Los Angeles, 1958: a city on the make. A boomtown at the edge of a new era ripe for plunder. Lieutenant Dave Klein: in turn a lawyer, bagman, slum landlord, mob killer. Klein stands at the centre of a complex web of plots where violence and death will intersect, a power in his own small corner of hell. Then the feds announce a full-out investigation into local police corruption, and everything goes haywire. Klein´s been hung out as bait, ´a bad cop to draw the heat´, and the heat´s coming from all sides: from local politicians, from LAPD brass, from racketeers and drug kingpins - all of them hell-bent on keeping their own secrets hidden. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeff Harding. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/isis/002724/bk_isis_002724_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this sweeping history of popular music in the United States, NPR´s acclaimed music critic examines how popular music shapes fundamental American ideas and beliefs, allowing us to communicate difficult emotions and truths about our most fraught social issues, most notably sex and race. In Good Booty, Ann Powers explores how popular music became America´s primary erotic art form. Powers takes us from 19th-century New Orleans through dance-crazed Jazz Age New York to the teen scream years of mid-20th century rock-and-roll to the cutting-edge adventures of today´s web-based pop stars. Drawing on her deep knowledge and insights on gender and sexuality, Powers recounts stories of forbidden lovers, wild shimmy-shakers, orgasmic gospel singers, countercultural perverts, soft-rock sensitivos, punk Puritans, and the cyborg known as Britney Spears to illuminate how eroticism - not merely sex but love, bodily freedom, and liberating joy - became entwined within the rhythms and melodies of American song. This cohesion, she reveals, touches the heart of America´s anxieties and hopes about race, feminism, marriage, youth, and freedom. In a survey that spans more than a century of music, Powers both heralds little known artists such as Florence Mills, a contemporary of Josephine Baker, and gospel queen Dorothy Love Coates, and sheds new light on artists we think we know well, from the Beatles and Jim Morrison to Madonna and Beyoncé. In telling the history of how American popular music and sexuality intersect - a magnum opus over two decades in the making - Powers offers new insights into our national psyche and our soul. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Teri Schnaubelt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/006288/bk_harp_006288_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The 20th century was a hotbed of musical exploration, innovation, and transformation unlike any other epoch in history. Ranging across the century in its entirety, these 24 lectures present a musical cornucopia of astounding dimensions - a major presentation and exploration of the incredible brilliance and diversity of musical art across a turbulent century. Using a chronological approach, you´ll explore the fascinating gamut of 20th-century musical ´´isms´´, from impressionism and fauvism to serialism, stochasticism, ultraserialism, neoclassicism, neotonalism, and minimalism as well as the inclusivity and synthesis within concert music that embraced Western historical styles, folk and popular music, jazz, rock, Asian, Latin American, and other influences in the service of heightened musical expression. Through the panoramic view of the course, you´ll discover the genius of composers such as Debussy, Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Webern, Bartok, Ligeti, Riley, and many others. Far more than simply a series of lectures, the program comprises a huge and many-sided resource for discovering the endless riches of 20th-century concert music across the globe. The phenomenal range of genres and composers covered and the wealth of suggestions for specific works make this a reference that could easily inspire years of musical exploration and glorious listening. This remarkable inquiry opens the doors to an extraordinary spectrum of contemporary masterpieces that await discovery and deep listening. Within these unique and riveting lectures, Professor Greenberg offers you the keys to understanding and deep enjoyment of a revolutionary, visionary, and magnificent era in music. In Great Music of the 20th Century, you´ll experience the living, evolving, and superlative musical art that so vividly and unforgettably speaks to the life of our times. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in 1. Language: English. Narrator: Professor Robert Greenberg, PhD. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tcco/000985/bk_tcco_000985_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A killer stalks the streets of New Orleans! Gideon Synn is in the Big Easy when an old friend is found murdered at the Duelling Oaks - run through by an antique sword. It is up to the Scarred Swashbuckler to find his way through a web of mystery and deceit to avenge his friend´s death. Yet questions haunt Synn as he winds his way through the city of strange wonders. Who is the mysterious woman from the cafe who seems to have invaded his dreams? Why do the paintings on the walls seem to tell the future? Will a trip to the backwoods of Bayou Sinistre and a meeting with Papa Ghoulle spell death for Gideon? Join new pulp author Teel James Glenn as he explores the voodoo smoke and jazz sounds of New Orleans in 1938. Action, mystery and horror abound in The Second Synn: Bayou Sinistre. From Pro Se Productions. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Woods. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/070169/bk_acx0_070169_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Now the twelfth installment of the Hugo-nominated, New York Times best-selling Toby Daye urban fantasy series! Things are not okay. In the aftermath of Amandine´s latest betrayal, October ´´Toby´´ Daye´s fragile self-made family is on the verge of coming apart at the seams. Jazz can´t sleep, Sylvester doesn´t want to see her, and worst of all, Tybalt has withdrawn from her entirely, retreating into the Court of Cats as he tries to recover from his abduction. Toby is floundering, unable to help the people she loves most heal. She needs a distraction. She needs a quest. What she doesn´t need is the abduction of her estranged human daughter, Gillian. What she doesn´t need is to be accused of kidnapping her own child by her ex-boyfriend and his new wife, who seems to be harboring secrets of her own. There´s no question of whether she´ll take the case. The only question is whether she´s emotionally prepared to survive it. Signs of Faerie´s involvement is everywhere, and it´s going to take all Toby´s nerve and all her allies to get her through this web of old secrets, older hatreds, and new deceits. If she can´t find Gillian before time runs out, her own child will pay the price. Two questions remain: Who in Faerie remembered Gillian existed? And what do they stand to gain? No matter how this ends, Toby´s life will never be the same. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mary Robinette Kowal. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/020215/bk_adbl_020215_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Killing Me Softly introduces Key West private eye Gideon Lowry, who moonlights as a piano player at a local jazz club. When Virginia Murphy shows up one night to ask him to investigate her sister´s death 40 years earlier, Gideon is led down the darker side of memory lane where secrets linger. Some are buried as deeply as the paradise that was once Key West, now entombed in concrete.Key West´s Hemingway Days is in full swing in Night and Day, when Gideon is pulled into the world of a famous nightclub singer known only as Asia. In search of her estranged husband, Frank Maguire, Asia hires Gideon to find him. A writer, Maguire is lost in the reverie of his obsession with Hemingway. It´s the easiest 1,000 bucks Gideon´s made, but keeping Maguire alive proves impossible. Caught at the wrong end of a 12-gauge shotgun, Maguire´s exit is either suicide of murder. Gideon vows to uncover the truth even if it runs against the tide of the almighty tourist trade.In Love for Sale, marriage is in the air. First, Just Watson, a reclusive circuit judge and Gideon´s distant cousin, announces his wedding. A few days later, an old flame calls Gideon to say that she´s also getting married. Amidst all the romance, Gideon is caught up in the death of a young woman who was working for a local escort service. Katy Morgan is a fragile reminder of his long-lost youth. When she´s found dead in a seedy trailer park, he seeks justice in a case that will lead him through a tangled web of deceit in the lucrative treasure salvage industry whose poisonous tentacles seem to touch everyone.Trying to save his home and neighborhood from ruthless developers in Blue Moon, Gideon gets caught up in a case that will take him from Key West to the Wild West. After a suspicious fire nearly destroys his home, Gideon suspects that real estate magnate Fred Pacey may have resorted to arson. Pacey´s right-hand man is Roy Emerson, a newcomer to Key West, who has a h 1. Language: English. Narrator: David A. Wood. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/107637/bk_acx0_107637_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Set during the flamboyant anything-goes era of 1920s America, these three historical romance tales are filled with intriguing characters and rich imagery from the time period - with flappers, jazz music, gangsters, and lavish wealth. Escape to a different decade today with the compelling stories of the Canary Club Anthology. Gilded Cage Masie, the flaxen-haired daughter of notorious bootlegger Dutch Schultz, returns home from boarding school to find her family in crisis. Her mother is dangerously unstable, her father´s empire is on the brink of ruin, and the boy she once loved has become a ruthless killer for hire. To keep her family´s dangerous secrets, Masie is forced into a lie that will change the course of her future and leave her trapped in a gilded cage of her own making. All That Glitters A dame with brains, moxie, and killer curves, June West isn´t your average flapper. She´s managed to endear herself to the son of one of the most powerful gangsters in New York, earning herself a spot in the limelight that she´s always longed for. With the infamous playboy at her side, June has become accustomed to living the high life. Lavish parties, expensive clothes, sparkling jewels - nothing is beyond her reach. But when her carefully woven web of lies finally catches up with her, she must make an impossible choice: come clean about her past and risk losing everything, or find a way to bury her demons once and for all. Nothing Gold Dickey has been down on his luck since the day he was born. Flat broke and sick of being looked down on, he meets young socialite Lilly Rose at a wild party. The connection is like a strike of lightning. From a wealthy New York family, this debutante is everything he´s been told he can never have and the only thing he wants. Determined to win her, he knows the only way is with cold hard cash. So when a shot at the biggest score of his life comes.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Meghan Kelly. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/092257/bk_acx0_092257_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
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.