When scholars study the history of the ancient Near East, several wars that had extremely brutal consequences (at least by modern standards) often stand out. Forced removal of entire populations, sieges that decimated entire cities, and wanton destruction of property were all tactics used by the various peoples of the ancient Near East against each other, but the Assyrians were the first people to make war a science.
"A nice but brief summary. "
This audiobook examines The Peanuts Movie. Charlie Brown and friends are finally on the big screen, rendered in 3D animation.
This article profiles Donna Leon. Best known for her Venetian detective, Guido Brunetti, Leon is an international best seller. Find out how she became a success and how her career has developed.
World War II was fought on a scale unlike anything before or since in human history, and the unfathomable casualty counts are attributable in large measure to the carnage inflicted between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union during Hitler's invasion of Russia and Stalin's desperate defense. The invasion came in 1941 following a nonaggression pact signed between the two in 1939, which allowed Hitler to focus his attention on the west without having to worry about an attack from the eastern front.
Mastering the West offers a thoroughly engrossing narrative of this century of battle in the western Mediterranean, while treating a full range of themes: the antagonists' military, naval, economic, and demographic resources; the political structures of both republics; and the postwar impact of the conflicts on the participants and victims.
"Great story -- coughing, breathy narrator."
When 10-year-old Derek and 8-year-old Sam move with their family to Virginia, they have no idea what adventures the summer will bring. As the brothers explore their creaky old house and the deep surrounding woods, they uncover a 60-year-old mystery of a valuable coin collection stolen from the local museum.
"Great story, very compelling narrator"
Alongside St. Ignatius, who founded the Jesuits, St. Francis of Assisi is widely regarded as one of the most venerated saints in the Catholic Church due to his work establishing religious orders that have done an incalculable amount of good and service for societies. Like St. Ignatius, St. Francis also got his start as a soldier who experienced a vision that put him on a more divine path.
"A good short Read about St Francis"
This audiobook examines How to Get Away with Murder. The ABC series follows a group of elite law school students as they help their professor defend clients and, possibly, get away with murder.
"TV had much more impact back in the '70s than it does today. Charlie's Angels got huge numbers every week - nothing really dominates the television landscape like that today. Now there are so many channels and so many more shows it's hard for anything to get the audience, or amount of attention, that Charlie's Angels got. Farrah was a major TV star when the medium was clearly dominant." - Larry King
"The life of Farrah Fawcett"
Adam Hammes weaves together deeply personal stories from over 15 years of advocacy as a sustainability consultant, corporate manager of sustainability, business professor, non-profit founder, and environmental educator (with stories from other social and environmental advocates) to share an easy-to-understand framework for overcoming frustration and burnout while trying to make a difference in the world.
While much has been written of the Battle of the Bulge, Okinawa, Midway, Stalingrad, and many other conflicts of the Second World War, the Battle for Berlin has remained in the shadows for many historians. Its importance in toppling Hitler cannot be denied, despite the fact that some thought its strategic value unnecessary to the war itself. The capture of the city and the red Soviet banner hanging victorious over the Reichstag is one of history's most famous (and ominous) images. The battle's implications would be felt for the next 50 years.
This is a profile of Clive Cussler. The best-selling author has published more than 50 books, some of which have been adapted for the big screen. Find out how Cussler became a writer and how his career has developed.
"should be free, only 11 min long."
This audiobook previews Concussion, the 2015 movie starring Will Smith. The controversial film suggests that National Football League executives covered up the severity of head injuries suffered by athletes. Find out what the move is about and how it was created.
This audiobook examines The Babadook. The movie follows a widow named Amelia and her son, Samuel, as they read a book called Mister Babadook and experience the horrific consequences.
This audiobook profiles Marion Chesney, the writer known as M.C. Beaton. The cozy mysteries author is responsible for the Hamish Macbeth and Agatha Raisin mysteries, which have made her one of the most checked-out authors at libraries. Listen to find out how her career developed and what TV series she has planned for the future.
This audiobook profiles James Patterson. Best known for his Women's Murder Club and Alex Cross novels, Patterson is a prolific best seller. Find out how he became a writer and how his career has developed.
Heartbreaking and timely novel by Afghan-American author follows one man's journey from New York to the clutches of the Taliban and into an unintentional polygamist union. Honor and Polygamy is far from simply a captivating fiction story, but is also a brilliant commentary on the United States' situation with Afghanistan. Farhad expresses his views on both the political and the cultural sides of Afghanistan.
This article examines the 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. In the first of a new trilogy of Turtles films, Donatello, Raphael, Leonardo, and Michelangelo fight to take New York City back from Shredder and his Foot Clan. Find out what the movie is about and how it was made.
This article profiles Alexander McCall Smith. The versatile author has published more than 100 books. Find out how he became a writer and how his career has developed.