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.
Don Quichotte hält sich für einen waschechten Ritter, und das, obwohl es Ritter längst nicht mehr gibt: In einer verrosteten Rüstung zieht er auf seinem klapprigen Gaul Rosinante los, um gegen Riesen zu kämpfen und Ungeheuer in die Flucht zu schlagen. Dass es sich dabei in Wirklichkeit um Weinschläuche und Windmühlen handelt, kann nur behaupten, wer von wahren Abenteuern nichts versteht! Erich Kästners humorvolle Nacherzählung des weltbekannten Stoffes verleiht der Geschichte neues Leben - und ist für Kinder eine ideale Annäherung an die berühmte Figur. 1. Sprache: Deutsch. Erzähler: Hans-Jürgen Schatz. Hörprobe: http://samples.audible.de/bk/oeti/000221/bk_oeti_000221_sample.mp3. Digitales Hörbuch im AAX Format.
Pourquoi initier vos enfants au cercle très restreint des livres phares de la littérature européenne comme Don Quichotte ? La culture générale vous oblige à leur transmettre les romans dont la renommée dépasse l´œuvre elle-même ! En effet, quel autre récit peut-il se vanter de voir le patronyme de son personnage devenir nom commun, adjectif, concept philosophique ou psychologique et finalement métaphore comprise par la terre entière ? La présente histoire révèlera aux plus jeunes comme aux plus grands combiens nos folies et nos espoirs nous donnent la force de continuer à exister et font de chacun de nous des héros, même ridicules. 1. French. Jean Topart, Jean-Pierre Cassel. http://samples.audible.de/bk/frem/000098/bk_frem_000098_sample.mp3.