On the morning of 2 June 1953, the day of Queen Elizabeth´s coronation, the first news ebbed through to the British public of a magnificent achievement: Everest had finally been conquered. Drawing on first-hand interviews and unprecedented access to archives, this is a groundbreaking new account of that extraordinary first ascent. In a thrilling tale of adventure and courage, Mick Conefrey reveals that what has gone down in history as a supremely well-planned attempt was actually beset by crisis and controversy, both on and off the mountain. From funding panics to Sherpa rebellions, hostile press to menacing weather, John Hunt and his team had to draw on unimaginable skill and determination, as well as sheer British ingenuity, to succeed. An intimate insight into the forgotten personalities behind the ascent including Eric Shipton, the enigmatic Mr Everest, and Tom Bourdillon and Charles Evans, who came within 100 metres of being first to the summit. Everest 1953 recounts a bygone age of self-sacrifice and heroism, using letters and personal diaries to reveal the immense stress and heartache the climbers often hid from their fellow team members. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Barnaby Edwards. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/015725/bk_adbl_015725_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Experience a refreshing adrenaline rush on this NPR guided tour of the ultimate in outdoor fun: Whether whitewater rafting on the Hudson River, mountain climbing in the Himalayas, kayaking in Alaska, airboarding in Oregon´s Cascade mountains, or bungee jumping in Australia, each story is an amazing sound adventure - and a great escape. The NPR Sound Treks series brings the outdoors to life with outstanding audio documentaries, stories, and commentary from the NPR archives. Each volume features sounds from nature, insights from experts and others who love the outdoor experience (naturalists, zoologists, biologists, adventurers, even a cowgirl), and vivid storytelling that captures the excitement of the wilderness. Contents: Introduction by Jon Hamilton Racing for Adventure in Borneo The Unger Report: Indoor Skydiving Leaping Down Under Sliders: Racing Down Berkeley´s Steep Hills Braving the Badwater Ultramarathon Air Boarding: Surfing the Slopes, Belly-First Whitewater Rafting on New York´s Hudson River Rock Climber Chris Sharma Chases Next ´´King Line´´ Kayaking in Alaska Climbing Blind in the Himalayas 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jon Hamilton. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/high/000696/bk_high_000696_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Sixty years after Mount Everest was first climbed, this unique book of letters celebrates, in a very personal way, this most majestic of mountains. With exclusive access to the private archives of pioneering New Zealand climber George Lowe, this is a welcome tribute to an unsung hero. The ascent of Everest in the summer of 1953 was one of the 20th century’s great triumphs of exploration. George Lowe’s efforts on the mountain were crucial to the endeavour. He was one of the lead climbers, forging the route up Everest’s Lhotse Face without oxygen and later cutting steps for his partners up the summit ridge. In this touching book, read by Dan Stevens, a trove of unpublished letters from the Lowe collection are brought together for the first time, to describe the day-by-day moments of this historic expedition as never before. As often as he could, George wrote letters home to his family. In turn, they could then keep their friends updated with news, frequently before the local newspapers had full accounts of the climb. These rare letters from Everest provide a vivid, behind-the-scenes witness of a climb that would make history. In clear and elegant prose, this is a unique testimony of a superlative human achievement. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dan Stevens. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/plrw/000001/bk_plrw_000001_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In The Search for the Codex Cardona, Arnold J. Bauer tells the story of his experiences on the trail of a cultural treasure, a Mexican ´´painted book” that first came into public view at Sotheby’s auction house in London in 1982, nearly 400 years after it was presumably made by Mexican artists and scribes. On folios of amate paper, the Codex includes two oversized maps and 300 painted illustrations accompanied by text in 16-century paleography. The Codex relates the trajectory of the Nahua people to the founding of the capital of Tenochtitln and then focuses on the consequences of the Spanish conquest up to the 1550s. If authentic, the Codex Cardona is an invaluable record of early Mexico. Yet there is no clear evidence of its origin, what happened to it after 1560, or even where it is today, after its last known appearance at Christie’s auction house in New York in 1998. Bauer first saw the Codex Cardona in 1985 in the Crocker Nuclear Laboratory at the University of California, Davis, where scholars from Stanford and the University of California were attempting to establish its authenticity. Allowed to gently lift a few pages of this ancient treasure, Bauer was hooked. By 1986, the Codex had again disappeared from public view. Bauer’s curiosity about the Codex and its whereabouts led him down many forking paths - from California to Seville and Mexico City, to the Firestone Library in Princeton, to the Getty Museum in Los Angeles and Christie’s in New York - and it brought him in contact with an international cast of curators, agents, charlatans, and erudite book dealers. The Search for the Codex Cardona is a mystery that touches on issues of cultural patrimony, the workings of the rare books and manuscripts trade, the uncertainty of archives and evidence, and the ephemerality of the past and its remains. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robert Blumenfeld. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/011829/bk_adbl_011829_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Based on material in the 150-year-old archive of Thomas Cook, this work is a voyage through the romantic era of travel, from the mid-Victorian period to the 1950s. There are 40 full-page poster reproductions, and travel memorabilia, from tickets to early tourists´ photographs.
The ex-slave ship Freedom travels east across Agora´s southern seas. Talon has set his sights on Belldon Island, where it is said that Akkeri is being kept by the royal family. He plans on sailing as far North as the Strait of Shierdon before heading south by land to rescue his love. But it seems that the gods have different plans for him, as does the King of Shierdon. After an attack at sea by a mysterious and powerful foe, Talon finds himself at the center of a large-scale political game. He soon realizes that if he can play the game right, not only will he have a chance to free Akkeri and the Skomm, but he just might be able to gain his people a land of their own. First, however, he must convince his estranged father to fight beside him against Chieftain Winterthorn and his son, the hated Fylkin. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Saethon Williams. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/079054/bk_acx0_079054_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Damien Vennar used to be a god. As a technomage, Damien had the power to create entire universes. Then, 500 years ago, he gave it all up. He suspended the nanites that made up his bloodstream and began to age - and eventually die - like anyone else. For centuries, Damien has lived among those who once worshiped him, his real identity fading into myth and legend. Hundreds of years later, when Ceril Bain finds Damien´s old sword buried in his grandfather´s garden, he´s put on the fast-track to follow in Vennar´s footsteps. Over the next six years, Ceril trains as a technomage aboard the Inkwell Sigil, a ship with the ability to travel between dimensions. Just as Ceril is preparing to undergo his rites and finish his training, the Inkwell Sigil loses power. Stranded in space with no way back home, Ceril and four of his classmates are given their final assignment: go into uncharted territory, find a way back home, and bring back the one person who can fix the ship - Damien Vennar himself. While away, Ceril and his team find themselves in a predicament when they confuse an attempt at first contact with an attack and kill two of the world´s winged inhabitants. They are shortly captured and imprisoned, and the only thing keeping them alive is their angel-like captors´ belief they may be the subjects of an ancient prophecy about a group of magic-wielding messiahs. But that´s impossible, isn´t it? 1. Language: English. Narrator: CB Droege. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/044729/bk_acx0_044729_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Travel deeper into the mysterious world of the Copernicus Legacy with the Copernicus Archives: exciting, fast-paced novellas that get you close to the characters and the heart of the adventure. Becca and the Prisoner´s Cross: The Copernicus Archives #2 is studious language expert Becca´s thrilling first-person account of the next stop in the Kaplans´ perilous journey. As Becca and her family race through London, it´s up to Becca to make sense of the strange time blackouts she´s experiencing before the evil Teutonic Order beats them to the next relic. Or, worse, hurts the people she loves. Perfect for fans of Rick Riordan and Ridley Pearson, Becca and the Prisoner´s Cross continues the thrilling Copernicus Legacy quest and brings one of the characters into the spotlight. Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Arielle DeLisle. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/004509/bk_harp_004509_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Were you terrified of the Daleks? Has the familiar Doctor Who theme tune ever sent a shiver down your spine? Did Saturday teatimes once mean gathering round the television to see where the TARDIS had landed each week? If so, Doctor Who at the BBC is for you. In this special release, Elisabeth Sladen and Nicholas Courtney take a journey through the archives and uncover the history of Doctor Who on BBC radio and television. Nicholas Courtney (Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart in the series) traces the development of this incredibly successful series, which first hit our TV screens in 1963. As well as a galaxy of classic moments from the series, he introduces some of the great and good who helped make the series a national institution, including many of the actors who´ve played the Doctors and his companions, and some of the series´ most prolific writers and producers. Meanwhile Elisabeth Sladen, the Doctor´s trusty assistant Sarah-Jane, travels back in time to discover some little-heard radio gems. There´s a 1974 location report from Dartmoor, The Ed Stewart Show broadcast live from Longleat in 1983, Radio 1´s Newsbeat on the recovery of a missing episode, and rare archive interviews with Terry Nation, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Mary Tamm, Douglas Adams, and even the mutt-shaped K9. A wealth of comedy is also represented with clips from Hello Cheeky, Week Ending, The Skivers, and Dead Ringers. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Elisabeth Sladen, Nicholas Courtney. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/bbcw/000042/rt_bbcw_000042_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.