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The Prisoner of Zenda is the story of an Englishman who travels to the small European state of Ruritania where he impersonates the ruler and falls in love with Princess Flavia.
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  • Joanna
  • Hillsboro Beach, FL USA
  • 10-16-09

An Old Favorite

I listen to this book every few years~the story is a wonderful piece of fantasy and a sweet innocent love story.

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Classic tale

of adventure and mistaken identity. A compelling read.

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Thoroughly enjoyed this great adaptation

Excellent performance of this classic adventure. I cheered and cried for the hero. Performance by Mr Wilby superb! At some points he was shouting at the top of his lungs, he held no emotion back. (So credit must also be given to the sound person who kept the levels even!)

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re-read successful audio helps

The Prisoner of Zenda
By:Anthony Hope Narrated by: James Wilby
File Size: 310 KB, Print Length: 178, audio: 5 hrs and 31 mins
The Prisoner of Zenda is the story of an Englishman who travels to the small European state of Ruritania where he impersonates the ruler and falls in love with Princess Flavia.
There is more to the description above than what the above explains. So this young Prince is going to get crowned, what does he do? He goes out and parties the night before. I mean really who wouldn’t ? What happens? Well long story short he drank too much and was Ruffied ! The rest of the party goers can’t wake him up as it happens; one of them happens to look a lot like him. So, Rodolf is pushed into taking the Prince’s place and gets crowned King. Simple? NOPE! The uncrowned Prince has a crush on his cousin Princess Flavia and she is crushing hard on the imposter, Rodolf thinking he is the King. What makes this even more complicated is that they thought the Prince was safely tucked away sleeping off his ruffie. Nope, he’s been kidnapped and hauled to Zenda! Now its up to the imposter to not only rescue the Ruffied Prince…now King and continue to impersonate him in the process. Flavia & Rudolf fall in love an unexpected result of spending much time together, since it is expected for them to marry. Rudolf is a smart man, everything works out and Flavia who finally discovers who he really is declares her love for him even though she must marry the newly rescued King. Sadly it ends, with them parting ways, Flavia to her Royal life and duties and Rudolf to a solitary life.
I read this High school, not for class. It was a movie I saw one bored Saturday afternoon when we didn’t have cable, so I checked out of the library. I was more impressed with the movie than the book at the time. Well, years have past, maturity changing my opinion. I was challenged by a dear friend to re-read this story and give it a second chance. I reluctantly did so and quickly found myself in Ruritania. James Wilby has the perfect English accent and does a great deal of aerobics changing voices , carrying the audience with him through horseback rides, battles and plain running for our lives. Whenever a narrator can insert the audience into the action, he/she is doing an outstanding job. Not boring at all.

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Wonderful story; gutwrenching ending

The story is riveting, the characters captivating, the adventure breathtaking, the romance heartbreaking. It is for this heartbreak that I score the story as I do.....I was unaware of it before I bought the book....had I been I would not have bought the book....Tragedies are for me too, well, tragic. If the ending be a sad one, I leave the book an unfulfilled reader.

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