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The Great War (now known to us as World War I) began in August 1914 when the huge Empire of Austria-Hungary invaded the small country of Serbia and Russia jumped in to defend her fellow Slavs. As the result of some alliances, the conflict quickly spread to involve the Germans, the French, the Belgians and the British.It was clear, however, that Russia was in real trouble from the start. Despite its extensive manpower resources, it was already broke and lacked essential military equipment. Its most serious deficiencies, however, lay in the poor quality and dishonesty of many of its higher level officials.Ten years earlier Tsar Nikolai II had already led Russia into a disastrous war with the Japanese and now seems to have learned nothing in the meantime. He still believes himself to be divinely empowered for his role. He is firmly opposed to sharing power with any elected legislature. Actually, he has managed to hold onto his position only because of the loyalty of a large and brutal secret police force. Even Russia?s allies, however, are beginning to doubt that public morale can hold up in the face of continued hunger and battle losses.Back in 1905 the American president, Theodore Roosevelt had helped Russia extricate itself from its war with Japan on terms which could actually have been much worse. Thinking that perhaps the president might still have some influence with the tsar, some liberal officials in the Russian embassy secretly approach the American secretary of state and beg him to send Roosevelt to try to convince the tsar to at least liberalize his government, hinting that such a step might convince at least some American people to lend more support to Russia.Although President Wilson is not optimistic, he does convince Roosevelt to make the trip. He is accompanied by a small team of supposedly neutral military observers. Included in the team is a Boston physician who had been a sergeant under Roosevelt during the Spanish-American War. He?s available at this time only because of the recent painful break-up of an engagement.Before returning to college from the war, George Bird had spent several months in Russia teaching English and studying Russian. Now that he has returned to Russia, he? surprised to learn that some local physicians know of his work with hemophilia and when the tsar?s affected son suffers an accident, they call on George for advice. The boy survives, and his sister Tatiana begins to flirt with George.George soon has other interests, however. When he visits the church in Moscow that he had attended during his earlier stay, he finds that the woman he had grown fond of back then now has a husband missing in action.Roosevelt soon becomes frustrated as he fails to change the tsar?s attitude. He plans to return to the States in a few weeks, but first he wants to visit the Austrian front (and once more see some ?real? war). The tsar unenthusiastically agrees to take him along.What happens at the front that day will change the course of the war and send George to Murmansk to care for black soldiers who are building a railroad. He will later follow that regiment into combat.
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.
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.