Castles in the Air


Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)

(4.1 stars; 29 reviews)


Baroness Emma Orczy (full name: Emma ("Emmuska") Magdolna Rozália Mária Jozefa Borbála Orczy de Orczi) (September 23, 1865 – November 12, 1947) was a British novelist, playwright and artist of Hungarian noble origin. She was most notable for her series of novels featuring the Scarlet Pimpernel.

Castles in the Air, a short novel or perhaps more like a collection of short stories with memories of a French rogue in the early 19th century Paris, was published in 1921 and about it I quote from the foreword: "In very truth my good friend Ratichon is an unblushing liar, thief, a forger--anything you will; his vanity is past belief, his scruples are non-existent. How he escaped a convict settlement it is difficult to imagine, and hard to realize that he died--presumably some years after the event recorded in the last chapter of his autobiography--a respected member of the community, honoured by that same society which should have raised a punitive hand against him." (Summary by Wikipedia, Lars Rolander and Emma Orczy)

(7 hr 44 min)

Chapters

Foreword 5:35 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Chapter I - A Roland for his Oliver Pt 1 27:50 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Chapter I - A Roland for his Oliver Pt 2 36:00 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Chapter II - A Fool's Paradise Pt 1 26:23 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Chapter II - A Fool's Paradise Pt 2 22:30 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Chapter III - On the Brink Pt 1 32:45 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Chapter III - On the Brink Pt 2 45:13 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Chapter IV - Carissimo Pt 1 28:03 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Chapter IV - Carissimo Pt 2 27:20 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Chapter IV - Carissimo Pt 3 15:50 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Chapter V - The Toys Pt 1 34:30 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Chapter V - The Toys Pt 2 43:53 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Chapter VI - Honour among ----- Pt 1 30:27 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Chapter VI - Honour among ----- Pt 2 24:53 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Chapter VII - An Over-sensitive Heart Pt 1 25:50 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Chapter VII - An Over-sensitive Heart Pt 2 37:26 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)

Reviews

Lovable Rogue

(4 stars)

Another great tale by Baroness Orczy! Lars has a terrific voice for reading. I enjoy listening to him. Ratichon is quite the character rogue who I became quite attached to by the end of the story. His escapades rarely get him anything of what he desires until the end. That is a marriage I would have liked to observe! ha! There is a lot of irony in each story that makes a listener laugh hard when they catch it. Lars reading style and accent could cause you to miss it so listen close now so you too can laugh at or with the lovable rogue!

Lars you are brilliant you will be missed

(4.5 stars)

Fantastic read again by Lars as for the racist KABP who's got an issue with his accent get over yourself loser Lars you are brilliant

Mediocre

(2 stars)

I enjoy this Reader, his obvious talents are all the more appreciated, when one considers he volunteers. The spirit of Humor was lost, however, in this performance, thereby earning only 2 stars

e

(5 stars)

Excellent pairing of story and reader. I enjoyed it immensely.

(5 stars)

fantastic book and narrator! I've listened to it twice.

best book I've ever heard/read so funny and witty

(5 stars)

big t

(2.5 stars)

too silly for my taste

(2 stars)

Quit listening after the first 20 minutes: no way I'm listening to that reading for an entire book.