Lee Ann’s latest solo released on Audible is a western historical romance called Snow Angel: A Romantic Christmas Novella by Davalynn Spencer.

As a child, she lost something precious at Christmas. Twenty years later, she’s about to lose her heart.

Lena Carver works as her physician brother’s medical assistant, housekeeper, and cook despite her disfigurement from a childhood accident. Each year, the Christmas holidays come with contradictions – cherished memories of a mysterious encounter and painful recollections of a great loss. Lena lives with the belief that she is beyond love’s reach, until a dark-eyed cowboy arrives broken, bruised, and bent on changing her mind.

Wil Bergman wakes in a stranger’s home with a busted leg, a bullet-creased scalp, and no horse. Trail-weary, robbed, and penniless, his dreams and plans for a future are suddenly unattainable. Forced to recuperate in the home of a country doctor, he finds himself at the mercy of a surgeon whose sister’s healing touch has power to stitch up his lonely heart and open his eyes to the impossible.

To listen to the sample and or purchase the book, head to Audible here.

 

The second new release is another full-cast production from The Online Stage of the children’s  classic Pinocchio by Carlos Collodi.  Lee Ann played two small roles in this one.

Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
Translated from the Italian by Carol Della Chiesa
Presented by The Online Stage

Carlo Collodi’s whimsical recasting of the myth of Pygmalion and Galatea was first published in 1883 and has since become an established classic of children’s literature. Geppetto, a poor wood carver, receives a piece of wood from which he carves a marionette. Much to his surprise, the puppet springs to life and embarks on a wild series of adventures.

Cast

Narrator – Michelle Marie

Pinocchio – Becca Maggie

Geppetto – Denis Daly

The Fairy – Amanda Friday

Also featuring the voices of Andrew Coleman, Andy Harrington, Ben Lindsey-Clark, Ben Stevens, Chyanne Donnell, Craig Franklin, Elizabeth Chambers, Erin Grassie, Grace Garrett, Griffin Johnson, Isabelle Friday, Jeff Moon, John Burlinson, Joseph Tabler, Larry Wilson, Leanne Yau, Lee Ann Howlett, Marty Krz, Peter Tucker, Phil Benson, Rob Goll, Russell Gold, Sara Sheckells and Susan Iannucci.

To listen to the sample and/or purchase the book, check Audible here.

 

 

 

Lee Ann’s two newest productions now available on Audible.  First up is a nonfiction book that is a mixture of true crime and history set in New York City.  The Belle of Bedford Avenue: The Sensational Brooks-Burns Murder in Turn-of-the-Century New York by Virginia A. McConnell covers an infamous murder and trial that occurred in the early 1900s.

“At the turn of the 20th century, many affluent Brooklyn teens and young adults were bucking the constraints of their immigrant parents and behaving badly: drinking, having sex, staying out all night, stealing, scamming local businesses, and engaging in other more serious activities.

When 20-year-old Walter Brooks was murdered in a seedy Manhattan hotel in 1902, the ensuing court case was front-page news throughout the country. The hearings featured testimonies about these young people’s secret lives that shocked parents and inspired much editorial commentary in the newspapers. From start to finish, the case was viewed as a cautionary tale for parents, for boys who could be led astray, and for girls who risked their reputations to be popular.

Set against the colorful backdrop of Coney Island, roadhouses, forbidden dance halls, and vaudeville, The Belle of Bedford Avenue follows the young woman at the heart of the case from her trial for the murder of Walter Brooks to her adulthood.

The crime itself, interestingly, occurred in the location of Ground Zero and today’s September 11 Memorial. The trial was conducted by William Travers Jerome, who went on to become a legendary New York City prosecutor.”

You can listen to the sample and/or purchase the book here.

The second recording is a full-cast radio drama by writer Josh Bourne.  Down With My Demons was produced by members of Voices of Today in cooperation with Spoken Realms.

Ten years after a tragic incident on the lake, an AA meeting in a small, religious town in the deep south of the USA descends into bitterness and chaos when a flood hits. Trapped within the local church, tempers escalate and well-buried secrets begin to emerge. Personalities clash, reputations are dissected and questioned, and everybody’s demons are laid bare.

Lee Ann plays the character of Jael.

To listen to the sample and/or purchase the book, head to Audible here.

 

 

 

 

 

As a member of The Online Stage, Lee Ann participated in two new full-cast productions now available on Audible.

First up is Floyd Dell: A Collection of Plays by Floyd Dell.  This recording consists of 11 of Dell’s plays, including “The Rim of the World” in which Lee Ann plays a role.

To listen to a sample of the recording and/or purchase the collection, head to Audible here.

 

The second audiobook is a new production of the American classic, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne.  Lee Ann plays the role of Dame 3.

“Scorned by her 17th century New England Puritan village, Hester Prynne struggles to raise her precocious daughter, Pearl, who is the result of an affair and whose father is unknown. Despite being forced to wear a scarlet letter A as a brand for her adultery, Hester tries to live a life of repentance and dignity. Pearl’s father comes forward as he is struggling under the weight of his own shame and sin.”

You can listen to the sample and/or purchase this book on Audible here.

 

 

 

 

Lee Ann’s recording of a classic detective mystery — The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green —  is now available on Audible.  This book was produced by Voices of Today via Spoken Realms.

“A man is found dead in the study of his New York City house and Detective Gryce is called upon to deduce the how and why of his murder – if it is indeed a murder.

With the assistance of Miss Amelia Butterworth, Gryce must investigate the meaning of the meager clues, including the cries of a talking bird, in order to uncover what happened to the victim.  Solving this crime will involve several generations of two families.

Author Anna Katharine Green was often referred to as ‘the mother of the detective novel’ and was an early influence on Agatha Christie.”

To listen to the sample and/or purchase the book, head to Audible here.

 

 

 

Lee Ann participated in two new recordings of classics now available on Audible.  She performed the role of the narrator in a full-cast production of Little Men by Louisa May Alcott.  The Online Stage produced this title in cooperation with Spoken Realms.

“Published in 1871, Little Men is a sequel to the novel, Little Women. It tells the continuing story of Jo March, who has married Professor Bhaer, with whom she now runs a small school.

Cast

Narrator: Lee Ann Howlett

Ragged Boy/Nat/Uncle Teddy: Andy Harrington

John/Emil/Comodore/Silas/Peter: Jeff Moon

Servant maid/Mary Ann/Nan: Leanne Yau

Tommy Bangs/Dick/Nursey/Asia/Meg: P J Morgan

Demi/Kitty Mouse: Arielle Lipshaw

Daisy/Sally/Adolphus/Dolly: Tiffany Halla Colonna

Jo/Rob: Amanda Friday

Mr Bhaer: Ben Lindsey-Clark

Franz/Jack: Ted Wenskus

Stuffy/George: Tomas Peter

Ned: Anastasia Durning

Teddy/Amy: Becca Maggie

Dan/Billy: Maureen Boutilier

Little Bess: Miranda Hodges

Dr Firth/Mr Roberts/Grandpa/Mr Hyde: Ben Stevens

Audio edited by Libby Stephenson.”

The sample and purchase information can be found here.

The second recording is a three narrator version of A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle.  Lee Ann performs the voices of the American characters.  This book was produced by Voices of Today via Spoken Realms.

A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Narrated by Linda Barrans, Cate Barratt, and Lee Ann Howlett.

Consulting detective Sherlock Holmes is first introduced to the reading and listening public in A Study in Scarlet, along with his soon-to-be fellow sleuth Dr. John Watson. First published in 1887, the novel is one of only four full-length works by the author in his original canon of Holmes cases. The murders in question are committed in London, but the actions leading up to them were perpetrated in America, calling for a transcontinental narration of this most interesting story.”

This book is available from Audible here.

 

 

 

 

Lee Ann is thrilled to announce that she received two nominations for a 2019 Independent Audiobook Award in the Nonfiction category.

There are 21 separate categories with five finalists in each.  The ceremony for the awards is held as part of the Hear Now Festival in Kansas City, Missouri on June 7, 2019.  All the information, including the nominees in each category, can be found on the Hear Now page here.

Lee Ann’s nominated performances are for the following books:  Dolly Parton, Gender, and Country Music by Leigh H. Edwards (published by University Press Audiobooks) and Dying to Get Married: The Courtship and Murder of Julie Miller Bulloch by Ellen Harris (published by Crossroad Press).

Best of luck to all of this year’s nominees!

 

 

 

 

 

Lee Ann was pleased to narrate the third and final book in the Behind the Badge series about Floy Turner’s career as a woman in Florida law enforcement.  Behind Her Criminal Investigator’s Badge: 9/11, Missing and Exploited Children, and Life in the Pursuit of Human Traffickers by Floy Turner and Sherrie Clark rounds out the trilogy.

“Special Agent Floy Turner returns for her final crime-fighting battles. With the first page bringing us back to historical 9/11, Floy finds herself in a precarious situation as she and her team face the potential threats of entering and searching the apartments of the 9/11 terrorists mere hours after the attacks.

The action has only begun as evil continues to intensify. From escorting renown serial killer Aileen Wournos to her execution to interrupting the insidious ploys of kidnappers, cybercrime predators, and human traffickers, Turner uses her seasoned investigator’s skills to ensure justice is served.

Buckle in with Turner and get ready to go on another sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat ride, delving deep into complex and headline-making investigations, all from behind her badge.”

To listen to the sample and/or purchase the book, head to Audible here.

 

 

 

 

Lee Ann’s latest recording is now available on Audible.  American Empress: The Life and Times of Marjorie Merriweather Post by Nancy Rubin Stuart is a biography of the Post cereal heiress and philanthropist.

American Empress is the best-selling history of the dramatic life of heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, daughter of breakfast-cereal magnate C.W. Post, founder of the Postum Cereal Company.

As a girl growing up in the Midwest, young Marjorie Post helped glue cereal boxes in her father’s barn, later sat on the board of directors of her father’s company, wed several times, and by late middle age was widely acknowledged as the “Queen of Washington, DC” because of her friendship with presidents, senators, diplomats, and royalty.

During the nearly nine decades of her life, the beautiful and vastly wealthy Mrs. Post had four husbands – among them stockbroker E.F. Hutton and Joseph Davies, ambassador to Soviet Russia under Stalin – built several glittering mansions, including Palm Beach’s legendary Mar-a-Lago, and sailed the seven seas on her huge yacht, the Sea Cloud.

A glamorous and warm-hearted woman who retained her Midwestern twang and fondness for square dancing, Mrs. Post was also mother to actress Dina Merrill. Throughout her life, she gave generously to hundreds of civic and artistic causes, among them the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington Ballet, and the Kennedy Center.

Thanks to her brains, beauty, and vast wealth, Mrs. Post was a woman well ahead of her era, whose natural business acumen created the frozen foods industry and helped transform the Postum Cereal Company into the General Foods Corporation.

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.

To listen to the sample and/or purchase the book, head to Audible here.

 

 

The second book Lee Ann recorded by author Ellen Harris is now for sale on Audible.  Dying to Get Married: The Courtship and Murder of Julie Miller Bulloch was published by Crossroad Press and is another entry in the true crime genre.

Dying to Get Married is a modern day morality tale of the perversion of an American dream. Julie Miller was a successful executive, who, through a newspaper ad, met who she thought was “Mr. Right”. Little did she know that he had a violent past and a predisposition for bizarre sexual rituals. This tragic true-crime tale will shock its horrified listeners.

To  listen to the sample and/or purchase the book, please check Audible here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lee Ann’s latest recording is now for sale on Audible.  A riveting true crime book published by Crossroad Press.  Guarding the Secrets: Palestinian Terrorism and a Father’s Murder of his Too-American Daughter is one of two books by Ellen Harris that Lee Ann has narrated.

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.

To listen to the sample and/or purchase the book, head to Audible here.

 

 

 

Lee Ann greatly enjoyed being a part of this production as a member of The Online Stage.  Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling was recently released on Audible in cooperation with Spoken Realms.  Lee Ann played the role of Teshumai, mother of Taffy.

Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling. Kipling’s delightful collection of imaginative tales about natural history has captivated children and adults alike since its publication in 1902. Here the stories are presented in dramatic format by members of The Online Stage:

  1. “How the Whale Got His Throat”
  2. “How the Camel Got His Hump”51GoaH6iajL._SL500_
  3. “How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin”
  4. “How the Leopard Got His Spots”
  5. “The Elephant’s Child”
  6. “The Sing-Song of Old Man Kangaroo”
  7. “The Beginning of the Armadillos”
  8. “How the First Letter Was Written”
  9. “How the Alphabet Was Made”
  10. “The Crab That Played with the Sea”
  11. “The Cat That Walked by Himself”
  12. “The Butterfly That Stamped”
  13. “The Tabu Tale”

Featuring the voices of Alan Weyman, Amanda Friday, Andy Harrington, Ben Stevens, Christianne Lupher, Chyanne Donnell, Denis Daly, Elizabeth Chambers, Jeff Moon, Jennifer Fournier, John Burlinson, K.G. Cross, Larry Wilson, Leanne Yau, Lee Ann Howlett, Marty Krz, Maureen Boutilier, Michelle Marie, Nancy German, Noel Badrian, P.J. Morgan, Ron Altman, Sarah Bacaller, Susan Iannucci, and Ted Wenskus. Music excerpts from Scenes from Childhood and Novelleten by Robert Schumann. Audio edited by Denis Daly.

To listen to the sample and or purchase the book, head to Audible here.

 

Lee Ann is happy to announce her latest solo recording is now on sale at Audible.  Dolly Parton, Gender, and Country Music by Leigh H. Edwards and published by University Press Audiobooks is an in-depth look at Parton’s use of gender roles in her music.

“Dolly Parton is instantly recognizable for her iconic style and persona, but how did she create her enduring image? Dolly crafted her exaggerated appearance and stage personality by combining two opposing stereotypes – the innocent mountain girl and the voluptuous sex symbol. Emerging through her lyrics, personal stories, stage presence, and visual imagery, these wildly different gender tropes form a central part of Dolly’s media image and portrayal of herself as a star and celebrity. By developing a multilayered image and persona, Dolly both critiques representations of femininity in country music and attracts a diverse fan base ranging from country and pop music fans to feminists and gay rights advocates.

In Dolly Parton, Gender, and Country Music, Leigh H. Edwards explores Dolly’s roles as musician, actor, author, philanthropist, and entrepreneur to tell how Dolly’s gender subversion highlights the challenges that can be found even in the most seemingly traditional form of American popular music. As Dolly depicts herself as simultaneously “real” and “fake”, she offers new perspectives on country music’s claims of authenticity.”

To listen to the sample and/or purchase the book, head to Audible here.

 

Lee Ann is pleased to announce that her recording of a book by New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Morris is now for sale on Audible.  A Murder in My Hometown is part true crime and part memoir.

“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.”

This is the second book by Rebecca Morris that Lee Ann has narrated.  The first was Ted and Ann: The Mystery of a Missing Child and Her Neighbor Ted Bundy. 

To listen to a sample and/or purchase A Murder in My Hometown, head to Audible here.

 

Lee Ann’s latest recordings, solo and full-cast, are available via Audible and the Internet Archive.
Winston’s World: Trilogy by Sam Jerris is a children’s book suitable for ages 5-7.  The book is a trilogy of three separate stories about Winston the dog and features an original score by Corinne Aquilina.

Winston’s World is a magical short story with music….

Winston is an inquisitive dog who shares an adventure with a dancing teddy bear, Timothy. Every full moon, a guardian owl, Hoot, brings Timothy to life under a full moon. This trilogy brings the two ragamuffins together in a bonding friendship with mischievous fun.”

To listen to the sample and/or purchase the book, head to Audible here.

Lee Ann was happy to take part in a free production via The Online Stage.

Trifles by Susan Glaspell is a one-act play now available via The Internet Archive.  Lee Ann plays Mrs. Hale.

John Wright has been found dead in his bed, with a rope around his neck. His widow admits that she was sleeping in the same bed, but claims to have slept through the whole incident. Will the canny county attorney be able to work out what really happened?

The play can be streamed/downloaded by heading here.  To view all of the free productions available from The Online Stage, check out their Internet Archive page here.

Last, but not least, Lee Ann played the role of Mrs. Hale in the children’s classic Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery.  Another production from The Online Stage in cooperation with Spoken Realms.

The always delightful and entertaining classic Anne of Green Gables is performed by actors from The Online Stage! Written in 1908, for all ages, by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery. She published as L. M. Montgomery.

Anne Shirley is an 11-year-old orphan adopted by a middle-aged brother and sister, Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert. They had wanted to adopt a boy to help with their farm on Prince Edward Island in the fictional town of Avonlea. Matthew persuades Marilla to give Anne a chance. Anne is a handful, and they fall in love with her.

The sequels will follow Anne as she grows up under their care for her.  To listen to the sample and/or purchase the book, link to Audible here.

 

Lee Ann’s newest recording is now for sale on Audible.  A Special Kind of Evil: The Colonial Parkway Serial Killings by Blaine L. Pardoe and Victoria R. Hester, published by WildBlue Press, is in the true crime genre.

For four years a killer, or killers, stalked Virginia’s Tidewater region, carefully selecting victims, sending waves of terror into the local community.

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.”

To listen to the sample and/or purchase the book, head to Audible here.

 

Lee Ann has had roles in several productions released recently by The Online Stage.  Two are available for sale on Audible and one is free via The Internet Archive.

A Radio Play Collection by Mike Murphy features six of Mike’s radio plays.  Lee Ann has a role in The Return of Cosmo Draper.  The other plays included are: Danny MacIntyre Meets the Molecule, Family Tree, Happy Birthday, Dear Emily, The Forever Pill, and The Gift. 

You can listen to a sample and/or purchase the recording here.

The second production available on Audible is The Happy Prince & Other Tales by Oscar Wilde.  Lee Ann had small roles in three of the plays — The Happy Prince, The Nightingale and the Rose, The Selfish Giant, The Devoted Friend, and The Remarkable Rocket.

This production was edited and produced by audiobook narrator Elizabeth Klett.

To listen to the sample and/or purchase, head here.

 

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