Mrs. Moses is a small woman with a big heart and enormous courage. The only survivor of a Cossack raid on her village, she takes with her a big cast-iron frying pan, so heavy that she can only sling it over her back. Yet this is no ordinary frying pan, it´s The Family Frying Pan, blessed with a Russian soul. From this frying pan Mrs. Moses manages to feed the various refugees who are travelling with her across Russia to freedom. In return, each of the group must tell a story around the campfire at night, stories of compassion and bravery, of human frailty and, above all, of hope. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Melissa Eccleston, Humphrey Bower. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/boli/000058/bk_boli_000058_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
At last a book about the so-called ´´Mad Monk´´ of Imperial Russia that lays to rest the myths and reveals the truth about one of the most controversial characters in human history while exploring the impact his murder had on a dynasty, a people, and a country. Written in three parts, Killing Rasputin begins with a biography that describes how a simple unkempt ´´holy man´´ from the wilds of Siberia became a friend of Emperor Nicholas II and his empress, Alexandra, at the most crucial moment in Russian history. Part two examines the infamous murder of Rasputin through the lens of a ´´cold case´´ homicide investigation. And lastly, the book considers the connection between a cold-blooded assassination and the revolution that followed; a revolution that led to civil war and the rise of the Soviet Union. Unique about this book on Rasputin, is that the author combines Russian heritage (her parents were forced out of Russia during World War II and arrived as refugees in Australia in 1948) with medical science and legal training. Nelipa relied on Russian-language sources that she translated rather than depend on the interpretations of others. Her primary sources include police documents and witness testimonies, an autopsy report, diaries, letters and memoirs written in their native language by the participants in these historic events. Secondary sources include Russian-languages newspapers and other publications from that era. The narrative is copiously referenced and augmented with documents, some of them published here for the first time. Step into the imperial court of a 300-year-old dynasty in its final days with one of the most fascinating characters ever to grab our imaginations, judge whether Margarita Nelipa makes her case regarding his death, and if you agree that it was ´´the murder that ended the Russian empire´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sara Morsey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/092891/bk_acx0_092891_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
During World War II, a Russian refugee spies for the United States.Since the great upheaval of November 1917, Alex Denilov has known nothing but war. In the civil war that followed the Bolshevik Revolution, he fought for the old imperial order. When the Reds won out, he fled west, finding work in every war that followed. Now, in 1941, he trains paratroopers in the American Southwest, helping the US Army prepare for the coming war. But Uncle Sam has bigger plans for him.The army transfers Alex to special services, where he is reunited with old colleagues from the civil war. The group shares combat skills, knowledge of the Russian language, and an intense hatred of Communists. Their mission is to assassinate Stalin. But inside this group of killers, a traitor lurks, ready to kill Alex before he attempts to save Russia from itself. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Henri Lubatti. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/006173/bk_adbl_006173_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Experience more joy and meaning each day - and have greater resilience when times get tough What if you could be happier, right now, without radically changing your life? As nationally recognized happiness expert Nataly Kogan teaches, happiness is not a nice feeling or a frivolous extra. It’s a critical, non-negotiable ingredient for living a fulfilling, meaningful, and healthy life - and it´s a skill that we can all learn and improve through practice. In Happier Now, Nataly shares an illuminating, inspiring, and science-based guide to help you build your happier skills and live with more joy, starting now. Nataly’s own journey from Russian refugee to successful investor, tech executive, and founder and CEO of Happier taught her an important lesson: no matter how much you accomplish, how much you live the ´´right´´ way, or even how much gratitude you practice, life won´t always be smooth. ´´We experience genuine and lasting happiness when we stop trying to turn the negative into the positive,´´ Nataly writes, ´´and when we embrace the full range of our human emotions with compassion and strength.´´ Throughout this unabridged audiobook, Nataly describes how she went from being cynical and resistant to the ideas behind self-improvement and spirituality, to studying everything she could on the science of happiness, to completely shifting her mind-set. You´ll learn five core practices for building your happier skills - acceptance, gratitude, intentional kindness, knowing your bigger why, and self-care - along with the scientific research that supports each one. Highlights include: Daily anchors - cultivate a custom set of simple daily practices, fine-tuned for your emotional health needs Bring more joy and meaning into your life as it is - without needing to make difficult or time-consuming changes How happiness leads to many of the... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nataly Kogan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/sp/true/001516/sp_true_001516_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What is your mother tongue? Sometimes the simplest questions take a book to answer. Such is the case with Tania Romanov´s story of exile, emigration and immigration and how native language can be a powerful touchstone for the sense of home. The unrelenting consequences of 100 years of Balkan wars force three generations of Croatian women - Katarina, Zora, and Tania - to flee their homelands multiple times. Family including Russian emigrants are driven out from Yugoslavia as refugees to live in a refugee camp in Italy, speaking Russian and the Serbo-Croatian language. Eventually, Tania, a successfully integrated American immigrant from Eastern Europe, journeys back to her fractured homeland with her mother to unravel the secrets of their shared past. Mother Tongue is an exploration of lives lived in the chaos of the Balkans. It follows countries such as Yugoslavia and Serbia, that dissolved, formed, and reformed. Lands that were conquered and subjugated by Fascists and Nazis and nationalists. Lives lived in exile, in refugee camps, in new worlds. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Becky Parker. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/110213/bk_acx0_110213_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
On the eve of WWII, the foreign-controlled port of Shanghai was the rendezvous for the 20th century´s most outlandish adventurers, all under the watchful eye of the fabulously wealthy Sir Victor Sassoon. Emily Hahn was a legendary New Yorker writer who would cover China for nearly 50 years, and play an integral part in opening Asia up to the West. But at the height of the Depression, ´´Mickey´´ Hahn, had just arrived in Shanghai nursing a broken heart after a disappointing affair with an alcoholic Hollywood screenwriter, convinced she would never love again. After entering Sassoon´s glamorous Cathay Hotel, Hahn is absorbed into the social swirl of the expats drawn to pre-war China, among them Ernest Hemingway, Martha Gellhorn, Harold Acton, and the colourful gangster named Morris ´´Two-Gun´´ Cohen. But when she meets Zau Sinmay, a Chinese poet from an illustrious family, she discovers the real Shanghai through his eyes: the city of rich colonials, triple agents, opium-smokers, displaced Chinese peasants, and increasingly desperate White Russian and Jewish refugees - a place her innate curiosity will lead her to discover first hand. But danger lurks on the horizon and Mickey barely makes it out alive as the brutal Japanese occupation destroys the seductive world of pre-war Shanghai and Mao Tse-tung´s Communists come to power in China. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christine Marshall. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/027053/bk_adbl_027053_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Catherine Schell has lived a life more dramatic and colourful than any of her many acting roles. Her story sweeps from her birth during an Allied bombing raid in Budapest to life under postwar Russian occupation, escape, and life as a refugee in Austria; a strict convent school life in America; and on to Germany, where she became an actress. Whilst international fame would follow through roles in the James Bond and Pink Panther franchises as well as the iconic role of Maya in popular sci-fi series Space: 1999, the story off camera is altogether more human and real. An abusive husband, her father´s surrender to Alzheimer´s, her brother´s paranoid schizophrenia, and a dominant and passionate mother all play their parts in her tale. Told engagingly and with warmth, there are highs and lows, laughter and tears, and lessons learnt as a survivor...in a life where she has been A Constant Alien. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Catherine Schell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lbrk/000056/bk_lbrk_000056_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Teffi was one of twentieth century Russia´s most celebrated authors. Born Nadezhda Lokhvitskaya in 1872, she came to be admired by an impressive range of people - from Tsar Nicholas II to Lenin - and her popularity was such that sweets and perfume were named after her. She visited Tolstoy when she was 13 to haggle with him about the ending of War and Peace and Rasputin tried (and utterly failed) to seduce her. After the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 she was exiled and lived out her days in the lively Russian émigré community of Paris, where she continued writing - and enjoying comparable fame - until her death in 1952. Teffi´s best stories effortlessly shift from light humour and satire to pathos and even tragedy - ever more so when depicting the daunting hardships she and her fellow émigrés suffered in exile. While best known for her stories and feuilletons, she also moved over to other genres, from serious poetry to theatrical miniatures and even music, and inhabited an extraordinary range of spheres connected to both high and popular culture. In the first biography of her in any language, Edythe Haber here brings Teffi - who has recently been ´rediscovered´ in the West to resounding acclaim - to life. Teffi´s life and works afford a unique panoramic view of the cultural world of early twentieth century Russia, from the debauchery of the Silver Age to the terror and euphoria of revolution, and of interwar Russian emigration. But they also offer fresh insights into the seismic events - from the 1905 Russian Revolution and World War II to life as a refugee - that she experienced first-hand and recreated in her vivid, penetrating, moving and witty writing.
The author lived almost 27 years in Germany working as an Army Counterintelligence Special Agent. He interviewed hundreds of refugees from East Germany and East Prussia. He also interviewed many Germans who survived as Russian prisoners of war. This book is based the memories of those who lived through World War Two and the American Occupation of Germany. German women bore the brunt of the hardships of World War II. They also contributed significantly to the rebuilding of Germany and handled many of the administrative duties of the US Forces occupying Germany following the war. This is a historically accurate story of four East Prussian women who resist the Nazis, survive the war, and go from enormous wealth to raising cabbages to stay alive. Each of the women loves Hermann in a different way. Hermann spends 14 years in Russia as a POW. He finally comes home to sort out his relationships with these women. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Betsy Beard. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/054742/bk_acx0_054742_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.