Mountains, miracles, and marriage. I had no idea what to expect when the producers of Dr. Hoffman sent me to the pristine white mountains of Aspen, Colorado. As the town of Aspen is known for being a winter haven for uber-rich Americans, I knew this desert cactus was going to be way out of her element. The ace up my sleeve however, was a high-class movie-making surfer whose family owned a cabin in those snowy hills. With him by my side, I´d make the most out of the experience. The job was assigned under unusual circumstances. An anonymous mountain man paid a hefty fee to persuade the producers of my show to send me out for a segment on local artisans. Suited up in my parka and Ugg boots, I put the warmth of the California sun in the rearview mirror and headed to a winter wonderland. With my newfound family in tow, I was prepared to celebrate the best month the year had to offer...until the one woman who drastically changed my life all those years ago appeared like a shadow out of pure frosted air, shattering my soul all over again. In the twelfth and final book in the Calendar Girl serial, Mia is off to Aspen, Colorado, to film a segment on local artists. Prepare to be wowed as Mia´s journey merges into the ending everyone has been waiting for. Warning: This book is designed for audiences 18+ due to language and graphic sexual content. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Summer Morton, Zachary Webber. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/007992/bk_brll_007992_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the author of the best-selling Birdsong comes a powerful novel that melds the moral heft of Dickens and the scrupulous realism of Trollope with the satirical spirit of Tom Wolfe. London: the week before Christmas, 2007. Over seven days we follow the lives of seven major characters: a hedge fund manager trying to bring off the biggest trade of his career; a professional footballer recently arrived from Poland; a young lawyer with little work and too much time to speculate; a student who has been led astray by Islamist theory; a hack book reviewer; a schoolboy hooked on reality TV and genetically altered pot; and a Tube train driver whose Circle Line train joins these and countless other lives together in a daily loop. With daring skill and savage humor, A Week in December explores the complex patterns and crossings of modern urban life; as the novel moves to its gripping climax, its characters are forced, one by one, to confront the true nature of the world they - and we all - inhabit. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Simon Vance. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/002233/bk_rand_002233_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1996, Richard Chizmar´s debut short story collection, Midnight Promises, was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award. Publishers Weekly called it ´´a sterling collection´´ while singling out ´´The Silence of Sorrow´´ as ´´an understated masterpiece´´. Two years later, Subterranean Press published a mini-collection from Chizmar entitled Monsters and Other Stories. In his introduction, acclaimed genre critic Edward Bryant said, ´´When all is said and done, this book should leave you in utter silence, giving you time and opportunity to contemplate what you just read. Tough storytelling from a tough writer; but a writer who is not calloused. Chizmar possesses a finely honed gift of empathy. With utter grace and loving kindness, he´ll put you right inside the life (and soul) of the monster.´´ Now, nearly two decades later, Chizmar assembles 35 stories, including a previously unpublished novella, and presents us with A Long December. This massive new collection features more than 150,000 words of Chizmar´s very best short fiction and includes 8,000 words of autobiographical story notes. Eerie, suspenseful, poignant, the stories in A Long December range from horror to suspense, crime to dark fantasy, mainstream to mystery. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Stifel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/091215/bk_acx0_091215_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
David Vandergraff wants to be a good man. He goes to church every Sunday, keeps his lawn trim and green, and loves his wife and kids more than anything. Unfortunately, being a dark wizard isn´t a choice. Eleven years ago, David´s secret second family went missing. When his two lost children are finally found, he learns they suffered years of unthinkable abuse. Ready to make things right, David brings the kids home even though it could mean losing the wife he can´t imagine living without. Keeping his life together becomes harder when the new children claim to be dark wizards. David believes they use this fantasy to cope with their trauma. Until, David´s wife admits a secret of her own - she is a dark wizard too, as is David, and all of their children. Now, David must parent two hurting children from a dark world he doesn´t understand and keep his family from falling apart. All while dealing with the realization that everyone he loves, including himself, may be evil. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dennis Holland. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/023128/bk_adbl_023128_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
FNH Audio presents a slightly abridged performance of this fourth volume of Charles Oman´s military history classic. In this fourth volume, a detailed examination is made of the period from December 1810 to December 1811. This volume covers the battles of Gebora, Barrosa, Fuentes de Ornon, Albuera and the seiges of Badajoz and Tarragona. This history, written many years after Napier´s, draws its information from more firsthand accounts and corrects some of the more glaring mistakes and biases of Napier. Although this audiobook is abridged, the only text removed is that in French or Spanish, namely Appendix 13. A small number of footnotes scattered throughout the book in those languages have also been omitted. All English text from the appendices and footnotes is present. Volume one of this set is available under the title A History of the Peninsular War 1807-1809. Volume two of this set is available under the title A History of the Peninsular War Volume 2: January-September 1809. Volume three of this set is available under the title A History of the Peninsular War Volume 3: September 1809-December 1810. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Felbrigg Napoleon Herriot. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/fnha/000128/bk_fnha_000128_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Track Listing 1. Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht (Silent Night) 2. Deck the Halls (Welsh) 3. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) 4. The Holy City, sacred ballad for voice & piano (or orchestra and chorus, ad lib) 5. Cantique de Noël for voice & orchestra (´´Minuit, Chrétiens,´´ ´´O Holy Night´´) 6. White Christmas, song (from ´´Holiday Inn´´) 7. Walking in the Air, song, Op. 317a (for the film ´´The Snowman´´) 8. December Lights, for orchestra 9. God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (English) 10. Mary´s Little Boy Child, song 11. O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles) 12. Go Tell It on the Mountain, Christmas song (American) 13. Ave Maria, for voice & piano (after Bach´s Prelude No. 1 from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1) 14. From Heaven High I Come to You (Vom Himmel hoch), carol medley for violin & salon orchestra 15. O Little Town of Bethlehem 16. Every Year Anew (Alle Jahre wieder), carol medley for violin & salon orchestra 17. Petit Papa Noël, song 18. Sleep Little Jesus (Slaap nu mijn Jezuke) 19. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST ? NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY People ? The New York Times Magazine ? NPR ? Entertainment Weekly ? New York ? The Telegraph ? BuzzFeed ? Kirkus Reviews ? BookPage ? Shelf Awareness Includes an extended conversation with David Sedaris One of the most important and blazingly original writers of his generation, George Saunders is an undisputed master of the short story, and Tenth of December is his most honest, accessible, and moving collection yet. In the taut opener, ´´Victory Lap,´´ a boy witnesses the attempted abduction of the girl next door and is faced with a harrowing choice: Does he ignore what he sees, or override years of smothering advice from his parents and act? In ´´Home,´´ a combat-damaged soldier moves back in with his mother and struggles to reconcile the world he left with the one to which he has returned. And in the title story, a stunning meditation on imagination, memory, and loss, a middle-aged cancer patient walks into the woods to commit suicide, only to encounter a troubled young boy who, over the course of a fateful morning, gives the dying man a final chance to recall who he really is. A hapless, deluded owner of an antiques store; two mothers struggling to do the right thing; a teenage girl whose idealism is challenged by a brutal brush with reality; a man tormented by a series of pharmaceutical experiments that force him to lust, to love, to kill-the unforgettable characters that populate the pages of Tenth of December are vividly and lovingly infused with Saunders´s signature blend of exuberant prose, deep humanity, and stylistic innovation. Writing brilliantly and profoundly about class, sex, love, loss, work, despair, and war, Saunders cuts to the core of the contemporary experience. These stories take on the big questions and explore the fault lines of our own morality, delving into the questions of what makes us good and what makes us human. Unsettling, insightful, and hilarious, the stories in Tenth of December-through their manic energy, their focus on what is redeemable in human beings, and their generosity of spirit-not only entertain and delight; they fulfill Chekhov´s dictum that art should ´´prepare us for tenderness.´´ NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ´´The best book you´ll read this year.´´-The New York Times Magazine ´´A feat of inventiveness . . . This eclectic collection never ceases to delight with its at times absurd, surreal, and darkly humorous look at very serious subjects. . . . George Saunders makes you feel as though you are reading fiction for the first time.´´-Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner ´´The best short-story writer in English-not ´one of,´ not ´arguably,´ but the Best.´´-Mary Karr, Time ´´A visceral and moving act of storytelling . . . No one writes more powerfully than George Saunders about the lost, the unlucky, the disenfranchised.´´-Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times ´´Saunders´s startling, dreamlike stories leave you feeling newly awakened to the world.´´-People GEORGE SAUNDERS WAS NAMED ONE OF THE 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE IN THE WORLD BY TIME MAGAZINE
At 27 years old, Mariah Travers has become what she most feared - a spinster and a perpetual adolescent in the eyes of her family and the law. But her fortunes change when her father announces that he has promised her hand in marriage to an old friend and colleague in the House of Lords. Lord Peter deVere, Earl of Dunsford, is not at all who Mariah imagined marrying, but she is willing to take a chance on the older man in order to gain the freedom that only married women are allowed.After a tragic marriage that stretched on for two decades, Peter is hesitant to marry again. But he needs an heir, or else his dastardly nephew, Lord William, will inherit everything he’s worked his entire life to build. But when he meets Mariah, sparks fly that neither of them expected. Their unlikely match stands a chance of giving each of them all the things they never realized they needed.But trouble abounds when the mine that has provided Peter with his fortune is exhausted and the search for new veins of copper begins. On top of that, Lord William isn’t about to stand by and watch his inheritance disappear. His efforts to drive a wedge between Peter and Mariah cause havoc and heartbreak at Starcross Castle, which will take an act of heroic devotion to overcome as Peter sets out to prove that true love is ageless.Please be advised - steam level - very hot!If you would like to learn about events leading up to December Heart, check out A New Life, part of the West Meets East series.And be sure to get the two accompanying novellas to December Heart, Starcross Lovers and Starcross Dreams.The Silver Foxes of Westminster Series consists of:December Heart and its accompanying novellas:Starcross LoversStarcross DreamsAugust Sunrise and its accompanying novellas:Winterberry SparkWinterberry Firep 1. Language: English. Narrator: Merry Farmer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/156886/bk_acx0_156886_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.