A House-Boat on the Styx


Read by LibriVox Volunteers

(4.3 stars; 36 reviews)

The premise of the book is that everyone who has ever died (up until the time in which the book is set, which seems to be about the time of its publication) has gone to Styx. This does not appear to be the conventional Hell described by Dante in The Inferno, but rather the Hades described in Greek myth (both of which had Styxes): a universal collecting pot for dead souls, regardless of their deeds in life.

The book begins with Charon, ferryman of the Styx (in The Inferno, he was the ferryman of the river Acheron) being startled—and annoyed—by the arrival of a house boat on the Styx. At first afraid that the boat will put him out of business, he later finds out that he is actually to be appointed the boat's janitor.

What follows are eleven more stories (for a total of twelve) which are set on the house boat. There is no central theme, and the purpose of the book appears to be as a literary thought experiment to see what would happen if various famous dead people were put in the same room with each other. Each chapter is a short story featuring various souls from history and mythology. (Wikipedia)

(2 hr 54 min)

Chapters

01 - Charon Makes a Discovery 13:25 Read by Zachary Brewster-Geisz
02 - A Disputed Authorship 11:59 Read by Zachary Brewster-Geisz
03 - Washington Gives a Dinner 16:11 Read by Zachary Brewster-Geisz
04 - Hamlet Makes a Suggestion 13:11 Read by Zachary Brewster-Geisz
05 - The House Committee Discuss the Poets 12:51 Read by Zachary Brewster-Geisz
06 - Some Theories, Darwinian and Otherwise 14:15 Read by Zachary Brewster-Geisz
07 - A Discussion as to Ladies' Day 13:15 Read by Zachary Brewster-Geisz
08 - A Discontented Shade 16:57 Read by David Federman
09 - As to Cookery and Sculpture 15:18 Read by GerryR
10 - Story-tellers' Night 16:09 Read by Philippa
11 - As to Saurians and Others 17:01 Read by Ruth Golding
12 - The House-Boat Disappears 13:45 Read by James Christopher

Reviews

A sequel to the enchanted typewriter.. excellent read.


(5 stars)

This book expands on the characters and themes first introduced by Boswell in The Enchanted Typewriter. Hilariously funny and well written. The characters are entirely realistic, and feature some historical celebrities. A very amusing read for anybody who enjoys a bit of farce, and can inhabit the authors world of imagination. Once again the reader has done a wonderful job of bringing this text to life with an expressive voice.

Love It!


(5 stars)

This is basically a series of humorous sketches or cartoons drawn with words. Personally, I found it delightful, and as I was listening on headphones while cleaning house, more than once my husband asked why I was laughing so hard. The more you enjoy a broad spectrum of literature, the more you will appreciate the concept. No question this work influenced Farmer's Riverworld series.

A House-Boat on the Styx


(5 stars)

Wonderfully Entertaining!!! Great Readings by all Volunteers. Thoroughly Enjoyable.

splendid


(5 stars)

What a witty set of stories. It has aged very well.

One of the best


(5 stars)

Witty and well written. Excellent reading.

A House-Boat on the Styx


(5 stars)

Well read. Fun story with histories who's who in a tongue and cheek plot(s). Very enjoyable!!! Thanks

wow guys!


(5 stars)

What a fantastic and fun book. So many characters so many pieces of history. Such fantastic narrator!


(2 stars)

Not what I expected. Not bad, just not my cup of tea.