Souvenir and Programme of the Actors´ Fund Fair:Madison Square Garden, May 2d, 3d, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 1892 (Classic Reprint) Actors´ Fund of America
Vanity Fair is a cultural filter, sparking the global conversation about the people and ideas that matter most. With a dedication to journalistic excellence and powerful storytelling, Vanity Fair is the first choice - often the only choice - for the world´s most influential and important audience. From print to social media, the big screen to the smartphone and now on audio, Vanity Fair is the arbiter of our era. This month´s issue features: Exclusive: Bradley Cooper has always been willing to take risks, but the Academy Award-nominated actor reaches a new dimension with this month´s American Sniper. Plus: Maureen Orth on the world´s most powerful leader - Angela Merkel Sarah Ellison on how Tony Blair, one of the most popular prime ministers in British history, became one of its most despised public figures. Todd S. Purdum on James Patterson, the planet´s best-selling author Laura Jacobs celebrates the 50th anniversary of George Balanchine´s The Nutcracker And: James Wolcott on this year´s high-drama elevator videos. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Graydon Carter, various narrators. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/007206/bk_blak_007206_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The plague has struck London once again, but so has opportunity for theatre company Lord Westfield’s Men. Invited to perform at the wedding celebrations of Sophia Magdalena, the fair maid of Bohemia, the company´s bookholder, Nicholas Bracewell, and his acting troupe begin the long journey across Europe. Confident they will arrive safely and deliver Lord Westfield´s secret missive to an alchemist in the Imperial Court, Nicholas is unaware what danger travels with them. Treacherous seas become the least of Nicholas´ worries when one of their actors is savagely killed. To make matters worse, when they finally arrive in Prague, Holy Roman Emperor Rudolph II proves to be an eccentric and bewildering host, and Nicholas´ beloved Anne Hendrik is kidnapped.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gordon Griffin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/isis/002422/bk_isis_002422_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It is Summer in the Year of Our Lord 1139 when the grand festive event, St. Peter´s Fair, is held in the town of Shrewsbury. The event brings pause to the ongoing civil war, as tradesman from across England and beyond arrive in the town for some much needed gaiety. That is, until the body of a wealthy trader is found in the River Severn. Was Thomas of Bristol the victim of murderous thieves? And if so, why were his valuables abandoned nearby? Brother Cadfael offers to help the merchant´s lovely niece Emma. But while he is seaching for the killer, the man´s wares are ransacked and two more men are murdered. Emma almost certainly knows more that she is telling, as others will soon realise. Cadfael desperately races to save the young girl, knowing that in a country at war with itself, betrayal can come from any direction, an even good intentions can kill. Performed by Tony Award-winning actor Derek Jacobi, this fourth chronicle of Brother Cadfael weaves history and intrigue into an intricate web of adventure. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sir Derek Jacobi. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/dove/000402/bk_dove_000402_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Her name is synonymous with elegance, style, and grace. Over the course of her extraordinary life and career, Audrey Hepburn captured hearts around the world and created a public image that stands as one of the most recognizable and beloved in recent memory. But despite her international fame and her tireless efforts on behalf of UNICEF, Audrey was also known for her intense privacy. With unprecedented access to studio archives, friends, and colleagues who knew and loved her, best-selling author Donald Spoto provides an intimate and moving account of this beautiful, elusive, and talented woman. Tracing her astonishing rise to stardom, from her harrowing childhood in Nazi-controlled Holland during World War II to her years as a struggling ballet dancer in London and her Tony Award-winning Broadway debut in Gigi, Spoto illuminates the origins of Audrey´s tenacious spirit and fiercely passionate nature. She would go on to star in some of the most popular movies of the 20th century, including Roman Holiday, Sabrina, Funny Face, The Nun´s Story, Breakfast at Tiffany´s, and My Fair Lady. A friend and inspiration to renowned designer Hubert de Givenchy, Audrey emerged as a fashion icon as well as a film legend. Her influence on women´s fashion is unparalleled to this day. But behind the glamorous public persona, Audrey Hepburn was both a different and a deeper person, and a woman who craved love and affection. Donald Spoto offers remarkable insights into her professional and personal relationships with her two husbands and with such celebrities as Gregory Peck, William Holden, Fred Astaire, Gary Cooper, Robert Anderson, Cary Grant, Peter O´Toole, Albert Finney, and Ben Gazzara. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kimberly Farr. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bkot/000783/bk_bkot_000783_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Comedian and political satirist Al Franken and actor Benicio Del Toro on this edition of Fresh Air. In December, Franken was part of a USO tour performing for troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, and Kuwait. The tour lasted eight days, and he returned Christmas Day. He´ll talk about the tour and do some of his routine from it. Franken´s books include Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right and Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot. Franken is an alumnus of Saturday Night Live, where his most memorable character was the simpering self-help sap Stuart Smalley. Benicio Del Toro, the Puerto Rican-born actor, is currently starring in 21 Grams opposite Sean Penn and Naomi Watts. His other films include Traffic, The Usual Suspects, and Snatch. (Broadcast Date: January 6, 2004) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/040106/rt_whyy_040106_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
That stammer. Those basset-hound eyes. That bone-dry wit. There has never been another comedian like Bob Newhart. In this, his first audiobook ever, Newhart gives us his brilliant and bemused twist on a multitude of topics, including flying, the trials of a family holiday in a Winnebago, and more serious subjects, such as golf. And, of course, there are side-splittingly funny stories from his life and career. Who else has a drinking game named after him? (´´Hi, Bob!´´) This isn´t a memoir like most memoirs. It´s an audiobook only Bob Newhart could have conceived, with his unique worldview and irrepressibly wry humor. Oh, and there´s a fair bit of plain silliness, too. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bob Newhart. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hype/000044/bk_hype_000044_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Theodora ´´Teddy´´ Bentley, zookeeper at the Gunn Zoo, takes the zoo´s llama, Alejandro, to a Renaissance fair in the Monterey Bay area. That is where Teddy discovers the still-warm body of the Reverend Victor Emerson, owner of the local wedding chapel, dressed in his costume as Henry the Eighth. At first it appears that Alejandro stomped the man to death, but a closer look shows a crossbow dart in the man’s back. Teddy’s investigation reveals that Reverend Victor wasn’t really a reverend at all but an escaped convict, which means that every marriage he performed in the past 20 years is null and void. Teddy’s mother, Caro, a spoiled ex-beauty queen, becomes the chief murder suspect and is immediately jailed when she causes a riot in the courtroom. The ´´reverend´´ had twice married Caro to wealthy men, and when both marriages failed, Caro received large financial settlements that she may now have to give back - certainly a motive for murder. But Caro wasn’t the only person gunning for Victor. The child of the man that Victor the convict once murdered may have wanted to kill him too. Then even Teddy herself is handcuffed and jailed. Even worse, Teddy’s embezzling father flies in from exile in Costa Rica to help spring Caro from jail, putting his own freedom in jeopardy. As Teddy continues her investigation, she finds herself up to her ears in Renaissance fair actors and stuntmen, assorted animals, squabbling boat live-aboarders, and gang members. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Hillary Huber. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/005409/bk_blak_005409_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
David Ian Davies performs this unique and exciting reading of William Shakespeare´s erotic poem, The Rape of Lucrece. It describes the inflamed lust of Tarquin, a Roman lord, in his quest to brutally possess the virginal Lucrece, and the fair love of his closest friend Collatine. This verse is attempted only by the most accomplished of voice actors and is not currently available on cassette or CD. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Ian Davies. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/onvo/000009/bk_onvo_000009_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Charles Dickens: A Life, the major new biography from the highly acclaimed Claire Tomalin, published for the 200th anniversary of his birth. Read by the actor Alex Jennings. Charles Dickens was a phenomenon: a demonically hardworking journalist, the father of ten children, a tireless walker and traveller, a supporter of liberal social causes, but most of all a great novelist - the creator of characters who live immortally in the English imagination: the Artful Dodger, Mr Pickwick, Pip, David Copperfield, Little Nell, Lady Dedlock, and many more. At the age of twelve he was sent to work in a blacking factory by his affectionate but feckless parents. From these unpromising beginnings, he rose to scale all the social and literary heights, entirely through his own efforts. When he died, the world mourned, and he was buried - against his wishes - in Westminster Abbey. Yet the brilliance concealed a divided character: a republican, he disliked America; sentimental about the family in his writings, he took up passionately with a young actress; usually generous, he cut off his impecunious children. Claire Tomalin, author of Whitbread Book of the Year Samuel Pepys, paints an unforgettable portrait of Dickens, capturing brilliantly the complex character of this great genius. Charles Dickens: A Life is the examination of Dickens we deserve. Alex Jennings is an associate actor with the RSC and has also worked with the Royal National Theatre. He was Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, for which he won the second of his Olivier Awards for Best Actor in a Musical. He played Charles, Prince of Wales in the film The Queen, and his TV appearances include The State Within, Inspector Morse and the title role in Ashenden. He´s a prolific reader of audiobooks, the most notable of which are The Horse and his Boy, Oliver Twist and Attention All Shipping. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alex Jennings. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/pauk/000213/bk_pauk_000213_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.