In the depths of Calth´s arcology network, the Underworld War has raged for years. Aeonid Thiel, previously an honoured sergeant of the Ultramarines, once again finds himself in trouble. Pitted against the daemonic forces of the Word Bearers, he has no choice but to venture back to the ravaged surface and brave the deadly solar flares that have scoured all life from this world. With a lowly Imperial Army trooper as his only companion, it falls to him to drive the maniacal Dark Apostle Kurtha Sedd and his warband from the overrun XIII Legion stronghold. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gareth Armstrong, Sean Barett, Eliis Eliis, Chris Fairbank, David Timson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/gawo/000217/bk_gawo_000217_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages are not yet sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favor; a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason. As a long and violent abuse of power is generally the means of calling the right of it in question (and in matters too which might never have been thought of, had not the sufferers been aggravated into the inquiry) and as the king of England hath undertaken in his own right, to support the Parliament in what he calls Theirs, and as the good people of this country are grievously oppressed by the combination, they have an undoubted privilege to inquire into the pretensions of both, and equally to reject the usurpation of either. In the following sheets, the author hath studiously avoided every thing which is personal among ourselves. Compliments as well as censure to individuals make no part thereof. The wise, and the worthy, need not the triumph of a pamphlet; and those whose sentiments are injudicious, or unfriendly, will cease of themselves unless too much pains are bestowed upon their conversion. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Pat Henry. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/111778/bk_acx0_111778_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Après avoir échoué dans sa collaboration à l´Encyclopédie, Voltaire conçoit l´idée de condenser dans un seul ouvrage l´essentiel de ses pensées philosophiques, morales, politiques et religieuses. Ce Dictionnaire Philosophique Portatif parait anonymement en 1764 pour échapper à la censure de son temps. Apôtre des droits de l´homme, de la liberté de conscience, de l´Etat laïque, Voltaire développe à chaque mot l´esprit des lumières et nous éveille à la raison. Jacques Roland lit ici l´intégralité de l´édition initiale de 1764. 1. French. Jacques Roland. http://samples.audible.de/bk/lipa/000085/bk_lipa_000085_sample.mp3.
Though the Word Bearers´ attack on Calth and the subsequent Shadow Crusade into Ultramar are but a memory, the borders of Imperium Secundus are far from secure. Sergeant Aeonid Thiel, stranded on the garrison world of Oran on his way back to Macragge, frustrates his superiors once again by pointing out the holes in their defence - traitor warband activity is increasing, and a series of key listening posts have fallen silent. Leading a handful of rogue veterans and wearing the red mark of censure like a badge of honour, can Thiel uncover the truth behind the mysterious ´Nightfane´? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gareth Armstrong, John Banks, Steve Conlin, Jonathan Keeble, Toby Longworth, Saul Reichlin, Luis Soto. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/gawo/000228/bk_gawo_000228_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Arthur Machen’s novella explores the disturbing consequences of toying with the line between the earthly world and the spiritual realm. The Great God Pan centers around an ominous woman named Helen, who lives in the woods and invites morbid happenings. The book faced harsh censure upon its publication in 1894 for its explicit content, but today it is considered a hallmark of horror fiction. Stephen King himself called it ´´one of the best horror stories ever written”, making it essential reading for any dedicated fans of the genre. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andrea Giordani. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/comm/000869/bk_comm_000869_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
How can you be 25 and not know you´re gay? Billy Ballew runs from that question. A high school dropout, barely able to read until he taught himself, Billy´s life is driven by his need to help support his parents as a construction worker, put his sisters through college, coach his Little League team, and not think about being a three-time loser in the engagement department. Being terrified of taking tests keeps Billy from getting the contractor´s license he so desires, and fear of his mother´s judgment blinds Billy to what could make him truly happy. Then, in preparation for his sister´s big wedding, Billy meets Shaz - alias Chase Phillips - a rising-star celebrity stylist who defines the word gay. To Shaz, Billy embodies everything he´s ever wanted - stalwart, honest, brave - but even if Billy turns out to be gay, he could never endure the censure he´d get for being with a queen like Shaz. How can two men with so little in common find a way to be together? Can the Stylist of the Year end up with the Knight of Ocean Avenue? 1. Language: English. Narrator: K.C. Kelly. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/039292/bk_acx0_039292_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1632, the Emperor of Hindustan, Shah Jahan, overwhelmed with grief over the death of his beloved wife, Mumatz Mahal, commissioned the building of a grand mausoleum to symbolize the greatness of their love. The story surrounding the construction of the Taj Mahal occurs, however, against a scrim of fratricidal war, murderous rebellion, unimaginable wealth, and, not least of all, religious fundamentalism ruthlessly opposing tolerance and coexistence between the disparate peoples in the empire. At that time, Hindustan comprised all of modern Pakistan and Kashmir, most of eastern Afghanistan, and two-thirds of the Indian subcontinent (roughly north of Bombay to the Himalayas). Beneath a Marble Sky, narrated by Princess Jahanara, eldest daughter of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal, recounts their story, and her own as well, a parallel tale of forbidden love enduring censure and extreme deprivations. Beneath a Marble Sky brims with action and intrigue befitting an epic era when, alongside continuous war, architecture and its attendant arts reached a pinnacle of perfection. In a splendid debut, John Shors has crafted an immensely listenable and well-researched historical novel of surprisingly contemporary relevance. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mozhan Marno. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/007125/bk_reco_007125_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
John Quincy Adams was the last of his kind - a Puritan from the age of the Founders who despised party and compromise yet dedicated himself to politics and government. The son of John Adams, he was a brilliant ambassador and secretary of state, a frustrated president at a historic turning point in American politics, and a dedicated congressman who literally died in office - at the age of 80, in the House of Representatives, in the midst of an impassioned political debate. In John Quincy Adams, scholar and journalist James Traub draws on Adams´ diary, letters, and writings to evoke a diplomat and president whose ideas remain with us today. Adams was a fierce nationalist who, as secretary of state, championed the idea of American expansion. Yet at the same time, he warned against moralistic and militaristic policies abroad - a chastening wisdom that makes him the father of what we now call ´´realism´´ in foreign policy. As president he was a bold proponent of the idea of activist government later brought to fruition by Abraham Lincoln and others. Adams´ numerous achievements - and equally numerous failures - stand as testaments to his unwavering moral convictions. A man who refused to take refuge in the politically prudent course of action, Adams was repudiated by his own Federalist party and, as president, by the nation that voted him out of office. And yet, in the final decade of his life, Adams regained the country´s regard, and even reverence, for as a congressman he often stood alone against the forces of slavery, twice beating back motions of censure. John Quincy Adams tells the story of this brilliant, flinty, and unyielding man whose life exemplified political courage - a life against which each of us might measure our own. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Grover Gardner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/028168/bk_adbl_028168_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
James Madison and the Virginia Resolution considers Madison’s response to a governmental endeavor to expand its scope and authority through the 1798 Alien and Sedition Acts. The acts attempted to limit the public’s ability to scrutinize the federal government, and they further unbalanced efforts to find an equilibrium of power in the new republic. In this essay, Madison’s Virginia Resolution is examined and analyzed in the context of early American politics. It shows that, contrary to what some historians have suggested, Madison’s position was not a greater threat to the nation’s stability than the actual legislation he was fighting. It further contends that although Madison’s arguments on the role and size of government may have shifted contextually between the time of the American Revolution and the acts, his underlying motive was consistent throughout. ´´James Madison and the Virginia Resolution” gives notice to the lesser known and greatly threatened philosophy of the early Democratic-Republicans—a philosophy James Madison embodied. Excerpts from ´´The Conservative Collection”: ´´If the Constitution is subject to informal dismissal, then in practice we have no Constitution at all. What will protect the rights of political minorities if legality is subjective? What will ensure the innocence of the accused until conviction [or] preserve the right of all to speak without censure?” ´´If not for the mutual protection of one’s interests, as well as one’s neighbors’ interests, under the rule of law, on what substitute grounds can government exist?” Greg Lacey is a Michigan attorney and the author of ´´The Conservative Collection.” He lives in the metro-Detroit area with his wife and their children. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Brian McGovern. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/005862/bk_acx0_005862_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.