In times of emergencies, electrical grid power is the first to go out. Blackouts, floods, hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, landslides, you name it, the natural world can unleash catastrophes which leave people without basic services, and especially sources of electricity. Solar energy is an excellent source of power for charging batteries especially in emergencies and prolonged blackouts. Available in some degree every day and everywhere on the planet, solar energy can be a practical source of power for use anytime, day or night, for powering smart phones, GPS, cameras, and other consumer electronics in an emergency. This book describes how to build a solar power supply and system which is portable, rugged, and sturdy in construction, highly efficient at battery charging, and produces DC power through a Universal 12 VDC ´´cigarette-style´´ plug or USB output day or night on demand to power electronics for outdoor use and during natural disasters. A personal rugged power utility, the ´´emergency sun´´ is a portable solar power system which charges internal rechargeable AA batteries to provide power at any time and nearly anyplace by simply plugging in. Available in most hardware stores around the world, the rechargeable AA battery format as the storage technology of choice provides a least-toxic battery technology, universally available, safe to fly, ship, and travel, and provides up to 600 charge and discharge cycles per typical battery set - allowing daily use for about a year and a half on one set of batteries. The solar panel has an estimated life of over 25 years for a long useful life. The emergency sun design described in this book can be built using the Emergency Sun Kit, which contains all of the parts you´ll need, or you can source the components on your own. A complete parts list and tool list is provided with complete procedures for building your own portable solar power supply. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dennis E. Morris. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/062095/bk_acx0_062095_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Simply Darwin tells the story of Charles Robert Darwin (1809 - 1882) and his theory of evolution through natural selection. On one level, the book portrays a dedicated scientist who, through careful observation and brilliant insight, became convinced that organisms were the end product of a long, slow, and natural process of development. On another level, it is an account of a cataclysmic change in our ideas about ourselves - a conceptual upheaval that continues to generate aftershocks - and heated debates - to this day. In Simply Darwin, author Michael Ruse puts Darwin and his ideas in their proper context, clearly showing that, while the father of evolutionary biology was a true trailblazer, he was no rebel. He was simply following an evidentiary trail that led to an inevitable conclusion about the origin of species and natural selection. Eventually, as Darwin and his fellow scientists began to apply his ideas to humans, long-held notions about the nature and origins of religion, morality, race, sexuality, and much more, were called into question. Then, as now, some of us embraced these provocative ideas, while others reacted with horror and disbelief. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Hugh Holman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/071850/bk_acx0_071850_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From Dial M for Murder and Vertigo to North by Northwest, Psycho and The Birds, Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980) made some of the most memorable thrillers in the history of cinema. Acclaimed for both his daring artistic innovations and his irrepressible showmanship, Hitchcock blended suspense, humor, and psychologically unsettling themes to create an extraordinary body of work.In Simply Hitchcock, author and movie critic David Sterritt explores the celebrated director’s entire career, from its beginnings in the British silent film industry to its glory days in Hollywood. He shows Hitchcock as a consummate artist who dealt with deep existential and psychological issues, as well as a mischievous prankster who loved playing tricks on the audience and never missed a chance to pull a dead rabbit out of a hat.With wit and erudition, Simply Hitchcock paints a comprehensive portrait of a brilliant and complex man, who not only made indelible films, but also succeeded in establishing himself as the most instantly recognizable movie director of all time. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jack Wynters. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/100488/bk_acx0_100488_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The first emperor of France and one of the shrewdest military leaders of all time, Napoleon Bonaparte (1769 - 1821) eventually came to control much of Europe. In Simply Napoleon, authors J. David Markham and Matthew Zarzeczny tell Napoleon´s story, from his birth on the island of Corsica to his eventual imprisonment and death on the island of Saint Helena. They explain how the famed military commander´s unique combination of determination, intellect, and personal charisma allowed him to rise from a provincial village to become a powerful and authoritative ruler. While taking an overall positive view of Napoleon, Markham and Zarzeczny also make it a point to draw attention to his mistakes and their consequences, providing a balanced picture of this complicated figure who was both a product of his times and a man pointing the way to the future. Marked by first-rate scholarship, as well as a highly listenable and accessible style, Simply Napoleon is an exceptional introduction to Napoleon and his times - a study that not only illuminates a key personality and period in modern history, but also helps us understand how modern Europe took shape. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jack Wynters. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/100537/bk_acx0_100537_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Author Bailey Griffin’s Simply Suitable takes the reader on a wild and romantic ride, from coming out balls and English society, to spies working for King and Country, to the depths of the British Museum. Merrick Sinclair, Earl of Stonewick, notorious rake, and part-time spy is bored and in search of a Mistress among the girls and ladies of the season. But his hunt for carnal pleasures is waylaid when he encounters dangers in an assignment for the crown and love, in the form of Catherine Richardson. Catherine doesn’t want an arranged marriage; she wants romance and passion, at least once. When she uses her skills in ancient languages to translate part of a mystic scroll, she finds passion and danger. It’s a thrilling cat and mouse chase between both lovers and villains. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kendra Morgan, Max Turner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rmdv/000009/bk_rmdv_000009_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Kurt Gödel (1906–1978) was born in Austria-Hungary (now the Czech Republic) and grew up in an ethnic German family. As a student, he excelled in languages and mathematics, mastering university-level math while still in high school. He received his doctorate from the University of Vienna at the age of 24 and, a year later, published the pioneering theorems on which his fame rests. In 1939, with the rise of Nazism, Gödel and his wife settled in the US, where he continued his groundbreaking work at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Princeton and became a close friend of Albert Einstein’s. In Simply Gödel, Richard Tieszen traces Gödel’s life and career, from his early years in tumultuous, culturally rich Vienna to his many brilliant achievements as a member of IAS, as well as his repeated battles with mental illness. In discussing Gödel’s ideas, Tieszen not only provides an accessible explanation of the incompleteness theorems, but explores some of his lesser known writings, including his thoughts on time travel and his proof of the existence of God. With clarity and sympathy, Simply Gödel brings to life Gödel’s fascinating personal and intellectual journey and conveys the lasting impact of his work on our modern world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jason Zenobia. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/118878/bk_acx0_118878_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Nobel Laureate and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner William Faulkner (1897-1962) was one of America’s greatest and most celebrated writers, whose work reflects and at the same time questions the South´s most deeply held values. His novel The Sound and the Fury is frequently cited as one of the best books of all time, and all of his works powerfully explore complex societal and family issues that continue to be relevant in our own day. Yet, because of his decidedly difficult, stream-of-consciousness style, Faulkner’s books remain sadly unknown to many readers. In Simply Faulkner, author Philip Weinstein not only helps us understand these challenging works, but also explains why Faulkner had to write them as he did, in an effort to capture the sheer abundance and unruliness of life. Further, in his exploration of the author’s own colorful life - including decades of working for a film industry he despised - Weinstein reveals a fascinating connection between Faulkner’s troubled personal biography and his ground-breaking fiction. The goal of Simply Faulkner is not to simplify the author, but rather to create a framework that allows us to comprehend him in his own idiosyncratic way. It strives to show us the real Faulkner - warts and complications and all - and to demonstrate why his brilliant masterpieces still speak to us in a deeply meaningful way. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Milton Bagby. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/123175/bk_acx0_123175_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Born in a small town near Warsaw, Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) was a musical prodigy who began giving public concerts and composed his first piano pieces at the age of seven. Following studies at the Warsaw Conservatory, he left his native Poland in 1830, eventually settling in Paris, where he lived for the rest of his life. There he cultivated friendships with prominent musicians and intellectuals of the period and quickly achieved renown as a virtuoso performer and pioneering composer. However, by 1842, his lifelong health issues had become increasingly serious, and his brilliant career went into a precipitous decline, concluding with his untimely death at the age of 39.In Simply Chopin, Dr. William Smialek presents an accessible and revealing portrait of a musical genius, including his artistic development, his tempestuous love life, and his towering artistic achievements. Relating Chopin’s life story to his historical place and time, Dr. Smialek intimately chronicles his influences and significant relationships, in particular, his long love affair with the writer George Sand. The book also draws on recent research to explore the technique displayed in Chopin’s piano compositions, with commentary on his most important works.Intended for a general readership, Simply Chopin is both a lucid introduction to a giant of classical music and an insightful look at a key moment in musical history, as 19th-century Europe turned toward Romanticism and the powerful idea of nationalism. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Brandolin Barrett. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/150467/bk_acx0_150467_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Count Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) was born at Yasnaya Polyana, his ancestral estate located about 120 miles from Moscow. While he would live and travel in other places over the years, he always considered this family residence in the Russian heartland as his home. His lifelong quest for truth and meaning began while he was a university student. Subsequent experiences as an artillery officer in the Caucasian and Crimean Wars, and time spent in St. Petersburg and Europe, broadened his perspective and profoundly influenced him.In Simply Tolstoy, Professor Donna Tussing Orwin traces the author’s profound journey of discovery and explains how he mined his tumultuous inner life to create his great works, including War and Peace, Anna Karenina, and The Death of Ivan Ilych. She shows how these books, both fiction and nonfiction, are not autobiographical in the conventional sense, but function as snapshots of Tolstoy’s state of mind at specific points in his life. The story she tells is, inevitably, intertwined with the story of Russia, a country also in constant search of its identity.Mixing biography, literary analysis, and history, Simply Tolstoy is a satisfying listen for those already familiar with the author’s work, as well as an accessible and thoroughly engaging introduction to a literary giant who was also a tireless and uncompromising seeker of truth. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alex Lee. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/108460/bk_acx0_108460_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.