This Audible Exclusive adaptation of Angela Carter´s The Magic Toyshop, is brought expertly to life by multi-award winning actress, Fiona Shaw. A coming of age tale which extends the nature and boundaries of love, as seen through the eyes of the youthful and naïve Melanie, The Magic Toyshop was enormously successful and cemented Angela Carter´s status as one of England´s greatest and most daring writers. About the book ´This crazy world whirled around her, men and women dwarfed by toys and puppets, where even the birds are mechanical and the few human figures went masked... She was in the night once again, and the doll was herself.´ When tragedy strikes, young Melanie and her two siblings are forced to abandon their family home and sent to live in London with their aunt Margaret, a kindly and beautiful mute, and their abusive and highly manipulative uncle, Philip. Standing on the cusp of womanhood and threatened by her perilous new surroundings, this classic gothic novel follows Melanie as she interacts with a host of colourful characters and becomes increasingly aware of her own morality and sexuality. About the author Angela Carter was born in 1940, in Sussex. She grew up in the shabbily respectable south London district of Balham, the second child of an eccentric journalist father and a neurotic housewife mother. She studied English at Bristol University before travelling extensively, teaching and writing numerous best-selling novels. They have all received considerable critical acclaim and remain firm favourites of modern English literature. Angela was a devout feminist throughout her life, wrote for Spare Rib magazine and voted Labour. Her novels are wholly reflective of her world views and continue to inspire new generations of men and women worldwide. About the narrator Fiona Shaw, CBE, is an Irish actress and ope... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Fiona Shaw. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/031839/bk_adbl_031839_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
‘The man who asks a woman what she wants deserves all that´s coming to him!’ This was Melanie´s viewpoint and she always knew exactly what she wanted. Julia was different. She worked in a dress shop and she was often disturbed about her younger sister´s morals. Both head strong, their differing character traits meant that their parents didn´t know what to make of either of them. Here, against a background of smart and not-so-smart London we see the business girl and the girl-about-town meeting their difficulties in sex and in the daily routine. Alec Waugh, 1898-1981, was a British novelist born in London and educated at Sherborne Public School, Dorset. Waugh’s first novel, The Loom of Youth (1917), is a semi-autobiographical account of public school life that caused some controversy at the time and led to his expulsion. Waugh was the only boy ever to be expelled from The Old Shirburnian Society. Despite setting this record, Waugh went on to become the successful author of over 50 works, and lived in many exotic places throughout his life which later became the settings for some of his texts. He was also a noted wine connoisseur and campaigned to make the cocktail party a regular feature of 1920s social life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christine Rendel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/009320/bk_adbl_009320_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Six award-winning authors have contributed new stories to A Timeless Romance Anthology: Summer Wedding Collection. Listeners will love this collection of six sweet contemporary romance novellas, centered on a summer wedding, all with one thing in common: Romance. In Melanie Jacobson´s charming novella, Love Bytes, Bree is the maid of honor and Dallen is the best man. While they plan and plot over email and texting, Bree realizes that the best part about the Maui wedding might be meeting Dallen. She just hopes that he´ll feel the same way. Romeo and Julie-ex is a sweet romance by Julie Wright. ´´Romeo´´ turns out to be a two-timing jerk, and when Juliet Moore´s pre-ordered wedding dress arrives from UPS, Juliet curses everything male. In a stubborn streak, she decides to keep the bridal photography appointment - when Juliet shows up for the appointment and meets photographer Jack Montague, she might have to take back some of her curses on men. In Rachael Anderson´s enchanting novella, The Meltdown Match, Courtney spends each summer in her hometown of Heimel, Alaska, to find inspiration for her next novel. But when she runs into former high school friend, Mitch Winters, and they both win the Meltdown Match - a traditional dating contest - Courtney discovers that leaving her hometown at the end of the summer might not be so easy this time. In Golden Sunrise, an engaging romance by Annette Lyon, Natalie takes time out of her crazy schedule to fly to Vegas for her best friend´s wedding. Fortunately for Natalie, her old high-school flame, Adam, has a work commitment and can´t be there as best man. But when she arrives at the wedding rehearsal - late and ragged - Adam is there. When Adam makes a wild suggestion, Natalie just may take him up on it, even though she knows he´s moved on. Tide Pools is a captivating story by Heather B. Moore. Lexi makes a quick trip to Hawaii to attend he... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Karen Peakes. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/009326/bk_brll_009326_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.