The Broken Bards of Paris

Narrated by: Virginia Ferguson
Length: 2 hrs and 10 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
4.5 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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When the wife of Napoleon Bonaparte is kidnapped by the mysterious Man in the Iron Mask, who can he trust to get her back? The Broken Bards of Paris! 

What three men, despite deformity and unrequited love, will unite to become a trio of heroic troubadours? The Broken Bards of Paris! 

When France is in peril, who will sing the songs, fight the throngs, and right the wrongs? The Broken Bards of Paris! 

Join Cyrano De Bergerac, Quasimodo the Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Erik the Opera Ghost in their first daring ensemble adventure! With special appearances by Voltaire, Joan of Arc, and Napoleon himself!

©2014 Aaron Hollingsworth (P)2018 Aaron Hollingsworth

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Napoleon, the Phantom, Cyrano, and Quasimodo

Sounds like an early french version of the league of extraordinary gentlemen, but it is way better than that. Napoleon's bride and love of his life is kidnapped, and he gathers Cyrano de Bergerac, Quasimodo, and the Phantom of the Opera to get her back. We also get to see some other famous french folks including Voltaire and the Man in the Iron Mask.

In my opinion, the Phantom steals the show, as the man who is more than he appears to be, although I must say that each character is given appropriate "screen time" and not everyone gets what they deserve in the end. You will feel for Cyrano and Voltaire, but be enheartened by Quasimodo in the end. For so short a tale this carries real weight, and you really get to know the characters.

I have no qualms admitting that Hollingsworth is one of my favorite writers, and I was highly enthused when this book came out! I listened to it immediately, stopping another book I was in the middle of to listen to it as soon as I could. He has never disappointed, and his take on this League is better than Moore's. I also have to admit that I was surprised to hear Ferguson narrating. The majority of leds in the book are male, and I know that the original audio had narration problems. She comes through admirabley, though, and does a great job playing the men. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.


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Why pick just one?

In this story, you can have three major literary characters! Put on your seatbelt because this is a fun ride.

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Cyrano, phantom, Quasimodo

For those of you who like classic French literature, this mash up I’d for you. There are classic fictional characters together as the original authors would have never done. I won’t give spoilers but suffice it to say the only thing I dislike about the story is it’s not as long as I would prefer. Good narration, excellent author. Highly recommend.

I was given a copy of this book for honest review.

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A Delightful Crossover Worthy Of Its Inspirations

"Broken Bards" is both deliciously pulpy and, within the combined canons of its combined inspirations, surprisingly plausible. It absolutely feels like a logical progression of each of its characters previous narratives. Aaron Hollingsworth imbues each figure with cause for at least some small measure of reader sympathy, even when some portray themselves as some degree or another of morally contemptible scoundrel on the "right" side of a conflict or a villain with an unexpectedly condonable layer. Hollingsworth is a dedicated student of history and wields a delicious literary flair that has me pining to dive into "The Broken Brides of Paris". Highly recommended.

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Broken Bards

I just could not connect with this book.Virginia Ferguson was a good narrator.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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Very interesting/humorous story!

Great concept! Getting some of the best-known Frenchmen that lived roughly in the same historical period was a novel approach. Coo-doo's! At this point, I do not remember if this is going to be a series or not. If not, I would be disappointed. The possibilities of where to go next are limitless. I wish it were a longer story though. It could very easily have been filled out to be a complete novel. I highly recommend this book. And now for the obligatory: "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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A fun literary remix

I love remixes and mashups. Fan mixes of favorite tv series or movies, mashups of different songs, but I've never read a literary mashup until now. The Broken Bards of Paris unabashedly takes famous and beloved characters, both real and literary, on an adventure through Napoleonic France, mixing in heist action, comedy, tragedy, and a bit of the supernatural. And yet it's still wonderfully reverent to the core of the characters. This book was a blast, a short and quick read, and just pure literary-fan fun. I absolutely loved the spooky portrayal of the Phantom, too.

The narration was crisp and perfect for the story. Just a fun read all around!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Three Heroes, One Great Story

If you spent years studying literature in school, it's hard not to love this story that recruits three of literature's greatest abandoned lovers to undertake one last mission in the name of love.
I thoroughly enjoyed this one, particularly the playful banter of the phantom with the other characters. A well written story that was a lot of fun to listen to presented by a narrator who enhanced the experience through his skillful reading.
Definitely 5 stars in my book.

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  • 05-16-18

Fantastic story!

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Going into this, I wasn't sure if I was going to like it or not. The premise sounded absurd, but I was curious and decided to check it out. This book was way better than I expected and was really quite fun. The narration is great and brought the book to life. I just wish it were longer!

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Heroes and legends of many stories into one

Such a fun book bringing together heroes/legends from great stories to save another’s wife. All who have dealt with the hardship and losing of their muse and love. Keeps your interest from the very beginning definitely enjoyed this.

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