Four charming, witty novels-including The Nutmeg Tree-from the ´´highly gifted´´ New York Times-bestselling author of Cluny Brown (The New Yorker). A master of the twentieth-century comedy of manners, British author Margery Sharp has been praised as ´´one of the most gifted writers of comedy´´ (Chicago Daily News) and ´´a wonderful entertainer´´ (The New Yorker). Available for the first time in a single volume, this quartet of novels provides a shining example of ´´her brilliantly acerbic fiction . . . [and] one of her greatest talents, creating female characters of toughness and complexity´´ (The New York Times). Something Light: In 1950s London, professional dog photographer Louisa Datchett has decided it´s high time she snared herself a husband. Up until now, she´s been indiscriminately fond of men, who´ve taken shocking advantage of her good nature. At age thirty Louisa is ready for someone to take care of her and sets out on her romantic quest, in this New York Times bestseller. ´´Brisk, bright, sly, engaging . . . a pleasure to read.´´ -Chicago Tribune The Nutmeg Tree: Motherhood was never really free-spirited Julia Packett´s thing. Following the loss of her husband in World War I, Julia turned to her well-heeled in-laws to raise her daughter. Now twenty, Susan invites her mother to France for the summer to persuade her grandmother to allow her to marry. When Julia arrives, she quickly sees that her proper daughter is mismatched with a playboy. And when Susan´s distinguished legal guardian, Sir William Waring, shows up, romantic complications ensue. ´´Original, subtle, and consistently entertaining.´´ -Kirkus Reviews The Flowering Thorn: In 1929 London, socialite Lesley Frewen impulsively decides to adopt an orphaned boy. Moving to the tiny village of High Westover, Lesley finds herself challenged by a whole new way of life and changed by a young boy who begins to awaken her capacity to love. ´´To those who ´discovered´ Margery Sharp with The Nutmeg Tree, the reissue of this earlier novel . . . will be good news. The city-bred-country-won theme is handled with gay humor and enough of sentiment for general appeal.´´ -Kirkus Reviews The Innocents: As World War II separates a three-year-old, mentally challenged girl from her parents, a British spinster takes on the responsibility of raising her and the two grow closer. But when the war is over and the girl´s mother returns, Antoinette doesn´t want to be separated from the only person who´s ever really understood her. ´´Marvelously crafted . . . believable and heart-wrenching . . . [Sharp] is an incredibly perceptive writer.´´ -The Literary Sisters
While the shadows are lonely - a place where lost and lethal souls withdraw into the solitude of their own minds - there is one who knows that they are not deserted. Into this dark and murky realm there is one who can see with cutting clarity…The Whistler! When those who willingly put a first foot on a slippery slope, and then a second, The Whistler knows how such travels go, and how such journeys must end. At every treacherous step, the sly scorn of this circumspect counselor will whisper in their ear - urging them on…toward their undoing! Once again, these 18 digitally restored and remastered episodes are available from the Radio Spirits Archives Collection. Episodes include: The Man Who Died Twice 09-24-45; Death Laughs Last 10-08-45; The House on Sycamore Road 10-15-45; Final Return 10-29-45; Harvest of Death 11-05-45; The Seeing Eye 11-12-45; Coincidence 11-19-45; The Stray Dream 11-26-45; The Sheriff’s Assistant 04-07-47; Stormy Weather 12-12-48; Telltale Brand 01-09-49; The Last Curtain 02-13-49; Murder in Mind 04-16-50; Return with the Spray 04-23-50; The Return 05-21-50; Rebound 06-11-50; Jessica 06-18-50; Manhunt 06-25-50. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Forman, Gale Gordon, Old Time Radio. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/radi/001894/bk_radi_001894_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The World Doesn´t Require You announces the arrival of a generational talent, as Rion Amilcar Scott shatters rigid genre lines to explore larger themes of religion, violence, and love - all told with sly humor and a dash of magical realism. Established by the leaders of the country´s only successful slave revolt in the mid-19th century, Cross River still evokes the fierce rhythms of its founding. In lyrical prose and singular dialect, a saga beats forward that echoes the fables carried down for generations - like the screecher birds who swoop down for their periodic sacrifice, and the water women who lure men to wet deaths. Among its residents - wildly spanning decades, perspectives, and species - are David Sherman, a struggling musician who just happens to be God´s last son; Tyrone, a ruthless PhD candidate, whose dissertation about a childhood game ignites mayhem in the neighboring, once-segregated town of Port Yooga; and Jim, an all-too-obedient robot who serves his Master. As the book builds to its finish with Special Topics in Loneliness Studies, a fully-realized novella, two unhinged professors grapple with hugely different ambitions, and the listener comes to appreciate the intricacy of the world Scott has created - one where fantasy and reality are eternally at war. 1. Language: English. Narrator: JD Jackson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/high/002765/bk_high_002765_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Ladybird presents First Favourite Tales audio, a fabulous collection of classic stories for toddlers, brought to life through the magic of audio. Produced with enchanting sound effects and lively music that will delight children and introduce them to the world´s most famous stories. This collection of 18 classic tales contains: ´The Three Billy Goats Gruff´, ´Jack and the Beanstalk´, ´The Elves and the Shoemaker´, ´The Wizard of Oz´, ´The Ugly Duckling´, ´Little Red Hen´, ´Little Red Riding Hood´, ´Cinderella´, ´Goldilocks and the Three Bears´, ´The Magic Porridge Pot´, ´Alice in Wonderland´, ´Puss in Boots´, ´The Gingerbread Man´, ´The Three Little Pigs´, ´Chicken Licken´, ´The Enormous Turnip´, ´Sly Fox and Red Hen´ and ´Hansel and Gretel´. Ladybird is a trusted publisher of preschool stories. The First Favourite Tales have been specially created for toddler comprehension and content. Also available: Ladybird Tales audio for children aged five onwards. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Wayne Forester. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/pauk/000896/bk_pauk_000896_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.