Alex Bushnell´s life was bland, carefree, and safe, working for a medium-sized San Francisco newspaper, until one night it went all wrong. A chance meeting with a girl at a party, a single night of excess, and suddenly Alex´s life spiraled out of control. Hooked on heroin and a girl he can´t shake, Alex battles to find himself and the life he so quickly lost. All The Hippes Are Dead is a drug-fueled, sex-crazed coming-of-age novel like no other, placing Henning firmly in the cult-classic district of the literary map. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Roy Wells. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/001672/bk_acx0_001672_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Neil Young’s Waging Heavy Peace, the rock music memoir of the year. Read by Keith Carradine. ´´I felt that writing books fit me like a glove; I just started and I just kept going.´´ Neil Young is a singular figure in the history of rock and pop culture generally in the last four decades. Reflective, insightful, and disarmingly honest, in Waging Heavy Peace he writes about his life and career. From his youth in Canada to his crazy journey out to California, through Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, & Nash, to his massively successful solo career and his reemergence as the patron saint of grunge on to his role today as one of the last uncompromised and uncompromising survivors of rock & roll - this is Neil’s story told in his own words. In the book Young presents a kaleidoscopic view of personal life and musical creativity; it’s a journey that spans the snows of Ontario to the LSD-laden boulevards of 1966 Los Angeles to the contemplative paradise of Hawaii today. Along the way he writes about the music, the victims, the girls, and the drugs; about his happy family life but also about the health problems he and his children have experienced; about guitars, cars, and sound systems; about Canada and California and Hawaii. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Keith Carradine. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/pauk/000342/bk_pauk_000342_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This audiobook includes an exclusive interview between the author, Sally Bayley, and a mentee of Sally’s, Georgie Newson, who first met when they read Jane Eyre together. They talk about the stories that have been woven into the book, the reflective nature of literature, the influence of Jane Eyre on their lives and much more. Sally grew up in a dilapidated house by the sea where men were forbidden, her childhood world filled with mystery and intrigue. Hippies trailed through the kitchen looking for God - their leader was Aunt Di, who ruled the house with charismatic force. When Sally’s baby brother vanished from his pram, she became suspicious of the activities going on around her. What happened to Baby David and the woman called Poor Sue? And where did all the people singing and wailing prayers in the front room suddenly go? Disappearing into a world of books and reading, Sally adopts the tried and tested methods of Miss Marple. Taking books for hints and clues, she turns herself into a reading detective. Her discovery of Jane Eyre marks the beginning of a vivid journey through Victorian literature, where she also finds the kind, eccentric figure of Charles Dickens’ Betsey Trotwood. These characters soon become her heroines, acting as a part of an alternative family, offering humour and guidance during many difficult moments in Sally’s life. Combining the voices of literary characters with those of her real-life counterparts, Girl with Dove reads as a magical series of strange encounters, climaxing with a comic performance of Shakespeare in the children’s home where Sally is eventually sent. Weaving literary classics with a young girl’s coming of age story, this is a book that testifies to the transformative power of reading and the literary imagination. Mixing fairy tale, literary classics, nursery rhymes and folklore, it is the story of a child’s adventure in wonderland and search fo... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sally Bayley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/003891/bk_hcuk_003891_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Charlotte Silver dazzles with a ruefully funny coming-of-age novel that follows two recent Bennington grads who are determined to make it in the Big Apple. Bennington College, founded in 1932 as a suitable refuge for the wayward daughters of good families, maintains its saucy reputation for attracting free spirits. There, acres outnumber students, the faculty is composed of fading hippies, and clothing is largely optional. Or, as J. D. Salinger put it in Franny and Zooey: A Bennington type ´´looked like she´d spent the whole train ride in the john, sculpting or painting or something, or as though she had a leotard on under her dress.´´ Cassandra Puffin and Sylvie Furst met in high school but cement what they ardently believe will be everlasting friendship on Bennington´s idyllic Vermont campus. Graduation sees Sylvie moving to New York City, where, later in their 20s, Cassandra joins her. These early, delirious years are spent decorating their Fort Greene apartment with flea market gems, dating ´´artists´´, and trying to figure out what they´re doing with their lives. The girls are acutely and caustically observant of the unique rhythms of the city but tone deaf to their own imperfections, which eventually drives a wedge between them. Equal parts heartfelt and hilarious, Bennington Girls Are Easy is a novel about female friendships - how one word from a confidante can lift you up or tear you down - and how difficult it is to balance someone else´s devastatingly funny lapses in judgment with your own professional and personal missteps. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rachel Fulginiti. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/004201/bk_rand_004201_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Laila Levin enjoys a successful marriage and a thriving career as an I.T. executive in Austin, Texas, but she can´t quite shake her lifelong sense of not truly belonging anywhere. When her company announces a major layoff, Laila finds herself caught between an unscrupulous CEO and her promiscuous boss. Then news of her college roommate´s suicide stirs up a dark secret involving three devious friends from her past. One has betrayed a vow, another wants to rekindle their romance, and the third is out for revenge. Suddenly for Laila, it´s 1969 again. She´s only 17, and she´s left her sheltered home in Long Island for college in Connecticut. Amid protests of the Vietnam War, she´s tempted by the sex, drugs, and rock ´n´ roll that rule her generation. Laila gets swept up in a deceptive love triangle with two older locals and initiated into their unethical hippie family. Too late she realizes her search to belong has led to tragedy. Laila must now juggle the demands of her perplexed husband and her baby boomer past forcing her to make choices that endanger her survival and challenge her conscience. She learns that the lines between right and wrong are often blurred, and sometimes you have to risk everything to be true to yourself. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joell A. Jacob. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/013712/bk_acx0_013712_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this brave and beautiful memoir, written with the raw honesty and devastating openness of The Glass Castle and The Liar’s Club, a woman chronicles how her marriage devolved from a love story into a shocking tale of abuse - examining the tenderness and violence entwined in the relationship, why she endured years of physical and emotional pain, and how she eventually broke free. ´´You made me hit you in the face´´, he said mournfully. ´´Now everyone is going to know.´´ ´´I know´´, I said. ´´I’m sorry.´´ Kelly Sundberg’s husband, Caleb, was a funny, warm, supportive man and a wonderful father to their little boy Reed. He was also vengeful and violent. But Sundberg did not know that when she fell in love, and for years told herself he would get better. It took a decade for her to ultimately accept that the partnership she desired could not work with such a broken man. In her remarkable book, she offers an intimate record of the joys and terrors that accompanied her long, difficult awakening, and presents a haunting, heartbreaking glimpse into why women remain too long in dangerous relationships. To understand herself and her violent marriage, Sundberg looks to her childhood in Salmon, a small, isolated mountain community known as the most redneck town in Idaho. Like her marriage, Salmon is a place of deep contradictions, where Mormon ranchers and hippie back-to-landers live side-by-side; a place of magical beauty riven by secret brutality; a place that takes pride in its individualism and rugged self-sufficiency, yet is beholden to church and communal standards at all costs. Mesmerizing and poetic, Goodbye, Sweet Girl is a harrowing, cautionary, and ultimately redemptive tale that brilliantly illuminates one woman’s transformation as she gradually rejects the painful reality of her violent life at the hands of the man who is supposed to cherish her, begins to accept responsibility for herself, and lear... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andi Arndt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/007407/bk_harp_007407_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From tastemaker Ruby Warrington comes an essential guide to merging style with soul, beauty with bliss, and karma with cool for a life that is both fabulous and meaningful. As former features editor of the Sunday Times Style magazine, Ruby Warrington has always had her finger on the pulse of what´s trending. The influential force behind The Numinous, the high-vibe online magazine about spirituality for modern women, not only is Ruby deeply connected to the ´now age´ spirituality scene, she is also one of the leading faces of the new seeker movement, where hippie meets hipster. Smart, funny and incisive, Material Girl, Mystical World invites listeners on a colourful journey to discover their own paths to personal enlightenment in every area of life from love, sex and relationships to fashion and beauty and health and wellness. Whether teaching listeners how to read the tarot the now age way, do a psychic closet clear out, date mindfully or weave the power of the divine feminine into their career and relationships, Warrington embraces the realities of modern life with intelligence and humour. Mystical World is the must-have guide for modern seekers - material girls who know that enlightenment doesn´t have to mean leaving the pleasure of the everyday world behind. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ruby Warrington. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/002873/bk_hcuk_002873_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In a decade defined by Flower Power, social unrest, and the Vietnam War, two unlikely lovers form an everlasting love. This is the story of the Grant brothers´ parents. Daisy will do anything to save her brother from the war, so she devises a plan to smuggle him into Canada. Everything´s groovy until their VW bus breaks down, leaving them stranded. As if things couldn´t any worse, they find themselves at the business end of a shotgun, and the cowboy pointing it is the sexiest man she´s ever seen. She can´t stop staring at his washboard abs and ripped chest. Greg is stunned by the hippie girl´s curvy body, flowing golden hair, and bright blue eyes. As much as he wants to kick her off his property, he can´t. With his brothers off fighting in Nam, they need a few extra hands around the ranch. As long as his old man doesn´t find out he´s harboring a draft dodger, everything will be copacetic. But as the summer of ´69 heats up, Greg must find a way to convince his fated mate that she belongs in his arms forever. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Beth Roeg. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/059421/bk_acx0_059421_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Grower´s Market is set in remote marijuana country peopled with characters whose backgrounds are diverse and whose futures are uncertain. Sunbeam, who entered adult life as a 1960s San Francisco hippie girl, moved north searching for peace and quiet in unspoiled nature. Eventually she ended up running the Bird of Prey Tavern and growing enough weed to support her tranquil life. The men who eventually work for her - Shadow, Shrimp, Stones, Toon, and Shakespeare - are combat veterans searching for some of the same things Sunbeam found. A Vietnam vet named Case, a widower, is Sunbeam´s neighbor. Living on the top floor of the tavern is Rainbow, a runaway from Texas who tends bar and nurses her husband, a quadriplegic known as Uncle Sam. Shadow and Shrimp plan to take the money they´ve earned growing weed and open a restaurant. Shakespeare is hard at work on a novel about a hero named Superpenis, modeled after the cartoon character Plastic Man, and a New York publisher is interested. The heavily tattooed Toon sees himself as a living visual symbol of a world gone mad, and Stones has fallen in love with a virtual stranger at a homeless shelter. But now in the second decade of the 21st century, new people have arrived to claim space in the quiet valleys, next to the clear-flowing creeks, along the green mountainsides. They are large-scale growers, armed gangs, corrupt cops, and drug cartels, and violence and death come with them. Shadow, Shrimp, Shakespeare, Toon, and Stones must defend their turf against more heavily armed men who don´t mind declaring war to claim this marijuana country as their own. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jacob H. Knoll. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/022837/bk_adbl_022837_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Terrorists is the last Martin Beck mystery, finished just a few weeks before Per Wahlöö´s death. The book is, in effect, a marvelous summing up of the series. The story centers on the visit of an American senator to Stockholm. Martin Beck tries to protect him from an international gang of terrorists, while they decide that Beck too should be removed from the scene. Interwoven with this basic story are two fascinating subplots. One, a classic mini-mystery, is the story of a millionaire pornographer bludgeoned to death in his own bathtub. The other is the story of a young girl, a Swedish hippie caught up unexpectedly in the maze of police bureaucracy. As in other Martin Beck books, the plot comes together in a totally unexpected climax. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Weiner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/003491/bk_adbl_003491_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.