Georges Simenon´s tragic tale of lost identity, translated by David Coward as part of the new Penguin Maigret series. What was the woman doing here? In a stable, wearing pearl earrings, her stylish bracelet and white buckskin shoes! She must have been alive when she got there because the crime had been committed after 10 in the evening. But how? And why? And no one had heard a thing! She had not screamed. The two carters had not woken up. Inspector Maigret is standing in the pouring rain by a canal. A well-dressed woman, Mary Lampson, has been found strangled in a stable nearby. Why did her glamorous, hedonistic life come to such a brutal end here? Surely her taciturn husband, Sir Walter, knows - or maybe the answers lie with the crew of the barge La Providence. Georges Simenon was born in Liège, Belgium, in 1903. Best known in Britain as the author of the Maigret books, his prolific output of over 400 novels and short stories have made him a household name in continental Europe. He died in 1989 in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he had lived for the latter part of his life. David Coward is Emeritus Professor of French at the University of Leeds, England, and an award- winning translator of numerous works from French. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gareth Armstrong. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/016163/bk_adbl_016163_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
My name is Zita, and I am the thirteenth princess. My twelve sisters are legendary, even in faraway kingdoms, but I am sure that you have never heard of me.Zita is not an ordinary servant girl—she’s the13th daughter of a king who wanted only sons. When she was born, Zita’s father banished her to the servants’ quarters to work in the kitchens, where she can only communicate with her royal sisters in secret.Then, after Zita’s 12th birthday, the princesses all fall mysteriously ill. The only clue is their strangely worn and tattered shoes. With the help of her friends—Breckin the stable boy, Babette the witch, and Milek the soldier—Zita follows her bewitched sisters into a magical world of endless dancing and dreams. But something more sinister is afoot—and unless Zita and her friends can break the curse, the 12 princesses will surely dance to their deaths.A classic fairy tale with a bold twist, The Thirteenth Princess tells the unforgettable story of a magical castle, true love, spellbound princesses—and the young girl determined to save them all. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jenna Lamia. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/002103/bk_harp_002103_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The names change, but the game remains the same. The pimp has reached nearly mythical status. We are fascinated by the question of how a guy from the ghetto with no startup capital and no credit - nothing but the words out of his mouth - comes not only to have a stable of sexy women who consider him ´´their man´´, but to drive a Rolls, sport diamonds, and wear custom suits and alligator shoes from Italy. His secret is to follow the ´´unwritten rules of the game´´ - a set of regulations handed down orally from older, wiser macks - which give him superhuman powers of charm, psychological manipulation, and persuasion. In Pimpology, star of the documentaries Pimps Up, Ho´s Down and American Pimp and Annual Players Ball Mack of the Year winner Ken Ivy pulls a square´s coat on the unwritten rules that took him from the ghetto streets to the executive suites. Ken´s lessons will serve any person in any interaction. Whether at work, in relationships, or among friends, somebody´s got to be on top. To be the one with the upper hand, you´ve got to have good game, and good game starts with knowing the rules. If you want the money, power, and respect you dream of, you can´t just ´´pimp your ride´´ - you need to pimp your whole life. And unless you´ve seen Ray Charles leading Stevie Wonder somewhere, you need Ken´s guidelines to do it. They´ll reach out and touch you like AT&T and bring good things to life like GE. Then you can be the boss with the hot sauce who gets it all like Monty Hall. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mr. Gates. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/049509/bk_acx0_049509_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.
Divorced 30-something Claire doesn´t know who is in her dating pool, but she´s doing her best to avoid shark-infested waters. Leaving her clueless and insensitive husband behind was a smart move after losing her fertility, but now she´s riding the wave of flying toupees, strange men in leather thongs and drunken nights in painfully impractical shoes. Claire desperately wanted to be a mother, but now she´ll settle for one middle aged man worthy of a second date. After a long drought, men are flooding her shores, and she´s drowning in choices. There´s Justin, the 25-year-old IT boy-genius with the GQ look and cougar fetish, and he won´t take no for an answer. A woman would have to be a blind, lesbian nun not to fall for him, but he reminds Claire of her wasted youth. And then the charming but mysterious Dr. Nathan appears, but he´s cheating on her with his medical mistress, a demanding cardiology practice. To further rock her boat, Claire´s stable career in publishing has been tossed about by her floundering company´s launch of a new line of trendy, salacious books. Cookbooks aren´t selling these days, but erotica is flying off the shelves and challenging Claire´s attitude about sex, work, and her tempestuous new life. When her best friend convinces her to buddy up to the aspiring writer who just moved in across the street, Claire rejects the idea. He has already caught her in more than one embarrassing and scantily clad situation. Giving in to her friend´s nudging, she tries to ignore the details she discovers about him, including his hard rock night gig and his mesmerizing blue eyes, in the hopes his literary talents can pull her publishing house up from the bottom. Claire´s dilemma begs the question: Are there no men or just too many? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Marci Himelson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/041590/bk_acx0_041590_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.