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3.9 out of 53.9 out of 53.9 out of 53.9 out of 53.9 out of 5 3.90 (204 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gaston Leroux Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2008 ISBN: 9781400178995
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Gaston Leroux is one of the originators of the detective story, and The Phantom of the Opera is his tour de force, as well as being the basis for the hit Broadway musical. A superb suspense story and a dark tale of obsession, The Phantom of the Opera has thrilled and entertained audiences in adaptations throughout the century.

Under the Paris Opera House lives a disfigured musical genius who uses music to win the love of a beautiful opera singer.

The actors, singers, and patrons of the Paris Opera House say that a ghost haunts the labyrinthine chambers beneath its stage. Those who laugh off such superstitions always do so nervously, in the bright light of day. Nearly everyone connected with the opera house in any way has felt the phantom’s vague, troubling presence. But beautiful, talented young singer Christine Daae will soon experience a terror far more acute than any vague feeling of unease. For she is about to learn the secret of why the man who has made the tunnels beneath Paris his private domain must forever hide his face behind a mask.

Part horror story, part historical romance, and part detective thriller, the timeless tale of a masked, disfigured musical genius who lives beneath the Paris Opera House is familiar to millions of readers, as well as to movie and theater-goers. At the heart of the story’s long-standing popularity lies its questioning of a universal theme: the relationship between outward appearance and the beauty or darkness of the human soul.

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  • “Alexander Adams reads a graceful, uncredited translation, pulling back tastefully on the excessiveness while giving full value to the book’s virtues. He makes this dated thriller thoroughly enjoyable for modern listeners.”

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Madeline Benoit | 2/20/2014

    " I must say that I prefer the movie. The book does have its place, however. It wasn't really easy to get into, but it is a wonderful example of gothic literature. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl Marren | 2/19/2014

    " It was a long time ago that I read this... in one night. That's how much I loved it. I simply could not put it down until I had savoured every last drop. And will do so again, I am certain! I tried then to read it in the original French. But alas, no joy lolol :D "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Quinn | 2/16/2014

    " I was required to read this book in high school. I loved re-reading it. Excelent mix of love, adventure and mutilated psycopath. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andilyn | 2/15/2014

    " Don't expect the musical because this isn't it. But it's a brilliant read (from what I can remember from the age of 14.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andreeas | 2/15/2014

    " I read this book once and i liked it so much that I want to read it again. And i stared it over again. It is a mistery and romnace book. It is so well-written. I liked it because it is a misterious book. it contains romance and misteries. Erik is my favourite character of this book because it is misterius and he is in love with the main female character. In my point of view it is a very interesting book! Need-to-red book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lara | 2/14/2014

    " I read this in the fifth grade and it's still wonderful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily Shore | 2/13/2014

    " This book becomes the running theme for my Roseblood books. It will always be the greatest source of inspiration as well as the play modeled after the book. Sarah Brightman and Michael Crawford will never die! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Morgan Matz | 2/12/2014

    " I started reading this because I heard a great dance remix of an Andrew Lloyd Weber song. Now, as a shameless lover of outrageously dramatic stories of obsession and torment, I can't stop thinking about the Opera Ghost and how it could be possible to write such an engaging novel when the only three elements of your story are a reclusive monster, a helpful deus ex machina, and a big, stormy ocean of hubris. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paige Knorr | 2/12/2014

    " It's rare that I see a movie before reading the book, which was the case with this one. It is NOT rare, however, for me to prefer the book, which was also the case. I wasn't actually expecting to enjoy this as much as I did. It's a lot deeper than the movie, and the sections detailing the underground of the Opera house, in particular, are great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Toni | 2/12/2014

    " This is a wonderful story and answers many questions the musical can not - however saying that it also leaves more questions unanswered. Always sad but an insight into the soul of the man known as the phantom, incredible descriptions of the cruelty and discrimination he suffered but also an amazing love story. Very erotic in places and other times very, very dark. A very good book I have read at least 3 times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 2/11/2014

    " Quite different from the musical. The novel is much more creepy, sinister, elaborate, and mysterious. The Phantom, though a monster, is a victim of his circumstances. Aren't we all? Still his choices were poor ones, he still somewhat redeems himself as a human because of love and compassion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo Ann Richey | 2/10/2014

    " I love the story of the Phantom of the Opera but I didn't not like the writing style of Gaston Leroux. I am glad I took the time to finally read the original book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole Sol | 2/9/2014

    " it was boring in the beginning and i was really close to just leaving it undread. But i chose not to and kept reading on. At the end it gets really interesting though and i did like it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Toni | 2/8/2014

    " This is a wonderful story and answers many questions the musical can not - however saying that it also leaves more questions unanswered. Always sad but an insight into the soul of the man known as the phantom, incredible descriptions of the cruelty and discrimination he suffered but also an amazing love story. Very erotic in places and other times very, very dark. A very good book I have read at least 3 times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 2/7/2014

    " One of my favorite books, musicals and movies of all time!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Briana Alzola | 2/6/2014

    " This book was good but different from the stage play, which I didn't really expect. Also, I had a hard time getting through parts of this book just because everyone had SO MANY EMOTIONS all the time. Everyone was always in the throws of love or the pits of despair. It was hard to read at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amelia | 2/4/2014

    " Okay so I really love this book. Twilight? Give me a break, just hand me a copy of Phantom and I'll be happy. I can't stand horror books and this is as close as I can get and I adore it. Okay the Phantom totally creeps me out... like totally but I feel so bad for him too, I just wish he wasn't as creepy as he was.... Raoul annoys me too at times but I like him enough, Christine... well let's just say she's alright. But I love the characters from the musical better, Christine's stronger and Raoul doesn't complain as much and boy the Phantom has a great voice! Overall I adore this book. I read it online because it's free cause it's so old but I love it even though it's old. People doesn't like old stuff but I love old stuff! And french stuff! I LOVE FRENCH STUFF! I'm listening to Love Never Dies... and I'm crying... love does die!!!! Okay not really but Christine.... :( :( :( anyway this isn't about Love Never Dies, but i totally recommend listening to it! The Australian version is pretty good but I adore the London original voice. Anyway this book. Yeah I totally love it. Um... yeah that's my review... ;) I totally recommend it to anyone who loves romance and French stuff and old books. It's an easy read, I read it in one sitting, one battery life time on my computer so it's pretty easy. Read the book! And then go and watch the 25th anniversary of the musical and then go watch Love Never Dies and bawl your eyes off! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan King | 2/4/2014

    " I've read it multiple times...first when i was 7-didn't 'Reall' y get it that young but still loved it right away. Re-read it every so often...still like it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josie | 2/2/2014

    " Quite a few of the characters are reasonably whiny. It also seems to take a long time for the main story to set in. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tatiana | 2/2/2014

    " Very nice but completely different from the movie. Still, I really liked it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marilynrood | 1/31/2014

    " Love the phantom. He's so much cooler than Andrew Llyod Weber could ever dream up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 1/28/2014

    " I read the Leonard Wolf translation, which I highly recommend. More complete and accurate in translation than the "popular," most widely-cirulated translation based on the first edition produced in 1911. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah | 1/26/2014

    " The original tale. Much darker than the play! Leans more to horror than romance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittany | 1/24/2014

    " I have read this novel a lot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl Marren | 1/22/2014

    " It was a long time ago that I read this... in one night. That's how much I loved it. I simply could not put it down until I had savoured every last drop. And will do so again, I am certain! I tried then to read it in the original French. But alas, no joy lolol :D "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott Hayden | 1/21/2014

    " Introductions and appendices in my edition (Barnes & Nobles Classics) as fascinating as the novel itself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 busby | 1/20/2014

    " I... Tolerate this book... It's not my favorite, but it's alright "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colena | 1/20/2014

    " loved it so, so much...definitely gonna be added to my favorites..and will be read again. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 1/20/2014

    " Might be a rare case where the movie (Lloyd Webber's) was actually better than the book, but that's all about the music, and beautiful acting. Interesting though to see what parts of the book they included in the production,and which ones were changed or omitted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marla | 1/20/2014

    " Found this book pretty entertaining. Always enjoy books that give you a taste of another culture and time period. The story bound in mystery format kept you wanting to read more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Billy | 1/17/2014

    " I really enjoyed it, felt the Phantom was a good antagonist for Raoul. There were parts that were a little difficult to follow, only because I couldn't understand what was being described (especially the scens under the opera house). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacy | 1/17/2014

    " This is my most read book of all time at 5X, saw the play 2X, have the movie and soundtracks. It was either an obsession for a while or a sign of instability, lol, but I have moved on since.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 1/14/2014

    " The narrator did an excellent job. I enjoyed listening to the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 StepHaniE Quintanilla | 1/14/2014

    " Book was different than what I had expected, maybe because I had seen the movie so many times, but the book was good and explained the characters a lot more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheila | 1/12/2014

    " Since I have never seen the movie or play associated with this book, I went into this with only a vague idea of what the story was supposed to be about. It ended up being an enjoyable, engrossing read though, and I can understand why is is a classic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brennan Kumitch | 1/11/2014

    " The musical is way better than the original book. The author didn't seem for me at least to be able to paint you a picture with words. I found alot of the book to be ambitious but Leroux fell a little short. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martin Willoughby | 1/11/2014

    " like all 19th century books, this takes a while to get going, but when it does it's an excellent read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaylynn | 1/9/2014

    " I enjoyed the book and now I can't wait to see the broadway performance in New York only 3 weeks away. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doolin | 1/7/2014

    " Why can't anyone be nice to the phantom! I mean, come on, he's only mean when no one is listening and when the plot and storyline comes to it. He falls in love with Christine and all, but he seems nice to me. All he needs is someone who cares about him and he could be a good phantom and not hurt so many people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo Ann Richey | 1/7/2014

    " I love the story of the Phantom of the Opera but I didn't not like the writing style of Gaston Leroux. I am glad I took the time to finally read the original book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deliah Mcbee | 1/6/2014

    " I like this book, expecially the movie its very detiled and a little sppoky and just very fasinateing im so glad I am reading this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gretchen Grove | 1/2/2014

    " One of my favorite books of all time "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jude | 12/25/2013

    " I read it in one sitting so that's probably why it felt so fast-paced. Even if that wasn't the case, it was really fast and events came up abrupt to me. It's still a good story worth one's time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorna | 12/24/2013

    " Loved this book. Made sense of bits of the Musical and added to some of the magic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 12/16/2013

    " I'm sorry to have to give this only 3. I made the mistake of falling in love with Webber's stage production. This just didn't live up to the version already implanted. Maybe I fell more in love with the music than the drama. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley Card | 12/6/2013

    " Simply classic!! Yes, this is literature, but it's a great romantic read with a dark edge. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carlos | 11/30/2013

    " This book was great, I suggest it to anyone who want a romantic mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karolyn | 11/30/2013

    " I loved this book! It is a wonderful love story! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jodie | 11/29/2013

    " As a lover of the musical I was disappointed with the novel itself, but it is something I may come back to now that I'm older than when I original read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Feaver | 11/9/2013

    " Makes the play/movies look shallow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thompson | 11/5/2013

    " One of the classic who-done-it/horror stories. Actually it is more of a how-he-done-it. The famous book is a delight to read, full of surprises and well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Rose | 10/21/2013

    " The book was a lot different to what I expected after only knowing the Andrew Lloydd Webber musical. I was so suprised to find a very typical sort of 'fin de siecle' tale which was very gothic, much darker than I expected. If you like Poe, or Jekyll and Hyde, or Dracula then this is worth a read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dennis | 10/19/2013

    " This was a classic that, as usual, surpassed all of the versions in other media (Broadway, musicals, etc.) with its complexity and more than anything else, atmosphere. Much better than anything the others can offer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 10/9/2013

    " This book is definitely a classic for a reason. Full of mystery, intrigue and suspense. Well worth a read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 10/4/2013

    " I just watched the movie version of the Broadway musical (a great theater experience, a terrible movie) and decided to re-read the book that started it all. I hadn't read it since high school so I downloaded it to my kindle and read the whole thing last night. What a terrific example of ninteenth century horror! I am going to revisit some of my other favorites now including Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and The Portrait of Dorian Grey. I am a sucker for these gothic and grand guignol stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emma-Louise | 9/30/2013

    " So beautiful and so tragic. Phantom is one of my all time favourite books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Raelynn | 9/27/2013

    " I was not expecting this to be such a suspenseful book, but I couldn't put it down. Very good book, but don't expect to read just what is in the musical, the book is much deeper than that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kirsten Buist | 9/20/2013

    " Loved it! I was super surprised. The book was exciting the whole time and I loved the way it was narrated. Brilliant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 9/17/2013

    " Classic story and as good as the play! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica Keen | 9/11/2013

    " I had never seen this as a play or a movie, so I figured I would give it a shot. I loved it! While it was creepy and gloomy, I loved the suspense and romanticism of the "Opera Ghost." Reading this definitely made me want to see this performed. Two thumbs up! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luckhawkins | 9/5/2013

    " My dirty, shameful, love. The musical is not accurate to the story, most accurate movie version is silent Lon Cheney. Old Frenchman is deformed and ugly. Stalks and steals girl. Girl meets young handsome hero, who saves girl from old deformed stalker. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric Shaffer | 8/25/2013

    " For some reason, I decided this summer to read the other two original "monster" novels: Stoker's Dracula and Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera. Of course, the other one is Shelley's Frankenstein. Taking on this task probably has more to do with my purchasing, assembling, and gruesomely painting the entire set of the plastic Aurora monster models as a pre-teen than it did with any literary interest, yet I find my response is primarily literary. I read Frankenstein decades ago, and I was impressed by the fusion of themes, ideas, and action that made the book a compelling read and the occasion for thoughtful reflection on the nature and consequences of creation and creators. Both Dracula and Phantom were less impressive. One reason is both authors's implementation of the dreary mechanism of validating the narrative by inventing "plausible" ways to provide important story information: journals, newspaper accounts, interviews, and other "documentation" ostensibly to allow readers to suspend disbelief and entertain the tale as the tale entertains them. Although others require such coy fibbing to accept the validity of a narrative, even to the point of being satisfied by the words "Based on a True Story" before a novel or a film, for me a story is a story. No matter how much of a story is "based" on anything actual, it is still "made up," and being "made up" does not in any way lessen my enjoyment of the story. As a result, I find the "lumber" of verification tedious, and I pity the contortions of plot and verisimilitude that verification requires of an author. Strike one for the Count and Opera Ghost. Oddly, another bad pitch concerning Leroux that is not an objection I actually share but might be raised by a more traditional reader is that this novel wanders; there are large and odd digressions in this tale that might infuriate those who expect a "straight" narrative (such as the ridiculous deliberations and arguments of the two managers, the fairly unnecessary explorations of Erik's previous life, and the torturous description of the torture and incredible (in the original sense of unbelievable) sufferings of the Persian and Raoul), the kind of objection that might be raised against my own novel, Burn & Learn, which is otherwise more different than similar, and I find that as amusing as I found Leroux's digressions. Ball one for the Opera Ghost. A minor point for the block-headed reader might be that the words "Phantom of the Opera," which really is a compelling title for the novel, and just a cool name to be known by, never appear in the text, where Erik is called "Opera Ghost" or known by his own name. Strike two for Erik. The characters in the novel also suffer from HIS (hyper-intensity syndrome), which means men and women with the tale constantly over-react to the smallest events; that is just annoying. Strike three for the Phantom. Is he out? Well, yes, but strangely, I still recommend the book for two reasons. One: we really should know the original tale from which so much silliness has been made. At least this novel has the dignity of priority and innocence of the future that makes the tale worth reading. My second reason is really the reason I am writing this review, and I cannot underscore its significance enough: I love this tale for the author's relentless devotion to "unmasking," in every sense, the supernatural. In every case, Leroux goes far out of his way to legitimize as comprehensible and thoroughly explain EVERY SINGLE manifestation of the supposed supernatural. Not one event believed by characters in the story to be supernatural is allowed by the author to remain so. I found that skepticism and rationalism refreshing, so much so that it made me pity the tale-spinners of today who feel that they must make their stories plausible by insisting the supernatural is "real." Leroux's genuine interest in providing explanations for what might appear to be supernatural is a laudable goal, and for that, I thank him. Even now, I wonder if such a story about a really ugly sociopath like this one would even get off the ground today, without the trappings of otherworldly claptrap to "validate" the tale. Leroux seems to say that beneath the fancy, dimming accoutrements of fantasy is the ugly face of everyday quotidian existence, but at least that is real, and that, here and now, is what we must deal with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sydnie | 8/12/2013

    " it was a good but i love the movie better than this i was always correcting it, but i also told myself the book came before the movie "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda Tomczak | 8/4/2013

    " Ultimately one of my favorite books so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abee Magallona | 7/28/2013

    " Genius. Better than the play/musical. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean Chick | 7/20/2013

    " Good story until the slapped on ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michaela | 7/18/2013

    " this is the coolest book ever! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dedoenelojete | 7/13/2013

    " AWEEEEEESOME 8D!!! XDDDDDDD (currao currao el comentario, oyes) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jamie | 6/17/2013

    " it was a good read overall but i can't get off the feeling that the ending was hastily decided/ended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashlyn | 6/9/2013

    " I read this book my freshman year and though it was a little hard to get through at times, it was wonderful and I loved it. If you like old-school, classic novels, you'll love it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amina | 6/1/2013

    " I cried for the angel of music. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jude | 6/1/2013

    " I read it in one sitting so that's probably why it felt so fast-paced. Even if that wasn't the case, it was really fast and events came up abrupt to me. It's still a good story worth one's time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia | 6/1/2013

    " This was so entertaining and exciting! I loved the phantom the whole way through "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danica | 5/23/2013

    " The Phantom was rather a whiney, weak character. I was a little disapointed in how he was portrayed. I felt that the liberty Andrew Lloyd Webber took made the character so much stronger and more interesting. I still enjoyed the story, but it wasn't as exciting as I had hopped. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dedoenelojete | 5/11/2013

    " AWEEEEEESOME 8D!!! XDDDDDDD (currao currao el comentario, oyes) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 4/30/2013

    " Much better than the musical, but it's not secret that I'm not really a fan of that. I was pleasantly surprised by the entire thing but particularly the climax to the resolution. And the complexity of Erik. In the book he really is a crazy genius. In the musical he's just crazy...with a mask. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Ann | 4/30/2013

    " what a beautiful ending <3 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalia Flores | 4/26/2013

    " I had to watch the play that, unfortunately yet entertainingly, did not do the book any justice! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrianne Rosal | 4/17/2013

    " Yep it's official...I love the book as much as the movie!!!! Great story to read and good to watch. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan King | 2/25/2013

    " I've read it multiple times...first when i was 7-didn't 'Reall' y get it that young but still loved it right away. Re-read it every so often...still like it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynsey Ilett | 2/21/2013

    " Absolutely enjoyed this, such a classic for fans! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Abigail Clark | 2/20/2013

    " If you are a fan of the Broadway musical or the movie than this book will let you down. Leroux provides the barebones of the story with less drama and romance than I was expecting, but there are some important characters and events that were overlooked and excluded from the latter mediums. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Priscilla Schelling | 1/1/2013

    " This book is truly an amazing twist of art, music, mystery, adventure, and the unnatural. I couldn't put this book down! This is a classic. I wouldn't recommend it for elementary at all. However, this is a book that is dear to my heart and puts the movies to shame! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharah | 12/29/2012

    " A book that we used for English Literature during lower form in secondary school. The usage of mesmerizing words captured me so much back then. And still loving it ;D "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chanda | 12/27/2012

    " A beautiful, haunting, engaging book that I didn't want to put down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Riham | 12/15/2012

    " The film is much more intriguing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Briana Alzola | 12/4/2012

    " This book was good but different from the stage play, which I didn't really expect. Also, I had a hard time getting through parts of this book just because everyone had SO MANY EMOTIONS all the time. Everyone was always in the throws of love or the pits of despair. It was hard to read at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole Best | 12/2/2012

    " I read the book after watching the play, but the play really captured the book's atmosphere beautifully. This is cheesy gothic romance at its absolute best. A total guilty pleasure of a read. :D "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalia Flores | 11/29/2012

    " I had to watch the play that, unfortunately yet entertainingly, did not do the book any justice! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Inge | 11/23/2012

    " It's ok. I liked the story in itself very much, brilliantly creative, but I liked the way of story-telling a little less. I guess I'm not such a big fan of mystery novels.. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Teshii | 11/14/2012

    " Why did it get a 2 stars? Because it was my school literature and I suffer so much for it. But beside that, it's a really sad story. I thought the ending was rather biase. i wanted the phantom to win. The female lead is just annoying >:( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan King | 11/2/2012

    " I've read it multiple times...first when i was 7-didn't 'Reall' y get it that young but still loved it right away. Re-read it every so often...still like it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamielee Prue | 10/4/2012

    " I just loved this story. I have read it several times and for me it never gets old... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Madeline | 9/5/2012

    " The play is a gazillion times better, but only because of the music. I've always found the plot rather lacking in substance. Not to mention, Christine is a fluff-brain. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Aubrey | 8/27/2012

    " So hard to read, I had to stop. Stick with the musical. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charles Pearce | 8/20/2012

    " I love the Webber musical. Some of the story elements are in this book, but the narrative style is very baroque and gets in the way of the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabby | 8/19/2012

    " Somewhere in the middle of reading it, I slept. However the story is good. Gaston leroux did a great job in making it near-realistic and believable in appeal. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 8/6/2012

    " Good book! A lot of French from what I can remember. Want to read again! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 LunaBelle | 8/5/2012

    " A very emotional story. I sympathize with Erik a lot. It's a shame that he was not accepted because of how he looks though he has so many special talents. It shows people's shallowness. They prefer a handsome Raoul over a 'monstreous' Erik. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Raelynn | 8/5/2012

    " I was not expecting this to be such a suspenseful book, but I couldn't put it down. Very good book, but don't expect to read just what is in the musical, the book is much deeper than that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam Smith | 6/28/2012

    " Loved this book - a wonderful love story "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emma-Louise | 6/24/2012

    " So beautiful and so tragic. Phantom is one of my all time favourite books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rana | 6/2/2012

    " Word cannot describe how much I love this book, so I'm not going to try besides saying I wish I could give it more than 5 stars. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jessica Weleski | 5/12/2012

    " I was not really a fan. For a classic, I expected richer language and a more complex detailing of the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lara | 5/9/2012

    " I read this in the fifth grade and it's still wonderful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shay Langdon | 5/5/2012

    " My all-time favorite book. I've been reading this (over and over) since I was about 13. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marisa Gutierrez | 4/22/2012

    " Intense! Much darker than the movie or musical. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abee Magallona | 4/5/2012

    " Genius. Better than the play/musical. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Devilyn (Emily) | 3/21/2012

    " I pretty much fell inlove with this book from page 1. Its a romance mixed with some 'horror' and i loved everything about it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sweet | 3/18/2012

    " great love story that flows from the beginning till the end "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 2/5/2012

    " The Opera Ghost is a complicated and tragic character and this book is one multi-layered, complex love story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammie | 1/1/2012

    " This is an amazing story in itself. It is a book for anyone who loves music to read. The plot is imaginative and nail-biting at times, even if you know the story. I will read for the third time eventually. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Feaver | 12/28/2011

    " Makes the play/movies look shallow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tabetha Nguyen | 12/14/2011

    " I loved it because it helped me understand the production. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynette Erskine | 11/4/2011

    " Soo different from the movie, better I think. As usual. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 10/17/2011

    " Saw the musical a few years ago; would love to see it again now that I've read the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Madeline Benoit | 10/16/2011

    " I must say that I prefer the movie. The book does have its place, however. It wasn't really easy to get into, but it is a wonderful example of gothic literature. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carol | 10/4/2011

    " I struggled with this. I didn't like it at all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 KDB | 9/28/2011

    " A favorite from my childhood. The tale is truly timeless, and I never tire of reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Felicity | 9/24/2011

    " A good classic which the famous musical is based on. It is very atmospheric and scarier than the musical but I sometimes found the writing style a bit overbearing and hard to get in to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neni Marlina | 9/20/2011

    " The Phantom of the Opera...love the book, the movie, the songs! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jodi Lamm | 9/11/2011

    " Wow! I can't believe I had to add this edition. I own it. I love it. It's a beautiful work of art. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darlene | 8/17/2011

    " I read this before watching the musical or even the scarier movie version. Though I am a fan of the musical, the book was best at telling a sad story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick | 8/16/2011

    " Truly a masterpiece of Gaston Leroux. Finding out how the Phantom did his acts really made my brain work overtime. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Choco-cat | 8/7/2011

    " So as I love this musical, I decided it was time to read the book. I'm not a big "classics" person, but I did enjoy this - even though Christine and Raoul were pretty much morons. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gokhan | 7/22/2011

    " An interesting book by French playboy Gaston Leroux combining various elements such as horror, detective stories, drama and history, Phantom of the Opera is a must-read novel calling for readers with tendency to any genre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grant Raymond | 7/11/2011

    " I read this after watching the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. It really shed some light on things. Especially the behavior of the new managers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ąйα ï½¼ ÇαԻեՅԻ | 7/8/2011

    " The movie was really good "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie | 6/30/2011

    " I fucking loved this book. Gonna watch the movie soon. ^_^ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marla | 6/21/2011

    " Found this book pretty entertaining. Always enjoy books that give you a taste of another culture and time period. The story bound in mystery format kept you wanting to read more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tyler Green | 6/18/2011

    " Quite different from the movie, but quite intriguing. This particular edition contains an Afterward with a lot of good analysis on the popularity of the story (and subsequent musicals and film adaptations), as well as its similarities to other mystery works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shon Rand | 6/8/2011

    " An easy read. Worthwhile, if a little silly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly/yllektra | 5/31/2011

    " One of my favorite books growing up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lara | 5/31/2011

    " I read this in the fifth grade and it's still wonderful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 5/27/2011

    " One of my all time favorites. Such an fantastic experience in the original French. The third novel I read all in French and one of my, "I've just got to take it with me" go-to type books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rudolfo | 5/26/2011

    " Great mystery, making the spooks come alive in your imagination. Seems real. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 5/24/2011

    " What a difficult read. I am already familiar with the story from the stage and movie versions and was so excited to read the book. It took me an unusually long time to get through. I would reccomend it, but only if you are a patient reader with time to spare. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 5/24/2011

    " Makes me want to know more of the history of the Paris Opera House. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danielle | 5/22/2011

    " Very interesting, I love the play and movie, but the book is very different. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 5/22/2011

    " I liked this one! It's a little different from the movie/musical. But I do like that the Phantom has a name in the book; it makes him more human I think. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mel | 5/20/2011

    " I grew up listening to the musical, but reading Leroux's original work adds a depth to Erik(the Phantom). Wonderfully written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cami | 5/18/2011

    " Phenomenal! This book was so amazing! It was so packed with emotion, it made me cry. You have to pity the Phantom... he just wants to be loved. This book actually deserves to be a classic unlike a lot of the others... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 5/18/2011

    " I was surprised by the similarities and differences between this book and the musical, which is how I was introduced to the story. I think that, if you liked the musical you should read the book but don't be surprised when the story is very different "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jblackwell | 5/17/2011

    " That was fun. On a whim, I picked up the book at the library and…well…it was enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Missy | 5/7/2011

    " I am loving this book so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leigh | 5/4/2011

    " very different from the movie/musical adaptation- but a classic, tragic love story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 5/3/2011

    " It's a wonderful show, with beautiful music. It was very strange, knowing the musical so well, to read this story and have no music involved. I had a hard time separating the book from the musical. While a good read, be prepared to not be immersed in Andrew Lloyd Webber's melody and lyrics. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Simona | 4/24/2011

    " «Ci sono molti imbecilli in questa vicenda!» [testuali parole di Moncharmin].
    Di una noia estenuante. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 4/21/2011

    " If you love the musical/movies, you'll love this novel! Captivating, mysterious, definitely one those books that when you read it, you just can't put it down. "

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About the Author
Author 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.

About the Narrator

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned more than thirty Earphones Awards.