American Empress: The Life and Times of Marjorie Merriweather Post by Nancy Rubin Stuart

Category : Bios & Memoirs
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Engaging
Performance Notes
A sweeping social history about one of America's most beautiful, wealthy, and generous heiresses, the "Duchess of Washington, DC" and the "Queen of Palm Beach", a friend to the crowned heads of Europe as well as to American presidents, first ladies, senators, and diplomats. The daughter of breakfast-cereal magnate C.W. Post, Marjorie Post's story traces her rise from her middle-class Midwestern roots to the pinnacle of America's high society. Along the way she married four times, anonymously gave thousands of dollars to widows, students, and soldiers, and earned the respect of hundreds of people for her charity, wit, and charm.

Guarding the Secrets by Ellen Harris

Category : Nonfiction
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Informed
Performance Notes
Guarding the Secrets recounts the terror-stricken life and murder of 16-year-old Tina Isa, who was condemned by her other family members for becoming Americanized, before her father, an accused Palestinian terrorist, murdered her in November 1989. The killing was recorded by accident due to the FBI having bugged the house in an attempt to prove the father's ties to terrorism. The events leading up to the murder are expertly told by author Ellen Harris, including Tina's older sisters urging their father to kill their younger sister.

A Murder in My Hometown by Rebecca Morris

Category : Nonfiction
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Straightforward
Performance Notes
On a fall evening in Corvallis, Oregon, in 1967, 17-year-old Dick Kitchel, a senior at the high school, disappeared after attending a party. Ten days later, his body was spotted by two children as it floated down the Willamette River. He had been beaten and strangled. The investigation into his murder played out during one of the most dramatic years in America. Life in Corvallis, a college town, had offered a protective, idyllic life to many. But in 1967 to '68, Vietnam, a presidential campaign, the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert Kennedy, and the murder of Dick Kitchel changed that. His friends thought his death was ignored because Dick was from the wrong side of the tracks. Police and the district attorney thought they knew who had murdered the boy but never made an arrest. Decades later, a cold-case detective believed he, too, had solved the case. However, once again, justice was elusive. Now, nearly 50 years later, a classmate, New York Times best-selling author Rebecca Morris, returns to her hometown to write about how the murder changed the town and the lives of Dick Kitchel's friends.

A Special Kind of Evil: The Colonial Parkway Serial Killings by Blaine Pardoe and Victoria Hestor

Category : Nonfiction
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Articulate
Performance Notes
The Colonial Parkway Murders - the name given eight murders that took place in the Tidewater region in the late 1980s, two of which were on the historic Colonial Parkway, the nation’s narrowest National Park. Young people in the prime of their lives were the targets. But the pattern that stitched this special kind of evil together was more like a spider web of theory, intrigue, and mathematics. Then, mysteriously, the killing spree stopped. The nameless predator, or predators, who stalked the Colonial Parkway stepped back into the mists of time and disappeared. Now, father-daughter true crime authors Blaine Pardoe and Victoria Hester blow the dust off of these cases. Interviewing members of the families, friends, and members of law enforcement, they provide the first and most complete in-depth look at this string of horrific murders and disappearances. The author-investigators peel back the rumors and myths surrounding these crimes and provide new information never before revealed about the investigations.

Men I'm Not Married To by Dorothy Parker

Category : Classics
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Comedic/great comic timing
Performance Notes
In this story, by American writer Dorothy Parker, a woman gives a laundry list of men she's not married to. She also convincingly states the reasons why she is not and would not want to be married to the various men. Parker's wit and humor shine through as the eccentricities and foibles of the men are described.

She is Evil! Madness and Murder in Memphis by Judith A. Yates

Category : Nonfiction
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Storyteller
Performance Notes
"That woman is evil. She is evil!" Ejaz Ahmad was handsome, charismatic, and a self-made businessman. He arrived in the United States from Pakistan determined to fulfill his mother's dying wish: to come to America, complete his education, and make his mark in the world. Settling in Memphis, Tennessee, Ejaz became owner of several businesses, father to a handsome boy, and a devout Muslim. The only thing missing in his life was a wife, someone special to protect, honor, and love. Leah Ward was a pretty girl, but a prison parolee with a history of drug charges, petty crime, and a questionable past. She led a flotsam life, drifting from town to city to state. When she was introduced to Ejaz Ahmad, she believed she had found the ultimate answer: a place to live, someone to take care of her, and money to spend. But what began idyllic soon became abusive and then dangerous for Ejaz. His friends and family warned him. And in May of 2003, Ejaz paid the ultimate price when family members found his mutilated body in a shed. She is Evil is a story of trust, abuse, religion, and murder. Of a kind man who tried to help a troubled woman and became the victim of abuse and, eventually, a heinous murder.

The Bedwarmer's Son by Caryl McAdoo

Category : Romance
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-Southern
Vocal Style : Storyteller
Performance Notes
What if Abel had killed Cain, but there was no jury of his peers? In 1928 Georgia, a black man who kills a white man is automatically guilty, but the bedwarmer's son, an ex-slave, is no normal black man. And the dead white man is his half-brother. Once his lily-white lawyer lady learns the truth, everything changes. Can she save him from swinging? Will the bedwarmer murder the one she's been bought to serve? From the antebellum South, come travel the dusty trails of Jim Crowe Dalton, Georgia, with slave and master, saint and sinner. See if God is really big enough, if he truly cares about his children. McAdoo has done it again, this time in a brand new way. A delightful morsel for the palates of Christian listeners world round.

Behind Her Special Agent Badge: Murder, Mayhem, and Life in the Florida Department of Law Enforcement by Floy Turner and Sherrie Clark

Category : Bios & Memoirs
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-Southern
Vocal Style : Engaging
Performance Notes
Floy Turner is back, but this time she's knee-deep in murder, kidnappings, and burglaries. Leaving behind her Florida Highway Patrol Trooper hat and Miami's highways and byways, she dives into the world of high-level criminal investigations. Not only does she love it, but she finds she has a real knack for it. In this sequel to the best-seller Behind Her Miami Badge, Turner takes on the role of special agent in the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Florida's premier law enforcement agency. With an innate passion for justice, she and her teams don't stop as they hunt down those perpetrators who threaten the public she swore to protect. As a result, serial murderers, robbers, and burglars, as well as dangerous fugitives, drug dealers, and human traffickers discover that they can run, but they can't hide with Turner hot on their trails. Strap yourself in and get ready to embark on a roller-coaster ride as Behind Her Special Agent Badge drops you behind the crime-scene tape before racing you through loops of gripping action with peaks of humor sprinkled in along the way.

A Dream of the Twenty-First Century by Winnifred Harper Cooley.

Category : Science Fiction & Fantasy
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Versatile
Performance Notes
Not long after the beginning of the 20th century, a woman has a dream about what she imagines the 21st century will bring. This utopian fiction piece was written by Winnifred Harper Cooley in 1902. Cooley is best known for her book The New Womanhood. Cooley's mother, Ida Husted Harper, was an author, a journalist, and a prominent figure in the United States' women's suffrage movement.

Black Cloud: The Deadly Hurricane of 1928 by Eliot Kleinberg.

Category : History
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Professorial
Performance Notes
The deadly hurricane of 1928 claimed 2500 lives, and the long-forgotten story of the casualties, as told in Black Cloud, continues to stir passion. Among the dead were 700 black Floridian men, women, and children who were buried in an unmarked West Palm Beach ditch during a racist recovery and rebuilding effort that conscripted the labor of blacks much like latter-day slaves. Palm Beach Post reporter Eliot Kleinberg has penned this gripping tale from dozens of interviews with survivors, diary entries, accounts from newspapers, government documents, and reports from the National Weather Service and the Red Cross. Immortalized in Zora Neale Hurston's classic Their Eyes Were Watching God, thousands of poor blacks had nowhere to run when the waters of Lake Okeechobee rose. No one spoke for them, no one stood up for them, and no one could save them. With heroic tales of survival and loss, this book finally gives the dead the dignity they deserve. The new, updated edition of this important book is published by the Florida Historical Society Press.

Behind Her Miami Badge: Undercover, the Cocaine Wars, and Life in the Fast Lane by Floy Turner and Sherrie Clark.

Category : Bios & Memoirs
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-Southern
Vocal Style : Storyteller
Performance Notes
Miami's vice cops, move over. There's a new sheriff in town, rather a feisty Florida Highway Patrol Trooper named Floy Turner, who juggles motherhood with fighting crime. With refreshing authenticity and transparency, Turner doesn't hold back as she tells her stranger-than-fiction, true-to-life anecdotes of what goes on behind the badge in drug-ridden 1980s Miami when cocaine was king and her town housed one of the major drug hubs in the country. Whether it's Turner's first night on patrol facing the barrel of a gun, the bloodiest day in FBI History, hilarious undercover assignments, conversing with infamous serial killer Aileen Wournos, personally and professionally experiencing the wrath of Hurricane Andrew, and fighting the Miami cocaine wars with the DEA, FBI, and FDLE, Behind Her Miami Badge: Undercover, the Cocaine Wars, and Life in the Fast Lane is an action-packed audiobook that will bring tears to your eyes, either from laughing so hard at the humor or crying at the tragedies.

Harriet Tubman: The Moses of Her People 1820-1913 by Elizabeth Ross Haynes

Category : Bios & Memoirs
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Storyteller
Performance Notes
Harriet Tubman was born into slavery around 1820. This biography by Elizabeth Ross Haynes was published just eight years after Harriet's death (1913) as a part of her book Unsung Heroes. Over the years Ms. Tubman's legacy as a former slave, an abolitionist, a humanitarian, a suffragette, and a spy and agent for the US Army has grown. Beginning in 2020 her face will grace the US 20 dollar bill. There is also a collection of Harriet Tubman artifacts housed in the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The Prettiest Girl on Stage is a Man: Race and Gender Benders in American Vaudeville by Kathleen B. Casey

Category : Arts & Entertainment
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Straightforward
Performance Notes
In this lively and enlightening study, Kathleen B. Casey explores the ways in which the gender- and race-bending spectacles of vaudeville dramatized the economic, technological, social, and cultural upheaval that gripped the United States in the early 20th century. She focuses on four key performers. Eva Tanguay, known as "The I Don't Care Girl", was loved for her defiance of Victorian decorum, linking white womanliness to animalistic savagery at a time when racial and gender ideologies were undergoing significant reconstruction. In contrast, Julian Eltinge, the era's foremost female impersonator, used race to exaggerate notions of manliness and femininity in a way that reinforced traditional norms more than it undermined them. Lillyn Brown, a biracial woman who portrayed a cosmopolitan black male dandy while singing about an antebellum southern past, offered her audiences, black and white, starkly different visual and aural messages about race and gender. Finally, Sophie Tucker, who often performed in blackface during the early years of her long and heralded career, strategically played with prevailing ideologies by alternately portraying herself as white, Jewish, black, manly, and womanly, while managing, remarkably, to convince audiences that these identities could coexist within one body.

Imogene in New Orleans by Hunter Murphy

Category : Mysteries & Thrillers
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-Southern
Vocal Style : Versatile
Performance Notes
At the ripe age of 73, Imogene Deal McGregor has a penchant for following her own instincts, as well as more grit and spunk than her hypochondriac son, Billy McGregor, and Billy's impulsive partner Jackson can handle. The boys take Imogene to New Orleans with their devilishly handsome English bulldog Goose, hoping to visit friends and attend a second line parade, but moments after arriving in the French Quarter, they find their friend Glenway Gilbert murdered in his art gallery. Immediately, Imogene and the boys run into a temperamental and ethically-challenged lieutenant who appears hell-bent on neglecting the crime, compelling them to seek answers themselves. As they delve into Glenway Gilbert's murder, Imogene and the boys realize the deceased artist was surrounded by suspicious friends and lovers. With Goose the bulldog by their side, Jackson and Billy seek answers among old friends and new enemies, while Imogene follows her own ideas on the case. But the sooner they solve the murder, the sooner they can get back to catching beads and eating pralines.

The Woman in the Alcove by Anna Katharine Green

Category : Classics
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Versatile
Performance Notes
During a high society party set in New York City in the early 1900s, a beautiful woman is murdered and her precious diamond stolen. A young woman attending the party had just accepted a marriage proposal from a handsome young man. Unfortunately, the young man is the prime suspect in the murder due to circumstantial evidence. From there, the story takes many twists and turns before the identity of the killer is finally revealed.

Searching for Nannie B.: Connecting Three Generations of Southern Women by Nancy Owen Nelson

Category : Bios & Memoirs
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-Southern
Vocal Style : Warm
Performance Notes
How would you be affected if your mother died giving you life? And how would such a loss affect your children? These questions are the foundation of many issues raised by the author in her search for the missing pieces of a grandmother who in 1905 died giving the author's mother life. It was a tragedy that seemed to affect multiple generations, the voids in identity and ill-spent guilt flowing from the stream of blood that kept mother from daughter, and then from granddaughter. But it was a search well-spent.

Bunner Sisters by Edith Wharton

Category : Classics
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Versatile
Performance Notes
Ann Eliza and Evelina Bunner are two unmarried sisters who own a small notions shop in a shabby section of New York City circa 1900. The older sister, Ann Eliza, buys a small clock for her sister's birthday from a tiny shop and meets the owner, a German immigrant named Herman Ramy. Once Mr. Ramy enters their lives, things begin to change in ways that neither sister could have imagined. What seems like a simple story is one of love, longing, selfishness, self-sacrifice, missed opportunities, and the unfairness of life for poor women, particularly those over 30 during this period.

Pacific Lady: The First Woman to Sail Solo across the World’s Largest Ocean by Sharon Sites Adams

Category : Travel & Adventure
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Enthusiastic/Excited
Performance Notes
It was an age without GPS and the Internet, without high-tech monitoring and instantaneous reporting. And it was a time when women simply didn't do such things. None of this deterred Sharon Sites Adams. In June 1965, Adams made history as the first woman to sail solo from the mainland United States to Hawaii. Four years later, just as Neil Armstrong very publicly stepped onto the moon, the diminutive Adams, alone and unobserved, finally sighted Point Arguello, California, after 74 days sailing a 31-foot ketch from Japan, across the violent and unpredictable Pacific. She was the first woman to do so, setting another world record. Inspiring and exciting, Adams's memoir recounts the personal path leading to her historic achievements: a tomboy childhood in the Oregon high desert, an early marriage and painful divorce, and a second marriage that ended when her husband died of cancer. In the wake of his death and almost by accident, Adams discovered sailing. Six weeks after her first sailing lesson, she bought a boat, and within eight months, she set out to achieve her first world record. Pacific Lady recounts the inward journey that paralleled her sailing feats, as Adams drew on every scrap of courage and navigational skill she could muster to overcome the seasickness, exhaustion, and loneliness that marked her harrowing crossings.

Her Letters by Kate Chopin.

Category : Classics
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Refined
Performance Notes
A woman nearing the end of her life knows that she must destroy intimate love letters between herself and another man so that no one, particularly her husband, can ever read them. Unable to part with them while still alive, the provision she makes for their disposal upon her death leads to devastating consequences.

Governor's Road: A Novel of Southern Proportions by Laurie Byrne Smith

Category : Mysteries & Thrillers
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-Southern
Vocal Style : Versatile
Performance Notes
Looking for a good Southern romantic mystery? A mysterious romance? Governor's Road is the book for you. This beautifully written book will keep you up all night. There are plenty of clues, and there are a lot of hints, but even when you put them all together, it will be close to impossible to puzzle your way to the ending. Governor's Road is a book you won't be able to stop listening to. Excitement, frisky loving, a mystery of epic proportions, and traditional Southern pathos make this book a fun and rewarding listen.

Spectacular Wickedness: Sex, Race, and Memory in Storyville, New Orleans by Emily Epstein Landau

Category : History
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Straightforward
Performance Notes
From 1897 to 1917 the red-light district of Storyville commercialized and even thrived on New Orleans' longstanding reputation for sin and sexual excess. This notorious neighborhood, located just outside of the French Quarter, hosted a diverse cast of characters who reflected the cultural milieu and complex social structure of turn-of-the-century New Orleans, a city infamous for both prostitution and interracial intimacy. In particular, Lulu White, a mixed-race prostitute and madam, created an image of herself and marketed it profitably to sell sex with light-skinned women to white men of means. In Spectacular Wickedness, Emily Epstein Landau examines the social history of this famed district within the cultural context of developing racial, sexual, and gender ideologies and practices. In 1890, the Louisiana legislature passed the Separate Car Act, which, when challenged by New Orleans' Creoles of color, led to the landmark Plessy v. Ferguson decision in 1896, constitutionally sanctioning the enactment of separate but equal laws. Landau reveals how Storyville's salacious and eccentric subculture played a significant role in the way New Orleans constructed itself during the New South era.

The Kiss by Kate Chopin.

Category : Classics
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-Southern
Vocal Style : Versatile
Performance Notes
Nathalie, a lovely and determined young lady, plans to marry Mr. Brantain, an unattractive but extremely wealthy man. When an unexpected event occurs involving her brother’s friend, Mr. Harvy, the consequences illustrate the finality of the choice Nathalie makes. Kate Chopin was a prolific writer of short stories and books that have been translated into films, plays, and operas. Chopin’s work often took place in Louisiana, and her book The Awakening was referenced in the HBO series Treme.

Observations of a Transplanted Southern Belle by Laurie Byrne Smith

Category : Bios & Memoirs
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-Southern
Vocal Style : Comedic/great comic timing
Performance Notes
A collection of previously published columns describing life in Florida for North Carolinians.

The Next Elvis by Barbara Barnes Sims.

Category : Arts & Entertainment
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-Southern
Vocal Style : Engaging
Performance Notes
An American institution, Sun Records has a history with many chapters: its Memphis origins with visionary Sam Phillips, the breakthrough recordings of Elvis Presley, and the studio's immense influence on the sound of popular music. But behind the company's chart toppers and legendary musicians there exists another story, told by Barbara Barnes Sims. In the male-dominated workforce of the 1950s, 24-year-old Sims found herself thriving in the demanding roles of publicist and sales promotion coordinator at Sun Records. Sims's job placed her in the studio with Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Charlie Rich, Carl Perkins, and other Sun entertainers, as well as the unforgettable Phillips, whose work made the music that defined an era. Her disarming narrative ranges from descriptions of a disgraced Jerry Lee Lewis to the remarkable impact and tragic fall of DJ Daddy-O Dewey to the frenzied Memphis homecoming of Elvis after his military service. Collectively, these vignettes offer a rare and intimate look at the people, the city, and the studio that permanently shifted the trajectory of rock 'n' roll.

Romancing Olive: Prairie Romance by Holly Bush

Category : Romance
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-Mid-West
Vocal Style : Versatile
Performance Notes
1891... Spinster librarian Olive Wilkins is shocked to learn of her brother's violent death at a saloon gaming table and her sister-in-law's subsequent murder, traveling far from her staid life to rescue her niece and nephew, now orphans. She arrives to find the circumstances of her brother's life deplorable and her long held beliefs of family and tradition, shaken. Accustomed to the sophistication of Philadelphia, Olive arrives in Spencer, Ohio, a rough and tumble world she is not familiar with, facing two traumatized children. Her niece and nephew, Mary and John, have been living with a neighboring farmer, widower Jacob Butler, the father of three young children of his own and a man still in pain from the recent loss of his wife.

The Tale of Chirpy Cricket by Arthur Scott Bailey

Category : Kids
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Engaging
Performance Notes
Chirpy Cricket sleeps in his little hole in Farmer Green's farmyard all day but when night falls, he comes out of his hole and makes his music with other members of the cricket family. Chirpy calls the noise he makes with his legs "fiddling" and he loves to fiddle. When he isn't fiddling, he gathers grass to take back to his hole to eat. Chirpy also likes to visit other creatures on the farm such as Tommy Tree Cricket, Freddie Firefly, Mr. Cricket Frog and others.

Peter Rabbit's Christmas by Duff Graham

Category : Kids
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Storyteller
Performance Notes
Peter Rabbit lives with his mother and three sisters Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cotton-tail down in a sand bank under a big fir tree. One day when Peter is outside exploring, he hears the bells of a beautiful red sleigh. A pretty little girl riding in the sleigh scoops Peter up and takes him for a ride which includes a visit to Santa's workshop. The mischief Peter gets into at Santa's workshop and how he gets home is a true Christmas adventure for the little rabbit.

The Novel of the White Powder by Arthur Machen

Category : Mysteries & Thrillers
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Frightened/Terrified
Performance Notes
A young woman, Helen Leicester, becomes concerned about her brother Francis when he begins spending all of his time locked in his room studying. At first Francis insists that he is fine, but eventually admits that he is not feeling well and agrees to see the family physician. The doctor prescribes a medication - a white powder which is mixed with water - and Francis begins to feel better. However, this "cure" doesn't last very long and Francis begins exhibiting peculiar and disturbing behavior. The horror of the white powder has just begun. Arthur Machen originally wrote this story as part of a series in a book called The Three Imposters. The story stands on its own as one of Machen's classic tales of terror.

Dust by Emanuel Haldeman-Julius and Anna Marcet Haldeman-Julius

Category : Fiction
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Versatile
Performance Notes
In the 1870’s, Jacob and Sarah Wade travel with their three children in a covered wagon to lay claim to land in Kansas to call their own and scratch out a living. The book follows three generations of the Wade family although it concentrates mostly on the relationship between Martin Wade, the oldest son of Jacob and Sarah, and the woman he chooses to marry, Rose. The hard existence of farm life takes a toll on all involved and affects each person differently. This novel was a best seller when it was published in 1921 by the husband and wife writing team of Emanuel Haldeman-Julius and Anna Marcet Haldeman-Julius. It was considered an example of the new writing of naturalism and realism being published at the time. “Painfully gloomy as it is,” the New York Times noted, “Dust must be classed among the 'big' novels of the year.”

Selected Articles on the Life and Career of Harry Gordon Selfridge by Various.

Category : Nonfiction
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Articulate
Performance Notes
Harry Gordon Selfridge (1858-1947) was an American born merchant who built Selfridge’s, a London department store, which opened in 1909. Using his 25 years of experience at Chicago’s Marshall Field and Co., Selfridge initiated the use of American innovations and methods of business in his London store. These articles reflect how Selfridge was viewed by the press in the U.S. and London along with how he was seen by his fellow merchants and tradesmen during the years his store was built and thrived. There are also a number of sections in Selfridge’s own words. He loved publicity and was very interested in the ideas of his competitors, employees, and how business was done in other countries. This collection contains articles and excerpts from newspapers, books, magazines, and trade publications published from 1890-1922. Harry Gordon Selfridge and his store were the basis of the PBS Masterpiece Classic series, Mr. Selfridge.

The Woman's Ghost Story by Algernon Blackwood

Category : Mysteries & Thrillers
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Storyteller
Performance Notes
A woman tells her story of an encounter with a ghost in a deserted old lodging house in the middle of London years ago. She was told that a woman had been murdered there before she agreed as a "psychical researcher" to spend a night in the old building. Her expectations are challenged in this psychological ghost story. Algernon Blackwood wrote over 200 ghost stories as well as being a novelist, playwright, and a writer of nonfiction and children’s stories. His ghost stories fall into what is usually called 'weird' fiction.

The Ghostly Rental by Henry James

Category : Mysteries & Thrillers
Language : English
Gender : Male,Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Articulate
Performance Notes
A young theology student discovers an old house while on his daily walks. There appears to be no one living there but something about the house strikes the young man as strange. After observing an old man entering the house, the student eventually befriends the man in order to discover what he can about the old house besides the gossip in the town. The old man once owned the house but now only visits it briefly four times per year. He claims to have killed his daughter with harsh words and now she haunts the house but agrees to meet him four times per year so that she may pay him rent. In return, he is not to inhabit the house. This tale is as much a story of the psychology of people as it is of ghosts. How much do grief, ego, spite, and revenge play into our ideas of ghosts and being 'haunted'? This was an early Henry James story before he wrote "The Turn of the Screw."

Marilyn Monroe: My Little Secret by Tony Jerris

Category : Bios & Memoirs
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Storyteller
Performance Notes
"We're calling her Marilyn Monroe." Those were the words 12-year-old Jane Lawrence remembered when she was asked to head the up-and-coming blonde starlet's fan club at 20th Century Fox under the supervision of studio head Darryl Zanuck. Jane was no stranger to movie sets or movie stars, being that her father, Sidney Lipsitch, headed RKO's legal department. She spent many Saturday afternoons at her home with the likes of Robert Mitchum, Lucille Ball, and Ethel Merman, but helping launch the career of one of the world's most legendary sex symbols was a task beyond Jane's wildest dreams. Nearly four decades later, author Tony Jerris was introduced to Jane through a mutual friend and learned how Jane's working relationship with the actress developed into a special friendship that lasted right up until Marilyn's untimely death on August 5th, 1962.

The Red Shoelace Killer by Susan Sundwall

Category : Mysteries & Thrillers
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Engaging
Performance Notes
First in the Minnie Markwood Mysteries: Minnie Markwood can out-sleuth Miss Marple any day of the week - in her imagination. But when a real killer begins to target Minnie and her young sidekicks, reality trumps imagination big time. Who's buying up all the red shoelaces at the mall and stalking a cashier? Is it the killer who terrorized Minnie on the highway and kidnapped her coworker?

Sanctuary by Edith Wharton

Category : Classics
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Refined
Performance Notes
Young bride-to-be Kate Orme discovers something disturbing about the character of the man she is to marry shortly before the wedding. Years later, after raising their son, Kate realizes that he, too, is now faced with a decision that will reflect upon his ethics and scruples. Will all the time she spent instilling values into her son be enough to keep him from behaving as his father would?

Franklin Loves Lucy by Mary Matthews

Category : Fiction
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Straightforward
Performance Notes
Lucy Mercer fell on hard times when her family lost their money. She took a job as Eleanor Roosevelt's social secretary. Told from Lucy's perspective, Franklin Loves Lucy is the story of a relationship that began when Franklin Roosevelt was Assistant Secretary of the Navy and ended when he was President and took his last breath with Lucy by his side.

Last Step by Kathleen Walls

Category : Mysteries & Thrillers
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-Southern
Vocal Style : Versatile
Performance Notes
Vicki loses her daughter Karen to drug addiction in the drug-infested slums of Jacksonville, Florida. But there are things about Karen's death that just don't fit neatly into a drug overdose.

Ted and Ann: The Mystery of a Missing Child and Her Neighbor Ted Bundy by Rebecca Morris

Category : Nonfiction
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Straightforward
Performance Notes
Was 8 year old Ann Marie Burr a teenage Ted Bundy's first victim?

Yankee, Go Home! by Sharon Delarose

Category : Bios & Memoirs
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-Southern
Vocal Style : Storyteller
Performance Notes
Yankees flock to the sunny South where flowers bloom even in the middle of winter and summertime rules for most of the year. What nobody tells you is why the Yankees hightail it back North again. Yankee, Go Home exposes the gritty side of the South. Get lost in Arkansas and chased through Alabama by a madman. Find out who really won the Civil War and why. Come face to face with the Ku Klux Klan through the eyes of two tough, Yankee bikers. Meet up with a cop under the watchful eye of The Big Chicken. Discover the South through the eyes of a Yankee in this memoir of a Yankee in the South.

Exponential Apocalypse by Eirik Gumeny

Category : Science Fiction & Fantasy
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Comedic/great comic timing
Performance Notes
A tender, heart-stirring tale of crappy jobs, a slacker cult, an alcoholic Aztec god, reconstituted world leaders, werewolves, robots, and the shenanigans of multiple persons living after the twentieth-aught end of the world.

Kudzu by Kathleen Walls

Category : Mysteries & Thrillers
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-Southern
Vocal Style : Storyteller
Performance Notes
A mystery set in a small mountain town in North Georgia. After a nasty divorce, Casey returns to the haven of her childhood, great grandmother Weesie's tiny log cabin. She meets her new (and very handsome) neighbor but soon finds herself the victim of a series of life-threatening events. Casey becomes engrossed in a mission of discovery regarding a long held family secret.

Christmas at Alpine Village by Maralee Lowder

Category : Fiction
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Storyteller
Performance Notes
Edna, new owner of the Alpine Village lodge in a tiny California town, is determined to win the annual prize for Best Business Christmas Decoration. Each year that she doesn't win, she becomes more determined to nab the honor. With the help of her friends, both human and canine, there is almost no limit to what she'll try.

Edited for Death by Michele Drier

Category : Mysteries & Thrillers
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Engaging
Performance Notes
Amy Hobbes never expected to solve anything tougher than a crossword puzzle. When she left her job as a journalist in Southern California, she planned to give the adrenaline a rest, but her next job, managing editor of a local newspaper, delivers some surprises. After a respected Senator and World War II hero dies and two more people turn up dead, the news heats up. Both victims had ties to a hotel owned by the Senator's family. With the help of reporter pal Clarice and the new man in her life, Phil, Amy uncovers a number of shadowy figures, including a Holocaust survivor who's spent 60 years tracking down Nazi loot. It's a complex and dangerous puzzle, but Amy can't walk away until she solves it.

Bernice Bobs Her Hair by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Category : Fiction
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Feminine
Performance Notes
While visiting her cousin Marjorie for the month of August, Bernice finds herself unable to fit in with Marjorie's friends.

Shifting Positions by Jennifer Dellerman

Category : Romance
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Sophisticated
Performance Notes
Tess Gentry returns to her hometown after working 10 years as a super model to care for her ailing mother. As the daughter of a shifter (wolf) father, Tess left to remove herself from the shifter community. That desire changes when she meets sexy shifter Sheriff Caleb Bennett.

Sweet Tea and Jesus Shoes by Sandra Chastain, Deborah Smith, Donna Ball, Virginia Ellis, Debra Dixon and Nancy Knight

Category : Fiction
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-Southern
Vocal Style : Storyteller
Performance Notes
This clip is from the first short story -- "Jesus Shoes" by Sandra Chastain.

The Distant Shore by Debora M. Coty

Category : Kids
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-Southern
Vocal Style : Girlish
Performance Notes
Note: I used a number of different voices for this project including children's voices, several women and some men's voices. Most accents are southern American. Mysteriously banished to live with demanding Aunt Augusta on Florida's remote, untamed Merritt island of 1904, young Emma-Lee Palmer discovers a dark family secret. Befriended by a kindly sea captain, Emma-Lee and Aunt Augusta discover courage, renewed hope, and the importance of family in this transcendent story of healing and redemption through God's unconditional love. Inspired by a true story, The Distant Shore is a powerful blend of action, adventure, romance, and the quest within each of us to find our heart's home. Love, after all, is never too lost or too late.

Anatomy of the Human Body by Henry Gray

Category : Science & Technology
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Articulate
Performance Notes
A clip from the classic medical work by Henry Gray.

Camp-Fire Girls in the Country by Stella M. Francis

Category : Teens
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Storyteller
Performance Notes
Elderly Aunt Hannah explains to her niece Hazel about her childhood.

The Golden Bowl by Henry James

Category : Classics
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Refined
Performance Notes
Maggie has just discovered the existence of the bowl and it's implication regarding her marriage.

The 9/11 Commission Report

Category : Nonfiction
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Straightforward
Performance Notes
This clip from the 9/11 Commission Report details Al Qaeda's selection of the 'muscle' hijackers for the attacks on the U.S.

One Vacant Chair by Joe Coomer

Category : Fiction
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-Southern
Vocal Style : Comedic/great comic timing
Performance Notes
In this clip, two women from Texas, a middle-aged woman and her elderly aunt, are attempting to navigate their way around Scotland by car for the first time.

With or Without You by Lauren Sanders

Category : Fiction
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Sarcastic
Performance Notes
An 18 year old girl, world-weary and lonely, has already committed a murder when the book begins. Lillian Speck is swimming in the waters off Long Island when a police boat approaches her.

I've been a professional audiobook narrator since beginning with Iambik Audiobooks in January 2011. Besides my work for Iambik and Audible/ACX, I also record for Spoken Realms, Findaway Voices, The Online Stage, Voices of Today, Crossroad Press, and Blunderwoman Productions. I have volunteered for LibriVox.org since March, 2007 and currently have a number of solos in their catalog. I've also participated in numerous group projects and poetry readings for LibriVox . My work encompasses various genres including literary fiction, mystery, romance, government documents, newspaper articles and biographies/memoirs. As a former university medical school librarian for many years, I am familiar with medical terminology. I've been narrating with my natural voice (low and modulated standard U.S. accent) along with U.S. southern accents (young, middle-aged and elderly), mid-western, and voices for children and animals. My website: http://leeannhowlett.com/ Member of the Audio Publishers Association. Narrator sites: (Iambik) http://iambik.com/narrators/lee-ann-howlett/ (Listen 2 a Book) http://listen2abook.com/narrators/ (The Online Stage) http://www.onlinestage.net/about-us.html (LibriVox) https://catalog.librivox.org/people_public.php?peopleid=1212
All of my recordings may be found here on Audible: http://tinyurl.com/oa5n4at My work for ACX and other publishers: Kate Chopin: Six Short Stories. Pacific Lady: The First Woman to Sail Solo across the World's Largest Ocean by Sharon Sites Adams. (Due 2015.) Governor's Road: A Novel of Southern Proportions by Laurie Byrne Smith. Spectacular Wickedness: Sex, Race, and Memory in Storyville, New Orleans by Emily Epstein Landau. Observations of a Transplanted Southern Belle by Laurie Byrne Smith. The Next Elvis: Searching for Stardom at Sun Records by Barbara Barnes Sims. Romancing Olive by Holly Bush. The Tale of Chirpy Cricket by Arthur Scott Bailey. Peter Rabbit's Christmas by Duff Graham. Dust by Emanuel Haldeman-Julius and Anna Marcet Haldeman-Julius. Grunty Grunts and Smiley Smile Indoors by Bertha E. Feist. Selected Articles on the Life and Career of Harry Gordon Selfridge by Various. The Woman's Ghost Story by Algernon Blackwood. A short story. The Ghostly Rental by Henry James. A short story. Marilyn Monroe: My Little Secret by Tony Jerris. The Red Shoelace Killer by Susan Sundwall. Invisible Death by Anthony Pelcher. A short story. Sanctuary by Edith Wharton. The Fulness of Life by Edith Wharton. A short story. The Ladies' Paradise by Emile Zola. The Joy of Nelly Deane by Willa Cather. A short story. Franklin Loves Lucy by Mary Matthews. The Woman Who Wanted To Be Good by Edna Ferber. A short story. Long Distance by Edna Ferber. A short story. Last Step by Kathleen Walls. Ted and Ann: The Mystery of a Missing Child and Her Neighbor Ted Bundy by Rebecca Morris. Yankee, Go Home by Sharon Delarose. Exponential Apocalypse by Eirik Gumeny. Kudzu by Kathleen Walls. Tiaras and Texans by Laina Turner. Christmas At Alpine Village by Maralee Lowder Edited for Death by Michele Drier Bernice Bobs Her Hair by F. Scott Fitzgerald A Dixie Christmas by Sandra Hill Sweet Tea and Jesus Shoes by Donna Ball, Sandra Chastain, Debra Dixon, Virginia Ellis, Nancy Knight and Deborah Smith Shifting Positions by Jennifer Dellerman Autopsy by Joel M. Andre The Distant Shore by Debora M. Coty My work for Iambik: Las Vegas Noir by various authors. This is an anthology. I narrated Bits and Pieces by Christine McKellar (Green Valley) One Vacant Chair by Joe Coomer Someday This Will Be Funny by Lynne Tillman Nanny Behaving Badly by Judy Jarvie With or Without You by Lauren Sanders Works of note with LibriVox.org: Solos: The Golden Bowl by Henry James Dawn O'Hara, the Girl Who Laughed by Edna Ferber The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes Historical Newspaper Articles, Vol. 2 by Various The Other Side of the Door by Lucia Chamberlain Group projects: The 9/11 Commission Report by the 9/11 Commission. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy North and South (Version 2) by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell Anatomy of the Human Body (Parts 1-5) by Henry Gray
Narration for this audiobook was provided by Lee Ann Howlett, I've previously listened to one of her narrations of an F. Scott Fitzgerald short, and again she did not disappoint. Her diction, simple inflection and tonal changes and subtle delineation from one character to the next are perfectly suited to the text and are a great enhancement. Review for Kudzu by Kathleen Walls. Full review here: http://iam-indeed.com/archives/5625 Narrator Lee Ann Howlett delightfully portrays Clarice, whose enthusiasm and emotion abound, much to her occasional embarrassment. Howlett also provides strong characterizations of Amy, Amy's French-Canadian boyfriend, and pre- and post-WWII Germans. S.G.B. © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine [Published: JULY 2013] Review of Edited for Death by Michele Drier from AudioFile magazine, July 2013. The narration provided by Lee Ann Howlett presented the story and the characters in a cleanly presented form: small tonal distinctions delineated the characters from one another and the narrative in a well-modulated presentation. Finely nuanced inflections provide verbal clues to the attitudes and personalities of the characters, from hesitancy to offhanded bravado, each was a perfectly voiced addition to the written text. - Review for Bernice Bobs Her Hair by F. Scott Fitzgerald on http://iam-indeed.com/2013/06/28/audiobook-review-bernice-bobs-her-hair-by-f-scott-fitzgerald/ The narrator for this audiobook edition, Lee Ann Howlett, was truly remarkable. Her southern accent and charm enhanced these stories and brought each one to life. Overall, this was a wonderful audiobook experience and one that I would certainly recommend...FOUR stars. Review for Sweet Tea and Jesus Shoes on The Book Barista. I absolutely loved Lee Ann Howlett's narration of this book... What really made this an excellent performance though weren't just the different voices of her characters but also the accents. I am a native Texan and so many times I come across audio books or even on television where an actor or narrator will butcher the accent but Lee Ann Howlett was spot on. - review of Tiaras and Texans by Laina Turner by Reflections of a BookWorm. Captivating from beginning to end, Kudzu is highly recommended. - The Midwest Book Review. I enjoyed the audio version of Kudzu. The smooth southern voice brought authenticity to the story written by Kathleen Walls.

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