(1994/Delmark) 8 tracks Delmark Records has done the jazz world an enormous favor by documenting Chicago´s rich jazz scene, and in the 1990s, the Windy City label has had the excellent taste to record Lin Halliday frequently. The tenor saxman´s third album finds him once again joined by muli-hornman Ira Sullivan (who is heard on trumpet, tenor sax and flugelhorn) and pianist Jodie Christian -- only this time, the bassist is Larry Gray, and the drummer is Robert Barry. As spirited and invigorating as he is on the fast tempos of ´My Shining Hour´ and Sonny Rollins´ optimistic ´Pent-Up House,´ Halliday is wise not to neglect ballads -- and his romantic side serves him quite well on ´Over the Rainbow´ and Duke Ellington´s ´Sophisticated Lady.´ Sullivan never fails to swing, and Christian´s captivating pianism show us why he´s so highly regarded in Chi-Town. (AllMusic)
Jasbir, aka Jazz, has always been a stellar student and an obedient, albeit wise-cracking, daughter. Everything has gone along just fine - she has good friends in the ´´genius´´ program she´s been in since kindergarten, her teachers and principal adore her, and her parents dote on her. But now, in her junior year of high school, her mother hears that Jazz was seen hugging a boy on the street and goes ballistic.Mom immediately implements the ´´Guided Dating Plan´´, which includes setting up blind dates with ´´suitable,´´ prescreened Indian candidates. The boy her mother sets her up with, however, is not at all what anyone expects; and the new boy at school, the very UNsuitable hottie, is the one who sets Jazz´s blood boiling.When Jazz makes a few out-of-the-ordinary decisions, everything explodes, and she realizes she´ll need a lot more than her genius education to get out of the huge mess she´s in. Can Jazz find a way to follow her own heart and still stay in the good graces of her parents? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Victoria Villarreal. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/149781/bk_acx0_149781_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Hearing from God is extraordinary. But the circumstances He uses to reveal Himself may be more ordinary than we think. Neighbors and Wise Men introduces captivating dialogues and unexpected moments with God that go beyond the confines of a conventional religious system and offer the chance for powerful life transformation. Get to know Tony Kriz (known by many as ´´Tony the Beat Poet´´ in Donald Miller’s best-selling book Blue Like Jazz) through his real-life conversations and experiences that prove that God can and will use anyone and anything - from Muslim lands to antireligious academics to post-Christian cultures - to make Himself known. Through his own prodigal-son backstory and return to faith, Tony presents biblical truth in a conversational but bold light that offers listeners the courage to open their eyes to the unlikely encounters that are all around us every day; chance run-ins that turn out to be anything but chance. Have we limited God’s ability to speak in our world today? Have we relegated God’s creative voice to the select persons who share our particular religious system? Kriz himself felt like he was falling out of faith until non-Christians encouraged him to ´´fall toward Christ´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tony Kriz. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/004492/bk_brll_004492_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A. J. Albany´s recollection of life with her father, the great jazz pianist Joe Albany, is the story of one girl´s unsentimental education. Joe played with the likes of Charles Mingus, Lester Young, and Charlie Parker, but between gigs he slipped into drug-induced obscurity. It was during these times that his daughter knew him best. After her mother disappeared, six-year-old Amy Jo and her charming, troubled father set up housekeeping in a seamy Hollywood hotel. While Joe finished a set in some red-boothed dive, chances were you´d find Amy curled up to sleep on someone´s fur coat, clutching a 78 of Louis Armstrong´s ´´Sugar Blues´´ or, later, a photograph of the man himself, inscribed, ´´To little Amy Jo, always in love with you - Pops.´´ Wise beyond her years and hip to the unpredictable ways of Old Lady Life at all too early an age, A. J. Albany guides us through the dope and deviance of the late 1960s and early 1970s in Hollywood´s shadowy underbelly and beyond. What emerges is a raw, gripping, and surprisingly sympathetic portrait of a young girl trying to survive among the outcasts, misfits, and artists who surrounded her. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lena Headey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/006572/bk_sans_006572_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The best-selling author of The Martian returns with an irresistible new near-future thriller - a heist story set on the moon. Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you´re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you´ve got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she´s stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself - and that now her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first. Bringing to life Weir´s brash, whip-smart protagonist is actress Rosario Dawson (Marvel´s The Defenders, Sin City, Death Proof). With the breathless immediacy of one realizing they´re one cracked helmet visor away from oblivion, Dawson deftly captures Jazz´s first-person perspective – all while delivering sarcastic Weir-ian one-liners and cracking wise in the face of death. And with a cast of diverse characters from all walks of life calling Artemis home, Dawson tonally somersaults to voice Kenyan prime ministers, Ukrainian scientists, and Saudi welders. It´s a performance that transports listeners right alongside Jazz, matching her step for step on every lunar inch of her pulse-pounding journey. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rosario Dawson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/027881/bk_adbl_027881_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Los Angeles: una multinazionale farmaceutica conduce test segreti usando cavie umane inconsapevoli. La città è tenuta sotto scacco dal Feticista, mentre l´enigmatica figura del Reverendo ha una missione da assolvere. Iraq: una normale operazione di pattugliamento di soldati americani si trasforma in un inspiegabile massacro di civili. Siberia: una squadra di scienziati affronta il freddo e i ghiacci in una spedizione misteriosa. Diversi piani paralleli che si intrecciano in una trama a orologeria dentro una condanna che è una scia rossa di sangue e carne.´´Greg Banks, Dottor Greg Banks, è un uomo sopravvissuto a se stesso. Un tempo medico militare ´dell´esercito più potente del mondo´ (o almeno così recita la più fasulla delle propagande militaresche), gli orrori che Greg ha visto in Desert Storm, la prima, ´trionfale´ guerra dell´Iraq, lo hanno spinto a dire basta. Troppi anni dopo, in una Los Angeles livida ed enigmatica, Greg è nient´altro che un anonimo autista di limousine determinato a voltare le spalle, in tutti i sensi, all´intero sistema.Solo che, esattamente come nella prospettiva orwelliana, ´la guerra non è fatta per essere vinta. La guerra è fatta per non avere mai fine.´ Così, quando Greg viene burocraticamente informato della terribile morte violenta di Jazz Banks, suo fratello, ´eroe´ della seconda guerra dell´Iraq, diventato sterminatore psicopatico, per lui la scelta può essere una sola. Tornare nel cratere.Dal cratere, Nick Wise, veterano agente speciale dello FBI, non è mai uscito. Nemmeno la sua costante immersione nel baratro del male umano sembra avere fine. Questa volta, i demoni con i quali Wise si trova simultaneamente a confronto sono due efferati, mostruosi serial-killers, molto intenti a disseminare di cadaveri proprio nella città degli angeli (caduti).Greg Banks e Nick Wise, due uomini in antitesi impegnati nella ricerca di verità parimenti in antitesi. Ma se non fosse affatto così? Se tra 1. Italian. Alberto Onofrietti. http://samples.audible.de/bk/asit/000869/bk_asit_000869_sample.mp3.
How can a real estate appraiser in a New Jersey beach town get in this much trouble? If your name translates to ´´pretty nice´´ in French, you´ve probably gotten used to being teased. That doesn´t prepare you for finding out that your soon-to-be-ex-husband has a gambling problem, raided your assets, and embezzled from his bank. Jolie Gentil moves to Great Aunt Madge´s bed and breakfast at the Jersey shore, taking her cat, Jazz, and joining Madge´s pair of prune-eating dogs. Jolie does not view this as a retreat, just a smart change. She had no idea her life was about to get even more complicated. Jolie is reestablishing friendships with Scoobie and Ramona, dodging low-level wise guy Pedone, and (oops!) finding a dead body. The late Ruth Riordan is Aunt Madge´s closest friend and mother to Michael, a former arrogant classmate who can still push all of Jolie´s buttons. Jolie and Aunt Madge seem to be the only ones who think the police are wrong in accusing him of his mother´s murder. Soon, the mundane work of appraising real estate and dodging suggestions that she go to the 10-year high school reunion becomes mixed with calls from reporters, scary suggestions from Pedone who wants her to repay her ex-husband´s gambling debts, and requests that she help the local busybody with First Presbyterian´s social services work. And there´s still Scoobie, the high school friend she hung out with most. With his blue jeans and longer hair, he´s the antithesis of oil company executive Michael, and much easier to be with. His haunting poetry reflects how different his life has been since Jolie knew him. Jolie must balance her fear of Pedone, conviction that Michael is innocent, and friendship with Scoobie. Her growing list of other possible murder suspects includes Michael´s soon-to-be ex-wife and a couple other beneficiaries of Mrs. Riordan´s will. Those suspicions don´t include Scoobie, but he makes it to the police department´s list. Jolie tries various ways t 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paula Faye Leinweber. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/005740/bk_acx0_005740_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Set against the turbulence of 1960s Chicago - a city in transformation - and its legendary jazz scene, Last Night at the Blue Angel is a lush and immensely heartfelt mother-daughter tale about a talented but troubled singer´s relationship with her precocious 10-year-old daughter. It is the early 1960s, and Chicago is teeming with the tensions of the day - segregation, sexual experimentation, the Cold War and Vietnam - but it is also home to some of the country´s most influential jazz. Naomi Hill, a singer at the Blue Angel club, has been poised on the brink of stardom for nearly 10 years. But when her big break, the cover of Look magazine, finally arrives, it carries with it an enormous personal cost. Sensual and magnetic, Naomi is a fiercely ambitious yet self-destructive woman whose charms tend to hurt those around her, and no one knows this better than her daughter, Sophia. As the only child of a single mother growing up in an adult world, Sophia is wise beyond her years, a casualty of her mother´s desperate struggle for fame and adoration. Unsettled by her home life, she harbors a terrible fear that her world could disappear at any moment, and compulsively maintains a list of everyday objects she might need to reinvent should nuclear catastrophe strike. Her only constant is the colorful and unconventional family that surrounds her and her mother, particularly the photographer, Jim, who is Sophia´s best friend, surrogate father, and protector - but Jim is also deeply in love with Naomi. Weaving between the perspectives of Sophia and Naomi, Last Night at the Blue Angel is a poignant and unforgettable story about what happens when our passion for the life we want is at sharp odds with the life we have. Part stylish period piece, part heartbreaking family drama, it´s a novel rife with revelations, a vivid and propulsive listen - and the major debut of an extraordinary new writer. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andrus Nichols, Caitlin Davies. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/004003/bk_harp_004003_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From Ralph Ellison - author of the classic novel of African-American experience, Invisible Man - the long-awaited second novel. Here is the master of American vernacular - the rhythms of jazz and gospel and ordinary speech - at the height of his powers, telling a powerful, evocative tale of a prodigal of the twentieth century. ´´Tell me what happened while there´s still time,´´ demands the dying Senator Adam Sunraider to the itinerate Negro preacher whom he calls Daddy Hickman. As a young man, Sunraider was Bliss, an orphan taken in by Hickman and raised to be a preacher like himself. Bliss´s history encompasses the joys of young southern boyhood; bucolic days as a filmmaker, lovemaking in a field in the Oklahoma sun. And behind it all lies a mystery: how did this chosen child become the man who would deny everything to achieve his goals? Brilliantly crafted, moving, wise, Juneteenth is the work of an American master. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joe Morton. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/002748/bk_rand_002748_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.