´´History Lesson´´ was first published in the May 1949 issue of Startling Stories. Sir Arthur C. Clarke (1917-2008) is regarded as one of the most-influential science fiction writers of all time. He was named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and was inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ray Porter. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/027669de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Katherine Mansfield (1888 - 1923) was a prominent modernist writer of short fiction and a close associate of D. H. Lawrence and Virginia Woolf. The Singing Lesson describes the turmoil of a young schoolmistress holding a singing lesson for years 4, 5 and 6 immediately after she has received a very disturbing letter from her fiancé. Her dismal mood dictates her teaching style and choice of music. But part way through the lesson, she is summoned away to the headmistress´ office, where a telegram with unexpected news is waiting... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cathy Dobson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/redd/000411de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Dancing Lessons centers on Ever, a young man with Asperger´s syndrome who seeks the instruction of a Broadway dancer to learn enough dancing to survive an awards dinner. The dancer, Senga, however, is recovering from an injury that may stop her dancing career permanently. As their relationship unfolds, they´re both caught off-guard by the discoveries - both hilarious and heartwarming - that they make about each other and about themselves. Directed by Julianne Boyd. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paige Davis, John Cariani. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/naxo/001360de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Naomi Alderman´s The Lessons reflects the truth that the lessons life teaches often come too late. Hidden away in an Oxford backstreet is a crumbling Georgian mansion, unknown to any but the few who possess keys to its unassuming front gate. Its owner is the mercurial, charismatic Mark Winters, whose rackety trust-fund upbringing has left him as troubled and unpredictable as he is wildly promiscuous. Mark gathers around him an impressionable group of students: glamorous Emmanuella, who always has a new boyfriend in tow; Franny and Simon, best friends and occasional lovers; musician Jess, whose calm exterior hides passionate depths. And James, already damaged by Oxford and looking for a group to belong to. For a time they live in a charmed world of learning and parties and love affairs. But university is no grounding for adult life, and when, years later, tragedy strikes, they are entirely unprepared. Naomi Alderman grew up in the Orthodox Jewish community in Northwest London. Her first novel, Disobedience, was published in 10 languages and won the Orange Award for New Writers and the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year prize. Like her second novel, The Lessons, it was broadcast as Radio 4´s Book at Bedtime. She is a frequent radio broadcaster, and she is a regular contributor to several publications, including the Guardian and Prospect. She lives in London. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jot Davies. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/026988de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Standing above the dramatic arches underpinning the Basilica of Assisi and carried away by the beauty of the moment, Joan and Roger were determined to move to Italy. It took time, effort, grit, money, heavy doses of humor, and even stronger servings of Italian pazienza; but in the end, move they did. Launching a new career hosting vacationers, they persevered, renovating Le Vigne; an old farmhouse. This is their story of good fortune, at times matched in equal measure with frustration. They made their dream come true. Here are their Italian lessons. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Madonna Lucey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/038175de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this remarkable memoir, Anna Goldsworthy recalls her first steps toward a life in music, from childhood piano lessons with a local jazz muso to international success as a concert pianist. As she discovers passion and ambition and confronts doubt and disappointment, she learns about much more than tone and technique. This is a story of the getting of wisdom, tender and bittersweet. With wit and affection, Goldsworthy captures the hopes and uncertainties of youth, the fear and exhilaration of performing, and the complex bonds between teacher and student. An unforgettable cast of characters joins her: her family; her friends and rivals; and her teacher, Mrs Sivan, who inspires and challenges her in equal measure, and who transforms what seems an impossible dream into something real and sustaining. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Anna Goldsworthy. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/boli/002440de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When high school English teacher Sean Cullinan comes across a specialty publisher looking for fresh African American voices, he decides to submit his latest manuscript. One problem: Cully is white. Enter Janine Russell, black lieutenant in the San Francisco fire department and long-time friend of Cullinan. Together, they create a literary hoax that eventually fuels a national race debate. In Shadow Lessons new author Tim Reardon delves deep into the heart of the volatile American race conversation in a work that overflows with humor, honesty, and courage. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gregg A. Rizzo. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/015758de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Can honesty be the worst policy? Sixteen-year-old Bernadette Terrell is a champion debater who loves books, contests, and winning. When she´s named captain of her school´s Classics Bowl team to compete on TV against an elite private school for the state title, she´s thrilled. It´s more than a chance to earn glory for her town, and scholarship money for her family - not to mention make non-fictional friends. She´s been training for this her whole life. Winning is her destiny. Or is it? On the eve of the championship match, she discovers that someone she trusts has cheated. And Bernadette is the only one who knows. An honors student who´s always been sure of the right thing to do, she wonders just what that might be, now that ´´winning´´ has a new meaning. And yet - it´s still a competition. And she´s still a girl who hates to lose. Cappo´s blend of suspense and humor makes Cheating Lessons a riveting story about right and wrong - and the downside of trust. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Talmadge Ragan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/062665de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Ingrid Coleman writes letters to her husband, Gil, about the truth of their marriage, but instead of giving them to him, she hides each in the thousands of books he has collected over the years. When Ingrid has written her final letter, she disappears from a Dorset beach, leaving behind her beautiful but dilapidated house by the sea, her husband, and her two daughters, Flora and Nan. Twelve years after her disappearance, Gil thinks he sees Ingrid from a bookshop window, but he´s getting older, and this unlikely sighting is chalked up to senility. Flora, who has never believed her mother drowned, returns home to care for her father and to try to finally discover what happened to Ingrid. But what Flora doesn´t realize is that the answers to her questions are hidden in the books that surround her. Sexy and whip-smart, Swimming Lessons holds the Coleman family up to the light, exposing the mysterious and complicated truths of a passionate and troubled marriage. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rachel Atkins. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/028114de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Would you have the courage to restart your life - and give love a chance - in a completely different country? Vida Toujours has struggled all of her life, working hard for everything she´s ever earned, using her all-consuming job as a Chicago doctor to numb herself against the emptiness she carries inside. Overprotective of her heart, Vida pushes people away, and despite her loneliness, she´s made an art of remaining detached and disconnected. Then she receives an unexpected letter from France. An aunt that Vida never knew she had has died, willing Vida a chateau in the French countryside. What feels like an impossible dream is now Vida´s reality: She´s an heiress, and the last living member of a family legacy steeped in secrets. When Vida arrives at the chateau, there are more surprises in store for her. She could never have predicted the effect that Renee Chanson, the fiery and captivating woman she meets at the chateau, would have upon her. And she could never have imagined how the decades-old mystery of her family´s past would, at last, unfold. Can Vida learn to trust and open her stubborn heart to the possibility of a French romance? Or will she make the same mistakes her mother made and let the love of her life run away from her, leaving her to nurse a permanent broken heart? French Lessons is a poignant, passionate novel about coming to terms with the past and learning to love; a tender romance to curl up with. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephanie Murphy. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/059016de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.