Do you love fireflies? Or maybe you call them lightning bugs? This week on You Bet Your Garden, host Mike McGrath will explain how these incredible insects are becoming endangered, and how you can help keep the lights on! [Broadcast Date: October 2, 2008] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mike McGrath. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/gard/081002/rt_gard_081002_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Ben Folds is an internationally celebrated musician, singer-songwriter and former front man of the alternative rock band Ben Folds Five, beloved for songs such as ‘Brick’, ‘You Don’t Know Me’, ‘Rockin’ the Suburbs’ and ‘The Luckiest’.In A Dream About Lightning Bugs Folds looks back at his life so far in a charming, funny and wise chronicle of his artistic coming of age, infused with the wry observations of a natural storyteller. He opens up about finding his voice as a musician, becoming a rock anti-hero, and hauling a baby grand piano on and off stage for every performance.From growing up in a working class North Carolina childhood amid the race and class tensions that shaped his early songwriting to painful life lessons he learned the hard way, he also ruminates on music in the digital age, the absurdity of life on the road and the challenges of sustaining a multi-decade, multi-faceted career in the music business. A Dream About Lightning Bugs embodies what Folds has been singing about for years: smile like you’ve got nothing to prove, because it hurts to grow up, and life flies by in seconds 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ben Folds. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/ssuk/000304/bk_ssuk_000304_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
New York Times best sellerFrom the genre-defying icon Ben Folds comes a memoir that is as nuanced, witty, and relatable as his cult-classic songs.´´A Dream About Lightning Bugs reads like its author: intelligent, curious, unapologetically punk, and funny as hell.´´ (Sara Bareilles)Ben Folds is a celebrated American singer-songwriter, beloved for songs such as ´´Brick´´, ´´You Don’t Know Me´´, ´´Rockin’ the Suburbs´´, and ´´The Luckiest´´, and is the former frontman of the alternative rock band Ben Folds Five. But Folds will be the first to tell you he’s an unconventional icon, more normcore than hardcore. Now, in his first book, Folds looks back at his life so far in a charming and wise chronicle of his artistic coming of age, infused with the wry observations of a natural storyteller.In the title chapter, ´´A Dream About Lightning Bugs´´, Folds recalls his earliest childhood dream - and realizes how much it influenced his understanding of what it means to be an artist. In ´´Measure Twice, Cut Once´´, he learns to resist the urge to skip steps during the creative process. In ´´Hall Pass´´, he recounts his 1970s North Carolina working-class childhood, and in ´´Cheap Lessons´´, he returns to the painful life lessons he learned the hard way - but that luckily didn’t kill him.In his inimitable voice, both relatable and thought-provoking, Folds digs deep into the life experiences that shaped him, imparting hard-earned wisdom about both art and life. Collectively, these stories embody the message Folds has been singing about for years: Smile like you’ve got nothing to prove, because it hurts to grow up, and life flies by in seconds.Praise for A Dream About Lightning Bugs´´Besides being super talented, and an incredibly poignant and multifaceted musician, Ben Folds is a fantastic author. I couldn’t put this book down - and not just b 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ben Folds. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/006950/bk_rand_006950_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
On a warm summer night Jimmie Lee was catching the lightning bugs when he heard his dog barking at something that he had found and he looked over to where Scruffy was then he went to see what all the barking was about. Jimmie bent down to get a better look at what Scruffy was so excited by. He saw that there was a six inch girl with the most beautiful wings on her back and her hair was blondish brown with locks of curls that draped down her back to see what Scruffy was so excited at what was there and when he looked closer and what he seen was a six inch girl with the most beautiful wings on her back and her hair was blondish brown with locks of curls that draped down her back. ´´My name is Ivy and I need your help.´´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Miranda Crandall. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/011580/bk_acx0_011580_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Oversaturated with the latest video game and phone apps, does anyone slow down to remember a simpler time? Join A. J. as she discovers a summer of fun with her mom. The phones stay home while mother and daughter go on simple adventures - discovering four-leaf clovers, animals in the clouds, and lightning bugs in a starlit sky. A Simpler Time is an exceptional tale to share with children age seven through the preteenage years and will inspire you, too, to find some simpler moments during your next family gathering. ´´In this technology frenzy we call life, often, the simple times are taken for granted. Laura Eckroat reminds children of all ages that nature can be as interesting as iPhones and computers.” (Ted Kerasote, author of Merle’s Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephanie Quinn. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/115711/bk_acx0_115711_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Ms. Ladybug and Mr. Honeybee: A Love Story at the End of Time tells the story of a ladybug and a honeybee who find each other after losing their entire families to the poisonous fogs the humans are spraying. The unlikely duo pursues a safe haven from the poisonous fog and are aided by lightning bugs, a mysterious dragonfly, and even cockroaches along the adventure of a lifetime. They encounter doubting ticks, denying termites, and a slug desperately resigned to his fate along their way, but they never give up in their seemingly hopeless quest. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Pauline Panagiotou-Schneider, Guy R. McPherson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/052807/bk_acx0_052807_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Master storyteller Patricia C. McKissack transports us to the front porch: a place where lightning bugs flash, lemonade is poured, and tales about slickster-tricksters are an every-night treat for the whole family to enjoy. Here you can listen to ´´porch lies´´: tales filled with humor and exaggeration about characters like: A one-of-a-kind trickster, Dooley Hunter, who tells such a whopper at the State Liars´ Contest that it becomes known as the best lie ever told. A downright wily individual by the name of Noble ´´Cake´´ Norris, who some folks believe may have died 27 times. A little old lady slickster folks call Aunt Gran, who comes face to face with Frank and Jesse James, the two most notorious outlaws in America.Rich in African American history, these unforgettable tales range from sidesplittingly funny to spine-chillingly spooky. So hop on the porch swing and listen up: there´s a story just starting. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Pamella D´Pella, Adenrele Ojo, Mirron Willis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lili/000710/bk_lili_000710_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Come sit on the porch a spell. Let´s talk about times gone by and folks we remember, about slow summer evenings and lightning bugs in a jar. Listen to the music of a creaky swing and hand-cranked ice cream and cicadas chorusing in the sultry night air. Let´s talk about how things used to be in the South - and for some of us, they way they still are. Welcome to the world of Sweet Tea and Jesus Shoes, where award winning authors Deborah Smith, Sandra Chastain, Virginia Ellis, Debra Dixon, Donna Ball and Nancy Knight come together for the first time to create this poignant, humorous collection of nostalgic tales. Here life´s lessons are handed down - liberally sprinkled with hilarity - from eccentric relatives, outrageous pets and unrepentant neighbors, and served up with a generous dollop of that most valued of all Southern commodities: good old fashioned storytelling. From Mississippi to Georgia, from Florida to Tennessee, these daughters of the South will take you on a lush tour of the times and places they know best, each voice as refreshing and inviting as a glass of cold sweet tea on a hot afternoon. So come. Let us take you back. Let us take you home. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lee Ann Howlett. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/002439/bk_acx0_002439_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1931 in Carbon Hill, a small Alabama coal-mining town, nine-year-old Tess Moore watches a woman shove the cover off the family well and toss in a baby without a word.For the Moore family, focused on helping anyone in need during the Great Depression, the apparent murder forces them to face the darker side of their community and question the motivations of family and friends. Backbreaking work keeps most of the townspeople busy from dawn to dusk, and racial tensions abound. For parents, it´s a time when a better life for the children means sacrificing health, time, and every penny that can be saved. For a miner, returning home after work is a possibility, not a certainty. However, next to daily thoughts of death, exhausting work, and race are the lingering pleasures of sweet tea, feather beds, and lightning bugs yet to be caught. 1. Language: English. Narrator: T. J. Kenneally, Margaret Nichols. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/001852/bk_rand_001852_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.