Someone is killing sheep in the Cotswolds. Or something. As Holmes and Watson arrive in the tranquility of a little village of shepherds and farmers to enjoy a few restful days in the idyllic countryside, strange things start to occur. While Holmes locks himself in his hotel room, consumed by depression, Watson is left to explore the surroundings on his own, acquainting himself with both the local shepherding community, the eccentric vicar, and the local folklore concerning a mysterious werewolf. It isn´t long before the murderer directs his attention to other prey than sheep, and Holmes is forced out of his ennui into a world of fog-enshrouded moors, wild men, pitchforks, and a big bad wolf. This volume also includes four shorter stories in the vein of Conan Doyle: ´´The Adventure of the Velvet Lampshade´´, ´´The Adventure of the Missing Mudlark´´, ´´The Adventure of the Forking Paths´´, and ´´The Adventure of the One-Armed Pugilist´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nigel Peever. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/068281/bk_acx0_068281_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.
Some of you know and love Prince Breslyn already, others may meet him here for the first time. This is how Bres got his introduction to humans and formed his everlasting love of them. It is a short story/novella. Fact one: By tradition and treaty, Fae do not interfere with the human world - it is against the rules. Fact two: For a Royal Fae prince who suffers from the ennui of immortality, watching and interacting with humans - especially lovely, spirited human females - can be entertaining. Fact three: When entertainment changes to affection, and affection becomes love, rules will be broken. His name is Breslyn, Prince of Dagda of the Tuatha De. He is a royal Fae, immortal and endowed with more than eye candy looks. He is a being with immeasurable powers but life for him lacked something - so he looked around, and found... humans. Watching their lives and interactions, from another dimension filled him with feelings he had thought long lost in the ennui of immortality. The more he watched - the more addicted to their antics he became. An affection for the human race grew inside the heart Fae are not supposed to have, and it was inevitable that he began to have preferences with regards to them. In 1314, when Scotland´s rule was in jeopardy and the British were about to take more than they should, he chose a side - and then he saw her, and nothing would ever be the same for the prince ever again... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Anthony Goring. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/024866/bk_acx0_024866_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This radio series is a collection of short pieces reflecting on life, love, and death among the species. It contains monologues, montages, portraits, and dreams. Some are funny, some are strange, some enlightening, some sobering: ´´Hide and Seek´´: Animal trainer and behaviorist Ken Decroo tells the story of the first time he talked to a chimpanzee and the chimp talked back. An aural metaphor ends this piece. ´´Noah´s Ark´´: A strange blend of Beethoven and speculation about the thoughts of cattle at the moment of death. (Caveat: contains some graphic description of the slaughtering process) ´´Snakes´´: A montage meditating on the worth, or worthlessness, of the legless reptile. Civilized and primitive man collide...In discussing the snake, the human is revealed. ´´Treeline´´: Vietnam veteran Jim McMullen tells of the time he shot a blackbird outside his hometown, and was compelled to destroy his weapons for good. ´´Michi Belle White and the Birds´´: A portrait of a California woman who takes in sick wild birds and fills her house with them. ´´Killer Whales´´: A brief sound essay on the derivation of this whale´s name, its seductive behavior toward the producer´s wife, and its penchant for making repulsive noises. ´´Subtext: Communicating with Horses´´: An animal psychologist searches for the source of one horse´s ennui. The horse responds with a story of dislocation and lost youth. ´´Reflections of Fathers´´: a.k.a. ´´Bugs and Dads,´´ this piece is about John May´s insect museum, his love for his father, and the reflections of all fathers in all children. ´´Dog´s Dreams´´: A meditation on the longtime relationship between man and dog. What are our dreams about each other...and our nightmares? ´´Cross my Path´´: Leo Grillo can´t stand to see an animal suffer. So he´s got about 300 stray dogs and cats, and if he can´t find homes for them, he keeps them until they die of natur 1. Language: English. Narrator: various. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/jaya/000007/rt_jaya_000007_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Anyone interested in understanding themselves, their purpose in life, and how to go about achieving it will find a treasure trove in Letters to My Future Children. With roots reaching centuries into the past, while written for a future generation, these beautiful letters are firmly grounded in the present, in our cultural and existential anxieties and ennui. They are composed by a compelling voice, a true voice that consistently enlightens and illuminates. Curious listeners will find a dazzling philosophy that gently but persuasively explains not only how to live life but how to perceive it, and themselves, in the grand scheme of things. Wisdom seekers will recognize the voices of Vedic sages, the Buddha, Lao Tzu, Guru Nanak, Kung Fu Tse, Jesus, and many more. Letters to My Future Children is a reflection of humanity’s greatest truths. It is as necessary as it is timely. For all its genius, this powerful little audiobook may be at its most brilliant in its form - that is, letters to a future generation, to a better version of ourselves. These letters do not make a scholarly argument, though scholarship informs them to a great degree. They do not preach dogma, thus making the message as approachable as it is profound. They do not demand the listener adopt the philosophy as their own beliefs, though it is sound and worthy of consideration. They are simply the words of a father talking to his children, who generously and unselfishly allows us to listen in on what is nothing short of an inspirational conversation. Letters to My Future Children is some of our most ancient wisdom gift wrapped in gorgeous prose. What a marvelous gift from a parent to their children. What a marvelous gift to us all. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Saethon Williams. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/129292/bk_acx0_129292_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.