For most travellers, and all merchants, the road from China to India lies as it has lain for centuries, through Singkiang along that ancient Silk Road which is the most romantic and culturally the most important trade route in the history of the world. In 1935 Peter Fleming set out to travel that route, from Peking to Kashmir. It was a journey which swept him and his companion 3500 miles across the roof of the world. It took them seven months to complete the journey.They travelled across deserts and mountains, through ice and sand and into some of the most beautiful, mysterious and dangerous areas in the world. His account of that journey is filled with endurance and adventure, with strange encounters in the wilderness, with tales of Chinese, Mongol tribesmem and Indians, and with a spirited sense of humour and courage. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Richard Mitchley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/004482/bk_adbl_004482_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Here´s the classic TV comedy sketch show that launched the careers of Rowan Atkinson, Griff Rhys Jones, Mel Smith, and Pamela Stephenson. Written by some of Britain´s finest comedy writers, including Richard Curtis, Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin, and David Renwick, the show was groundbreaking, irreverent, outrageous, innovative, and rude. This compilation includes many classic sketches and songs, such as ´´(I Like) Trucking´´. ´´England My Leotard´´, ´´Nice Video (Shame About the Song)´´, the ´´Two Ninnies´´ song, and ´´Kinda Lingers´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rowan Atkinson, Griff Rhys Jones, Mel Smith, Pamela Stephenson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/bbcw/001550/rt_bbcw_001550_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Walter´s Perspective provides a unique glimpse into the rough-and-tumble Chicago news business as seen through the eyes of one of its legendary players. From his first news job working as a legman to his later role as a news anchor and political commentator, Jacobson battled along the front lines of an industry undergoing dramatic changes. While it is ultimately Jacobson´s story, a memoir of a long and distinguished (and sometimes highly controversial) career, it is also an insider´s account of the inner workings of Chicago television news, including the ratings games, the process of defining news and choosing stories, the media´s power and its failures, and the meddling by corporate and network executives. As a reporter, Jacobson was regularly contentious and confrontational. Yet it was this gutsy attitude that put him at the top of the news game, enabling him to get inside information on Chicago government and politics, and helped him become the first local television reporter to be granted a visa to visit Communist China. Jacobson recollects his interactions with Chicago mayors Richard J. and Richard M. Daley, Jane Byrne, Harold Washington, and Rahm Emanuel; recounts his coverage of such fascinating news stories as the violent 1968 Democratic National Convention and the execution of convicted mass murderer John Wayne Gacy; and recalls his reporting on and interviews with Louis Farrakhan, governors George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich, and Barack Obama. The book is published by Sourthern Illinois University Press. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Sipple. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/048036/bk_acx0_048036_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Rowan Atkinson, Griff Rhys Jones, Mel Smith and Pamela Stephenson star in highlights from the groundbreaking BBC TV comedy sketch series. Not the Nine O´Clock News is regarded as one of the classics of British television comedy. Written by some of Britain´s finest comedy writers, including Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Blackadder), Guy Jenkin (Outnumbered, Drop the Dead Donkey), David Renwick (One Foot in the Grave) and Andrew Marshall (2point4 children), the show was innovative, rude - and extremely funny. This hilarious compilation includes some of the best sketches and songs, including ´(I Like) Trucking´, ´England My Leotard´, ´Supa Dupa´, as well as the Barry Manilow and Ronald Reagan songs. With its irreverent and outrageous look at everything from University Challenge, marriage, and lager to bad language and squashed hedgehogs, this release features some of the sharpest, wittiest comedy to have graced the small screen. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rowan Atkinson, Griff Rhys Jones, Mel Smith, Pamela Stephenson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/006835/bk_bbcw_006835_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Rowan Atkinson, Mel Smith, Pamela Stephenson and Griff Rhys Jones star in Not the Nine O´Clock News: Memory Kinda Lingers (Vintage Beeb) featuring sketches from the groundbreaking BBC TV series plus the live Drury Lane Theatre show Not in Front of the Audience. Not the Nine O´Clock News is one of the great classics of British television comedy, with co-writers including Richard Curtis, John Lloyd, Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin, Colin Bostock-Smith, and Howard Goodall. Politicians, entertainers, world powers, members of the Royal Family, pop stars, and even Barry Manilow fans were all fair game in this wickedly funny satirical sketch series. Highlights include ´´McEnroe´s Breakfast´´, ´´Game for a Laugh´´, ´´Question Time´´, ´´The Return of Constable Savage´´, and musical manglings including ´´Bloody Typical´´, ´´Nice Video (Shame About the Song)´´, ´´The Two Ninnies Song´´, and the mini-musical Laker! Warning: contains strong language and adult humour which reflects the era in which it was first broadcast. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rowan Atkinson, Mel Smith, Pamela Stephenson, Griff Rhys Jones. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/007354/bk_bbcw_007354_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A headline-crunching celebration of Radio 4´s hugely successful topical comedy quiz show. The News Quiz made its debut on Radio 4 in 1977, and four decades later it´s still playfully making and breaking the headlines of our daily news. Among the vintage gems in this collection are 25 Years of the News Quiz, in which Alan Coren, Andy Hamilton, Jeremy Hardy, John Sergeant, Linda Smith and Francis Wheen take a trip through a quarter of a century of headline news, with Radio 4 newsreaders providing cuttings (and giggles) from 1977 to 2002. Meanwhile The Archive Hour: Headlines, Deadlines and Punchlines, presented by Matthew Parris, features interviews with chairmen and panellists past and present including Barry Norman. Also included are Barry Took and Simon Hoggart´s own selections of funniest moments from the 1980s to the 2000s. The plethora of guest players featured includes Clive Anderson, Joan Bakewell, Jo Brand, Rory Bremner, Peter Cook, Edwina Currie, Nigel Dempster, Roy Hattersley, Tony Hawks, Jeremy Hardy, Ian Hislop, Richard Ingrams, Clive James, Boris Johnson, Charles Kennedy, Miles Kington, Maureen Lipman, Stuart Maconie, Steve Punt, Willie Rushton, John Sergeant, Linda Smith, Mark Steel, Janet Street-Porter, Sandi Toksvig, John Wells and many, many more. If you enjoy your news humorously grilled, with a side order of biting wit, this vintage collection is highly recommended. Some of the humour on this release reflects the era in which it was first broadcast. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Barry Took, Alan Coren, Simon Hoggart. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/002764/bk_rhuk_002764_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this issue:COMMENT´´Chin Music´´, by Louis Menand: The war between the White House and Fox News.THE TALK OF THE TOWN´´The Oracle´´, by David Remnick: Cornel West keeps his promise to Barack Obama.BOOKS´´The Things People Say´´, by Elizabeth Kolbert: Rumors in an age of unreason.MEDICAL DISPATCH´´Robots that Care´´, by Jerome Groopman: Advances in technological therapy.PROFILES´´Wild, Wild Wes´´, by Richard Brody: A master of high style goes looking for adventure. 1. Language: English. Narrator: uncredited. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/nyer/091028/pe_nyer_091028_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A massive earthquake has hit the heart of China, causing the unthinkable to happen: The Three Gorges Dam has failed, and there are 55 trillion gallons of water heading downstream. Richard and Robin Mariner are aboard Poseidon, part way between Shanghai and Nanjing, when they hear the news. Logic dictates that they should run downstream to the safety of the ocean. But Richard has other plans. He heads upstream on a mission for the mysterious government official Daniel Huuk, whose main objective is to try to save Nanjing and Shanghai. Both men are convinced that a small group of dedicated people could make all the difference in the end. If they can survive the destructive power of the terrible Red River… 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jonathan Keeble. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/isis/001635/bk_isis_001635_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Tim Lynch and Ian Vasquez on the failed War on Drugs. Richard Lindzen on the misrepresentations of climate change. David E. Bernstein on the myths surrounding Lochner v. New York. Stanley Kober on the uprising in Egypt. Theodore B. Olson, David Boies, and Robert A. Levy on the case for marriage equality. 1. Language: English. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/sp/cato/110710/sp_cato_110710_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
IntroductionMichael Tanner and Jagadeesh Gokhale on entitlement spending and the War on Poverty. Richard A. Epstein on the debate over judicial restraint. Angus Deaton on his new book, The Great Escape. Grover J. ´´Russ” Whitehurst on preschool education. Jim Harper on the artificiality of suspicion. John H. Cochrane on an alternative to Obamacare. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Caleb Brown. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/sp/cato/140210/sp_cato_140210_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.