The dazzling new collection from the Costa Prize-winning author of Day and The Blue Book. She doesn´t ever lie to him unless it´s for the best. A husband and wife wait for a train as their relationship unspools silently around them. A woman contemplates the idea of her lover dying as she queues in a bank. An almost impossibly uncomfortably lunch culminates in a passionate kiss. In this dazzling collection of stories lies the battlefield of the heart, where characters who have suffered somehow emerge - haltingly, awkwardly - into the astonishment of intimacy.
They love to fight and live to kill! Start with an insane sergeant with a genius for leadership and a lust for blood. Add a bank robber. A racketeer. A guy who goes berserk on the battlefield. A gun-happy Texan. A silent Apache. A movie stuntman who swings from trees. Put them all together and you have the killing machine known as… the Rat Bastards. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ray Porter. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/007449/bk_adbl_007449_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Nathaniel Garro, knight errant and agent of the Sigillite, returns from the battlefields of Calth to find a new mission already waiting for him - a ragged fleet of Space Marines from several Legions lingers at the edge of the Terran system. With the presence of World Eaters and Emperor´s Children causing concern among the loyalist defenders and drawing a grim parallel with his own frantic flight, Garro must look beneath the obvious if he is to determine friend from foe.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Toby Longworth, John Banks, Ramon Tikaram. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/gawo/000238/bk_gawo_000238_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1913, before there is a rumor of war in Europe, Matthias Wrenn and Con Hatchel, lifelong friends from Ballyrannel in the Irish midlands, decide to see the world at the expense of the king of England and join the British army. A year later, while en route to India, their troop ship is recalled and they soon find themselves in the European slaughterhouse that was World War I. As stretcher bearers, the two men witness all too closely the horrors of the battlefield and the trenches, the savagery, and the unconscionable waste of human life on fields made liquid by ´´the blood and guts of boy soldiers” at the Somme, Ypres, and Passchendaele. Meanwhile, back home in Ireland, Con’s sister and Matthias’s lover, Kitty Hatchel, yearns for their safe return and reminds them of their carefree childhood on the banks of the local canal, as well as their hopes for the future.Brilliantly and movingly narrated by a chorus of voices from the community — Matt, Con, Kitty, and others — The Canal Bridge tells the story of how the young men take Ballyrannel to war with them, and how the war comes back home when hostilities end in Europe. The Ireland the friends left in 1913 no longer exists, for the political landscape has been transformed by the Rising against the British in 1916. It is now a land riven with sectarian tensions and bloodshed from which there is no escape. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paul Nugent. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/017775/bk_adbl_017775_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Doses of concentrated thrills and pure, raw excitement are delivered directly on the heels of the most explosive musical theme in radio - a crashing rendition of Mussorgsky´s ´´Night On Bald Mountain´´. Produced and directed by William N. Robson, Norman MacDonnell, and Antony Ellis - and featuring stories by Rudyard Kipling, Ambrose Bierce, and more - Escape is capable of chilling spines as expertly as it accelerates heartbeats. Through nail-biting espionage thrillers and desperate tales of survival, through stories of science fiction and the supernatural, through clashes on the battlefield and clashes against the terrifying power of nature (and all her creatures), you are thrust into extraordinary circumstances from which there is no…Escape! Vincent Price, Jack Webb, William Conrad, Frank Lovejoy, Joan Banks, John Dehner, and many of the greatest radio voices are featured in 20 digitally restored and remastered episodes of this pulse-pounding program. Episodes include: ´´An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge´´, 12-10-47; ´´Confession´´, 12-31-47; ´´Papa Benjamin´´, 01-21-48; ´´She´´, 07-11-48; ´´Habit´´, 07-18-48; ´´The Drums of the Fore and Aft´´, 07-14-49; ´´Second-Class Passenger´´, 07-28-49; ´´Command´´, 12-06-49; ´´Border Town´´, 12-13-49; ´´Present Tense´´, 01-31-50; ´´Three Skeleton Key´´, 03-17-50; ´´Pass to Berlin´´, 05-19-50; ´´Serenade for a Cobra´´, 06-16-50; ´´Earth Abides, Part 1´´, 11-05-50; ´´Earth Abides, Part 2´´, 11-12-50; ´´This Side of Nowhere´´, 12-03-50; ´´A Bullet for Mr. Smith´´, 01-14-51; ´´Lily and the Colonel´´, 05-03-53; ´´The Far-Away Island´´, 06-21-53; and ´´Flood on the Goodwin´´, 07-24-54. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Vincent Price, Jack Webb, William Conrad, Frank Lovejoy, John Dehner, Joan Banks. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/radi/000847/rt_radi_000847_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´A master of the genre.´´ (The Times) The ninth novel in the thrilling Empire sequence leads Centurion Marcus Aquila and the Tungrians to the battlefield that was one of Rome´s most disastrous defeats. The Tungrians have no sooner returned to Rome than they find themselves tasked with a very different mission from their desperate exploits in Parthia. Ordered to cross the river Rhenus into barbarian Germany and capture a tribal priestess who may be the most dangerous person on the empire´s northern border, they are soon subject to the machinations of an old enemy who will stop at nothing to sabotage their plans before they have even set foot on the river´s eastern bank. But after their Roman enemy is neutralised, they face a challenge greater still. With two of the Bructeri tribe´s greatest treasures in their hands, they must regain Roman territory by crossing the unforgiving wilderness that was the graveyard of Roman imperial strategy 200 years before. And capture by the Bructeri´s vengeful chieftain and his warband can end in only one way - a horrific sacrificial death on the tribe´s altar of blood. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Saul Reichlin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hodd/000888/bk_hodd_000888_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Since time immemorial China regarded its culture and statecraft superior to other nations, but in the ´Age of Humiliation´ (1839-1949), it was reduced to a semi-colony. The old empire has now regained its strength, but what drives its domestic and foreign policy? China calls itself a ´Socialist´ country, but the appellation of philosopher Tu Weiming is more adequate: A battlefield of Socialism, Liberalism and Confucianism. The outcome of this struggle will have profound repercussions. Continuation of the present policy will only lead to more tensions: Beijing´s expansionist policies in the South China Sea and Eurasia (the ´One Belt, One Road´ initiative) are aimed to restore the days of China´s imperial grandeur. If China choses a different political model that blends the Confucian tradition with a western style representative government, a clash with its neighbours and the United States can be avoided. China and the Barbarians offers a fascinating insight into the thinking of China´s philosophers and powerbrokers of the past and present. Interviews with eight prominent Chinese intellectuals add an authentic ring to this book. ´A clever and astute book that shows how the Chinese Communist Party is using classical culture to redesign society´ - NRC Handelsblad Over 10.000 copies sold of the Dutch edition. Hendrik Schulte Nordholt (1953) is a sinologist. He has been involved in China for more than thirty years as government official promoting Dutch-Chinese economic relations, a banker and a businessman. Schulte Nord¬holt has lived in China for twenty years, and frequently speaks and publishes on China.
Kirpal Singh is riding the slow train to Kashmir. With India passing by his window, he reflects on his destination, which is also his past: a military camp to which he has not returned for 14 years. Kirpal, called Kip, is shy and not yet 20 when he arrives for the first time at General Kumar’s camp, nestled in the shadow of the Siachen Glacier. At 20,000 feet, the glacier makes a forbidding battlefield; its crevasses claimed the body of Kip’s father. Kip becomes an apprentice under the camp’s chef, Kishen, a fiery mentor who guides him toward the heady spheres of food and women. In this place of contradictions, erratic violence, and extreme temperatures, Kip learns to prepare local dishes and delicacies from around the globe. Even as months pass, Kip, a Sikh, feels secure in his allegiance to India, firmly on the right side of this interminable conflict. Then, one muggy day, a Pakistani ´´terrorist´´ with long, flowing hair is swept up on the banks of the river and changes everything. Mesmeric, mournful, and intensely lyrical, Chef is a brave and compassionate debut about hope, love, and memory set against the devastatingly beautiful, war-scarred backdrop of occupied Kashmir. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sunil Malhotra. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/009703/bk_adbl_009703_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.