The String of Pearls

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The tale of Sweeney Todd has had many incarnations, most famously the stage and movie musical by Stephen Sondheim. But it all started in 1846 with a serialized telling of the story titled “The String of Pearls” in the weekly magazine “The People's Periodical and Family Library”. Called by some a romance, by others a horror story, it is one of the earliest murder mysteries. In “The String of Pearls”, Sweeney Todd is less sympathetic than in some of his later incarnations – a perfect villain, totally self-seeking with no redeeming qualities. How the deeds of Todd are uncovered and how he is brought to justice make a most intriguing tale, but one probably not suited for the very young and certainly not for the squeamish. (Summary by John Lieder).

Genre(s): Horror & Supernatural Fiction, Detective Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01 - The Strange Customer at Sweeney Todd's musil
00:23:30
Play 02 02 - The Spectacle Maker's Daughter musil
00:20:45
Play 03 03 - The Dog and the Hat musil
00:23:25
Play 04 04 - The Pie-shop in Bell Yard Catharine Eastman
00:18:29
Play 05 05 - The Meeting in the Temple fablis310
00:17:29
Play 06 06 - The Conference, and the Fearful Narration in the Garden redabrus
00:26:45
Play 07 07 - The Barber and the Lapidary Christine Blachford
00:09:17
Play 08 08 - The Thieves' Home redabrus
00:27:17
Play 09 09 - Johanna at Home, and the Resolution redabrus
00:23:09
Play 10 10 - The Colonel and His Friend redabrus
00:35:57
Play 11 11 - The Stranger at Lovett's Christine Blachford
00:16:14
Play 12 12 - The Resolution come to by Johanna Oakley fablis310
00:31:32
Play 13 13 - Johanna's Interview with Arabella Wilmot, and the Advice redabrus
00:25:30
Play 14 14 - Tobias's Threat, and its Consequences HC
00:10:11
Play 15 15 - The Second Interview between Johanna and the Colonel in the Temple Gardens Christine Blachford
00:12:42
Play 16 16 - The Barber Makes Another Attempt to Sell the String of Pearls Christine Blachford
00:12:03
Play 17 17 - The Great Change in the Prospects of Sweeney Todd krithiga
00:13:17
Play 18 18 - Tobias's Adventures During the Absence of Sweeney Todd Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
00:20:42
Play 19 19 - The Strange Odour at St. Dunstan's Church Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
00:15:10
Play 20 20 - Sweeney Todd's Proceedings Consequent upon the Departure of Tobias Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
00:19:43
Play 21 21 - The Misadventure of Tobias. The Mad-House Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
00:14:25
Play 22 22 - The Mad-House Cell Jennifer Stearns
00:13:59
Play 23 23 - The New Cook to Mrs. Lovett's Gets Tired of his Situation Jason Mayoff
00:16:32
Play 24 24 - The Night at the Mad-House Christine Blachford
00:09:37
Play 25 25 - Mr. Fogg's Story at the Mad-House to Sweeney Todd John Lieder
00:37:20
Play 26 26 - Colonel Jeffery Makes Another Effort to Come at Sweeney Todd's Secret Jennifer Stearns
00:20:23
Play 27 27 - Tobias Makes an Attempt to Escape from the Mad-House redabrus
00:11:18
Play 28 28 - The Mad-House Yard, and Tobias's New Friend Christine Blachford
00:10:23
Play 29 29 - The Consultation of Colonel Jeffery with the Magistrate Jennifer Stearns
00:11:57
Play 30 30 - Tobias's Escape from Mr. Fogg's Establishment redabrus
00:45:07
Play 31 31 - The Rapid Journey to London of Tobias redabrus
00:08:04
Play 32 32 - The Announcement in Sweeney Todd's Window. Johanna Oakley's Adventure. Christine Blachford
00:09:29
Play 33 33 - The Discoveries in the Vaults of St. Dunstan's HC
00:15:02
Play 34 34 - Johanna Alone. The Secret. Mr. Todd's Suspicions. The Mysterious Letter Christine Blachford
00:09:22
Play 35 35 - Sweeney Todd Commences Clearing the Road to Retirement Jason Mayoff
00:10:41
Play 36 36 - The Last Batch of the Delicious Pies Cori Samuel
00:11:53
Play 37 37 - The Prisoner's Plan of Escape from the Pies HC
00:15:45
Play 38 38 - Sweeney Todd Shaves a Good Customer. The Arrest M. W. Jackson
00:14:07
Play 39 39 - The Conclusion. Aaron Elliott
00:12:34