Elizabeth is recording a new audiobook of one of her favorite classic novels: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. The book will be available to listeners for free right here. Starting today (April 15, 2020), Elizabeth will post a chapter a day until the book is finished. We hope you’ll listen along, and that you find Anne’s story of hope, love, and imagination a balm for these troubled times.
Happy holidays, everyone! Here are some seasonally-inspired audio recordings for your listening pleasure:
- The Incident at Fives Castle by Clara Benson (set during Hogmanay, Scottish New Year).
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (in which Elizabeth plays the role of Marmee alongside a full cast).
- The Veteran’s Christmas romance series by Rachelle Ayala: A Father For Christmas, A Pet For Christmas, and A Wedding For Christmas.
- O Christmas Tree: a radio play by Mike Murphy (in which Elizabeth plays the title role – yes, really).
- A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – a full cast charitable production by The Online Stage (in which Elizabeth plays Mrs. Cratchit).
- Twelfth Night at Longbourn by Maria Grace.
- The Billionaire’s Christmas Baby by Victoria James.
- “The Night Before Christmas” by Clement Clarke Moore.
- “The Darkling Thrush” by Thomas Hardy.
- “Ring Out, Wild Bells” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.
- “Little Tree” by e.e. cummings.
- “Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry.
- “The Dead” by James Joyce.
- A Christmas Carol – full cast LibriVox recording narrated by Elizabeth.
- Little Women – full cast LibriVox recording narrated by Elizabeth.
Only one more day until Christmas! Today’s free poem is a well-known classic: “A Visit From St. Nicholas” by Clement Clarke Moore, more commonly know as “The Night Before Christmas.” Enjoy it for free right here:
Two more days until Christmas! Today’s free poem is an excerpt from Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s monumental poem In Memoriam AHH, which begins “Ring out, wild bells.” Listen right here:
Three more days until Christmas! Today’s poem is Thomas Hardy’s “The Darkling Thrush,” which you can listen to for free right here:
Elizabeth is counting down to Christmas Day with a series of free holiday poems, which you can stream right here over the next four days. First up is e.e. cummings’ “little tree,” a delightful and sweet poem:
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!
This week is the last Free Audio Friday in the special Halloween vampire series, featuring the conclusion of Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Good Lady Ducayne. You can listen to Part 1 here, as well as the other stories in the series: “Mrs. Amworth” by E.F. Benson, and “Luella Miller” by Mary Wilkins Freeman. Happy Halloween, everyone!
This week’s Free Audio Friday features the first part of Good Lady Ducayne, Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s 19th century vampire novella, which you can listen to below. The conclusion of the story will be posted next week. Braddon, author of the sensation novel Lady Audley’s Secret (which Elizabeth has recorded for LibriVox), portrays a rich and ancient lady who preys upon her youthful companions in this chilling (yet lightly humorous) tale. Be sure to listen to last week’s story, “Luella Miller,” and the previous one as well, “Mrs. Amworth.”
Part 1 runs 37:56. You can read the text of this story online here.