The Efficiency Expert


Read by Delmar H Dolbier

(4.7 stars; 189 reviews)

Our hero, Jimmy Torrance, Jr., has a hard time finding suitable employment after a brilliant (athletically, at least) college career, despite all kinds of assistance from his friends in the underworld and the wealthy and sophisticated young woman with whom he falls in love. Set in contemporary America, mostly Chicago, this 1921 short novel is one of a handful of Burroughs' works that does not take us to a fantasy or an exotic setting. (Delmar H. Dolbier) (5 hr 11 min)

Chapters

Jimmy Torrance, Jr. 11:19 Read by Delmar H Dolbier
Jimmy Will Accept A Position 13:16 Read by Delmar H Dolbier
The Lizard 14:20 Read by Delmar H Dolbier
Jimmy Hunts a Job 10:25 Read by Delmar H Dolbier
Jimmy Lands One 13:13 Read by Delmar H Dolbier
Harold Plays the Raven 10:56 Read by Delmar H Dolbier
Jobless Again 9:28 Read by Delmar H Dolbier
Bread From the Waters 9:51 Read by Delmar H Dolbier
Harold Sits in a Game 10:48 Read by Delmar H Dolbier
At Feinheimer’s 6:59 Read by Delmar H Dolbier
Christmas Eve 15:41 Read by Delmar H Dolbier
Up Or Down? 12:15 Read by Delmar H Dolbier
Harriet Philosophizes 7:35 Read by Delmar H Dolbier
In Again - Out Again 8:48 Read by Delmar H Dolbier
Little Eva 10:19 Read by Delmar H Dolbier
Jimmy Throws a Bluff 14:01 Read by Delmar H Dolbier
Jimmy on the Job 8:19 Read by Delmar H Dolbier
The Efficiency Expert 12:20 Read by Delmar H Dolbier
Plotting 12:01 Read by Delmar H Dolbier
An Invitation to Dine 8:32 Read by Delmar H Dolbier
Jimmy Tells the Truth 13:50 Read by Delmar H Dolbier
A Letter From Murray 10:09 Read by Delmar H Dolbier
Laid Up 6:50 Read by Delmar H Dolbier
In the Toils 10:18 Read by Delmar H Dolbier
Circumstantial Evidence 12:43 Read by Delmar H Dolbier
‘The Only Friends He Has’ 12:02 Read by Delmar H Dolbier
The Trial 11:08 Read by Delmar H Dolbier
The Verdict 13:41 Read by Delmar H Dolbier

Reviews

WOW


(5 stars)

A true hidden gem. This doesn't have the popularity of Tarzan, John Carter, Pellucidar, or even the mad king; but it is easily Burroughs best work in regards to characters. Set in Chicago, and filled with well developed personalities. Society and the underworld mesh into a great story. absolute must read.

ken lunstrum


(4.5 stars)

A splendid narration of a very good story. The near raider does a fantastic job with all the voices.

Terrific - one of my favorite Librivox books!


(5 stars)

Great old fashioned story that's got it all - intrepid hero; beautiful but treacherous woman; beautiful and true woman; whore with a heart of gold (Little Eva, the most memorable person in the book); honorable outlaw (Lizard, the second most); despicable villains; crooked boxing matches; and surprises and twists galore! The reader, Delmar H. Dolbier, does a GREAT job - though I have to admit that his female voices are pretty pathetic - but they work anyway! This is one of my top favorites and I'm listening to it all over again now.


(5 stars)

Firstly, thank you for the excellent naration. Secondly, my goodness, what an excellent story from E.R.B. This is an absolutely must read, or listen, as the case may be. I found myself chuckling and laughing out loud repeatedly throughout this narration due to the outstanding character observations, situations, and conversations expressed within this dark hilarious tale. I think this story epitimizes the underappreciated genius of Mr. Burroughs.

One of ERB'S best!


(5 stars)

This is not the normal Edgar Rice Burrough's story that I'm used to, I definitely didn't expect it to be as good as it was, he did an excellent job of character development and plot. It was immensely entertaining. The reader is one of the best on LibriVox!

A simple story of good vs. evil


(5 stars)

+... told by an excellent narrator with energy and enjoyment on his and my part. I especially enjoyed the 1920's contemporary language and the many idioms of the time used by ERB. I enjoyed every chapter as read by the reader. Well done.


(5 stars)

After listening to all Edgar’s audio books I felt that in this tale he finally finished an ending with the thought and patience that he told the body of the story with :)


(5 stars)

I rate this plot as one of the best. ERB has woven his character development into the story with excellent result. The reader was excellent. Thank you LibriVox