Sinister Street and its sequels

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francis0262
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Post by francis0262 » November 1st, 2014, 8:59 am

I have failed to find an audio copy of this novel on any site, so wonder if one exists. It is a wonderful novel and is mentioned by George Orwell amongst others as one of the big influences on him as a young man. It was written on the very eve of WW1 and communicates the spirit of its time. In its day it gave rise to several spin off novels. I am wondering if there are others out there who would also recommend this title and - even better - readers who would be interested in making a copy.

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Post by TriciaG » November 1st, 2014, 9:36 am

Volume 1: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/33797
Volume 2: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/33798

Author died in 1972, so it's not PD for those in Europe, Canada, or Australia. It would have to be someone (or various people) in the USA to record it. :)

Wikipedia article about the series here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinister_Street
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Post by barbara2 » April 4th, 2016, 1:08 am

I don't think Librivox has recorded any of the early novels of Compton Mackenzie:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compton_Mackenzie

"Sinister Street" was famous in its day:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinister_Street

Here is Gutenberg's Compton Mackenzie page (for any interested readers):
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/author/5658?sort_order=release_date

As he died in 1972 I guess that would be US readers only?

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Post by VfkaBT » April 5th, 2016, 9:18 am

Sylvia Scarlett's on my backburner, but it's a whopper and would take several months to record. Sinister Street might be more doable for the average soloist. Maybe Karen Savage could record this; she's an ex-pat Brit in the States. :)
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Post by Nedge » July 29th, 2018, 11:37 am

I'm glad I did a search and found that the subject of the earlier works of Compton MacKenzie has already been discussed! There are quite a few which might be in the public domain:

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/author/5658

Nan (who really wants to read Monarch of the Glen, but that won't be in the public domain for AGES.)

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