Under the Andes

Read by Roger Melin

(4 stars; 75 reviews)

Under the Andes was written by Rex Stout years before his creation of the immensely popular Nero Wolfe series of novels, and while perhaps his future writing style is still blossoming, certainly his knack for weaving a fantastic tale of mystery and adventure will have most readers anxious for the next phase of adventure at every turn.

The story finds two brothers and a pretty female companion on a journey which eventually takes them to a series of underground caves under the Andes of South America, where they encounter a lost tribe of Incas who have apparently survived hundreds of years oblivious of the outside world. The apparent 'king' of the tribe has become infatuated with the fair-skinned female intruder of the group and, well, suffice it to say there's a lot of action, attempted escapes, heroism, and peculiar interactions between all, reminiscent of H. Rider Haggard with a touch of Edgar Rice Burroughs. (Summary by Roger Melin) (10 hr 50 min)


The Sweetheart of a King 23:13 Read by Roger Melin
Beginning the Dance 19:51 Read by Roger Melin
A Modern Marana 24:40 Read by Roger Melin
Allons! 28:06 Read by Roger Melin
The Cave of the Devil 21:42 Read by Roger Melin
Captured 26:18 Read by Roger Melin
The Fight in the Dark 19:22 Read by Roger Melin
The Dance of the Sun 28:55 Read by Roger Melin
Before the Court 30:31 Read by Roger Melin
The Verdict 29:09 Read by Roger Melin
A Royal Visitor 28:56 Read by Roger Melin
At the Door 29:14 Read by Roger Melin
Into the Whirlpool 29:50 Read by Roger Melin
A Fishing Party 31:15 Read by Roger Melin
The Rescue 30:55 Read by Roger Melin
The Escape 28:10 Read by Roger Melin
The Eyes in the Dark 29:52 Read by Roger Melin
A Victory and a Conversation 30:15 Read by Roger Melin
Afloat 28:38 Read by Roger Melin
An Inca Spear 28:46 Read by Roger Melin
The Midst of the Enemy 29:39 Read by Roger Melin
The Beginning of the End 29:06 Read by Roger Melin
We Are Two 30:28 Read by Roger Melin
Conclusion 13:47 Read by Roger Melin


Read the first couple of chapters then skip to the last two

(1 stars)

Boring, repetitious. And outstanding reader, but the book is a waste of time. I wasn’t expecting a Nero Wolfe, but this could have been written by a high school student. If you do decide to listen count all the plot holes and the times the characters have no memory of what happened.


(4 stars)

As always the reader is great an I enjoyed the story to a certain point but there came something that happened were I almost quit listening. then the twist in the end almost fixed things - but I was still disappointed by how things turned out. people that like drama should enjoy the book but I am not a fan of drama.


(4 stars)

A ripping tale of imaginative adventure. Though perhaps not as intrically woven as Haggard's novels, it is very reminiscent of "She," "Heart of the World," and others. I am glad that Stout invented Nero Wolfe, but it is a shame that he did no other adnenture novels. Of course, no one is more pleasureable to listen to than Roger Melin.

(2 stars)

Remember the "cool" kid in high-school who was too "cool" to care about anything? Well you're in luck! Because that's the main character! Seriously, it's not a very good book. Reader is great though! Listen to his other stuff, but skip this one.


(5 stars)

What an awesome book! It has adventure, love, and a surprising ending! It's one of the best books I've ever listened to and will definitely listen again!! Mr Melin is the best storyteller that Libravox has, hands down!!

Long drawn out book...weird ending.

(1 stars)

A mumbo jumbo book with no plot and no climax. The whole story should have taken no more than an hour or so to tell. Boring is an understatement.

(4 stars)

Interesting story with reminiscences of Rider Haggard. Had not heard of Rex Stout before, so glad to hear one of his stories. Excellently read by one of my Librivox favourite readers, Roger Melin.

great adventure

(5 stars)

not sure what to make of the ending, but I enjoyed the book. Most of these older novels have too much cringy love story. This one didn't. Excellent reading by RM