In the safety of her adoptive father´s estate, south of London, Felise Scelfton is raised oblivious to the power of her beauty and rumors of her dowry. But when the knights of Windsor court brandish their swords and bid for her hand, Felise realizes she´d better keep her flirtatious tongue in check, lest her jests be taken as vows. Little does Felise know that King Henry II has already decided her fate - his royal command gives her hand to Sir Royce Leighton, the scarred and brooding lord of Segeland, in order to seal a political alliance. Despite the arranged marriage, desire blooms between the newlyweds and Royce finds his bitter memories fading in the presence of his alluring and nurturing young wife. But the King hasn’t had his last word just yet, and old suitors seek revenge. Court scandals are never simply forgotten and Felise and Royce must decide if their love can withstand the cruelest of betrayals. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Anne Flosnik. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/004615/bk_brll_004615_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Danger brought them together... Gislebert, a gentle troubadour seeking the woman who captured his heart; Jonas, a feisty street urchin surviving by his wits and his beautiful drawings. These two uneasy companions agree to join in the search for adventure. But Jonas has a secret - one that will change the troubadour´s life. As the two face hardship, imprisonment, and threats to their lives, Gislebert must face the demands of two kinds of love: faithful friendship and devotion to God. A hauntingly beautiful tale, The Troubadour´s Quest weaves a tapestry that defines the true nature of love: spiritual, self-giving devotion that springs from a heart committed to God´s purposes. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Becky Doughty. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/025172/bk_acx0_025172_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When Nicholas Elyot and his friends set out to spend the Christmas season in the country, they are prepared for a hard journey in winter weather. They are also wary of violence on the road, for these are troubled times after the Great Pestilence, when bands of dispossessed and desperate men roam the countryside of England. It is not surprising, therefore, when the troubadours hired to provide entertainment at Leighton Manor are attacked in Wychwood. Yet why should this insignificant group draw the attention of outlaws, who are searching for something? Is one of the troubadours not quite what he seems? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Philip Battley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/108744/bk_acx0_108744_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In summer 2010 Simon Armitage decided to walk the Pennine Way. The challenging 256 mile route is usually approached from south to north, from Edale in the Peak District to Kirk Yetholm, the other side of the Scottish border. He resolved to tackle it the other way round: through beautiful and bleak terrain, across lonely fells and into the howling wind, he would be walking home, towards the Yorkshire village where he was born. Travelling as a ´modern troubadour´ without a penny in his pocket, he stopped along the way to give poetry readings in village halls, churches, pubs, and living rooms. His audiences varied from the passionate to the indifferent, and his readings were accompanied by the clacking of pool balls, the drumming of rain and the bleating of sheep. Walking Home describes this extraordinary yet ordinary journey. It´s a story about Britain´s remote and overlooked interior - the wildness of its landscape and the generosity of the locals who sustained him on his way. It´s about facing emotional and physical challenges and sometimes overcoming them. It´s nature writing, but with people at heart. Contemplative, moving and droll, it is a unique narrative from one of our most beloved writers. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Simon Armitage. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/cnon/000119/bk_cnon_000119_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Following in the grand tradition of such Irish memoirs as Angela´s Ashes and Are You Somebody?, Liam Clancy relates his life´s story in a raucously funny and star-studded account of moving from provincial Ireland to the bars and clubs of New York City, to the cusp of fame as a member of the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. As an aimless 19-year-old, Clancy met a strange and wonderfully energetic lover of music, Ms. Diane Guggenheim, an American heiress. She had set out to record regional Irish folk music, and her undertaking led to Carrick-on-Suir in the shadow of Slievenamon, ´´The Mountain of the Women,´´ where Mammie Clancy had been known to carry a tune or two in her kitchen. Guggenheim fell for young Liam and swept him along on her travels through the British Isles, the American Appalachians, and finally Greenwich Village. In the heady atmosphere of the Village, Clancy´s life was a party filled with music, sex, and McSorley´s. His friendships with then-unknown artists such as Bob Dylan, Maya Angelou, and Pete Seeger form the backdrop of the charming adventures of a small-town boy making it big in the biggest of cities. In music circles, the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem are known as the Beatles of Irish music. The band´s music plays on in jukeboxes in pubs and bars, in living rooms of folk music fans, and in Irish American homes throughout the country. Liam Clancy´s lively memoir captures their wild adventures on the road to fame and fortune, and brings to life a man who never lets himself off the hook for his sins, and happily views his success as a blessing. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Liam Clancy. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/000185/bk_rand_000185_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Book 1 of the award-winning historical fiction series The Troubadours Quartet Historical Novel Society Editor´s Choice Winner of the Global Ebooks Award for Best Historical Fiction Finalist in the Wishing Shelf Awards and the Chaucer Awards ´´Believable, page-turning and memorable.´´ (Lela Michael, S.P. Review) 1150: Provence On the run from abuse, Estela wakes in a ditch with only her lute, her amazing voice, and a dagger hidden in her underskirt. Her talent finds a patron in Aliénor of Aquitaine and more than a music tutor in the queen´s finest troubadour and commander of the Guard, Dragonetz los Pros. Weary of war, Dragonetz uses Jewish money and Moorish expertise to build that most modern of inventions, a papermill, arousing the wrath of the church. Their enemies gather, ready to light the political and religious powder keg of medieval Narbonne. Set in the period following the Second Crusade, Jean Gill´s spellbinding romantic thrillers evoke medieval France with breathtaking accuracy. The characters soar and include amazing women like Eleanor of Aquitaine and Ermengarda of Narbonne, who shaped history in battles and in bedchambers. ´´Historical fiction at its best.´´ (Karen Charlton, author of the Detective Lavender Mysteries) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jake Urry. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/114216/bk_acx0_114216_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Join New York Times best-selling author and 2017 Newbery Honoree Adam Gidwitz (The Inquisitor´s Tale, A Tale Dark and Grimm) and Grammy-nominated performer Benjamin Bagby (of medieval music ensemble Sequentia) for a reading, a performance of medieval music, and a discussion of how they bring the Middle Ages to life for a modern audience through stories and song. Following the performances and discussion, audience members will stage a scene from the book together with Gidwitz and Bagby. For medieval scholars and enthusiasts, and children ages eight and up. Costumes are encouraged - it´s April Fool´s Day, after all! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Benjamin Bagby. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/symp/000126/pf_symp_000126_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Francis of Assisi was a rebellious, reveling young man. After a profound conversion experience, he became the most popular saint in history. Jon Sweeney sheds new light on this familiar tale. Moreover, he demonstrates that Francis himself became a conversion experience for all of Christian history, reviving the Church and revolutionizing how we think about the poor and marginalized, our relationship to the created world, and even our own mortality. The fascinating story of this unruly young man who saved the Church will inspire you change your corner of the world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jon M. Sweeney. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sant/000189/bk_sant_000189_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Join New York Times best-selling author and 2017 Newbery Honoree Adam Gidwitz (The Inquisitor´s Tale, A Tale Dark and Grimm) and Grammy-nominated performer Benjamin Bagby (of medieval music ensemble Sequentia) for a reading, a performance of medieval music, and a discussion of how they bring the Middle Ages to life for a modern audience through stories and song. Following the performances and discussion, audience members will stage a scene from the book together with Gidwitz and Bagby. For medieval scholars and enthusiasts, and children age eight and up. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Benjamin Bagby. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/symp/000116/pf_symp_000116_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This poetry collection is one of varying themes that generated the most response in Poetry180´s Allpoetry website. In addition, more than just a few of these poems have been published in journals and newspapers over the years. These poems are designed for the enjoyment of listeners of all ages, from childhood to adults. The poetry collection is part of a number of future volumes, the collection being called Songs of the Whippoorwill. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dickie Thomas. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/039857/bk_acx0_039857_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.