Jill Paris realized at a young age that if she waited for ´´someone special´´ to take her away to far-off destinations, she´d have never left the sofa. In this volume of travel essays she reveals her curious sense of adventure and shows us that an unexpected encounter is often the best souvenir. From attending a couple of strangers´ wedding reception in Belfast, shopping for dirndls in Vienna, miracle-seeking at Lourdes, or discovering the legend of the Black Bitch in Scotland, her penchant for people and a cold pint makes a tasty cocktail mixed with tearful truths and laugh out loud moments that will shock and inspire you to whisk yourself away (if nobody else will). Collection includes stories published in the Travelers´ Tales anthologies The Best Travel Writing 2009, ´´Leave the Lipstick, Take the Iguana´´ and the forthcoming edition of The Best Women´s Travel Writing Volume 9. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tanya Eby. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/021358/bk_adbl_021358_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Elizabeth is an ambivalent academic living in New York City with Brett and their young son, Harry. Everyone wants Elizabeth to marry Brett, including Brett, but whenever marriage comes up, the intended bride quickly changes the subject. Then Elizabeth publishes a paper on Madame Bovary that catches the eye of an impetuous movie producer, and her life turns upside down. She heads for Hollywood to write a screenplay called Mrs. B., but once there, the questions of marriage, and adultery, loom even larger on her horizon. [CUT TO:] Greta has nothing against marriage. She´s been happy in her new life with Tony, until the day she falls asleep on the sofa and wakes up in love with someone else. Now she has to handle not only the unpredictable needs of her daughter and the plaintive demands of her mother but also the insistence of her own desire. [CUT TO:] Lotte was once a flash dancer in vaudeville. She has little patience with her granddaughter´s refusal to marry that nice husband of hers. She has no patience with death. Chic and sly and uncompromisingly egotistical, Lotte reveres marriage and has mourned her late husband for twenty years, but she´s not at all ready to join him. She has far too much shopping left to do. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Patricia Kalember. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/time/000317/bk_time_000317_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Strange Tales of the Curiously Uncommon is a collection of darkly humorous short stories, each with a cunning twist in the tale. When extraordinary events befall some of London´s most ordinary of inhabitants, unexpected turns lead to some witty, strange, sometimes shocking yet ultimately gratifying results. ´´An Honest Mistake´´: Madge has long since surrendered herself to the verbal abuse doled out to her by her belligerent husband, Stan. On this particular evening, however, her fears of a rat beneath the floorboards, combined with her natural absent-mindedness, result in her dishing up Stan not only his evening meal but perhaps his just desserts! ´´A Familiar Face´´: Two elderly Cockney women meet up in a London café shortly after one them, Dora, has been widowed. When Dora calmly removes from her shopping bag a large glass jar containing a human head, discussions over its mysterious identity and how it came to be lodged in the cupboard under her stairs lead to some startling revelations. ´´A Slip of the Tongue´´: Miss Perkins, tired of the constant sexual innuendos of her employer, Mr. Reams, decides to hand in her notice. Mr. Reams, however, attempts to take things one step further. Unfortunately, due to Miss Perkins´ nervous disposition, he soon discovers he´s bitten off more than he can chew or, at least, one of them has. ´´An Embarrassing Odor´´: Ethel, a frail, widowed pensioner, suddenly has her tranquil world turned upside when a burglar breaks into her home. This violent delinquent´s only concern is in getting his hands on her valuables. That, and the unpleasant smell that fills the room. What is that smell? ´´A Stunning Confession´´: As Ron and Jan made themselves comfortable on their sofa, they thought they were settling in for just another quiet night in front of the television. But beneath the surface each was withholding a guilty secret from the other, and on this particular evening one of them found they... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jonathan Trueman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/058681/bk_acx0_058681_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.