The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse


Read by Tony Oliva

(3.9 stars; 8 reviews)

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, by Vicente Blasco Ibañez and translated into English by Charlotte Brewster Jordan, depicts two branches of a family with its roots in the pampas of Argentina. The wealthy Argentinian, Julio Madariaga, comes from Spain and raises himself from poverty, becoming a self-made, wealthy cattleman. He is a man of extremes; an honest man with a rascally knack for taking advantage of others; a self-made man with overweening pride, prejudices, and a sharp, flinty temper that can spark into violence, he is at the same time given to great generosity toward those who are under him. This almost feudal lord has two daughters who marry expatriates, a Frenchman and a German.

Julio Madariaga leaves his stamp on these two families who, after his death, return to the native countries of his two sons in law. At that time, the mood of Europe is in many ways similar to that of the old gaucho, a mixture of generosity, explosive anger, romanticism, strong prejudices, and wounded pride, a mood composed of extremes painted on an oversized canvas. World War I is waiting in the wings and will leave its own stamp on the old gaucho's lineage, pitting them against each other on opposite sides in the violent first year that many think will last only a few months but will, in fact, result in improbable destruction and loss of lives. An old Russian visionary given to drink, looks out on red skies one day and experiences its coming in a vision: hoofbeats; and riders. --Summary by Tony Oliva and released to public domain.

(16 hr 27 min)

Chapters

part 1 - chapter 1 The Tryst 11:24 Read by Tony Oliva
part 1 - chapter 1 continued 14:20 Read by Tony Oliva
part 1 - chapter 1 continued 14:01 Read by Tony Oliva
part 1 - chapter 1 continued 13:51 Read by Tony Oliva
part 1 - chapter 1 continued 11:59 Read by Tony Oliva
part 1 - chapter 1 continued 4:39 Read by Tony Oliva
part 1 - chapter 2 Madariaga, the Centaur 13:28 Read by Tony Oliva
part 1 - chapter 2 continued 10:58 Read by Tony Oliva
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part 1 - chapter 2 continued 16:10 Read by Tony Oliva
part 1 - chapter 2 continued 15:05 Read by Tony Oliva
part 1 - chapter 3 The Desnoyers Family 13:57 Read by Tony Oliva
part 1 - chapter 3 continued 16:10 Read by Tony Oliva
part 1 - chapter 3 continued 16:01 Read by Tony Oliva
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part 1 - chapter 3 continued 5:25 Read by Tony Oliva
part 1 - chapter 4 The Cousin from Berlin 17:56 Read by Tony Oliva
part 1 - chapter 4 continued 19:50 Read by Tony Oliva
part 1 - chapter 4 continued 17:06 Read by Tony Oliva
part 1 - chapter 5 In Which Appear the Four Horsemen 16:06 Read by Tony Oliva
part 1 - chapter 5 continued 8:17 Read by Tony Oliva
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part 1 - chapter 5 continued 13:39 Read by Tony Oliva
part 1 - chapter 5 continued 15:30 Read by Tony Oliva
part 2 - chapter 1 What Don Marcelo Envied 10:57 Read by Tony Oliva
part 2 - chapter 1 continued 11:38 Read by Tony Oliva
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part 2 - chapter 1 continued 3:49 Read by Tony Oliva
part 2 - chapter 2 New Life 27:19 Read by Tony Oliva
part 2 - chapter 2 continued 16:22 Read by Tony Oliva
part 2 - chapter 3 The Retreat 20:20 Read by Tony Oliva
part 2 - chapter 3 continued 14:45 Read by Tony Oliva
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part 2 - chapter 3 continued 16:22 Read by Tony Oliva
part 2 - chapter 4 Near the Sacred Grotto 12:45 Read by Tony Oliva
part 2 - chapter 4 continued 18:57 Read by Tony Oliva
part 2 - chapter 4 continued 14:33 Read by Tony Oliva
part 2 - chapter 4 continued 16:36 Read by Tony Oliva
part 2 - chapter 5 The Invasion 12:29 Read by Tony Oliva
part 2 - chapter 5 continued 15:19 Read by Tony Oliva
part 2 - chapter 5 continued 14:01 Read by Tony Oliva
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part 2 - chapter 5 continued 13:53 Read by Tony Oliva
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part 2 - chapter 5 continued 14:45 Read by Tony Oliva
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part 2 - chapter 5 continued 11:40 Read by Tony Oliva
part 2 - chapter 6 The Banner of the Red Cross 17:56 Read by Tony Oliva
part 2 - chapter 6 continued 16:29 Read by Tony Oliva
part 2 - chapter 6 continued 16:13 Read by Tony Oliva
part 2 - chapter 6 continued 17:46 Read by Tony Oliva
part 3 - chapter 1 After the Marne 10:26 Read by Tony Oliva
part 3 - chapter 1 continued 7:51 Read by Tony Oliva
part 3 - chapter 1 continued 10:53 Read by Tony Oliva
part 3 - chapter 2 In the Studio 13:50 Read by Tony Oliva
part 3 - chapter 2 continued 9:45 Read by Tony Oliva
part 3 - chapter 2 continued 9:54 Read by Tony Oliva
part 3 - chapter 3 War 8:38 Read by Tony Oliva
part 3 - chapter 3 continued 8:09 Read by Tony Oliva
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part 3 - chapter 3 continued 7:53 Read by Tony Oliva
part 3 - chapter 3 continued 8:20 Read by Tony Oliva
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part 3 - chapter 3 continued 7:06 Read by Tony Oliva
part 3 - chapter 3 continued 8:30 Read by Tony Oliva
part 3 - chapter 4 No One Will Kill Him 17:31 Read by Tony Oliva
part 3 - chapter 4 continued 17:32 Read by Tony Oliva
part 3 - chapter 5 The Burial Fields 20:20 Read by Tony Oliva
part 3 - chapter 5 continued 18:36 Read by Tony Oliva

Reviews

WHERES THE FIRE

(1 stars)

Fabulous reader but he speaks so fast that he ruins his narration . I was unable to modify the pace enough for it to make a difference. The voice becomes distorted at the point when the speakers narration speed is adjusted for listening. I had to give it up after a few chapters. Too bad. Great reading skills all for naught. Five stars for reader performance, one star for delivery

Breathless

(2 stars)

It’s churlish to criticize so generous and intelligent a reader, but his unwillingness to pause between sentences soon becomes exhausting. Still, thanks for sharing a great book. Perhaps someone else will post a recording.

WOW!!!

(5 stars)

What a great book. The reader definitely did it justice. A real testament to the horrors of war and its devastation of both lands and families.