From the prize-winning author of Seating Arrangements comes an exquisitely written, fiercely compelling glimpse into the demanding world of professional ballet and its magnetic hold over two generations. Astonish Me is the irresistible story of Joan, a young American dancer who helps a Soviet ballet star, the great Arslan Rusakov, defect in 1975. A flash of fame and a passionate love affair follow, but Joan knows that, onstage and off, she is destined to remain in the shadows. After her relationship with Arslan sours, Joan decides to make a new life for herself. She quits ballet, marries a good man, and settles into the rhythm of Californian life with their son, Harry. But as the years pass, Joan comes to understand that ballet isn´t finished with her yet: for there is no mistaking that Harry is a prodigy. Inevitably Joan is soon pulled back into a world she thought she´d left behind and back to Arslan. Gripping and dramatic, Astonish Me is a story about the nature of talent, the choices we must make in search of fulfilment, and how we can never truly escape from the secrets of the past. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rebecca Lowman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/001635/bk_hcuk_001635_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
If you only knew what you could achieve... Would you like to work in a job you like and get paid the salary you deserve? Would you like to spend your free time doing the things you love with the people you care about? Well it really is possible. You can do so much more if you concentrate your efforts on the areas that provide the most benefit and not on the ones that don´t. Less is more! You may not believe it now, but we think you´ll change your mind once you listen to this amazing book. Explore what is known as the 80/20 principle and see how it can be adapted to suit you and your needs. People and businesses have been using this method for years, achieving startling results. Now it is explained for the first time in a clear and concise way with easy to understand examples so that you too can see how you can make the changes to your life that will provide real gains. It will show you how to develop your own 80/20 mindset and how this way of thinking can transform your life. Twenty percent of what you do leads to 80% of the results. Learn what the implications of that can be for you and see how to leverage it to your advantage. Put the odds in your favour and play the game of life - where it´s you who gets to make the rules. Photograph by Jan Cobb Photography Ltd/Getty images Come to the edge, We might fall, Come to the edge, It´s too high! COME TO THE EDGE! And they came And he pushed And they flew... Christopher Logue, ´Come to the Edge´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sean Dillon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/soba/000007/bk_soba_000007_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Astonish Me is the irresistible story of Joan, a young American dancer who helps a Soviet ballet star, the great Arslan Rusakov, defect in 1975. A flash of fame and a passionate love affair follow, but Joan knows that, onstage and off, she is destined to remain in the background. She will never possess Arslan, and she will never be a prima ballerina. She will rise no higher than the corps, one dancer among many.After her relationship with Arslan sours, Joan plots to make a new life for herself. She quits ballet, marries a good man, and settles in California with him and their son, Harry. But as the years pass, Joan comes to understand that ballet isn’t finished with her yet, for there is no mistaking that Harry is a prodigy. Through Harry, Joan is pulled back into a world she thought she’d left behind - back into dangerous secrets, and back, inevitably, to Arslan. Combining a sweeping, operatic plot with subtly observed characters, Maggie Shipstead gives us a novel of stunning intensity and deft psychological nuance. Gripping, dramatic, and brilliantly conjured, Astonish Me confirms Shipstead’s range and ability and raises provocative questions about the nature of talent, the choices we must make in search of fulfillment, and how we square the yearning for comfort with the demands of art. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rebecca Lowman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/003816/bk_rand_003816_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Cynthia is so convinced her gas mileage improves when she gets her oil changed, she bet her boss 100 bucks. If she can´t win on technical grounds, might Tommy the Philosopher King be able to bail her out? Elsewhere, Linda may be on firmer scientific footing by claiming her husband’s ´´wah-wah´´ pedal driving style is doing more harm than good. Also, Joyce´s hood won´t open, and given the overall condition of her car, an air chisel might be the right tool; Scott is looking for eco-friendly windshield washer fluid, and on Stump the Chumps, we find out if Tom and Ray helped Laurie´s Pathfinder lose its nickname, ´´Wobble Butt´´. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk. [Broadcast Date: May 27, 2017] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Magliozzi, Ray Magliozzi. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/cart/170527/rt_cart_170527_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Paradise Lost is considered to be the best epic poem in the English language, as John Milton seeks to ´´justify the ways of God to men´´ through relating the story of Satan´s rebellion in Heaven, the deception and fall of Man, and the presaged event of Redemption through Jesus, the Son of God...the ´´Second Adam.´´ An English cleric with a classical education, Milton lost his eyesight in 1652, and thus the story was largely dictated by the blind poet, lending a certain quality of the ancient oral epics, which only serves to enhance the telling of the tale. Weaving classical mythology with a deep knowledge and reference to Scripture, Milton´s genius for narrative unfolds what his biographer, Samuel Johnson, called his ´´peculiar power to astonish.´´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nadia May. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hove/000109/bk_hove_000109_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
"All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn...it´s the best book we´ve had. All American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since." - Ernest Hemingway Samuel Langhorne Clemens - better known by his pen name of Mark Twain - towers over all other American writers. But who was the man behind the novels? In this revealing, compact biography, Alexander Kennedy examines Twain´s extraordinary life, expertly separating fact from fiction, biography from legend. Here we see how Twain rose from an impoverished boyhood on the Mississippi to become one of the nation´s most famous men, using the very material of that impoverished boyhood to propel his rise. But Twain´s life also had more than its share of tragedy, and his story is also one of failure, bankruptcy, and grievous loss. Twain guides the listener through Twain´s many rises and falls, showing how this master author spun both his highs and lows into literary gold, changing the face of world literature forever. "Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest." - Mark Twain 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim D Johnston. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/070667/bk_acx0_070667_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Exclusive to download: includes an interview with Sarah Waters giving an insight into the story behind The Little Stranger. A ghost story from one of Britain´s finest and best loved writers. After her award-winning trilogy of Victorian novels, Sarah Waters turned to the 1940s and wrote The Night Watch, a tender and tragic novel set against the backdrop of wartime Britain. Short-listed for both the Orange and the Man Booker, it went straight to number one in the best-seller chart. In a dusty postwar summer in rural Warwickshire, a doctor is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for over two centuries, the Georgian house, once grand and handsome, is now in decline, its masonry crumbling, its gardens choked with weeds, the clock in its stable yard permanently fixed at twenty to nine. But are the Ayreses haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of life? Little does Dr Faraday know how closely, and how terrifyingly, their story is about to become entwined with his. Prepare yourself. From this wonderful writer who continues to astonish us, now comes a chilling ghost story. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Simon Vance. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/twuk/000231/bk_twuk_000231_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
On the very outskirts of polite society, Millicent Harbinger has always found a way to cover the gaming debts of her wastrel brother, Duncan. His most recent losing streak is bound to ruin them, however, and her brother´s solution is to arrange for Mill to marry the odious Lord Wart. In desperation, Mill decides to anonymously sell her virtue at a well-reputed brothel and kill two birds with one stone - she will have enough money to cover the debt, and her status as a fallen woman will dissuade Lord Wart from claiming her as his bride. Jasper Goldeby, Marquess of Holder, takes one look at Mill´s piercing green eyes and purchases her favors at double the asking price - a fortune that could support the Harbingers for life. The night Mill and Jasper share astonishes and transforms them both - and Jasper quickly realizes one night could never be enough. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ellen Lange. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/003844/bk_acx0_003844_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Here´s a riveting novel of feeling and suspense in which grief and punishment become tragically intertwined. At the close of a beautiful summer day near the quiet Connecticut town where they live, the Learner family - Ethan, Grace, and their children, Josh and Emma - stops at a gas station on their way home from a concert. Josh Learner, lost in a 10-year-old´s private world, is standing at the edge of the road when a car comes racing around the bend. He is hit and instantly killed. The car speeds away. From this moment forward, Reservation Road becomes a harrowing countdown to the confrontation between two very different men. The hit-and-run driver is a small-town lawyer named Dwight Arno, a man in desperate need of a second chance. Dwight is also the father of a 10-year-old boy, who was asleep in the car the night Josh Learner was killed. Now Dwight must decide whether to run from his crime or to pay the price for what he did. Ethan Learner, a respected professor of literature at a small New England college, has seen his orderly world shattered in a single moment, yet he persists in the belief that he can find the unknown man who killed his son. Behind their stories are those of 8-year-old Emma, who can´t stop thinking her brother´s death was her fault, and of Grace, who must find the strength to keep herself and her family together, and to be the mother Emma so badly needs. In a gripping narrative woven from the voices of Ethan, Dwight, and Grace, Reservation Road tells the story of two ordinary families facing an extraordinary crisis. This is an audiobook that sounds like a thriller but opens up a world rich with psychological nuance and emotional wisdom. Reservation Road explores the terrain of grief even as it astonishes with unexpected redemption. 1. Language: English. Narrator: various. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bkot/000874/bk_bkot_000874_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Peewee idolizes Jake, a big brother whose dreams of auto mechanic glory are fueled by the hard road coming to link their Indiana town and futures with the 20th century. And motoring down the road comes Irene Ridpath, a young librarian with plans to astonish them all and turn Peewee´s life upside down. This novel, with its quirky characters, folksy setting, classic cars, and hilariously larger-than-life moments, is vintage Richard Peck, an offbeat, deliciously wicked comedy that is also unexpectedly moving. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lara Everly. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lili/000342/bk_lili_000342_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.