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 natural causes. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Various. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/jaya/000007/rt_jaya_000007_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
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.
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.
The most widely staged dramatist after Shakespeare, Chekhov left a deep mark both on the development of Russian literature and world theatre, with plays that were remarkable not just for their dialogue but their atmosphere and the tensions expressed between the lines. Collected in this volume are Chekhovs four most celebrated plays - The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard - in a brand-new translation by Hugh Aplin. In these personal stories of unfulfilled love, failed ambition and existential ennui, set against a background of unsettling social and economical change, the reader can appreciate the groundbreaking qualities of Chekhovs theatrical genius.
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.
Winner of the 2012 Laine Cunningham Novel Award! Everybody hates their homeowner’s association, and nobody likes a zombie apocalypse. Put the two together, and Withrow Surrett is having a truly craptastic night. Not to mention the fact that he’s got one big secret to keep from the idiots in his home - Withrow is a vampire. Perishables has been called by some ´´a gripping examination into suburban ennui set in a milieu of postmodern apocalyptic horror”. Not really. Those people would be navel-gazing idiots. Perishables is a bust-your-gut funny collection of three stories about trust, human and undead relationships, what community really means, and zombies. A LOT of freakin’ zombies. Fans of The Black Knight Chronicles, The Tome of Bill, and Fred, the Vampire Accountant will love this series. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jack Wayne. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/114333/bk_acx0_114333_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.
Critic-producer Nat Segaloff was granted access to private papers, production records, never-before-published interviews, and specialized archives in reconstructing the colorful, touching, and sometimes scandalous stories behind the making of the last films of some of Hollywood´s top directors. Winningly listenable and yet meticulously researched, its substantial entries range from Robert Aldrich and Robert Altman to Peter Yates and Fred Zinnemann, and John Ford and Howard Hawks to Otto Preminger and Richard Brooks. Certain to attract controversy because of whom it ignores as well as whom it includes, Final Cuts presents fifty widely varied chronicles of success and failure, inspiration and ennui, elation and heartache, and every other emotion enjoyed or endured by the greatest filmmakers that Hollywood ever knew. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nat Segaloff. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/009423/bk_acx0_009423_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Take a trip through the realms of hell with a man whose temporary visitor´s pass gave him a horrifying - and enlightening - preview of its torments. This true account of Sam Bercholz´s near-death experience has more in common with Dante´s Inferno than it does with any of the popular feel-good stories of what happens when we die. In the aftermath of heart surgery, Sam, a longtime Buddhist practitioner and teacher, is surprised to find himself in the lowest realms of karmic rebirth, where he is sent to gain insight into human suffering. Under the guidance of a luminous being, Sam´s encounters with a series of hell-beings trapped in repetitious rounds of misery and delusion reveal to him how an individual´s own habits of fiery hatred and icy disdain, of grasping desire and nihilistic ennui, are the source of horrific agonies that pound consciousness for seemingly endless cycles of time. Comforted by the compassion of a winged goddess and sustained by the kindness of his Buddhist teachers, Sam eventually emerges from his ordeal with renewed faith that even the worst hell contains the seed of wakefulness. His story is offered in order to share what can be learned about awakening from our own self-created hells and helping others to find relief and liberation from theirs. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Samuel Bercholz. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/028876/bk_adbl_028876_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.