The Amateur Cracksman

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: E.W. Hornung

Narrated By: Kristin Hughes

Publisher: LibriVox

Date: January 2011

Duration: 5 hours 27 minutes


"I'd tasted blood, and it was all over with me. Why should I work when I could steal? Why settle down to some humdrum uncongenial billet, when excitement, romance, danger and a decent living were all going begging together?"- A. J. Raffles, The Ides of March.

The Amateur Cracksman is the first collection of stories about A. J. Raffles, gentleman, cricketer, and thief. After stopping his old school friend, Bunny Manders, from a desperate attempt at suicide, Raffles introduces the unsuspecting Bunny to a new way of earning a living, burglary. Though frequently horrified by Raffles's actions, the conscience-stricken Bunny stands by him through all their adventures, firm to his promise, "When you want me, I'm your man!" (Summary by Kristin Hughes)


  • jesse faryniasz

    a fantasic story with memorable characters & great narration

  • Jacquelyn Larson

    I definitely see why these are compared to Sherlock Holmes, but they are just not as good. The Watson-like narrator, the ingenuity and reserve of the main character, and fun little tricks and turns along the way make this definitely worth the read/listen. However, following a gentleman thief is just not as much fun as tracking down a bad guy, and solving a mystery. Definitely a fun way to while away a few hours though! The narrator was fantastic.

  • Elizabeth Pedersen

    Much fun, akin to Sherlock Holmes but told from the thieves' point of view.

  • Adrian Nalwalker

    These are little know short stories by the real-life brother in law of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I truly cherished these stories when I discovered them. A rare gem. If you enjoy crime or mystery and the Sherlock Holmes series, then you'll enjoy these tales. They are quite different than Holmes and Watson so don't worry about plagiarism. Also, I must say that the narrator Kristen Hughes is INCREDIBLY good. (Also listen to her reading of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyl and Mr Hyde. It is sublime!)

Amateur Cracksman

by E.W. Hornung

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Amateur Cracksman, E.W. Hornung