To look at one was to see the other. For her family, even the girls´ own father, it was a constant guessing game. For strangers, the surprise was overwhelming. And for the twins Olivia and Victoria Henderson, two remarkable young women coming of age at the turn of the century, their bond was mysterious, marvelous, and often playful -- a secret realm only they inhabited.Olivia and Victoria were the beloved daughters of a man who never fully recovered from his wife´s death bearing them in 1893. Shy, serious Olivia, born eleven minutes before her sister, had taken over the role of mother in their lush New York estate, managing not only a household but her rebellious twin´s flights of fancy.Free-spirited Victoria wanted to change the world. She embraced the women´s suffrage movement and dreamed of sailing to war-torn Europe. Then, in the girls´ twenty-first year, as the First World War escalated overseas, a fateful choice changed their lives forever.It began when Victoria´s life was about to become a public scandal. It led to a painful decision, and brought handsome lawyer Charles Dawson into the Hendersons´ life and family. Hand-picked by the twins´ father to save his daughter´s reputation, Charles was still mourning his wife´s death aboard the Titanic, struggling to raise his nine-year-old son alone, determined never to lose his heart again. Charles wanted to believe that for the sake of his son he could make an unwanted marriage work. But in an act of deception that only Olivia and Victoria could managa, the twins took an irrevocable step, which changed both their lives forever; and took one of the twins to the battlefield of France, the other into a marriage she longed for but could not have. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Fleming. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bant/000315/bk_bant_000315_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Genies pendeln immer zwischen Niederlage, Triumph und Wahnsinn. Das galt besonders für Howard Hughes, eine der schillerndsten Gestalten des 20. Jahrhunderts: Er schrieb Schlagzeilen als größenwahnsinniger Flugzeugbauer, exzentrischer Regisseur und legendärer Frauenheld, der Affären mit einigen der schönsten Frauen Hollywoods hatte. Das gilt nicht weniger für Regisseur Martin Scorsese, auf dessen Konto Kinomythen wie Taxi Driver oder GoodFellas gehen. Den Star aus seinem letzten Film, Gangs of New York, holte er jetzt wieder vor seine Kamera, und es zeigt sich einmal mehr: DiCaprio und Scorsese sind ein unschlagbares Team. DiCaprio ist Howard Hughes mit Haut und Haaren, und Aviator einer der glanzvollsten Höhepunkte in der Karriere seines Regisseurs. Von der ersten Sekunde an betört er mit ausgeklügelten, atemberaubend aufwändigen Bildkompositionen (Kamera: Robert Richardson). Und er entfesselt eine Dynamik, die den Zuschauer bis zur letzten Sekunde in Atem hält. So gelingt seinem Film (nach einem Drehbuch von Gladiator-Autor John Logan) das eigentlich Unmögliche: aus einem überwältigenden Leben ein überwältigendes Stück Kino zu machen. Explosive Flugszenen, erotische Skandale, politische Intrigen - es kracht an allen Enden, und doch verbindet Aviator elegant viele Elemente, die allein schon für einen Film reichen würden. So wird das Biopic zum Aufregendsten, das Hollywood seit langem zu bieten hat. In seinem Zentrum lotet Leonardo DiCaprio die Grenzen von Genie und Wahnsinn aus und lässt sein Titanic-Image weit hinter sich. Dass Scorsese ihn mit einem Reigen prominenter Kollegen umgibt, von Cate Blanchett bis Jude Law, sorgt für die letzte besondere Note. So konnte Aviator 3 Golden Globes und sogar 5 Oscars einheimsen.
New York Times best-selling author Jay Winik brings to life in gripping detail the year 1944, which determined the outcome of World War II and put more pressure than any other on an ailing yet determined President Roosevelt. It was not inevitable that World War II would end as it did or that it would even end well. Nineteen forty-four was a year that could have stymied the Allies and cemented Hitler´s waning power. Instead it saved those democracies - but with a fateful cost. Now, in a superbly told story, Jay Winik, the acclaimed author of April 1865 and The Great Upheaval, captures the epic images and extraordinary history as never before. 1944 witnessed a series of titanic events: FDR at the pinnacle of his wartime leadership as well as his reelection, the planning of Operation Overlord with Churchill and Stalin, the unprecedented D-Day invasion, the liberation of Paris and the horrific Battle of the Bulge, and the tumultuous conferences that finally shaped the coming peace. But on the way, millions of more lives were still at stake as President Roosevelt was exposed to mounting evidence of the most grotesque crime in history, the Final Solution. Just as the Allies were landing in Normandy, the Nazis were accelerating the killing of millions of European Jews. Winik shows how escalating pressures fell on an all but dying Roosevelt, whose rapidly deteriorating health was a closely guarded secret. Here then, as with D-Day, was a momentous decision for the president. Was winning the war the best way to rescue the Jews? Was a rescue even possible? Or would it get in the way of defeating Hitler? In a year when even the most audacious undertakings were within the world´s reach, including the liberation of Europe, one challenge - saving Europe´s Jews - seemed to remain beyond Roosevelt´s grasp. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Arthur Morey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/007213/bk_sans_007213_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Hailed by Toni Morrison as ´´required reading,´´ a bold and personal literary exploration of America´s racial history by ´´the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States´´ (The New York Observer) #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER NAACP IMAGE AWARD WINNER PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review ? O: The Oprah Magazine ? The Washington Post ? People ? Entertainment Weekly ? Vogue ? Los Angeles Times ? San Francisco Chronicle ? Chicago Tribune ? New York ? Newsday ? Library Journal ? Publishers Weekly In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation´s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of ´´race,´´ a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men-bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden? Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates´s attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son-and readers-the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children´s lives were taken as American plunder. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward. Praise for Between the World and Me ´´Powerful . . . a searing meditation on what it means to be black in America today.´´-Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times ´´Eloquent . . . in the tradition of James Baldwin with echoes of Ralph Ellison´s Invisible Man . . . an autobiography of the black body in America.´´-The Boston Globe ´´Brilliant . . . [Coates] is firing on all cylinders.´´-The Washington Post ´´Urgent, lyrical, and devastating . . . a new classic of our time.´´-Vogue ´´A crucial book during this moment of generational awakening.´´-The New Yorker ´´Titanic and timely . . . essential reading.´´-Entertainment Weekly
From master mystery author John Lutz comes this collection featuring a gripping man-on-the-run novel and four of his best pieces of short fiction.In The Truth of the Matter, Lou Roebuck is a successful advertising man with all the trappings - prestige, position, a flashy car, money, and a beautiful woman on his arm. He´s also a compulsive liar, and what begins as a fib on his expense account leads to trouble that compounds like loan shark interest. His past, and the people in it, has caught up with him, again. Which means the life he´s been faking his way through, the good life, threatens to come unraveled.Roebuck takes to the road, trying to put miles between himself and his trouble. But he picks up more trouble along the way, while staying in a cabin at peaceful Lake Chippewa in backwoods Missouri. He tries to extricate himself by doing what he thinks he does best - lie. In one scrape after another, it doesn´t work. Not for long, anyway. And Roebuck is on the run again. The problem is that he finally doesn´t know lies from truth, about what happened, about why he is running, about what´s real, about himself. Distance hasn´t helped, and love and loyalty haven´t saved him. Maybe nothing will.In ´´DNA,´´ the new science is solving a lot of crimes long after the fact. And causing problems for perpetrator and victim.In ´´Image,´´ it´s said that perception is reality. In politics, in crime, in life, and death.´´Endless Road´´ takes place in the early 1960s, when a military advisor reflects on his past to make a decision critical to his nation, based on a memory of long ago, and along the way discovers that maybe some highways continue forever. Maybe all of them do.And in ´´S.O.S.,´´ a cruise ship is an ideal place to relax. This one needs an overstressed call-in radio psychologist like the Titanic needed an iceberg. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott MacDonald. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/132800/bk_acx0_132800_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Nineteen-year-old Annabelle Worthington was born into a life of privilege, but everything changed on an April day in 1912, when the sinking of the Titanic changed her family and her world forever. Finding strength within her grief, Annabelle pours herself into volunteer work, igniting a passion for medicine that would shape the course of her life. But for Annabelle, first love, and a seemingly idyllic marriage, will soon bring grief caused by the secrets of her husband. Betrayed, and pursued by undeserved scandal, Annabelle flees New York for war-ravaged France, hoping to lose herself in a life of service. There, in the heart of the First World War, in a groundbreaking field hospital run by women, Annabelle finds her true calling, studying medicine and saving lives. When the war ends, Annabelle begins a new life in Paris - now a doctor, a mother, her past almost forgotten... Until a fateful meeting opens her heart to the world she had left behind. Filled with breathtaking images and historical detail, Danielle Steel´s novel introduces one of her most unique and fascinating characters: Annabelle Worthington, a remarkable woman - a good woman - who triumphs against overwhelming odds. More than compelling fiction, her story is a powerful celebration of life, dignity, and courage - and a testament to the human will to survive. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jay O. Sanders. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/001416/bk_brll_001416_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.