Nadine Cohodas´s biography of the passionate, talented and difficult, but ultimately lovable, Nina Simone is an object lesson in American life. With thorough interviews and research, much new material and information that has never before come to light, Nadine tells the story of Eunice Wayman, born in Tryon NC in 1933, with a stunning musical talent that was spotted early by family and friends. Trained as a classical pianist through the charitable auspices of a local white woman who paid for her lessons and made sure she had access to a first-rate piano teacher, Eunice became Nina Simone only after the devastating disappointment of not being accepted at the highly exclusive Curtis Institute of Music. She had planned to be a classical musician, and much of her life and career were colored by this fact -- as was her music, making her attack on a typical jazz tune uniquely heady and virtuosic. In the summer of 1954, in order to make a living, Eunice took a job playing the piano at a bar in Atlantic City, and before long she was not just playing but singing and was becoming Nina Simone, the marquis name she picked for these first gigs. The rest is history, or becomes so with Nadine´s ministrations. We watch the exciting rise of Nina´s discovery of herself as a singer (by 1959 she had a hit with ´´I Love You Porgy´´ and had sung Town Hall, was well received and on her way), her unique and challenging relationship with her audiences (she would ´´shush´´; them angrily -- as a classically trained musician, she didn´t believe in cabaret chat ), her involvement in and contributions to the Civil Rights Movement (through songs such as her seminal ´´Mississippi Goddam´´ and friendships with James Baldwin, Lorraine Hainsbury and Langston Hughes), her marriage and brief family contentment with the police detective Andy Stroud, with whom she had her daughter Lisa. Alongside these threads runs a darker one: Nina´s increasing and sometimes baffling... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lisa Renee Pitts. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/000883/bk_acx0_000883_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When 15 year old Skye´s mother finally does something so shocking that it can´t be hushed up, the police turn her over to the social workers - and that´s when the nightmare begins. No one will let her talk to her father; the woman who is supposed to be helping her dumps her in a terrifying ´home´ that´s more like a jail. But she still has one friend to turn to: the sympathetic girl she´s met in an Internet chat room, the one who seems to have a home life as unhappy as Skye´s. And Jade offers her a safe place to stay.... Alone in Manchester, nearly penniless, Skye is willing to trust Jade. Even when it isn´t Jade who turns up at the rendezvous but a grown-up man who says he´s Jade´s brother.... Mandasue Heller was born in Cheshire and moved to Manchester in 1982. She spent ten years living in the notorious Hulme Crescents, which have since become the background to her novels. Not only is she a talented writer, but she has also sung in cabaret and rock groups, ´70s soul cover bands and blues jam bands., 1. Language: English. Narrator: Colleen Prendergast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/023847/bk_adbl_023847_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.