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Post Haste

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(4 Sterne; 5 Bewertungen)

In this book, Ballantyne weaves the story of Phillip Mayland and his friend, George Aspel with an interesting portrayal of the British Post Office as it existed in the 19th century. In the words of R. M. Ballantyne himself: "This tale is founded chiefly on facts furnished by the Postmaster-General’s Annual Reports, and gathered, during personal intercourse and investigation, at the General Post-Office of London and its Branches.
It is intended to illustrate—not by any means to exhaust—the subject of postal work, communication, and incident throughout the Kingdom. I have to render my grateful acknowledgments to Sir Arthur Blackwood; his private secretary, Charles Eden, Esquire; and those other officers of the various Departments who have most kindly afforded me every facility for investigation, and assisted me to much of the information used in the construction of the tale.
If it does not greatly enlighten, I hope that it will at all events interest and amuse the reader."
R.M. Ballantyne. - Summary by AlaynaMay (9 hr 18 min)

Chapters

Prologue

1:11

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Chapter 1- A Hero and His Worshipper

12:02

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Chapter 2- Tells of Woman's Work, and Some of Woman's Ways

17:32

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Chapter 3- Brilliant Prospects

6:20

Read by David Alda

Chapter 4- The Royal Mail Steamer

10:49

Read by Lynne T

Chapter 5- Wreck and Rescue

25:18

Read by Lynne T

Chapter 6- Treats of Poverty, Pride and Fidelity

21:40

Read by Rosie

Chapter 7- Phil Begins Life, and Makes a Friend

17:15

Read by Natalie Paula

Chapter 8- Downward- Deeper and Deeper

15:24

Read by Natalie Paula

Chapter 9- Mr. Blurt and George Aspel in Peculiar Circumstances

22:44

Read by Grace Byrne

Chapter 10- A Mystery Cleared Up

19:23

Read by AlaynaMay

Chapter 11- The Letter-Carrier Goes His Rounds, Aids a Little Girl, and Overwhe…

39:26

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Chapter 12- In Which a Bosom Friend is Introduced, Rural Felicity is Enlarged o…

19:48

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Chapter 13- Miss Lillycrop Gets a Series of Surprises

30:13

Read by Adele de Pignerolles

Chapter 14- Formation of the Pegaway Literary Association and Other Matters

15:09

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Chapter 15- George Aspel Receives Various Visitors at the Ornithological Shop, …

20:26

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Chapter 16- Begins with Juvenile Flirtation, and Ends with Canine Cremation

18:46

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Chapter 17- Tottie and Mrs Bones in Difficulty

19:49

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Chapter 18- Business Interfered with in a Remarkable Manner

13:29

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Chapter 19- Deep-Laid Plans for Checkmating Mr Bones

13:58

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Chapter 20- The Post of the Olden Time

26:26

Read by Adele de Pignerolles

Chapter 21- Tells of a Series of Terrible Surprises

19:37

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Chapter 22- Shows How One Thing Leads to Another, and so on

24:06

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Chapter 23- The Turning Point

17:53

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Chapter 24- Plans and Counter Plans

14:53

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Chapter 25- Light Shining in Dark Places

15:46

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Chapter 26- Tells of a Sham Fight, and a Real Battle

18:49

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Chapter 27- The Greatest Battle of All

15:12

Read by Adele de Pignerolles

Chapter 28- The Storming of Rocky Cottage and Other Matters

13:27

Read by Lynne T

Chapter 29- Describes an Interview and a Rencontre

17:15

Read by Rachel

Chapter 30- The Last

14:08

Read by Jay Wills

Bewertungen

Post Office Info: Yes. Story: Not so much

(3 Sterne)

The storyline is thin, but the facts and praises of the post office are very thick. It is more of a story-advertisement for the P.O. than a story in itself. There are sub-themes of temperance and Christianity as well. Readers are fair to good. Chapter 13 desperately needs volume-leveling help, going from quite quiet to quite loud in spurts. Chapter 16 and 22 are not understandable in many parts due to the volume fluctuations. Other chapters have plosives and other sound issues.