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Perhaps the most famous alias of all time, The Scarlet Pimpernel hides the identity of a British nobleman who, masked by various disguises, leads a band of young men to undermine the Reign of Terror after the French Revolution.

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....

Public Domain (P)1999 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Best Narration

This is by far the best narration, just trust me. Michael Page does all of the voices wonderfully, which I think is one of the most important things. The book was excellently written, and had a very exciting plot.

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Wonderful Performance, Thrilling Story!

Michael Page's telling of The Scarlet Pimpernel was exciting and kept me enthralled! I didn't want to stop listening!

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love this book and narrator was perfect!

I have read this book, and watched the movie several times but this was my first time listening to it. I think hearing it brought it to life for me in a whole new way and I loved it!

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Great book and narration

Michael Page brings this book alive, and summons its characters, making them all the more memorable. His third-person narration is fast-paced and lively. Just get it. I demo'd every single recording as of late 2016, and none of them compare.

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Great narration! Fantastic book!

This is a fantastic book and read very well! Me. Page played the voices wonderfully and grippingly! I would recommend this to anyone.

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Fun and entertaining.

The narrator gave an inspired performance that drew me in and held me for the entire 8 hours of the book. An entertaining work of historical fiction.

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I Understand Why This Book Is a Cult Classic

Would you try another book from Baroness Orczy and/or Michael Page?

Honestly I would be interested in reading the sequel to this book. Michael Page's voice was quite nice to listen to so I would listen to another book that he narrated.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

This is a book that has a cult following as it started the whole idea of a hero who has a secret identity so I am not sure that I could change anything. In truth the reason why I didn't enjoy this book so much was the fact that there was a lot of talking about how great and wonderful Lady Blakeney was. I understand that she made a big mistake but it seems like she isn't held accountable for it because she married someone above her and other people's status in life. It seems ridiculous that people could be okay with her causing men's death all because her brother was insulted. Still this was a different time period so I can't say this is a mistake on Baroness Orczy.

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

In truth, Mr. Page brought about a great dislike that I had for Citizen Chauvelin. I read this book while listening to the audiobook and I can say that I grew to dislike Citizen Chauvelin more than I have most villians. The complaining by Citizen Chauvelin about The Scarlet Pimpernel annoyed me some but he didn't complain anymore than most people and politicians we see on TV or read about in newspaper articles. I also had some pity for Marguerite Blakeney where I wasn't feel so reading the book. I grew to understand what a great writer Baroness Orczy was to make me feel so many different things.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

I found out that this book is a movie that starred Basil Rathbone as the lead and I am definitely interested in seeing it. I love Bathbone as an actor and this book was rather enjoyable to read and listen to.

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Delightful!

Narrator was amazing! Engaging, dramatc, funny story. Enjoyable use of hyperbole and repetition. Unique charming.

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Well done!

The narrator did a good job, the different voices for each character made it easy to follow and the voice for Sir Percy which I think makes the story was really good. :)

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Excellent

Though I've read this book several times, it never quite came to life the way it did when read by Michael Page. His performance is exceptional and I would recommend this version above all others.