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The Breaking Point

The Breaking Point by Mary Roberts Rinehart
By: (1876-1958)

Mary Roberts Rinehart -- "America's Agatha Christie," as she used to be called -- set this story in a New York suburban town, shortly after the end of the first world war. Dick Livingstone is a young, successful doctor, who in the course of events becomes engaged to Elizabeth Wheeler. But there is a mystery about his past, and he thinks himself honor-bound to unravel it before giving himself to her in marriage. In particular, a shock of undetermined origin has wiped out his memory prior to roughly the last decade. Rinehart, who presumably had been reading, or reading about, the then popular Sigmund Freud, plays on what today is called "repressed memory," as she takes Dick into his past, and into the dangers that, unknown to him, lurk there. Is she correct about the behavior of memory? Who knows? After all, this is not a clinical treatise, but a work of fiction, one of the thrillers that made her such a popular writer of the earlier twentieth century.(Introduction by Nicholas Clifford)

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THE BREAKING POINT

By Mary Roberts Rinehart

I

"Heaven and earth," sang the tenor, Mr. Henry Wallace, owner of the Wallace garage. His larynx, which gave him somewhat the effect of having swallowed a crab apple and got it only part way down, protruded above his low collar.

"Heaven and earth," sang the bass, Mr. Edwin Goodno, of the meat market and the Boy Scouts. "Heaven and earth, are full " His chin, large and fleshy, buried itself deep; his eyes were glued on the music sheet in his hand.

"Are full, are full, are full," sang the soprano, Clare Rossiter, of the yellow colonial house on the Ridgely Road. She sang with her eyes turned up, and as she reached G flat she lifted herself on her toes. "Of the majesty, of Thy glory."

"Ready," barked the choir master. "Full now, and all together."

The choir room in the parish house resounded to the twenty voices of the choir. The choir master at the piano kept time with his head. Earnest and intent, they filled the building with the Festival Te Deum of Dudley Buck, Opus 63, No... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 10 reviews)

Reviewer: - August 25, 2015
Subject: Breaking Point
Excellent reader, really enjoyed the story. Will search for more books narrated by him.
Reviewer: - April 12, 2015
Subject: Breaking Point
A very good story excellently narrated.
Reviewer: - December 6, 2014
Subject: Following the reader's choice
Excellent reader, Nicholas Clifford! I've listen a lot of books he acts here, and I will listen anything he reads, just trusting his taste! Many thanks.
Reviewer: - September 24, 2014
Very well read story! Very interesting story.
Reviewer: - July 13, 2014
Subject: reading &story
Wonderfully read and an interesting and 'different' story. Thoroughly enjoyed this.
Reviewer: - July 11, 2014
Good story and well read.
Reviewer: - June 26, 2014
Subject: A must listen!
One of the best audiobooks (thanks to the wonderful reader) and examples of American literature of the beginning of the 20th century.
Reviewer: - September 10, 2013
Subject: Breaking Point
Beautifully Read.
Reviewer: - January 29, 2013
Subject: Engaging and unusual mystery
A good engaging mystery, not in the "weekend house party" style. I must say the reader was excellent! Would recommend.
Reviewer: - November 28, 2012
Subject: A psychological mystery
Charming tale of a wayward youth reborn as a pillar of the community who has to face a forgotten past. Well read and engaging.


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