Gold Medal Winner 2012 eLit Awards Kirkus Recommended Review: ´´In seven short stories, residents of a London boardinghouse reach moments of clarity. On London Road, lined with scruffy shops, stands No. 17, a detached red-brick Victorian that´s been turned into a boardinghouse. Its residents tend toward hard luck and desperation: Janice is just out of prison; Mandy is on probation; Bitty has a good education, but is scarred by her mother´s frequent abandonments; and Isobel is mentally unstable. Nora, the landlady, writes romance novels but has experienced little romance herself, and her daughter, Anna, is disgusted by Isobel´s outbursts. Their interconnected stories take place on a day of unusually hot weather, and focus on one resident at a time, with Janice´s story told in two parts. In each, characters have a chance to make a leap of faith in other people, or in the future.... Though spare and fast-paced, McGovern´s (Cocktails for Book Lovers, 2014, etc.) tales evoke entire biographies. She focuses on illuminative details and subtle, turning-point moments, as when Mandy, a young woman on probation, reacts to her mandatory book group´s reading of Katherine Mansfield´s 1922 short story ´´The Garden Party.´´ It stokes her resentment, as she doesn´t even know if people still give garden parties. Mandy makes plans to shoplift again, but something about the book group leader´s hopefulness and the invitation to give her honest opinion sparks her determination to win - maybe a literary argument, or maybe more chocolate wafers. Tales with subtle, positive but never saccharine, transformations that feel fully earned.´´ ´´...reminiscent of the writer who appears in one of the stories: the great Katherine Mansfield.´´ - Cynthia Rogerson, winner, V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize for a Short Story, UK ´´I felt as if I personally knew each character, from Janice to Nora to Isobel to Bitty, and even Len down at the pub, and ... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Verity Burns. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/088512/bk_acx0_088512_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Random House presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Long Road from Jarrow by Stuart Maconie. In the autumn of 1936, some 200 men from the Tyneside town of Jarrow marched 300 miles to London in protest against the destruction of their towns and industries. Precisely 80 years on, Stuart Maconie walks from north to south, retracing the route of the emblematic Jarrow Crusade. Following history´s footsteps, Maconie is in search of what modern Britain is really like today. Travelling down the country´s spine, Maconie moves through a land that is, in some ways, very much the same as the England of the ´30s, with its political turbulence, austerity, north/south divide, food banks and, of course, football mania. Yet in other ways, it is completely unrecognisable: highstreets peppered with pound shops and e-cigarette vendors, smoothie bars and Costas on every corner. Maconie visits the great, established and yet evolving cities of Leeds, Sheffield and London as well as the sleepy hamlets, quiet lanes and roaring motorways. He meets those with stories to tell and whose voices build a funny, complex and entertaining tale of Britain, then and now. Written in Maconie´s signature style, this is a fascinating exploration of a modern nation that, though it looks and sounds strangely familiar, has been completely transformed. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stuart Maconie. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/002870/bk_rhuk_002870_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This audiobook presents 14 routes to explore New England during the autumn, covering hidden side roads and hiking trails, shops, scenic areas, and historic sites. A listing is included of fairs, festivals, places of interest and accommodation, with telephone numbers and addresses. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lesley Keene. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/summ/000215/bk_summ_000215_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Yellowgrass Hill was a busy little town with streets, houses, restaurants, cafes, and little animals that rode in old-fashioned automobiles. This beautiful town rested deep within a magical forest where animals walked, talked, and occasionally squawked. It was a peaceful place that ran down a long dirt road between stores, carrot crops, and yummy candy shops. There you could find a beaver playing a banjo or a weasel having a cup of tea with a rabbit or even a mouse and a cat who were the best of friends. Well, except for that one time. So sit back and listen to the first tale of what life was like in Yellowgrass Hill. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nick Afka Thomas. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/040919/bk_acx0_040919_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Yellowgrass Hill was a busy little town with streets, houses, restaurants, cafes, and little animals that rode in old-fashioned automobiles. This beautiful town rested deep within a magical forest where animals walked, talked, and occasionally squawked. It was a peaceful place that ran down a long dirt road between stores, carrot crops, and yummy candy shops. There you could find a beaver playing a banjo or a weasel having a cup of tea with a rabbit, or even a mouse and a cat who were the best of friends. Well, except for that one time. So sit back and listen to the first tale of what life was like in Yellowgrass Hill. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nick Afka Thomas. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/021537/bk_acx0_021537_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Historical and cultural walking tours of Europe´s finest cities. Where is the new centre of London´s fashion industry? Where are the funkiest retro shops? Which streets are best if you want to escape from the chain stores? What´s the best way to experience the retail of madness of Oxford Street? What´s happening to London´s traditional tailors and gentleman´s outfitters that you should know about? The mp3cityguides guide to shopping in London is a new and easy to use guide to London´s shops. We start in Notting Hill by telling you how best to explore the market and where to find antiques, food and second hand clothes. We then tell you the history of the King´s Road from Mary Quant´s Bazaar to the arrival of the Sex Pistols and point out where you can still find interesting shops amongst the chains. Knightsbridge might be choked with traffic but the mp3cityguides´ London Shopping Guide will show you where you can window shop in peace. We then move onto the West End and pick out the best individual shops. Savile Row is changing with traditional tailors becoming more open to new customers and funky new tailors opening shops on the Row. We´ll also show you where you can get the best shirts in Jermyn Street. The market and the Piazza are what most people think of if you say Covent Garden but the best places to shop in Covent Garden are not the most well known. The shops in Neal Street and Seven Dials offer cutting edge design and are great if you´re looking for labels, clothes and accessories that are out of the ordinary. Bermondsey and the area around the Oxo Tower are also great places to find interesting and exciting new designers and retailers - we´ll tell you which ones to look out for and show you where they are with our unique edit-it-yourself pdf London shopping guide. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Simon Brooke. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/sp/mpcg/000021/sp_mpcg_000021_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
My name is Brett. I´m a college-educated man who was once a husband of 26 years with two children, three businesses, and a large home with an actual white picket fence. I´m also a drug addict. And I have a tale to tell. My story has everything: sex, death, pain, atheism, God, jail, marriage, divorce, heresy, homosexuality, physics, traffic fatalities, computer science, video games, cinnamon toothpicks, Barry Manilow, Nine Inch Nails, pornography, breasts, used tampons, strippers, venereal disease, abortion, prostitutes, AIDS, racism, suicide, infidelity, public nudity, anti-Semitism, marijuana, alcohol, pawn shops, drug dealers, needles, acid, ecstasy, crack, heroin, pain pills, withdrawal, interventions, rehabs, product tampering, road rage, vandalism, elderly abuse, grave desecration, arson, identity theft, burglary, armed robbery, and murder. But more importantly, it´s about the despair of addiction and the absolute certainty that it can be overcome. Recovery is not simply abstinence, but a process of growing up. I spent my entire life searching for the key to long-term sobriety. I would like to share with you what I have learned. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ryan Turner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/010682/bk_tant_010682_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Like her previous books, this book is the result of the author´s passionate interest in the realities of everyday life, and the conditions in which most people lived, so often left out of history books. This period of mid-Victorian London encompasses a huge range of subjects: Victoria´s wedding and the place of the royals in popular esteem; how the very poor lived, the underworld, prostitution, crime, prisons and transportation; the public utilities, Bazalgette on sewers and road design, Chadwick on pollution and sanitation; private charities, Peabody, Burdett Coutts, and workhouses; new terraced housing and transport, trains, omnibuses, and the Underground; furniture and decor; families and the position of women; the prosperous middle classes and their new shops, e.g. Peter Jones, Harrods; entertaining and servants, food and drink; unlimited liability and bankruptcy; the rich, the marriage market, taxes and anti-semitism; the Empire, recruitment and press-gangs. The period begins with the closing of the Fleet and Marshalsea prisons and ends with the first (steam-operated) Underground trains and the first Gilbert & Sullivan. All the splendours and horrors of Victorian life will be vividly recalled. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Anton Lesser. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/orio/000012/bk_orio_000012_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.