Do you believe in fairies? Join Tinker Bell´s sisters on a magical adventure. Inspired by Tinker Bell from the book Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie. Before Tinker Bell flew to Never Land and met Peter Pan, she lived on Sheepskerry Island with her fairy sisters - Clara, Lily, Rosie, Silver, and Squeak, the baby. The young fairies go to fairy school and love tea parties, dressing up, and exciting adventures. Lily´s dressing-up dreams have come true - she´s going to Queen Titania´s annual fancy-dress competition. She´s always dreamed of meeting the fashionable town fairies on the mainland, and now´s her chance! But not everywhere is like Sheepskerry Island, and some fairies are less friendly than others. Without her Fairy Bell sisters to help her, Lily´s adventure spells trouble. How can she turn a dressing-up disaster into a prize-winning success? Young listeners will love the enchanting stories in this charming new series. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jane Collingwood. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/001988/bk_hcuk_001988_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When Becky steps into Jonathon Nelson’s photography studio, she is simply a journalist looking for a story. But when she puts on the beautiful Victorian dress and poses, she encounters flashbacks from a life that isn’t her own. As she and Jon begin to unravel the mystery, the attraction they have for each other continues to grow and leads them to question: Have they met not just in this life but in another? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Julia Barrie. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/howe/002271/bk_howe_002271_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Mariano Fortuny was a visionary designer and artist - best known today for his rich, innovative textiles and opulent dress designs, he was also an accomplished painter, etcher and photographer, as well as a designer of theatrical sets, costumes and lighting, revolutionising the stagecraft of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries with his ambitious lighting designs. Fortuny´s varied and sumptuous output has acquired almost mythological status in the canon of early twentieth-century Aestheticism. Guillermo de Osma sets out to provide a complete and authoritative account of his life and work.Born in 1871, into a famous family of artists, critics, architects and craftsmen, Fortuny benefitted from an eclectic artistic education, and inherited his father´s passion for collecting, as well as his interest in the art and artefacts of the Arabic world. He supplemented this early immersion in the art world with his own ´Grand Tour´ of Europe´s cultural centres, including Paris and Bayreuth, where he was introduced to the work of composer Richard Wagner. Fortuny eventually settled in Venice and, from his studio in the Palazzo Orfei, began to create work in the burgeoning tradition of Aestheticism, rejecting the hierarchies and barriers between the arts and creating 2D artwork as well as furniture, textiles and stage designs for pioneering opera and ballet productions. The ´Delphos robe´ is perhaps the quintessential Fortuny creation - a dress as work of art, with its origins in progressive theatrical costume design, that went on to be worn by avant-garde figures including Isadora Duncan and was even immortalized by Proust in ´Remembrance of Things Past´. Hand-dyed and pleated to a patented design, this figure-skimming robe was considered shocking on its first appearance in 1907 but examples still appear on red carpets today. Bringing together craftsmanship, liberal principles of ´rational dress´ and a deep immersion in the dress traditions of the Arabic and Classical worlds, it is an iconic garment that transcends fashion.
A captivating family drama about sisters and long-held secrets spanning from the 1930s to the present day, perfect for fans of Downton Abbey. Chalfont Hall, Dorset, 1936, and as the dressmaker puts the last pins in her dress, 13-year-old Kit is wondering why she has to go through the charade of seeing her sister, Lily, presented at Court. With her waves of auburn hair and her piercing green eyes, Kit knows that her sister´s place on the social scene is guaranteed regardless of her dress, and as the door to a life of parties and eligible young men opens for Lily, Kit must make do with tiptoeing around the gallery of Chalfont, eavesdropping on the conversations of the grown-ups. But the arrival one evening of a distinctly German visitor soon sets in motion a chain of events that none of the family could have anticipated. Years later the aftershock of events will be felt by a new generation.... Read by Julia Barrie. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Julia Barrie. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/orio/001016/bk_orio_001016_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Halloween is also the eve of the Druidic festival of Samhain, a time when the barriers between the natural and supernatural worlds were at their most fragile and when the dead could return and entities from other dimensions could visit the human realm. Many of our Halloween traditions actually come from these much older beliefs - for example, the wearing of masks and disguises on Halloween is a very ancient practice intended to confuse wandering ghosts and spirits. Of course, we laugh at these superstitions now. We know that Halloween is a time for having fun and that there isn’t any such thing as a night that is evil. Or is there? If you listen to the stories in this audiobook, you may begin to wonder. These are all true stories of strange and bad things that have happened at Halloween. So many stories of so many bad things that you may start to wonder whether perhaps there is something different about Halloween. Something dark. Perhaps even something evil.... You won’t find any stories of ghosts, spirits, or the supernatural here. These are stories of real people and the strange and wicked things that they do on or around October 31. Listen if you dare, and discover a feast of murder, untimely death, and mysterious disappearance linked by just one thing: Halloween. Here is a preview of what´s inside.... ´´Trick or Treat or Die´´ ´´Framed for a Halloween Murder´´ ´´Pocahontas is Missing´´ ´´The Pastor of Death´´ ´´Death Came in Fancy Dress´´ ´´The Great Cornell Pumpkin Prank´´ Much, much more! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Conway. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/108987/bk_acx0_108987_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A real untold story. Dr. Jordan B. Smith, Jr. became the first African-American to become the Color Company Commander at the United States Naval Academy (Annapolis or USNA) in 1976. The Class of 1976 African Americans set the pathway for changes, by demonstrating that blacks and other minorities had earned the right to be in Annapolis. The incidents and events are authentic. This audiobook is about one of the black men who graduated from the Naval Academy in 1976 whose accomplishment ignites a communication frenzy among the media - as another Navy tradition goes away. The cover picture shows a black girl wearing a traditional, southern belle, formal white dress. The pictures of this event make public that blacks could compete with their white counterparts and live in harmony. These black midshipmen pioneers of Annapolis brings an end to the discriminatory tolerant institutions of learning at the United States Naval Academy. At the time, the author thought this accomplishment was insignificant, but it faded away with time and only existed as a memory. The cover picture of this audiobook is on display in the Naval Museum in Annapolis, Maryland. The image is on display in a glass case, close by uniforms of Admiral Nimitz and Farragut, and other historical Naval documents and artifacts. Most African-Americans today are familiar with black sports professionals like Michael Jordan, and few if any know anything about the accomplishment of African-Americans who broke barriers to scuttle Navy traditions at Annapolis. The achievements of these black military men are well concealed and camouflaged. However, no significant progress ever happens without setbacks, diversions, decisions, failures, and modifications of strategies. Perseverance and struggle in making the dream a reality, has never failed throughout the author´s lifetime. It is the development of Dr. Smith´s growing mindset that allowed him to believe that he could become the 17th Company Commander. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jordan B Smith Jr. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/095738/bk_acx0_095738_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
For listeners of Lucinda Riley, Sarah Jio, or Susan Meissner, this gripping historical debut novel tells the story of two women: one an immigrant seamstress who disappears from San Francisco´s gritty streets in 1876 and the other a young woman in the present day who must delve into the secrets of her husband´s wealthy family only to discover that she and the missing dressmaker might be connected in unexpected ways. An exquisite ring, passed down through generations, connects two women who learn that love is a choice, and forgiveness is the key to freedom. San Francisco: 1876 Immigrant dressmakers Hannelore Schaeffer and Margaret O´Brien struggle to provide food for their siblings while mending delicate clothing for the city´s most affluent ladies. When wealthy Lucas Havensworth enters the shop, Hanna´s future is altered forever. With Margaret´s encouragement and the power of a borrowed green dress, Hanna dares to see herself as worthy of him. Then Margaret disappears, and Hanna turns to Lucas. Braving the gritty streets of the Barbary Coast and daring to enter the mansions of Nob Hill, Hanna stumbles upon Margaret´s fate, forcing her to make a devastating decision - one that will echo through the generations. San Francisco: Present Day In her elegant Marina apartment overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, Sarah Havensworth struggles to complete the novel she quit her job for. Afraid to tell her husband of her writer´s block, Sarah is also hiding a darker secret - one that has haunted her for 14 years. Then a news headline from 1876 sparks inspiration: ´´Missing Dressmakers Believed to be Murdered´´. Compelled to discover what happened to Hannelore and Margaret, Sarah returns to her roots as a journalist. Will her beautiful heirloom engagement ring uncover a connection to Hanna Schaeffer? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cassandra Campbell, Barrie Kreinik. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/005760/bk_harp_005760_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
She was wearing a skimpy summer dress and as the desert wind blew, it felt chilly. We went to a small airstrip nearby and boarded a Micro Lite. It was just the two of us, the pilot, the producer, and his wife who would take the pictures. I was going to propose marriage to her over the sky. Paige and Jordan fall in love, and seem to live what looks like a normal life. However, their tastes are quite expensive, and soon find themselves out of money. Each of them has a secret life that they have not revealed to the other. Paige lets her friends know that Jordan is at fault; Jordan blames Paige. They both blame the other for not giving them what they want. They make friends, but end up scamming them, oftentimes without the other knowing. Paige´s past reveals that she had killed a former female friend during a fight over a mutual boyfriend. Her past catches up with her, when someone locates her who has suspected this, and blackmails her. Jordan, on the other hand preys on lonely cougars (older woman) from whom he steals money to support his nasty habits of drugs and gambling. When one of the cougar´s husband, discovers his wife is cheating on him, and her lover is stealing from them, he is out for vengeance, and Jordan needs to somehow escape. Jordan reveals his antics to Paige and together they plot to solve the problem. Their plan is to go disappear, set up a life insurance scam, escape to Australia to the Great Barrier Reef. There they would board a catamaran, and disappear while diving, leaving some of their scuba equipment behind to float up to a beach, making those who find it think they have been eaten by sharks. Once they figure they are safe, they begin scheming again, so they can keep up with their rich lifestyle. Only this time it even gets worse. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Larry A. Brewer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/048751/bk_acx0_048751_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Olympia Crawford Rubinstein has a busy legal career, a solid marriage, and a way of managing her thriving family with grace, humor, and boundless energy. With twin daughters finishing high school, a son at Dartmouth, and a kindergartner from her second marriage, there seems to be no challenge to which Olympia cannot rise. Until one sunny day in May, when she opens an invitation for her daughters to attend the most exclusive coming-out ball in New York and chaos erupts all around her. One twin´s excitement is balanced by the other´s outrage; her previous husband´s profound snobbism is in sharp contrast to her current husband´s flat refusal to attend. For Olympia´s husband, Harry, whose parents survived the Holocaust, the idea of a blue-blood debutante ball is abhorrent. Her daughter Veronica, a natural-born rebel, agrees, while Veronica´s identical twin, Virginia, is already shopping for the perfect dress. Then there´s Olympia´s ex, an insufferable snob, who sees the ball as the perfect opportunity for a family feud. And amid all the hubbub, Olympia´s college-age son, Charlie, is facing a turning point in his life, and may need his mother more than ever. But despite it all, Olympia is determined to steer her family through the event until, just days before the cotillion, things begin to unravel with alarming speed. From a son´s crisis to a daughter´s heartbreak, from a case of the chicken pox to a political debate raging in her household, Olympia is on the verge of surrender. And that is when, in a series of startling choices and changes of heart, family, friends, and even a blue-haired teenager all find a way to turn a night of calamity into an evening of magic. As old wounds are healed, barriers are shattered, and new traditions are born, a debutante ball becomes a catalyst for change, revelation, acceptance, and love. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Garrison. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/000848/bk_rand_000848_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.