Audie Award Nominee, Classic, 2013
Originally serialized, this exciting adventure story achieved immortal fame thanks to the Douglas Fairbanks film of the same name - a cinematic triumph that inspired author Johnston McCulley to dedicate the book release to Fairbanks. It has since seen numerous film and other adaptations, including Blackstone Audio’s full-cast audio drama produced by the renowned Yuri Rasovsky and featuring the voice talents of Val Kilmer.
1820s California, in a bygone era of sprawling haciendas and haughty caballeros, suffers beneath the whip of oppression. Missions are pillaged, native peasants are abused, and innocent men and women are persecuted by the corrupt governor and his army. But a champion of freedom rides the highways. His identity hidden behind a mask, the laughing outlaw Zorro defies the tyrant’s might. A deadly marksman and a demon swordsman, his flashing blade strikes down those who exploit the poor and oppressed.
First published in 1919, The Mark of Zorro remains a paradigm of swashbuckling adventure and a popular novel to this day.
Johnston McCulley (1883–1958), a one-time police reporter, was the author of hundreds of stories, fifty novels, plus numerous screenplays for film and television. He was also the creator of the character Zorro.
Public Domain (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“A succession of thrills from first page to last…Original…Captivating.”—Boston Traveler
I have enjoyed several previous versions of the Zorro story, but this has to be one of--if not the best. This is, I think, the original version, and has not been surpassed. Also, the reader was perfect. In this story there is excitement, romance, villainy, heroism, irony, farce, humor, drama; and it made me laugh out loud. I don't think it gets better than that.
If you've never seen a Zorro movie, then this is a good book. It may seem a bit slow, but the narrator does a fine job. If you *have* seen a Zorro movie....any Zorro movie.....this book moves from 'a bit slow' to plodding. I'm struggling to finish it.
The story is fantastic, but the reading is somewhat lacking, in my opinion. Overall it's OK, but it's the voice of Don Diego that's lacking. The character is supposed to be lazy and disinterred, not whiny and weak. There's a difference. Unfortunately the reading of the character comes across as the latter, and it's the wrong sentiment for him. Other than that it was fine, but it's significant enough that I would recommend looking for another narrator if available.
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