Ernest Hemingway´s literary ambitions took root in France in the 1920s among some of the most extravagantly creative artists of the twentieth century. Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, James Joyce, T. S. Eliot, Gertrude Stein, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ezra Pound, Cole Porter, Sergey Diaghilev, and others were drawn to the left bank of the Seine in Paris after World War I. Hemingway joined them and, with the publication of his book The Sun Also Rises, which epitomized Paris during the jazz era, became one of the most powerful forces in the vortex of talent and experimentation. Author Winston Conrad writes, ´´This book is my attempt to illustrate Hemingway´s attachment to France and its City of Light, to connect us with the magic and romance that inspired him to write wonderful stories and great books.´´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Parker. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/000926/bk_blak_000926_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
To make a friend is a joy. To make a friend in another country is a wonderment - a small miracle. Pardon My French follows an American author who has embraced a daunting mission: not to be a spectator in France but an enthusiastic participant - fully engaged, fully alive. In France, Johnson is like an alien from another planet. Everything is strange to him. His goal is to speak French without going to prison, drive without being squashed like a bug, dance the tango without losing his marriage, and belt out a tune with a world-class jazz combo without being booed off the stage. Repeatedly, the author fearlessly steps into harm´s way. He joins a summer acting troop and witnesses the French version of sexual liberation. He pits his rather staid and conventional driving skills against the French speed demons of Languedoc. He tries to be cool in a painting class while sputtering nervously in front of the nude model with the long legs and silky voice. And then, after it all - after the splendor of Christmas on the Mediterranean, the bicycle tours along the French canals, the mountain treks amply supplied with French bread, cheese, and wine - the miracle happens. The often self-deprecating and bungling American meets and falls in love with a beautiful mistress: La belle France. And when he does, an entire village adopts him into a new family - one with a gracious heart and a beautiful French accent. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David de Vries. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/009126/bk_brll_009126_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The stand-up comedian of his generation. Star of stage and screen. Tireless supporter of charity. Runner. Political campaigner. Fashion icon. Human. There is no one quite like Eddie Izzard. This is the story of how a boy who wanted to become a professional footballer and win the lead in Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat found comedy. Affecting, witty and nothing less than rousing, listeners will, as Eddie himself says, ´look at my life and say, ´´If that idiot transvestite can run a whole bunch of marathons, play the Hollywood Bowl and travel across France with a French-speaking tour, then what´s holding me back?´´´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Eddie Izzard. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/pauk/000940/bk_pauk_000940_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a shy 28-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness when she meets Ernest Hemingway and is captivated by his energy, intensity and burning ambition to write. After a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for France. But glamorous Jazz Age Paris, full of artists and writers, fuelled by alcohol and gossip, is no place for family life and fidelity. Ernest and Hadley´s marriage begins to founder, and the birth of a beloved son serves only to drive them further apart. Then, at last, Ernest´s ferocious literary endeavours begin to bring him recognition - not least from a woman intent on making him her own.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Carrington MacDuffie. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/twuk/000507/bk_twuk_000507_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From best-selling historical novelist Max Byrd comes a new novel set against the dramatic backdrop of Paris in the Jazz Age - a fascinating suspense tale interwoven with rich historical detail. Paris, 1926: Newspaper reporter Toby Keats, a veteran of the Great War and the only American in Paris who doesn´t know Hemingway, has lived a quiet life - until one day he comes into possession of a rare 18th-century automate, a very strange and somewhat scandalous mechanical duck. Highly sought after by an enigmatic American banker, European criminals, and the charming young American Elsie Short, the duck is rumored to hold the key to opening a new frontier in weapons technology for the German army, now beginning to threaten Europe once more. Haunted with his nightmarish past in the War, Toby pursues the truth behind the duck. From the boites of the Left Bank to the dark prehistoric caverns of southern France, The Paris Deadline is a story of love, suspense, and mystery in a world stumbling toward catastrophe. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dennis Holland. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/019093/bk_adbl_019093_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Will hard-boiled New York street musician Nanette Hayes find love and music in the city of lights - or only heartbreak and murder? After a series of harrowing events, sassy self-taught saxophonist Nanette Hayes is back to her routine: street performing from the theater district to Riverside Park to Park Avenue, haunting the music stores on Bleecker, hanging out at the mobbed-up strip club where her BFF, Aubrey, is the reigning diva, and, to keep her mom in the dark, inventing more and more tales about her fictitious job at NYU as a French teacher. When Nanette´s overprotective mother tells her that her glamorous, bohemian auntie Vivian has gone missing in France under mysterious circumstances, Nanette is dispatched to Paris to help. Paris - her favorite city! Nan has to keep her focus on the mystery at hand and not on the coq au vin and Veuve Clicquot and jazz clubs. But the vibrant scene turns out to be the very thing that leads her deep into the underbelly of historic Paris, the crux of her aunt´s disappearance, a twenty-year-old murder - and a sexy duet with Andre, a gifted violinist and fellow street musician from Detroit who puts his life on the line to prove his love for Nanette. Coq au Vin is the second book in the Nanette Hayes Mystery series. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robin Eller. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/022039/bk_adbl_022039_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the Technicolor glow of the early 70s, Jessica B. Harris debated, celebrated, and danced her way from the jazz clubs of the Manhattan´s West Side to the restaurants of the Village, living out her buoyant youth alongside the great minds of the day - luminaries like Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, and Toni Morrison. My Soul Looks Back is her paean to that fascinating social circle and the depth of their shared commitment to activism, intellectual engagement, and each other. Harris paints evocative portraits of her illustrious friends: Baldwin as he read aloud an early draft of If Beale Street Could Talk, Angelou cooking in her California kitchen, and Morrison relaxing at Baldwin´s house in Provence. Harris describes her role as theater critic for the New York Amsterdam News and editor at then burgeoning Essence magazine; star-studded parties in the South of France; drinks at Mikell´s, a hip West Side club; and the simple joy these extraordinary people took in each other´s company. The book is framed by Harris´ relationship with Sam Floyd, a fellow professor at Queens College, who introduced her to Baldwin. More than a memoir of friendship and first love, My Soul Looks Back is a carefully crafted, intimately understood homage to a bygone era and the people that made it so remarkable. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jessica B. Harris. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/009960/bk_blak_009960_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.