The Touchstone

Read by Elizabeth Klett

(4.2 stars; 183 reviews)

Stephen Glennard's career is falling apart and he desperately needs money so that he may marry his beautiful fiancee. He happens upon an advertisement in a London magazine promising the prospect of financial gain. Glennard was once pursued by Margaret Aubyn, a famous and recently deceased author, and he still has her passionate love letters to him. Glennard removes his name from the letters and sells them, making him a fortune and building a marriage based on the betrayal of another. (Summary by Wikipedia) (2 hr 40 min)


01 - Chapter 01 10:34 Read by Elizabeth Klett
02 - Chapter 02 17:23 Read by Elizabeth Klett
03 - Chapter 03 7:38 Read by Elizabeth Klett
04 - Chapter 04 16:05 Read by Elizabeth Klett
05 - Chapter 05 11:21 Read by Elizabeth Klett
06 - Chapter 06 15:03 Read by Elizabeth Klett
07 - Chapter 07 12:05 Read by Elizabeth Klett
08 - Chapter 08 14:05 Read by Elizabeth Klett
09 - Chapter 09 6:59 Read by Elizabeth Klett
10 - Chapter 10 9:56 Read by Elizabeth Klett
11 - Chapter 11 4:26 Read by Elizabeth Klett
12 - Chapter 12 11:33 Read by Elizabeth Klett
13 - Chapter 13 14:28 Read by Elizabeth Klett
14 - Chapter 14 8:55 Read by Elizabeth Klett


Wonderful reading

(5 stars)

Elizabeth Klett is the perfect reader.

What a story!

(5 stars)

I really enjoyed this one! It's not very long as you can see, but it follows an individual through a sort of tangled emotional mess, the likes of which we have all experienced at one time or another. Of course probably not as elaborate, but one which will definitely resonate with the reader even so. I enjoyed a lovely range of emotions while listening to THE TOUCHSTONE. (Incidentally, the title is well chosen. Make sure to look up the definition of "touchstone" if it's unfamiliar!) AND WHAT A MARVELOUS, GIFTED READER, THANK YOU!!! She handles group conversations beautifully, distinguishing each speaker amazingly well!!

Painful and Wonderful!

(5 stars)

A great short work by Edith Wharton. Any listener capable of empathy will feel all the emotional pain of her characters as they struggle with subtle, but significant matters of morality. Elizabeth Klett could not be better and conveys Wharton's tone magnificently.

(2.5 stars)

I wasn't crazy about this book. The story was not as gripping or interesting as her other novels. I didn't like any of the characters! However as usual Elizabeth Klett read it so well!

Your words

(5 stars)

Great reader! Story is interesting as it made me ask was his act moral or not and did this taint the rest of his life and actions.

Wharton Novella

(5 stars)

Wharton's ability to put deep characters into a seemingly complex situation; only to redeem them at the end is is quite nicely read.

(4 stars)

A very enjoyable listen which kept me interested all the way through the book. The narrator is superb!

(4.5 stars)

In this early novella Wharton displays her emerging powers of story telling. Nicely read by Ms Klett.