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6.0 hrs • Mar/21/2017 • 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.Available Formats: Download13.5 hrs • Mar/21/2017 • 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.Available Formats: Download13.5 hrs • Mar/21/2017 • UnabridgedCDAlso: Download16.8 hrs • Mar/21/2017 • 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.Available Formats: Download8.9 hrs • Mar/21/2017 • 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.Available Formats: Download6.6 hrs • Mar/21/2017 • 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.Available Formats: Download6.0 hrs • Mar/21/2017 • 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.Available Formats: Download6.0 hrs • Mar/21/2017 • UnabridgedCDAlso: Download3.8 hrs • Mar/21/2017 • 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.Available Formats: Download3.1 hrs • Mar/21/2017 • 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.Available Formats: Download10.2 hrs • Mar/21/2017 • 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.Available Formats: Download44.8 hrs • Dec/31/2016 • Unabridged
Gothic master Edgar Allan Poe’s complete works are collected in this multivolume set by Blackstone Audio. Here are his short stories, detective fiction, and poems in all their mysterious and macabre glory. Also included are Poe’s literary reviews and editorial musings, comprising an often caustic analysis of the poetry, drama, and fiction of the period. This collection includes Poe’s famous stories “The Masque of the Red Death,” “The Pit and the Pendulum,” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.” Poe’s poetry features prominently in this collection, with well-known classics such as “The Raven,” “Annabel Lee,” and “Lenore” presented alongside lesser-known works like “Eulalie” and “The Conqueror Worm.” Poe fans will be treated to his fearless and acerbic analysis of then-modern works, a practice earning him the reputation as a “tomahawk man” in artistic circles.Available Formats: Download, MP3 CD, Digital Rental6.1 hrs • Dec/06/2016 • Unabridged
In 1904, Great Britain was at the height of its prosperity; but G. K. Chesterton saw the drudgery of capitalism and bureaucracy eating away at the eccentricity and spontaneity of the human spirit. In The Napoleon of Notting Hill, his first novel, Chesterton creates a witty satire of staid government, set in a London of the future. Auberon Quin, a common clerk who looks like a cross between a baby and an owl and is often seen standing on his head, is one day told that he has been randomly selected to be His Majesty the King. He decides to turn London into a medieval carnival for his own amusement—with delightful results.Available Formats: Download, MP3 CD, Digital Rental4.4 hrs • Nov/22/2016 • Audio Theater
This delightful collection of children’s stories is perfect listening for the whole family. Featured are four beloved stories to entice your imagination, including A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, The Bell by Hans Christian Andersen, and Snow White by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm.Each story is performed by a full cast of voice actors with sound effects and music.Available Formats: Download, MP3 CD, Digital RentalCDAlso: Download, MP3 CD, Digital Rental1.0 hrs • Nov/22/2016 • Audio Theater
In this classic tale of good and evil, Snow White is pursued by a revengeful Queen who is jealous of her natural beauty and goodness. When the Queen learns of Snow White’s hiding place with the Dwarfs in the woods, she prepares a plan to poison her with an apple.Join Snow White as she journeys into the world of the Evil Queen, Udo the Huntsman, the Magic Mirror, the Prince, Deidre the Dove, Albrecht the Owl, and the Deep Dark Woods.Directed by Laura Van Veen and featuring Georgia Lee Schultz as Snow White and Mary Ellen Herder as the Evil Queen, this dramatized version features a full cast of characters, music, and sound effects.Available Formats: Download, MP3 CD, Digital Rental4.1 hrs • Nov/15/2016 • Unabridged
Often described as an alchemical allegory, John Crowley instead decided this is “the first science fiction novel.” After all, “it’s fiction; it’s about the possibilities of a science; and it’s a novel.” No matter what else it might be, it’s definitely one of the great outlandish stories in Western literature.Available Formats: Download, MP3 CD, Digital Rental2.5 hrs • Oct/25/2016 • Unabridged
Only a bear like Paddington could find himself taking a driving test by mistake, becoming a model at an art school, or being sawed in half at a magic show. No matter what adventures await, Paddington always comes through with flying colors.First published in 1979, Paddington Takes the Test is the seventh novel by Michael Bond chronicling the adventures of this classic character. Paddington has warmed the hearts of generations of readers with his earnest good intentions and humorous misadventures.Available Formats: Download, MP3 CD14.4 hrs • Jul/05/2016 • Unabridged
First published in 1935, when Americans were still largely oblivious to the rise of Hitler in Europe, this prescient novel tells a cautionary tale about the fragility of democracy and offers an alarming, eerily timeless look at how fascism could take hold in America. Doremus Jessup, a newspaper editor, is dismayed to find that many of the people he knows support presidential candidate Berzelius Windrip. The suspiciously fascist Windrip is offering to save the nation from sex, crime, welfare cheats, and a liberal press. But after Windrip wins the election, dissent soon becomes dangerous for Jessup. Windrip forcibly gains control of Congress and the Supreme Court and, with the aid of his personal paramilitary storm troopers, turns the United States into a totalitarian state.Available Formats: Download, MP3 CD, Digital RentalLoading more titles...
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