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).

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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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.

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Elizabeth is featuring another of her LibriVox solo recordings for Free Audio Friday this week: The Odd Women by George Gissing (1893). You can download and listen to this novel for free here. This timely book takes on the 19th century “Woman Question” by looking at themes of feminism, marriage, and love. The novel raises these issues through the lives of several contrasting women: Mary Barfoot, a feminist philanthropist who helps train women for careers; her close friend Rhoda Nunn, who believes marriage is a disastrous choice for women; and Monica Madden, who starts out as one of their protegees but chooses to marry a seemingly kind older man. As Monica experiences the challenges of married life, Rhoda finds herself drawn to Mary’s cousin, the charming but apparently profligate Everard. Enjoy!

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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!