The Type-Writer Girl

Read by Grant Hurlock

(3.8 stars; 16 reviews)

(under the pseudonym Olive Pratt Rayner)

"There is no more pathetic figure in our world to-day than the common figure of the poor young lady, crushed between classes above and below, and left with scarce a chance of earning her bread with decency." So says Juliet Appleton’s boss, encouraging her to put her story into print. How will this college-educated 23-year-old survive the Darwinian Battle of Life in late Victorian England? She’s fundless in London but armed, by way of adaptive structures, with those two high-tech devices of the day: a bicycle for mobility and a typewriter for utility. (Summary by Grant Hurlock) (5 hr 38 min)


01 Introduces a Latter-Day Heroine 13:09 Read by Grant Hurlock
02 The Struggle for Life 14:51 Read by Grant Hurlock
03 Environment Wins 16:39 Read by Grant Hurlock
04 The Choice of a Patron 8:03 Read by Grant Hurlock
05 Vive L'Anarchie 17:45 Read by Grant Hurlock
06 The Inner Brotherhood 10:39 Read by Grant Hurlock
07 A Mutinous Mutineer 19:50 Read by Grant Hurlock
08 Called "Of Accidents" 15:47 Read by Grant Hurlock
09 I Play Carmen 11:23 Read by Grant Hurlock
10 Sic Me Servavit Apollo! 13:16 Read by Grant Hurlock
11 A Sail on the Horizon 22:25 Read by Grant Hurlock
12 A Cavalier Makes Advances 7:42 Read by Grant Hurlock
13 Concerning Romeo 11:00 Read by Grant Hurlock
14 "Now Barabbas Was a Publisher" 13:14 Read by Grant Hurlock
15 Fresh Light on Romeo 13:43 Read by Grant Hurlock
16 I Try Literature 13:55 Read by Grant Hurlock
17 A Drawn Battle 24:33 Read by Grant Hurlock
18 An Autumn Holiday 12:04 Read by Grant Hurlock
19 "O Romeo, Romeo!" 25:51 Read by Grant Hurlock
20 "Wherefore Art Thou Romeo?" 26:19 Read by Grant Hurlock
21 Envoy Plenipotentiary 14:37 Read by Grant Hurlock
22 I Cling to the Rigging 11:42 Read by Grant Hurlock


(5 stars)

I am amazed at the author's ability to get into and in turn relate to us the very soul of our heroine. A very thought-provoking story, portraying in our heroine a rare type of heroism indeed. We feel with our heroine as she goes through her trials, trying to find a means of existence, and then purpose and meaning in her existence, and living out the principles that are important to her. Although it may seem a bit wordy to some, I believe it was necessary in order to give the reader/listener the depth of understanding of the characters, especially our heroine, to see into the very depths of her soul and also to develop her unique and colorful personality; The type of wordiness used allowed the author to develop his purpose in writing the story. I really think the reader/narrator was the perfect fit for this story as well, not monotone by any means, but with just the right inflection and tone of voice.

"luna" for sure

(0 stars)

Reviewer "lunavol" below... I think you've been mixing your medications again.....?

The Chapters Must Count... The Chapters Must Count...

(5 stars)

Fear not, brave Solidarity Socialist [SS] party member! No, the original review was merely from a sagacious Patriot. Thanks [Apologies to W.S. Burroughs for "my" closing, which is intended, as is.] This book flows from a writer of genius who has given (the very excellent reader -- and your sensitive, caring, yet "individually wise" listener-reviewer) two brilliant movements of a wonderful, a charming, an unforgettable and quite sensationally erudite concerto -- with one, continuous, stridently long a-melodic cadenza as the ENTIRE LAST movement! And in which, then, even in that lethally poisonous third section, the travesty of overwriting taking us down through twisting canals and narrow dirty passages of wrong-minded plot-sense, internal character logic contradiction, and insanely quick dramatic rhythm -- to then not to have paid this listener an ending? -- it has a stopping! Nevertheless, wait; hold! You adamantly, beyond bravery, beyond courage, have to choose to perform the only correct individual duty to yourself and others, not quite specified, by hearing this book. Yes you do, or you'll never ever know.... certain... things... You must hear it. I know honor will sustain your unmeasurable duty, that is why I refuse to low-star it -- it is a matter of my individual counter-honor, you see? So, all rise! In the case of this very, very, beyond merely clever, intense extremely well-charactered Love Story, I hand out justice to this author's trying, to wit: 5 Stars.) The first two hears [chapters] must count! -- and, too, taking a lesson from the drama's fatal ending, in which the author kills his own story, through which he has taken us -- kills the writing itself (that's original, yes? Who says there are only 7 basic plots?) I sense I am so correct about this, and sense if I do not dutifully Love my 5 star rating -- the stars must count, la-la la laaaa -- then you may not listen to it, and...and I could never do that to you because what if I'm wrong and if

Underrated Narrator, Great Story

(4 stars)

Yes, the narrator is not emotional and could be accused of being monotone. However, I enjoy his style. He doesn't get in the way of the story, but lets the story speak for itself. A narrator could take this too far the other direction, emoting enough to spoil the story. The first chapter is hard to get into, regardless of the narrator. Give the book 2-3 chapters to get used to the style, then sit back and enjoy.

Sorry could not listen

(1 stars)

Could not even get past the first droning chapter. I thought the story would be a good one, but alas, I did not care for the narration. I am sure for some others it might be okay. I listen and drive so a monotonous narrator might send me into a ditch.


(5 stars)

love and morality wonderfully read


(1 stars)

Grant Allen writes with great emotion. The reader is somewhat monotonous. I hope the original reviewer was not the reader himself, but I fear it was.