Stories of Your Life and Others

Sci-Fi & Fantasy06/12/2016 • 192kbps

This new edition of Ted Chiang’s masterful first collection, Stories of Your Life and Others, includes his first eight published stories. Combining the precision and scientific curiosity of Kim Stanley Robinson with Lorrie Moore’s cool, clear love of language and narrative intricacy, this award-winning collection offers listeners the dual delights of the very, very strange and the heartbreakingly familiar.

Stories of Your Life and Others presents characters who must confront sudden change – the inevitable rise of automatons or the appearance of aliens – while striving to maintain some sense of normalcy. In the amazing and much-lauded title story, a grieving mother copes with divorce and the death of her daughter by drawing on her knowledge of alien languages and non-linear memory recollection.

A clever pastiche of news reports and interviews chronicles a college’s initiative to “turn off” the human ability to recognize beauty in “Liking What You See: A Documentary.” With sharp intelligence and humor, Chiang examines what it means to be alive in a world marked by uncertainty and constant change, and also by beauty and wonder.

©2002 Ted Chiang (P)2014 Tantor

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The Economist: Book of Obituaries

History & World, Magazines & Radio27/10/2016 • 192kbps

Book of Obituaries

Lucky Scott raises the already entertaining collection of obituaries to new heights with her lively performance of The Economist: Book of Obituaries. This work is a brilliant collaboration between editors Keith Colquhoun and Ann Wroe, who have compiled a volume of the most noteworthy obituaries that appeared in the English newspaper The Economist, between the years 1994 and 2008.

Looking to give extra context to the last remembrances of a wide range of individuals, Book of Obituaries is well worth a listen. Learn about the lives of famed persons like Princess Diana, Bip, and Hunter Thompson. Or the less well-known, but equally interesting obituaries of an American gangster, a singing psychic, and the inventor of instant noodles.

The obituaries that appear in The Economist are remarkable because of the unpredictable selection of people to be written about, the surprising lives they lead – but also for the style in which the obituary is written. The selection for this book ranges far and wide, including Jean Bedel Bokassa and Pope Jean Paul II, Pamela Harriman and Harry Oppenheimer, Akio Morita and J. K. Galbraith, Jean Baudrillard and Syd Barrett, Estee Lauder and Hunter Thomson, Bip (the legendary mime artist Marcel Marceau) and even Alex the African Grey (science’s best known parrot).

©2011 Ann Wroe, Keith Colquhoun (P)2013 Audible Ltd

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Jane Eyre [RNIB Edition]

Classics, Fiction26/10/2016 • 192kbps

Jane Eyre remains a classic of 19th-century English literature and is the most famous and influential novel by Charlotte Bronte.

Published in 1847, one of the most popular of all English novels, the story tells of the rise of a poor orphan girl against overwhelming odds. It is a work of fiction with memorable characters and vivid scenes exploring themes that have as much relevance today as in the time it was written.

British novelist Charlotte Bronte (1816 – 1855) was the eldest of the three famous Bronte sisters whose novels have become standards of English literature.

Please note: This is a vintage recording. The audio quality may not be up to modern day standards.

(P)2009 RNIB

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

Self Development20/10/2016 • 192kbps

Transform your home into a permanently clear and clutter-free space with the incredible KonMari Method. Japan’s expert declutterer and professional cleaner Marie Kondo will help you tidy your rooms once and for all with her inspirational step-by-step method.

The key to successful tidying is to tackle your home in the correct order, to keep only the things you really love and to do it all at once – and quickly. After that for the rest of your life you need only to choose what to keep and what to discard.

The KonMari Method will not just transform your space. Once you have your house in order, you will find that your whole life will change. You can feel more confident, you can become more successful, and you can have the energy and motivation to create the life you want. You will also have the courage to move on from the negative aspects of your life: you can recognise and finish a bad relationship; you can stop feeling anxious; you can finally lose weight.

Marie Kondo’s method is based on a ‘once cleaned, never messy again’ approach. If you think that such a thing is impossible, then you should definitely listen to this compelling audiobook.

©2016 Marie Kondo (P)2016 Random House AudioBooks

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朗読街道「富嶽百景」

Classics, Japanese28/09/2016 • 192kbps

朗読街道「富嶽百景」

  • 著者: 太宰治
  • ナレーター: 石原玲
  • 再生時間: 0時間40分
  • 配信日: 2012/05/06
  • 出版社: 朗読街道

昭和18年(1943年)刊行。

富士には月見草がよく似合う-

執筆活動の為、井伏鱒二とともに富士・御坂峠に滞在した太宰治。
結婚前の穏やかで幸福な心情がユーモラスに綴られた紀行文。

©2012 朗読街道

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