Elena Obraztsova - Russian Folk Songs & Romances -
Viola Brookfield has not a care in the world until the awful day when her parents are tragically killed in a road accident, leaving her all alone in the world. So when her Aunt Mary, Lady Wakefield, writes to invite her to come and live with her in India, Viola decides to accept. But when she arrives, she finds a country fraught with unexpected dangers and that her uncle, Lord Wakefield, behaves as if she is not welcome. Viola's life is further complicated when she meets the handsome but enigmatic Earl of Devonport. Amidst a backdrop of unrest and the threat of Russian invasion, Viola soon discovers that she is not the only one in Mandavi to admire the Earl and that life in India is more complex than she had thought. And when she chances upon evidence of Russian spies close to home, she puts her very life in danger. Will the Earl come to her rescue in time and just what is the family secret that hangs like a cloud over her aunt and uncle? Can Viola find love in such a mysterious and exotic land? Barbara Cartland was the world's most prolific novelist who wrote an amazing 723 books in her lifetime, of which no less than 644 were romantic novels with worldwide sales of over 1 billion copies and her books were translated into 36 different languages. As well as romantic novels, she wrote historical biographies, 6 autobiographies, theatrical plays and books of advice on life, love, vitamins and cookery. She wrote her first book at the age of 21 and it was called "Jigsaw". It became an immediate bestseller and sold 100,000 copies in hardback in England and all over Europe in translation. Between the ages of 77 and 97 she increased her output and wrote an incredible 400 romances as the demand for her romances was so strong all over the world. She wrote her last book at the age of 97 and it was entitled perhaps prophetically "The Way to Heaven". Her books have always been immensely popular in the United States 1. Language: English. Narrator: Anthony Wren. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lind/001578/bk_lind_001578_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Revolutionary terrorists, a dead British agent, a man-eating tiger, and the Commander of the British Army cavorting with a Russian spy! Since the assassination of Czar Alexander II in 1881, the oppression of the Russian people has increased dramatically under the rule of the new Czar, Alexander III, fueling the flames of revolution. Cirque d'Hiver, the Parisian Circus, becomes a hotbed of anti-czarist activity in France. An undercover British agent is the target of a gruesome tiger attack. If that isn't enough, the Commander-in-Chief of the British army (and the Queen's cousin) cannot be dissuaded from romancing a circus barebacked rider and wanders into the middle of a known spy ring. Now, we have a national emergency. Despite being a master of disguise, Sherlock Holmes is unable to infiltrate the circus as the tiger trainer's female assistant, finding that he is neither attractive nor convincing in tights. Enter Sherlock's laboratory assistant and chief bottle washer, Mirabella Hudson, whose youth and gender are her protection against suspicion. While Sherlock enjoys a lavish Parisian hotel, solving the case in comparative luxury, and Dr. John Watson romances a circus beauty and supposed Russian spy, Sherlock orders Mirabella to face man-eating tigers. She becomes a circus performer overnight in the Cirque d'Hiver in Paris, investigating anti-czarist espionage activity, searching for a lost Zulu princess, solving the murder of a British agent, and protecting the world from the leakage of British military secrets to Russia. Monarchies are collapsing daily and the world is on the brink of revolution. But most importantly, the game is afoot! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joel Froomkin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/057795/bk_acx0_057795_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Prince Dmitri Kantemir (1673-1723), also the Prince of Moldavia, Prince of the Russian Empire, Prince of the Holy Roman Empire, and Imperial Chancellor to Peter the Great of Russia, lived in forced exile in Istanbul for 22 years. He became a great writer, statesman, scientist, and composer of Ottoman music. His children were prominent in Russian history: Antioch Kantemir became Russia's first satirist and Maria Kantemir was the last love of Peter the Great. Centuries later, American Ella Kantemir, hoping to learn about her ancestry, makes a startling discovery: Her father was hunted by the KGB! Portions of the Kantemir estate, namely, a palace in St. Petersburg and Istanbul were confiscated! Heirloom art was stolen, now housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art! Aside from missing castles, jewels, and land, Ella learned that she had a living sister with her same name - and that her own true identity is that of a Princess: She is Her Serene Highness Eleonora Borisovna Kantemir! What other secrets did the Kantemir dynasty harbor? Why do mysterious and clandestine events still follow the Kantemir descendants into the 21st century? Iron Blood chronicles 300 years of the Kantemir family's intriguing history, taking us to the mystical intrigues of the Ottoman Empire, the charms of Moldavia, the raw romances of Czarist Russia, and the exotic country of Azerbaijan and more. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jo-Ann E. Hess. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/050569/bk_acx0_050569_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.