I have always been a soldier. I have known no other life. So begins Alexander’s extraordinary confession on the eve of his greatest crisis of leadership. By turns heroic and calculating, compassionate and utterly merciless, Alexander recounts with a warrior’s unflinching eye for detail the blood, the terror, and the tactics of his greatest battlefield victories. Whether surviving his father’s brutal assassination, presiding over a massacre, or weeping at the death of a beloved comrade-in-arms, Alexander never denies the hard realities of the code by which he lives: the virtues of war. But as much as he was feared by his enemies, he was loved and revered by his friends, his generals, and the men who followed him into battle. Often outnumbered, never outfought, Alexander conquered every enemy the world stood against him - but the one he never saw coming.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Lee. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bkot/000298/bk_bkot_000298_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When Alexander Litvinenko set out for London´s Millennium Hotel one November day in 2006, he already knew he was embroiled in a political conflict. The dissident Russian agent had, after all, fled Moscow to escape the wrath of Vladimir Putin and the country´s feared security service. What he didn´t realise was that the men he would drink with that afternoon were about to throw him into another battle: a brutal fight with a little-known but devastatingly toxic poison. More than six years after a fatal poisoning that made headlines around the world, award-winning novelist and investigative journalist Will Storr navigates the web of betrayal and biology that left Litvinenko dead. Edited by Pulitzer prize-winning science writer Deborah Blum, the sixth story from MATTER delves into the history of Russia´s poisoning programme - and the extraordinary properties of what may be it most deadly product. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ian Parkinson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/008969/bk_acx0_008969_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
For listeners who can’t get enough of the hit Broadway musical Hamilton, Gore Vidal’s stunning novel about Aaron Burr, the man who killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel - and who served as a successful, if often feared, statesman of our fledgling nation. Here is an extraordinary portrait of one of the most complicated - and misunderstood - figures among the Founding Fathers. In 1804, while serving as vice president, Aaron Burr fought a duel with his political nemesis, Alexander Hamilton, and killed him. In 1807, he was arrested, tried, and acquitted of treason. In 1833, Burr is newly married, an aging statesman considered a monster by many. But he is determined to tell his own story, and he chooses to confide in a young New York City journalist named Charles Schermerhorn Schuyler. Together, they explore both Burr´s past - and the continuing civic drama of their young nation. Burr is the first novel in Gore Vidal´s Narratives of Empire series, which spans the history of the United States from the Revolution to post-World War II. With their broad canvas and sprawling cast of fictional and historical characters, these novels present a panorama of American politics and imperialism, as interpreted by one of our most incisive and ironic observers. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Grover Gardner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/011778/bk_brll_011778_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Netto was a Cyborg, a protector, and a contracted mercenary. His specialty was the water: shallows, salt water, and open oceans across the universe. He was also a freak forged from the DNA of a bull shark-blue-gray skin, a body built with power, and a double-set of razor-sharp teeth. His nomadic lifestyle came to a halt when his old employer, the Earthian Planetary Exploration Division, offered him his old job back. Rylie was born and raised on the planet Kepler, on an agri-lot that farmed jewels from the sea. But something was happening to her family´s lots and people were disappearing. When a giant Cyborg showed up at her settlement and struck a deal with her father, she was forced to follow the stranger out onto the water, into the dangers of the alien deep, and far beyond the sight of land. She feared the Cyborg. She feared his teeth. But she feared the monsters in the water more. Contains mature themes. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alexander Cendese, Hollie Jackson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/011314/bk_tant_011314_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Port Royal, Jamaica 1692 Living in a city deemed the wickedest in the world is no easy task for Miss Juliana Dutton. To make matters worse, with an ailing father and a drunken fool for a brother, she is forced to take over the running of the family business in order to survive. When a nosey suitor threatens everything, she spurns him and instead becomes engaged to the town idiot, Lord Munthrope. But is he an idiot? The more her problems push her closer to the man, the more she realizes he is not who he seems. Alexander Hyde, the Pirate Earl, is the most feared pirate in the Caribbean - feared, successful, wealthy, handsome, and bored, so terribly bored. When an unexpected event allows him to get close to Juliana, a woman he has loved from afar for years, he takes it. But leading a double life causes more problems than it´s worth. A restless crew and a long-time enemy out to capture and hang Alex, put Juliana in grave danger. As tremors rock the city of Port Royal, Juliana´s faith in God is equally shaken. Not only have things gotten worse, but she is confused by her feelings for both Munthrope and the Pirate Earl. Deception, intrigue, mutiny, death, betrayal, all attempt to tear the lovers apart. But the final blow comes when a massive earthquake strikes the city and threatens to sink it into the sea. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Fiona Hardingham. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/026592/bk_acx0_026592_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Everybody feared the man with the metal band over his mouth. Stryker was part of an elite group of Cyborgs genetically enhanced with inhuman DNA. He was known as the Creeper, the quiet, the man with half a face. His fate was his own and his freedom hard-earned, having nothing to live for but the hunt and his perfect record. Until he received a distress call that changed his bleak existence. ´´Please, oh god, please. Is anybody out there? This is Norah Lee, a scientist of Earth. I-I don´t know what to do. I think everybody...everyone is dead. Please if you hear this, please help us. I can hear them outside. They´re coming...I don´t want to die!´´ Contains mature themes. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alexander Cendese, Hollie Jackson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/010473/bk_tant_010473_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Pulsing with drama and excitement, Infinitesimal celebrates the spirit of discovery, innovation, and intellectual achievement - and it will forever change the way you look at a simple line. On August 10, 1632, five men in flowing black robes convened in a somber Roman palazzo to pass judgment on a deceptively simple proposition: that a continuous line is composed of distinct and infinitely tiny parts. With the stroke of a pen the Jesuit fathers banned the doctrine of infinitesimals, announcing that it could never be taught or even mentioned. The concept was deemed dangerous and subversive, a threat to the belief that the world was an orderly place, governed by a strict and unchanging set of rules. If infinitesimals were ever accepted, the Jesuits feared, the entire world would be plunged into chaos. In Infinitesimal, the award-winning historian Amir Alexander exposes the deep-seated reasons behind the rulings of the Jesuits and shows how the doctrine persisted, becoming the foundation of calculus and much of modern mathematics and technology. Indeed, not everyone agreed with the Jesuits. Philosophers, scientists, and mathematicians across Europe embraced infinitesimals as the key to scientific progress, freedom of thought, and a more tolerant society. As Alexander reveals, it wasn’t long before the two camps set off on a war that pitted Europe’s forces of hierarchy and order against those of pluralism and change. The story takes us from the bloody battlefields of Europe’s religious wars and the English Civil War and into the lives of the greatest mathematicians and philosophers of the day, including Galileo and Isaac Newton, Cardinal Bellarmine and Thomas Hobbes, and Christopher Clavius and John Wallis. In Italy, the defeat of the infinitely small signaled an end to that land’s reign as the cultural heart of Europe, and in England, the triumph of infinitesimals helped launch the island nation on a course that would make 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ira Rosenberg. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/019843/bk_adbl_019843_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
After one particularly long night, she broke down in tears and admitted to me how much she hated spreading her legs for me and of how much she missed her beloved chambermaid. After she finished her tale of woe, her eyes glassy with tears, I took her beautiful face into my hands and gently brought her lips to mine. My kisses were gentle at first because at the moment, I thought I was overstepping my boundaries and feared that I would scare her off and never see her again. But she responded in kind, returning my embrace with deeper kisses as her hands began to explore my body. Slowly, she disrobed me.Warning: This audiobook contains steamy romance scenes and is suitable for 18-plus only. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Juliana Alexander. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/145215/bk_acx0_145215_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1831, a young man set off from England to collect specimens and see the world. When he finally returned five years later, he brought with him the seed of a theory so explosive that he feared to tell it even to his wife: that separate species were not static things created by the hand of God, but were instead shaped by natural selection into ever more complex forms. In this compact, highly listenable new biography, Alexander Kennedy explores how Charles Darwin evolved alongside his theories, from a diffident failed clergyman to one of the greatest thinkers in human history. Kennedy insightfully probes Darwin´s childhood and young adulthood for the roots of his genius, and shows how his ideas finally flowered into the theory of natural selection, the basis of all modern biology. Darwin demonstrates how Darwin´s concepts not only changed his own life and the world at large, but still continue to shape the science - and the controversies - of our own lives today. ´´A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.´´ - Charles Darwin 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim D Johnston. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/069260/bk_acx0_069260_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.