Tales of Fashionable Life, Vol. 1:Containing Ennui, Almeria, Madame De Fleury, The Dun (Classic Reprint) Maria Edgeworth
Red Caps might be a rock band. Or they might be something more sinister, a fey source of sounds that are but the backdrop to thrills and misadventures. These 13 stories provide listeners jaded by the traditional, Old World fairy tales with tempting new stories that will entice bored listeners from their suburban ennui. Closets are waiting to be explored. Escape from work camp leads to a dangerous encounter on a wet road. That high school year book is magical and might be mocking you...or helping you find love. And isn´t love one of the central premises of the fairy tale? These teenage boys and girls need not fear that their love has no worth, because Steve Berman has written for them princesses who love maidens and adorkable students who have wondrous and smart boyfriends. Listeners can be assured that, if the tale does not end happily, it ends most memorably. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Drew Ariana. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/014804de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The true story of a young woman who ditched everything she knew to become a cook in the coldest place on earth: Antarctica. Imagine you are a young woman with a stellar career but an increasing dissatisfaction with life. Imagine that your idea of a ´´remote location´´ is the distance between a taxi rank and a shoe shop. How do you shrug off your growing ennui? Simple. You apply for the position of cook in the coldest place on earth: Antarctica.Antarctica lends itself to tales of adventure and heartbreak. The landscape is polarized, beautiful and deadly in equal measure. But Alexa doesn´t scale mountains or trek to the Pole. Instead, armed with an old cookbook, she attempts to create three-course meals with no electricity or running water and struggles to defrost meat in sub-zero temperatures. Life in a thin nylon tent in the company of scientists, explorers, and eccentrics soon begins to take on extraordinary dimensions. As 120-kilometre-an-hour winds blow and tensions rise, friendships, and love, are forged in this frozen neighborhood. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Caroline Lee. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/boli/000064de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A unique collection of eight Alan Bennett stories, read by the author. Alan Bennett is one of Britain´s best-loved authors and an acclaimed storyteller. This exclusive compilation includes eight of his best tales, collected together for the first time. Here is his celebrated, iconic memoir ´The Lady in the Van´; as well as two fascinating autobiographical accounts of his family and childhood. ´Uncle Clarence´ sees Bennett visiting the grave of a relative who died in Flanders in 1917; while in ´Hymn´ he joins forces with composer George Fenton and the Medici String Quartet to explore his musical memories. Bennett´s incisive, acute observations shine through in his fiction too, with wry, moving and darkly humorous meditations on death (´Father! Father! Burning Bright´ and ´The Laying On of Hands´), sex (´The Shielding of Mrs Forbes) and middle-age ennui (´The Clothes They Stood Up In´). His gift for affectionate satire reaches its pinnacle in ´The Uncommon Reader´, a delightful tale in which the Queen discovers the pleasures of literature. Poignant, compassionate, wise and witty, the stories included are ´The Lady in the Van´, ´Uncle Clarence´, ´The Clothes They Stood Up In´, ´Father! Father! Burning Bright´, ´Hymn´, ´The Laying On of Hands´, ´The Uncommon Reader´ and ´The Shielding of Mrs Forbes´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alan Bennett. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/002529de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Written circa 1917, and published published much later in Vanity Fair. It was later first published in book form in Tales of the Jazz Age in 1922. Written, like Tarquin of Cheapside, while I was at Princeton, this sketch was published years later in Vanity Fair. For its technique I must apologize to Mr. Stephen Leacock. I have laughed over it a great deal, especially when I first wrote it, but I can laugh over it no longer. Still, as other people tell me it is amusing, I include it here. It seems to me worth preserving a few years-at least until the ennui of changing fashions suppresses me, my books, and it together.
A wildly imaginative, rebellious, and tender tale of independence from the critically acclaimed author of Bad Marie. With each new novel, Marcy Dermansky deploys her ´´brainy, emotionally sophisticated´´ (New York Times) prose to greater and greater heights, and The Red Car is no exception. Leah is living in Queens with a possessive husband she doesn´t love and a long list of unfulfilled ambitions when she´s jolted from a thick ennui by a call from the past. Her beloved former boss and friend, Judy, has died in a car accident and left Leah her most prized possession and, as it turns out, the instrument of Judy´s death: a red sports car. Judy was the mentor Leah never expected. She encouraged Leah´s dreams, analyzed her love life, and eased her into adulthood over long lunches away from the office. Facing the jarring disconnect between the life she expected and the one she is now actually living, Leah takes off for San Francisco to claim Judy´s car. In sprawling days defined by sex, sorrow, and unexpected delight, Leah revisits past lives and loves in search of a self she abandoned long ago. Piercing through Leah´s surreal haze is the enigmatic voice of Judy, as sharp as ever, providing wry commentary on Leah´s every move. Dermansky evokes yet another edgy, capricious, and beautifully haunting heroine - one whose search for realization is as wonderfully unpredictable and hypnotic as the twists and turns of the Pacific Coast Highway. Tautly wound, transgressive, and mordantly funny, The Red Car is an incisive exploration of one woman´s unusual route to self-discovery. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Soneela Nankani. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/009199de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
At the farthest reaches of the British Empire, four men swear an oath to keep a terrible secret, a secret drenched in blood which is the key to immense wealth. In London, Sherlock Holmes is suffering once more form the dreadful ennui which plagues him, when a beautiful young woman comes to him with a mystery which is to stretch even his remarkable deductive skills. Once a year, Mary Morstan receives an anonymous package containing a magnificent costly pearl. Aware that the gifts are somehow connected to the disappearance of her father ten years previously, she is both intrigued and frightened by the arrival of a letter summoning her for a meeting in the dead of night. Accompanied by Holmes and Watson, Mary embarks on a quest which is to lead them through the dark heart of the city, to a one-legged man and an incredible tale of greed and revenge. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Clive Merrison, Michael Williams, and Full Cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/bbcw/000161de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.