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The Scarlet Pimpernel Audiobook

The Scarlet Pimpernel

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Publisher's Summary

"Who is this man, this Scarlet Pimpernel?" Each day this question grew more pressing to the leaders of the French Revolution. Only this man and his band of followers threatened their total power. Only this maddeningly elusive figure defied the vast network of fanatics, informers, and secret agents that the Revolution spread out to catch its enemies.

Some said this man of many disguises, endless ruses, and infinite daring was an exiled French nobleman, returned to wreak vengeance. Others said he was an English lord, seeking sheer adventure and supreme sport in playing the most dangerous game of all. But of only one thing could those who sought him be sure. They knew all too well the symbol of his presence: the blood-red flower known as the Scarlet Pimpernel.

(P)2005 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A swashbuckling adventure tale of epic proportions...an exciting, fast-paced story." (Large Print Reviews)
"Arguably the best adventure story ever published, and certainly the most influential that appeared during the early decades of the 20th century." (Gary Hoppenstand)

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    Diane 09-25-09
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    "excellent classic and excellent narrator"

    I really enjoyed this book - had seen the movie but enjoyed hearing all the unabridged details more. Narrator is excellent with french accents - one part at end during chase scene got a little long for me but overall I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jaime 04-25-11
    Jaime 04-25-11 Member Since 2010

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    "Good read/good listen"

    I was a fan of the book long before listening to the audiobook, and I just have to say, wow! This is one of those books where the nationalities of the main characters is critical to keep in mind, and it's hard to do while just reading - the narration really made it pop. Excellently done!

    3 of 3 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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    "Wonderful Story"

    This is a book I read over and over again. The Scarlet Pimpernel is the perfect romantic hero, as he serves and sacrifices for the many.

    Narrator does a great job, though it's not perfectly smooth. But I love his voices and he adds so much to the story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Holahan 09-12-09
    Kim Holahan 09-12-09 Member Since 2007
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    "A good listen"

    The author paints vivid scenes that are wonderfully entertaining. The end of the book grew tedious with repetition of several phrases ad nauseum. Still I overall enjoyed the story and recommend it to other listeners.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    David 07-10-11
    David 07-10-11 Member Since 2012

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    "Not great literature but a great classic"

    I almost gave this 5 stars -- I really wanted to because it was hugely entertaining for such a quick, light read, but I found Orczy's prose just a little too purple and repetitious at times. She gives great descriptions, and Sir Blakeny's clever disguises and escapes from the French Republicans are great fun to read (if very obvious to the reader), but while this is a worthy classic in the spy/adventure novel genre, it falls short of being a literary masterpiece; Baroness Orczy just is not a Dickens or even a Bronte.

    That said, many people - especially if looking for something light to read - may well enjoy Orczy more than one of Dickens's dense multi-layered tomes, or a depressing Bronte novel about dysfunctional Byronic anti-heroes.

    The Scarlet Pimpernel is all close calls and daring rescues by the dashing Sir Percy Blakeny, who adopts the persona of a dull-witted playboy but is secretly the Scarlet Pimpernel, leader of a band of English gentlemen who spirit French aristocrats condemned to die by the guillotine out of France. He's kind of like an 18th century superhero, Bruce Wayne in a cravat. His French-born wife, Marguerite, has no idea that her seemingly stupid and inane husband is the heroic figure admired throughout England and despised throughout France. Much of the tension in the novel is marital tension between these two -- Marguerite has done some bad things in the past that she regrets, but she can't explain them to Percy, so he of course doesn't trust her. Never fear, the story has a romantic happy ending.

    Again, great fun to read, but Orczy was a bit of a hack as a writer and the story sort of careens from one unlikely escape to another, so don't expect much depth. It's still better than most modern spy thrillers.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    ya romance junkie Athens, GA 09-14-08
    ya romance junkie Athens, GA 09-14-08

    mostly ya fiction... mostly...

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    "love this story"

    this is one that I have read over and over. it's great to hear it aloud also. it's one of my favorites, and has been for several years.

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    Lyn NEW ULM, MN, United States 02-07-12
    Lyn NEW ULM, MN, United States 02-07-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Loved It!"

    I own the movie but had never read the book. Was looking for some Ralph Cosham books (I love listening to him. This is the 3rd book I've listened to by Mr Cosham, he's wonderful!) on Audible and there was my favorite movie. Was really surprized how much the playwrite took liberties but isn't that always the case. Love FINALLY reading the book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heather San Rafael, CA, USA 08-19-09
    Heather San Rafael, CA, USA 08-19-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Get the Cliff's Notes instead"

    This is one of those books you hear about, but that I hadn't read, so I decided to pick up the audio version. I should have just looked up the plot on Wikipedia.

    Percy is too foppish, Marguerite is too girlish, and their love story is absurd. I wanted more of the heroic Pimpernel and his dashing adventures. While we catch glimpses of the adventures, we are only allowed behind the scenes on one of them.

    I think my frustrations were exacerbated by the narrator. There was nothing that I can really pinpoint that he did wrong, so maybe the problem was the choice of a male voice for this role. The book was written by a woman and, despite the title, is really the story of Marguerite. Perhaps a female voice would have made the melodrama more palatable.

    I like some melodramatic classics (The Count of Monte Cristo, for one), but this one was too much for me.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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  • Peter
    Beulah, United Kingdom
    3/2/09
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    "Fun"

    Great fun. Simple, fast-paced adventure with all the vital ingredients - a hero, a heroine, lots of chums, a baddie, rolicking romance and a happy ending. Absolutely harmless fun ...unless you are French.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. REP
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    12/24/07
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    "A fun romp."

    Prepostorous and old-fashioned, but a really fun listen anyway.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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