Guide to the Transliteration of Hindu and Muhammadan Names in the Bengal Army (Classic Reprint): Charles James Lyall
A transport plane carrying an important Taliban detainee for interrogation is shot down in a blizzard over the Hindu Kush. The storm makes rescue impossible, and for two people -navigator Michael Parson and a woman Army interpreter, Sergeant Golda battle for survival begins across some of the most forbidding terrain on earth against not only the hazards of nature, but the treacheries of man: the Taliban stalking them; the villagers, whose loyalty is unknown; and a prisoner who would very much like the three of them to be caught. All Parson and Golda have is each other, to stay alive. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Brick. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/001568/bk_peng_001568_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Explorer and gifted writer, William Beebe escapes from the violence of World War 1 into the jungle of British Guiana. As a naturalist, ornithologist, marine biologist, entomologist, he finds in the jungle a different kind of violence provided by nature. Beebe´s curiosity, patience and powers of observation focus on and magnify nature’s raw details revealing the huge drama being played out in the tropical jungle. From, his adventures aboard ship, the Hoatzin, a rare bird that never leaves home, hordes of Army Ants on the attack, a snakes crawling at night, the Hindu immigrants who work the plantations, the building of a new road by convicts, Beebe colorfully describes a true adventure observing nature. William Beebe is one of the founders of the field of ecology and an early advocate for conservation. When wrote Jungle Peace, he was the curator of Birds at New York Zoological Park and was director of the Tropical Research Station. Some years later, he was the first biologist to observe deepsea life in the original underwater Bathysphere. There are 11 chapters in Jungle Peace, plus an enthusiastic Review by Theodore Roosevelt.´´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andre Stojka. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lten/000007/bk_lten_000007_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Moonstone (1868) by Wilkie Collins is a 19th-century British epistolary novel. It is generally considered to be the first detective novel, and it established many of the ground rules of the modern detective novel. The story was originally serialised in Charles Dickens´ magazine All the Year Round. ´´The Moonstone and ´´The Woman in White´´ are widely considered to be Collins´ best novels, and Collins adapted ´´The Moonstone´´ for the stage in 1877, although the production was performed for only two months.The Moonstone of the title is a diamond, not to be confused with the semi-precious moonstone gem. It gained its name from its association with the Hindu god of the moon Chandra. It was said to be protected by hereditary guardians on the orders of Vishnu, and to wax and wane in brilliance along with the light of the moon. Rachel Verinder, a young English woman, inherits a large Indian diamond on her eighteenth birthday. It is a legacy from her uncle, a corrupt British army officer who served in India. The diamond is of great religious significance as well as being extremely valuable, and three Hindu priests have dedicated their lives to recovering it. The story incorporates elements of the legendary origins of the Hope Diamond (or perhaps the Orloff Diamond or the Koh-i-Noor diamond). Rachel´s eighteenth birthday is celebrated with a large party, at which the guests include her cousin Franklin Blake. She wears the Moonstone on her dress that evening for all to see, including some Indian jugglers who have called at the house. Later that night, the diamond is stolen from Rachel´s bedroom, and a period of turmoil, unhappiness, misunderstandings and ill-luck ensues.Told by a series of narratives from some of the main characters, the complex plot traces the subsequent efforts to explain the theft, identify the thief, trace the stone and recover it. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Carol Phillips. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/edel/007705/bk_edel_007705_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A cardboard box is found on a shelf of a London library. When the mystified librarian opens it, she screams before she falls unconscious to the floor. Within the labyrinthine recesses of the Vatican, a beautiful assassin swears she will eliminate all who do not believe in her twisted credo. An elite army of thirteen calling itself the Lashkare Talatashar has scattered around the globe. The fate of its members curiously resembles that of Christ and his Apostles. Their agenda is Armageddon. A Hindu astrologer spots a conjunction of the stars and nods to himself in grim realization of the end of the world. In Tibet a group of Buddhist monks searches for a reincarnation, much in the way their ancestors searched Judea for the Son of God. In strife-torn Kashmir, a tomb called Rozabal holds the key to a riddle that arises in Jerusalem and gets answered at Vaishno Devi. In The Rozabal Line, a thriller swirling between continents and centuries, Ashwin Sanghi traces a pattern that curls backward to the violent birth of religion itself. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sanjiv Jhaveri. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/028013/bk_adbl_028013_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In combat, men measure up. Or don´t. There are no second chances. In this vivid account of the U.S. Army´s legendary 10th Mountain Division´s heroic stand in the mountains of Afghanistan, Captain Sean Parnell shares an action-packed and highly emotional true story of triumph, tragedy, and the extraordinary bonds forged in battle. At 24 years of age, U.S. Army Ranger Sean Parnell was named commander of a forty-man elite infantry platoon - a unit that came to be known as the Outlaws - and was tasked with rooting out Pakistan-based insurgents from a mountain valley along Afghanistan´s eastern frontier. Parnell and his men assumed they would be facing a ragtag bunch of civilians, but in May 2006 what started out as a routine patrol through the lower mountains of the Hindu Kush became a brutal ambush. Barely surviving the attack, Parnell´s men now realized that they faced the most professional and seasoned force of light infantry the U.S. Army had encountered since the end of World War II. What followed was 16 months of close combat, over the course of which the platoon became Parnell´s family: from Staff Sergeant Greg Greeson, the wise, chain-smoking veteran who never lost his cool; to Specialist Robert Pinholt, a buttoned-down conservative with the heart of a warrior and the mind of an economist; to Staff Sergeant Phil Baldwin, the platoon´s voice of calm and reason, a man who sacrificed everything following the events of 9/11 - career, home, financial stability - to serve his country. But the cost of battle was high for these men: Over 80 percent were wounded in action, putting their casualty rate among the highest since Gettysburg, and not all of them made it home. A searing and unforgettable story of friendship in battle, Outlaw Platoon brings to life the intensity and raw emotion of those 16 months, showing how the fight reshaped the lives of Parnell and his men and how the love and faith they found in one another ultimatel 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ray Porter. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/002764/bk_harp_002764_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Volume 93, Number 5. In this issue: ´´Pitchfork Politics´´, by Yascha Mounk. The Tea Party and its European cousins have emerged from the enduring inability of democratic governments to satisfy their citizens´ needs. Today´s populist movements won´t subside until the legitimate grievances driving them have been addressed. ´´Crashing the Party´´, by David Frum. Three big trends - a growing reliance on older voters, an extremist ideological turn, and an increasing internal rigidity - have changed the Republican Party over the past decade, weakening its ability to win presidential elections and inhibiting its ability to govern. ´´Halfway There´´, by Michael Kazin. Why are gay rights advancing while organized labor retreats? Because of a long-term trend in which the American left has largely succeeded in pushing its social agenda but not its economic one. ´´The Right Stuff´´, by Byron York. A loose confederation of conservative thinkers and politicians is developing a new strategy for reaching out to the American middle class. These reformers could save the Republican Party - if only they could win over their fellow conservatives. ´´A Woman of the People´´, by Michael Tomasky. Divisions among Democrats exist just like they do among Republicans, but have largely festered beneath the surface for lack of a spokesperson to challenge the party´s economic elites. In Elizabeth Warren, grassroots Democrats may have found their champion. Essays: ´´Why the Ukraine Crisis Is the West´s Fault´´, by John J. Mearsheimer; ´´Prink Less but Transfer More´´, by Mark Blyth and Eric Lonergan; ´´An Army to Defeat Assad´´, by Kenneth M. Pollack; ´´Leaders Indicating´´, by Ruchir Sharma; ´´Passage to India´´, by Nicholas Burns. Reviews & Responses: ´´Can´t Buy Me Love´´, by John Osburg; ´´The Triumph of the Hindu Right´´, by Ananya Vajpeyi; ´´Success Stories´´, by Paul Kennedy. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Stillwell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/peri/000042/pe_peri_000042_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Former ranger Jack Smith watched an Army bio-warfare experiment go horribly wrong in an Afghan village in 2001, escaping only after he turned to a makeshift mace and bayonet to destroy the skulls of the infected creatures that bullets to the chest could not stop. With the traumatic experience seared into his mind, he earned his PhD, in ancient history and began developing medieval weapons-making skills after he left the service. When the virus broke free from the Hindu-Kush Mountains a decade later and rapidly spread across the globe, Jack knew how to fight the monsters created by the infection: 21st-century technology combined with deadly medieval tactics and weaponry. Jack and his former squad mates lead a resistance against a zombie apocalypse in a crusade to ensure humanity´s survival. 1. Language: English. Narrator: J.W. Vohs. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/043215/bk_acx0_043215_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
For more than a decade, Ryan Kealey has been a key player in the war on terror. First, as a captain in the U.S. Army´s third Special Forces Group, then as a contract operative with the CIA. His actions have saved thousands of lives, including that of the U.S. president. Now, once again, Kealey receives the call of duty - only this time, the odds for success are slim to none. Tensions between Pakistan and India are at an all-time high. To complicate matters, 12 American climbers have disappeared in the snow-capped peaks of Pakistan´s Hindu Kush range. The president is demanding answers, but neither government is supplying them. As the conflict escalates, Brynn Fitzgerald departs Washington D.C. on her first official trip as acting secretary of state. Her goal is to serve as an intermediary between the leaders of both nations as well as to ensure all efforts are being made in the search for the missing American climbers. But when Fitzgerald´s motorcade is ambushed on the outskirts of Islamabad, her back-up team arrives to discover a disastrous scene: dozens are dead, including seven diplomatic security agents, and the secretary of state has vanished without a trace. In the wake of the unprecedented attack, Kealey´s operation goes into high gear. Once again, he is joined by Naomi Kharmai, the British-born analyst who has taken on a daring new role with the Agency. But Kharmai is becoming as unpredictable as the man they´re going after, and as they work their way toward the target, it becomes clear to Kealey that anyone is fair game - and no one can be trusted. 1. Language: English. Narrator: J. Charles. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/000162/bk_brll_000162_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The idea of ´civilisation´ has always been debated, even fought over. At the heart of those debates lies the big question of how people - from prehistory to the present day - have depicted themselves and others, both human and divine. Distinguished historian Mary Beard explores how art has shaped, and been shaped by, the people who created it. How have we looked at these images? Why have they sometimes been so contentious? In part one, she examines how the human figure was portrayed in some of the earliest art in the world - from the gigantic stone heads carved by the Olmec of Central America to the statues and pottery of the ancient Greeks to the terracotta army of the first emperor of China. And she explains how one particular version of representing the human body, which goes back to the ancient world, still influences (and sometimes distorts) how people in the West see their own culture and that of others. Throughout this story, she is concerned not only with the artists who made images but with those who have used them, viewed them and interpreted them. In other words: How Do We Look? In part two, Mary Beard turns to the relationship between art and religion. For centuries, religion has inspired art: from the Hindu temple at Angkor Wat to the Christian mosaics of Ravenna to the exquisite calligraphy of Islamic mosques. But making the divine visible in the human world has never been simple. All religions have wrestled with idolatry and iconoclasm, destroying art as well as creating it - and asking how to look with The Eye of Faith. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mary Beard. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/twuk/002079/bk_twuk_002079_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.