Zwangsweise emeritiert, durch vielerlei Verbote in seiner wissenschaftlichen Arbeit gehindert, begann der Dresdner Romanist Victor Klemperer 1939 mit der Niederschrift seiner Autobiographie. ´´Mit dem Bibliotheksverbot bin ich nun buchstäblich arbeitslos geworden. Ich habe mir vorgenommen, nun wirklich einen Vita-Versuch zu wagen.´´ So hatte er es in seinen kürzlich erschienenen Tagebüchern notiert, die mit dem Alltag der Judenverfolgung auch die entwürdigenden Umstände festhielten, unter denen die ´´Vita´´ entstand: jenes geschliffene Zeit- und Sittenbild des deutschen Mittelstandes vor und nach der Jahrhundertwende von höchster Genauigkeit, ohne Sentimentalität oder Bitterkeit. ´´Das ist das schlechterdings Fabelhafte der Prosa-Existenz Victor Klemperers: seine unter gar allen Umständen gleichbleibende Genauigkeit, die sich oft genug auswächst zu einer Unerbittlichkeit gegen ihn selbst.´´ Martin Walser in seiner Laudatio auf Victor Klemperer zur Verleihung des Geschwister-Scholl-Preises 1995 ´´Klemperers Curriculum ist ein Ozean komplexer Beziehungen zwischen banalster Alltäglichkeit, Begegnungen mit der Geschichte und Ausflüge in die Gefilde von Kunst und Literatur. Diese ungeschminkte Mobilisierung komplexester Lebenszusammenhänge eines deutsch-nationalen jüdischen Mitbürgers von der Zeit der Jahrhundertwende bis zum Ausgang des Ersten Weltkrieges läßt einen Kosmos vergangener Lebensbezüge wieder lebendig werden, und damit auch ein sprachliches Medium (der naturalistisch-jugendstilistischen literarischen Denkstrukturierung), das wir tot und vergessen wähnten. Curriculum vitae ist nicht zuletzt auch in der Sublimierung banaler Sprach- und Denkraster ein außergewöhnlicher Text, der aus der deutschen Literatur nicht wieder wegzudenken sein wird.´´
This is the most unique quiz show ever! Brian Brain´s quizzes can be enjoyed by the whole family. Why? Because there are always two sets of questions: one for the younger members of the family (The Budding Brains) and one for the grown ups (The Boffs). Each Budding Brain question is taken from the basis of the UK National Curriculum and is specific to the child´s age group, Key Stage, and subject. So, whatever the age of your child everybody can compete with each other on a level playing field!Family fun, interaction, and learning all in one place. Soon to also be released as activity cards and a board game. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Brian Brain. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/snaf/000026/bk_snaf_000026_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This is the most unique quiz show ever! Brian Brain´s quizzes can be enjoyed by the whole family. Why? Because there are always twosets of questions: one for the younger members of the family (The Budding Brains) and one for the grown ups (The Boffs). Each Budding Brain question is taken from the basis of the UK National Curriculum and is specific to the child´s age group, Key Stage, and subject. So, whatever the age of your child everybody can compete with each other on a level playing field! Family fun, interaction, and learning all in one place. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Brian Brain. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/snaf/000027/bk_snaf_000027_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This is the most unique quiz show ever! Brian Brain´s quizzes can be enjoyed by the whole family. Why? Because there are always two sets of questions: one for the younger members of the family (The Budding Brains) and one for the grown ups (The Boffs). Each Budding Brain question is taken from the basis of the UK National Curriculum and is specific to the child´s age group, Key Stage, and subject. So, whatever the age of your child everybody can compete with each other on a level playing field!Family fun, interaction, and learning all in one place. Soon to also be released as activity cards and a board game. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Brian Brain. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/snaf/000028/bk_snaf_000028_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Sissinghurst is world famous as a place of beauty, a garden slipped into the ruins of an Elizabethan palace. But is it entirely what its creators intended? Adam Nicolson has uncovered remarkable new findings about its history as a medieval manor and on to the creation, by his grandparents Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson, of a garden in a weed-strewn wreck. Alongside his recovery of the past, Adam Nicolson wanted something else: for the land at Sissinghurst to become the landscape of orchards, cattle and sheep he remembered from his boyhood. Could that living frame of a mixed farm be brought back? Against the odds, he was going to try. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeremy Clyde. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/isis/000920/bk_isis_000920_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Middle Ages remains one of the most defining eras of human civilization. It is an era characterized by illustrious monarchs, valiant knights in shining armor, and magnificent Gothic architecture. It is also an era characterized by fervent friction, brutish barbarism, frequent famines, pestilent plagues, and of course, death. Some say the mortality rate in medieval times was like no other; with about a third of all children dying before the age of five, it was nearly miraculous for one to live past their 40s. As a result, medieval people spent their entire lives preparing for the inevitability of death and the afterlife, hoping to one day make their way into the kingdom of heaven. The Catholic Church did little to alleviate the fear of hell, a common theme in the sermons delivered by stern priests across Europe. The only surefire way into heaven, they preached, was for one to pledge their undying love and support to God, with extra points available for the sums and contributions one was willing to gift to the church. Of all of the important Catholic men and women who have been venerated over the last 2,000 years, one of the faith´s most popular and influential men also lived one of the most unique lives. Like Roman Emperor Constantine the Great, St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556) found God about as far away from church as possible; it was during military service that he underwent a remarkable conversion. A Spanish knight who hailed from a noble Basque family, Ignatius seemed destined for military glory until he was badly wounded in 1521 during the Battle of Pamplona. While convalescing, Ignatius began reading De Vita Christi by Ludolph of Saxony, after which he began a tireless career in service of the Catholic Church. After spending several years studying the faith, Ignatius formed the Society of Jesus in 1539, and as its Superior General, he sent followers as missionaries across Europe to create schools, colleges, and sem... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Clem. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/079843/bk_acx0_079843_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Britain’s Culture Minister, David Lammy, recently suggested that the history of slavery should be made a compulsory part of the nation’s school curriculum. Mick Hume, a columnist in The Times, promptly retorted, ´´Slavery and the Holocaust are now likely to be taught as little chunks of history, removed from any proper context. They become simplistic parables of good and evil, over which children are encouraged to emote and empathise (´How do you think it would feel to be a slave/Jewish victim?´). This seems less likely to encourage historical insights than hysterical outbursts.´´ How well founded was this criticism? It is certainly true that slavery is a very large subject, since it has been present in human society almost from the beginning of history. The Athenian Greeks had the leisure to elaborate the philosophical, literary, and artistic ideas that continue to affect us today because of the economic support provided by a large body of slaves. When Athens was at its height, about a third of its population were slaves. The success of the Roman Empire was founded on slavery. ´´The process of expansion was based on a simple formula: peasants became soldiers who captured enemies to enslave for the purpose of replacing the labor lost on the farm to the war. Generations later, the first peasants would become part of a master class, the loyalty of slaves captured generations previous would suffice as soldiers, and the process would repeat itself.´´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paul Bright. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/107230/bk_acx0_107230_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A Scientific Way of War analyzes how the doctrine of military science evolved from teaching specific Napoleonic applications to embracing subjects that were useful for war in North America. Drawing from a wide array of materials, Ian C. Hope refutes earlier charges of a lack of professionalization in the antebellum American army and an overreliance on the teachings of Swiss military theorist Antoine de Jomini. Instead, Hope shows that inculcation in West Point´s American military curriculum eventually came to provide the army with an officer corps that shared a common doctrine and common skill in military problem solving. The proliferation of military science ensured that on the eve of the Civil War there existed a distinctly American, and scientific, way of war. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin F Spalding. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/048935/bk_acx0_048935_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Per molto tempo gli storici si sono limitati a considerare Gengis Khan come un barbaro, un uomo violento che attraverso scorribande e razzie aveva conquistato il più grande impero mai visto sulla faccia della terra. Nella storiografia recente, invece, grazie a studi più approfonditi e alla caduta di molti pregiudizi ideologici, la vita di Gengis Khan si è rivelata molto più complessa ed intrigante di quanto sarebbe potuta sembrare fino a pochi anni fa. Nel 2000 infine la consacrazione: il Whashington Post infatti ha nominato l´imperatore mongolo ´´uomo del millennio”. Questo audiolibro ripercorre la vita e le gesta di uno dei più grandi condottieri della storia dell´umanità, un guerriero analfabeta e cresciuto in condizioni miserabile che fu capace di conquistare l´Impero più vasto che la Storia ricordi.Please note: This audiobook is in Italian. 1. Italian. Max Duprè, Mauro Ferreri. http://samples.audible.de/bk/case/000023/bk_case_000023_sample.mp3.
An abused child, yet confident of her destiny to reign, a woman in a man´s world, passionately sexual yet, she said, a virgin, Elizabeth I was to be famed as England´s most successful ruler. This absorbing new book, by concentrating on the early years from her birth in 1533 to her accession in 1558, shows how her experiences of danger and adventure formed her remarkable character and shaped her opinions and beliefs. For in her youth she had experienced every vicissitude of fortune and every extreme of condition. She had been Princess and inheritrix of England, then bastardized and disinherited. At 16 she was the head of a great princely household. Not much later she was an accused traitor on the verge of execution in the Tower. Among all this, she had been taught the most advanced curriculum of the day. But it was her lessons in the school of life that mattered more, and that taught her humanity. Dr David Starkey recreates a host of extravagant characters, mad-cap schemes, and tragic plots, while using original documents to point up the importance of the rituals of power and life at court. He writes with admirable clarity about religion and constitutional history. This brilliant book contrasts the daughters of Henry VIII: the pious Catholic Mary and her clever sister. The key to understanding Elizabeth is her determination not to make the same mistakes as Mary. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Patricia Hodge. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/000076/bk_hcuk_000076_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.