marywilkinsfreeman Once again, it’s Free Audio Friday, special Halloween edition! Following on last week’s free recording of “Mrs. Amworth,” this week’s free vampire audio story is “Luella Miller” by Mary Wilkins Freeman. This story was selected by Amanda DeWees and recorded by Elizabeth. Click below to listen to this unsettling story about an alluring but dangerous woman in a small New England town.

“Luella Miller” runs 35:20. You can read the text online here.

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It’s Free Audio Friday, special Halloween edition! Elizabeth will be featuring new free recordings of vampire stories every Friday in the month of October. This week’s story is “Mrs. Amworth” by E.F. Benson, a creepy tale of a seemingly normal English village invaded by the undead.

Elizabeth’s choice of material for these vampire stories was inspired by this post by author Amanda DeWees, with whom Elizabeth has worked on the audio versions of several Gothic romance novels: With This Curse, Cursed Once More, and Nocturne For a Widow. Elizabeth and Amanda will collaborate in 2017 on the sequel to Nocturne For a Widow as well!

“Mrs. Amworth” runs 38:18. You can read the text online here.

awakening_the_1003 It’s Free Audio Friday, special Banned Books Week edition! Celebrate your freedom to read this week by listening to Elizabeth’s LibriVox recording of The Awakening by Kate Chopin. This book is on the list of frequently challenged classics, which contains many other amazing and influential works.

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.

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!

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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Elizabeth and her fellow rhapsodes at Rhapsodize Audio have a new release for you today: The Imagist Revolution, a collection of early 20th century poetry by T. S. Eliot, William Faulkner, Agatha Christie, Ezra Pound, Richard Aldington, Hilda Doolittle (H.D.), Amy Lowell, and William Carlos Williams. Elizabeth performs seven poems by H.D. as part of this collection. Rhapsodize Audio produces free recordings of poetry, and they have released some amazing collections. Elizabeth is working on her first solo rhapsody, which should be coming soon, so stay tuned!

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).