Superbly narrated by British actor Nigel Gore, The Dragons of the Storm follows directly on from where The Weight of Smoke left off. Captain John Smith has been stabbed by a stingray and falls deathly ill. The old alchemist and mariner, Jonas Profit, doctors his wound, and to ease Smith’s suffering tells of the daring circumnavigation of the world by Francis Drake, 1577-1580. A masterful interweaving of all the elements that contributed to the birth of the British Empire. “The Dragons of the Storm is as enthralling as The Weight of Smoke. I think John Smith and Francis Drake would rejoice in George Minkoff’s lively re-creation of them.” (Edmund Sears Morgan, Yale University historian) “Historically accurate, inventive in its language, and filled with exciting and epochal event, The Dragons of the Storm is a worthy successor to The Weight of Smoke.” (Peyton Moss, ForeWord Magazine) “The Dragons of the Storm is a tour de force of sailing literature, focused on Drake’s circumnavigation of the world. Embedded in the story of John Smith’s Jamestown, it adds remarkable counterpoint and stretches to encompass not just the exploration of North America, but the Age of Exploration as well. Beautiful, riveting, and sweeping.” (Walter Bode, editor) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nigel Gore. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/155003/bk_acx0_155003_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Rodney Hawkhursts fremtid så lys ud, da han på sit eget skib satte kurs mod det Caribiske Hav. Det eneste, der var ham imod, var hans lovning om at tage sin storaktionærs uvorne søn, Francis, med og gøre en mand ud af ham. Da Rodney finder ud af hvem, der i virkeligheden er med ombord, virker den uvorne søn dog som barnemad; i stedet for Francis, har hans søster, Lisbeth, sneget sig om bord, og en kvinde ombord på sit skib er ikke lige, hvad Rodney havde i tankerne. Barbara Cartland (1901-2000) var en engelsk forfatter til romantiske romaner, der er blevet solgt i adskillige millioner eksemplarer. Cartland udgav sin første roman i 1922 og har skrevet i alt 723 bøger, der er blevet oversat til 36 forskellige sprog. På grund af sin effektivitet i sin forfattergerning, er hun nævnt i Guinness rekordbog for flest udgivne bøger i løbet af et enkelt år. Barbara Cartland blev i 1991 hædret af dronning Elizabeth II som Dame Commander of the order of the British Empire til ære for Cartlands sociale og politiske bidrag, foruden sit forfattervirke, i næsten 70 år. 1. Danish. Randi Winther. http://samples.audible.de/bk/lind/001747/bk_lind_001747_sample.mp3.
Francis Drake, one of the great band of Tudor sea captains, was many things to many people. To his fellow-countrymen he was "The Sea King of Devon". His queen, Elizabeth, called him her "little pirate" and knighted him in defiance of the ominous rumblings of Spain. To the Spanish, his life-long enemies, he was "El Draque", the Dragon - a heretic who had deliberately sold his immortal soul to the Devil. Yet he was more than a mere buccaneer. He was also an explorer, the first captain to circumnavigate the globe - which resulted in the establishment of the British Empire in the Orient. But it was for his part in defeating Spain's "invincible" Armada that Drake assured his place in English history. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tony Britton, Robin Scobey, Michael Kilgarriff, Michael Sheard, Carole Ann Ford. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/berg/000065/pf_berg_000065_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An entertaining history of British thrillers from Casino Royale to The Eagle Has Landed, in which award-winning crime writer Mike Ripley reveals that, though Britain may have lost an empire, her thrillers helped save the world. With a foreword by Lee Child. When Ian Fleming dismissed his books in a 1956 letter to Raymond Chandler as 'straight pillow fantasies of the bang-bang, kiss-kiss variety', he was being typically immodest. In three short years, his James Bond novels were already spearheading a boom in thriller fiction that would dominate the best-seller lists not just in Britain but internationally. The decade following World War II had seen Britain lose an empire, demoted in terms of global power and status and economically crippled by debt; yet its fictional spies, secret agents, soldiers, sailors and even (occasionally) journalists were now saving the world on a regular basis, from Ian Fleming and Alistair MacLean in the 1950s through Desmond Bagley, Dick Francis, Len Deighton and John Le Carré in the 1960s, to Frederick Forsyth and Jack Higgins in the 1970s. Many have been labelled 'boys' books' written by men who probably never grew up, but, as award-winning writer and critic Mike Ripley recounts, the thrillers of this period provided thrills, adventure and escapism, usually in exotic settings, or, as today's leading thriller writer Lee Child puts it in his foreword, 'the thrill of immersion in a fast and gaudy world'. In Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, Ripley examines the rise of the thriller from the austere 1950s through the boom time of the Swinging '60s and early 1970s, examining some 150 British authors (plus a few notable South Africans). Drawing upon conversations with many of the authors mentioned in the audiobook, he shows how British writers, working very much in the shadow of World War II, came to dominate the field of adventure thrillers and the two types of spy story - spy fantasy (as epitomised by 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jonathan Keeble. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/002884/bk_hcuk_002884_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Beginning with The Weight of Smoke, Minkoff’s exciting trilogy bursts into dazzling new life as an audiobook, read by acclaimed Shakespearean actor Nigel Gore.Four hundred years after the founding of Jamestown, the lives of Captain John Smith, Powhatan, and Pocahontas assume their true dimensions in this far-ranging saga of the beginnings of the British Empire. The English came to the New World to found a utopia. Instead they founded a slave state. The only English voice of reason and the first true American hero became an outcast - and then forgotten.George Robert Minkoff presents a rich, authentic tale about the disastrous first 18 months of the Jamestown Colony, 1607-1609. Entwined with the colony’s fractious beginnings are the adventures of Sir Francis Drake, retold around the campfires by an old alchemist, Jonas Profit, who sailed the Spanish Main with Queen Elizabeth’s favorite pirate.Appropriately, these tales are told in a language rich with metaphorical power, flavored with Elizabethan authenticity, and read with power and authenticity by Nigel Gore. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nigel Gore. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/150510/bk_acx0_150510_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Dracula Comes to New York: Kim Newman returns to one of the great, best-selling vampire tales of the modern era. Considered alongside I Am Legend and Interview with the Vampire as one of the stand-out vampire stories of the last century, this brand-new novel is the first in over a decade from the remarkable and influential Anno Dracula series. Newman’s dark and impish tale begins with a single question: What if Dracula had survived his encounters with Bram Stoker’s Dr. John Seward and enslaved Victorian England? Fallen from grace and driven from the British Empire in previous instalments, Dracula seems long gone. A relic of the past. Yet, when vampire boy Johnny Alucard descends upon America, stalking the streets of New York and Hollywood, haunting the lives of the rich and famous, from Sid and Nancy to Andy Warhol, Orson Welles, and Francis Ford Coppola, sinking his fangs ever deeper into the zeitgeist of 1980s America, it seems the past might not be dead after all. 1. Language: English. Narrator: William Gaminara. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/014323/bk_adbl_014323_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It is 1862, though not the 1862 it should be. Time has been altered, and Sir Richard Francis Burton, the king's agent, is one of the few people who know that the world is now careening along a very different course from that which Destiny intended. When a clockwork-powered man of brass is found abandoned in Trafalgar Square, Burton and his assistant, the wayward poet Algernon Swinburne, find themselves on the trail of the stolen Garnier Collection of black diamonds rumoured to be fragments of the Lemurian Eye of Naga, a meteorite that fell to Earth in prehistoric times. His investigation leads to involvement with the media sensation of the age: the Tichborne Claimant, a man who insists that he's the long lost heir to the cursed Tichborne estate. Monstrous, bloated, and monosyllabic, he's not the aristocratic Sir Roger Tichborne known to everyone, yet the working classes come out in force to support him. They are soon rioting through the streets of London, as mysterious steam wraiths incite all-out class warfare. From a haunted mansion to the Bedlam madhouse, from South America to Australia, from séances to a secret labyrinth, Burton struggles with shadowy opponents and his own inner demons, meeting along the way the philosopher Herbert Spencer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Florence Nightingale, and Charles Doyle (father of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle). Can the king's agent expose a plot that threatens to rip the British Empire apart, leading to an international conflict the like of which the world has never seen? And what part does the clockwork man have to play? Burton and Swinburne's second adventure, The Clockwork Man of Trafalgar Square is filled with eccentric steam-driven technology, grotesque characters, and a deepening mystery that pushes forward the three-volume story arc begun in The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gerard Doyle. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/004363/bk_adbl_004363_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Air Vice Marshal Francis Masson (Frank) Bladin CB, CBE (26 August 1898 2 February 1978) was a senior commander in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Born in rural Victoria, he graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon in 1920. Bladin transferred to the RAAF in 1923, and held training appointments before taking command of No. 1 Squadron in 1934. Quiet but authoritative, he was nicknamed "Dad" in tribute to the concern he displayed for the welfare of his personnel. A staff officer at the outbreak of World War II, Bladin became Air Officer Commanding (AOC) North-Western Area in March 1942, following the first Japanese air raids on Darwin, Northern Territory. He personally led sorties against enemy territory, earning the United States Silver Star for gallantry. In July 1943, Bladin was posted to No. 38 Group RAF in Europe, where he was Mentioned in Despatches. He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire the same year.
George I (George Louis, German: Georg Ludwig, 28 May 1660 11 June 1727)was King of Great Britain and Ireland from 1 August 1714 until his death, and ruler of Hanover in the Holy Roman Empire from 1698. George was born in Lower Saxony, in what is now Germany, and eventually inherited the title and lands of the Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg. A succession of European wars expanded his German domains during his lifetime, and in 1708 he was ratified as prince-elector of Hanover. At the age of 54, after the death of Queen Anne, he ascended the British throne as the first monarch of the House of Hanover. Although over fifty Catholics bore closer blood relationships to Anne, the Act of Settlement 1701 prohibited Catholics from inheriting the throne, and George was Anne's closest living Protestant relative. In reaction, the Jacobites attempted to depose George and replace him with Anne's Catholic half-brother, James Francis Edward Stuart, but their attempts failed.