This Very Short Introduction to classics links a haunting temple on a lonely mountainside to the glory of ancient Greece and the grandeur of Rome, and to Classics within modern culture - from Jefferson and Byron to Asterix and Ben-Hur. We are all Classicists - we come into touch with the Classics daily: in our culture, politics, medicine, architecture, language, and literature. What are the true roots of these influences, however, and how do our interpretations of these aspects of the Classics differ from their original reception? This introduction to the Classics begins with a visit to the British Museum to view the frieze which once decorated the Apollo Temple at Bassae. Through these sculptures, John Henderson and Mary Beard prompt us to consider the significance of Classics as a means of discovery and enquiry, its value in terms of literature, philposophy, and culture, and its importance as a source of imagery. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Julia Whelan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/015428/bk_adbl_015428_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Pride and Prejudice, the story of Mrs. Bennet´s attempts to marry off her five daughters, is one of the best-loved and most enduring classics in English literature. Excitement fizzes through the Bennet household at Longbourn in Hertfordshire when young, eligible Mr. Charles Bingley rents the fine house nearby. He may have sisters, but he also has male friends, and one of these - the haughty and even wealthier Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy - irks the vivacious Elizabeth Bennet, the second of the Bennet girls. She annoys him. Which is how we know they must one day marry. The romantic clash between the opinionated Elizabeth and Darcy is a splendid rendition of civilized sparring. As the characters dance a delicate quadrille of flirtation and intrigue, Jane Austen´s radiantly caustic wit and keen observation sparkle. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sara Leslie. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/122508/bk_acx0_122508_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Discover the books that have already changed the lives of millions. This unabridged guide to the literature of the spirit surveys 50 of the all-time classics, giving you their key ideas, insights, and applications, everything you need to know to start benefiting from these legendary works. From Eastern philosophers (Krishnamurti, Thich Nhat Hanh) and Western mystics (St. Francis of Assisi, Hermann Hesse), to inspiring memoirs (Ghandi, Malcolm X) and current blockbusters (The Purpose-Driven Life, The Power of Now), these are the authors and books that have already guided millions on the journey of inner discovery and enlightenment. As you are introduced to landmark works ranging from the classic (The Prophet, The Alchemy of Happiness) to the contemporary (The Four Agreements, Conversations with God), you will learn how to: Fulfill your potential through life-changing stories of spiritual awakening Expand your perception Achieve a deeper sense of purpose Gain insights into life´s biggest questions. Spanning centuries, spiritual traditions, and secular beliefs, 50 Spiritual Classics is a comprehensive course in inspiration for all spiritual seekers. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Richard Poe. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/gdan/000024/bk_gdan_000024_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Dracula is an 1897 novel by Irish author Bram Stoker. Famous for introducing the character of the vampire Count Dracula, the novel tells the story of Dracula´s attempt to relocate from Transylvania to England, and the battle between Dracula and a small group of men and women led by Professor Abraham van Helsing. Dracula has been assigned to many literary genres including vampire literature, horror fiction, the gothic novel and invasion literature. The novel touches on themes such as the role of women in Victorian culture, sexual conventions, immigration, colonialism, and postcolonialism. Although Stoker did not invent the vampire, he defined its modern form, and the novel has spawned numerous theatrical, film and television interpretations. Dracula, by Bram Stoker, is part of the Literary Classics Collection, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general listener, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of the Literary Classics Collection: New introductions commissioned from today´s top writers and scholarsBiographies of the authorsChronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural eventsFootnotes and endnotesSelective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the workComments by other famous authorsStudy questions to challenge the listener´s viewpoints and expectationsBibliographies for further reading The Literary Classics Collection pulls together a constellation of influences - biographical, historical, and literary - to enrich each listener´s understanding of these enduring works. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jason Damron. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/003646/bk_acx0_003646_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
To truly understand the United States of America, you must explore its literary tradition. Now, in this grand collection of 84 fascinating lectures, you´ll get the chance to finally become familiar with America´s true literary masterpieces (some you may already be familiar with, others you have yet to discover). Professor Weinstein has crafted these lectures to explain why some works become classics while others do not, why some ´´immortal´´ works fade from our attention completely, and even why some contemporary works now being ignored or snubbed by critics may be considered immortal one day. One memorable work at a time, you´ll see how each of these masterpieces shares the uncompromising uniqueness that invariably marks the entire American literary canon. From Sleepy Hollow to The Great Gatsby and beyond, you´ll journey through more than two centuries of the best writers America has yet produced, bringing out the beauty of their language, the excitement of their stories, and the value in what they say about life, power, love, adventure, and what it means, in every sense, to be American. You´ll explore: the roles of self-reliance and the ´´self-made man´´ in the evolution of American literature; the evolution of the American ghost story, from Poe and Hawthorne to James and Morrison; the epic strain in American literature, from Melville and Whitman to Faulkner and Ellison; the perspectives on nature revealed in poets Whitman, Dickinson, Frost, and Eliot; the tenets of Modernism in the work of Eliot, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and Faulkner; the contributions of O´Neill, Miller, and Williams to American theater; and much more. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Arnold Weinstein. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tcco/000062/bk_tcco_000062_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Billy Budd, Sailor is the final novel by American writer Herman Melville, first published posthumously in London in 1924 as edited by Raymond M. Weaver, a professor at Columbia University. Other versions were later published. Melville had begun writing the original work in November 1888, but left it unfinished at his death in 1891. Acclaimed by British critics as a masterpiece when published in London, it quickly took its place as a classic literary work in the United States. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Liam Gerrard. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/104998/bk_acx0_104998_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This novel chronicles part of the lives of the four March sisters during the Civil War. The story starts as the sisters reminisce about past days when times were more abundant and affluent, then follows them in the years ahead as they become more mature and face both good and bad times in their lives. This classic novel has been carefully abridged and adapted into 10 easy-to-understand chapters. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Iman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/edcn/000044/bk_edcn_000044_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This classic novel is about a wolf dog and dog sledding. This audio classic novel has been carefully abridged and adapted into 10 short, easy-to-understand chapters. This format enables listeners of all ages and English language abilities to understand and enjoy the story. Composition includes original custom background music. This adventure tale is appropriate for children and adults. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Iman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/edcn/000041/bk_edcn_000041_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
"Every idiot who goes about with ´Merry Christmas´ on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding;" says Scrooge. Mean old Scrooge despises Christmas...until Christmas Eve, when a haunted voice from the past changes his life overnight. You know the story; now experience the marvel of the book. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paul Scofield. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/009347/bk_blak_009347_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.