Daniel Pecan Cambridge, 30, 35, 38 or 27, depending on how he feels that day, is a young man whose life is rich and full, provided he never leaves his Santa Monica apartment. After all, outside there are 8-inch-high curbs and there's always the horrible chance he might see a gas station attendant wearing a blue hat. So, except for the occasional trip to the Rite Aid to admire the California girl Zandy and to buy earplugs because they're on sale, he stays home a lot. And good thing too, or he would have never been falsely implicated in a murder, never almost seduced by Philipa, never done the impossible task of jogging around the block with Brian, never ironed his pillows, and might never have won the Most Average American essay contest. In The Pleasure of My Company, Steve Martin's second novel, all of the enjoyments of the critically acclaimed best seller Shopgirl are present: the tender portrayal of loneliness and love; a character's quest to reach out and engage the world; as well as laugh-out-loud humor and language that is brilliantly inventive. But in the story of Daniel Pecan Cambridge and the people who inhabit the insular universe he is seeking to expand (if only one small square at a time) Steve Martin has achieved something extraordinary: the chronicle of a modern-day neurotic yearning to break free. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Steve Martin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hype/000001/bk_hype_000001_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A collection of five short stories."Seductive Semaphore": Fashion designer Bethesda and journalist Hector live opposite each other, with windows facing. They make initial contact through visible, provocative gestures. Soon afterward, they get direct contact when Hector assists Bethesda with her folio. She invites him round to model for some of her fashion creations and proceeds to seduce him. The seduction continues with a ritual visit to a sports centre and then to a beach. "The Heroine and the Author": Dreamer Hecate discovers she has a terminal illness. She wants to make the most of the time she has left by being celebrated in literature as a charismatic, legendary figure. She meets Ferdinand, a ghost writer, who is happy to undertake this massive project with her. In the process, she gets an idea of his physique through jogging and the fitness centre. Then there is a seduction scene inspired by the literary models of Sappho and Donne. Being "open-minded", they make a pact for each one to go and have a sexual adventure - his hetero, hers lesbian. Their relationship is enhanced by this extra dimension."Dreamtime Sensuality": Romona, highly literary and highly inhibited, goes to an exotic island location. She deeply desires a passionate encounter. At the pension where she stays, she meets Stefano, who fulfills her requirements exactly. The proprietress of the pension picks up on Romona’s shyness and gives her reassurance, including some practice in the art of kissing. Romona orchestrates an elaborate beach-seduction scenario, and they are both fulfilled. They never meet again, but their exchange of emails and text messages goes on indefinitely."Dancing with Danger": Verona is a scriptwriter and Gareth an archaeologist. They both have "retreats" near the coast and discover their common interests. Verona contrives a half-seduction on a deserted beach, wearing 18th-century retro gear - related to their common interests. Afte 1. Language: English. Narrator: R Bond. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/121773/bk_acx0_121773_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A blind deejay (Shepard Krausse) and an invisible librarian (Miranda Ogilvy) from a tiny, rural Florida town try to solve a double disappearance connected to a recent canoe trip. It ain't exactly "Deliverance," but there's a heap of trouble brewing for these folks - some of it human, some of it animal, and all of it deadly. Shep and Miranda rely on their sense of humor as they face dangerous fossil poachers - but even that is difficult when their engagement is broken amidst a river of troubles. This is Book 2 in the Minokee Mysteries series.Shep's Italian friend (Carlo Fratelli - cook, chauffeur, valet, and ladies man) aids the couple in their adventures. Shep's animal friend, Zeus, a huge and independent Maine Coon cat, is so clever, he sometimes seems clairvoyant. The Coffee Ritual ladies of Minokee add their quirky personalities and folksy wisdom to help Shep & Miranda iron out the bumps in their lives. Martha, Bernice, Wyneen, and Charlotte (average age 74.3) gather every dawn on their front porches to sip their coffee while they wait for the sight of the blond Adonis (Shep) jogging past their Magnolia Street cottages. Shepard's absurdly wealthy, snobbish, and domineering mother (Hermione Montgomery-Krausse) is always behind the scenes, attempting to direct the course of Shep's career. Hermione wants Shep to become a politician, like several of his ancestors. At the very least, she wants her son to become a television commentator. With his blindness, his noble family connections, and his golden good looks, Shepard would be recognized by future voters - which will not happen if he stays in radio. The shy Miranda shows a surprising inner strength when confronting Shepard's officious mother, and Hermione has been forced to admire the librarian. Hermione vacillates between trying to separate Shep and Miranda or trying to marry them - on Hermione's terms.Miranda's difficulties with Hermione are compounded when Miranda's par 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jenny Hoops. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/211014/bk_acx0_211014_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.