The Kingdom of God Is Within You Christianity Not as a Mystic Religion but as a New Theory of Life, Translated From the Russian of Count Leo Tolstoy (Classic Reprint): Constance Tolstoy Nett
A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history´s most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors´ Russian Legends series, listeners can get caught up on the lives of Russia´s most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known. The world has never had its shortage of legends surrounding the lives of supposed mystics, visionaries, and prophets. But few have ever grabbed a hold on pop culture quite like Grigori Rasputin, one of the most shadowy and mysterious figures in Russian history. Naturally, what makes Rasputin one of the 20th century´s most colorful and memorable figures is what we do not know. It is unclear how much basis in fact accounts of Rasputin´s life truly hold, since the sources mostly consist of memoirs, hearsay, and embellished legend. Some contemporaries considered him a saintly mystic, psychic, healer, and prophet, while others considered him a debauched heretic. The extent to which he beguiled the ruling Romanovs, and how he did so, remains mysterious as well. It´s hard to kill a legend, and that has literally been the case with Rasputin, whose death remains the most legendary aspect of his life. Perhaps the best known part of the Rasputin story is that his murderers practically had to kill him 10 times to finish him off, using everything from poison to bullets to drowning. Naturally, exactly how Rasputin actually died remains a source of controversy as well. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jared Wekenman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/032583/bk_acx0_032583_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Fedor Sologub (1863-1927) was a Russian mystic and realist and one of the great novelists and short story writers of the Dostoyevsky school. A favourite theme of his was reincarnation, which he uses very powerfully in his story A Soothing Dream, which describes the last weeks of a dying boy´s life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cathy Dobson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/redd/000584/bk_redd_000584_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the best-selling author of The Last Templar, an action-packed adventure thriller of an ancient mystery and its deadly impact on the present. Siberia, 1916. A mine turns into a bloodbath when its miners attack each other savagely and ferociously. Minutes later two men - a horrified scientist and infamous Russian mystic Rasputin - hit a detonator, blowing up the mine to conceal all evidence of the carnage. New York, present day. FBI agent Sean Reilly is tasked with a disturbing new case. A Russian embassy attaché seems to have committed suicide by jumping out of a fourth-floor window. The apartment´s owners have gone missing while a faceless killer roams New York City, leaving a trail of death in his wake. Reilly´s investigation uncovers a deadly search for a mysterious device whose origins reach back to the darkest days of the Cold War and to Imperial Russia and which, in the wrong hands, could have a devastating impact on the modern world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeff Harding. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/orio/000989/bk_orio_000989_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Fedor Sologub (1863-1927) was the greatest of the Russian symbolists. Alongside his great novel The Little Demon, he wrote a number of masterful and haunting short stories, among which ´´The White Dog´´ is a superb example of his beautiful, poetic, and mystic prose. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cathy Dobson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/redd/000559/bk_redd_000559_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Like the film Julie and Julia, this book is a true story based on the lives of two women who lived at different times and places but who had uniquely intertwined lives. Elizabeth Spring, astrologer and aspiring writer, finds Annie Besant because of unusual similarities in their astrology charts. Annie is a woman who´s been lost in history - a woman who was a passionate social reformer and who was declared ´´an unfit mother´´ and lost custody of her children because of distributing information on birth control in 1875. After trials and depression, Annie becomes a passionate spiritual seeker; being mentored by the Russian psychic Madame Blavatsky, head of the Theosophical Society. As Elizabeth struggles to write a screenplay of Annie´s life she discovers the heartfelt and obsessive story of Annie´s adopted son, the young mystic J. Krishnamurti, and the occultist, Charles Leadbeater. Elizabeth questions the role of fate and reincarnation in her own life by what she uncovers about her mysterious relationship with Annie who was born exactly 100 years earlier, in Victorian England in 1847. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Laura Jennings. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/033867/bk_acx0_033867_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Nicholai Hel, born in the ravages of World War I China to an aristocratic Russian mother and a mysterious German father, raised in the spiritual gardens of a Japanese Go Master, survives the destruction of Hiroshima to emerge as the world´s most artful lover and its most accomplished and highly paid assassin. Genius, mystic, master of language and culture, Hel´s secret is his determination to attain a rare kind of personal excellence, a state of effortless perfection: shibumi. Now living in an isolated mountain fortress with his magnificent Eurasian mistress, Hel faces his most sinister enemy, a super-monolith of espionage and monopoly. The battle lines are drawn: ruthless power and corruption on one side and on the other, shibumi. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joe Barrett. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/001143/bk_blak_001143_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1822-1881) was Russia´s greatest mystic who wrote of the contest between the rebellious uncertain human and the mystery of divine omnipresence which is revealed to the enlightened in the midst of life´s bitterest wrongs and suffering. His work is defined by a pity and compassion that shines from all his writing. The Honest Thiefis one of Dostoyevsky´s tale´s of pity, in which he reveals that compassionate sympathy of the Russian mind for all suffering, the pure and noble conscience awakened in the spirit of a fallen man. The central relationship - between the poor peasant and the even poorer old alcoholic tramp who he has taken into his home - is beautifully described and characterized, as they go from a reluctant emerging friendship, through frustration and mistrust, to the final and tragic reconciliation. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cathy Dobson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/redd/000364/bk_redd_000364_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Based on new sources - the definitive biography of Rasputin, with revelations about his life, death, and involvement with the Romanovs A century after his death, Grigory Rasputin remains fascinating: the Russian peasant with hypnotic eyes who befriended Tsar Nicholas II and helped destroy the Russian Empire, but the truth about his strange life has never fully been told. Written by the world´s leading authority on Rasputin, this new biography draws on previously closed Soviet archives to offer new information on Rasputin´s relationship with Empress Alexandra, sensational revelations about his sexual conquests, a re-examination of his murder, and more. Based on long-closed Soviet archives and the author´s decades of research, encompassing sources ranging from baptismal records and forgotten police reports to notes written by Rasputin and personal letters Reveals new information on Rasputin´s family history and strange early life, religious beliefs, and multitudinous sexual adventures as well as his relationship with Empress Alexandra, ability to heal the haemophiliac tsarevich, and more Includes many previously unpublished photos, including contemporary studio photographs of Rasputin and samples of his handwriting Written by historian Joesph T. Fuhrmann, a Rasputin expert whose 1990 biography Rasputin: A Life was widely praised as the best on the subject Synthesizing archival sources with published documents, memoirs, and other studies of Rasputin into a single, comprehensive work, Rasputin: The Untold Story will correct a century´s worth of misconception and error about the life and death of the famous Siberian mystic and healer and the decline and fall of Imperial Russia. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Curtis Sisco. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/005809/bk_adbl_005809_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.