The Masquerader

Read by Tom Weiss

(4.5 stars; 61 reviews)

The Masquerader is one of two Katherine Cecil Thurston’s books that appeared on the Publisher’s Weekly best-seekers list in 1905 (The other, The Gambler, is also in the Librivox collection). The Masquerader is part mystery, part romance and part political thriller – all tied up in one neat package. Nature has a way of sometimes making two people nearly indistinguishable in appearance. Such is the premise for this book. John Chilcote, a British politician, and John Loder, a man down on his luck meet by accident one night during one of London’s worst fogs. Chilcote, addicted to morphine, needs to escape his political responsibilities and presents an offer to Loder to exchange places occasionally. Loder, reluctant at first, finally accepts the proposal and finds he fits into Chilcote’s role – perhaps better than Chilcote himself. The exchanges become more frequent and lengthy. Loder, finding his way, discovers he is worthy of Chilcote’s position, especially during an international crisis, but when Chilcote reclaims his life, Loder’s accomplishments try to unravel. Two women are intimately involved in this story – one is Chilcote’s wife, Eve, who is a wife of convenience rather than love. The second is Lady Astrupp. We will say little about Lady Astrupp except that she adds a great deal of suspense to the story. In such a charade, things do not always go as expected. Does Chilcote break his drug habit? What becomes of Loder? Does Eve become suspicious as a wife might? Is the masquerade exposed by……but then I would be telling you more than you should know beforehand. (Summary by Tom Weiss) (9 hr 16 min)


01 - Chapters 1 through 3 54:03 Read by Tom Weiss
02 - Chapters 4 through 6 48:52 Read by Tom Weiss
03 - Chapters 7 through 9 50:00 Read by Tom Weiss
04 - Chapters 10 through 12 48:31 Read by Tom Weiss
05 - Chapters 13 through 15 45:15 Read by Tom Weiss
06 - Chapters 16 through 18 46:18 Read by Tom Weiss
07 - Chapters 19 through 21 46:38 Read by Tom Weiss
08 - Chapters 22 through 24 1:05:33 Read by Tom Weiss
09 - Chapters 25 through 27 49:58 Read by Tom Weiss
10 - Chapters 28 through 30 36:00 Read by Tom Weiss
11 - Chapters 21 through 34 1:05:08 Read by Tom Weiss


Fun Listen!

(5 stars)

Highly enjoyable story and exceptional narration by Tom. Tom is a generous man who’s web page holds a delightful list of books he has read links to many audio books All free! Many thanks to Tom and to LibriVox.

Very good book

(4.5 stars)

I very much enjoyed the twists and turns in this novel. Well written and enjoyable. Also well read by the Librivox volunteer. Thank you for yet another good tale.

Fabulous reader, good story

(4 stars)

I enjoyed this book especially because Tom Weiss is such a great reader. Lots of interesting events including love, deceit, drugs and politics.

A good story

(4 stars)

This is a very good story for its genre. Only hitch was I sussed the outcome 3/4 through.

Glorious Story - Well Narrated

(5 stars)

Such a great story, two men switching identities and all the ends and outs. Excellent

re-reading the classics is fun!

(3.5 stars)

Nicely plotted and well narrated by Tom Weiss.

Loved it!

(5 stars)

Thoroughly enjoyed this book and well read by Tom.

(5 stars)

Very enjoyable tale and the reader, as always, was excellent.