In the mid-70s, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. Born Standing Up is, in his own words, the story of ´´why I did stand-up and why I walked away´´. At age 10 Martin started his career at Disneyland, selling guidebooks in the newly opened theme park. In the decade that followed, he worked in the Disney magic shop and the Bird Cage Theatre at Knott´s Berry Farm, performing his first magic/comedy act a dozen times a week. The story of these years, during which he practiced and honed his craft, is moving and revelatory. Martin illuminates the sacrifice, discipline, and originality that made him an icon and informs his work to this day. To be this good, to perform so frequently, was isolating and lonely. It took Martin decades to reconnect with his parents and sister, and he tells that story with great tenderness. Martin also paints a portrait of his times: the era of free love and protests against the war in Vietnam, the heady irreverence of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in the late 60s, and the transformative new voice of Saturday Night Live in the 70s. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Steve Martin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/001017/bk_sans_001017_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Trying to make sense of humanity´s quirky and often devastating behaviors, birds formed a religion complete with mythology, lore, and fissured beliefs. ´´This is dangerous territory you place your wings in, my starling friend.´´ The goldfinch lowered his voice. ´´I feel something strange in the air ever since you came here. You aren´t usual, and there is an energy growing in the air we breathe - like a berry on the vine. It´s ripening, and when it´s ready, there will be either a wonderful feast or poison.´´ The tenuous worldview of birds, and perhaps humans too, is about to be challenged by the coming of a Starling of Prophecy and the truth He is called to discover and ultimately share. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tanya Sousa. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/022631/bk_acx0_022631_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
No, no...stay where you are. Do not break the stillness of this moment. For this is a time of mystery, a time when imagination is free and moves forward swiftly, silently. This is the haunting hour. Terror in the night! Terror on the air! Terror in your mind´s eye! Steel your nerves against tales of ghostly graveyards and lonesome corpses...time travel and amnesia...mentalists, mummies, and murder! These 16 exciting tales of the supernatural and the strange feature Frank Lovejoy, Les Damon, Stacy Harris, Lesley Woods, Jackson Beck, Parker Fennelly, Lon Clark, Bret Morrison, Berry Kroeger, and more. Episodes include: Breakdown (Program 1); The Case of the Lonesome Corpse (Program 2); Ptolemy´s Grave (Program 8); Date in the Dark (Program 9); The Thought (Program 10); Double Threat (Program 16); Bird of Death (Program 22); The Uptown Express (Program 23); Unidentified Body (Program 24); People in the House (Program 27); Occupation: Murder (Program 28); Nocturne (Program 31); The Mystery of the Southern Star (Program 33); Murder Is My Business (Program 34); The Devil´s Deep (Program 36); Assignment: Death (Program 39). 1. Language: English. Narrator: Frank Lovejoy, Stacy Harris, Lesley Woods. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/radi/001184/rt_radi_001184_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Escape was radio´s leading anthology series of high-adventure, airing on CBS from July 7, 1947 until September 25, 1954. The series´ well-remembered opening combined Mussorgsky´s Night on Bald Mountain with this introduction, as intoned by Paul Frees and/or William Conrad: ´´Tired of the everyday grind? Ever dream of a life of romantic adventure? Want to get away from it all? We offer you... Escape!” Following the opening theme, a second announcer (usually Roy Rowan) would add: ´´Escape! Designed to free you from the four walls of today for a half-hour of high adventure!” Many story premises, both originals and adaptations, involved a protagonist in dire life-or-death straits. Actors on the series included: Eleanor Audley, Parley Baer, Harry Bartell, William Conrad, Ted deCorsia, John Dehner, Sam Edwards, Virginia Gregg, Lou Merrill, Howard McNear, Jeanette Nolan, Alan Reed, Bill Johnstone, Marvin Miller, Frank Lovejoy, Berry Kroeger, Vic Perrin, Elliott Lewis, Jack Webb, Peggy Webber and Will Wright. Music was supplied by Del Castillo, organist Ivan Ditmars, Cy Feuer, Wilbur Hatch and Leith Stevens. The announcers were Paul Frees and Roy Rowan. 6/6/48 ´´Beau Geste” 7/4/48 ´´A Tooth For Paul Revere” 1/11/53 ´´Conqueror’s Isle” 3/25/54 ´´The Second Shot” 4/5/53 ´´A Sleeping Draft” 8/23/53 ´´The Man From Tomorrow” 9/6/53 ´´Train From Oebisfelde” 3/11/54 ´´The Bird of Paradise” 3/18/54 ´´Violent Night” 4/1/54 ´´The Return” 4/8/54 ´´The Scarlet Plague” 4/15/54 ´´Affair at Mandrake” 1. Language: English. Narrator: full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/010877/bk_brll_010877_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This collection of stories for children has been written by notable authors from Urdu literature. Most authors in this selection are little-known for the stories they have penned for young audiences. From traditional tales to everyday narratives, this compilation offers listeners an insight into stories old and new, with fantasy, humour, and a charming taste of the Urdu language. Story Synopses ´´Chirya Chiray ki Kahaani´´: Little Chirya gets into all sorts of scrapes after lying about eating all the food at home. ´´Chun Chun ki Museebat´´: Chun Chun the chick gobbles a berry that gets stuck in his throat, and his poor mother sets off to find him a drink of water. Will she get to him on time? ´´Dilchusp Muqaabla´´: A smart tailor uses his wits to get out of trouble when he and his friends land up in a giant’s palace. ´´Jaadu ki Angoothi´´: Nilofer earns an award when she helps the king of gnomes, but the gift is only useful if she breaks her terrible habit of bragging. ´´Khargosh ki Aqlmundi´´: The rabbit must outwit the sly fox to save his skin and prevent himself from becoming a sumptuous meal for her. ´´Parinda Kaisay Pakra´´: Hippity Hop would love to have a beautiful bird sing for him, but the bird refuses to be caught. Can his friends Tippity Tip, Mickey the Mouse, Chakra the Cow, Ainda the Goat, and Thomas the Toad devise ways to catch the bird? ´´Sheikh Chilli ne Seekhi Angrezi´´: Sheikh Chilli is desperate to learn a few words of English so he may converse with the Englishmen in his country. But his newfound knowledge earns him more trouble than he expects. ´´Sheikh Chilli ne Roza Rakha´´: The first roza (fast) in the month of Ramzan unsettles Sheikh Chilli as he desperately waits for the end of the fast. ´´Sonay ka Ghora´´: The young prince sets off on a journey but is separated from his brothers. What follows is an adventure where he finds his captive brothers, tackles 1. Urdu. Asma Mundrawala. http://samples.audible.de/bk/urdu/000598/bk_urdu_000598_sample.mp3.