The Gambler

Read by Tom Weiss

(3.5 stars; 12 reviews)

Clodagh, 18 years old, is the eldest daughter of Dennis Asshlin, an Irish gentleman who lives in an area of Ireland called Orristown. Dennis is passionate, proud and indebted to no one. But, Dennis has an obsession with gambling that is leading the family to ruin. When tragedy strikes, Clodagh finds herself in a situation where she must defend the family honor because “no Asshlin is ever obliged to anyone”. She marries a man she does not love who is many times her age and is thrust from adolescence to adulthood literally overnight. Clodagh travels to Europe and mingles with people of society and fashion which through her immaturity, she believes is her right. She finds instead uncertainty, despondency, and deceit. Her emotions are constantly in battle with reality as she discovers her society acquaintances are not the “friends” she believes them to be. During her visit to Europe, Clodagh discovers that she too is burdened with the Asshlin curse for gambling which eventually leads to more heartbreak. A chance encounter seems to change her life and she returns to Ireland, only once again to be thwarted by the Asshlin curse. A surprise and tense ending is in store for the listener. (Introduction by Tom Weiss) (13 hr 20 min)


01 - Part 1, Chapters 1 through 4 1:01:53 Read by Tom Weiss
02 - Part 1, Chapters 5 through 7 55:36 Read by Tom Weiss
03 - Part 1, Chapter 8; Part 2, Chapters 1 through 3 58:35 Read by Tom Weiss
04 - Part 2, Chapters 4 through 6 59:29 Read by Tom Weiss
05 - Part 2, Chapters 7 and 8; Part 3 - Chapter 1 54:52 Read by Tom Weiss
06 - Part 3, Chapters 2 through 4 47:54 Read by Tom Weiss
07 - Part 3, Chapters 5 through 8 51:27 Read by Tom Weiss
08 - Part 3, Chapters 9 through 12 1:11:01 Read by Tom Weiss
09 - Part 4, Chapters 1 through 3 48:54 Read by Tom Weiss
10 - Part 4, Chapters 4 through 6 44:19 Read by Tom Weiss
11 - Part 4, Chapters 7 and 8 42:22 Read by Tom Weiss
12 - Part 4, Chapters 9 through 11 50:05 Read by Tom Weiss
13 - Part 4, Chapters 12 through 14 43:22 Read by Tom Weiss
14 - Part 4, Chapters 15 through 17 56:53 Read by Tom Weiss
15 - Part 4, Chapters 18 through 20 53:21 Read by Tom Weiss



(1 stars)

I love "The Gambler," but unfortunately this audio version of it is so rife with stumbling and mispronunciations that they utterly distract the listener and detract from the power of the prose. For example, how can anyone who's done any reading at all mispronounce the word Trafalgar (as in Trafalgar Square)? Well, this reader mispronounces it, and plenty more words, as well. Librivox needs to abandon its policy of not offering advice on pronunciation to readers.

one of my favorite readers

(3 stars)

this is a bit depressing as the girl continues to make bad choices, one after another. but thru the love of her younger sister who continues to believe in her, who understands her, who accepts her, saves her life.

underdeveloped ...oh so tedious

(1 stars)

"Clodagh" the bearer of such a positively hideous name should be throttled.

reading was good but story frustrates

(2.5 stars)