The Phantom of the Opera

Gaston Leroux

Geoffrey Howard (Narrator)

12-01-04

7hrs 48min

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12-01-04

7hrs 48min

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Fiction/Classics

Description

“The wildest and most fantastic of tales.” New York Times Book Review

An Audie Award Finalist 

A shadow of unease, a quickening pulse, an unnamed fear breathing on the collar of those who sit alone in their dressing rooms at the great Paris Opera.

An unbearable compulsion to glance quickly over a shoulder in the dark corridors to the stage would sometimes reveal a figure in evening clothes moving softly in the shadows—a figure no one could name. Nothing is done, however, until the disappearance of the young singer Christine Daaé during her triumphant performance. With an increasing pattern of fear and violence, the Phantom of the Opera begins to strike, but always with a beautiful young performer at the center of his deadly desires.

Throughout the twentieth-century and beyond, this haunting tale has gripped audiences the world over—on screen, on stage, and on paper. Blackstone’s thrilling narration of this classic mystery was nominated for a 2006 Audie Award.

Praise

“The wildest and most fantastic of tales.” New York Times Book Review

“Mixes horror and romance in equal measure.” The Guardian (London)

“A venerable, much-adapted story of grand, delicate feelings and gothic creepiness.” New York Times

“Ingenious…breathless suspense.” The Nation

“A gothic novel of romance, honor, and tragedy with a creepy, obsessive underbelly.” Daily Telegraph (London)

“A superb suspense story and dark tale of obsession.” Ingram

“[Cosham] shines at moving the story briskly, effortlessly keeping it involving.” AudioFile

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Language English
Release Day Nov 30, 2004
Release Date December 1, 2004
Release Date Machine 1101859200
Imprint Blackstone Publishing
Provider Craig Black
Categories Classics, Literature & Fiction, Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Fantasy, Epic, Literature & Fiction
Author Bio
Gaston Leroux

Gaston Leroux (1868–1927), French novelist, was born in Paris. He earned a law degree in 1889 but turned to journalism in his mid twenties and later sailed the world as a correspondent, reporting on the Russian Revolution of 1905. In the early 1900s, he began writing novels and became best known for The Phantom of the Opera (1910). His novel The Mystery in the Yellow Room sparked the development of detective fiction as a genre.

Narrator Bio
Geoffrey Howard

Geoffrey Howard (a.k.a. Ralph Cosham) (1936–2014) was a British journalist who changed careers to become a narrator and screen and stage actor. He performed in more than one hundred professional theatrical roles. His audiobook narrations were named “Audio Best of the Year” by Publishers Weekly, and he won seven AudioFile Earphones Awards, and in 2013 he won the coveted Audie Award for Best Mystery Narration for his reading of Louise Penny’s The Beautiful Mystery.

Overview

An Audie Award Finalist 

A shadow of unease, a quickening pulse, an unnamed fear breathing on the collar of those who sit alone in their dressing rooms at the great Paris Opera.

An unbearable compulsion to glance quickly over a shoulder in the dark corridors to the stage would sometimes reveal a figure in evening clothes moving softly in the shadows—a figure no one could name. Nothing is done, however, until the disappearance of the young singer Christine Daaé during her triumphant performance. With an increasing pattern of fear and violence, the Phantom of the Opera begins to strike, but always with a beautiful young performer at the center of his deadly desires.

Throughout the twentieth-century and beyond, this haunting tale has gripped audiences the world over—on screen, on stage, and on paper. Blackstone’s thrilling narration of this classic mystery was nominated for a 2006 Audie Award.

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