An Inland Voyage

Read by LibriVox Volunteers

(3.8 stars; 9 reviews)

As a young man, Stevenson wished to be financially independent and began his literary career by writing travelogues. This is his first published work, written at a time when travel for pleasure was still a rarity. He and a friend traveled by canoe through France and Belgium and he relates how they were thrown in jail, mistaken for traveling salesmen and became embroiled in gypsy life. - Summary by Lynne Thompson (3 hr 56 min)


Preface 3:50 Read by Greg Giordano
Antwerp to Boom 8:21 Read by Kara Shallenberg
The Willebroek Canal 11:46 Read by DJRickyV
The Royal Sport Nautique 10:33 Read by Lynne T
At Mauberge 9:02 Read by Lynne T
On The Sambre Canalised 10:27 Read by TheLadyAmy
Pont-Sur-Sambre -- We Are Pedlars 11:39 Read by Lynne T
Pont-Sur-Sambre -- The Travelling Merchant 10:16 Read by Alan Mapstone
On The Sambre Canalised To Landrecies 10:38 Read by Lynne T
At Landrecies 8:53 Read by Lynne T
Sambre And Oise Canal -- Canal Boats 9:56 Read by Greg Giordano
The Oise In Flood 13:51 Read by Phil Schempf
Origny Sainte-Benoite -- A By-Day 9:07 Read by Denise Nordell
Origny Sainte-Benoite -- The Company At Table 9:52 Read by Denise Nordell
Down The Oise To Moy 11:37 Read by Gabriela Cowan
La Fere Of Cursed Memory 13:10 Read by Gabriela Cowan
Down The Oise Through The Golden Valley 4:39 Read by Alan Mapstone
Noyon Cathedral 10:52 Read by DJRickyV
Down The Oise To Compiegne 5:06 Read by Lynne T
At Compiegne 10:06 Read by Greg Giordano
Changed Times 12:53 Read by Greg Giordano
Down The Oise: Church Interiors 9:52 Read by KHand
Precy And The Marionnettes 16:49 Read by KHand
Back To The World 3:38 Read by Greg Giordano


Not one of RLS's best

(2 stars)

I had high hopes of this, having read and enjoyed other books by Stevenson, and having traveled through France and done some canoe touring myself. However, despite some good passages and occasional insights, this book features far too many long digressions into the author's sometimes rambling thoughts. The quality of the readings is mixed: some are fairly good, but others are hard to follow. The penultimate chapter includes a passage in French - a language which I understand - but the reader clearly had no idea how to pronounce it, with the result that I understood barely a quarter of the words. It may seem churlish to criticize readers who have kindly volunteered their time like this, but I really wish they would ensure they would check that they are up to reading the text before agreeing to read it.


(2.5 stars)

It has its moments, but they are few and far between.