The Green Mirror


Read by Simon Evers

(4.6 stars; 20 reviews)

Three generations of the Trenchard family, ruled over by the indomitable Mrs Trenchard, live together in comfortable domesticity until Katherine, the favourite daughter, meets and falls in love with Philip, back from some years in Russia, who threatens the whole stability of the family set up by thinking that he can marry her and thus take her away from them all. Philip and Katherine agree reluctantly to postpone their marriage for a full year. During this year, the family begins to splinter as more about Philip and his past becomes known.

With considerable humour, the book follows the ups and downs of the family relationships as the year progresses. (Summary by Simon Evers) (12 hr 58 min)

Chapters

Introduction 2:08 Read by Simon Evers
Book 1, Chapter 1 38:50 Read by Simon Evers
Book 1, Chapter 2 26:06 Read by Simon Evers
Book 1, Chapter 3 37:01 Read by Simon Evers
Book 1, Chapter 4 32:59 Read by Simon Evers
Book 1, Chapter 5 49:08 Read by Simon Evers
Book 1, Chapter 6 39:51 Read by Simon Evers
Book 2, Chapter 1 19:49 Read by Simon Evers
Book 2, Chapter 2 46:35 Read by Simon Evers
Book 2, Chapter 3 1:01:00 Read by Simon Evers
Book 2, Chapter 4 46:01 Read by Simon Evers
Book 2, Chapter 5 45:46 Read by Simon Evers
Book 2, Chapter 6 1:12:58 Read by Simon Evers
Book 2, Chapter 7 33:57 Read by Simon Evers
Book 3, Chapter 1 44:43 Read by Simon Evers
Book 3, Chapter 2 42:47 Read by Simon Evers
Book 3, Chapter 3 43:00 Read by Simon Evers
Book 3, Chapter 4 35:36 Read by Simon Evers
Book 3, Chapter 5 37:47 Read by Simon Evers
Book 3, Chapter 6 22:33 Read by Simon Evers

Reviews

Incredible Narrative & Story


(5 stars)

Once again, the combination of Simon Evers and Hugh Walpole represents the very best of the LibriVox Catalog. The narrative dialogue performed by Mr. Evers is so good that you might believe that you’re in the room as it happens. Walpole writes rather complex stories using unsophisticated sentences; at his best telling about soft power in the highly controlling environment of a family power structure. Like many of Walpole’s novels, they can be seen as allegorical and applicable to any situation wherein the power dynamics are in jeopardy and what typically follows…

well read


(4 stars)

Simon is spectacular, as always. I failed to see any humor in this story. But I finished it, even though drags on a bit. The author does paint some personalities that you just want to shake with frustration! It's a good insight of the fight between those who don't embrace change vs. those who do. Alas, life/world is always changing - nothing is static, yet history is always repeating itself. This power/love struggle could be written in present times. There is nothing new under the sun. How the irony and paradox of life...change is inevitable. Spoiler alert - Boy gets girl, in the end. But the mother is a wicked person, and makes the ending bitter sweet.