Great Expectations is one of a series of retellings of classic literature by publisher Real Reads. True to the original plot, characters and themes, Real Reads also imitate the the original author´s style. An intelligent, lively and enjoyable introduction to this classic tale. An escaped convict threatens to eat young Pip´s heart for breakfast. The ghostly Miss Havisham invites Pip to her eerie home. A mysterious benefactor suddenly makes him wealthy. Pip´s life will never be the same again. Pride, humility, love; loyalty and shame compete for Pip´s emotions. Will his quest to become a gentleman enable him to melt the heart of the beautiful Estella, or will it destroy his happiness? Pip´s tale is full of mystery and surprises. What is the nature of Miss Havisham´s interest in him? Why does Estella want to break his heart? Why does the convict return? More importantly, who has given Pip his great expectations? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Graham Bill. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rlrd/000014/bk_rlrd_000014_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Wind in the Willows is a book for those ´´who keep the spirit of youth alive in them; of life, sunshine, running water, woodlands, dusty roads, winter firesides.´´ So wrote Kenneth Grahame of his timeless tale of Rat, Mole, Badger, and Toad, in their lyrical world of gurgling rivers and whispering reeds, a world that is both beautiful and benevolently ordered. But it is also a world threatened by dark forces: ´´the Terror of the Wild Wood´´ with its ´´wicked little faces´´ and ´´glances of malice and hatred´´, and defended by the mysterious Piper at the Gates of Dawn.In the end, Grahame triumphantly succeeds in conveying his most precious theme: the miracle of loyalty and friendship. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mary Woods. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/002097/bk_blak_002097_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Featured title in the 2018 PBS Great American Reads Dickens’ extraordinary novel of Victorian values Great Expectations chronicles the progress of Pip from childhood through adulthood. As he moves from the marshes of Kent to London society, he encounters a variety of extraordinary characters: from Magwitch, the escaped convict, to Miss Havisham and her ward, the arrogant and beautiful Estella. In this fascinating story, Dickens shows the dangers of being driven by a desire for wealth and social status. Pip must establish a sense of self against the plans which others seem to have for him—and somehow discover a firm set of values and priorities. This novel is part of Brilliance Audio’s extensive Classic Collection, bringing you timeless masterpieces that you and your family are sure to love. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Page. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/006667/bk_brll_006667_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The downloadable audiobook edition of Meg Rosoff´s charming coming-of-age novel, How I Live Now, set over a summer of love and destruction. Read by the actress Amber Sealey. American girl Daisy has had a troubled background, and is sent from New York to stay with her charmingly shambolic family of British cousins, who she has never met. They are Isaac, Edmond, Osbert, and Piper. And two dogs and a goat. Daisy has never met anyone quite like them before and, as a dreamy English summer progresses, Daisy finds herself caught in a timeless bubble as she slowly begins to piece herself together with the the help of her super-eccentric and slightly psychic cousins. Not only does Daisy get better as she easily succumbs to the charms of their adult-free rural home, but she finds herself falling in love with one of her cousins in this intense, gorgeous, summery bubble where they live a timeless existence. So timeless, that when war breaks out they barely seem to notice.... Daisy´s life is changed forever and the world is too. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Amber Sealey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/pauk/000445/bk_pauk_000445_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Set in 19th-century New England, this exquisite novel tests a woman´s love against her husband´s utopian quest. Sophy Hedge, the artistic daughter of the town´s minister, falls in love with Gideon Birdsall, a driven theology student assisting her father with a Hebrew lexicon. Sophy is drawn to Gideon´s intellect, passion, and spiritual nature while Gideon glimpses in her a free soul unbound by convention. Yet Gideon´s restlessness after they wed worries Sophy, and she finds his friendship with Leander Solloway, the charismatic new schoolmaster, a cause for anxiety. As the men immerse themselves in Gideon´s mystical theories, Sophy translates her fears into secret paintings. When Sophy becomes pregnant, Gideon and Leander construct a faux Eden in a greenhouse as part of a daring experiment to discover the language of paradise - the tongue Adam spoke when he named the creatures of the Earth. Sophy must decide whether to live and paint in the world her husband has made or escape to save her child and herself. Addressing the timeless issues of faith, art, and the elusive dream of perfection, Barbara Klein Moss has captured the fragility of human longing. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Piper Goodeve. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/022805/bk_adbl_022805_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The complete collected series 1-5 of the gloriously daft Victorian romp Bleak Expectations. Gasp at the evil Mr Gently Benevolent, played by Mr Anthony Head! Weep at the trials of our young hero, Pip Bin, played by Master Tom Allen! Be moved to joy and sorrow by the remarkable narration of Mr Richard Johnson! Swoon at the fragile beauty of Pip´s poor mama, played by Miss Celia Imrie! Wonder at the thespian prowess of Mr Geoffrey Whitehead as six different siblings! Follow the remarkable adventures of young Pip Bin as he struggles to rescue himself and his sisters from the schemes of his evil and badly named guardian, Mr Gently Benevolent, and the blood-curdling Hardthrasher family. Immerse yourself in a timeless epic featuring terrifying schools, even worse prisons, opium dens, disguises, court cases, shipwrecks, underwater squirrels and swashbuckling long-lost aunts. Revel in the many fine quips, characters and scenarios written by Mr Mark Evans and produced by Mr Gareth Edwards, previously renowned for their craftsmanship on the works of Messrs Mitchell and Webb. Series 1: Televised as ´The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff´ on the BBC. Episodes: A Childhood Cruelly Kippered, An Adolescence Utterly Trashed, A Youth Utterly Crocked, A Young Adult Bitterly Dismantled, A Young Love Mercilessly Dismembered, A Life Sadly Smashed Then Happily Restored a Bit. Series 2: A Happy Life Cruelly Re-Kippered, A Re-Kippered Life Smashed Some More, A Recovery Made Miserable, A Restoration Re-Ruined Only Even Worse, An Already Bad Life Made Worse but Sort of on Purpose, A Happy Life Broken and Then Mended a Bit. Series 3: A Lovely Life Re-Kippered Again Once More, A Now Grim Life yet More Grimmified, A Sort of Fine Life De-Niced Completely, A Horrible Life Un-Ruined and Then Re-Ruined Again, An Evil Life Sort of Explained, Lives Lost, Ruined Wrecked and Redeemed. Series 4: A Tolerable Life De-Happified, A New-Spoiled Life Sm... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Anthony Head, Celia Imrie, David Mitchell, Geoffrey Whitehead, Jane Asher, Raquel Cassidy, Richard Johnson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/002884/bk_rhuk_002884_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the summer of 1966, Rinker and Kernahan Buck - 2 teenaged schoolboys from New Jersey - bought a dilapidated Piper Club airplane for $300, rebuild it, and piloted it on a record-breaking flight across America - navigating all the way to California without a radio because they couldn´t afford one. Their trip retraced a mythical route flown by their father, Tom Buck, a brash, colorful ex-barnstormer who had lost a leg in a tragic car crash before his sons were born - but who so loved the adventure of flight that he taught his boys to fly before they could drive. The journey west, and the preparations for it, become a figurative and literal process of discovery as the young men battle thunderstorms and wracking turbulence, encounter Arkansas rednecks, Texas cowboys, and the languid, romantic culture of small-town cafés, cheap motels, and dusty landing strips of pre-Vietnam America. The brothers have a lot to resolve among themselves too - as Kern, the shy, meticulous, dedicated dreamer, and Rinker, the rebellious second son, must finally come to understand and depend on each other in the complex way that only brothers can. Most of all, Flight of Passages is a timeless story of fathers and sons. These 2 young men must separate from their difficult, quirky father - literally by putting a country´s distance between them - but they do it on their father´s terms: in an airplane. As he looks back, from the perspective of now being a father himself, Rinker Buck´s tale of 2 young men in search of themselves and their country becomes a story about the eternal enigma of family - of the distance and closeness of generations, of peace lost so that understanding can be gained - and it is explored with a storytelling power that is both brave and rare. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rinker Buck. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bant/000248/bk_bant_000248_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A 1960s Bronx tomboy learns how to survive her brutal but humorous Italian family and all the rest that life throws her. The harder you hit the pavement, the higher you fly. This vivid memoir speaks the intense truth of a Bronx tomboy whose 1960s girlhood was marked by her father´s lullabies laced with his dissociative memories of combat in World War II. At four years old, Annie Rachele Lanzillotto bounced her Spaldeen on the stoop and watched the boys play stickball in the street; inside, she hid silver teaspoons behind the heat pipes to tap calls for help while her father beat her mother. At 18, on the edge of ambitious freedom, her studies at Brown University were halted by the growth of a massive tumor inside her chest. Thus began a wild, truth-seeking journey for survival, fueled by the lessons of lasagna vows and Spaldeen ascensions. From the stoops of the Bronx to cross-dressing on the streets of Egypt, from the cancer ward at Memorial Sloan-Kettering to New York City´s gay club scene of the ´80s, this poignant and authentic story takes us from underneath the dining room table to the stoop, the sidewalk, the street, and ultimately out into the wide world of immigration, gay subculture, cancer treatment, mental illness, gender dynamics, drug addiction, domestic violence, and a vast array of Italian American characters. With a quintessential New Yorker as narrator and guide, this journey crescendos in a reluctant return home to the timeless wisdom of a peasant, immigrant grandmother, Rosa Marsico Petruzzelli, who shows us the sweetest essence of soul. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Annie Rachele Lanzillotto. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/048861/bk_acx0_048861_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.