This is the story of 12-year-old Annie Jewel Bounds, taken from letters and publications of the time; the story of a girl who would have gone off to war with her father, but when he is lost in battle, she convinces her mother to allow her to dress as a Yankee drummer boy and march off with a unit that will be discharged in just six weeks. Her adventure places her in the thick of the fire and smoke at the Battle of Wilson´s Creek, Missouri. Fought on August 10, 1861, it is the first battle of the Civil War. Sometimes called the ´´Bull Run´´ of the West. The Battle of Oak Hill, as it was called by the Confederates, was a victory for the South. It was fought at Wilson´s Creek, a few miles from Springfield, Missouri. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Matt Guardabascio. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/049009/bk_acx0_049009_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Since her parents´ mysterious deaths many years ago, scientist Cora Sparks has spent her days in the safety of her university lab or at her grandmother Etta´s dress shop. Tucked away on a winding Cambridge street, Etta´s charming tiny store appears quite ordinary to passersby, but the colourfully vibrant racks of beaded silks, delicate laces and jewel-toned velvets hold bewitching secrets - with just a few stitches from Etta´s needle, these gorgeous gowns have the power to free a woman´s deepest desires.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jane Carr. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/howe/002803/bk_howe_002803_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A lesson on the power of vanity, ´´The Necklace´´ tells the story of Madame Mathilde Loisel and her husband. Mathilde always imagined herself as a socialite with beautiful gowns and wonderful jewels. Her husband, however, is a lowly clerk and the two have little money. Desperate to attend an important party, she borrows a friend´s diamond necklace to match the dress her husband bought for her. But when Mathilde loses the expensive jewels, she nearly destroys her life in an effort to pay back the debt. Proceeds from sale of this title go to Reach Out and Read, an innovative literacy advocacy organization. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Hillary Huber. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/006047/bk_blak_006047_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Mathilde Loisel, the lowly born wife of a clerk, has always felt she was meant for greater things. She imagines beautiful gowns, glittering parties, a home of opulence, and a life of comfort. Her only wish is to be flattered and admired, and she is miserable that she will never know that life. But out of the blue, her husband comes home with an invitation to a ball. She buys a new dress but mourns her lack of jewels. But wait! She has a wealthy friend who will lend her something for the evening, and she selects a beautiful diamond necklace as her only adornment. The evening is a success. She is the center of attention, and she´s achieved her greatest ambition. Then calamity strikes. Guy de Maupassant´s heroine, looking back on her life after that fateful night, muses, ´´How strange and changeful is life! How small a thing is needed to make or ruin us!´´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Anne Hancock. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/mike/001400/bk_mike_001400_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Diamond jewelry has long been symbolic of political power and authority in Europe. This book focuses on the individuals who commissioned and wore extraordinarily precious diamond ornaments from the mid-14th century until the ´democratization´ of diamonds that followed the opening of mines in South Africa in 1867. This enthralling story covers seven centuries of history, showing the way in which rulers such as Charles V of France, Queen Elizabeth I of Great Britain, Louis XIV of France and Catherine II of Russia used diamond jewelry to reinforce their power and authority. As works of art, these precious creations mirror the successive styles of each period - late Gothic naturalism, the culture of the Renaissance, Baroque splendour, Rococo elegance and the Imperial grandeur of the First and Second Napoleonic Empires. The recurring themes - religion, sentiment, heraldry, military glory, miniatures and cameo portraiture - are reinterpreted by each generation of jewelers. Like royal dress, diamond jewelry was worn to dazzle and impress - at weddings, coronations, christenings and state visits - and was presented as gifts reflecting princely generosity. Over the centuries, these displays proved remarkably successful as instruments of government, symbolizing the pride and glory of a nation. Arranged chronologically, Diamond Jewelry includes some legendary masterpieces of diamond jewelry. Written by an acknowledged expert, it offers an intriguing overview of one of the world´s most precious gems.
Heroes? Villains? Alien invasions? The citizens of Multiplicity have them all. But would you want superhero parents who dress up in silly costumes, flex their muscles, and always steal the show? Ben, Pippa, Toby, Marcus, and Jewel would rather be Super Zeroes. They don´t need costumes or special powers - they´ve got common sense.Now, however, aliens have landed in Multiplicity and the Super Heroes want to make friends with them. But anyone can see that these strangers haven´t come in friendship. They want much, much more.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Evelyn McLean. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/oakh/000107/bk_oakh_000107_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Get in the holiday spirit as you read this collection of three romantic novellas featuring werewolves celebrating that most wonderful time of the year. Best-selling author Bridget Essex offers a trio of heartwarming tales of women transformed by love. Holiday Wolf Pack includes these three novellas: A Wolf for the Holidays: Mandy’s not having a great December. Her lackluster girlfriend has given her a massive dog - who looks a lot more like a wolf than a dog - as a gift. But all problems seem minor when she wakes up to a gorgeous, naked woman stealing jeans out of her dresser...a woman who swears she’s a werewolf. The Christmas Wolf: When Kat meets potential roommate Jewel, she has high hopes. For one, Jewel´s gorgeous as hell. Distracted by that fact, Kat´s budgetary concerns for the holidays fly out the window, and an intoxicating chemistry begins to brew between Jewel and herself. There´s just one problem: Jewel just happens to be a werewolf.... Howl for the Holidays: Georgia’s past mistakes still haunt her, and on her way home for Christmas, she runs into the girl who’d stolen her heart, bewitching, beautiful Carol. Now, 15 years later, Carol is hardly happy to see her. And as a snowstorm moves over the Maine coast, Georgia and Carol find themselves reliving the past...and wondering if they might still have a future together. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tiana Hanson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/100087/bk_acx0_100087_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A Vera Wang dress, the reception at a sophisticated London venue, and a guest list that reads like a society gossip column are all the ingredients of Anna Whitehall´s perfect wedding that never was.... Spending the summer uncovering hidden treasures in a vintage shop, Anna can still vividly remember both her childhood dreams. The first was that she´d become a prima ballerina and dance onstage resplendent in a jewel-encrusted tutu. The second was that at her wedding, she would walk down the aisle wearing a collective-gasp-from-the-congregation dress. Years ago Anna pirouetted out of her cosy hometown village in a whirl of ambition...but when both of those fairy-tale dreams came crashing down around her ballet shoes, she and fiancé Seb find themselves back in Nettleton, their wedding and careers postponed indefinitely.... Don´t they say that you can never go home again? Sometimes they don´t get it right...This one summer is showing Anna that your dreams have to grow up with you. And sometimes what you think you wanted is just the opposite of what makes you happy.... Don´t miss this brilliant sequel to The Parisian Christmas Bake Off. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ellie Heydon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/003223/bk_hcuk_003223_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
My name is Matilda, but you can call me Matty. Everyone calls me Matty. My grandmother told me this crazy, outlandish, completely unbelievable story about the prince and princess of Stardust, and their quest for muffins. She´s been telling me this story ever since I was a little girl. I know that you are really going to enjoy it - it is quite an adventure. Only, be aware that Grandma swears that this is a true story. Like I said, it is a story about a prince and princess of Stardust, and their quest for muffins. I mean of all things - a quest for muffins? I would think that they would have been on a quest for gold, or diamonds, or beautiful jewels, but muffins? And, another thing, how could she possibly know anything about a prince and princess from the North Star? Really? I must mention, too, that my grandmother and grandfather owned a muffin shop. It´s kind of a strange coincidence, don´t you think? It may sound like just a silly story, but there is one other strange piece of information you must know. There are these two small bottles of sparkly dust that Grandma keeps on her dresser. They have been there for years - well, at least as long as I can remember. One bottle has sparkly silver dust in it, and she says that it is stardust from when the prince and princess visited Muffins Galore. The other bottle is filled with sparkly orange dust. Grandma says that it´s magical dust from when the Spell Caster visited Muffins Galore...really, Grandma? Because of Grandma´s story, whenever I look at the stars at night, I can´t stop thinking that the prince and princess of Stardust are out there on the North Star. Or maybe they are traveling with lightning speed on a moonbeam towards Earth for some luscious muffins. Grandma says that we should all keep our eyes on the North Star and the moonbeams. So, my friends, are you ready for a totally outlandish adventure? All right then, let´s begin! Your friend, Matty 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kat Marlowe. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/042562/bk_acx0_042562_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.