The Financier


Read by Richard Kilmer

(4.7 stars; 41 reviews)

In Philadelphia, Frank Cowperwood, whose father is a banker, makes his first money by buying cheap soaps on the market and selling it back with profit to a grocer. Later, he gets a job in Henry Waterman & Company, and leaves it for Tighe & Company. He also marries an affluent widow, in spite of his young age. Over the years, he starts embezzling municipal funds. In 1871, the Great Chicago Fire redounds to a stock market crash, prompting him to be bankrupt and exposed. Although he attempts to browbeat his way out of being sentenced to jail by intimidating Mr Stener, politicians from the Republican Party use their influence to use him as a scapegoat for their own corrupt practices. Meanwhile, he has an affair with Aileen Butler, a young girl, subsequent to losing faith in his wife. She vows to wait for him after his jail sentence. Her father, Mr Butler dies; she grows apart from her family. Frank divorces his wife. Sometime after being released, he invests in stocks subsequent to the Panic of 1873, and becomes a millionaire again. He decides to move out of Philadelphia and start a new life in the West. (Introduction by Wikipedia) This is Book 1 of Trilogy of Desire. (21 hr 49 min)

Chapters

01 - Chapter 01 14:45 Read by Richard Kilmer
02 - Chapter 02 18:30 Read by Richard Kilmer
03 - Chapter 03 25:54 Read by Richard Kilmer
04 - Chapter 04 14:50 Read by Richard Kilmer
05 - Chapter 05 12:03 Read by Richard Kilmer
06 - Chapter 06 23:43 Read by Richard Kilmer
07 - Chapter 07 16:28 Read by Richard Kilmer
08 - Chapter 08 11:05 Read by Richard Kilmer
09 - Chapter 09 6:42 Read by Richard Kilmer
10 - Chapter 10 23:03 Read by Richard Kilmer
11 - Chapter 11 19:58 Read by Richard Kilmer
12 - Chapter 12 19:15 Read by Richard Kilmer
13 - Chapter 13 21:44 Read by Richard Kilmer
14 - Chapter 14 30:26 Read by Richard Kilmer
15 - Chapter 15 16:16 Read by Richard Kilmer
16 - Chapter 16 15:56 Read by Richard Kilmer
17 - Chapter 17 27:36 Read by Richard Kilmer
18 - Chapter 18 19:08 Read by Richard Kilmer
19 - Chapter 19 13:39 Read by Richard Kilmer
20 - Chapter 20 17:01 Read by Richard Kilmer
21 - Chapter 21 27:35 Read by Richard Kilmer
22 - Chapter 22 24:54 Read by Richard Kilmer
23 - Chapter 23 33:13 Read by Richard Kilmer
24 - Chapter 24 11:19 Read by Richard Kilmer
25 - Chapter 25 1:05:40 Read by Richard Kilmer
26 - Chapter 26 28:42 Read by Richard Kilmer
27 - Chapter 27 21:30 Read by Richard Kilmer
28 - Chapter 28 17:23 Read by Richard Kilmer
29 - Chapter 29 17:26 Read by Richard Kilmer
30 - Chapter 30 14:30 Read by Richard Kilmer
31 - Chapter 31 10:29 Read by Richard Kilmer
32 - Chapter 32 20:01 Read by Richard Kilmer
33 - Chapter 33 28:28 Read by Richard Kilmer
34 - Chapter 34 19:55 Read by Richard Kilmer
35 - Chapter 35 21:40 Read by Richard Kilmer
36 - Chapter 36 30:55 Read by Richard Kilmer
37 - Chapter 37 26:42 Read by Richard Kilmer
38 - Chapter 38 29:03 Read by Richard Kilmer
39 - Chapter 39 16:53 Read by Richard Kilmer
40 - Chapter 40 16:17 Read by Richard Kilmer
41 - Chapter 41 23:46 Read by Richard Kilmer
42 - Chapter 42 20:21 Read by Richard Kilmer
43 - Chapter 43 49:04 Read by Richard Kilmer
44 - Chapter 44 21:32 Read by Richard Kilmer
45 - Chapter 45 11:23 Read by Richard Kilmer
46 - Chapter 46 29:15 Read by Richard Kilmer
47 - Chapter 47 16:28 Read by Richard Kilmer
48 - Chapter 48 18:21 Read by Richard Kilmer
49 - Chapter 49 18:19 Read by Richard Kilmer
50 - Chapter 50 13:28 Read by Richard Kilmer
51 - Chapter 51 6:57 Read by Richard Kilmer
52 - Chapter 52 27:15 Read by Richard Kilmer
53 - Chapter 53 43:00 Read by Richard Kilmer
54 - Chapter 54 32:01 Read by Richard Kilmer
55 - Chapter 55 26:15 Read by Richard Kilmer
56 - Chapter 56 23:54 Read by Richard Kilmer
57 - Chapter 57 23:56 Read by Richard Kilmer
58 - Chapter 58 23:09 Read by Richard Kilmer
59 - Chapter 59 22:19 Read by Richard Kilmer
60 - Concerning Mycteroperca Bonaci 4:46 Read by Richard Kilmer
61 - The Magic Crystal 3:06 Read by Richard Kilmer

Reviews

Wonderful


(5 stars)

Thank you for posting this absolutely excellent reading of a truly brilliant novel - great pick - I REALLY hope you read the entire Dreiser "Trilogy of Desire"! Very glad to have come across this recent reading.

There's no chance of recording the *entire* trilogy, I'm afraid.


(0 stars)

At least not for a very long time. These servers are in the U.S., so U.S. copyright law is applied at LibriVox, and works first copyrighted after January 1, 1923 and whose copyrights were renewed are protected until 95 years after their publication date. Dreiser's final novel in the trilogy, "The Stoic", was first published in 1947, meaning it will not be available for us to record until 2043. But on the bright side, "The Titan", the sequel to this novel, is well within the public domain and has been recorded by the same reader.

Really good


(5 stars)

Thank you R. Kilmer. Fascinating story with a fabulous reader - need I say more?


(5 stars)

Richard at his brilliant best I really enjoyed it

Here are my Five stars.


(5 stars)

Excellent.