In this new version, Jane Bussmann not so much reads as brilliantly performs her supreme comic history of British youth culture, acid house, and nightclubbing. A book so wonderful, it featured in Jeremy Deller’s winning submission to the Turner Prize. A Muzik Awards Book of the Year. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jane Bussmann. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tkmu/000012/bk_tkmu_000012_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
On a snowy November day in 1997, in Flint, Michigan, police found the body of 45-year-old waitress Nancy Billiter. Her corpse had survived a botched attempt to burn it. An autopsy revealed that she´d been bound, beaten, sexually violated, and then injected with a lethal mixture of battery acid and heroin. Police suspected Nancy´s friend, Carol Giles, 26, and Giles´ boyfriend, Tim Collier, who had often boasted of a murderous gangland past. As the law´s noose tightened around Giles and Collier, each fingered the other for the murder. Collier tried to hang another crime on Giles - the murder of her 500-pound, diabetic husband. But investigators soon learned the shocking truth: that the cold-blooded couple had killed Jessie Giles with a heroin-laced insulin ´´hot shot´´ and that Nancy, who had been in the wrong place at the wrong time, became the next to die. Convicted of the twisted murders, both killers are spending the rest of their lives behind bars. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Vargus. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/022067/bk_adbl_022067_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Light Years is a joyous and defiant coming-of-age memoir set during one of the most turbulent times in American history.Chris Rush was born into a prosperous, fiercely Roman Catholic New Jersey family. But underneath the gleaming mid-century house, the flawless hostess mom, and the thriving businessman dad ran an unspoken tension that, amid the upheaval of the late 1960s, was destined to fracture their precarious facade. His older sister, Donna, introduces him to the charismatic Valentine, who places a tab of acid on 12-year-old Rush’s tongue, proclaiming: ´´This is sacrament. You are one of us now.” After an unceremonious ejection from an experimental art school, Rush heads to Tuscon to make a major drug purchase and, still barely a teenager, disappears into the nascent American counterculture. Stitching together a ragged assemblage of lowlifes, prophets, and fellow wanderers, he seeks kinship in the communes of the West. His adolescence is spent looking for knowledge, for the divine, for home. Given what Rush confronts on his travels - from ordinary heartbreak to unimaginable violence - it is a miracle he is still alive. The Light Years is a prayer for vanished friends, an odyssey signposted with broken and extraordinary people. It transcends one boy’s story to perfectly illustrate the slow slide from the optimism of the 1960s into the darker and more sinister 1970s. This is a riveting, heart-stopping journey of discovery and reconciliation, as Rush faces his lost childhood and, finally, himself. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Victor Lodato. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aren/004145/bk_aren_004145_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A hilarious, confrontational and moving story of one woman´s attempts to navigate her way through the challenges of mid-life, for lovers of How to Be a Woman and I´m Not with the Band. Claire Dederer´s youth was wild, an endless cascade of beer and rock and acid and sex that left her benumbed and adrift. But then, after two decades of disciplined transformation, she´d become a successful writer, a faithful wife, and a mother - a real adult. That is, until one morning at 44, she found herself overcome by the same sexual cravings and ineffable sadness of her younger years. The hedonistic girl, ´that crazy bitch´, was back - or had she never left? Frank and disarming, seductive and hilarious, Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning is Dederer´s attempt to reckon with those urges, and to reconcile the girl she´d been with the woman she´s become. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Claire Dederer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/head/000596/bk_head_000596_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
My name is Brett. I´m a college-educated man who was once a husband of 26 years with two children, three businesses, and a large home with an actual white picket fence. I´m also a drug addict. And I have a tale to tell. My story has everything: sex, death, pain, atheism, God, jail, marriage, divorce, heresy, homosexuality, physics, traffic fatalities, computer science, video games, cinnamon toothpicks, Barry Manilow, Nine Inch Nails, pornography, breasts, used tampons, strippers, venereal disease, abortion, prostitutes, AIDS, racism, suicide, infidelity, public nudity, anti-Semitism, marijuana, alcohol, pawn shops, drug dealers, needles, acid, ecstasy, crack, heroin, pain pills, withdrawal, interventions, rehabs, product tampering, road rage, vandalism, elderly abuse, grave desecration, arson, identity theft, burglary, armed robbery, and murder. But more importantly, it´s about the despair of addiction and the absolute certainty that it can be overcome. Recovery is not simply abstinence, but a process of growing up. I spent my entire life searching for the key to long-term sobriety. I would like to share with you what I have learned. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ryan Turner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/010682/bk_tant_010682_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The landmark 1954 Supreme Court ruling, Brown v. Board of Education, brought the promise of integration to Little Rock, Arkansas, but it was hard-won for the nine black teenagers chosen to integrate Central High School in 1957. They ran a gauntlet flanked by a rampaging mob and a heavily armed Arkansas National Guard-opposition so intense that soldiers from the elite 101st Airborne Division were called in to restore order. For Melba Beals and her eight friends those steps marked their transformation into reluctant warriors - on a battlefield that helped shape the civil rights movement. Warriors Don´t Cry, drawn from Melba Beals´s personal diaries, is a riveting true account of her junior year at Central High-one filled with telephone threats, brigades of attacking mothers, rogue police, fireball and acid-throwing attacks, economic blackmail, and, finally, a price upon Melba´s head. With the help of her English-teacher mother; her eight fellow warriors; and her gun-toting, Bible-and-Shakespeare-loving grandmother, Melba survived. And, incredibly, from a year that would hold no sweet-sixteen parties or school plays, Melba Beals emerged with indestructible faith, courage, strength, and hope. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lisa Reneé Pitts. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/002260/bk_tant_002260_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Katie Piper´s extraordinary story of strength and recovery after a brutal rape and acid attack has captivated Britain. In this powerful sequel to her bestselling memoir, Katie tells the remarkable story of what´s happened in the years since she bravely left the safety of her parents´ home. With her trademark honesty, humour and heartfelt emotion, Katie shares the highs and lows she has faced as her life changed in ways she never thought possible. She reveals the dark thoughts and genuine fears she continues to overcome behind closed doors, and the realities, both physical and emotional, of her ongoing, painful recovery. Katie is now a successful charity campaigner, TV presenter and inspirational speaker, but her career highs have often brought her face-to-face with her biggest demons. Her story is still dark at times, but it will also delight and surprise; despite fears of a life alone, she has found her Prince Charming, and Katie reveals both the wonder and anxiety of becoming a mother. This is the no-holds-barred, witty and utterly engaging next chapter in the life of a remarkable young woman. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sally Orrock. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/qpuk/000156/bk_qpuk_000156_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This is a frank, intelligent, and deeply moving debut memoir. With the precociousness expected of the only child of a doctor and a classical musician - from the time he could get his toddler tongue to pronounce deoxyribonucleic acid, or recite a French poem - Marco Roth was able to share his parents’ New York, a world centered around house concerts, a private library of literary classics, and dinner discussions of the latest advances in medicine. That world ended when his father started to suffer the worst effects of the AIDS virus that had infected him in the early 1980s. What this family could not talk about for years came to dominate the lives of its surviving members, often in unexpected ways. The Scientists is a story of how we first learn from our parents and how we then learn to see them as separate individuals; it’s a story of how growing up quickly can slow us down when it comes to knowing about our desires and other people’s. A memoir of parents and children in the tradition of Edmund Gosse, Henry Adams, and J. R. Ackerley, The Scientists grapples with a troubled intellectual and emotional inheritance in a style that is both elegiac and defiant. Marco Roth was raised amid the vanished liberal culture of Manhattan’s Upper West Side. After studying comparative literature at Columbia and Yale, he helped found the magazine n+1 in 2004. Recipient of the 2011 Shattuck Prize for literary criticism, he lives in Philadelphia. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Goldstrom. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/005262/bk_blak_005262_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A celebration of the writing and editing life as well as a look behind the scenes at some of the most influential magazines in America (and the writers who made them what they are). You might not know Terry McDonell, but you certainly know his work. Among the magazines he has top-edited: Outside, Rolling Stone, Esquire, and Sports Illustrated. In this revealing memoir, McDonell talks about what really happens when editors and writers work with deadlines ticking (or drinks on the bar). His stories about the people and personalities he´s known are both heartbreaking and bitingly funny - playing ´´acid golf´´ with Hunter S. Thompson, practicing brinksmanship with David Carr and Steve Jobs, working the European fashion scene with Liz Tilberis, pitching TV pilots with Richard Price. Here, too, is an expert´s practical advice on how to recruit - and keep - high-profile talent; what makes a compelling lede; how to grow online traffic that translates into dollars; and how, in whatever format, on whatever platform, a good editor really works and what it takes to write well. Taking us from the raucous days of New Journalism to today´s digital landscape, McDonell argues that the need for clear storytelling from trustworthy news sources has never been stronger. Says Jeffrey Eugenides, ´´Every time I run into Terry, I think how great it would be to have dinner with him. Hear about the writers he´s known and edited over the years, what the magazine business was like back then, how it´s changed and where it´s going, inside info about Edward Abbey, Jim Harrison, Annie Proulx, old New York, and the swimsuit issue. That dinner is this book.´´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jason Culp. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/004698/bk_rand_004698_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.