Zapinette spends Christmas in the Big Apple! She reveals a slice of life from a perspective that is both rare and familiar. She is unique in her worldly travels, having been born in the United States, currently living in Paris, and visiting faraway lands with her beloved Unky Berky. She is all too common in her pain as the child of a broken home, her anger and hostility over her mother´s new beau (´´Fermin the Virmen´´), her confusion over the baffling realities of the adult world, and her inner longing to find her real father. Armed with a facile mind and an exposure to several languages, Zapinette relies heavily on her own vocabulary to describe the people and events that spin around her. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeanette Skirvin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/072700de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this hilarious title story from Nathan Englander´s collection For the Relief of Unbearable Urges, a Hasidic man gets a special dispensation from his rabbi to see a prostitute. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Arthur Morey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/001128de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
These are a few of the author´s favorite chapters from the dark humor thriller by Todd Curry and Christopher Abbott. The voiceover characters in this audio version were actually performed by the authors themselves. During a recent podcast in Miami, author Todd Curry was asked to give an analogy of their recent work. ´´I can compare these stories to - well, picture the little skeleton guy from the TV series Tales from the Crypt and he meets Rod Serling from The Twilight Zone and they eat Stephen King.´´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Todd A Curry, Christopher Abbott. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/093705de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
One of DeLillo´s first novels, Ratner´s Star follows Billy, a genius adolescent who is recruited to live in obscurity, underground, as he tries to help a panel of estranged, demented, and yet lovable scientists communicate with beings from outer space. It is a mix of quirky humor, science, and mathematical theories as well as the complex emotional distance and sadness people feel. Ratner´s Star demonstrates both the thematic and prosaic muscularity that typifies DeLillo´s later and more recent works, like The Names. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jacques Roy. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/008127de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Occupational Hazards is a collection of acclaimed stories from the author´s Return to the Dirt, Just Speculating, and more, including unreleased, exclusive, audio-only content! Performed by a cast of award-winning and Audie® nominated narrators, fans of the macabre, dark humor, and cerebral thrillers are guaranteed a compelling listening experience. The stories exemplify the unsavory side of our everyday existence. Existentialism, absurdism, and outlandish humor merge with ordinary, workaday life for a unique and hilarious perspective of the human experience. Occupational Hazards is an unflinching ride through the absurdity of it all. Not recommended for the faint of heart or easily offended. But if meaty stories are what you´re after.... We hope you´re hungry. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John McLain, Jonathan Sleep, Steven Jay Cohen, Paul J. McSorley, Ramon de Ocampo, Geoff Sturtevant. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/092957de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In a narrative rich in humor and uproarious dialogue, Off the Reservation explores modern presidential politics and whether honesty can find a place within it. Congressman Evan Gorgoni of Bloomington, IN, has served eight terms in a dysfunctional Congress and reached his limits of frustration. A medical event brings on the epiphany that there is no point in continuing to serve. But his frank expression on Meet the Press of his rationale for ending his political career is met with the unbidden call that he seek the White House - an unlikely destination for a vegan congressman with a disdain for political posturing. If he´s going to do it, he´s going to do it as no one has done it before.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gary Tiedemann. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/045874de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Short stories and poems from humorist and rom-com mystery novelist Anne R. Allen. Some stories, like ´´Vive La Revolution´´, which first appeared in the edgy humor magazine Opium, are satire, and others are more heartfelt. But they are all humorous portraits of rebellious women at various stages of their lives. From aging Betty Jo, who feels so invisible she contemplates robbing a bank, to neglected 10-year-old Maude, who turns to a fantasy Elvis for the love she´s denied by her patrician family, to a bloodthirsty Valley Girl version of Madam Defarge these women--young and old--are all rebelling against the stereotypes and traditional roles that hold them back. Which is, of course, why Grandma bought that car.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: CS Perryess, Claire Vogel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/030038de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Mr. White, a 70-year-old man - rich and somewhat eccentric - faced with the sensation that his death draws near, decides to hire a secretary to record his last words. What he cannot imagine is how difficult it will be to find this secretary. A tale on the passage of time, narrated with humor and a touch of nostalgia. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joe Lewis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bkka/000069de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
With its acid edge and wicked humor, JL Davis (writing as Jeff Davis) delivers a rapid fire depiction of bureaucracy gone wild that digs underneath the fingernails of the typical blue collar worker, satirizing both modern day relationships and business life. Specifically, if we can´t stand our jobs and families, live for the day to escape! Unlucky in love and trapped in a dead-end job, Jack Snaggler thinks his fortune is about to change when he meets a drop-dead gorgeous brunette named Paradise. Think again. When a shady fast food chef goes missing and coworkers start mysteriously disappearing, Jack finds himself framed for murder. If he wants to stay alive long enough to ever see Paradise again, he´ll first need to escape a conspiracy that at each turn, involves almost everyone he knows. Living under the umbrella of a politically incorrect and bureaucratic world are people like Ed Shoemaker, a disgruntled office worker who wants to off his wife and flee to Fiji; Eileen Klump, a secretary in the throes of menopause who suffers from periodic breakdowns and intermittent stays at the local mental facility; Lance Sheppard, who makes his living the good old-fashioned way: disability fraud. Regardless of the premise, the book punctures the fabric of what´s simply funny with a pervasive shadow of underlying truth regarding Middle America and the world at large. Part Big Brother, part corporate mindset, part 60s cool, and part dysfunctional love interest. The road to paradise has never been so tainted or hilarious. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Bosco. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/091694de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´You can´t make this stuff up.´´ So says American writer, imperial Russia enthusiast, and veteran expatriate, Jennifer Eremeeva, who has lived for the last 20 years in Russia with HRH, her Handsome Russian Husband (occasionally a.k.a. Horrible Russian Husband) and their growing daughter. Luckily for Eremeeva, she didn´t need to make up most of the events that inspired this, her first work of fiction. When she (and her alter-ego heroine, coincidentally named Jennifer) quit her job to write full time, she became enthralled with the dingy gray building across the courtyard from her apartment, where, it turned out, Vladimir Lenin´s embalmed corpse was routinely freshened up and preserved. The result is Lenin Lives Next Door: Marriage, Martinis, and Mayhem in Moscow. Based on Eremeeva´s two decades in Russia, Lenin Lives Next Door knits together vignettes of cross-cultural and expatriate life with sharp observation, colorful historical background, and engaging humor. Each thematic chapter is an anecdotal exploration of an aspect of life in today´s Russia, told with the help of a recurring cast of eccentric Russian and expat characters. Lenin Lives Next Door introduces listeners to Russians in their everyday milieu: at their dachas, in three-day traffic jams, and celebrating their 300-plus public and professional holidays with mayonnaise-based salads. Lenin Lives Next Door is an inside look at Russia by a recovering Russophile. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jennifer Eremeeva. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/019725de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.