The Prince and Betty (version 2)


Read by Kirsten Wever

(4.1 stars; 9 reviews)

The story moves from a royal palace in Europe to a squalid tenement in New York. The European action centers on the efforts of an uncouth millionaire to create a gambling mecca on the tiny isle of Mervo. This involves the installation of a Prince who is unknown to the populace, a royal decree allowing gambling, and a proposed royal marriage spectacular enough to create the publicity to draw business. But the millionaire’s proposed bride – his stepdaughter, Betty – has a history with Prince John, which ignites stormy emotions and sends her flying to New York.

In New York we meet Rupert Smith – in fact, the double of the aristocratic, optimistic, erudite, pseudo-Socialist Rupert Psmith (with a silent preliminary “P”) who is featured in four other Wodehouse novels, including Psmith, Journalist. Bored with the dull content of the small weekly paper he edits, Smith develops an exciting and provocative organ which involves its staff (including Betty and, later, John) in precarious adventures. Articles about deplorable tenement conditions threaten certain parties who commission a gang to put Smith et al. out of commission. To protect themselves as they investigate, they enlist the aid the leader of New York’s most powerful gang. As the truth comes to light everyone is surprised by how intimately the Mervo and New York story lines have been linked all the while. - Summary by Kirsten Wever (8 hr 59 min)

Chapters

Chapter 1 – A Cable From Mervo 12:48 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 2 – Mervo And Its Owner 23:00 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 3 -- John 15:22 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 4 – Vive Le Roi! 15:20 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 5 – Mr. Scobell Has Another Idea 17:51 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 6 – Young Adam Cupid 14:23 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 7 – Mr. Scobell Frank 17:29 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 8 – An Ultimatum From The Throne 19:46 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 9 – Mervo Changes Its Constitution 22:45 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 10 – Mrs. Oakley 16:38 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 11 – A Letter Of Introduction 16:33 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 12 – “Peaceful Moments” 20:28 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 13 – Betty Makes A Friend 16:19 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 14 – A Change Of Policy 21:36 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 15 – The Honeyed Word 16:05 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 16 – Two Visitors To The Office 26:04 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 17 – The Man At The Astor 23:40 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 18 – The Highfield 28:27 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 19 – The First Battle 22:24 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 20 – Betty At Large 21:40 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 21 – Changes In The Staff 13:23 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 22 – A Gathering Of Cat Specialists 14:07 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 23 – The Retirement Of Smith 13:46 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 24 – The Campaign Quickens 17:59 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 25 – Cornered 13:29 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 26 – Journey’s End 19:09 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 27 – A Lemon 18:32 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 28 – The Final Attempt 15:00 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 29 – A Representative Gathering 20:23 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 30 – Conclusion 5:04 Read by Kirsten Wever