Eleanor Updale's writing is witty and wholly original. With a unique perspective and a voice reminiscent of Edgar Allan Poe, Montmorency is a cleverly told, gripping adventure story.
©2003 Eleanor Updale; (P)2004 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
"Montmorency's heart-pounding brushes with discovery add a palpable layer of suspense." (Booklist)
"Readers will find themselves drawn not only to Montmorency's compellingly bizarre biography, but also to his clever and mischievous nature that eventually leads him to both a realization of his past wrongs and a valid career where he can put his "best" skills to good use." (School Library Journal)
Writer of YA fiction books: "Little Jane Silver" and "Little Jane and the Nameless Isle"
Stephen Fry is an incredible narrator of this book, making all the characters and descriptions really come alive. He does a fantastic job. Can't wait to hear him as the voice of the book in Hitchiker's movie. The story of Montmorency is fascinating too, especially at the beginning when he is plotting. I loved how all the details of the plan are explained. You really get the sense of someone taking you into their confidence and telling you delicious secrets. Too bad the ending is a considerable let down and just a set up for making this an ongoing series.
Montmorency, read by Stephen Fry is simply wonderful. I must get the second book, Montmorency on the Rocks, also read by Stephen Fry. It is carried by the British Audible, but not by Audible.com (USA) as of yet.
I hope Audible will pay Mr. Fry to read the third and fourth books in the series.
Unlike a lot of other escapist fun reading, Montmorency is very well written. Imaginative, involving plot pulls you right in to the historical era and the moral dilemmas that the protagonist encounters as he uses wit and daring to pull himself out of prison, the gutter, and near-death to the highest society. Loved this "underdog fights back" story with lots of historical color, authentic sounding dialogue and a great ending! Great narration on this audiobook adds to the enjoyment.
Great stuff!!! Story is quick paced and picaresque, characters are believable and alive. Stephen Fry as usual does a marvellous job reading, no, rather performing the book. I would love to get further installments of the Montmorency series. My credit was well spent. I would recommend this book to anyone who loved classic adventure literature as a kid.
Montmorency is a great little story that is told by Stephen Fry whose voice add an extra dimension. The story is captivating on its own but Stephen Fry's beautiful voice brings it alive in a way that makes it hard to stop listening. Well worth a listen!
I try to listen to as many Stephen Fry's reading titles as I can find. I only wish Audible would have more!
He makes every story Magical!
Stephen Fry is a man of extraordinary oratory gifts and they are evident in this reading. Montmorency is not just for kids. In fact, my husband and I just finished it and were surprised that it was tagged as part of a "young readers" series. Suspenseful, witty, fun.
OH for sure!
Montmorency/Scarper. He acts so classy but in reality he is a genius thief. He acts as completely different people with different ideals, almost making you wonder about multiple personality disorder!
Gentleman by day, Crook by night
Yes, it's highly entertaining and Stephen Fry is a delight to listen to.
The humor in the story
Both the thief and the gentleman were superb.
Stephen Fry makes this audio book into an experience which is much larger than just reading or listening to a book.
Evokes the Classics
The A.J.Raffles stories, written by E.W. Hornung. Montmorency is somewhat Raffle-ish, and also not unlike an inversion of a certain Society burglar that Raffles snares.Hornung was the brother-in-law of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, whose characters lend some tang to Montmorency as well. The character development and use of coincidence also reminds one of Charles Dickens.
Mastery! One of the very best narrators there is. Impeccable narration and voices bring the story to life.
No, I just enjoyed it.
This is a very smart book that provides a new and original revival to the classic London mystery genre. The splitting of one person into two characters by disguise and persona was very well done, as was the portrayal of the schism between classes. And the ending was very satisfying. As a first novel it is hard to criticize. The book could have been a little longer and still made a fast read, which would have allowed the plot events to develop at a more leisurely rate. This would also give some more space between the Dickenson-type coincidences that helped move the story along.There were a few "continuity" items, including a couple of minor language neologisms that could have been omitted, and one pervasive olfactory sensation that was conveniently omitted after the first mention, but hard to overlook in its absence, as it would have provided a pervasive and powerful clue. Perhaps the overly proper Police and perpetrated parties were just too polite to mention it.None of these impeded the enjoyment of the story, and I am sure that the sequels are to be at least as much fun!
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