The land of Terre d´Ange is a place of unsurpassing beauty and grace. It is said that angels found the land and saw it was good...and the ensuing race that rose from the seed of angels and men live by one simple rule: Love as thou wilt. Phèdre nó Delaunay is a young woman who was born with a scarlet mote in her left eye. Sold into indentured servitude as a child, her bond is purchased by Anafiel Delaunay, a nobleman with very a special mission...and the first one to recognize who and what she is: one pricked by Kushiel´s Dart, chosen to forever experience pain and pleasure as one. Phèdre is trained equally in the courtly arts and the talents of the bedchamber but, above all, the ability to observe, remember, and analyze. Almost as talented a spy as she is courtesan, Phèdre stumbles upon a plot that threatens the very foundations of her homeland. Treachery sets her on her path; love and honor goad her further. And in the doing, it will take her to the edge of despair...and beyond. Hateful friend, loving enemy, beloved assassin; they can all wear the same glittering mask in this world, and Phèdre will get but one chance to save all that she holds dear.Set in a world of cunning poets, deadly courtiers, heroic traitors, and a truly Machiavellian villainess, this is a novel of grandeur, luxuriance, sacrifice, betrayal, and deeply laid conspiracies. Not since Dune has there been an epic on the scale of Kushiel´s Dart - a massive tale about the violent death of an old age and the birth of a new. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Anne Flosnik. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/000910/bk_tant_000910_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A Jeeves and Wooster novel The beefy ´Stilton´ Cheesewright has drawn Bertie Wooster as red-hot favourite in the Drones club annual darts tournament - which is lucky for Bertie because otherwise Stilton would have beaten him to a pulp and buttered the lawn with him. Stilton does not, after all like men who he thinks are trifling with his fiancée´s affections. Meanwhile Bertie has committed a more heinous offence by growing a moustache, and Jeeves strongly disapproves - which is unfortunate, because Jeeves´s feudal spirit is desperately needed. Bertie´s Aunt Dahlia is trying to sell her magazine Milady´s Boudoir to the Trotter Empire and still keep her amazing chef Anatole out of Lady Trotter´s clutches. And Bertie? Bertie simply has to try to hold onto his moustache and hope he gets to the end in one piece.
´´Perhaps it is easy for those who have never felt the stinging darts of segregation to say, ´Wait.´ But...when you suddenly find your tongue twisted and your speech stammering as you seek to explain to your six year old daughter why she can´t go to the public amusement park that has just been advertised on television, and see tears welling up in her eyes when she is told that Funtown is closed to colored children, and see ominous clouds of inferiority beginning to form in her little mental sky...when you are forever fighting a degenerating sense of ´nobodiness´ - then you will understand why we find it difficult to wait.´´ - Martin Luther King, Jr. - from Letter from Birmingham Jail, April, 1963. ´´I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ´We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.´...I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.´´ - Martin Luther King, Jr., from his I Have a Dream Speech, August, 1963. Dr. King has waited long enough! It´s time for us to come together and make his dream come true. Roberta Grimes is a small-business attorney and an afterlife researcher. Kelley Glover is a singer and music instructor whose ´´U BETTER Sing!´´ program teaches children the joy of sight-singing from the heart. We hope you will join us in coming together to end forever all racial divisions. Dr. King´s dream still beckons to us. Now the future can begin! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Roberta Grimes, Kelley Glover. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/083138/bk_acx0_083138_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A thrilling tale of encounters with nature´s masters of biochemistry. In Venomous, molecular biologist Christie Wilcox investigates venoms and the animals that use them, revealing how they work, what they do to the human body, and how they can revolutionize biochemistry and medicine today. Wilcox takes us from the coast of Indonesia to the rainforests of Peru in search of the secrets of these mysterious animals. We encounter jellyfish that release microscopic venom-packed darts known to kill humans in just two minutes, a two-inch caterpillar with toxic bristles that trigger hemorrhaging throughout the body, and a stunning blue-ringed octopus with saliva capable of inducing total paralysis. How could an animal as simple as a jellyfish evolve such an intricate, deadly poison? And how can a snake possess enzymes that tear through tissue yet leave its own body unscathed? Wilcox meets the fearless scientists who often risk their lives studying these lethal beasts to find out and puts her own life on the line to examine these species up close. Drawing on her own research on venom chemistry and evolution, she also shows how venom is helping us untangle the complex mechanisms of some of our most devastating diseases. Venomous reveals that the animals we fear the most actually hold the keys to a deeper understanding of evolution, adaptation, and immunity. Thrilling and surprising at every turn, Venomous will change the way you think about our natural world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Emily Rankin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/004724/bk_rand_004724_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The work Austria´s premier design and fabrication shop-specializing in modern and sophisticated objects for the home in bronze, horn, wood, wicker, leather, and glass for over a century-is collected in Carl Auböck: The Workshop. The Werkstätte (Workshop) Carl Auböck was founded in the 19th century-one of many workshops in Vienna specializing in bronze-casting. However, Carl Auböck II (1900-1957) was one of the very few Viennese students who attended the Bauhaus in post-World War I Weimar, and when he returned to the Workshop he brought inspiration from this new design movement. Expert craftsmanship and superior quality materials such as hand-sewn leather, polished bronze, and various woods became the signature of the Bauhaus-inspired Auböck Workshop and many of their whimsical, modernist designs stand out as prescient objets d´art. Carrying on generations of the Workshop tradition, son Carl Auböck III (1924-1993) and grandson Carl Auböck IV (born 1954) were instrumental in forging ahead with new ideas and designs while preserving the quality craftsmanship and integrity of the Workshop which today remains among the last of its kind. Despite designing over 6,000 original objects and pieces of furniture in the early to mid-20th century, Auböck somehow has eluded the spotlight and the Workshop´s products remain cult objects of desire, cherished quietly by design greats and savvy collectors. More incredibly, only one quarter of the Workshop´s designs have been documented, leaving an astounding 4,000 objects yet to be ´´discovered.´´ Carl Auböck: The Workshop documents hundreds of signature Workshop objects culled from exclusive private collections, and brings us into the Workshop itself with contemporary photographs, interviews with Carl Auböck IV, and historical documents and photographs depicting the Workshop´s historic legacy. ´´...The strange and luminous world of the Viennese designer Carl Auböck (1900-57). A master of elemental materials like brass, leather, wood and horn, Auböck had a flair for exquisitely turned curios-paperweights, corkscrews, pipe holders-that still exert a magnetic pull... His larger works-Nakashima-like free-edge wooden tables with spindly brass legs, leather-sling magazine racks, gooseneck lamps that evoke alien plant life from 1950s sci-fi flicks-have their fans. But...the smaller household and office objects from the 1940s and ´50s have made Auböck a full-blown cult hero. Beloved by contemporaries like Charles and Ray Eames and Walter Gropius, these pieces are now hunted down by collectors the likes of Michael Maharam and Diane von Furstenberg.´´ - The New York Times, T Magazine, ´´Brass in Pocket, Carl Auböck´s Exquisite Curios,´´ May 20, 2010