Curious about the modern love affair with criminal personalities, investigative reporter Conor Woodman spent four years exploring the hidden depths of dynamic cities across the globe. Sharks takes us on a journey through the lawless backstreets of cities as diverse as Mumbai, Bogotá, New Orleans, Barcelona and London. In each he uncovers the people and the scams that keep the global black economy moving. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Conor Woodman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/howe/003271/bk_howe_003271_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Sapphire Towers: Just another residential high-rise in Mumbai where the humdrum routine of daily life carries on with clockwork precision. But beneath the tranquil surface lurks a web of lies and deceit spun by a group of lonely housewives. Gita, frustrated mother of two young daughters, longs to escape the monotony of her marriage and lusts after a forbidden relationship. Sarita, conservative Gujarati housewife and mother, is addicted to kinky sex and pays a dear price for it. Stylish working mother Aarti nurses an appalling secret that could end her marriage. And sultry ex-model Natasha, who seems to have it all, is hopelessly in love with a much younger man - the son of one of her friends. Even as these women scramble to conceal their darkest secrets, an anonymous email is sent out to all the residents of Sapphire Towers with horrific consequences. Racy and unpause-able, Scandalous Housewives: Mumbai is the first book in the sizzling new series by best-selling author Madhuri Banerjee which tells the stories of the unsung housewives of urban India who will go to any lengths to fulfil their deepest, darkest desires. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Shaheen Khan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/028637/bk_adbl_028637_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the spirit of Khaled Hosseini, Nadia Hashimi, and Shilpi Somaya Gowda comes this powerful debut from a talented new voice - a sweeping, emotional journey of two childhood friends in Mumbai, India, whose lives converge only to change forever one fateful night. India, 1986: Mukta, a 10-year-old village girl from the lower-caste Yellama cult, has come of age and must fulfill her destiny of becoming a temple prostitute, as her mother and grandmother did before her. In an attempt to escape her fate, Mukta is sent to be a house girl for an upper-middle class family in Mumbai. There she discovers a friend in the daughter of the family, high-spirited eight-year-old Tara, who helps her recover from the wounds of her past. Tara introduces Mukta to an entirely different world - one of ice cream, reading, and a friendship that soon becomes a sisterhood. But one night in 1993, Mukta is kidnapped from Tara's family home and disappears. Shortly thereafter, Tara and her father move to America. A new life in Los Angeles awaits them, but Tara never recovers from the loss of her best friend or stops wondering if she was somehow responsible for Mukta's abduction. Eleven years later Tara, now an adult, returns to India determined to find Mukta. As her search takes her into the brutal underground world of human trafficking, Tara begins to uncover long-buried secrets in her own family that might explain what happened to Mukta - and why she came to live with Tara's family in the first place. Moving from a traditional Indian village to the bustling modern metropolis of Mumbai to Los Angeles and back again, this is a heartbreaking and beautiful portrait of an unlikely friendship - a story of love, betrayal, and ultimately redemption. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Zehra Jane Nacqvi, Sneha Mathan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/005962/bk_harp_005962_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Everyone has a past. But what if it becomes daunting baggage and spills over into the future? A fiercely independent career-driven girl, Angira, has recently changed her Facebook status to 'single in Mumbai'. While work has been her only priority, a twist of fate brings Ved - a strikingly handsome footballer, the heartthrob of the college - into her life. He seems genuine and fun-loving, but based on past experiences, Angira knows better than to trust him! Despite their contrasting personalities, the two develop an unexpected bond - a link for which they are about to risk everything they have. A riveting tale about incorrigible lovers with a dark past, It's Not Right...but It's Okay is a true story about finding friendship and love again. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nakesha Patel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/028616/bk_adbl_028616_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What if you don't get what you want from your life? Do you learn to live life with its terms and conditions? Anuj, a young professional, is just getting by from day to day when the beautiful and vivacious Pakhi walks into his life and turns it upside down. Love blossoms, and Anuj is convinced that she is the one for him. But when all is going well, Pakhi leaves unexpectedly and shatters Anuj's faith in love and happy endings. To shake off his depression and restart his life, he heads to Mumbai, where he meets new people - the stunning Meera, rom-com specialist Vishal, the man of reasons, Rahim Chacha and the lovely Anushka. With their help he begins to put his past behind him, but fate intervenes. Will Anuj be able to find the answers he desperately seeks and finally find closure? Or does life have other plans? It Had to Be You is a story that, in its simplicity, shows us the importance of love, life, family and friendship. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nakesha Patel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/028614/bk_adbl_028614_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Jeeta’s family is caught up in the whirlwind of arranging marriages for her two older sisters, but the drama and excitement leave Jeeta cold. She knows that tradition demands the parade of suitors, the marriage negotiations, the elaborate displays, the expensive wedding parties - but where is the love and romance that the movies promise? She dreads her turn on the matrimonial circuit, especially since Mummy is always complaining about how difficult it will be to find Jeeta a good husband, with her dark skin and sharp tongue. As Jeeta spends more time with her new friend from school, Sarina, and her educated, liberal parents, she begins to question her tradition-bound family’s expectations. And when she falls in love with Sarina’s cousin Neel, Jeeta realizes that she must strike a balance between independence and duty and follow her own path. With its gentle humor and a rich sense of place, Koyal Dark, Mango Sweet is an engaging coming-of-age novel set in contemporary Mumbai. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Vaishali Sharma. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/010695/bk_adbl_010695_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When you have many fantasies, life is never simple. Shanaya finds Sid gorgeous and impossibly hot, with a cool, calm authoritativeness that excites and intimidates her at the same time. She wants to make love to him right now in the office, or just anywhere. Ananya likes Shanaya and plans to seduce her into a world of sensual exploration that she believes will rock her world. The question is - is Ananya enough for Shanaya, or does she need more? Deeply embedded in advertising for a couple of years, Shanaya Taneja finds the sensuality of a lady extremely influential. Shuffling between Delhi and Mumbai for corporate shoots and business meetings, she has been keenly observing how people end up breaking all boundaries to explore their physical and emotional cravings. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ms. B. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/054277/bk_adbl_054277_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A young man is found dead in the toilet of Matunga Road station, his stomach ripped open. Retired journalist Peter D’Souza joins the investigation with his friend Inspector Zende and is drawn into a world of secret desire, blackmail and unspoken love - a world that he fears his son may be a part of. Driven as much by fear and empathy as by curiosity about men who seek men, Peter tries to track down the killer, with some help from the flamboyant Leslie Siqueira, ‘the Queen of the Queen of the Suburbs’. But time is running out.Jerry Pinto’s new novel - set in Mumbai, the city he writes about like no other - is a gripping murder mystery. It is also a compelling exploration of loneliness, ambition and greed in the great metropolis. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Siddhanta Pinto. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/033538/bk_adbl_033538_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Award-winning writer Ayeesha Menon's reworking of Dickens' Martin Chuzzlewit is set amongst the Catholic community in modern-day Mumbai. Convinced his relatives are after his money, Martin Chuzzlewit, a wealthy old landlord, has adopted orphan girl Mary as his carer with the understanding she will be housed and fed as long as he lives - but on his death, she will inherit nothing. But when his grandson Mickey falls in love and wishes to marry Mary, Martin's plans are thrown into disarray.... Told from the point of view of orphan Thomas, an observer into the world of the Chuzzlewits, this is a fast-paced drama full of intrigue, romance, suspense and murder. Starring Roshan Seth, Karan Pandit, Zafar Karachiwala, and Nimrat Kaur. Produced by John Dryden. A Goldhawk Essential Production for BBC Radio 4. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Roshan Seth. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/005504/bk_bbcw_005504_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.