POSTPONED TO BE RESCHEDULED – Reading of Audiobook Adaptation: The Secret Garden & Good Wives (Little Women, Part 2) followed by a Tea

March 21, 2020 @ 3:30 pm
$28 with advance reservation; $32 day of


Actresses Alison Larkin and Anne Undeland will narrate two beloved novels, celebrating their launch as the latest additions to the audiobook library produced by Alison Larkin Presents, the Berkshire-based audiobook company.  The event, followed by a Victorian tea, will be held at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum on Saturday, March 21 at 3:30 pm.

Larkin, whose youthful experiences were very similar to that of Mary Lenox, the heroine in the classic The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, will narrate scenes from the book.

When her parents die from cholera in India, orphan Mary is sent to live with her uncle in a cold, dark mansion in England.  There she discovers a secret garden that has been locked up since her aunt’s death ten years earlier….   Larkin was adopted as a child and sent to live in a big, drafty English house, though without a secret garden.

According to AudioFile Magazine: “A novel rich in imagination, detail and surprises requires a narrator who can embrace every element of the story – Alison Larkin is that narrator.”

Larkin has appeared on and off Broadway with the Royal National Theatre.  She is also a comedienne, narrator of over 200 audiobooks and winner of eight AudioFile Earphones awards.  She is the bestselling author of The English American, an autobiographical novel about an adopted English woman who finds her birth parents in America.

Undeland, who last fall presented a reading that launched the audiobook company’s Little Women at Ventfort Hall, returns to read passages from the sequel, Good Wives, Little Women, Book Two.

 Three years after the conclusion of the story in the first book, we return to the March family, opening with Meg’s wedding. No longer little girls dreaming of “castles in the air,” Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy are now young women, each with her own share of joy and heartache, and each with her own path to forge.

Audiofile Magazine says: “Anne Undeland captivates listeners with her exquisite narration. Listeners are effortlessly transported…”

Undeland has been featured in numerous radio productions for BBC Radio, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and NPR affiliates in the US.  A long-time theater artist, she performs one-woman shows (a Ventfort Hall favorite) and is the author of plays including Lady Randy, the story of Jennie Jerome Lady Randolph Churchill, the mother of Sir Winston Churchill.

Tickets to attend are $28per person with an advance reservations $28 and $32 per person the day of. Reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited. For reservations call us at (413) 637-3206.

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To order Good Wives, Little Women, Book Two, visit: