Young Tessa is a diminutive girl, far too small for farm work and the object of ridicule by both her own family and the other children in their isolated Midwestern community. Her father seems to believe in nothing beyond his crops, certainly not education for his misfit daughter. When a mysterious, entrancing librarian comes to town, full of fabulous stories, earthy wisdom and potions for the lovelorn, she takes Tessa under her wing, teaching her to read and to believe in herself and a whole new magical world of possibilities opens up. But even as she blooms, Tessa’s father begins sexually abusing her. And her mentor carries a dark secret of her own that finally causes her to drown herself. Tessa runs off, following Mary’s footsteps, to join the circus as a trapeze artist, where she marries a loving man and finds a fulfilling life for herself amidst her new circus family. But she remains haunted by her past. And when a stranger from one of Mary’s fabulist tales shows up, Tessa risks everything to follow him to Rain Village, where she might finally discover her mentor’s tragic secret. A brilliantly evocative debut set in the early part of the 20th century, steeped in emotional turbulence and down-to-earth wisdom, where a young woman must reconcile the inner traumas from her past and learn to live in the present in order to avoid becoming prisoner to her future. Rain Village casts a fabulous spell, pulling us into a world of mystery and possibility where love, friendship and loyalty might either destroy or set one free. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cassandra Morris. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/015625/bk_adbl_015625_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Winner of a Betty Trask Award 2014 Leaving her tiny English village for the bright lights of London, Odeline Milk is finally going to make her dream a reality: to establish herself as a mime artist. She certainly wears the clothes for it: white collarless shirt, waistcoat, baggy black trousers, walking stick and bow tie have long been her uniform. She’s an unusual young woman. With the inheritance left by her mother, Odeline buys her own little patch of London: an old houseboat on the canal. What she doesn’t know yet is that for some the city’s canals have an appeal of their own. They are below the eyeline, a sort of halfworld, a good place to hide for a community of curious outsiders, all with their own stories to tell - stories that might help a certain young lady to think differently about life. As Odeline becomes enmeshed in her new community, her naivety starts to ebb away; the first thing she learns is that she doesn’t know much about life at all. Mave Fellowes has an MA in Creative and Life Writing. Many days spent watching the water finally inspired her to write her first book, Chaplin and Company, set on and around the London waterways. Prior to this, she had several pieces of work published in Granta and various other publications. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lucy Price-Lewis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/011949/bk_adbl_011949_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Some choices are inescapable and change everything. Having reached the age of decision, Gwendolin Ahlgren finds she has no viable choices, or at least none her family will agree to let her pursue. She´s resigned that her life will be anything but what she´d hoped it would be. When a traveling circus passes through her village, a fortune teller predicts a mysterious destiny Gwen could never have imagined and roundly rejects. Against her will, she leaves home for life in a monastery and meets the love of her life. Life and love aren´t always what one expects, and neither is destiny. Gwen will have to stretch beyond herself and understand the true meaning of love if she´s to fulfill her destiny through a task that only an unimaginable ascension can accomplish. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Krista Wallace. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/067947/bk_acx0_067947_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It is said that a picture may be worth a thousand words but an old photograph can inspire many more. In this beguiling book, Alexander McCall Smith casts his eye over five chanced-upon photographs from the era of black-and-white photography and imagines the stories behind them. Who were those people, what were their stories, why are they smiling, what made them sad? What emerges are surprising and poignant tales of love and friendship in a variety of settings - an estate in the Highlands of Scotland, a travelling circus in Canada, an Australian gold-mining town, a village in Ireland, and the Scottish capital, Edinburgh. Some will find joy and fulfilment - others would prefer happier endings. Each of them, though, will find love, and that is ultimately what matters. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Rintoul. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/boli/002610/bk_boli_002610_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Now it can be told! The true, behind-the-scenes story of Casablanca Records, from an eyewitness to the excess and insanity. Casablanca was not a product of the 1970s, it was the 1970s. From 1974 to 1980, the landscape of American culture was a banquet of hedonism and self-indulgence, and no person or company in that era was more emblematic of the times than Casablanca Records and its magnetic founder, Neil Bogart. From his daring first signing of Kiss, through the discovery and superstardom of Donna Summer, Village People, and funk master George Clinton and his circus of freaks—Parliament-Funkadelic—to the descent into the manic world of disco, this book charts Bogart’s meteoric success and eventual collapse under the weight of uncontrolled ego and hype. It is a compelling tale of ambition, greed, excess, and some of the era’s biggest music acts. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Larry Harris. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/004271/bk_blak_004271_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
William Wymark Jacobs (1863 - 1943) was an English author of short stories and novels. Most of his works were either humorous tales or horror stories. Many of his popular tales are written in the cockney vernacular and are based either on the docks at Wapping, or in the bar of the infamous tavern The Cauliflower. ´A Tiger´s Skin´ is a tale narrated by the oldest regular at The Cauliflower. It is the story of the Claybury tiger...a beast which had apparently escaped from a travelling circus and terrorises the clientele of the Cauliflower and the rest of Claybury village. Every night pigs, hens and ducks disappear from their owners´ yards. But nobody has seen the tiger...until suddenly, in the space of a few days, nearly every resident seems to have an encounter with the Claybury tiger. Then old man Parsley rushes into the Cauliflower with the terrible news that he has seen the tiger going into Bob Pretty´s cottage and the courage of the Claybury men is put to the test.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cathy Dobson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/redd/000675/bk_redd_000675_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
After my first year of life I was walking. I used my biped facility to play baseball with great enthusiasm but little skill. I walked thousands of school hallways and campuses as a student, then teacher, principal, and superintendent. I walked out of Walpole (NH) Congregational Church with my new bride Lynn on my arm. I carried my baby daughter Emily. We walked through London´s Piccadilly Circus, the Coliseum in Rome, the Eiffel Tower, Costa Rican Indian villages, Denali, Cozumel ruins and many Caribbean beaches. I hiked the Appalachian Trail with my wife, son, brother, niece, nephew, and lots of my students and summer campers. And Dad. I walked all over the New England and Arizona trails with Dad. In my 61st year of life I walked into the neurosurgery pre-op center at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. I removed my clothes and got into the hospital gown. I laid down on a gurney, never to walk normally again. In a few hours I awoke from unsuccessful surgery on an intradural melanotic schwannoma at T-11 (about the level of my navel) inside my spinal cord. I was able to use my legs only to wiggle my toes weakly and feebly press my foot down as if on an imaginary car accelerator pedal. In the ensuing five years, I progressed from riding a gurney to walking at about 1/3 normal speed for men of my age with a cane and total attention to my jerky barely balancing legs for distances of up to half a mile and durations up to 45 minutes. This book shares what I, with the many who helped me, did to make a far greater recovery than any physician or physical therapist expected. Some of my physical rehabilitation may have specific relevance only to those with physical disabilities. All of my mental rehabilitation will have relevance to everyone. I write this hoping to give all of you kind enough to listen to this book some valuable insights without your needing to experience paraplegia, like I did, to discover them. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stacy Holmes. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/070258/bk_acx0_070258_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From a bright new talent comes a riveting psychological thriller about an American exchange student in France involved in a suspicious accident and the journalist determined to break the story and uncover the dark secrets a small town is hiding. On a quiet summer morning, 17-year-old American exchange student Quinn Perkins stumbles out of the woods near the small French town of St. Roch. She is barefoot, bloodied, and unable to say what has happened to her; Quinn´s appearance creates quite a stir, especially since the Blavettes - the French family with whom she´s been staying - have mysteriously disappeared. Now the media and everyone in the idyllic village are wondering if the American girl had anything to do with her host family´s disappearance. Though she is cynical about the media circus that suddenly forms around the girl, Boston journalist Molly Swift cannot deny she is also drawn to the mystery and travels to St. Roch. She is prepared to do anything to learn the truth, including lying so she can get close to Quinn. But when a shocking discovery turns the town against Quinn and she is arrested for the murders of the Blavette family, she finds an unlikely ally in Molly. As a trial by media ensues, Molly must unravel the disturbing secrets of the town´s past in an effort to clear Quinn´s name, but even she is forced to admit that the American girl makes a very compelling murder suspect. Is Quinn truly innocent and as much a victim as the Blavettes? Or is she a cunning, diabolical killer intent on getting away with murder? Told from the alternating perspectives of Molly as she´s drawn inexorably closer to the truth and Quinn´s blog entries tracing the events that led to her accident, The American Girl is a deliciously creepy, twisting contemporary mystery leading to a shocking conclusion. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Julia Whelan, Nan McNamara. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/005345/bk_harp_005345_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Random House presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden, read by Kathleen Gati. A young woman´s family is threatened by forces both real and fantastical in this debut novel inspired by Russian fairy tales. In a village at the edge of the wilderness of Northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, a stranger with piercing blue eyes presents a new father with a gift - a precious jewel on a delicate chain, intended for his young daughter. Uncertain of its meaning, the father hides the gift away, and his daughter, Vasya, grows up a wild, willful girl, to the chagrin of her family. But when mysterious forces threaten the happiness of their village, Vasya discovers that, armed only with the necklace, she may be the only one who can keep the darkness at bay. Atmospheric and enchanting, with an engrossing adventure at its core, The Bear and the Nightingale is perfect for fans of Naomi Novik´s Uprooted, Erin Morgenstern´s The Night Circus and Neil Gaiman. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kathleen Gati. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/002656/bk_rhuk_002656_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Evan Evans is settling into his role as Constable of Llanfair, a small town nestled in the mountains of North Wales. Here, he has been a mediator of the minor disputes of the locals, between competing ministers, country merchants, and seemingly every Welch eccentric throughout the region. But an unusual series of events brings unseen hostilities to light, and Evan realizes just how deep the townsfolk´s passions and hostilities lie. While the village of Llanfair has always been at odds with the neighboring town of Beddgelert, an intriguing archeological find in the nearby hills brings that rivalry to dangerous extremes, and creates a circus of local enthusiasm and gossip. The circus quickly turns deadly, however, when Llanfair´s prodigal son, Ted Morgan, announces plans to erect an amusement park over the site´s excavation. Soon, Constable Evans is drawn into a whirl of cultural pride, deception, and greed, and while he´s at it uncovers the town´s undaunted ambition - to earn the right to the longest name in the world. With the warmth, charm, and wry sense of humor that won listeners´ hearts in Evans Above, Rhys Bowen offers a delightful new installment to an already cherished mystery series: Evan Help Us. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Roger Clark. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/028988/bk_adbl_028988_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.