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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,816 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anthony Hope Narrator: Ronald Colman, Douglas Fairbanks Publisher: Saland Publishing Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2010 ISBN:
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The king of the fictional country of Ruritania is abducted on the eve of his coronation, and the protagonist, an English gentleman on holiday who fortuitously resembles the monarch, is persuaded to act as his political decoy in an attempt to save the situation.

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

    " I loved this book! The old movie rendition is pretty good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tehreem Hassan | 2/4/2014

    " I liked it..love,conspiracy,adventure,valour,sacrifice,royalty..all in one..:) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christy | 1/3/2014

    " My new favorite classic! What's not to like? A bold hero with attitude (who also happens to be a double for the king), a beautiful princess, their hopeless romance, a dastardly villain, and feisty supporting characters. There's a castle, a dungeon, lots of sword fighting, and more intrigue than you can untangle in one reading. So I'm reading it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison Coffeen | 1/1/2014

    " Like Sir Gawain and the Green Knight only not as gallant. More cowardly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kealan O'ver | 12/1/2013

    " Nice little swashbuckler with genuinely likeable and sympathetic characters. 100 years of film have probably marred my perception of action tales as my mind kept being frustrated by the fact that I was reading all the action that takes place rather than witnessing it in one of Hollywoods earlier classics but the book can't really be faulted for my poor perceptions and it holds up well in this day and age "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wes Freeman | 10/31/2013

    " Canonical swashbuckler from ass end of the 19th century. British gentleman protagonist is spitting image of the king of (fictional) Ruritania and finds self up to waistcoat in high intrigue when King's ducal brother poisons King the night before his coronation. Look-alike protagonist must act as King -- living in royal digs, Victorian-flirting with royal betrothed, hunting and suchlike -- while he and King's entourage scheme on getting King back on his throne. Real conflict in novel ain't so much good v. evil (author paints characters' motivations in nice, broad, clearly-defined strokes), but good v. contemporary etiquette on being good; in other words protagonist's challenge is to further the cause of good without being vulgar, dishonorable, disingenuous, etc. It's a foregone conclusion that evil is going to get did in, and bloodily so, as long as it's got the furious nuts to be evil. Dialogue is suitably snappy (protagonist to particularly ambitious villain: "Surely, while you're above ground, Hell wants its master") and imbued with good humor even when protagonist and buddies are out looking for psychopathic kicks while trying to save the King. Novel apparently kickstarted entire pulp genre of "Ruritanian Romantic" novels with British gentleman protagonist swashing and buckling their way across fake countries. Find this oddly demeaning toward this book, which was obviously lab-designed as the perfect British gentleman's holiday: Moral man with taste for romance and adventure goes to obscure and unimportant country on the continent, becomes a King for awhile, throws some woo on a hot lady of good social standing, kills a few morally inferior Europeans, comes on home to the sceptered isle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Mccullough | 10/6/2013

    " A classic late 19th century adventure/romance. Fun read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny J | 8/31/2013

    " A swashbuckling classic of mistaken identity (with castles! and moat-swimming! and a beautiful princess!) published in 1894, this was a light, fun read. Highly recommended. Also recommended, the film version with Ronald Colman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 8/23/2013

    " This is my favorite book. Of all time. I've read it at least twice, and I just love the twists and turns and beautiful romance! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frances Wood | 8/20/2013

    " Swashbuckling heroes before the era of cellphones. What's not to love? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shereef | 4/2/2013

    " Great novel, have been dragging reading its sequel "Rupert of Hentzua for too long now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 11/18/2012

    " Such a fun adventure! I read this forever ago, and had seen the movie around the same time... but it was a blast rediscovering the cunning and charisma of Rudolf Rassendyll. Highly recommend! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 7/28/2012

    " I hadn't heard of this book until recently when I came across it by chance. It isn't very long, but the story is very entertaining. I read this on my Kindle, and I loved it so much that I decided I needed a copy for my library. This would be great for boys or girls middle school aged and up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie | 5/25/2012

    " I just re-read this book for Book Club. Wow how fun! I really enjoy this kind of adventure book. The hero is unrealistically amazing, but I think that adds to the fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Reham | 5/18/2012

    " Althouhg the first time I ve read this book when I was in 1st prep, but I still have the eagerness to read it more than once & I still enjoy it. "

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

    " i had enjoy reading it,its a very inspiring story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shayma | 10/30/2011

    " Very Intresting easy read wich I enjoyd. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexander | 9/29/2011

    " Lots of fun! My children are all probably intending to travel to Ruritania some day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Raven | 6/11/2011

    " "Heaven doesn't always make the right men kings!" - Fritz von Tarlenheim in The Prisoner of Zenda.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darcy | 6/6/2011

    " Very cool adventure story--love the chivalry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mohamed | 6/5/2011

    " it was a surprise when his brother locked him in the castle..so i`ve believed that you can`t trust any one in the world even yourself "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank | 5/21/2011

    " saw the movies the book is much better "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Epistretes | 4/9/2011

    " A nice little book. Could have done with a bit more fleshing-out, however. Some of the fight scenes were very confusing but other than these little flaws, the book was an enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 4/6/2011

    " I hadn't heard of this book until recently when I came across it by chance. It isn't very long, but the story is very entertaining. I read this on my Kindle, and I loved it so much that I decided I needed a copy for my library. This would be great for boys or girls middle school aged and up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 3/31/2011

    " classic, a bit stiff and terse but good "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 3/29/2011

    " This was a great little long-lost classic. Fun and short. I found it on a free mp3 website. "

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About the Author
Author Anthony Hope

Anthony Hope (1863–1933) is the pseudonym of Anthony Hope Hawkins, a successful and prolific author of fiction and drama. The son of a school headmaster, Hope was born in London in 1863. While practicing law, Hope experimented with creative writing, publishing his first novel in 1890. With the publication of his most famous novel, The Prisoner of Zenda, in 1894, Hope abandoned his career in law to write full time. Throughout his productive life, Hope published a wide variety of works, ranging from light comedy to serious fiction.