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"Johanna Ward brings suspense and wit to this story of intrigue set in the days following the French Revolution....She makes good use of her native British and superb French accents to help create vivid and complex personalities. Ward's great sense of mood and timing carry listeners through to the very end." (AudioFile)
I loved this book. It had me giggling from beginning to end. The reading was perfect. All the names, all the accents, all the witty dialogue. Fantastic.
College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.
The Scarlet Pimpernel is charming and intriguing historical fiction to rival the longer works of Dumas, and its sequel, The Elusive Pimpernel, lives up to the measure of the first novel. Good to see that I Will Repay, another in this series of books, is available. Would love to see more of Orczy and her Percy Blackeney novels.
I relisten to "The Scarlet Pimpernel" frequently but this isn't going to make it to the repeats list.
It lacks the humour and adventure of the original and spends too much time talking about how luuuuuuvly Blakeney is and how much she luuuuuuvs him and frankly it wears a bit thin after an hour or so. But maybe that's just me.
There is a lot of bodice ripping and hand ringing, but it's a good ride nonetheless.
I have enjoyed both the Scarlet Pimpernel and the Elusive Pimpernel very much. The hero of the book kept me laughing all the time. His duplicity was very amusing and I listened eagerly for his each new encounter to see what he had to say, or what amazing way he would handle the next situation. Yes, it has intrigue, conflict, and adventure, but the dialogue is also fun and kept me engaged. The time it was written in posed no issues. There was nothing "lost in translation". A fun read.
Having greatly enjoyed "The Scarlet Pimpernel", I was looking forward to an exciting tale of the Scarlet Pimpernel using his wits to extricate himself from a difficult situation. "The Elusive Pimpernel" was exciting, but I found the end did not match up to the first book. But, it kept me entertained and I'm not sorry I read it. The narrator didn't seem to get the Scarlet Pimpernel's voice right, and she used a French accent for some French characters and not for others. But, she pronounced the French well.
I have read and listened to Scarlet Pimpernel many times. Elusive Pimpernel picks up where Scarlet Pimpernel leaves off. A very enjoyable book -- well written and the narrator is excellent. An easy listen.
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