The Heirloom - Complete


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(3.8 stars; 3 reviews)

It is not the pleasing office of the writer of fiction to unfold for the delectation of his readers the pages and pictures of the volume of life; and none know better than the true novelist that the wildest schemes which his imagination can conceive, the marvellous combinations which a turn of the magic kaleidoscope of eventualities, and what we misname fortune, may produce, are again and again out acted in real life.

With this apology the incidents of the following story are committed to the criticism of an indulgent, and the writer trusts, a not too severely critical world.

THE AUTHOR

"The hardiest spirit may well quail before the stupendous task of giving any accurate idea of what is, apparently, the first-fruits of Mr. Duthie-Lisle's imagination" (The Saturday Review Dec. 30, 1893)

"...obtrudes itself on almost every page as deficient in sense as of grammar" (The Academy Oct., 21, 1893)

"...this incredibly foolish book" (The Speaker Sept. 16, 1893)

"One of the missions of the literary critic is to warn off intending readers from books that are utterly worthless, and 'The Heirloom' comes within this category" (The Athenaeum Sept. 9, 1893). (12 hr 38 min)

Chapters

Preface 1:05 Read by Christopher Collins
Volume 1 Chapter 1: Dark Shadows 13:36 Read by Christopher Collins
Volume 1 Chapter 2: Vernwood 9:00 Read by Christopher Collins
Volume 1 Chapter 3: Memories Flown 15:05 Read by Christopher Collins
Volume 1 Chapter 4: Dark Days 14:36 Read by Ben Tucker
Volume 1 Chapter 5: Home 21:11 Read by lynnaea
Volume 1 Chapter 6: Love and Treasure 18:52 Read by David K. Ewen, M.Ed.
Volume 1 Chapter 7: Shadowing Gloom 21:00 Read by Andrei Florea
Volume 1 Chapter 8: The Broken Spell 19:56 Read by Andrei Florea
Volume 1 Chapter 9: A Spirit Desolate 19:03 Read by Andrei Florea
Volume 1 Chapter 10: Love's Labour Lost 13:49 Read by Andrei Florea
Volume 1 Chapter 11: Is He Mad? 21:21 Read by Andrei Florea
Volume 1 Chapter 12: The Pangs of Remorse 21:38 Read by Andrei Florea
Volume 1 Chapter 13: The Bloody Hand 25:55 Read by TriciaG
Volume 1 Chapter 14: The Finger of Scorn 27:27 Read by TriciaG
Volume 2 Chapter 1: The Shadow of Death 9:18 Read by Christopher Collins
Volume 2 Chapter 2: The Scales of Justice 12:12 Read by Christopher Collins
Volume 2 Chapter 3: In Another Land 22:59 Read by John
Volume 2 Chapter 4: The Ghostly Midnight Form 20:31 Read by Paul Hampton
Volume 2 Chapter 5: "Shadowing" a Ghost 24:16 Read by Paul Hampton
Volume 2 Chapter 6: A Dream of Gold 30:54 Read by Paul Hampton
Volume 2 Chapter 7: Light Athwart the Gloom 19:37 Read by Paul Hampton
Volume 2 Chapter 8: What "The World" Told 19:11 Read by Lorenzo Chamberlin
Volume 2 Chapter 9: Reading Between the Lines 17:16 Read by Andrew Gaunce
Volume 2 Chapter 10: "Captain West" 20:52 Read by littlemissclumsy
Volume 2 Chapter 11: The Grave: But Where's the Dead? 17:07 Read by Joe Bergin
Volume 2 Chapter 12: Blank 9:13 Read by ToddHW
Volume 2 Chapter 13: Only a Dog 43:32 Read by CalebSchroeder
Volume 3 Chapter 1: The Lost Heirloom 15:24 Read by TriciaG
Volume 3 Chapter 2: The Seal of the Dead 15:26 Read by TriciaG
Volume 3 Chapter 3: A Trap to Entrap a Sunbeam 20:52 Read by TriciaG
Volume 3 Chapter 4: What the Trapped Sunbeam Told 32:53 Read by TriciaG
Volume 3 Chapter 5: De Profundis 22:53 Read by TriciaG
Volume 3 Chapter 6: A Woman's Devotion 17:10 Read by BettyB
Volume 3 Chapter 7: More Light 27:03 Read by Paul Hampton
Volume 3 Chapter 8: Birds of a Feather Brought Together 20:31 Read by Paul Hampton
Volume 3 Chapter 9: St. Xavier's 39:18 Read by jpliao
Volume 3 Chapter 10: A Mother's Tears - At Last There is Rest 16:50 Read by Edgy

Reviews

Nice story, three times as long as necessary


(3 stars)

A good story inflated and inflated again. The author did themselves a disservice by writing such a pathetic and self defeating Preface. This was probably yet another of the many devices used to add more words. This said, many parts were enjoyable. As to the readers, unfortunately they are many. Most average, a couple awful and a couple more first class.