Why has one game, alone among the thousands of games invented and played throughout human history, not only survived but thrived within every culture it has touched? What is it about its 32 figurative pieces, moving about its 64 black and white squares according to very simple rules, that has captivated people for nearly 1,500 years? Why has it driven some of its greatest players into paranoia and madness, and yet is hailed as a remarkably powerful intellectual tool? Nearly everyone has played chess at some point in their lives. Its rules and pieces have served as a metaphor for society, influencing military strategy, mathematics, artificial intelligence, and literature and the arts. It has been condemned as the devil´s game by popes, rabbis, and imams, and lauded as a guide to proper living by other popes, rabbis, and imams. Marcel Duchamp was so absorbed in the game that he ignored his wife on their honeymoon. Caliph Muhammad al-Amin lost his throne (and his head) trying to checkmate a courtier. Ben Franklin used the game as a cover for secret diplomacy. In his wide-ranging and ever-fascinating examination of chess, David Shenk gleefully unearths the hidden history of a game that seems so simple yet contains infinity. From its invention somewhere in India around 500 A.D., to its enthusiastic adoption by the Persians and its spread by Islamic warriors, to its remarkable use as a moral guide in the Middle Ages and its political utility in the Enlightenment, to its crucial importance in the birth of cognitive science and its key role in the aesthetic of modernism in 20th century art, to its 21st century importance in the development of artificial intelligence and use as a teaching tool in inner-city America, chess has been a remarkably omnipresent factor in the development of civilization. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rick Adamson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/000902de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this modern world of too much money that discontented wife no longer gains pleasure from buying a new pair of shoes and the frazzled husband has lost interest in fitting new gadgets on his car, making it easy, too easy, to move from consumerism to physical pleasures. And with online websites so readily available there are more than enough ways to dabble. Jessica´s husband, Kenneth Lund, surprised her on their tenth wedding anniversary with an unaccustomed night of wild sex. It was hot and spicy and she loved it, making it easy, too easy, to shift their sex life from mundane to erotic, one clouded by too much booze. Jessica was, at first, embarrassed by what they had done in the privacy of their bedroom and would have been shocked to learn that many other couples went far beyond anything Kenneth had introduced her to; namely group recreational sex available through websites such as Callisto Akantha with its daring motto ´´Be audacious. Have sex´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jack Wynters. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/105752de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The chess pieces knew how they moved. They knew what they wanted, too. It wasn´t like school, where kids pretended they were masters of the teachers´ game. The adults didn´t know anything anyway. The real world was a big push to nothing. But Lisa escaped from all that. She found Igor Ivanov. He taught her how to play. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jesse Kraai. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/019015de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This story is a gem representing the delightful stories from the Indian subcontinent which capture the simple essence of everyday life in rural/urban India. The simple pleasures of life indicate a time gone by, before the advent of cellphones and Facebook, a time which almost stood still, a time where children could revel in the rain, make paper boats and race them down a drain, play marbles, and generally pass time. The once idyllic life almost seems too slow and bear, and hence is fascinating to watch unfurl as we hear the story. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Hawkes. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/077947de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Learn how to play chess like a pro. Amaze your friends! This audiobook will take your chess game to the next level. All over the world, chess is one of the most popular board games. Start now and claim your place next to all the other pro players from all over the world. You will learn how to internalize the best chess moves. Even as a beginner, you can get your friends in trouble with amazing chess openings. Here is a preview of what you´ll learn.... Why are you here? Chess - an insight How to win chess as a beginner How to win as an intermediate player How to win a chess match as an expert Specific tactics Much, much more! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Trevor Clinger. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/101170de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This episode of The Shadow was originally broadcast on February 23, 1941. ´´Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!´´ From 1930-1954, the wealthy Lamont Cranston was one of the best-known characters on radio, using his mystical powers to fight crime. The only person who knew The Shadow´s true identity was his ´´friend and companion, the lovely Margot Lane´´. Through the years, The Shadow was portrayed by Frank Readick, Orson Welles, Bill Johnstone, Bret Morrison, and others. As listeners were reminded at the end of every episode, ´´The weed of crime bears bitter fruit. Crime does not pay! The Shadow knows!´´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Johnstone. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/radi/000292de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Do you want to inspire your daughter or son for the most sophisticated game in human history? Do you want to help your kids to develop their untapped potential? Do you want to enthuse them to become Junior Chess Masters? If so, then this is the book you have been waiting for. He or she will discover: The long and adventurous history of Chess The basic rules of Chess Clear and easy-to-understand! How to develop and execute Chess strategies and tactics The most famous Chess openings and endgames Cool facts about kids and Chess And much more! Chess for Smart Kids: How to become a Junior Chess Master is an easy-to-understand, yet powerful guide to quickly master the game of chess. It is the place to go for your kids to lay the foundation to become the next Junior Chess Masters! WARNING: This book has been written and tailored to the needs of kids who are seriously interested in the fascinating game of chess. It is best suited for kids not younger than seven. Do not miss this opportunity to help your kid unleash his or her potential to become the next Junior Chess Master! Do not wait longer to Get Chess for Smart Kids Today. No regrets guaranteed. 1. Language: English. Narrator: William Kenny. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/113223de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Chess, a two-player strategy game, may appear simple to the casual observer, but its game board of 64 squares and 32 pieces can take a lifetime to master. The game itself originated in the sixth century, taking on a militaristic theme, which later evolved into the pieces of today: pawn, knight, bishop, rook, and, of course, the king and queen. The game is highly strategic and played around the world by lovers, young and old, of the genre. Each challenge is unique, and every player has his favorite move and cunning approach. In Chess: From Beginner to Pro, author Mike Valley gives the listener everything he or she needs to know about the game: history, basic rules, and advanced strategies. Before long, even those who are new to the game will be gleefully calling ´´Check Mate´´ to their defeated foes. A book designed to bring your game to the next level, Chess leaves no pawn untouched and no king sheltered behind his bishop. Start listening now, and begin to play like a pro today! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jay Dee Johns III. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/041868de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Are you ready for it? You ready for checkmate every time? To learn how easy it is to beat anyone in chess? How about to master the mindset of chess? How to intimidate those who challenge you? This books doesn´t provide you with just one tip! Not just two! You new to the game? Worried it´s just too complex? And requires a brilliant mind? Need a quick solution to learning quick and easy? No jargon, no complex processes. Simple learning! Take action now and dive right into Chess Checkmate! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Millian Quinteros. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/091873de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Vienna 1770: Baron Wolfgang von Kempelen unveils an amazing invention, The Mechanical Turk, an unbeatable chess playing automaton. Hailed as the greatest innovation of the century, the chess machine is really a brilliant illusion, secretly operated from inside by the Italian dwarf Tibor. But when a beautiful and seductive countess dies mysteriously in the presence of the automaton, the machine and its inventor become the target of espionage, persecution, and intrigue. What is the dark secret behind this automaton and what strange powers does it hold? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Richard Burnip. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/oakh/000090de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.