For Love and Life Vol. 1

Read by LibriVox Volunteers

(3.7 stars; 3 reviews)

“The device on his shield was a young oak tree pulled up by the roots, with the Spanish word Desdichado, signifying Disinherited.” The novel opens with Mrs. Murray walking with two of her grandchildren along the banks of Loch Arroch in the Scottish border country. They appear to be well-to-do and distinguished, but all is not well within the family and sacrifices are necessary. - Summary by Lynne Thompson (8 hr 13 min)


On the Shores of Loch Arroch 22:07 Read by Jim Locke
Edgar 24:51 Read by Matea Bracic
Jeanie 22:45 Read by Jim Locke
A Family Consultation 21:00 Read by TR Love
The Family Martyr 26:45 Read by Justin Hew
A Party in a Parlour 22:39 Read by Ryan Williams
Gentility 19:10 Read by madcappe
A Railway Journey: The Scotch Express 23:14 Read by davidholmesvoice
Alone 21:45 Read by torre435
A Noble Patron 20:21 Read by madcappe
Waiting for a Situation 19:24 Read by madcappe
Disappointment 18:05 Read by madcappe
A new Friend 21:44 Read by madcappe
The Enchanted Palace 19:42 Read by Jim Locke
Reality 29:03 Read by davidholmesvoice
A Pair of Philanthropists 20:28 Read by davidholmesvoice
The Shop 23:40 Read by littlemissclumsy
Two Culprits on their Trial 26:02 Read by Jim Locke
Schemes and Speculations 21:17 Read by Jim Locke
The Village 18:44 Read by Jim Locke
Wisdom and Foolishness 22:49 Read by davidholmesvoice
The Opposite Camp 27:30 Read by Jim Locke



(1 stars)

This book might be worth a listen - however - the reader Jim Locke ruins it. I have listened to around 500 books and short stories on LibriVox over the last five years and I have encountered Mr. Locke's readings many times. He is a prolific contributor and he is hard to avoid if one plays as many readings as I have. His delivery is wooden and given in a monotone without any trace of emotion. I find his work as appealing as the sound emitted by a fingernail scratching a blackboard. This work, as I stated in my first sentence, may indeed be worth listening to. I am skipping Mr. Locke's chapters; maybe his monotone will put me to sleep.