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.
Please note: This is a key takeaways and analysis of the book and not the original book. Start Publishing Notes´ Summary, Analysis, and Review of Colson Whitehead´s The Underground Railroad: A Novel, includes a summary of the audiobook, review, analysis & key takeaways, and detailed ´´About the Author´´ section. Preview: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, is an audiobook about Cora, an enslaved woman in Georgia who escapes from a plantation and heads north. The audiobook is loosely based on real slave narratives. However, it includes fantastic and ahistorical elements. For example, the historical Underground Railroad was a network, which helped slaves escape. In the audiobook, the Underground Railroad is an actual buried railway line. Ajarry, Cora´s grandmother, was enslaved in Africa and shipped to America. She was sold many times before she ended up on the Randall plantation in Georgia, where she bore Cora´s mother, Mabel. Mabel ran away from the plantation when Cora was 10, leaving the girl to fend for herself. Cora hated Mabel for leaving her. She never found out that Mabel had in fact only gotten a few miles from the plantation, and then decided to turn back, because she couldn´t bear abandoning her child. However, before she could return, a poisonous snake bit her and she died in the swamp. The slave catcher who was hired to bring her back, named Ridgeway, never found her. His failure nagged at him. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Gilboe. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/092142/bk_acx0_092142_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Darling is Hannah Musgrave´s story, told emotionally and convincingly years later by Hannah herself. A political radical and member of the Weather Underground, Hannah has fled America to West Africa, where she and her Liberian husband become friends and colleagues of Charles Taylor, the notorious warlord and now ex-president of Liberia. When Taylor leaves for the United States in an effort to escape embezzlement charges, he´s immediately placed in prison. Hannah´s encounter with Taylor in America ultimately triggers a series of events whose momentum catches Hannah´s family in its grip and forces her to make a heartrending choice. Set in Liberia and the United States from 1975 through 1991, The Darling is a political/historical thriller, reminiscent of Graham Greene and Joseph Conrad, that explodes the genre, raising serious philosophical questions about terrorism, political violence, and the clash of races and cultures. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mary Beth Hurt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/000928/bk_harp_000928_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This sequel to King Solomon´s Mines is filled with the spirit of adventure. Thrilled by rumors of a lost civilization, three Englishmen decide to travel to the heart of Africa with their Zulu guide where they meet with continual peril: an attack by a cruel warrior tribe, the scorch of underground volcanic fires, and an encounter with a huge species of ferocious black crab. Exhausted and depleted of supplies, the men at last arrive at a mysterious city in the highlands of the interior. More problems arise when one of the Englishmen falls in love with one of the twin queens who rule the land. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Fred Williams. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/000369/bk_blak_000369_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
John Wells enters new territory, as he goes underground in East Africa to track four kidnapped Americans and the Somali bandits who snatched them, in the tough, thoughtful, electrifying new novel from the #1 New York Times best-selling author. Four friends, recent college graduates, travel to Kenya to work at a giant refugee camp for Somalis. Two men, two women, each with their own reasons for being there. But after twelve weeks, they’re ready for a break and pile into a Land Cruiser for an adventure. They get more than they bargained for. Bandits hijack them. They wake up in a hut, hooded, bound, no food or water. Hostages. As a personal favor, John Wells is asked to try to find them, but he does so reluctantly. East Africa isn’t his usual playing field. And when he arrives, he finds that the truth behind the kidnappings is far more complex than he imagined. The clock is ticking. The White House is edging closer to an invasion of Somalia. Wells has a unique ability to go undercover, and to make things happen, but if he can’t find the hostages soon, they’ll be dead - and the U.S. may be in a war it never should have begun. 1. Language: English. Narrator: George Guidall. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/002048/bk_peng_002048_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
For fans of Clive Cussler and Michael Crichton, a thrilling tale of an underground expedition to the deep...and the ultimate struggle for survival. Milo Luttrell never expected to step inside the mouth of an ancient cave in rural Tanzania. After all, he´s a historian - not an archaeologist. Summoned under the guise of a mysterious life-changing opportunity, Milo suddenly finds himself in the midst of an expedition into the largest underground system in Africa, helmed by a brash billionaire turned exploration guru and his elite team of cavers. It´s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to finally solve a century-old disappearance of the famed explorer Lord Riley DeWar, an enigmatic figure who both made - and nearly ruined - Milo´s fledgling career. Determined to make the most of his second chance, Milo joins the team and begins a harrowing descent into one of Earth´s last secrets: a dangerous, pitch-black realm of twisting passages and ancient fossils nearly 2,000 feet underground. But when a storm hits the surface base camp, stranding the cavers and washing away supplies, all communication to the outside world is lost. As the remaining resources dwindle and members of the team begin to exhibit strange and terrifying abilities, Milo must brave the encroaching darkness to unearth the truth behind DeWar´s fascination with the deep - and why he never left. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Neil Hellegers. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/012431/bk_tant_012431_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A story of defiance and determination by a controversial scientist, this is Lee Berger´s own take on finding Homo naledi, an all-new species on the human family tree and one of the greatest discoveries of the 21st century.In 2013, Lee Berger, a National Geographic explorer-in-residence, heard of a cache of bones in a hard-to-reach underground cave in South Africa. He put out a call around the world for petite collaborators - men and women small and adventurous enough to be able to squeeze through eight-inch tunnels to reach a sunless cave forty feet underground. With this team, Berger made the discovery of a lifetime: hundreds of prehistoric bones, including entire skeletons of at least 15 individuals, all perhaps two million years old. Their features combined those of known prehominids like Lucy, the famous Australopithecus, with those more human than anything ever before seen in prehistoric remains. Berger´s team had discovered an all new species, and they called it Homo naledi.The cave quickly proved to be the richest prehominid site ever discovered, full of implications that shake the very foundation of how we define what makes us human. Did this species come before, during, or after the emergence of Homo sapiens on our evolutionary tree? How did the cave come to contain nothing but the remains of these individuals? Did they bury their dead? If so, they must have had a level of self-knowledge, including an awareness of death. And yet those are the very characteristics used to define what makes us human. Did an equally advanced species inhabit Earth with us, or before us? Berger does not hesitate to address all these questions.Some colleagues question Berger´s interpretation of this and other finds. Here, this charismatic and visionary paleontologist counters their arguments and tells his personal story: a rich narrative about science, exploration, and what it means to be human. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Donald Corren. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/012810/bk_blak_012810_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Ronnie Kasrils´s insights into Jacob Zuma in A Simple Man, both shocking and revelatory, are vividly illuminated through this story, from their shared history in the underground to Kasrils´s time as minister of intelligence and his views on South Africa now. Our understanding of Zuma the struggle hero, now perceived as having sold his soul to the devil, becomes clearer through this narrative.This fast-paced, thriller-style memoir outlines the tumultuous years that saw Mbeki´s overthrow and replacement by Zuma, Nkandlagate, the growing militarisation of the police and the Marikana Massacre, the outrageous appointment of flunkies to high office, the ´state capture´ report and his relationship with the Guptas. We relive the Schabir Shaik corruption trial, Kasrils´s relationship with Fezeka Kuzwayo (Khwezi), Zuma´s rape trial accuser, the email and spy tapes saga, conspiracy and betrayal.´Yes, comrade President, I think Russia will stand by Iran,´ I was mouthing, though my thoughts were mesmerised by the swinging pendulum. The fifteen-minute chime. The clock needed oiling. A big gulp of the amber fluid. Aziz was rattling on. Mbeki was thoughtful. The man was oblivious to the passing of time ... nine interminable minutes more and his presidency would be over.´Uncle Ronnie, Jacob Zuma has raped me,´ was the call I received on my mobile phone. The woman added, ´This is Fezeka.´ My body geared to the shock as though someone was pointing a gun at me: blood ran cold, neck hairs prickled, throat turned dry, mind strove to focus. While Kasrils explains the enigmatic contradictions of Jacob Zuma, he also explains that corruption and the abuse of power does not begin with Zuma. His story points to the compromised negotiations of the 1990s, which he refers to as a ´Faustian Pact´. This is a story told from the inside, and after reading it, you will understand not only the many machinations of power, but also how one man´s struggle for the truth can have such an impact on the political outcomes of the nation.