Period romance. War epic. Family saga. Popular fiction adapted with crowd-pleasing brilliance. Star acting aglow with charisma and passion. Moviemaking craft at its height. These are sublimely joined in the words Gone with the Wind. This dynamic and durable screen entertainment of the Civil War-era South comes home with the renewed splendor of a New 70th-Anniversary Digital Transfer capturing a higher-resolution image from Restored Picture Elements than ever before possible. David O. Selznick's monumental production of Margaret Mitchell's Pulitzer Prize-winning book can now enthrall new generations of home viewers with a majestic vibrance that befits one of Hollywood's greatest achievements. Special Features: Commentary by Rudy Behlmer Original Mono Track
One of the most acclaimed video game franchises in the history provides us with Gears of War 4. A new saga about the history of war between humans and Locusts. As a son of Marcus Fenix (the main hero of previous installments) you must rescue your loved ones. You're not alone, two new characters Kait and Del are going to help you. Remember though, that each fight might be your last.Gears of War 4 is a new chapter of the storyMarcus Fenix, is already a middle-aged man. Thus, the story takes you 25 years in the future. You are James Dominic (JD) Fenix. Together with your friends, Kait Diaz and Delmont "Del" Walker, you are one of the outsiders. A group of people who live outside of the walled city-states of COG. Each day is a fight for survival. After your last raid for supplies on one of COG settlements, you came back to the village. The victory was short-lived though. Your home was attacked first by COG soldiers and shortly after by unknown creatures. Only you, Kait and Del were saved from the onslaught by heroic actions of your mother. However, during the battle she was taken away by monsters. Now you have to save your family and learn who it the new enemy.Gears of War 4 gameplay goes one step forwardJust like the previous installments, Gears of War 4 is a TPP shooter with a cover system. This time though, producers decided to give you a few new options. The cover system is more dynamic than before. For example, you can use the elements of the environment for your own advantage. The enemy is under the cover, which you cannot break? No problem, just blast off the ceiling and let the gravity finish the job.The weather – a friend or a foe?The planet has not yet recovered from Locust war. It is a desolated place and the Imulsion countermeasure completely changed the climate. There are four different kinds of storms on the surface of Sera. Some of them mightinfluence the battle. A strong wind can change the direction of a bullet, while lightings might kill both you or the enemy. You can use it for your advantage or die just like the others.
SpellForce: The Order of DawnIn their immeasurable greed and constant thirst for power, the thirteen most powerful Mages of all time doomed the land, hurling it into an endless spiral of chaos and despair. Entire countries were wiped out in the blink of an eye when the devastating power of the Elements was unleashed - Elements summoned by dark rituals. Continents shattered like glass, the pieces strewn about like leaves in the wind. Huge armies, bound by the the power of ancient runes, brought war and destruction to the lands that survived the initial onslaught. All that was left were a few islands, connected by magic portals. Now, only a few years after the end of the Convocation, evil is back - stronger and more powerful than ever before - to finish what was started. Yet there is still hope. The prophecies tell of a human. A human damned to immortality, bound forever by the power of the blood runes… Soon, the time will come when the power of one may change the destiny of many. For better or for worse...SpellForce: Shadow of the PhoenixBy means of an enslaved god's life essence a dark necromancer is trying to reanimate the powerful circle mages and make them his unholy servants. Only the power of the Phoenix Stone will be able to prevent the returning of the Circle. Thus the rune is summoned again to finally put an end to his former slave-masters. But to free the special power of the Phoenix Stone, the blade of the Shadow Sword is required which is held by the rune warrior of Urgath. The two avatars need to combine their powers and work together to overcome this final enemy.SpellForce: Breath of WinterA Prince of Darkness, a Fial Darg, was set free through the Convocation and took over the reign over the Fire Empire. His whish is to bring the Renegades, the Gods of darkness, back to Eo. For the Ritual, to make that happen, he needs the blood of a first-born Elve. But there is only one more left, Cenwen, the Elve Queen, who lives under the ice where she sings for the mighty dragon Aryn…
New Year's Day, 1888: It is the first day of Marantha Waters' new life on San Miguel. She has come with her husband, a Civil War veteran who has taken over the operation of the sheep ranch on the island. But this promised paradise proves to be a damp, wind-ravaged wasteland. As her husband grows increasingly distant from her and their adopted daughter Edith, Marantha's blighted lungs grow weaker. March, 1930: Another family arrives on San Miguel. Elise Lester is a librarian from New York City; her husband Herbie, a World War I veteran full of manic energy. But the unyielding island is haunted by its history. Will the family be able to cling together as the war threatens to pull everything apart? San Miguel is a vivid and gripping story of hard lives pitched against the elements, the desires of stubborn men and the unbearable burden of love, from master American storyteller T. C. Boyle. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Katherine Fenton. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/006337/bk_bbcw_006337_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A gripping tale of survival and an epic love story in which a husband and wife, separated by the only battle of World War II to take place on American soil, fight to reunite in Alaska's starkly beautiful Aleutian Islands. Following the death of his younger brother in Europe, journalist John Easley is determined to find meaning in his loss, to document some part of the growing war that claimed his own flesh and blood. Leaving behind his beloved wife, Helen, after an argument they both regret, he heads north from Seattle to investigate the Japanese invasion of Alaska's Aleutian Islands, a story censored by the U.S. government. While John is accompanying a crew on a bombing run, his plane is shot down over the island of Attu. He survives only to find himself exposed to a harsh and unforgiving wilderness, known as "the Birthplace of Winds." There, John must battle the elements, starvation, and his own remorse while evading discovery by the Japanese. Alone in their home 3,000 miles to the south, Helen struggles with the burden of her husband's disappearance. Caught in extraordinary circumstances, in this new world of the missing, she is forced to reimagine who she is, and what she is capable of doing. Somehow, she must find John and bring him home, a quest that takes her into the farthest reaches of the war, beyond the safety of everything she knows. A powerful, richly atmospheric story of life and death, commitment and sacrifice, The Wind Is Not a River illuminates the fragility of life and the fierce power of love. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Bramhall. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/003803/bk_harp_003803_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This book is a call to action more than it is the book you may be expecting. Inspired by the heart and mind of 15-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg of Sweden, we're pulling no punches. If you finish listening to it and you do nothing - we can blame the end of civilization on you because it means that you cannot or will not do the simplest things to correct all the mistakes we have made as a civilization over the centuries. The news today is filled with so many stories that show us how fragile life on Earth is at the present time. There are many predictions that tell us that mass extinction is just around the corner for us and the rest of the world due to our decades-long reckless and irresponsible manner of pouring tons of toxic fumes into the air that we must all share. This book contains the best solution. The book details my innovative three-pronged approach for the solution, a new and unique way to connect our present solar, wind, and water technology that will produce more than enough electricity to run the world in a way that is sustainable, renewable, clean, and free! We need to get going now. The chances of human survival beyond the middle of this century grows smaller and smaller as each day goes by that we do nothing - or worse - continue going backwards in time as we are now in allowing all of the polluters go about doing their damaging business as usual. You will be called upon to become a climate warrior. Like it or not, the war is raging all around us and it is mainly being fought by the apathetic, the indifferent, and the greedy. Your activism is the only kind of weapon that can defeat the elements of evil because it will be your focused energy on the new three-pronged attack that we are showing here that can and will win the war on our extinction and death of the Earth. The title of this book is intended to make the point that it will take an army of concerned and educated citizens like yourself to fight the good fight 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Mathiesen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/171865/bk_acx0_171865_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Halley&#8217;s Comet helped to announce the fall of the Shang Dynasty in China, a solar eclipse frightened the Macedonian army enough at Pydna in 168 BC to ensure victory for the Romans, a massive rain storm turned the field of Agincourt to mud in 1415 and gave Henry V his legendary victory, fog secured the throne of England for Edward IV at Barnet in 1471, wind and disease conspired to wreck the Spanish Armada, snow served to prevent the American capture of Quebec in 1775 and confined the Revolution to the Thirteen Colonies, and an earthquake helped to spark the Peloponnesian War. But this is only a small sampling of the many instances where nature has tipped the balance in combat. Over the past 4000 years, weather and nature have both hindered and helped various campaigns and battles, occasionally even altering the course of history in the process. Today elements of nature still affect the planning and waging of war, even as we have tried to mitigate its impact. The growing concern over climate change has only heightened the need to study and understand this subject. Tide of War is the first book to comprehensively tackle this topic and traces some of the most notable intersections between nature and war since ancient times.
A Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Financial Times, Library Journal, LitHub, and Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year &#8220;[Murakami] is as masterful as ever at building an intricate narrative and keeping his audience in suspense. Killing Commendatore is both a testament to the transformational power of art and a cautionary tale on the dangers of exploration.&#8221; &#8212; Houston Chronicle &#8220;A spellbinding parable of art, history, and human loneliness.&#8221; &#8212; O, The Oprah Magazine &#8220;Expansive and intricate . . . touches on many of the themes familiar in Mr. Murakami&#8217;s novels: the mystery of romantic love, the weight of history, the transcendence of art, the search for elusive things just outside our grasp.&#8221; &#8212; The New York Times &#8220;Eccentric and intriguing, Killing Commendatore is the product of a singular imagination. . . . Murakami is a wiz at melding the mundane with the surreal. . . . He has a way of imbuing the supernatural with uncommon urgency. His placid narrative voice belies the utter strangeness of his plot. . . . The worldview of Murakami&#8217;s novels is consistent, and it&#8217;s invigorating. In this book and many that came before it, he urges us to embrace the unusual, accept the unpredictable.&#8221; &#8212; San Francisco Chronicle &#8220;Beguiling. . . . Murakami is brilliant at folding the humdrum alongside the supernatural; finding the magic that&#8217;s nested in life&#8217;s quotidian details. . . . His prose is warm, conversational and studded with quiet profundities. He&#8217;s eminently good company; that most precious of qualities that we look for in an author. We trust him to get us entertainingly lost, just as we trust that he&#8217;ll eventually get us home.&#8221; &#8212; The Guardian &#8220;Exhilarating. . . . Only in the calm madness of his magical realism can Murakami truly capture one of his obsessions, the usually ineffable yearning that drives a person to make art.&#8221; &#8212; The Washington Post &#8220;Another intriguing, time-challenging tome you can&#8217;t wait to finish . . . while simultaneously wishing you might never reach its conclusion, dreading the end of another indescribable Murakami odyssey.&#8221; &#8212; The Christian Science Monitor &#8220;Some novelists hold a mirror up to the world and some, like Haruki Murakami, use the mirror as a portal to a universe hidden beyond it. . . . What can't be denied is Mr. Murakami's irresistible storytelling ability. He builds his self-contained world deliberately and faithfully, developing intrigue and suspense and even taking care to give each chapter a cliffhanger ending as in an old-fashioned serialized novel.&#8221; &#8212; The Wall Street Journal &#8220;No other author mixes domestic, fantastic and esoteric elements into such weirdly bewitching shades. . . . Just as he straddles barriers dividing high art from mass entertainment, so he suspends borders between east and west.&#8221; &#8212; Financial Times &#8220;Wild, thrilling. . . . Murakami is a master storyteller and he knows how to keep us hooked.&#8221; &#8212; The Sunday Times (London) &#8220;[ Killing Commendatore] marks the return of a master.&#8221; &#8212; Esquire &#8220;More of Murakami&#8217;s magical mist, but its size, beauty, and concerns with lust and war bring us back to the vividness and scale of his 1997 epic, The Wind-up Bird Chronicle.&#8217;&#8217; &#8212; The Boston Globe &#8220;No ordinary trip; get ready for a wild ride.&#8221; &#8212; Entertainment Weekly &#8220;A perfect balance of tradition and individual talent. . . . Murakami dancing along &#8216;the inky blackness of the Path of Metaphor&#8217; is like Fred Astaire dancing across a floor, then up the walls and onto the ceiling.&#8221; &#8212; The Spectator
The book that puts everything in its place from the animal kingdoms to the hierarchy of angels! Man likes structure. He is a creature who operates best by divvying up into categories the knowledge and information he has so carefully acquired. Now, this unique and comprehensive library of lists and laws helps you put the world in order-from the invisible inner-workings of the atom to the complex mechanics of the universe. With Laws of Order at your side, you can crack the codes of conduct, hierarchies of nature, and classifications that organize science, history, government, and more-at a glance. Subjects include: The Elements of Drama &#8226; Dante's Levels of Hell &#8226; The CIA &#8226; The FBI &#8226; The Mafia &#8226; U.S.D.A. Classifications &#8226; The Steps to Knighthood &#8226; The Six Types of Government &#8226; Chess Values &#8226; Poker Hands &#8226; Earthquake Scales &#8226; Dream Rhythms &#8226; Ages of Civilizations &#8226; The Greek, Hebrew, and Arabic Alphabets &#8226; German Army Ranks in World War II &#8226; Ranks During the Civil War &#8226; Nuclear Missiles &#8226; The Laws of Witches &#8226; Gods and Goddesses &#8226; Jewish, Islamic, and Hindu Calendars &#8226; Boxing Classes &#8226; Vehicle Safety Standards &#8226; Nintendo Rankings &#8226; Ship Classifications &#8226; Alien Encounters &#8226; The Presidential Succession &#8226; The Wind Scale &#8226; The Pollutant Standard Index An entertaining and far-reaching treasury of information, Laws of Order provides the fascinating and diverse ways in which we structure our world in general, and our civilization in particular.
The schooner from Santa Barbara arrives at the tiny, desolate island on New Year's Day, 1888. As the trunks are unloaded onto the wet sand, thirty-eight-year-old Marantha Waters looks at the cliffs falling away into the churning sea. This is the first day of her new life on San Miguel. Joined by her husband, a fiercely possessive Civil War veteran who will take over the operation of the sheep ranch on the island, Marantha strives to persevere in the face of brutal isolation. But the constant wind and sheep-ravaged wasteland shatter her illusions; her husband promised paradise. As he obsessively resolves to stay - and becomes increasingly distant from her and their adopted daughter Edith - Marantha's blighted lungs grow weaker in the dampness. Two years later, Edith, now a spirited teenager and an aspiring actress, will exploit every opportunity to escape the captivity her father has imposed on her. March, 1930. Another family - and another bride - arrives on San Miguel. Elise Lester, a librarian from New York City, and her husband Herbie, a World War I veteran full of manic energy, achieve a celebrity of sorts as the news cameras take an interest in these wayward people living in the wild. But the unyielding island is haunted by its history. Will the family be able to cling together as the war threatens to pull everything apart? San Miguel is a vivid and gripping story of hard lives pitched against the elements, the desires of stubborn men and the unbearable burden of love, from master American storyteller T. C. Boyle.