He´s been described as a ´´charming, well-bred, devilishly handsome, witty, loveable, elegant, international superstar´´. And that´s just by Basil himself. As a new era for Basil´s television career dawns, he reflects on his ultra-successful early partnerships with Mr Rodney, Mr Derek, Mr Roy, Mr Howard, and Mr Billy. Basil´s high-profile celebrity life was the perfect disguise for his double life as a secret agent, and for the first time, Basil speaks openly about the time he risked all for the sake of his country. He also describes his glittering Hollywood career, his sell-out Las Vegas showcase, and his award-winning stint on Broadway in Elephant Man: The Musical. And he talks frankly about his friendships, from Joan Collins to Frank Sinatra, from the British royal family to Madonna. A tribute to Basil´s sly wit and his unparalleled storytelling ability, this book is sure to appeal to his many fans, from those who have followed his lifelong celebrity career to those who are celebrating his exciting return to the small screen. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Basil Brush. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/macm/000306/bk_macm_000306_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In a smart and funny new novel by the author of the critically acclaimed, ´´big-hearted, charming” (The Washington Post) Small Admissions, a family’s move to New York City brings surprises and humor as their lives merge with the captivating world of Broadway. Allison Brinkley - wife, mother, and former unflappable optimist - discovers that a carefully weighed decision to pack up and move her family from suburban Dallas to the glittery chaos of Manhattan may have been more complicated than she and her husband initially thought. Allison learns that New York is unruly and bewildering, defying the notions she developed from romantic movies and a memorable childhood visit. After a humiliating call from the principal’s office and the loss of the job she was counting on, Allison begins to accept that New York may not suit her after all. When Allison has a fender bender, witnessed by a flock of mothers at her son’s new school, she is led to the penthouse apartment of a luxurious Central Park West building and encounters a spoiled, hungover, unsupervised teenager who looks familiar. It doesn’t take long to recognize him as Carter Reid - a famous pop star who has been cast in a new Broadway musical. Through this brush with stardom, Allison embraces a unique and unexpected opportunity that helps her find her way in the heart of Manhattan. In an audiobook that delivers laughs, warmth, and delightful wish fulfillment, Poeppel dives into celebrity culture and modern motherhood with her trademark ´´quick-witted and razor-sharp” (Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Maybe in Another Life) style. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Carly Robins. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/008761/bk_sans_008761_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the 1950s, at the age of 14, Little Freddie King hopped a southbound freight train in McComb, Mississippi, fleeing the life of a sharecropper’s son in what was then the ´´worst part of the most intransigent state´´ in Jim Crow-era Dixie. Landing in New Orleans, he taught himself to play blues guitar, then found work performing at the city’s corner nightclubs, including one nicknamed the Bucket of Blood for its nightly eruptions of violence. Dodging bullets and drinking with abandon, he became a fixture in the subterranean blues scene. He played a time-breaking, low-down style of blues borne of a life of struggle, and followed a self-destructive course that ensured he never ran out of material. That is, until one drunken night, when his knife-wielding wife attacked him in a jealous rage, one of several brushes with tragedy that would change his life forever. Barry Yeoman, an award-winning journalist who began his career as a newspaper reporter in South Louisiana, first met King while making the 2009 radio documentary Still Singing the Blues. Since then, Yeoman has spent dozens of hours interviewing the bluesman, his friends and family. The result is an intimate and colorful portrait of one of New Orleans’ cultural treasures. Yeoman chronicles King’s journey from picking cotton in rural Mississippi to playing guitar on some of the world’s biggest stages, from spirit-seeing teenager who arrived in New Orleans with ´´not nary a copper cent´´ in his bib overalls to a self-effacing septuagenarian at the peak of his musical career - and one of the Crescent City’s last great country bluesmen. It’s a story about music, migration, race, faith, and resilience, and about the deepest of the Deep South during seven decades of profound upheaval. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rob Cleveland. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/018459/bk_adbl_018459_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.