Selections are: 6:00 * Caught in a Web * Erotomania * Innocence Faded * Lie * Lifting Shadows off a Dream * The Mirror * Scarred * The Silent Man * Space-Dye Vest * Voices.
In 1975, the Broadway musical Chicago brought together a host of memes and myths - the gleefully subversive character of American musical comedy, the reckless glamour of the big-city newspaper, the mad decade of the 1920s, the work of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon, and the Wild West gangsterville that was the city of Chicago itself. The tale of a young woman who murders her departing lover and then tricks the jury into letting her off, Chicago seemed too blunt and cynical at first. Everyone agreed it was show biz at its brilliant best, yet the public still preferred A Chorus Line, with its cast of innocents and sentimental feeling. Nevertheless, the 1996 Chicago revival is now the longest-running American musical in history. As author Ethan Mordden looks back at Chicago´s various moving parts - including the original 1926 play that started it all, a sexy silent film directed by Cecil B. DeMille, a talkie remake with Ginger Rogers, the musical itself, and at last the movie of the musical - we learn how the American theater serves as a kind of alternative news medium, a town crier warning the public about the racy, devious interior contradictions of American society. Opinionated, witty, and rich in backstage anecdotes, All That Jazz brings the American musical to life in all its artistry and excitement. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joel Froomkin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/012466/bk_tant_012466_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A convention-defying novel by best-selling writer Walter Mosley, John Woman recounts the transformation of an unassuming boy named Cornelius Jones into John Woman, an unconventional history professor - while the legacy of a hideous crime lurks in the shadows. At 12 years old, Cornelius, the son of an Italian American woman and an older black man from Mississippi named Herman, secretly takes over his father´s job at a silent film theater in New York´s East Village. Five years later, as Herman lives out his last days, he shares his wisdom with his son, explaining that the person who controls the narrative of history controls their own fate. After his father dies and his mother disappears, Cornelius sets about reinventing himself - as Professor John Woman, a man who will spread Herman´s teachings into the classrooms of his unorthodox Southwestern university and beyond. But there are other individuals who are attempting to influence the narrative of John Woman, and they might know something about the facts of his hidden past. Engaging with some of the most provocative ideas of recent intellectual history, John Woman is a compulsively listenable, deliciously unexpected novel about the way we tell stories and whether the stories we tell have the power to change the world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dion Graham. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/011910/bk_blak_011910_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Wilhelm Buschs Geschichte von Max und Moritz gehört zu den beliebtesten Bilderbüchern der Welt. Busch gilt als der Erfinder eines neuen Mediums, als der geniale Urvater des Comics. Auch seine beißenden Satiren wie ´´Die fromme Helene´´ oder ´´Plisch und Plum´´ finden bis heute ein großes Publikum.Über den einsamen Junggesellen aus Wiedensahl wird bis heute gestritten: War er Menschenfeind oder Menschenkenner?Obwohl sein gewaltiges Oeuvre gut erschlossen ist, fehlte es bisher an einer kritischen Biographie, die den Autor der Bildergeschichten genauso würdigt wie den Zeichner, Maler und Verfasser tiefschwarzer Prosatexte. Die aktuelle Biographie von Eva Weissweiler schließt diese Lücke - und lässt uns den vermeintlichen Spaßmacher aus einer Fülle unbekannter Briefe und Dokumente neu verstehen.Der Sprecher:Bastian Pastewka, Komiker, Schauspieler, Synchronsprecher, 1972 in Bochum geboren, in Bonn aufgewachsen, wurde ab 1996 mit der ´´Sat.1-Wochenshow´´ einem Millionenpublikum bekannt. Ab 2002 entwickelte er mit Olli Dittrich ein gemeinsames Bühnenprogramm, das bis 2004 in diversen Theatern und Comedy-Clubs gastierte. Für RTL drehte er die Silent-Comedy ´´Ohne Worte´´ (2003/2004) und die Reiseberichte ´´Pastewka in...´´ (2003-2005). 2005 und 2006 war er mit seiner neuen Comedy-Serie ´´Pastewka´´ bei Sat.1 zu sehen. Im Herbst 2007 startet die dritte Staffel dieses mehrfach ausgezeichneten Formats (u.a. Deutscher Fernsehpreis als beste Sitcom 2006). 1. Sprache: Deutsch. Erzähler: Bastian Pastewka. Hörprobe: http://samples.audible.de/bk/roof/000093/bk_roof_000093_sample.mp3. Digitales Hörbuch im AAX Format.
In 1959, the year Terry Galloway turned nine, the voices of everyone she loved began to disappear. No one yet knew that an experimental antibiotic given to her mother had wreaked havoc on her fetal nervous system, eventually causing her to go deaf. As a self-proclaimed ´´child freak,´´ she acted out her fury with her boxy hearing aids and Coke-bottle glasses by faking her own drowning at a camp for crippled children. Ever since that first real-life performance, Galloway has used theater, whether onstage or off, to defy and transcend her reality. With disarming candor, she writes about her mental breakdowns, her queer identity, and living in a silent, quirky world populated by unforgettable characters. What could have been a bitter litany of complaint is instead an unexpectedly hilarious and affecting take on life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Elizabeth Hess. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/004447/bk_adbl_004447_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Part three of a multi-part series with distinguished actors, directors, writers, composers, and special effects mavens examining the history of the horror, fantasy, and science fiction films from the groundbreaking silent 1920s through the Golden Age of Universal, the Silver Age of Hammer and up through the 1980s and beyond. The popularity of the Drive-In Theater peaked in the ´60s with over 4000 in operation across the U.S. Samuel Z. Arkoff, Roger Corman, and others made films like I Was a Teenage Werewolf, Reform School Girl and Teenage Caveman specifically for teens at the Drive-In Movie Theater. In the same time frame, Hammer Films became known for a series of Gothic ´´Hammer Horror´´ films made from the mid-´50s until the ´70s. Hammer also produced science fiction, thrillers, Film noir, comedies and in later years, television series. Hammer made stylized movies utilizing quality British actors and cleverly designed sets. During its most successful years, Hammer dominated the horror film market worldwide. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Aaron Christensen, Forrest J. Ackerman, Roger Corman, Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/real/000383/rt_real_000383_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
New York Times best-selling author Wally Lamb weaves an evocative, deeply affecting tapestry of one baby boomer´s life - Felix Funicello, introduced in Wishin´ and Hopin´ - and the trio of unforgettable women who have changed it in this radiant homage to the resiliency, strength, and power of women. I´ll Take You There centers on Felix, a film scholar who runs a Monday night movie club in what was once a vaudeville theater. One evening, while setting up a film in the projectionist booth, he´s confronted by the ghost of Lois Weber, a trailblazing motion picture director from Hollywood´s silent film era. Lois invites Felix to revisit - and in some cases relive - scenes from his past as they are projected onto the cinema´s big screen. In these magical movies, the medium of film becomes the lens for Felix to reflect on the women who profoundly impacted his life. There´s his daughter, Aliza, a Gen Y writer for New York Magazine who is trying to align her postmodern feminist beliefs with her lofty career ambitions; his sister, Frances, with whom he once shared a complicated bond of kindness and cruelty; and Verna, a fiery would-be contender for the 1951 Miss Rheingold competition, a beauty contest sponsored by a Brooklyn-based beer manufacturer that became a marketing phenomenon for two decades. At first unnerved by these ethereal apparitions, Felix comes to look forward to his encounters with Lois, who is later joined by the spirits of other celluloid muses. Against the backdrop of a kaleidoscopic convergence of politics and pop culture, family secrets, and Hollywood iconography, Felix gains an enlightened understanding of the pressures and trials of the women closest to him and of the feminine ideals and feminist realities that all women of every era must face. 1. Language: English. Narrator: George Guidall. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/005554/bk_harp_005554_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Film music is as old as cinema itself. Years before synchronized sound became the norm, projected moving images were shown to musical accompaniment, whether performed by a lone piano player or a hundred-piece orchestra. Today film music has become its own industry, indispensable to the marketability of movies around the world. Film Music: A Very Short Introduction is a compact, lucid, and thoroughly engaging overview written by one of the leading authorities on the subject. After opening with a fascinating analysis of the music from a key sequence in Quentin Tarantino´s Reservoir Dogs, Kathryn Kalinak introduces listeners not only to important composers and musical styles but also to modern theoretical concepts about how and why film music works. Throughout the book she embraces a global perspective, examining film music in Asia and the Middle East as well as in Europe and the United States. Key collaborations between directors and composers - Alfred Hitchcock and Bernard Herrmann, Akira Kurosawa and Fumio Hayasaka, Federico Fellini and Nino Rota, to name only a few - come under scrutiny, as do the oft-neglected practices of the silent film era. She also explores differences between original film scores and compilation soundtracks that cull music from preexisting sources. As Kalinak points out, film music can do many things, from establishing mood and setting to clarifying plot points and creating emotions that are only dimly realized in the images. This book illuminates the many ways it accomplishes those tasks and will have its listeners thinking a bit more deeply and critically the next time they sit in a darkened movie theater and music suddenly swells as the action unfolds onscreen. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Amy Rubinate. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/015673/bk_adbl_015673_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Part four of a multi-part documentary series with distinguished actors, directors, writers, composers, and special effects mavens examining the history of the horror, fantasy, and science fiction films, from the groundbreaking silent 1920s through the Golden Age of Universal, the Silver Age of Hammer, and up through the 1980s and beyond. This program begins with the late 60s era ´´Blacula´´ and Splatter films; then moves on to the cinematic evolution of the 70s with The Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Planet of the Apes, The Exorcist, and the films of the great Stanley Kubrick; and then concludes with the apex of the 80s including Alien, Star Trek, The Howling, and more! Collect all four chapters in the Monster Madness series and enjoy never-before-seen interviews and fun-filled facts about the stars, the producers, and the movies that made America want to go to the theater! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Proveaux, Janet Leigh, William Shallert, Robert Clarke, Robert Wise, Samuel Z. Arkoff, Patricia Hitchcock. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/real/000455/rt_real_000455_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´I came to in the middle of it, like waking inside a horror movie, silent scream and all. Eyes wide open. I was standing at an open window, staring at the dizzying curve of Riverside Drive, five floors below. I´d stopped, somehow, poised, about to jump.´´ Growing up the good girl in an Irish American family full of drinkers and terrible sleepers, Kathleen Frazier was 12 when her seemingly innocent sleepwalking turned dangerous. Over the next few years, she was a popular A+ student by day, the star of her high school musical. At night she both longed for and dreaded sleep. Frazier moved to Manhattan in the 1980s, hoping for a life in the theater but getting a run of sleepwalking performances instead. Efforts to abate her malady with drinking failed miserably. She became promiscuous, looking for nighttime companionship. Could a bed partner save her from flinging herself down a flight of stairs or out an open window? Exhaustion stalked her, and rest and love were seemingly out of reach. This is the journey Frazier illuminates in her intimate memoir. While highlighting her quest to beat her sleep terrors and insomnia, this is ultimately a story of health, hope, and redemption. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kathleen Frazier. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/025255/bk_adbl_025255_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.