Of all Jane Austen´s books PRIDE AND PREJUDICE has earned a special place in the hearts of the reading public as her best-loved and most intimately known novel. From its famous opening sentence the story of Elizabeth and Darcy, told with a wit that its author feared might prove ´rather too light and bright, and sparkling´, delights its most familiar readers as thoroughly as it does those who encounter it for the first time.
Pride and Prejudice captures the affections of class-conscious 18th-century English families with matrimonial aims and rivalries. This story of the Bennet family and the novel´s two protagonists, Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, is told with a wit that author Jane Austen feared might prove ´´rather too light and bright, and sparkling´´. The romantic clash between the opinionated Elizabeth and her proud beau, Mr. Darcy, is a splendid performance of civilized sparring. Austen´s artistry is also apparent in the delineation of the minor characters: the ill-matched Mr. and Mrs. Bennet, Charles Bingley and his sisters, and particularly the fatuous Mr. Collins, whose proposal to Elizabeth is one of the finest comic passages in English literature. Austen´s radiant wit sparkles as her characters dance a delicate quadrille of flirtation and intrigue, making this book the most superb comedy of manners of Regency England. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Josephine Bailey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/000606/bk_tant_000606_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
To most, they are animals—even when in human form. They are to be collared and kept on the fringes of society, scorned because they are feared, hated for their extraordinary powers. And attorney Kim Fraser has to go right into the heart of their lair. It’s her job to defend those in need. But there’s absolutely nothing defenseless about Liam Morrissey. His soft Irish lilt and feline grace can’t disguise his sheer strength. Nor can the silver chain at his throat, designed to control the aggression of his kind, completely reassure her that this man has been tamed. Yet when a feral shifter begins to stalk them both, Liam is the only one she trusts with her life. She’ll let him claim her—for her protection, for her pride, and for a passion that knows no bounds. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Traci Odom. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/relm/000056/bk_relm_000056_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Prince Harres Aal Shalaan rescued Talia Burke and swept her into his strong embrace. Marooned with him at a desert oasis, Talia couldn’t resist her enemy’s sizzling seduction.Falling for the sheikh would be her heart’s greatest mistake…but she feared it was already too late… 1. Language: English. Narrator: Suzanne Cypress. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/howe/001816/bk_howe_001816_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Sometimes inspiration is found in the most unlikely places.... To say that 15-year-old Cooper isn´t thrilled about the idea of spending his entire summer with his grandfather at The Last Stop retirement home is the understatement of the century. The fact that he has to work there for the privilege of sleeping on his grandfather´s couch only adds insult to injury. The folks at the retirement home aren´t too sure about him, either. His hair is forever hanging in his eyes, for one, and he seems determined to go the entire summer without uttering a single word. While they are trying to keep an open mind, Cooper is doing nothing to change their opinion that youth is just an unfortunate stage to becoming an old person. But something surprising happens over the course of the summer, forcing everyone involved to reevaluate their opinion of the opposing generation. In this, the third installment of The Last Stop series, the whole gang is here: Amato, the boisterous chef, who Cooper has the misfortune of working for; Byron, the hyper-competitive, former Olympian, who gives Cooper pointers on his less than impressive physique; Kelly, the much feared fitness instructor, who teaches him to take pride in even the most mundane tasks; Harry, the maintenance man, who teaches him the value of hard work; And, of course, Holy Moses, the facility´s canine mascot, who´s respect Cooper must earn. There´s a new resident, too, making his first appearance: Ain´t He Something, a retired racehorse who provides his own very entertaining life lessons.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rozanne Devine. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/098763/bk_acx0_098763_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Marcus Garvey, a Jamaican-born black nationalist and originator of the ´´Back to Africa” movement during the 1900s, was a passionate and formidable orator and founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association. Garvey went on to become an inspiration for many future civil rights activists. Marcus Garvey: A Biography, by Stephen Johnson provides an in-depth look into the incredible life of this truly remarkable man, his vision for pan-Africanism, and his unrelenting fight for the right of self-determination and self-reliance for the African people. Johnson’s meticulously researched biography paints the complete picture of a controversial figure who stood in the spotlight during the early years of the battle for racial equality. Marcus Garvey went on to become an early pioneer in this struggle; admired by his supporters, respected by his adversaries, and feared by the government. Jamaica honored Marcus Garvey by declaring him its first national hero. Johnson’s work demonstrates how Garvey’s message of black pride showed in every aspect of his life and continued even after his death. It brilliantly captures the true essence of a man Martin Luther King, Jr., called, ´´the first man, on a mass scale and level, to give millions of Negroes a sense of dignity and destiny, and make the Negro feel that he was somebody”. Stephen Johnson’s work, Marcus Garvey: A Biography is an essential and fascinating listen for anyone interested in African American history or the history of the Civil Rights Movement. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim D Johnston. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/152923/bk_acx0_152923_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This first volume of Tales of Metamor City collects 10 short stories and novellas from the Parsec Award-winning Metamor City Podcast. Enter a gritty urban landscape of mages and vampires, faeries and telepaths, where street-level spies steal arcane artifacts from power-hungry sorcerers and holy warriors stalk demons through the shadowy depths of 1,000-foot-high towers. Thirteen hundred years ago, the conquering wizard, Nasoj, cast three great spells on the people of Metamor Keep. Fueled by the power of the dark gods, these spells would irrevocably change the castle´s defenders in body and soul, rendering them helpless against his advancing armies. Things did not work out as he hoped. The spells were countered, but only partially. They wove together with the castle´s own magic, becoming a curse that blanketed the entire valley. But Nasoj´s forces were driven back, and the Keep´s heroic inhabitants learned to take pride in the new forms the curse had given them: a mark of how deeply the dark wizard feared them. Now, the world sits on the cusp of the 21st century, and things have changed more than anyone could have dreamed. Buildings the size of mountains rise above the valley floor. People walk and skimmers drive on suspended walkways hundreds of meters in the air. Magic and technology work hand-in-hand to do the impossible. Majestrix Kyia, the spirit of the ancient Keep, now rules with peace and justice over an Empire that covers half a continent. But there is always darkness, even in a place as bright as Metamor City. The rich grow ever richer, while the poor struggle in the hardscrabble world of The Street, surrounded by menacing gangs armed with guns, knives, and unlicensed magic. Vampires control a shadow government that feeds the city´s illicit hungers, while a mysterious collective of psychics pursues their own inscrutable ends. It is a world on the knife´s edge between order and chaos, creation, and destruction. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Chris Lester. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/109393/bk_acx0_109393_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This family saga starts with a young South African woman searching for her family origins and history in Britain. While starting work on compiling notes on The Gravel Road, I earnestly began to want to bring back to life those long-forgotten beginnings of an ancestral family, hoping to capture their experiences of surviving under extreme circumstances in their daily lives. At this time, men of different colors and creeds could put aside their grievances, uniting in the determination and will to succeed.I listened to the many stories told by my grandfather Sanderson, which became an integral part in my research. These stretched across old Prussia in Eastern Germany to the old cotton mills in the north of England.The Gravel Road covers 140 years of old and modern history where two exceptional, courageous families, though ethically disparate and living worlds apart, were drawn together and united in peace. In doing so, they paved the way for the next generation.I gathered many hours of notes to write this book in order to write true-to-life characters. My goal was that, in time, it would become a source of wonder and pride for all those who came to befriend them as I did.While reliving those lives, I tried to get an understanding of how some feared the unknown, while others ventured far in the last century, ultimately changing attitudes along the pathways to life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Charlotte Sutton. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/150222/bk_acx0_150222_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Bestowed with eternal life by the Ancient Vasilios, Alasdair Kyriakous is one of the most feared and ruthless vampires in existence. His name carries weight across all of the seven continents. But he is a mystery to his kind, an anomaly among the self-indulgent. While he enjoys the pleasures of the flesh, he is exceptionally particular in his choice of partners and prides himself on his ironclad self-control. Yet with one look his control will become a thing of the past, and Alasdair will discover that eternal life doesn´t always last forever.... Thrust into a world he could never have imagined, Leo Chapel awakens in his worst nightmare. Taken hostage by the dangerously mesmerizing vampire Alasdair, Leo must rely on his intelligence to escape before he reveals a secret he isn´t even aware he´s hiding. Unaware that they´ve been brought together by an outside force and are little more than pawns to a higher power, Alasdair and Leo spend time trying to uncover the other´s secrets, the attraction between them growing stronger all the while. But enemies are watching and preparing to act against them. When decisions that will alter lives and destinies have to be made - can a dead, gray heart learn to beat again? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bruce Cullen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/026129/bk_adbl_026129_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.