The Art of Being Bored (Le Monde Où L´on S´ennuie) A Comedy in Three Acts (Classic Reprint): Edouard Pailleron
Until this morning, Charlotte Pudding was almost happy with her life. Apart from her homicidal toaster, dead parents, and general ennui. Well, maybe not that happy. Either way, now that she’s on the run from a shadowy corporation, seeking the secrets of her own family history and tolerating the inanities of a retired god, things are looking a bit more interesting. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Fiona Thraille. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/dnrm/000013/bk_dnrm_000013_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From Liam Williams, a two-time Edinburgh Festival Award-nominated comedian, comes a rich storytelling series about Liam´s teenage misadventures in the Yorkshire suburbs. The first series delves into Liam´s memories of his first fight, virginity loss, the best house party ever organised and his marvellous outwitting of an entire teaching staff. This is the New Labour, postmining, aspirational heartland meeting 50 Cent and Generation Y ennui, represented in a bourgeois radio format - by one of Britain´s most exciting comedians. Series 2 sees Liam anxiously awaiting A-Level results before trying to find his feet in a most alien of new environments, Cambridge University. There, he searches for hedonism, torn between the laddish drinking societies and the artsy intelligentsia of Cambridge University. Liam Williams is a critically acclaimed comedian, known for his wry poetic presentation style. He was nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2013 Edinburgh Fridge Comedy Awards and for Best Show at the 2014 awards. He has appeared as a guest stand up on Russell Howard’s Good News and on Channel 4’s Drunk History. His successful mockumentary series on BBC Three in 2017 was called Pls Like, about a man trying to become a YouTube star. The series was recorded in Leeds and stars teens from Yorkshire as the young Liam and his mates. Produced by Arnab Chanda (series 1) and Joseph Nunnery (series 2). 1. Language: English. Narrator: Liam Williams, full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/003737/bk_rhuk_003737_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Extraordinary and diverse people inhabit this rich, ripe, occasionally raucous collection of short stories. Some are based on real people - Jeanne Duval, Baudelaire´s handsome and reluctant muse who never asked to be called the Black Venus, trapped in the terminal ennui of the poet´s passion, snatching at a little lifesaving respectability against all odds.... Edgar Allen Poe, with his face of an actor, demonstrating in every thought and deed how right his friends were when they said, ´No man is safe who drinks before breakfast´. And some of these people are totally imaginary. Such as the 17th century whore, transported to Virginia for thieving, who turns into a good woman in spite of herself among the Indians, who have nothing worth stealing. And a girl, suckled by wolves, strange and indifferent as nature, who will not tolerate returning to humanity. Angela Carter wonderfully mingles history, fiction, invention, literary criticism, high drama and low comedy in a glorious collection of stories as full of contradictions and surprises as life itself. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Clare Corbett, Toby Longworth. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/031846/bk_adbl_031846_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A new edition of one of best-selling author Lionel Shriver´s early novels, reissued 25 years after first publication - an engrossing commentary on the intersection of politics and human relationships, set in turbulent Northern Ireland. For 10 years Estrin Lancaster has fled Philadelphia. From the Philippines to Berlin, she´s been a traveler without a destination, an expatriate without a motherland. In each of the cities Estrin favors, she manages an apartment, a job, and a lover and never tarries past the first signs of ennui. Her latest destination is Belfast in Northern Ireland. After 20 years of ritualized violence, this city, too, is exhausted - a town where when one more bomb explodes in the city center, old ladies blow the dust off their treacle cakes and count their change. Here the lanky and spiteful Farrell O´Phelan, former purveyor of his own bomb-disposal service, technically Catholic but everyone´s aggravation, wrangles through the maze of factions in the North by despising every side. Farrell´s affair with the curious Estrin is nonetheless a meeting of two loners; like hers, Farrell´s marathoning around the planet has become a running in place. In deadlocked Northern Ireland, it has become harder and harder to believe that anything is happening at all. A grand tragi-comedy - one of the earliest displays of the ambition and intelligence that has since earned Lionel Shriver worldwide acclaim - Ordinary Decent Criminals is about conflict groupies, people terrified of domesticity, who stir up anguish in their lives and their countries to avoid the greater horror of what lies closest to home. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Melanie MacHugh. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/004575/bk_harp_004575_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.