The Fair Rewards

Read by Greg W.

(4.2 stars; 3 reviews)

"The Fair Rewards" by Thomas Beer . . . is a really distiguished novel. The writing is far above the average: it has style and sophistication and personality, intermingled with a truly vivid show of imagination. It even borders on brilliancy, but it is a hard, cold, cynical sort of brilliancy that chills. It almost hurts . . . The title itself is indicative of cynicism. It is derived from Shakespeare's quotation, "These be the fair rewards of those that love," and it is an ironical reference, for Mark Walling, the blind, simple, loving idolater, in return for his great and unselfish devotion to Margot, reaps selfishness and ingratitude and lack of consideration. Hand in hand with the progress of Mark from country yokel to a stage producer goes the history of the American theatre. Intermingled with the imaginary characters are Clyde Fitch, Anna Held, Mr. Frohman and several other flesh-and-blood personages that strengthen the realism. (New York Times review, June 4, 1922) (6 hr 39 min)


Manufacture of a Personage 20:34 Read by Greg W.
He Progresses 34:01 Read by Greg W.
Full Bloom 43:56 Read by Greg W.
Penalties 37:51 Read by Greg W.
Margot 43:28 Read by Greg W.
Gurdy 48:24 Read by Greg W.
Todgers Intrudes 30:26 Read by Greg W.
Cosmo Rand 30:59 Read by Greg W.
Bubble 49:25 Read by Greg W.
The Idolater 31:06 Read by Greg W.
The Walling 29:04 Read by Greg W.


Stark yet colorful.

(3.5 stars)

As the synopsis described, this is more of a stark passion for theatrical directing; while some love & loyalty passions are provided. Seemed to end unexpectedly. The reader's brisk style seemed to make the story more jerky & stark, but okay listening. 4 * for the story, but 3 because of selected reader.