Neil Munro's captivating Tales of Para Handy, captain of the "Vital Spark", the "smertest" steamboat ever to sail the River Clyde. Whatever happened to the shaggy dog story? Very few, if any seem to be published these days. Maybe our lives are all too pressurised and full-on to allow us to kick back and listen to an engaging, diverting, well-told tale. PG Wodehouse was a master of the shaggy dog story, through his masterful fictional storytellers such as Mr Mulliner, The Oldest Member and even Bertie Wooster himself. But a close competitor was Neil Munro, creator of the much-loved Tales of Para Handy, three volumes of which were published from 1906 to 1923. These have been televised no fewer than 3 times, most recently in the 1990s with Gregor Fisher (who also starred as Rab C Nesbitt in the BBC2 TV show Naked Video) as the garrulous master mariner. The 25 stories performed by David Rintoul hail from the first collection, and every one is a gem. David was a huge fan of the 1960's TV series with Roddy McMillan in the starring role, and his love and knowledge of the tales shines out in his bravura performance. In the course of this audio, you'll get to know the regular cast - not just Para Handy himself, but the ship's irascible and scary engineer, Macphail, never without a penny "novella" in his hand; then there's The Tar, the lazy deckhand - and who can forget Dougie, the superstitious ship's mate? Add to that the crew of supporting characters - West Coast locals to a man (and woman) - canny, outspoken, lugubrious, eccentric...and all huge fun. It's like having a second family. Try listening to one of them on your busy commute, and you'll be sure to arrive with a great big smile on your face! 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Rintoul. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/crea/000041/bk_crea_000041_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Neil Munro (1863-1930) was a Scottish journalist, newspaper editor, author and literary critic who is now mainly known for his humorous short stories. 'A New Cook' is one of Munro's hilarious tales of Para Handy, Sunny Jim and the rest of the crew of the Vital Spark. The ship is welcoming a new cook whose talents include dancing, melodeon playing, practical joking...but sadly not culinary skill. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cathy Dobson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/redd/001076/bk_redd_001076_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Budleigh Salterton and Rexford Overstreet have been exiled by Cord Bangle, a creature from the fifth dimension, to a castle somewhere in time and space. Forced together, they quickly find they can’t escape each other let alone the castle walls, until a handy teddy bear changes everything!The second of the Tales of Rattopia, is a funny and touching sequel to Princess Porcelaina, Budleigh and Rexford is the story of two enemies, thrown into a strange and alien place, by a creature who’s determined to teach them a lesson. Follow their adventures, as they discover the worst kind of prison is the one you make for yourself. Will they fall further into Cord’s clutches, or can they escape from captivity and return to Rattopia? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Saul Reichlin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/159464/bk_acx0_159464_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Five tales of science fiction set in the wild-west universe of Amanda Love! Plunge into the rough-and-tumble world of the Galactic Marshals to see how the toughest lawman on the Fringe got his start. Watch how a supernatural vision earned Amanda a lifelong friend and loyal alien bodyguard. And witness the terrible betrayal that sets two best friends into a cycle of murder and bloody revenge. Welcome to Fringe Space, partner. Keep your blaster handy, 'cause you might need it. Short Story Contents: "Cantaloupes and Wild Shoshone" "Vala Staffwielder" "Love's Labors and Lies" "Cyber Son" "Little Girl Lost" Please note: this product contains some material also found in the Fringe Space book, A Shovelful of Stars. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Royal. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/002784/bk_acx0_002784_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Three stories which explore the darker side of the world of books. In a style reminiscent of the old Twilight Zone television show, these three tales will take the book-loving listener to a place that is somewhat familiar yet frighteningly surreal and disturbing. Active Reader Loyalty programs that track a reader's every preference are handy, save time and offer great discounts - at least until your customer data gets into the hands of the wrong person. Browsers A passionate book lover is drawn into a mysterious and eerie little bookstore the way a moth might be drawn to a flame. Distractions How far might a desperate writer go when blindly following the advice of a popular self-help book to eliminate the distractions preventing him from completing his next novel? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Eric Bryan Moore. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/100520/bk_acx0_100520_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the magic woods of Lyra, a noblewoman struggles to escape from a faceless man. Trouble is brewing in Alkyra. While the kingdom’s noblemen squabble, on their borders an ancient enemy, the Lithmern, raises an army. As the head of the Noble House of Brenn attempts to organize an alliance, the princess Alethia celebrates her 20th birthday. She is a remarkable woman: quick-witted, beautiful, and handy with a throwing knife. But on the next night, she passes through a dark corridor on her way to the banquet hall, and never emerges from the shadows. The Lithmern have kidnapped the princess. When Alethia regains consciousness, an evil Lithmern with a face made of shadows is carrying her through the forest. These are magic woods, home to fabled creatures whose existence she has always doubted. To find her way home, Alethia will have to learn to trust in the old tales, whose legends of magic and daring hold the only hope of saving her kingdom. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nicole Greevy. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/011696/bk_adbl_011696_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Welcome to Fringe Space, partner. Keep your blaster handy, 'cause you mightneedit.Plunge into the rough-and-tumble world of the galaxy's Fringe. Worlds chock full of Galactic Marshals, ambitious miners, roving preachers, and a full hand's worth of villains and varmints! Come see how the toughest lawman on the Fringe got his start. Watch how a supernatural vision earned Amanda a lifelong friend and loyal alien bodyguard. And witness the terrible betrayal that sets two best friends into a cycle of murder and bloody revenge that last through two whole generations. This compendium of all the tales in Amanda Love's universe contains the following material: 1) The novelThe Adventures of Amanda Love, which is also available in trilogy formPay to PrayDogfight, andA Planet Torn.2) The collectionLove's OriginsandA Shovelful of Stars. The stories in these collections include:Cantaloupes and Wild Shoshone, Vala Staffwielder, Love's Labors & Lies, Cyber Son, andLittle Girl Lost. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Royal. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/007506/bk_acx0_007506_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This prequel short story is the perfect introduction to the award-winning Ivy Granger Psychic Detective urban fantasy series. When a client claims her house is being haunted, Ivy tries to keep her mind open and her weapons handy. If her psychic gifts and recent cases have taught her anything, it's that you're better off arming yourself for the unexpected. Will our favorite psychic detective face down murderous ghosts? Anything is possible in Harborsmouth. The Ivy Granger Psychic Detective series is known for heart-pounding action, quirky characters, and supernatural horrors. Take a trip to Harborsmouth, where you'll encounter bloodsucking vampires, psychotic faeries, sarcastic gargoyles, temperamental witches, and our favorite snarky, occult detective. Frostbite is now available as a single short story. Previously published in Tales from Harborsmouth and included in the Ivy Granger Psychic Detective Box Set. Award-winning series: The Ivy Granger series has won numerous awards, including the BTS Red Carpet Award for Best Novel, the Raven Award for Best Urban Fantasy, and the PRG Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Paranormal Fantasy Novel and Best Urban Fantasy Novel. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Melanie A. Mason. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/118874/bk_acx0_118874_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.