Wrangle with some of the finest renegades, outlaws, and dangerous desperados in the Wild West! Saddle up for excitement with these riveting tales of the Old West that appeared in the pages of the most popular pulp fiction magazines. Featuring award-winning Hollywood actors and unprecedented cinematic sound. Each audiobook provides the listener with a true ´´theater of the mind´´ experience. This Wild Westerns Audio Collection, Volume 2 includes 14 stories (10 hours): ´´Baron of Coyote River´´, ´´Shadows from Boot Hill´´, ´´Death Waits at Sundown´´, ´´The Toughest Ranger´´, ´´The Magic Quirt´´, ´´Reign of the Gila Monster´´, ´´The Gunner from Gehenna´´, ´´Gunman!´´, ´´Ride´Em, Cowboy´´, ´´Boss of the Lazy B´´, ´´Silent Pards´´, ´´The Ranch That No One Would Buy´´, ´´Vengeance Is Mine!´´, and ´´Stacked Bullets´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: R. F. Daley, Jim Meskimen, Martin Kove, Bruce Boxleitner, Bob Caso, Fred Tatasciore, Shannon Evans, Taron Lexton, Josh R. Thompson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/gala/000090/bk_gala_000090_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Cannes 1966 - and Vince is on the Riviera mixing with movie stars, drug barons and assassins alike. But who the actors are and who are the real villains and thieves is often unclear... When Vince Treadwell spots a famous jewel thief in Soho one night, and the next day reads about a daring robbery at the Ritz, he takes it upon himself to investigate the case, as the missing jewels belong to the beautiful French movie star Capucine, with whom Vince is smitten. But it soon leads to murder - and he is the chief suspect. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Peter Noble. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/howe/002131/bk_howe_002131_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The transcontinental railroads of the late 19th century were the first corporate behemoths. Their attempts to generate profits from proliferating debt sparked devastating panics in the US economy. Their dependence on public largess drew them into the corridors of power, initiating new forms of corruption. Their operations rearranged space and time, and remade the landscape of the West. As wheel and rail, car and coal, they opened new worlds of work and ways of life. Their discriminatory rates sparked broad opposition and a new antimonopoly politics. With characteristic originality, range, and authority, Richard White shows the transcontinentals to be pivotal actors in the making of modern America. But the triumphal myths of the golden spike, robber barons larger than life, and an innovative capitalism all die here. Instead we have a new vision of the Gilded Age, often darkly funny, that shows history to be rooted in failure as well as success. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paul Woodson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/011369/bk_tant_011369_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Hughie Erskine drops in to see his artist friend Alan Trevor who is painting what appears to be a street beggar. Feeling sympathy for the poor wretch, Erskine gives him money. What he does not realize is that the ´´beggar´´ is merely posing for the artist and is actually one of the richest men in the world, Baron Hausberg, who does not reveal his identity until Erskine has made a complete fool of himself. Renowned vocal actor David Ian Davies performs Oscar Wilde´s classic short story. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Ian Davies. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/onvo/000001/bk_onvo_000001_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Maurice Leblanc, a writer of detective fiction during the same period as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, created Arsene Lupin, a sort of French Robin Hood. An inventive genius, a master of disguise, and an accomplished actor, Lupin operates in the choice chateaux and salons. He scorns sham and with great disdain leaves his card in a baron´s residence. The card reads, ´´Arsene Lupin, gentleman-burglar, will return when the furniture is genuine.´´ The stories include, ´´The Arrest of Arsene Lupin´´, ´´Arsene Lupin in Prison´´, ´´The Escape of Arsene Lupin´´, ´´The Mysterious Traveller´´, ´´The Queen´s Necklace´´, ´´The Seven of Hearts´´, ´´Madame Imbert´s Safe´´, ´´The Black Pearl´´, and ´´Sherlock Holmes Arrives Too Late´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Walter Covell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/jimc/000043/bk_jimc_000043_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Calling All Cars was a popular crime drama heard from 1933 to 1939. One of radio´s earliest and most durable police procedural shows, the series´ stark and gritty realism is strongly reminiscent of Warner Brothers´ gangster films of the 1930s - particularly with the presence of real-life LAPD dispatcher Jesse Rosenquist, whose unique voice and name became the show´s trademark. Rosenquist contributed to the American lexicon the program´s title and the now time-honored phrase ´´that is all´´. None of the actors on the series ever received on-air credit, but sharp-eared radio fans can hear the likes of Elvia Allman, Jackson Beck, Charles Bickford, Gale Gordon, John Bigson, Richard LeGrand, and Hanley Stafford. Episodes include: ´´Meet the Baron´´, ´´The Oakland Payroll Train Holdup´´, ´´The Human Claw´´, ´´Opium Den´´, ´´Escape´´, ´´Fire! Fire! Fire!´´, ´´Murder for Insurance´´, ´´Lieutenant Hugh Crowley Murder´´, ´´Catching the Louse Kid´´, ´´Invitation to Murder´´, ´´Paroled!´´, ´´The Corpse by the Road´´, ´´The Polly Moran Jewel Robbery´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/drms/001085/bk_drms_001085_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Fascinated by the supernatural, Charles Dickens had a passion for the macabre and the afterlife that spawned a fascinating collection of short ghost stories. Dickens´ unique blend of fantastic credibility and paranormal absurdity made his form of ghost story an instant success - one that keeps on chilling our spines nearly 200 years later. Volume 2: ´The Ghosts of the Mail´, ´Christmas Ghosts´, ´To Be Read at Dusk´, ´The Baron of Grogzwig´, ´The Queer Chair´, ´Mr Testator´s Visitation´. Charles Dickens was the most popular English novelist of the Victorian era and created some of English literature´s most iconic characters, including Oliver Twist, Ebenezer Scrooge, and David Copperfield. About the reader: Phil Reynolds is an experienced stage actor. Recent credits include Lt. Sam Weinberg in A Few Good Men and Freddy in Steve Martin´s Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Recent film projects include So What? and The Limes (a story set in the cutthroat world of ice cream men, inspired by Shakespeare´s Hamlet). Phil can also be heard on several computer games, theme park rides and guided tours! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Phil Reynolds. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lbrk/000071/bk_lbrk_000071_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
***WINNER OF THE 2018 AUDIE AWARD FOR AUDIOBOOK OF THE YEAR*** The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln´s beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. ´´My poor boy, he was too good for this earth,´´ the president says at the time. ´´God has called him home.´´ Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns, alone, to the crypt several times to hold his boy´s body. From that seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into a supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln finds himself in a strange purgatory where ghosts mingle, gripe, commiserate, quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance. Within this transitional state-called, in the Tibetan tradition, the bardo-a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie´s soul. Lincoln in the Bardo is an astonishing feat of imagination and a bold step forward from one of the most important and influential writers of his generation. Formally daring, generous in spirit, deeply concerned with matters of the heart, it is a testament to fiction´s ability to speak honestly and powerfully to the things that really matter to us. Saunders has invented a thrilling new form that deploys a kaleidoscopic, theatrical panorama of voices to ask a timeless, profound question: How do we live and love when we know that everything we love must end? The 166-person full cast features award-winning actors and musicians, as well as a number of Saunders´ family, friends, and members of his publishing team, including, in order of their appearance: Nick Offerman as HANS VOLLMAN David Sedaris as ROGER BEVINS III Carrie Brownstein as ISABELLE PERKINS George Saunders as THE REVEREND EVERLY THOMAS Miranda July as MRS. ELIZABETH CRAWFORD Lena Dunham as ELISE TRAYNOR Ben Stiller as JACK MANDERS Julianne Moore as JANE ELLIS Susan Sarandon as MRS. ABIGAIL BLASS Bradley Whitford as LT. CECIL STONE Bill Hader as EDDIE BARON Megan Mullally as BETSY BARON Rainn Wilson as PERCIVAL ´´DASH´´ COLLIER Jeff Tweedy as CAPTAIN WILLIAM PRINCE Kat Dennings as MISS TAMARA DOOLITTLE Jeffrey Tambor as PROFESSOR EDMUND BLOOMER Mike O´Brien as LAWRENCE T. DECROIX Keegan-Michael Key as ELSON FARWELL Don Cheadle as THOMAS HAVENS and Patrick Wilson as STANLEY ´´PERFESSER´´ LIPPERT with Kirby Heyborne as WILLIE LINCOLN, Mary Karr as MRS. ROSE MILLAND, and Cassandra Campbell as Your Narrator Praise for the audiobook ´´Lincoln in the Bardo´´ sets a new standard for cast recordings in its structure, in its performances, and in its boldness. Now, let´s see who answers the challenge.´´ - Chicago Tribune ´´Like the novel, the audiobook breaks new ground in what can be accomplished through a story. It helps that there´s not a single bad note in the cast of a whopping 166 people. It´s also the rare phenomenon of an audiobook being a completely different experience compared to the novel. Even if you´ve read the novel, the audiobook is worth a listen (and vice versa). The whole project pushes the narrative form forward.´´ - A.V. Club ´´The result is an auditory experience unlike any other, where the awareness of individual voices disappears while the carefully calibrated soundscape summons a metaphysical masterpiece. This is a tour de force of audiobook production, and a dazzling realization of Saunders´ unique authorial structure.´´-Booklist ´´The finished audiobook´s tapestry of voices perfectly mirrors the novel.´´-Entertainment Weekly Praise for George Saunders ´´No one writes more powerfully than George Saunders about the lost, the unlucky, the disenfranchised.´´-Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times ´´Saunders makes you feel as though you are reading fiction for the first time.´´-Khaled Hosseini ´´Few people cut as hard or deep as Saunders does.´´-Junot Díaz ´´George Saunders is a complete original. There is no one better, no one more essential to our national
Writer and director Terry Gilliam and British actor Simon Russell Beale on this edition of Fresh Air. Terry Gilliam´s new film is Lost in La Mancha. It´s a documentary about Gilliam´s failed attempt to adapt the story of Don Quixote to the screen. The film Gilliam was supposed to make was titled The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, starring Johnny Depp, Vanessa Paradis and Jean Rochefort. Gilliam is a former member of the legendary Monty Python comedy troupe and was responsible for the Monty Python TV show´s quirky animation. He went on to write and direct such films as Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Brazil, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, 12 Monkeys and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, an adaptation of the Hunter S. Thompson novel. Simon Russell Beale is currently performing in the Brooklyn Academy of Music´s concurrent productions of Twelfth Night and Uncle Vanya. Beale is a member of London´s acclaimed Donmar Warehouse company. Beale has won a number of Olivier Awards (the most prestigious London theater honor) and has appeared in several films, including An Ideal Husband and The Temptation of Franz Schubert. (Broadcast Date: January 30, 2003) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/030130/rt_whyy_030130_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.