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The French Revolution is at the height of its fury. Daily, hundreds of aristocratic heads fall from the guillotine. Emotions run high, and anyone suspected of sympathy toward the nobility is in mortal danger. Only one man is daring enough to lead a small band against popular opinion - the Scarlet Pimpernel. Using masterful disguises and clever strategies, the Scarlet Pimpernel smuggles noblemen and women from France to safety in England. His success is a thorn in the side of the Revolution. As he vanishes from each escapade, he leaves no trace behind except an image of the colorful flower that is his emblem. The Scarlet Pimpernel must be stopped at all costs. But who is he?

This enduring classic is filled with wonderful layers of intrigue and dashing courage. As the cunning hero, and the beautiful woman who loves him, move toward a final victory, the quickened pace is enhanced by Steven Crossley’s dramatic narration.

Public Domain (P)1999 Recorded Books

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A great classic to listen to!

Great story - narrator did a good job in personifying the various characters. Only slightly bit of irritation is narrator often had to swallow now and then a little too close to the mic (but it was well read overall).

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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The Scarlet Pimpernel, title of series for a reaso

What did you love best about The Scarlet Pimpernel?

The setting, characters, the fact it turned out to be as much a romance as an adventure.

What other book might you compare The Scarlet Pimpernel to and why?

Other in the series, but not all. Those that concentrate on the main characters, in fact those that have the main characters in them.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration was good, done by a men, however he did Marguerite with a French accent. In all productions I have seen or hear she has never had a French accent. It was most distracting. Spoiled the narration. Yes I know she is French but just sounds better without the accent.

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

I love the book and have read it before and although the narration was good at time's Marguerite French accent was disturbing.

Any additional comments?

Would recommend the book not this audio version.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Sink me, if this isn't a fantastic read!

If you could sum up The Scarlet Pimpernel in three words, what would they be?

Betrayal, Fox-Spies, and love.

Which character – as performed by Stephen Crossly – was your favorite?

Chauvelin was by far my favorite, but Percy and Marguerite were both done fantastically well. I think this is my favorite portrayal of them. Stephen Crossly is a wonderful reader, and! He is one of the few readers to voice Lady Marguerite, who is French, with a French accent. Wonderful!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

When faced with an impossible choice...what would you choose?

Any additional comments?

Very much a wonderful listen. I'm more than pleased with this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic!

What a pleasure to listen to! By far the very best narration of The Scarlet Pimpernel that I've listened to. This is my first audiobook from Stephen Crossly, but it certainly won't be my last. I'll be listening to this one again and again.

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Well read.

Good, wholesome, fun. Lovely accents and voices. A bit and expectedly dramatic, and unexpectedly antimodern.

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Read for schoolwork in 8th grade

The ending was good. It was very unexpected. The story was exciting and suspenseful. It was definitely better to listen too than to read because the sentences were complicated, the chapters long, and the French words hard to read but easier to listen to. I did not give the story 5 stars because the mechanics made it hard to understand while reading. Listen to the Audible version made it easier.

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The Scarlet Pimpernal

By Baroness Orczy ah now what a utterly superbly written Historically important lesson in the true belief. Never give up. Indeed well researched.

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Love this narration and story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I've listened to this audio book several times. I love the narration! Stephen Crossly does a great job of giving each character a very distinct voice and acting out the story with an animated voice. Instead of listening to someone read, you can actually visualize the characters and the scenes. The story is fun and light, especially considering it takes place during the french revolution. I've listened to many books in this series and this is by far the best.

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BEGAD! What a marvelous tale!

Cheer the hero! Hisssss the disgusting villain! Love the beautiful heroine. What fun. Swashbuckling at its best.

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Classic story, Marguerite's voice was annoying

I have always loved the story and love it still. The narrator did a great job of portraying Sir Percy Blakeney but did not capture Marguerite that well, which really detractrd from the quality of the story.