John Lennon was a writer as well as a musician. It was entirely natural for him to put pen to paper whenever he had an idea, a thought, a reaction, or a desire to communicate. He lived - and died - in an age before emails and texts. Pen and ink was what he turned to. John wrote letters and postcards all of his life, to his friends, family, strangers, newspapers, organisations, lawyers, and the laundry - most of which were funny, informative, campaigning, wise, mad, poetic, anguished, and sometimes heart-breaking. For the first time, John´s widow, Yoko Ono, has given permission to publish a collection of his letters. The editor of this book is the Beatles´ official biographer, Hunter Davies, who knew John well. John´s letters are, in a way, something of a mystery - where are they all? Over the years, many have come up at auction and were then sold to dealers and collectors. Or they have been kept by the recipients, locked up safely. It has been a wonderful piece of detective work tracing many of these 250 letters, postcards, and notes, which are arranged in chronological order, so that a narrative builds up, reflecting John´s life. The John Lennon Letters is fundamentally a book to study, as it provides a unique insight into the mind of one of the great figures of our times. John´s letters are read here by Christopher Eccleston, an English actor who has had a hugely successful career in film, TV, and on the stage. His regular appearance on the TV series Cracker in 1993 brought him recognition; he went on to star alongside such actresses as Nicole Kidman and Cate Blanchett. He won the 2011 International Emmy Award for his performance in Jimmy McGovern´s Accused. He played John Lennon in a 2010 TV movie and has twice been nominated in the Best Actor categories of the BAFTA TV Awards. Hunter´s editorial materials are read by Allan Corduner, who trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and has appeared on stage in Pass 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christopher Eccleston, Allan Corduner, Hunter Davies, Yoko Ono. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/orio/000544/bk_orio_000544_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Fourteen-year-old Ronan Boyle is the youngest and lowliest recruit to the secret Garda, an Irish police force that handles the misdeeds of numerous magical creatures. Ronan´s parents are in jail, but Ronan is convinced they were framed by the wee people. So, despite his small size, poor eyesight, and social awkwardness, he´s determined to learn all he can in the Garda in order to prove his parents´ innocence. To show he´s got what it takes, he´ll have to confront a fiery leprechaun, a sinister harpy, and a whole world of monsters hidden in plain sight next to real-life Ireland. Fast-paced, action-packed, and completely hilarious, this is the start to an exciting new middle-grade series by actor and writer Thomas Lennon. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Thomas Lennon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/012797/bk_reco_012797_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Actor Jared Harris and writer James Sallis on this edition of Fresh Air. The son of actor Richard Harris, Jared has acted in theater and on the big screen. He´s appeared in movies like I Shot Andy Warhol, Happiness, Sunday, Smoke, and VH1´s Two of Us in which he plays Beatle John Lennon. He talks to us today about his newest movie called Shadow Magic, which is set in China. Harris plays the man that brought the motion picture projector to China. He lives in New York City. Writer Jared Sallis is the author of the new highly anticipated biography of African American writer Chester Himes, probably best known for his mystery writing. He´s published several science-fiction stories as well as the Lew Griffin mystery series. Sallis also authored a book on the lives of noir writers last year called Difficult Lives. (Broadcast Date: March 27, 2001) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/010327/rt_whyy_010327_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Valentine´s card was meant to be Orla´s fairy tale ending, but really, it was only the beginning… Orla adores her actor boyfriend, Sim, who´s away filming a sumptuous costume drama. Although the long-distance relationship means that she can eat toast for dinner and watch as much reality TV as she likes, she misses him like crazy. But Valentine´s Day changes everything.… The same morning Orla learns that Sim has died, she receives a card from him. As Orla travels from Ireland to London, to live and breathe Sim´s final moments, can she bring herself to open the Valentine´s card and read his final message? A heartwarming and heartbreaking novel about the power of love, laughter, and friendship. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Caroline Lennon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/twuk/000615/bk_twuk_000615_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Get an all-access pass to the Other Side For decades—on television, in consultations,and in packed auditoriums across the country—renowned psychic Sylvia Browne has been asked one question again and again: ´´What is my favorite celebrity doing on the Other Side?” Now, for the first time, you can follow the red carpet into the heart of the spirit world. Browne reveals intimate details of how some of our most cherished actors, musicians, and public figures have fared since their deaths, giving us one more glimpse into the personalities we loved and lost. Both moving and rollicking, this is one audiobook that’s truly impossible to pause! Afterlives of the Rich and Famous features intimate afterlife accounts of Princess Diana, John Lennon, Heath Ledger, Marilyn Monroe, and other charismatic celebrities. By channeling her longtime spirit guide, Francine, Browne gained unrestricted access to a dimension most of us can only imagine, one in which telepathic communication is the norm and everyone occupies their healthy, 30-year-old beautiful body. In candid reports, these stars reveal fascinating details about their new lives and the work they’re doing on the Other Side, many even sharing whether and where they intend to reincarnate. With accounts written entirely in a trance state, Afterlives of the Rich and Famous offers an unprecedented look at life on the Other Side. You’ll find detailed descriptions as Browne brings the spirit world vividly to life and explains how we get there, from what transpires at the moment of death to the extraordinary welcome spirits receive. Afterlives of the Rich and Famous is a book that no one else could have written and a must-listen for every fan of this extraordinary assembly of celebrities. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Hillary Huber. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/002411/bk_harp_002411_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Rich. Famous. Glamorous. Dead ... and Ghostly! From old Hollywood silent film stars to rock stars to athletes, past presidents, and famous generals, celebrated individuals sometimes become celebrity ghosts, and they haunt their homes, workplaces, and even burial places. In turn, those places become famous, even notorious, thanks to the ghost that is haunting it! Celebrity Ghosts and Notorious Hauntings looks at many famous ghosts-dead celebrities that haunt old Hollywood locales, famous generals that appear to witnesses at great battlefields, and noted politicians that roam the hallways of courthouses, statehouses, and even the White House! Plus, this fascinating frightfest examines the famous haunted locations themselves, such as the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, the Hotel del Coronado, Gettysburg, the Stanley Hotel (which inspired Stephen King´s The Shining ) and so many others that claim the supernatural as part of their heritage and history. This riveting look at the unexplained also investigates movie lore, including the unsettling incidents on the Amityville Horror set; ´´The Dark Knight´´ curse that includes on-set accidents from the horrible death of Heath Ledger, who played the Joker, to the mass shooting at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises ; the deaths and curse surrounding The Matrix ; the Infamous Stage 28 at Universal Studios; and Paramount Studios´ long history of hauntings and strange goings-on. Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Frank Sinatra, and Hank Williams. Presidents John Adams, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Jackson, and Harry Truman. Henry VIII, beheaded Sir Walter Raleigh, and Prince Edward V. Rudolph Valentino, Mary Pickford, Marilyn Monroe, and ´´Superman´´ actor George Reeves. Houdini, Redd Foxx, Liberace, and serial-killer Ted Bundy. They all lurk in this riveting book. Haunted graveyards (of course), haunted historical landmarks and battlefields, plus haunted libraries, courthouses, ships, submarines, lighthouses, hotels, roadways, byways, bridges, prisons, and hospitals are all gathered together in this comprehensive look at the ghastly afterlife of the renowned. From famous faces to famous places, if it involves fame and celebrity, fortune and notoriety, legend and lore, Celebrity Ghosts and Notorious Hauntings covers it.