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Author: Rafael Sabatini Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781483088389
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With swordfights and romance, adventure and treachery set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, this is the book that made Rafael Sabatini famous.

Andr├®-Louis Moreau has good prospects as a young lawyer, but an unfair duel with the ruthlessly cruel Count de La Tour d'Azyr leaves Andr├®-Louis' best friend dead and Andr├®-Louis himself a fugitive from the king's justice. While incognito, disguised as "Scaramouche,"he becomes both a wildly popular actor and a firebrand of the Revolution. His vow to avenge his friend's murder leads him deeper into the political intrigues that surround the Revolution and to a position of power. But there are secrets to be revealed that will stun all of Paris.

One of the best historical romances of all time, Scaramouche was a bestseller upon its original publication in the United States in 1921. Today it remains a classic of swashbuckling adventure.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A plot of cunning construction, worked out with finished technique. There is just that amount of suspense which is necessary to charm the imagination of the average reader, just enough heroic gestures to satisfy the child that survives in all of us.”

    New York Times

  • “One wonders if there is another storyteller so adroit at filling his pages with intrigue and counter-intrigue, with danger threaded with romance, with a background of lavish colour, of silks and velvets, of swords and jewels.”

    Daily Telegraph

  • “Delightfully courtly, flowery but not dated…deservedly popular.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “All in all, this ‘sheer knight-errantry’ is a marvelous entertainment.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Glenn | 1/29/2014

    " I loved Captain Blood and The Sea Hawk so I was looking forward to this book. Its ok, but didn't live up to my high expectations. "

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

    " exciting story of overachieving noble bastard in run-up to French revolution. Movie starred Ramon Novarro. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mainrun | 1/15/2014

    " The novel is broken into three parts; three "books." The setting is the 1790's but the book was written in the 1920's. The first book was an easy read much like action/adventure stories of today. The second book was a bit of a bummer for me. It reminded "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rick | 1/5/2014

    " This is now my favorite swashbuckling French Revolution novel. I still love The Scarlet Pimpernel, but Scaramouche is much more interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 12/26/2013

    " Since I was a young teenager I've been a fan of Sabatini's Captain Blood. Scaramouche I think is even better. Yes there are witty lines, nuanced fencing scenes and plenty of daring-do, at the same time this has a far more satisfying story-line. Yes any well-read reader will recognise many of the twists and turns. However sabatini keeps the pace and mystery and excitement right to the last page - quite an achievement. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patsy | 11/14/2013

    " Interesting ideas about what causes revolution hidden in the adventure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 9/20/2013

    " This is a fun, uncomplicated book about good guys and bad guys. Moreau goes through book with the singular purpose of exacting revenge for the death of a friend. Of course he get's girl. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 9/20/2013

    " This was a cool book. It seemed like a cross between "Jackaroo" and "The Count of Monte Cristo" to me, which are both books I enjoyed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ed | 8/8/2013

    " As I recall, the opening line was something like, "He was born with the gift of laughter, and a sense that the world was mad." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg | 7/24/2013

    " I love it. If I believed in guilty pleasures, this would be one, yet I will defend it to the death. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 5/31/2013

    " this is a very entertaining read. it's clever, interesting, unpredictable and completely mesmerizing. the first two parts are especially enlightening. I wish I had read this when I was a in high school as it is full of fascinating insight for a young man trying to find his way in the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Craig | 4/24/2013

    " One of my favoriters from my youth-- a ripping good yarn. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodi | 4/21/2013

    " Love this book! If you liked Scarlet Pimpernel, Captan Blood, or Prince of Foxes you will like this one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynda | 10/7/2012

    " Thoroughly enjoying it - for the second time. My edition, found rummaging my book shelves, is an elementary school discard. Can't recall if I actually got it in elementary school (it would have been grade 7 when I worked in the library as volunteer) but I know I read it sometime in my school days. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christen | 1/22/2012

    " Loved it! Quotable, exciting, witty. Everything you would expect from a swashbuckler. This is my second Sabatini novel and it did not disappoint. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jez | 8/4/2011

    " This is hugely cheesy, but I love it. Swashbuckling. I'm a sucker for pirates...and swords. Basically-cheese. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marc | 8/21/2010

    " Just a tad slower then "Captain Blood" or "The Sea Hawk", none-the-less, "Scaramouche" was wonderfully conceived and raised significant issues that are still very valid today. Great ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ang | 1/18/2010

    " I am a fan. Good Book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Motorcycle | 11/15/2009

    " Re-read October 2011: I read this the first time when I think I was 14. Liked it then. I liked it the second time through too, but I didn't have as big a respect for it. I didn't think it was that well written. Not bad either though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 9/23/2009

    " Amazing how the themes of this book apply to our society today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 6/9/2008

    " Fantastic and witty adventure story. Loved! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas | 10/28/2006

    " I have really enjoyed this book every time I have read it. I am currently reading it for the third time. "

About the Author

Rafael Sabatini (1875–1950) was the son of two opera singers. Schooled in England and Switzerland, he would learn many languages. His first job was as a translator, and he would later translate for British Intelligence during World War I. He began writing historical romances for fun, and after publishing his first story in the mid 1890s, produced a new book every year for the next twenty five years.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and narrator. He has earned more than fifty Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration thirteen times. He was named Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008 and has been named an AudioFile Golden Voice as well as an AudioFile Best Voice of 2009. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London. He is also an actor who has appeared on both stage and television.