And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks:The Inspiration for Kill Your Darlings Jack Kerouac/ William S. Burroughs
Based on ´´Travels in West Africa´´ by Mary Kingsley, this is the account of a Victorian lady´s journeys up the rivers of West Africa in the 1890s. AUTHOR: Mary Kingsley was born in 1862. She was trapped by the conventions of her time until her parents died but then, with an income of £500, she was free to travel and in 1893 went to Africa. Travelling alone in small steamers and native canoes, which she learned to handle, she went deep into the jungle, learning about the spiritual lives of the African tribes and collecting specimens of fish for the British Museum. Her books were popular, funny and contentious and her views on missionaries were trenchant. After publishing her first book Mary Kingsley returned to West Africa. During the Boer War she worked in the military hospitals in South Africa where she died of typhus. ADAPTER: Nick McCarty has been a professional writer for forty years and has written for television shows such as Bergerac, The Onedin Line, The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Z-Cars and General Hospital. He has also scripted award-winning radio drama adaptations including A Tale of Two Cities, Dan Dare, Hard Times, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Dracula as well as many original plays for both the BBC and Commercial Radio. READER: Philippa Urquhart has been a member of The Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. She has worked extensively in Repertory Theatres across England and Scotland, and has appeared in London´s West End. Her many TV credits include Lillian Cartland in Tenko, and Miss Briggs in Vanity Fair, for the BBC. Films include Laughter In The Dark and Children Of Men. Her one woman show The Turn Of The Screw, adapted from the famous ghost story by Henry James, continues to tour successfully across the UK and worldwide. MUSIC: The drums are played by children from the Kakua Primary School, Sierra Leone. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Philippa Urquhart. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/crim/000001/bk_crim_000001_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
THE ACCLAIMED INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER The unbelievable true story of the Cold War´s strangest proxy war, fought between the zoos on either side of the Berlin Wall. Living in West Berlin in the 1960s often felt like living in a zoo, everyone packed together behind a wall, with the world always watching. On the other side of the Iron Curtain, the East Berlin zoo was spacious and lush, a socialist utopia where everything was perfectly planned...and then rarely successfully finished. Berlin´s two zoos quickly became symbols of the divided city´s two halves. And so no one was terribly surprised when the head zookeepers on either side started an animal arms race—rather than stockpiling nuclear warheads, competing to have the most pandas and hippos. Soon, state funds were being quietly diverted to give these new animals lavish welcomes worthy of visiting dignitaries. West German presidential candidates were talking about zoo policy on the campaign trail. And eventually politicians on both side of the Wall became convinced that if their zoo were proved to be inferior, then that would mean their country´s whole ideology was too. A quirky piece of Cold War history unlike anything you´ve heard before, The Zookeepers´ War is an epic tale of desperate rivalries, human follies, and an animal-mad city in which zookeeping became a way of continuing politics by other means.
In the early 20th century, the United States government concocted a plan to import hippopotamuses into the marshlands of Louisiana to be bred and slaughtered as an alternative meat source. This is true. Other true things about hippos: They are savage, they are fast, and their jaws can snap a man in two. This was a terrible plan. Contained within this volume is an 1890s America that might have been: a bayou overrun by feral hippos and mercenary hippo wranglers from around the globe. It is the story of Winslow Houndstooth and his crew. It is the story of their fortunes. It is the story of his revenge. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Peter Berkrot. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/008280/bk_tant_008280_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A few months ago, Winslow Houndstooth put together the damnedest crew of outlaws, assassins, cons, and saboteurs on either side of the Harriet for a history-changing caper. Together, they conspired to blow the dam that choked the Mississippi and funnel the hordes of feral hippos contained within downriver to finally give America back its greatest waterway. Songs are sung of their exploits, many with a haunting refrain: ´´And not a soul escaped alive.´´ In the aftermath of the Harriet catastrophe, that crew has scattered to the winds. Some hunt the missing lovers they refuse to believe have died. Others band together to protect a precious infant and a peaceful future. All of them struggle with who they´ve become after a long life of theft, murder, deception, and general disinterest in the strictures of the law. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Peter Berkrot. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/008417/bk_tant_008417_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Augustine of Hippo´s masterpiece The City of God is one of the greatest books ever written, yet its size - nearly 1,000 pages - too often intimidates even serious readers. Composed in the years after the sack of Rome in the fifth century, it ushers you on an astounding historical and theological journey through the final years of the ancient world. What made this book so powerful? What mysteries lie within it? What relevance does the 1,600-year-old text have for our world today? And how should contemporary readers approach this monumental text? Now is your chance to answer these questions and more with this profound survey of one of the world´s truly great books. Over the course of 24 in-depth lectures, Professor Mathewes guides you chapter by chapter through Augustine´s magnum opus, introducing you not only to the book´s key arguments but also to the historical context necessary to comprehend The City of God´s true power. Here, you´ll discover that Augustine was a surprisingly modern man with a clear-eyed outlook on a world in transition - and whose ideas continue to influence us today. Witness how he wrestled with some of the thorniest philosophical challenges of any time, including the problem of evil, faith versus reason, fate versus free will, and the very nature of God. Although there are no easy answers, Augustine´s approach is ultimately therapeutic, helping readers live ´´happy in hope´´, which, he argues, is the only true happiness in a fallen world. Whether you come to this book as a Christian, a philosopher, a historian, a literature lover, or simply someone who wants fresh insight into our world today, Augustine will revolutionize the way you think about politics, religion, history, and our relationship to the divine. Professor Mathewes delivers a magnificent introduction to one of the world´s truly great books. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be ava 1. Language: English. Narrator: Charles Mathewes. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tcco/000451/bk_tcco_000451_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An assortment of 10 modern day fables starring a variety of animals which include: hippos, sparrows, snow leopards, swordfish, anacondas, moles, ducks, kangaroos, rabbits, penguins, and more. For five-year-olds of any age. These are well worth the listen! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rae Dornan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/023958/bk_acx0_023958_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An assortment of 10 modern day fables starring a variety of animals which include: hippos, sparrows, snow leopards, swordfish, anacondas, moles, ducks, kangaroos, rabbits, penguins, and more. For five-year-olds of any age. These are well worth the listen! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rae Dornan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/023959/bk_acx0_023959_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The new Stanley Hastings mystery caper takes the ever-loquacious private detective on safari in Zambia - what could possibly go wrong? Stanley Hastings on safari? I don´t think so. Neither did Stanley, until Alice´s small inheritance - coupled with scrimping on a few luxuries like food and rent - allowed them to book a group trip to Zambia. Now the New York PI is hiking with lions, canoeing with hippos, and having close encounters with elephants and giraffes. It´s a dangerous safari. The leader is a reckless, gung-ho great white hunter who delights in leaping from the jeep with a hearty, ´´Come on, gang, let´s see where this lion is going!´´ And a series of bizarre accidents quickly dwindles the group´s numbers. Why was the guide´s young spotter foolish enough to walk under a sausage fruit tree just as one of the huge fruits fell? And how did the leaves of a poisonous plant wind up in tourist’s salad? Are these really accidents? A stabbing tips the scale. It´s murder, and the only policeman in a hundred miles is a park ranger whose only murder case was that of an ivory poacher shot dead in plain sight. It´s up to Stanley to crack the case - if he can just avoid being eaten by a lion. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Johnny Heller. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/007080/bk_blak_007080_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.