Il mito eterno del mostro, della creatura che viene strappata alla morte dalla scienza torna a vivere: in questa nuova versione del capolavoro di Mary Shelley riscoprirete il fascino di un libro senza tempo, un´opera che ha saputo esplorare i lati oscuri della mente umana. Una narrazione cupa, a tratti dura e senza scampo, che affonda le sue radici nella violenza di sentimenti assoluti, nell´orrore per tutto ciò che è diverso e nella lotta interiore dell´uomo che vuole superare i limiti imposti dalla natura. Benché scritto fra il 1816 e il 1817 Frankenstein si rivela attualissimo: quali sono i limiti della scienza? Può l´uomo sostituirsi a Dio? E ancora il tema del diverso, dell´esiliato, del ghettizzato costretto a vivere nell´ombra: Frankenstein non smette di emozionarci e continua, come tutti i capolavori, a raccontarci qualcosa di noi stessi. 1. Italian. Marco Zanni, Alberto Mancioppi, Sergio Masieri. http://samples.audible.de/bk/gomo/000140/bk_gomo_000140_sample.mp3.
All´imperatore di Poggio Felice piace essere alla moda. I pantaloni stretti lo fanno impazzire, non può fare a meno degli stivaletti con la punta all´insù, e delle mantelline con il collo di pelliccia. Per essere vestito come piace a lui, è disposto a spendere qualsiasi cifra! Che affarone per Melina e Sibilla, le due amiche ´´quasi´´ sarte, che gli stanno confezionando un abito nuovo... 1. Italian. Loretta Dipisa, Daniela Fava, Paolo Desantis. http://samples.audible.de/bk/gomo/000143/bk_gomo_000143_sample.mp3.
Jane Austen fa un ritratto preciso di quelli che erano i modi di vivere, le relazioni, i desideri delle sorelle Bennet, cinque ragazze in età da marito, che vivevano nella campagna inglese del Settecento. La protagonista vera di questo romanzo è però l´ironia, che delinea il carattere degli interpreti, che spesso, loro malgrado, risultano molto divertenti. Non manca naturalmente una coinvolgente e contrastata storia d´amore, perno centrale del romanzo, tra la bella e arguta Elisabeth e il ricchissimo e orgoglioso Mr Darcy. Intorno a loro, personaggi indimenticabili ai quali sarà difficile non affezionarsi. 1. Italian. Marta Altinier, Elena Gianni, Cecilia Broggini. http://samples.audible.de/bk/gomo/000150/bk_gomo_000150_sample.mp3.
This is a selection of short stories recounting, with gentle satire and tolerant good humour, the small town provincial life at the end of the nineteenth century, based around the six towns in the county of Staffordshire, England, known as the Potteries. Arnold Bennett chose to fictionalize these towns by changing their names and omitting one (Fenton) as he apparently felt that ´´Five Towns´´ was more euphonious than ´´Six Towns´´. The real town names which are thinly disguised in the novel are: Hanley, Longton, Burslem and Tunstal, the fifth, Stoke became ´´Knype´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Martin Clifton. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lind/001190/bk_lind_001190_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A Horse´s Tale (1907) is a novel by Mark Twain, written against bullfighting.A classic humorous tale as told from the point of view of horse in the wild, wild west. ´´I am Buffalo Bill´s horse. I have spent my life under his saddle - with him in it, too, and he is good for two hundred pounds, without his clothes; and there is no telling how much he does weigh when he is out on the war-path and has his batteries belted on. I am his favorite horse, out of dozens. Big as he is, I have carried him eighty-one miles between nightfall and sunrise on the scout; and I am good for fifty, day in and day out, and all the time. I am not large, but I am built on a business basis. I have carried him thousands and thousands of miles on scout duty for the army, and there´s not a gorge, nor a pass, nor a valley, nor a fort, nor a trading post, nor a buffalo-range in the whole sweep of the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains that we don´t know as well as we know the bugle-calls.´´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lee Howard. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/edel/011205/bk_edel_011205_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Lady Windermere´s Fan, A Play About a Good Woman is a four-act comedy by Oscar Wilde, first produced 22 February 1892 at the St James´s Theatre in London. The play was first published in 1893. Like many of Wilde´s comedies, it bitingly satirizes the morals of Victorian society, particularly marriage.The story concerns Lady Windermere, who discovers that her husband may be having an affair with another woman. She confronts her husband but he instead invites the other woman, Mrs Erlynne, to his wife´s birthday ball. Angered by her husband´s unfaithfulness, Lady Windermere leaves her husband for another lover. Or does she? Is it really possible to trust delicious gossip? Are all men really bad? These and many other questions are raised and if not answered, then held up for public scrutiny in this biting satire of morals and proper behavior. The best known line of the play sums up the central theme:´´We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.´´ - Lord Darlington 1. Language: English. Narrator: Daniel Duffy. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/edel/009477/bk_edel_009477_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Anne Elliot is a young Englishwoman of 27 years, whose family is moving to lower their expenses and get out of debt, at the same time as the wars come to an end, putting sailors on shore. They rent their home to an Admiral and his wife. Brother of Admiral´s wife is Navy Captain Frederick Wentworth, a man who had been engaged to Anne when she was 19, and now they meet again, both single and unattached, after no contact in more than seven years. First time the engagement was broken up because Anne´s family persuaded her that Frederick wasn´t good enough opportunity. The new situation offers a second, well-considered chance at love and marriage for Anne Elliot in her second ´´bloom´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alice Marti. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/edel/011173/bk_edel_011173_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What Katy Did´´ is a work written by Susan Coolidge, the pen name of Sarah Chauncey Woolsey, which was published in 1872. It follows the adventures of a twelve year old American girl, Katy Carr, and her family who live in the fictional lakeside Ohio town of Burnet in the 1860s. Katy is a tall, untidy tomboy, forever getting into scrapes but wishing to be beautiful and beloved. When a terrible accident makes her an invalid, her illness and four year recovery gradually teach her to be as good and kind as she has always wanted. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Karen Savage. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lind/001801/bk_lind_001801_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The American´´ is a novel by Henry James was originally published as a serial in ´´The Atlantic Monthly´´ in 1876-1877 and then as a book in 1877. The novel is an uneasy combination of social comedy and melodrama concerning the adventures and misadventures of Christopher Newman, an essentially good-hearted but rather gauche American businessman on his first tour of Europe. Newman is looking for a world different from the simple, harsh realities of 19th century American business. He encounters both the beauty and the ugliness of Europe, and learns not to take either for granted. The core of the novel concerns Newman´s courtship of a young widow from an aristocratic Parisian family. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nicholas Clifford. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lind/001341/bk_lind_001341_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.