The Amateur Emigrant

Read by Annise

(4.4 stars; 12 reviews)

In July 1879, Robert Louis Stevenson left Scotland to meet his future wife in her native California. Leaving by ship from Glasgow, Scotland, he determined to travel in steerage class to see how the working classes fared. At the last minute he was convinced by friends to purchase a ticket one grade above the lowest price, for which he was later thankful after seeing the conditions in steerage, but he still lived among the 'lower' classes. His comments on the experience make interesting reading. His father however was so shocked at the thought of his son associating with people 'beneath him' that the work was not published for a number of years, (Summary by annise) (2 hr 48 min)


The Second Cabin 16:37 Read by Annise
Early Impression 18:12 Read by Annise
Steerage Scenes 16:31 Read by Annise
Steerage Types 23:52 Read by Annise
The Sick Man 20:01 Read by Annise
The Stowaways 28:55 Read by Annise
Personal Experience and Review 24:38 Read by Annise
New York 19:52 Read by Annise


a bracing read

(5 stars)

This is an unusual work, combining the viewpoint of a traveler to the US in the late 19th century who was on the cheap, but was nonetheless well-lettered and a good storyteller. The reader does the work justice.


(3.5 stars)

A mildly interesting look at steerage passengers who were mostly emigrants. The observing abilities of RLS are not up to the level of Hawthorne or Irving, but they were OK. Good reader.