Audio Books

On this page you’ll find a selection of Hugh Walpole Audiobooks gathered together for your listening pleasure.

In addition to my own productions, I’m featuring Hugh Walpole’s works that have been recorded as audiobooks by the talented people at Librivox who make their recordings available for free in the public domain.

I hope you enjoy listening to Hugh Walpole’s work.

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Hugh Walpole: Selected Short Stories.

Eleven short stories from The Windsor Magazine in the 1920s, Best British Short Stories of 1922, and Best British Short Stories of 1923. 

  1. Major Wilbraham (1922)
  2. The Enemy (1923)
  3. The Dog and The Dragon In Reminiscence (1923)
  4. Red Amber (1923)
  5. The Garrulous Diplomatist (1924)
  6. The Adventure Of The Imaginative Child (1925)
  7.  The Adventure Of Mrs Farbman (1925)
  8. The Happy Optimist (1925)
  9. The Dyspeptic Critic (1925)
  10. The Man Who Lost His Identity (1925)
  11. The Adventure Of The Beautiful Things (1925)

Recording & Summary by David Wales

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The Green Mirror.

Three generations of the Trenchard family, ruled over by the indomitable Mrs Trenchard, live together in comfortable domesticity until Katherine, the favourite daughter, meets and falls in love with Philip, back from some years in Russia, who threatens the whole stability of the family set up by thinking that he can marry her and thus take her away from them all.

Philip and Katherine agree reluctantly to postpone their marriage for a full year. During this year, the family begins to splinter as more about Philip and his past becomes known.

With considerable humour, the book follows the ups and downs of the family relationships as the year progresses. (Summary by Simon Evers)

Librivox recording by Simon Evers

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The Gods & Mr Perrin.

One of my top 5 favourite Hugh Walpole books is probably better known under the title ‘Mr Perrin and Mr Traill’, later made into a well-known film in 1948 (which I’ve seen, it’s a great watch!)

Perrin and Traill are masters at a grim old-fashioned second-rate boarding public school in Cornwall – Perrin has been there many years and the youthful Traill has just arrived. The book concerns the growing antagonism between the two which turns into active dislike following an unfortunate incident and which eventually has devastating consequences.

Librivox recording by Simon Evers

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The Duchess Of Wrexe.

Rachel, a spirited young girl, has to choose between Francis Breton, her difficult cousin who has been disowned by the family, and Roddy Seddon, a conventional and rather boring but wealthy young man. Set against the world of high society in London at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, the book follows the characters as their lives are profoundly altered following a serious accident to one of them.

Librivox recording by Simon Evers

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Harmer John.

Hjalmar Johanson is a boyish unworldly Swedish body builder who comes to Walpole’s fictional cathedral town of Polchester. He has a vision of transforming the town and its populace to a healthier and more beautiful state.

Librivox recording by David Wales

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The Little Ghost

The supernatural story of how a man’s grief for the recent loss of his friend turns into companionship reaching out from the other side.

Production by Simon Dunant @ The Walpole Chronicles, Reading by Amazon Polly

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Portrait Of A Man With Red Hair.

Is the father insane or merely sadistic, a man entombed in a spirit of malevolence? This 1925 novel by a perceptive observer explores the territory exceptionally.

Librivox recording by David Wales

The Cathedral Hugh Walpole Audio Book

The Cathedral.

The story of an arrogant 19th-century archdeacon in conflict with other clergy and laity.

Librivox recording by David Wales

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The Golden Scarecrow

The Golden Scarecrow, in nine chapters, presents nine stories of nine children, united by location, more or less. A tenth story of a tenth life, divided into Prologue and Epilogue, provides a different sort of unity.

Librivox recording by Cynthia Moyer

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Jeremy

The story of Jeremy and his two sisters, Helen and Mary Cole, who grow up in Polchester, a quiet English Cathedral town. There is the Jampot, who is the nurse ; Hamlet, the stray dog ; Uncle Samuel, who paints pictures and is altogether ‘queer’; of course, Mr. and Mrs. Cole, and Aunt Amy. 

Librivox recording by David Wales

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Jeremy And Hamlet: A Chronicle Of Certain Incidents In The Lives Of A Boy, A Dog, And A Country Town

Hamlet is Jeremy’s dog. This 1923 book is Hugh Walpole’s second volume in his Jeremy semi-autobiographical trilogy (Jeremy and Jeremy at Crale being the others) about a 10 year old boy. It’s the story of Jeremy and his two sisters, Helen and Mary Cole, who grow up in Polchester, a quiet English Cathedral town.

Librivox recording by David Wales

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Joseph Conrad

Written by Hugh Walpole, this is the literary biography of Joseph Conrad (1857 – 1924) who is regarded as one of the greatest novelists in English. He was granted British nationality in 1886, but always considered himself a Pole. Though he did not speak English fluently until he was in his twenties (and always with a marked accent), he was a master prose stylist who brought a distinctly non-English sensibility into English literature. He wrote stories and novels, many with a nautical setting, that depict trials of the human spirit.

Librivox recording by David Wales

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The Old Ladies

The Old Ladies (1924) is a study of a timid elderly spinster exploited and eventually frightened to death by a predatory widow.

Librivox recording by David Wales

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The Prelude To Adventure

Olva Dune is a Cambridge undergraduate who commits a murder and at that moment feels the presence of God. In a tour de force Walpole novelizes the Francis Thompson poem The Hound of Heaven, about a fearful soul pursued by an insistently loving God. 

Librivox recording by David Wales

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The Secret City

Written in the first person, The Secret City is a novel in three parts of a journey through post World War I Russia and the Revolution, during a period of Civil War and economic collapse. Our hero sets sail in 1916 and is swept up into the Revolution.The memories of a more opulent life remain.

Librivox recording by various readers

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The Thirteen Travelers

The year is 1919 and peace has sprung upon the world after the unspeakable carnage of World War I. The place is Hortons, a building of expensive flats on Duke Street just off Piccadilly, London. Social structures are disintegrating, expectations are not being met, people are confused, life is different. Each story is about a person who lives or works at Hortons, all struggling to adjust to life as it has radically changed. Twelve short stories, published in 1921.

Librivox recording by David Wales

Hughes, Arthur; A Rocky Coast: Merope Rocks, near Harlyn Bay, North Cornwall; National Trust, The Lake District; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/a-rocky-coast-merope-rocks-near-harlyn-bay-north-cornwall-131556

The Wooden Horse

Walpole’s first novel (1909), The Wooden Horse is the story of the Trojans, a family which accepted tranquilly the belief that they were the people for whom the world was created. But when Harry Trojan came home after twenty years in New Zealand, with the democracy learned by working his hands, he was the “wooden horse” who boldly carried into the Trojan walls a whole army of alien ideals, which made of that egotistic family a group of human beings content to be human. 

Interesting are his struggles against stubborn prejudice; dreamlike the pictures of the old Trojan house, rising from the edge of the gray Cornish cliff like an older cliff, yet surrounded by fragrant rose gardens; but what most distinguishes The Wooden Horse is its passionate adoration of the sea, the cliffs, the weather-worn old Cornish houses, where bearded men tell of haunted moors and the winds of the deep. 

Librivox recording by David Wales