I was my dad´s vinyl-wallah: I changed his records while he lounged around drinking tea, and that´s how I know my Argo from my Tempo. And it´s why, when Dr Walid called me to the morgue to listen to a corpse, I recognised the tune it was playing. Something violently supernatural had happened to the victim, strong enough to leave its imprint like a wax cylinder recording. Cyrus Wilkinson, part-time jazz saxophonist and full-time accountant, had apparently dropped dead of a heart attack just after finishing a gig in a Soho jazz club. He wasn´t the first. No one was going to let me exhume corpses to see if they were playing my tune, so it was back to old-fashioned legwork, starting in Soho, the heart of the scene. I didn´t trust the lovely Simone, Cyrus´ ex-lover, professional jazz kitten and as inviting as a Rubens portrait, but I needed her help: there were monsters stalking Soho, creatures feeding off that special gift that separates the great musician from someone who can raise a decent tune. What they take is beauty. What they leave behind is sickness, failure and broken lives.And as I hunted them, my investigation got tangled up in another story: a brilliant trumpet player, Richard ´Lord´ Grant - my father - who managed to destroy his own career, twice. That´s the thing about policing: most of the time you´re doing it to maintain public order. Occasionally you´re doing it for justice. And maybe once in a career, you´re doing it for revenge.Read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/orio/000424/bk_orio_000424_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the internationally best-selling author of Love Her Wild comes The Dark Between Stars, a new collection of heartfelt, whimsical, and romantic poems from Instagram poetry sensation, Atticus. Atticus has captured the hearts and minds of nearly 700k followers (including stars like Karlie Kloss, Emma Roberts, and Alicia Keys). In his second collection of poetry, The Dark Between Stars, he turns his attention to the dualities of our lived experiences - the inescapable connections between our highest highs and lowest lows. He captures the infectious energy of starting a relationship, the tumultuous realities of commitment, and the agonizing nostalgia of being alone again. While grappling with the question of how to live with purpose and find meaning in the journey, these poems offer both honest explorations of loneliness and our search for connection, as well as light-hearted, humorous observations. As Atticus writes poignantly about dancing, Paris, jazz clubs, sunsets, sharing a bottle of wine on the river, rainy days, creating, and destroying, he illustrates that we need moments of both beauty and pain - the darkness and the stars - to fully appreciate all that life and love have to offer. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Atticus. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/008901/bk_sans_008901_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Death wears pumps. And that isn´t even the worst part of her day. Being a reaper isn´t nearly as easy as flipping hamburgers, but Jazz has never been one to shrug off responsibility. Still, she isn´t happy about visiting the state penitentiary to reap the soul of a serial killer. Years ago, Theodore Salazar killed two people near the Eastwood River, but that´s all over and done with. With the infamous serial killer dead, the city can breathe a sigh of relief. That relief doesn´t last long. The morning after Salazar´s death, the killings start up again. The police think they are copycat killings, but Jazz knows better. There´s a killer on the loose in Eastwood, and it isn´t a copycat or Salazar´s ghost. Eastwood is about to discover that the legend of the Chain Man is real, and deadly. Brock Logan, president of the Death Dogs MC, is still chasing Jazz, and she´s very tempted to let him catch her, but then the leader of the Shadow Riders reveals something that makes her doubt Brock and the Death Dogs. If that isn´t enough chaos, Sir Edward suddenly develops an addiction to TV game shows. It´s all part of life when you are Jazz the Reaper. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Julie Kelly. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/064558/bk_acx0_064558_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Democracy is one of those rubbery words. We kind of know what it means. But do we really? It’s voting and elections, but it’s much, much more than that. Democracy has inspired The Velvet Revolution and the Arab Spring. It encouraged the Suffragists and the Civil Rights Movement. It stirred the hearts of men like Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. But it seems in many ways we still don’t know what democracy means. Truly means. This hour, we’re going to explore the meaning of democracy by questioning it. Parker Palmer has a solution to the problems of today´s politics and it’s right in the title of this book Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit. Then, Italian journalist Riccardo Orizio been interviewing disgraced exiled dictators for years. He put them together in a book called ´´Talk of the Devil.” Next, the State Department used jazz musicians as a weapon in the cold war to win hearts and minds in the Third World. Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, and Dave Brubek were among the so-called ´´jazz ambassadors´´. Finally, when independent radio producer Karen Michel moved from her apartment in Brooklyn out to the country - near the Hudson River - she wanted to know what her new neighbors really cared about. What, for them, it truly meant to live in a democracy where freedom is taken for granted. [Broadcast Date: September 7, 2012] 1. Language: English. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/tbon/120907/rt_tbon_120907_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
If you have to ask what jazz is, you´ll never know. (Louis Armstrong) A lot of time has been spent covering the lives of history´s most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors´ American Legends series, listeners can get caught up on the lives of America´s most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute. And they can do so while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known. Louis Armstrong once claimed, ´´Every time I close my eyes blowing that trumpet of mine - I look right in the heart of good old New Orleans.... It has given me something to live for.´´ This statement conjures an image that most anyone familiar with jazz music can recall: Armstrong clutching his trumpet forcefully, his eyes closed in a manner that distances him from his physical surroundings in favor of a perfect harmony between the man and his instrument. As Armstrong alludes to in this remark, this connection also speaks to the enduring influence of his New Orleans background that informed his musical style. Indeed, it continued to live on through his music. While performing, Armstrong appeared lost in a reverie. It was a condition that imbued his performances with a kind of mythical flair, as if one were watching a man consumed by a moment of transcendence. In other words, if the music of Louis Armstrong produced an emotional response in the listener, this invariably paled in comparison to the deep, organic pathos he was able to produce through his music. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alex L. Vincent. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/034301/bk_acx0_034301_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The golden age of radio had incredibly scary mystery shows that kept Americans chilled and thrilled. Families gathered around their living room radios to be entertained by the greatest names in Hollywood each and every day. This terrific collection of 12 great radio mystery shows includes Boris Karloff on ´´Lights Out!´´, Peter Lorre in the story of Jack-the-Ripper on ´´Mystery in the Air´´, Vincent Price and Ida Lupino in a tale well-calculated to keep you in ´´Suspense´´, the story of Lizzie Borden on ´´Crime Classics´´ and many more! Murder At Midnight 5/30/47 Till Death Do Us Part w/ Elspeth Eric Suspense 6/1/44 Fugue in C Minor w/ Vincent Price and Ida Lupino Mystery in the Air 8/14/47 The Lodger w/ Peter Lorre Escape 11/15/49 Three Skeleton Key w/ Elliott Reid and William Conrad The Weird Circle 3/11/45 The Moonstone w/ Arnold Moss Inner Sanctum Mystery 6/26/45 Dead Man´s Debt w/ Joseph Julian The Molle´ Mystery Theatre 4/30/48 Make No Mistake w/ Bernard Lenrow Murder By Experts 8/29/49 It´s Luck That Counts w/ Lesley Woods The Mysterious Traveler 4/20/48 Murder in Jazz Time w/ Maurice Tarplin Lights Out! 7/16/47 Death Robbery w/ Boris Karloff The Sealed Book 4/8/45 Devil Island w/ Phillip Clarke Crime Classics 9/30/53 The Bloody, Bloody Banks of Fall River w/ Lou Merrill 1. Language: English. Narrator: full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/009770/bk_brll_009770_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This exciting addition to the Alive series takes you to Jamaica, a land of rushing waterfalls, sandy beaches, massive rivers, and strong cultural roots. Dawn to Dusk sections focus on the best daytime delights, such as terrific watersports, sightseeing, white sand beaches, and fascinating museums. After Dark sections take you to the best nightclubs, piano bars, cocktail lounges, and beach cookouts. Hundreds of places to stay and eat are profiled in detail, based on repeat visits by the authors. Alive Guides focus on hotels and restaurants, with descriptions based on repeat visits by well-traveled authors. Establishments are rated with the unique Alive rating system, so you can find one to suit your taste and pocketbook. Particular attention is given to shopping in the exotic regions, with details on local artists, cut-price designer clothing, and the best values on duty-free goods. Tips on what to do from sunup to sundown include tours, sightseeing, sunning, watersports, and the best beaches. Piano bars, jazz clubs, places to meet people, and even gay clubs are listed for nightlife. Transportation to, from, and around the area is also covered. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Angelo. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/047425/bk_acx0_047425_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Don´t threaten me with love, baby, let´s just go walking in the rain (Billie Holiday) A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history´s most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors´ American Legends series, listeners can get caught up to speed on the lives of America´s most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known. If Billie Holiday wanted to become a jazz singer, she chose the best of all eras in which to attempt it. A wave of great jazz and jazz/pop crossover artists swept over the United States from the 1920s through the 1950s, generating a golden age for the genre. This wondrous jazz era represented both black and white master artists, men, women, vocalists, and instrumentalists, and Billie Holiday has stood the test of time as well as any of them, despite struggling with an environment that easily could have doomed such aspirations. Emerging from such a powerful group of talented vocalists was not easy. The woman who has come to represent a model of great, instinctive jazz singing came from nowhere, had nothing, and virtually had no one who was truly helpful in her background. She was raw and untrained, but went forward, regardless, with limited and quirky vocal gifts, the likes of which had never been heard in the highest circles of jazz. This especially was true among women, where perfection of phrasing and a smooth style of delivery stood as the unspoken guidelines of vocal success. No female counterpart of Louis Armstrong, one of Holiday´s idols, was ever going to survive in the female jazz world for long, except perhaps as a novelty. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Edith Moulson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/039836/bk_acx0_039836_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the raucous, bloody, red-light district of Storyville, New Orleans, in 1907, where 2,000 scarlet women ply their trade, where cocaine and opium are sold over the counter, and where rye whiskey flows like an amber river, there´s a killer loose. Someone is murdering Storyville prostitutes and marking each killing with a black rose. As Creole detective Valentin St. Cyr begins to investigate, he encounters a cast of characters drawn from history: Tom Anderson, the political boss who runs Storyville like a private kingdom; Lulu White, the district´s most notorious madam; a young piano player who would come to be known as Jelly Roll Morton; and Buddy Bolden, the man who all but invented jazz. No ordinary mystery, Chasing the Devil´s Tail is a chilling portrait of musical genius and self-destruction, set at the moment when jazz was born. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dion Graham. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/002280/bk_blak_002280_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.