The Secret of the Night


Read by Don W. Jenkins

(4 stars; 12 reviews)

Gaston Leroux, perhaps best known as the author of The Phantom of the Opera in its novel form, was also the author of a popular series of mystery novels featuring a young journalist cum detective named Joseph Rouletabille. It is most likely that Leroux styled his hero after himself. Rouletabille was in the tradition of other great detectives who solved their cases by pure deductive reasoning. Much as Sherlock Holmes, who eliminated the impossible and concluded that whatever remained, however improbable must be the truth, Rouletabille included the known facts about the case and eliminated everything that was not a known fact, no matter how much it appeared to relate to the case. In The Secret of the Night, the names of the characters are often challengingly Russian and the plot involves, appropriately, both the Czar and the Nihilists. Introduction by Don W. Jenkins)

(9 hr 7 min)

Chapters

Gayety and Dynamite 24:37 Read by Don W. Jenkins
Natacha 36:59 Read by Don W. Jenkins
The Watch 23:10 Read by Don W. Jenkins
"The Youth of Moscow Is Dead" 19:58 Read by Don W. Jenkins
By Roulabille's Order The General Promenades 47:45 Read by Don W. Jenkins
The Mysterious Hand 28:54 Read by Don W. Jenkins
Arsenate of Soda 36:47 Read by Don W. Jenkins
The Little Chapel of the Guards 24:48 Read by Don W. Jenkins
Annouchka 58:47 Read by Don W. Jenkins
A Drama in the Night 42:54 Read by Don W. Jenkins
The Poison Continues 23:18 Read by Don W. Jenkins
Pere Alexis 20:10 Read by Don W. Jenkins
The Living Bombs 38:33 Read by Don W. Jenkins
The Marshes 29:59 Read by Don W. Jenkins
"I Have Been Waiting for You" 18:12 Read by Don W. Jenkins
Before the Revolutionary Tribunal 12:42 Read by Don W. Jenkins
The Last Cravat 13:26 Read by Don W. Jenkins
A Singular Experience 6:52 Read by Don W. Jenkins
The Tsar 39:43 Read by Don W. Jenkins

Reviews

The Secret of the Night

(4.5 stars)

Interesting mystery story, four stars. As usual, this reader enlivens and keeps the interest going all the way through (and he can sing too !). Five stars for him. Thank you. : )

(4 stars)

Somewhat confusing to follow at times but worth sticking it through (except for not knowing what those marsh monsters really were...). Interesting bio on the author on Wikipedia.

long, interesting read

(3.5 stars)

Convoluted plot. Well worth the time to read. Evenly paced narration performed by Don W. Jenkins. Recommended.