An expedition to Mars goes terribly wrong. A seaside pier collapses. A 30-stone man is confined to his living room. One woman is abandoned on a tiny island in the middle of the ocean. Another woman is saved from drowning. Two boys discover a gun in a shoebox. A group of explorers find a cave of unimaginable size deep in the Amazon jungle. A man shoots a stranger in the chest on Christmas Eve. In this first collection of stories by the author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon demonstrates two things: first that he is a master of the short form (several of the stories have been longlisted for prizes); second that his imagination is even darker than we had thought. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Clare Corbett, Daniel Weyman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/002349/bk_rhuk_002349_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Ted Dakin was born in the 1930s in the Lancashire cotton town of Wigan. Far from living an idyll of times past, Ted grew up in a world of poverty, with a poor education at a tough Catholic school ruled by Owd Hector Wainwright´s fist and cane. But the world he occupied was full of interesting people and amusing goings on. In this delightful host of tales, he invokes the spirit of the time. He tells of skiving off Mass, of the extraordinary singer/coal miner Albert Crabtree, and of his dad: a reformed hypochondriac, self-taught herbalist, and boxing trainer. These nostalgic stories recreate the unity and values of a community and an age that is, sadly, long gone. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ted Dakin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/isis/000285/bk_isis_000285_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The summer of 1939 broke the Maudsley family. Cecily was only 13 years old and desperate to grow up, desperate to be as desired and reckless as her older sister, Rose. Now in her 40s, the family resemblance is uncanny, but Cecily is a shadow of her former self. A part of her died that fateful summer. Returning to the deserted family farm, Cecily recalls the light before the storm, before the war came and before the terrible family tragedy. She remembers how everyone was guarding a secret. None more so than the beautiful Rose. And in her childhood innocence, between snatches of misunderstood conversations, Cecily helped set in motion a chain of devastating events. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Catherine Harvey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/oakh/000628/bk_oakh_000628_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.