The Orange-Yellow Diamond

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(4.3 stars; 193 reviews)

A novelist finds himself struggling to make ends meet. In his effort to raise a bit of money to get him by, he finds himself in the middle of a mystery. Murder, theft, and love, all the ingredients for a wonderful reading. Please note: There is some stereotyping of ethnic groups however it is presented without malice but rather a sign of the times. (Summary by Linette Geisel)

Cast list:
Narrator (chapter 1-5): Linette Geisel
Narrator (chapter 6 onwards): MaryAnn
Andrew Lauriston: Max Körlinge
Mrs. Flitwick (landlady); Grayson, Mr. Levendales butler and Scotland Yard Official: TriciaG
Mr. Melchior (Melky) Rubinstein; Martin James Gardiner, turf commission agent and Man from tea room: ToddHW
Zillah Wildrose: Kristin Gjerløw
Mrs. Goldmark and Chinese man 2: MJ Franck
Detective Ayscough: Anthony
Doctor and Coroner: Anna Simon
Inspector, Superior Official and Chief Official: bala
John Purdie: Chuck Williamson
Coffee shop girl: Elizabeth Klett
Mr. Spencer Levendale: Ernst Pattynama
Second police officer: Lucy Perry
Third police officer: Amanda Friday
Benjamin Hollinshaw (Shop owner): David Olson
Mr. Parminter, lawyer: Marty
Mr. Goodyer, landlord to Parslett: April Gonzales
Miss Elsie Bennett, Governess: Patti Cunningham
Mr. Penniket, sollicitor and Chang Li: Marty Kris
Stuyvesant Guyler, a New York man: Mark Chulsky
Dr. Mirandolet; Stephen Purvis and Elder Pilmansey: asterix
Dr. John Sperling-Lawson: Seepferdchen
Mr. Killick, retired solicitor: Brett W. Downey
Mr. John Purvis, brother of Stephen Purvis: Ric F
Dr. Pittery - Young surgeon: Emily Feuka
Mr. Mori Yada: CaprishaPage
George, mortuary night watchman: Charlotte Duckett
Waiter: Nathanial W.C. Higgins
Cab driver: Bev J Stevens
Hotel servant: MichaelH-S
Younger Pilmansey: Amy Gramour
Chinese Man 1: Margaret Espaillat

Edited by: Linette Geisel, Kimberly Krause, Kristin Gjerløw and ToddHW
Coordinated by: Linette Geisel and Kimberly Krause (8 hr 18 min)


Cast of Readers 3:50 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The Pretty Pawnbroker 14:03 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Mrs. Goldmark's Eating-House 13:12 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The Dead Man 12:43 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The Platinum Solitaire 12:12 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The Two Letters 13:03 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The Spanish Manuscript 13:01 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The Member of Parliament 13:05 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The Inquest 13:08 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Whose Were Those Rings? 11:21 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Melky Intervenes 10:54 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The Back Door 11:41 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The Friend From Peebles 13:06 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The Call For Help 13:20 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The Private Laboratory 14:15 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Conference 13:33 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The Detective Calls 13:12 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
What the Lamps Shone On 11:53 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Mr. Stuyvesant Guyler 12:15 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Purdie Stands Firm 14:08 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The Parslett Affair 12:13 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
What Manner of Death? 12:57 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Mr. Killick Goes Back 12:58 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Mr. Killick's Opinion 12:15 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The Orange-Yellow Diamond 12:44 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The Dead Man's Property 12:54 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The Rat 11:37 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The Empty House 11:15 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The £500 Bank Note 11:27 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Mr. Mori Yada 11:36 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The Mortuary 11:30 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The Mirandolet Theory 13:18 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
One O'Clock Midnight 14:01 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Secret Work 13:24 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Baffled 14:58 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Yada Takes Charge 11:58 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Pilmansey's Tea Rooms 12:28 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chang Li 11:47 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The Jew and The Jap 11:05 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The Diamond Necklace 13:55 Read by LibriVox Volunteers


Another ok mystery

(3.5 stars)

The readers of George (British cockney accent) & the inspector (Indian accent) were difficult to understand at times due to the heaviness of their accents but everyone else sounded good. I'm glad that the characters were read by different people not just because I think it makes for a more enjoyable experience but also because there are so many characters. Too many! Due to the format I was able to keep them straight in my mind most of the time. This is another ok mystery. It doesn't have big twists nor turns. I'm not sure how some reviewers think otherwise. Maybe I've listened to too many books chock full of them. I didn't have a strong desire to find out who did it or to finish the story but it didn't drag nor bore me either. To me it's ok.

Well done mystery

(5 stars)

Really enjoyed this dramatic reading of a good mystery. Has alot of twists and turns to follow throughout the complete story. Very well presented and done by all readers. I really like these detective & murder mystery dramatic readings, would love to see many more of them. Thank you very much to all the volenteers and LibriVox Great job as always well worth lending a ear to.

fantastic mystery & reading

(5 stars)

great job by the readers. thank you so much! a wonderful mystery, allows you to draw your own. conclusions on one of the murders. several twists and investigating by people of all station/class. a drop of romance too. very captivating. a must read.

(3 stars)

the reader for purdy was so irritating i could hardly stand to hear his portions

Gratitude To Librivox Volunteers

(5 stars)

As an Army Combat vet, I have often turned to Librivox and found more serenity here than in any other of my attempts to forget the truth of the statement attributed to Robert E Lee at the battle of Fredericksburg that " it is well that war is so terrible less we should grow too fond of it." But this brings me to the point I want to make about the generosity, kindness and love I feel ALL Librivox volunteers give so freely and generously to all who listen. I have recommended it to some of my "brother and sister" vets whom I know it will help as well. I do not like to point out anyone as a better reader of more gifted than another, but I have to give honorable mention to Mary Ann, Tricia G, asterix, Elizabeth Klett, Anna Simon, and I am doing so for the many and various readings they have given to us so generously and profusely. Anyone, however, who volunteers should be thanked before rating the book. The book was entertaining and I would recommend it to those who listen to the "news" or should I say "opinions" and go away feeling worried or sad about what we see around us now. Librivox volunteers provide us with a generous antidote to that "news" or those "opinions", or, it does so to me. May God bless Librivox vounteers who are showing there love for their fellow man and woman or child by giving us this antidote absolutely free...

An OK mystery

(3 stars)

This book was read as if it was a play with narration. Some of the readers were fine but I found it annoying to hear women reading the men's parts. That would have been OK but their voices were so wrong for the parts (in my opinion). The story was not what I'd come to expect from J.S. Fletcher, it lacked the intrique and suspense I'd found in other stories. It's good that there was a warning about the racial references from the period or I would have been unable to continue listening.


(5 stars)

What a delightful change of pace: a dramatization. I will be the first to say that dramatizations of Shakespeare do not work, since we do not always know who is speaking. But this novel, with it's directional narrative, is perfectly suited. I truly do not mind the occasional gender crossover. and I certainly would have enjoyed understanding the chief detective, but overall it was a very good experience. Kudos to the person who put this together; it required a tremendous amount of planning and editing. Thanks for your effort!

(5 stars)

What am I to do now? I’ve listened to all of j s fletchers books now here on LibriVox ; I saved this one to the last simply because it was read by a cast and I didn’t think I would like it as much as solo readers, but it was great; I’d give it 6 stars it I could; All the readers were great