Set in the post-war slums of Osaka, Oshima's follow-up and companion piece to Naked Youth, follows the lives and fates of the denizens of this hellish ghetto. Pimps, prostitutes, drug addicts, vagrants, hustlers and gangsters struggle to survive amidst the poverty and decay of 1950's Japan. Unflinching in it's portrayal of life in these slums, the film goes beyond a documentary-style realism to achieve a garish, lurid Cinemascope aesthetic that is at once repulsive and yet mesmerising. It's a pitiless and dispassionate portrait of a living hell that lurks behind the facade of a prosperous new Japan, a place where everything - food, sex, even blood - is simply a commodity to be stolen and sold.While the title itself represents the symbolic end of the Japanese Empire, The Sun's Burial is also infused with Oshima's own growing militant politics. It is a protest not only against the (then) American military control of Japan, but also of the country's loss of national, cultural, and spiritual identity. It is the director's disgusted mockery of the nation's self-image as the land of the rising sun and makes this film one of the director's finest and most powerful works.
An intimate, suspenseful, and provocative portrait of friendship and love at its limits, and a timely exploration of class tensions and corporate excess in America When Eli first meets Sam Westergard, he is dazzled by his new friend's charisma, energy, and determined passion. Both graduate students in New York City, the two young men bond over their idealism, their love of poetry, and their commitment to socialism, both in theory and in practice - this last taking the form of an organized protest against Soline, a giant energy company that has speculated away the jobs and savings of thousands. As an Occupy-like group begins to coalesce around him, Eli realizes that some of his fellow intellectuals are more deeply - and dangerously - devoted to the cause than others. A fiercely intelligent, wonderfully human illustration of friendship, empathy, and suspicion in the midst of political upheaval, Ryan McIlvain's new novel confirms him as one of our most talented and distinctive writers at work today. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ari Fliakos. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/005986/bk_rand_005986_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A great new collection of classic short fiction, brilliantly read by a selection of narrators. Includes the following stories: The Lightening-Rod Man by Herman Melville One of the Missing by Ambrose Bierce The Leopard Man's Story by Jack London Tennessee's Partner by Bret Harte The New Catacomb by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle A Pair of Silk Stockings by Kate Chopin My Watch" and "The Widow's Protest by Mark Twain An Ideal Family by Kate Mansfield A Painful Case by James Joyce Small Fry by Anton Chekhov The Road from Colonus by E. M. Forster Silhouettes by Jerome K Jerome The Voice of the City by O. Henry Dalyrimple Goes Wrong by F. Scott Fitzgerald The Diamond Mine by Willa Cather The Man with the Golden Brain by Alphonse Daudet Morella by Edgar Allan Poe The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant The Portrait by Edith Wharton The Philosopher in the Apple Orchard by Anthony Hope Monkey Nuts by D. H. Lawrence. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gerard Doyle, Bronson Pinchot. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbca/000882/bk_bbca_000882_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Save the restaurant. Save the town. Get the girl. Make Abuela proud. Can 13-year-old Arturo Zamora do it all, or is he in for a big, epic fail? For Arturo, summertime in Miami means playing basketball until dark, sipping mango smoothies, and keeping cool under banyan trees. And maybe a few shifts as junior lunchtime dishwasher at Abuela's restaurant. Maybe. But this summer also includes Carmen, a cute poetry enthusiast who moves into Arturo's apartment complex and turns his stomach into a deep fryer. He almost doesn't notice the smarmy land developer who rolls into town and threatens to change it. Arturo refuses to let his family and community go down without a fight, and as he schemes with Carmen, Arturo discovers the power of poetry and protest through untold family stories and the work of José Martí. Funny and poignant, The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora is the vibrant story of a family, a striking portrait of a town, and one boy's quest to save both, perfect for fans of Rita Williams-Garcia. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Pablo Cartaya. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lili/002267/bk_lili_002267_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A dark and socially provocative Southern-fried comedy about four UC Berkeley students who stage a dramatic protest during a Civil War reenactment - a fierce, funny, tragic work from a bold new writer. Born and raised in the heart of old Dixie, D'aron Davenport is a small-town fish floundering in the depths of a large, hyperliberal pond of UC Berkeley. Everything changes in his American history class, when D'aron lets slip that his hometown hosts an annual Civil War re-nactment. His announcement is met with righteous indignation and inspires a "performative intervention". Armed with youthful self-importance, makeshift slave costumes, righteous zeal, and their own misguided ideas about the South, D'aron and his three idiosyncratic best friends descend on Braggsville. Their journey through backwoods churches, backroom politics, Waffle Houses, and drunken family barbecues is uproarious to start but will have devastating consequences. A literary coming-of-age novel for a new generation, written with keen wit, tremendous social insight, and a unique, generous heart, Welcome to Braggsville reminds us of the promise and perils of youthful exuberance while painting an indelible portrait of contemporary America. 1. Language: English. Narrator: MacLeod Andrews. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/001949/bk_hcuk_001949_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Combining the deft social analysis of Where Good Ideas Come From with the optimistic arguments of Everything Bad Is Good for You, New York Times best-selling author Steven Johnson's Future Perfect makes the case that a new model of political change is on the rise, transforming everything from local governments to classrooms, from protest movements to health care. Johnson paints a compelling portrait of this new political worldview - influenced by the success and interconnectedness of the Internet, but not dependent on high-tech solutions - that breaks with the conventional categories of liberal or conservative thinking. With his acclaimed gift for multi-disciplinary storytelling and big ideas, Johnson explores this new vision of progress through a series of fascinating narratives: from the "miracle on the Hudson" to the planning of the French railway system; from the battle against malnutrition in Vietnam to a mysterious outbreak of strange smells in downtown Manhattan; from underground music video artists to the invention of the Internet itself. At a time when the conventional wisdom holds that the political system is hopelessly gridlocked with old ideas, Future Perfect makes the timely and inspiring case that progress is still possible, and that new solutions are on the rise. This is a hopeful, affirmative outlook for the future, from one of the most brilliant and inspiring visionaries of contemporary culture. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Samuel Cohen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/001964/bk_peng_001964_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In Surviving Slavery in the British Caribbean, Randy M. Browne looks past the familiar numbers of life and death and into a human drama in which enslaved Africans and their descendants struggled to survive against their enslavers, their environment, and sometimes one another. Grounded in the 19th-century British colony of Berbice, one of the Atlantic world's best-documented slave societies and the last frontier of slavery in the British Caribbean, Browne argues that the central problem for most enslaved people was not how to resist or escape slavery but simply how to stay alive.Guided by the voices of hundreds of enslaved people preserved in an extraordinary set of legal records, Browne reveals a world of Caribbean slavery that is both brutal and breathtakingly intimate. Field laborers invoked abolitionist-inspired legal reforms to protest brutal floggings, spiritual healers conducted secretive nighttime rituals, anxious drivers weighed the competing pressures of managers and the condition of their fellow slaves in the fields, and women fought back against abusive masters and husbands. Browne shows that at the core of enslaved people's complicated relationships with their enslavers and one another was the struggle to live in a world of death.The book is published by University of Pennsylvania Press. The audiobook is published by University Press Audiobooks."An outstanding contribution to our understanding of the legalities of Atlantic slavery and the varieties of lived experience among the enslaved." (Journal of Social History)"Illuminating...the best portrait of the slave driver to be found in the literature." (Social History)"Browne's unparalleled examination of the difficult lives of enslaved people makes Surviving Slavery required reading for historians of Atlantic slavery." (Journal of the Early Republic) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Sleeker. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/186148/bk_acx0_186148_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Steinhauer once again demonstrates his mastery in creating suspense.... Ari Fliakos calmly narrates while capturing colorfully the array of characters in this multilayered book. (Washington Post) In The Middleman, Olen Steinhauer, New York Times best-selling author of 10 titles, including The Tourist and The Cairo Affair, delivers a compelling portrait of a nation on the edge of revolution, and the deepest motives of the men and women on the opposite sides of the divide. One day in the early summer of 2017, about 400 people disappear from their lives. They leave behind cell phones, credit cards, jobs, houses, families - everything - all on the same day. Where have they gone? Why? The only answer, for weeks, is silence. Kevin Moore is one of them. Former military, disaffected, restless, Kevin leaves behind his retail job in San Francisco, sends a good-bye text to his mother, dumps his phone and wallet into a trash can, and disappears. The movement calls itself the Massive Brigade, and they believe change isn't coming fast enough to America. But are they a protest organization, a political movement, or a terrorist group? What do they want? The FBI isn't taking any chances. Special Agent Rachel Proulx has been following the growth of left-wing political groups in the US since the fall of 2016, and is very familiar with Martin Bishop, the charismatic leader of the Massive Brigade. But she needs her colleagues to take her seriously in order to find these people before they put their plan - whatever it is - into action. What Rachel uncovers will shock the entire nation, and the aftermath of her investigation will reverberate through the FBI to the highest levels of government. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ari Fliakos. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aren/002725/bk_aren_002725_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From New York Times best-selling author and Edgar Award winner Peter Blauner comes a gritty new audiobook. "Ari Fliakos enhances an exciting story with his expert narration. He gives everyone a unique identity, differentiating them through varying tones, voices, and accents." (AudioFile magazine) Nathaniel Dresden never really got along with his father, an infamous civil rights lawyer who defended criminals and spearheaded protest movements. As an act of rebellion, Natty joined the US Army and served in Iraq, coming back with a chest full of commendations and a head full of disturbing memories. But when his father is found murdered near the peaceful confines of Brooklyn's Prospect Park, Natty is forced to deal with the troubled legacy of their unresolved relationship. He also has to fend off the growing suspicions of NYPD Detective Lourdes Robles, a brash Latina cop with something to prove, who thinks Natty might bear some responsibility for his father's death. Though truth be told, the list of people - cops and criminals - who wanted David Dresden out of the way is long. The search for answers leads Natty and Lourdes into an urban labyrinth where they must confront each other - and the brutal truths that could destroy them both. Proving Ground is Peter Blauner's first audiobook in more than a decade. It is at once a sweeping crime narrative, an intricate story about the quest for redemption, and a vibrant portrait of contemporary New York City, all told in Blauner's singular voice. "Ari Fliakos gives a splendid performance. His versatile voice and energy enliven the many characters in this thriller." - Library Journal 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ari Fliakos. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aren/002495/bk_aren_002495_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.