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/acx0/014804/bk_acx0_014804_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/000064/bk_boli_000064_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/002529/bk_rhuk_002529_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
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/009199/bk_blak_009199_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, Full Cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/bbcw/000161/pf_bbcw_000161_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the author of His Bloody Project, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016.There does not appear to be anything remarkable about the fatal car crash on the A35. But one question dogs Inspector Georges Gorski: where has the victim, an outwardly austere lawyer, been on the night of his death? The troubled Gorski finds himself drawn into a mystery that takes him behind the respectable veneer of the sleepy French backwater of Saint-Louis.Graeme Macrae Burnet returns with a literary mystery that will beguile fans of His Bloody Project and The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau. Darkly humorous, subtle and sophisticated, The Accident on the A35 burrows deep into the psyches of its characters and explores the forgotten corners of small-town life.´´Highly accomplished, The Accident on the A35 works on several levels? The narration has the simple momentum of classic crime writing? It has a denouement like something out of Greek tragedy but delivers as a proper police procedural too? Burnet´s cleverness doesn´t get in the way of your enjoyment but playfully adds levels of meaning.´´ Anthony Cummins, Observer´´[A] truly superlative tale? fascinating? one of the most clever and compelling novels to be published this year.´´ Lesley McDowell, Herald´´As steeped in the works of Simenon as a good boeuf bourgignon is in red wine. The characters´ pretensions are mercilessly exposed in frill-free prose? What matters, of course, is whether a novel´s characters seem to the reader to be alive. Burnet´s do.´´ Jake Kerridge, Telegraph´´There are so many echoes of French writers in this book? [Raymond] is a fantastic depiction of the typical alienated teenager.´´ Alex Clark, BBC Radio 4 Open Book´´Simenon fans will feel at home in the claustrophobic and petty-minded atmosphere of the French provinces.´´ Times and Sunday Times Crime Club Picks of the Month´´Graeme Macrae Burnet´s best book yet. A unique and compelling novel?[It] works perfectly as a page-turning crime fiction, but it´s also moody and Gallic and wittily deadly serious.´´ Chris Dolan´´Fans of His Bloody Project will [enjoy] familiar themes including questions of authorship, betrayal, family, love, death, truth and lies (or rather, what can be said to be true, if anything, and what is false?), and the possibilities of youth versus the reality of adulthood.´´ Alistair Braidwood, Scots Whay Hae´´Elegant, craftily written and frequently funny.´´ Phil Miller, Herald´´Clever, meandering and oh, so French? Burnet really has ? a rare thing nowadays ? a novelist´s eye? I confess myself seduced by the atmosphere of provincial ennui. I longed to shrug gallically at a detective through a haze of cigarette smoke, to pour myself a drink from a cut-glass decanter, to drive to the next town to make acrobatic love to a beautiful?I´m getting carried away.´´ James Marriott, Times´´A crime novel with post-modern flourishes? Beautifully observed?with understated humour? Wry, intelligent and a lot of fun.´´ Andrew Taylor, Spectator´´Very much a novel of skillfully drawn characters? With its nostalgic echoes of crime fiction of the past and elegant, economical prose, it affords a variety of quiet and satisfying pleasures.´´ Barry Forshaw, Financial Times´´Extravagant talent.´´ Mark Lawson, Guardian´´Both a classy detective story and a stylish meditation on agency and existence.If Roland Barthes had written a detective novel, then this would be it.´´ Philip Womack, Literary Review´´Intriguing? distinctive? atmospheric, often surprising, with a denouement which is beautifully under-played.´´ Allan Massie, Scotsman