A collection of short stories by Anton Chekhov, featuring ´´A Tragic Actor´´, ´´In a Strange Land´´, ´´Oh the Public´´, ´´The Looking Glass´´, ´´Her Husband´´, and ´´Overdoing It´´. These stories are small masterpieces. The scene is set quickly, and within a few sentences the storyline is underway. But all seem to contain elements of the unexpected. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Max Bollinger. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/mxbo/000004/bk_mxbo_000004_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Inspired by Alcoholics Anonymous´s 12 Steps and 12 Traditions, Actors Anonymous is a dark, genre-bending work that mixes memoir and pure invention in an audacious examination of celebrity, acting and the making of fiction. Actors Anonymous is unsettling, funny and personal - a series of stories told in many forms: a McDonald´s drive-thru operator who spends his shift trying on accents; an ex-child star recalling a massive beachside bacchanal; hospital volunteers putting a camera in the hands of a patient obsessed with horror films; a vampire-flick starlet who discovers a cryptic book written by a famous actor, who may have killed his father and gone on the run. The book contains profound insights into the nature and purpose of acting. Franco mercilessly turns his ´James Franco´ persona inside out while, at the same time, providing a fascinating meditation on his art, along with nightmarish tales of excess. ´Hollywood has always been a private club,´ he writes. ´I open the gates. I say welcome. I say, Look inside.´ Franco´s writing is vivid and disturbing, but what distinguishes his work is the great compassion he extends towards his characters, who he presents in all their raw humanity, while at the same time providing insight into their deeper selves.
This study offers a brief counter-note to the dominant functional analyses of voluntary action present in much of the current civil society discourse. It is argued that a functional approach, while explicating the structure of voluntary action at sector and organisational level, is challenged in offering a sufficient explanation of voluntary action at the level of the individual. Definitional difficulties regarding the volunteer and the voluntary organisation, and the demand-sided emphasis in the presentation of the relationship between organisation and individual are seen as symtomatic of this problem. A paradigmatic barrier to the exploration of the relationship between human agency and voluntary action is argued to lie at the core of the issue. Despite an an increasing body of research into volunteering which draws attention to individual reflexivity, value expression, and a concern with self-enactment, such work is not gathered yet as a coherent and alternative voice. In this study the ´putative agency´ of the individual is placed at the centre of the research proposition so as to examine the subjective experience relative to enagement in voluntary action. An interpretative approach is used for gathering the life-stories of individuals who have contributed significantly to the establishment and development of a variety of Civil Society Organisations. From an analysis of these narratives, a complex and multi-faceted image of the individual as ´voluntary actor´ is proposed. Some of the implications of such an image for our undestanding of the relationship between the individual and voluntary action are examined. Following postgraduate research in History, Andrew O´Regan spent 10 years working in Civil Society Organisations in Ireland before joining the School of Business, Trinity College. He is Programme Director of the Centre for Nonprofit Management there and teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. His research is concerned primarily with understanding the relationship between individual meaning and social identity, and the functioning of civil society organisations in the creation and enactment of values in society.
The Aspiring Actor´s Handbook is written for curious and want-to-be actors, and designed to help them make informed decisions about pursuing an acting career. Veteran actresses Molly Cheek and Debbie Zipp have culled the wit and wisdom of a wide array of successful actors from Dee Wallace to Beth Grant, to bring aspiring and new actors the kind of mentoring perspective so many in the business wish they had had when they were starting out. Listeners will learn from personal stories on getting your foot in the door to being a career actor. Learn what they have to say about auditions; unions; managing finances; dealing with disappointment; what to expect in making a career in show business; and more. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andrea Wasik. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/050484/bk_acx0_050484_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This is a story from the In the Ravine and Other Stories collection. Anton Chekhov, one of the finest masters of what is acknowledged as a difficult genre. There is the richly comic ´´Oh! The Public´´ about a hassled ticket inspector, a wry look at morals and manners in ´´The Chorus Girl´´, and the melancholic tale of a cab driver in ´´Misery´´. Perhaps the finest of all is the novella ´´In The Ravine´´, a minutely observed look at life in a village through the eyes of one family. All the characters come to life with their foibles, their strengths, and their hopes. Kenneth Branagh uses his natural talent for characterisation to bring this village to life. The other short stories in this collection are: ´´The Trousseau´´, ´´A Story Without a Title´´, ´´Children´´, ´´Fat and Thin´´, ´´The Beggar´´, ´´Hush!´´, ´´The Orator´´, and ´´An Actor´s End´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kenneth Branagh. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/naxo/000863/bk_naxo_000863_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this riveting and surprising personal history, John Lithgow shares a backstage view of his own struggle, crisis, and discovery, revealing the early life and career that took place out of the public eye. Above all Lithgow’s memoir is a tribute to his most important influence: his father, Arthur Lithgow, who, as an actor, director, producer, and great lover of Shakespeare, brought theater to John’s boyhood. From bedtime stories to Arthur’s illustrious productions, performance and storytelling were constant and cherished parts of family life. Drama details with poignancy and sharp recollection the moments that introduced a budding young actor to the undeniable power of theater. Before Lithgow gained fame with films like The World According to Garp and television shows like 3rd Rock from the Sun, his early years were full of scenes both hilarious and bittersweet. His ruminations on the nature of theater, film acting, and storytelling cut to the heart of why actors are driven to perform, and why people are driven to watch them do it. Lithgow chronicles the harrowing moments of his past, reflecting with moving candor on friends made and lost, mistakes large and small, and the powerful love of a father who set him on the road to a life onstage. Illuminating, funny, affecting, and thoroughly engrossing, Drama raises the curtain on the making of one of our most beloved actors. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Lithgow. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/002647/bk_harp_002647_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Lord of the Rings is one of the most successful film franchises in cinematic history. Breaking box office records worldwide, capturing numerous Academy Awards, the trilogy is a breathtaking cinematic achievement and beloved by fans everywhere. For Sean Astin, the call from his agent about the role of Samwise Gamgee couldn´t have come at a better time. His career was at a low point and choice roles were hard to come by. But his 18-month experience in New Zealand with director Peter Jackson and the cast and crew of The Lord of the Rings films would be more than simply a dream come true, it would prove to be the challenge of a lifetime. Though much has been written about the making of the films, the real story of what took place on the set, the harrowing ordeals of the actors and the unspoken controversy and backstage dealings have never been told. More than a companion guide to the Rings films, There and Back Again is filled with stories from the set and of the actors involved that have never before been revealed; an eye-opening look at the blood, sweat, and tears that went into the making of one of the most ambitious films of all time. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sean Astin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aren/000414/bk_aren_000414_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A young doctor falls in love with the art of acting. Surprising success in Hollywood and rewards from a lucky marriage lead him to repay life with dedicated service in West Africa. The stories relate how the doctor became a doctor, how he stumbled into acting, won an enviable Hollywood career, gained a wonderful family, and suddenly decided to leave his good fortune to provide medical service in a poor country in West Africa. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Milt Kogan MD. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/052660/bk_acx0_052660_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The first volume of David Timson´s series retelling of the stories from Shakespeare´s plays was widely praised by newspaper and educators alike. Here is volume 2, with more key plays, including ´´Julius Caesar´´, ´´The Merchant of Venice´´, and ´´Henry IV´´, all texts which regularly appear on the exam syllabus. As before, the stories are illustrated by numerous examples from the plays themselves. They are read by two leading Shakespearean actors, Juliet Stevenson and Alex Jennings.