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A ferociously cool Cold War thriller from the author of The Ipcress File. Len Deighton´s third novel has become a classic, as compelling and suspenseful now as when it first exploded on to the best seller lists. In Berlin, where neither side of the wall is safe, Colonel Stok of Red Army Security is prepared to sell an important Russian scientist to the West - for a price. British intelligence are willing to pay, providing their own top secret agent is in Berlin to act as go-between. But it soon becomes apparent that behind the facade of an elaborate mock funeral lies a game of deadly manoeuvres and ruthless tactics. A game in which the blood-stained legacy of Nazi Germany is enmeshed in the intricate moves of cold war espionage.… 1. Language: English. Narrator: James Lailey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/001660/bk_hcuk_001660_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
DescriptionAn original and exciting collection of anthems and other choral pieces written for the Orthodox Church and inspired by the Church in Russia, selected by Ralph Allwood. Partly because of the re-emergence of the Church in the former Soviet Union, interest in Christian musical sources alternative to the great body of the Anglican and other Western Christian traditions has grown sharply in recent years. Though the works presented here may be unfamiliar, they are all masterly. Designed to appeal to choirs of various levels, the collection includes a Kontakion and Ikos for the funeral service, anthems by Great Russian Romantics: Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Grechaninov; and composers from our age: Stravinsky, Schnittke, or Arvo Part speaking for a tradition outside the Orthodox Church, as well as settings of the Lord´s Prayer in both Russian and English by John Tavener. SonglistBlessed Is The Man (The All Night Vigil, Op.37) [Rachmaninov, Sergei]Come Let Us Worship (The All Night Vigil, Op.37) [Rachmaninov, Sergei]How Blessed Are They That Are Chosen By Thee (Tchaikovsky)Kontakion And Ikos For The Funeral ServiceLet My Prayer Arise (Chesnokov)Mother Of God And Virgin (Arvo Part)Movement Iv- From Concerto For Mixed Chorus (Schnittke)O Praise Him- From The Liturgy Of St. John Chrysostom, Op.41 (Tchaikovsky)Otche Nash (John Tavener)Pater Noster (Stravinsky)The Cherubic Hymn- From The Liturgy Of St. John Chrysostom, Op.29 (Grechaninov)The Cherubic Hymn- From The Liturgy Of St. John Chrysostom, Op.31 (Rachmaninov)The Cherubic Hymn- From The Liturgy Of St. John Chrysostom, Op.41 (Tchaikovsky)The Lord´s Prayer (The Liturgy Of St. John Chrysostom Op.41) [Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich]The Lord´s Prayer [Tavener, John]We Sing To The- From The Liturgy Of St. John Chrysostom, Op.41 (Tchaikovsky)We Sing To Thee (A.I.Labinski)When Jesus Christ Was Yet A Child- From Chansons Pour La Jeunesse, Op.54 No.5, Legend (Tchaikovsky)
The Queen of Spades stands at the peak of Pushkin´s achievement in prose writing. The story was popular with the general reading public at the time, particularly for its striking plot. The story opens with a number of young officers conversing after a card game. One of them, Narumov, wonders why his grandmother, who possesses the secret of winning at the game of faro, never plays. It is revealed that she was once an avid gambler and was given the secret of the game on the promise of using it only once to save her from poverty. Hermann, a German engineering officer who usually never gambles, becomes obsessed with discovering the secret from the countess. He begins a correspondence with the countess´s young companion, Lizaveta, who hopes that Hermann will deliver her from her poor position. They arrange to meet, but once inside the house, he confronts the old countess. When she refuses to reveal the secret, he pulls out a gun, and she dies of fright. During the countess´s funeral, it seems as if the corpse winks at Hermann, and that night her ghost visits him and gives him the secret of winning. Hermann places the bets over three consecutive days. On the third day, he loses on the last card, the queen of spades. Having lost all of his money, he goes mad. The story is a society tale, and part of its appeal, particularly at that time, was its depiction of the cold glamour that characterized fashionable society. Please note: This audiobook is in Russian. 1. Russian. Aleksand Fedorov. http://samples.audible.de/bk/zaot/000044/bk_zaot_000044_sample.mp3.
Four of the funniest episodes from the bitingly humorous BBC Radio 4 quiz, chaired by Miles Jupp. The News Quiz returns to take a sideways look at the headlines, with the help of some up-to-the-minute comedians and commentators. Jostling for a byline in this sparkling collection are Jeremy Hardy, Andy Hamilton, Angela Barnes, Susan Calman, Andrew Maxwell, Fern Brady, Desiree Burch, Michael Deacon, Kerry Godliman, Holly Walsh, Andy Zaltzman and Helen Lewis. Among the thorny issues the teams delve into are The Presidents Club hostess controversy; Donald Trump´s planned meeting with Kim Jong-un; the Windrush documentation scandal; a faked Russian assassination; Buddhist funerals for robot dogs, and the vexed question of Wetherspoons and the missing steak... Duration: 2 hours approx.
DescriptionEight beloved masterworks masterfully arranged as early intermediate duets by Phillip Keveren. Ideal for teachers and students, including works from Bizet, Borodin, Grieg and Vivaldi.SonglistAutumn (The Four Seasons) [Vivaldi, Antonio]Funeral March Of A Marionette [Gounod, Charles]Habanera [Bizet, Georges]In The Hall Of The Mountain King (Peer Gynt) [Grieg, Edvard]Polovetsian Dances (Prince Igor) [Borodin, Alexander]Russian Dance (The Nutcracker Suite) [Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich]Symphony No.40 In G Minor (First Movement Excerpt) [Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus]Symphony No.5 In C Minor Op.67 (First Movement Excerpt) [Beethoven, Ludwig Van]
Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837) leads the great names of Russian literature. After completing his education, Pushkin devoted himself to the pleasures of society, alongside his writing. In 1820 he was banished to the Caucasus for writing and promoting liberal views. Deprived of his social life, Pushkin devoted himself to his writing and bequeathed to the world some of the greatest poetry and stories ever written. He met his death in a duel in 1837. The Coffin Maker tells the story of Adrian Prokhoroff, a funeral director who, in a drunken rage, shouts out an invitation to all his customers to a party at his house...and unleashes a scene of grisly horror. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cathy Dobson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/redd/000532/bk_redd_000532_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Part thriller and part screwball romantic comedy, Food of Love tells the story of Regina, a former supermodel, now princess of a tiny European principality, who has lost her skeletal figure and finds herself threatened by an unknown assassin. Fearing her royal husband wants to kill her now that she’s not model-thin, she seeks protection from her estranged African-American foster sister, conservative Christian television pundit, Rev. Cady Stanton. Reverend Cady has some serious weight and romantic issues of her own, compounded when an ´´accident´´ intended for Regina leaves her temporarily blind. But when Regina is declared dead and Cady’s seventy-year old secretary is wrongly arrested for smuggling a small nuclear bomb to the funeral, Cady takes control. With the help of a porn mogul, a Russian spy, a rap diva and her fierce hairdresser-girlfriend, Cady is able to save Regina, restore the bomb to its proper owners, and unearth the long-buried family secrets that hold the key to her own happiness. Food of Love has all the classic elements of comedy thriller and believable farce that have become the hallmark of an Anne R. Allen novel. Beneath its roller-coaster plot and comic exterior, the story addresses complex issues about body image, ethnicity, religion and a woman’s right to choose. 1. Language: English. Narrator: CS Perryess. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/026447/bk_acx0_026447_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In May of 1956, an Italian publishing scout took a train to the Russian countryside to visit the country´s most beloved poet, Boris Pasternak. He left concealing the original manuscript of Pasternak´s much anticipated first novel, entrusted to him with these words from the author: ´´This is Doctor Zhivago. May it make its way around the world.´´ Pasternak knew his novel would never be published in the Soviet Union, where the authorities regarded it as an assault on the 1917 Revolution, so he allowed it to be published in translation all over the world. But in 1958, the CIA, which recognized that the Cold War was above all an ideological battle, published Doctor Zhivago in Russian and smuggled it into the Soviet Union where it was snapped up on the black market and passed surreptitiously from friend to friend. Pasternak, whose funeral in 1960 was attended by thousands of fans who stayed for hours in defiance of the watching KGB, launched the great Soviet tradition of the writer-dissident. With sole access to otherwise classified CIA files, the authors give us an irresistible portrait of the charming and passionate Pasternak and a twisting Cold War thriller that takes us back to a time when literature had power to shape the world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Simon Vance. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/high/000851/bk_high_000851_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Wavelength captures the two dominant threads of the first decade of the 21st century - greed and terrorism. It takes us from the stoops of Brooklyn to the bike paths of Amsterdam, to Afghanistan, Moscow, and Zurich, to the backrooms of Brussels and Frankfurt, and finally to the hazy diwans of Yemen. Dazzled by his new boss, but harboring a soft spot for the Agency, Hayden allows himself to be pulled back in for one more run - a run that reminds him that people aren´t what they seem, a run that reinforces his belief that greed has no sell-by date. Several years after the dot-com funeral pyre, Hayden Campbell, a former CIA operative turned speechwriter, finds himself working for the sixth richest man in the world, Aaron Cannondale. From this perch, Hayden watches as a Dutch student discovers a technology to send voice, video, and data through Europe´s municipal water system. Standing in the way are European technocrats, the Russian mafia, a Swiss banker, and a new breed of terrorist intent on wreaking havoc on the West. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Shawn West. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/062080/bk_acx0_062080_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.