Is evil something you are? Or is it something you do? Patrick Bateman has it all: good looks, youth, charm, a job on Wall Street, reservations at every new restaurant in town and a line of girls around the block. He is also a psychopath. A man addicted to his superficial, perfect life, he pulls us into a dark underworld where the American Dream becomes a nightmare . . . American Psycho is one of the most controversial and talked-about novels of all time. A multimillion-copy bestseller hailed as a modern classic, it is a violent black comedy about the darkest side of human nature. ´A seminal book´ Fay Weldon, Washington Post ´Serious, clever and shatteringly effective . . . For its savagely coherent picture of a society lethally addicted to blandness, it should be judged by the highest standards´ Sunday Times ´The first novel to come along in years that takes on deep and Dostoyevskian themes . . . Ellis is showing older authors where the hands have come to on the clock´ Norman Mailer, Vanity Fair
Hailed as one of the finest novels to come out of the World War II, ´´The Naked and the Dead´´ received unprecedented critical acclaim upon its 1948 publication and has since become part since become part of the American canon. Written in gritty, journalistic detail, the story follows an Army platoon stationed on the Japanese-held island of Anopopei.
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Her sister gone, her roommates soon to follow, Leora Mitchell must now face the fact that she, along with the others, are mail-order brides. For years, her life revolved around Brown’s Textile Mill, her sister Lottie, and their friends. Now, as mail-order brides, they’d be scattered across the country, ready to start a new life. The only problem was Leora had no idea what that life looked like, nor did she have any idea who she was without the familiar faces she loved so much. Pastor Theron Drake needed a wife, and the crazy folks in his congregation whole-heartedly agreed. So much so, they thought they should have as much access to the new Mrs. Drake as he did! They volunteered her for everything they could think of and made her the director of the annual Christmas Play. Throw in the town bully/busybody who’d rather have her own choice of a Mrs. Drake, and you have a mail-order bride that doesn’t know if she’s coming or going. Will Theron and Leora’s new marriage survive the onslaught of his over-zealous parishioners? Or will she crack under the pressure, turn tail, and run? Find out in this hilarious romp, how two people are forced to discover their true strengths and weaknesses. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Rahhal. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/065236/bk_acx0_065236_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
For three years Andrew Carroll traveled throughout the United States and around the world to seek out the most powerful and unforgettable letters ever written during US wars. Behind the Lines is the result of that extraordinary trip and represents the first audiobook of its kind: a dramatic, intimate, and revealing look at warfare as seen through the personal correspondence of US and foreign troops and civilians who have experienced major conflicts firsthand. From handwritten missives penned during the American Revolution to e-mails from Afghanistan and Iraq, Behind the Lines captures the full spectrum of emotions expressed in times of war. Like Carroll´s phenomenal national best seller War Letters, Behind the Lines is part of a larger effort to preserve correspondence that is riveting, insightful, and historically significant. This audiobook is also about Carroll´s journey across the globe to visit the fields of battle where so many of these letters were written, meet with veterans and active duty troops who generously agreed to share their private correspondence, and speak with the family members who have lost their loved ones to combat. Behind the Lines is a tribute to those who have fought for freedom, as well as a lasting reminder to present and future generations of the true nature of warfare and the sacrifices it demands of individuals, families, and entire nations. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andrew Caroll with Jeremy Sisto, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/000590/bk_sans_000590_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Novelist and essayist Mallon talks with Freeman, critic and American editor of Granta, about the great, lost art of letter writing and the current frenzy of electronic messaging. A discussion with the audience ensues. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Symphony Space. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/sp/symp/000025/sp_symp_000025_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize, a breathtaking elegy to the waning days of human spaceflight as we have known it. In the 1960s humans took their first steps away from Earth - and for a time our possibilities in space seemed endless. But in a time of austerity, and in the wake of high-profile disasters like Challenger, that dream has ended. In early 2011, Margaret Lazarus Dean traveled to Cape Canaveral for NASA´s last three space shuttle launches in order to bear witness to the end of an era. With Dean as our guide to Florida´s Space Coast and to the history of NASA, Leaving Orbit takes the measure of what American spaceflight has achieved while reckoning with its earlier witnesses, such as Norman Mailer, Tom Wolfe, and Oriana Fallaci. Along the way Dean meets NASA workers, astronauts, and space fans, gathering possible answers to the question: What does it mean that a spacefaring nation won´t be going to space anymore? Cover image courtesy of NASA. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lauren Fortgang. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/023739/bk_adbl_023739_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Norman Mailer was one of the towering figures of twentieth-century American letters and an acknowledged master of the essay. Mind of an Outlaw, the first posthumous publication from this outsize literary icon, collects Mailer´s most important and representative work in the form that many rank as his most electrifying. As America´s foremost public intellectual, Norman Mailer was a ubiquitous presence in our national life - on the airwaves and in print - for more than sixty years. With his supple mind and pugnacious persona, he engaged society more than any other writer of his generation. The trademark Mailer swagger is much in evidence in these pages as he holds forth on culture, ideology, politics, sex, gender, and celebrity, among other topics. Here is Mailer on boxing, Mailer on Hemingway, Mailer on Marilyn Monroe, and, of course, Mailer on Mailer - the one subject that served as the beating heart of all of his nonfiction. From his early essay ´´A Credo for the Living,´´ published in 1948, when the author was twenty-five, to his final writings in the year before his death, Mailer wrestled with the big themes of his times. He was one of the most astute cultural commentators of the postwar era, a swashbuckling intellectual provocateur who never pulled a punch and was rarely anything less than interesting. Mind of an Outlaw spans the full arc of Mailer´s evolution as a writer, including such essential pieces as his acclaimed 1957 meditation on hipsters, ´´The White Negro´´; multiple selections from his seminal collection Advertisements for Myself; and a never-before-published essay on Sigmund Freud. Incendiary, erudite, and unrepentantly outrageous, Norman Mailer was a dominating force on the battlefield of ideas. Featuring an incisive Introduction by Jonathan Lethem, Mind of an Outlaw forms a fascinating portrait of Mailer´s intellectual development across the span of his career as well as the preoccupations o... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christopher Lane. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/008473/bk_brll_008473_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this month´s Audible Scientific American, up-to-date reports about the threat of nuclear war in South Asia. Both India and Pakistan have the bomb and the means to deliver it with missles. In this hotbed of political conflict, nukes up the stakes of war dramatically. Want to build chemical weapons? Scientific American says mail order is the way to go, no questions asked. Plus, how the growth of new blood vessels holds promise for heart and cancer patients. 1. Language: English. Narrator: uncredited. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/scam/011201/pe_scam_011201_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The beloved American Girl History Mysteries features intrepid girls faced with intriguing situations. The author of this installment, Kathryn Reiss, has received the ALA Best Book for Young Adults Award. In Riddle of the Prairie Bride, it´s 1878 and Ida Deming and her papa are looking forward to meeting his mail-order bride. But is this woman really who she claims to be? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ruth Ann Phimister. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/000717/bk_reco_000717_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Norman Mailer and the stars of the Emmy Award-winning T.V. series Cagney and Lacey, Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly on this edition of Fresh Air. Mailer talks about his 1995 book Oswald´s Tale: An American Mystery. The book profiles Lee Harvey Oswald´s life. Mailer says we must ask ´´Who was Oswald?´´ as a prelude to asking ´´Who killed JFK?´´. This is Mailer´s 28th book. Gless and Daly played New York City Police detectives in their series which aired on CBS from 1982 to 1988. ´´C&G´´ was the first TV crime show in which the two central characters were female. (Original Broadcast Date: April 27, 1995) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/000781/rt_whyy_000781_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.