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14.2 hrs • Mar/07/2017 • Unabridged
The author of Blood and Beauty returns with another captivating novel about Renaissance Italy and one of history’s most notorious families. Before the Corleones, before the Lannisters, there were the Borgias. Bestselling novelist Sarah Dunant has long been drawn to the high drama of Renaissance Italy: power, passion, beauty, brutality, and the ties of blood. With In the Name of the Family, she offers a thrilling exploration of the House of Borgia’s final years, in the company of a young diplomat named Niccolò Machiavelli. It is 1502 and Rodrigo Borgia, a self-confessed womanizer and master of political corruption, is now on the papal throne as Alexander VI. His daughter Lucrezia, aged twenty-two—already three times married and a pawn in her father’s plans—is discovering her own power. And then there is his son Cesare Borgia, brilliant, ruthless, and increasingly unstable; it is his relationship with Machiavelli that gives the Florentine diplomat a master class in the dark arts of power and politics. What Machiavelli learns will go on to inform his great work of modern politics, The Prince. But while the pope rails against old age and his son’s increasingly erratic behavior, it is Lucrezia who must navigate the treacherous court of Urbino, her new home, and another challenging marriage to create her own place in history. Sarah Dunant again employs her remarkable gifts as a storyteller to bring to life the passionate men and women of the Borgia family, as well as the ever-compelling figure of Machiavelli, through whom the reader will experience one of the most fascinating—and doomed—dynasties of all time. Praise for Sarah Dunant’s first novel about the Borgias, Blood and Beauty “Like Hilary Mantel with her Cromwell trilogy, [Sarah] Dunant has scaled new heights by refashioning mythic figures according to contemporary literary taste. This intellectually satisfying historical saga, which offers blood and beauty certainly, but brains too, is surely the best thing she has done to date.”—The Miami Herald “Hedonism, lust, political intrigue . . . With so much drama, readers won’t want the era of Borgia rule to end.”—People “Dunant transforms the blackhearted Borgias and the conniving courtiers and cardinals of Renaissance Europe into fully rounded characters, brimming with life and lust.”—The New York Times Book Review “Dazzling . . . a triumph on an epic scale . . . filled with rich detail and page-turning drama.”—BookPage “Compelling female players have been a characteristic of Dunant’s earlier novels, and this new offering is no exception. . . . The members of this close-knit family emerge as dynamic characters, flawed but sympathetic, filled with fear and longing.”—The Seattle TimesAvailable Formats: Retail CD Buy-In12.2 hrs • Jul/21/2015 • Unabridged
Demons, vengeful spirits, insanity, premature burials, and lesbian vampires, In a Glass Darkly contains five diabolical tales of horror and mystery that will get the heart racing. Each story, including the famous “Green Tea” and “Carmilla,” is presented as a case from the posthumous papers of Dr. Martin Hesselius, a metaphysical physician who has no doubt as to the existence of supernatural phenomena—unlike our anxious protagonists. These traditional, yet unfamiliar tales were revered upon release, with Bram Stoker writing his own vampire story some twenty years later, and Henry James once suggesting that this is “the ideal reading…for the hours after midnight.”Available Formats:26.4 hrs • Sep/12/2014 • Unabridged
Nicholas Urfe accepts a teaching post on a beautiful, remote Greek island, in order to escape an love affair gone sour. He meets the enigmatic Maurice Conchis, who introduces him to the exquisitely lovely Lily, his ideal of the perfect woman. But is she flesh or fantasy? As the past bleeds into the present, he finds it increasingly difficult to distinguish reality from imagination. Under the spell of this magic isle and its presiding spirit, he struggles to understand the rules of the mysterious game into which he is drawn.Available Formats: Digital Rental2.6 hrs • Aug/21/2014 • Unabridged
The life of William Butler Yeats is a remarkable one. He was many things: poet, playwright, essayist, politician, occultist, astrologer, founder of a national theater, voluminous correspondent, lover, husband, and father. It was a life that extended to a packed, sometimes frantic seventy-three years and left us with what many consider to be one of the finest collections of poetry from one voice.Available Formats:5.0 hrs • Aug/21/2014 • Unabridged
Johannes Brahms is one of the best loved yet most controversial of all the romantic musicians. His works have never suffered the slightest period of eclipse. Profoundly emotional yet governed by an iron discipline, his music, like the man himself, is a fascinating, entertaining, often deeply moving blend of opposites. He had a gift for friendship and a capacity for love far beyond the ordinary, yet no man could be ruder or more hurtful. Though humble, he was consumed by a sense of destiny, and his inner life, colored by his adoration and fear of women, found expression in some of the greatest music ever written. Listening to this audio-biography is leaping inside the life and times of a great German romantic, understanding the man who was haunted by the ghost of Beethoven for years and was forty-three years old before he wrote his first symphony. This is a sympathetic, absorbing account of a fascinating composer.Available Formats:2.4 hrs • Apr/12/2014 • Unabridged
Ancient Egypt: The Glory of the Pharaohs tells us about civilization under the pharaohs, of mysterious statues and tombs, incredible obelisks, the Sphinx, and much more. In this recording, the ancient Egyptian kingdom is brought to life in a way that fuels the listener’s imagination, teaching and entertaining in equal measure.Available Formats: Digital Rental36.2 hrs • Feb/12/2014 • Unabridged
Recognised as one of the greatest works of English fiction, David Copperfield tells the story of a young man, from his painful childhood, through chance, tragedy, and adventure, to self-knowledge and happiness. It includes some of Dickens’ most vividly memorable characters: the cruelly saturnine Mr. Murdstone; the redoubtable Betsey Trotwood; the charismatic Steerforth; the ever-so-’umble Uriah Heep; the magnificently spendthrift Mr. Wilkins Micawber; the spiteful Miss Dartle; the faithful Traddles; and scores more—all are part of a story that is by turns enchanting, enthralling, comic, and moving.Available Formats: Digital Rental1.1 hrs • Dec/01/2007 • Abridged
Naxos AudioBooks continues its new series of Great Poets with W. B. Yeats, one of the most loved poets of the twentieth century. He left a large legacy of outstanding poems, and some of his finest are collected here: “Down by the Salley Gardens,” “The Lake Isle of Inisfree,” “The Secret Rose,” and “He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven.” They are read by a strong cast led by Olivier award-winner Jim Norton.Available Formats:4.9 hrs • Jul/01/2002 • Unabridged
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the most astonishing child prodigy in the history of music, is felt by many people to be the greatest composer who ever lived. Dominated and shaped by a highly intelligent but frustrated and ambitious father, his story sees the development of a unique genius, from a precocious and often endearing childhood to liberated fulfillment, unexpected poverty, and a tragically early death. Generously illustrated by Mozart’s music, from his fifth to his final year, this portrait-in-sound reveals a fascinating yet elusive character, drawing richly on the words of the composer himself and those who knew him. This is the ideal way to understand more about Mozart the man and his music. Throughout his life, he wrote numerous letters to his father, friends, pupils, and his musical colleagues wrote about him. On this entertaining recording, with parts read by various actors, Mozart himself comes to life, with his sublime music ever present as his career unfolds.Available Formats:Loading more titles...
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