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Arsene Lupin, Gentleman Burglar | [Maurice Leblanc]

Arsene Lupin, Gentleman Burglar

Maurice Leblanc, a writer of detective fiction during the same period as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, created Arsene Lupin, a sort of French Robin Hood. An inventive genius, a master of disguise, and an accomplished actor, Lupin operates in the choice chateaux and salons. He scorns sham and with great disdain leaves his card in a baron's residence. The card reads, "Arsene Lupin, gentleman-burglar, will return when the furniture is genuine."
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Audible Editor Reviews

Arsene Lupin was a massively popular Robin Hood-style thief first introduced by Maurice LeBlanc in this 1907 collection of stories.

Witty and urbane, Lupin stole from the rich through elaborate capers and gave to the poor in bursts of generosity. In one adventure, Lupin manages to rob a set of prize paintings while he is in prison through a series of delightful but plausible twists. In another tale, he pits himself against Sherlock Holmes (whose name was changed to Herlock Sholmes when Sir Arthur Conan Doyle objected).

Walter Covell adopts a genteel British accent in performing LeBlanc’s formal diction, switching capably to a Parisian accent in his pronunciation of French names and places.

Publisher's Summary

Maurice Leblanc, a writer of detective fiction during the same period as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, created Arsene Lupin, a sort of French Robin Hood. An inventive genius, a master of disguise, and an accomplished actor, Lupin operates in the choice chateaux and salons. He scorns sham and with great disdain leaves his card in a baron's residence. The card reads, "Arsene Lupin, gentleman-burglar, will return when the furniture is genuine."

The stories include, "The Arrest of Arsene Lupin", "Arsene Lupin in Prison", "The Escape of Arsene Lupin", "The Mysterious Traveller", "The Queen's Necklace", "The Seven of Hearts", "Madame Imbert's Safe", "The Black Pearl", and "Sherlock Holmes Arrives Too Late".

©1983 Jimcin Recordings

What the Critics Say

"Intelligent, daring, but oh what a rogue. Nothing is safe from Arsene Lupin, the intriguing, intrepid thief. Only his good friend Inspector Ganimard has managed to arrest him, but only briefly. Even Sherlock Holmes, who arrives to sort out a complicated burglary is embarrassed by Lupin's much publicized wiles. Good plots, great narration (a super job by Covell) and the wonderful Lupin create an excellent few hours of short stories." (Booklist)

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    Karen San Diego, CA, USA 06-13-05
    Karen San Diego, CA, USA 06-13-05
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    "Delightful"

    How I do love the clever Arsine Lupine! The book is not one long mystery, but several smaller stories about the con-man. The narration is good and the content is appropriate for all readers.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Corin Oakland, CA, United States 07-15-12
    Corin Oakland, CA, United States 07-15-12
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    "The french answer to Sherlock Holmes"
    Would you listen to Arsene Lupin, Gentleman Burglar again? Why?

    An old favorite. I first encountered the character when watching dubbed versions of the old 70's TV series. The story is humorous and constantly takes a poke at Sherlock Holmes. It epitomizes the friendly rivalry between France and England. A light-hearted story with a cleaver plot line that reminiscent of older adult version of an Artemis Fowl adventure. Arsene Lupin is a loveable anti-hero.


    What other book might you compare Arsene Lupin, Gentleman Burglar to and why?

    A french parody of the Sherlock Holmes adventure. Also similar to Artemis Fowl as the lead character is an anti-hero that you constantly root for, albeit without the fantasy element.


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

    Brilliant narration. The french accent makes you feel as if you are there. A plain English accent would have spoiled the book


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

    Funny, a story that will make you smile and laugh and laugh again


    Any additional comments?

    Charming and delightful!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Donna 08-09-07
    Donna 08-09-07
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    "An Old Favorite Made Better"

    I had read and liked several of the Arsene Lupin stories, so I was happy to find it in audio form, but I never expected it to be so good. The narration was delightful, making this classic as fresh and lively as when it was written. A must-have for lovers of old-fashioned mystery and adventure stories.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Marta LYNN HAVEN, FL, United States 06-20-11
    Marta LYNN HAVEN, FL, United States 06-20-11
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    "audio problems"

    The stories are well written, but Covell does not sound very good. I don't know if it sounds bad because the narrater himself is bad or if it was just recorded badly. It's a shame that such a good batch of stories would be presented in such a bad way. Preview the audio first to see if you can get past the narration problems.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jose Marco Island 03-14-13
    Jose Marco Island 03-14-13
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    "A wonderful classic"

    A superb sample of the Gentleman Cabrioleur adventures.These marvellous classic tales transport us to the elegant Belle Époque in the company of the supremely charming Master Criminal Arséne Lupin a man who devotes his outstanding skills to the delightful and very lucrative métier of burglary.

    A great narration is the icing on the cake.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Regan Seattle, WA, United States 03-26-11
    Regan Seattle, WA, United States 03-26-11
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    "Tiresome narration"

    I love clever stories like Sherlock Holmes and glamorous heist stories, so I thought I'd really like these. Unfortunately the narration is tiresome. The reader drones on with little dramatic effect and most of the women sound like a Julia Child impersonation from Saturday Night Live. I got bored and didn't finish. Maybe I'll try Arsene Lupin another time when there's a better narrator or I can read in the original. Walter Covell is officially off my narrators list!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Solana Beach, CA, United States 02-13-11
    Jane Solana Beach, CA, United States 02-13-11
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    "Dreadful narrator"

    Walter Covell's narration bludgeons the life out of the story. He rarely pauses between sentences, so the tempo is flat and uniform. There are few inflections in his voice, and when he does manage them, it sounds as though this is the first time he's read the book because the inflections fail to capture the meaning or tone of the text.
    I am not giving up on Arsene Lupin but will henceforth only consider audiobook editions of Leblanc's work that are narrated by others.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    2Ponds Somerset, CA United States 05-17-13
    2Ponds Somerset, CA United States 05-17-13
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    "Deadpan awful narrator"

    I couldn't tell you whether this was a good story or not. I'm thinking it probably was, in a noir sort of way, but this narrator was the worst I have ever heard. Listen to him before you buy the book and know it doesn't get any better as time goes on.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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