The murder of one wannabe starlet may only be the beginning for a vicious killer. When poor little New Hampshire rich girl Mindy Hollis gets lost in Los Angeles, her big sister hires private detective Ed Traynor to find her. Traynor and Hollis´s security chief, Jack McMahon, take off for Tinseltown to track down the aspiring actress - but they discover the only part she ever got was the one that killed her. Their hunt for her killers takes them from the bowels of Mexico City to the glitz of Los Angeles, north to the set of The Black Orchid in Vancouver, and then back again to Hollywood, where the angels are dying in the dark. It´s up to Ed and Jack to save them before the film fades to black. Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade, Yucca, and Good Books imprints, are proud to publish a broad range of books for listeners interested in fiction - novels, novellas, political and medical thrillers, comedy, satire, historical fiction, romance, erotic and love stories, mystery, classic literature, folklore and mythology, literary classics including Shakespeare, Dumas, Wilde, Cather, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times best seller or a national best seller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paul McClain. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/027072/bk_adbl_027072_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
After its Peruvian discovery in 2002, Phragmipedium kovachii became the rarest and most sought-after orchid in the world. Prices soared to $10,000 on the black market. Then one showed up at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, where every year more than 100,000 people visit. They come for the lush landscape on Sarasota Bay and for Selby´s vast orchid collection, one of the most magnificent in the world. The collision between Selby´s scientists and the smugglers of Phrag. kovachii, a rare ladyslipper orchid hailed as the most significant and beautiful new species discovered in a century, led to search warrants, a grand jury investigation, and criminal charges. It made headlines around the country, cost the gardens hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations, and led to tremendous internal turmoil. Investigative journalist Craig Pittman unravels this tangled web to shine a spotlight on flaws in the international treaties governing trade in endangered wildlife-which may protect individual plants and animals in shipping but do little to halt the destruction of whole colonies in the wild. The Scent of Scandal unspools like a riveting mystery novel, stranger than anything in Susan Orlean´s The Orchid Thief or the film Adaptation. Pittman shows how some people can become so obsessed-with beauty, with profit, with fame-that they will ignore everything, even the law. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gary D. MacFadden. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/003601/bk_acx0_003601_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Reporter Melinda Henneberger and British actress Brenda Blethyn on this edition of Fresh Air. Henneberger, Washington Correspondent for The New York Times, is writing a series of biographical profiles on Al Gore. Blethyn is starring in the new comedy Saving Grace about a middle-aged widow whose irresponsible husband left her in huge debt. She decides to start growing marijuana in her greenhouse instead of orchids. Blethyn´s other films include her Oscar nominated role in Mike Leigh´s Secrets and Lies and Little Voice. (Broadcast Date: August 14, 2000) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/000772/rt_whyy_000772_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra Benjamin Zander and British actress Brenda Blethyn, on this edition of Fresh Air. Zander has been called ´´a Pied Piper´´ of classical music and ´´one of music´s evangelists.´´ His passionate performances have earned him quite a following. Through his teaching and his pre-concert discussions, he has tried to spread his love of classical music to a wider public. He has conducted the Boston Philharmonic for over 20 years. He leads thePhilharmonia Orchestra on a new CD Mahler: Symphony No. 5 (Telarc) and he has a new book, The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life (Harvard Business School Press). Blethyn co-stars in the TV mini series Anne Frank. It airs this Sunday and Monday on ABC. Her film, Saving Grace is out on video. The British comedy is about a middle-aged widow whose irresponsible husband left her in huge debt. She decides to start growing marijuana in her greenhouse instead of orchids. Blethyn´s other films include Mike Leigh´s Secrets and Lies (she was nominated for an Oscar) and Little Voice. (Original Broadcast Dates: January 6, 2000 and August 14, 2000) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/010518/rt_whyy_010518_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Teen runaway, supermodel, and actress Carre Otis found herself in the public eye from a very tender age. Millions of people gazed at provocative images of her in magazine and billboard ads from Guess and Calvin Klein as well as in features on the pages of Playboy and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. By the time she was twenty, they had also seen her on posters for the controversial film Wild Orchid, with Mickey Rourke. The troubled marriage to Rourke that followed soon thereafter was widely reported on in the media, as were Carre´s struggles with drugs and a particularly brutal eating disorder. But to see someone naked on the page or exposed on the screen and in tabloids doesn’t mean we know who that person really is. After a decade-long deeply reflective and spiritual journey to discover for herself who she is, Carre found the balance and serenity she sought and is now ready to share her side of the story with the world. She confronts her complex past fearlessly and with unrelenting candor to set the record straight. The result is a narrative of success, despair, and ultimate triumph over sexual exploitation and our cultural obsession with appearance - a narrative of beauty disrupted, reclaimed, and made more radiant through self-acceptance, inner peace, and the love of family. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Carre Otis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/002592/bk_harp_002592_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Filmmaker Andrew Jarecki and journalist Susan Orlean on this edition of Fresh Air. Andrew Jarecki´s new documentary is Capturing the Friedmans. It´s about a seemingly normal Long Island, New York family. At Thanksgiving dinner, police shatter the front door with a battering ram and arrest the father and son for allegations of pedophilia and child molestation. The film takes a look at the convoluted case and attempts to determine the true story. Capturing the Friedmans won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2003 Sundance festival. This is Jarecki´s first feature film. He was also the founder and CEO of Moviefone, which was acquired by AOL in 1999 for nearly $400 million. Susan Orlean is a staff writer at The New Yorker. In 1994 she wrote a profile of David Friedman, one of the Friedman sons. David was known as Silly Billy, a popular clown who was a favorite at many a children´s birthday party in New York City. Orlean wrote the profile before the story came out surrounding David´s father and brother. Orlean is also the author of the bestselling book, The Orchid Thief the basis of the film Adaptation. (Broadcast Date: June 24, 2003) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/030624/rt_whyy_030624_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Journalist Susan Orlean and children´s book writer and illustrator Mark Haddon on this edition of Fresh Air. Susan Orlean is a staff writer at The New Yorker. In 1994 she wrote a profile of David Friedman, one of the Friedman sons. David was known as Silly Billy, a popular clown who was a favorite at children´s birthday parties in New York City. David´s father and brother were accused of molesting children, and the family´s story is told through their own home movies in the documentary film Capturing the Friedmans. Orlean is also the author of the best-selling book, The Orchid Thief. Mark Haddon has written his first novel for adults, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. The narrator of the story is an autistic teenager who is obsessed with Sherlock Holmes and who must prove his innocence when a neighborhood dog is killed. Haddon lives in England and teaches creative writing for the Arvon Foundation and for Oxford University. (Broadcast Date: June 26, 2003) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/030626/rt_whyy_030626_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.