Neuerscheinungen: Englische Hörbücher im Juni 2017


Ob es am ersten Sommerhauch liegt? Die neuen englischen Hörbücher im Juni 2017 verlassen die Düsternis der letzten Monate und ersetzen sie durch stimmungsvolle Hörerlebnisse aus einem bunten Romanspektrum. Natürlich kommt dabei auch die Spannung nicht zu kurz. Der Hörbuchsommer kann also kommen!

The Scribe of Siena: A Novel

Melodie Winawer
Cassandra Campbell
16:12 Std.

Equal parts transporting love story and gripping historical conspiracy - think The Girl with a Pearl Earring meets Outlander - debut author Melodie Winawer takes listeners deep into medieval Italy, where the past and present blur and a 21st-century woman will discover a plot to destroy Siena.

Accomplished neurosurgeon Beatrice Trovato knows that her deep empathy for her patients is starting to impede her work. So when her beloved brother passes away, she welcomes the unexpected trip to the Tuscan city of Siena to resolve his estate, even as she wrestles with grief. But as she delves deeper into her brother's affairs, she discovers intrigue she never imagined - a 700-year-old conspiracy to decimate the city.

After uncovering the journal and paintings of Gabriele Accorsi, the 14th-century artist at the heart of the plot, Beatrice finds a startling image of her own face and is suddenly transported to the year 1347. She awakens in a Siena unfamiliar to her, one that will soon be hit by the Plague.

Yet when Beatrice meets Accorsi, something unexpected happens: She falls in love - not only with Gabriele but also with the beauty and cadence of medieval life. As the Plague and the ruthless hands behind its trajectory threaten not only her survival but also Siena's very existence, Beatrice must decide in which century she belongs.

The Scribe of Siena is the captivating story of a brilliant woman's passionate affair with a time and a place that captures her in an impossibly romantic and dangerous trap - testing the strength of fate and the bonds of love.

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In die italienische Toskana im 14. Jahrhundert eintauchen kann man mit diesem Zeitreise-Roman von Melodie Winawer (die, so wie ihre Hauptfigur, Neurologin ist). Ein paar Ungereimtheiten muss man übersehen, aber die Themen – Geschichte, Kunst, die Pest, Liebe – sowie die stimmungsvolle Lesung von Cassandra Cambell machen einen satten historischen Roman rund.

Gwendy's Button Box: Includes Bonus Story "The Music Room"

Stephen King, Richard Chizmar
Maggie Siff
2:42 Std.

The little town of Castle Rock, Maine, has witnessed some strange events and unusual visitors over the years, but there is one story that has never been told...until now.

There are three ways up to Castle View from the town of Castle Rock: Route 117, Pleasant Road, and the Suicide Stairs. Every day in the summer of 1974, 12-year-old Gwendy Peterson has taken the stairs, which are held by strong (if time-rusted) iron bolts and zigzag up the cliffside.

At the top of the stairs, Gwendy catches her breath and listens to the shouts of the kids on the playground. From a bit farther away comes the chink of an aluminum bat hitting a baseball as the Senior League kids practice for the Labor Day charity game.

One day a stranger calls to Gwendy: "Hey, girl. Come on over here for a bit. We ought to palaver, you and me."

On a bench in the shade sits a man in black jeans, a black coat like for a suit, and a white shirt unbuttoned at the top. On his head is a small, neat black hat. The time will come when Gwendy has nightmares about that hat....

Journey back to Castle Rock again in this chilling new novella by Stephen King, best-selling author of The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, and Richard Chizmar, award-winning author of A Long December. This book will be a Cemetery Dance Publications exclusive with no other editions currently planned anywhere in the world!


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Gemeinsam mit Horrorliteraturverleger Richard Chizmar bringt uns Stephen King in dieser Novelle zurück nach Castle Rock, wo die dickliche Gwendy von einem Mann in Schwarz eine Kiste anvertraut bekommt. Darin sind Knöpfe, die man drücken kann. Darin ist Macht, mit deren Konsequenzen Gwendy konfrontiert wird. Ein finsteres Stephen-King-Häppchen für zwischendurch.

Ginny Moon

Benjamin Ludwig
Em Eldridge
9:01 Std.

The story of a lost girl searching for her forever home.

Everyone tells Ginny that she should feel happy....

After years in foster care, 14-year-old Ginny is finally with parents who will love her. Yet despite finding her forever family, she knows she will never stop crafting her Big Secret Plan of Escape.

Because something heartbreaking happened a long time ago - something that only Ginny knows - and nothing will stop her going back to put it right....

A fiercely poignant, inspirational story of a lost girl making sense of a world that just doesn't seem to add up. Ginny Moon will change everyone who spends time with her.

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Aus der Sicht der 14jährigen, adoptierten Autistin Ginny geschrieben ist dieser herzerwärmende und herzzerbrechende Roman von Benjamin Ludwig, der selbst einen Teenager mit Autismus adoptiert hat. Auf der Suche nach Kontakt mit ihrer leiblichen Mutter, der sie wegen Misshandlung entzogen wurde, findet Ginny zu sich selbst. Die lebendige Lesung von Em Eldridge entspricht nicht dem tatsächlichen Duktus einer Autistin, geht dafür aber besser ins Herz.

Theft by Finding: Diaries: Volume One

David Sedaris
David Sedaris
13:52 Std.

'He's like an American Alan Bennett, in that his own fastidiousness becomes the joke, as per the taxi encounter, or his diary entry about waiting interminably in a coffee-bar queue.' (Brian Logan, Guardian review of An Evening with David Sedaris)

The point is to find out who you are and to be true to that person. Because so often you can't. Won't people turn away if they know the real me? you wonder. The me that hates my own child, that put my perfectly healthy dog to sleep? The me who thinks, deep down, that maybe The Wire was overrated?

For nearly four decades, David Sedaris has faithfully kept a diary in which he records his thoughts and observations on the odd and funny events he witnesses. Anyone who has attended a live Sedaris event knows that his diary readings are often among the most joyful parts of the evening. But never before have they been available in print or audio.

Now, in Theft by Finding, Sedaris brings us his favourite entries. From the family home in Raleigh, North Carolina, we follow Sedaris as he sets out to make his way in the world. As an art student and then a teacher in Chicago, he works at a succession of very odd jobs, meeting even odder people, before moving to New York to pursue a career as a writer - where instead he very quickly lands a job in Macy's department store as an elf in Santaland....

Tender, hilarious, illuminating, and endlessly captivating, Theft by Finding offers a rare look into the mind of one of our generation's greatest comic geniuses.

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David Sedaris ist ein bekannter amerikanischer Humorist, Comedian, Essayist, Bühnenautor und Radiomacher. Seine Komik bezieht er eigentlich immer aus den Themen, die ihm im Leben begegnen – da ist es nur logisch, dass er jetzt seine Tagebücher (in 2 Bänden) veröffentlicht. Das ist – vor allem von ihm selbst vorgelesen – nicht öde, sondern witzig, introspektiv und interessant.

Dividing Eden

Joelle Charbonneau
Lauren Fortgang
9:48 Std.

From the author of the New York Times bestselling The Testing trilogy comes a sweeping new fantasy series, perfect for fans of Victoria Aveyard and Sarah J. Maas.

Twins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. With their older brother next in line to inherit the throne, the future of the kingdom was secure.

But appearances—and rivals—can be deceiving. When Eden’s king and crown prince are killed by assassins, Eden desperately needs a monarch, but the line of succession is no longer clear. With a ruling council scheming to gain power, Carys and Andreus are faced with only one option—to take part in a Trial of Succession that will determine which one of them is worthy of ruling the kingdom.

As sister and brother, Carys and Andreus have always kept each other safe—from their secrets, from the court, and from the monsters lurking in the mountains beyond the kingdom’s wall. But the Trial of Succession will test the bonds of trust and family.

With their country and their hearts divided, Carys and Andreus will discover exactly what each will do to win the crown. How long before suspicion takes hold and the thirst for power leads to the ultimate betrayal?

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Ein Zwillingspärchen, das sich zu Konkurrenten um den Thron eines Fantasiereiches entwickelt, steht im Zentrum dieser neuen YA-Fantasy-Saga von Joelle Charbonneau. Wie gemacht für Fans fantastischer Märchen wie der Red Queen-Reihe oder Throne of Glass. Wie sich das für YA-Romane gehört, trägt Lauren Fortgang etwas dicker auf und saugt den Hörer in die Geschichte. Dabei ist sie noch prima zu verstehen, also toll zum Einstieg in die Welt englischer Hörbücher.

Camino Island

John Grisham
January LaVoy
8:45 Std.

All trails became dead ends. Tips that had at first seemed urgent now faded away. The waiting game began. Whoever had the manuscripts would want money, and a lot of it. They would surface eventually, but where and when, and how much would they want?

The most daring and devastating heist in literary history targets a high security vault located deep beneath Princeton University. Valued at $25 million (though some would say priceless), the five manuscripts of F. Scott Fitzgerald's only novels are amongst the most valuable in the world. After an initial flurry of arrests, both they and the ruthless gang of thieves who took them have vanished without trace. Dealing in stolen books is a dark business, and few are initiated to its arts - which puts Bruce Kable right on the FBI's Rare Asset Recovery Unit's watch list.

A struggling writer burdened by debts, Mercer Mann spent summers on Florida's idyllic Camino Island as a kid, in her grandmother's beach cottage. Now she is being made an offer she can't refuse: to return to the peace of the island, to write her novel - and get close to a certain infamous bookseller, and his interesting collection of manuscripts....

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John Grisham schreibt bekanntermaßen vor allem juristische Krimis. Diesmal dreht es sich aber nicht um einen Anwalt, sondern wir befinden uns in der literarischen Welt, wo ein Raritätenbuchhändler und ein Autor in den illegalen Handel mit Manuskripten verwickelt werden. Stippvisite in einer spannenden literarischen Unterwelt und eine gelungene Abwechslung von Grisham.

The Black Elfstone: Book One of the Fall of Shannara

Terry Brooks
Simon Vance
10:37 Std.

The Black Elfstone is the first book in the Fall of Shannara, the epic four-part conclusion to the wildly popular Shannara series by Terry Brooks - one of the all-time masters of fantasy.

The Four Lands has been at peace for generations, but now a mysterious army of invaders is cutting a bloody swath across a remote region of the land. No one knows who they are, where they come from, or what they are after - and most seem content to ignore these disturbing events.

The only people who sense a greater growing threat and wish to uncover the truth are society's outcasts: an exiled High Druid, a conflicted warrior, a teenage girl struggling to master a prodigious magic...and a scrappy young orphan, improbably named Shea Ohmsford.

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Als Terry Brooks 1977 seinen ersten Shannara-Roman veröffentlichte, war die Anlehnung an Tolkien’s Herr der Ringe überdeutlich. Im Laufe der Jahre und in dutzenden von Shannara-Fortsetzungen hat sich die Fantasy-Serie von Tolkien emanzipiert. Jetzt kommt das große Finale: „The Black Elfstone“ ist Teil 1 des vierteiligen Schlusszyklus. Der elegant-englische Simon Vance darf die Fantasiewelt mit seinen Akzenten beflügeln.

The Silent Corner

Dean Koontz
Elisabeth Rodgers
14:26 Std.

"I very much need to be dead." 

These are the chilling words left behind by a man who had everything to live for - but took his own life. In the aftermath, his widow, Jane Hawk, does what all her grief, fear, and fury demand: find the truth, no matter what. 

People of talent and accomplishment, people admired and happy and sound of mind, have been committing suicide in surprising numbers. When Jane seeks to learn why, she becomes the most-wanted fugitive in America. Her powerful enemies are protecting a secret so important - so terrifying - that they will exterminate anyone in their way.

But all their power and viciousness may not be enough to stop a woman as clever as they are cold-blooded, as relentless as they are ruthless - and who is driven by a righteous rage they can never comprehend. Because it is born of love.

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Mit dieser neuen Serie um FBI-Agentin Jane Hawks verlässt Dean Koontz seine übernatürliche Horror-Komfortzone und begibt sich auf pures Thrillerterrain. Seine starke Hauptfigur muss darin den Suizid ihres Mannes verkraften und gerät auf die Spur einer als Selbstmorde getarnten Mordserie. Sprecherin Elisabeth Rodgers liest eher abgeklärt und undramatisch und lässt die Story für sich selbst sprechen.

The Impossible Vastness of Us

Samantha Young
Brittany Pressley
9:38 Std.

"I know how to watch my back. I'm the only one that ever has."

India Maxwell hasn't just moved across the country - she's plummeted to the bottom rung of the social ladder. It's taken years to cover the mess of her home life with a veneer of popularity. Now she's living in one of Boston's wealthiest neighborhoods with her mom's fiancé and his daughter, Eloise. Thanks to her soon-to-be stepsister's clique of friends, including Eloise's gorgeous, arrogant boyfriend, Finn, India feels like the one thing she hoped never to be seen as again: trash.

But India's not alone in struggling to control the secrets of her past. Eloise and Finn, the school's golden couple, aren't all they seem to be. In fact everyone's life is infinitely more complex than it first appears. And as India grows closer to Finn and befriends Eloise, threatening the facades that hold them together, what's left are truths that are brutal, beautiful, and big enough to change them forever.

From New York Times best-selling author Samantha Young comes a story of friendship, identity, and acceptance that will break your heart - and make it whole again.

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Diese Coming-of-age-Geschichte für Jugendliche hat als Protagonistin eine High School Schülerin mit einer Missbrauchsvergangenheit, die es von einem einfachen Leben in Kalifornien nach Boston verschlägt, zum neuen reichen Lebensgefährten ihrer Mutter. Es geht ums Erwachsen werden, um Selbstrespekt und um die Tatsache, dass auch Kids mit Geld das Glück nicht gepachtet haben. Brittany Presley liest mit bedeutungsvollem Drama in einer jungen Stimme, die ohne nerviges Gezwitscher auskommt.

The Child

Fiona Barton
Clare Corbett, Adjoa Andoh, Finty Williams, Fenella Woolgar, Steven Pacey
10:49 Std.

When a paragraph in an evening newspaper reveals a decades-old tragedy, most readers barely give it a glance. But for three strangers, it's impossible to ignore.

For one woman it's a reminder of the worst thing that ever happened to her.

For another it's the dangerous possibility that her darkest secret is about to be discovered.

And for a third, a journalist, it's the first clue in a hunt to uncover the truth.

The Child's story will be told.

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Die Britin Fiona Barton hat 2016 mit dem subtilen Psychothriller The Widow ein eindrucksvolles Debüt hingelegt. Auch diesmal bedient sich Barton der multiperspektivischen Erzählweise: drei Frauen – eine Journalistin, eine Herausgeberin, eine Ex-Krankenschwester – beschäftigt der Fund eines Babyskeletts auf einer Londoner Baustelle aus unterschiedlichen Gründen, und auch diesmal schält sich die Wahrheit langsam aus den Lügen ans Licht. Leise und komplex.

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