The Wrong Box


Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)

(4.6 stars; 66 reviews)

The Wrong Box is a comedy about the ending of a tontine (a tontine is an arrangement whereby a number of young people subscribe to a fund which is then closed and invested until all but one of the subscribers have died. That last subscriber then receives the whole of the proceeds). The story involves the last two such survivors and their relations, a train crash, missing uncles, surplus dead bodies and innocent bystanders. A farce really. (Summary by AJM)

(6 hr 20 min)

Chapters

In Which Morris Suspects 27:48 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)
In Which Morris takes Action 30:35 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)
The Lecturer at Large 23:08 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)
The Magistrate in the Luggage Van 9:06 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)
Mr Gideon Forsyth and the Gigantic Box 19:12 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)
The Tribulations of Morris: Part the First 30:36 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)
In Which William Dent Pitman takes Legal Advice 25:14 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)
In Which Michael Finsbury Enjoys a Holiday 38:21 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)
Glorious Conclusion of Michael Finsbury's Holiday 31:14 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)
Gideon Forsyth and the Broadwood Grand 19:25 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)
The Maestro Jimson 33:22 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)
Positively the Last Appearance of the Broadwood Grand 19:53 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)
The Tribulations of Morris: Part the Second 20:49 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)
William Bent Pitman Hears of Something to his Advantage 28:45 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)
The Return of the Great Vance 13:47 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)
Final Adjustment of the Leather Business 8:47 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)

Reviews

Robert Louis Stevenson "lite"

(3 stars)

This is a fun frolic, quite amusing and intriguing for the first half but grew a bit stale by the second. Mr. Minter's narration was excellent and was probably the reason why I stuck with book long after I grew bored with the tale. Probably would be more enjoyable if you don't go into it expecting one of Stevenson's "yipping good yarns" but rather a light comedy.

Listen!

(5 stars)

I don't know when I've enjoyed a story more. Maybe there weren't any pirates but this character-driven story is truly hilarious and wonderful and Andy Minter's reading brings it brilliantly to life.

Such a funny story

(5 stars)

Oh what a tangled web we weave... the turns and tangles of this story made for a very enjoyable listen. The reader did an excellent job!

GREAT FARCE

(4.5 stars)

The least likely RLS story ever.It would make a great Peter Sellers movie. Mr. Minter's narration was the iceing on the cake. Enjoy!

A superb farce.

(5 stars)

Wonderfully reminiscent of PG Wodehouse. Delightfully cascading missteps and comedic turnabouts weave throughout this delightful tale. Excellent reader as well.

Amusing story and a fantastic reader.

(4.5 stars)

A lot of twists and turns and very amusing. A highly enjoyable read.

Reasonably diverting

(4 stars)

Exceptionally well read by Ann Denentet. The varying personae are expertly portrayed. The plot, yes well...

(5 stars)

Excellent reading. The story was at once amusing and creative in the plots and conclusions.