A superbly written novel offering an intriguing interpretation of one of the world's greatest aviators, the glamorous and mysterious Jean Batten. Jean Batten became an international icon in the 1930s. A brave, beautiful woman, she made a number of heroic solo flights across the world. The newspapers couldn't get enough of her, yet she suddenly slipped out of view, disappearing to the Caribbean with her mother and dying in obscurity in Majorca, buried in a pauper's grave. Fiona Kidman's enthralling novel delves into the life of this enigmatic woman, exploring mysteries and crafting a fascinating exploration of early flying, of mothers and daughters and of fame and secrecy. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Heather Bolton. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/boli/002646/bk_boli_002646_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Little and the Great Things includes a reading of the eponymous prayer followed by beautiful piano music based on an original composition of Frederic Chopin. The piano composition includes Nocturne in G Major, Op. 37 No. 2 - Andantino. The nocturne is painted with Chopin's most ethereal brush, characterised by beautiful sensuousness and luscious soft, rounded tones, and not without a certain degree of languor. Something of the warmer Mediterranean climate gently flows into the composer's pen here, perhaps reflective of Chopin's stay on the island of Majorca. This is an example of Chopin's music acting as an aphrodisiac. Performed by Anton Kingsbury. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Josh Verbae. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/mxbo/000244/bk_mxbo_000244_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Dorothy Gilman, famous for her best-selling Mrs. Pollifax mysteries, crafts a novel pulsing with international intrigue and psychological drama. Uncertain Voyage is certain to hold you spellbound with its tale of a timid young American woman who finds herself in situations that would test anyone’s courage. Melissa Aubrey is touring Europe alone as part of her quest to establish her self-reliance. Still recovering from a nervous breakdown brought on by a disastrous marriage, Melissa is fragile, to say the least. When one of her fellow travelers makes an urgent plea that she deliver a small package to an address in Majorca, Melissa is thrown into a dizzying whirlwind of romance, mystery, and danger. Narrator Alyssa Bresnahan’s elegant, expressive voice evokes the artistic young heroine’s changing states of mind. With her performance you will experience the thrill of adventure in foreign lands right alongside Melissa. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alyssa Bresnahan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/005995/bk_reco_005995_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In Dirty Game, Annie Bailey was an East End Madam. In Black Widow she's queen of the gangs and trying to save her daughter's life.... Annie Bailey had done it all: madam, mistress and gangster's moll. Now she's Annie Carter, and she's taking over the East End. Annie knew that it wouldn't last. Everything was going so well; she was living in Majorca, had Max Carter - the head of the Carter firm - by her side and had given him a beautiful daughter, Layla. But if there was one thing life had taught her, it was that everything could change in the blink of an eye. One minute she's lying by the pool, the next she's out cold. When she comes round, Max and Layla are gone. It's not long before she gets the demands. They want money, or she'll be getting her little girl back in pieces.... There's only one thing Annie can do: she heads back to the East End of London and gathers the Carter firm together. Someone has snatched her husband and child. Now there's a score to settle, and it's being settled Annie Carter style.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Karen Cass. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/002962/bk_hcuk_002962_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In November 1838, Frederic Chopin, George Sand, and her two children sailed to Majorca to escape the Parisian winter. They settled in an abandoned monastery at Valldemossa in the mountains above Palma, where Chopin finished what would eventually be recognized as one of the great and revolutionary works of musical Romanticism: his 24 Preludes. There was scarcely a decent piano on the island, so Chopin worked on a small pianino made by a local craftsman, Juan Bauza. Chopin's Piano traces the history of Chopin's 24 Preludes through the instruments on which they were played, the pianists who interpreted them, and the traditions they came to represent. Yet it begins and ends with the Majorcan pianino, which assumed an astonishing cultural potency during the Second World War as it became, for the Nazis, a symbol of the man and music they were determined to appropriate as their own. After Chopin, the unexpected hero of Chopin's Piano is the great keyboard player Wanda Landowska, who rescued the pianino from Valldemossa in 1913 and who would later become one of the most influential artistic figures of the 20th century. Paul Kildea shows how her story resonates with Chopin's, simultaneously distilling part of the cultural and political history of mid-20th-century Europe and the US. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Matthew Waterson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/high/002259/bk_high_002259_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.