The Breaking Point


Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)

(4.6 stars; 404 reviews)

Mary Roberts Rinehart -- "America's Agatha Christie," as she used to be called -- set this story in a New York suburban town, shortly after the end of the first world war. Dick Livingstone is a young, successful doctor, who in the course of events becomes engaged to Elizabeth Wheeler. But there is a mystery about his past, and he thinks himself honor-bound to unravel it before giving himself to her in marriage. In particular, a shock of undetermined origin has wiped out his memory prior to roughly the last decade. Rinehart, who presumably had been reading, or reading about, the then popular Sigmund Freud, plays on what today is called "repressed memory," as she takes Dick into his past, and into the dangers that, unknown to him, lurk there. Is she correct about the behavior of memory? Who knows? After all, this is not a clinical treatise, but a work of fiction, one of the thrillers that made her such a popular writer of the earlier twentieth century.(Introduction by Nicholas Clifford)

(11 hr 27 min)

Chapters

01 - Chapter I 18:08 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
02 - Chapter II 11:36 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
03 - Chapter III 22:52 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
04 - Chapter IV 6:27 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
05 - Chapter V 9:51 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
06 - Chapter VI 7:41 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
07 - Chapter VII 15:15 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
08 - Chapter VIII 9:34 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
09 - Chapter IX 7:20 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
10 - Chapter X 7:45 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
11 - Chapter XI 21:58 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
12 - Chapter XII 12:53 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
13 - Chapter XIII 23:27 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
14 - Chapter XIV 16:15 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
15 - Chapter XV 12:52 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
16 - Chapter XVI 16:36 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
17 - Chapter XVII 8:31 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
18 - Chapter XVIII 9:41 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
19 - Chapter XIX 10:23 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
20 - Chapter XX 8:41 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
21 - Chapter XXI 14:24 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
22 - Chapter XXII 16:09 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
23 - Chapter XXIII 14:34 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
24 - Chapter XXIV 18:12 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
25 - Chapter XXV 19:50 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
26 - Chapter XXVI 13:54 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
27 - Chapter XXVII 15:31 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
28 - Chapter XXVIII 14:39 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
29 - Chapter XXIX 10:54 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
30 - Chapter XXX 11:03 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
31 - Chapter XXXI 16:57 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
32 - Chapter XXXII 14:36 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
33 - Chapter XXXIII 13:18 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
34 - Chapter XXIV 15:09 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
35 - Chapter XXXV 18:40 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
36 - Chapter XXXVI 15:40 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
37 - Chapter XXXVII 9:08 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
38 - Chapter XXXVIII 21:25 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
39 - Chapter XXXIX 21:31 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
40 - Chapter XL 20:45 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
41 - Chapter XLI 25:28 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
42 - Chapter XLII 18:07 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
43 - Chapter XLIII 6:02 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
44 - Chapter XLIV 11:34 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
45 - Chapter XLV 17:02 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
46 - Chapter XLVI 9:16 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
47 - Chapter XLVII 19:24 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
48 - Chapter XLVIII 6:25 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)

Reviews

Awesome story - loved it

(5 stars)

Fortunately, he has earned some friends who want to help him, but will it be too little, too late? Can he reclaim his position as a doctor and fiance? Reader was excellent, no complaints. I really enjoyed this story.

A very enjoyed leisurely listen

(5 stars)

The reader has a perfect narrator's voice! The story is intriguing; although a bit slow moving it is very well-woven and worth the patience to slowly experience all the angles.

(4 stars)

A very good book. I felt a variety of emotions from sadness to joy. A writing of life where all is not rosey. Really enjoyed this narrator. He did a great job and it makes a difference.

Bang'n - Intense - Ride of Emotions

(5 stars)

Mary Roberts Rinehart writes with both passion & wisdom, born of an understanding of Human Nature, whereby Men & Women, alike, can enjoy her Novels.

Rinehart Does It Again!

(5 stars)

Between the well done narration and another finely crafted Rinehart novel, Librivox conspires to hit another one out of the park!

very drawn out

(3 stars)

N. Clifford is a first-rate reader. The book is about twice as long as it needs to be, however.

(5 stars)

Excellent reading and quite a fine story. I was surprised. I'll be listening to more of the author's work and the reader's.

The Breaking Point

(5 stars)

I loved this book. The plot was easy followed, gripping with lots of twists. Very nicely recorded.