The Rover Boys on Treasure Isle or The Strange Cruise of the Steam Yacht.: Edward Stratemeyer
The Rover Boys on Treasure Isle Or, The Strange Cruise of the Steam Yacht: Edward Stratemeyer
A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder is the most popular book by James De Mille. It was serialized posthumously and anonymously in Harper´s Weekly, and published in book form by Harper and Brothers of New York City during 1888. It occurred as far back as February 15, 1850. It happened on that day that the yacht Falcon lay becalmed upon the ocean between the Canaries and the Madeira Islands. This yacht Falcon was the property of Lord Featherstone, who, being weary of life in England, had taken a few congenial friends for a winter´s cruise in these southern latitudes. They had visited the Azores, the Canaries, and the Madeira Islands, and were now on their way to the Mediterranean. The wind had failed, a deep calm had succeeded, and everywhere, as far as the eye could reach, the water was smooth and glassy. The yacht rose and fell at the impulse of the long ocean undulations, and the creaking of the spars sounded out a lazy accompaniment to the motion of the vessel. All around was a watery horizon, except in the one place only, toward the south, where far in the distance the Peak of Teneriffe rose into the air. The profound calm, the warm atmosphere, the slow pitching of the yacht, and the dull creaking of the spars all combined to lull into a state of indolent repose the people on board. Forward were the crew; some asleep, others smoking, others playing cards. At the stern were Oxenden, the intimate friend of Featherstone, and Dr. Congreve, who had come in the double capacity of friend and medical attendant. These two, like the crew, were in a state of dull and languid repose. Suspended between the two masts, in an Indian hammock, lay Featherstone, with a cigar in his mouth and a novel in his hand, which he was pretending to read. The fourth member of the party, Melick, was seated near the mainmast, folding some papers in a peculiar way. His occupation at length attracted the roving eyes of Featherstone, who poked forth his head from his hammock, and said in a sleepy voice: ´´I say, Melick, you´re the most energetic fellah I ever saw. By Jove! you´re the only one aboard that´s busy. What are you doing?´´
A humorous, heartwarming story. Seventeen-year-old Aurora Derubati has a stepsister she never knew about who plunges the family into financial problems. Aurora is left homeless with her younger siblings, relying on strangers in the dangerous streets of Sicily, Italy. Until she meets Adrien. He´s different from all her caretakers and makes her safety and security the priority. Aurora has her first crush. She is a sapiosexual and is ambivalent about her first love. Adrien is madly in love with her and jealous of her date. One Christmas Eve reveals who her true love is. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Quinn. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/142382/bk_acx0_142382_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A Caribbean sailing vacation takes a frightening turn with a mysterious death.... A year has passed since Janeva Jag witnessed a murder. The endless police inquiries seem finally at an end. It’s time for a relaxing sun-drenched vacation in the tropics. Is it fate, bad luck, or something more sinister that brings the Jag family face-to-face with yet another death? Determined to enjoy their planned Caribbean sailing holiday they try, without success, to ignore a sequence of strange events and threats. Maybe there is a reason to be a bit paranoid, but at least life will return to normal when they get home - or so they believe. Instead, they find themselves entrapped in a mystery and the more they try to understand their predicament, the more helpless and vulnerable they become. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Megan Scharlau. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/111737/bk_acx0_111737_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A Curious Man is the marvelously compelling biography of Robert ´´Believe It or Not” Ripley, the enigmatic cartoonist turned globetrotting millionaire who won international fame by celebrating the world´s strangest oddities, and whose outrageous showmanship taught us to believe in the unbelievable.As portrayed by acclaimed biographer Neal Thompson, Ripley’s life is the stuff of a classic American fairy tale. Buck-toothed and cursed by shyness, Ripley turned his sense of being an outsider into an appreciation for the strangeness of the world. After selling his first cartoon to Time magazine at age eighteen, more cartooning triumphs followed, but it was his ´´Believe It or Not” conceit and the wildly popular radio shows it birthed that would make him one of the most successful entertainment figures of his time and spur him to search the globe’s farthest corners for bizarre facts, exotic human curiosities, and shocking phenomena.Ripley delighted in making outrageous declarations that somehow always turned out to be true - such as that Charles Lindbergh was only the sixty-seventh man to fly across the Atlantic or that ´´The Star Spangled Banner” was not the national anthem. Assisted by an exotic harem of female admirers and by ex-banker Norbert Pearlroth, a devoted researcher who spoke eleven languages, Ripley simultaneously embodied the spirit of Peter Pan, the fearlessness of Marco Polo and the marketing savvy of P. T. Barnum.In a very real sense, Ripley sought to remake the world’s aesthetic. He demanded respect for those who were labeled ´´eccentrics” or ´´freaks” - whether it be E. L. Blystone, who wrote 1,615 alphabet letters on a grain of rice, or the man who could swallow his own nose.By the 1930s Ripley possessed a vast fortune, a private yacht, and a 28 room mansion stocked with such ´´oddities” as shrunken heads and medieval torture devices, and his pioneering firsts in print, radio, 1. Language: English. Narrator: Marc Cashman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/003466/bk_rand_003466_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.