The Curious Quest


Read by Adrian Praetzellis

(4.9 stars; 95 reviews)

A sweet, simple tale of how friendship and honesty triumph over money. The protagonist’s pun of a name—Ernest Bliss—foreshadows the plot in which this bored young millionaire transforms his indolent self and finds love. Typical of its era (1919), this book contains a few antisemitic stereotypes. The story was made famous by the 1936 film The Amazing Quest of Ernest Bliss with Cary Grant and Mary Brian.

E. Phillips Oppenheim (1866-1946), was born in London and wrote more than one hundred novels as well as many short stories and film adaptations, some under the name of Anthony Partridge. His 1941 autobiography, The Pool of Memory, is well worth reading. (Summary by Adrian Praetzellis) (9 hr 8 min)

Chapters

Chapter 01 19:51 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chapter 02 18:15 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chapters 03, 04 22:59 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chapter 05 20:22 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chapters 06, 07 33:35 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chapters 08, 09 31:30 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chapter 10 28:24 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chapter 11 19:01 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chapter 12 20:55 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chapter 13 26:39 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chapter 14 20:30 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chapter 15 17:51 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chapters 16, 17, 18 29:32 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chapter 19 12:35 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chapter 20 16:49 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chapters 21, 22 19:38 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chapters 23, 24 18:52 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chapter 25 30:44 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chapter 26 15:39 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chapter 27 15:40 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chapter 28 23:37 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chapter 29 22:55 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chapters 30, 31 22:03 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chapter 32 21:16 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chapter 33 19:03 Read by Adrian Praetzellis

Reviews

Delightful!!


(5 stars)

I enjoyed this thoroughly from characters to unusual plot to the reader. i will be recomending this book to everyone!

Wonderful


(5 stars)

A lovely story. All the characters come to life in this excellent reading. It held my interest throughout and, although it is a moral tale, there is no sermonising . It covers many situations experienced by those living a hard life and I hope it did / does make others realise what destitution is like. SPOILER ALERT !!! Wonderful happy ending.

Surprisingly good!!!


(5 stars)

I thoroughly enjoyed this story, it was very interesting. The characters were believable and I was swept up in their stories. I couldn't wait to hear what was would happen next. the reader was excellent


(5 stars)

Many thanks to the author for writing such a book and the reader for speaking so entertainingly. Well worth a listen.


(5 stars)

Great story, and a FABULOUS reader! Thank you, Sir, for an outstanding job!

Beautiful story, and well read!


(5 stars)

This story was reminiscent of "Around the World in Eighty Days," with a lot of Charles Dickens thrown in and even a little Mark Twain (particularly, "Connecticut Yankee"). I first heard about the story when my wife and I watched the Cary Grant movie version of it. The movie, at just over an hour, did not have the time to develop the story, leaving is a little confused over some of the details. Since the overall story was nice enough, I decided to enjoy the original novel. I was not disappointed at all! This book could easily be made into a very long movie, or even a miniseries! I found the very well-read audio book on LibriVox, which brought the characters very well to life by Adrian Praetzellis. I would highly recommend this book — and Mr. Praetzellis' reading of it — to everyone who enjoys the classics from ones such as Dickens, Twain, and Verne.

Great listen


(5 stars)

I loved this book. Never a dull moment, and I was rooting so hard for the hero to make it through. One of my favorite readers, too.

Great yarn, excellently narrated


(5 stars)

This was a really interesting story, well written and we'll read. Many thanks to the narrator for his engaging and enjoyable style!