More than 60 years ago, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac, two novice writers at the dawn of their careers, sat down to write a novel about the summer of 1944, when one of their friends killed another in a moment of brutal and tragic bloodshed. Alternating chapters, they pieced together a hard-boiled tale of bohemian New York during World War II, full of drugs and obsession, art and violence. The manuscript, named after a line from a news story about a fire at a circus, was rejected by publishers and confined to a filing cabinet for decades. Now, for the first time, this legendary collaboration between two of the 20th century´s most influential writers is being released. Both a fascinating piece of American literary history and an engrossing, atmospheric novel, it brings to life a shocking murder at the dawn of the Beat Generation. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ray Porter. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/002848/bk_blak_002848_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Based on ´´Travels in West Africa´´ by Mary Kingsley, this is the account of a Victorian lady´s journeys up the rivers of West Africa in the 1890s. AUTHOR: Mary Kingsley was born in 1862. She was trapped by the conventions of her time until her parents died but then, with an income of £500, she was free to travel and in 1893 went to Africa. Travelling alone in small steamers and native canoes, which she learned to handle, she went deep into the jungle, learning about the spiritual lives of the African tribes and collecting specimens of fish for the British Museum. Her books were popular, funny and contentious and her views on missionaries were trenchant. After publishing her first book Mary Kingsley returned to West Africa. During the Boer War she worked in the military hospitals in South Africa where she died of typhus. ADAPTER: Nick McCarty has been a professional writer for forty years and has written for television shows such as Bergerac, The Onedin Line, The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Z-Cars and General Hospital. He has also scripted award-winning radio drama adaptations including A Tale of Two Cities, Dan Dare, Hard Times, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Dracula as well as many original plays for both the BBC and Commercial Radio. READER: Philippa Urquhart has been a member of The Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. She has worked extensively in Repertory Theatres across England and Scotland, and has appeared in London´s West End. Her many TV credits include Lillian Cartland in Tenko, and Miss Briggs in Vanity Fair, for the BBC. Films include Laughter In The Dark and Children Of Men. Her one woman show The Turn Of The Screw, adapted from the famous ghost story by Henry James, continues to tour successfully across the UK and worldwide. MUSIC: The drums are played by children from the Kakua Primary School, Sierra Leone. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Philippa Urquhart. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/crim/000001/bk_crim_000001_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the early 20th century, the United States government concocted a plan to import hippopotamuses into the marshlands of Louisiana to be bred and slaughtered as an alternative meat source. This is true. Other true things about hippos: They are savage, they are fast, and their jaws can snap a man in two. This was a terrible plan. Contained within this volume is an 1890s America that might have been: a bayou overrun by feral hippos and mercenary hippo wranglers from around the globe. It is the story of Winslow Houndstooth and his crew. It is the story of their fortunes. It is the story of his revenge. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Peter Berkrot. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/008280/bk_tant_008280_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A few months ago, Winslow Houndstooth put together the damnedest crew of outlaws, assassins, cons, and saboteurs on either side of the Harriet for a history-changing caper. Together, they conspired to blow the dam that choked the Mississippi and funnel the hordes of feral hippos contained within downriver to finally give America back its greatest waterway. Songs are sung of their exploits, many with a haunting refrain: ´´And not a soul escaped alive.´´ In the aftermath of the Harriet catastrophe, that crew has scattered to the winds. Some hunt the missing lovers they refuse to believe have died. Others band together to protect a precious infant and a peaceful future. All of them struggle with who they´ve become after a long life of theft, murder, deception, and general disinterest in the strictures of the law. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Peter Berkrot. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/008417/bk_tant_008417_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Learn to count with these fun hippos. Your preschooler will learn their numbers one through 10 with easy rhymes and silly hippos. The book includes several activities to deepen your child´s understanding in a fun but educational way. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lydia M. Bowers. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/088883/bk_acx0_088883_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Number one best-selling author David Walliams presents this explosively funny space adventure for children of 3 and up. Hilariously read by the author himself. Warning: very silly sound-effects included!Two big hippos.One enormous dream.Who can make it to the moon first?3...2...1.... BLAST OFF!Introducing a wonderfully charming and funny new picture book from two superstars! 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Walliams. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/001960/bk_hcuk_001960_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1910, the United States - its population exploding, its frontier all but exhausted - was in the throes of a serious meat shortage. But a small and industrious group of thinkers stepped forward with an answer, a bold idea being endorsed by the likes of Theodore Roosevelt and The New York Times. Their plan: To import hippopotamuses to the swamps of Louisiana and convince Americans to eat them. The only thing stranger than the hippo idea itself was the partnership promoting it. At its center were two hard-bitten spies: Frederick Russell Burnham, a superhumanly competent frontiersman, freelance adventurer, and fervent optimist about America´s future-Burnham would be the inspiration for both the Boy Scouts and Indiana Jones-and Fritz Duquesne, a.k.a. the Black Panther, a virtuoso con man and cynical saboteur who believed only in his own glorification and revenge. Burnham and Duquesne had very recently been sworn enemies under orders to assassinate each other. They´d soon be enemies again. But for one brief and shining moment they joined behind a common cause: Transforming America into a nation of hippopotamus ranchers. In American Hippopotamus, Jon Mooallem brings to life a historical saga too preposterous to be fiction-a bracing and eccentric epic of espionage and hippos, but also of a conflicted nation on the threshold of a bewildering new century, deciding what kind of country it would be, and what beasts it would eat. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jon Mooallem. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/014314/bk_acx0_014314_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An assortment of 10 modern day fables starring a variety of animals which include: hippos, sparrows, snow leopards, swordfish, anacondas, moles, ducks, kangaroos, rabbits, penguins, and more. For five-year-olds of any age. These are well worth the listen! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rae Dornan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/023958/bk_acx0_023958_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An assortment of 10 modern day fables starring a variety of animals which include: hippos, sparrows, snow leopards, swordfish, anacondas, moles, ducks, kangaroos, rabbits, penguins, and more. For five-year-olds of any age. These are well worth the listen! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rae Dornan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/023959/bk_acx0_023959_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.