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  1. 9.4 hrs • Feb/12/2017 • Unabridged

    Catherine Morland, a clergyman’s daughter, longs for the kind of romantic adventures she has read about in her favorite Gothic novels. After spending a season mingling with fashionable high society in Bath, she is invited to stay at Northanger Abbey where nothing is what it seems.

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    Northanger Abbey and The History of England

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    9.4 hrs • Feb/12/2017 • Unabridged
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  2. 6.0 hrs • Jan/20/2017 • Unabridged

    Alison Larkin selects and introduces fairytales of strong, independent, brave, at times irreverent girls and women who take charge of their lives, go on their own adventures, rescue themselves and sometimes even save the men they love. These are not stories of helpless females shut up in high towers waiting around for a handsome man to rescue them while they sleep for years or from brushing their golden hair a lot. These heroines have far more to distinguish them than the fact that they (sometimes) end up married to a prince.Stories included: The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, Molly Whuppie and the Double-faced Giant by Flora Annie Steel, A Pottle of Brains by Joseph Jacobs, Cap O’ Rushes by Joseph Jacobs, Hansel and Gretel by the Brothers Grimm, Mr. Fox by Joseph Jacobs, Clever Grethel by the Brothers Grimm, Kari Woodengown by P.C. Absjornsen, The Twelve Dancing Princesses by the Brothers Grimm, Felicia and the Pot of Pinks by Madame la Comtesse d’Aulnoy, The Iron Stove by Miss Mulock, The Hedley Kow by Joseph Jacobs, The Six Sillies by Monsieur Lemoine, Baba Yaga a Russian folk tale re-told by Verra Xenophontovna Kalamatiano De Blumenthal, The Old Woman in the Woods by the Brothers Grimm, The Idle Spinner by the Brothers Grimm, The Twelve Brothers by the Brothers Grimm, Frederick and Catherine by the Brothers Grimm, Little Red Cap by the Brothers Grimm, Beauty and The Beast by Marie Le Prince de Beaumont.

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  3. 9.6 hrs • Oct/31/2016 • Unabridged

    Amory and Milo plan to quietly winter in Italy. But Amory receives an urgent summons to the English countryside. There, Amory and Milo are surprised to discover a group of guests have been invited, led by socialite Isobel Van Allen. Isobel has returned to England after years of social exile to write a sequel to her scandalous first book. Her second incriminating volume, she warns the house’s occupants-all of whom were present when one of their companions was killed years ago-will tell everything that really happened that fateful night. But some bones are meant to stay buried, and when a desperate person turns to murder, it’s up to Amory and Milo to sort through a web lies to uncover the truth.

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    A Most Novel Revenge

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    9.6 hrs • Oct/31/2016 • Unabridged
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  4. 13.5 hrs • Oct/27/2016 • Unabridged

    Jane Austen’s most famous novel, Pride and Prejudice is brought to sparkling new life in this “wonderful, unforgettable” recording from AudioFile Earphones award-winning narrator Alison Larkin.Always a witty and original voice, Alison Larkin follows her narration of Pride and Prejudice with songs from Regency England, to give the listener a sense of what after dinner family entertainment might have sounded like in Jane Austen’s time.Recorded in a drawing room not unlike the Bennets’, a young lady who sounds suspiciously like Mary Bennet sings The Lonely Ash Grove, Ye Banks and Braes, and Down by the Salley Gardens, making up in vocal enthusiasm what she lacks in polish.

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    Pride and Prejudice with Songs from Regency England

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    13.5 hrs • Oct/27/2016 • Unabridged
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  5. 13.5 hrs • Oct/11/2016 • Unabridged

    A brand-new anthology of stories inspired by the Arthur Conan Doyle canonIn this follow-up to the acclaimed In the Company of Sherlock Holmes, expert Sherlockians Laurie King and Leslie Klinger put forth the question: What happens when great writers/creators who are not known as Sherlock Holmes devotees admit to being inspired by Conan Doyle stories? While some are highly regarded mystery writers, others are best known for their work in the fields of fantasy or science fiction. All of these talented authors, however, share a great admiration for Arthur Conan Doyle and his greatest creations, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.To the editors’ great delight, these stories go in many directions. Some explore the spirit of Holmes himself; others tell of detectives inspired by Holmes’ adventures or methods. A young boy becomes a detective; a young woman sharpens her investigative skills; an aging actress and a housemaid each find that they have unexpected talents. Other characters from the Holmes stories are explored, and even non-Holmesian tales by Conan Doyle are echoed. The variations are endless!Although not a formal collection of new Sherlock Holmes stories, some entries do fit that mold while others were inspired by the Conan Doyle canon. The results are breathtaking, for fans of Holmes and Watson as well as listeners new to Doyle’s writing.

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  6. 6.9 hrs • Sep/20/2016 • Unabridged

    New York Times bestselling author M. C. Beaton’s beloved Agatha Raisin is back on a case and poking around where she doesn’t belong.When Agatha Raisin left behind her public-relations business in London, she fulfilled her dream of settling in the cozy British Cotswolds where she began a successful private detective agency. Unfortunately, the village she lives in is about to get a little less cozy. Lord Bellington, a wealthy land developer, wants to turn the community garden into a housing estate. When Agatha and her friend Sir Charles Fraith attempt to convince Lord Bellington to abandon his plans, he scoffs, “Do you think I give a damn about those pesky villagers?” So when Agatha finds his obituary in the newspaper two weeks later, it’s no surprise that some people in town are feeling celebratory.The villagers are relieved to learn that Bellington’s son and heir, Damian, has no interest in continuing his father’s development plans. But the police are definitely interested in him—as suspect number one. His father’s death, it seems, was no accident. But when Damian hires Agatha to find the real killer, she finds no shortage of suspects.The good news is that a handsome, retired detective named Gerald has recently moved to town. Too bad he was seen kissing another newcomer. But when that woman is also found murdered, Gerald is eager to help Agatha with the case. Agatha, Gerald, and her team of detectives must untangle a web of contempt in order to uncover a killer’s identity.Pushing Up Daisies continues the tradition of this beloved mystery series.

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    Pushing Up Daisies

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    6.9 hrs • Sep/20/2016 • Unabridged
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  7. 10.2 hrs • Jul/11/2016 • Unabridged

    Jane Austen’s last novel, “Persuasion,” tells the story of Anne Elliot and Frederick Wentworth. Seven years after Anne rejects the man she loves after a family friend persuades her that he isn’t a good enough match for her, Frederick Wentworth returns to England looking for a wife.Jane Austen completed the manuscript of “Persuasion” in the summer of 1816. It was not published until after her death.Jane Austen’s poems were mostly occasional, light comic verses written to celebrate events, like a marriage or the birth of a child, to entertain family and friends.This delightful selection, with an introduction by Alison Larkin, ranges from “This Little Bag,” which Austen wrote on a tiny piece of paper placed in the pocket of a tiny bag she gave to her niece on Christmas night 1792, to “When Winchester Races,” written in July 1817, just three days before her death.

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    Persuasion and Poems

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    10.2 hrs • Jul/11/2016 • Unabridged
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  8. 11.6 hrs • Jun/07/2016 • Unabridged

    Ever since Beth Bradley found her way into a hidden London, the presence of its ruthless goddess, Mater Viae, has lurked in the background. Now Mater Viae has returned with deadly consequences. Streets are wracked by convulsions as muscles of wire and pipe go into spasm, bunching the city into a crippled new geography; pavements flare to thousand-degree fevers, incinerating pedestrians; and towers fall, their foundations decayed. As the city sickens, so does Beth—her essence now part of this secret London. But when it is revealed that Mater Viae's plans for dominion stretch far beyond the borders of the city, Beth must make a choice: flee, or sacrifice her city in order to save it.

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    Our Lady of the Streets

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    11.6 hrs • Jun/07/2016 • Unabridged
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  9. 3.1 hrs • Jun/02/2016 • Unabridged

    Alice in Wonderland and Jabberwocky are brought to sparkling new life in this brilliant recording by internationally acclaimed comedienne Alison Larkin, and Audie Award–winning narrator Derek Perkins.The recordings are followed by a short excerpt from the Life and Letters of Lewis Carroll, by Carroll’s nephew Stuart Dodgson Collingwood.

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    Alice in Wonderland and Jabberwocky

    3.1 hrs • Jun/02/2016 • Unabridged
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  10. 3.8 hrs • May/23/2016 • Unabridged

    Lewis Carroll’s sequel to Alice in Wonderland brilliantly captures a young girl’s feelings about growing up in a nonsensical world. Through the Looking Glass is followed by “Phantasmagoria”—a humorous poem about a little ghost who finds himself haunting the wrong building.

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    Through the Looking Glass and “Phantasmagoria”

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    3.8 hrs • May/23/2016 • Unabridged
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  11. 6.6 hrs • May/22/2016 • Unabridged

    Peter Pan“All children, except one, grow up.” When Peter flies into the Darling home looking for his shadow, he teaches Wendy, John, and Michael how to fly with him back to the island of Neverland. There they embark on an awfully big adventure.The Inconsiderate WaiterIn the world of the Victorian Club, it does not do for a gentleman to be seen to take an interest in any member of the working class. How dreadfully inconvenient then, when the narrator’s waiter begins to display alarming tendencies towards having a personality and feelings of his own. The last thing any respectable gentleman should do is permit himself to be drawn into this dubious world—let alone entertain emotions such as interest or empathy for a member of the lower class.

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    Peter Pan and The Inconsiderate Waiter

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    6.6 hrs • May/22/2016 • Unabridged
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  12. 8.9 hrs • May/22/2016 • Unabridged

    Award-winning narrator Alison Larkin's reading of Agatha Christie’s second novel, The Secret Adversary, set in London in 1919, received glowing reviews.. Publishers Weekly said "her performance captures that sense of carefree enthusiasm for life before the crash. Her reading is champagne bubbly and engaging throughout. A jaunty, jolly good listen." "Alison Larkin's crisp, clear narration helps to conjure up the feeling of a bygone era when the class system was at the core of British society. The result is an easy listen of a classic tale of detection." Audiofile Magazine. The Great War is over, and the roaring '20s are just on the horizon in London. Tommy and Tuppence are charming, broke and in desperate need of work. They decide to set up Young Adventurers Ltd. —”willing to do anything, go anywhere.” They are soon caught up in a dastardly plot to overthrow the government.

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    The Secret Adversary

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    8.9 hrs • May/22/2016 • Unabridged
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  13. 6.0 hrs • May/22/2016 • Unabridged

    The Princess and the Goblin, first published in 1872, was one of the very first fantasy novels and had a strong influence on the work of Lewis Carroll, C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien. It is loved by fans of fantasy fiction to this day. Eight-year-old Princess Irene lives in a remote mountainous region with no one but her nursemaid for company. Then she meets a mysterious old woman and Curdie, a young miner. Meanwhile, deep in the heart of the earth beneath her lurk grotesque and hideous creatures seeking vengeance against human kind.The Goblin and the Grocer by Hans Christian Andersen is a short fairy story about a very different sort of goblin who must choose between poetry and an edible Christmas treat.Hailed by The Times (London) as “hugely entertaining,” award-winning narrator Alison Larkin uses her wide range of voices to bring these powerful, delightful classics to a brand new audience.

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  14. 0.1 hrs • May/21/2016 • Unabridged

    The night before his fifth birthday, a young boy who can't wait to grow up receives a visit from the Birthday Dinosaur. Together they fly off on a magical adventure, high above the earth. This magical, written and read by award winning narrator and bestselling author of The English American Alison Larkin was created specially for audio. With music by Ravel, Faure, Schoenberg, Debussy, and Wagner, performed by Sara Edelstein and arranged by Jason Brown.

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    The Birthday Dinosaur

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    0.1 hrs • May/21/2016 • Unabridged
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  15. 13.3 hrs • May/20/2016 • Unabridged

    Jane Austen’s most famous novel, Pride and Prejudice, is brought to sparkling life in this new unabridged recording by AudioFile earphones award winning narrator Alison Larkin. A witty and always original voice, Alison Larkin is the perfect vessel to bring Jane Austen’s classically satirical second novel to a new American audience. This fresh and hugely entertaining reading from the English American joined with Austen’s deft satire, results in pure, boundless FUN. Cover illustration by New Yorker cartoonist William Hamilton.

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  16. 16.8 hrs • May/20/2016 • Unabridged

    Following the runaway success of her stunning rendition of Pride and Prejudice, award-winning narrator Alison Larkin returns—breathing new life into Jane Austen’s Emma. Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the book, Larkin—a witty and always original voice—is the perfect vessel to bring this classically satirical novel to a new audience. A fresh and hugely entertaining listen, Larkin, also an acclaimed comedienne and the bestselling author of The English American, joins her voice deftly with Austen’s clever style and the result is pure boundless fun.

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    Emma

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    16.8 hrs • May/20/2016 • Unabridged
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