You know me to be a ferryman, I said, pushing the circlet up and over my forehead. "How?" "Why, by taking one look at you, that's how! You've no mask, that much is true, nor have you a scythe, as I've said...you've the cloak, all right, but that can be purchased at even the lowliest of costume shops; I've one just like it in my wagon here, in fact. No, this is something in the face itself. It's an aura." He paused, appraising me coldly. "You've the heart of a ferryman." After a moment I replied, "I knew a woman once who said the very opposite." "A woman, eh? She must have feared you very much." 1. Language: English. Narrator: Daniel McColly. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/103429/bk_acx0_103429_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Mel can sense the blood beating through her companions' veins. She can count the moments between heartbeats to tell who is sincere and who is lying. She can make herself stronger for short periods of time, heal small wounds on her body, and manipulate light to change her appearance subtly. These abilities are useful skills for a Mask - a preternaturally sensitive, cloaked and imposing, impartial arbitrator, both revered and feared by everyone. Mattieus Ottick, or just Ott to his friends, comes from the frozen north to hunt the strange ogre-like creatures, or trogs, that threaten the northern mines. Magical beasties? Nightmares come to life? The world as Ott knows it is about to change. Blessed by easy charm and good looks, Ott is used to the attention of females, but, gods above, he is knocked flat by the kiss of the ethereal woman he rescues. 1. Language: English. Narrator: TJ Richards. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/084429/bk_acx0_084429_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Who is the criminal known only as "The Beast?" Too baffling for the police to solve, it becomes a manhunt in which detective Race Williams must track down "the most feared, the cunningest and cruelest creature that stalks the city streets at night." But it will soon become Race's most dangerous case as he tries to stay alive. One of the longest and best of the dozens of Race Williams adventures. Story 17 in the Race Williams series. Carroll John Daly (1889 - 1958) was the creator of the first hard-boiled private eye story, predating Dashiell Hammett's first Continental Op story by several months. Daly's classic character, Race Williams, was one of the most popular fiction characters of the pulps, and the direct inspiration for Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer. This Black Mask Classic Edition was produced by Pulp-Lit Productions Studios for Steeger Properties LLC, agent for the estate of Carroll John Daly. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Finn J.D. John. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/102332/bk_acx0_102332_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
He lives in the shadows. As the mysterious masked avenger known as the Ghost of St Giles, Godric St John's only goal is to protect the innocent of London. Until the night he confronts a fearless young lady pointing a pistol at his head - and realises she is his wife.... Lady Margaret Reading has vowed to kill the Ghost of St Giles - the man who murdered her one true love. Returning to London, and to the man she hasn't seen since their wedding day, Margaret does not recognise the man behind the mask. Fierce, commanding and dangerous, the notorious Ghost of St Giles is everything she feared he would be - and so much more.... When passion flares, these two intimate strangers can't keep from revealing more of themselves than they had ever planned. But when Margaret learns the truth - that the Ghost is her husband - the game is up and the players must surrender...to the temptation that could destroy them both. The fifth novel in Elizabeth Hoyt's sensuous, New York Times best-selling Georgian Maiden Lane series. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Emma Taylor. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/twuk/000632/bk_twuk_000632_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Trapped in the body of the legendary Scheherazade, a young woman named Camille finds herself in a land of harems, wizards, and ruthless rulers. A student of time travel, a descendant of a witch, and a curious and sensitive soul, Camille is trapped by the king's order. Night after night she's forced to tell stories of her travels across the planes in order to keep herself alive. With tales of the erotic, the romantic, the magical, and the sensual, she entertains the king in the hope that he will spare her life. Desperate to get back to her own time, she turns to the one man who might be able to save her. Khalid is a member of an ancient order of mages, his power granted to him by a djinn. The most feared man in the kingdom, he is still forced to do the king's bidding, and the king wants to know if Scheherazade is a witch. Khalid sees through the mask Camille wears and knows she's the one woman promised to him by fate. He'll do anything to have her, anything to love her. But to save her means losing her forever.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Natalie Ross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/026287/bk_adbl_026287_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Continuing the saga of Gabriel Douglas, known throughout the alternative community as DL, a dominant to be feared.... Gabriel Douglas walks away from the world he ruled to find peace and solitude on a distant island. Disgusted with his own actions, which shattered a relationship, he embarks on a self-destructive downward spiral of too much vodka and remorse. Even in the remote place he chose, salvation is at hand in the form of a local girl who can see behind the mask he presents. She starts the healing process and brings him happiness, but the world he left behind is determined to drag him back. Try as he might, he comes to realize that the darkness within him will never leave him alone.... With the arrival of Elsa into his life, Gabriel feels the healing process has started. He makes changes to his island, to finally get back into shape, and leaves behind the demons in the bottle. All this is put under threat when Angela gets a hint on where he may be hiding. Will his new, local friends maintain his secrecy? Just when he thought the darker part of himself had been tamed, Elsa tempts him to show her just what it means to be under the control of a dominant...and he discovers that the darkness has just been dormant. 1. Language: English. Narrator: uncredited. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/039158/bk_acx0_039158_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Throughout the centuries, royal mistresses have been worshiped, feared, envied, and reviled. They set the fashions, encouraged the arts, and, in some cases, ruled nations. Sex with Kings takes us into the throne rooms and bedrooms of Europe's most powerful monarchs. Alive with flamboyant characters, outrageous humor, and stirring poignancy, this tale of passion and politics chronicles 500 years of scintillating women and the kings who loved them.Curiously, the main function of a royal mistress was not to provide the king with sex but with companionship. Forced to marry repulsive foreign princesses, kings sought solace with women of their own choice. From Madame de Pompadour, the famous mistress of Louis XV, who kept her position for 19 years despite her frigidity, to modern-day Camilla Parker-Bowles, who usurped Diana, Princess of Wales.The successful royal mistress made herself irreplaceable. She was ready to converse gaily with him when she was tired, make love until all hours when she was ill, and cater to his every whim. Wearing a mask of beaming delight over any and all discomforts, she was never to be exhausted, complaining, or grief-stricken.Financial rewards for services rendered were of royal proportions - some earned up to $200 million in titles, pensions, jewels, and palaces. Some kings allowed their mistresses unlimited political power.But for all its grandeur, a royal court was a scorpion's nest of insatiable greed, unquenchable lust, and vicious ambition. From the dawn of time, power has been a mighty aphrodisiac. With diaries, personal letters, and diplomatic dispatches, Eleanor Herman's trailblazing research reveals the dynamics of sex and power, rivalry and revenge, at the most brilliant courts of Europe. Sex with Kings is a chapter of women's history that has remained unwritten - until now. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Beaux Johnson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/193835/bk_acx0_193835_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Should leaders be feared or loved? Can dictators give rise to democracy? Should rulers have morals or wear them like a mask? Niccolò Machiavelli's The Prince puts forth unsettling questions like these, whose answers redefined centuries of political wisdom. But what does it really mean to be Machiavellian? These 24 lectures are more than just a close reading of one of the great books of Western history. They're a revealing investigation of the historical context of Machiavelli's philosophical views, his tumultuous relationship with Florentine politics, his reception by his contemporaries and by 20th-century scholars, and his lasting influence on everyone from William Shakespeare to Joseph Stalin. Throughout the lectures, you'll dive deeply into the work's most important chapters to survey their main insights; read between the lines to uncover hidden meanings, inspirations, and ironies; learn how scholars have debated their historical inspiration and importance; and discover the author's startling imagery and sometimes beautiful language. Going beyond the commonly held vision of Renaissance Italy as a place of creative genius, Professor Landon reveals the drama and terror of Machiavelli's life and world, including his relationships to the city of Florence, the powerful Medici family, and the villainous Cesare Borgia (Machiavelli's ideal prince). For those who have already heard The Prince, prepare to engage with the text on a deeper level than ever before. And for those who've always wanted to listen to this important book, this is your introduction to one man's revolutionary beliefs about achieving - and maintaining - power. 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: William Landon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tcco/000448/bk_tcco_000448_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.