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Disney's Land

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A propulsive and “entertaining” (The Wall Street Journal) history chronicling the conception and creation of the iconic Disneyland theme park, as told like never before by popular historian Richard Snow. One day in the early 1950s, Walt Disney stood looking over 240 acres of farmland in Anaheim, California, and imagined building a park where people “could live among Mickey Mouse and Snow White in a world still powered by steam and fire for a day or a week or (if the visitor is slightly mad) forever”. Despite his wealth and fame, exactly no one wanted Disney to build such a park. Not his brother Roy, who ran the company’s finances; not the bankers; and not his wife, Lillian. Amusement parks at that time, such as Coney Island, were a generally despised business, sagging and sordid remnants of bygone days. Disney was told that he would only be heading toward financial ruin. But Walt persevered, initially financing the park against his own life insurance policy and later with sponsorship from ABC and the sale of thousands and thousands of Davy Crockett coonskin caps. Disney assembled a talented team of engineers, architects, artists, animators, landscapers, and even a retired admiral to transform his ideas into a soaring yet soothing wonderland of a park. The catch was that they had only a year and a day in which to build it.  On July 17, 1955, Disneyland opened its gates...and the first day was a disaster. Disney was nearly suicidal with grief that he had failed on a grand scale. But the curious masses kept coming, and the rest is entertainment history. Eight hundred million visitors have flocked to the park since then. In Disney’s Land, “Snow brings a historian’s eye and a child’s delight, not to mention superb writing, to the telling of this fascinating narrative” (Ken Burns) that “will entertain Disneyphiles and readers of popular American history” (Publishers Weekly). 

©2019 Richard Snow (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

Narrator: Jacques Roy
Author: Richard Snow
Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
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Brunelleschi's Dome

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On August 19, 1418, a competition concerning Florence's magnificent new cathedral, Santa Maria del Fiore was announced: "Whoever desires to make any model or design for the vaulting of the main Dome...shall do so before the end of the month of September." The proposed dome was regarded far and wide as all but impossible to build. The dome would literally need to be erected over thin air.   Of the many plans submitted, one stood out. It was offered not by a master mason or carpenter, but by a goldsmith and clockmaker named Filippo Brunelleschi, who would dedicate the next 28 years to solving the puzzles of the dome's construction. In the process, he did nothing less than reinvent the field of architecture.   Brunelleschi's Dome is the story of how a Renaissance genius bent men, materials, and the very forces of nature to build an architectural wonder we continue to marvel at today. Denounced at first as a madman, Brunelleschi was celebrated at the end as a genius. He engineered the perfect placement of brick and stone, built ingenious hoists and cranes to carry an estimated 70 million pounds hundreds of feet into the air, and designed the workers' platforms and routines so carefully that only one man died during the decades of construction.

©2000 Ross King (P)2020 Tantor

Author: Ross King
Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
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The 99% Invisible City

15 ratings

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A beautifully designed guidebook to the unnoticed yet essential elements of our cities, from the creators of the wildly popular 99% Invisible podcast  Have you ever wondered what those bright, squiggly graffiti marks on the sidewalk mean? Or stopped to consider why you don't see metal fire escapes on new buildings? Or pondered the story behind those dancing inflatable figures in car dealerships? 99% Invisible is a big-ideas podcast about small-seeming things, revealing stories baked into the buildings we inhabit, the streets we drive, and the sidewalks we traverse. The show celebrates design and architecture in all of its functional glory and accidental absurdity, with intriguing tales of both designers and the people impacted by their designs. Now, in The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to Hidden World of Everyday Design, host Roman Mars and coauthor Kurt Kohlstedt zoom in on the various elements that make our cities work, exploring the origins and other fascinating stories behind everything from power grids and fire escapes to drinking fountains and street signs. With deeply researched entries and beautiful line drawings throughout, The 99% Invisible City will captivate devoted fans of the show and anyone curious about design, urban environments, and the unsung marvels of the world around them.

©2020 Roman Mars (P)2020 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company

Narrator: Roman Mars
Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
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A Rift in the Earth

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A Distinguished and Bestselling Historian and Vietnam Vet Revisits the Culture War that Raged around the Selection of Maya Lin's Design for the Vietnam Memorial A Rift in the Earth tells the remarkable story of the ferocious "art war" that raged between 1979 and 1984 over what kind of memorial should be built to honor the men and women who died in the Vietnam War. The story intertwines art, politics, historical memory, patriotism, racism, and a fascinating set of characters, from those who fought in the conflict and those who resisted it to politicians at the highest level. At its center are two enduring figures: Maya Lin, a young, Asian-American architecture student at Yale whose abstract design won the international competition but triggered a fierce backlash among powerful figures; and Frederick Hart, an innovative sculptor of humble origins on the cusp of stardom. James Reston, Jr., a veteran who lost a close friend in the war and has written incisively about the conflict's bitter aftermath, explores how the debate reignited passions around Vietnam long after the war's end and raised questions about how best to honor those who fought and sacrificed in an ill-advised war. "The memorial appears as a rift in the earth, a long polished black stone wall, emerging from and receding into the earth." - Maya Lin "I see the wall as a kind of ocean, a sea of sacrifice.... I place these figures upon the shore of that sea." - Frederick Hart

©2017 James Reston, Jr. (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Narrator: Jeff Cummings
Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
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Mind in Motion

6 ratings

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An eminent psychologist offers a major new theory of human cognition: movement, not language, is the foundation of thought When we try to think about how we think, we can't help but think of words. Indeed, some have called language the stuff of thought. But pictures are remembered far better than words, and describing faces, scenes, and events defies words. Anytime you take a shortcut or play chess or basketball or rearrange your furniture in your mind, you've done something remarkable: abstract thinking without words.  In Mind in Motion, psychologist Barbara Tversky shows that spatial cognition isn't just a peripheral aspect of thought, but its very foundation, enabling us to draw meaning from our bodies and their actions in the world. Our actions in real space get turned into mental actions on thought, often spouting spontaneously from our bodies as gestures. Spatial thinking underlies creating and using maps, assembling furniture, devising football strategies, designing airports, understanding the flow of people, traffic, water, and ideas. Spatial thinking even underlies the structure and meaning of language: why we say we push ideas forward or tear them apart, why we're feeling up or have grown far apart.  Like Thinking, Fast and Slow before it, Mind in Motion gives us a new way to think about how - and where - thinking takes place. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Barbara Tversky (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
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Why Architecture Matters

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Why Architecture Matters is not a work of architectural history or a guide to styles or an architectural dictionary, though it contains elements of all three. The purpose of Why Architecture Matters is to "come to grips with how things feel to us when we stand before them, with how architecture affects us emotionally as well as intellectually" - with its impact on our lives. "Architecture begins to matter," writes Paul Goldberger, "when it brings delight and sadness and perplexity and awe along with a roof over our heads." He shows us how that works in examples ranging from a small Cape Cod cottage to the "vast, flowing" Prairie houses of Frank Lloyd Wright, from the Lincoln Memorial to the highly sculptural Guggenheim Bilbao and the Church of Sant'Ivo in Rome, where "simple geometries... create a work of architecture that embraces the deepest complexities of human imagination." Based on decades of looking at buildings and thinking about how we experience them, the distinguished critic raises our awareness of fundamental things like proportion, scale, space, texture, materials, shapes, light, and memory. Upon completing this remarkable architectural journey, listeners will enjoy a wonderfully rewarding new way of seeing and experiencing every aspect of the built world. The book is published by Yale University Press.

©2009 Paul Goldberger (P)2010 Redwood Audiobooks

Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
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Keto Life: The Easy and Clarity Complete Guide to Daily Low Carb Meal Prep for Weight Loss, Fat Burning, and a Healthy Life for Ketogenic Diet

Summary

Improve your everyday life! If you, like millions of other people, hope to lose weight, increase your health, or boost your athletic performance, then you will want to learn more about the ketogenic diet. While fad and crash diets regularly cause damage to a person’s metabolism, decrease nutrition, and causes weight gain in the long run, the keto diet does none of these. It may be a change from your usual way of life, but why not change for the better? In Keto Life, you will learn all you need about the science and century-long history behind the ketogenic diet, its many health benefits, how it causes maintainable weight loss, fitting it into any lifestyle, meal prep and planning, and more. By the time you finish this book, you will have all the tools you need to make a change for the better. You no longer have to live wishing you could change, you can actually make the change happen.  In this book you will find: How the ketogenic diet is able to cause maintainable weight loss. A brief history of the keto diet. What ketosis is and its effects on the metabolism, health, and mind. How to counteract the keto flu for an easier transition to the keto diet. Choosing between the standard, targeted, and cyclical ketogenic diets. Tips and tricks to increase weight loss on the keto diet. A complete keto-friendly shopping list. Traveling on the ketogenic diet. How to boost your exercise performance while on keto. Answers to the most frequently asked questions And more... Now, if all of this sounds like your ideal book, then hop on over......and buy it now!

©2019 Ramos Emmerich Vogel (P)2019 Ramos Emmerich Vogel

Narrator: Carol Weakland
Author: Samara Kelly
Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
Available on Audible
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The Initiation of the Pyramid

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Supreme among the wonders of antiquity, unrivaled by the achievements of later architects and builders, the Great Pyramid of Gizeh bears mute witness to an unknown civilization which, having completed its predestined span, passed into oblivion. Eloquent in its silence, inspiring in its majesty, divine in its simplicity, the Great Pyramid is indeed a sermon in stone. Its magnitude overwhelms the puny sensibilities of man. Among the shifting sands of time, it stands as a fitting emblem of eternity itself. Who were the illumined mathematicians who planned its parts and dimensions, the master craftsmen who supervised its construction, the skilled artisans who trued its blocks of stone?

©2020 Rolled Scroll Publishing (P)2020 Rolled Scroll Publishing

Narrator: Dennis Logan
Length: 42 mins
Available on Audible
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Professional Practice

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What you need to know to protect your designs and get them built as you envision them; how to get and keep clients and become their trusted advisor and professional - every architect needs the answers in this concise, thorough, and listenable guide. Who are the parties in architecture, engineering, and construction? How do you market architectural services (get the project)? What are the basic project delivery methods? What are the forms of owner-architect and owner-contractor agreements, and what services do they cover? How should you charge for your services? How do you set up an office? What insurance, legal, and accounting issues must you consider? What is project management and who should do it? What are zoning and building codes about? Professional Practice is expertly narrated by Camille Mazant. All sample documents, charts and graphic referenced in the audiobook are included in the supplementary PDF. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2002, 2011 Paul Segal (P)2019 Echo Point Books & Media, LLC

Narrator: Camille Mazant
Author: Paul Segal
Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
Available on Audible
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Hitler's Northern Utopia

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The fascinating untold story of how Nazi architects and planners envisioned and began to build a model Aryan society in Norway during World War II Between 1940 and 1945, German occupiers transformed Norway into a vast construction zone. This remarkable building campaign, largely unknown today, was designed to extend the Greater German Reich beyond the Arctic Circle and turn the Scandinavian country into a racial utopia. From ideal new cities to a scenic superhighway stretching from Berlin to northern Norway, plans to remake the country into a model “Aryan” society fired the imaginations of Hitler, his architect Albert Speer, and other Nazi leaders. In Hitler’s Northern Utopia, Despina Stratigakos provides the first major history of Nazi efforts to build a Nordic empire - one that they believed would improve their genetic stock and confirm their destiny as a new order of Vikings.  Drawing on extraordinary unpublished diaries, photographs, and maps, as well as newspapers from the period, Hitler’s Northern Utopia tells the story of a broad range of completed and unrealized architectural and infrastructure projects far beyond the well-known German military defenses built on Norway’s Atlantic coast. These ventures included maternity centers, cultural and recreational facilities for German soldiers, and a plan to create quintessential National Socialist communities out of 23 towns damaged in the German invasion, an overhaul Norwegian architects were expected to lead. The most ambitious scheme - a German cultural capital and naval base - remained a closely guarded secret for fear of provoking Norwegian resistance.  A gripping account of the rise of a Nazi landscape in occupied Norway, Hitler’s Northern Utopia reveals a haunting vision of what might have been - a world colonized under the swastika. 

©2020 Despina Stratigakos (P)2020 Recorded Books

Narrator: Suzanne Toren
Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
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Hoover Dam

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In the spring of 1931, in a rugged desert canyon on the Arizona-Nevada border, an army of workmen began one of the most difficult and daring building projects ever undertaken: the construction of Hoover Dam. Through the worst years of the Great Depression as many as five thousand laborers toiled twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, to erect the huge structure that would harness the Colorado River and transform the American West. Construction of the giant dam was a triumph of human ingenuity, yet the full story of this monumental endeavor has never been told. Now, in an engrossing, fast-paced narrative, Joseph E. Stevens recounts the gripping saga of Hoover Dam. Drawing on a wealth of material, including manuscript collections, government documents, contemporary newspaper and magazine accounts, and personal interviews and correspondence with men and women who were involved with the construction, he brings the Hoover Dam adventure to life. Described here in dramatic detail are the deadly hazards the work crews faced as they hacked and blasted the dam's foundation out of solid rock; the bitter political battles and violent labor unrest that threatened to shut the job down; the deprivation and grinding hardship endured by the workers' families; the dam builders' gambling, drinking, and whoring sprees in nearby Las Vegas; and the stirring triumphs and searing moments of terror as the massive concrete wedge rose inexorably from the canyon floor.

©1998 Joseph E. Stevens (P)2015 Redwood Audiobooks

Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
Available on Audible
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Notre-Dame (Spanish Edition)

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«La imagen de Notre-Dame en llamas me dejó aturdido y profundamente afectado. Me encontraba al borde de las lágrimas. Algo de un valor incalculable estaba muriendo ante nuestros ojos. Era una sensación desconcertante, como si la tierra hubiera comenzado a temblar.» (Ken Follett) En este breve pero fascinante libro, Ken Follett describe las emociones que sintió cuando conoció la tragedia que amenazaba con destruir Notre-Dame de París y recorre, desde los días de su construcción, los momentos históricos determinantes de un edificio que a través de los siglos ha ejercido una fascinación universal. Follett rinde homenaje así a Notre-Dame y revela además la influencia que ha tenido en las catedrales de todo el mundo y en la escritura de su más famosa novela, Los pilares de la Tierra. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2019 Ken Follett (P)2019 Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, S.A.U.

Author: Ken Follett
Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
Available on Audible
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Water 4.0

1 rating

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The little-known story of the systems that bring us our drinking water, how they were developed, the problems they are facing, and how they will be reinvented in the near future

Most of us give little thought to the hidden systems that bring us water and take it away when we’re done with it. But these underappreciated marvels of engineering face an array of challenges that cannot be solved without a fundamental change to our relationship with water, David Sedlak explains in this enlightening book. To make informed decisions about the future, we need to understand the three revolutions in urban water systems that have occurred over the past 2,500 years and the technologies that will remake the system. The author starts by describing the early Roman aqueducts, fountains, and sewers that made dense urban living feasible. He then details the development of drinking water and sewage treatment systems - the second and third revolutions in urban water. He offers an insider’s look at current systems that rely on reservoirs, underground pipe networks, treatment plants, and storm sewers to provide water that is safe to drink, before addressing how these water systems will have to be reinvented. For everyone who cares about reliable, clean, abundant water, this book is essential.

"Sedlak...has contributed a gem to the growing shelf of books on the emerging crisis surrounding water.... An erudite romp through two millennia of water and sanitation practice and technology." (Nature)

"The book is filled with intriguing historical detail...[and] stimulates political reflection as well." (Los Angeles Review of Books)

"An intriguing history of human water use. Packed with riveting stories and examples." (Mathis Wackernagel, Global Footprint Network)

©2014 David Sedlak (P)2018 Redwood Audiobooks

Narrator: Gary Roelofs
Author: David Sedlak
Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
Available on Audible
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Taj Mahal

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The Taj Mahal in Agra is arguably the most iconic image of India and is visited by eight million tourists annually. It was characterized as “pure, perfect and unutterably lovely” by the British Viceroy Lord Curzon, and in 1983, UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site of “outstanding universal value.”  For centuries, the world believed that it was built by Shah Jahan in 1631 to immortalize his love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Certain mysteries and myths that surround the monument have recently come to the fore in the country, and stimulated a public debate about the place it holds as a true representation of Indian culture.   Listen to stories about: the life of Mumtaz Mahal, considered the jewel of the place; the building of the Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the myths, conjecture, and controversy; the 22 locked rooms in the basement; and much more!   This audio presents the five main historical figures of the Mughal Empire in India during that period and the many details of how the Taj Mahal was built. It traces the events that have led to the present controversy.

©2018 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Mike Eiman
Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
Available on Audible
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Lost Plantations of the South

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The great majority of the South's plantation homes have been destroyed over time, and many have long been forgotten. In Lost Plantations of the South, Marc R. Matrana weaves together diaries and letters and other rare documents to tell the story of 60 of these vanquished estates and the people who once called them home. From plantations that were destroyed by natural disaster, such as Alabama’s Forks of Cypress, to those that were intentionally demolished, such as Seven Oaks in Louisiana and Mount Brilliant in Kentucky, Matrana resurrects these lost mansions. Including plantations throughout the South as well as border states, Matrana carefully tracks the histories of each from the earliest days of construction to the often contentious struggles to preserve these irreplaceable historic treasures.  Lost Plantations of the South explores the root causes of demise and provides understanding and insight on how lessons learned in these sad losses can help prevent future preservation crises. Capturing the voices of masters and mistresses alongside those of slaves, this book explores the powerful and complex histories of these cardinal homes across the South. The book is published by University Press of Mississippi.

©2009 University Press of Mississippi (P)2017 Redwood Audiobooks

Narrator: John Burlinson
Length: 17 hrs and 13 mins
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Notre-Dame

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"The wonderful cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris, one of the greatest achievements of European civilization, was on fire. The sight dazed and disturbed us profoundly. I was on the edge of tears. Something priceless was dying in front of our eyes. The feeling was bewildering, as if the earth was shaking." (Ken Follett) "[A] treasure of a book." (The New Yorker) In this short, spellbinding book, international best-selling author Ken Follett describes the emotions that gripped him when he learned about the fire that threatened to destroy one of the greatest cathedrals in the world - the Notre-Dame de Paris. Follett then tells the story of the cathedral, from its construction to the role it has played across time and history, and he reveals the influence that the Notre-Dame had upon cathedrals around the world and on the writing of one of Follett's most famous and beloved novels, The Pillars of the Earth. Ken Follett will donate his proceeds from this book to the charity La Fondation du Patrimoine.

©2019 Ken Follett (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Ken Follett
Author: Ken Follett
Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
Available on Audible
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Cricut for Beginners

Summary

Are you looking for a complete and detailed guide on cricut? Then keep reading… Cricut it is not a machine that’s well known in the arts and crafts or even the baking community. I myself, who used to take pride in understanding everything there is to know about crafts, never knew about these bad boys. Obviously, I didn’t grasp as much as I initially thought, but I am glad that I discovered this brand. Now, I do not claim to know everything regarding Cricut machines, nor am I saying that I am familiar with every hack there is. Despite that, I do know enough to teach a novice, or even a more advanced Cricutter, some things. The Cricut machine really is and what it can do.  There are three current models of Cricut cutters, the Explore Air, Explore Air 2, and the Cricut Maker. All three of these models are compatible with the current Circuit Design Space plugin for your computer.   The Explore Air is the oldest model, but it offers a wireless or Bluetooth connection to your computer that hosts your Design Space. This machine can cut a variety of materials including paper, vinyl, fabric and more.   Next in line is the Explore Air 2 machine, which is a minor upgrade from the original Explore Air offering. It added three colors to the collection; Mint Blue, Rose Anna, and Giffin Lilac. This model also offers a Fast Mode that allows users to cut vinyl, iron-on, and cardstock.   The final and newest offering from Cricut is the Maker model.  This model was released in August of 2017. It was designed to cut thicker materials such as Balsawood, Basswood, leather, felt, and non-bonded fabrics. The Maker model is the only Cricut machine designed to use a Rotary Blade, to cutting fabric directly, as well as a scoring wheel that has variable pressure levels to score thicker cardstock papers than the original scoring stylus previously used.  All three of these machines also allow crafters an option for adding an element of writing and drawing to their creations. This is made possible loading a pen or marker into the accessory slot. When doing this, the machine will follow any design you desire. The Cricut is a proven multifaceted machine that is designed to bring a new level of versatility to any project.  This book covers the following topics: What is cricut machine? Cricut machine bases - how use it Main material that can be used How to get started Simple operation first steps Complex operations Problems related to cricut machine Some ideas project to try and get practice Precautions Cricut tips and tricks Advice for beginners Tips that can help you get started Jewelry of cricut machine Beginners project ideas of cricut machine …And much more If you are using a Cricut machine for the first time, with little to no experience, it can be a bit overwhelming. When looking at the machine as a type of printer, this can help users get a better understanding of how the machine actually works. When you see a completed design created by a Cricut machine, it is hard to imagine it was not created by a professional. In fact, many long-time users of the Cricut machines have started and continue to run extremely successful creative businesses online. You too could also be on your way to earning a lucrative side income once you get the groundwork for learning how the Cricut operates.

©2020 David Cutter (P)2020 David Cutter

Narrator: Kevin Ford
Author: David Cutter
Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
Available on Audible
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Building the Cycling City

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In car-clogged urban areas across the world, the humble bicycle is enjoying a second life as a legitimate form of transportation. City officials are rediscovering it as a multipronged (or -spoked) solution to acute 21st-century problems, including affordability, obesity, congestion, climate change, inequity, and social isolation.  As the world's foremost cycling nation, the Netherlands is the only country where the number of bikes exceeds the number of people, primarily because the Dutch have built a cycling culture accessible to everyone, regardless of age, ability, or economic means.   Chris and Melissa Bruntlett share the incredible success of the Netherlands through engaging interviews with local experts and stories of their own delightful experiences riding in five Dutch cities.  Building the Cycling City examines the triumphs and challenges of the Dutch while also presenting stories of North American cities already implementing lessons from across the Atlantic. Discover how Dutch cities inspired Atlanta to look at its transit-bike connection in a new way and showed Seattle how to teach its residents to realize the freedom of biking, along with other encouraging examples.   Tellingly, the Dutch have two words for people who ride bikes: wielrenner (“wheel runner”) and fietser (“cyclist”), the latter making up the vast majority of people pedaling on their streets and representing a far more accessible, casual, and inclusive style of urban cycling - walking with wheels.  Outside of their borders, a significant cultural shift is needed to seamlessly integrate the bicycle into everyday life and create a whole world of fietsers. The Dutch blueprint focuses on how people in a particular place want to move.   The relatable success stories will leave listeners inspired and ready to adopt and implement approaches to make their own cities better places to live, work, play, and - of course - cycle.

©2018 Melissa Bruntlett and Chris Bruntlett (P)2018 Tantor

Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
Available on Audible
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The Plaza

3 ratings

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Journalist Julie Satow's thrilling, unforgettable history of how one illustrious hotel has defined our understanding of money and glamour, from the Gilded Age to the Go-Go Eighties to today's Billionaire Row. From the moment in 1907 when New York millionaire Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt strode through the Plaza Hotel's revolving doors to become its first guest to the afternoon in 2007 when a mysterious Russian oligarch paid a record price for the hotel's largest penthouse, the 18-story white marble edifice at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 59th Street has radiated wealth and luxury. For some, the hotel evokes images of F. Scott Fitzgerald frolicking in the Pulitzer Fountain, or Eloise, the impish young guest who pours water down the mail chute. But the true stories captured in The Plaza also include dark, hidden secrets: the cold-blooded murder perpetrated by the construction workers in charge of building the hotel, how Donald J. Trump came to be the only owner to ever bankrupt the Plaza, and the tale of the disgraced Indian tycoon who ran the hotel from a maximum-security prison cell, 7,000 miles away in Delhi.   In this definitive history, award-winning journalist Julie Satow not only pulls back the curtain on Truman Capote's Black and White Ball and The Beatles' first stateside visit - she also follows the money trail. The Plaza reveals how a handful of rich dowager widows were the financial lifeline that saved the hotel during the Great Depression, and how, today, foreign money and anonymous shell companies have transformed iconic guest rooms into condominiums that shield ill-gotten gains, hollowing out parts of the hotel as well as the city around it.  The Plaza is the account of one vaunted New York City address that has become synonymous with wealth and scandal, opportunity and tragedy. With glamour on the surface and strife behind the scenes, it is the story of how one hotel became a mirror reflecting New York's place at the center of the country's cultural narrative for over a century.  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Julie Satow (P)2019 Twelve

Narrator: Jefferson Mays
Author: Julie Satow
Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
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Architecture: A History in 100 Buildings

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This book by renowned television historian Dan Cruickshank tells the history of architecture through the stories of 100 iconic buildings. Journeying through time and place, from the ancient Egyptian pyramids to the soaring skyscrapers of Manhattan, renowned architectural historian Dan Cruickshank explores the most impressive and characterful creations in world architecture. His selection includes many of the world’s best-known buildings that represent key or pioneering moments in architectural history, such as the Pantheon in Rome, Hagia Sophia in Turkey, the Taj Mahal in India and the Forbidden City in China. But the book also covers less obvious and more surprising structures, the generally unsung heroes of an endlessly fascinating story. Buildings like Oriel Chambers in Liverpool and the Narkomfin Apartment Building in Moscow. Dan Cruickshank has visited nearly all the buildings in the book, many in locations that are now inaccessible and under serious threat. A History of Architecture in 100 Buildings is an eloquent and often moving testimony to the power of great architecture to shape, and be shaped by, world history.

©2019 Dan Cruickshank (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Narrator: Dan Cruickshank
Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
Available on Audible
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Soho

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Soho - illicit, glamorous, sordid, louche, poverty-stricken, squalid, exhilarating.  One of Britain's best loved historians, Dan Cruickshank, grants us an intimacy with centuries of rich and varied history as he guides us around the Soho of the last 500 years. We learn of its original aspirations towards respectability, how it became London's bohemian quarter and why it was once home to its criminal underworld. The bars, clubs and theatres and their frequenters are described with detail that evokes the heart of the district.  The history of Soho is written in its surviving architecture. Cruickshank points out the streets that were the stamping grounds of criminal dynasties and directs our attention towards the homes of renowned prostitutes, revealing Georgian sexual mores and surprising visitors - amongst them 18th-century painter Joshua Reynolds, whose peculiar 'caprice' was simply drawing the girls. Soho has been home to characters as diverse as Mrs Goadby's girls to the Maltese mafia, and Cruikshank draws these threads together with kaleidoscopic verve.  Even as he mourns some of the changes, he pays testament to the district's resilience. He observes how the common denominator over the centuries is that it has always been a destination for immigrants: from French Huguenots to the East European Jewish community and recent Chinese diaspora - and that this is the foundation of its spirit and success. 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.

©2019 Dan Cruickshank (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group Ltd

Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
Available on Audible
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The Liar's Ball

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Summary

Harry Macklowe is one of the most notorious wheelers and dealers of the real-estate world, and The Liar's Ball is the story of the gamblers and thieves who populate his world. Watch as Harry makes the gutsy bid for midtown Manhattan's famous GM building and puts almost no money down, landing the billion-dollar transaction that made him the poster child for New York's real-estate royalty. 

Listen in on the secret conversations, back-door deals, and blackmail that put Macklowe and his cronies on top - and set them up for an enormous fall. Discover how Harry Macklowe ruthlessly clawed his way to the top with the help of his loyal followers, each grubbing for a piece of the real-estate pie. 

In this is a real-life tale of extravagance, ambition, and power, Vanity Fair contributing editor Vicky Ward skillfully paints the often scandalous picture of the giants who owned the New York skyline until their empires came crumbling down in the 2008 financial crisis, revealing their secrets and telling the tale of business as usual for this group - lying, backstabbing, and moving in for the kill when things look patchy. 

Based on more than 200 interviews with real-estate moguls like Donald Trump, William Zeckendorf, Mort Zuckerman, and David Simon, Liar's Ball is the never-before-told story of the egomaniacal elites of New York City.

©2014 Dreamscape Media, LLC (P)2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Narrator: Jonathan Yen
Author: Vicky Ward
Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
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Prisoners of History

Summary

Keith Lowe, an award-winning author of books on World War II, saw monuments around the world taken down in political protest and began to wonder what monuments built to commemorate WWII say about us today. Focusing on these monuments, Prisoners of History looks at World War II and the way it still tangibly exists within our midst. He looks at all aspects of the war, from the victors to the fallen, from the heroes to the villains, from the apocalypse to the rebuilding after devastation. He focuses on 25 monuments, including The Motherland Calls in Russia, the US Marine Corps Memorial in the USA, Italy's Shrine to the Fallen, the A-Bomb Dome in Hiroshima, and the Liberation Route that runs from London to Berlin. Unsurprisingly, he finds that different countries view the war differently. In monuments erected in the US, Lowe sees triumph and patriotic dedications to the heroes. In Europe, the monuments are melancholy, ambiguous, and more often than not dedicated to the victims. In these differing international views of the war, Lowe sees the stone and metal expressions of sentiments that imprison us today with their unchangeable opinions. Published on the 75th anniversary of the end of the war, Prisoners of History is a 21st-century view of a 20th-century war that still haunts us today.

©2020 Keith Lowe (P)2020 Tantor

Narrator: Keith Lowe
Author: Keith Lowe
Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
Available on Audible
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Lost Plantation

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Along the fertile banks of the Mississippi River across from New Orleans, planter Camille Zeringue transformed a mediocre colonial plantation into a thriving gem of antebellum sugar production, complete with a columned mansion known as Seven Oaks. Under the moss-strewn oaks, the privileged master nurtured his own family but enslaved many others. Excelling at agriculture, business, an ambitious canal enterprise, and local politics, Zeringue ascended to the very pinnacle of Southern society. But his empire soon came crashing down. After the ravages of the Civil War and a nasty battle with a railroad company, the family eventually lost the great estate. Seven Oaks ultimately ended up in the hands of distant railroad executives whose only desire was to rid themselves of this heap of history. Lost Plantation: The Rise and Fall of Seven Oaks tells both of Zeringue's climb to the top and of his legacy's eventual ruin. Preservationists and community members abhorred the railroad's indifferent attitude, and the question of the plantation mansion's fate fueled years of fiery, political battles. These hard-fought confrontations ended in 1977, when the exasperated railroad executives sent bulldozers through the decaying house. By analyzing one failed effort, Lost Plantation provides insight into the complex workings of American historical preservation efforts as a whole while illustrating how Southerners deal with their multifaceted past. The rise and fall of Seven Oaks is much more than just a local tragedy - it is a glaring example of how any community can be robbed of its history. Now, as parishes around New Orleans recognize the great aesthetic and monetary value of restoring plantation homes and attracting tourism, Jefferson Parish mourns a manor lost.

©2005 Marc R. Matrana (P)2015 Redwood Audiobooks

Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
Available on Audible
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The Ancient Egyptian Metaphysical Architecture

Summary

This book reveals the Ancient Egyptian knowledge of harmonic proportion, sacred geometry, and number mysticism, as manifested in their texts, temples, tombs, art, hieroglyphs, etc., throughout their known history. It shows how the Egyptians designed their buildings to generate cosmic energy, and the mystical application of numbers in Egyptian works. The book explains in detail the harmonic proportion of about 20 Ancient Egyptian buildings throughout their recorded history.  This book is divided into three parts containing a total of 13 chapters Part I: Architectural Concepts - Function and From consists of five chapters - 1 through 5:  Chapter 1: The Architectural Canon  Chapter 2: The Metaphysical Structure of the Universe  Chapter 3: Visitation Sites of the Lower Heavenly Court  Chapter 4: The Sealed Pharaohs' Tombs  Chapter 5: Egyptian Temples of The Divine Forces  Part II: The Physical Manifestation of Metaphysical Concepts consists of five chapters - 6 through 11:  Chapter 6: Architectural Constituent Forms of Metaphysical Functions will cover the various architectural forms as manifestation of their corresponding functions [both physically and metaphysically] for "false doors", recessed wall panels, columns and pillars, capitals of columns, porticoes, peristyles, colonnade formations at four different locations, obelisks, statuary images of various roof forms (flat, gable, corbelled, arch & vaulted), stylistic architectural details (architrave, cornice, and torus) and stylistic ornamentation and decoration such as starry ceilings, floral, geometric, figurative, a combination of two or all three, guilloche (misnamed as the Tuscan border), chevron, and scroll pattern.  Chapter 7: The Primary Geometrical Shapes/Forms  Chapter 8: The Generative Square Root Rectangles - "Irrational numbers"  Chapter 9: The Arithmetic Generative Progression  Chapter 10: Combined - Arithmetic and Graphic Harmonic Design of Egyptian Buildings  Chapter 11: Harmonic Analysis of Ancient Egyptian Works will cover several examples in Ancient Egypt from all eras and throughout Egypt that show the Egyptian applications of the design elements discussed in this book. Examples include temples, tombs, pyramids, shrines, capitals of columns, stelae, pylons and doorways.  Part III: The Spirited Communications has two chapters - 12 and 13:  Chapter 12: The Animated Metaphysical Images on Walls will cover the metaphysical significance of walls' decoration as well as explanations of various depictions.  Chapter 13: Human Activities will cover the roles of humans in activating, maintaining, participating in various rituals and festivities as well as deactivating the powers of the temple when temples and the whole Egypt is under siege.

©2016, 2018 Moustafa Gadalla (P)2019 Moustafa Gadalla

Narrator: Susie Hennessy
Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
Available on Audible
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Rosa's Castle

Summary

Samuel Taylor Suit was a dashing figure in West Virginian society - a man who made his fortune distilling whiskey. An investor in the growing railroad industry, he played host to US presidents. And when he fell in love, he fell hard. Rosa Pelham was almost two decades younger than Suit, who courted her unsuccessfully for five long years. Then, in 1883, he found the chink in Rosa’s romantic armor. She dreamed of living in a castle. Suit vowed to build her one if she accepted his proposal. He was as good as his word, and Berkeley Castle became part of West Virginian history. Some say the story of Rosa and her castle ended badly, with heartache, financial ruin, and insanity. Some darkly hint that vengeful ghosts now walk the halls of Berkeley Castle, tormented by secret misdeeds.Others tell a different tale - one of love and courage in the face of changing fortunes. Rosa’s Castle tells this tale - a dazzling “what if” based on one of America’s most striking love stories. As for ghosts...well, not all are vengeful shades. Some haunt out of love for those they left behind.

©2016 Deanna Edens (P)2019 Deanna Edens

Narrator: Carol Herman
Author: Deanna Edens
Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
Available on Audible
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Grand Central

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A rich, illustrated - and entertaining - history of the iconic Grand Central Terminal, from one of New York City's favorite writers, just in time to celebrate the train station's 100th fabulous anniversary. In the winter of 1913, Grand Central Station was officially opened and immediately became one of the most beautiful and recognizable Manhattan landmarks. In this celebration of the 100-year-old terminal, Sam Roberts of The New York Times looks back at Grand Central's conception, amazing history, and the far-reaching cultural effects of the station that continues to amaze tourists and shuttle busy commuters. Along the way, Roberts will explore how the Manhattan transit hub truly foreshadowed the evolution of suburban expansion in the country, and fostered the nation's westward expansion and growth via the railroad. Featuring quirky anecdotes and behind-the-scenes information, this book will allow listeners to peek into the secret and unseen areas of Grand Central - from the tunnels, to the command center, to the hidden passageways. With stories about everything from the famous movies that have used Grand Central as a location to the celestial ceiling in the main lobby (including its stunning mistake) to the homeless denizens who reside in the building's catacombs, this is a fascinating and, exciting look at a true American institution. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2013 Sam Roberts (P)2013 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Sam Roberts
Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
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The Pentagon

Summary

The creation of the Pentagon in 17 whirlwind months during World War II is one of the great construction feats in American history, involving a tremendous mobilization of manpower, resources, and minds. In astonishingly short order, Brigadier General Brehon B. Somervell conceived and built an institution that ranks with the White House, the Vatican, and a handful of other structures as symbols recognized around the world. Now veteran military reporter Steve Vogel reveals for the first time the remarkable story of the Pentagon's construction, from its dramatic birth to its rebuilding after the September 11 attack.  The Pentagon's post-World War II history is told through its critical moments, including the troubled birth of the Department of Defense during the Cold War, the tense days of the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the tumultuous 1967 protest against the Vietnam War. The pivotal attack on September 11 is related with chilling new detail, as is the race to rebuild the damaged Pentagon, a restoration that echoed the spirit of its creation.  This study of a single enigmatic building tells a broader story of modern American history, from the eve of World War II to the new wars of the 21st century. Steve Vogel has crafted a dazzling work of military social history.

©2007 Steve Vogel (P)2020 Tantor

Narrator: Paul Heitsch
Author: Steve Vogel
Length: 19 hrs and 52 mins
Available on Audible
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Town Planning in Practice

Summary

Raymond Unwin was a prominent architect and engineer from the late 19th and early 20th century. He helped popularize the Arts and Crafts movement and was one of the first English voices in the town planning movement.  Town Planning in Practice was published in 1909 and still resonates with planners and urban designers today. It reflects on discussions that are still happening to this day including the design of buildings, plots of land, and neighborhood streets.

©1909 Raymond Unwin (P)2020 The Overhead Wire Media

Narrator: Mark Tester
Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
Available on Audible
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The Digital Battle

Summary

Playing a game... And don't know the cyber security rule. Networking in the form of Internet, extranet, intranet, and virtual private network (VPN) has opened many doors for businesses. No longer is commerce inhibited by time zones or geographic locations to conduct financial transactions. Cyberspace affords businesses enormous revenue opportunities with reduced associated costs. All that is necessary for customers to make Online purchases is Internet availability and connectivity, an Internet of things (IoT), digital media (i.e. laptop, desktop, tablet, smartphone, etc.), and a method of payment (i.e. bank account, credit card, debit card, etc.). The problem resonates from the protection of your personal identifiable information (PII) during authentication and validation processes.   The Digital Battle: Cyber Security is an attempt to assist consumers by protecting their PII, trade secrets, and critical infrastructure from compromise. To prevent exploitation, consumers need vigilance paired with knowledge. Using strategies of cybersecurity outlined in the three domains within this audiobook, listeners can gain the tools they need to succeed. Be ready, cover your defenses, and take the offensive with cyber warfare tactics.  Malida “Lida” Ihekwoaba is a native of St. Louis, Missouri, currently living in Augusta, Georgia. She is a veteran and retiree from the US Army as a Signal Corps officer. Lida has served the US Armed Forces for more than 24 years in areas of telecommunications, information technology, information security, and cybersecurity. Lida has held several leadership positions within information security and has a profound grasp of cybersecurity. She has more than 29 years of experience and education in information technology (IT), information security, and telecommunications, 16-plus years of experience in supervisory, administrative, and management of personnel and communication security equipment, and 13-plus years of experience and training in information assurance/cybersecurity.   Malida holds six scholastic degrees (two associates of arts, two bachelors of science, a master of arts, and a master of divinity) and is currently pursuing a doctor of information assurance.               

©2017 Lida (P)2018 Lida

Author: Lida
Length: 1 hr and 41 mins
Available on Audible
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Asbestos: The Dark Arts

Summary

Asbestos management overview. A practical and informative no-nonsense guide to improving asbestos management, from a history overview to a more in-depth look at regulation and how to comply. This audiobook combines years of asbestos knowledge with it, all simplified and made easy to understand. There are various practical tasks to complete as well as amazing bonus material that the listener can really utilize to great effect.  Ian stone and Neil Munro are two straight-talking asbestos consultants who have combined their skill and knowledge to cut through a lot of the overcomplicated elements in and surrounding asbestos management. Discover the quick and easy ways to asbestos management and also to finding your asbestos power team.  You can master the dark art of asbestos management by following the guides and tasks in this audiobook.  Seven-step guide to asbestos-management heaven  Overview of everything you need to know  Bullet-point chapter overviews  Multiple tasks and templates  And much, much more

©2018 Neil Munro & Ian Stone (P)2019 Neil Munro & Ian Stone

Narrator: Connor Johnston
Length: 2 hrs and 44 mins
Available on Audible
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Data Science: 2 Manuscripts in 1

Summary

Do you want to expand your skills from being a basic data scientist to becoming an expert data scientist ready to solve real-world data-centric issues? Exploring this audiobook could be a step in the right direction.

Discover two comprehensive manuscripts in one audiobook.

Part one of this audiobook will cover topics such as:

Introduction to data science

How to think about data

Importance of data in business

The art of data science

Data science as a change agent

How to use data science right

Data security - protect major enterprise assets data in the cloud

Data science modeling and featurization

Tips for data science

Difference between business intelligence and data science

Data science: tools and skills in data science

Part two of this audiobook will discuss the following topics:

How data can help mitigate risks in business

How to handle and manage big data in business

Data visualization

Machine learning for data science

Machine learning algorithms

Data science and big data analytics

The process of data analysis

Develop your own data analytics strategy and action plan

Predictive analytics techniques

©2019 Travis Goleman (P)2019 Travis Goleman

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Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
Available on Audible
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Castles

Summary

Beginning with their introduction in the 11th century, and ending with their widespread abandonment in the 17th, Marc Morris explores many of the country's most famous castles, as well as some spectacular lesser-known examples. At times this is an epic tale, driven by characters like William the Conqueror, King John, and Edward I, full of sieges and conquest on an awesome scale. But it is also by turns an intimate story of less eminent individuals, whose adventures, struggles, and ambitions were reflected in the fortified residences they constructed. Be it ever so grand or ever so humble, a castle was first and foremost a home. To understand castles - who built them, who lived in them, and why - is to understand the forces that shaped medieval Britain.

©2017 Marc Morris (P)2017 Tantor

Narrator: Derek Perkins
Author: Marc Morris
Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
Available on Audible
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On Architecture

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Summary

For more than half a century, Ada Louise Huxtable's keen eye and vivid writing have reinforced to readers how important architecture is and why it continues to be both controversial and fascinating - making her one of the best-known critics in the world. On Architecture collects the best of Huxtable's writing from the New York Times, New York Review of Books, Wall Street Journal, and her various books. In these selections, Huxtable examines the 20th century's most important architectural masters and projects, cataloging the seismic shifts in style, function, and fashion that have led to the dramatic new architecture of the 21st century.

©2008 Ada Louise Huxtable (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Length: 16 hrs and 27 mins
Available on Audible
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Ancient Egypt

Summary

A wonderful journey through the splendors of the Pharaoh's Kingdom: Alexandria, Giza, Saqqara, Dendera, Deir El-Bahari, Deir El-Medina, Medinet-Habu, Karnak - Luxor, Elephantine, Assuan, Phile, Abu-Simbel and The tomb of Nefertari.

©2017 ALTAIR4 MULTIMEDIA ROMA (P)2017 LA CASE Books & ALTAIR4 MULTIMEDIA ROMA

Available on Audible
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Golden Gate

Summary

The Golden Gate Bridge is an icon of one of the most mythic of American cities, San Francisco. Standing between the Bay and the mighty Pacific like a guardian of the city, the Golden Gate retains its grip on the American imagination long after its 27-year record of being the longest suspension bridge in the world was superseded.

©2010 Kevin Starr (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Jim Beaver
Author: Kevin Starr
Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
Available on Audible
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Sampuran Vaastu Shastra (Hindi Edition)

Summary

Sampoorn Vaastushaastra praacheen vaastukala ko lekar likhee gayee pahalee pustak hai, jismein bhavan-sthaapaty kala par vistrit chintan kiya gaya hai. Naye makaan ka pravesh dvaar kidhar ho? Dhaarvedh kise kahate hain, Kitne prakaar ke hote hain? Bhavan mein jal (watar-tank) sthaan kahaan, kidhar hona chaahiye? Paakshaala (Kitchen) mein agni sthaan (Fire-spot) kahaan ho? Shayan kaksh (bed-room) kis disha mein hona chaahiye taaki shayankartta ko bharpoor neend aa sake. Nivaas karne yogya bhookhand kee aakriti kaisee honee chaahiye. Bhoo-pareekshan ke kya-kya shaastreey vidhan hain? Sahee vaastu ke muhoort kaise dekhe jaate hain? In sabhee pahaluon par antarraashtreey khyaatipraapt vidvaan lekhak Dr. Bhojraaj Dwivedi ne vyaavahaarik chitron ke saath pustak ko bahut hee sundar dhang se sanvaara-sanjoya hai.  Please note: This audiobook is in Hindi. 

©1979 Diamond Pocket Books Pvt. Ltd. (P)2021 Audible, Inc.

Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
Available on Audible
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Bullocks Wilshire

Summary

This elegant book chronicles the efforts of the impressive team of international architects, designers, and businessmen who created Los Angeles’ famed Art Deco masterpiece.  Bullocks Wilshire recounts the lives of the two immigrant entrepreneurs, John Gillespie Bullock and Percy Glen Winnett, who, with this magnificent department store, tested a new theory of retailing in the suburbs, and the architectural team, Parkinson and Parkinson, who executed that vision into one of Los Angeles’ most beloved landmarks.   Narrated by Thomas Schiff, the Bullocks Wilshire audiobook evokes the dramatic events and historic periods of boom and bust that characterize the growth of Los Angeles in a way the written word might not.

©1996 Margaret Leslie Davis (P)2019 Balcony Media Inc

Narrator: Thomas Schiff
Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
Available on Audible
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Saving Italy

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Summary

When Hitler’s armies occupied Italy in 1943, they also seized control of mankind’s greatest cultural treasures. As they had done throughout Europe, the Nazis could now plunder the masterpieces of the Renaissance, the treasures of the Vatican, and the antiquities of the Roman Empire. On the eve of the Allied invasion, General Dwight Eisenhower empowered a new kind of soldier to protect these historic riches. In May 1944 two unlikely American heroes—artist Deane Keller and scholar Fred Hartt—embarked from Naples on the treasure hunt of a lifetime, tracking billions of dollars of missing art, including works by Michelangelo, Donatello, Titian, Caravaggio, and Botticelli.

©2013 Robert M. Edsel (P)2013 Recorded Books

Author: Robert Edsel
Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
Available on Audible
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Antiguo Egipto

Summary

Un viaje fantástico al esplendor del Reino de los Faraones: Alejandría, Guiza, Sakkara, Dendera, Karnak, Luxor, Deir el-Bahari, Deir el-Medina, Medinet-Habu, File, Abu Simbel, Elefantina, Asuán y La tumba de Nefertari.

©2017 ALTAIR4 MULTIMEDIA ROMA (P)2017 LA CASE Books & ALTAIR4 MULTIMEDIA ROMA

Available on Audible
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Broadway

Summary

Broadway takes us on a mile-by-mile journey that traces the gradual evolution of the 17th century's Brede Wegh, a muddy cow path in a backwater Dutch settlement, to the 20th century's Great White Way. We learn why one side of the street was once considered more fashionable than the other; witness construction of the Ansonia Apartments, Trinity Church, and the Flatiron Building and the burning of P. T. Barnum's American Museum; and discover that Columbia University was built on the site of an insane asylum. Along the way we meet Alexander Hamilton, Edgar Allan Poe, John James Audubon, Emma Goldman, "Bill the Butcher" Poole, "Texas" Guinan, and the assorted real estate speculators, impresarios, and politicians who helped turn Broadway into a living paradigm of American progress, at its best and worst. Broadway tells the vivid story of what is arguably the world's most famous thoroughfare.

©2018 Fran Leadon (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

Narrator: Kevin Pariseau
Author: Fran Leadon
Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
Available on Audible
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The Seven Lamps of Architecture

Summary

A great Ruskin book that is better listened to than read because of the complexity and detail of his writing. Hence he is much discussed but rarely read.

Public Domain (P)2020 Deaver Brown

Narrator: Deaver Brown
Author: John Ruskin
Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
Available on Audible
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Nero and the Golden House (The wonders of Archaeology)

Summary

The story of Emperor Nero and the building of his Golden Palace. The reconstruction of the great fire of 64 AD, which destroyed the capital of the Empire, and the golden palace of Nero in a new production by Altair4 Multimedia & LA CASE Books: from the crumbling insulae of the Suburra to the sumptuous architecture of the Domus Aurea, from Nero's artificial lake to the Colosseum, from the Neronian porticoes on the Via Sacra to the glories of the Imperial Fora, from the imposing bulk of the Colossus of Nero to the architectural revolution of the Octagonal Hall.

©2017 La case USA (P)2017 La case USA

Narrator: Clive Riche
Length: 23 mins
Available on Audible
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The Flatiron

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The marvelous story of the Flatiron: the instantly recognizable building that signaled the start of a new era in New York history. Critics hated it. The public feared it would topple over. Passersby were knocked down by the winds. But even before it was completed, the Flatiron Building had become an unforgettable part of New York City. The Flatiron Building was built by the Chicago-based Fuller Company - a group founded by George Fuller, "the father of the skyscraper" - to be their New York headquarters. The company's president, Harry Black, was never able to make the public call the Flatiron the Fuller Building, however. Black's was the country's largest real estate firm, constructing Macy's department store, and soon after the Plaza Hotel, the Savoy Hotel, and many other iconic buildings in New York as well as in other cities across the country. With an ostentatious lifestyle that drew constant media scrutiny, Black made a fortune only to meet a tragic, untimely end. In The Flatiron, Alice Sparberg Alexiou chronicles not just the story of the building but the heady times in New York at the dawn of the 20th century. It was a time when Madison Square Park shifted from a promenade for rich women to one for gay prostitutes; when photography became an art; motion pictures came into existence; the booming economy suffered increasing depressions; jazz came to the forefront of popular music - and all within steps of one of the city's best-known and best-loved buildings.

©2010 Alice Sparberg Alexiou (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: A. Savalas
Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
Available on Audible
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Higher

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Summary

This riveting, true account of the 1929 race to build New York City's tallest skyscraper evokes the glory of an exciting time long past. The Roaring Twenties were all about ambition, and New York embodied this mentality more than any other place in the world. In the spirit of the times, Walter Chrysler (of the Chrysler Building) and young financier George Ohrstrom (of the Manhattan Bank Building) competed to erect a structure that would reach to the skies. Behind it all were two brilliant architects, two men with a common past, but very different visions for the future. Every bit as riveting as the best fiction, Higher takes fascinating characters and throws them into an extraordinary setting. The result is an unforgettable story filled with rich anecdotes and astounding feats.

©2003 Neal Bascomb (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC

Author: Neal Bascomb
Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
Available on Audible
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The Gardner Heist

Summary

Shortly after midnight on March 18, 1990, two men broke into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and committed the largest art heist in history. They stole a dozen masterpieces, including one Vermeer, three Rembrandts, and five Degas. But after thousands of leads - and a $5 million reward - none of the paintings have been recovered. Worth as much as $500 million, the missing masterpieces have become one of the nation's most extraordinary unsolved mysteries. After the death of famed art detective Harold Smith, reporter Ulrich Boser decided to take up the case. Exploring Smith's unfinished leads, Boser travels deep into the art underworld and comes across a remarkable cast of characters, including a brilliant rock 'n' roll thief, a gangster who professes his innocence in rhyming verse, and the enigmatic late Boston heiress Isabella Stewart Gardner herself. Boser becomes increasingly obsessed with the case and eventually uncovers startling new evidence about the identities of the thieves. A tale of art and greed, of obsession and loss, The Gardner Heist is as compelling as the stolen masterpieces themselves. A Bustle Pick for Mystery Lovers Who Don't Want to Read about Murder.

©2018 Ulrich Boser (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Author: Ulrich Boser
Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
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Paris, City of Dreams

Summary

Acclaimed historian Mary McAuliffe vividly recaptures the Paris of Napoleon III, Claude Monet, and Victor Hugo as Georges Haussmann tore down and rebuilt Paris into the beautiful City of Light we know today. Paris, City of Dreams traces the transformation of the City of Light during Napoleon III’s Second Empire into the beloved city of today. Together, Napoleon III and his right-hand man, Georges Haussmann, completely rebuilt Paris in less than two decades - a breathtaking achievement made possible not only by the emperor’s vision and Haussmann’s determination but by the regime’s unrelenting authoritarianism, augmented by the booming economy that Napoleon fostered.  Yet a number of Parisians refused to comply with the restrictions that censorship and entrenched institutional taste imposed. Mary McAuliffe follows the lives of artists such as Edouard Manet, Berthe Morisot, and Claude Monet, as well as writers such as Emile Zola, Gustave Flaubert, and the poet Charles Baudelaire, while from exile, Victor Hugo continued to fire literary broadsides at the emperor he detested. McAuliffe brings to life a pivotal era encompassing not only the physical restructuring of Paris but also the innovative forms of banking and money-lending that financed industrialization as well as the city’s transformation. This in turn created new wealth and lavish excess, even while producing extreme poverty. More deeply, change was occurring in the way people looked at and understood the world around them, given the new ease of transportation and communication, the popularization of photography, and the emergence of what would soon be known as Impressionism in art and Naturalism and Realism in literature - artistic yearnings that would flower in the Belle Epoque.  Napoleon III, whose reign abruptly ended after he led France into a devastating war against Germany, has been forgotten. But the Paris that he created has endured, brought to vivid life through McAuliffe’s rich illustrations and evocative narrative.

©2020 Mary McAuliffe (P)2020 Rowman & Littlefield

Narrator: Tim H. Dixon
Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
Available on Audible
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Egyptian Mythology

Summary

Few civilizations hold the lure and appeal of ancient Egypt. Renowned for their colossal temples and ornate tombs and an elaborate god mythology, ancient Egypt is a land of romance, mystery, and appeal for young and old. Since the discovery of King Tut’s tomb in the early 19th century the world has been fascinated by one of the oldest empirical civilizations, and for good reason. Egyptian Mythology: Tales of Egyptian Gods, Goddesses, Pharaohs, & the Legacy of Ancient Egypt explores a world lost to time and imagination. A world of impossibilities with lasting effects. Combining historical data with the sprawling system of gods, Egyptian Mythology examines the cause and effect of the gods on daily life. Egyptian Mythology goes beyond the trials of Egypt and discusses who their belief system influenced numerous other cultures as they began to interact on a global scale. The foundation of the famed Silk Road helped spread the lore of Egypt across the Middle East and deep into Asia. Distinguished ancients Plato and Pythagoras are said to have found major influence from Egyptian beliefs. Prepare to be amazed as you dive deep into one of the most influential and rich cultures the world has ever seen. Here is what is inside:  The Egyptian creation myth Mythical creatures, magic, and rituals Funerary rituals in ancient Egypt Slavery in ancient Egypt Ancient Egyptian warfare and famous battles Volcanic eruptions and revolts in ancient Egypt The seven year famine Tales from ancient Egypt And much, much more! Download this amazing audiobook and start listening today!

©2019 Dale Hansen (P)2019 Dale Hansen

Narrator: Dean Eby
Author: Dale Hansen
Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
Available on Audible
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Metropolis

Summary

La storia d'Italia è anche geografia: quella delle nostre città così ricche di monumenti, palazzi e scorci, connessi da un intrico di vie sotterranee che sono una metafora dei percorsi della nostra memoria. In questo dedalo ci accompagna Hans Tuzzi, guida d'eccezione alla scoperta dei segreti di quattro città italiane servite dalla metropolitana: Roma, Milano, Napoli, Torino. Attraversiamo le vie della Roma dei Cesari, saliamo a piazza di Spagna, "la più bella del mondo" per Gabriele D'Annunzio, teatro degli amori di Elena Muti e Andrea Sperelli, e scendiamo a Cavour per passeggiare fino all'Istituto di Fisica di Via Panisperna, dove negli anni Trenta studiarono gli astri nascenti del mondo scientifico. Saliamo a Cairoli, sulla linea 1 della metropolitana di Milano, che ricorda la mater dolorosa del nostro Risorgimento - "Le tombe dei vostri figli saranno altari", le scrisse Giuseppe Mazzini nel 1869 - per scendere a Duomo, dove i fratelli Bocconi aprirono il primo negozio di abiti preconfezionati. Ci spostiamo a Napoli, dove, non lontano dalla fermata Vanvitelli visitiamo la residenza di Maria Carolina, che sposò giovanissima il guaglione rozzo e sanguigno passato alla storia come re Nasone. Saltiamo un secolo e da Dante, sulla linea 1 della metropolitana di Torino, arriviamo al parco del Valentino, dove nel 1902 venne organizzata l'Esposizione Internazionale di Arte Decorativa Moderna in un'efflorescenza liberty estranea alla lineare anima cittadina.

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Narrator: Alberto Lori
Author: Hans Tuzzi
Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
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Ancient Rome (The wonders of Archaeology)

Summary

A wonderful journey through the splendors of the Eternal City: Forum Romanum, Pantheon, Baths of Caracalla, Theater of Pompey, Forum of Augustus, Colosseum and Palatine.

©2017 ALTAIR4 MULTIMEDIA ROMA (P)2017 LA CASE Books & ALTAIR4 MULTIMEDIA ROMA

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Skyscraper

Summary

In Skyscraper: The Politics and Power of Building New York City in the Twentieth Century, Benjamin Flowers explores the role of culture and ideology in shaping the construction of skyscrapers and the way wealth and power have operated to reshape the urban landscape. Flowers narrates this modern tale by closely examining the creation and reception of three significant sites: the Empire State Building, the Seagram Building, and the World Trade Center. He demonstrates how architects and their clients employed a diverse range of modernist styles to engage with and influence broader cultural themes in American society: immigration, the Cold War, and the rise of American global capitalism. Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2010. The book is published by University of Pennsylvania Press.

©2009 University of Pennsylvania Press (P)2015 Redwood Audiobooks

Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
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Nerone e la Domus Aurea

Summary

La storia dell'Imperatore Nerone e della costruzione della sua reggia da sogno. La ricostruzione delle fasi dell'incendio del 64 d.C., che distrusse la capitale dell'impero e della dorata reggia di Nerone in una imperdibile opera di Altair4 Multimedia & LA CASE Books che racconta lo splendore della città eterna ai tempi di Nerone. Dalle fatiscenti insulae della Suburra alle sontuose architetture della domus Aurea, dal Lago di Nerone al Colosseo, dai portici Neroniani sulla via Sacra ai fasti dei Fori Imperiali, dalla mole imponente del Colosso di Nerone alla rivoluzione architettonica dell'Aula Ottagona, un viaggio senza tempo dentro all'opera più ambiziosa di un artefice visionario.

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Narrator: Alberto Lori
Length: 23 mins
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