Medium Dead is a fun urban fantasy chronicling the crime fighting adventures of Brenda - a reluctant medium - and Brian - a vigilante demon with an impish sense of humour. Think Stephanie Plum with magic and a dash of Carl Hiaasen. Brenda Steele is smart, funny and out of her depth. A Vigilante Demon called Brian wants her to find murdered spirits and help him track down their killers. But Brian doesn´t just catch criminals, he likes to play with them first, and make the punishment fit the crime. As he tells Brenda, ´´if all you did was turn up, capture the bad guy then leave - century after century - you´d die of boredom.´´ He´s also reckless - his last partner died during one of his takedowns. Along the way, Brenda discovers that Brian isn´t as old, or as powerful, as he led her to believe. He might even be human. Whereas the murderer they´re hunting, and the child he´s holding prisoner, might not. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Noelle Romano. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/015614/bk_adbl_015614_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The strangest things happen when you´re dead. (May Elizabeth Trump) The deathly silence is about to be broken. She disliked the company of others and death did little to warm her spirit. She had led an independent life and she faced death in much the same way. She was finally alone, finally free from the mindless babble of others, at least that´s what she thought. May Elizabeth Trump was the rarest of spirits and she was none too happy about it either. She was a dead medium, a ghost who can speak with the living, and her services were to become in great demand. Flung into the limelight and smothered with unwanted attention, May soon discovers that it is not only ghosts with long awaited messages that have taken an interest in her. Something dark was lurking in the shadows, stalking her. Even the dead are not left to rest in peace. Dead Medium: A humorous, character driven story and a unique vision of life after death. Not your average ghost story. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joel Froomkin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/048197/bk_acx0_048197_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Handcuff King. Escape Artist. International Superstar. Since his death in 1926, Harry Houdini´s life has been chronicled in books, in films, and on television. Now, in this groundbreaking biography, renowned magic expert William Kalush and best-selling writer Larry Sloman team up to find the man behind the myth. Drawing from millions of pages of research, they describe in vivid detail the passions that drove Houdini to perform ever-more-dangerous feats, his secret life as a spy, and a pernicious plot to subvert his legacy. After years of struggling on the dime-museum circuit, Harry Houdini got a break that thrust him into the spotlight, performing for royalty and commanding vast sums. At a time when spy agencies frequently co-opted amateurs, Houdini went to London and developed a relationship with a man who would run MI-5; for the next several years, he traveled to Germany and Russia and routinely reported his findings. After World War I, Houdini set out to infiltrate and expose the seamy world of fake spirit mediums, triggering the wrath of a group of fanatical spiritualists led by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Death threats became an everyday occurrence, but the group would pose an even greater danger to Houdini´s legacy. As exciting as any good thriller, The Secret Life of Houdini traces the arc of the master magician´s life from desperate poverty to worldwide legend and initiates the listener into the arcane world of professional magic. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Adam Grupper. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/000795/bk_sans_000795_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Dead mothers, missing husbands, disgusting dates, perverted ´´reverends´´ seductive gurus, infamous ingrates, and cheese thieves. These are just a few of the cast of characters that pepper Valerie Gilbert´s true tales in Raving Violet.Enter the world of a solitary but intrepid New Yorker. Orphaned as a young adult, this divorced, smartass metaphysician has sought solace and insight from philosophers, seances, channels and mediums: a path that has, inevitably, led her back to her formidable fortress within.Join Valerie as she scales the castle walls on her journey for love, sex, sass, a chuckle, and really good chocolate. Love and Loss! Love and Glory! Love and Nausea! Raving Violet has it all. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Valerie Gilbert. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/028760/bk_acx0_028760_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
For decades, hidden from the public eye, William Morris agents made the deals that determined the fate of stars, studios, and networks alike. Mae West, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Danny Thomas, Steve McQueen--the Morris Agency sold talent to anyone in the market for it, from the Hollywood studios to the mobsters who ran Vegas to the Madison Avenue admen who controlled television. While the clients took the spotlight, the agency operated behind the scenes, providing the grease that made show business what it´s become. The story begins more than a century ago, when a fiery young immigrant named William Morris opened a vaudeville-booking office on New York´s Fourteenth Street and went up against the trust that ruled the leading entertainment medium of the day. Led after Morris´s death by the legendary Abe Lastfogel, a cherubic little man who treated agents and clients alike as family, the firm transformed the agent´s image from garish flesh-peddler to smooth-talking professional. But when Lastfogel´s successor brutally sacrificed his best friend--the man who´d brought Barry Diller and Michael Ovitz out of the mail room--William Morris gave birth to its own nemesis: Ovitz´s new firm, CAA. Throughout the ´80s and ´90s, as the Morris Agency made, and lost, such stars as Mel Gibson, Julia Roberts, Kevin Costner and Tom Hanks, Ovitz´s power grew inexorably as Morris´s waned. Lulled by the phenomenal success of Bill Cosby and the upward spiral of the Beverly Hills real estate market, Morris´s board failed to act as death and defection thinned its ranks. Finally, with its flagship motion-picture department on the brink of collapse, the board was faced with the stark reality of having to buy its way back into the business it had once owned. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Marlin May. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/013337/bk_acx0_013337_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Curtis Sittenfeld, New York Times best-selling author of American Wife and Prep, returns with a mesmerizing novel of family and identity, loyalty and deception, and the delicate line between truth and belief. From an early age, Kate and her identical twin sister, Violet, knew that they were unlike everyone else. Kate and Vi were born with peculiar ´´senses´´ - innate psychic abilities concerning future events and other people’s secrets. Though Vi embraced her visions, Kate did her best to hide them. Now, years later, their different paths have led them both back to their hometown of St. Louis. Vi has pursued an eccentric career as a psychic medium, while Kate, a devoted wife and mother, has settled down in the suburbs to raise her two young children. But when a minor earthquake hits in the middle of the night, the normal life Kate has always wished for begins to shift. After Vi goes on television to share a premonition that a devastating earthquake will soon hit the St. Louis area, Kate is mortified. More troubling, however, is her fear that Vi may be right. As the date of the predicted earthquake quickly approaches, Kate is forced to reconcile her fraught relationship with her sister, and truths about herself she’s long tried to deny. Funny, haunting, and thought-provoking, Sisterland is a beautifully written novel of the obligation we have toward others, and the responsibility we take for ourselves. With her deep empathy, keen wisdom, and unerring talent for finding the extraordinary moments in our everyday lives, Curtis Sittenfeld is one of the most exceptional voices in literary fiction today. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rebecca Lowman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/003517/bk_rand_003517_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this hour, maybe the first step to beginning again is taking the time to remember - and, if necessary, mourn - what’s past. Shortly after 9/11/01, Ilana Harlow talked about how creative rituals can help us.Next, once we’ve passed through hard times, it comes to picking up the pieces of our lives. For Jonathan Cott - after 36 ECT sessions erased 15 years of his memory - that was a real challenge. Then, Marc Maron says he was washed up. Career? Over. So he set up a microphone in his garage and starting talking with - and sometimes apologizing to - his fellow comedians. That´s when things started turning around.After that, sometimes beginning again means leaving an old life behind. For Michelle Kennedy and her three children, that led to living in their car.Following that, imagine beginning your life´s work at age 72. In the 1770´s, Mary Delaney invented the medium we now call collage. Her collection of botanically-correct floral collages is today housed in the British Museum. Poet Molly Peacock fell in love with the work and the artist and has written a meditation on both and on late-life creativity.And finally, poet Christian Wiman says being diagnosed with cancer - and falling in love - spurred him to write. In this conversation with Jim Fleming, he reads poems throbbing with life, and talks about finding future. [Broadcast Date: January 1, 2013] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim Fleming. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/tbon/140101/rt_tbon_140101_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Friends come and go, but the good ones are hard to let go. Kennedy and her best friend, Cherae, were like ´´two peas in a pod´´, Kennedy´s daddy would say because they were tighter than a large man in a medium suit jacket. Although they were totally different in size, personality, and background, they had been friends and loved each other since the second grade. Tables turned for their friendship when that evil word ´´jealously´´ came between them over a sexy club owner named Julian Roberson. One night led this duo down an ugly road that Kennedy never wanted to travel on and a road on which Cherae never imagined she´d lose. Cherae opened up a can of pain on Kennedy, and after more than 25 years of friendship, one man caused it to fall apart. Not knowing what to do or who to trust, Kennedy sought support from her true friend, Teresa, who had tried to warn her about her life long pal Cherae many times before. When the smoke clears and the truth finally comes to light, they learn a lesson in friendship, love, and loyalty. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jenayalynn C Riojas. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/123890/bk_acx0_123890_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Poetic. Patriotic. Petrifying. Arch Oboler, the prominent radio writer, producer and director, was a man possessed of noble ideals and a knack for the nefarious - capable of stoking both the fires of fear and the passion of national pride to a fever pitch. His way with words often led listeners deep inside a character´s mind, following their stream-of consciousness straight to the heart of a universal truth. His pioneering work in narrative techniques and sound effects raised radio from mere medium to genuine art form. Oboler was deeply devoted to the war effort, producing plays of men and women answering the call in spite of everything, and inspiring citizens on the home front to do the same. But, in a frightening world, perhaps he made people brave by poking a bit of fun at fear itself with his terrifying tales of the undoing of misguided souls. This 10-hour tribute featuring many recordings available here for the first time, includes 20 digitally restored and remastered episodes, performances by James Cagney, Lloyd Bridges, Ingrid Bergman, Peter Lorre, Irene Dunn, Ronald Colman, Dinah Shore, Mary Astor, Olivia De Haviland, Boris Karloff, and more. Episodes Include: Arch Oboler´s Plays: ´´Bathysphere´´ 11-18-39 ´´Nobody Died´´ 12-16-39 ´´Johnny Got His Gun´´ 03-09-40 ´´Strange Morning´´ 04-05-45 ´´Love, Love, Love´´ 05-03-45 ´´An Exercise in Horror´´ (A Peculiar Comedy) 05-24-45 ´´Lust for Life´´ 08-16-45 ´´Rocket from Manhattan´´ 09-20-45 ´´Lights Out: Cat Wife´´ 04-06-38 ´´What the Devil´´ 10-06-42 ´´Knock at the Door´´ 12-15-42 ´´Valse Trieste´´ 12-29-42 ´´Everything For the Boys: Knuckles´´ 01-25-44 ´´The House I Live In´´ 05-30-44 ´´Everyman´s Theater: I´ll Tell My Husband´´ 11-08-40 ´´The Ugliest Man in the World´´ 03-14-41 ´´Free World Theater: The Last Will and Testament of T 1. Language: English. Narrator: James Cagney, Lloyd Bridges, Ingrid Bergman, Peter Lorre, Dinah Shore, Mary Astor, Boris Karloff. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/radi/000875/rt_radi_000875_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.