The overwhelming success of the Lord of the Rings films and the Harry Potter series aptly demonstrates that the fantasy genre is alive and well in the new millennium. The names of authors such as J.R.R. Tolkien, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Terry Brooks evoke ripe tales of heroism and the clash of good versus evil in magical, faraway lands. The rich collection of King Arthur tales have also captured the imagination of millions and resonates with audiences to the present day. Should fantasy be considered serious literature, or is it merely escapism? In this course, the roots of fantasy and the works that have defined the genre are examined. Incisive analysis and a deft assessment of what makes these works so very special provides a deeper insight into beloved works and a better understanding of why fantasy is such a pervasive force in modern culture. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Professor Michael D.C. Drout. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/002558/bk_reco_002558_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this tour de force of psychological suspense, best-selling author Lisa Black draws from her experience as a forensic investigator to create fascinating characters, including a woman in a lifelong relationship with death. Her latest case is an unidentified female in her early teens, discovered in a local cemetery. More shocking than the girl´s injuries - for Maggie at least - is the fact that no one has reported her missing. She and the detectives assigned to the case (including her cop ex-husband) are determined to follow every lead, run down every scrap of evidence. But the monster they seek is watching every move, closer to them than they could possibly imagine. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kirsten Potter. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/drms/001064/bk_drms_001064_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The legends of a fabled land of the lost have floated for centuries around the bazaars of North Africa and the sand-surrounded oases of the vast Sahara. They tell of treasure caravans that have never returned, of weird monsters forgotten by time, of savage peoples surviving out of antiquity. Eric Carstairs had heard these tales but until he met Professor Potter, he did not really believe them. But the fabled paleontologist had the location of the entrance to the Underground World pinned down, and he wanted a man of courage to fly him there. Carstairs and Potter took the chance -- and pierced the pit to Zanthodon, a world within the world, where cavemen and cave-beasts roamed side by side with dinosaurs of millions of years ago. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Matt K Baker. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/000695/bk_acx0_000695_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this hour, a film from the point-of-view of the perpetrators, not the victims, of the 1965 killing of over 1,000,000 suspected Communists in Indonesia. Next: So, is it society, nurture if you will, that creates the monsters among us, or is it our nature? Enter the Fierce People - the indigenous Yanomamo Indians of the Amazon. Then, is humanity getting better or worse? We examine the question. After that, TTBOOK host Anne Strainchamps reads a portion of the poem ´´A Brave and Startling Truth´´ by the late Maya Angelou. Plus, Lorrie Moore reviews Alice Munroe´s Carried Away. And finally, the politics and passion of the Harry Potter Alliance. Their work in action... in Thailand. [Broadcast Date: June 13, 2014] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim Fleming. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/tbon/140613/rt_tbon_140613_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Everything changed forever for 12-year-old Theo the day fire and ice erupt from the sky. He discovers that dragons are real when Lamia, a three-headed monster, kidnaps his sister. A witch and a talking magpie help him open the portal to Dragon Village, a land he knows only from myth and a place filled with terrifying creatures. A young woodland nymph befriends him when he arrives. He must learn to trust his instincts as he searches for a way to defeat Lamia before the dragon sacrifices his sister. In his journey, he uncovers secrets that reveal that only he can save the mystical land. In this audiobook, you will discover some of the terrifying creatures from Bulgarian and Slavic mythology. Some you may know by other names: Samodivi are Veelas from Harry Potter fame, but in this audiobook they´re depicted as supernatural creatures of the forest. Baba Yaga, harpies, and other creatures find their way into these pages, as well as, the dreaded lamia. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Sanderlin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/114600/bk_acx0_114600_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A sprawling, genre-defying epic set in a dystopian metropolis plagued by dragons, this debut about what it´s like to be young in a very old world is pure storytelling pleasure In the burned-out, futuristic city of Empire Island, three young people navigate a crumbling metropolis constantly under threat from a pair of dragons that circle the skies. When violence strikes, reality star Duncan Humphrey Ripple V, the spoiled scion of the metropolis´ last dynasty; Baroness Swan Lenore Dahlberg, his tempestuous, death-obsessed betrothed; and Abby, a feral beauty he discovered tossed out with the trash; are forced to flee everything they´ve ever known. As they wander toward the scalded heart of the city, they face fire, conspiracy, mayhem, unholy drugs, dragon-worshippers, and the monsters lurking inside themselves. In this bombshell of a novel, Chandler Klang Smith has imagined an unimaginable world: scathingly clever and gorgeously strange, The Sky Is Yours is at once faraway and disturbingly familiar, its singular chaos grounded in the universal realities of love, family, and the deeply human desire to survive at all costs. The Sky Is Yours is incredibly cinematic, bawdy, rollicking, hilarious, and utterly unforgettable, a debut that listeners who loved Cloud Atlas, Super Sad True Love Story, and Blade Runner will adore. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kirsten Potter. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/005468/bk_rand_005468_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Bailey Chen is fresh out of college, with all the usual new-adult demons: no cash, no job offers, and an awkward relationship with Zane, the old friend she kinda-sorta hooked up with during high school. But when Zane introduces Bailey to his monster-fighting bartender friends, her demons become a lot more literal. It turns out evil creatures stalk the city streets after hours, and they can be hunted only with the help of magically mixed cocktails: Vodka grants super strength, whiskey offers the power of telekinesis, and tequila lets its drinker fire blasts of elemental energy. But will all of these powers be enough for Bailey to halt a mysterious rash of gruesome deaths? And what will she do when the safety of a real-world job beckons? This sharp and funny urban fantasy is perfect for fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and grown-up listeners of Harry Potter. Includes 15 recipes from a book of ancient cocktail lore. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Emily Woo Zeller. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/008817/bk_blak_008817_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
For girls who are fans of Harry Potter and have outgrown the Disney Fairies series and the American Girl books, the Fairy Godmother Academy is the perfect series - fantasy books filled with magic and adventure but grounded by contemporary girls and issues.Zally Guevara always knows where she´s going. She has a passion for maps of all kinds and can´t wait to pack her suitcase and explore the world. But Zally doesn´t have to wait to get her wish. With the help of a cup of magical cocoa from her grandmother, she travels to a place that only girls training to become fairy godmothers can get to—the enchanted dreamland of Aventurine, a place that has no map.In Aventurine, Zally is given her quest: to save a fairy queen who has lost her will to live. Zally´s companions are a young fairy with a broken wing, and a stallion prince. The trio´s journey proves to be even more challenging than they could have imagined as they meet monsters and get lost in a ruined fairy city. All the while, Zally is making a map of Aventurine and discovering that she has a talent, passed down from generations of women in her family: understanding the thoughts of animals. But will this be enough to save the fairy queen and ensure that Zally can continue her fairy-godmother training? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Vane Millon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lili/001198/bk_lili_001198_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From Susan Casey, bestselling author of The Devil’s Teeth, an astonishing book about colossal, ship-swallowing rogue waves and the surfers who seek them out.For centuries, mariners have spun tales of gargantuan waves, 100-feet high or taller. Until recently scientists dismissed these stories - waves that high would seem to violate the laws of physics. But in the past few decades, as a startling number of ships vanished and new evidence has emerged, oceanographers realized something scary was brewing in the planet’s waters. They found their proof in February 2000, when a British research vessel was trapped in a vortex of impossibly mammoth waves in the North Sea - including several that approached 100 feet. As scientists scramble to understand this phenomenon, others view the giant waves as the ultimate challenge. These are extreme surfers who fly around the world trying to ride the ocean’s most destructive monsters. The pioneer of extreme surfing is the legendary Laird Hamilton, who, with a group of friends in Hawaii, figured out how to board suicidally large waves of 70 and 80 feet. Casey follows this unique tribe of people as they seek to conquer the holy grail of their sport, a 100-foot wave. In this mesmerizing account, the exploits of Hamilton and his fellow surfers are juxtaposed against scientists’ urgent efforts to understand the destructive powers of waves - from the tsunami that wiped out 250,000 people in the Pacific in 2004 to the 1,740-foot-wave that recently leveled part of the Alaskan coast. Like Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air, The Wave brilliantly portrays human beings confronting nature at its most ferocious. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kirsten Potter. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/002378/bk_rand_002378_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.