The hero of Baroness Emmuska Orczy’s 1905 novel, The Scarlet Pimpernel is a dashing playboy who saves people from the guillotine in 18th-century France.
The aristocrat Sir Percy hides his identity as a swashbuckling hero from the public by pretending to be a dandy. Meanwhile, he is aided in his daring deeds by a group of aristocrats known as the League of the Scarlet Pimpernel (Percy leaves a drawing of the red flower at the scenes of his heroism). As the story unfolds, Percy’s estranged wife, who does not know his secret identity, needs help saving her own brother from execution.
In her energetic performance, Wanda McCaddon’s genteel accent picks up speed and intensity during moments of tension and action.
As the fascinating connection between the Blakeneys and this mysterious hero is revealed, they are forced to choose between love and loyalty in order to avoid the French agent Chauvelin, who relentlessly hunts the Scarlet Pimpernel.
The Scarlet Pimpernel is the best-known novel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy, a prolific author of popular fiction and plays. First published in 1905, it pioneered the tale of the masked avenger and paved the way for such future enigmatic swashbucklers as Zorro and the Lone Ranger. Repeatedly adapted for stage and screen---including as a successful Broadway musical---The Scarlet Pimpernel is a relevant and enormously entertaining tale of survival and pluck during times of widespread fear, hypocrisy, and corruption.
The performance was engaging in ways most audiobooks are not. The expression was fantastc, varying speed, volume and intensity as appropriate to the characters in each scene.
The Scarlet Pimpernel ranks among other classic adventures, such as The Three Musketeers and Treasure Island. This is actually my favorite adventure story of all time.
Wanda did a fabulous job with accents and pronunciation which my limited study of French could not have reproduced. I love that she didn't try to disguise her voice to represent various characters, but rather used her own voice to mimic the attitudes and personalities in the book. It felt like actually reading the book, rather than listening to a dry or over dramatized recording.
They Seek Him Here...
The reading is wonderful. The book is cute and fun but, to me, a little on the repetitive and superficial side. The story takes place around 1792 which you wouldn't know from looking at the cover art.
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