Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space. (Ansel Adams) ´´Some of the natural world is appealing, some of it is terrifying, and some of it grosses us out. Modern people don´t want to be dropped naked into a swamp. We want to tour Yosemite with our water bottles and G.P.S. devices. The natural world is a source of happiness and fulfillment, but only when prescribed in the right doses.´´ (Paul Bloom) ´´If for a moment you are inclined to regard these taluses as mere draggled, chaotic dumps, climb to the top of one of them, and run down without any haggling, puttering hesitation, boldly jumping from boulder to boulder with even speed. You will then find your feet playing a tune, and quickly discover the music and poetry of these magnificent rock piles - a fine lesson; and all Nature´s wildness tells the same story - the shocks and outbursts of earthquakes, volcanoes, geysers, roaring, thundering waves and floods, the silent uprush of sap in plants, storms of every sort - each and all are the orderly beauty-making love-beats of Nature´s heart.´´ (John Muir) The United States is full of natural wonders, but few remain unspoiled by man as much as Yosemite National Park: a 750,000-square-acre park near the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Despite being inhabited by people for nearly 3,000 years, the relatively remote spot helped ensure that even as America expanded west, the Yosemite area avoided being settled or exploited like so many other areas on the frontier. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Diane Lehman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/033410/bk_acx0_033410_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
His touch can heal or harm. His fate is solitary. His agony belongs to us all… He was born on a day of pain: November 22, 1963. He came of age in agony: that moment of tragedy when fun-loving rock-and-roll deejay Paul Handler discovered the inexplicable power in his own hands. It is the power to make the wounded whole again. The power to make the lame walk and to heal the sick. It is a power that will sap his soul and plunge him into the world of a famous faith healer. It is a power that can turn to rage, even murder. It is a gift that makes Paul Handler a living, breathing human sacrifice. For thousands of years, a secret cabal has guarded the lineage to which Paul is heir — scapegoats who have been forced to bear humanity´s anguish upon themselves. Now, while the cabal searches for him, and one man seeks to destroy him, Paul makes a lonely, frightening journey to the core of his identity and to his destiny … to all the pain his soul can bear, to all the redemption he can give, to the freedom that is death. Review Quotes ´´A wonderfully complex book which works on many levels; not only is it an entertaining read, it also makes insightful observations about everything from love and self-sacrifice to the living habits of your average bachelor deejay.” — Cemetery Dance ´´Enjoyable storytelling with a heart.´´ — After Hours ´´A long, thoughtful examination of the corruption of power and the perversion of innocence, enlivened by first-rate characterization.´´ — Science Fiction Chronicle ´´I can honestly say, without any reservation, that Deathgrip is the best novel I´ve read this year … full fruition of the promise shown in his earlier novels.´´ — 2 A.M. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dave Cruse. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/102749/bk_acx0_102749_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity, and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind. (Leonardo) In Charles River Editors´ History for Kids series, your children can learn about history´s most important people and events in an easy, entertaining, and educational way. The concise but comprehensive audiobook will keep your kid´s attention all the way to the end. The Renaissance spawned the use of the label ´´Renaissance Man´´ to describe a person who is extremely talented in multiple fields, and no discussion of the Renaissance is complete without the original ´´Renaissance Man´´, Leonardo da Vinci. Indeed, if 100 people are asked to describe Leonardo in one word, they might give 100 answers. As the world´s most famous polymath and genius, Leonardo found time to be a painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. It would be hard to determine which field Leonardo had the greatest influence in. His Mona Lisa and The Last Supper are among the most famous paintings of all time, standing up against even Michelangelo´s work. But even if he was not the age´s greatest artist, Leonardo may have conduced his most influential work was done in other fields. His emphasis on the importance of nature would influence enlightened philosophers centuries later, and he sketched speculative designs for gadgets like helicopters that would take another four centuries to create. Leonardo´s vision and philosophy were made possible by his astounding work as a mathematician, engineer, and scientist, at a time when much of science was dictated by church teachings, Leonardo studied geology and anatomy long before they became scientific fields, and he used his incredible artistic abilities to sketch the famous Vitruvian Man, linking art and science together. Leonardo also conducted scie 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tracey Norman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/092047/bk_acx0_092047_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This is an original coupling on disc - Debussy´s sole quartet is nearly always paired with Ravel´s - but also a natural and pleasing one, serving to illuminate two lesser-known string quartets with an earlier masterpiece of the genre. Szymanowski´s music is saturated with the influence of the two French composers, but his voice is recognisably his own, whether in the three opulent symphonies, the elusive pianocycles, the opera King Roger that is his masterpiece, or these two string quartets, both composed in 1927. Even so, it is also not difficult to hear an affinity with Bartok´s experience, particularly in the Second, where the instrumental language is more experimental, in the employment of trills, ground rhythms, percussive chords, spices that thicken the original sap, never resorting to mere quotations but, as in Bartok, using rhythmic cells as kickstarters for the engine of creation. The First Quartet is much lusher, recalling the endless singing lines of the First Violin Concerto and more obviously looking back to the Impressionism of Debussy, though Debussy´s own quartet dates from a pre-Impressionist period when he was just beginning to formulate his own language. In the same year as the quartet, 1892, he began to write Prélude a l´apresmidi d´un faune and first saw Maurice Maeterlinck´s symbolist drama, Pelléas et Melisande, of which he would produce his own operatic version a decade later. The quartet itself is endlessly satisfying, and any fine new recording has its own things to say. The Quartetto Prometeo is an Italian ensemble founded in 1998, and now with several albums to their name, including Hugo Wolf´s complete music for string quartet (BC94166), which contains ´an illuminating interpretation of the String Quartet that is both athletic and elegant, luxuriating in the work´s warmth but also plunging fearlessly into its icy depths.´ (MusicWeb International) They have forged a creative partnership with one of today´s leading Italian composers, Salvatore Sciarrino, which has resulted in commissions and a CD of his famously refined and technically challenging music. This new recording presents an unusual pairing of the complete string quartets by Szymanowski and Debussy. Szymanowksi is one of Poland´s most famous composers. Influences on his style are many (Bartok´s percussive and motoric drive, Ravel´s coloristic sonorities) but he found his own personal language, lush, opulent, rich and sometimes exotic, always expressing a deep emotional content. Debussy´s string quartet dates from his early years, a beautiful and romantic work, the French answer to Wagner´s richly chromatic language. The Quartetto Prometeo is one of Italy´s finest string quartets. Their recording for Brilliant Classics of the string quartet by Hugo Wolf received excellent reviews: ´´an illuminating interpretation of the String Quartet that is both athletic and elegant, luxuriating in the work´s warmth but also plunging fearlessly into its icy depths.´´ (MusicWeb International).