The Uttermost Farthing


Read by MaryAnn

(4.5 stars; 225 reviews)

Humphrey Challoner is a solitary old man who spent a lifetime collecting for his private museum, primarily mammals exhibiting osteological abnormalities but also 24 articulated human skeletons without any apparent defect. His friend, Dr. Wharton, is puzzled by the collection, but he humors Challoner's eccentricities and tends to him in his final illness. When Wharton inherits the collection on Challoner's death, the dark mystery that ties the collection together is finally revealed. (Summary by MaryAnn) (4 hr 56 min)

Chapters

Ch I - The Motive Force 35:11 Read by MaryAnn
Ch II pt 1 - "Number One" 18:18 Read by MaryAnn
Ch II pt 2 - "Number One" 20:58 Read by MaryAnn
Ch III pt 1 - The Housemaid's Followers 18:14 Read by MaryAnn
Ch III pt 2 - The Housemaid's Followers 18:02 Read by MaryAnn
Ch IV pt 1 - The Gifts of Chance 21:45 Read by MaryAnn
Ch IV pt 2 - The Gifts of Chance 22:32 Read by MaryAnn
Ch V pt 1 - By Products of Industry 17:18 Read by MaryAnn
Ch V pt 1 - By Products of Industry 18:56 Read by MaryAnn
Ch VI pt 1 - The Trail of the Serpent 29:22 Read by MaryAnn
Ch VI pt 2 - The Trail of the Serpent 29:05 Read by MaryAnn
Ch VII pt 1 - The Uttermost Farthing 23:55 Read by MaryAnn
Ch VII pt 2 - The Uttermost Farthing 22:38 Read by MaryAnn

Reviews

Enthralling!


(5 stars)

I was captivated from beginning to end. Why has this gem eluded me for 50 years? It's refreshing to have a main character so removed from stereotypes. As to the lack of political correctness, it just adds more flavour by revealing 'the times' of the writer. When I listened to this tale I felt like I did when I first read Treasure Island, Dracula, the Time Machine and so on. Hats off to the reader. She captured the essence of the story. She's a superb talent who is right up there with the best narrator's I've listened to on BBC and CBC.

suspense! thriller! mystery!


(5 stars)

five star for the reader who does an excellent job with reading and recording AND five star for the writer of this fantastic book. a tale of revenge, vigilante, and shrunken heads! a fast moving story that keeps your interest and has all the details that draw a picture.... a morbid picture of one mans quest to find the man with the ringed hair. reminds me some of the demon barber of fleet street.

Creepy!


(5 stars)

This was a really macarbre. It is a tale of vigilante justice and also early criminology. I liked the criminal anthropology aspect of it. I don't really believe in vigilante justice but I certainly understand that often it appears that our justice system fails us. The narration of the story was very good and overall I call it a creepy good read.

Case lesson or satire?


(4 stars)

I agree with TheBookworm's comments, except I'm not so sure the blatant racism which pervades the story isn't actually satire. Certainly, the "science" of eugenics was alive and flourishing at the time it was written, but the racism/stereotyping is so over-the-top that I think even readers of the time would have seen how ridiculous it was. For example, the protagonist, who is smugly confident of the superiority of his own race, class and nationality, is in actuality guilty of the very defects which he ascribes to those whom he considers inferior to himself. Indeed, in the end it is his own racism which frustrates him from realizing his goal.

A good book


(5 stars)

A curious collection of skeletons is willed to a scientist. The history of those skeletons is something most unexpected. An interesting vigilante story. His reasoning on how criminals are treated and why they become criminals is interesting. I believe he echoes the frustrations that most people feel when they see criminals escape from justice. The reader was excellent.


(0.5 stars)

This story is all about how he kills 20 plus people...if you like that kind of thrill, you will probably enjoy it. Definitely not my cup of tea...

The Last Farthing


(3 stars)

The reader for this book reads very clearly, pretty dang good job done by MaryAnn there! However, the book is kinda all about killing random dudes, a bunch of 'em don't even seem "evil..." and, of course, pulling it off as "satire," that's, like, not my cup of tea, right there. Also, there's not as much actual story as I would've liked, that brute violence sorta takes up a lot of room, also like WOW there is a lot of racism here, seems like the entire book is filled with racist attitudes, bad even for the time! Ah, well, such is life... though we may not wish it, our wishes cannot make the follies and errors of the past vanish... sorry for all the, ah, "not-so-elegant-grammar" in this review, I find that such a writing style can make an otherwise tiring piece of text seem far more interesting to the casual eye... but then again, who's gonna read this stupid review anyway? Ha!

fetishistic


(2 stars)

The descriptions of violence and murder, while enveloped as vigilante justice are so repetitious the novel seems fetishistic. This is an unnerving read, but not suspenceful or even spooky. instead, it's somewhat a comedy, as there is a weird sense of humor throughout and is epecially evident in the scenes leading up to or depicting murder or violence.