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.
Wrangle with some of the finest renegades, outlaws, and dangerous desperados in the Wild West! Saddle up for excitement with these riveting tales of the Old West that appeared in the pages of the most popular pulp fiction magazines. Featuring award-winning Hollywood actors and unprecedented cinematic sound. Each audiobook provides the listener with a true ´´theater of the mind´´ experience. This Wild Westerns Audio Collection, Volume 2 includes 14 stories (10 hours): ´´Baron of Coyote River´´, ´´Shadows from Boot Hill´´, ´´Death Waits at Sundown´´, ´´The Toughest Ranger´´, ´´The Magic Quirt´´, ´´Reign of the Gila Monster´´, ´´The Gunner from Gehenna´´, ´´Gunman!´´, ´´Ride´Em, Cowboy´´, ´´Boss of the Lazy B´´, ´´Silent Pards´´, ´´The Ranch That No One Would Buy´´, ´´Vengeance Is Mine!´´, and ´´Stacked Bullets´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: R. F. Daley, Jim Meskimen, Martin Kove, Bruce Boxleitner, Bob Caso, Fred Tatasciore, Shannon Evans, Taron Lexton, Josh R. Thompson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/gala/000090/bk_gala_000090_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.
During World War II, the army established 107 evacuation hospitals to care for the wounded and sick in theaters around the world. An evacuation hospital was a forward hospital accepting patients from the battlefield. It was where the wounded first received definitive care. Formed at Camp Breckenridge, the 95th Evac arrived in Casablanca in April 1943, with 7,000 troops, 30 doctors, and 40 nurses. First pitching their tents at Oujda, they moved eastward toward Algeria before making a D-Day landing on the beaches of Salerno, Italy, on September 9, 1939. Shortly thereafter, they entered Naples and then set up shop at Anzio before moving on to become the first American hospital to penetrate Nazi-occupied Europe. After the guns were silent, records show that these doctors and nurses had treated more than 42,000 Americans in almost all the critical battles of the European theater: Salerno, Monetcassino, Anzio, Southern France, the Battle of the Bulge, the Rhineland, and finally, the invasion into Germany.Hospital at War is the story of the 95th Evac Hospital as told by Zachary Friedenberg, a young surgeon at the time, fresh out of his internship. He tells the story of how the men and women of the 95th survived the war. He describes how they solved problems and learned to treat the war-wounded in the extreme heat of North Africa and during the frigid winters of the Rhineland. He tells how they endured shelling and a bombing of the hospital and how they adjusted to the people and the countries in which they worked. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Chris Chappell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/132653/bk_acx0_132653_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.
Life in the swamp just got wilder....´´The Swamp Massacre.´´ That´s what the media dubbed it. A family on a boat tour through the Florida Everglades. Abducted by the infamous Roy family. Forced to endure hell.Five years later, an aspiring filmmaker and her friends are keen on making a documentary about the incident and to venture into the isolated wilds of the Everglades in hopes of capturing footage that will stun the world silent. They´re going to get their wish. Unfortunately.This terrifying follow-up to the critically acclaimed Wildlife, Wildlife: Reckoning plunges us deeper into the darkest corners of the swamp...and reminds us that man is the deadliest animal of all.Soundbooth Theater is proud to work together with Jeff Menapace once again to revisit a classic horror/thriller, originally narrated by Jeff Hays - Wildlife! This time, Annie Ellicott joins in to play the documentary filmmaker and protagonist, Stacey, and the adorably psychotic and horrifying Darla Roy! The Soundbooth Theater team for this production: Jeff Hays - Narration, Music, Sound Design Annie Ellicott - Stacey, Darla Roy, and the rest of the female cast Emily Labes - Editing and ProofingGriffin Malnar - Editing, Mastering, and Sound Design 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeff Hays, Annie Ellicott. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/136079/bk_acx0_136079_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.