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Five Children and It

While exploring the beach, four adventurous children make the acquaintance of a very odd creature: a sand fairy. When they have adapted to the brusque and forthright demeanour of the fairy they discover that he has unusual powers, which he can be persuaded to demonstrate. As a result the children enjoy many bizarre adventures, some of which are dangerous, but all of which are entertaining.

Five Children and It is the first volume of a trilogy. The later escapades of the children are described in the succeeding volumes, The Phoenix and the Carpet and the Story of the Amulet.

Narrated by Cate Barratt.

Jane - Charlotte Duckett
Anthea - Libby Stephenson
Cyril - Amanda Friday
Robert - Becca Maggie
Psammead - John Burlinson
Martha – K.G.Cross
The Lamb - Amanda Friday
Cook - Jennifer Fournier
Rebecca - Cate Barratt
Mother - Elizabeth Klett
Amelia - Maureen Boutillier
Jessie - Leanne Yau
Little Girl - Miranda Hodges
Mr Beale - Denis Daly
Mr Crispin – tovarisch
Mr Peasmarsh - Alan Weyman
Beale the Gamekeeper - David Prickett
Pharaoh - Brett Downey
Levi - Brian Mansi

Audio edited by Michele Eaton.

Link to audio: Five Children and It

Alice in Wonderland

“Curiouser and curiouser!” Join 7-year-old Alice as she tumbles down the rabbit hole to have an adventure in Wonderland, in Lewis Carroll’s classic novel beloved by children and adults alike. Alice encounters many strange and curious creatures in Wonderland, including the anxious White Rabbit, the rather unhelpful Caterpillar, the disappearing Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter and his guests at the tea party, and the horrible Queen of Hearts.

Featuring the voices of Noel Badrian, Miranda Hodges, Joseph Tabler, Leanne Yau, Susan Iannucci, Chyanne Donnell,
Andrew Coleman, Ben Stevens, Lee Ann Howlett, Anastasia Durning, Richard Andrews, Caprisha Page, Jennifer Fournier, Linda Barrans, Denis Daly, Erin Louttit, Brett Downey,
Elizabeth Klett, Charlotte Duckett, PJ Morgan, Garrison Moore, Amanda Friday, K.G.Cross, Brett Downey, John Burlinson, Maureen Boutilier, Jeff Moon, Michele Eaton, Marty Kryz, Carol Box, Alan Weyman, and Bob Gonzalez.

Audio edited by Elizabeth Klett.

All proceeds from the sale of this audiobook will be donated to Charity Water, a non-profit organization which is dedicated to the building of sustainable, community-owned water projects around the world.

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Alice in Wonderland

The Phoenix and the Carpet

This book is the continuation of the adventures of the children in Five Children and It. They are given a carpet which, unknown to their parents, contains a magic egg which hatches into a phoenix. Like the Psammead in the first book the carpet has the power to grant wishes. After a series of hectic escapades, the phoenix announces that the end of his lifespan is approaching and lays a egg from which his future self will be born in 2000 years time. The carpet, which is now worn out through continual use, is entrusted with the mission of conveying the egg to its resting place.

Narrated by Cate Barratt

Jane - Charlotte Duckett
Anthea   - Libby Stephenson
Cyril - Amanda Friday
Robert - Becca Maggie
The Phoenix  - Ben Lindsey-Clark
Mother - Elizabeth Klett
Father - Peter Tucker
The Lamb and Henri – Ollie and Izzy Lindsey-Clark
Cook, French Lady and Crowd Voice - Jennifer Fournier
Eliza, Miss Peasmarsh and Crowd Voice - Leanne Yau
Indian Queen and Miss Amelia – K.G.Cross
Mrs Biddle - Linda Barrans
Miss Selina - Carol Box
Burglar and Porter - David Prickett
Rev. Blenkinsop  and Clerk – Alan Weyman
Urb,  Carpet Seller, Curate and and Theatre Attendant - Brett Downey
Ike, Islander, Indian, Uncle Reginald and Crowd Voice - John Burlinson

Audio edited by Michele Eaton

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The Phoenix and the Carpet

 Through the Looking Glass

Through the Looking Glass
By Lewis Carroll

Lewis Carroll's delightful sequel to Alice in Wonderland finds seven-year-old Alice off on another exciting adventure into Looking-Glass World. On her journey, she meets life-size chess pieces, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, Humpty Dumpty, and a host of fairy-tale creatures. 

Performed by a splendid cast, this Online Stage production will charm listeners of all ages. 

Narration by Noel Badrian.

Featuring Miranda Hodges as Alice.

Also featuring the voices of Linda Barrans, John Burlinson, Elizabeth Chambers, Denis Daly, Brett Downey, Michele Eaton, Jennifer Fournier, Amanda Friday, K.G Cross, Bob Gonzalez, Andy Harrington, Marie Hoffman, Lee Ann Howlett, Kalynda, Elizabeth Klett, Arielle Lipshaw, Ben Stevens, Joseph Tabler, and Alan Weyman.

Audio edited by Elizabeth Klett.

All proceeds from the sales of this audiobook will be donated to Action Against Hunger, an organization that saves the lives of severely malnourished children while helping vulnerable communities become self-sufficient.

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Through the Looking Glass


Little Women

First published in 1869, Little Women is the story of four sisters growing up against the background of the American Civil War.   Alcott wrote the book at the urging of the publisher, Thomas Niles, who was seeking a story about girls that would have popular appeal.  Although it was commenced essentially as a children’s book, it developed into something of a bildungsroman,  which touches on more serious issues such as the difficulties faced by single parent families, death of a sibling and fractured relationships.

The book was an immediate success at publication and has become a classic of young adult fiction.  It has been adapted numerous times for presentation both on stage and on film.

Narration by Lee Ann Howlett.

Also featuring the voices of Amanda Friday, PJ Morgan, Tiffany Halla Colonna, Becca Maggie, Elizabeth Klett, Andy Harrington, Ron Altman, Ben Lindsey-Clark, Glenn Hascall, Nancy German, Maureen Boutilier, Jeff Moon, Jennifer Fournier, Miranda Hodges, Izzy Lindsey-Clark,  Rebecca Thomas, Brett Downey, Sarah Hulslander, Chris Marcellus, Leanne Yau, Cate Barratt, Libby Stephenson, Marty Krz and David Prickett.

Audio edited by Elizabeth Klett and Michele Eaton.

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Little Women

 The Story of the Amulet

This is final instalment in Edith Nesbit’s classic trilogy of time-traveling adventures by four enterprising children.  The other volumes are Five Children and It, and The Phoenix and the Carpet, both of which have also been recorded by The Online Stage.

Narrated by Cate Barratt

This is final instalment in Edith Nesbit’s classic trilogy of time-traveling adventures by four enterprising children.  The other volumes are Five Children and It, and The Phoenix and the Carpet, both of which have also been recorded by The Online Stage.

Jane - Charlotte Duckett
Anthea  - Libby Stephenson
Cyril - Amanda Friday
Robert - Becca Maggie
The Psammead - John Burlinson

Additional roles performed by Jeff Moon, Carol Box, K.G.Cross, Leanne Yau,
Elizabeth Chambers, Jennifer Fournier, Michele Eaton, Miranda Hodges.
Ron Altman, Alan Weyman, tovarisch, David Prickett, Brett Downey,  Chris Marcellus,
Denis Daly and Peter Tucker.

Link to audio:
The Story of the Amulet


Anne of Green Gables

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. 


Narrator - Susan Iannucci 

Anne Shirley - Amanda Friday 

Marilla Cuthbert - Elizabeth Klett 

Flora Jane Spencer, Dianna Barry, Miss Stacy - Tiffany Halla Colonna 

Mrs. Rachel Lynde, Josie Pie, Miss Lucilla Harris - Maureen Boutilier 

Matthew Cuthbert - Ron Altman 

Gilbert Blythe, Stationmaster, Jimmy Glover, somebody - Ted Wenskus 

Ruby Gillis, Carrie Sloane - Becca Maggie 

Mr. Phillips, Doctor, Moody Spurgeon - Jeff Moon 

Mrs. Barry - Lee Ann Howlett 

Mrs. Peter Blewett, Aunt Josephine Barry, a stout lady - Marie Hoffman 

Mrs. Spencer, Mrs Allan, Jane Andrews - PJ Morgan 

Production and audio editing by Susan Iannucci 

LInk to audio:

Anne of Green Gables

 Just So Stories

 Kipling's delightful collection of imaginative tales about natural history has captivated children and adults alike since its publication in 1902.


  "How the Whale Got His Throat"
  "How the Camel Got His Hump"
  "How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin"
  "How the Leopard Got His Spots"
  "The Elephant's Child"
  "The Sing-Song of Old Man Kangaroo"
  "The Beginning of the Armadillos"
  "How the First Letter Was Written"
  "How the Alphabet Was Made"
  "The Crab That Played with the Sea"
  "The Cat That Walked by Himself"
  "The Butterfly That Stamped"
  "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.

Link to audio:

Just So Stories

 Anne of Avonlea

Following Anne of Green Gables (1908), this book was written by Lucy Maud Montgomery in 1909. From the age of 16 to 18, Anne is about to start her first term teaching at the Avonlea school.

The book soon introduces Anne's new and problematic neighbor, Mr. Harrison, and his foul-mouthed parrot, as well as the twins, Davy and Dora. Other characters introduced are some of Anne's new pupils and Miss Lavendar Lewis, a sweet but lonely lady. This book sees Anne maturing slightly, even though she still cannot avoid getting into a number of her familiar scrapes, as only Anne can - some of which include selling her neighbor's cow (having mistaken it for her own), or getting stuck in a broken duck house roof while peeping into a pantry window.

Narration by Susan Iannucci

Featuring the voices of Amanda Friday, Elizabeth Klett, David Stifel, Tiffany Halla Colonna, Maureen Boutilier, Grace Keller Scotch, Jeff Moon, Marie Hoffman, P.J. Morgan, Ted Wenskus, Tomas Peter, Andy Harrington, Becca Maggie, and Ben Stevens.

Audio edited by Susan Iannucci

Link to audio:
Anne of Avonlea

 Little Lord Fauntleroy

Frances Hodgson Burnett's heartwarming novel about an idealistic and impoverished American child who unexpectedly finds himself transplanted into the English aristocracy has long been considered a true classic of children's fiction. 

Young Cedric lives with his widowed mother in New York. His late father was a British earl who had been disowned by his father for marrying an American. As all of the earl of Dorincourt's sons have now died, he begrudgingly looks to Cedric as his sole heir. While the earl soon comes to love the endearing little Cedric, conflict arises when a strange woman appears on the scene and insists that her son is the true heir.


Narrator - Christianne Lupher
Cedric - Miranda Hodges
Mrs. Errol - Maureen Boutilier
Mr. Hobbs - Marty Krz
Mr. Havisham - Ron Altman
Earl of Dorincourt - Denis Daly
Dick - Ben Stevens 

Additional voices provided by Sarah Bacaller, Lee Ann Howlett, Susan Iannucci, Nancy German, P J Morgan, Alan Weyman, Danielle Cohen, Jeff Moon, Phil Benson, Sarah Mitchell, Leanne Yau, Andy Harrington, Andrew Coleman, Ken Foster, and Elizabeth Klett.

Audio edited by Amanda Friday, Elizabeth Klett, and Denis Daly.

Link to audio:
Little Lord Fauntleroy

Little Men

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.   

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

Link to audio:

Little Men

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