The Man from Venus is the latest memoir from Doctor Who superfan, Mervyn Robinson. For many years Mervyn’s life has been focused on his idol, former ´´Doctor Who´´ Tom Baker. However, in 1994 he began to have romantic feelings for friend and fellow Doctor Who fan Tracy Collingston. The problem is that she’s also infatuated with Tom Baker. How can Mervyn win Tracy’s heart? And where does the mysterious Man from Venus fit into this bizarre love triangle?At the time of our story, our fictionalized version of Tom Baker - the actor who played the fourth Doctor Who to great public and critical acclaim - is enjoying a spectacular career resurgence. With a role in a new blockbuster movie, a smash hit TV detective series, a best-selling novel and a sellout stage show, he has come to Birmingham on tour. After a publicity appearance on a local TV chat show, he is booked for a signing session at a nearby bookshop. An excruciating encounter with Mervyn and Tracy triggers an extraordinary sequence of events that has life-changing consequences for them all. Who is the enigmatic Man from Venus, and what exactly has escaped from a mysterious top secret scientific research center? All will be revealed in this hilarious and dramatic tale.The Man from Venus is a full cast audio comedy drama, based on Mervyn Robinson’s memoirs.Joining David Harley as Mervyn in the cast of this extraordinary adventure is Sophie Aldred as Tracy, Emma Campbell-Jones as Vanessa, Alex Edwards as Ray, Timothy Harker as Venables, Mark Reynolds as Dr Voorhaven and introducing Stuart Grant as Tom Baker.Included in this Audiobook, exclusive to Audible, is the 92 minute comedy drama The Mervyn Robinson Memoirs - 1994: The Man from Venus. Also included: interviews with the cast, and an exclusive podcast, with writer/producer Steve Broster and writer/performer David Harley detailing the back 1. Language: English. Narrator: full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/154599/bk_acx0_154599_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The riveting memoirs of the outstanding moral and political leader of our time, Long Walk to Freedom brilliantly recreates the drama of the experiences that helped shape Nelson Mandela´s destiny. From his beginning in the Transkei to his being taken to Robben Island, this is the remarkable story of how a man rose so far, only to be sentenced to life imprisonment. Emotive and compelling, this is the story of an epic life. This audiobook includes a foreword written and read by Kofi Annan, Nelson Mandela´s Presidential Oath of Office, an afterword from Sharon Gelman, and an interview with Long Walk to Freedom collaborator Richard Stengel. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Boatman, Kofi Annan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/twuk/000695/bk_twuk_000695_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The age of the rock star, like the age of the cowboy, has passed. Like the cowboy, the idea of the rock star lives on in our imaginations. What did we see in them? Swagger. Recklessness. Sexual charisma. Damn-the-torpedoes self-belief. A certain way of carrying themselves. Good hair. Interesting shoes. Talent we wished we had. What did we want of them? To be larger than life but also like us. To live out their songs. To stay young forever. No wonder many didn´t stay the course. In Uncommon People, David Hepworth zeroes in on defining moments and turning points in the lives of 40 rock stars from 1955 to 1995, taking us on a journey to burst 100 myths and create 100 more. As this tribe of uniquely motivated nobodies went about turning themselves into the ultimate somebodies, they also shaped us, our real lives and our fantasies. Uncommon People isn´t just their story. It´s ours as well. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Hepworth. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/002866/bk_rhuk_002866_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1994, Anchee Min made her literary debut with a memoir of growing up in China during the violent trauma of the Cultural Revolution. Red Azalea became an international bestseller and propelled her career as a successful, critically acclaimed author. Twenty years later, Min returns to the story of her own life to give us the next chapter, an immigrant story that takes her from the shocking deprivations of her homeland to the sudden bounty of the promised land of America, without language, money, or a clear path. It is a hard and lonely road. She teaches herself English by watching Sesame Street, keeps herself afloat working five jobs at once, lives in unheated rooms, suffers rape, collapses from exhaustion, marries poorly and divorces. But she also gives birth to her daughter, Lauryann, who will inspire her and finally root her in her new country. Min´s eventual successes-her writing career, a daughter at Stanford, a second husband she loves-are remarkable, but it is her struggle throughout toward genuine selfhood that elevates this dramatic, classic immigrant story to something powerfully universal. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Angela Lin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/006861/bk_reco_006861_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A stunningly candid and inspiring memoir of recovery from addiction and the ´90s, by Hole drummer Patty Schemel Patty Schemel was a drummer at the epicenter of the Seattle grunge scene in the early ´90s, best known for her work with the alternative rock band Hole. Hit So Hard begins with stories from a childhood informed by the AA meetings Schemel´s parents hosted in the family living room. Their divorce triggered her rebellious adolescence and first forays into drinking at age 11, which coincided with her passion for punk rock and playing drums. Her efforts to come to terms with her sexuality further drove her memorably hard playing, and by the late ´80s Schemel was performing regularly in well-regarded bands in Tacoma, Seattle, and Olympia. She met Kurt Cobain at a Melvins show, pre-Nirvana, and less than five years later she would be living with him and his wife, Hole front-woman Courtney Love, at the height of his fame and on the cusp of hers. As Hole´s new drummer, Schemel contributed memorable, driving drum parts to hits like ´´Beautiful Son´´, ´´Violet´´, ´´Doll Parts´´, and ´´Miss World´´. But the band was plagued by tragedy and addiction, and by the time Hole went on tour in support of their ironically titled and critically acclaimed album Live Through This in 1994, both Cobain and Hole bassist Kristen Pfaff were dead at age 27. With surprising candor and wit, Schemel intimately documents the events surrounding her exit from the band in 1998 that led to her dramatic descent into a life of homelessness and crime on the streets of Los Angeles and the difficult but rewarding path to sobriety after over 20 serious attempts to get clean. Hit So Hard chronicles the extraordinary coming of age of a musician and an addict during the last great era of rock ´n´ roll excess. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the 1. Language: English. Narrator: Patty Schemel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/003518/bk_hach_003518_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
I couldn´t help but question how I´d gotten to this strange spot in my life, so far from what I´d expected for myself. Yes, there had been a heady romance a few years back. Then a slew of subsequent decisions, fueled by love and yearnings I didn´t even know I had. But I never, ever would have suspected that this was where the sum total of them would bring me. That afternoon, a new doubt dripped into my mind. When do you know, I wondered, whether the choices you´ve made were the right ones? In 1990, Jeannie Ralston was a successful magazine writer and bona fide city girl - the type of woman who couldn´t imagine living on soil not shaded by skyscrapers. By 1994, she had called off an engagement, married Robb, a National Geographic photographer, and was living in Blanco Texas, population 1,600. The Unlikely Lavender Queen is the intimate story of a woman who gives up a lot for the man she loves - her beloved blue state, bagels, and all-night bodegas - only to have to wonder: Was it too much? Ralston offers a lively chronicle of her life as a wife, new mother, and an urban settler in rural Texas. As she labors to convert a dilapidated barn into a livable home, deal with scorpions and unbearably hot summers, raise two young children while Robb is frequently away on assignment, she realizes her ultimate struggle is to reconcile her life plans and goals with her husband´s without coming out the proverbial loser. And just when it seems like she might be losing that fight - and herself - a little purple bloom changes her life. For centuries, lavender has been a mystical herb, so valuable to ancient Romans that a bushel would cost nearly a month´s wages. But when Robb returns from a trip to Provence with a plan for growing lavender on their land, Ralston is not convinced - in fact the last thing she needed or wanted was to take up farming on top of everything else. Then, much to her surprise, she slowly but surely falls in 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tamara Marston. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/000161/bk_acx0_000161_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Trees Are All Young on Garrison Hill is written and read by a veteran of the Second World War battle of Kohima. This tautly-written autobiography takes the listener on a journey from a quiet respectable Scottish boyhood to the sudden brutality of jungle warfare in Assam and Burma, and afterwards through the twilight of Empire in India, where Gordon Graham lived for 10 years after the war. Now in his mid-90s, Gordon Graham´s powerful and at times moving delivery draws on his personal sources as well as on official records including war diaries of his battalion, blending an objective account of great events with a soldier´s spontaneous and candid reactions to them. Episodes of drama and intense emotion are punctuated by moments of both poignancy and humour, leavened by mature reflection on the meaning and meaninglessness of war. Garrison Hill was the epicentre of one of the fiercest and most strategically vital battles of World War II. Overlooking Kohima, a town in the Naga hills of North East India, Garrison Hill was until 1944 a tranquil tree-clad enclave surrounding the Commissioner´s bungalow and tennis court. Suddenly in April 1994, it became the scene of intensive close-quarter combat between a Japanese force attempting to invade India and a British division thrust into action to repel it. Visiting Japan as part of his business life as a publisher in New York and London, the author sought out and dined cordially with Japanese veterans who had fought at Kohima, and later, as one of a small number of British veterans seeking reconciliation, entertained visiting Japanese veterans at his home. One such party finished with a sing-song, and a rendering of Auld Lang Syne in Japanese. When you can laugh and sing and cry a little with your former enemies, he writes, you know the war is really over. The denouement of the book describes the formation of the Kohima Educational Trust, a charity founded by the author after the 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gordon Graham. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/024979/bk_acx0_024979_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
I live with a stable of nightmares, Martha Mason writes, ´´but hope keeps them in harness.´´ Some might wonder how Martha could have clung to hope at all. In 1948, on the day of the funeral of her adored older brother, Gaston, a quick victim of the great polio epidemic, Martha was struck with the same dreaded disease. After a year in polio hospitals, she was sent back to her home in the village of Lattimore in the cotton-growing hills of western North Carolina. She was completely paralyzed, with only her head protruding from an 800-pound yellow metal cylinder that breathed for her. Doctors told her parents that she likely wouldn´t live for more than a year. But the doctors hadn´t counted on Martha´s will, or the hope that drives her still. An avid reader, she dreamed of being a writer, and after finishing high school in her iron lung, she went on to nearby Gardner-Webb College, then to Wake Forest University, where she was graduated first in her class and elected to Phi Beta Kappa. After college, Martha attempted to begin a career as a writer, dictating to her mother, who had devoted her own life to Martha´s care. But her father suffered a massive heart attack, leaving him, too, an invalid. Her mother, caring for both, had little time for Martha´s dictation. Technology revived Martha´s dream. A voice-activated computer allowed her to write without assistance. She got it early in 1994 in a time of great despair. A devastating stroke had altered her mother´s personality, causing her to turn on Martha, and eventually to revert to childhood. Martha had to become her mother´s keeper, and to run a household from her iron lung. To help her deal with the crisis, Martha began writing about her mother´s selfless love. As she wrote, she found herself telling her own story, without self-pity or sentimentality, and with her usual courage, grace, and humor. Breath will make readers laugh and cry, sometimes at 1. Language: English. Narrator: Catherine Byers. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/009705/bk_adbl_009705_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
One of America´s most beloved sportscasters turns the spotlight on his own life, chronicling his incredible life covering Southeastern Conference football and some of the most iconic moments in sports history over the last five decades.Verne Lundquist´s remarkable broadcasting career has placed him at the center of major sporting events in America for more than 50 years, from Jack Nicklaus´ final victory at the 1986 Masters to Tonya Harding´s attack on Nancy Kerrigan at the 1994 Olympics to the Auburn-Alabama shocker of 2013. In his first memoir, he replays highlights from his career, taking sports fans behind the scenes of some of the most dramatic moments in modern sports history.Lundquist goes back to the early days of his broadcasting career, recalling his time as a producer and radio show host in Dallas when President John F. Kennedy was shot. He reminisces about Tom Landry and the great Dallas Cowboy teams of the 1970s, recalls the most unbelievable moments in Masters Tournament history, and relives the excitement of Christian Laettner´s buzzer-beater in the NCAA tournament and a host of other memorable thrills.One of the defining voices of Saturday afternoon football for the SEC, Lundquist offers an in-depth look at the fans, the schools, and the game, recounting never-before-told stories about some of college football´s biggest personalities. He also speaks honestly about his friendships with Terry Bradshaw, John Madden, and other greats, as well as his difficult relationship with legendary colleague Pat Summerall. Bringing these memories vibrantly to life with his beloved catchphrases and warm humor, Lundquist gives listeners a front-row seat to history as he witnessed it unfold. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Malcolm Hillgartner, Verne Lundquist. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/008051/bk_harp_008051_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.