’s unrequited love for Charlotte Buff, it is the first great “confessional” novel and turned Goethe into one of the first international literary celebrities. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Don Hagen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/gdan/000350/bk_gdan_000350_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In Twilight of the Idols, Nietzsche criticizes German culture of the day as unsophisticated and nihilistic, and shoots some disapproving arrows at key French, British, and Italian cultural figures who represent similar tendencies. In contrast to all these alleged representatives of cultural "decadence", Nietzsche applauds Caesar, Napoleon, Goethe, Thucydides, and the Sophists as healthier and stronger types. The book states the transvaluation of all values as Nietzsche's final and most important project, and gives a view of antiquity wherein the Romans for once take precedence over the ancient Greeks. The book is divided into 12 sections. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Arthur Grey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/121329/bk_acx0_121329_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When Carrie Bradshaw in the Sex and the City movie began reading the book Love Letters of Great Men, millions of women wanted to get their hands on the book. Of course, what could be more romantic than an entire book of love letters, written by men! This edition includes love letters written by Ludwig van Beethoven, Napolean Bonaparte, Robert Browning, Lord Byron, Winston Churchill, Mark Twain, Oliver Cromwell, Pierre Curie, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gustave Flaubert, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Victor Hugo, James Joyce, Franz Kafka, John Keats, Henry IV of France, Henry VIII, Franz Liszt, Jack London, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sir Walter Raleigh, Theodore Roosevelt Jr, George Bernard Shaw, Count Leo Tolstoy, Vincent Van Gogh, Voltaire, and Woodrow Wilson. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Allan Corduner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/boli/001179/bk_boli_001179_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Twilight of the Idols was written by Nietzsche in 1888 as a short introduction to his work. In it, he labels the era’s German culture as decadent and nihilistic, and criticizes certain British, French and Italian cultural figures who, in his view, represented similar tendencies. By decadence, he means a fading of life, vitality and an embrace of weakness. In contrast to those alleged representatives of cultural decadence, Nietzsche holds up historical personages like Julius Caesar, Napoleon, Goethe, Thucydides and the Sophist philosophers as healthier types. The book presents a view of antiquity in which the Romans take precedence over the ancient Greeks in the field of literature. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ellis Freeman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/yurt/001280/bk_yurt_001280_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is obsessed with a legendary red book. Its peculiar stories have come to life, and rumors claim that it has rewritten its own endings. Convinced that possessing this book will help him write his ever-popular Sherlock Holmes stories, he takes on an unlikely partner, John Patrick Scott, known to most as a concert pianist, but a paranormal investigator and a time traveler professor to a select few.Like Holmes and Watson trying to solve a mystery, together they explore lost worlds and their friendship is tested to the limits when they go back in time to find it. Both discover that karmic ties and unconscionable crimes have followed them like ghosts from the past, wreaking havoc on the present and possibly the future.The Time Traveler Professor, Book One: Silent Meridian reveals the alternate histories of Conan Doyle, H.G. Wells, Houdini, Jung, and other luminaries in the secret diaries of John Patrick Scott, in an X Files for the 19th century. First Prize winner of Chanticleer Review's Goethe Award for Turn-of-the-Century Historical Fiction and First Prize for Steampunk in the Independent Press Awards. Stay tuned for A Pocketful of Lodestones, Book Two in the Time Traveler Professor series by Elizabeth Crowens. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dominic Lopez. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/154847/bk_acx0_154847_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Magic is believing in yourself. If you can do that, you can make anything happen. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)Self-belief is at the root of a healthy and happy life, yet millions of people suffer from low self-confidence every day. Paradoxically, the very nature of low self-confidence, or self-doubt, is that it manifests a belief of its own. This false belief becomes the lens through which life is viewed, and it can be very difficult for sufferers to see a way out as a result.Here’s what you’ll find in the book: An Exploration of Self-BeliefCourage versus ConfidenceTwenty Minute Exercise - Reflections on Self-BeliefHow to Practice MindfulnessReplacing Self-Doubt with Self-BeliefAnd much more!Self Love will help you find the power to change as a person, and this step-by-step guide will explain exactly how it is possible as well as providing simple solutions for every situation.Would you like to start today? If you do, just scroll up and click on the "buy now" button.Enjoy! 1. Language: English. Narrator: James Woodrich. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/175608/bk_acx0_175608_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Venice stands, as she loves to tell you, on the frontiers of the east and west, half-way between the setting and the rising sun. Goethe calls her "the market-place of the Morning and the Evening lands". Certainly no city on earth gives a more immediate impression of symmetry and unity, or seems more patently born to greatness. So Jan Morris remarks, with graceful literary distinction, on the qualities that have made Venice a unique place among the world’s great destinations. She has known it intimately for over six decades. She knows its history, its carvings, its idiosyncrasies, its weather, and all the Doges of the past. She returns even now, never tiring of this "dappled city, tremulous and flickering". She first wrote Venice in praise of it 50 years ago and has revised the book three times. To open this premiere audiobook recording, Jan Morris reads a personal introduction which perfectly distils a lifetime’s fascination with La Serenissima. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sebastian Comberti. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/naxo/000569/bk_naxo_000569_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.