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The Phantom of the Opera | [Gaston Leroux]

The Phantom of the Opera

The story begins with an investigation into some strange reports of an "opera ghost", legendary for making the great Paris opera performers ill-at-ease when they sit alone in their dressing rooms. Some allege to have seen the ghost in evening clothes moving about in the shadows. Nothing is done, however, until the disappearance of Christine during her triumphant performance.
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Publisher's Summary

The story begins with an investigation into some strange reports of an "opera ghost", legendary for making the great Paris opera performers ill-at-ease when they sit alone in their dressing rooms. Some allege to have seen the ghost in evening clothes moving about in the shadows. Nothing is done, however, until the disappearance of Christine during her triumphant performance. With an increasing pattern of fear and violence, The Phantom of the Opera begins to strike, but always with a beautiful young performer at the center of his deadly desires.

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  • 2005 Audie Award Nominee, Classic
2005 Audie Award Nominee, Classic

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    Sarah Greene, NY, United States 03-06-07
    Sarah Greene, NY, United States 03-06-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Book better than the movie"

    I'm usually a purist and read the book before I watch the movie. However, my children persuaded me to watch Andrew Lloyd Weber's "Phantom" and I found the story to be haunting and unsettling, so much so that I decided to get the book.

    This audio book was fantastic! The reader did an outstanding job infusing emotion into the reading. Leroux develops the characters so much more than a movie is able to. I understood so much more of the emotions, character backgrounds, and even the plot than I had with the movie. I ached for Christine Daae with the decisions she had to make and the final outcome of the story.

    If your only exposure to Phantom of the Opera has been either Weber's Phantom or any of the other movies made based on this story, you must read (or listen to) this book. If you've never been exposed to any version of the Phantom, you must read this book. It is Beauty and the Beast set in an opera house. In the end, the only thing that can defeat evil is love.

    28 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Miriam Mesa, AZ, USA 02-12-05
    Miriam Mesa, AZ, USA 02-12-05
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    "Phantom of the Opera"

    I was quite impressed by this book. I did not know that this was a book and was eager to listen to the full unabriged story. The story was quite fascinating and I was eager to listen straight through without stopping. The narrator Ralph Cosham did a good job narrating the story. He has a nice clear voice and was able to make the different characters stand out from each other. I really enjoyed this title and would recommend it to others.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Sara Wheaton, IL, United States 05-22-05
    Sara Wheaton, IL, United States 05-22-05
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    "Brilliant!"

    I liked the reading of this title so much more than then one narrated by Barrett Whitener, which seemed dry and forced. Ralph Cosham infused the story with more emotion which lent well to the delicate pronunciation of the text.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas Oak Grove, KY, United States 03-24-12
    Nicholas Oak Grove, KY, United States 03-24-12 Member Since 2011

    Travel a lot for work and spend a good deal of time in the car.

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    "Excellent!!"

    I really really enjoyed this book. It fills in a lot of gaps of the phantoms story

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Chicago, IL USA 03-23-09
    Amazon Customer Chicago, IL USA 03-23-09 Member Since 2007

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    "A must read."

    This is a wonderful story and well told. It will help your understanding of the book to go to Wikipedia first, where you can get a list of the characters involved.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Janae Pearland, Texas, United States 05-10-14
    Janae Pearland, Texas, United States 05-10-14 Member Since 2012

    I love to travel and train dogs. I can't seem to find the time to sit down and read so I listen while I'm on my way to...well...anywhere!

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    "I am glad I took the time to listen to this book."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Phantom of the Opera to be better than the print version?

    Yes. I don't think I could of read the book but b/c I spend so much time in a car, I found it interesting to listen to.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Greenville, SC, United States 09-10-12
    Barbara Greenville, SC, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Kept my attention"
    Where does The Phantom of the Opera rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of my favorites, I'll listen to it again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I've seen the movie and stage production of POTO, but have not read the book. The original book version gives more insight to the relationship between Erik, Christine and Raoul.


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

    The narrator kept my attention. I liked his voice. Sometimes while listening to audiobooks my mind tends to wander if the story gets boring, but not so with POTO and Mr. Cosham's narration.


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

    I could listen to it in one sitting, but instead I listen to books during my commute to and from work (45 min. one way) It helps pass the time and takes me places new and exciting instead of the same old drive everyday.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara kansas city, MO, United States 05-04-09
    Barbara kansas city, MO, United States 05-04-09 Member Since 2008
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    "spellbindingly beautiful & memorable"

    This was an absolutely enthralling audiobook! I have listened to it more than once just to be swept away to the lower depths of the opera. I would recommend this to anyone who loves mystery, romance, redemption, and most of all emotive responses to love. Give it a try- you will not be disappointed!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Linda PITTSBURGH, PA, United States 08-21-12
    Linda PITTSBURGH, PA, United States 08-21-12 Member Since 2008
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    "A bit disorganized, but worth it"

    Those who do not already love the musical may be frustrated with the writing. The story seems to jump around a bit. When Leroux is building suspense, he changes the subject, and comes back a chapter or so later. It's still a very interesting story. The bottom line is clearly expressed, just as it is in the musical So if you just go with the flow, you'll probably like it. The narrator does as good a job as I can expect with a difficult narration. Not outstanding, but fine.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Anita 02-14-14
    Anita 02-14-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Still want to see the Stage Play!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to my friend, only because I have talked much about seeing the play. I already made, her watch the movie, which gives no justice to the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Phantom of the Opera?

    When Ralph and the Other guy ( cannot think of his name) was trapped in the torture room, and how their lives depending on Christine Daee to talk down Erik and their own ingenuity and strength of mind.


    What aspect of Ralph Cosham’s performance would you have changed?

    He was talking waaaaay too fast, and in short erratic French accented bursts
    Example: parlezvousfrancegivememoneycauseiamthephantomoftheopera(Stop)Iloveyouchristinestayawayfromthatfilthyralph(Stop)


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

    Not really, I laughed at the narration a lot!


    Any additional comments?

    Lots of backstory, answers a lot of questions for those who only seen the movie.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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