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The Monk

Length: 14 hrs and 59 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (34 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A masterpiece of gothic fiction, The Monk is a cautionary tale of madness, horror, lust, and despair. Father Ambrosio, the most pious and venerated monk in all of Madrid, is held as a paragon of virtue. But after 30 years of study and prayer, evil thoughts begin to permeate his mind.

As two plots cleverly converge, torture, murder, incest, rape, poison, and magic prevail, sustained by an elegance in the writing of the 19-year-old Matthew Lewis.

The book was banned upon its initial publication in 1796, but later caught the attention of Lord Byron and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, with Coleridge naming it "the offspring of no common genius".

Public Domain (P)2017 Naxos AudioBooks

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Awesome story and well read

Great story with adventure, passion, horror, love and hypocrisy, with a flare of the supernatural.

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the Platonic Form of the Gothic novel!.org

The plot moves fast through all the usual yet somehow unexpected architecture, the manors, the convent and monastery, even the catacombs... and the entire cast of good and evil and the nearly good and the seemingly good but really blackest evil characters. The readers' performance was perfect. I can't imagine better. I wanted a great Halloween novel and this was definitely it.

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Disappointed

Not sure what I was expecting, but by the end I was disappointed and wished I had made a different selection.
I was unable to suspend my disbelief and as such never invested I either the plot or characters.

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Good 👍 audio book

Good passtime. Really nice audio book while cleaning house and doing my week end house cleansing.