Dante´s immortal vision of hell shines ´´as it never did before in English verse´´ (Edward Mendelson) in Clive James´ new translation of Inferno. The most captivating part of perhaps the greatest epic poem ever written, Dante´s Inferno still holds the power to thrill and inspire. The medieval equivalent of a thriller, Inferno follows Dante and his faithful guide, Virgil, as they traverse the complex geography of hell, confronting its many threats, macabre punishments, and historical figures before reaching the deep chamber where Satan himself resides. Now, in this new translation, Clive James communicates not just the transcendent poetry of Dante´s language but also the excitement and terror of his journey through the underworld. Instead of Dante´s original terza rima, a form that in English tends to show the strain of composition, James employs fluently linked quatrains, thereby conveying the seamless flow of Dante´s poetry and the headlong momentum of the action. As James writes in his introduction, Dante´s great poem ´´can still astonish us, whether we believe in the supernatural or not. At the very least it will make us believe in poetry.´´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Edoardo Ballerini. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/025068/bk_adbl_025068_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.
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 and Grace, their children, Josh and Emma, stop 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 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; 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: powerful and wrenching and impossible to put down. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stanley Tucci, John Shea, Anne Twomey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/000937/bk_rand_000937_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
David Foster Wallace made an art of taking readers into places no other writer even gets near. In his exuberantly acclaimed collection, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, he combines hilarity and an escalating disquiet in stories that astonish, entertain, and expand our ideas of the pleasures that fiction can afford. Narrators include David Foster Wallace, John Krasinski, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Cerveris, Will Forte, Malcolm Goodwin, Christopher Meloni, Chris Messina, Max Minghella, Dennis O´Hare, Lou Taylor Pucci, Ben Shenkman, Joey Slotnick, and Cory Stoll. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dennis O´Hare, John Krasinski, Bobby Cannavale, Malcolm Goodwin, Michael Cerveris, Christopher Meloni, David Foster Wallace. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/000332/bk_hach_000332_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Blood Slave Captured, taken from her beloved family and woods, Aria’s biggest fear is not the imminent death facing her, but that she will be chosen as a blood slave for a member of the ruling vampire race. No matter what becomes of her though, Aria knows that she must keep her identity hidden from the monsters imprisoning her. She has already been branded a member of the rebellion, but the vampires do not know the true depth of her involvement with it, and they must never know. Though hoping for death, Aria’s world is turned upside down when a vampire named Braith steps forward to claim her. He delays her execution, but Aria knows it’s only a matter of time before he drains her, and destroys her. Especially once she learns his true identity as a prince within the royal family; the same royal family that started the war that ultimately brought down humankind, reducing them to nothing more than servants and slaves. Aria is determined to hate the prince, determined not to give into him in anyway, but his strange kindness, and surprising gentleness astonish her. Torn between her loyalties to the rebellion, and her growing love for her greatest enemy, Aria struggles to decide between everything she has ever known, and a love she never dreamed of finding. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Luci Christian. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/podm/000029/bk_podm_000029_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Poppy Carew, smarting and in shock because her live-in lover has left her for a richer woman, is called to the bedside of her dying father, a wonderful, loveable eccentric who dies laughing. He asks as his last request that he be buried in style by an undertaker who specialises in fun funerals. He also astonishes Poppy by leaving her a large sum of money. As news of her good fortune spreads, other friends of friends, acquaintances of her dead father (who appears to have made his fortune by being nice to old ladies) and, not least, her ex-lover emerge. Suddenly there are too many choices for Poppy Carew. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Anna Massey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hodd/000161/bk_hodd_000161_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Tired of normal life? Bored of offices with nice scenery and no carcasses strewn around scorched by the killer sun? Then join Bob and Billy, two relatively normal guys, whose lives have been irrevocably changed by an accidental push of a button. ´´We haven´t seen you since the explosion! We´d love to have you visit!´´ And so start the adventures. What happens next is chronicled in Problem Cousin and Other Funny Stories, a new book by Alex Goodwin. From chasing burning Christmas trees down steep mountains to ending world-wide banana shortages, Bob and Billy will take you on an adventure like never before. Together with the two wacky friends, you will: Find out why pickled pigs´ feet are not nearly the delicacy you might expect, Discover the limitations of Personal Panic Places when it comes to fighting roaches, Realize that receiving a parachute from a flight attendant cannot be good news, And more! Bob and Billy´s mishaps and miracles will astonish any listener, and... as Billy always says, ´´TACOS!´´ Even if that didn´t make any sense, still listen to this wacky collection of stories by Alex Goodwin today! It´s sure to tickle your funny bone. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gary Roelofs. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/027587/bk_acx0_027587_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
If you´re Irish American or African American or Eastern European Jewish American, there´s a rich literature to give you a sense of your family´s arrival-in-America story. Until now, that hasn´t been the case for Chinese Americans. From noted historian Mae Ngai, The Lucky Ones uncovers the three-generational saga of the Tape family. It´s a sweeping story centered on patriarch Jeu Dips´ (Joseph Tapes´) self-invention as an immigration broker in post-gold rush, racially explosive San Francisco, and the extraordinary rise it enables. Ngai´s portrayal of the Tapes as the first of a brand-new social type - middle-class Chinese Americans, with touring cars, hunting dogs, and society weddings to broadcast it - will astonish. Again and again, Tape family history illuminates American history. Seven-year-old Mamie Tape attempts to integrate California schools, resulting in the landmark 1885 Tape v. Hurley case. The family´s intimate involvement in the 1904 St. Louis World´s Fair reveals how the Chinese American culture brokers essentially invented Chinatown (and so Chinese culture) for American audiences. Finally, Mae Ngai reveals aspects - timely, haunting, and hopeful - of the lasting legacy of the immigrant experience for all Americans. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Angela Lin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/002613/bk_adbl_002613_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The English-language debut of Indonesia´s rising star. The epic novel Beauty Is a Wound combines history, satire, family tragedy, legend, humor, and romance in a sweeping polyphony. The beautiful Indo prostitute Dewi Ayu and her four daughters are beset by incest, murder, bestiality, rape, insanity, monstrosity, and the often vengeful undead. Kurniawan´s gleefully grotesque hyperbole functions as a scathing critique of his young nation´s troubled past: the rapacious offhand greed of colonialism; the chaotic struggle for independence; the 1965 mass murders of perhaps a million ´´Communists´´, followed by three decades of Suharto´s despotic rule. Beauty Is a Wound astonishes from its opening line: ´´One afternoon on a weekend in May, Dewi Ayu rose from her grave after being dead for 21 years....´´ Drawing on local sources - folktales and the all-night shadow puppet plays, with their bawdy wit and epic scope - and inspired by Melville and Gogol, Kurniawan´s distinctive voice brings something luscious yet astringent to contemporary literature. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jonathan Davis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/025959/bk_adbl_025959_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When Arlene Fleet heads up north for college, she makes three promises to God: She will stop fornicating with every boy who crosses her path; never tell another lie; and never, ever go back to the ´´fourth rack of hell´´, her hometown of Possett, Alabama. All she wants from Him is one little miracle: make sure the body is never found. Ten years later, God has broken His end of the deal. Alabama has landed on Arlene´s Chicago doorstep in the form of her high school archenemy, a young woman who wants to find the golden-haired football hero who disappeared during their senior year. To make matters worse, Arlene´s African-American boyfriend, Burr, has given her an ultimatum; introduce him to her lily-white family or he´s gone. Arlene would rather burn up in a fire than let him meet her steel magnolia Aunt Florence; her eccentric, half-mad Mama; her sweet-as-pecan-pie Cousin Clarice; and all the rest of her deeply racist kith and kin. But the fickle finger of fate is pointing her south. All too soon she and Burr are on their way to confront Arlene´s redneck roots, the secret she ran from, and the crime that stole her peace of mind. Back in the small town of her girlhood, Arlene´s demons are closing in, and after a decade of running away, Arlene must face them all. Yet while the truth threatens to destroy the life she has built for herself, it just may open her eyes to a love powerful enough to revise her past and alter her future. Crackling with humor, defiantly endearing characters, and plot twists that will astonish even the most jaded reader, Gods in Alabama will send you careening from tears to laughter and back. Most of all, it brings a unique, rough-around-the-edges heroine to life and makes her a permanent part of your own. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Catherine Taber. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/time/000386/bk_time_000386_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.