Petra By Shaena Lambert Audiobook


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  • Duration: 7 hours, 16 minutes
  • Writer: Shaena Lambert
  • Publisher: September 2020
  • Narrators: Taylor Price
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Petra By Shaena Lambert Audiobook

WINNER OF THE 2021 ETHEL WILSON FICTION PRIZE
 
Inspired by Petra Kelly, the original Green Party leader and political activist who fought for the planet in 1980s Germany, Shaena Lambert brings us a captivating new novel about a woman who changed history and transformed environmental politics–and who, like many history-changing women, has been largely erased. Award-winning novelist Madeleine Thien calls Petra ‘a masterpiece–a fierce, humane and powerful novel for our times.’

January, 1980. At the height of the Cold War, Petra Kelly inspires hundreds of thousands to take to the streets to protest the placement of nuclear missiles on West German soil–including a NATO general named Emil Gerhardt, who shocks the establishment by converting to the cause. Petra and her general not only vault to fame as the stars of the Green Party, but they also fall in love. Then Manfred Schwartz, an ex-lover, urges Petra to draw back the curtain on Emil’s war record, and they enter a world both complicated and threatening.

Told by Manfred Schwartz, from his place in a present world even more beset by existential threats, Petra is an exploration of love, jealousy, and the power of social change. A woman capable of founding a new and world-changing politics and taking on two superpowers, Petra still must grapple with her own complex nature and a singular and fatal love.

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Benjamin’s Crossing By Jay Parini Audiobook


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  • Duration: 12 hours, 40 minutes
  • Writer: Jay Parini
  • Publisher: February 2021
  • Narrators: Mark Bramhall, Edoardo Ballerini, Kathleen Gati, Natasha Soudek, Senn Annis
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Benjamin’s Crossing By Jay Parini Audiobook

The acclaimed and now-classic biographical novel of Walter Benjamin’s last days–adapted into screenplay by Jay Parini.

It is 1940. For the past decade, Walter Benjamin–the German-Jewish critic and philosopher–has been writing his masterpiece in a library in Paris, a city he loves. Now Nazi tanks have overrun the suburbs, and Benjamin is forced to flee. With a battered briefcase that contains his precious manuscript of a thousand handwritten pages, he sets off for the border and is led by chance to a young anti-Nazi who is taking Jews and other refugees over the Pyrenees into Spain, where they may (with luck) make their way to freedom in Portugal or South America.
     Beloved biographical novelist Jay Parini’s thrilling tale of escape is beautifully interwoven with vignettes of Benjamin’s complex, cosmopolitan past: his privileged childhood in Berlin, his years with the German Youth Movement, his university days. His close friendship with Gershom Scholem, the eminent scholar of Jewish mysticism, and many other well-known artists and intellectuals who were part of Benjamin’s intimate circle between the two world wars. Part tragedy, part dark comedy, this sharply realized historical novel tells one of the great and most moving peripheral stories of the Holocaust.

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The Girl in the Road: A Novel By Monica Byrne Audiobook


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  • Duration: 11 hours, 8 minutes
  • Writer: Monica Byrne
  • Publisher: May 2014
  • Narrators: Dioni Collins, Nazneen Contractor
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The Girl in the Road: A Novel By Monica Byrne Audiobook

A debut that Neil Gaiman calls “Glorious. . . . So sharp, so focused and so human.” The Girl in the Road describes a future that is culturally lush and emotionally wrenching.

Monica Byrne bursts on to the literary scene with an extraordinary vision of the future.  In a world where global power has shifted east and revolution is brewing, two women embark on vastly different journeys—each harrowing and urgent and wholly unexpected.

When Meena finds snakebites on her chest, her worst fears are realized: someone is after her and she must flee India.  As she plots her exit, she learns of the Trail, an energy-harvesting bridge spanning the Arabian Sea that has become a refuge for itinerant vagabonds and loners on the run.  This is her salvation.  Slipping out in the cover of night, with a knapsack full of supplies including a pozit GPS, a scroll reader, and a sealable waterproof pod, she sets off for Ethiopia, the place of her birth.

Meanwhile, Mariama, a young girl in Africa, is forced to flee her home.  She joins up with a caravan of misfits heading across the Sahara. She is taken in by Yemaya, a beautiful and enigmatic woman who becomes her protector and confidante. They are trying to reach Addis Abba, Ethiopia, a metropolis swirling with radical politics and rich culture.  But Mariama will find a city far different than she ever expected—romantic, turbulent, and dangerous.

As one heads east and the other west, Meena and Mariama’s fates are linked in ways that are mysterious and shocking to the core.

Written with stunning clarity, deep emotion, and a futuristic flair, The Girl in the Road is an artistic feat of the first order: vividly imagined, artfully told, and profoundly moving.

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La Dalia Negra (Cuarteto de Los Ángeles 1) By James Ellroy Audiobook


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  • Duration: 14 hours, 39 minutes
  • Writer: James Ellroy
  • Publisher: August 2020
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La Dalia Negra (Cuarteto de Los Ángeles 1) By James Ellroy Audiobook

La Dalia Negra, obra maestra del perro diabólico de las letras norteamericanas, en edición definitiva, con una traducción actualizada y un epílogo inédito del autor.

15 de enero de 1947. Los Ángeles, un solar desocupado. El cadáver de una mujer de veinticinco años, desnudo y seccionado en dos partes. El médico forense determina que ha sido torturada durante días mientras ella seguía consciente. Un periodista bautiza a la víctima como «la Dalia Negra».

Los policías Bucky Bleichert y Lee Blanchard, dos ex boxeadores conocidos como Hielo y Fuego, son puestos al frente del caso. Al sumergirse en los bajos fondos de Los Ángeles para averiguar quién era la Dalia se verán atrapados en un circo mediático y en una investigación policial plagada de pistas falsas, intereses políticos y dificultades; un caso irresoluble que acabará por obsesionarles.

Basada en un suceso real e inspirada en el asesinato de su propia madre, La Dalia Negra es la primera novela del «Cuarteto de Los Ángeles», ciclo novelístico que figura entre los grandes clásicos del género negro y policial del siglo veinte. Un viaje por la cara oculta de los oropeles de Hollywood a través de los estercoleros morales de una sociedad obsesionada con el éxito y que solamente brilla en la superficie.

Críticas:
«Si me preguntan quién es el mejor novelista vivo cuya literatura es feroz, valiente, divertida, escatológica, hermosa, enrevesada y paranoica… la respuesta es fácil: James Ellroy.»
Stephen King

«Es imposible que estos libros te dejen impasible. Puedes odiarlos, sí. Su lectura no nace del placer, es el reflejo de una obsesión. Sexo, mujeres, crimen, política, poder, corrupción. Las mismas obsesiones que dominarán al lector que se deje morder por sus páginas.»
Rodrigo Fresán

«Uno de los mejores escritores norteamericanos de nuestro tiempo.»
Los Angeles Book Review

«En el Los Ángeles de Ellroy es imposible diferenciar a los buenos de los malos, porque simplemente no hay buenos.»
Kirkus Reviews

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L.A. Confidential (Cuarteto de Los Ángeles 3) By James Ellroy Audiobook


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  • Duration: 17 hours, 8 minutes
  • Writer: James Ellroy
  • Publisher: August 2020
  • Narrators: Víctor Velasco
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L.A. Confidential (Cuarteto de Los Ángeles 3) By James Ellroy Audiobook

Exploración del bajo mundo del crimen y la violencia en la época dorada de Hollywood, L.A. Confidential es la tercera novela del «Cuarteto de Los Ángeles», tetralogía que se ha convertido en un clásico de la novela negra del siglo XX.

Los Ángeles, años cincuenta. Camuflada tras sus fabulosas mansiones y el glamour de los clubs nocturnos, la ciudad es un hervidero de corrupción y bajas pasiones. Una noche, una matanza baña en sangre una cafetería de la ciudad. Se trata de una auténtica carnicería, y sus oscuras ramificaciones atraparán a tres policías en sus arenas movedizas.

Eclipsado por el éxito de su padre como policía, Ed Exley hará lo que sea para superarle y conseguir la gloria. Bud White, por su parte, vio cómo su progenitor asesinaba a su madre y es una bomba de relojería con placa y pistola. Y por último, Jack Vincennes, que se dedica a airear los escándalos de Hollywood en los medios de comunicación mientras lucha por ocultar sus propios secretos.

L.A. Confidential fue llevada al cine con enorme éxito por Curtis Hanson, y galardonada con dos premios Oscar.

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«Es imposible que estos libros te dejen impasible. Puedes odiarlos, sí. Su lectura no nace del placer, es el reflejo de una obsesión. Sexo, mujeres, crimen, política, poder, corrupción. […] Una vez aprendida y asimilada su sintaxis de anfetamina, esimposible dejar el vicio.»
Rodrigo Fresán, El Cultural

«James Ellroy es un genio: el mejor escritor de novela negra americana desde Raymond Chandler.»
Times Literary Supplement

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Suite Francaise By Irene Nemirovsky Audiobook


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  • Duration: 13 hours, 14 minutes
  • Writer: Irene Nemirovsky
  • Publisher: July 2013
  • Narrators: Barbara Rosenblat, Daniel Oreskes
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Suite Francaise By Irene Nemirovsky Audiobook

By the early l940s, when Ukrainian-born Irène Némirovsky began working on what would become Suite Française—the first two parts of a planned five-part novel—she was already a highly successful writer living in Paris. But she was also a Jew, and in 1942 she was arrested and deported to Auschwitz: a month later she was dead at the age of thirty-nine. Two years earlier, living in a small village in central France—where she, her husband, and their two small daughters had fled in a vain attempt to elude the Nazis—she’d begun her novel, a luminous portrayal of a human drama in which she herself would become a victim. When she was arrested, she had completed two parts of the epic, the handwritten manuscripts of which were hidden in a suitcase that her daughters would take with them into hiding and eventually into freedom. Sixty-four years later, at long last, we can read Némirovsky’s literary masterpiece

The first part, “A Storm in June,” opens in the chaos of the massive 1940 exodus from Paris on the eve of the Nazi invasion during which several families and individuals are thrown together under circumstances beyond their control. They share nothing but the harsh demands of survival—some trying to maintain lives of privilege, others struggling simply to preserve their lives—but soon, all together, they will be forced to face the awful exigencies of physical and emotional displacement, and the annihilation of the world they know. In the second part, “Dolce,” we enter the increasingly complex life of a German-occupied provincial village. Coexisting uneasily with the soldiers billeted among them, the villagers—from aristocrats to shopkeepers to peasants—cope as best they can. Some choose resistance, others collaboration, and as their community is transformed by these acts, the lives of these these men and women reveal nothing less than the very essence of humanity.

Suite Française is a singularly piercing evocation—at once subtle and severe, deeply compassionate and fiercely ironic—of life and death in occupied France, and a brilliant, profoundly moving work of art.

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Where Lilacs Still Bloom: A Novel By Jane Kirkpatrick Audiobook


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  • Duration: 10 hours, 21 minutes
  • Writer: Jane Kirkpatrick
  • Publisher: April 2012
  • Narrators: Kimberly Farr, Susan Denaker
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Where Lilacs Still Bloom: A Novel By Jane Kirkpatrick Audiobook

One woman, an impossible dream, and the faith it took to see it through, inspired by the life of Hulda Klager
 
German immigrant and farm wife Hulda Klager possesses only an eighth-grade education—and a burning desire to create something beautiful. What begins as a hobby to create an easy-peeling apple for her pies becomes Hulda’s driving purpose: a time-consuming interest in plant hybridization that puts her at odds with family and community, as she challenges the early twentieth-century expectations for a simple housewife. 
 
Through the years, seasonal floods continually threaten to erase her Woodland, Washington garden and a series of family tragedies cause even Hulda to question her focus. In a time of practicality, can one person’s simple gifts of beauty make a difference? 
 
Based on the life of Hulda Klager, Where Lilacs Still Bloom is a story of triumph over an impossible dream and the power of a generous heart.
 
“Beauty matters… it does. God gave us flowers for a reason. Flowers remind us to put away fear, to stop our rushing and running and worrying about this and that, and for a moment, have a piece of paradise right here on earth.”

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A Of Such Is The Kingdom, PART I: Discontent and Insurrection By James M Becher Audiobook


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  • Duration: 3 hours, 37 minutes
  • Writer: James M Becher
  • Publisher: January 2021
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A Of Such Is The Kingdom, PART I: Discontent and Insurrection By James M Becher Audiobook

Step back into New Testament times–to Ancient Palestine at the time of Christ and of the historical Roman Empire, and ask: What could a cynical, non-conformist dry-goods salesman, a disgruntled blacksmith, and a musing mendicant all have in common? The answer: Down deep, they all seek something better. But will they find the true fulfillment they are seeking? The non-conformist, Manaheem, Herod’s foster brother, is hired by Herod to foment an insurrection against Pontius Pilate, whom he distrusts. Manaheem recruits the blacksmith, Barabbas, to be the insurrection leader, to the dismay of Barabbas’ Godly but fearful wife (when he finally tells her). The mendicant, an unfortunate but pensive young man named Timotheus, joins with an older beggar completely unsympathetic to his musings. Pontius Pilate sees himself as a weak ruler, but his wife pushes him to be stronger and to even take over Herod’s territory. Manaheem re-unites with his former wife, Claressa. In need of more money, he tries to blackmail Herod over his illicit affair With Herodius, his brother�s wife, but, Herod decides to marry Herodius and send his present wife back to her father. John the Baptist preaches to Herod and looses his head. Herod’s palace is attacked, and suspecting Pilate, he tells Manaheem go ahead with the mission. Barabbas is successful in forming a group of insurrectionists and they rehearse for the big day. But will the insurrection succeed? .

###WRITING STYLE: The writing style is a unique eclectic style, combining poetry, straight dialogue and 1st person stream-of-consciousness narrative with the 3rd person narration

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The Glass Kingdom By Lawrence Osborne Audiobook


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  • Duration: 9 hours, 21 minutes
  • Writer: Lawrence Osborne
  • Publisher: August 2020
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The Glass Kingdom By Lawrence Osborne Audiobook

Brought to you by Penguin.

Sarah Talbot Jennings, a young American living in New York, has fled to Bangkok to disappear. Arriving with a suitcase containing $200,000, she rents an apartment at the Kingdom, a glittering high-end complex slowly sinking into its own twilight – and run by conveniently discreet staff.

In Bangkok’s shocking heat Sarah meets the beguiling Mali, a half-Thai tenant who’s strangely determined to bring the quiet American out of her shell. An invitation to Mali’s poker nights soon follows, where – fuelled by shots of yadong, gossip of shady dealings in the city and the hit of marijuana – Sarah is drawn into the orbit of the Kingdom’s glamorous ex-pat women.

But when an attempted military coup wracks the streets below and Sarah witnesses something unspeakable through one of the Kingdom’s windows, only to be followed by a series of strange disappearances, Sarah’s safe haven begins to feel like a trap.

From a master of atmosphere and suspense, The Glass Kingdom is a brilliantly unsettling story of cruelty and psychological unrest, and an enthralling glimpse into the shadowy crossroads of karma and human greed.

‘Bangkok is the star of this accomplished novel. Its denizens are aliens to themselves, glittering on the horizon of their own lives, moving – restless and rootless and afraid – though a cityscape that has more stories than they know’ HILARY MANTEL

© Lawrence Osborne 2020 (P) Penguin Audio 2020

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If I Gained the World By Linda Nichols Audiobook


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  • Duration: 16 hours, 44 minutes
  • Writer: Linda Nichols
  • Publisher: February 2008
  • Narrators: Richard Ferrone
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  • Rating: 4.5
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If I Gained the World By Linda Nichols Audiobook

Linda Nichols is a best-selling author of Christian fiction and was a 2003 Christy Awards finalist. She creates another inspiring and emotional novel with If I Gained the World. After leaving her partner, Daniel, Lenore plans on beginning a new life with their son. But parting from the man she loved for so many years sends her into a deep depression. Finally, Lenore meets the people of the Greater Grace Tabernacle, and with their help, she finds peace and happiness again.

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