Josie Jenkins, aged eight and three quarters, can do a few tricks, but she astonishes herself and everyone else when she finds she can lift a table, a car and even a bus with no effort at all. Josie becomes famous, and Mr. Two Suit sweeps in with a contract and swoops the whole family off to New York. How Josie copes with fame and fortune, and with the loss of it when she wakes up one day to find she can´t do her trick any more, makes a story of enormous charm, with a tiny, modest, and sensible heroine you have to cheer for. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Emilia Fox. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/orio/000021/bk_orio_000021_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
NO. 1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ? NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY BOOKPAGE ? The must-read thriller of the year, for readers of dark psychological suspense and modern classics of mystery and adventure The girl who said no to death. Bibi Blair is a fierce, funny, dauntless young woman-whose doctor says she has one year to live. She replies, ´´We´ll see.´´ Her sudden recovery astonishes medical science. An enigmatic woman convinces Bibi that she escaped death so that she can save someone else. Someone named Ashley Bell. But save her from what, from whom? And who is Ashley Bell? Where is she? Bibi´s obsession with finding Ashley sends her on the run from threats both mystical and worldly, including a rich and charismatic cult leader with terrifying ambitions. Here is an eloquent, riveting, brilliantly paced story with an exhilarating heroine and a twisting, ingenious plot filled with staggering surprises. Ashley Bell is a new milestone in literary suspense from the long-acclaimed master. Praise for Ashley Bell ´´A mind-bender filled with satisfying surprises.´´-People (book of the week) ´´[With] lyrical writing and compelling characters . . . Koontz stands alone, and this novel is a prime example of literary suspense. . . . One of his best.´´-Associated Press ´´Grabs you on page one and keeps you enthralled with ever widening loops of intrigue, spine-tingling plot twists, absorbing characters and emotional involvement . . . extraordinary.´´-Bookreporter ´´Heart-pounding and mind boggling . . . a rarity of a thriller-one that asks big questions about life and destiny while succeeding in creating [an] eerie sense of reality.´´-Shelf Awareness ´´Strap in and hold on. . . . When a writer has managed to catch this kind of lightning in a bottle, every reader should experience the full jolt.´´-BookPage
Will Self possesses one of the greatest literary imaginations of any writer working today. How the Dead Live is his most extraordinary book, yet a novel that will challenge, entertain, and truly astonish. Lily Bloom is an aging American transplanted to England who has lost her battle with cancer and lies wasting away at the Royal Ear Hospital. As her two daughters, lumpy Charlotte, who runs a hugely successful chain of stationery stores called Waste of Paper, and beautiful Natasha, a junkiebuzz around her, and the nurses pump her full of morphine, Lily slides in and out of the present, taking us on a surreal, opinionated trip through the stages of a lifetime of lust and rage. A career girl in the 1940s, a sexed-up, tippling adulteress in the 1950s and ´60s, a divorced PR flak in the 1970s and ´80s, Lily presents us with a portrait of America and England over 60 years of riotous and unreal change. And then it´s over: Lily catches a cab with the aboriginal wizard Phar Lap Jones, her guide to the shockingly banal world of the dead. It´s a world that is surreal but familiar, where she again works in PR and rediscovers how great smoking is, where her cohabitants include Rude Boy, the son who died at age nine and now swears a blue streak, and three eyeless, murmuring wraiths, the Fats composed of the pounds, literally the whole selves, she lost and gained over her lifetime. As Lily settles into her nonexistence, the most difficult challenge for this staunchly difficult woman is how to understand that she´s dead, and how to leave the rest behind. How the Dead Live is an unforgettable portrait of the human condition, the struggle with life and with death. It´s a novel that will disturb and provoke, the work, in the words of one British reviewer, ´´of a novelist writing at the height of his powers´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nancy Linari. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/021857/bk_adbl_021857_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Art restorer Emily Price has never encountered anything she can´t fix - until she meets Ben, an Italian chef, who seems just right. When Emily follows Ben home to Italy, she learns that his family, however, is another matter. Emily Price - fix-it girl extraordinaire and would-be artist - finds herself in Atlanta, repairing objects damaged in a house fire. As she works to restore the home and dreams of one family, she strives to keep the pieces of her own life in perfect order and secure her own happy ending - a gallery show of her own. There is no time for distractions, especially not the ultimate distraction of falling in love. But Chef Benito Vassallo´s relentless pursuit proves hard to resist. Visiting from Italy, Ben works to reconnect with his brother and breathe new life into his aunt and uncle´s faded restaurant, Piccolo. And soon after their first meeting, he works to win Emily as well - inviting her into his world and into his heart. Emily astonishes everyone when she accepts Ben´s proposal and follows him home. Upon landing in Rome, she is enchanted with Italy. But instead of allowing the land, culture, and people to transform her, Emily imposes her will upon everyone and everything around her, alienating Ben´s tightly knit family. Only Ben´s father, Lucio, gives Emily the understanding she needs to lay down her guard. Soon Emily´s life and art begin to blossom, and Italy´s beauty and rhythm take hold of her spirit. Yet when she unearths long-buried family secrets, Emily wonders if she really fits into Ben´s world. Will the joys of Italy become just a memory, or will Emily share in the freedom and grace that her life with Ben has shown her are possible? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kate Rudd. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tnwd/000605/bk_tnwd_000605_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Pussy Black-Face, or, “The story of a kitten and her friends” is a book for boys and girls written by Marshall Saunders and illustrated by Diantha Horne Marlowe. Our story starts with Pussy Black Face introducing himself - “My name is Pussy Black-Face, and I am a naughty young kitten. I wish I were good like my mother. She is the best cat that I ever saw. I try to be like her, and sometimes I succeed, but most times I don't.” Known to all as Black Face, this cat is a mischievous kitten who does things most cats do, like sleep, eat and hog the warmth of the fire and sleep even more. Black Face and his friends are looked after by Mrs. Darley. She is a widow with two adopted children—Billy and Margaret. Black Face has a sister named Serena, and a brother called Jimmy Dory. But, Black Face is not the first cat which most people choose to stroke or pick up to cuddle. Neither is Black face the most agile cat. He is the most adventurous of the siblings, and is forever knocking over ornaments, and other precious nick-knacks, quite often breaking them. As the summer came on, Mrs Darley opened up the house and Black Face and his friends were allowed to explore the pavement while their mother and father sat on the wide window sill watching. “Beware of the naughty boys;” his mother warned. The kittens began to play with a pebble and chase it along the pavement. Before they realised it they had lost sight of the house and chased the pebble right into the hands of the very boys their mother had warned them about. And so began the adventures of Black Face and his friends…… But what happened next you ask? Well you will have to download and read this book to find out for yourselves! YESTERDAY’S BOOKS FOR TODAY’S CHARITIES 10% of the profit from the sale of this book will be donated to charity. ================= Margaret Marshall Saunders CBE was a Canadian author. She was born in the village of Milton, Queens County, Nova Scotia. She spent most of her childhood in Berwick, Nova Scotia where her father served as Baptist minister. Saunders is most famous for her novel Beautiful Joe . Originally published under the pseudonym Marshall Saunders, it is a story narrated by a dog who has had a difficult puppyhood with many obstacles including a cruel owner. When the book was published in 1894, both it and its subject received worldwide attention. It was the first Canadian book to sell over a million copies, and by the late 1930s had sold over seven million copies worldwide. ================= KEYWORDS-TAGS: Pussy black face, kitten, friends, fireside, cat, refuge, surprise, change, visit, family, common land, first, fight, sensation, serena, astonish, train, country, maine, lovely, headstrong, sister, pigs, cows, chickens, lecture, mole-hunt, return, children, mischievous, guinea-hen, owl, close, summer, back to, city, again, Action, Adventure, afraid, Angora, Anthony, baggage-master, barn, basket, beautiful, Black-Face, Blizzard, body, Boston, boxes, carriage, cats, chickens, children, Children’s Story, claws, Clean, Common, corner, cows, cuddle, dairy, dark, Darley, Della, Denno, Denville, dog, Dolly, Dory, down-stairs, drink, eat, escape, Fairy Tale, family, farmer, father, Fear, fight, Folk tale, follow, fright, Gleason, guinea-hens, happy, hawk, heart, hen-house, home, horses, human, hungry, Jimmy, Joker, kennel, kitten, lady, large, lick, little, love, Maine, mamma, Mary, meadow, meow, milk, mistress, mole-hunt, Mona, mother, mouth, nurse, orchard, pavement, play, protect, purr, pussy, Pussy, Rosy, run, running, safety, save, saviour, scared, Serena, sister, Slyboots, starving, station, strange, street, stroke, summer, Tabby, Thirsty, tired, Tree stump, trees, trouble, vulgar, walked, water, window, Wyandotte, yard