Fans of British costume dramas about royalty (such as Wolf Hall and the new Netflix release The Crown) will enjoy today’s Free Audio Friday audiobook: Elizabeth’s solo recording of The Fifth Queen, a novel about Katharine Howard, by Ford Madox Ford. You can download this book for free at LibriVox here.
The Fifth Queen trilogy is a series of connected historical novels by English novelist Ford Madox Ford. It consists of three novels, The Fifth Queen; And How She Came to Court (1906), Privy Seal (1907) and The Fifth Queen Crowned (1908), which present a highly fictionalized account of Katharine Howard’s marriage to King Henry VIII.
Happy Halloween, everyone! Elizabeth hopes you’ve enjoyed her recordings of classic vampire stories this past month – and is featuring one more free audio recording in celebration of the holiday today. Christina Rossetti’s poem Goblin Market is a creepy tale of supernatural temptation, desire, and sacrifice. Elizabeth made this recording for LibriVox as part of a longer collection of Rossetti’s poetry, which you can listen to here. You can stream Goblin Market for free right here. Enjoy!
Kate Chopin’s 1899 novella is about the personal, sexual, and artistic awakening of a young wife and mother, Edna Pontellier. While on vacation at Grand Isle, an island in the Gulf of Mexico, Edna befriends the talented pianist Mlle. Reisz and the sympathetic Robert Lebrun, both of whom will influence her startling life choices. Chopin’s novel created a scandal upon its original publication and effectively destroyed her writing career. Now, however, it is considered one of the finest American novels of the 19th century.
Elizabeth is on an Edith Wharton kick lately – so this week for Free Audio Friday, it’s her LibriVox recording of The Glimpses of the Moon (1922), an excellent novel about an unusual marriage. You can listen to this book for free via the LibriVox site or app.
Nick and Susy Lansing live a decadent life in Europe by sponging off wealthy friends. They marry out of convenience and have an “open” relationship, but are unprepared for where their feelings will take them.
Elizabeth is starting up her Free Audio Friday posts again – to promote titles from her free LibriVox recordings, and to offer new recordings on this site. Today’s title is Elizabeth’s LibriVox recording of Edith Wharton’s classic 1905 novel of manners The House of Mirth. Listen for free here. The book is about 29-year-old socialite Lily Bart, who is “on the hunt for a rich husband” but drawn irresistibly toward Lawrence Selden, a man with little money but who represents the intellectual freedom to which Lily aspires. Wharton’s beautiful novel established her as a major voice in American fiction. Happy Friday, and happy listening!
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:
Elizabeth is excited to announce that her newest LibriVox solo recording, A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett, is now finished and available for download! Go here to listen to this book for free. This children’s classic, written by the author of The Secret Garden, is about Sara Crewe and her adventures at Miss Minchin’s boarding school in London. Elizabeth has also narrated and read the role of Martha in Burnett’s The Secret Garden as part of a LibriVox dramatic production; go here to listen. Elizabeth’s next solo recording for LibriVox will be Virginia Woolf’s Night and Day.
Elizabeth is excited to announce (at long last) the release of her latest solo recording for LibriVox: The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James. Go here to listen now. James’ 1881 novel chronicles the search for personal freedom waged by Isabel Archer, a spirited young American woman abroad in Europe. Isabel resists marriage, but finds herself drawn to Gilbert Osmond, a fellow American expatriate living in Rome. This is an exquisitely detailed novel, one of James’ best. Elizabeth has previously recorded two other Henry James novels as solos for LibriVox: What Maisie Knew and The Turn of the Screw.
For 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: