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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (67,851 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gaston Leroux Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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.) "

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