Conjuror's House, a Romance of the Free Forest

Read by Roger Melin

(3.9 stars; 90 reviews)

In the northern outreaches of the Canadian wilderness, it was understood that the Hudson Bay Company governed all trading, and one factor named Galen Albret took his position seriously. Free traders, or those who dared try to do their trading outside of the Company, found themselves having to face Galen Albret and his methods of dealing with them. One or two offenses he might tolerate, but for those who repeatedly refuse to acknowledge his warning out, he would send them on “La Longue Traverse” through the wilderness without supplies, and from which they seldom returned.

Ned Trent was one such free trader who defied both the Company and Galen Albret. The defining difference between Ned and the other free traders however, was his youth, energy, and good looks, which the Factor’s daughter did not fail to recognize. What follows the initial confrontations between Ned, Galen Albret, and his daughter Virginia makes for a thrilling tale of adventure, daring, survival, and romance.

Conjuror’s House was twice made into silent films titled “The Call of the North”, the first being Cecil B. DeMille’s first film in which he received solo directorial credit, and the second starring Noah Beery and Jack Holt (whose face was the basis for the face of Dick Tracy). (Summary by Roger Melin) (4 hr 32 min)


01 - Chapter 1 13:23 Read by Roger Melin
02 - Chapter 2 11:50 Read by Roger Melin
03 - Chapter 3 13:14 Read by Roger Melin
04 - Chapter 4 13:53 Read by Roger Melin
05 - Chapter 5 21:22 Read by Roger Melin
06 - Chapter 6 5:15 Read by Roger Melin
07 - Chapter 7 13:19 Read by Roger Melin
08 - Chapter 8 11:58 Read by Roger Melin
09 - Chapter 9 13:25 Read by Roger Melin
10 - Chapter 10 20:39 Read by Roger Melin
11 - Chapter 11 28:35 Read by Roger Melin
12 - Chapter 12 10:23 Read by Roger Melin
13 - Chapter 13 12:14 Read by Roger Melin
14 - Chapter 14 11:00 Read by Roger Melin
15 - Chapter 15 14:25 Read by Roger Melin
16 - Chapter 16 16:13 Read by Roger Melin
17 - Chapter 17 19:30 Read by Roger Melin
18 - Chapter 18 15:33 Read by Roger Melin
19 - Chapter 19 6:18 Read by Roger Melin


Another good North story

(4.5 stars)

Brilliantly read by Roger Melin. Mr. Melin could read the phone directory and make you listen, I think. A good story. Definitely worth a listen. I must say that I'm glad that women have come a long way from the time this was written... no more helpless dependence on men. Still...those were definitely the days.

quick but good

(4 stars)

the story is short but actually quite well written there were a few parts in another language but I used context clues. the reader starts out monotone but I believe he is trying to mimic the dialect the characters would have had. all in all good read

Pretty good!

(4 stars)

Similar to the novels of James Oliver Curwood, but with several songs of the voyageurs in French, and more historical background. Good reading as usual by Roger Melin, although he didn't try to sing the French airs and ballads.

(3.5 stars)

I enjoyed this story of Canadian trapping days. Of course the good always prevails, but that is the way I prefer my tales. Good reading. Nice length, shorter then some books, yet the story isn't cut short.

Great story

(5 stars)

This book has everything that I love! Romance, adventure, and mystery. I will listen again in the future. Roger Melin is a GREAT reader, one of the best in my opinion 👍

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(5 stars)

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very good, but much too short to end. looking forward to book 2

(5 stars)

conjures house, a romance of the free forest

(5 stars)