The Great Impersonation


Read by Tom Weiss

(4.7 stars; 87 reviews)

E. Phillips Oppenheim, an English novelist created well in excess of 100 novels and 30 plus collections of short stories. Most of his tales are thrillers and espionage. The Great Impersonation was written following World War I and is considered by many to be perhaps his best novel. The story focuses on German espionage in England prior to the start of World War I. The tale centers on two characters that are almost identical in appearance. Indeed, while both attend the same school in England, they are often mistaken for one another. One character is Sir Everard Dominey, an English baronet who enjoys the “good life” but falls into disfavor when he is accused of murdering Roger Unthank. Unthank, of the same village, has an infatuation for Dominey’s wife, Rosamund, and attacks Dominey. Dominey comes before his wife bloody and ragged after the struggle with Unthank. The spectacle renders her unbalanced. This is more than Dominey can bear and he goes on a long travel and drinking binge spanning years. Dominey’s wife threatens to kill him if he ever returns. The second character is Baron Leopold von Ragastein, a German nobleman. Von Ragastein has fallen into disrespect with the Kaiser for his affair with a Hungarian princess and subsequent killing of her nobleman husband in a duel. He is banished to a minor government position in East Africa as punishment. A chance encounter between Dominey and von Ragastein in German East Africa sets the pretext for the story. Von Ragastein returns to England as Dominey, to regain his position in society, and serve Germany by influencing England to keep out of the coming conflict. There is one problem however: there are some, including Dominey’s wife, who are not convinced that Sir Everard Dominey is really who he claims to be. You will need to listen to the end to determine the truth. (Summary by Tom Weiss)

(8 hr 7 min)

Chapters

Chapter 01 18:05 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapter 02 18:36 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapter 03 11:31 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapter 04 21:03 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapter 05 14:54 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapter 06 31:33 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapter 07 23:39 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapter 08 15:13 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapter 09 12:41 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapter 10 19:03 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapter 11 13:04 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapter 12 13:11 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapter 13 16:06 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapter 14 14:10 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapter 15 18:30 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapter 16 18:09 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapter 17 16:34 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapter 18 16:00 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapter 19 16:18 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapter 20 13:38 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapter 21 11:16 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapter 22 15:52 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapter 23 20:25 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapter 24 11:13 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapter 25 12:08 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapter 26 21:43 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapter 27 11:14 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapter 28 21:09 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapter 29 20:33 Read by Tom Weiss

Reviews

(5 stars)

As always well read. Great drama mystery intrigue love unfulfilled lost loves and historical viewpoint of east Africa before the onset of WWI- long languid story taking place in the high society of the London and country estates of the U.K... Absorbing story with excellent dialogue as always... Thank you!

it kept me going til the end!

(5 stars)

the twist was clever and effective --.was so hoowi ked that i found my self developed sympathy for the enemy!

(5 stars)

An excellent book. Never sure how it would end until the very last sentences were read. The narration is one of the best. I highly recommend.

Another great job by Tom Weiss

(5 stars)

Tom Weiss does a terrific job getting the listener through this complex intrigue

My favorite

(4 stars)

Another great mystery well read by Tom Weiss. Very well crafted with relevant things for today

One of my favorite narrators

(5 stars)

2019 yearly marathon listen of this author. The chemistry is still there.

Compelling!

(5 stars)

A cracking good narrative and a pleasant, neutral reader, which is what I tend to prefer.

strange and realistic

(4 stars)

Scary tale of duplicity and murder. Well read (Librivox) by Tom Weiss Recommended.