The Kingdom of God Is Within You Christianity Not as a Mystic Religion but as a New Theory of Life, Translated From the Russian of Count Leo Tolstoy (Classic Reprint): Constance Tolstoy Nett
A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history´s most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors´ Russian Legends series, listeners can get caught up on the lives of Russia´s most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known. The world has never had its shortage of legends surrounding the lives of supposed mystics, visionaries, and prophets. But few have ever grabbed a hold on pop culture quite like Grigori Rasputin, one of the most shadowy and mysterious figures in Russian history. Naturally, what makes Rasputin one of the 20th century´s most colorful and memorable figures is what we do not know. It is unclear how much basis in fact accounts of Rasputin´s life truly hold, since the sources mostly consist of memoirs, hearsay, and embellished legend. Some contemporaries considered him a saintly mystic, psychic, healer, and prophet, while others considered him a debauched heretic. The extent to which he beguiled the ruling Romanovs, and how he did so, remains mysterious as well. It´s hard to kill a legend, and that has literally been the case with Rasputin, whose death remains the most legendary aspect of his life. Perhaps the best known part of the Rasputin story is that his murderers practically had to kill him 10 times to finish him off, using everything from poison to bullets to drowning. Naturally, exactly how Rasputin actually died remains a source of controversy as well. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jared Wekenman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/032583/bk_acx0_032583_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Fedor Sologub (1863-1927) was a Russian mystic and realist and one of the great novelists and short story writers of the Dostoyevsky school. A favourite theme of his was reincarnation, which he uses very powerfully in his story A Soothing Dream, which describes the last weeks of a dying boy´s life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cathy Dobson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/redd/000584/bk_redd_000584_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the best-selling author of The Last Templar, an action-packed adventure thriller of an ancient mystery and its deadly impact on the present. Siberia, 1916. A mine turns into a bloodbath when its miners attack each other savagely and ferociously. Minutes later two men - a horrified scientist and infamous Russian mystic Rasputin - hit a detonator, blowing up the mine to conceal all evidence of the carnage. New York, present day. FBI agent Sean Reilly is tasked with a disturbing new case. A Russian embassy attaché seems to have committed suicide by jumping out of a fourth-floor window. The apartment´s owners have gone missing while a faceless killer roams New York City, leaving a trail of death in his wake. Reilly´s investigation uncovers a deadly search for a mysterious device whose origins reach back to the darkest days of the Cold War and to Imperial Russia and which, in the wrong hands, could have a devastating impact on the modern world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeff Harding. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/orio/000989/bk_orio_000989_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Fedor Sologub (1863-1927) was the greatest of the Russian symbolists. Alongside his great novel The Little Demon, he wrote a number of masterful and haunting short stories, among which ´´The White Dog´´ is a superb example of his beautiful, poetic, and mystic prose. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cathy Dobson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/redd/000559/bk_redd_000559_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
CONTENTS: HEZEKIAH BUTTERWORTH 1. First New England Christmas JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY 2. A Defective Santa Claus JOHN BOWRING 3. Watchman, Tell Us of the Night JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER 4. A Christmas Carmen JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER 5. The Mystic´s Christmas L. FRANK BAUM 6. Little Bun Rabbit LEO TOLSTOY 7. A Russian Christmas Party LEO TOLSTOY 8. Papa Panov´s Special Christmas LETITIA ELIZABETH LANDON 9. Christmas LEWIS CARROLL 10. Christmas Greetings from a Fairy to a Child LOPE DE VEGA 11. A Christmas Cradlesong MARY E. WILKINS FREEMAN 12. A Stolen Christmas MARY E. WILKINS FREEMAN 13. Christmas Jenny MARY E. WILKINS FREEMAN 14. Jimmy Scarecrow´s Christmas MARY E. WILKINS FREEMAN 15. Josiah´s First Christmas MARY E. WILKINS FREEMAN 16. The Brownie´s Xmas MARY E. WILKINS FREEMAN 17. The Christmas Ball MARY E. WILKINS FREEMAN 18. The Christmas Ghost MARY E. WILKINS FREEMAN 19. The Christmas Masquerade MARY E. WILKINS FREEMAN 20. The Gospel According to Joan MARY E. WILKINS FREEMAN 21. The Snowflake Tree MARY LOUISA MOLESWORTH 22. Not Quite True MARY LOUISA MOLESWORTH 23. The Christmas Princess FRANCIS PHARCELLUS CHURCH 24. Is There a Santa Claus? MONTAGUE RHODES JAMES 25. The Story of a Disappearance and an Appearance MOTHER GOOSE 26. Little Jack Horner MRS. W. H. CORNING 27. A Western Christmas NAHUM TATE 28. Christmas OLIVE THORNE MILLER 29. The Telltale Tile O.HENRY 30. An Unfinished Christmas Story RICHMAL CROMPTON 31. The Christmas Present RICHMAL CROMPTON 32. William´s New Year´s Day ROBERT BROWNING 33. Christmas Eve ROBERT BURNS 34. Auld Lang Syne SAKI 35. Bertie´s Christmas Eve SAKI 36. Reginald on Christmas Presents SAKI 37. Reginald´s Christmas Revel SARA TEASDALE 38. Christmas Carol STEPHEN LEACOCK 39. A Christmas Letter STEPHEN LEACOCK 40. Merry Christmas STEPHEN LEACOCK 41. The Errors of Santa Claus THOMAS CHATTERTON 42. A Hymn for Christmas Day THOMAS HARDY 43. The Oxen THOMAS NELSON PAGE 44. How the Captain Made Christmas VIKTOR RYDBERG 45. Robin Goodfellow WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY 46. Dr. Birch and His Young Friends WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY 47. Mrs Perkins´s Ball WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY 48. Our Street WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY 49. The Kickleburys on the Rhine WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY 50. The Rose and the Ring
Like the film Julie and Julia, this book is a true story based on the lives of two women who lived at different times and places but who had uniquely intertwined lives. Elizabeth Spring, astrologer and aspiring writer, finds Annie Besant because of unusual similarities in their astrology charts. Annie is a woman who´s been lost in history - a woman who was a passionate social reformer and who was declared ´´an unfit mother´´ and lost custody of her children because of distributing information on birth control in 1875. After trials and depression, Annie becomes a passionate spiritual seeker; being mentored by the Russian psychic Madame Blavatsky, head of the Theosophical Society. As Elizabeth struggles to write a screenplay of Annie´s life she discovers the heartfelt and obsessive story of Annie´s adopted son, the young mystic J. Krishnamurti, and the occultist, Charles Leadbeater. Elizabeth questions the role of fate and reincarnation in her own life by what she uncovers about her mysterious relationship with Annie who was born exactly 100 years earlier, in Victorian England in 1847. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Laura Jennings. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/033867/bk_acx0_033867_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Nicholai Hel, born in the ravages of World War I China to an aristocratic Russian mother and a mysterious German father, raised in the spiritual gardens of a Japanese Go Master, survives the destruction of Hiroshima to emerge as the world´s most artful lover and its most accomplished and highly paid assassin. Genius, mystic, master of language and culture, Hel´s secret is his determination to attain a rare kind of personal excellence, a state of effortless perfection: shibumi. Now living in an isolated mountain fortress with his magnificent Eurasian mistress, Hel faces his most sinister enemy, a super-monolith of espionage and monopoly. The battle lines are drawn: ruthless power and corruption on one side and on the other, shibumi. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joe Barrett. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/001143/bk_blak_001143_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1822-1881) was Russia´s greatest mystic who wrote of the contest between the rebellious uncertain human and the mystery of divine omnipresence which is revealed to the enlightened in the midst of life´s bitterest wrongs and suffering. His work is defined by a pity and compassion that shines from all his writing. The Honest Thiefis one of Dostoyevsky´s tale´s of pity, in which he reveals that compassionate sympathy of the Russian mind for all suffering, the pure and noble conscience awakened in the spirit of a fallen man. The central relationship - between the poor peasant and the even poorer old alcoholic tramp who he has taken into his home - is beautifully described and characterized, as they go from a reluctant emerging friendship, through frustration and mistrust, to the final and tragic reconciliation. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cathy Dobson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/redd/000364/bk_redd_000364_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.