Don Don is the story of two very different men who live on opposite sides of the globe: Don Holmes, a brash and bullish American millionaire with a formidable appetite for self-gratification and excess; and Ajahn Dohn, a wise and noble Thai Buddhist monk who lives a life of compassion and restraint. On the same day, during the same hour, in the same minute, both men are told that they are dying, that they have, at best, just one year left to live. The question is, what will they do now that they know? In this, his second novel, Nick Taussig provides a meditation on death from two very different and interconnected perspectives. There is the immortal, rapacious American millionaire Don Holmes, for whom death comes as an affront, and there is the noble and benevolent Thai Buddhist monk Ajahn Dohn, for whom death comes as the fate of all that lives. Once both men know that they are dying, they set out on contrasting journeys. Don Holmes descends into hedonism and excess before seeking spiritual renewal and making a dignified attempt to reconcile himself with those he´ll leave behind, whereas Ajahn Dohn journeys from the temple to the city, moving from a quiet acceptance of his imminent death to a rousing need to re-immerse himself in the material and sensual world. These comparative stories vary and diverge throughout, before finally knitting back together to give the novel a neat figure-of-eight shape. Though the two men at first seem so diametrically opposed in outlook and again at their first fractious meeting, by the end they have almost merged into one. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nick Taussig. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aqur/000009/bk_aqur_000009_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Last Don is Mario Puzo at his finest - a masterful saga of the last great American crime family, the Clericuzios, and their powerful reach into Hollywood and Las Vegas. Domenico Clericuzio is a wise and ruthless man who, in his old age, is determined to create a life free from criminal activities for his grandchildren. But as he strives to establish his heirs in legitimate society, secrets from his family´s past spark a vicious and bloody war between cousins.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joe Barrett. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/025391/bk_adbl_025391_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When his third in command gets brutally murdered, mob boss Enzo Clowneone immediately suspects his arch-nemeses, the Juggler and Mime families. In order to stand a chance against their combined might, he must rally allied Carnival families to his cause - but who are his true allies? This book is a dark comedy set in an insulated world of crime. It touches upon the impotence of power, and the struggle for the Don to be both good and feared at the same time. Walking the line is hard but sometimes, to quote an old Clown adage, ´´You have to slaughter a family to save a village.´´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Soma. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/094957/bk_acx0_094957_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Joey Diamonds is on the verge of being a ´´made´´ man, with ice cold blue eyes that pierce through the hearts of women... and men. After being disowned by his mafia family, losing the love of his life, and realizing the world at large is his enemy, Joey throws extreme caution to the wind on his journey of self-debauchery in the name of fame and fortune. The Purple Don is the story of how self-destruction is never simply an internal state, and everyone around can be destroyed in the process. While Joey Diamonds takes over New York, Miami, and Hollywood - aligning with various mobs and nefarious gangs - we learn how the truly ruthless are never out to play checkers. It´s always a game of chess. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jupiter Mangini. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/011653/bk_blak_011653_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A very influential New York City pop culture guru finds himself running for his life after his review of a mob-owned restaurant makes it the most popular, hippest place in town. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Al Benelli. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/070642/bk_acx0_070642_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Der Roman erzählt die Geschichte der gleichnamigen Hauptperson Don Quijote, eines verarmten Junkers, der durch die Lektüre unzähliger Ritterromane den Verstand verliert und beschließt, nun selbst als Ritter auszuziehen, ´´um Abenteuer zu suchen und all das zu üben, was, wie er gelesen, die fahrenden Ritter übten, das heißt jegliche Art von Unbill wiedergutzumachen und sich in Gelegenheiten und Gefahren zu begeben, durch deren Überwindung er ewigen Namen und Ruhm gewinnen würde. Don Quijote holt seinen alten Klepper aus dem Stall, gibt ihm den klangvollen Namen Rosinante, stellt sich notdürftig eine Rüstung zusammen und bricht auf. ´´Don Quijote´´ wurde vom Osloer Nobelinstitut 2002 als ´´Das beste Buch der Welt´´ prämiert... Das Hörbuch versammelt hauptsächlich Geschichten aus den ersten drei Büchern rund um diesen ´´Ritter von der traurigen Gestalt´´. 1. Sprache: Deutsch. Erzähler: Helmut Hafner. Hörprobe: http://samples.audible.de/bk/edel/002474/bk_edel_002474_sample.mp3. Digitales Hörbuch im AAX Format.
Don Quixote, the world´s first novel and by far the best-known book in Spanish literature, was originally intended by Cervantes as a satire on traditional popular ballads, yet he also parodied the romances of chivalry. By happy coincidence he produced one of the most entertaining adventure stories of all time and, in Don Quixote and his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, two of the greatest characters in fiction. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robert Whitfield. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/000679/bk_blak_000679_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Don Giovanni has long been regarded as Mozart’s supreme theatrical achievement. The subject seems unpromising - the last day in the life of the notorious womanizer Don Juan - but the skill of the librettist allied to the genius of Mozart at the very peak of his powers has created a work which is not only highly entertaining but reflects an incredible understanding of the human condition. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Timson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/naxo/000796/bk_naxo_000796_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Don Quichotte est sans doute le roman espagnol le plus connu et le plus lu au monde. Sa publication remonte à 1605 pour la première partie et 1615 pour la seconde. Le récit se présente comme le fruit de recherches en archive et l´auteur s´invite volontiers dans la narration, ce qui en fait un roman moderne, considéré comme précurseur. Les aventures de Don Quichotte de la Manche décrivent un héros tour à tour comique, touchant, rêveur, fabuleux et courageux, qui est devenu aujourd´hui un véritable archétype littéraire. 1. French. Mathurin Voltz. http://samples.audible.de/bk/edth/000128/bk_edth_000128_sample.mp3.