If you have been reading this blog for a while, you know how much I love listening to Radio Drama and Audio Books. In the past I have recommended Librivox for volunteer recorded classics in the public domain. The only thing I don’t like about their site is all the books are listed alphabetically in this huge, long list. (I prefer to have things broken down into smaller, organized bits). So, I subscribe to them with my Google Reader account. Then I see the new releases as they are posted, and bookmark the ones that sound interesting to listen to later. The newest release is “Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates”- an old favorite of mine – extra special because of it’s setting in the country of my heritage, Holland. If you would like some good, seasonal listening, check out thse links…
Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates
The Bird’s Christmas Carol
Christmas Short Works Collection 2007
Also, here are a few of my favorites I have listened to in the past few months…
Lady Audley’s Secret
“Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s first novel, Lady Audley’s Secret, was one of the most popular English novels of its day. Published serially in 1862, it tells the story of the lovely Lucy Graham, who becomes Lady Audley at the beginning of the novel, and who conceals a scandalous secret from her new husband and his family… It remains one of the best examples of 19th century sensational fiction, and is a wonderfully absorbing book.”
I gave this book to Joanna for Christmas.
“Fanny Herself is the story of Fanny Brandeis, a sensitive, young Jewish girl coming of age in the Midwest at the turn of the 20th century. Fanny’s inner struggle between her compassionate, artistic side and her desire for financial independence as a successful young businesswoman is the recurring theme of the novel. Ferber’s engaging style of writing will quickly draw you into her story. “
And this was the one I chose for Elise.