A Horrid History of Christmas: Nicola Sly
DescriptionFour Christmas carols that capture the distinctive, contradictory and unmistakable choral style of Giles Swayne.Always plain-speaking, challenging, intense and emotionally honest, Swaynes music also brims with wit, melody and a sly playfulness that is both captivating and addictive. The Four Christmas Carols were written over several years. The first three are for unison voices with Piano, and can be performed by the whole assembly. The fourth requires a larger SATB chorus, and is a larger, expressive and impressive setting of The Coventry Carol.This set of carols has it all - from grand unison melodies, familiar tunes and rousing choruses to more poignant, challenging and unusual passages. It represents a hugely satisfying and entertaining addition to any festive performance or carol concert.SonglistJoseph´s CarolStarlightThe Coventry CarolThe Two Nowells
A heartwarming stand-alone novella from New York Times best-selling author Elizabeth Hoyt! Adam Rutledge, Viscount d´Arque, really rather loathes Christmas. The banal cheerfulness. The asinine party games. And, worst of all, the obligatory trip to the countryside. His grandmother, however, loves the holiday - and Adam loves his grandmother, so he´ll brave the fiercest snowstorm to please her. But when their carriage wheel snaps, they´re forced to seek shelter at the home of the most maddening, infuriating, and utterly beguiling woman he´s ever met.... Sarah St. John really rather loathes rakes. The self-satisfied smirks. The sly predatory gazes. Oh, and the constant witty banter rife with double meaning. But in the spirit of the season, she´ll welcome this admittedly handsome viscount into her home. But as the snowstorm rages, the Yule log crackles, and the tension rises, Sarah and Adam find themselves locked in a fiery, passionate kiss. If love is the true meaning of Christmas, it´s the one gift this mismatched pair can´t wait to unwrap. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ashford McNab. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/003584/bk_hach_003584_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A compilation of classic tales by great American writers performed by terrific actors, with a lineup including Pulitzer Prize winners, National Book Award winners, and PEN Award winners. Amy Tan´s ´´Rules of the Game´´, performed by Freda Foh Shen. A strict Chinese mother bedevils her chess prodigy daughter. Donald Barthelme´s ´´Game´´, performed by David Strathairn. Playing cosmic chicken in a nuclear bunker. Eudora Welty´s ´´Why I Live at the P.O.´´, performed by Stockard Channing. Hilarious story of an independent young woman striking out on her own. Edgar Allan Poe´s ´´The Black Cat´´ performed by René Auberjonois. Terrifyingly delicious Poe masterpiece. Joyce Carol Oates´ ´´Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?´´ performed by Christine Baranski. Sly, creepy tale of a teenage girl’s seduction by a dangerous drifter. John Sayles´ ´´At the Anarchists’ Convention´´, performed by Jerry Stiller. Laugh-out-loud classic. Alice Walker´s ´´Everyday Use´´, performed by Carmen de Lavallade. Siblings disagree about a precious piece of their family heritage. John Cheever´s ´´Christmas Is a Sad Season for the Poor´´, performed by Malachy McCourt. A high-rise elevator operator is overwhelmed by his riders’ holiday generosity. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Freda Foh Shen, David Strathairn, Stockard Channing, René Auberjonois, Christine Baranski, Jerry Stiller, Malachy McCourt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/sp/symp/000026/sp_symp_000026_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Twelve American tourists join an art expedition that begins in the Himalayan foothills of China - dubbed the true Shangri-La - and heads south into the jungles of Burma. But after the mysterious death of their tour leader, the carefully laid plans fall apart, and disharmony breaks out among the pleasure-seekers as they come to discover that the Burma Road is paved with less-than-honorable intentions, questionable food, and tribal curses. Then, on Christmas morning, eleven of the travelers boat across a misty lake for a sunrise cruise - and disappear. Drawing from the current political reality in Burma and woven with pure confabulation, Amy Tan´s picaresque novel poses the question: How can we discern what is real and what is fiction, in everything we see? How do we know what to believe? Saving Fish from Drowning finds sly truth in the absurd: a reality TV show called Darwin´s Fittest, a repressive regime known as SLORC, two cheroot-smoking twin children hailed as divinities, and a ragtag tribe hiding in the jungle - where the sprites of disaster known as Nats lurk, as do the specters of the fabled Younger White Brother and a British illusionist who was not who he was worshipped to be. With her signature ´´idiosyncratic, sympathetic characters, haunting images, historical complexity, significant contemporary themes, and suspenseful mystery´´ (Los Angeles Times), Amy Tan spins a provocative and mesmerizing tale about the mind and the heart of the individual, the actions we choose, the moral questions we might ask ourselves, and above all, the deeply personal answers we seek when happy endings are seemingly impossible. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Amy Tan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/000402/bk_brll_000402_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
As heard on Sirius XM Radio and NPR stations!The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes, Volume One of The Best of the Comedy-O-Rama Hour, produced and directed by Joe Bevilacqua, written by Joe Bevilacqua, Daws Butler, and Robert J. Cirasa. Comedy and mystery are happy bedfellows in The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes. Veteran award-winning radio producer Joe Bevilacqua´s 10-part radio theater series pays humorous homage to the classic characters of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The stories are filled with sly references to the original ´´canon´´, as it is called. Even the Baker Street Irregulars and other Holmesian groups and scholars have enjoyed this about the series. The fine cast of British and American actors includes Sherlock Holmes: Vernon Morris; Dr. John H. Watson, M.D.: Henry J. Quinn; Ms. Hudson: Jan Meredith; Professor Moriarty: Ed Hyland; Irene Adler: Terry Price; Mary Morstan: Gwendolyn Lewis; Tavis Mac Millian: B.H. Barry; Arthur Conan Doyle, William Gillette, Bert Stover ,and roles: Joe Bevilacqua. Titles include: Episode One: ´´The Mystery of the Creepy Hack Writer´´; Episode Two: ´´My Dinner at Baker Street´´; Episode Three: ´´Sherlock Holmes in Trouble´´; Episode Four: ´´A Study in Lavender´´; Episode Five: ´´The Death of Mr. Sherlock Holmes´´; Episode Six: ´´The Giant Rat of Sumatra´´; Episode Seven: ´´Tales from the Vienna Wards´´; Episode Eight: ´´His Second to Last Bow´´; Episode Nine: ´´Revenge of the Beekeeper´´; Episode Ten: ´´Holmes´ Creepy Christmas´´. For more about The Comedy-O-Rama Hour, go to: http://www.comedyorama.com 1. Language: English. Narrator: Vernon Morris, Henry J. Quinn, Jan Meredith, Ed Hyland, Terry Price, Gwendolyn Lewis, B. H. Barry, Joe Bevilacqua. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/watr/000009/bk_watr_000009_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.