In his striking debut collection, Greener Pastures, Michael Wehunt shows why he is a powerful new voice in horror and literary weird fiction. From the round-robin, found-footage nightmare of ´´October Film Haunt: Under the House,´´ (selected for the year´s best dark fantasy & horror) to the jazz-soaked ´´The Devil Under the Maison Blue,´´ (selected for both the year´s best dark fantasy & horror and year´s best weird fiction), these beautifully crafted, emotionally resonant stories speak of the unknown encroaching upon the familiar, the inscrutable power of grief and desire, and the thinness between all our layers. Where nature rubs against small towns, in mountains and woods and bedrooms, here is strangeness seen through a poet´s eye. They say there are always greener pastures. These stories consider the cost of that promise. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Marlin May. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/094141/bk_acx0_094141_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Number-one New York Times best-selling author Christine Feehan ´´knows how to weave a tale of action, suspense and paranormal passion´´ (Romance Junkies). Now, she’s back - and the New Orleans nights have never felt so torrid or so dangerous.... From a tough stint in the armed forces to stalking the unknown as a bayou cop, leopard shifter Remy Boudreaux has been served well by his uncanny gifts. And right now, New Orleans could use a homicide detective like Remy. A serial killer is loose, snatching victims from the French Quarter with pitiless rage and unnatural efficiency. But something else is drawing Remy into the twilight - a beautiful jazz singer bathed night after night in a flood of bloodred neon. Sultry, mysterious, and as seductive as her songs, she’s luring Remy deeper into the shadows than he ever imagined. And as their passions swell, his keen instinct for survival will be challenged like never before. By a killer - and by a woman. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Karen White. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/002118/bk_peng_002118_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Easy Pieces in Popular StylesInstrument : cello and pianoNombre de Pages : 52Easy pieces in popular styles such as jazz, blues, rock ´n´ roll and reggae. This collection contains all the pieces formerly contained in Microjazz for Starters, Cello, plus some brand new pieces too. Microjazz is the world famous series of pieces based on classical technique yet using popular contemporary styles such as jazz, blues, rock ´n´ roll and funk. Microjazz helps you develop musicianship and technique through the familiar sounds and styles of popular music. It is this unique combination of modern genres with traditional technique that has made Microjazz an international success with teachers and players, and one of the most widely used educational series ever published. New technology brings Microjazz alive and adds an exciting interactive dimension to practice and performance. Based on classical technique, Microjazz is great way to introduce rhythm and develop co-ordination skills whilst being fun for all ages and standards. A great motivator for the reluctant student, the pieces are equally effective on acoustic or electronic instruments. Content : An Elusive Thought - At Rest - Blues for Gerry - Changes - Dawn in the City - Inter-city Stomp - Into the Unknown - Knife Edge - Outdoors - Rough Justice - Scoring Highly - Seascape - Simple But True - Song without a Title - Still Day - String Boogie - The Huntsman - Warm Day - With a Swagger
Harry Houdini´s onetime apprentice holds fantastic secrets about the greatest illusionist in the world. But someone wants to claim them...or silence her before she can reveal them on her own. Boston, 1926. Jenny ´´Wren´´ Lockhart is a bold eccentric - even for a female vaudevillian. As notorious for her inherited wealth and gentleman´s dress as she is for her unsavory upbringing in the back halls of a vaudeville theater, Wren lives in a world that challenges all manner of conventions. In the months following Houdini´s death, Wren is drawn into a web of mystery surrounding a spiritualist by the name of Horace Stapleton, a man defamed by Houdini´s ardent debunking of fraudulent mystics in the years leading up to his death. But in a public illusion that goes terribly wrong, one man is dead, and another stands charged with his murder. Though he´s known as one of her teacher´s greatest critics, Wren must decide to become the one thing she never wanted to be: Stapleton´s defender. Forced to team up with the newly formed FBI, Wren races against time and an unknown enemy, all to prove the innocence of a hated man. In a world of illusion, of the vaudeville halls that showcase the flamboyant and the strange, Wren´s carefully constructed world threatens to collapse around her. Layered with mystery, illusion, and the artistry of the Jazz Age´s bygone vaudeville era, The Illusionist´s Apprentice is a journey through love and loss and the underpinnings of faith on each life´s stage. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Amy Rubinate. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tnwd/000647/bk_tnwd_000647_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the New York Times best-selling author of Orphan #8 comes a fresh and intimate novel about the destructive power of secrets and the redemptive power of love - inspired by the true story of Jacob Ruppert, the millionaire owner of the New York Yankees, and his mysterious bequest in 1939 to an unknown actress, Helen Winthrope Weyant. When the owner of the New York Yankees baseball team, Colonel Jacob Ruppert, takes Helen Winthrope, a young actress, under his wing, she thinks it´s because of his guilt over her father´s accidental death - and so does Albert Kramer, Ruppert´s handsome personal secretary. Helen and Albert develop a deepening bond the closer they become to Ruppert, an eccentric millionaire who demands their loyalty in return for his lavish generosity. New York in the Jazz Age is filled with possibilities, especially for the young and single. Yet even as Helen embraces being a ´´bachelor girl´´ - a working woman living on her own terms - she finds herself falling in love with Albert, even after he confesses his darkest secret. When Ruppert dies, rumors swirl about his connection to Helen after the stunning revelation that he has left her the bulk of his fortune, which includes Yankee Stadium. But it is only when Ruppert´s own secrets are finally revealed that Helen and Albert will be forced to confront the truth about their relationship to him - and to each other. Inspired by factual events that gripped New York City in its heyday, Bachelor Girl is a hidden history gem about family, identity, and love in all its shapes and colors. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Corey Brill, Andi Arndt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/008233/bk_sans_008233_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Brilliantly wrought, incisive, and stirring, The Heirs tells the story of an upper-crust Manhattan family coming undone after the death of their patriarch. Six months after Rupert Falkes dies, leaving a grieving widow and five adult sons, an unknown woman sues his estate, claiming she had two sons by him. The Falkes brothers are pitched into turmoil, at once missing their father and feeling betrayed by him. In disconcerting contrast, their mother, Eleanor, is cool and calm, showing preternatural composure. Eleanor and Rupert had made an admirable life together - Eleanor with her sly wit and generosity, Rupert with his ambition and English charm - and they were proud of their handsome, talented sons: Harry, a brash law professor; Will, a savvy Hollywood agent; Sam, an astute doctor and scientific researcher; Jack, a jazz trumpet prodigy; Tom, a public-spirited federal prosecutor. The brothers see their identity and success as inextricably tied to family loyalty - a loyalty they always believed their father shared. Struggling to reclaim their identity, the brothers find Eleanor´s sympathy toward the woman and her sons confounding. Widowhood has let her cast off the rigid propriety of her stifling upbringing, and the brothers begin to question whether they knew either of their parents at all. A riveting portrait of a family, told with compassion, insight, and wit, The Heirs wrestles with the tangled nature of inheritance and legacy for one unforgettable patrician New York family. Moving seamlessly through a constellation of rich, arresting voices, The Heirs is a tale out of Edith Wharton for the 21st century. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kimberly Farr. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/005128/bk_rand_005128_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.
El BororoMambo FunkThis mambo-inspired piece of music is dedicated with great affection to Juan Carlos Ledón aka El Bororo, an outstanding Cuban saxophonist, who presently works as a teacher at Belén Jesuit Preparatory School in Miami / USA. The genre and musical style known as mambo was created by the Cuban musician Dámaso Pérez Prado (1917 - 1989). However, it was in Mexico, the country this well-known composer emigrated to, where his interpretations first became famous. This novel style contributed a new form of expression to the already existing rhythmic concepts characterizing Cuban music. The accentuation of the strong beats by employing the cowbell, or cencerro, as the defining instrument, in combination with syncopated figures being executed by saxophones and brass instruments generated a rhythmic performance hitherto unknown in Cuban music. According to Pérez Prado himself, mambo is a syncopated combination of a rhythmic pattern being performed by the saxophones to which any melody can be added. This is exactly what happens in part A of this composition, where the first alto sax plays the melody while the others perform the off-beats. It is primarily the baritone that plays a syncopated rhythm in addition to the rhythmic-harmonic basis of the instrumentation. The correct execution of the notated accents on the strong beats played by the brass and saxophone sections reinforces the clear definition of this style, as is the case with such classic themes like Mambo No. 5 and Qué rico el mambo, which are both compositions by the originator of this genre. Non-musical tools that became integral parts of mambo, such as the characteristic scream let out to end an 8-bar melody, are also made use of in this composition (example: measures 44 through 51). The influence of jazz standards makes itself heavily felt in the piece. El Bororo. This does not only become obvious in the solo performed by the saxophones in part C but also in the riff-like effect, which is a common feature of jazz themes. In this piece, the just mentioned effect can be heard in measures 19 through 26, the only difference being that this riff is here being accompanied by the bass drum executing the first and third beats while the cowbell, or cencerro, is strictly keeping time. The influence of jazz also becomes evident during the improvised solos; they may be executed ad libitum and finally close with a piano solo, which is accompanied by a riff played by the saxophones, executing the second and fourth in order to resume the initial theme to finally conclude the piece. As is the case with any music based on a particular musical style, the actual interpretation of El Bororo should be preceded by the study of representative recordings. With regard to this composition, I recommend listening to the original music created by the King of Mambo.