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Likened to Alice in Wonderland, the captivating story of 10-year-old Tickle Plenty and her friends ignites the imagination of anyone who enjoys sharing laughs, solving puzzles, and infusing magic into the world around them. 

Read by award-winning Narrator Alison Larkin, the first three books in the series showcase a truly delightful celebration of characters and voices, enjoyable for children and adults alike.  

“Minkoff has created a unique world that kids will surely appreciate. The whimsical fantasy realm he has created, combined with its superb narration by AudioFile Earphones Award-winner Alison Larkin, gives off a nostalgic feeling – making it enjoyable for adults, too. The pacing, individual accents for each character, and Larkin’s intonation are absolutely marvelous!” (The Children’s Book Review)  

Join Tickle Plenty and her friends as they climb up the Ice Cream Volcano, boat down a lemonade river, meet Talking Words, and find themselves whisked by light cotton candy toward the last wizards of the Age of Magic.   

Tickle Plenty books 1-3 was produced exclusively for audio.

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From the author of the critically acclaimed Daniel Jacobus mystery series comes Maestro, the Potbellied Pig, the heartwarming tale of Cassandra, a young harpist who forms a perfect friendship with a unique pet. Well, maybe not exactly perfect! 

Music performed by Franziska Huhn, harp; and Gerald Elias (aka PJ Pajama), violin. Featured harp excerpts include: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Flute and Harp; Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade; George Frederic Handel: Harp Concerto in B; Maurice Ravel: Piano Concerto in G; Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Waltz of the Flowers, The Nutcracker Ballet; Gabriel Fauré: Impromptu, Op. 86; and Hector Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique.

“A thoroughly enjoyable story! The narrator and musicians were wonderful! Congratulations!” (Ann Pilot, former principal harp, Boston Symphony Orchestra) 

Alison Larkin is the award-winning narrator of over 200 books including Peter Pan and the Inconsiderate Waiter, Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, The Complete Novels of Jane Austen, and Agatha Christie’s The Secret Adversary

Franziska Huhn is an internationally renowned harpist and a faculty member of the New England Conservatory of Music and Boston University. 

Gerald Elias leads a double life as a world class musician and as the author of the award-winning Daniel Jacobus mystery series, Mister E’s Mysteries, and other writings.

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Best-selling novelist Cora Harrison’s light historical romance in the form of a secret diary was inspired by real-life events in the Austen family and will delight Jane Austen fans everywhere. 

When 15-year-old Jane Austen’s shy cousin Jenny comes to stay, their evenings are a blur of beautiful dresses, balls, gossip, and romance; their days are spend writing about them – Jenny in her diary, Jane in her witty first attempts at fiction. When Jenny falls utterly in love with a handsome naval officer, who better to help her than Jane herself, already an expert in love and relationships? 

With Alison Larkin’s delightful narration, you’ll feel yourself transported to 1791, meeting Jane Austen at age 16, and experiencing what life was like in that long-ago time. This delightful, meticulously researched novel is followed by an afterword about the actual people and events on which the novel is based, including Jane Austen’s disabled brother, George, and the whirlwind courtship of Jane (Jenny) Cooper.

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This powerful recording of “The Yellow Wallpaper”, read by award-winning narrator Alison Larkin, is followed by an essay entitled “Why I Wrote the Yellow Wallpaper”, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.   

The narrator of this chilling tale speaks of a beautiful house in the country her husband has taken for the summer. But its beauty is marred by her oppressive bedroom, its ugly yellow wallpaper, and the rest cure that her doctor and husband have forced on her.  

“Alison Larkin’s reading of The Yellow Wallpaper is haunting. Through careful intonation, Larkin helps the listener to grasp the main character’s growing mental instability despite her certainty of her perceptions. Larkin finishes the audiobook with a letter from the author explaining why she wrote the story…. Outstanding.” (AudioFile Magazine)

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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, The Signalman by Charles Dickens, Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Dracula by Bram Stoker, and a bonus story, “The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs.  

More than 30 hours of great classic horror is brought to haunting new life by three A-list narrators whose performances are nothing short of electrifying.    

“At once terrifying and heartbreaking,” raves AudioFile Magazine about Clive Hayward’s Earphones award-winning reading of Frankenstein that starts the collection. 

“Both narrators are outstanding,” says AudioFile about Audie Award-winner Derek Perkins and Earphones Award-winner Alison Larkin’s narration of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and “The Yellow Wallpaper”.   

Frankenstein was born when Mary Shelley entered a competition with poets Lord Byron and Percy Shelley to see who could write the best horror story. Read by Clive Hayward.  

The Signalman, a ghost story by Charles Dickens, was influenced by a fatal train accident he survived, though he was forever haunted by the event. Read by Derek Perkins.   

Carmilla is Le Fanu’s tortured, powerful female vampire who set the stage for so many vampires to come, including Dracula. Read by Alison Larkin.  

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde grew out of a horrifying nightmare Robert Louis Stevenson had one night in Bournemouth, England, in 1886. Read by Derek Perkins.  

“The Yellow Wallpaper” sprang from a catastrophic nervous breakdown Charlotte Perkins Gilman had following the birth of her daughter. Read by Alison Larkin.  

Dracula, by Bram Stoker, is the quintessential vampire horror story that set out many of the conventions modern fantasy writers still embrace. Read by Clive Hayward.  

“The Monkey’s Paw”, by W W Jacobs, is a supernatural short story. Read by Clive Hayward.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

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For billions of people, having a religious belief system provides purpose in life. For some, religion serves as a guide for moral behavior. Today’s world is one in which our understanding of world religions is both understatedly important, as well as increasingly complex. 

After many years exploring the foundations of various world religions, Jason Boyett has written this comprehensive, easy-to-understand exploration of the 12 major world religions through a meticulous, yet unbiased lens. 12 Major World Religions offers an impartial look at where each of these belief systems intersects, how they differ, and why some have been – or are currently – misunderstood. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, a PDF of reference material not included in the narration will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

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New York Times best-selling author M. C. Beaton’s cranky, crafty Agatha Raisin – now the star of a hit TV show – is back on the case again.

The idyllic Cotswolds village of Thirk Magna is best known for the medieval church of St. Ethelred and its bells, which are the pride and glory of the whole community.

As the bell-ringers get ready for the visit of the dashing Bishop Peter Salver-Hinkley, the whole village is thrown into a frenzy. Meanwhile, Agatha convinces one of the bell-ringers, the charming lawyer Julian Brody, to hire her to investigate the mystery of the Bishop’s ex-fiancee: a local heiress, Jennifer Toynby, who went missing years ago and whose body was never found….

Meanwhile, the bodies in the village just keep on piling up: The corpse of Larry Jensen, a local policeman, is discovered in the crypt. Millicent Dupin, one of a pair of bell-ringing identical twins, is murdered near the church. And Terry Fletcher, a journalist and (briefly) Agatha’s lover, is found dead in her sitting room! Agatha widens her investigation, and very soon her main suspect is the handsome Bishop himself. But could he really be behind this series of violent killings, or is it someone who wants to bring him – and his reputation – down?

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Award-winning narrator Alison Larkin gives thrilling voice to the elements of lesbian attraction and forbidden and dangerous desires in the story of Carmilla, the Gothic female vampire tale that inspired its more famous masculine counterpart Dracula.

“This double billing of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla, the vampire story that inspired Stoker, is piercingly wonderful. Bookended by haunting music, the tales share gripping plots, first-person narrators, requisite settings in mountainous middle Europe, and some people with sharp teeth. They also have fantastic narrators. In Carmilla, Alison Larkin’s crystalline tone transmutes as needed from young English girl to old European man, and her pacing transforms the old-fashioned sentences into easy listening while maintaining tension. Clive Hayward’s performance of the tightly plotted Dracula is a tour de force of clear narration, ratcheting-up anxiety, and astonishing characterizations of everyone from English country gal to the Vlad himself. Do not miss the postproduction chat between Larkin and Hayward, which adds to the production’s many pleasures.” (Audiofile

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Meet the vampires who started it all – the original Count Dracula and his older female counterpart Carmilla – brought to thrilling new life by award-winning narrators Clive Hayward and Alison Larkin.

The book about Le Fanu’s tortured, powerful female vampire, Carmilla, has been terrifying generations with its themes of lesbian attraction and forbidden, dangerous desires. Carmilla inspired Bram Stoker to create his own vampire classic 26 years later. Now, these two blood-chilling tales are brought together in this brilliant recording followed by a fascinating interview in which Hayward and Larkin talk about their process and reactions to the stories, straight from the London recording studio.

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A visit to the library can be full of surprises. When the librarian is late for story time, the children go off to look for her and follow mysterious paw prints to find a bear sitting at her desk. Is the bear a new librarian? Not exactly. The new LiBEARian opens a book about bears and utters a loud growl. The kids love it! Then the real librarian appears and sends the bear back into the book he came from. 

A fun twist at the end rounds out this magic-infused tale about a universal childhood experience – story time at the library.

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Walking through London’s West End after a night at the theater, Amory Ames and her husband Milo run into some old friends: wealthy investor and former actor Gerard Holloway and his wife, Georgina. When Holloway invites them to the dress rehearsal of the new play he’s directing, Amory readily accepts.

However, Amory is shocked to learn that Holloway has cast his mistress, Flora Bell, in the lead role. Furthermore, the casual invitation is not what it seems – he admits to Amory and Milo that Flora has been receiving threatening letters, and he needs their help in finding the mysterious sender. 

Despite Amory’s conflicting feelings, her curiosity gets the better of her, and she begins to make inquiries. It quickly becomes clear that each member of the cast has reason to resent Flora – and with a group so skilled in the art of deception, it isn’t easy to separate truth from illusion. When the vague threats escalate, the scene is set for murder, and Amory and Milo must find the killer before the final curtain falls.

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A London officer goes undercover to expose a plot against the Crown.   

Dover, England, 1808: Officer Alexander Moore goes undercover as a gambling gentleman to expose a high-stakes plot against the king – and he’s a master of disguise, for Johanna Langley believes him to be quite the rogue…until she can no longer fight against his unrelenting charm.   

All Johanna wants is to keep the family inn afloat, but when the rent and the hearth payment are due at the same time, where will she find the extra funds? If she doesn’t come up with the money, there will be nowhere to go other than the workhouse – where she’ll be separated from her ailing mother and 10-year-old brother.   

Alex desperately wants to help Johanna, especially when she confides in him, but his mission – finding and bringing to justice a traitor to the Crown – must come first, or they could all end up dead.

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In a family of midwives, some secrets are too big to keep hidden….’

Neva Bradley, a third-generation midwife, is determined to keep the details surrounding her own pregnancy – including the identity of the baby’s father – hidden from her family and coworkers for as long as possible.

Her mother, Grace, cannot let this secret rest, even while her own life begins to crumble around her.

For Floss, Neva’s grandmother and a retired midwife, Neva’s situation thrusts her back 60 years in time to a secret that eerily mirrors her granddaughter’s – a secret which, if revealed, will have life-changing consequences for them all.

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Award-winning narrator and internationally acclaimed writer/comedienne Alison Larkin brings depth and wit to this rich, hugely entertaining audio production of Jane Austen’s last two great novels Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. The novels are followed by The History of England, a short satirical piece in which the teenage Austen writes about the kings and queens of England with less respect (and more wit) than any British newspaper, and Poems, a selection of lesser known, mostly comic verses that Austen wrote to entertain family and friends.

“This is a particularly enjoyable rendition of (Northanger Abbey) because Larkin understands that Austen was sending up Gothic novels and never lets the parody out of earshot.” (The Christian Science Monitor)

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In this delightful double bill, narrator Alison Larkin’s AudioFile Earphones award-winning recording of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice are followed by songs from Regency England to give listeners 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”.

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In this richly rewarding listening experience, Alison Larkin’s acclaimed recordings of Jane Austen’s iconic novels Mansfield Park and Emma are followed by opinions from Austen’s family and friends never before heard on audio.

Like most writers, Jane Austen was interested in what the people closest to her thought of her books. She wrote down their opinions of Mansfield Park and Emma, recording both the bad and the good. These opinions dating from 1814 and 1815 will give solace to any writer whose work has been criticized and will amuse and delight Austen fans worldwide.

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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde grew out of a horrifying nightmare Robert Louis Stevenson had one night in Bournemouth, England, in 1886. “The Yellow Wallpaper” sprang from a catastrophic nervous breakdown Charlotte Perkins Gilman had six years later on the other side of the Atlantic following the birth of her daughter.  

Now these two haunting, iconic tales are brought together for the first time in this powerful classic audio exploration of madness and the duality of the human soul. Read by A-list narrators Derek Perkins and Alison Larkin, this rich audio experience also includes commentary by Alison Larkin and “Why I Wrote the Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.  

Derek Perkins is the Audie and AudioFile Earphones award winning narrator of more than 200 titles, including A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and AudioFile Magazine’s Best Voice of the Year. Alison Larkin is a best-selling author of The English American and the AudioFile Earphones award-winning narrator of more than 200 titles, including The Complete Novels of Jane Austen. Title music by Gary Schriener and Curt Sobel.  

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Shy, young heiress Lady Lily Rutherford is in no hurry to marry. She dreams of true love and a real courtship. But when disaster strikes, she finds herself facing a scandal-forced marriage to her rescuer, Edward Galbraith, a well-known rake.

Despite his reputation, Lily is drawn to the handsome Galbraith. In the gamble of her life, she agrees to marry him, hoping to turn a convenient marriage into a love match.

As heir to a title, Galbraith knows he must wed, so a convenient marriage suits him perfectly. But there is a darkness in his past and secrets he refuses to share with his tender-hearted, young bride. All Lily’s efforts to get close to him fall on stony ground, and in desperation, she retreats to his childhood home – the place he’s avoided for nearly a decade.

Must Lily reconcile herself to a marriage without love? Or will Galbraith realize that this warm-hearted, loving girl is the key to healing the wounds of his past – and his heart?

Contains mature themes.

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From the picturesque valleys of Wales to the stunning Italian island of Sardinia, Welsh-Italian cook Michela Chiappa visits 100-year-olds, longevity experts, and her own long-lived family in order to unravel the secrets of their success.

It’s a warm and enchanting journey that mixes food, lifestyle, and science in order to come up with a surprising recipe for a long and healthy life that any one of us could achieve.

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This AudioFile Earphones Award-winning recording of Alison Larkin’s best-selling autobiographical novel about an adopted English woman who finds her birth parents and herself in the US is followed by an exclusive interview with the author.

“Author and narrator Alison Larkin lights up the earphones with her portrayal of Pippa Dunn, a young English woman who discovers that her birth parents are Americans. Pippa decides to go to America to meet them and ends up finding herself-and true love. Larkin’s heartfelt narration conveys Pippa’s mixed up feelings of confusion and guilt-as well as the story’s humor. Larkin moves delightfully between the various British and American accents. With gentle humor, she pokes fun at both American and British cultures while making it clear she loves them both. This audio experience is like watching a great romantic comedy. Have the tissues ready at the end-the romance is that good!” (AudioFile Magazine – Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award)

In addition to being a best-selling novelist and comedienne, Alison Larkin is also the award-winning narrator of over 200 audiobooks including The Complete Novels of Jane Austen, The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie, Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll and Peter Pan and The Inconsiderate Waiter by J. M. Barrie.

Larkin’s interview with Grammy Award-winning producer Paul Alan Ruben is followed by “The DNA Song”, lyrics by Alison Larkin, music by Gary Schreiner, and sung by Alison Larkin.

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Award-winning Jane Austen narrator Alison Larkin is back with this hugely entertaining recording of Mansfield Park, followed by fascinating bonus material!

Eleven-year-old Fanny Price is “adopted” by wealthy relatives and leaves her life of poverty in Portsmouth for a much better life at Mansfield Park. Dependent, vulnerable, and often ignored, her only true friend in her new family is her cousin Edmund. When the reckless, flirtatious Crawfords arrive at Mansfield Park, Fanny must stand up for her principles in order to protect her heart.

Mansfield Park is followed by opinions on the novel by Austen’s family and friends, never before heard on audio.

Like most writers, Jane Austen was very interested in what her family and friends thought of her books. She wrote down their opinions of Mansfield Park, recording both the bad and the good. These opinions dating from 1814 and 1815 will give solace to any writer whose work has been criticized, and will amuse and delight Austen fans worldwide.

“Alison Larkin’s narration will captivate listeners from the first sentence. Her delicate voice and perfect English accent sweep the listener back in time, right into the lives of the characters…. Austen’s nineteenth-century writing style flows off Larkin’s tongue, making the dense passages easy to understand.” – AudioFile Magazine

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“…narrating the novels of Jane Austen reminded me that no matter how much the world changes, human nature never does.” (Alison Larkin)

Ever since Colin Firth’s Mr. Darcy emerged from the lake in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, the novels of Jane Austen have become more popular than ever, delighting millions of fans all over the world. Now, Alison Larkin’s critically acclaimed narrations of Austen’s six completed novels are brought together in this very special 200th anniversary audio edition. “Alison Larkin’s narration will captivate listeners from the first sentence”, raves AudioFile magazine about the Earphones Award-winning recording of Sense and Sensibility, which starts the collection. 

Hailed by The Times as “marvelously light footed…hugely entertaining,” Alison Larkin is the perfect vessel to bring the deft, satirical novels of Jane Austen to sparkling new life.

Alison Larkin is the best-selling author of The English American, a comedienne and the award-winning narrator of over 150 audiobooks. In addition to Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice with Songs from Regency England, Mansfield Park, Persuasion & Poems, Emma and Northanger Abbey and the History of England by Jane Austen, other classic narrations include Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass; Fairytales of the Fiercer Sex by the Brothers Grimm, et al; Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest (with James Warwick); Peter Pan & the Inconsiderate Waiter; and Agatha Christie’s The Secret Adversary.

Title and end music: “The Lonely Ash Grove”, sung by Alison Larkin.

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Mystery novelist Hazel Martin’s maid suspects foul play when her childhood friend Doris jumps from the third-story turret of Farnsworth Abbey. Unable to resist an investigation, especially one that’s staged to look like suicide, Hazel calls in help from her chauffeur, her cook, and even the mysterious butler her husband hired before his death.

Hazel soon learns that Doris’s death was no accident. Someone had a secret, and they wanted to keep it that way. With her trusty Siamese cat, Dickens, by her side and handsome Detective Chief Inspector Gibson at her disposal, Hazel follows a trail of clues to reveal a surprise twist that even the killer didn’t suspect.

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A witty and always original voice, award-winning narrator Alison Larkin is the perfect vessel to bring Jane Austen’s first novel to a new audience. This fresh and hugely entertaining listen from “the English American”, joined with Austen’s deft satire, is as poignant and funny as Austen intended it to be.

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