The Clockwork Universe is the story of a band of men who lived in a world of dirt and disease but pictured a universe that ran like a perfect machine. A meld of history and science, this book is a group portrait of some of the greatest minds who ever lived as they wrestled with natures most sweeping mysteries. The answers they uncovered still hold the key to how we understand the world.
Fascinating history of how the study of natural science originated in England, providing for the first time a hope of replacing universal superstition and ignorance. Focuses on investigations conducted during the 1600s, mostly in England and also in Germany, Holland, France, Italy.
First thing I did when I finished the book was to begin it again; it was that enjoyable and informative. Thank you, Edward Dolnick, wherever you are !
Ken Follett and John Lee, the author and narrator of Pillars of the Earth and World Without End, are back together again for Fall of Giants, the first in The Century Trilogy. They recently chatted with Audible editor Diana Dapito about the new epic book, and what it was like to write and record it.
Ken Follett's expertise in history and accurate accents came through clearly in this interview and convinced me without question that I wanted to experience his most magnificent undertaking, a true tour de force. He brings history to life, despite the massive challenge of presenting characters from four "giants" -- nations that are waging war and striving for peace. This interview is about a fascinating, epic book.
A disease of unparalleled destructive force has sprung up almost simultaneously in every corner of the globe, all but destroying the human race. One survivor, strangely immune to the effects of the epidemic, ventures forward to experience a world without man. What he ultimately discovers will prove far more astonishing than anything he'd either dreaded or hoped for.
Of all the books I have read in my lifetime, George R. Stewart's EARTH ABIDES is my all-time favorite. I watch for copies to give to favored fellow readers. Ever since my first reading of it, this book has changed how I look at my life, my relationships, and what we humans call civilization.
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Best-selling author Philippa Gregory introduces one of her most unforgettable heroines: Katherine of Aragon. Daughter of Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain, Katherine has been fated her whole life to marry Prince Arthur of England. When they meet and are married, the match becomes as passionate as it is politically expedient. But tragically, Arthur falls ill and extracts from his young bride a deathbed promise to marry his brother Henry, become Queen, and fulfill their dreams and her destiny.
Would that history classes had been as realistic and captivating as this book! Can't WAIT to dive into another decades-full adventure with this author!
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Sing your way to a new language, anytime, anywhere! The new enhanced edition of Rush Hour Spanish includes two audio programs, a bonus music-only version of favorite Rush Hour songs, and a free downloadable word game (see www.berlitzbooks.com for link). Original music and catchy songs help you remember everyday words, phrases, and sentences, and the exciting storyline keeps you involved. Fun to use alone or with your family!
An awesomely easy way to absorb Spanish words, phrases, and sentences! They pop into my mind at appropriate moments -- and I didn't even know I was learning them. All I did was repeatedly play for myself the musical "lessons" of this audible book.
At dawn on Easter morning 1343, a marauding band of French raiders arrives by boat to ambush the coastal village of Hookton. To brave young Thomas, the only survivor, the horror of the attack is epitomized by the casual savagery of a particular black-clad knight. Thomas vows to avenge the murder of his townsmen and recapture a holy treasure that the black knight stole from the church.
An intriguing story, for sure, if you are enthralled by historical fiction -- but expect also frank and realistic battle descriptions. You'll never picture "war" the same again.
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Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....
I have never laughed out loud so often while reading a book! Nor have I shared tidbits and whole paragraphs so often with friends or even nearby strangers!
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As a world-class equestrian and Olympic contender, Annemarie Zimmer lived for the thrill of flight atop a strong, graceful animal. Then, at 18, a tragic accident destroyed her riding career and Harry, the beautiful horse she cherished. Now, 20 years later, Annemarie is coming home.
As I read this person's account of her traumatic and challenging adventures, I BECAME her. My reading times transported me out of myself and my own routines and problems, which I greatly enjoyed.