Us Conductors is the story of the man who created the most magical musical instrument in the world, the theremin. It´s a tale of electricity and espionage, jazz and kung-fu, Harlem and Siberia, and the way even doomed love can keep you alive. Locked in a cabin aboard a ship bearing him back to Russia and away from the love of his life, Lev Sergeyvich Termen begins to type his story: a tale of electricity, romance, and the invention of the world´s strangest instrument, the theremin. He recollects his early years as a scientist forging breakthroughs during the Bolshevik Revolution and his decade as a Manhattan celebrity and reluctant Soviet spy. Against the backdrop of Prohibition and the 1929 crash, Termen spends his days in his workshop, devising inventions, and his nights in Harlem clubs, jostling with famous bandleaders and falling in love with the young violinist Clara Reisenberg. When the boat reaches his homeland, Termen finds it is not the Russia he remembers. He is imprisoned in the gulag system, sent first to a Siberian work camp and then to a secret laboratory. In the face of all this, his love for Clara remains constant, passing through the ether like the theremin´s song. Steeped in beauty, wonder, and looping heartbreak, Sean Michaels´ debut novel explores the lies we tell, the truths we imagine, and the lengths we go to to survive. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Steve Coulter. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/023542/bk_adbl_023542_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An ounce of courage. A leap of faith. Together, they propel two young women to chase a new life - one that´s reimagined from what they might have become. In turn-of-the-century America, a young girl dreams of a world that stretches beyond the confines of a quiet life on the family farm. With little more than her wit and a cigar box of treasures, Mable steps away from all she knows, seeking the limitless marvels of the Chicago World´s Fair. There, a chance encounter triggers her destiny - a life with a famed showman by the name of John Ringling. A quarter of a century later, Lady Rosamund Easling boards a ship to America as a last adventure before her arranged marriage. There, the twenties are roaring, and the rich and famous gather at opulent, Gatsby-esque parties. The Jazz Age has arrived, and with it, the golden era of the American circus, whose queen is none other than the enigmatic Mable Ringling. When Rosamund´s path crosses with Mable´s and the Ringlings´ glittering world, she makes the life-altering decision to leave behind a comfortable future of estates and propriety, choosing instead the nomadic life of a trick rider in the Ringling Brothers´ circus. A novel that is at once captivating, deeply poignant, and swirling with exquisite historical details of a bygone world, The Ringmaster´s Wife will escort listeners into the center ring, with its bright lights, exotic animals, and a dazzling performance that can only be described as the Greatest Show on Earth! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Amy Rubinate. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tnwd/000567/bk_tnwd_000567_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Killing is never easy for E Z Knight. But when he´s doing away with some really despicable bastards, it´s not all that difficult. In Knight´s Big Easy: Voodoo, hoodoo and a girl named Poodoo make this year´s Mardi Gras the most fun, but also the most dangerous party of all for E Z Knight! Knight goes to New Orleans to find Parole Officer Tamara White Cloud´s AWOL USMC son, and soon finds out that L/Cpl Billy White Cloud isn´t the only one who´s gone missing. There, he uncovers the largest human trafficking organization since US Emancipation. Led by a Voodoo King named Papa Legba, the slave ring preys not only on young runaways and homeless children, but also kidnaps people from their own homes, and then sells them into prostitution and sweat-shop labor. Knight works with a retired jazz musician named Black Zack who restores old horns in a shop called Jazzy Brass. Together, they team up with FBI Special Agent Pooh Dooley to find Billy and to stop the slave-traders. However, Knight´s old musician sidekick might be more than he appears. Time is running out. A cargo ship loaded with over 500 children is off to the deepest waters in the Gulf. With the threat of being exposed, Papa Legba has ordered the ship sunk as soon as it reaches Sigsbee Deep. But Knight´s not worried about dealing with the two-dozen armed men on the slave ship, or the nighttime HALO jump he must make to carry out the rescue - rather, it´s the Voodoo Queen named Marie, who won´t rest until she´s turned E Z Knight into a zombie, that´s making his skin crawl. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Sears. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/009779/bk_acx0_009779_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
For years, Adam Canfield has been the number-one star reporter for the Harris Elementary/Middle School paper, the Slash. Nowadays he´s also the most overprogrammed kid in America. Gladiator quiz bowl, jazz band, statewide test prep class - he´s always running somewhere, and nine times out of 10, running late. When does a guy get time to just shoot some baskets anymore?Then his friend Jennifer talks him into being co-editor of the Slash. Between supervising know-it-all cub reporters and arguing with Principal Marris about which articles will ´´propel the Good Ship Harris forward,´´ Adam worries he might lose it altogether. But then a third grader delivers a scoop bigger than any of Adam´s career, and only Adam can dig deep enough to crack through a cover-up that will rock the very foundations of Harris itself.From Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Michael Winerip, here is a first novel that delivers the rush of the newsroom, the adrenaline of a reporter on the trail of a hot story, and some keen insights into human nature - all with a lot of laughs. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Patrick G. Lawlor. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/001135/bk_brll_001135_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the acclaimed PEN/Faulkner Award-winning author of The Great Man comes a riveting high-seas adventure that combines Christensen´s signature wit, irony, and humanity to create a striking and unforgettable vision of our times. The 1950s vintage ocean liner Queen Isabella is making her final voyage before heading to the scrapyard. For the guests on board, among them Christine Thorne, a former journalist turned Maine farmer, it´s a chance to experience the bygone mid-20th century era of decadent luxury cruising, complete with fine dining, classic highballs, string quartets, and sophisticated jazz. Smoking is allowed but not cell phones - or children, for that matter. The Isabella sets sail from Long Beach, California, into calm seas on a two-week retro cruise to Hawaii and back. But this is the second decade of an uncertain new millennium, not the sunny, heedless ´50s, and certain disquieting signs of strife and malfunction above and below decks intrude on the festivities. Down in the main galley, Mick Szabo, a battle-weary Hungarian executive sous-chef, watches escalating tensions among the crew. Meanwhile, Miriam Koslow, an elderly Israeli violinist with the Sabra Quartet, becomes increasingly aware of the age-related vulnerabilities of the ship herself and the cynical corners cut by the cruise ship company, Cabaret. When a time of crisis begins, Christine, Mick, and Miriam find themselves facing the unknown together in an unexpected and startling test of their characters. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rob Shapiro. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/006265/bk_rand_006265_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.