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The Begum's Fortune

Gelesen von Kate Follis

(4,333 Sterne; 12 Bewertungen)

A novel with some utopian elements, but primarily dystopian. A French doctor and a German professor both inherit a vast fortune as descendants of a French soldier who married the rich widow of an Indian prince. They both decide to go to America and establish their own "ideal" society. Dr. Sarrasin, the French doctor, is focused on maintaining public health. He builds Ville-France. Professor Schultze, the German scientist, is a bit of a militarist and racist. He builds Stahlstadt and devotes his city to the production of ever more powerful weapons so that he can destroy Sarrasin's city. They manage to get the US to cede sovereignty to two cities so that the two newly rich men can create their utopia. The setting for Ville-France would place it on the Oregon Coast, near Bandon, Oregon. The location for the second city, Stahlstadt, is less clear, but the description would place it somewhere near Roseburg, Oregon. - Summary by Kate Follis (6 hr 21 min)

Chapters

Enter Mr. Sharp

23:31

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A Pair of Chums

26:10

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Effect of an Item of News

24:57

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Two Claimants

26:11

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Stahlstadt

27:36

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The Albrecht Pit

22:54

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The Central Block

21:16

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The Dragon's Den

33:00

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P.P.C.

22:40

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An Article from "Unsere Centurie", a German Review

25:02

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At Dinner with Doctor Sarrasin

13:28

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The Council

21:02

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News for the Professor

5:07

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Clearing for Action

10:17

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The Exchange of San Francisco

20:25

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A Brace of Frenchmen Capture a Town

17:59

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Parley Before the Citadel

14:09

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The Kernel of the Nut

15:44

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A Family Affair

7:59

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Conclusion

2:21

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Bewertungen

Very entertaining

(4 Sterne)

As usual, Jules Verne manages to ally humour, politics and scientific advancements in an entertaining story. As a German having grown up in France, however, the demonisation of the Germans was not much to my taste and smacks too much of war propaganda. I very much enjoyed listening to the excellent reader!