´´Until the lion has its own storyteller, tales of the lion hunt will always glorify the hunter.” -Zimbabwean proverb In 2015, an American hunter named Walter Palmer shot and killed a lion named Cecil. The lion was one of dozens slain each year in Zimbabwe, which legally licenses the hunting of big cats. But Cecil’s death sparked unprecedented global outrage, igniting thousands of media reports about the peculiar circumstances surrounding this hunt. At the center of the controversy was Dr. Andrew Loveridge, the zoologist who had studied Cecil for eight years. In Lion Hearted, Loveridge pieces together, for the first time, the fascinating life and murky details of this beloved lion’s slaying. In the tradition of Born Free and Gorillas in the Mist, Lion Hearted chronicles Loveridge’s long acquaintance with a host of charismatic lions that his team has tracked, often from birth to death. Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Loveridge learned to love predators at the knee of his father, an eminent herpetologist who stored baby crocodiles in the family bathtub. After earning his doctorate at Oxford, he seized an invitation to study the lions of Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park. There he meets Stumpy Tail, who, despite her name, has the dignity of the Queen of the Animal Kingdom; Dynamite, a venerable coalition leader who, muscled out by younger males, sets off on an incredible 37-day, 137-mile journey to find a new home; and Kataza, who escapes another lion’s claws, and whom Loveridge twice saves from death at the hands of humans. And, of course, there is Cecil. Dethroned in an epic battle, he forms an alliance with a former rival. He also becomes a favorite of photographers and tourists - until the fateful night when a Minnesota dentist and his hunting guide entice the trusting cat with a free meal. Loveridge unravels the complexities of lion society and the dangers the cats face both within 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephen Graybill. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/033842/bk_adbl_033842_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Cecil McGee and Turner ´´Bubba´´ Teague are two slacker good old boys who rent a double-wide trailer in Azle, Texas. One night at their favorite watering hole, the boys accidentally run over the dog of Rosalita, a local gypsy with a fiery temper. She curses them on the spot. ´´You shall be plagued by the strange and evil until the end of your days!´´ Soon after that, the boys were menaced first by a sultry demon and then next by a terror not of this earth. Redneck Curse collects the tales ´´Cecil & Bubba meet a Succubus´´ and ´´Cecil & Bubba meet the Thang´´. Also included is a bonus preview of ´´Southern-Fried Hex´´, a massive Cecil & Bubba collection that is currently under construction. Redneck Curse is a perfect horror/comedy starter kit for those who like Southern seasonings on their terror! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gene Blake. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/042871/bk_acx0_042871_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Six gentlemen, one goal: the destruction of Hitler´s war machine In the spring of 1939, a top-secret organization was founded in London: Its purpose was to plot the destruction of Hitler´s war machine through spectacular acts of sabotage. The guerrilla campaign that followed was every bit as extraordinary as the six men who directed it. One of them, Cecil Clarke, was a maverick engineer who had spent the 1930s inventing futuristic caravans. Now his talents were put to more devious use: He built the dirty bomb used to assassinate Hitler´s favorite, Reinhard Heydrich. Another, William Fairbairn, was a portly pensioner with an unusual passion: He was the world´s leading expert in silent killing, hired to train the guerrillas being parachuted behind enemy lines. Led by dapper Scotsman Colin Gubbins, these men - along with three others - formed a secret inner circle that, aided by a group of formidable ladies, single-handedly changed the course of the Second World War: a cohort handpicked by Winston Churchill whom he called his Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare. Churchill´s Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare is a gripping and vivid narrative of adventure and derring-do that is also, perhaps, the last great untold story of the Second World War. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Giles Milton. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aren/002420/bk_aren_002420_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this rich new audio production, acclaimed British American actress Rebecca Hall brings one of E. M. Forster´s most admired works to life in this classic tale of human struggle. A charming young Englishwoman, Lucy Honeychurch, is wooed by both free-spirited George Emerson and wealthy Cecil Vyse while vacationing in Italy. Though attracted to George, Lucy becomes engaged to Cecil despite twice turning down his proposals. On hearing of the news, George confesses his love, leaving Lucy torn between marrying the more socially acceptable Cecil or George, the man she knows would bring her true happiness. Should Lucy choose social acceptance or true love? It´s both the quintessential Edwardian love story and a classic piece of social comedy, in which Forster is concerned with one of his favorite themes: the ´´undeveloped heart´´ of the English middle classes, here represented by a group of tourists and expatriates in Florence. Forster´s disapproval of the era´s restrictive conventions is reflected through his strong observation of character and society. A Room with a View was ranked 79th on the Modern Library´s list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. The 1985 film adaptation by James Ivory won three Oscars. Narrator Biography Rebecca Hall is an award-winning British-American actress with extensive credits in stage and screen, including leading roles in Christine, Professor Marston & the Wonder Women, Frost/Nixon, and Vicky Christina Barcelona. As the daughter of two theater veterans - the stage director and Royal Shakespeare Company founder Peter Hall and the opera singer Maria Ewing - Rebecca began acting from an early age, and her mastery of the craft is on full display in her nuanced performance of A Room With a View, her debut audiobook narration. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rebecca Hall. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/023691/bk_adbl_023691_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A great journey… A new love… A dark secret revealed. Evreux, France, 1788: Before she is Zoey’s favorite professor and the House of Night’s powerful horse mistress… Lenobia is just a normal 16-year-old girl – with enough problems to last a lifetime. As the illegitimate daughter of a powerful baron, she has never quite belonged, and instead has to watch her spoiled half-sister, Cecile, get anything she wants. As if that’s not enough, her remarkable beauty draws unwanted attention wherever she goes. For once, she would like to just fit in. But when fate intervenes, Lenobia suddenly finds herself surrounded by other girls, on a ship bound for New Orleans, where they will be married off to the city’s richest Frenchmen. And they’re not alone…. An evil bishop who is skilled in Dark magic makes the same journey. His appetite for lovely young women makes him dangerous – most of all to Lenobia, who caught his eye back in France. So she remains hidden, making secret visits to the ship’s stables, where a handsome young man and his beautiful Percheron horses soon capture her attention. Will they make it to land before the bishop discovers her true identity and a powerful evil breaks loose? And will Lenobia follow her heart, even if it puts lives at risk? Find out more about one of your favorite professors in the next heart-thumping House of Night novella. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Caitlin Davies. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aren/001370/bk_aren_001370_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This is the story of Elizabeth I´s inner circle and the crucial human relationships which lay at the heart of her personal and political life. Using a wide range of original sources - including private letters, portraits, verse, drama, and state papers - Susan Doran provides a vivid and often dramatic account of political life in Elizabethan England and the queen at its center. Doran offers a deeper insight into Elizabeth´s emotional and political conduct, and challenges many of the popular myths that have grown up around her. It is a story replete with fascinating questions. What was the true nature of Elizabeth´s relationship with her father, Henry VIII - especially after his execution of her mother? How close was she to her half-brother Edward VI - and were relations with her half-sister Mary really as poisonous as is popularly assumed? And what of her relationship with her Stewart cousins, most famously with Mary Queen of Scots, executed on Elizabeth´s orders in 1587, but also with Mary´s son James VI of Scotland, later to succeed Elizabeth as her chosen successor? Elizabeth´s relations with her family were crucial, but just as crucial were her relations with her courtiers and her councilors. Here again, the story raises a host of fascinating questions. Was the queen really sexually jealous of her maids of honor? Did physically attractive male favorites dominate her court? What does her long and intimate relationship with the Earl of Leicester reveal about her character, personality, and attitude to marriage? What can the fall of Essex tell us about Elizabeth´s political management in the final years of her reign? And what was the true nature of her personal and political relationship with influential and long-serving councilors such as the Cecils and Sir Francis Walsingham? And how did courtiers and councilors deal with their demanding royal mistress? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joanna Daniel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/023510/bk_adbl_023510_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.