In his own inimitable style, Terry Jones leads you through Chaucer´s filthy and very funny tale of adultery, the feared coming of the second flood and burnt bums. The Canterbury Tales broke the literary mould in many ways. It established English as an acceptable language for literature, where previously it had been almost exclusively Latin or Norman French. It was also one of the first books to create a link between all the pieces of work in a literary collection. Before that an author had merely put together a group of pieces that he considered interesting, in no particular order and with no connecting narrative. Chaucer chose a meeting between pilgrims at the Tabard Inn on the road to Canterbury to provide the linking narrative for his Canterbury Tales. A group of pilgrims swap their tales, with a thoroughly human competitiveness and retaliatory jousting. The choice of pilgrims for his characters allowed Chaucer to put together types that wouldn´t usually associate let alone talk. This recording of The Miller´s Tale is a translation from the Middle English into modern language by the leading Chaucerian scholar, Terry Jones - yes, the Python one - who adds to his truly scholarly rendition of the text a smattering of highly useful and fascinating notes, recorded as he read. He also, of course, adds a particular dimension all his own to a tale of wicked bawdiness and bare asses. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Jones. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/slks/000033/bk_slks_000033_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.
This is a standalone. After a phone call changes my life, I shut the world out. I´m paralyzed by the fear gripping me; the darkness becomes inescapable. When I refuse to open my door, my best friend goes to the most notorious man in town. Bruno´s known to everyone in the neighborhood - he´s feared and only spoken about in whispers. Only there´s a problem: After he breaks down my door, he doesn´t want to leave. I never expected to find a man with a heart bigger than his reputation. But just like illusions, things are never what they seem. With fear surrounding me, only he can chase away the shadows. This isn´t your typical love story - it´s a story of fight and survival. Most importantly, it´s about finding the light and basking in the rays. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lance Greenfield, Erin Mallon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/053748/bk_acx0_053748_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
He came from the American South, a gentleman by breeding, a dentist by training, a gambler by vocation. But as Dr. John H. Holliday, a man fleeing his tragic past, drifted across the West, living among some of the roughest men on the frontier, word spread quickly he never walked away from a fight, and he never drew too late. Now, from Dodge City to Denver and Cheyenne, from boomtown to sinkholes, ´´Doc´´ Holliday was driven by the demons of his past, a skilled gambler and a seasoned mankiller - his name was known and feared long before the O.K. Corral. The story of a man who spoke softly and carried a lightning gun, this is Matt Braun´s extraordinary chronicle of the West´s most complex and legendary figure. 1. Language: English. Narrator: William Dufris. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aren/001336/bk_aren_001336_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A stunning novel about secrets and silence - and how sooner or later the truth must be spoken. Another hard-hitting and gripping audiobook from the queen of white-knuckle suspense and searing family drama. There was so much anger brewing in the child that sometimes Alicia feared for all of them. And now she had gone and done this terrible thing. This terrible, terrible thing. Tara has lost her voice. She knows there was pain and fear, but she cannot remember anything else. Now she can answer the questions only with silence. Minnie has buried her voice for years, losing herself in silence and isolation, keeping her secrets safe and her broken heart concealed. Liam finds refuge in silence; it is a place to go to when he cannot get the words out. Kate cannot speak for herself just yet. People are separated from each other only by moments, by fate and coincidence. One teenage mistake, one shocking choice and one terrible night will lead to courage found, voices raised and the truth finally spoken. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Susan Strafford. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/028022/bk_adbl_028022_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Mark Franklin came from the American West to Edwardian England with two long-barrelled .44s in his baggage and a fortune in silver in the bank. Where he had got it and what he was looking for no one could guess, although they wondered - at Scotland Yard, in city offices, in the glittering theatreland of the West End, in the highest circles of society (even King Edward was puzzled), and in the humble pub at Castle Lancing. Tall, dark, and dangerous, soft spoken and alone, with London at his feet and a dark shadow in his past, he was a mystery to all of them, rustics and royalty, squires and suffragettes, the women who loved him and the men who feared and hated him. He came from a far frontier in another world, yet he was by no means a stranger...even old General Flashman, who knew men and mischief better than most, never guessed the whole truth about Mr American. 1. Language: English. Narrator: William Hope. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/002163/bk_hcuk_002163_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Mr American is a swashbuckling romp of a novel. Mark Franklin came from the American West to Edwardian England with two long-barrelled .44s in his baggage and a fortune in silver in the bank. Where he had got it and what he was looking for no one could guess, although they wondered -- at Scotland Yard, in City offices, in the glittering theatreland of the West End, in the highest circles of Society (even King Edward was puzzled) and in the humble pub at Castle Lancing. Tall dark and dangerous, soft spoken and alone, with London at his feet and a dark shadow in his past, he was a mystery to all of them, rustics and royalty, squires and suffragettes, the women who loved him and the men who feared and hated him. He came from a far frontier in another world, yet he was by no means a stranger! even old General Flashman, who knew men and mischief better than most, never guessed the whole truth about Mr American. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Case. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/002153/bk_rand_002153_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A power so secret, even its possessor had been unaware. A prophecy so ancient, the world had long forgotten it. Eli J. Peterson has infiltrated the Illuminati, one of the world´s most secret and feared societies. Now they´re becoming the ones to fear him - a threat that can´t be tolerated. Aided by the wealthy St. Germain family, a descendant of the world´s most famous Egyptologist, and a brilliant female archaeologist, Peterson is poised to fulfill the destiny about which his mother had always spoken. Through museums and sites of long-ago castles, into the depths of Egypt, Peterson and his friends follow the prophecy encoded in his blood. What they discover could bring about a gift, an entire renaissance of humanity - or it might call to action an ancient Brotherhood more terrifying even than the Illuminati. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mike Nelson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/142936/bk_acx0_142936_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this unique and meaningful book, Shizuka Ijuin, an award-winning author and a friend of baseball legend Hideki Matsui, profiles the beloved New York Yankee–a world-class athlete who exemplifies a quality that Ijuin believes is central to success and well-being: modesty. Hideki Matsui embodies the Eastern virtue that combines compassion and self-effacement with high achievement. Born in a northern coastal town of Japan, Matsui was a phenomenon by the time he was a teenager, playing baseball in the famous high school league tournament at the Koshien Stadium and nicknamed ´´the wunderkind from the North.” His character was formed early on: Matsui’s father once taught him not to complain about an opposing pitcher who had intentionally walked him five times in a row, for, his father asserted, the other boy was enduring something even worse. As class president and high school team captain, Matsui spoke out against verbal abuse and bullying. Turning pro with the prestigious Yomiuri Giants, Matsui became the best hitter in the league, a national hero whose feats on the field lifted fans’ spirits. Matsui feared that his admirers would feel betrayed when he joined the Major Leagues in America, but instead they urged him on, asking only that he continue to make them proud. And Matsui has done exactly that, with his accomplishments and the dignified manner in which he has behaved. Matsui has set a high public standard, visiting Ground Zero soon after his arrival in the United States, sending relief money to earthquake victims and tsunami survivors, and always acting with modesty. But this audiobook is more than an inspiring portrait of a sportsman with the soul of a stoic modern samurai. Shizuka Ijuin explains the role modesty plays in Japanese culture, showing, for instance, how Japanese Little Leaguers start games by properly greeting their elders, thereby learning that respect is more important than scoring. Hideki Matsui: Sportsmanship 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Moseley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/010138/bk_adbl_010138_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.