There are lots of ways to make history. Sometimes one´s purpose in life is to serve as an example of utter folly.... The Confederation of Man has overseen the prosperous expansion of humanity for almost eight centuries, with the Confederation Fleet its shield against all enemies both internal and external. Despite its numerous successes, the Fleet is a shield that is becoming warped by the schism between its Carrier and Line factions. In the year 3050, Fleet Admiral Malinverni has overseen the design and commissioning of a vessel intended to merge the best of both factions: the battlecruiser Constitution. Intended as a harbinger of a better future, the Constitution is considered a flawed concept by all except her crew. If either Fleet faction has its way, neither the Constitution nor her captain, Mackenzie Bolan, will ever get a chance to prove their naysayers incorrect. The starliner Titanic is considered to be the epitome of her type. With a handpicked crew, the Titanic is expected to see to passengers´ every need and whim, be it a rare artifact of opulence or stringent, discreet security. Unfortunately Captain Abraham Herrod, her master, is confronted with the growing likelihood that his vessel may soon be rendered obsolete by the ever-pressing march of technology. Pushed by his superiors, Captain Herrod must decide just how far he´s willing to go in an attempt to prolong the ´´Golden Age of Starliners´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Icenogle, Nicole Margulis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/045334/bk_acx0_045334_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Just before midnight on April 14, 1912, the RMS Titanic, the largest ship in the world, hit an iceberg, starting a chain of events that would ultimately make it history´s most famous, and notorious, ship. In the over 100 years since it sank on its maiden voyage, the Titanic has been the subject of endless fascination, as evidenced by the efforts to find its final resting spot, the museums full of its objects, and the countless books, documentaries, and movies made about the doomed ocean liner. Thanks to the dramatization of the Titanic´s sinking and the undying interest in the story, millions of people are familiar with various aspects of the ship´s demise, and the nearly 1,500 people who died in the North Atlantic in the early morning hours of April 15, 1912. The sinking of the ship is still nearly as controversial now as it was over 100 years ago, and the drama is just as compelling. However, the Titanic was neither the first nor last big ship to sink, so it´s clear that much of its appeal stems from the nature of ship itself. Indeed, the Titanic stands out not just for its end but for its beginning, specifically the fact that it was the most luxurious passenger ship ever built at the time. In addition to the time it took to come up with the design, the giant ship took a full three years to build, and no effort or cost was spared to outfit the Titanic in the most lavish ways. Given that the Titanic was over 100 feet tall, nearly 900 feet long, and over 90 feet wide, it´s obvious that those who built her and provided all of its famous amenities had plenty of work to do. The massive ship was carrying thousands of passengers and crew members, each with their own experiences on board, and the various amenities offered among the different classes of passengers ensured that life on some decks of the ship was quite different than life on others. Life Aboard the RMS Titanic: The Maiden Voyage Be 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Gagnepain. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/034712/bk_acx0_034712_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this issue:COMMENT´´Girls Will be Girls´´, by Margaret Talbot: Different takes on the sexual revolution.THE TALK OF THE TOWN´´Crystal Ball´´, by Lizzie Widdicombe: Peri Lyons looks into the Romney’s campaign’s future. THE FINANCIAL PAGE´´Club Med´´, by James Surowiecki: The rise of medical tourism.POPULAR CHRONICLES´´Unsinkable´´, by Daniel Mendelsohn: The Titanic as myth. LETTER FROM POREC´´The British Invasion´´, by Lauren Collins: A Croatian resort prepares for partyers. BOOKS´´The Disconnect´´, by Nathan Heller: How to be alone. THE CURRENT CINEMA´´Learning on the Job´´, by David Denby: Reviews of Footnote and Monsieur Lazhar. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dan Bernard, Christine Marshall. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/nyer/120411/pe_nyer_120411_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Robertson´s story, written 14 years before the historic event it presaged, parallels the descriptions and fate of the Titanic with psychic precision. His tale, however, doesn´t end with the passengers´ watery demise; rather, it chronicles the detective work instigated by members of Lloyd´s of London, embroiling Scotland Yard, when word comes in that the heavily insured ship has sunk to the bottom of the ocean. What ensues is a battle between insurers and attorneys, in London and New York, and a survivor who has rescued another passenger´s daughter. Robertson draws upon his own rich and wild experience as a seaman on the Atlantic to weave a narrative interspersed with colloquial dialogue, bringing to life the conflicts between the rich merchants who rely upon shipping and the sailing men relied upon to chart their courses. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Frederick Davidson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/002851/bk_blak_002851_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
On the afternoon of December 30, 1903, during a sold-out matinee performance, a fire broke out in Chicago´s Iroquois Theatre. In the short span of twenty minutes, more than six hundred people were asphyxiated, burned, or trampled to death in a panicked mob´s failed attempt to escape. In Chicago Death Trap: The Iroquois Theatre Fire of 1903, Nat Brandt provides a detailed chronicle of this horrific event to assess not only the titanic tragedy of the fire itself but also the municipal corruption and greed that kindled the flames beforehand and the political cover-ups hidden in the smoke and ash afterwards. Advertised as ´´absolutely fireproof,´´ the Iroquois was Chicago´s most modern playhouse when it opened in the fall of 1903. With the approval of the city´s building department, theater developers Harry J. Powers and William J. Davis opened the theater prematurely to take full advantage of the holiday crowds, ignoring flagrant safety violations in the process. The aftermath of the fire proved to be a study in the miscarriage of justice. Despite overwhelming evidence that the building had not been completed, that fire safety laws were ignored, and that management had deliberately sealed off exits during the performance, no one was ever convicted or otherwise held accountable for the enormous loss of life. Chicago Death Trap: The Iroquois Theatre Fire of 1903 is rich with vivid details about this horrific disaster, captivatingly presented in human terms without losing sight of the broader historical context. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gary Regal. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/013158/bk_acx0_013158_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this sweeping novel, James A. Michener chronicles eight tumultuous centuries as three Polish families live out their destinies. The Counts Lubonski, the petty nobles Bukowksi, and the peasants Buk are at some times fiercely united, at others tragically divided. With an inspiring tradition of resistance to brutal invaders, from the barbarians to the Nazis, and a heritage of pride that burns through eras of romantic passion and courageous solidarity, their common story reaches a breathtaking culmination in the historic showdown between the ruthless Communists and rebellious farmers of the modern age. Like the heroic land that is its subject, Poland teems with vivid events, unforgettable characters, and the unfolding drama of an entire nation. Praise for Poland ´´Engrossing . . . a page-turner in the grand Michener tradition.´´-The Washington Post ´´A Michener epic is far more than a bedtime reader, it´s an experience. Poland is a monumental effort, a magnificent guide to a better understanding of the country´s tribulations.´´-Chicago Tribune ´´Stunning . . . an unmatched overview of Polish history . . . The families themselves come very much alive, and through them, Poland itself.´´-USA Today ´´A titanic documentary novel.´´-The Wall Street Journal
New York Times best seller. A New York Times notable book.America’s Bitter Pill is Steven Brill’s acclaimed book on how the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, was written, how it is being implemented, and, most important, how it is changing - and failing to change - the rampant abuses in the healthcare industry. It’s a fly-on-the-wall account of the titanic fight to pass a 961-page law aimed at fixing America´s largest, most dysfunctional industry. It´s a penetrating chronicle of how the profiteering that Brill first identified in his trailblazing Time Magazine cover story continues, despite Obamacare. And it is the first complete, inside account of how President Obama persevered to push through the law, but then failed to deal with the staff incompetence and turf wars that crippled its implementation. But by chance America’s Bitter Pill ends up being much more - because as Brill was completing this book, he had to undergo urgent open-heart surgery. Thus, this also becomes the story of how one patient who thinks he knows everything about health-care ´´policy” rethinks it from a hospital gurney - and combines that insight with his brilliant reporting. The result: a surprising new vision of how we can fix American health care so that it stops draining the bank accounts of our families and our businesses and the federal treasury. Praise for America’s Bitter Pill: ´´A tour de force...a comprehensive and suitably furious guide to the political landscape of American healthcare...persuasive, shocking.” (The New York Times)´´An energetic, picaresque, narrative explanation of much of what has happened in the last seven years of health policy.... [Brill] has pulled off something extraordinary.” (The New York Times Book Review)´´A thunderous indictment of what Brill refers to as the ‘toxicity of our profiteer-dominated healthcare system 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dan Woren. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/004069/bk_rand_004069_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When people discuss deadly maritime disasters during the second decade of the 20th century in which more than 800 people were killed, they´re often talking about the Titanic or Lusitania, not the Eastland on the Chicago River. However, shockingly enough, on July 24, 1915, a ship full of sightseers out for a day on the Great Lakes capsized while still tied to a dock, sending more than 2,500 passengers into the frigid water. By the time the ship was righted and rescue efforts were completed, nearly 850 people had been killed. As unbelievable as the incident seemed, the Eastland was actually susceptible to just such a problem as a result of its issues with listing, and on top of that, the ship seemed to have all sorts of bad luck in its past, including a collision with another boat and even a mutiny on board. If anything, the safety protocols established after the sinking of the Titanic, most notably the inclusion of enough lifeboats on board for every passenger, made the Eastland even more top heavy and contributed to the disaster. Ultimately, several individuals were charged with crimes in connection with the Eastland disaster, but none would be found guilty. The SS Eastland Disaster: The History of the Deadliest Shipwreck on the Great Lakes chronicles the story of the disaster and its aftermath. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Pam Tierney. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/035855/bk_acx0_035855_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
DescriptionTwenty-four pieces from classic films including including Amelie, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Murder on the Orient Express and Titanic. These versions for Piano are well within the grasp of those of Grade 5-6 standard. SonglistAberdeen (Aberdeen) [Preisner, Zbigniew]Alicia Vive (Talk To Her) [Iglesias, Alberto]All Love Can Be (A Beautiful Mind) [Horner, James]Anna´s Theme (The Red Violin) [Corigliano, John]Autumn In Connecticut (Far From Heaven) [Bernstein, Elmer]Beetlejuice (Beetlejuice) [Elfman, Danny]C´est Le Vent Betty (Betty Blue) [Yared, Gabriel]Chronicle Scherzo (Citizen Kane) [Herrmann, Bernard]Eternal Vow (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) [Tan Dun]Le Banquet (Amelie) [Tiersen, Yann]Love Theme (Romeo And Juliet) [Rota, Nino]Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence [Sakamoto, Ryuichi]Murder On The Orient Express (Murder On The Orient Express) [Bennett, Richard Rodney]My Father´s Favourite (Sense And Sensibility) [Doyle, Patrick]My Heart Will Go On (Titanic) [Horner, James]Passage Of Time (Chocolat) [Portman, Rachel]Pelagia´s Song (Captain Corelli´s Mandolin) [Warbeck, Stephen]Prelude/Main Theme (The Belles Of St Trinian´s) [Arnold, Malcolm)Reprise (Spirited Away) [Hisaishi, Joe]The Departure (Gattaca) [Nyman, Michael]The Heart Asks Pleasure First: The Promise/The Sacrifice (The Piano) [Nyman, Michael]Theme (Schindler´s List) [Williams (Composer), John]Theme (Somewhere In Time) [Barry, John]Wee Wee Hours