Writer and radio personality Garrison Keillor on this edition of Fresh Air. Garrison Keillor is the host and writer of A Prairie Home Companion, broadcast from Minnesota and heard weekly on public radio stations nationwide. Last year, Keillor published two new books. One is a semi-autobiographical novel, called Lake Wobegon Summer 1956. The other is in collaboration with photographer Richard Olsenius: In Search of Lake Wobegon. It´s an effort to capture in words and pictures the people and places that inspired the fictional town of Lake Wobegon. Keillor is the author of nine books and teaches at the University of Minnesota. (Original Broadcast Date: September 5, 2001) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/020724/rt_whyy_020724_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It’s steamy in the Gulf town of Sea Breeze. Physical attraction is the only way to beat the heat in this start to a series from best-selling, previously self-published author Abbi Glines. Playboy Cage owns the apartment, and he hosts a revolving door of people, in and out, at all times. Most of them are long-legged hot girls who are never there more than a night or two. When Cage’s new roommate, Marcus, enters the picture, he’s just looking to nurse a broken heart. But there’s one particular semi-frequent regular who catches his eye. Willow - ´Low´ - is the one Cage wants to marry. But the two of them are night and day, and Marcus can’t see how Low puts up with all of Cage’s womanizing. What she really needs is a real man....like good-looking and sensible Marcus. But that’s going to get real complicated and real messy - real fast. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kirby Heyborne, Shayna Thibodeaux. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/006327/bk_sans_006327_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Sam´s been dumped by his girlfriend for looking at naughty pictures on the Internet, and despite his repeated explanations, she refuses to take him back.Currently staying on his friend´s sofa, and drinking far too much, he´s quickly heading on a downward spiral of self-destruction nobody seems to be able to stop. One Sunday evening, when all the alcohol in the house has been finished, Sam heads into town, desperate for a nightcap. He wanders into a gay bar, and finds himself the star attraction in a cabaret, when he agrees to make out with the host for the possibility of a prize.When she invites him back to her place for the night, impressed by his moves, Sam´s secret long-held fantasies come spectacularly true.Unfortunately, I´m not allowed to tell you any more about this story. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Richard L. Walton. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/100202/bk_acx0_100202_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC´s Hardball, star of NBC´s The Chris Matthews Show, and the best selling author of Now, Let Me Tell You What I Really Think, comes this celebration of the American spirit.Fiercely independent, in love with freedom, convinced we can make it, we are like no other people on earth. We are a people reluctant to fight who become ferocious warriors when threatened or attacked. We are suspicious of governmental power, yet quick to embrace our flag in times of danger. A deeply practical nation, we loom as the world´s great optimists. What unites us Americans is not so much language or ethnicity, but a set of distinct notions about ourselves that comprise our American-ness. The self-made country. The constant rebel. The reluctant warrior. The lone hero. The pioneer. The optimist. You see them in the movies we make, the books we write, the history we have lived. What stirred the souls of our ancestors two centuries ago - and all the generations in between - still does.In American, Matthews presents a portrait of a country that enters the world arena armed with an extremely potent weapon: the collective notions we carry of America at its best. It´s a picture of more than just a nation challenged but a people ready and eager to prevail. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Chris Matthews. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/000378/bk_sans_000378_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Modern perceptions of Classical Greece are almost invariably based on Athens and Sparta, but Thebes was also a key player in the history of the region in this pivotal period. Indeed, it was, in fact Thebes that was the major power for many of the years preceding the emergence of Macedon. The reasons for so little being known about Thebes and its contributions to ancient Greek civilization are complex, but the fact that it was totally destroyed by Alexander the Great is certainly one. Unlike Athens and Sparta, there are no magnificent structures still extant - indeed, the scale of the destruction meted out to Thebes was so great, that very few artifacts of any kind have been discovered that enable a full picture of life in the city. With the very notable exception of Pindar, Thebes did not produce significant numbers of philosophers or playwrights, nor did it host any major pan-Hellenic festivals. Consequently, Thebes is not as well-known as the other major players in the Greek world at that time. It is also true that Thebes was not the most loved of the Greek poleis, and its reputation never really recovered from its decision to side with the Persians during the Persians´ invasion of the Greek mainland. Those points notwithstanding, Thebes was an important city-state, served as the scene of many of the great myths of Greece, and developed a reputation for military might and tactical genius that was well-deserved. Thebes´ association, at least in the eyes of contemporary Classical Greek rivals, with male homosexuality is a topic in its own right, and a study of the Sacred Band that proved so vital in Thebes´ victories in the Classical period is especially revealing, though there is no proof of any real substance that Theban attitudes were greatly different than those of other Greeks on the whole issue. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Colin Fluxman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/094763/bk_acx0_094763_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Biblical Christianity is more than just another private religious view. It´s more than just a personal relationship with God or a source of moral teaching. Christianity is a picture of reality. It explains why the world is the way it is. When the pieces of this puzzle are properly assembled, we see the big picture clearly. Christianity is a true story of how the world began, why the world is the way it is, what role humans play in the drama, and how all the plotlines of the story are resolved in the end. In The Story of Reality, best-selling author and host of Stand to Reason Gregory Koukl explains the five words that form the narrative backbone of the Christian story. He identifies the most important things that happen in the story in the order they take place: God Man Jesus Cross Resurrection Our story begins with God. He created everything, but something went terribly wrong. So God initiated a rescue plan and entered the world that he had made by becoming like us in Jesus Christ. Jesus saved us from the wrongness in ourselves and in the world through his death on a cross. And how people respond to what he did will determine their future, at the final event of history: the resurrection. If you are already a Christian, this is your story. Do you know it? If you are not a Christian, this is still your story, because it explains the world in a way that nothing else will. It is a true story - the real story behind every other story we hear. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gregory Koukl. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/zond/001701/bk_zond_001701_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This collection contains six classic Christmas radio productions from the ´30s, ´40s, and ´50s: ´´A Christmas Carol´´ from Campbell Playhouse, with Orson Welles as host and Lionel Barrymore as Ebeneezer Scrooge (December 24, 1939) ´´Christmas by Injunction´´, a dramatization of O. Henry´s classic story, from Author´s Playhouse (December 21, 1941) ´´Miracle on 34th Street´´ from Lux Radio Theatre, with the stars of the original motion picture: Maureen O´Hara, John Payne, and Edmund Gwenn (December 25, 1949) ´´´Twas the Night Before Christmas´´ by Paul Gallico, from Radio City Playhouse (December 25, 1949) ´´Lullaby of Christmas´´ starring Roddy McDowall and Ruth Hussey, from Family Theater (December 19, 1951) ´´All is Bright´´ from CBS Radio Workshop (December 23, 1956) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Orson Welles, Lionel Barrymore, Maureen O´Hara, John Payne, Edmund Gwenn, Roddy McDowall, Ruth Hussey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/radi/000007/rt_radi_000007_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Rachel Kramer Bussel has collected a wide and wild variety of original erotica stories that are deliciously short - just one orgasmic bite at a time. In 1,200 words or less, these authors explore every which way you can ´´get it on´´, including threesomes, sex toys, public sex, BDSM, fetishes, and much more. Get ´´Anal-yzed´´, learn ´´The Advantage of Working from Home´´, and spy some risqué ´´Vacation Pictures´´. There are pecan rolls dripping in caramel and meals where lovers feast on nothing but each other. From crossword puzzles to Godzilla, these tales are perfect for reading aloud before you live out your own frisky fantasy. For those who like their sex quick and naughty, Gotta Have It has a host of erotic offerings to get you going. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rose Caraway. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/004811/bk_acx0_004811_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
New York Times best-selling master of mystery Phillip Margolin transcends his traditional territory in this new and different book, a haunting thriller inspired by an unforgettable photograph. Visiting an art museum displaying a retrospective of acclaimed photographer Kathy Moran´s work, aspiring novelist Stacey Kim is stunned by the photo at the center of the show - the famous Woman with a Gun, which won a Pulitzer Prize and launched the photographer´s career. Shot from behind, the enigmatic black-and-white image is a picture of a woman in a wedding dress, standing on the shore at night, facing the sea. Behind her back, she holds a six-shooter. The image captures Stacey´s imagination, raising a host of compelling questions. Has the woman killed her husband on their wedding night? Is she going to commit suicide? Is she waiting for someone she plans to kill? Obsessed with finding answers, Stacey discovers that the woman in the photograph is Megan Cahill, suspected of killing her husband, millionaire Raymond Cahill, with the six-shooter on their wedding night. But the murder was never solved. Drawn deeper into the case, Stacey finds that everyone involved has a different opinion of Megan´s culpability. But the one person who may know the whole story - Kathy Moran - isn´t talking. Stacey must find a way to get to the reclusive photographer or the truth may never see the light of day. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Hillary Huber. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/004209/bk_harp_004209_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.