The Riddle Ring


Read by Ruth Golding

(4.4 stars; 28 reviews)


This romantic mystery - or mysterious romance - tells the tale of jilted lover, Jim Conrad, who discovers an unusual gold ring while on a visit to Paris. What is the story of the ring? Why is Clelia Vine so sad? Who is the nameless 'chief'? And how is a dour English barber in a Parisian salon mixed up in all this?

The novel, published in 1896, was written by Justin McCarthy, an Irish nationalist, Liberal historian, novelist and politician. (Introduction by Ruth Golding)

(11 hr 25 min)

Chapters

01 - Jim Conrad's Find 22:34 Read by Ruth Golding
02 - The Slave of the Ring 19:23 Read by Ruth Golding
03 - Jim's New Acquaintances 28:01 Read by Ruth Golding
04 - Mr. Albert Edward Waley 14:59 Read by Ruth Golding
05 - Mr. Waley's Chief 15:19 Read by Ruth Golding
06 - Clelia Vine 31:37 Read by Ruth Golding
07 - Mr. Marmaduke Coffin 25:04 Read by Ruth Golding
08 - Someone Has Blundered 26:11 Read by Ruth Golding
09 - Mr. Waley as Recruiting-Sergeant 16:48 Read by Ruth Golding
10 - 'I Could Have Loved You, but...' 35:32 Read by Ruth Golding
11 - The Sweet Sorrow of Parting 22:24 Read by Ruth Golding
12 - Back to London 15:55 Read by Ruth Golding
13 - Sir Francis Rose 26:28 Read by Ruth Golding
14 - 'That Lady is Not Now Living' 33:52 Read by Ruth Golding
15 - 'Will You Stand in with Us?' 25:46 Read by Ruth Golding
16 - A Letter and a Meeting 31:23 Read by Ruth Golding
17 - An Epoch-making Day 22:45 Read by Ruth Golding
18 - Jim is an Unwelcome Messenger 27:42 Read by Ruth Golding
19 - 'Hast Thou Found Me Out, O Mine Enemy?' 37:43 Read by Ruth Golding
20 - 'Thy Kindness Freezes' 24:39 Read by Ruth Golding
21 - 'Why Summon Him - and Trust Not Me?' 19:57 Read by Ruth Golding
22 - What Mr. Waley Did with Himself 32:26 Read by Ruth Golding
23 - What the Chief Did with Himself 25:41 Read by Ruth Golding
24 - 'What is to be Done First?' 30:12 Read by Ruth Golding
25 - What is to be Done Next? 30:14 Read by Ruth Golding
26 - A Leap in the Dark 20:05 Read by Ruth Golding
27 - The Ring Returned 22:47 Read by Ruth Golding

Reviews

(3 stars)

Great kudos to Ruth Golding for her typically excellent narration, but even a superior reader can't salvage a droning, pointless story such as this. A lonely guy finds a ring by accident and then by more accidents and without knowing it finds it's owners. The guy, who's sworn off love, falls in love at the drop of a hat. Various mayhem ensues. It's all so mundane and unsatisfying that I can't recommend it. Only Ms Golding's depiction (yeoman's work) compelled me to finish listening. Only a scant few passages were worth hearing.

Good!

(5 stars)

Ruth Golding did another terrific job on this one. I always enjoy her work. This story is slow moving, and requires the listener to just relax and let it take it’s time, but it is very worthwhile. Interesting characters, and a plot which takes some interesting turns. Satisfying ending. It has quite a bit of romance in it, a little more than a guy like me cares for, but I’m glad I listened all the way through.

A BLACK THORNY ROSE

(4.5 stars)

A well planned story which holds the interest of the reader. Rose was not worthy even of the small rehabilotation afforded him in the end. I have not heard a better "voiced" reading ever. Thank you for your presentation.

Drags, though Volunteer is Wonderful!

(2 stars)

This is melodramatic, sappy & yet very clever in an unconventional way, even considering the era in which it was written. I made it through only because I'm such a devotee of Ruth Golding, the LibriVox Volunteer.