christmascarol_0511Happy holidays, everyone! Here are some seasonally-inspired audio recordings for your listening pleasure:

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Jane Austen was born 240 years ago, on December 16, 1775. Elizabeth is a big Austen fan, and has recorded many of her novels, as well as a number of adaptations. Here is a complete list of Austen audiobooks that Elizabeth has narrated:

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OldDesignShop_AMerryChristmasCardFor those who celebrate them, the Christmas holidays are upon us! Elizabeth has a number of holiday-themed recordings for you to enjoy, most of them free. She has just finished recording The Billionaire’s Christmas Baby by Victoria James, which should be available at Audible soon, and has already released Maria Grace’s Twelfth Night at Longbourn, which follows Kitty Bennet (from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice) on a Christmas trip to Pemberley. You might also enjoy listening to the following free recordings, which she shared last year:

Happy holidays!

An_Old_Fashioned_Thanksgiving_1302Today for Free Audio Friday, Elizabeth has a recording for those listeners who are looking forward to celebrating Thanksgiving next week: Louisa May Alcott’s story “An Old -Fashioned Thanksgiving.” Elizabeth reads the role of Mrs. Bassett in this LibriVox full-cast dramatic reading, which can be downloaded here.

When a neighbor brings word that Grandma is sick, Mr. and Mrs. Bassett hurry off to tend to her, leaving their seven children to prepare for Thanksgiving on their own. The story of the adventures of Eph, Tilly, Prue, Seth, Sol, Roxy, and Rhody Bassett as they go sledding, face bears, tell old stories, and wrestle with plum puddings is a holiday treat fit to make anyone stop and count their own blessings.

Today for Free Audio Friday Elizabeth is sharing her top dramatic projects from LibriVox – these are either plays, or novels that have been done as dramatic readings (with a narrator and various readers performing the different roles). Here they are, sorted by the number of downloads via the Internet Archive:

1. Bram Stoker, Dracula (dramatic reading – Elizabeth reads the role of Mina Harker).

2. William Shakespeare, Hamlet (play – Elizabeth reads Queen Gertrude).

3. William Shakespeare, Macbeth (play – Elizabeth reads Lady Macbeth).

4. Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol (dramatic reading – Elizabeth does the narration).

5. Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (dramatic reading – Elizabeth reads Elizabeth Lavenza).

6. Louisa May Alcott, Little Women (dramatic reading – Elizabeth reads the narration and the role of Jo March).

7. William Shakespeare, Othello (play – Elizabeth reads Emilia).

8. William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet (play – Elizabeth reads Juliet).

9. Henrik Ibsen, A Doll’s House (play – Elizabeth performs the role of Nora Helmer).

10. Henry James, Daisy Miller (dramatic reading – Elizabeth reads Mrs. Costello).

11. Jane Austen, Mansfield Park (dramatic reading – Elizabeth reads the narration and the role of Mary Crawford).

12. L. M. Montgomery, the Anne of Green Gables series (dramatic readings – Elizabeth performs Marilla Cuthbert in all four books).

13. Sophocles, Antigone (play – Elizabeth reads the title role).

14. Euripides, Iphigenia in Aulis (play – Elizabeth reads the roles of the Chorus and the Messenger).

15. Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility (dramatic reading – Elizabeth reads the role of Lucy Steele).

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For Free Audio Friday this week (Summer Edition!), Elizabeth is featuring one of the LibriVox recordings of William Shakespeare’s classic comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Elizabeth coordinated and edited this project, and read the dual role of the fairy queen Titania and the Amazon queen Hippolyta, along with a wonderful cast of LibriVox volunteers. Happy listening! And make sure to check back in future weeks for more summer-themed free recordings.

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It’s Free Audio Friday, and Elizabeth has a new LibriVox release for you: Five Little Plays, by early 20th century British dramatist Alfred Sutro. You can download and listen for free here. Elizabeth narrates each play and performs leading roles in three of them, with a wonderful cast of LibriVox volunteers. Sutro explores relationships between men and women, class tensions, the nature of theatrical peformance, and the devastation of poverty in these lovely little plays, which are by turns funny and deeply moving. Happy listening!

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Elizabeth has a brace of new Librivox dramas for you today, all from the early modern period (late 16th to early 18th centuries):

  • William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing: One of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, which pairs the young and idealistic lovers (Claudio and Hero) with the older and more cynical Beatrice and Benedick, who love to wage their “merry war” of caustic words with each other. Elizabeth loved reading Beatrice, one of Shakespeare’s wittiest women, in this wonderful play.
  • Elizabeth Cary’s The Tragedy of Mariam: The first drama in English written by a woman, which focuses on the tragic downfall of Mariam, second wife of Herod the Great. Elizabeth reads the role of Salome, Herod’s scheming sister.
  • William D’Avenant and John Dryden’s The Tempest: This Restoration adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest preserves most of the characters from the original play, and adds in more for good measure, including a sister for Miranda, more drunken mariners, singing devils and sea nymphs, and a monstrous sister for Caliban. Elizabeth reprised her role as Prospero’s daughter Miranda (which she also read for LibriVox’s version of Shakespeare’s play).
  • George Farquhar’s The Beaux Stratagem: Two gentlemen of broken fortune, disguised as master and servant, and thinking that a good dowry split both ways would solve their problems; some cludgy highwaymen and their confederates; foxy inn-keeper and saucy daughter; a country home with a drunken squire and his long suffering wife, medicine-practicing Lady, and beautiful daughter. What could possibly go wrong? Elizabeth reads Mrs. Sullen in this witty comedy.

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It’s Free Audio Friday, holiday edition! Today’s featured title is Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel Little Women, which you can download for free from LibriVox. Elizabeth narrates the book and reads the role of Jo March in this dramatic reading, which also features LibriVox favorites Arielle Lipshaw as Meg, Karen Savage as Amy, Kalynda as Beth, Kara Shallenberg as Marmee, Bruce Pirie as Mr. March, and mb as Laurie. The book opens at Christmas, making it a perfect listen for December. The image at left comes from Elizabeth’s favorite old edition of the novel. Happy listening!