Stolen Idols


Read by Jacquerie

(4.4 stars; 22 reviews)

Two temple statues, one with the most beautiful of features, the other a hideous sight, are at the core of this tale of adventure and the supernatural. Carved by Chinese craftsmen, they have stood to either side of the great Buddha for hundreds of years, worshipped and protected by generations of priests.Taken together, they represent human nature in balance, the spiritual with the bestial, the Soul with the Body. But what if they are separated? Ancient legend warns of disaster to anyone who disturbs that balance. Young Gregory Ballaston of England, however, gives no credence to such dire threats when he and a friend set out to steal the idols, which are rumored to conceal a treasure in jewels. His friend dies in the attempt and one of the idols is presumably stolen by his murderers. Gregory nearly loses his own life in the effort but manages to get away with the other idol – the bestial Body. What will be the outcome for Gregory, or the beautiful young woman he meets in China and courts on the journey home with his prize? Even before he sets sail for home, the idol begins to prey on Gregory Ballaston.

Warning: Set in the 19th century, this book contains references to Jews and Asians that are offensive to the modern ear.(Jacquerie)

(8 hr 41 min)

Chapters

Book One - Chapter I 25:05 Read by Jacquerie
Book One - Chapter II 20:54 Read by Jacquerie
Book One - Chapter III 17:28 Read by Jacquerie
Book One - Chapter IV 20:15 Read by Jacquerie
Book One - Chapter V 14:18 Read by Jacquerie
Book One - Chapter VI 12:23 Read by Jacquerie
Book One - Chapter VII 20:25 Read by Jacquerie
Book One - Chapter VIII 25:43 Read by Jacquerie
Book Two - Chapter I 23:24 Read by Jacquerie
Book Two - Chapter II 20:55 Read by Jacquerie
Book Two - Chapter III 13:56 Read by Jacquerie
Book Two - Chapter IV 11:00 Read by Jacquerie
Book Two - Chapter V 16:15 Read by Jacquerie
Book Two - Chapter VI 17:11 Read by Jacquerie
Book Two - Chapters VII, VIII 20:14 Read by Jacquerie
Book Two - Chapter IX 12:41 Read by Jacquerie
Book Three - Chapter I 15:19 Read by Jacquerie
Book Three - Chapter II 13:48 Read by Jacquerie
Book Three - Chapter III 24:00 Read by Jacquerie
Book Three - Chapter IV 19:22 Read by Jacquerie
Book Three - Chapter V 11:13 Read by Jacquerie
Book Three - Chapter VI 24:21 Read by Jacquerie
Book Three - Chapter VII 13:13 Read by Jacquerie
Book Three - Chapter VIII 14:01 Read by Jacquerie
Book Three - Chapters IX, X 19:43 Read by Jacquerie
Book Three - Chapter XI 17:25 Read by Jacquerie
Book Three - Chapter XII 15:34 Read by Jacquerie
Book Three - Chapter XIII 14:59 Read by Jacquerie
Book Three - Chapters XIV, XV 26:18 Read by Jacquerie

Reviews

(5 stars)

The reader is excellent but the story is hardly uplifting. The handsome young hero (?) is the son of an impoverished English lord who encourages him to go to China, plunder a temple of the sacred icons of the title, and bring them back to be sold, saving the estate. Everyone from the lord's relatives to the sweet young heroine (?) to the local police to the villagers of the country seat think that's just fine. When the only person who mildly objects to this sacrilegious and bloody robbery is found shot in the head, everyone does every thing possible to see that the culprit is never found. Difficult to sympathize with the characters.

well read intriguing story

(5 stars)

Excellent reader. Ending is a bit too fairy tale like for my taste, but it’s a good story. Reader is very good, I even understood her French!

Dec. 2017

(3 stars)

One of my favorite authors of that time. Unfortunately, I have found it hard to get into the story. I have tried every year.

Stolen Idols

(5 stars)

Well read, fun listen - thanks!

was

(3 stars)

took a long time to get interesting