2016 has been one of the most unusual election years, and nothing represents the unprecedented nature more than the race for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination, which featured more than 15 candidates. As with most years, several candidates with various political experience - from former and current governors to Congressmen and Senators - ran, but the race also featured a number of political novices, one of whom became the party’s nominee. In a sense, all of that is fitting given the winding nature of the Republican Party’s history. Now dominant in the American South, the party was anathema in the South for more than a century. Likewise, if someone asked a man on the street in the early 1900s to describe the Republican Party, he might point to Teddy Roosevelt’s efforts on behalf of progressive politics and conservation, whereas a few years later, the Party was known as a protector of big business, and later law and order. During the Reagan Era, the words ´´small government” came to characterize the party, even as its leaders took one hit after another for wanting to limit social spending. Republicans were in office at the start of the Depression and the end of the Vietnam War. Ultimately, the direction that the Republican Party has taken at any given time has been determined, for the most part, by the party leadership, which has traditionally made its voice most heard at the Republican National Convention, which convenes once every four years to nominate candidates for the presidency and vice-presidency. During its more than 150 years of existence, it has nominated saints and scoundrels, and seen some men make it to the White House and others not. Its first successful candidate was assassinated, as was one of his successors a few decades later. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Clem. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/118773/bk_acx0_118773_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This is a story from the Classic Women´s Short Stories collection.... Five stories from influential women writers of the 19th century and the first decades of the 20th century. New Zealand-born Katherine Mansfield settled in England where she wrote a series of short stories that are widely recognized as among the finest of the 20th century for their economy, clarity, sensitivity and effect. ´´The Garden Party´´ is one of her most famous, while ´´Daughters of the Late Colonel´´ shows a wonderful sense of wit. Kate Chopin, writing in the last years of the 19th century, broke new ground with her daring view of women as individuals with human needs. ´´Lilacs´´ and ´´Ma´ame Pelagie´´ are sympathetic portraits of women with differing dilemmas. Woolf´s ´´A Mark on the Wall´´ shows, in short story form, the turmoil within the stillness which became such a mark of her later novels. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Teresa Gallagher. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/naxo/000876/bk_naxo_000876_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It was just a party. But it turned into a nightmare.When Rachel wakes up in a strange room the morning after a neighbour’s party, she has no memory of what happened the night before. Why did her husband leave her alone at the party? Did they row? Why are Rachel’s arms so bruised? And why are her neighbours and friends so vague about what really happened?Little by little, Rachel pieces together the devastating events that took place in a friend’s house, at a party where she should have been safe. Everyone remembers what happened that night differently, and everyone has something to hide. But someone knows the truth about what happened to Rachel. And she’s determined to find them.The Party is the gripping new novel from best-selling author Lisa Hall. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Georgia Macguire. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/003863/bk_hcuk_003863_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Mission control? This was not the dinner party I was expecting. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mike Nelson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/114108/bk_acx0_114108_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Joe wants to have a party for everyone on First Street. Who will help him? This simple story incorporates words from the first grade-level Dolch Sight Word List to build literacy skills. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Intuitive. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lrnr/000157/bk_lrnr_000157_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
You go to the party. ´´You´´ see your drunken father fall into the Christmas tree. To escape the teasing of the other kids and your own shame, ´´you´´ learn to dissociate from ´´I´´ in order to survive. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Taylor Croft. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/028424/bk_adbl_028424_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Widely anthologized, The Garden Party is considered Katherine Mansfield´s finest piece of short fiction. First published in 1922, it immediately became a classic example of the short story form. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mandy Glasson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/trlk/000097/bk_trlk_000097_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Sheridan family is preparing to host a garden party. Laura is supposed to be in charge, but has trouble with the workers who appear to know better, and her mother (Mrs. Sheridan) has ordered lilies to be delivered for the party without Laura´s approval. Her sister Jose tests the piano, and then sings a song in case she is asked to do so again later. After the furniture is rearranged, they learn that their neighbour Mr. Scott has died. While Laura believes the party should be called off, neither Jose nor their mother agrees. The party is a success, and later Mrs. Sheridan decides it would be good to bring a basket full of leftovers to the Scotts´ house. She summons Laura to do so. Laura is shown into the poor neighbour’s house by Mrs. Scott´s sister, and then sees the widow and her late husband´s corpse. The sight of his dead body brings her to tears, and she runs off back to her own house, where she falls sobbing into her brother´s arms. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Emma Topping. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/slnd/000300/bk_slnd_000300_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Secrets, rivalry, glamour - it´s time for the party of the year.... Delilah has lived out her tempestuous marriage to hell-raiser Raf in the glare of the media spotlight. Now planning a milestone birthday, she has more on her mind than invitations. Raf has been offered a part in a movie he can´t refuse. But will he succumb to the temptations he´s struggled to resist for the last ten years? Delilah´s three daughters are building careers of their own, only too aware that the press are waiting for them to slip up. For the Rafferty girls might look like angels, but they are only human. It´s the perfect recipe for a party like no other.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Penelope Rawlins. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/orio/000781/bk_orio_000781_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Never has an unexpected guest caused such chaos! Three couples take it in turns to host a monthly dinner party. Beth, Sarah and Marie have been friends forever. Now they are grown up, with busy lives, busy husbands, busy kids...but they still find time to meet up over dinner once a month. A cosy, comfortable gathering of happy couples - or so they thought. Until one night, someone brings along a last-minute guest whose wife has just left him. Simon is standing on the doorstep in floods of tears. While the women do their best to console him, their husbands feel the need to mark their territory. And as Simon becomes more involved with the group, his presence changes everything these three couples thought they knew about each other, leading to a final dinner party that no-one will ever forget.From best seller Tracy Bloom, Dinner Party is a funny and moving listen that will make you see your marriage and friendships in a whole new light...and make you think twice about inviting your best mates round for dinner. Perfect for fans of Marian Keyes, Nick Spalding and Gill Sims. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Juanita McMahon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/howe/004815/bk_howe_004815_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.