The Art of Being Bored (Le Monde Où L´on S´ennuie) A Comedy in Three Acts (Classic Reprint): Edouard Pailleron
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 reader. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From Liam Williams, a two-time Edinburgh Festival Award-nominated comedian, comes a rich storytelling series about Liam´s teenage misadventures in the Yorkshire suburbs. The first series delves into Liam´s memories of his first fight, virginity loss, the best house party ever organised and his marvellous outwitting of an entire teaching staff. This is the New Labour, postmining, aspirational heartland meeting 50 Cent and Generation Y ennui, represented in a bourgeois radio format - by one of Britain´s most exciting comedians. Series 2 sees Liam anxiously awaiting A-Level results before trying to find his feet in a most alien of new environments, Cambridge University. There, he searches for hedonism, torn between the laddish drinking societies and the artsy intelligentsia of Cambridge University. Liam Williams is a critically acclaimed comedian, known for his wry poetic presentation style. He was nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2013 Edinburgh Fridge Comedy Awards and for Best Show at the 2014 awards. He has appeared as a guest stand up on Russell Howard’s Good News and on Channel 4’s Drunk History. His successful mockumentary series on BBC Three in 2017 was called Pls Like, about a man trying to become a YouTube star. The series was recorded in Leeds and stars teens from Yorkshire as the young Liam and his mates. Produced by Arnab Chanda (series 1) and Joseph Nunnery (series 2). 1. Language: English. Narrator: Liam Williams, full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/003737/bk_rhuk_003737_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Fraa Erasmus is a young avout living in the Concent of Saunt Edhar, a sanctuary for mathematicians, scientists, and philosophers, protected from the corrupting influences of the ´´Saecular´´ world by ancient stone, honored traditions, and complex rituals. Over the centuries, cities, and governments have risen and fallen beyond the concent´s walls. Three times during history´s darkest epochs, bloody violence born of superstition and ignorance has invaded and devastated the cloistered mathic community. Yet always the avout have managed to adapt in the wake of catastrophe, becoming out of necessity more austere and less dependent on technology and material things. Erasmus, however, has no fear of the outside - the Extramuros - for the last of the terrible times was long, long ago. Now, in celebration of the week-long, once-in-a-decade rite of Apert, the fras and suurs prepare to venture outside the concent´s gates - opening them wide at the same time to welcome the curious ´´extras´´ in. During his first Apert as a fra, Erasmus eagerly anticipates reconnecting with the landmarks and family he hasn´t seen since he was ´´collected´´. But before the week is out, both the existence he abandoned and the one he embraced will stand poised on the perilous brink of cataclysmic change. Powerful unforeseen forces threaten the peaceful stability of mathic life and the established ennui of the Extramuros - a threat that only an unsteady alliance of Saecular and avout can oppose - as, one by one, Raz´s colleagues, teachers, and friends are all called forth from the safety of the concent in hopes of warding off global disaster. Suddenly burdened with a worlds-shattering responsibility, Erasmus finds himself a major player in a drama that will determine the future of everything - as he sets out on an extraordinary odyssey that will carry him to the most dangerous, inhospitable corners of an unfamiliar planet...and far beyond. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Oliver Wyman, Tavia Gilbert, William Dufris, Neal Stephenson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aren/000841/bk_aren_000841_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.