The rise of George Villiers from minor gentry to royal power seemed to defy gravity. Becoming gentleman of the royal bedchamber in 1615, the young gallant enraptured James, Britain’s first Stuart king, royal adoration reaching such an intensity that the king declared he wanted the courtier to become his ‘wife’. For a decade, Villiers was at the king’s side - at court, on state occasions and in bed, right up to James’ death in March 1625.Almost immediately, Villiers’ many enemies accused him of poisoning the king. A parliamentary investigation was launched, and scurrilous pamphlets and ballads circulated London’s streets. But the charges came to nothing and were relegated to a historical footnote.Now, new historical scholarship suggests that a deadly combination of hubris and vulnerability did indeed drive Villiers to kill the man who made him. It may have been by accident - the application of a quack remedy while the king was weakened by a malarial attack. But there is compelling evidence that Villiers, overcome by ambition and frustrated by James’ passive approach to government, poisoned him.In The King’s Assassin, acclaimed author Benjamin Woolley examines this remarkable, even tragic story. Combining vivid characterisation and a strong narrative with historical scholarship and forensic investigation, Woolley tells the story of King James’ death and of the captivating figure at its centre. What emerges is a compelling portrait of a royal favourite whose charisma overwhelmed those around him and, ultimately, himself.PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio on our desktop site. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Timson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/macm/001917/bk_macm_001917_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A rebel artist, a tech genius, and three former Marines.Multiple companies are vying for my new security software, but when the men of Pentabyte turn their attention on me, it seems they want more than just my code. They´re at the top of their game - intelligent, driven, wealthy - and they have me thinking maybe I want more, too. But everything I´ve worked for is on the line. Do I dare to mix business with pleasure when the stakes are this high?Vested Interest is audiobook one of the Code, a reverse harem continuation series of five full-length novels with heart, humor, heat, and an action suspense story line that gathers in intensity with each audiobook. You´ll find a strong woman and five intriguing men, each with his own quirks, wounds, and desires - but their focus is all on her.There´s Jude, the quintessential alpha, always calmly in control. His twin brother, Jax, the mysterious one with a hungry gleam in his eyes. Trigg, the athlete and sweetheart who carries his battle scars quietly. The dashing gentleman, Daniel, with a brilliant mind and refined charm. And Gunner, the youngest of the group and the life of the party.Audiobook one is a deliciously slow-burning novel full of tension and chemistry that will tease, tempt, and probably torment you, but buckle up, because things are about to get sizzling hot - and dangerous....The Code series:Vested InterestHidden AgendaBroken ProcessRisky BusinessPerfect DesignEach audiobook in the series picks up where the previous one left off, and they must be listened to in order for the story to make sense. There are a few cliff-hangers from story to story, but by the end of the series, everything comes to a very satisfying conclusion. Love without limits. #whychoose 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lisa Zimmerman, Kale Williams. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/135217/bk_acx0_135217_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Winner of Audible´s 2017 Narrator of the Year Award In an Audible Exclusive production, Golden Globe winner Joanne Froggatt gives a powerhouse performance of Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë´s only published novel. This edition features an exclusive introduction written by Ann Dinsdale, Chief Curator of the Brontë Museum. About the book The unapologetic intensity with which Emily Brontë wrote this story ensures that it will forever be considered one of the greatest works of English literature. A passionate tale of a chaotic and often violent love, Wuthering Heights transcends your average romance and, with its Gothic undertones, takes the listener on a journey through one man´s lustful hunt for revenge. Believing he has been spurned by Cathy Earnshaw, the only woman he has ever loved, Heathcliff abandons the wild moors of Wuthering Heights, fervently wishing to reestablish himself as the wealthy gentleman he believes Cathy seeks. Having been successful in his ventures, he later returns to the adoptive family who raised him and hungrily seeks to punish those who once rejected him. In an exclusive introduction written for this edition by Ann Dinsdale, Chief Curator of the Bronte Museum, discover how critical and public opinion of Wuthering Heights has changed over time. About the author Perhaps unsurprisingly, Emily is said to have had the most unusual character of all the Brontë sisters. A reserved character with few close acquaintances outside her family circle, Emily´s dark and passionate nature is clearly reflected in her tale. Having been the consummate lover of animals and nature, in this book she also set out to paint an unforgettable picture of the stark and imposing moors that she so enjoyed walking along. Having developed a highly intelligent writing style, Emily ensures that the listener is emotionally involved throughout and often even a little h 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joanne Froggatt, Rachel Atkins - introduction. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/027143/bk_adbl_027143_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The complete boxed set of all five books in the Wildflower Brides series. Includes Rose, Hyacinth, Dahlia, Daisy & Lily! Rose- Montana Territory, 1885 - Chance knows exactly what Rose needs... and he´s going to give it to her. Rose Lenox has always been more comfortable on the back of a horse than wearing ribbons and bows. For years, she´s been content working on the family ranch, but lately she´s finding herself wanting more. She´s determined to strike out on her own and find freedom from her unorthodox family. Chance Goodman has watched Rose grow up from a spitfire little girl into a fiery woman. He´s wanted her for years, waiting patiently until he could make her his. Letting her go isn´t an option. --- Hyacinth- Unlocking her heart will mean a battle of wills, but love is worth the fight. When handsome soldier Jackson Reed returns home from the Army, one woman catches his eye. She notices him as well but why is she doing everything she can to avoid him? Hyacinth Lenox can´t stop thinking about Jackson Reed, she wants him but she can´t have him. He´s a man who gets what he wants…and he wants Hyacinth. --- Dahlia- Dahlia Lenox is tired of ranch life, rules and restrictions. The poker table is her domain and the one and only place she yields to no one´s rules but her own. The biggest win of her life, a prize that could free her from small town life is calling and she can´t wait to claim the prize. Nothing is perfect though and leaving town means leaving the only man who ever made her ache to be his, Garrison Lee. Surrendering to him is not an option. Garrison wants everything from Dahlia including her obedience in bed. He´s been patient. He´s been courteous. And he´s been a damn gentleman. All that´s gotten him is a brush off from Dahlia each of the three times he´s proposed. Garrison is forced to raise the stakes in a single hand of poker… winner to take all. --- Daisy- There´s only one thing he can do to protect her desire and her reputation…marry her. Daisy Lenox has always felt invisible next her beautiful and vivacious sisters. But the new town doctor, Ethan James, changed all that. He watches her with an intensity that she can´t deny. He´s the first to encourage her and the first to offer a stern reprimand when she needs it. Doctor Ethan James has a secret…until Daisy Lenox follows him and learns the truth. While caring for Daisy, Ethan is determined that she never takes such a chance with her life again. - Lily Determined to protect her, Jack will have to risk everything, even Lily´s love, to save her. Jack Matthews came to the Montana Territory to track down an outlaw, not claim a bride. But the first time he sees Lily Lenox about to be run down by a stage, he discovers he doesn´t want to let her go. Lily Lenox is smart, too smart to be caught up in Jack´s strong arms and intense gaze. And she might have escaped, if he hadn´t kissed her. For a spinster, blue-stocking such as herself, the offer of marriage from Jack is impossible to resist. In one day, Lily goes from innocent maiden to a well-loved and conquered wife. Happy and in love, Lily is content to wait as Jack leaves for work, promising to return. Jack lied to his new bride. He´s not a businessman, nor a gentleman. He´s a Pinkerton agent going undercover. When Lily discovers his lie, she´s determined to track him down.