The House of Boucheron represents one of the great Parisian jewellers of the last 150 years. Founder, Frederic Boucheron opened his first shop in 1858. Many of his clients were not women of society, but femmes fatales of the demi-monde. Nonetheless, his skill with precious stones and his absolute discretion made him a favourite of both courtesans and princes. In turn his business flourished allowing him to move to the famous Place Vendome in 1892. Having been given unprecedented access to the Boucheron vaults, the book's author, Vincent Meylan, made some remarkable discoveries. Perhaps the most significant was a register labelled 'Book of Stones'. It is a record of all the precious stones that have entered Boucheron's stock; diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, rubies and pearls are all indexed according to weight, price and, most importantly, who bought and sold them. Meylan also uncovered almost 200 order books and 150 letters. It is these 'Secret Archives' that have enabled him to reveal the fascinating history of Boucheron and his extraordinary, colourful clientele. From the 'Ladies of Sin' to the 'King and Queens of the World' Meylan reveals the riveting stories behind the jewels that the Parisian jeweller sold; the desires they aroused, the madness they provoked, the love they formalised, and the deaths they caused. Boucheron's clients included Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, La Belle Otero, King Farouk of Egypt, and the Shah of Iran. The demands of these wealthy individuals led to the sensational orders that elevated Boucheron to highest level of creativity. This captivating and revealing publication includes original design sketches, black and white archive images and sumptuous colour photographs of the exquisite Boucheron creations, including Tsarina Alexandra's pearl and diamond coronet and The Queen Mother's tiara.
American history is full of heroes: individuals who went above and beyond to ensure the safety and freedom of others. In some cases, they paid the ultimate price. This is the story of one such forgotten warrior, a World War II US Navy fighter pilot charged with defending Henderson Field, Guadalcanal, and other lands against Japanese air attacks with the Cactus Air Force. He was Lieutenant Francis Register, also known as “Pinky”—and while he did not survive to speak of his actions during the war, this navy ace fought for his country to the point of exhaustion and beyond. His bravery earned him a Distinguished Flying Cross, two Air Medals, and a Purple Heart, the latter three awarded posthumously. Fortunately for listeners, Lt. Register went against wartime regulations and kept a diary, documenting his daily life, fears, and frustrations while serving in the war. Along with interviews and surviving family members, this diary was used as one of the primary sources for this valuable look at a real American hero, affectionately penned by triple e-Lit award winning author William Franklin Hook, MD, author of Never Subdued and Desert Storm Diary. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott P. Delaney. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/055029/bk_acx0_055029_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From poverty to pets, from medicine to magic, from slang to sex, from wallpaper to women's rights. A glorious portrait of life in London from 1660-1670 by the bestselling author of ELIZABETH'S LONDON. Making use of every possible contemporary source - diaries, memoirs, advice books, government papers, almanacs, even the Register of Patents - Liza Picard presents an enthralling picture of how life in London was really lived in the 1600s: the houses and streets, gardens and parks, cooking, clothes and jewellery, cosmetics, hairdressing, housework, laundry and shopping, medicine and dentistry, sex, education, hobbies, etiquette, law and crime, religion and popular beliefs. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sean Barrett. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/orio/000425/bk_orio_000425_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Some call it the difference between Venice and Mars. For one married man, it's all about sex, love, and dirty dishes. We're having some fun with the battle of the sexes. We'll visit with the author of Husbandry, and Judith Jones weighs in on men in the kitchen. Plus, where would the martini be without it? How would you pass hors douvres? Every diner in America offers them at the cash register -we'll hear about the history of the toothpick. But, we'll also get a little serious and talk to Michael Pollen about his acclaimed book, The Omnivore's Dilemma. Plus meatballs, sushi, and much more. [Broadcast Date: November 23, 2007] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim Coleman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/chef/071122/rt_chef_071122_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Jailhouse snitches are rarely prisoners who happen to overhear confessions. Inmates apply for the job and they become part of a roster of covert operatives whose surveillance on behalf of law enforcement has put the Orange County, Calif., justice system at the center of a national debate. Inside the Snitch Tank was written by Edward Humes, the author of 13 nonfiction books and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his Orange County Register coverage of the military. The story is based on extensive reporting by the Register's staff, including Tony Saavedra, David Ferrell, Kelly Puente, Tom Berg, and Ian Wheeler; previously published stories; and legal documents obtained by the newspaper since the arrest of Scott Dekraai after the worst mass shooting in Orange County history. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Edward Humes. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/051668/bk_acx0_051668_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Rules are made to be broken....Two years after her marriage implodes, event planner Cleo Nightingale is ready to get back in the dating game. However, she has one key rule: No younger women. How hard can it be? Fresh out of uni, Becca Cramer is single and ready to embrace her new career. She’s not looking for a relationship, but then fate steps in and introduces her to Cleo.Mix in two weddings and a festival, a jilted brother, and a pregnant best friend, and you've got all the ingredients for a hilarious pause register featuring the unlikely love-match of the year!Book 5 in the London Romance series features favorite characters from previous novels, and is another uplifting, sparky romantic comedy from best-selling author Clare Lydon. This is a stand-alone novel. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lucy Price-Lewis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/150186/bk_acx0_150186_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Bestselling author Max Byrd delivers a brilliant, revenge-filled tale of a WWII Police Inspector, who trails his vengeful sister-in-law after her husband's death. Target of Opportunity opens in the midst of World War II as San Francisco Police Inspector Gilman and his brother-in-law, former Washington attorney Donald Kerwin, stop into a 7-Eleven - and are met with a torrent of bullets. A gunman at the register kills Kerwin and wounds Gilman, and an illegal police search follows, leading to a dismissal of charges against the suspect. Gilman's sister-in-law Nina is not only heavily distraught over her husband's death but violently outraged at the illegal search. When she learns that the killer is returning to Boston, she trails him, out for revenge, and Gilman follows to stop her. Masterfully weaving history, plot, and emotion, Target of Opportunity is an unforgettable achievement. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephen Bel Davies. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/019091/bk_adbl_019091_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Imagine if you could learn to shoot safely and effectively at home saving you time and money you don't have. Well, now you can! Navy SEAL Shooting teaches you the groundbreaking training method developed by one of the most respected firearms instructors in the world, retired Navy SEAL Chris Sajnog. With easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions and 385 illustrations, this book covers everything you need to know to make effective shots in any high-stress situation. You will learn to plan your training, improve your accuracy and speed, shoot while moving, and clear malfunctions. Plus discover every manipulation needed for any semi-automatic pistol or rifle. Whether in combat, competition or just safely and confidently protecting yourself or your family, this book will help you dominate any opponent. Register your audiobook purchase at navysealshooting.com to receive access to all the images from the print version as well as receive free additional training from the author. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Chris Abell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/054648/bk_acx0_054648_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It's 1964, and Sunny's town is being invaded. Or at least that's what the adults of Greenwood, Mississippi are saying. All Sunny knows is that people from up north are coming to help people register to vote. They're calling it Freedom Summer. Meanwhile, Sunny can't help but feel like her house is being invaded, too. She has a new stepmother, a new brother, and a new sister crowding her life, giving her little room to breathe. And things get even trickier when Sunny and her brother are caught sneaking into the local swimming pool - where they bump into a mystery boy whose life is going to become tangled up in theirs. As she did in her groundbreaking documentary novel Countdown award-winning author Deborah Wiles uses stories and images to tell the riveting story of a certain time and place - and of kids who, in a world where everyone is choosing sides, must figure out how to stand up for themselves and fight for what's right. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stacey Aswad, Francois Battiste, J. D. Jackson, Robin Miles. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lili/001697/bk_lili_001697_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.