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.
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.