A funny, fantastically entertaining debut novel, in the spirit of Wodehouse and Monty Python, about a famous poet who inadvertently sells his wife to the devil--then recruits a band of adventurers to rescue her. When Lionel Savage, a popular poet in Victorian London, learns from his butler that they´re broke, he marries the beautiful Vivien Lancaster for her money, only to find that his muse has abandoned him. Distraught and contemplating suicide, Savage accidentally conjures the Devil -- the polite ´´Gentleman´´ of the title -- who appears at one of the society parties Savage abhors. The two hit it off: the Devil talks about his home, where he employs Dante as a gardener; Savage lends him a volume of Tennyson. But when the party´s over and Vivien has disappeared, the poet concludes in horror that he must have inadvertently sold his wife to the dark lord. Newly in love with Vivien, Savage plans a rescue mission to Hell that includes Simmons, the butler; Tompkins, the bookseller; Ashley Lancaster, swashbuckling Buddhist; Will Kensington, inventor of a flying machine; and Savage´s spirited kid sister, Lizzie, freshly booted from boarding school for a ´´dalliance.´´ Throughout, his cousin´s quibbling footnotes to the text push the story into comedy nirvana. Lionel and his friends encounter trapdoors, duels, anarchist-fearing bobbies, the social pressure of not knowing enough about art history, and the poisonous wit of his poetical archenemy. Fresh, action-packed and very, very funny, The Gentleman is a giddy farce that recalls the masterful confections of P.G. Wodehouse and Hergé´s beautifully detailed Tintin adventures.
Betrayed by his wife, Stephen Stone spirits his son, Henry, away to a remote tropical island and trains him to be an ideal physical specimen and a perfect gentleman. After years of isolation, Henry Stone is now a young man, standing a full six feet two inches tall and weighing 190 pounds. His hair is bronze, his eyes turquoise, his skin mahogany - a magnificent man. When Henry finally returns to civilization, he finds that his father’s business has grown into a news empire. Though he is the owner of this huge conglomerate, a great conversationalist and excellent company, well versed in etiquette, and extraordinarily nice, Henry has never seen a woman. Indeed his father has taught him never to trust a female and that love itself is a myth. When Henry collides with the contemporary world and the modern woman, the collision is necessarily fascinating and complicated for both Henry and the society he is discovering. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jason Watt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/008168/bk_adbl_008168_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Sabrina Savage has been raised to be a perfect lady. When her father dies under mysterious circumstances, she is shocked and upset. At his funeral,she meets a stranger, Adam St. Aubyn, marquess of Stonehurst, who helps her mourn and promises to help her uncover the truth about his untimely death. She can barely admit it to herself, though, how much a man she has never met before can stir her heart and her passions, can make her feel like she has known him all her life, can make her feel as if he is her savior. Then, at the reading of her father´s will, she learns that she has been pledged to Adam since childhood and that he had come to collect his unknown bride. Fiercely independent of spirit, Sabrina challenges Adam to release her from their vows if she should find a more suitable match among London´s ton. But in her heart, she cannot resist the powerful seduction of his personality. He guards his secrets as closely as he guards his heart while his gaze pierces her soul. And, unknown to her, he is as deeply stricken with love for Sabrina as she is with love for him. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Felicity Munroe. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/022096/bk_adbl_022096_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Lad from the streets meets lord of the manor. Both men´s lives will be changed forever. When Sir Alan Watleigh goes searching for sex, he never imagines the street rat he brings home for one last bit of pleasure in his darkest hour will be the man who hauls him back from the edge of the grave. Despite his harsh life in the slums of London, Jem is a bright, cheerful young man. He´s also witty, irreverent, glib, and makes Alan laugh - a rare occasion since wartime trauma and the death of his family have made the man a ghost of his former self. A single night of meaningless sex turns into an offer of permanent employment. Jem acts as Alan´s valet, but offers him so much more than polished boots and starched cravats. Just as the men are adjusting to their new living arrangement, news about a former soldier under his command sends Sir Watleigh and Jem on the road to save a child in danger. The journey brings them closer together as they travel from lust toward love. They rescue the girl from the clutches of an insane surgeon, who is as interested in experimenting on the vulnerable human spirit as he is on physical bodies. Alan realizes his love for Jem when he nearly loses him, but is Alan´s love strong enough to risk society discovering the truth about him? And is he strong enough to finally accept his sexual nature? A reissue of the title first published by Loose Id. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jasper de Montfort. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/007447/bk_acx0_007447_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Gentleman and the Lamplighter is a historical romance NOVELLA about two men from different worlds who find acceptance - and red-hot passion - in each other´s arms. From Summer Devon, who writes ´´gay Victorian romance with emotional tension´´ (Publishers Weekly). You can´t walk away from love. Destroyed by the death of his former schoolmate yet unable to show it publicly, Giles Fullerton has taken to walking the streets of London in the middle of the night, the only time he can safely mourn the only person he´s ever loved - until one chance meeting with a lamplighter changes everything....But you can walk toward it... Widower John Banks knows a thing or two about grief, and immediately recognizes a kindred spirit when he finally meets the handsome, haunted gentleman he´s admired from afar. And in fact, the two men discover shared passions and the possibility of a forever love - if they can overcome social taboos, and their own fears.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark James. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/139308/bk_acx0_139308_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Mit seinem Top 10-Platin-Ohrwurm „I Need A Dollar´´ hatte der kalifornische Singer/ Songwriter und Rapper Aloe Blacc Ende 2010 die ganze Welt fest in seiner Hand: Mit seiner souligen Gänsehautstimme, seinen tiefgründigen Lyrics und nicht zuletzt mit seinem eleganten, Gentleman-liken Auftreten erklang Aloe Blaccs Smashhit sowohl auf den wuseligen Straßen von Paris, als auch im fiebrig-schwülen Londoner Nightlife. 3 Jahre später regiert der schwedische DJ und Producer Avicii die weltweiten Charts mit dem Song „Wake Me Up´´ und auch daran hat Aloe Blacc einen großen Anteil, er ist nämlich die Stimme bzw. Sänger des Millionensellers! Das letzte Jahr hat Aloe Blacc vorwiegend im Studio mit Songwritern und Producern wie DJ Khalil (Kanye West, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Eminem), Harold Lilly (Beyonce, Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys) und anderen verbracht. „Ich glaube, es ist enorm wichtig, gute Produzenten zu haben, die mich unter Kontrolle behalten und mir einen passen Sound masschneidern.´´ Aloe Blaccs Vision für sein nächstes Album: Die aufregende Fusion aus Style, Weitsicht und Soul zu seinem bisher stärksten Longplayer. Mit seinem kommenden Album schlägt Aloe Blacc ein weiteres Kapitel seiner außergewöhnlichen Erfolgskarriere auf.
At a time of astonishing confusion about what it means to be a man, Brad Miner has recovered the oldest and best ideal of manhood: the gentleman. Reviving a thousand-year tradition of chivalry, honor, and heroism, The Compleat Gentleman provides the essential model for 21st-century masculinity. Despite our confusion, real manhood is not complicated. It is an ancient ideal based on service to one´s God, country, family, and friends, a simple but arduous ideal worthy of a lifetime of struggle. Miner´s gentleman stands out for his dignity, restraint, and discernment. He rejects the notion that one way of behaving is as good as another. He belongs to an aristocracy of virtue, not of wealth or birth. Proposing neither a club nor a movement, Miner describes a lofty code of manly conduct, which, far from threatening democracy, is necessary for its survival. Miner traces the concept of manliness from the jousting fields of the 12th century to the decks of the Titanic. The three masculine archetypes that emerge, the warrior, the lover, and the monk, combine in the character of the ´´compleat gentleman´´. This modern knight cultivates a martial spirit in defense of the true and the beautiful. He treats the opposite sex with the passionate respect required by courtly love. And he values learning in the pursuit of truth, all with the discretion, decorum, and nonchalance that the Renaissance called sprezzatura. The Compleat Gentleman is filled with examples from the past and the present of the man our increasingly uncivilized age demands. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christopher Lane. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/000895/bk_blak_000895_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An anecdote-fueled account of the most unusual religious movements in America today, from witch covens to snake handlers to atheists to UFO cults. Hallman visits each in a kind of adventure, telling their stories in a style that blends mini-history and first hand reportage. He is accompanied by the ghost of his patron saint, William James, the author of perhaps the most influential book ever written on religion, The Varieties of Religious Experience. James´s own story is woven through the book (and James wisdom infuses it), providing a fascinating historical and biographical counterpoint to the intrepid and hugely talented young Mr. Hallman. James argued that we could never do without religion, and wrote that the best way to understand the religious spirit was to look at its most exaggerated forms. But not even James could have imagined what the changes of the last century would do to our conception of God. Hallman´s journeys and analysis provides a vivid collective portrait of American religion in all its diversity and color. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Charles Carroll. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/000449/bk_acx0_000449_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.