Wolfgang Faust was the driver of a Tiger I tank with the Wehrmacht Heavy Panzer Battalions, seeing extensive combat action on the Eastern Front in 1943-45. This memoir is his brutal and deeply personal account of the Russian Front´s appalling carnage. Depicting a running tank engagement lasting 72 hours, Faust describes how his Tiger unit fought pitched battles in the snows of Western Russia against the full might of the Red Army: the T34s, the Stalin tanks, the Sturmovik bombers, and the feared Katyusha rocket brigades. His astonishing testimony reveals the merciless decisions that panzer crews made in action, the devastating power of their weaponry, and the many ways that men met their deaths in the snow and ice of the Ostfront. First published in the late 1940s, this memoir´s savage realism shocked the postwar German public. Some were outraged at the book´s final scenes while others wrote that ´´now, at last, I know what our men did in the East´´. Today it stands as one of the great semiautobiographical accounts of warfare in World War II - a crescendo of horror, grim survival, and a fatalistic acceptance of the panzer man´s destiny. Originally published in the German Federal Republic as Panzerdammerung (Panzer Twilight). The only other surviving memoir by this author is The Last Panther - an astonishing account of panzer warfare in the final hours of the Third Reich. 1. Language: English. Narrator: George Backman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/026473/bk_adbl_026473_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From East to West, tank commander feared him, will u live up to your reputation ? Will your enemy dare challenging you ?
The Flying Lion, filled with subtexts of leadership, drug abuse and vivid sexual encounters is enriched by the author´s experience as a martial artist, raconteur and spiritual leader. In a future world divided into tribes and clans, possessing a late Iron Age technology, we meet the Zenites, AKA the Boxers; a loose confederation of in-fighting tribes, led by warlords and linked by a heritage of Asian tradition and martial arts. Deep South is a land divided into numerous warring nations and tribes. The Medonites are archers who live in a series of wooden stockades. The Hordes of Automites live in a great city and threaten to conquer all. The Zenites or Boxers are a warrior people further divided into tribes contending with other nations and with each other. The Zenites are led by warlords like the evil Ming Tzu, who is overthrown by a Zenite tribe but continues to command a following. Lord Goroda, the Horned Tiger is the most feared of Zenite warlords. From out of the north rides Kiyomori, the Flying Lion: martial arts master and invincible warrior. Men are inspired to follow him and women to love him. He is a selfish, ambitious, opium addict who learns that to be a hero he must first learn sacrifice and responsibility. Kiyomori is befriended by Nokoma whose loyalty to the Lion will be sorely tested even as his wife Zon Nah fails in her loyalty to him. Kiyomori and Goroda had been competitors years before during their training. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Todd Haberkorn. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/018288/bk_acx0_018288_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Raja, a golden brown stray mongrel, leads a carefree existence in Shivaji Park, spending his days lying under shady trees and chasing tennis balls. His friend Pakya, a white and black mongrel, happens to be the most feared dog on this side of the park. But, poor Pakya secretly pines for Bianca, a beautiful Golden Retriever, who only has eyes for Hero, a smooth-talking mongrel with a red scarf round his neck. Tiger Gondhlekar, aka Gattu, an abandoned Labrador who is perpetually hungry, completes the trio. Prashant Pinge´s engaging and heartwarming story, depicts the journey of three ordinary stray dogs from Shivaji Park in Mumbai to Sambhaji Park in Pune. Their reasons for undertaking the journey are different, but they are united by their friendship and a common dream, as they confront seemingly insurmountable odds. While the story charts their quest for the giant donut, it also highlights how the dogs overcome their own shortcomings, support each other and register personal victories along the way. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Leonor A. Woodworth. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/057029/bk_acx0_057029_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the spirit of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Bringing Up Bébé, and The Smartest Kids in the World, a hard-hitting exploration of China´s widely acclaimed yet insular education system - held up as a model of academic and behavioral excellence - that raises important questions for the future of American parenting and education. When students in Shanghai rose to the top of international rankings in 2009, Americans feared that they were being ´´out-educated´´ by the rising super power. An American journalist of Chinese descent raising a young family in Shanghai, Lenora Chu noticed how well-behaved Chinese children were compared to her boisterous toddler. How did the Chinese create their academic superachievers? Would their little boy benefit from Chinese school? Chu and her husband decided to enroll three-year-old Rainer in China´s state-run public school system. The results were positive - her son quickly settled down, became fluent in Mandarin, and enjoyed his friends - but she also began to notice troubling new behaviors. Wondering what was happening behind closed classroom doors, she embarked on an exploratory journey, interviewing Chinese parents, teachers, and education professors and following students at all stages of their education. What she discovered is a military-like education system driven by high-stakes testing, with teachers posting rankings in public, using bribes to reward students who comply, and shaming to isolate those who do not. At the same time, she uncovered a years-long desire by government to alleviate its students´ crushing academic burden and make education friendlier for all. The more she learns, the more she wonders: Are Chinese children - and her son - paying too high a price for their obedience and the promise of future academic prowess? Is there a way to appropriate the excellence of the system but dispense with the bad? What, if anything, could Westerners learn from China´s educa 1. Language: English. Narrator: Emily Woo Zeller. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/006275/bk_harp_006275_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.