A strong, silent stranger rides into the lawless lands of the western frontier, battles horse thieves, deals with unyielding scoundrels, and wins the heart of a schoolmarm. Owen Wister´s 1902 classic---the first great novel of the American West---is rich in moral drama and vernacular wit. His hero---like knights of old---lives by an enduring code of chivalry and is governed by quiet courage and a deep sense of honor. Set in the vast Wyoming territory, this masterpiece helped establish the code of the West and its stereotypical characters: the genteel but brave cowboy, the pretty spinster from back East, and villains beyond redemption. The novel is also on record for incorporating the first known ´´shootout´´ in American literature. In 1977, The Virginian was voted by the Western American Writers as the greatest western novel of all time. Brimming with action, romance, and atmosphere, it remains a classic of frontier fiction. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Pruden. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/001765/bk_tant_001765_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Cowboy stories and movies about the Wild West are full of amazing characters. Yet many of the lawmen we think of as heroes were anything but - some were violent scoundrels and outlaws themselves. Among all the lawmen of the frontier, one man stands out as a true hero: Bass Reeves. In his day, Bass Reeves was the most successful federal marshal in the United States. True to the mythical code of the West, he never drew his gun first. He rounded up hundreds of outlaws and was shot at countless times but was never hit. Bass Reeves was born into slavery. And though the laws of his country enslaved him and his mother, when he became a free man he served the law with such courage and honor that he was known and respected all over the Indian Territory. Gary Paulsen’s dramatic account of the life of Bass Reeves, through stories both real and imagined, makes him come alive as a boy and a man. Listeners will truly understand why he became a legend. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dion Graham. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/002718/bk_brll_002718_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This Raging Bull Publishing box set contains four classic western books by Zane Grey, including: The Young Lion Hunter (1911) Ken Ward encounters mustangs he must ride, a pack of hounds the likes of which he had never seen before, Native Americans who he comes to appreciate with a new awareness, and landscape so wild and primitive it takes the breath away in the Grand Canyon. To the Last Man (1921) An ancient feud between two frontier families is inflamed when one of the families takes up cattle rustling. In the grip of their relentless code of loyalty, they fight a war in Tonto Basin, desperately, doggedly, neither side seeing the futility of the conflict. Surrounded by this volatile environment, young Jean finds himself hopelessly in love with a girl from whom he is separated by an impassable barrier. Wildfire (1917) Horse hunter Lin Sloan never wanted anything more than the wild stallion he called Wildfire. Lucy Bostil found the horse and the unconscious man who had roped him. She saved both their lives and took Sloan´s heart in the process. Now, another man wants Lucy and the horse - and will stop at nothing short of killing to get them. The Rustlers of Pecos County (1914) Set in lawless Western Texas in the time when outlaws were the law, no real crime went to court, and good citizens were terrorized. The Texas Rangers were fighting for support against a gang of rustlers. Visit www.RagingBullPublishing.com - the home of westerns. 1. Language: English. Narrator: George Utley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/103814/bk_acx0_103814_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´The 26th of October, 1881, will always be marked as one of the crimson days in the annals of Tombstone, a day when blood flowed as water, and human life was held as a shuttle cock, a day to be remembered as witnessing the bloodiest and deadliest street fight that has ever occurred in this place, or probably in the Territory.´´ - The Tombstone Nugget Space may be the final frontier, but no frontier has ever captured the American imagination like the ´´Wild West´´, which still evokes images of dusty cowboys, outlaws, gunfights, gamblers, and barroom brawls over 100 years after the West was settled. A constant fixture in American pop culture, the 19th century American West continues to be vividly and colorful portrayed not just as a place but as a state of mind. In Charles River Editors´ Legends of the West series, readers can get caught up to speed on the lives of America´s most famous frontier figures in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known. The Wild West has made legends out of many men through the embellishment of their stories, but one of the most colorful stories of them all is the fateful Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. The West´s most famous gunfight, the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral involved two of the West´s most legendary figures, and though the gunfight lasted less than a minute, it is still widely remembered as the climactic event of the period, representing lawlessness and justice, vendettas, and a uniquely Western moral code. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Zarbock. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/036396/bk_acx0_036396_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this dark and gripping sci-fi noir, an exiled police detective arrives at a lunar penal colony just as a psychotic android begins a murderous odyssey across the far side of the moon. Purgatory is the lawless moon colony of eccentric billionaire Fletcher Brass: a mecca for war criminals, murderers, sex fiends, and adventurous tourists. You can´t find better drugs, cheaper plastic surgery, or a more ominous travel advisory anywhere in the universe. But trouble is brewing in Brass´ black-market heaven. When an exiled cop arrives in this wild new frontier, he immediately finds himself investigating a string of ruthless assassinations in which Brass himself and his equally ambitious daughter are the chief suspects. Meanwhile, 2,000 kilometers away, an amnesiac android, Leonardo Black, rampages across the lunar surface. Programmed with only the notorious ´´Brass Code´´ - a compendium of corporate laws that would make Ayn Rand blush - Black has only one goal in mind: to find Purgatory and conquer it. Visual, visceral, and tons of fun, The Dark Side fuses hard science with brutal crime and lunar adventure. It´s an intense, stylish, and action-packed thriller with a body count to match. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Steve West. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/007545/bk_sans_007545_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 2010, scientists led by J. Craig Venter became the first to successfully create ´´synthetic life´´ - putting humankind at the threshold of the most important and exciting phase of biological research, one that will enable us to actually write the genetic code for designing new species to help us adapt and evolve for long-term survival. The science of synthetic genomics will have a profound impact on human existence, including chemical and energy generation, health, clean water and food production, environmental control, and possibly even our evolution. In Life at the Speed of Light, Venter presents a fascinating and authoritative study of this emerging field from the inside-detailing its origins, current challenges and controversies, and projected effects on our lives. This scientific frontier provides an opportunity to ponder anew the age-old question ´´What is life?´´ and examine what we really mean by ´´playing God.´´ Life at the Speed of Light is a landmark work, written by a visionary at the dawn of a new era of biological engineering. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bob Souer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/003323/bk_tant_003323_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Author Bob Buford called them ´´code breakers´´. They are people age 40 and older who have pioneered the art of finishing well in these modern times, and who can teach us to do the same, starting today. Buford sought out 60 of these trailblazers - including Peter Drucker, Roger Staubach, Jim Collins, Ken Blanchard, and Dallas Willard - and has recorded their lively conversations so that they can serve as mentors for all of us. ´´Twenty years from now,´´ Buford writes, ´´the rules for this second adulthood as a productive season of life may be better known. But for now, we´re out across the frontier breaking new ground.´´ Buford gives you a chance to sit at the feet of these pioneers and learn from them about Finishing Well so that you may shift into a far more fulfilling life now, no matter your age. Create a life of significance that will be a legacy for future generations too. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Max Bloomquist. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/zond/000982/bk_zond_000982_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the first half of the fifth century, the Latin-speaking part of the Roman Empire suffered vast losses of territory to barbarian invaders. But in the Greek-speaking half of the Eastern Mediterranean, with its capital at Constantinople, there was a stable and successful system, using Latin as its official language, but communicating with its subjects in Greek. This book takes an inside look at how this system worked in the long reign of the pious Christian Emperor Theodosius II (408-50), and analyzes its largely successful defense of its frontiers, its internal coherence, and its relations with its subjects, with a flow of demands and suggestions traveling up the hierarchy to the Emperor, and a long series of laws, often set out in elaborately self-justificatory detail, addressed by the Emperor, through his officials, to the people. Above all, this book focuses on the Imperial mission to promote the unity of the Church, the State´s involvement in intensely-debated doctrinal questions, and the calling by the Emperor of two major Church Councils at Ephesus, in 431 and 449. Between the Law codes and the acts of the Church Councils, the material illustrating the working of government and the involvement of State and church, is incomparably richer, more detailed, and more vivid than for any previous period.
In the tradition of Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Susan Orlean’s The Orchid Thief, and Mark Kurlansky’s Cod - a renowned culinary adventurer goes into the woods with the iconoclasts and outlaws who seek the world’s most coveted ingredient...and one of nature’s last truly wild foods: the uncultivated, uncontrollable mushroom. Within the dark corners of America’s forests grow culinary treasures. Chefs pay top dollar to showcase these elusive and beguiling ingredients on their menus. Whether dressing up a filet mignon with smoky morels or shaving luxurious white truffles over pasta, the most elegant restaurants across the country now feature an abundance of wild mushrooms. The mushroom hunters, by contrast, are a rough lot. They live in the wilderness and move with the seasons. Motivated by Gold Rush desires, they haul improbable quantities of fungi from the woods for cash. Langdon Cook embeds himself in this shadowy subculture, reporting from both rural fringes and big-city eateries with the flair of a novelist, uncovering along the way what might be the last gasp of frontier-style capitalism. Meet Doug, an ex-logger and crabber - now an itinerant mushroom picker trying to pay his bills and stay out of trouble; and Jeremy, a former cook turned wild food entrepreneur, crisscrossing the continent to build a business amid cutthroat competition; their friend Matt, an up-and-coming chef whose kitchen alchemy is turning heads; and the woman who inspires them all. Rich with the science and lore of edible fungi - from seductive chanterelles to exotic porcini - The Mushroom Hunters is equal parts gonzo travelogue and culinary history lesson, a rollicking, character-driven tour through a world that is by turns secretive, dangerous, and tragically American. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Free. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/013906/bk_adbl_013906_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The ancient Greeks were explorers in many ways. They traveled to new places, creating colonies in strange lands far from their original homes. They were survivors. They were honorable thieves. They used their cunning to explore the frontiers of philosophy and they wrested from the chaos of the surrounding wilderness the building blocks of civilization. Though the Greeks were late to the game of writing, what they wrote became an important part of our world´s heritage. Greek heroes taught us many lessons, from Homer´s poetry about war and a warrior´s return home to the tales of Cadmus, Jason, Herakles and even Oedipus. The myths of Greek heroes give us a glimpse beyond the edge of history, into the lives of very real people. How much of their tales are true, we may never know. But this book will present their tales in a new light, hopefully making their experiences a bit more real and perhaps shining a light on what may have really happened behind the distortions of time and generations of misunderstanding. This audiobook is broken into four parts. The first will explore Greek heroes, what they were like and what they accomplished. The second part of the book will tackle Greek religion; the gods and goddesses which establish the backdrop against which Greek legends were formed. In the third part of the book, we take a close look at the myths of Greek monsters. And finally, in the fourth part, we explore the possible meaning behind the literal words of Greek mythology. Early in the written history of ancient Greece, we have the great Athenian lawgiver, Solon. He attempted to tame the unruly beast within the heart of each Greek hero. They were selfish, each and every one of them. But they also had a code of honor that helped them reign in their selfishness. Listen to this audiobook now! 1. Language: English. Narrator: JD Kelly. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/086109/bk_acx0_086109_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.