Just before midnight on April 14, 1912, the RMS Titanic, the largest ship in the world, hit an iceberg, setting in motion a chain of events that would ultimately make it history´s most famous, and notorious, ship. 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. Much has been made through the years about the failures of those designing the Titanic to take proper safety precautions, and how these failings led to the disaster and huge loss of life. In fact, the number of lives lost was so great that it can be hard to believe that the death toll might have been higher. Nonetheless, it´s true that many more would have died without the courageous efforts of those on the ships who responded to the Titanic´s distress calls and sailed through the same dangerous conditions that brought down the ´´unsinkable´´ ship itself. Investigating the Sinking of the Titanic chronicles the immediate aftermath of the tragedy and the investigations and changes that followed. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Gagnepain. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/036305/bk_acx0_036305_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
There is something romantic about traveling on a cruise ship, and even today luxury cruises are considered by many to be the ultimate vacation, featuring days of fun activities in exotic locations and nights of dinner and dancing under the stars. Today even the cheapest cabins are quite luxurious, and people save for years to afford to travel by sea. However, it was not always that way, and there was a time when travelling on even the most luxurious liners could prove dangerous or even deadly. The loss of the Titanic in 1912 cast a pall over all future voyages, and in the wake of the most famous sinking in history, a number of crucial changes were made, including the requirement that there be enough lifeboats available for every passenger, a change that was codified by the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea in 1914. That same convention also made a change to the way distress signals were used, and the British subsequently ensured that the bulkheads be raised higher up the boat to truly ensure that the compartments were watertight. Gone were the days that safety would be compromised for the comforts of the first class. And, of course, a bunch of changes were made to the way ships navigated around icebergs. In the wake of the Titanic, people tried to assure each other that a similar disaster could never happen again, but it did just two years later. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Clem. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/075036/bk_acx0_075036_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Europe underwent profound upheavals in the decades immediately following the downfall of Napoleon, and that tumult was the result of a series of economic, political and social changes whose origins reached back into the eighteenth century. Starting with a superbly concise explanation of the Industrial Revolution, authors Garrett and Godfrey explore the intricate series of events that followed on the heels of a conservative reaction to Napoleon´s defeat. With varying degrees of success, the victorious Allied powers sought to reinstall monarchy and religious authority throughout Europe. Hovering over this diplomatic finery was the reactionary figure of Prince von Metternich of Austria, a supremely gifted statesman who remained at the center of a glittering aristocratic European stage for 35 years. But the aristocratic reaction could not contain the surging demand of the new middle classes emerging in the wake of the titanic forces unleashed by the Industrial Revolution. In a series of revolutions and counter-revolutions, Europe became convulsed by one political crisis after another as each kingdom in its turn grappled with the bewildering set of changes and demands that seemingly appeared at every turn. But middle class patriotic fervor could not be denied, and inevitably revolution led to nationalism and the formation of new states like Italy, Germany, Hungary, Rumania, Greece and others. Despite all the crafty diplomatic initiatives and schemes put forth by Metternich and his conservative comrades, the old monarchies and religious institutions came under increasing pressure from a brash new order of liberal democrats, radical intellectuals, and progressive autocrats. Change was in the air and Louis Napoleon of France, among others, was determined to ride the swirling currents of a divided and aroused electorate to a political position of undisputed power. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Charlton Griffin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acon/000090/bk_acon_000090_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
1912: Locked in an eerily quiet dining room on the Titanic, a mysterious man tells a young girl his life story as the ship begins to sink. It all starts in Whitechapel, London in 1888.... In the small hours of the night in a darkened Whitechapel alley, young Mary Kelly stumbles upon a seriously injured man almost unconscious in the gutter. Two days later, an American gentleman wakes in a hospital bed with no memory of who he is or how he got there.… Back in 1912, as the Titanic begins its final shuddering descent, the truth behind a series of murders that have hung like a dark fog over London for more than two decades is about to be revealed.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robert G. Slade. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/isis/001775/bk_isis_001775_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Pacific Rim meets The Martian in the explosive follow-up to Sleeping Giants (´´One of the most promising series kickoffs in recent memory´´ —NPR) and Waking Gods (´´Pure, unadulterated literary escapism´´ —Kirkus Reviews). Brilliant scientist Rose Franklin has devoted her adult life to solving the mystery she accidentally stumbled upon as a child: a huge metal hand buried beneath the ground outside Deadwood, South Dakota. The discovery set in motion a cataclysmic chain of events with geopolitical ramifications. Rose and the Earth Defense Corps raced to master the enigmatic technology, as giant robots suddenly descended on Earth’s most populous cities, killing one hundred million people in the process. Though Rose and her team were able to fend off the attack, their victory was short-lived. The mysterious invaders retreated, disappearing from the shattered planet...but they took the scientist and her crew with them. Now, after nearly 10 years on another world, Rose returns to find a devastating new war - this time between humans. America and Russia are locked in combat, fighting to fill the power vacuum left behind after the invasion. Families are torn apart, friends become bitter enemies, and countries collapse in the wake of the battling superpowers. It appears the aliens left behind their titanic death machines so humankind will obliterate itself. Rose is determined to find a solution, whatever it takes. But will she become a pawn in a doomsday game no one can win? Read by William Hope, Charlie Anson, Laurence Bouvard, Adna Sablylich, Laura Kirman, Aaron Vodovoz, Julie Rogers, Christopher Ragland, Patricia Rodrigues, Jennifer Woodward, Karina Fernandez, Eric Meyers, Madeleine Rose, Lance C. Fuller, and the author, Sylvain Neuvel. ´´Packing a surprisingly powerful thematic punch, this novel is an addictive blend of science fiction, apocalyptic thriller, and chillingly timely cautionary tale. Two ... 1. Language: English. Narrator: William Hope, Charlie Anson, Laurence Bouvard, Adna Sablylich, full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/006037/bk_rand_006037_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
There is a contagious psychospiritual disease of the soul, a parasite of the mind, that is currently being acted out en masse on the world stage via a collective psychosis of titanic proportions. This mind-virus - which Native Americans have called ´´wetiko´´ - covertly operates through the unconscious blind spots in the human psyche, rendering people oblivious to their own madness and compelling them to act against their own best interests. Drawing on insights from Jungian psychology, shamanism, alchemy, spiritual wisdom traditions, and personal experience, author Paul Levy shows us that hidden within the venom of wetiko is its own antidote, which once recognized can help us wake up and bring sanity back to our society. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Keith L. O´Brien. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/004115/bk_rand_004115_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Just in time for the centennial anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic comes a vivid, romantic, and relentlessly compelling historical novel about a spirited young woman who survives the disaster only to find herself embroiled in the media frenzy left in the wake of the tragedy. Tess, an aspiring seamstress, thinks she´s had an incredibly lucky break when she is hired by famous designer Lady Lucile Duff Gordon to be a personal maid on the Titanic´s doomed voyage. Once on board, Tess catches the eye of two men, one a roughly-hewn but kind sailor and the other an enigmatic Chicago millionaire. But on the fourth night, disaster strikes. Amidst the chaos and desperate urging of two very different suitors, Tess is one of the last people allowed on a lifeboat. Tess’s sailor also manages to survive unharmed, witness to Lady Duff Gordon’s questionable actions during the tragedy. Others - including the gallant Midwestern tycoon - are not so lucky. On dry land, rumors about the survivors begin to circulate, and Lady Duff Gordon quickly becomes the subject of media scorn and later, the hearings on the Titanic. Set against a historical tragedy but told from a completely fresh angle, The Dressmaker is an atmospheric delight filled with all the period´s glitz and glamour, all the raw feelings of a national tragedy and all the contradictory emotions of young love. From the Hardcover edition 1. Language: English. Narrator: Susan Duerden. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/002877/bk_rand_002877_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When her mother goes missing from their lonely forest cottage and strange dark creatures close in on her home, 15-year-old Filynora is cast upon an epic journey that will unite the Five Races in a titanic struggle with the forces of evil with the fate of an entire world in the balance. Her life as an Elemental keeper was never normal, but little did she think it would become so strange. After being run off her farm, she wakes in a place beyond her wildest imagination. Befriended by exotic creatures of myth and legend, she sets out on a quest to find her mother...and something more. Now, she has new friends. A new purpose. But is the mysterious man in white who visits her in her dreams somebody she can trust, or is he trouble? Only the Scrolls will tell. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cassie Kelley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/116497/bk_acx0_116497_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This extremely comprehensive blues solo collection features 260 pages and over 50 fingerpicking Guitar solos in notation and tablature in country blues, Delta blues, ragtime blues, Texas blues and bottleneck styles.Online audio tracks are included to download.A Tribute To Lonnie Johnson Banty Rooster Belzona Blues Bill Bailey Blake´s Breakdown Blues Ain´t Dry Buck Dancer´s Choice Charley James Come Back Baby Country Line Crow Jane Easy Rider Blues Easy Street Fare Thee Well Titanic Franklin Blues God Moves On The Water Good Morning Little Schoolgirl Hard Time Killin´ Floor If You Haven´t Any Hay Get On Down The Road It Won´t Be Long John Henry Juicy Lucy Just A Closer Walk With Thee Kassie Jones Man of My Own Mississippi Blues Monday Morning Blues Moon Goin´ Down Mourning Blues New Pony Blues Nobody´s Dirty Business Old Country Rock One Kind Favor Police Dog Blues Ragged And Dirty Ragtime Mama Blues Return To Little Rock Salty Dog Shake That Thing Sister Kate Sitting On Top Of The World Someday Baby Special Rider Blues Spoonful Strange City Streets Struttin´ Rag Take A Whiff On Me Tickle Dew Ton of Blues Twelve Sticks Vestapool Wake Up Mama Weeping Willow Working On The New Railroad Yonder Comes The Blues You Got the Pocketbook, I Got the Key