The King in Love is an all-embracing account of the loves of that celebrated royal womanizer, Edward VII - as prince of Wales and as king. It is also a study of the three women with whom the king was most deeply in love - his "official" mistresses, Lillie Langtry, Daisy Warwick, and Alice Keppel.
"good read, bad listen"
Entertaining and different, this is an enjoyable study of a flawed yet characterful Prince of Wales seen through the eyes of the women in his life. Edward Vll, who gave his name to the Edwardian Age and died in 1911, was King of England for the final 10 years of his life. He was 59 when at last he came to the throne. Known as Bertie, the eldest son of Victoria and Albert, he was bullied by both his parents.
"cannot fault this audiobook"
Sawyer Walker has never had an issue with women. The female population tends to swarm toward him, in fact, and he's never had a complaint. But there's one woman Sawyer has always had his eye on - one woman who won't give him the time of day. In recent months, it would seem that Kennedy Endsley is opening up to Sawyer, but she's got a few surprises in store for him. As hard as she finds it to resist the handsome Walker brother, she's not willing to give in easily. Not when her heart is on the line.
"Horrible female narrator!!"
Logan and Samantha McCoy--attractive, ambitious, and married--are also looking for a polyamorous relationship. Logan and Samantha spent the last year and a half avoiding a very specific desire of which neither of them can quite let go. They aren't interested in a casual fling with a stranger, so they've been holding back. Is it possible the three of them have stumbled upon something that just might be the answer to all of their desires?
"Something is Missing"
Carl Kasell just retired from anchoring NPR newscasts, a job held for more than 30 years. For nearly 25 of those years, Bob and Carl worked together on NPR's Morning Edition. We'll hear them swap stories and revisit highlights from Carl's long radio career.
I know why I was taken. How much does that change things? I cannot say. I still have a weakness for Jeremy - when he is Jeremy. But when he's Stonehart? Well, that's when all of my hatred comes back. I have to make myself detached, indifferent, and emotionally removed to make the proper decision on what to do next. Jeremy makes detachment hard. Stonehart makes it easy.
"Wish it was one whole book"
Death has come twice to Ravenbank, a remote community in England’s Lake District, each time on Halloween. Just before the First World War, a young woman’s corpse was found, with a makeshift shroud frozen to her battered face. Her ghost - the Faceless Woman - is said to walk through Ravenbank on Halloween. Five years ago, another woman, Shenagh Moss, was murdered, and again her face was covered to hide her injuries.
"Two Women Killed a Century Apart -- 3.5 Stars"
Thomas Jefferson is revered as one of the visionary founding fathers of our country, but his tenure as governor of Virginia during the Revolutionary War nearly derailed his legacy. Led by Benedict Arnold, the British took Virginia with relative ease and Jefferson was forced to flee his beloved home. The memories and lessons gleaned from these events had a profound effect on the rest of Jefferson’s life.
After having some breathing room from his last case, which brought him up against Islamic operatives in San Francisco in The Black Stone, Cyrus Skeen and his wife take a short vacation on a luxury bus, the Pickwick Stage. But the bus is held up by gangsters. Skeen goes into action and foils the hijacking. But his heroism engenders even more problems and perils.
Three enhanced audiobooks performed by the stars of the classic BBC television series. These stories are set during Series 2. 'The Magnificent Four' by Simon Guerrier. Starring Jan Chapell as Cally and Paul Darrow as Avon. A mission to steal data from the planet Mogul goes badly wrong when Cally and Avon are outflanked and outgunned. And then they are teleported to safety - to an alien spaceship stolen from The System, which is crewed by Gilden Trent and his small team of rebels.
We spent last week remembering the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Today Bob talks with Lawrence Powell of Tulane University who reminds us of the city's long, rich history – and what was almost lost in 2005. He's the author of The Accidental City and the book covers the period from the first hunters, trappers and explorers in the region through the end of The War of 1812.
The Life of Super-Earths is a detailed tour of current efforts to answer the age-old question: Are we alone in the universe? Astronomer Dimitar Sasselov, the founding director of Harvard University’s Origins of Life Initiative, takes us on a hunt for habitable planets and alien life forms.
In 2011, author and SiriusXM Symphony Hall host Martin Goldsmith traveled through Europe to piece together the tragic tale of his grandfather and uncle, Alex and Helmut Goldschmidt. Passengers on the doomed MS St. Louis, the father and son made it back to France only to be shipped to Auschwitz. Goldsmith weaves their path into his contemporary journey in his new book Alex’s Wake: A Voyage of Betrayal and a Journey of Remembrance.
As you pack lunches for the kids and begin to think about your Thanksgiving menu, think about this. New York Times reporter Michael Moss won the Pulitzer Prize for his 2010 investigation into the dangers of contaminated meat.
Bob talks with Sister Helen Prejean about her 2005 book titled The Death of Innocents which laid out the stories of two men who she believed were wrongly executed. Sister Helen also wrote Dead Man Walking which was turned into an award-winning movie by Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon. Prejean, a Catholic nun, has been fighting for the past 30 years against the death penalty.
Today marks the 200th anniversary of writer Charles Dickens’s birth. The author of A Christmas Carol, A Tale of Two Cities and others, Dickens was the Victorian era’s most beloved writer. Biographer Claire Tomalin’s new book Charles Dickens: A Life sheds light on the life of this famous writer.
On November 18, 1978, 909 people killed themselves in a jungle in Guyana. A new book titled A Thousand Lives: the Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown tells the story of five of those who willingly followed pastor Jim Jones to South America and to their own demise. Author Julia Scheeres joins Bob to discuss the tragedy.
No one has a voice like Ken Nordine, and there’s nothing quite like Word Jazz, the audio art he created. It mixes atmospheric sound effects, free-form jazz and Nordine’s unique rumbling bass voice, pondering philosophical questions, plumbing the depths of his id, or simply wondering what’s in the fridge.
Mark Frauenfelder is co-founder of the most popular blog in the world boingboing.net and Editor in Chief of Make magazine, a high profile advocate for America to re-engage with the physical world. Bob talks to Frauenfelder about the new Do-it-yourself movement and its promise to reinvigorate traditional American values like resourcefulness, creativity and thrift. He also has some good ideas about how to have fun making cool stuff and reducing the amount of disposable items in our lives.
Bob talks to novelist and memoirist Pat Conroy about his newest book, The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son.