The Fortunes of Glencore

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(3.6 stars; 5 reviews)

Viscount Glencore has retreated to live alone with his son in Glencore castle after his wife deserted him claiming she did not love him. He wishes to exact revenge on her by denouncing the marriage and therefore proclaiming his son to be illegitimate. This consequently robs the child of his birthright and upon his father telling him his intentions, the boy runs away and refuses to return home. Glencore asks his old friend Upton to become the boys guardian to which he agrees after much protestation against it. The boy and his companion Billy move abroad to pursue their schooling and try to live a life of anonymity but all does not go according to plan. (Summary by Michele Eaton) (17 hr 12 min)


Preface 5:08 Read by Clay Beauchamp
A Lonely Landscape 23:51 Read by Lynne T
Glencore Castle 12:10 Read by KarlHenning
Billy Traynor-Poet, Pedlar and Physician 15:46 Read by KarlHenning
A Visitor 20:55 Read by KarlHenning
Colonel Harcourt's Letter 12:29 Read by Linda Fredericks
Queer Companionship 15:16 Read by Linda Fredericks
A Great Diplomatist 13:53 Read by Jessi
The Great Man's Arrival 20:01 Read by Lynne T
A Medical Visit 15:59 Read by Lynne T
A Disclosure 22:29 Read by Grumpy Old Squid
Some Lights And Shadows Of Diplomatic Life 37:27 Read by Grumpy Old Squid
A Night At Sea 19:00 Read by Grumpy Old Squid
A Vow Accomplished 17:34 Read by Grumpy Old Squid
Billy Traynor And The Colonel 11:49 Read by Linda Fredericks
A Sick Bed 6:47 Read by Imagine
The Project 20:20 Read by Lynne T
A Tete-A-Tete 10:27 Read by Arlene Joyce
Billy Traynor As Orator 15:15 Read by Arlene Joyce
The Cascine At Florence 19:12 Read by Arlene Joyce
The Villa Fossombroni 16:18 Read by Arlene Joyce
Some Traits Of Life 12:50 Read by Arlene Joyce
An Uptonian Despatch 11:30 Read by Arlene Joyce
The Tutor And His Pupil 13:52 Read by Lynne T
How A Reception Comes To Its Close 22:32 Read by Lynne T
A Duke And His Minister 23:47 Read by Lynne T
Italian Troubles 16:41 Read by Linda Andrus
Carrara 16:03 Read by Linda Andrus
A Night Scene 15:01 Read by Lynne T
A Council Of State 12:29 Read by Lynne T
The Life They Led At Massa 15:37 Read by Linda Andrus
At Massa 18:23 Read by Linda Andrus
The Pavillion In The Garden 14:05 Read by Lynne T
Night Thoughts 16:12 Read by Lynne T
A Minister's Letter 17:42 Read by Steve C
Harcourt's Lodgings 31:51 Read by Linda Andrus
A Fevered Mind 20:34 Read by Linda Andrus
The Villa At Sorrento 26:59 Read by Linda Andrus
A Diplomatist's Dinner 29:46 Read by Linda Andrus
A Very Broken Narrative 28:53 Read by Linda Andrus
Uptonism 20:04 Read by Linda Andrus
An Evening In Florence 25:42 Read by Rosie
Madame De Sabbloukoff In The Morning 20:25 Read by Peter John Keeble
Doings In Downing Street 18:05 Read by Peter John Keeble
The Subtleties Of Statecraft 34:07 Read by Linda Andrus
Some Sad Reveries 28:18 Read by Linda Andrus
The Flood In The Magra 26:44 Read by Linda Andrus
A Fragment Of A Letter 17:11 Read by Lynne T
How A Sovereign Treats With His Minister 14:13 Read by Lynne T
Social Diplomacies 18:40 Read by Lynne T
Ante-Dinner Reflections 10:47 Read by Lynne T
Conflicting Thoughts 21:49 Read by Linda Fredericks
Major Scaresby's Visit 17:27 Read by Linda Fredericks
A Mask In Carnival Time 34:03 Read by Lynne T
The End 8:04 Read by Kimberly Krause


Thanks Again To all Readers

(5 stars)

I have looked back at some of the reviews I have written and I realize that I have concentrated more on my gratitude to Librivox and to all the readers that I have disgracefully fallen short on what I think of the stories, poems, etc. But as I listen to all of you reading I can't shake off the feeling of sincere gratitude I feel for all of your work and the time you have given me and so many others. I also feel very humble when I even consider that I am qualified to give a good review of the works of so many gifted men and women in what I feel was the "golden age" of literature. If I do not like a book I will not write a review of it or if I do not particularly like the sound of anyone's voice I could not say so and risk hurting that good person who has done their best for my benefit. So thank you all at Librivox and God bless you.


(4 stars)

The plot is straightforward, but a couple of things make this book really worth reading: the author gives us several unforgettable characters, a detailed and cynical view of British diplomacy in the mid-19th century, and a peek into the workings of a pathologically jealous mind.