As his parents’ shouting tears through the walls to the room where he is supposed to be sleeping, young Neil Waldman buries his face in his pillow and tries to swallow his tears. The trauma of his parents’ fighting rips at him, but it will also open the path to Neil’s career as an artist. Seeking refuge from a turbulent home life, Neil and his three siblings turn to the world of creativity. Their mother’s book from an art museum in Russia is all the children need to set fire to their imaginations. And from there, drawing and painting become much more than pleasurable diversions - they become lifelines of hope that allow the youths to believe that there is lasting beauty in the world. Recipient of the ALA Notable and Parents’ Choice Awards, Waldman has written and illustrated more than 50 books for children. Narrator George Guidall delivers a powerful performance of the author’s engaging memoir. 1. Language: English. Narrator: George Guidall. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/007601/bk_reco_007601_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A story about art, murder and marking your place in history. Whatever it was that drew me to Muriel, it wasn´t her charm. In 1992, morning sickness drives Jane to predawn walks of her neighbourhood, where she meets an unfriendly woman who sprays her with a hose as she passes by. When they do talk: Muriel Kemp eyes my pregnant belly and tells me if I really want to succeed, I´d get rid of the baby. Driven to find out more about her curmudgeonly neighbour, Jane Cooper begins to investigate the life of Muriel, who claims to be a famous artist from Sydney´s bohemian 1920s. Contemporary critics argue that legend, rather than ability, has secured her position in history. They also claim that the real Muriel Kemp died in 1936. Murderer, narcissist, sexual deviant or artistic genius and a woman before her time: who really is Muriel Kemp? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Julie Nihill. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/haau/000188/bk_haau_000188_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An author attempts to compose a crime story based on his memory of an adolescent experience. McSweeney´s is a literary journal based in San Francisco. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Molly Elston. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/aq/a023/000002/aq_a023_000002_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Improve your practice and accelerate your progress! Whether you dream of becoming a UFC champ, writing a best-selling novel, or starting a million-dollar business, you know you need to practice your craft. After all, nobody starts out great. To get good at anything, you have to train. But are you getting the most from your training? You want to immerse yourself in your art, engage with it on a deep level, learn all you can, and master the required skills as quickly as possible. But even beyond that, you want to enjoy it. You should feel that the art you practice - be that karate, baking, network marketing, or anything else – is personally fulfilling, and that your practice of that art pays off.How can you make sure you’re getting the most out of your training, your art, and your life?The Martial Artist’s Mindset gives you the tools you need to strengthen your mental game and maximize the benefits of your training time. This straight-to-the-point book will show you how to: Find your why - the big reason that will motivate you to push harder and go further in your artPursue your goals with passion, even while you live in and appreciate the present momentAdapt to unexpected changes with confidencePower through a slump or lag in motivationOvercome setbacks or ´´failures” and use them to become smarter, stronger, and more successful in your artAnd plenty more!Author, teacher, and martial arts practitioner Luke J. Morris spent 15 years training and teaching Muay Thai and Jeet Kune Do (JKD) concepts, 10 years coaching mixed martial arts (MMA), and the last five years training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ). He´s studied martial arts under the likes of Dion Riccardo, Chris ´´Lights Out!´´ Lytle, UFC champ Pat Miletich, and BJJ greats Megaton Dias and Royler Gracie. Luke holds a BA in Philosophy and an MA in Cre 1. Language: English. Narrator: Chad Allen Shirley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/158319/bk_acx0_158319_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Abigail has always known she is special. She is part of a special group, the Artists, who have been changing the face of reality for over 700 years. Over time, as the Artists´ gifts became incredibly valuable, the Artists´ paintings of these worlds became the choice of living for the human race, causing Earth to turn into a desolate wasteland. Seven hundred years later, nearly all of the Artists are in hiding, avoiding the Terantines, criminals who want nothing more than to round up the Artists´ and enslave them. Abigail doesn´t know exactly what her place is among the Artists; she was abandoned when she was a baby, left in the care of her guardian, Annabeth, who has begun her training. But everything changes on Abigail´s 18th birthday, when she begins the process of discovering that she is not who she thought she was...and that the ultimate fate of the Artists rests in her hands. This imaginative, richly characterized novel will have you on the edge of your seat from the first minute to the last. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Shiromi Arserio. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/040138/bk_acx0_040138_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An Italian Mannerist architect and painter, Giorgio Vasari was acquainted with many of the most famous artists of his day. He is best-known today for his biographies of artists including Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Titian and Giotto. This recording is read with clarity and authority by Neville Jason. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Neville Jason. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/naxo/000485/bk_naxo_000485_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A Hunger Artist (Ein Hungerkünstler) is a short story by Franz Kafka first published in Die neue Rundschau in 1922. The story was also included in the collection A Hunger Artist (Ein Hungerkünstler), the last book Kafka prepared for publication, printed after Kafka´s death. The protagonist, a hunger artist who experiences the decline in appreciation of his craft, is an archetypical creation of Kafka: an individual marginalized and victimized by society at large. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cori Samuel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/068727/bk_acx0_068727_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Chicago performance artist Rose Caffrey is desperate to sell her sister´s 19th-century farmhouse in Southern Illinois. She´s haunted by her sister´s death from a fall inside the house. But when Rose discovers three murals in an upstairs bedroom depicting strange images of Native Americans and bizarre 19th-century landscapes, she becomes obsessed with knowing the artist´s identity and the meaning of the murals. Buried for over 175 years under wallpaper and paint, the murals hint at secrets tied to the old house, the artist, and the nearby 1836 Trail of Tears Camp Ground Cemetery. Only one mural remains to be uncovered. And Rose is convinced the hidden mural holds the key to deciphering the other three. As art restorer Alex Hague peels away the layers of wallpaper from the last mural, Rose searches for the artist´s identity. But all her discoveries only add to the murals´ mysteries. What the last mural reveals launches Rose and Alex on a quest for one of the greatest lost art treasures of 16th-century America. Pursued by an unknown adversary who seems to know their every move, they race across the country hunting for the treasure. What Rose never expects to find are crimes going back over 400 years with the potential to transform American history - if she can escape the fate of the other lost artists before her. The Lost Artist is a fast-paced mystery thriller that shatters the very foundation of American history. Beneath the layers of time lurks a truth worth killing for. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rebecca Cook. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bimo/001483/bk_bimo_001483_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Body Artist begins with normality: breakfast between a married couple, Lauren and Rey, in their ramshackle rented house on the New England coast. Recording their delicate, intimate, half-complete thoughts and words, Don DeLillo proves himself a stunningly unsentimental observer of our idiosyncratic relationships. But after breakfast, Rey makes a decision that leaves Lauren utterly alone, or seems to. As Lauren, the body artist of the title, becomes strangely detached from herself and the temporal world, the novel becomes an exploration of a highly abnormal grieving process; a fascinating exposé of who we are when we are not rehearsing who we are; and a rarefied study of trauma and creativity, absence and presence, isolation and communion. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Laurie Anderson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/macm/000970/bk_macm_000970_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.