Vowing at an early age ´´to be a poet or nothing at all´´, Hermann Hesse rebelled against formal education, focusing on a rigorous program of independent study that included literature, philosophy, art, and history. One result of these efforts was a series of novels that became counterculture bibles that remain widely influential today. Another was a body of evocative spiritual poetry. Published for the first time in English, these vivid, probing short works reflect deeply on the challenges of life and provide a spiritual solace that transcends specific denominational hymns, prayers, and rituals. The Seasons of the Soul offers valuable guidance in poetic form for those longing for a more meaningful life, seeking a sense of homecoming in nature, in each stage of life, in a renewed relationship with the divine. Extensive quotations from his prose introduce each theme addressed in the book: love, imagination, nature, the divine, and the passage of time. A foreword by Andrew Harvey reintroduces us to a figure about whom some may have believed everything had already been said. Thoughtful commentary throughout from translator Ludwig Max Fischer helps readers understand the poems within the context of Hesse´s life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ludwig Max Fischer, Andrew Harvey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/002269/bk_acx0_002269_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
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In Siddhartha, Herman Hesse conveys a very profound message for all those who seek meaning in their lives. Though set in India, the concerns of Siddhartha are universal, expressing Hesse´s general interest in the conflict between mind, body, and spirit. It is a story of a Brahmin boy who follows his heart and ventures out into the world to experience life as a pious Brahmin, a Samana, a rich merchant, a lover, and ordinary ferryman to a father - each life bringing a new awakening, bringing him closer to the truth until he is finally one with Buddha. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Cross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/cher/000047/bk_cher_000047_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Hess sums up the feelings of her feisty female protagonist, Huck, a wild woman with body hair as kinky as the story she tells. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kristin Yoder. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/118115/bk_acx0_118115_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A town´s terrible secret Two years ago a woman was brutally murdered, her body burned until only ash and shattered bone remained. Police Sergeant Valerie Ryker solved that case, putting psychopath Dixon Hess in prison for life, and becoming the first female police chief of her tiny Wisconsin town. A cop´s unforgivable mistake Then the original murder victim turns up in a frozen lake, all in one piece and only recently dead, and Val must enter a race against time. In only forty-eight hours, Hess will be set free, and he wants payback. And Val, her town, and everyone she loves are at the top of his list. A killer´s next victim But surviving Hess´s vengeance is only part of her dilemma. For there´s another killer in Lake Loyal. One who may be closer to Val than she knows... Val will need all the help she can get, including a sexy firefighter, her dead sister´s daughter, and a tough Chicago cop named Jack Daniels. Everyone has a breaking point, and Val has just reached hers. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alexandra Haag. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/019098/bk_acx0_019098_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.