A few weeks after finishing their final exams, high school sweethearts have an argument at a party. Joe wants to go - Jen begs him to stay. They fight in the corridor, following their usual script, and then he walks out and leaves her. A few hours later she dies. Three years on, after burning up his own dreams for the future, Joe is working in dead-end jobs and mentoring a wayward teenager not dissimilar from his younger self. Driven by the need to make good, he spends all his spare time doing parkour - l´art du deplacement - under an inner-city bridge, training his mind and body to conquer the hostile urban environment that took his love and blighted his future. Somewhere else, a middle-aged woman, Elise, is treading water in her life as her marriage breaks up. We watch as she retreats to the only place that holds any meaning for her - the tiger enclosure at Melbourne Zoo, where, for reasons she barely understands, she starts painting the tigers and forms a close connection to them. Joe is broken by grief, but the outside world won´t let him hide forever. A cool and bewitching girl turns up on the doorstep of his share house, somehow painfully familiar to him. Then there is the skateboarding chef at the bar where he works, the girl with the Cossack-blue eyes, who wants to be his friend. And someone going by the Facebook tag Emily Dickinson wants to reminisce about his dead girlfriend and won´t leave him alone. Can Joe staunch the flooding return of desire - or is it time to let go of the past? And will he make the nine-foot leap from girder to pillar, or does he want to fall, too? While at its heart is a searing absence, Leap is driven by an unstoppable and exhilarating life force and the eternally hopeful promise of redemptive love. Funny, moving, quirky and original, Leap is an effortlessly enjoyable listen that quietly creeps up on you until its final jaw-dropping ... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Samuel Johnson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/024035/bk_adbl_024035_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Four of beloved author Neil Gaiman´s delightfully scary, strange, and hilarious children´s tales read by the author, now available unabridged. This collection includes: ´´The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish´´ An unforgettable story that will take listeners on a journey into the murky mind of a young boy and the perils of striking a bargain. ´´The Wolves in the Walls´´ Lucy is sure there are wolves living in the walls of their house, and, as everybody says, if the wolves come out of the walls, it´s all over. Her family doesn´t believe her. Then one day the wolves come out. ´´Cinnamon´´ This charming fable of an exotic princess who refuses to speak currently exists only on Neil´s official website and has never been published in print or any other format. ´´Crazy Hair´´ Bonnie tries to comb the narrator´s crazy hair, where gorillas leap and tigers stalk, and is in for a surprise in this delightful rhyming tale. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Neil Gaiman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/000945/bk_harp_000945_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Thirty-seven wonderful short tales of historical figures and events, especially and charmingly written for children. Including: ´´Royal Oak´´; ´´Bonnie Prince Charlie´´; ´´Nelson and Hardy´´; ´´Watt and the Kettle´´; ´´Queen Victoria and Her Soldiers´´; ´´The Relief of Lucknow´´; ´´Grace Darling´´; ´´David Livingstone´´; ´´The Battle of Waterloo´´; ´´The Charge of the Light Brigade´´; ´´The Coronation of King Edward VII´´; ´´War - a Boy´s Heroic Deeds´´; ´´A Cat´s Extraordinary Leap´´; ´´A Brave Queen´´; ´´King Alfred and the Cakes´´; ´´Not Angles, but Angels´´; ´´Hereward the Wake´´; ´´Canute´´; ´´The Brave Men of Calais´´; ´´Wat Tyler´´; ´´Bruce and the Spider´´; ´´Richard and Blondel´´; ´´The White Ship´´; ´´Joan of Arc´´; ´´Afloat with a Tiger´´; ´´Queen Margaret and the Robbers´´; ´´William Caxton´´; ´´Sir Philip Sidney´´; ´´The ´Revenge´´´; ´´The Pilgrim Fathers´´; ´´Guy Fawkes´´; ´´Cromwell and His Ironsides´´; ´´The Spanish Armada´´; ´´The Defence of Lathom House´´; ´´The Outlawed Archers´´; ´´Elizabeth and Raleigh´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Phillip J. Mather. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/mike/001438/bk_mike_001438_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´This was a once-in-a-lifetime chance. I found myself standing dangerously close to the edge of a cliff. Far below me was an incredible abyss with no end in sight. I could turn back and safely return to where I had come from, or I could throw caution to the wind, lift my arms up into the air...and jump.´´ (From The Elephants in My Backyard) What happens when you spend 10 years obsessively pursuing a dream, and then, in the blink of an eye, you learn that you have failed, that the dream will not come true? In 2003, Rajiv Surendra was filming Mean Girls, playing the beloved rapping mathlete Kevin Gnapoor, when a cameraman insisted he read Yann Martel´s Life of Pi. Mesmerized by all the similarities between Pi and himself - both are five-foot-five with coffee-colored complexions, both share a South Indian culture, both lived by a zoo - when Rajiv learns that Life of Pi will be made into a major motion picture he is convinced that playing the title role is his destiny. In a great leap of faith Rajiv embarks on a quest to embody the 16-year-old Tamil schoolboy. He quits university and buys a one-way ticket from Toronto to South India. He visits the sacred stone temples of Pondicherry, he travels to the frigid waters off the coast of rural Maine, and explores the cobbled streets of Munich. He befriends Yann Martel, a priest, a castaway, an eccentric old woman, and a pack of Tamil schoolboys. He learns how to swim, to spin wool, to keep bees, and to look a tiger in the eye. All the while he is really learning how to dream big, to fail, to survive, to love, and to become who he truly is. Rajiv Surendra captures the uncertainty, heartache, and joy of finding ones place in the world with sly humor and refreshing honesty. The Elephants in My Backyard is not a journey of goals and victories, but a story of process and determination. It is a spellbinding and profound book for anyone who has ever fail... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rajiv Surendra. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/029714/bk_adbl_029714_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.