Man Booker Prize-winning author Julian Barnes´ debut novel. The adolescent Christopher and his soul mate Toni had sneered at the stifling ennui of Metroland, their cosy patch of suburbia on the Metropolitan line. They had longed for Life to begin - meaning Sex and Freedom - to travel and choose their own clothes. Then Chris, at thirty, starts to settle comfortably into bourgeois contentment himself. Luckily, Toni is still around to challenge such backsliding. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Greg Wise. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/004214/bk_bbcw_004214_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
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.
In the latest novel from number-one best-selling author Paulo Coelho, a woman attempts to overcome midlife ennui by rediscovering herself in a passionate relationship with a man who had been a friend in her youth. A woman in her 30s begins to question the routine and predictability of her days. In everybody´s eyes, she has a perfect life: happy marriage, children, and a career. Yet what she feels is an enormous apathy. All that changes when she encounters a successful politician who had, years earlier, been her high school boyfriend. As she rediscovers the passion missing from her life, she will face a life-altering choice. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Susan Denaker. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/003889/bk_rand_003889_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Deathworld centers on Jason dinAlt, a professional gambler who uses his somewhat erratic psionic abilities to tip the odds in his favor. He is challenged by a man named Kerk Pyrrus (who turns out to be the ambassador from the planet Pyrrus) to turn a large amount of money into an immense sum by gambling at a government-run casino. He succeeds and survives the planetary government´s desperate efforts to steal back the money. In a fit of ennui, he decides to accompany Kerk to his home, despite being warned that it is the deadliest world ever colonized by humans... DEATHWORLD! Deathworld is one of the classics of the Golden Age of science fiction, born in the pages of Astounding Science Fiction under the editorship of John W. Campbell, Jr. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christian Rummel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/021893/bk_adbl_021893_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.
In the sequel to Powell’s acclaimed debut, Edisto, Simons Manigault is older - if not particularly wiser - and searching for the cure to his restlessness in memory, travel, and forbidden loveFourteen years after we first met Simons Manigault, our protagonist is newly graduated from Clemson University, bored, unfocused, and idling his summer away at his mother’s home in Edisto, South Carolina. Not yet ready to fully embrace adulthood, Simons finds himself surrendering to cynicism, as well as to the temptations of his ´´turned-out-well´´ first cousin, Patricia. To avoid sinking further into his rut, Simons embarks on a road trip through the South. After a disastrous stint as a Corpus Christi fisherman, he exits the Lone Star State, doubling back to the Louisiana bayou to spend some quality time with his former friend and mentor - and his mother´s ex-lover - Taurus. But as even Taurus´ once sought-after wisdom wears thin, Simons begins to suspect that the grass is not greener on the other side - it may be burnt, brown, and dead wherever he goes. Padgett Powell´s literary return to Edisto is as outrageous, witty, and bitingly sharp as its predecessor. Listeners who adored their first meeting with Simons Manigault will relish a second helping of his ennui and bad behavior. Newcomers will likewise be heartily glad they made the trip. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Liam Aiken. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/015883/bk_adbl_015883_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A ruthless dissection of American life in the late 1960s, Play It As It Lays captures the mood of an entire generation, the ennui of contemporary society reflected in spare prose that blisters and haunts the listener. Set in a place beyond good and evil-literally in Hollywood, Las Vegas, and the barren wastes of the Mojave Desert, but figuratively in the landscape of an arid soul - it remains more than three decades after its original publication a profoundly disturbing novel, riveting in its exploration of a woman and a society in crisis and stunning in the still-startling intensity of its prose. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lauren Fortgang. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/005843/bk_adbl_005843_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Surviving on the streets of Paris as an artist´s model had been difficult, but Laura wanted to be remembered on canvas, as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec´s paintings had been immortalized. In another place and time, Laura´s alliance with the rich and powerful of Paris might have cost her head. However, this was 21st-century France, where the rich and the poor had learned to negotiate tolerance. Olivette, Franz, Rudi, Gretchen, Martine, Gaston, and Nicolai chose Montmartre, where they had become soldiers in a war against ennui and mediocrity, putting on their canvases and taking to their beds - other men´s wives, other wives´ husbands, and the whores willing to follow them into battle. When one of the richest men in Europe offers to make Laura his wife, she must choose which one she has become. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Steve Ember. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/140741/bk_acx0_140741_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Sur ce sentiment inconnu dont l´ennui, la douceur m´obsèdent, j´hésite à apposer le nom, le beau nom grave de tristesse. C´est un sentiment si complet, si égoïste que j´en ai presque honte alors que la tristesse m´a toujours paru honorable. Je ne la connaissais pas, elle, mais l´ennui, le regret, plus rarement le remords. Aujourd´hui, quelque chose se replie sur moi comme une soie, énervante et douce, et me sépare des autres. 1. French. Sara Giraudeau. http://samples.audible.de/bk/odlb/000025/bk_odlb_000025_sample.mp3.