The Monk

Length: 14 hrs and 59 mins
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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".

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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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Not a book that should be overlooked!

Wow. I ran across this book while looking up Gothic novels and alternated between reading my physical copy and listening to this version. I was not at all disappointed by the characters, plot, or narrators. I don't want to spoil anything for you, so suffice it to say that nothing is extraneous and the ending will be a wild ride. Allow yourself to be swept up in this world and to believe in the characters and you will not be disappointed. I wish I had been half this imaginative when I was 19!!

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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.

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  • 06-21-20

amazing narration

Audible exists for this. This is an old book and a long book and although the story is excellent and utterly engrossing, I think if I had only the print version then the experience would have been very different. The narrator acts the story and does so superbly. There are moments when a character sings a song and an actual song, with music, plays. As I said, utterly engrossing.