The Master of the World

Read by Mark F. Smith

(4.3 stars; 366 reviews)

Chief Inspector Strock gets the tough cases. When a volcano suddenly appears to threaten mountain towns of North Carolina amid the non-volcanic Blue Ridge Mountains, Strock is posted to determine the danger. When an automobile race in Wisconsin is interrupted by the unexpected appearance of a vehicle traveling at multiples of the top speed of the entrants, Strock is consulted. When an odd-shaped boat is sighted moving at impossible speeds off the New England coast, Stock and his boss begin to wonder if the incidents are related. And when Strock gets a hand-lettered note warning him to abandon his investigation, on pain of death, he is intrigued rather than deterred.

Set in a period when gasoline engines were in their infancy and automobiles were rare, and when even Chief Inspectors had to engage a carriage and horses to move about, the appearance of a vehicle that can move at astounding speeds on land, on water - and as later revealed, underwater and through the air - marks a technological advance far beyond the reach of nations. It is technology invented by and for the sole benefit of a man who styles himself (with some justification) "The Master of the World."

This book is a sequel to an earlier Verne novel, "Robur the Conqueror", but enough detail is given to fully appreciate this story without having first read the other. (Summary by Mark) (4 hr 54 min)


What Happened in the Mountains 15:39 Read by Mark F. Smith
I Reach Morganton 16:31 Read by Mark F. Smith
The Great Eyrie 23:08 Read by Mark F. Smith
A Meeting of the Automobile Club 17:05 Read by Mark F. Smith
Along the Shores of New England 17:10 Read by Mark F. Smith
The First Letter 11:15 Read by Mark F. Smith
A Third Machine 17:35 Read by Mark F. Smith
At Any Cost 19:31 Read by Mark F. Smith
The Second Letter 2:19 Read by Mark F. Smith
Outside the Law 14:29 Read by Mark F. Smith
The Campaign 18:30 Read by Mark F. Smith
Black Rock Creek 17:59 Read by Mark F. Smith
On Board the Terror 17:58 Read by Mark F. Smith
Niagra 23:53 Read by Mark F. Smith
The Eagle's Nest 18:08 Read by Mark F. Smith
Robur, the Conqueror 11:26 Read by Mark F. Smith
In the Name of the Law 25:25 Read by Mark F. Smith
The Old Housekeeper's Last Comment 6:14 Read by Mark F. Smith


My humble opinion of this genius writer

(3.5 stars)

The Master of the World’; we can detect a tired master story teller trying his best to hold the imagination of the reader, but by getting vague, repetitive and at times by being dull in his narrative, failing to connect with the reader. This could have been a thrilling story if it was written at the peak of his physical health, but ‘The Master of the World’ in my humble opinion is not a story that will make any impact with a non-Verne fan. Even for a Verne devotee like me it was not an entirely satisfying experience as the story was not at all going any where for the major part of the book.

pretty good

(3.5 stars)

A very good narrator!Not my new favorite story, but a very good regular Jules Verne story. I am told this story connects with another Jules Verne story. I am sure this would have been more exciting if was familiar with the other story. A very easy story to listen to either way.

(3.5 stars)

Great narration but for me the story was good but not great. This man is definitely one of the best readers on LibriVox though!

(5 stars)

Good story well read by Mark Smith

Bravo from Borneo

(5 stars)

Nice novel of its time so very well read by Mark Smith. My only negative observation is that the ending was a tad weak and could have been better resolved to tie up a few loose ends. That said...this was a good novel when taken as a whole.

(5 stars)

Outstanding narration by Mr Smith. Is there any way I may be able to obtain a list of the books narrated by Mr Smith? My name is Joseph G Krestan and my email address is

good reading ok story

(3.5 stars)

Reader did a good job! As for the story it was good but then just ended oddly. Based off other Verne books I feel like it should if been better.

true master

(5 stars)

as with all Mr Vernes books thrilling to listen to draws you into the story helped by the brilliant narration by Mr M.F.Smith, well done sir