image Elizabeth is very excited to announce the release of her latest audiobook: Remember the Past by Maria Grace, now available at Audible! This wonderful re-imagining of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is Elizabeth’s second collaboration with Maria, following her narration of Twelfth Night at Longbourn. You can read a sample chapter of the book at the author’s site, and listen to a sample of the audiobook at Audible.

Elizabeth Bennet’s father, Admiral Thomas Bennet, assures his daughters his retirement from His Majesty’s Navy will be the start of a new life for them all. Little does he know his family’s battles have only just begun. Well connected and in possession of a good fortune, their entry into society should have been a triumph. However their long-awaited first season in London proves a disaster, and the resulting scandal sends the Bennets fleeing to the wilds of Derbyshire.

Widower Fitzwilliam Darcy, the master of Pemberley, wants for nothing, most especially not a wife. From the moment the Bennets arrive in Derbyshire, Darcy’s neatly ordered life turns upside down. His sons beg to keep company with his new playmates, the young Bennet twins. His mother-in-law sets her cap for Admiral Bennet. Worst of all Darcy cannot get his mind off a certain bewitching Miss Elizabeth Bennet, but she has sworn never to let another gentleman near her heart. Darcy’s best efforts to befriend and assist the Bennet family go horribly awry, alienating first Miss Elizabeth and then her father and finally endangering what both men hold most dear. Can the two men Elizabeth loves most set aside their pride to prevent catastrophe for their families and win the love they seek?

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!

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).

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!

persuasionwinslow Elizabeth is excited to announce the release of her latest audiobook: The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen by Shannon Winslow, now available at Audible. This wonderful adaptation of Austen’s final completed novel, Persuasion, applies the story to Austen’s own romantic life. Elizabeth loved narrating this book and providing the voice of Jane Austen.

For every fan who has wished Jane Austen herself might have enjoyed the romance and happy ending she so carefully crafted for all her heroines: The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen, by Shannon Winslow. What if the tale Jane Austen told in her last, most poignant novel was inspired by momentous events in her own life? While creating Persuasion, Jane Austen also kept a private journal in which she recorded the story behind the story, her real-life romance with a navy captain of her own. The parallel could only go so far, however. As author of her characters’ lives, but not her own, Jane Austen made sure to fashion a second chance and happy ending for Anne and Captain Wentworth. Then, with her novel complete and her health failing, she prepared her simple will and resigned herself to never seeing the love of her life again. Yet fate, it seems, wasn’t quite finished with her. Nor was Captain Devereaux. The official record says that Jane Austen died at 41, having never been married. But what if that’s only what she wanted people to believe? It’s time she, through her own private journal, revealed the rest of her story.


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For Free Audio Friday this week, in anticipation of the forthcoming release of her recording of Shannon Winslow’s wonderful novel The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen, Elizabeth is featuring her LibriVox recording of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. You can download and listen to the book here. This is Austen’s final completed novel, published posthumously in 1817. The heroine, Anne Elliot, is considered past her prime at 27, and still regrets the dissolution of her engagement to the dashing Captain Frederick Wentworth eight years ago. When Anne and Wentworth encounter each other again, will they be able to rekindle their romance? This is probably Elizabeth’s favorite Austen novel – so happy listening! And stay tuned for the release of Shannon Winslow’s adaptation of the novel to Jane Austen’s own life, due soon at Audible.

The image is from the wonderful 1995 film version of Persuasion, with Amanda Root as Anne and Ciaran Hinds as Wentworth.