The Scarlet Sisters by Helen Batten [Audiobook]

The Scarlet Sisters by Helen Batten [Audiobook]
The Scarlet Sisters: My nanna's story of secrets and heartache on the banks of the River Thames [Audiobook] by Helen Batten, read by Annie Aldington
2015 | MP3@64 kbps | 11 hrs 36 mins | 329.56MB

'Oh my goodness - another girl, Mrs Swain!'

Clara's normal iron composure broke, and she screamed, 'No! That's not the bloody deal!' And that was how my nanna, Bertha Swain, entered the world.

When Helen Batten's marriage breaks down, she starts on a journey of discovery into her family's past and the mysteries surrounding her enigmatic nanna's early life.

What she unearths is a tale of five feisty redheads struggling to climb out of poverty and find love through two world wars. It's a story full of surprises and scandal - a death in a workhouse, a son kept in a box, a shameful war record, a clandestine marriage and children taken far too soon. It's as if there is a family curse.

But Helen also finds love, resilience and hope - crazy wagers, late-night Charlestons and stolen kisses. As she unravels the story of nanna and her scarlet sisters, Helen starts to break the spell of the past and sees a way she might herself find love again.

Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography [Audiobook]

Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography [Audiobook]
Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography [Audiobook] by David Michaelis, read by Holter Graham
2007 | M4B@64 kbps | 12 hrs 41 mins | 346.37MB

Charles Schulz, the most widely syndicated and beloved cartoonist of all time, is also one of the most misunderstood figures in American culture. Now, acclaimed biographer David Michaelis gives us the first full-length biography of Schulz: at once a creation story, a portrait of a hidden American genius, and a chronicle contrasting the private man with the central role he played in shaping the national imagination.

The son of a barber, Schulz was born in Minnesota to modest, working class roots. In 1943, just three days after his mother's tragic death from cancer, Schulz, a private in the army, shipped out for boot camp and the war in Europe. The sense of shock and separation never left him. And these early experiences would shape his entire life.

With Peanuts, Schulz embedded adult ideas in a world of small children to remind the reader that character flaws and childhood wounds are with us always. It was the central truth of his own life, that as the adults we've become and as the children we always will be, we can free ourselves, if only we can see the humor in the predicaments of funny-looking kids. Schulz's Peanuts profoundly influenced the country in the second half of the 20th century. But the strip was anchored in the collective experience and hardships of Schulz's generation: the generation that survived the Great Depression and liberated Europe and the Pacific and came home to build the postwar world.

Michaelis brilliantly weaves Schulz's story with the cartoons that are so familiar to us, revealing a man we've never fully known and shedding new light on a touchstone of American life.

The Las Vegas Madam: The Escorts, the Clients, the Truth [Audiobook]

The Las Vegas Madam: The Escorts, the Clients, the Truth [Audiobook]
The Las Vegas Madam: The Escorts, the Clients, the Truth [Audiobook] by Jami Rodman, read by Teri Schnaubelt
2015 | MP3 VBR V5 | 9 hrs 26 mins | 259.16MB

The Las Vegas Madam: The Escorts, the Clients, the Truth takes you inside the life of a call girl as she spirals into a world of glamour and secrets and expose.

When a scandalous news story splashed across mainstream media about an elite escort agency in Las Vegas, people were shocked to learn there was a tiny mastermind behind the company: a small town girl from Oregon named Jami Rodman who went by the pseudonym Haley Heston.

Meet the secret society of high-end escorts and the men who hire them.

Discover the highly lucrative business of sex as Rodman reveals the hidden websites and layers of complex networking to satisfy man's endless desire for sex.

Timed with the 2007 collapse, Vegas cultivated a new, unprecedented class of call girls…ones with brains, beauty and savvy. Together with her agency, they cleaned up the soiled reputation of prostitution in Las Vegas.

Weathering competition from desperate, violent, and successful pimps and madams, hosting swanky parties, and serving clients in cities that spanned the globe, her agency ruled the oldest profession for several years until one of her star escorts, Olympian Suzy Favor Hamilton, canceled on a jealous and disgruntled client…he wrote an email at 2 AM to the online Smoking Gun. Haley Heston, the Las Vegas Madam, was outed.

The Las Vegas Madam is a provocative memoir of one girl's journey into prostitution and how quickly a fast-paced life built a wedge between her and the very thing she was seeking to begin with love, friendship and meaning. She replaces loneliness with companionship, both as a hired prostitute and recreationally.

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