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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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.
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.
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!
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.
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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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