“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and the Company of Dwarves. The Dwarves of Erebor have reclaimed the vast wealth of their homeland, but now must face the consequences of having unleashed the terrifying Dragon, Smaug, upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town. As he succumbs to dragon-sickness, the King Under the Mountain, Thorin Oakenshield, sacrifices friendship and honor in his search for the legendary Arkenstone. Unable to help Thorin see reason, Bilbo is driven to make a desperate and dangerous choice, not knowing that even greater perils lie ahead. An ancient enemy has returned to Middle-earth. Sauron, the Dark Lord, has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain. As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide—unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends as five great armies go to war.
In 1967, Jim Purtell left his small Midwestern town to join the US Army. He did so at a time when the country was pro-Vietnam and serving seemed an honorable thing to do. Little did he know that the tide would turn a mere six months later as drastically as it did. Vietnam - There & Back: A Combat Medic's Chronicle is a candid account of the time when he and several other combat vets found themselves conducting operations in the jungles of Vietnam during and after the Tet Offensive. Purtell describes in gritty detail what it was like to live and fight with an infantry company only to return to anti-Vietnam sentiment so strong that he and his fellow veterans felt nobody cared about them or the sacrifices they made. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Eric Martin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/014104/bk_tant_014104_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Alpha werewolf Eric Martin was killed in battle, but that hasn't stopped his spirit from mating with the medium vampire Ivan Belekoff. Eric is not the only spirit Ivan can see and touch, and the other spirits are constantly attacking him for possession of his body, until Eric becomes Ivan's protector and battles them off. Soon, their arrangement brings out Eric's guilt. He is dead. He had no business mating with Ivan, and when a new medium arrives, offering to teach Ivan how to control his power, Eric is faced with the decision of moving on to the other side. Ivan does not want Eric to go. He still needs the other man more than anything, and he doesn't care if that's selfish. Eric must soon decide if true peace lies in death, or in the arms of his lover, before the new medium sacrifices Ivan's soul to the gods. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Peter B. Brooke. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/051287/bk_acx0_051287_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Only 90 miles of open water separate Florida from Cuba. But after more than 45 years of Communist rule, the two tropical paradises couldn't be more different. José Latour, who has been lavishly praised by Martin Cruz Smith, brilliantly brings both worlds to life in Comrades in Miami. In Havana, spymaster Victoria Valiente, head of Cuban Intelligence's vital Miami Desk, and her husband, Manuel Pardo, a computer expert, are tired of their sacrifices. They try to pull the wool over the chief 's eyes and escape to freedom after an electronic heist, but their actions take place in a world of espionage as cutthroat as anything from the height of the Cold War. Both governments draw out all the players, including a gardener with more abilities than just a green thumb, secret foreign operatives, the FBI, and an unsuspecting former English teacher. Comrades in Miami is a tour de force, an exquisitely crafted novel of sex, politics, and espionage that bridges the gap between the neon streets of Miami and the crumbling facades of Havana. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Marianne Fraulo. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/021837/bk_adbl_021837_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Don't miss this summary of Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard's next installment in their Killing series, Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan. Their book takes a detailed look at the events leading up to the dropping of the atomic bombs in WWII, the justification behind it, and paints a vivid picture of what it was like fighting the Japanese. This Sumoreads summary includes chapter synopses, key takeaways, and analysis to help you quickly absorb the history and politics of the bloodiest war in modern history. What will you learn from listening to this book? A play-by-play of the events leading up to the bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki What it was truly like to fight the Japanese Why the atomic bomb was the only way the Japanese would surrender How this historical decision was made What sets the Japanese army apart from the Americans A visceral understanding of the conditions of battle in World War II Book Summary Overview In Killing the Rising Sun, Best-selling author and prominent TV personality Billy O'Reilly teams up with Martin Dugard to give a raw and riveting account of the war in the Pacific and its shocking end. With clarity and flair, the duo chronicles the difficult judgment calls, the brilliant tactical decisions, and the gut-wrenching sacrifices that gave America an edge over Japan. Killing the Rising Sun is a must-listen for any history enthusiast and anyone wondering if America was justified in dropping atomic bombs on 1945 Japan. Click "Add to Cart" to own your copy today! Please note: This is a summary, analysis and review of the book and not the original book. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael London Anglado. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/089563/bk_acx0_089563_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1932, Hitler and the Nazi Party were threatening to take control of Germany, and there was a growing fear of another war. In the summer of that year, John and Annie Williams make their annual trip to visit their son's grave in the Flanders region of Belgium. Their son, Herbert Edward Williams, had been killed while fighting at the battle of Passchendaele in 1917. Erich and Martina Lehmann from Germany are also in Flanders to pay their respects to the memory of their son, Kurt, who died in the same campaign. During the visit, confrontational events take place. The story moves from the battlefields of the Western Front to the domestic life of the families over a period of two decades. Having lost their sons in one conflict, both families fear that they may have to make further sacrifices. This story does not seek to be pro-British or pro-German. As we travel along the journey of our lives, we will experience joy, pride, despair, love, grief, and the fear of loss. Two Sons is about the emotions, the passion, and the feelings that many of us share, regardless of nationality, class, faith, and status. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Martin Lewis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/049692/bk_acx0_049692_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
With people fleeing the valley in droves and Estes no longer the safe haven it had once been, Neil Martin must make some hard choices. His group has dwindled to 70 homeless refugees who have very little left to survive on. They desperately need to find a place to call home before their many enemies realize how defenseless they truly are. Instead of risking everything on a blind thrust across the Rockies to the Pacific, Neil sends out three picked teams to not only find a safe passage through the mountains but to also find a community that will take them in. Captain Grey is the obvious choice to lead one team, but is Sadie really the person to take charge of another? She is a capable leader, a survivor, and a veteran of dozens of battles, but can she control the schizophrenic eight-year-old who won't leave her side even when the blood starts to run and the voices scream in her head? And what happens when their mission is balanced on the knife's edge with disaster on either side and Jillybean a second from going nuclear. Will Sadie be able to make the hardest of sacrifices for the sake of her family? Or will she let love get in the way? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Basil Sands. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/096945/bk_acx0_096945_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Jabari Asim goes beyond what's taught in the classroom and tells a fact-filled history of African Americans through politics, activism, sports, entertainment, music, and much more. You'll follow the road to freedom beginning with the slave trade and the middle passage through the abolitionist movement and the Civil War where many African Americans fought as soldiers. You'll learn how slave songs often contained hidden messages and how a 15-year-old Jamaican-born young man named Clive Campbell helped to create hip-hop in the early 1970's. You'll experience the passionate speeches, marches, and movements of the Civil Rights era along with and the sacrifices of Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Medgar Evers, and many others. Along the way there are dozens of profiles of political trailblazers like Shirley Chisholm, the first black women elected to Congress in 1968; dominants athletes like Tiger Woods who, in 1995, was only the second African American to play in a Master's Golf Tournament which he went on to win in 1997; popular musicians like Miles Davis, one the most influential artists of the twentieth century; and inspiring writers like Toni Morrison, the first African American to win the Nobel Prize in literature. A Child's Introduction to African American History is a fascinating and comprehensive guide to this often overlooked yet immensely important part of American history. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dion Graham. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/003677/bk_hach_003677_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee are legendary stars of the American stage, television, and film, cherished not merely for their gifts as actors but also for their lifelong commitment to human rights, family values, and community. Now, in a joint memoir that celebrates half a century of successful marriage, they look back on the extraordinary careers that earned each a Presidential Medal for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts. With Ossie and Ruby overflows with consummate storytelling skill, but it's much more than a wonderfully engaging self-portrait. For as they reminisce in alternating chapters, Ossie and Ruby offer a vivid picture of the twentieth-century African-American experience, both in the rural South and the urban North. For Ossie and Ruby, stardom and social responsibility were inseparable, so along with their theatrical stories of Broadway and Hollywood, where black actors fought to escape racial stereotypes, they offer an insider's chronicle of political commitment that drew the wrath of Senator Joe McCarthy and, later, the friendship of both Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X. And, perhaps most important to them, here is the story of their private lives and the family whose love and security more than repaid the sacrifices they made. Often funny, occasionally heartbreaking, and always clear-eyed and candid about themselves and the world they helped to shape, Ossie and Ruby have recorded a book sure to win the heart of anyone who cares about American theater, the struggle for civil rights, and the deep, inspiring values that have guided the lives of two great artists who blazed a triumphant trail. For the first time ever, experience this archival tour de force recording. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/time/000433/bk_time_000433_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.