Janet of the Dunes

Read by Roger Melin

(4.6 stars; 48 reviews)

Known primarily for her children's books, Harriet T. Comstock would occasionally depart from that genre and showcase her writing talent in adult prose as well. Janet of the Dunes is one such departure wherein she masterfully takes us into the lives of the bold men and women who tended those life saving stations along the seaboard which many a ship relied upon for their safety. They were simple people, large of heart and as close-knit as a tiny community can and must ever be, and they, above all else, took their duties very seriously. The story revolves primarily around Janet and her "Cap'n Billy Daddy" and how their lives and their devotion to one another are touched by the others within the small circle of people of the dunes, the hills, and the light. (Summary by Roger Melin) (7 hr 37 min)


Chapter 1 26:21 Read by Roger Melin
Chapter 2 16:24 Read by Roger Melin
Chapter 3 25:01 Read by Roger Melin
Chapter 4 31:19 Read by Roger Melin
Chapter 5 31:42 Read by Roger Melin
Chapter 6 28:47 Read by Roger Melin
Chapter 7 51:33 Read by Roger Melin
Chapter 8 25:52 Read by Roger Melin
Chapter 9 27:05 Read by Roger Melin
Chapter 10 26:13 Read by Roger Melin
Chapter 11 29:05 Read by Roger Melin
Chapter 12 43:55 Read by Roger Melin
Chapter 13 1:01:37 Read by Roger Melin
Chapter 14 32:51 Read by Roger Melin


Tender, yet tough, wide ranging thought provoking...relevant.

(5 stars)

A Wonderful Gift

(5 stars)

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lovely story!

(5 stars)

This is a very fine story about people who do the right thing, even though it is difficult, out of love for others. And also about the natural consequences of doing the wrong thing. It is also an adventure story in its quiet way. I was sorry to see that there aren't more stories on Librevox by this wonderful author.

Salty souls loving well

(5 stars)

Probably the fiction I've read this year! Encouraging and uplifting, while looking at a seaside town in all their eccentricities. A commentary on the good things that happen when men love women well. The reader was perfect! I'm going to have my daughter listen in when she's 12 or 13.

janet of the dunes

(4 stars)

as always Mr Melin makes any story come alive

(5 stars)

Lovely story, great narrator. Thank you

I loved it!

(5 stars)

I would love to hear Roger Melin read more books like this one. The story is enjoyable and encouraging. I've never heard of this author, Harriet T. Comstock, before. I've downloaded from Gutenberg another one of her books to read. Thank you, Libravox and Roger Melin!