THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Could you leave behind all that you know and live in solitude for three decades? This is the extraordinary story of the last true hermit - Christopher Knight. ´This was a breath-taking book to read and many weeks later I am still thinking about the implications for our society and - by extension - for my own life´ Sebastian Junger, bestselling author of The Perfect Storm ´A wry meditation on one man´s attempt to escape life´s distractions and look inwards, to find meaning not by doing, but by being´ Martin Sixsmith, bestselling author of Philomena and Ayesha´s Gift ´Not all heroes wear capes. My latest one is a man called Christopher Knight - a silent idol for anyone who has felt the urge to just sack it all off and live the life of a hermit´ Lucy Mangan, Stylist ´ An extraordinary story about solitude, community, identity and freedom´ Guardian In 1986, twenty-year-old Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the woods. He would not speak to another human being until three decades later when he was arrested for stealing food. Christopher survived by his wits and courage, developing ingenious ways to store food and water in order to avoid freezing to death in his tent during the harsh Maine winters. He broke into nearby cottages for food, clothes, reading material and other provisions, taking only what he needed. In the process, he unwittingly terrified a community unable to solve the mysterious burglaries. Myths abounded amongst the locals eager to find this legendary hermit. Based on extensive interviews with Knight himself, this is a vividly detailed account of his secluded life and the challenges he faced returning to the world. The Stranger in the Woods is a riveting story of survival that asks fundamental questions about solitude and what makes for a good life. Above all, this is a deeply moving portrait of a man determined to live life his own way.
The Triune´s attention is a deadly thing to attract. The world´s oldest and most powerful vampire queens devise a plan to ensure the fledgling Isador queen is eliminated before she can call enough Blood to protect her. But Shara has already drawn formidable and famously powerful Blood to her side: Leviathan, king of the depths; Guillaume de Payne, the headless Templar knight; Wu Tien Xin, the silent invisible assassin; Nevarre, the Morrigan´s own Shadow; and, of course, her first two Blood, Alrik and Daire, inexperienced, but extremely powerful in their own right. Though well fed on queen´s blood and well loved, six Blood are not enough to stand against the mighty Triune. Shara needs more. She needs more Blood. She needs allies. What she really needs is a queen of her own. Contains mature themes. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tristan James, Cassandra Myles. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/011568/bk_tant_011568_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Discover the debut everyone´s raving about, with starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal! This could work, whispered the little voice in the back of her mind, the voice that had been silent for seven years.... She sought solace in solitude. Years ago, former Marine Captain Cecily Knight fled her dark past and the nightmares forever haunting her nights. Alone in the remote Canadian wilderness, she survives day to day...until Ian Fairchild comes storming into her life and shatters her protective seclusion. Until one touch bared her soul. Aloof but intriguing, defensive but undeniable, Ian is everything Cecily shouldn´t want but can´t ignore. He watches her with shrewd blue eyes, as if determined to decipher her secrets...and for the first time in years, she finds herself coming alive beneath the hands of a man with too many scars to count. As the hushed and harsh winter closes in around them, two lost souls find themselves on the precipice of a love that could save their lives...or destroy them forever. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nicol Zanzarella. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/020476/bk_adbl_020476_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
They trained us well. Power punctuated our every move, driving fear into the intended target. Who would stand against them? Braxton Luther, the sellout. Now a part of the Den, he´s determined to make good on Eliza Knight´s faith in him - to be more than what he´d settled for when the Party had taken over. But his goal is dangerous, and not just for him. As he searches for a way to protect the silent, invisible victims of the new government, Braxton´s mission - which includes finding a way to rescue Eliza from the Reformation Camp - becomes even more complicated. Hannah Knight, Eliza´s sister, is simply too much like him. Tired of standing in her perfect sister´s shadow, Hannah determines to find her own place in the world. If that place is with the Pride - the girls´ home and training center provided by the Party - so be it. When she leaves the hopelessness of the cellar, that´s all she´s aiming for. But Quinn Sanger, the handsome son of a powerful political leader, finds her at the creek, and her life takes an unexpected and optimistic turn. Braxton´s convinced Hannah´s in trouble. Hannah´s convinced Braxton, and all the Uncloaked, are insane. But when they peek behind the real veil the Party maintains, the truth is beyond what either had feared or hoped. If everyone knew, it could change everything. They redefine their mission. It´s time to tear the veil. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Lusignolo. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/096036/bk_acx0_096036_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
She´s the daughter of a witch and a wizard, with the talents of both - and the world had better watch out! Daimbert the wizard just wants to spend some quality time with his daughter Antonia. He loves his peaceful kingdom of Yurt, but he and those around him are increasingly finding themselves hampered by their society´s strictures and silent rules. The king doesn´t want to marry any of the princesses offered to him, the duchess´ twin daughters want to be respectively a knight and a priest, and Daimbert himself is forbidden by the norms of wizardry from a liaison with a witch - much less having a daughter. And then the peaceful kingdom is suddenly not so peaceful, between the arrival of an exotic eastern princess and her elephant, a ravening wolf, an army of undead warriors, a bogus miracle worker, and an old enemy seeking vengeance. Can Antonia save the day? She already knows how to turn someone into a frog. But she is after all only five years old. And the bogus miracle worker has a strange power over children.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Eric Vincent. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/077923/bk_acx0_077923_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
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.
The authoritative account of one of the 20th century´s most important - and controversial - scientists. When a waiting world learned on April 12, 1955, that Jonas Salk had successfully created a vaccine to prevent poliomyelitis, he became a hero overnight. Born in a New York tenement, humble in manner, Salk had all the makings of a 20th-century icon - a knight in a white coat. In the wake of his achievement, he received a staggering number of awards and honors; for years his name ranked with Gandhi and Churchill on lists of the most revered people. And yet the one group whose adulation he craved - the scientific community - remained ominously silent. ´´The worst tragedy that could have befallen me was my success,´´ Salk later said. ´´I knew right away that I was through - cast out.´´ In the first complete biography of Jonas Salk, Charlotte DeCroes Jacobs unravels Salk´s story to reveal an unconventional scientist and a misunderstood and vulnerable man. Despite his incredible success in developing the polio vaccine, Salk was ostracized by his fellow scientists, who accused him of failing to give proper credit to other researchers and scorned his taste for media attention. Even before success catapulted him into the limelight, Salk was an inscrutable man disliked by many of his peers. Driven by an intense desire to aid mankind, he was initially oblivious and eventually resigned to the personal cost - as well as the costs suffered by his family and friends. And yet Salk remained, in the eyes of the public, an adored hero. Based on hundreds of personal interviews and unprecedented access to Salk´s sealed archives, Jacobs´ biography offers the most complete picture of this figure. Salk´s story has never been fully told; until now, his role in preventing polio has overshadowed his part in codeveloping the first influenza vaccine, his effort to meld the sciences and humanities in the magnificent Salk Institute, and his pioneering work on AIDS. ... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Pam Ward. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/008014/bk_blak_008014_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In a rude and primitive condition of mankind might constitute right and strength and daring give rank. The aristocracy, therefore, will consist of the warriors while the weak, the young, the old and the women will occupy an inferior position. An uncivilized race is always at war. A system of mutual fear, hatred and injury seems to be the normal condition of savage man, in all ages and in every part of the world. As civilization progressed in Europe and Asia, the use of the horse in battle led to another distinction. The warrior who fought on horseback was superior to him who fought on foot; hence the title of knight or chevalier, the soldier who fought on horseback, a cheval. But though these facts may be noticed as general principles, the system of Chivalry or Knighthood properly so called can hardly be said to have existed till about the eleventh century. The Roman and Greek civilizations were gone. The hordes of northern tribes had swept over Europe one after another, and with reckless waste had not merely sacked towns and murdered their inhabitants, but had leveled the noble monuments of antiquity, destroyed cities and temples, burned libraries and reduced the fairest and most civilized countries in the world to silent deserts. Impenetrable forests took the place of cornfields and vineyards and wild beasts roamed where the arts and sciences had been cultivated for centuries. The strong will and powerful arm of Charlemagne had done something for the reconstitution of society, and the spread of Christianity was slowly working out its great and noble purposes. But in the mean time something that was not far removed from anarchy reigned. Each chief settled in some fortified place and with his dependents defended himself as best he could against all comers. Everyman’s hand was against his neighbor. Every one sallied out when he chose and attacked some one else, either to be slain in battle, or to return laden with booty. Merchants v/ere waylaid, and their goods carried off to the stronghold, castles were surprised, the men killed in fair fight, the women made prisoners. It was to remedy these miseries, and to introduce order and mutual trust, respect for the rights of others and mercy to the weak that, chiefly by the influence of Christianity, the system of Chivalry or Knighthood was created...
DescriptionOver 100 selections for piano, carefully and progressively graded. Includes music by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Handel, Massenet, Mozart and many more.SonglistAh! Vous Dirais-je-maman (French)Albumleaf (Grieg)America (Carey)Andante (Second Movement - Symphony No.94 In G ´ The Surprise´)Angel´s Serenade [Braga, Francisco Ernani]Arabesque [Burgmuller, Friedrich]Aragonaise (Le Cid) [Massenet, Jules]At Home (Licher)Au Clair De La Lune [Traditional French]Auld Lang SyneAvalanche (Heller)Barcarolle (Les Contes D´Hoffmann) [Offenbach, Jacques]Beautiful Blu Danube (Strauss)Berceuse (Jocelyn) [Godard, Benjamin]Camp Of The Gypsies (Behr)Curious Story (Heller)Doll´s Dream (Oesten)Ecossaise [Beethoven, Ludwig Van]Elegie [Massenet, Jules]Fairy Waltz (Streabogg)Faust Waltz (Gounod)Fountain, The (Bohm)French Child´s Song (Behr)Funeral March (Sonata No.2 In B Flat Minor Op.35) [Chopin, Frederic]Fur Elise (Bagatelle In A Minor WoO 59) [Beethoven, Ludwig Van]Gavotte [Turk, Daniel Gottlob]German Song (Tschaikovsky)Gypsy Dance (Licher)Home, Sweet Home [Bishop, Sir Henry] [Chilcott, Bob]Humoresque [Dvorak, Antonin]Hungarian Dance [Brahms, Johannes]In Rank And File (Lange)In The Gloaming (Harrison)Italian Song (Tschaikovsky)Joyous Farmer (Schumann)Kentucky Home (Foster)Knight Rupert (Schumann)Knight Rupert Op.68 No.12 [Schumann, Robert]Largo [Handel, George Frideric]Last Rose Of Summer (Plotow)Le Coucou [Daquin, Louis-claude]Londonderry AirLong, Long Ago [Bayly, Thomas Haynes]Love´s Old Sweet Song [Molloy, James]Mazurka In B Flat [Chopin, Frederic]Melody [Schumann, Robert]Melody In F Op.3 No.1 [Rubinstein, Anton]Minuet (Don Juan) [Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus]Minuet In G [Beethoven, Ludwig Van]Moment Musicale Op.94 No.3 [Schubert, Franz]Musette [Bach, Johann Sebastian]Oberon (Von Weber)Old Black Joe (Foster)Old French GavotteOn The Meadow (Licher)Passacaille – Chaconne (G255)Peasant Dance (Baumfelder)Prelude In A Op.28 No.7 [Chopin, Frederic]Prelude In C Minor Op.28 No.20 [Chopin, Frederic]Prelude No.1 In C [Bach, Johann Sebastian]Romance [Schumann, Robert]Russian (Dark Eyes)Scarf Dance (Chaminade)Serenade [Schubert, Franz]Silent Night [Gruber, Franz]Silent Night [Gruber, Franz] [Mohr, Josef]Soldier´s March (Soldatenmarsch) Op.68 No.2 (Album For The Young) [Schumann, Robert]Sonatina (Clementi)Song Of India (Sadko) [Rimsky-Korsakov, Nicolay]Spinning Song Op.14 No.4 [Ellmenreich, Albert]Spring Song [Mendelssohn, Felix]Star Spangled Banner (Smith)Swanee River (Foster)Sweet ConsolationTarantella (Pieczonka)The Dove (La Paloma) [Yradier, Sebastian]The Fair (Gurlitt)The Harebell (Smallwood)The Swan (Carnival Of The Animals) [Saint-Saens, Camille]Traumerei (Kinderscenen) Op.15 No.7Trumpeter´s Serenade (Spindler)Tulip (Licher)Turkey In The StrawTurkish March [Beethoven, Ludwig Van]Valse Bleue (Margis)Valse Lente (Copelia) (Delibes)Variations On La Folia And Minuet Op15Venetian Boat-Song No.2 (Song Without Words) Op.30 No.6Viennese Melody (Viennese)Vivace And Largo Poco Andante (Sonata In E Minor Op.3 No.3) [Blavet, Michel]Voice Of The Heart (Van Gael)Volga Boat Song (Russian)Waltz - Love Unspoken (The Merry Widow) [Lehar, Franz]Waltz In E Op.39 No.2 [Brahms, Johannes]Waltz Of The Flowers [Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich]Waltz Op. 39 (Tschaikovsky)Waltzing Doll (Poldini)Wellington´s Victory Op.91 (Battle Symphony)Wiegenlied (Cradle Song)You Are My WaltzYoung May Moon