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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,801 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eleanor Updale Narrator: Stephen Fry Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Montmorency Series Release Date: February 2004 ISBN: 9780807223710
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When a petty thief falls though a glass roof in his attempt to escape from the police, what should have been the death of him marks the beginning of a while new life. After his broken body is reconstructed by an ambitious young doctor, he is released from prison, and--with the help of Victorian London's extensive sewer system--he becomes the most elusive burglar in the city. He adopts a dual existence as a respectable, wealthy gentleman named Montmorency, and his degenerate servant Scarper. But Montmorency must always be on guard. The smallest mistake could reveal his secret and ruin both his lives.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Norah | 2/20/2014

    " This is the first in a series of four (so far). It's billed as a children's book but I would recommend it to readers of all ages. The characters are well-developed and the imaginative narration is fun to follow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randa | 2/13/2014

    " THIS SERIES IS A GREAT ONE FOR THOSE WHO LIKE MYSTERY AND SUSPENSE, BUT IN A MILD FORM. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monica | 2/10/2014

    " Very interesting premise, but at times it was difficult to hold my attention. The second one is so far much better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan | 2/2/2014

    " Looking forward to reading the next one. I liked how the plot shifts completely (no spoiler here) by the end of the book leading into the sequel. It did take me a few chapters to get into the story and get used to the older English used in the writing. Lots of action and mystery included as well as fun well developed characters. I worry that my students will trip up on how it goes back and forth from Montmorency to Scarper and they are same person, but different characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 1/31/2014

    " while fleeing from the police, it should have been the death of him. Instead, it marks the beginning of a whole new life. Soon he has become the most successful -- and elusive -- burglar in Victorian London, plotting daring raids and using London's new sewer system to escape. He adopts a dual existence to fit his new lifestyle, taking on the roles of a respectable, wealthy gentleman named Montmorency and his corrupt servant, Scarper. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 WCPL Teens | 1/26/2014

    " Montmorency is a thief masquerading as a gentleman in late 1800s London. He got the idea for his most recent crime spree while in prison, as he listened to lectures on London's new sewer system. Now he lives a double life, careful never to run into the doctor who tended him in prison for fear he will be found out. An interesting look at London during this time period and at a man's ability to reform himself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Calamity | 1/16/2014

    " Awesome! A bit reminiscent of Les Miserables (The musical). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lizzy | 12/30/2013

    " The idea and plot of the story was interesting, but the writing lacked spark, and made it difficult at times to keep reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keegan | 12/23/2013

    " Was a very good book but I don't think I would want to read the other books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bhan13 | 12/17/2013

    " Odd for a juvenile book, but I will listen to most anything Stephen Fry reads. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 10/21/2013

    " ok. liked the double life aspect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 blackteiwaz | 9/5/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. I found the part about the "Sams" hilarious. I would love to get my hands on more of Updale's books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kellee | 1/22/2013

    " Montmorency is a gentleman. Scarper is a thief. They both are liars. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Daelith | 9/25/2012

    " A little slow starting out, but it picked up for me. Not enough for me to pursue the rest of the series though. Unless I found them at a library sale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 7/2/2012

    " A pretty good series that I did enjoy and would probably rank it somewhere on my top 10. I love how it engulfed real events and places in with fictional characters. I love how Montmorency useshis skills to outwit society but later for the greater good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andi | 12/25/2011

    " An interesting read and I'd highly recommend it for those who love Victorian type novels and a bit of suspense. I thought it was charming and fun, but I'm not sure I would read another in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 9/9/2011

    " I'm a sucker for anything that involves the stinking sewers of London. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maddie | 5/16/2011

    " This was wonderful! One of my absolute favorite childhood books of all time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 5/8/2011

    " I meant to read this one years ago and never did. I like Montmorency, even though he's a thief and I think I'll pick up the next one to see what happens to him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaito | 5/1/2011

    " Great. yes. Suspenseful. No. I thought it would be more 'on the edge of your seat' kind of book but it felt like it was going kind of slow. I still love the idea and what happened but i felt there was no, real climax. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin(and Hannah) | 4/27/2011

    " This one was really between a 3 and a 4. For a YA mystery-type book it was really well done. It created an intriguing storyline, yet the plot unfolded very slowly and differently than I would have expected it to. I'll still go on to read the next in the series.
    "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Molly | 4/27/2011

    " Ugh. I got 60 pages in and didn't care, so I quit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lando | 4/26/2011

    " Nice little book. Easy read. Protagonist is likeable enough. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 4/3/2011

    " This book is pretty much AWESOME!!! It is so amazing how a person have two seperate "persons" in one body, and it isn't two heads. It's pretty amazing. I love this book and I WANT TO READ MORE! I think that everyone should have a chance to read this and get hooked!!!!!!! ????? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brianna | 3/12/2011

    " I read this series when i was in elementary school and there's just something about it that I've remembered the title years later. This is definitely a good book but might not be interesting for some. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 3/12/2011

    " What a great character. I really didn't like the guy much at first, but he grew on me as he grew into the new person he was turning himself into. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carmen | 2/9/2011

    " I hadn't had so much fun reading a book in a long time.

    Brought me back to the stories of my childhood, like Dumas' The count of Montecristo, Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray.

    Compulsive reading.

    Don't miss. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trish | 1/27/2011

    " Usually not the kind of story I would be reading (I'm not a crime-fan). But I got this as an audiobook and Stephen Fry was the narrator so I simply adored everything about it. Moreover, the story itself and the characters are funny and colourful. "

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About the Author
Author Eleanor UpdaleELEANOR UPDALE studied History at St. Anne's College, Oxford, before becoming a producer of television and radio current affairs programs for the BBC. She is studying for a Ph.D. at the new Centre for Editing Lives and Letters at Queen Mary, University of London. She is also a trustee of the charity, Listening Books.
About the Narrator

Stephen Fry is a celebrated actor, novelist, journalist, presenter, intellectual, wit, and winner of several AudioFile Earphones Award for narration. He has produced four novels and two volumes of autobiography and has written for radio shows and television. His television credits include Jeeves and Wooster and Blackadder, and he hosted the BBC TV series QI. His readings of the Harry Potter books have won him huge acclaim and several awards.