An Amiable Charlatan

Read by LibriVox Volunteers

(4.4 stars; 42 reviews)

An Englishman is enjoying his dinner at Stephano's, at which he is a regular diner. A man enters quickly, sits at his table, starts eating his food, and hands him a packet underneath the table! So begins Paul Walmsley's acquaintance - and adventures - with American adventurer Joseph H. Parker and his lovely daughter, Eve. (Intro by TriciaG)

Note that there is an alternate reading of section 8. Both are excellent renditions, so enjoy either or both of them. (6 hr 19 min)


01 - The Man at Stephano's 17:46 Read by ToddHW
02 - The Coup in the Gambling Den 25:01 Read by ToddHW
03 - Cullen Gives Advice, part 1 19:19 Read by ToddHW
04 - Cullen Gives Advice, part 2 14:36 Read by ToddHW
05 - The Wooing of Eve 22:11 Read by ToddHW
06 - Mr. Samuelson 17:54 Read by Gilles G. Le Blanc
07 - The Party at the Milan 14:21 Read by Barbara Edelman
08 - 'One of Us' 13:02 Read by ToddHW
08b - 'One of Us' (alternate reading) 14:53 Read by Barbara Edelman
09 - At the Alhambra 14:09 Read by ToddHW
10 - The Exposure 18:36 Read by Gilles G. Le Blanc
11 - A Broken Partnership 36:18 Read by asterix
12 - Mr. Bundercombe's Wink, part 1 19:55 Read by ToddHW
13 - Mr. Bundercombe's Wink, part 2 18:53 Read by ToddHW
14 - The Emancipation of Louis 23:14 Read by Kirsten Wever
15 - 'The Shorn Lamb' 31:22 Read by Kirsten Wever
16 - Mr. Bundercombe's Love Affair 35:56 Read by Kirsten Wever
17 - Lord Porthoning's Lesson 22:30 Read by Kirsten Wever


(4.5 stars)

There were things I didn't like about the story, such as letting free two people who were actually the responsible parties for the killing of an innocent man. Also, the (customary at the time), hateful characterization of minorities. Still, the character that gives the book its title was interesting and not at all commonplace. Frankly, the stars mostly reflect the readers' excellence. All of them were clear and quite likeable. My favorite one, is ToddHW. Thanks to him and to all the others for their time, generosity and patience. I enjoy much more the work of these volunteers than the professionals who read the many CD audiobooks I have heard. Thanks.

Great fun and a good listen.

(5 stars)

I really liked this novel. Lighthearted and quite the characters. I listen with earplugs and had no problem with sound issues. I would have been disappointed to have missed this book. ,:

Laugh aloud funny

(5 stars)

This book is too much fun! The readers range from very very good to superb. I didn't want it to end.

I Enjoyed It

(4 stars)

An old-fashioned enjoyable story. I hear the echo the other reviewer mentioned, but it didn't bother me.


(3.5 stars)

The readers all did well, but the book is not up to Oppenheime's usual standard. Too far-fetched.

Very Poorly Read.

(0.5 stars)

Another great book ruined by very poor readers...not at all suited to the characters.

(3.5 stars)

Love the humor, mystery and lively touch in the tale. Appreciate this reading. Recommended.

a grand romp

(5 stars)

This was great and all the readers provided delight! Thank you!