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/002440/bk_boli_002440_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.
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.
One day your whole life will blow up in front of you, and you won´t know why. You will lose everything you ever cherished - your children, your husband, your home, your life. The universe takes no prisoners. It will force you through the fire until you have incinerated everything you have ever believed. Are you ready? I wasn´t. This is my story... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Maria Lopez. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/041673/bk_acx0_041673_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A love story about a woman who discovers the world of parrots because of a bossy little yellow cockatiel named Sugar Franklin, who also hated toes. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gale Cruz. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/012623/bk_acx0_012623_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Award-winning author and celebrated neurosurgeon Allan J. Hamilton, MD, combines his understanding of the human brain with nearly 30 years´ experience training horses to offer wisdom on such universal themes as leadership, motivation, ambition, and humility. The results are showcased in more than 100 thoughtful essays that treat working with horses as a metaphor for personal, professional, and spiritual growth. Whether you´re searching for greater spiritual depth or simply want to better understand your four-legged partner, this wise and important collection has something for you. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Chris Sorensen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/007452/bk_tant_007452_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Nationally syndicated talk-radio host and noted film critic Michael Medved has taken an extraordinary journey from liberal activist to outspoken conservative. Along the way he has earned millions of admirers, and more than his share of enemies, by advancing controversial, often counterintuitive arguments. Medved enters today´s ideological fray armed with experience as, among many other things, a campaign aide for radical Democrats, a minority recruiter for police departments, a Hollywood screenwriter, a Bobby Kennedy volunteer, a teacher at religious schools, a world-champion hitchhiker, an expert on bad movies, and a veteran TV host on PBS and a British network who declines to own a TV himself. Medved relishes the contradictions behind the high-profile controversies in which he´s played a leading role, as a prominent movie reviewer who attacked the film industry in a best-selling book, as an observant Jew whose radio show is a favorite with evangelical Christians, as a writer once designated the ´´Bard of the Baby Boomers´´ who now expresses contempt for his generation´s arrogant indulgence, and as a fearless battler who has sought advice from both Rush Limbaugh and Hillary Clinton and has given advice to both Mel Gibson and Barbra Streisand. Right Turns displays the slashing argument and disarming wit that have made Medved´s radio program America´s number one show on politics and pop culture. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Medved. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/000521/bk_rand_000521_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From a veteran air-refueling expert who flew missions for over two decades during the Cold War, Afghan War, and Iraq War comes a thrilling eyewitness account of modern warfare, with inspirational stories and moral lessons for people on the battlefield, in boardrooms, and in their everyday lives. Get a glimpse of life in the pilot´s seat and experience modern air warfare directly from a true American hero. Lt. Col Mark Hasara - who has 24 years of experience in flying missions around the world - provides keen and eye-opening insights on success and failure and emphasizes the importance of always being willing to learn. He provides 12 essential lessons based on his wartime experience from his missions during the Cold War, Gulf War, and Iraq War. With a foreword by number one New York Times best-selling author and radio host Rush Limbaugh, this is a military memoir not to be missed. 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: Danny Campbell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/008165/bk_sans_008165_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A funny and intimate look at fatherhood from the actor and writer/director of The Boss and Tammy that combines stories about his own larger-than-life dad and how his experiences raising two daughters with his wife, Melissa McCarthy, are shaped by his own childhood. Though he´s best known for his appearances in the movie Enough Said, as well as his hilarious role as Air Marshall Jon in Bridesmaids, Ben Falcone isn´t a big-shot movie star director at home. There, he´s just Dad. In this winning collection of stories, Ben shares his funny and poignant adventures as the husband of Melissa McCarthy and the father of their two young daughters. He also shares tales from his own childhood in Southern Illinois and life with his father - an outspoken, brilliant, but unconventional man with a big heart and a somewhat casual approach to employment named Steve Falcone. Ben is just an ordinary dad who has his share of fights with other parents blocking his view with their expensive electronic devices at school performances. Navigating the complicated role of being the only male in a house full of women, he finds himself growing more and more concerned as he sounds more and more like his dad. While Steve Falcone may not have been the briefcase and gray flannel suit type, he taught Ben priceless lessons about what matters most in life. A supportive, creative, and downright funny dad, Steve made sure his sons´ lives were never dull - a sense of adventure that carries through this warm, sometimes hilarious, and poignant memoir. Foreword read by Melissa McCarthy and featuring the voices of Stephen, Margaret, and Flynn Falcone. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ben Falcone, Melissa McCarthy, Stephen Falcone, Margaret Falcone, Flynn Falcone. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/006006/bk_harp_006006_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.