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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (54,788 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Emma Orczy Narrator: Michael Page Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2015 ISBN: 9781491587034
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Perhaps the most famous alias of all time, The Scarlet Pimpernel hides the identity of a British nobleman who, masked by various disguises, leads a band of young men to undermine the Reign of Terror after the French Revolution.

The Scarlet Pimpernel makes daring raid after daring raid into the heart of France to save aristocrats condemned to the guillotine. At each rescue, he leaves his calling card: a small, blood-red flower—a pimpernel—mocking the power of Robespierre and his Committee of Public Safety.

Having been told that his own wife was an informer who delivered an aristocrat into the hands of the Committee, the Scarlet Pimpernel must keep his identity and work a secret while he struggles against the love he feels for her. Until the day her own brother is taken prisoner.…

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 2/17/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book - different ending from the old classic movie, though. Still plenty of danger, suspense, and brilliant disguises. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamey | 2/11/2014

    " Really a treat. Loved it from the beginning. A little lovey-dovey 3/4 of the way through, if I could I would have given it 4.5 stars because the Twilight-esque "longing" drew on a bit, but it was great, and finished with an ending that surprised me...much like an NCIS, CSI, SVU, or other alphabet soup twisty-ending kind of show. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Masonis | 2/8/2014

    " OOPS! I read the BOOK, not the Kindle Krap. The book was swashbuckling, and I couldn't stop picturing Anthony Andrews. Damn TV! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monique Abbett Pratt | 2/8/2014

    " One of my favorite stories ever, ever, ever! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 2/1/2014

    " Interesting and entertaining, but in places ponderous and repetitive, and unfortunately very predictable. I'm not sure it lives up to its reputation as a great thriller, it is after all, rather superficial. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tony Laplume | 1/20/2014

    " Increasingly tedious classic that is definitely not a swashbuckler. It is intriguing as a comment on history, but otherwise unnecessary to read all the way through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elise | 1/18/2014

    " Loved it. Such a great, exciting read. A little guilty pleasure since all the best characters were rather handsome, witty, and wealthy, but totally enjoyable nonetheless. And yay for reconciliation! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chandra | 1/14/2014

    " it definitely took me a little while to get into this book, but once i did, i was caught up in it. not my new favorite book, but worth a read for sure. (and it's not that long--for anyone who gets intimidated by classics!) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shalysse | 1/14/2014

    " So good! Can I just say that I positively adore this plot. What a brilliant idea! I wold definitely read it again. "

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

    " i loved this book. Loved the way it was written almost like a play very theatrical. i always liked this time in history. loved the charactors and the cute love story behind it all. this was a fun fast read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 1/3/2014

    " One of my most loved books - a really fun read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 12/31/2013

    " One of my absolute favorite books. I have read this so many times and continue to enjoy it. "

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

    " They seek him here, they seek him there... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 11/29/2013

    " Love,love,loved it! Witty and humorous. A "superhero" tale told from (surprisingly)the wife's perspective. I laughed out loud. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacy | 11/29/2013

    " A fun read, but somewhat predictable. I preferred the musical to the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 11/22/2013

    " Who knew? An exciting adventure! And of course a great love story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 A. Heish | 11/4/2013

    " Great story! Fascinating plot liberally sprinkled with daring and heroism. The only complaint, and this is a niggling one, is that when the author found a word she liked, such as "peremptory", she would use it to extinction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna Kim | 8/10/2013

    " The writing is very typical of its time: flowery prose, dashing men, and appropriately swooning ladies. Despite it all, I still enjoyed this novel. Then again, I love most of Alexandre Dumas' works, as well, and Orczy's novel is of a similar vein. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark | 3/29/2013

    " Not so much about the Pimpernel as about Lady Blakely who gets involved in his activities. Kind of a romance novel without much romance and an action novel without much action. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dina P. | 3/4/2013

    " It's a classic book on adventure, spy, and a bit of romance during the French Revolution. And now I understand why it's so famous and so classic: this book is simply wonderful!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 B | 1/27/2013

    " At first I wasn't sure if I'd like this book. Getting started it was a little slow, but once I got into it, I literally couldn't put it down. It's now one of my favorites! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 11/23/2012

    " The Scarlet Pimpernel is my favorite fictional character of all time. Thank you Emmuska Orczy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allyson | 9/18/2012

    " A difficult read...but enjoyable because I had seen the movie and know the story. The book has some big differences though...I think I enjoyed the movie more. that doesn't usually happen with me, but it has a few times and this is one of them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kat | 9/6/2012

    " I already knew the big twist of this story, of course, but it was still a darn good adventure story and mystery. I see why Baroness Orczy's novels became so popular. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela Hansen | 7/24/2012

    " I love this book, it is a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janalee Jensen | 6/9/2012

    " So this book is short, but so full of excitement. I read it after The Count of Monte Cristo and it was a great way to follow that story. Way good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 5/4/2012

    " One of the few books that I didn't like as much as the movie (Jane Seymour version)... I was surprised how predictable it was. I would have liked to see the story from other characters' views. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann Marie | 3/4/2012

    " It was a delightful swashbuckling kind of story. I wish my "woman's heart" could tell all of the things that Marguarete's does but - alas, we can't have everything. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica Smith | 12/24/2011

    " Wasn't what I thought it would be. The first half of the book is a great mystery, second half was long and drawn out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Destiny | 8/23/2011

    " I love me a classic! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanna | 7/18/2011

    " Action. Romance. Intrigue. Great imagery. ...a win "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 6/26/2011

    " I really enjoyed the book. It was a fun adventure story. Not terribly long, but a fairly quick and entertaining read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Geetha | 6/22/2011

    " They seek there, They seek him here - refrain throughout the book - I cannot remember all the titles that I read but best in adventure reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Izzy | 6/22/2011

    " I love the adventure and romance. The second time through I started to catch Orczy's tongue-in-cheek toward her heroine. I hadn't realized the first time through how DRAMATIC everything is for Marguerite. Fun! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gloria | 6/18/2011

    " This is the best book based in the French Revolution I have ever read. To me it explained why the French citizens hated their nobles. And you can't help but love the league of the scarlet pimpernel and Sir Percy's ingenuity! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeannine | 6/12/2011

    " Loved it! Didn't want to put it down! It's a mystery, a love story and an adventure story all in one. Another story to inspire me to study the French Revolution! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 6/8/2011

    " I absolutely adored this story!
    It is a tale that has suspense, mystery, adventure, humor, and love...how could anyone not love this classic book? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 6/8/2011

    " I cannot imagine this book included in the Everyman's Library Childrens' Classics, but it is!! along with Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, etc. I suppose for older children, it certainly has suspense and mystery. I certainly enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 6/7/2011

    " Good adventure, so-so writing. Especially choppy start, but it smoothed out a few chapters in. I think my girls (the 10yo & 7yo) will enjoy it. "

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About the Author

Baroness Emma Orczy (1865–1945) was born in Hungary, the daughter of a baron. Raised in wealth among the aristocracy, she determined to achieve success as a painter and illustrator before starting a writing career. She wrote in English, although she did not speak the language until she was fifteen, and she produced many short stories and detective novels. Her greatest success came with the historical adventure novel The Scarlet Pimpernel.

About the Narrator

Michael Page has been recording audiobooks since 1984 and has over two hundred titles to his credit. He has won eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards and in 2012 was a winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. As a professional actor, he has performed regularly since 1998 with the Peterborough Players in Peterborough, New Hampshire. He is a professor of theater at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.