In the right dose, everything is a poison. Even love. Jessamine Luxton has lived all her 16 years in an isolated cottage near Alnwick Castle, with little company apart from the plants in her garden. Her father, Thomas, a feared and respected apothecary, has taught her much about the incredible powers of plants: that even the most innocent-looking weed can cure - or kill. When Jessamine begins to fall in love with a mysterious boy who claims to communicate with plants, she is drawn into the dangerous world of the poison garden in a way she never could have imagined. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Violet Mathieson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/002233/bk_harp_002233_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Elena: transformed, the golden girl has become what she once feared and desired. Stefan: tormented by losing Elena, he´s determined to end his feud with Damon once and for all - whatever the cost. But slowly he begins to realize that his brother is not his only enemy. Damon: at last, he possesses Elena. But will his thirst for revenge against Stefan poison his triumph? Or can they come together to face one final battle? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rebecca Mozo. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/002044/bk_harp_002044_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Blair Years is the most compelling and revealing account of contemporary politics you will ever hear. Taken from Alastair Campbell´s daily diaries, these audio extracts chart the rise of New Labour and the tumultuous years of Tony Blair´s leadership, providing the first important record of a remarkable decade in our national life. Here are the defining events of our time, from Labour´s new dawn to the war on terror; from the death of Diana to negotiations for peace in Northern Ireland; from Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq, through to the Hutton Inquiry of 2003. But above all, here is Tony Blair up close and personal, making the decisions that affected the lives of millions, under relentless and frequently hostile pressure. Feared and admired in equal measure, hated by some, Alastair Campbell was pivotal to the founding of New Labour and the sensational election victory of 1997. As Blair´s press secretary, strategist, and trusted confidant, Campbell spent more waking hours alongside the prime minister than anyone. His diaries take the listener right to the heart of government. Unflinchingly told, The Blair Years covers the crises and scandals, the rows and resignations, the ups and downs of Britain´s hothouse politics. There has never been so riveting a book about life at the very top, nor a more human book about politics, told by a man who saw it all. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alastair Campbell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/000274/bk_rhuk_000274_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Elena: transformed, the golden girl has become what she once feared and desired. Stefan: tormented by losing Elena, he´s determined to end his feud with Damon once and for all - whatever the cost. But slowly he begins to realize that his brother is not his only enemy. Damon: at last, he possesses Elena. But will his thirst for revenge against Stefan poison his triumph? Or can they come together to face one final battle? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rebecca Mozo. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/002042/bk_harp_002042_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Could Martin Talbot´s elderly, Alzheimer-stricken mother, Judy, really have been the Black Stiletto? When Martin discovers several volumes of her diaries hidden by his mother, he is stunned beyond all imagination. His mother, the underground heroine of yesteryear? The famed, still unidentified woman who battled Communist spies, took on the Mafia, and preyed on common crooks? The woman who exacted punishment on evildoers without mercy? But it is all described, in great detail, in the diaries. What caused her to begin her quest for justice. Her decision to act outside the law. Her feats as the famed and feared vigilante. How her reputation exploded. In short, how it all played out. Could it be true? Talbot is filled with doubt and disbelief. But the reappearance of one of the Stiletto´s old enemies with a thirst for merciless revenge makes the story more than real, and could imperil the life of not only the Stiletto, but her son and granddaughter as well. This is a Crossroad Press Production 1. Language: English. Narrator: Arielle DeLisle, Chris Patton, Michael Ray Davis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/001585/bk_acx0_001585_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When I had a Little Sister is a searingly honest and wryly heartbreaking memoir about a Lancashire farming family whose love of their land came hand in hand with the resilience to live off it. It’s a story of sisters and sacrifice, grief and reclamation, and the need to speak the unspeakable.When did she decide to die? Was it before midnight on Friday the 6th, because she couldn’t face another night, or was it before dawn on Saturday the 7th, because she couldn’t face another day?Did she think about us? Did she think about her dog, Ted, or her cat, Puss, sleeping on Grandma Mary’s old sofa in the conservatory and who would be waiting for her to feed them in the morning? What about her horses in the stable? Did she think about them? Did she imagine Dad finding her? It would have to be Dad, after all. It couldn’t be anyone else. Did she know what she was doing?On a cold December day in 2013 Catherine Simpson received the phone call she had feared for years. Her little sister Tricia had been found dead in the farmhouse where she, Catherine and their sister Elizabeth were born - and where their family had lived for generations.Tricia was 46 and had been stalked by depression all her life. Yet mental illness was a taboo subject within the family, and although love was never lacking, there was a silence at its heart.After Tricia died, Catherine found she had kept a lifetime of diaries. The words in them took her back to a past they had shared but experienced so differently and offered a thread to help explore the labyrinth of her sister’s suicide. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Catherine Simpson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/004347/bk_hcuk_004347_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A sharp, witty, and hugely entertaining debut novel, The Devil Wears Prada is The Nanny Diaries set in the world of high fashion. Welcome to the dollhouse, baby! When Andrea first sets foot in the plush Manhattan offices of Runway she knows nothing. She´s never heard of the world´s most fashionable magazine, or its feared and fawned-over editor, Miranda Priestly. But she´s going to be Miranda´s assistant, a job millions of girls would die for. A year later, she knows altogether too much: That it´s a sacking offence to wear anything lower than a three-inch heel to work. But that there´s always a fresh pair of Manolos for you in the accessories cupboard. That Miranda believes Hermes scarves are disposable, and you must keep a life-time supply on hand at all times. That eight stone is fat. That you can charge cars, manicures, anything at all to the Runway account, but you must never, ever, leave your desk, or let Miranda´s coffee get cold. And that at 3 a.m. on a Sunday, when your boyfriend´s dumping you because you´re always at work, and your best friend´s just been arrested, if Miranda phones, you jump. Most of all, Andrea knows that Miranda is a monster who makes Cruella de Ville look like a fluffy bunny. But also that this is her big break, and it´s going to be worth it in the end. Isn´t it? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Laurel Lefkow. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/000880/bk_bbcw_000880_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´A revelatory and wholly fascinating work of history. Superbly researched and written with gripping fluency, this lost secret of World War II espionage finally has its expert chronicler.´´ - WILLIAM BOYD ´Gripping and intoxicating, it unfolds like the best screenplay.´ - NICHOLAS SHAKESPEARE The gripping story of a propaganda campaign like no other: the covert British operation to manipulate American public opinion and bring the US into the Second World War. When William Stephenson - ´´our man in New York´´ - arrived in the United States towards the end of June 1940 with instructions from the head of MI6 to ´organise´ American public opinion, Britain was on the verge of defeat. Surveys showed that just 14% of the US population wanted to go to war against Nazi Germany. But soon that began to change... Those campaigning against America´s entry into the war, such as legendary aviator Charles Lindbergh, talked of a British-led plot to drag the US into the conflict. They feared that the British were somehow flooding the American media with ´fake news´, infiltrating pressure groups, rigging opinion polls and meddling in US politics. These claims were shocking and wild: they were also true. That truth is revealed here for the first time by bestselling author Henry Hemming, using hitherto private and classified documents, including the diaries of his own grandparents, who were briefly part of Stephenson´s extraordinary influence campaign that was later described in the Washington Post as ´arguably the most effective in history´. Stephenson - who saved the life of Hemming´s father - was a flawed maverick, full of contradictions, but one whose work changed the course of the war, and whose story can now be told in full.
In 1937 Hollywood, gossip columnist Sheilah Graham’s star is on the rise while literary wonder boy F. Scott Fitzgerald’s career is slowly drowning in booze. But the once-famous author, desperate to make money penning scripts for the silver screen, is charismatic enough to attract the gorgeous Miss Graham, a woman who exposes the secrets of others while carefully guarding her own. Like Scott’s hero Jay Gatsby, Graham has meticulously constructed a life far removed from the poverty of her childhood in London’s slums. And like Gatsby, the onetime guttersnipe learned early how to use her charms to become a hardworking success feted and feared by both the movie studios and their luminaries. A notorious drunk famously married to the doomed ´´crazy Zelda´´, Fitzgerald fell hard for his ´´Shielah´´ (he never learned to spell her name), a shrewd yet softhearted woman - both a fool for love and nobody’s fool - who would stay with him and help revive his career until his tragic death three years later. Working from diaries and other primary sources from the time, Sally Koslow revisits their scandalous love affair, bringing Graham and Scott gloriously alive in this compelling pause resister saturated with the color, glitter, magic, and passion of 1930s Hollywood and Sheilah’s dramatic transformation in London. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ana Clements. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/007277/bk_harp_007277_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.