The King in Yellow (part 1)


Read by Peter Yearsley

(4.6 stars; 68 reviews)

Robert W. Chambers (1865-1933) studied art in Paris in the late 80's and early 90's, where his work was displayed at the Salon. However, shortly after returning to America, he decided to spend his time in writing. He became popular as the writer of a number of romantic novels, but is now best known as the author of "The King In Yellow". This is a collection of the first half of this work of short stories which have an eerie, other-worldly feel to it; but the stories in the second half are essentially love stories, strongly coloured by the author's life as an artist in France.

Only the first half of the collection of stories is presented here: the earlier stories are all coloured by the background presence of a play, "The King In Yellow" itself, which corrupts those who read it, and opens them to horrible experiences and to visions of a ghastly other world, lit by dark stars and distorted skies. This half of the collection is completed by a few very short pieces and two rather strange and beautiful stories of love and time, loneliness and death. (summary by Peter Yearsley)

(4 hr 38 min)

Chapters

The Repairer of Reputations - Part One 24:59 Read by Peter Yearsley
The Repairer of Reputations - Part Two 29:32 Read by Peter Yearsley
The Repairer of Reputations - Part Three 34:29 Read by Peter Yearsley
The Mask 48:54 Read by Peter Yearsley
The Court Of The Dragon 24:24 Read by Peter Yearsley
The Yellow Sign 49:01 Read by Peter Yearsley
The Demoiselle D'YS 39:49 Read by Peter Yearsley
The Prophet's Paradise 9:08 Read by Peter Yearsley
The Street of the Four Winds 17:49 Read by Peter Yearsley

Reviews

Very good reading of a minor classic

(4 stars)

This literary curiosity resides somewhere between the Decadent movement of the late nineteenth century and the pulp fiction of the early twentieth. The subtle reading by Peter Yearsley is very effective, particularly of the stories "The Demoiselle D'Ys" and the lovely "The Street of the Four Winds."

Creepy Good Fun.

(5 stars)

I had heard of this book and sought it out on Librevox. I was delighted to find it read by none other than Peter Yearsley, one of my favorite readers, whose vocal talents are once again perfectly suited to the material.

Restarts

(4 stars)

Love the app, except it frequently restarts my chapter or short story from the beginning instead of where I left off, as Netflix or Hulu do. Love the free aspect too....

AubergineInTexas

(5 stars)

One of my very favorite readers! make sure to listen to Secret Chambers and Hiding Places.

(4 stars)

Wonderful reading. Some of the stories I liked quite a bit.

Top Notch

(5 stars)

Superb reader, great stories.