Based on Ernest J. Gaines´ National Book Critics Circle Award-winning novel, A Lesson Before Dying is set in a small Louisiana Cajun community in the late 1940s. Jefferson, a young illiterate black man, is falsely convicted of murder and is sentenced to death. Grant Wiggins, the plantation schoolteacher, agrees to talk with the condemned man. The disheartened Wiggins had once harbored dreams of escaping from his impoverished youth, yet he returned to his hometown after university, to teach children whose lives seemed as unpromising as Jefferson´s. The two men forge a bond as they come to understand what it means to resist and defy one´s fate. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rick Foucheux, Keith Glover, Jamahl Marsh, full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/latw/000131/pf_latw_000131_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Nigel James, road pastor for Third Day, gives insight into the touring life of one of the top Christian rock bands--the excitement, the homesickness, the relentless schedule, the challenge to stay committed to God´s purpose while on the road. Nigel gives a real look at some of the trials that they face. Just because they´re members of a rock band on the road doesn´t make them exempt from the realities of life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nigel James. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/oasi/000346/bk_oasi_000346_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When teacher Jack Latham receives the call no father wants to receive, and discovers that his son has died, a strange series of events is set in motion that drastically changes the world for Jack. After a chance encounter brings him in contact with an old pupil, Jack remembers the death of Peter Lamb and a forgotten promise; a promise of murder spoken with conviction. Witness Jack´s journey into a world of madness, horror, spirits, sex, and savagery. Follow Jack through the cellar door to The Last Lesson. Are you afraid of the dark? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Don Warrick. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/052010/bk_acx0_052010_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/acx0/038175/bk_acx0_038175_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/acx0/015758/bk_acx0_015758_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Twelve-year-old Rory is an artist like her father. Through a hundred drawing lessons, he has guided her hand, trained her eye, taught her how to mix colors and achieve perspective. Together they plan to paint a beautiful mural for Rory´s mother, maybe a sunset, because she always misses the real sunset while she´s at her job, supporting the family.Rory goes to find her father in his studio so she can show him her sketch for the mural. But when she arrives, she finds him kissing his model. Outraged, she tries to hurt him by burning up her sketchbook, and her father leaves. Rory is devastated and stops painting altogether. Finally, she realizes that she has to talk to her father. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Marguerite Gavin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/001990/bk_blak_001990_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and best-selling author Dave Barry reads his latest book on how he learned to age gracefully, taking cues from his beloved and highly intelligent dog, Lucy.Faced with the obstacles and challenges of life after middle age, Dave Barry turns to his best dog, Lucy, to learn how to live his best life. From ´´Make New Friends” (an unfortunate fail when he can’t overcome his dislike for mankind) to ´´Don’t Stop Having Fun” (validating his longtime membership in a marching unit that performs in parades - and even Obama’s inauguration), Dave navigates his later years with good humor and grace. Lucy teaches Dave how to live in the present, how to let go of daily grievances, and how to feel good in one´s own skin. The lessons are drawn from Dave’s routine humiliations and stream-of-consciousness accounts of the absurdities of daily life, which will leave listeners heaving with laughter and recognition.Laugh-out-loud hilarious, whether he’s trying to ´´Pay Attention to the People You Love” (even when your brain is not listening) or deciding to ´´Let Go of Your Anger”, Dave Barry’s Lessons from Lucy is a witty and wise guide to joyous living. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dave Barry. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/008769/bk_sans_008769_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Ellen Burstyn has always defied expectations. Born in Detroit during the Depression, she left home at 18 and became a model for J.L. Hudson, Detroit´s largest department store. After a failed marriage and a string of unsatisfying relationships and jobs, Burstyn settled in New York, where she began her career as an actress. Her first audition landed her the lead in a Broadway play, with the show´s producer, legendary playwright and director Moss Hart, telling her, ´´You´re natural.´´ After Burstyn reluctantly moved to Los Angeles with her second husband, she eventually turned to film, delivering brilliant performances in The Last Picture Show, The Exorcist, Alice Doesn´t Live Here Anymore (for which she won an Academy Award for Best Actress), Same Time, Next Year, Resurrection, and Requiem for a Dream. Burstyn describes the personal missteps, toxic relationships, and private demons she has battled, and how confronting them prompted her to find a different life path. Raised a Catholic, she has traveled the world exploring a range of spiritual experiences. From the Swiss Alps to Cambodia, from the Himalayas to the streets of New York, she has sought and found answers to life´s most puzzling questions. Lessons in Becoming Myself is the extraordinary story of her quest for the examined life. By turns tragic and funny, thoughtful and lighthearted, it is a brilliant accomplishment by one of the finest observers of human nature. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ellen Burstyn. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/000526/bk_peng_000526_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of The Penguin Lessons by Tom Michell, read by Bill Nighy. ´I was hoping against hope that the penguin would survive because as of that instant he had a name, and with his name came the beginning of a bond which would last a life-time.´ Tom Michell is in his roaring 20´s: single, free-spirited and seeking adventure. He has a plane ticket to South America, a teaching position in a prestigious Argentine boarding school, and endless summer holidays. He even has a motorbike, Che Guevara style. What he doesn´t need is a pet. What he really doesn´t need is a pet penguin. Set against Argentina´s turbulent years following the collapse of the corrupt Perónist regime, this is the heart warming story of Juan Salvador the penguin, rescued by Tom from an oil slick in Uruguay just days before a new term. When the bird refuses to leave Tom´s side, the young teacher has no choice but to smuggle it across the border, through customs, and back to school. Whether it´s as the rugby team´s mascot, the housekeeper´s confidant, the host at Tom´s parties or the most flamboyant swimming coach in world history, Juan Salvador transforms the lives of all he meets - in particular one homesick school boy. And as for Tom, he discovers in Juan Salvador a compadre like no other.... The Penguin Lessons is a unique and moving true story which has captured imaginations around the globe - for all those who dreamed as a child they might one day talk to the animals. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Nighy. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/pauk/000678/bk_pauk_000678_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.