The Mysteries of London Vol. I part 1


Read by LibriVox Volunteers

(4.2 stars; 12 reviews)

The Mysteries of London was a best-selling novel in mid-Victorian England. The first series was published in weekly instalments from 1844-46, priced at a penny each. Serialised novels sold in this way were known as Penny Dreadfuls … without any claim to literary greatness, they sought to provide ongoing entertainment for the popular audience. This book has it all -- vice, poverty, wealth, virtue, in every combination. Consider it a Victorian soap opera.
Summary by Cori Samuel.

Note: this project only covers half of volume 1. To be continued!

(22 hr 43 min)

Chapters

Prologue 8:51 Read by Cori Samuel
The Old House in Smithfield 13:14 Read by Cori Samuel
The Mysteries of the Old House 12:24 Read by Cori Samuel
The Trap-door 10:45 Read by Cori Samuel
The Two Trees 22:21 Read by Cori Samuel
Eligible Acquaintances 20:12 Read by Cori Samuel
Mrs Arlington 18:03 Read by Cori Samuel
The Boudoir 17:25 Read by Cori Samuel
The Conversation 10:24 Read by Cori Samuel
A City Man. Smithfield Scenes 27:50 Read by Cori Samuel
The Frail One's Story 14:14 Read by Cori Samuel
The Servants' Arms 21:18 Read by Cori Samuel
Bank Notes 12:36 Read by Cori Samuel
The Hell 15:03 Read by Cori Samuel
The Station-house 13:49 Read by Cori Samuel
The Police-Office 15:54 Read by Cori Samuel
The Beginning of Misfortunes 20:32 Read by Cori Samuel
A Den of Horrors 22:26 Read by Bellona Times
The Boozing-Ken 25:54 Read by Dave Wills
Morning 15:37 Read by Kaytee2407
The Villa 16:36 Read by Annapurna
Atrocity 13:01 Read by Annapurna
A Woman's Mind 15:18 Read by Annapurna
The Old House in Smithfield's Again 21:01 Read by ashleighjane
Circumstantial Evidence 16:43 Read by Lynne T
The Enchantress 21:41 Read by ElleyKat
Newgate 16:38 Read by Lynne T
The Republican and the Resurrexction Man 13:43 Read by Alan Weyman
The Dungeon 30:39 Read by NatalieOram
The Black Chamber 18:01 Read by Rosie
The 26th of November 35:58 Read by Rosie
Explanations 15:20 Read by Rosie
The Old Bailey 28:17 Read by Rosie
Another Day at the Old Bailey 13:57 Read by Michele Eaton
The Lesson Interrupted 10:26 Read by Michele Eaton
Whitecross Street Prison 24:15 Read by nbvoices
The Execution 25:47 Read by Ravi Shankar
The Lapse of Two Years 23:06 Read by Lisa Phelps Gonzalez
The Visit 22:51 Read by Lisa Phelps Gonzalez
The Dream 13:48 Read by Lynne T
The Speculation. An Unwelcome Meeting 24:56 Read by Gabriela Cowan
Mr Greenwood 21:56 Read by Gabriela Cowan
The Dark House 32:22 Read by rookieblue
The Mummy 19:48 Read by Rapunzelina
The Body-Snatchers 17:15 Read by Lynne T
The Fruitless Search 18:51 Read by southernemma
Richard and Isabella part 1 26:37 Read by Dave Wills
Richard and Isabella part 2 22:22 Read by Dave Wills
Eliza Sydney 17:06 Read by Lynne T
Mr Greenwood's Visitors part 1 25:05 Read by Dave Wills
Mr Greenwood's Visitors part 2 22:06 Read by Dave Wills
The Document 25:39 Read by Steve C
The Drugged Wine-Glass 19:21 Read by Lynne T
Diana and Eliza 14:22 Read by Lynne T
The Bed of Sickness 12:36 Read by Dave Wills
Accusations and Explanations 31:07 Read by Dave Wills
The Banker 30:04 Read by Dave Wills
Miserimma! 26:52 Read by Judy Guinan
The Road to Ruin 34:50 Read by Dave Wills
The Last Resource 14:26 Read by Dave Wills
New Year's Day 25:21 Read by Judy Guinan
The Royal Lovers 16:32 Read by Judy Guinan
Revelations 13:44 Read by Judy Guinan
The Boozing Ken Once More 19:53 Read by Judy Guinan
The Resurrection Man's History 31:25 Read by Judy Guinan
The Plot 8:00 Read by Judy Guinan
The Counterplot 20:35 Read by Judy Guinan
The Wrongs and Crimes of the Poor 21:09 Read by Judy Guinan
The Result of Markham's Enterprise 13:10 Read by Judy Guinan

Reviews

Gripping

(4 stars)

Really enjoyable. Crazy that, in a lot of ways, not much has changed (e.g. horse meat). Love all the twists and turns and connections of characters. A couple of the narrators were a little difficult to understand or didn't read some words and names quite right, but some were truly magnificent. Also I found in some parts that it went on a bit, but other parts I was gripped. All in all I can't wait for part 2.

Quite good even better than mysteries of Paris

(3.5 stars)

fascinating story. like a Dickens but without the noble poor people. These characters seem more real in their thoughts and feelings.