The Scarlet Pimpernel makes daring raid after daring raid into the heart of France to save aristocrats condemned to the guillotine. At each rescue, he leaves his calling card: a small, blood-red flower - a pimpernel - mocking the power of Robespierre and his Committee of Public Safety.
Having been told that his own wife was an informer who delivered an aristocrat into the hands of the Committee, the Scarlet Pimpernel must keep his identity and work a secret while he struggles against the love he feels for her. Until the day her own brother is taken prisoner...
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Everyone should read this book at least once. It is an intriguing story based on real history. The narrator, Michael Page, is fabulous. I really enjoyed the story. It is a good love story with a great hero, actually more than one hero. Heroes are hard to come by these days, which makes this book all the better.
This book really pulled me in quickly. After the first few chapters I found myself drawn to it again and again. I burned through it relatively quickly. I found the theme to be quite serious though the presentation was spirited and humorous.
An excellent read.
I love Michael Page's range of character voices. I think the story line has a lot of holes near the end, especially concerning the villain's judgment. But this is still a fun listen, enough to raise my curiosity on the sequel.
College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.
A classic superman tale of the mild mannered man who turns out to be the undefeatable hero!
Love Sci Fi and Fantasy books since I was 8, starting reading A Princess of Mars series in Junior High School thanks to my Uncle Lester.
Wonderful performance and story ,with captivating characters and style. I can see why there was a movie based on this novel, and while the movie (old B & W) was excellent, the book was even better. Mr. Page did an excellent job on the narration and characters as well.
Any romantic can't help but love this tale. Spies, dandies, imminent death, what more could you want.
First of all, the story is riveting, even though I've seen the movie numerous times (the version with Anthony Andrews and Jane Seymour). I have loved these characters since I was little, and the original text grabbed me right away. Michael Page did a wonderful job with all the voices and accents, though I found myself reading half of it because I wanted to know what happened. I just realized now that I missed hearing the Jewish character toward the end of the book and I may have to go back and hear how he did it...
Percy...he's brilliant. I also love Marguerite. I wanted to smack them both a few times, for not trusting each other, but they are both so noble and brave. I love Percy's elaborate schemes.
All the delightful voices! Especially Percy's foppish drawl...that was great.
I cried a little, a couple of times. :) Had to do with the relationship between Percy and Marguerite...
I will listen to this again. Kind of bummed that if I want to continue in chronological order (rather than order of publication), I can't listen to the next book, Sir Percy Leads the Band, because Audible doesn't have it. Guess I'll just have to read it...
yes, it is light listening for a car trip or the like
could put it with books like A Tale of Two Cities or the Count of Monte Cristo only because of the time period in France
Good ability to mimic the voices and accents!
loved the beginning in the discussion of the French revolution
Have often seen the book and thought it would be too long or complicated a read-was glad I took the time to listen to it.
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Appreciating this book, classic though it may be, is hard work in the year of 2012! Well, that's how I felt anyway, as the rather silly heroine blundered around trying to save her man. And her man, the Scarlet Pimpernel, has undergone an unconvincing transformation from Mr Wonderful to Mr Lightweight (and of course, returns to Mr Wonderful again). He's the hero, saving the innocent and vulnerable rich from the vengeful and ignorant poor, or something like that. How simple social structures are in this tale, and how organised and coherent is the state of England, and a desperate mess is France.
I don't think it is worth a read, but, having said that, a word about the narrator: Michael Page. I am definitely going to find other books he has read: a pleasure to listen to.
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An absolute classic novel given the audio treatment it deserves. Michael Page brings the Baroness' vision of Revolutionary France and the Pimpernel's adventures to life. Baroness Orczy practically kick started a genre that lives on in the style of the Sharpe or Hornblower novels.
This is an all time classic that delivers on so many fronts be it a boys own adventure, a stuttering betrayal and rekindling of love to comedic moments.
Michael Page's reading breathes life into the characters and places the listener inside the story. Who needs a full cast when a narrator can so skillfully define a character with a subtle variation in tone, pitch, accent or delivery without ever falling into the pitfalls others find.
Will be looking for other Michael Page read audiobooks!
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