As one of the most glamorous and successful actresses in Hollywood and one half of super-couple ´´Brangelina´´, Angelina Jolie seems to have it all. But life hasn´t always been so easy for the world´s most seductive star.... She endured a painful, complicated childhood that left her relationship with her famous father, respected actor Jon Voight, in tatters. Even as she followed in his acting footsteps, it was always her passionate relationships with both men and women, her private fantasies, her numerous tattoos and her thoughts of suicide that garnered the most attention with the popular press and gave her a reputation as Hollywood´s bad girl. But now, raising her three adopted and three biological children with Brad Pitt, and fully dedicated to her work with refugees as goodwill ambassador for the United Nations, Angelina has turned that reputation around. The Academy Award and three-time Golden Globe-winning actress has finally found a way to balance the extreme highs and lows of fame with the stable family home she has always been searching for. This story of the trials, scandals, adventures and romances of Angelina Jolie is an insightful, inspiring must-listen for every fan. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lynsey Frost. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/pros/000013/bk_pros_000013_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the New York Times best-selling author of The Manny comes a vibrant novel of love, life lessons, and learning to trust yourself. Allie Crawford has the life she always dreamed of - she´s number two at a high-profile PR firm; she has two kids she adores; and her husband, Wade, is handsome and heroic and everything she thought a man was supposed to be - running a successful news magazine and, best of all, he provides the stable yet exciting New York City life Allie believes she needs in order to feel secure and happy. But when Allie finds Wade locked in their laundry room with a stunning blonde in snakeskin heels, a scandal ensues that flips her life on its head. And when an old flame calls, a new guy gets a little too close for comfort, and the woman wants to befriend Allie, she starts to think her marriage is more of a facade than something real. Maybe she´s fallen in love not with Wade - but with the idea of him. Captivating and seductive, told in the whip-smart voice of a woman who is working hard to keep her parenting and career on track, The Idea of Him is a novel of conspiracy, intrigue, and intense passion - and discovering your greatest strength through your deepest fears. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Laurence Bouvard. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/001808/bk_hcuk_001808_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 2005, historian Jason Emerson discovered a steamer trunk formerly owned by Robert Todd Lincoln´s lawyer and stowed in an attic for 40 years. The trunk contained a rare find: 25 letters pertaining to Mary Todd Lincoln´s life and insanity case, letters assumed long destroyed by the Lincoln family. Mary wrote 20 of the letters herself, more than half from the insane asylum to which her son Robert had her committed, and many in the months and years after. The Madness of Mary Lincoln is the first examination of Mary Lincoln´s mental illness based on the lost letters, and the first new interpretation of the insanity case in 20 years. This compelling story of the purported insanity of one of America´s most tragic first ladies provides new and previously unpublished materials, including the psychiatric diagnosis of Mary´s mental illness and her lost will. Emerson charts Mary Lincoln´s mental illness throughout her life and describes how a predisposition to psychiatric illness and a life of mental and emotional trauma led to her commitment to the asylum. The first to state unequivocally that Mary Lincoln suffered from bipolar disorder, Emerson offers a psychiatric perspective on the insanity case based on consultations with psychiatrist experts. This book reveals Abraham Lincoln´s understanding of his wife´s mental illness and the degree to which he helped keep her stable. It also traces Mary´s life after her husband´s assassination, including her severe depression and physical ailments, the harsh public criticism she endured, the Old Clothes Scandal, and the death of her son Tad. The Madness of Mary Lincoln is the story not only of Mary, but also of Robert. It details how he dealt with his mother´s increasing irrationality and why it embarrassed his Victorian sensibilities; it explains the reasons he had his mother committed, his response to her suicide attempt, and her plot to murder him. It also shows why and how he ulti 1. Language: English. Narrator: Steven Roy Grimsley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/003721/bk_acx0_003721_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A moving Yorkshire saga, Daughter of the Dales is the much anticipated finale in Diane Allen´s Windfell Manor Trilogy.The death of the family matriarch, Charlotte Atkinson, at Windfell Manor casts a long shadow over Charlotte’s husband, Archie, and her two children, Isabelle and Danny. With big shoes to fill, Isabelle takes over the running of Atkinson’s department store, but her pride - and heart - is tested when her husband, James, brings scandal upon the family and the Atkinsons´ reputation.Danny’s wife, Harriet, is still struggling to deal with the death of their first two children - a death she blames Isabelle for. But Danny himself is grappling with his own demons when a stranger in town brings to light a long-forgotten secret from his past.Meanwhile, Danny and Harriet’s daughter Rosie has fallen under the spell of a local stable boy, Ethan. But will he stand by her, or will he cause her heartache? And can Isabelle restore the Atkinsons´ reputation and her friendship with Harriet to unite the family once more? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Anne Dover. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/macm/001894/bk_macm_001894_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The third book in the best-selling series The Brethren by USA Today best-selling author Christi Caldwell!Martha Donaldson went from being a nobleman´s wife, and respected young mother, to the scandal of her village. After learning the dark lie perpetuated against her by her ´´husband´´, she knows better than to ever trust a man. Her children are her life, and she´ll protect them at all costs. When a stranger arrives seeking the post of stable master, everything says to turn him out. So why does she let him stay? Lord Sheldon Graham Whitworth has lived with the constant reminders of his many failings. The third son of a duke, he’s long been underestimated. That, however, proves a valuable asset as he serves the Brethren, an illustrious division in the Home Office. When Graham’s first mission sees him assigned the role of guard to a young widow and her son, he wants nothing more than to finish quickly and then move on to another, more meaningful assignment. Except, as the secrets between them begin to unravel, Martha’s trust is shattered, and Graham is left with the most vital mission he’ll ever face - winning Martha’s heart.This full-length book is the third in The Brethren series but can be heard as a stand-alone. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tim Campbell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/131166/bk_acx0_131166_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The first three books of the Tenacious Trents series by Jane Charles, now available in a ´´box set´´. Compromised for Christmas Lady Elizabeth craved excitement and adventure. Unwilling to endure further boring Seasons, she convinces her uncle, who has lived a more adventurous life than anyone else she knew, to let her work for him. A few years later, Elizabeth was established in Tuileries Castle, a servant in Napoleon´s court known as Lisette Renard. John Phillip Trent has been working in the stables of Tuileries as Jean Pierre Bouvier for the past two years. . . . A Misguided Lord It is time for Clayton Trent, Earl of Bentley, to take a bride. He knows exactly what he needs and the type of lady who should become his Countess. His life is orderly, scandal free, and exactly the way it should be until Miss Eleanor Westin careens into him, upsetting the perfect balance of his world. She is everything his father said he should not marry. Yet, he cannot put her from his mind, not even when a decade old scandal threatens the very foundation of his family. A Perfect Gentleman Matthew Trent always knew what was expected of him and that was to become the perfect vicar and a perfect gentlemen. When Grace Cooper enters his life, he is forced to face what he really wishes to become. Grace Cooper has three options for marriage available to her in the small village where she resides. However, Grace would rather be placed on the shelf than enter into a miserable union. When someone threatens her father and then makes an attempt on her life, it is Vicar Trent who vows to protect her. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Marian Hussey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/027305/bk_acx0_027305_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Don´t miss out on this simple, yet life-changing insight presented by famed television producer and author Shonda Rhimes in her book Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person. This FastReads´ Summary includes key takeaways and analysis to help you quickly grasp the essence of her story and learn how to say YES today! What will you learn from listening to this book? Always staying within your comfort zone can become a trap of loneliness and fear. Work through the discomfort and you´ll find a pleasant, relaxed place. Stand up for yourself, but don´t be unfeeling or hurtful. Be aware of opportunities to change for the better. Be brutally honest with yourself. Share your goals with others - they will help keep you on track. Get help with whatever is causing you stress - don´t try to do it all alone. Remember to ´´play,´´ laugh, have fun. Don´t work at it, just let it happen. Food and/or drink can cover problems, but it will likely suffocate you. Asserting yourself in difficult situations is both powerful and exhilarating. Do what´s best for you - your happy ending is not the same as anyone else´s happy ending. Book Summary Overview Shonda Rhimes is a mega TV star having created such hit shows as Grey´s Anatomy and Scandal. But even being famous and successful doesn´t make you happy. When you avoid new experiences and withdraw from personal connections, loneliness and unhappiness are easy to fall into. In Shonda Rhimes, Year of Yes she explains how even though she was a well-known screen writer and successful television producer, had a large and stable family, as well as a happy childhood, she found herself quite miserable. Two unique situations created the opportunity to reform her entire outlook on life. After she realized she had a problem with saying ´´yes´´ t 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kelly McGee. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/090434/bk_acx0_090434_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the spirit of Zoë Heller’s Notes on a Scandal and Tom Perrotta’s Mrs. Fletcher, an explosive and thought-provoking novel about the far-reaching repercussions of an illicit relationship between a young girl and a man 20 years her senior.A rising star in the London arts scene of the early 1970s, gifted composer Ralph Boyd is approached by renowned novelist Edmund Greenslay to score a stage adaptation of his most famous work. Welcomed into Greenslay’s sprawling bohemian house in Putney, an artistic and prosperous district in southwest London, the musical wunderkind is introduced to Edmund’s beautiful activist wife Ellie, his aloof son Theo, and his nine-year old daughter Daphne, who quickly becomes Ralph’s muse.Ralph showers Daphne with tokens of his affection - clandestine gifts and secret notes. In a home that is exciting but often lonely, Daphne finds Ralph to be a dazzling companion. Their bond remains strong even after Ralph becomes a husband and father, and though Ralph worships Daphne, he does not touch her. But in the summer of 1976, when Ralph accompanies thirteen-year-old Daphne alone to meet her parents in Greece, their relationship intensifies irrevocably. One person knows of their passionate trysts: Daphne’s best friend Jane, whose awe of the intoxicating Greenslay family ensures her silence.Forty years later Daphne is back in London. After years lost to decadence and drug abuse, she is struggling to create a normal, stable life for herself and her adolescent daughter. When circumstances bring her back in touch with her long-lost friend, Jane, their reunion inevitably turns to Ralph, now a world-famous musician also living in the city. Daphne’s recollections of her childhood and her growing anxiety over her own young daughter eventually lead to an explosive realization that propels her to confront Ralph and their years spent together.Masterfully told from three diverse viewpoints - victim, perp 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michelle Ford. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/007846/bk_harp_007846_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.