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Scaramouche | [Rafael Sabatini]

Scaramouche

With swordfights and romance, adventure and treachery set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, this is the book that made Sabatini famous. Andre-Louis Moreau has good prospects as a young lawyer, but an unfair duel with the ruthlessly cruel Count de La Tour d'Azyr leaves Andre-Louis' best friend dead and Andre-Louis himself a fugitive from the King's justice. While incognito, he becomes both a wildly popular actor and a firebrand of the Revolution.
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Publisher's Summary

With swordfights and romance, adventure and treachery set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, this is the book that made Sabatini famous. Andre-Louis Moreau has good prospects as a young lawyer, but an unfair duel with the ruthlessly cruel Count de La Tour d'Azyr leaves Andre-Louis' best friend dead and Andre-Louis himself a fugitive from the King's justice.

While incognito, he becomes both a wildly popular actor and a firebrand of the Revolution. His vow to avenge his friend's murder leads him deeper into the political intrigues that surround the Revolution, and to a position of power. But there are secrets to be revealed that will stun all of Paris.

One of the best historical romances of all time, Scaramouche was a best seller upon its original publication in the U.S. in 1921.

(P)1996 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"All in all, this 'sheer knight-errantry' is a marvelous entertainment." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    "If you haven't discovered Sabatini, start here!"

    Scaramouche is a totally satisfying story in the tradition of Dumas ("Three Musketeers") and Hugo ("Les Miserables") by a an author who may not be as well read today as he deserves. Excellent story, excellent performance. Every Sabatini book that I have read is fun.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Takoma Park, MD, USA 04-09-08
    Joe Takoma Park, MD, USA 04-09-08
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    "How To Spend a Sunday Night"

    Settle into your favorite chair beside the fire and surrender yourself to a whirlwind adventure, filled with characters you will grow to care about and truly like. I absolutely loved this story and the narrator is superb!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Janaki Green Omaha, NE United States 03-27-14
    Janaki Green Omaha, NE United States 03-27-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Scaramouche is BRILLIANT!"

    This is perhaps the BEST audio book I have ever listened to. I just wish the author were around so I could congratulate him on this brilliant work of art. Credit must also be given to the narrator, whose amazing talent for expressing all of the various characters makes this read exceptional. In fact, the narrator is SCARAMOUCHE!! [Once you listen to this audio book, you'll know what I mean! ] The author [and the narrator] paint a tableau of France during the Revolution AND develop the characters so exquisitely that the tableau comes to life. I listen to audio books while I walk and this one made me laugh out-loud and brought tears to my eyes as well. It is extremely well written and artfully read aloud. BRAVO!

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    Tsippora Potomac, MD, United States 10-11-13
    Tsippora Potomac, MD, United States 10-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book, bit hard to get into but worth it"

    Once you get into it enjoyed every minute. Used when running and helps especially on the long ones. Hated to have it end

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    Peggy PA 08-22-13
    Peggy PA 08-22-13 Member Since 2007
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    What did you love best about Scaramouche?

    This is such a fun story to listen to. It is also an old movie if you ever get a chance to watch it after you listen to the book you will enjoy both!


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    Kindle Customer United States 02-15-13
    Kindle Customer United States 02-15-13
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    "An Angel in Devil's clothing"

    The classic scoundrel hiding from the law and in plain sight as an actor. I loved this tale just because it was so engaging. You know the type where you are deep in the story before you even know you've committed to read it. Characters we know from the panacea of movies that smile and wave good bye, then reappear reborn as another ruse. Bravo! Bravo!..

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    Michael Sydney, Australia 11-15-10
    Michael Sydney, Australia 11-15-10 Member Since 2007

    Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.

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    "OK but."

    Hollywood made this story so much better, although totally different. The book is OK, but Scaramouche is just to good. Able to act, sword fight and play politics with ease. Nothing is too difficult for him to take up. We need some flaws and struggle for his character to overcome. Not the best of stories.

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    Wolfpacker Memphis, TN 07-21-08
    Wolfpacker Memphis, TN 07-21-08 Member Since 2005

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    "Good But Not Great, Real Swashbuckler"

    If you liked 3 Musketeers (which I did) you might like this almost as well. Start with the other, and then get this if you have a yearning for more romantic, swashbuckling adventure.

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    Angie Kansas City, MO, United States 05-03-08
    Angie Kansas City, MO, United States 05-03-08 Member Since 2005

    Immigration lawyer in Kansas City. I like Character driven dramas, fantasy (monsters, magic and witches oh my!) and coming of age stories. Favs include: The Book Thief, The Game of Throne series, Harry Potter Series, Dresden Files, Nightside series, anything by Neil Gaimen, 100 Years of Solitude.

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    "Funny and Modern"

    This book was funning and charming and surprisingly modern. I really enjoyed the story and the narrator.

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