The Purple Cloud


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(3.8 stars; 12 reviews)

The story, a recording of a medium's meditation over the future writing of the text, details the narrator's (Adam Jeffson's) expedition to the North Pole during the 20th century on board the Boreal. Jeffson's fiancée, the Countess Clodagh, poisons her own cousin in order to secure a place on the ship for Jeffson, because the expedition was known to be one of the best ever planned. A millionaire, who died some years previously, had ordered in his will that he would pay 175,000,000 dollars to the first person standing at the North Pole. Before Jeffson leaves, he hears a sermon by a Scottish priest named Mackay, speaking against Polar research, calling the failure of all previous expeditions the will of God, and prophesying a terrible fate for those who attempt to go against God's will in this. The narrator at the same time remembers his meeting with a man who claimed that the universe is a place of strife between vague "powers", "The White" and "The Black", for dominance. Throughout the events of the polar journey, the narrator gradually discovers that his course has been, for many years, guided by these forces, all the way up to the point where he reaches the pole first. He finds a huge, clear lake of spinning water with a rock island inlaid with inscriptions. Upon seeing this, Jeffson falls into a faint. When he returns to his camp he, along with his dogs, feels nauseous after having smelled a peculiar peach-like odor. He also notices a moving purple cloud, spreading in the far heavens. During the progress of his journey, he discovers dead animals, all without the slightest sign of injury, and he gradually learns of the death of his entire crew on board the Boreal. The ship being fairly easy to operate, he sets out by himself. (Summary by Wikipedia) (11 hr 51 min)

Chapters

00 - Section 00 17:48 Read by Rhajimas Holmes
01 - Section 01 18:48 Read by Nyssa E. Schmidt
02 - Section 02 20:36 Read by Anise
03 - Section 03 26:19 Read by Nyssa E. Schmidt
04 - Section 04 13:22 Read by Graham McMillan
05 - Section 05 14:52 Read by Lynne T
06 - Section 06 29:05 Read by Anise
07 - Section 07 19:23 Read by Graham McMillan
08 - Section 08 14:46 Read by Graham McMillan
09 - Section 09 10:46 Read by April Gonzales
10 - Section 10 24:50 Read by Graham McMillan
11 - Section 11 22:19 Read by Graham McMillan
12 - Section 12 22:53 Read by Graham McMillan
13 - Section 13 28:18 Read by Gabriela Cowan
14 - Section 14 12:28 Read by fshort
15 - Section 15 29:51 Read by Gabriela Cowan
16 - Section 16 25:35 Read by fshort
17 - Section 17 32:18 Read by Gabriela Cowan
18 - Section 18 29:00 Read by Gabriela Cowan
19 - Section 19 21:19 Read by Anise
20 - Section 20 30:10 Read by Gabriela Cowan
21 - Section 21 24:18 Read by Gabriela Cowan
22 - Section 22 27:32 Read by Lynne T
23 - Section 23 26:24 Read by Gabriela Cowan
24 - Section 24 29:58 Read by Gabriela Cowan
25 - Section 25 17:14 Read by Gabriela Cowan
26 - Section 26 11:41 Read by Reeses118
27 - Section 27 13:10 Read by Reeses118
28 - Section 28 23:10 Read by Matthew Walker
29 - Section 29 22:33 Read by rookieblue
30 - Section 30 18:25 Read by Gabriela Cowan
31 - Section 31 14:18 Read by UberDubber
32 - Srction 32 18:10 Read by Gabriela Cowan

Reviews

Reading this book for a book club and very much appreciated being able to liste…


(2.5 stars)


(3.5 stars)

A good story, very entertaining. The English Lady speaks perfectly....some don't understand correct English!!


(4 stars)

Great, weird book. The reading of Section 9 is nearly unintelligible, however.

English lady needs to go


(3 stars)

Not sure if I liked he story but I'm sure I would have liked it more if I could have understood the lady with the English accent.