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.
Few can rival attorney Andy Carpenter´s affection for golden retrievers, especially his own beloved Tara. After he astonishes a New Jersey courtroom by successfully appealing another golden´s death sentence, Andy discovers that this gentle dog is a key witness to a murder that took place five years before. Andy pushes the boundaries of the law even further as he struggles to free an innocent man by convincing an incredulous jury to take canine testimony seriously. It will take all the tricks Andy´s fertile mind can conceive to get to the bottom of a remarkable chain of impersonations and murder, and to save a dog´s life - and his own - in the process. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Grover Gardner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/live/000218/bk_live_000218_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.
A dark comic masterpiece - the first solo adult novel in more than a decade from the Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times best-selling author Dave Barry. Seth Weinstein knew Tina was way out of his league in pretty much any way you could imagine, which is why it continued to astonish him that he was on the plane now for their destination wedding in Florida. The Groom Posse had already sprung an airport prank on him, and he´d survived it, and if that was the worst of it, everything should be okay. Smooth sailing from now on. Seth has absolutely no idea what he´s about to get into. In the next several hours, he and his friends will become embroiled with rioters, Russian gangsters, angry strippers, a pimp as big as the Death Star, a very desperate Haitian refugee on the run with her two children from some very bad men, and an 11-foot albino Burmese python named Blossom. And there´re still two days to go before the wedding. As it turns out, it´s not smooth sailing, it´s more like a trip on the Titanic. And the water below him is getting deeper every minute. By the end, amid gunfire, high-speed chases, and mayhem of the most unimaginable sort, violent men will fall, heroes will rise, and many lives will change. Seth´s, not least of all. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dave Barry. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/002039/bk_peng_002039_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.
"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.
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.