This book is a brief introduction to the Jain religion, including a close look at its inception and how it evolved over time to its present day status. Special attention will be given to how Jain ideals such as ahimsa and anekantavada (the doctrine of non one-sidedness) can serve as a much needed and welcome panacea to the world's strife and misery. Although Jainism is perhaps the smallest of the world's religions, what it has to offer humankind is of inestimable value.
That a Jew living in Nazi Berlin survived the Holocaust at all is surprising. That he was a homosexual and a teenage leader in the resistance and yet survived is amazing. But that he endured the ongoing horror with an open heart, with love and without vitriol, and has written about it so beautifully is truly miraculous. This is Gad Beck's story.
"Great Story - Horrendous Reading"
The victim of a witch's curse, Jack has been awake for 200 years. Unable to die, unable to sleep, he's trapped in a state of existence that no one can relate to, not even his vampire best friend, Victoria. Using his unique condition, he has helped Victoria in keeping the supernatural world at bay. Evil vampires, werewolves, and monsters have all died at their hand. But he's about to face his biggest challenge, eight-year-old orphan Tiffany.
"Great story, horrid edits and narration"
Glance out the window of a speeding train. The landscape is never the same twice. That's the vibe behind Transit Dreams. This audiobook is a collection of short stories and vignettes. Some may make you laugh, others may make you think. They run the gamut from fantasy to comedy, from horror to cynicism, to just plain weird, and make all stops in between. All aboard. You're in for a ride.
"Brilliantly narrated, brilliantly written"
Alex Issa's thought-provoking stories are difficult to classify. From post-apocalyptic fables tackling restraint in the absence of law, to tales of hit-man morality, his short fiction has challenged listeners and delighted critics with its minimalist sensibilities and ever-present subtext. Here, six almost surreal short stories lead the listener through disturbing and somehow beautiful locations in the mind.
"Vivid writing, edgy subjects, masterful narration"
The day before the rebellion of the Earl of Essex in London, the Lord Chamberlain's Men performed upon commission Richard II, a play wherein Bolingbroke might be taken for Essex and King Richard for Queen Elizabeth. Amazing Insecurity presents two scenes from that performance, as revised by F. L. Light in Sophoclean English classicized. This historical drama maintains the classical form of tragedy in English with seven scenes of dialogue and seven choral performances.
Imagine the bumbling Inspector Clouseau on a farm and you will understand what it was like for a city family that moved to Crooked Creek Farm. From herding cattle with firecrackers to runaway horses, nothing went right for them. Noah would have been proud of the collection of animals that made Crooked Creek Farm look more like a children's petting zoo than a serious farm. Take a hilarious look at farm life like it was never meant to be.
It's a chair that has been passed down from generation to generation. But ten-year-old Joey refuses to go near it - even though it seems terribly important to Joey's father and uncle. Because the chair is part of a family tradition. A tradition in which Joey must take his place-no matter how terrifying...
"A good story, terrible narration."
At the height of the Cold War, one man decodes clandestine signals broadcast over a shortwave radio station. His discovery pushes the world to the brink of global nuclear disaster.
The Ancient Book is a fantasy fiction novella that transports the listener into a magical world of Angdom and the gruesome colony of Satan called Lyncastia that is increasing at an alarming rate. A magical dark cloud prepared by Queen Witch Gilda hovers over all the captured territories and has the ability to shower acid rain or fire from the clouds. Gilda controls the clouds from the confines of Satan's castle through a magical mirror. Satan's castle is encircled by magical thorns that are growing wider and wider.
This dark comedy, written in the style of an article in a history journal, celebrates a huge find. Egyptologists unlock a 3,000-year-old mystery when they unearth a tablet identifying Nebmahket, the forgotten son of Pharaoh Ramesses II. They soon learn why the ancient Egyptians were quick to cover up Nebmahket's existence - the angry young man ate nine babies in his lifetime, two of which were his own children.
This humorous stream of consciousness romp shows the weird side of serving as a juror in Miami's justice system. A young man gets a jury summons for his 18th birthday, thanks to the dual misfortunes of having survived that long and not having committed any felonies along the way. Growing up in Miami in the '80s, it was something of a perfect storm.
Sundry's Antiques boasts the largest collection of porcelain dolls. With their painted-up faces and beady glass eyes, you'd almost think they were watching you....
Late one night, a stranger wanders into a diner off the interstate highway. He orders coffee, takes a refill, and steps back out into a downpour. The waiter knows there's something off about his visitor, but he has no way of knowing just how otherworldly this stranger is until the authorities call him in for a recorded statement the next day. Just who - or what - is the mysterious Company Man?