A Gentleman of France, Being the Memoirs of Gaston de Bonne, Sieur de Marsac: Stanley G. Weyman
Junior Bonner is Jeb Rosebrook´s masterpiece, subtly understated and richly rewarding. In 1972, it provided director Sam Peckinpah with a unique opportunity to return to his roots and deliver a portrayal of the modern American West. In this wonderfully written memoir, Rosebrook captures the creative conflicts that are inevitable as words become images. It depicts a classic confrontation between a talented young screenwriter and tyrannical director whose personal visions merge to make a classic motion picture. A must-read for anyone interested in the reality behind great moviemaking. (Garner Simmons, author of Peckinpah: A Portrait in Montage)´´Junior Bonner (1972) is the best rodeo film that´s ever been made. It was the best script Sam ever got his hands on.... Junior Bonner is truer to the human element behind the sport than any other rodeo film. It´s Sam´s one Western film where the protagonists survive the transition - at least for another day. The wreck might still be coming for Junior Bonner another mile or so down the road. That was the story of Sam, too.´´ (Max Evans, author of Goin´ Crazy with Sam Peckinpah and All Our Friends)´´Without the pressure of being commercially successful, the film is one of McQueen´s and Peckinpah´s finest films, dealing with the human heart. The combination of deft performances, inspired writing and directing, and the authentic feel of the locations resulted in a rare experience. In the words of McQueen´s next co-star Ali MacGraw, who proclaimed, ´Such a beautiful, perfect film!´´´ (Andrew Antoniades and Mike Siegel, authors of Steve McQueen: The Actor and His Films)´´Screenwriter Jeb Rosebrook´s memoir about the making of the classic Steve McQueen film he penned, Junior Bonner, is infinitely more than a behind-the-scenes account of a great film. It´s an inside-the-scenes account of a turning point in his own life, of a dangerous moment in 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nat Segaloff. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/012879/bk_blak_012879_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Wendy C. Ortiz was an only child and a bookish, insecure girl living with alcoholic parents in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Her relationship with a charming and deeply flawed private school teacher 15 years her senior appeared to give her the kind of power teenagers wish for, regardless of consequences. Her teacher - now a registered sex offender - continually encouraged her passion for writing while making her promise she was not leaving any written record about their dangerous sexual relationship. This conflicted relationship with her teacher may have been just five years long, but would imprint itself on her and her later relationships, queer and straight, for the rest of her life. In Excavation: A Memoir, the black and white of the standard victim/perpetrator stereotype gives way to unsettling grays. The present-day narrator reflects on the girl she once was, as well as the teacher and parent she has become. It´s a beautifully written and powerful story of a woman reclaiming her whole heart. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bonne Kramer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/021230/bk_adbl_021230_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A bold, wry, and intimate memoir about American identity, interracial families, and the realities that divide us, from the acclaimed author of The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing.´´By turns hilarious and heart-rending, it’s exactly the book America needs at this moment.” (Celeste Ng)´´How brown is too brown?”´´Can Indians be racist?”´´What does real love between really different people look like?”Like many six-year-olds, Mira Jacob’s half-Jewish, half-Indian son, Z, has questions about everything. At first, they are innocuous enough, but as tensions from the 2016 election spread from the media into his own family, they become much, much more complicated. Trying to answer him honestly, Mira has to think back to where she’s gotten her own answers: her most formative conversations about race, color, sexuality, and of course, love. Written with humor and vulnerability, this deeply relatable graphic memoir is a love letter to the art of conversation - and to the hope that hovers in our most difficult questions. Read by: Vikas Adam, Shiromi Arserio, McCartney Birdwell, Donte Bonner, Bill Cheng, Ian Conlin, Nicole Counts, Margaret Dunham, Karen Dziekonski, Chris Edmund, Alison Fraser, Cecila Flores, Brieana Garcia, Kaitlyn Greenridge, Rob Guzman, Alison Hart, Ruby Liu, Chris Jackson, Soneela Nankani, Nick Martorelli, Victory Matsui, Kivlighan de Montebello, Meera Nair, Lorna Raver, Richie Romaniello, Jennifer Rubins, Andrea Saggau, Rajiv Surendra, Richard Wylde, Oliver Wyman, and Dan Zitt Praise for Good Talk´´[A] breezy but poignant...memoir that takes on racism, love, and the election of President Trump.... The collage effect creates an odd, immediate intimacy. [Mira Jacob] employs pages of narrative prose sparingly but hauntingly.... The ‘talks’ Jacob relates are painful, often hilariou 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mira Jacob, full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/006845/bk_rand_006845_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Roy Jenkins follows up Churchill with a book of a very different shape - short and semi-autobiographical, but also full of the wit and erudition which made that book such a success. Each of the 12 cities are described with a mixture of architectural interest, topographical insight, and personal anecdote. Jenkins includes three British cities: Cardiff, which was the metropolis of his Monmouthshire childhood; Birmingham, which he represented in Parliament for 27 years; and Glasgow, which aroused in him an enthusiasm far transcending politics. Further afield there is Paris; Brussels, where he lived for four years as president of the European Commission; Bonn; Berlin, surveyed from its pre-war splendour through to its architectural resurgence of the 1990s; Naples; and Barcelona. From Lord Jenkins´s over a hundred visits to North America, there emerge highly personal recollections of New York and a more objective view of Chicago. Dublin, so near to home and yet so distant, makes up the dozen. Twelve Cities is a fascinating and sparkling collection from one of our very finest writers. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Simon Russell Beale. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/macm/000356/bk_macm_000356_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It is 1965, and Swinging London is coming into its prime years. The streets are alive with mods and rockers, playboys and good-time girls, all revelling in the blossoming artistic, creative and cultural energies of the decade. Amid the colour and chaos is a boy sporting drainpipe jeans, an immaculately tailored sports coat and a half-inch wide tie. A devoted fan of The Who, he looks the part in his pristine mod gear. As the lead singer of the Lower Third, his talent is shaping itself into something truly special. His name is Davie Jones. In 10 years, he will be unrecognisable as fresh-faced boy of 1965, and in just over 50 years, his death will be mourned by millions, his legacy the story of the greatest rock star of all time. And, all through the years of the late ´60s, Phil Lancaster was by his side. As the drummer in Bowie´s band the Lower Third, Phil was there as the singer´s musical stripes began to show and was witness to his early recording techniques, his first experimental forays into drug taking and the band´s discovery of his bisexuality in shocking circumstances. In this riveting - and often very funny - memoir, Phil tells the story of life alongside the insecure yet blazingly talented boy who became Bowie, at a critical crossroad of time and place in music history. What follows is an intimate, personal and important perspective on the genesis of one of the most iconic musicians of the 20th century - one that gets under the skin of the man himself, before the personas and alter egos masked the fascinating figure beneath them. At the Birth of Bowie is essential listening for anyone who knows what happened on Bowie´s journey but wants to understand how and why it ever began. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Phil Lancaster. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bonn/000071/bk_bonn_000071_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Two Owls at Eton - a classic British tale of eccentricity, education and owls. Witty, poignant and nostalgic, this best-selling memoir continues to find new fans and delight young and old alike. Now available for the first time in audiobook. When Jonathan Franklin takes two baby tawny owls back to Eton, he has no idea how chaotic the following months will be. The birds show no respect for Etonian routine and tradition. They trash his room and rule his daily life and are known throughout the school as ´Dum´ and ´Dee´. Although a keen naturalist, Jonathan struggles to understand his charges and to find the right food for them: at first meat and feathers, soon mice and rats. Even so, they nearly die of malnutrition on two occasions. Frantic, he searches for natural food. How to keep them alive is a constant worry. He watches them grow from ugly balls of fluff into beautiful adults, every change of plumage and behaviour noted. They play truant; they shock others and lead Jonathan into hilarious adventures. They charm his housemaster and everybody who meets them. Best of all is seeing them flying about over those famous playing fields. All the time, Jonathan works to train them for eventual return to the wild. Will that be possible? He is never sure whether he will succeed. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jonathan Franklin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bonn/000058/bk_bonn_000058_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Best-selling audiobook; shortlisted for the Specsavers National Book Awards 2018Includes an additional new chapter.Gary Barlow is one of the most successful British musicians and songwriters of all time, but 15 years ago, as he himself admits, he hit rock bottom - he was out of shape, out of work, depressed. Food for him had become an addiction, a means not only of comfort but almost of self-medication as he grappled with the cruel twists of fate of musical stardom. In 2003, as he struggled with the disappointment of an underperforming solo career alongside the tireless media taunts; Gary turned to food. Relentlessly. In the space of nine years he had been on 20 diets in the hopes of a resolution to all his woes. After asking the doctor what the ´cure´ for obesity was, it sunk in that he was the only one who could take control of his health. Gary describes this realisation and the task that lay ahead - ´it was like being at the foot of a massive mountain´. So how did he go from an obese, out-of-work and depressed pop icon, to a superstar of music and TV and an accomplished musical songwriter and producer who is full of vitality, fitter, happier and more successful than ever before. What happened? In his extraordinarily honest memoir A Better Me, Gary tells of his journey back to professional success and mental and physical health. From reforming Take That to critical and commercial acclaim and reigniting his own legendary songwriting career; to overcoming his weight problems and crippling obsession with food; to TV judging panel stardom on The X Factor and Let It Shine and at last finding balance in both his personal and professional life. A Better Me is a remarkably frank memoir of Gary´s life as he battled with weight, stress, fitness and depression, and staged one of the most thrilling professional comebacks in years. In his warm, witty and authentic voice, he recoun 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gary Barlow. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bonn/000050/bk_bonn_000050_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this heart-wrenching memoir, former NFL star Kermit Alexander tells the devastating true story of the horrific massacre of his family and his subsequent years of despair, followed by a spiritual renewal that showed him a way to rebuild his family and reclaim his life. On the morning of August 31, 1984, in the South Central section of Los Angeles, three armed men broke into a house, brutally murdering two women and two young boys. The victims were Ebora Alexander, Dietra Alexander, Damani Garner, and Damon Bonner - the mother, sister, and nephews of retired All-Pro cornerback for the San Francisco 49ers Kermit Alexander. In his own words, Kermit Alexander finally shares the full story of what happened to his loved ones and the aftermath of that tragic day. He recounts the hours leading up to the massacre and how afterward he lost himself in the LA underworld, pleading, bribing, and threatening in a search for answers. He describes his journey through the ´´wilderness´´ of despair - the years of isolation living out of his car, broke, depressed, and sick. We also learn about his coming of age in 1950s LA, the following decade he spent in the NFL, the events leading up to that fateful August day, and finally the shocking truth behind the murders. Kermit opens up about his darkest hours, but also what it took to turn his life around, rebuild his family, and ultimately find peace. Ominous and intense, powerful and uplifting, tragic and triumphant, The Valley of the Shadow of Death is more than a rendering of one man´s adversity; it´s testament to the value of family and the resilience of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming loss. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kermit Alexander. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/004341/bk_rand_004341_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.