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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (54,799 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Baroness Emmuska Orczy Narrator: Wanda McCaddo Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In the year 1792, Sir Percy and Lady Marguerite Blakeney are the darlings of British society—he is known as one of the wealthiest men in England and a dimwit; she is French, a stunning former actress, and “the cleverest woman in Europe”—and they find themselves at the center of a deadly political intrigue. The Reign of Terror controls France, and every day aristocrats in Paris fall victim to Madame la Guillotine. Only one man can rescue them—the Scarlet Pimpernel, a master of disguise who leaves a calling card bearing only a signature red flower. As the fascinating connection between the Blakeneys and this mysterious hero is revealed, they are forced to choose between love and loyalty in order to avoid the French agent Chauvelin, who relentlessly hunts the Scarlet Pimpernel.

The Scarlet Pimpernel is the best-known novel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy, a prolific author of popular fiction and plays. First published in 1905, it pioneered the tale of the masked avenger and paved the way for such future enigmatic swashbucklers as Zorro and the Lone Ranger. Repeatedly adapted for stage and screen—including as a successful Broadway musical—The Scarlet Pimpernel is a relevant and enormously entertaining tale of survival and pluck during times of widespread fear, hypocrisy, and corruption.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by kris | 2/18/2014


  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Vanessa | 2/17/2014

    " I just didn't like it. It wasn't poorly written, it just couldn't keep my interest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Crystal | 2/16/2014

    " Set in revolutionary France, this is a cleverly written action novel that follows a band of aristocratic English men as they work to save innocent victims of the blood-thirsty revolution and it's dreaded Madam le Guillotine. It also follows the difficult journey of a married couple as they rediscover each other and the love, trust and confidence they once shared. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sharon Chidester | 2/12/2014

    " This was a typical romance story of this era. I enjoyed if a lot even though I was able to figure out who The Scarlet Pimpernel was immediately. There were no surprises. "

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