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The Elusive Pimpernel | [Baroness Orczy]

The Elusive Pimpernel

In this sequel to The Scarlet Pimpernel, Sir Percy Blakeney's arch-enemy travels to England in pursuit of the impudent enemy of the French Republic. Monsieur Chauvelin devises a dastardly plot to annihilate, once and for all, both Sir Percy and his beautiful wife, Marguerite. Lured to France, where the entire town of Boulogne is held hostage on their behalf, they seem to be hopelessly trapped. Will the Scarlet Pimpernel prevail?
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Publisher's Summary

In this sequel to The Scarlet Pimpernel, Sir Percy Blakeney's arch-enemy travels to England in pursuit of the impudent enemy of the French Republic. Monsieur Chauvelin devises a dastardly plot to annihilate, once and for all, both Sir Percy and his beautiful wife, Marguerite. Lured to France, where the entire town of Boulogne is held hostage on their behalf, they seem to be hopelessly trapped. Will the Scarlet Pimpernel prevail?

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What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Julie Ann Koehler Chicago, IL United States 04-30-07
    Julie Ann Koehler Chicago, IL United States 04-30-07 Member Since 2015
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    "Witty, funny and well read."

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ian Farnborough, United Kingdom 01-30-14
    Ian Farnborough, United Kingdom 01-30-14 Member Since 2015
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    "The difficult second album......."

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 09-24-09
    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 09-24-09 Member Since 2008

    College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.

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    "Wonderful Sequel"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Meri WA state 10-10-13
    Meri WA state 10-10-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Bodice Ripping"
    Would you listen to The Elusive Pimpernel again? Why?

    Maybe not.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Margo


    What about Johanna Ward’s performance did you like?

    timing


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    There is a lot of bodice ripping and hand ringing, but it's a good ride nonetheless.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa Kodie 09-03-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Lots of jolly good fun and exciting intrigue."
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mama C 03-15-10
    Mama C 03-15-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Less Than I Hoped"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    TheWhistler 06-01-15
    TheWhistler 06-01-15
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    "Wonderful Romance/Adventure"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! Wonderful story. Impecable narration! I believe Johanna Ward narrated another Pimpernel book, and did it well, but she outdid herself this time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Marguerite, without a doubt she is as they say "the cleverest woman in Europe", and she loves her husband with a passion.


    What does Johanna Ward bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    So much more than just reading. She assists in bringing the book to life. So many voices, so many accents, male, female old young. A joy to listen to!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was an emotional roller coaster. Ups and downs, highs and lows.


    Any additional comments?

    Had read it before and enjoyed the story the narration was an extra treat!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth Jensen Comox, BC 12-07-08
    Ruth Jensen Comox, BC 12-07-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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