In 1906 the RMS Lusitania was at the forefront of transatlantic shipping. Briefly the largest ship in the world, the designers and engineers who built the Lusitania aimed for her to represent the height of luxury for passengers while also being the harbinger of a new technological age, replete with revolutionary engines that would allow the gigantic ship to move at speeds that would have been considered impossible just years earlier. Indeed the highly competitive industry would spur the development of bigger and better ocean liners in the coming years, the most famous being the Titanic. The Lusitania and the Titanic would become the two most famous ships of the early 20th century for tragic reasons, but the circumstances could not have been more different. While the Titanic is still notorious for being the world's best ocean liner at the time of its collision with an iceberg in 1912, the Lusitania's role as a popular ocean liner has been almost completely obscured by the nature of its sinking by a German U-boat in 1915. The Germans aimed to disrupt trade by the Allied forces, but they did not have the naval forces capable of seizing merchant ships and detaining them. Furthermore the Germans rightly suspected that the British and Americans were using passenger liners and merchant ships to smuggle weaponry across the Atlantic, but since their sole edge in the Atlantic was their fleet of submarines, the Germans had no way of confirming their suspicions short of sinking a ship and seeing if a detonation onboard suggested the presence of munitions and gunpowder. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joseph Chialastri. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/033815/bk_acx0_033815_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Tonight on the Titanic: Jack and Annie are in for an exciting, scary, and sad adventure when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to the decks of the Titanic. "Buffalo Before Breakfast": Hello, buffalo! That's what Jack and Annie say when the magic Tree House whisks them and Teddy, the enchanted dog, back almost 200 years to the Great Plains. "Tigers at Twilight": Tigers in trouble? That's what Jack and Annie find when the Magic Tree House whisks them and Teddy to a forest in India. "Dingoes at Dinnertime": Wildfire! That's what Jack and Annie are up against when they are whisked away to the land of Australia. "Civil War on Sunday": Cannon fire! That's what Jack and Annie are up against when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to the time of the American Civil War. "Revolutionary War on Wednesday": It is a dark and snowy night when the Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie back to colonial times. "Twister on Tuesday": An adventure to blow you away! That's what Jack and Annie get when they Magic Tree House whisks them back to the 1870s. "Earthquake in the Early Morning": An adventure that will shake you up! That's what Jack and Annie get when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to California in 1906. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mary Pope Osborne. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lili/000257/bk_lili_000257_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this warm, Christian historical fiction, Henrietta, a tough, 95-plus-year-old North Dakota cattle rancher, weakened from a bout of pneumonia, comes to live with her great-niece in rural Oregon, bringing the family treasure with her.From the time of Queen Elizabeth I, each generation of the Van Demere family has added a cookie cutter to the collection, marking milestones, passing down their oral history. Each cookie cutter’s vignette tells a story of American history, including WWII spies, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, the Underground Railroad, indentured servitude, pioneers crossing the plains and the gold rush, barnstormers, orphan trains, safari, and the Titanic. Testaments of faith and strong women through generations. Henrietta feels a bounden duty to pass the stories to Jerria. Will she complete the family heritage before it’s too late?If you love warm, clean, multigenerational stories with a Christian viewpoint, you’ll love The Cookie Cutters Legacy by Deb Graham. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Hannah Johnson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/147118/bk_acx0_147118_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Why does the allegiance that radical terrorists give to their false cause exceed the allegiance that most Christians today give to Jesus Christ? In Insurgence, best-selling author Frank Viola presents a radical proposal for Christians. Namely, that we have lost the explosive, earthshaking gospel of the kingdom that Jesus, Paul, and the other apostles preached. Viola argues that we've lost this dynamic, titanic, living gospel and exchanged it for a gospel of religious duty or permissiveness and "easy believism." In today's politically charged era, Christians on the progressive left as well as the conservative right both equate their particular viewpoints with the kingdom of God. Viola challenges and dismantles these perspectives, offering a fresh and revolutionary look at the gospel of the kingdom. Viola writes with gripping power, challenging Christians to embrace an unparalleled allegiance to Jesus Christ and his kingdom. This high-octane message is being reclaimed today, launching a spiritual insurgence. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Parks. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hove/003559/bk_hove_003559_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Once upon a time, a teenaged Kate Winslet (The Reader, Titanic, Revolutionary Road) received a gift that would leave a lasting impression: a copy of Emile Zola’s classic Thérèse Raquin. Six Academy Award nominations and one Best Actress award later, she steps behind the microphone to perform this haunting classic of passion and disaster. Thérèse Raquin is the story of a young woman forced into an unhappy marriage to her dull, sickly cousin and smothered by her overbearing aunt. When her husband’s childhood friend enters her life, it leads to a torrid affair that sets her spirit free for the first time, but with shattering consequences. Steeped in the atmosphere of 19th-century France and with a darkly rich foreboding, it is a story that brings out the best of its narrator’s incomparable talents.“It is challenging, and it’s a heck of a lot of fun as well”, said Ms. Winslet of the recording experience. "As a listener, being able to tune out and be taken into another world, an atmosphere, an environment that is being created entirely for you by somebody else’s voice is really a wonderful, magical thing.” 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kate Winslet. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/003253/bk_adbl_003253_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Matilda by Roald Dahl, read by Kate Winslet.'So Matilda's strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.'Matilda is the world's most famous bookworm, no thanks to her ghastly parents.Her father thinks she's a little scab. Her mother spends all afternoon playing bingo.And her headmistress, Miss Trunchbull?She's the worst of all.She's a big bully, who thinks all her pupils are rotten and locks them in the dreaded Chokey.Despite these beastly grownups trying to push her down, Matilda is an extraordinary girl with a magical mind.And she's had enough.So all the terrible adults had better watch out, because she's going to teach them a lesson they'll never forget!Kate Winslet's award-winning and varied career has included standout roles in Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Finding Neverland, Revolutionary Road and The Reader, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. Also a highly acclaimed voice artist, she received the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for Children for Listen to the Storyteller. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kate Winslet. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/pauk/000524/bk_pauk_000524_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Alexander the Great, Jesus, Darwin, and Churchill are just a few of the many politicians, religious leaders, scientists, philosophers, authors, inventors, and generals who transformed our world in ways that still resonate today. Now, with this unique collection of 36 lectures from our extensive course catalog, meet the remarkable people without whom the world would never be the same. You'll examine the world that was dramatically reformed by a particular individual, or plunge into a defining moment in an individual's life, or learn how an individual went on to influence some of history's other great revolutionaries. Most importantly: you'll come away with a thorough understanding of why history is so indebted-for better or, in some instances, for worse-to these 36 epic figures, including Socrates, Queen Victoria, Abraham Lincoln, and Mohandas Gandhi. You'll also encounter figures that you may not have considered to be so revolutionary. It takes a great professor to help you understand what makes a single person change the world. To that end, we've assembled individual lectures from some of our most highly rated and beloved professors and instructors. Drawn from a range of academic fields (including military history, science, literature, religious studies, and philosophy), each professor lends his or her expert knowledge and teaching skills to making this an authoritative learning experience. Countless adventures await you with this carefully crafted look at titanic historical figures. If you have a friend who is new to The Great Courses, this collection makes for an accessible and rewarding first step into lifelong learning. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Allen C. Guelzo, Bob Brier. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tcco/000384/bk_tcco_000384_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
With the Vietnam War erupting in the background, Noble Chaos presents an eye-opening immersion into the late 1960s from a college perspective, a journey through profoundly troubled times.Set at the University of Kansas, one of the nation's most radical colleges back then, this astonishing book knits together emotional and historical truth. The novel reveals the conflicts, concessions, and conundrums of a nation’s darkest hours.Ryan Sterling is a 19-year-old college junior navigating a moral switchback. He protests the Vietnam War while weighing patriotic implications. He loses his passion for education while remaining on the Dean's list. He defies authority while conforming to group pressure. He experiments with drugs while resisting dependency. He devours philosophy and psychology to find meaning in raging confusion.But conflict is the price of his search for understanding. Conflict carves rifts between Ryan, his peers, and society. Conflict forces him to make game-changing choices.Ryan's journey includes a cast of memorable characters. His lover shuns her self-indulgent past and makes the least expected confession. A cunning drug dealer squares off with Ryan's nemesis, provoking a fatal consequence of intolerance. A tradition-minded classmate transforms into a revolutionary, leading perilous confrontations with armed authorities.For those who lived through this school year of extraordinary challenges, Noble Chaos inspires dormant and forgotten memories, an emotional perspective of the chaotic forces that turned America upon itself. For younger listeners, the novel presents the titanic experiences that provoked contemporary politics, prejudices, and popular culture.This uncensored story also presents an intriguing parable for today. Women's rights are not yet fully achieved. Racial divisions are festering. Party politics are crushing. Clean air and water are evaporating. Native Americans are inciting. Milit 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jack de Golia. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/218863/bk_acx0_218863_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
New York Times comedy critic Jason Zinoman delivers the definitive story of the life and artistic legacy of David Letterman, the greatest television talk show host of all time and the signature comedic voice of a generation. In a career spanning more than 30 years, David Letterman redefined the modern talk show with an ironic comic style that transcended traditional television. While he remains one of the most famous stars in America, he is a remote, even reclusive figure whose career is widely misunderstood. In Letterman, Jason Zinoman, the first comedy critic in the history of the New York Times, mixes groundbreaking reporting with unprecedented access and probing critical analysis to explain the unique entertainer's titanic legacy. Moving from his early days in Indiana to his retirement, Zinoman goes behind the scenes of Letterman's television career to illuminate the origins of his revolutionary comedy, its overlooked influences, and how his work intersects with and reveals his famously eccentric personality. Zinoman argues that Letterman had three great artistic periods, each distinct and part of his evolution. As he examines key broadcasting moments - "Stupid Pet Tricks" and other captivating segments that defined Late Night with David Letterman - he illuminates Letterman's relationship to his writers and, in particular, the show's cocreator, Merrill Markoe, with whom Letterman shared a long professional and personal connection. To understand popular culture today, it's necessary to understand David Letterman. With this revealing biography, Zinoman offers a perceptive analysis of the man and the artist whose ironic voice and caustic meta-humor was critical to an entire generation of comedians and viewers - and whose singular style ushered in new tropes that have become clichés in comedy today. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Goldstrom. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/005912/bk_harp_005912_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.