glimpses_of_the_moon_1103 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.

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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!

Elizabeth has recorded many solos for LibriVox since starting to volunteer for them in 2007. If you are searching for her most popular solo recordings, here they are, ranked by number of downloads:

1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

3. Emma by Jane Austen.

4. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen.

5. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon.

6. Howards End by E. M. Forster.

7. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen.

8. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs.

9. Persuasion by Jane Austen.

10. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton.

11. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton.

12. Carmilla by J. S. LeFanu.

13. The Children of Odin by Padraic Colum.

14. The Awakening by Kate Chopin.

15. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton.

Happy (free) listening!

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Following on from last week’s featured Free Audio Friday title, Rebecca West’s The Return of the Soldier, Elizabeth is offering another audiobook that helps to commemorate the beginning of World War I: Edith Wharton’s memoir Fighting France. This is Elizabeth’s solo recording for LibriVox, and is one of many Wharton books that she has recorded; take a look at the Credits page to see the full list. Wharton was an American writer (and is well known for her novels The Age of Innocence and The House of Mirth), but spent a good portion of her adult life in France. When the war started in 1914, she obtained permission to visit sites behind the lines, including hospitals, ravaged villages, and trenches. Fighting France records her experiences traveling across the country in the first two years of the war, and celebrates the bravery and spirit of the French people. Highly recommended!