First published in 1874, ´´The City of Dreadful Night´´ is an extended poetic meditation on melancholy, or what is generally termed today as depression. Thomson´s ´´city´´ is the ´´città dolente´´ of Dante, the domain of souls trapped in a round of ceaseless misery. However, the inhabitants of Thomson´s world endure a torment more subtle and more devastating than the acute and picturesque tortures of Dante´s Inferno - a complete loss of purpose and a relentless draining of energy, a desperate and ever wakeful ennui, in which the soul cries for a restful slumber that will never come. James Thomson was raised in an orphanage, and after serving in the military, worked as a clerk in London. ´´The City of Dreadful Night´´ was written during the last decade of his life, during which he struggled with alcoholism, insomnia and depression. In his biography of Thomson, Henry Salt observed: ´´Thomson was unable to take any but a despondent view of the destiny of mankind. The sense of a Doom mysterious, incalculable, immitigable, broods darkly over his genius almost from the first, and makes him perforce a necessitarian in his philosophical creed.´´ I find no hint throughout the UniverseOf good or ill, of blessing or of curse;I find alone Necessity Supreme. So he wrote in a notable section of the ´´The City of Dreadful Night´´ and the same doctrine of necessity dominates the greater part of his writings. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Denis Daly. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/mike/001777/bk_mike_001777_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
No one hates Paris - except Summer Corey. The moody winters. The artists and their ennui. The inescapable shadow of the Tour Eiffel. But things go from bad to worse when Summer stumbles into brooding, gorgeous chef pâtissier Luc Leroi and indecently propositions the hero of French cuisine... Luc has scrambled up from a childhood panhandling in the Paris Métro to become the king of his city, and he has no patience for this spoiled princess, even if she does now own his restaurant. Who cares if she smiles with all the warmth of July? She doesn´t eat dessert! There is only one way to tempt her. A perfect, impossibly sweet seduction... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gayle Hendrix. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/013653/bk_adbl_013653_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.
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.
Working at a Suicide Prevention Center in San Francisco, Lily Goodwill thinks she´s heard it all - then she gets a call from a man about to jump off the Golden Gate Bridge. Something about the caller, maybe his yummy British accent or Lily´s ability to understand his crushing ennui, makes her break all the rules and rush to meet him. After all, she is a vampire and if she can´t talk him down she can glamour him. But things don´t go according to plan. Her caller glows with blue fire and turns out to be a vampire-hating Djinn. Suddenly, for the first time in centuries he´s found something intriguing. Is Lily really a vampire with a conscience and an obsessive-compulsive disorder, involving Handi-wipes and Lysol, or is she just another bloodsucker? Add in another vampire, with a history of female lovers stretching over three centuries, who swears he´s reformed and declares his undying love for Lily. Stir in a mean pair of witches and a vicious warlock, who are staking vampires around the city and you have a recipe for riotous adventure of supernatural proportions. Lily Goodwill is a quick thinking, smart-talking vampire who´s still figuring out how she feels about dining al fresco in the City by the Bay. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Valerie Gilbert. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/010834/bk_acx0_010834_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.