This program features a prologue read by the author
Before she was mother to global superstar Demi Lovato, she was just Dianna Hart.
In this heartfelt audiobook memoir, Dianna tells her story from the very beginning.
She had big plans of becoming a country music star, but her life went in a different direction than her dreams. She developed an eating disorder early in life to gain a sense of control in her strict upbringing. As she continued to struggle with body image and her obsession with being perfect her entire adult life, she was also met with other difficult situations. Her husband and father of her two eldest daughters Dallas and Demi had his own troubles that effected the entire family. She coped with alcohol and pills, forming a long-lasting addiction.
She's had terrible lows but also some great highs as she watched her daughters break out in Hollywood to become strong, empowered young women.
As a mother caring for daughters with addictions while continuing to battle her own, Dianna offers a unique perspective. And as a family, they have survived everything life has thrown at them and come away from it stronger than ever.
In Falling with Wings, Dianna tells listeners her story of living through and surviving adversity--with tremendous strength, love and faith.
Harold Pinter's acclaimed drama about a love affair and the intricate nature of deceit, starring Olivia Coleman and Andrew Scott.
For seven years, Emma and Jerry had an affair and spent time together in a secret flat they kept just for the two of them. Jerry thinks that no-one else knew, but now it turns out that isn't the case.
The story of an affair told in reverse time, from its poignant ending to its thrilling first kiss, Betrayal is one of Pinter's most celebrated dramatic works.
Emma ..... Olivia Colman
Jerry ..... Andrew Scott
Robert ..... Charles Edwards
Waiter ..... Gerard McDermott
Produced/directed by Gaynor Macfarlane
Nicholas Urfe, a young British graduate, runs away from his monotonous life to take up a teaching post on the small Greek island of Phraxos. There he meets the enigmatic figure of Maurice Conchis, and slowly gets drawn into a world full of strange encounters and psychological tricks on Conchis's estate at Bourani.
When Conchis introduces Nicholas to the enchanting and mysterious Lily Montgomery, reality and illusion begin to intertwine. But what strange game is Conchis playing with Nicholas? And, in this world coloured by artifice and deception, who is really telling him the truth?
First published in 1965, John Fowles's novel The Magus soon gained cult status. Now acclaimed dramatist and screenwriter Adrian Hodges (My Week with Marilyn, The Go-Between, Peter and Wendy, The Musketeers, Survivors, Primeval) has adapted the novel for this new dramatisation starring Tom Burke (War and Peace, The Musketeers) as Nicholas Urfe, Charles Dance (And Then There Were None, Game of Thrones) as Maurice Conchis, and Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter, Brideshead Revisited) as Lily.
Produced and directed by Heather Larmour.
Looking for something filled with fun facts and trivia questions and answers? Answers to Questions You've Never Asked will entertain you for hours.
When you take the most absurd parts of history, science, economics, and geography, you end up with a pretty confusing picture of humanity. Why do we have borders? What's the furthest you can get from the ocean? How do you qualify as a country? And why did Vikings wear those silly helmets? These are just a few of the strange questions that bounce around the head of Joseph Pisenti.
In his YouTube channel, Pisenti presents illogical truths in a logical manner. Here, he builds on this nonsensical humor of the universe with in-depth analyses of empires, economies, and ecosystems as he helps answer the ridiculous. Why, you ask? Because someone has to! Pisenti not only details the absurd but also provides explanations on why things are-and why they aren't. The following are just a few of the many questions answered here:Where can I move to so that I'm never tempted by McDonalds again?How far into the Pacific does Trump's wall stretch?If Plato came back to life, what would he think of modern democracy?Why do all empires fail?Who decides what countries are allowed to participate in the Olympics?What makes Finland so great?
Witty, thought-provoking, and occasionally snarky, Answers to Questions You've Never Asked is for anyone who beams with curiosity and has a belly button.
Sir Ian McKellen stars as Milton in this dramatised retelling of John Milton’s epic poem about the fall of Man
"devilishly good... I urge you to give it a listen" The Telegraph
Milton’s biblical masterpiece, first published in 1667, is one of English literature’s most seminal works. Straddling three worlds – Heaven, Hell and Earth – it tells the gripping story of fallen angel Satan’s rebellion against God, his temptation of Adam and Eve and their subsequent expulsion from the Garden of Eden.
Written to ‘justify the ways of God to men’, it aimed to show what caused Mankind's fall and the consequences for the world, both bad and good. By reaching back to the beginning of time, Milton hoped to discover the events that had led to the political and societal upheaval of his own era – as well as using allegory to ask powerful questions about authority, government, tyranny and disobedience. In this brand new dramatisation, Milton himself (Sir Ian McKellen) is the blind narrator grieving the loss of his wife, played by Frances Barber.
Also starring Simon Russell Beale as Satan, and adapted by award-winning poet and broadcaster Michael Symmons Roberts, this enthralling drama is a vital piece of storytelling with striking parallels to contemporary events.
Cast and credits
Milton........................Sir Ian McKellen
Satan........................Simon Russell Beale
All other parts were played by members of the company
Written by John Milton
Dramatised by Michael Symmons Roberts
Produced and directed by Susan Roberts
Nicholas Parsons invites guests to try to speak for sixty seconds on a variety of subjects such as chicken nuggets, conkers, zombies, superfoods, office politics and Hercule Poirot. Who can talk for one minute without hesitation, repetition or deviation from the subject? Who will leap in at the last second to trounce the competition and secure the lead? Find out as we play Just a Minute!
With panellists including Paul Merton, Stephen Fry, Josie Lawrence, Julian Clary, Jenny Eclair and Shappi Khorsandi, this series shows just why Just a Minute is one of Radio 4's longest-running and most popular series.
Just a Minute has been entertaining generations of listeners since its first series in 1967, and has been chaired since the very beginning by the inimitable Nicholas Parsons.
Hilarious Hollywood spoofs were a beloved feature on many classic Jack Benny radio shows. Regular cast members and guest stars alike were recruited to send up cinema classics like Casablanca, High Noon, and Sunset Boulevard. Celebrities could count on large laughs – and, looking good next to Jack’s lovably vainglorious and miserly self – while poking fun at their most famous films.
Even without guests, the movie mockery continued. Jack would simply announce a sketch and proclaim that he would be playing the lead! The rest of the cast, of course, was not to be out done – note Rochester’s rendition of As Time Goes By and Mel Blanc’s “Sleepy Mexican” routine.
A treasure trove for both Benny-philes and film fans, this set includes 12 digitally restored and remastered episodes, performances by the likes of Bob Hope and Edward G. Robinson.
EPISODES INCLUDE: The Hunchback of Notre Dame 03-17-40, Mr. Benny Goes to Washington 01-24-43, Casablanca 10-17-43, The Killers 11-24-46, It’s a Wonderful Life 02-02-47, Dark Passage 11-02-47, The Treasure of Sierra Madre 05-01-49, Sunset Boulevard 03-25-51, Captain Horatio Hornblower 09-23-51, High Noon 09-28-52, Road to Bali 01-11-53, The Snows of Kilimanjaro 03-08-53
"A fine endorsement," you say. "But if I have only one audiobook to buy, shouldn't I go for the helpful one?"
Those "know-it-all" books tell you how to have a happy, healthy pregnancy. My book mentions a squirrel.
Those books tell you how to care for a newborn child. My book describes how tired I am.
Those books give you essential information you can use in a life-threatening emergency. My book has some very amusing anecdotes about poop.
So really, it's up to you.
If you want to be prepared and well-informed, I understand. But if you enjoy hearing the words "pterodactyl" and "uterus" in the same book, you've come to the right place.
From the Compact Disc edition.
Twenty-three great Sherlock Holmes mysteries as published in Strand Magazine. These stories have won over readers in the thousands and have helped make Sherlock Holmes the most popular and most famous detective of all times.
Arthur Conan Doyle, was born in Scotland in 1859. He was educated in Jesuit schools in England and Austria. In 1881 he finished a medical degree and signed on as a surgeon aboard a whaling vessel in the Arctic. After an unsuccessful medical practice, Doyle started writing. Sherlock Holmes was an instant success. At the end of his career Conan Doyle complemented his writing with spiritualism and psychic research. He died in 1930.
"Ralph Cosham delivers a classic, scholarly reading with fine pacing, clear diction, and an astute sense of dialogue." -- The Christian Science Monitor
Growing up in one of the poorest neighborhoods of South Central Los Angeles, Tiffany learned to survive by making people laugh. If she could do that, then her classmates would let her copy their homework, the other foster kids she lived with wouldn’t beat her up, and she might even get a boyfriend. Or at least she could make enough money—as the paid school mascot and in-demand Bar Mitzvah hype woman—to get her hair and nails done, so then she might get a boyfriend.
None of that worked (and she’s still single), but it allowed Tiffany to imagine a place for herself where she could do something she loved for a living: comedy.
Tiffany can’t avoid being funny—it’s just who she is, whether she’s plotting shocking, jaw-dropping revenge on an ex-boyfriend or learning how to handle her newfound fame despite still having a broke person’s mind-set. Finally poised to become a household name, she recounts with heart and humor how she came from nothing and nowhere to achieve her dreams by owning, sharing, and using her pain to heal others.
By turns hilarious, filthy, and brutally honest, The Last Black Unicorn shows the world who Tiffany Haddish really is—humble, grateful, down-to-earth, and funny as hell. And now, she’s ready to inspire others through the power of laughter.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER | NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Huffington Post • Financial Times • Success • Inc. • Library Journal
Creativity, Inc. is a manual for anyone who strives for originality and the first-ever, all-access trip into the nerve center of Pixar Animation—into the meetings, postmortems, and “Braintrust” sessions where some of the most successful films in history are made. It is, at heart, a book about creativity—but it is also, as Pixar co-founder and president Ed Catmull writes, “an expression of the ideas that I believe make the best in us possible.”
For nearly twenty years, Pixar has dominated the world of animation, producing such beloved films as the Toy Story trilogy, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Up, WALL-E, and Inside Out, which have gone on to set box-office records and garner thirty Academy Awards. The joyousness of the storytelling, the inventive plots, the emotional authenticity: In some ways, Pixar movies are an object lesson in what creativity really is. Here, in this book, Catmull reveals the ideals and techniques that have made Pixar so widely admired—and so profitable.
As a young man, Ed Catmull had a dream: to make the first computer-animated movie. He nurtured that dream as a Ph.D. student at the University of Utah, where many computer science pioneers got their start, and then forged a partnership with George Lucas that led, indirectly, to his co-founding Pixar in 1986. Nine years later, Toy Story was released, changing animation forever. The essential ingredient in that movie’s success—and in the thirteen movies that followed—was the unique environment that Catmull and his colleagues built at Pixar, based on leadership and management philosophies that protect the creative process and defy convention, such as:
• Give a good idea to a mediocre team, and they will screw it up. But give a mediocre idea to a great team, and they will either fix it or come up with something better.
• If you don’t strive to uncover what is unseen and understand its nature, you will be ill prepared to lead.
• It’s not the manager’s job to prevent risks. It’s the manager’s job to make it safe for others to take them.
• The cost of preventing errors is often far greater than the cost of fixing them.
• A company’s communication structure should not mirror its organizational structure. Everybody should be able to talk to anybody.
Winner of the 2018 Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album.
When Carrie Fisher recently discovered the journals she kept during the filming of the first Star Wars movie, she was astonished to see what they had preserved—plaintive love poems, unbridled musings with youthful naiveté, and a vulnerability that she barely recognized. Today, her fame as an author, actress, and pop-culture icon is indisputable, but in 1977, Carrie Fisher was just a (sort-of) regular teenager.
With these excerpts from her handwritten notebooks, The Princess Diarist is Fisher’s intimate and revealing recollection of what happened on one of the most famous film sets of all time—and what developed behind the scenes. And today, as she reprises her most iconic role for the latest Star Wars trilogy, Fisher also ponders the joys and insanity of celebrity, and the absurdity of a life spawned by Hollywood royalty, only to be surpassed by her own outer-space royalty. Laugh-out-loud hilarious and endlessly quotable, The Princess Diarist brims with the candour and introspection of a diary while offering shrewd insight into the type of stardom that few will ever experience.