The Spoilers

Rex BEACH (1877 - 1949)

Rex Beach was born in Atwood, Michigan to a prominent family and pursued a career as a lawyer before being drawn to Alaska at the time of the Klondike Gold Rush. After five years of unsuccessful prospecting, he turned to writing. His first novel, The Spoilers, was based on a true story of corrupt government officials stealing gold mines from prospectors, which Beach witnessed while he was prospecting in Nome, Alaska. The novel begins with the return of Dextry and Roy Glenister to Nome to reclaim their mine, The Midas. On their arrival, they find “The Law” has come to Nome. The problem is “The Law” is crooked, bent on stealing all the best gold mines in Alaska. Alec McNamara is the villain in this novel and rules with a heavy hand through the aging and corrupt Judge Stillman. Helen Chester is the naïve niece of Judge Stillman. She cannot believe her uncle is involved in such treachery. And of course, Roy Glenister is in love with her. After trying to work within the law, the miners eventually form a vigilante group called The Stranglers to right the wrongs while Glenister continues to believe the law can correct the wrongs. A cast of other characters enter the book with various roles; Cherry Malotte, The Bronco Kid (who has a surprise in store for listeners), Slapjack Sims, Struve the crooked lawyer. The climax of the book is…………but then I would be spoiling the ending, wouldn’t I? The Spoilers became one of the bestselling novels of 1906. The novel was made into movies five times, with leading men including Gary Cooper, Randolph Scott and John Wayne.

For a brief pictorial history of the characters involved in the actual mine stealing, please see this page.

(Summary from Wikipedia and modified by The Reader)

Genre(s): Action & Adventure Fiction, General Fiction, Historical Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01 - Chapter 1 - The Encounter Tom Weiss
00:18:27
Play 02 02 - Chapter 2 - The Stowaway Tom Weiss
00:14:32
Play 03 03 - Chapter 3 - In Which Glennister Errs Tom Weiss
00:19:14
Play 04 04 - Chapter 4 - The Killing Tom Weiss
00:23:04
Play 05 05 - Chapter 5 - Wherein A Man Appears Tom Weiss
00:17:47
Play 06 06 - Chapter 6 - And A Mine Is Jumped Tom Weiss
00:14:44
Play 07 07 - Chapter 7 - The "Bronco Kid's" Eavesdropping Tom Weiss
00:20:00
Play 08 08 - Chapter 8 - Dextry Makes A Call Tom Weiss
00:21:49
Play 09 09 - Chapter 9 - Sluice Robbers Tom Weiss
00:20:36
Play 10 10 - Chapter 10 - The Wit of an Adventuress Tom Weiss
00:20:48
Play 11 11 - Chapter 11 -Wherein a Writ and a Riot Fail Tom Weiss
00:19:18
Play 12 12 - Chapter 12 - Counterplots Tom Weiss
00:27:18
Play 13 13 - Chapter 13 - In Which A Man Is Possessed of a Devil Tom Weiss
00:34:16
Play 14 14 - Chapter 14 - A Midnight Messenger Tom Weiss
00:23:04
Play 15 15 - Chapter 15 - Vigiliantes Tom Weiss
00:28:27
Play 16 16 - Chapter 16 - In Which The Truth Begins To Bare Itself Tom Weiss
00:27:27
Play 17 17 - Chapter 17 - A Drip In The Dark Tom Weiss
00:29:35
Play 18 18 - Chapter 18 - Wherein A Trap Is Baited Tom Weiss
00:21:36
Play 19 19 - Chapter 19 - Dynamite Tom Weiss
00:31:26
Play 20 20 - Chapter 20 - In Which Three Go To The Sign Of The Sled And But Two Return Tom Weiss
00:26:29
Play 21 21 - Chapter 21 - The Hammer-Lock Tom Weiss
00:26:02
Play 22 22 - Chapter 22 - The Promise of Dreams Tom Weiss
00:25:33