Elizabeth’s latest release is a new production from The Online Stage: a full-cast dramatic reading of Virginia Woolf’s classic novel Mrs. Dalloway, now available at Audible. Elizabeth narrates alongside a stellar cast, including Lillian Rachel as Clarissa Dalloway, Rob Goll as Peter Walsh, Josh Innerst as Septimus Warren Smith, and Nancy Peterson as Rezia Warren Smith.
Woolf’s 1925 novel takes place over the course of a single June day in the lives of some very different Londoners: wealthy society hostess Clarissa Dalloway, who is preparing for a party; her old friend Peter Walsh, recently returned from India, whose proposal of marriage Clarissa rejected years ago; Septimus Warren Smith, a WWI veteran suffering from shell shock; and his Italian-born wife, Rezia, who is trying to care for him as best she can. Woolf’s beautiful prose captures the minds and souls of these vivid characters, who exist simultaneously in a fractured present and in their pasts, as well as the beating heart of a city and a nation still reeling from the cataclysm of the Great War.
Elizabeth’s latest release is Lady Grace, part of the “Ladies of Disgrace” series by romance writer Vicki Hopkins. This historical novel, set during World War I, is now available at Audible.
As a young woman of 21, Grace did not think it unusual to marry a man of 40. Although she wed a kind and respectful individual, something remained absent from their relationship. Before she could fully understand her growing despondency and restless emotions, England declared war on Germany. Like a jigsaw puzzle turned upside down, the pieces of Grace’s life scatter in different directions. When her husband leaves for France to fight for his king and country, Grace is left behind to face years of loneliness, temptation, and loss. After the declaration of peace, the picture puzzle of her life is reassembled, but paints a vastly different scene than it did before.
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!