An elaboration of some of David Leavitt´s early stories, Equal Affections - his second novel - is about the family of a woman, Louise Cooper, who is dying of cancer. The family has other problems: Nat, Louise´s husband, is having an affair; her daughter April, a lesbian with a thriving career as a singer, finds herself pregnant; and her son, Danny, also gay, is worried about his lover´s commitment to him. Leavitt´s novel is a rich delineation of family life in all its complexity at the end of the 20th-century. As an added bonus, when you purchase our Audible Modern Vanguard production of David Leavitt´s book, you´ll also get an exclusive Jim Atlas interview that begins when the audiobook ends. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Suzanne Torren. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/000861/bk_adbl_000861_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This critically acclaimed and emotionally charged novel about the strange and ultimately tragic relationship between an esteemed British mathematician and an unknown and unschooled mathematical genius is historical fiction at its best: ambitious, profound, and absorbing. Based on the remarkable true story of G. H. Hardy and Srinivasa Ramanujan, and populated with such luminaries such as D. H. Lawrence, Bertrand Russell, and Ludwig Wittgenstein, The Indian Clerk takes this extraordinary slice of history and transforms it into an emotional and spellbinding story about the fragility of human connection and our need to find order in the world. A literary masterpiece, it appeared on four best seller lists, including the Los Angeles Times, and received dazzling reviews from every major publication in the country. As an added bonus, when you purchase our Audible Modern Vanguard production of David Leavitt´s book, you´ll also get an exclusive Jim Atlas interview that begins when the audiobook ends. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Graeme Malcom. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/000851/bk_adbl_000851_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Set in the 1980s against the backdrop of a swiftly gentrifying Manhattan, The Lost Language of Cranes tells the story of 25-year-old Philip, who realizes he must come out to his parents after falling in love for the first time with a man. Philip´s parents are facing their own crisis: pressure from developers and the loss of their longtime home. But the real threat to this family is Philip´s father´s own struggle with his latent homosexuality, realized only in his Sunday afternoon visits to gay porn theaters. Philip´s admission to his parents and his father´s hidden life provoke changes that forever alter the landscape of their worlds. As an added bonus, when you purchase our Audible Modern Vanguard production of David Leavitt´s book, you´ll also get an exclusive Jim Atlas interview that begins when the audiobook ends. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jonathan Davis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/000860/bk_adbl_000860_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A ´´´skillful, literate´´´ (New York Times Book Review) biography of the persecuted genius who helped create the modern computer. To solve one of the great mathematical problems of his day, Alan Turing proposed an imaginary computer. Then, attempting to break a Nazi code during World War II, he successfully designed and built one, thus ensuring the Allied victory. Turing became a champion of artificial intelligence, but his work was cut short. As an openly gay man at a time when homosexuality was illegal in England, he was convicted and forced to undergo a humiliating ´´treatment´´ that may have led to his suicide. With a novelist´s sensitivity, David Leavitt portrays Turing in all his humanity - his eccentricities, his brilliance, his fatal candor - and elegantly explains his work and its implications. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paul Michael Garcia. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/006665/bk_blak_006665_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The big lesson I learned from Hurricane Katrina is that we have to be thinking about the unthinkable because sometimes the unthinkable happens. - Mike Leavitt Hurricanes have been devastating communities for thousands of years, bringing about various combinations of rain and wind that can do everything from taking down some dead limbs to wiping out houses. They are also common enough that people who live for any length of time in a region prone to having hurricanes are inclined to accept them as something of a periodic nuisance rather than a serious danger. Modern construction styles allow houses to withstand winds in excess of 100 miles an hour, and early warning systems allow people to evacuate. Thus, most hurricanes of the 21st century take fewer lives than a serious highway accident. As a result, the world watched in horror as Hurricane Katrina decimated New Orleans in August 2005, and the calamity seemed all the worse because many felt that technology had advanced far enough to prevent such tragedies, whether through advanced warning or engineering. Spawning off the Bahamian coast that month, Katrina quickly grew to be one of the deadliest natural disasters in American history, killing more than 1,800 people and flooding a heavy majority of one of America´s most famous cities. At first, the storm seemed to be harmless, scooting across the Floridian coast as a barely noticeable Category 1 storm, but when Katrina reached the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, its winds grew exponentially before slamming into the southern Louisiana coast as a massive Category 5 hurricane. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott R. Pollak. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/039038/bk_acx0_039038_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.