Monkey for Breakfast:Stories from an Enthralling Planet George Russell Sly
A spellbinding addition to our Pocket Classics series: a gathering of utterly transporting short stories by an international constellation of writers. As Scheherezade proved long ago, good stories make the best bedtime entertainment. The tales collected here represent the essence of the storyteller´s art, with its ancient roots in fantastical legends and tales told around a fire. Isak Dinesen, Naguib Mahfouz, Angela Carter, Salman Rushdie, Ursula K. Le Guin, A. S. Byatt, Steven Millhauser, Haruki Murakami, and many other writers mingle their voices in this one-volume gateway to dreams. It is the perfect bedside companion for fiction lovers everywhere. As Scheherezade proved long ago, good stories make the best bedtime entertainment. The tales collected here represent the essence of the storyteller´s art, with its ancient roots in fantastical legends and tales told around a fire. In Bedtime Stories, great writers of the past two centuries explore the boundaries between the real and the unreal, between waking and dreaming. From the surreal night visions of Nathaniel Hawthorne´s ´´Young Goodman Brown´´ to the unspeakable horror that haunts two little girls in A. S. Byatt´s ´´The Thing in the Forest,´´ from Washington Irving´s comical ´´The Legend of Sleepy Hollow´´ to Ursula K. LeGuin´s sly perspective on Sleeping Beauty in ´´The Poacher,´´ these spellbinding stories transform the stuff of fables and fairy tales into high art. Isak Dinesen, Vladimir Nabokov, Angela Carter, Julio Cortázar, Steven Millhauser, Neil Gaiman, Haruki Murakami, and many more mingle their voices in this one-volume gateway to dreams--the perfect bedside companion for fiction lovers everywhere.
In Sly Moves, the man behind legendary screen characters shares never-before-told stories about his childhood, his early days at the gym, the long and winding road to success, and the many movie parts that demanded intense physical training. Drawing on the various health regimens he used for different roles throughout his acting career, Sly has created a unique training plan that will have you feeling healthier, more alive, and ready to rise up to any challenge. Inside, you´ll find: Four tailored workouts that focus on fitness fundamentals Advice on how to structure your workouts, day-by-day, week-by-week The truth about good and bad carbs So get ready to build your body right, go the distance, and become a contender with Sly Moves. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robb Webb. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/001068/bk_harp_001068_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Four animal children´s stories with Copper, the Dog That Didn´t Bark; Virginia, the Quiet Cat; George, the Sly Bear; and Sugar, the Happy Horse. These are Grandpa Dave stories with fun goings-on and surprises. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Grandpa Dave. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/smag/000319/bk_smag_000319_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Deftly spinning genres of his feverish literary invention, Rion Amilcar Scott creates his very own Yoknapatawpha County with fictional Cross River, Maryland. Established by the leaders of America´s only successful slave revolt, the town still evokes the fierce rhythms of its founding. Among its residents 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. Culminating with an explosive novella, these haunting stories of the denizens of Cross River serve to explore larger themes of religion, violence, and love-all told with sly humor and a dash of magical realism. Shattering rigid literary boundaries, Scott is ´´a necessary voice in American literature´´ (PEN Award citation), a writer whose storytelling gifts the world very much requires.
She has been hailed by Michael Chabon as ´´the most darkly playful voice in American fiction´´ and by Neil Gaiman as ´´a national treasure.´´ Now Kelly Link´s eagerly awaited new collection - her first for adult listeners in a decade - proves indelibly that this bewitchingly original writer is among the finest we have. Link has won an ardent following for her ability, with each new short story, to take listeners deeply into an unforgettable, brilliantly constructed fictional universe. The nine exquisite examples in this collection show her in full command of her formidable powers. In ´´The Summer People,´´ a young girl in rural North Carolina serves as uneasy caretaker to the mysterious, never-quite-glimpsed visitors who inhabit the cottage behind her house. In ´´I Can See Right Through You,´´ a middle-aged movie star makes a disturbing trip to the Florida swamp where his former on- and off-screen love interest is shooting a ghost-hunting reality show. In ´´The New Boyfriend,´´ a suburban slumber party takes an unusual turn, and a teenage friendship is tested, when the spoiled birthday girl opens her big present: a life-size animated doll. Hurricanes, astronauts, evil twins, bootleggers, Ouija boards, iguanas, The Wizard of Oz, superheroes, the Pyramids... These are just some of the talismans of an imagination as capacious and as full of wonder as that of any writer today. But as fantastical as these stories can be, they are always grounded by sly humor and an innate generosity of feeling for the frailty - and the hidden strengths - of human beings. In Get in Trouble, this one-of-a-kind talent expands the boundaries of what short fiction can do. Read by a Full Cast: ´´The Summer People´´... read by Grace Blewer ´´I Can See Right Through You´´... read by Kirby Heyborne ´´Secret Identity´´... read by Tara Sands ´´Valley of the Girls´´... read by Robbie Daymond ´´Or 1. Language: English. Narrator: Grace Blewer, Kirby Heyborne, Tara Sands, full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/004083/bk_rand_004083_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The first collection by writer Matthew Hughes, and the perfect companion to his acclaimed novel Black Brillion, The Gist Hunter and Other Stories features nine stories taking place in the universe of The Archonate, as well as four non-series stories. The stories of Henghis Hapthorn, Old Earth´s ´´foremost freelance discriminator´´, combine mystery and science fantasy while simultaneously recalling the arch irony of Gene Wolfe and the sly fancies of Jack Vance. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Marantz. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/013953/bk_adbl_013953_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A sly debut story collection that conjures the experience of adolescence through the eyes of Chinese American girls growing up in New York City - for listeners of Zadie Smith, Helen Oyeyemi, and Junot Díaz. A fresh new voice emerges with the arrival of Sour Heart, establishing Jenny Zhang as a frank and subversive interpreter of the immigrant experience in America. Her stories cut across generations and continents, moving from the fraught halls of a public school in Flushing, Queens, to the tumultuous streets of Shanghai, China, during the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s. In the absence of grown-ups, latchkey kids experiment on each other until one day the experiments turn violent; an overbearing mother abandons her artistic aspirations to come to America but relives her glory days through karaoke; and a shy loner struggles to master English so she can speak to God. Narrated by the daughters of Chinese immigrants who fled imperiled lives as artists back home only to struggle to stay afloat - Dumpster diving for food and scamming Atlantic City casino buses to make a buck - these seven stories showcase Zhang´s compassion, moral courage, and a perverse sense of humor reminiscent of Portnoy´s Complaint. A darkly funny and intimate rendering of girlhood, Sour Heart examines what it means to belong to a family and to find your home, leave it, reject it, and return again. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Greta Jung, Jenny Zhang, full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/005225/bk_rand_005225_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.