英語で本三昧

英語の朗読を聴いて楽しんでいます。 

上記の広告は1ヶ月以上更新のないブログに表示されています。
新しい記事を書く事で広告が消せます。
アメリカのAudibleで今、
無料で、Audio Bookが一冊ダウンロードできます。
7月2日までの限定のプロモーション。
会員じゃなくても、だれでもOKだそうです。
ベストセラーや話題本がいっぱいあって、
新刊本も古典も、
大人のエンターティンメントから小学生向けのやさしい本も、
バラエティがあります。
クレジットカードの登録もいらないそうでそれも、気軽。

これがそのページです。

私はAudibleの宣伝をする気はないけど、
これは太っ腹でうれしいオファー。
セレクションも、いいじゃないですか。
欲しい本があれば、いかがですか?

ささっと、対象の本についての説明を
Amazon Comからカット・ペーストしてみました。
(英文の著作権はすべてAmazon.comです)
☆はアマゾンのレビューから。 レビュー数も多いのはメモしました。
☆4-5と読者の評価が高い本が多いから、どんな本かなと、興味深々。


今日は出かける予定で時間がないので、
とりいぞぎの荒っぽい作業で、間違いもありそうだけど、
とりあえず、雰囲気だけでも。

日本語のコメントは、やっつけ仕事でつけたしました。
知らない本が多いので、見当はずれだったら、教えてくださいね。

私も欲しい本が何冊もあって、一冊選ぶのが難しいなぁ。

PS これって、家族・PCごとに一冊ダウンロードできるのかな?


METAtropolis Amazon COM 3☆ アメリカの近未来小説? 
Metatropolis is a collection of short stories about a fictional future world in which the United States government is much weaker and local governments have had to shoulder most of the responsibility for governing.

The Hunter  Amazon COM 5☆  アメリカのベストセラー ゲーム小説?
To lose the game is to lose your life in bestselling author L.J. Smith's THE FORBIDDEN GAME.

Operation Yes   Amazon COM 5☆  小学校の先生の物語
Miss Loupe is the new sixth grade teacher at a school just outside a Air Force base in North Carolina; Bo Whaley is the base commander's well-meaning, trouble-making son; Gari Whaley is Bo's cousin whose mother is deployed in the Middle East; the whole sixth grade class is a group of individuals who are waiting for something to turn their lives into something...meaningful. That something may be Miss Loupe's crazy ideas about improv theater and the practice of saying, "Yes, and..."--crazy smart ideas which show a group of disconnected kids how to make their lives and themselves a true piece of art.

That's Life Samara Brooks   13歳の少女の物語
Grade 5–8—To Samara, 13, who isn't in it for the money, setting up a blackjack table at lunch seems like a good way to make friends. Then, when she gets called to the principal, she proposes to use the school's electron microscope to show that she and the other kids are just the same, at the genetic level, so they should be punished in the same way. When Samara's DNA ends up looking like symbols in the ancient Phaistos Disk and the Voynich Manuscript, everyone has questions about her identity. These questions remain largely ignored when the results are stolen, with Samara and her pals Lily and Nathan the main suspects. Told in three alternating points of view, the story touches on issues of science versus religion (with both looking ridiculous). It is a funny, fast-paced read, with some lingering questions about belief, science, and the supernatural for readers to mull over

The Hanging Hill  Amazon COM 5☆  11歳の幽霊が見える少年の物語
Grade 4–7—The Hanging Hill Playhouse has a long, dark history as Zack soon discovers. The 11-year-old, who has the ability to see ghosts; his stepmother, Judy; and his dog arrive at the theater for rehearsals of Curiosity Cat, the musical Judy has written. They are unaware of anything sinister until a series of mysterious ghosts appears and strange things begin to happen. Zack and Meghan, a young actress, nose about while the "psycho" director loses himself in necromancy. An endearing element in the novel is the warm relationship between Zack and his stepmother. The plot is fast paced and there are numerous characters, especially toward the end, with frequent scene switches that demand a lot of readers' ability to visualize the goings-on. All in all, this successor to The Crossroads (Random, 2008) is a successful stand-alone. The story line is hauntingly delicious as the

Yours Truly, Lucy B. Parker: Girl vs. Superstar  Amazon COM 5☆  12歳の少女の物語
Grade 5–7—Lucy B. Parker, 12, is having a difficult time. Her best friend dumps her, she still hasn't gotten her period, and her mom insists that she wear a bra. Just when things can't get any worse, her mom announces that she's going to marry the father of Laurel Moses, a TV-music-movie star (think Hannah Montana) who happens to hate Lucy's guts. That makes Lucy nothing but the less-pretty, less-talented stepsister of the most famous girl in the world. Gradually Lucy discovers that being a superstar isn't as glamorous and validating as she'd imagined. Palmer does a great job of showing the glitter of stardom as well as the downsides of fame. In the end, the girls learn that being friends and having family you can count on is worth more than any amount of celebrity. It's gratifying that Lucy and Laurel both experience significant attitude changes while also retaining the core of their personalities. Readers will relate to the lessons learned, but they aren't preachy or in-your-face. The writing is easy to follow, and this book will definitely be enjoyed by preteens who long for Laurel's glamorous life, while also appreciating with Lucy's stable homefully fleshed-out creepiness comes tempered with humor. It's a throwback to the kids' matinees of yore.

Fractured  Amazon COM 4.5☆ 43人  話題のミステリー?
Starred Review. At the start of bestseller Slaughter's heart-pounding sequel to 2006's Triptych, wealthy housewife Abigail Campano returns home one day to Atlanta's posh Ansley Park neighborhood to find a dead girl in the mansion's upstairs hallway, the apparent killer nearby. Thinking that the girl is her teenage daughter, Emma, the distraught Abby kills the alleged attacker only to realize that the murdered girl is not Emma, but Emma's friend, Kayla Alexander. Agent Will Trent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation soon determines that he has a murder and kidnapping on his hands. Paired with Det. Faith Mitchell, Trent scrambles to put the pieces together and find Emma before it's too late. Slaughter brings the same raw energy and brutal violence that distinguishes her Grant County series (Beyond Reach, etc.) to this new series with chilling results, while Trent and Mitchell, a pair of complex and deeply flawed heroes, will leave fans clamoring for the next installment.

Think and Grow Rich   Amazon COM 4.5☆ 445人  成功本のベストセラー?
A must for anyone wanting to improve their lives and their positive thinking. There have been more millionaires and indeed, billionaires, who have made their fortunes as a result of reading this success classic than any other book every printed. NAPOLEON HILLS's "Think and Grow Rich" is the authors most famous work. This is the COMPLETE Reference Book. A true masterpiece with the fundamentals of the Success philosophy.

The Lost Fleet: Dauntless   Amazon COM 4☆ 145人 ミリタリーSF
"Jack Campbell" is the pseudonym for John G. Hemry, a retired Naval officer (and graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis). As Jack Campbell, he writes The Lost Fleet series of military science fiction novels.

Hyperion   Amazon COM 4.5 ☆511人   SF
A stunning tour de force, this Hugo Award-winning novel is the first volume in a remarkable new science fiction epic by the author of The Hollow Man.

On Basilisk Station (Honor Harrington) Amazon COM 4☆ 163人ヤングアダルト 女探偵物語
YA-Move over gutsy female detectives-here's a daring woman spaceship commander waiting to claim a place in readers' hearts. Honor Harrington is sent in disgrace to the forlorn outpost of Basilisk Station, where military authorities hope she will be forgotten about. Instead, with her woefully under-armed vessel, the Fearless, she executes incredible flying manuevers in an attempt to stop foreign takeover of a major space station.

Something Borrowed  Amazon COM 4.5☆ 486人   恋愛もの?
Un unexpected love affair threatens a long-lived friendship in this soap opera–like debut from Atlanta ex-lawyer Giffin. Since elementary school, Rachel and Darcy have been best friends, with Darcy always outshining Rachel. While single Rachel is the self-confessed good girl, an attorney trapped at a suffocating New York law firm, Darcy is the complete opposite, a stereotypical outgoing publicist, planning a wedding with the handsome Dex. After Rachel's 30th birthday party, she knocks back one drink too many and winds up in bed with Dex. Instead of feeling guilty about sleeping with her best friend's fiancé, Rachel realizes that Dex is the only man she's really loved, and that she's always resented manipulative Darcy. Rachel and Dex spend a few weekends in the city together "working" while Darcy's off with friends at a Hamptons beach share, but finally Rachel realizes she'll have to give Dex an ultimatum.

The Lost Books of the Odyssey   Amazon COM 4.5☆ オデッセーを題材にした物語
Adult/High School—The opening chapter of Mason's imaginative first novel begins with Odysseus, having spent several years after his battles in the Trojan War struggling to find his way home, finally getting to the shoreline of his island kingdom of Ithaca. Instead of finding his wife patiently waiting for his return, he discovers that Penelope has married a fat old man she knew to be impersonating Odysseus. The author follows this humorous twist with a series of Calvino-esque, interlocking short stories and vignettes—some shorter than a page—that sculpt and explode Homer's original plot. Mason's near-deadpan writing style and wild imagination make this a very funny work as readers see events like the blinding of the Cyclops through the eyes of poor Polyphemus, mythical cities transformed into tourist traps, and heroes who are at best clueless and at worst blatantly cruel.

The Last Surgeon   Amazon COM 4.5☆ メディカルスリラー
In this anemic medical thriller from bestseller Palmer (The Second Opinion), former trauma surgeon Dr. Nick Garrity, who suffers from PTSD as the result of a suicide attack on his field hospital in Afghanistan, is now in charge of the Helping Hands RV, a mobile clinic that plies the streets of Baltimore offering medical aid to the homeless. Meanwhile, a high-priced hit man starts to commit a series of murders, his first victim being Belle Coates, a nurse in Charlotte, N.C. When Belle's sister, Jillian, who lives in Virginia, searches for her sister's killer, she finds a connection to Nick. Several missing homeless men lead everyone to a massive plot involving high-level politicians and a secret CIA program. T

Cry, the Beloved Country   Amazon COM 4☆ 257人南アフリカを発端とする家族物語
In search of missing family members, Zulu priest Stephen Kumalo leaves his South African village to traverse the deep and perplexing city of Johannesburg in the 1940s. With his sister turned prostitute, his brother turned labor protestor and his son, Absalom, arrested for the murder of a white man, Kumalo must grapple with how to bring his family back from the brink of destruction as the racial tension throughout Johannesburg hampers his attempts to protect his family. With a deep yet gentle voice rounded out by his English accent, Michael York captures the tone and energy of this novel. His rhythmic narration proves hypnotizing. From the fierce love of Kumalo to the persuasive rhetoric of Kumalo's brother and the solemn regret of Absalom, York injects soul into characters tempered by their socioeconomic status as black South Africans.

Master and Commander   Amazon COM 4☆ 279人 アドベンチャー
Since Patrick O'Brian launched his series of historical novels with Master and Commander in 1970, millions of readers have enjoyed the adventures of Captain Jack Aubrey and his friend, surgeon Stephen Maturin. O'Brian's prose, so immediate and yet so distinctly capturing the language and culture of the English navy in the first moments of the 19th century, rolls effortlessly off the tongue of actor Robert Hardy. Never for a second do we doubt that this is the way an English naval officer would have expressed himself in 1800, and that these are the sights, sounds, and emotions he encountered. As Aubrey sails his ship into battle, we don't need the sounds of cannon to share this moment with him; Hardy's voice is the ideal instrument.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
ご存知の古典、秘密の国のアリス

The Warrior's Apprentice [Hardcover]  Amazon COM 4☆ アドベンチャ-?
"The pace is breathless, the characterization thoughtful and emotionally powerful, and the author's narrative technique and command of language compelling. Highly recommended"

I Am Legend  Amazon COM 4☆ 565人  バンパイァの物語
One of the most influential vampire novels of the 20th century, I Am Legend regularly appears on the "10 Best" lists of numerous critical studies of the horror genre. As Richard Matheson's third novel, it was first marketed as science fiction (for although written in 1954, the story takes place in a future 1976). A terrible plague has decimated the world, and those who were unfortunate enough to survive have been transformed into blood-thirsty creatures of the night. Except, that is, for Robert Neville. He alone appears to be immune to this disease, but the grim irony is that now he is the outsider. He is the legendary monster who must be destroyed because he is different from everyone else.

The Good Earth Amazon COM 4.5☆ 389人
パールバックの古典 大地

The Great Gatsby   Amazon COM 4☆ 1229人 
村上春樹さんの翻訳でも話題になった、グレート・ギャツビー

The Next 100 Years   Amazon COM 3.5 ☆185人 未来を予測
"Be Practical, Expect the Impossible." So declares George Friedman, chief intelligence officer and founder of Strategic Forecasting, Inc. (Stratfor), a private intelligence agency whose clients include foreign government agencies and Fortune 500 companies. Gathering information from its global network of operatives and analysts (drawing the nickname "the Shadow CIA"), Stratfor produces thoughtful and genuinely engrossing analysis of international events daily, from possible outcomes of the latest Pakistan/India tensions to the hierarchy of Mexican drug cartels to challenges to Obama's nascent administration. In The Next 100 Years, Friedman undertakes the impossible (or improbable) challenge of forecasting world events through the 21st century.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
シャーロックホームズの古典短編集

The Winnie-the-Pooh Collection
くまのプーさん 多分The Winnie-the-Poohだけだけど、全部入ってるといいな

The Merchant of Death (Pendragon)  Amazon COM 4.5 ☆192人 10歳以上
In Pendragon: The Merchant of Death, D.J. MacHale, the creator of several popular television series and Afterschool Specials, transplants the Pendragon name from Arthurian legend to modern-day junior high school. Fourteen- year-old Bobby Pendragon has it all; he's smart, popular, and a star basketball player in quiet Stony Brook, Connecticut. But a visit from Uncle Press soon topples all of that as Bobby learns that he is a Traveler, someone who can ride "flumes" through time and space. Bobby lands in Denduron, a medieval world where the gentle Milago are enslaved by the Bedoowan, and it's Bobby's job to free them. He reluctantly teams up with Loor--a girl his age from the warrior-territory of Zadaa--and other Travelers, recounting his adventures in journals that are magically transported back to his friends Mark and Courtney in Stony Brook. These first-person journals at times feel contrived--they're riddled with terms like "coolio" and "bizarro" and gnarly descriptions of vile sights and smells--but the book's thumping story soon scrubs away all such concern. The Merchant of Death keeps the pages flipping with steady action and near-constant mortal peril for its heroes, promising that both this and future volumes in the Pendragon series should be eagerly devoured. (Ages 10 and older)

The Black Echo   Amazon COM 4 ☆137人 ヤングアダルト
Connelly transcends the standard L.A. police procedural with this original and eminently authentic first novel, featuring Hieronymus (aka Harry) Bosch, a former hero cop exiled to the small-time Beverly Hills force. In July, Little, Brown will publish a sequel, Black Ice .

Persuasion
ご存知ジェーン・オースティンの古典

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
トム・ソーヤの冒険の続編

Life of Pi Amazon COM 4 ☆1973人 16歳の少年が一人で海を漂流。。。2002年ブッカー賞
Yann Martel's imaginative and unforgettable Life of Pi is a magical reading experience, an endless blue expanse of storytelling about adventure, survival, and ultimately, faith. The precocious son of a zookeeper, 16-year-old Pi Patel is raised in Pondicherry, India, where he tries on various faiths for size, attracting "religions the way a dog attracts fleas." Planning a move to Canada, his father packs up the family and their menagerie and they hitch a ride on an enormous freighter. After a harrowing shipwreck, Pi finds himself adrift in the Pacific Ocean, trapped on a 26-foot lifeboat with a wounded zebra, a spotted hyena, a seasick orangutan, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker ("His head was the size and color of the lifebuoy, with teeth"). It sounds like a colorful setup, but these wild beasts don't burst into song as if co-starring in an anthropomorphized Disney feature. After much gore and infighting, Pi and Richard Parker remain the boat's sole passengers, drifting for 227 days through shark-infested waters while fighting hunger, the elements, and an overactive imagination. In rich, hallucinatory passages, Pi recounts the harrowing journey as the days blur together, elegantly cataloging the endless passage of time and his struggles to survive: "It is pointless to say that this or that night was the worst of my life. I have so many bad nights to choose from that I've made none the champion."

The Time Traveler's Wife  Amazon COM 4 ☆2224人タイムトラベルをする男
This clever and inventive tale works on three levels: as an intriguing science fiction concept, a realistic character study and a touching love story. Henry De Tamble is a Chicago librarian with "Chrono Displacement" disorder; at random times, he suddenly disappears without warning and finds himself in the past or future, usually at a time or place of importance in his life. This leads to some wonderful paradoxes. From his point of view, he first met his wife, Clare, when he was 28 and she was 20. She ran up to him exclaiming that she'd known him all her life. He, however, had never seen her before. But when he reaches his 40s, already married to Clare, he suddenly finds himself time travelling to Clare's childhood and meeting her as a 6-year-old. The book alternates between Henry and Clare's points of view, and so does the narration. Reed ably expresses the longing of the one always left behind, the frustrations of their unusual lifestyle, and above all, her overriding love for Henry. Likewise, Burns evokes the fear of a man who never knows where or when he'll turn up, and his gratitude at having Clare, whose love is his anchor. The expressive, evocative performances of both actors convey the protagonists' intense relationship, their personal quirks and their reminiscences, making this a fascinating audio.

My Sister's Keeper   Amazon COM 4 ☆1327人 不治の病に苦しむ姉のために生まれた少女の物語
The difficult choices a family must make when a child is diagnosed with a serious disease are explored with pathos and understanding in this 11th novel by Picoult (Second Glance, etc.). The author, who has taken on such controversial subjects as euthanasia (Mercy), teen suicide (The Pact) and sterilization laws (Second Glance), turns her gaze on genetic planning, the prospect of creating babies for health purposes and the ethical and moral fallout that results. Kate Fitzgerald has a rare form of leukemia. Her sister, Anna, was conceived to provide a donor match for procedures that become increasingly invasive. At 13, Anna hires a lawyer so that she can sue her parents for the right to make her own decisions about how her body is used when a kidney transplant is planned. Meanwhile, Jesse, the neglected oldest child of the family, is out setting fires, which his firefighter father, Brian, inevitably puts out. Picoult uses multiple viewpoints to reveal each character's intentions and observations, but she doesn't manage her transitions as gracefully as usual; a series of flashbacks are abrupt. Nor is Sara, the children's mother, as well developed and three-dimensional as previous Picoult protagonists. Her devotion to Kate is understandable, but her complete lack of sympathy for Anna's predicament until the trial does not ring true, nor can we buy that Sara would dust off her law degree and represent herself in such a complicated case. Nevertheless, Picoult ably explores a complex subject with bravado and clarity, and comes up with a heart-wrenching, unexpected plot twist at the book's conclusion.

Darkly Dreaming Dexter   Amazon COM 4 ☆315人 警察物?
Meet Dexter Morgan. He's a highly respected lab technician specializing in blood spatter for the Miami Dade Police Department. He's a handsome, though reluctant, ladies' man. He's polite, says all the right things, and rarely calls attention to himself. He's also a sociopathic serial killer whose "Dark Passenger" drives him to commit the occasional dismemberment.
Mind you, Dexter's the good guy in this story.

Outlander   Amazon COM 4.5 ☆1641人 タイムトラベル ロマンス
In Outlander, a 600-page time-travel romance, strong-willed and sensual Claire Randall leads a double life with a husband in one century, and a lover in another. Torn between fidelity and desire, she struggles to understand the pure intent of her heart. But don't let the number of pages and the Scottish dialect scare you. It's one of the fastest reads you'll have in your library.

The Road  Amazon COM 4 ☆2249人 ハードボイルドスリラー
Best known for his Border Trilogy, hailed in the San Francisco Chronicle as "an American classic to stand with the finest literary achievements of the century," Cormac McCarthy has written ten rich and often brutal novels, including the bestselling No Country for Old Men, and The Road. Profoundly dark, told in spare, searing prose, The Road is a post-apocalyptic masterpiece, one of the best books we've read this year, but in case you need a second (and expert) opinion, we asked Dennis Lehane, author of equally rich, occasionally bleak and brutal novels, to read it and give us his take.

Dead Until Dark   Amazon COM 4 ☆703人 バンパイアの物語
Sookie Stackhouse is just a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. Until the vampire of her dreams walks into her life-and one of her coworkers checks out....

Maybe having a vampire for a boyfriend isn't such a bright idea.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid  Amazon COM 4.5 ☆331人 8-10歳のやさしい本
Starred Review. Kinney's popular Web comic, which began in 2004, makes its way to print as a laugh-out-loud "novel in cartoons," adapted from the series. Middle school student Greg Heffley takes readers through an academic year's worth of drama. Greg's mother forces him to keep a diary ("I know what it says on the cover, but when Mom went out to buy this thing I specifically told her to get one that didn't say 'diary' on it"), and in it he loosely recounts each day's events, interspersed with his comic illustrations. Kinney has a gift for believable preteen dialogue and narration (e.g., "Don't expect me to be all 'Dear Diary' this and 'Dear Diary' that"), and the illustrations serve as a hilarious counterpoint to Greg's often deadpan voice. The hero's utter obliviousness to his friends and family becomes a running joke. For instance, on Halloween, Greg and his best friend, Rowley, take refuge from some high school boys at Greg's grandmother's house; they taunt the bullies, who then T.P. her house. Greg's journal entry reads, "I do feel a little bad, because it looked like it was gonna take a long time to clean up. But on the bright side, Gramma is retired, so she probably didn't have anything planned for today anyway." Kinney ably skewers familiar aspects of junior high life, from dealing with the mysteries of what makes someone popular to the trauma of a "wrestling unit" in gym class. His print debut should keep readers in stitches, eagerly anticipating Greg's further adventures. Ages 8-13. (Apr.)

The Ruins of Gorlan     Amazon COM 4.5 ☆127人 10歳ぐらい向けファンタジー?
Grade 4-8–A strong debut in a new fantasy series. Will hopes to become a knight; instead, he winds up as a Ranger's apprentice, joining the secretive corps that uses stealth, woodcraft, and courage to protect the kingdom. His aptitude and bravery gradually earn the respect of his gruff but good-hearted master. When the kingdom is attacked by evil magic forces, Will helps track down and defeat a couple of particularly nasty beasts. This closing episode sets the stage for a good-versus-evil war that will likely be at the heart of future volumes. In this opener, though, most of the story focuses on the learning process that Will goes through as an apprentice. Descriptions of Ranger craft are fascinating. Exciting confrontations with bullies and wild boars help to establish the boy's emerging character. Side stories involving a rival Battleschool apprentice and the identity of Will's father are woven in smoothly. The author occasionally spells things out more than is needed when actions demonstrate them clearly enough. However, the well-paced plot moves effortlessly toward the climax, letting readers get to know the world and the characters gradually as excitement builds. The public adoration Will gains at the end seems slightly overdone given the established distrust people feel for Rangers, but it's still a pleasing finish and should leave readers eager to share the future adventures of the Ranger's apprentice.

Let the Great World Spin   Amazon COM 4 ☆283人 科学を題材にした物語?
Colum McCann has worked some exquisite magic with Let the Great World Spin, conjuring a novel of electromagnetic force that defies gravity. It's August of 1974, a summer "hot and serious and full of death and betrayal," and Watergate and the Vietnam War make the world feel precarious. A stunned hush pauses the cacophonous universe of New York City as a man on a cable walks (repeatedly) between World Trade Center towers. This extraordinary, real-life feat by French funambulist Philippe Petit becomes the touchstone for stories that briefly submerge you in ten varied and intense lives--a street priest, heroin-addicted hookers, mothers mourning sons lost in war, young artists, a Park Avenue judge. All their lives are ordinary and unforgettable, overlapping at the edges, occasionally converging. And when they coalesce in the final pages, the moment hums with such grace that its memory might tighten your throat weeks later. You might find yourself paused, considering the universe of lives one city contains in any slice of time, each of us a singular world, sometimes passing close enough to touch or collide, to birth a new generation or kill it, sending out ripples, leaving residue, an imprint, marking each other, our city, the very air--compassionately or callously, unable to see all the damage we do or heal. And most of us stumbling, just trying not to trip, or step in something awful.

Stiff   Amazon COM 4.5 ☆415人 ユーモア小説?
"Uproariously funny" doesn't seem a likely description for a book on cadavers. However, Roach, a Salon and Reader's Digest columnist, has done the nearly impossible and written a book as informative and respectful as it is irreverent and witty. From her opening lines ("The way I see it, being dead is not terribly far off from being on a cruise ship. Most of your time is spent lying on your back"), it is clear that she's taking a unique approach to issues surrounding death. Roach delves into the many productive uses to which cadavers have been put, from medical experimentation to applications in transportation safety research (in a chapter archly called "Dead Man Driving") to work by forensic scientists quantifying rates of decay under a wide array of bizarre circumstances. There are also chapters on cannibalism, including an aside on dumplings allegedly filled with human remains from a Chinese crematorium, methods of disposal (burial, cremation, composting) and "beating-heart" cadavers used in organ transplants. Roach has a fabulous eye and a wonderful voice as she describes such macabre situations as a plastic surgery seminar with doctors practicing face-lifts on decapitated human heads and her trip to China in search of the cannibalistic dumpling makers. Even Roach's digressions and footnotes are captivating, helping to make the book impossible to put down.

My Horizontal Life   Amazon COM 4 ☆486人 女性の物語
Opening with a cute story from when she was seven and photographed her parents having sex, stand-up comedian Handler goes on to discuss the virtues of the one-night stand, which amount to having sex early enough so you're not months into a relationship before you discover he's into "anal beads and duct tape." She discusses her quest for sex with a "black man," which doesn't work out because the date she finds on ChocolateSingles.com has a penis so large, she "would have had to be the size of the Lincoln Tunnel to accommodate that thing." After him, there's a "little midget," but she sobers up before sleeping with him. Next come a number of would-be partners with penises too small to consider. Finally, there's a guy Handler does sleep with, only an embarrassing incident involving a "giant skid mark" prevents her from seeing him again. By the end, Handler considers settling down with one man, which might actually net her more sex than these mostly unconsummated one-night stands. Anyone who laughs at the mere mention of vaginas and penises may find Handler's book almost as much fun as getting drunk and waking up in some stranger's bed.

Little Bee   Amazon COM 4 ☆210人 16歳の少女の成長物語?
The publishers of Chris Cleave's new novel "don't want to spoil" the story by revealing too much about it, and there's good reason not to tell too much about the plot's pivot point. All you should know going in to Little Bee is that what happens on the beach is brutal, and that it braids the fates of a 16-year-old Nigerian orphan (who calls herself Little Bee) and a well-off British couple--journalists trying to repair their strained marriage with a free holiday--who should have stayed behind their resort's walls. The tide of that event carries Little Bee back to their world, which she claims she couldn't explain to the girls from her village because they'd have no context for its abundance and calm. But she shows us the infinite rifts in a globalized world, where any distance can be crossed in a day--with the right papers--and "no one likes each other, but everyone likes U2." Where you have to give up the safety you'd assumed as your birthright if you decide to save the girl gazing at you through razor wire, left to the wolves of a failing state.

Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer  Amazon COM 4.5 ☆52人 農場を舞台にした物語?
Starred Review. This upbeat account of raising poultry, rabbits, pigs and bees in the middle of a rundown neighborhood in Oakland, Calif., will make listeners either run out to reclaim some vacant lots or cringe at the thought that they might one day live next door to and downwind from such a menagerie. Karen White vividly individualizes the colorful locals, including Bobby (who lives in abandoned cars), the Buddhist monks across the way, the skeptical neighbors, the Chinese landlord and the random foragers who help themselves to Carpenter's bounty. Narrated with cheerful verve, White's performance will charm even those readers without the slightest inclination to get up close and personal with their future meals.

The Chopin Manuscript: A Serial Thriller   Amazon COM 3.5 ☆42人 ミステリーのアンソロジー 15人の有名作家を集めた
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Dillさん
ご紹介ありがとうございました。どれもこれも興味があったのですが、とりあえず・・・とMy Sister's Keeper を選びダウンロードを始め、それでも他も気になるからサンプルをもう1回聞いて・・と思ったらもうそのページにはアクセスできなくなってしまっていました。一つのPCから1回のみです。夫にも見せよう・・なんて思っていたのにページへ飛べない!すごいシステムだなと改めてびっくり。ダウンロードしたものは15時間ぐらいありそうなので、ゆっくり聴きます。ありがとうございました!

PBさん、
My Sister's Keepeは話題作ですよね。
私は半年ぐらい前に、お金を払って購入しちゃいました。

そうそう、私もまずは息子のPCで息子の名前でダウンロードしたのですが、その後このPCでは、プロモーションページにいけなくなって、PCソフトって、いろいろできるんだなぁ、と感心しました!

先日いただいたコメントに返事を何回か入れたのに、なぜかスパムになってそのままになってしまいました。
ごめんなさいね、また試してみます。
それでは、また!

Dillさん、こんにちは~
これはすごい~!!!audible太っ腹ですねっっ
Dillさんに教えてもらわないと見逃すところでした!
これからじっくり選んでみたいと思います。(*^^*)
すばらしい情報をありがとうございました♪♪

The Lion's gameをDLしました

Dillさん、すばらしい情報ありがとうございます!
どれにするか迷ったけど、Nelson DeMilleのThe Lion's gameにしました。
以前この本の次作のNight fallを読んだことがあるので久しぶりにこの人の本を手に取って見たくなったのです。
AudibleからのDLに少してこずり、さらに今私のipodが不調のようで接続してもなかなかデバイスとして認識されないのでえらく苦労しましたが、なんとか入れることができたので今日の出勤時から聴き始めています。
このさきの展開が楽しみです!
ほんとにいい情報をありがとうございました。

Re: タイトルなし

n.さん、お久しぶりです。
じっくり選んで何をダウンロードされましたか?
私は、Winnie the Poohの詩をずっと聴いてみたかったので、
これを無料でもらえて、ごきげんです!
これだけいっぱいチョイスがあると、迷っちゃいますよね(笑)

Re: The Lion's gameをDLしました

もつこさんの選んだThe Lion's gameも、知らないけど、面白そうで、欲しくなってしまいました。

でも、16歳の娘は、Think and Grow Rich を聴きたいと、彼女のPCでDLしました。
将来お金持ちになって、私たちに家を建ててくれるそうです(笑)
本当に効き目があるのかな?

話題になったLife of Pi も気になったのですが、また次回ということになりました。

近々引っ越すことになり、あわただしくてゆっくりAudioBookを聴けないのですが、
一段落したら、またいろいろ聴いてみたいと思ってます。

ひと言お礼を!

Dillさん、初めまして。

Dillさんのライフスタイルに何かすがすがしい前向きなエネルギーを感じて、更新を楽しみに時々お邪魔しておりました。

おかげ様で多読初心者、PC音痴の私でもAudibleの無料ダウンロードができました。
Audibleは以前から興味があったのですが、敷居が高かったのです。
サンプルを聞いてあれこれ迷いましたが、どれも音源だけでは理解できるか不安だったので、先々のキリン読み用に本を買っておいたMy Sister's Keeper にしました。
少しづつ聞いてみようと思います。

Dillさんから、LibriVoxをはじめ、色々な情報を頂いて、日々の楽しみが増え感謝しています。

日本は梅雨の只中で蒸し暑い日が続いています。
どうぞご自愛ください。

Re: ひと言お礼を!

WLさん、こちらこそはじめまして。

My Sister's Keeperは人気がありますよね♪
娘も学校で話題になったと言っていたし、
数ヶ月前には、同じテーマでドキュメンタリーをしてました。
難病に苦しむ子どもを救うために、DNAがぴったりの子どもを生もうと、
何度も何度も、人工授精をする2夫婦の物語で、その過酷さに、
涙が出ました。
WLさんが、この本を楽しんで聴かれるといいですね!

どうも更新が滞りがちですが、これからもどうぞよろしく!

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イギリスのロンドン郊外に住んでいます。 
本は大好き。読む本がなくなると落ち着きません。
とうとうまわりに日本語の新しい本がなくなってしまったので、英語の本を楽しみたいと思っています。

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