The Nether World

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(4.2 stars; 14 reviews)

This sad social novel revolves around the problematic issue of money. Michael returns from Australia to London a rich man. However, he hides this fact from everybody and spends money only on the things he really needs. He contemplates leaving his money to his granddaughter Jane, under the condition that she donate at least most of it to charity. However, Jane is not sure she can do it. This novel tells much about working class life in 19th century London.(Summary by Stav Nisser) (18 hr 42 min)


Chapter 01: A Thrall of Thralls 22:38 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 02: A Friend in Request 20:55 Read by daisyb
Chapter 03: A Superfluous Family 27:37 Read by KarlHenning
Chapter 04: Clara and Jane 24:24 Read by MaryA
Chapter 05: Jane is Visited 26:50 Read by Anise
Chapter 06: Glimpses of the Past 30:16 Read by Margaret Espaillat
Chapter 07: Mrs. Byass's Lodgings 24:45 Read by KarlHenning
Chapter 08: Pennyloaf Candy 29:21 Read by KarlHenning
Chapter 09: Pathological 31:42 Read by KarlHenning
Chapter 10: The Last Combat 21:54 Read by Ric F
Chapter 11: A Disappointment 21:11 Read by Ric F
Chapter 12: Io Saturnalia 29:25 Read by KarlHenning
Chapter 13: The Bringer of Ill News 16:41 Read by KarlHenning
Chapter 14: A Welcome Guest 17:14 Read by KarlHenning
Chapter 15: Sunlight in Dreary Places 27:49 Read by KarlHenning
Chapter 16: Dialogue and Comment 19:23 Read by Ric F
Chapter 17: Clem Makes a Disclosure 21:42 Read by Ric F
Chapter 18: The Joke is Completed 23:58 Read by KarlHenning
Chapter 19: A Retreat 24:59 Read by Lynne T
Chapter 20: A Vision of Noble Things 30:36 Read by Lynne T
Chapter 21: Death the Reconciler 31:49 Read by KarlHenning
Chapter 22: Watching from Ambush 27:55 Read by KarlHenning
Chapter 23: On the Eve of Triumph 27:16 Read by Ric F
Chapter 24: The Family History Progresses 37:43 Read by Ric F
Chapter 25: A Double Consecration 26:56 Read by Ric F
Chapter 26: Sidney's Struggle 30:47 Read by Ric F
Chapter 27: Clara's Return 17:23 Read by southernemma
Chapter 28: The Soup-Kitchen 26:01 Read by rookieblue
Chapter 29: Phantoms 32:56 Read by Ric F
Chapter 30: On a Barren Shore 32:42 Read by Ric F
Chapter 31: Woman and Actress 33:49 Read by Ric F
Chapter 32: A Haven 37:40 Read by Ric F
Chapter 33: A Fall from the Ideal 22:32 Read by Ric F
Chapter 34: The Debt Repaid 27:13 Read by Ric F
Chapter 35: The Treasury Unlocked 19:56 Read by Ric F
Chapter 36: The Heir 32:04 Read by Ric F
Chapter 37: Mad Jack's Dream 34:23 Read by Ric F
Chapter 38: Joseph Transacts Much Business 46:48 Read by Ric F
Chapter 39: Sidney 47:01 Read by Ric F
Chapter 40: Jane 36:29 Read by Ric F


I wonder why

(5 stars)

The oppressed and brutally abused poor and underpaid workers in Great Britain never had revolts against their oppressors and "robber barons" as was the case in 19th century France. I know of the Luddite rebellions and the chartists worker movements but for what I know these bottom up movements did little to change the inhumane state of the lower classes. In France revolutions in the 19th century which while were unsuccessful at overtaking the established government, did result in reforms for the working class and poor. Did the top down writings, explicit or implicit criticisms of wealth disparity or at least inhuman treatment of the lower class from Dickens, Reynolds,Gaskell, Hardy, Gissing et al really effect any legislative socio-economic reforms? by the way: I thought there was always an Internet Archive text for the audiobook. I know there is a Gutenberg text page. But what I like about IA text is that you can also listen to the robot voice. Again always appreciate the volunteers but the reader of the second half of the book reads without the profundity and sympathy that this great social novel demands. In my opinion female readers do this best, and a few select readers one of them being Simon Evers special thanks to Karl Henning, Lynne Thompson, E.Klett, Margaret Espaillat, daisyb

Good story

(5 stars)

good story well read. My thanks to the many who give their time and voices to great literature. My only criticism is that LibriVox has decided to pile on intrusive adverts which spoil the listener experience.


(3 stars)

the main reader had an intonation which was a bit awkward, interfering sometimes with the clarity of the narration. all the same, once used to it, one can enjoy the book very much. thank you all.

(5 stars)

another great novel. an excellent reading!