Marcus Sidonius Falx is an average Roman citizen. Born of a relatively well-off noble family, he lives on a palatial estate in Campania, dines with senators and generals, and, like all of his ancestors before him, owns countless slaves. Having spent most of his life managing his servants - many of them prisoners from Rome´s military conquests - he decided to write a kind of owner´s manual for his friends and countrymen. The result, The Roman Guide to Slave Management, is a sly, subversive guide to the realities of servitude in ancient Rome. Cambridge scholar Jerry Toner uses Falx, his fictional but true-to-life creation, to describe where and how to Romans bought slaves, how they could tell an obedient worker from a troublemaker, and even how the ruling class reacted to the inevitable slave revolts. Toner also adds commentary throughout, analyzing the callous words and casual brutality of Falx and his compatriots and putting it all in context for the modern listener. Written with a deep knowledge of ancient culture - and the depths of its cruelty - this is the Roman Empire as you´ve never seen it before. Please note: This audiobook is in Russian. 1. Russian. Alexey Muzhitskii. http://samples.audible.de/bk/zaot/000496/bk_zaot_000496_sample.mp3.
The Taming of the Shrew is a comedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1590 and 1594. It was published in 1623. The play begins with a framing device, often referred to as the Induction, in which a drunken tinker named Sly is tricked into thinking he is a nobleman by a mischievous Lord. The Lord has a play performed for Sly´s amusement, set in Padua with a primary and sub-plot. The main plot depicts the courtship of Petruchio, a gentleman of Verona, and Katherina, the headstrong, obdurate shrew. Initially, Katherina is an unwilling participant in the relationship, but Petruchio tempers her with various psychological torments — the ´´taming´´ — until she is an obedient bride. The sub-plot features a competition between the suitors of Katherina´s more tractable sister, Bianca. The play´s apparent misogynistic elements have become the subject of considerable controversy, particularly among modern audiences and readers. It has nevertheless been adapted numerous times for stage, screen, opera, and musical theatre. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Trevor Howard, Margaret Leighton. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/000731/bk_hcuk_000731_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Oh, the Sly King, the Sly King, in his towers of ash and wind. Pikey Thomas doesn´t know how or why he can see the changeling girl. But there she is. Not in the cold, muddy London neighborhood where Pikey lives. Instead, she´s walking through the trees and snow of the enchanted Old Country or, later, racing through an opulent hall. She´s pale and small, and she has branches growing out of her head. Her name is Henrietta Kettle. Pikey´s vision, it turns out, is worth something. Worth something to Hettie´s brother - a brave adventurer named Bartholomew Kettle. Worth something to the nobleman who protects him. And Pikey is not above bartering - Pikey will do almost anything to escape his past; he´ll do almost anything for a life worth living. The faeries - save for a mysterious sylph and a mischievous cobble faery or two - have been chased out of London. They´ve all gone north. The army is heading north, too. So Pikey and Bartholomew follow, collecting information, piecing together clues, searching for the doorway that will lead them to Hettie. The Whatnot is the enthralling, surprising, and unforgettable companion to Stefan Bachmann´s internationally best-selling debut novel The Peculiar. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Peter Altschuler. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/003630/bk_harp_003630_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.