Free Audio Books Monday: Famous People in History, Northanger Abbey, and The Call of the Wild
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Free Resource - December 16th, 2013
Free Resource of the Day
Sorry this was supposed to arrive in your inbox on Friday, but we'll give it to you Monday instead. Three free audio books! Famous People in History, Northanger Abbey, and The Call of the Wild
Get three free audio books on M4B download from Naxos AudioBooks. Naxos has converted each and every one of their titles to the bookmarkable M4B format, and to introduce the format they're offering these three titles. Famous People in History tells the stories of nine people who've changed the world from Christopher Columbus to Anne Frank. Northanger Abbey is an abridged version of Jane Austen's first novel to be published. It tells the tale of a country clergyman's daughter who is fond of reading Gothic novels and eagerly anticipates her invitation to Northanger Abbey. The Call of the Wild follows the dog Buck who is sent to Alaska to become a sled dog where he quickly learns how to survive the cold winter nights. It is an unabridged recording available for download. Enjoy these free downloads from the best audio publisher of classic literature Naxos AudioBooks. Famous People in History, Northanger Abbey, and The Call of the Wild
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Download Meryl Streep's performance of Colm Toibin's acclaimed portrait of Mary for only $7.96! The Testament of Mary
Meryl Streep's performance of Colm Toibin's acclaimed portrait of Mary is hailed by the New York Times Book Review as "an ideal audiobook," presenting the three-time Academy Award-winner in "yet another great role."
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Colm Toibin's The Testament of Mary presents Mary as a solitary older woman still seeking to understand the events that become the narrative of the New Testament and the foundation of Christianity. In the ancient town of Ephesus, Mary lives alone, years after her son's crucifixion. She has no interest in collaborating with the authors of the Gospel. They are her keepers, providing her with food and shelter and visiting her regularly. She does not agree that her son is the Son of God; nor that his death was "worth it"; nor that the "group of misfits he gathered around him, men who could not look a woman in the eye," were holy disciples. This woman who we know from centuries of paintings and scripture as the docile, loving, silent, long-suffering, obedient, worshipful mother of Christ becomes a tragic heroine with the relentless eloquence of Electra or Medea or Antigone, in a portrait so vivid and convincing that our image of Mary will be forever transformed.
Now Meryl Streep brings Toibin's tour de force of imagination and language to unforgettable life with "simplicity, honesty, [and] a clarity that draws us into the emotional landscape of the book through the beauty of the writing," writes Charles Isherwood in the New York Times Book Review. "Streep has an impressive ability to crest the structurally intricate sentences Toibin has fashioned, which sometimes have the flowing, rhythmic cadences of certain passages in the Bible itself," Isherwood writes of her performance. "Streep's voice is familiar to generations of moviegoers, but its beauty as an instrument can be appreciated in this context as it often cannot be in films.…Toibin's exquisite book [is] rendered by Streep with all its detached, quiet, consoling humanity intact." Listen to a free sample of: The Testament of Mary