When a reporter heads out to a story on the Goth rock band called Black Chalice, he discovers that the band's lead singer looks a lot like the lead from a band from the 1960s called The Savvys. Researching further, he comes upon a photo from a jazz ensemble from the 1920s called Easy Street. The lead singer once again bears an uncanny resemblance to the woman from Black Chalice. Is this a case of extraordinary coincidences of multiple doppelgangers throughout time? Or is she a vampire? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paul Parisi. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/038505/bk_acx0_038505_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
If you are desperate enough, terrified enough, there is a jazz club in the French Quarter of New Orleans where you might find help. Might. You might also find Rind, the Angelus of Death, already waiting for you. Meilori's is that kind of club. Its owner, Samuel McCord, is that kind of man. The man with the blood of Death in his veins, who finds some small measure of peace in easing the pains of others, though he cannot ease his own. After Katrina, all of New Orleans stands in need of help. Even the Angelus of Death, Rind, whose presence is a heavy, anguished weight upon Sam's adopted city, needs help. But Sam is just the shadow of the man he was before his wife left him seven years ago. But having a supernatural jazz club has its perks. He arranges for a pay per view internet concert of both the dead and the living giants of jazz to help pour money into a fund to repair all of New Orleans. McCord's friends, both undead and living, help him arrange the "live" concert. But the club also has its downside: For the dead musicians to be able to appear in his club, the undead, usually not the most amiable of creatures, can also pay a visit. And visit they do, along with DayStar, an old enemy who entered this plane of existence from beyond what we think of as Time. But alongside DayStar in this strange club on the outskirts of known reality, McCord discovers that there is a worse fate than being killed by DayStar's plan. It is surviving it. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Charlie James. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/009653/bk_acx0_009653_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
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.
From the New York Times best-selling author of A Gentleman in Moscow, a “sharply stylish” (Boston Globe) novel of a young woman in post-Depression-era New York who suddenly finds herself thrust into high society. On the last night of 1937, 25-year-old Katey Kontent is in a second-rate Greenwich Village jazz bar when Tinker Grey, a handsome banker, happens to sit down at the neighboring table. This chance encounter and its startling consequences propel Katey on a yearlong journey into the upper echelons of New York society - where she will have little to rely upon other than a bracing wit and her own brand of cool nerve. With its sparkling depiction of New York's social strata, its intricate imagery and themes, and its immensely appealing characters, Rules of Civility won the hearts of readers and critics alike. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rebecca Lowman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/001740/bk_peng_001740_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Everything changed for Princess the moment she realized her ex was back in town. It's been a year, but he still has a powerful hold on her, one that causes her to act like a shy little school girl with a crush whenever he's around. Upon his return, she's hopeful that they can rekindle what they had, but there's only one problem. Kaleb has an allotted time to live.... Pluto's world is turned upside down when a feisty, hot-headed kleptomaniac falls into his lap. Jazz is everything his homeboys warned him to stay away from. And while he knows she isn't the ideal woman for him, he's drawn to her and unfazed by her troublesome ways. If anything, it only proves to be a challenge for him. But will conquering that challenge cost him his life? Honor My Gangsta is the riveting continuation of Your Spouse, My Sponsor. If you loved Kirby and Grip and all their juicy drama, you'll enjoy this spin-off filled with love, betrayal, heart-ache, and greed. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mister Plug. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/098966/bk_acx0_098966_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Gideon Gideon is a multidimensional voyage of the soul through a whirling fusion of past, present and future; exploring the illusion of death, transfiguration...and the mysteries of the quantum. Transpiring in simultaneous locations, similar to a dreamscape, always symbolic, but seemingly real; bringing into question death itself, and whether one moves into another dimension without realizing they are gone, and therefore never seeming to perish...within the duality of creation and destruction, the polar opposites in space time reality. All the while the entire cinematic kaleidoscope of images is overseen with the periodic narration of a dark cosmic entity, full of wrath, dark humor and an aspect of Divinity - fuming from a fifth dimension. It is said in some ancient wisdom, the masters of sound control the universe: the power of the word made flesh in Genesis, the truths of music and mathematics, the universal language...and last but not least the power of love - the Light. In Gideon Gideon, all the above descend upon an eclectic group of souls, in sometimes ordinary and other times extraordinary happenstance. It is centered upon Martin, the "gordy man", a jazz trumpet player, a cynical searcher of some spiritual truth, and Dr. Ahasuerus, a Faustian Persian mystic and businessman, and the struggle between the appearance of Good...and the subtle as well as the not so subtle manipulations of Evil, as Ahasuerus seeks to ensnare Martin, his trusted friend Mr. McPhee, and others in the quest to secure the head of John the Baptist. Gideon Gideon is a serial novel, of which this is Volume I, leading to Volume II. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gary Miller-Youst. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/161565/bk_acx0_161565_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It's been years since the woman in "Biting the Moon" has seen her former lover, Felix, a famous, Oscar-winning composer. But upon hearing the news of his sudden death, she mourns his loss by revisiting moments of their former life. Jumping in time from the pair's first encounter at an artists' colony to their rendezvous in cities across the US, the path the narrator takes toward acceptance is much like the jazz the couple loved so much: winding, unexpected, and beautiful. Joan Frank is the author of five books of fiction and a book of collected essays. Her last novel, Make It Stay, won the Dana Portfolio Award. Her last story collection, In Envy Country, won the Richard Sullivan Prize in Short Fiction and the ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award and was named a finalist for the California Book Award. Joan's book of essays, Because You Have To: A Writing Life, won the Silver ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award. A MacDowell Colony Fellow and recipient of many grants and awards, Joan is also a book critic for the San Francisco Chronicle. She lives in Northern California. Ploughshares, the literary magazine of Emerson College 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tamara Marston. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/025805/bk_adbl_025805_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
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Sprightly swing music spills across the dimly lit club. The grayish curtains of cigarette smoke part every once in a while to reveal a sparkling stage and tables upon tables of patrons, some incurably inebriated and others high on the fast-paced nightlife. Fabulous flappers in shimmery cocktail dresses and stylish feather headbands throw their hands up and stomp their feet to the addictive beat on the dance floor. Smartly dressed men, their hair neatly parted and slicked back, toss fistfuls of dice onto the plush green baize of the craps tables. Some hover over roulette wheels, staring intently at the spinning flashes of silver, while others finger their playing cards as they sip on tumblers of whiskey, eyeing both the river and the tower of tokens next to them. Frisky tunes, chic fashion, and American gambling are nostalgic, rose-tinted images most choose to project when visualizing the Roaring Twenties, but the other side of the coin brought an uninviting, much harsher reality that most would prefer to sweep under the rug. The first real estate bubble was on the brink of bursting, and progress was evident, but painfully slow, which gave way to yet another era of violent riots, lynchings, and other forms of oppression imposed on minorities. When the phrase “the King” is used in the context of American music, most people think of Elvis Presley, but Presley was just a baby when the title was first conferred upon Benny Goodman as the King of Swing in 1935. The Swing Era was a magical period in American history between the hedonism of the Roaring Twenties and the rebelliousness sparked by rock music beginning in the 1950s. Swing music was rooted in ragtime, blues, and jazz music that had long been popular in African American enclaves in Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, and New Orleans. Swing took the entire nation by storm thanks in large part to Benny Goodman and his bands, earning Goodman the nearly undisputed title of the King of Swing. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Clem. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/148804/bk_acx0_148804_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.