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The Scarlet Pimpernel

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emma Orczy
By: (1865-1947)

The Scarlet Pimpernel narrates the story of a rich English baronet who rescues French aristocrats facing the guillotine. He also taunted his enemies after each rescue by leaving behind a card that has a small flower on it – the scarlet pimpernel. It is a brilliant adventure story set at the time of the French Revolution. The plot is fantastic and rarely lets the readers pause for breath as it oscillates between London society and the dark night in Coastal France.

The story follows a beautiful Countess who escapes from Paris as a committee there was making arrangements to send her to the guillotine. She is smuggled out by the Scarlet Pimpernel and brought to England. There she encounters young people who are part of the League of the Scarlet Pimpernel and all have sworn to live and die for their leader.

There is also Lady Blakeney, the wife of one of the most fashionable gentlemen in England, who is threatened by the French Ambassador to find information about the Scarlet Pimpernel. She successfully gathers the required information that would identify the man. The final stages of the book take place in France where everyone is vying to discover the hero's true identity.

The Scarlet Pimpernel depends much on illusion and is a master of disguise. There is little doubt that the author is a master storyteller and the tension is successfully sustained till the climax of the story is reached in the final pages of the book. The background is historical and very complex in nature but it has been successfully used to weave an enthralling adventure story. It is a fantastic story written along the styles of Alexandre Dumas and won't disappoint the adventure seeker in you.

First Page:

THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL

By Baroness Orczy

Contents:

I. PARIS: SEPTEMBER, 1792 II. DOVER: "THE FISHERMAN'S REST" III. THE REFUGEES IV. THE LEAGUE OF THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL V. MARGUERITE VI. AN EXQUISITE OF '92 VII. THE SECRET ORCHARD VIII. THE ACCREDITED AGENT IX. THE OUTRAGE X. IN THE OPERA BOX XI. LORD GRENVILLE'S BALL XII. THE SCRAP OF PAPER XIII. EITHER XIV. ONE O'CLOCK PRECISELY! XV. DOUBT XVI. RICHMOND XVII. FAREWELL XVIII. THE MYSTERIOUS DEVICE XIX. THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL XX. THE FRIEND XXI. SUSPENSE XXII. CALAIS XXIII. HOPE XXIV. THE DEATH XXV. THE EAGLE AND THE FOX XXVI. THE JEW XXVII. ON THE TRACK XXVIII. THE PERE BLANCHARD'S HUT XXIX. TRAPPED XXX. THE SCHOONER XXXI. THE ESCAPE

THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL

CHAPTER I PARIS: SEPTEMBER, 1792

A surging, seething, murmuring crowd of beings that are human only in name, for to the eye and ear they seem naught but savage creatures, animated by vile passions and by the lust of vengeance and of hate... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 10 reviews)

Reviewer: - March 8, 2014
Subject: HORRID reading
Terrible reading. We had the guy from Mississippi, his daughter from the Midwest, their friend the leprechaun, the man who was read by a woman and a narrator from Australia. Baroness would roll over in her grave! In my Opinion it would have been best if the narrator from chapter three had read the whole book. I've never heard such a terrible recording.
Reviewer: - November 3, 2013
Subject: Review
I stopped after the 2nd chapter. I couldn't tell what was going on with so many people trying to read this book. If it was just one person it would have probably been very good. Sorry, just couldn't take it any more!
Reviewer: - October 19, 2013
Subject: Scarlet Pimpernel
The Scarlet Pimpernel is one of my favorite stories. I've been enjoying it since my childhood. When I saw it on the list of audio books I was thrilled. Having just finished a fantastic rendition of "Scaramouche" from this same great website, I began "The Scarlet Pimpernel" with much excitement and anticipation. From the first few lines, my hopes were dashed. It was obvious from the outset that this reading would be of far less quality than the other book I had just completed. Yet, I was determined to proceed for love of the story. However, once the multiple character, voices, readers, and especially the large group talking over each other began, I couldn't take any more. I got two minutes into the second chapter and turned it off once and for all. I am giving it two stars because I respect the effort that this group put into it, even if it did not turn out the best.
August 21, 2013
I don't understand why you would interrupt some very good readers with 'the cowboy drinking in an English Tavern' in chapter 2, ‘the inebriated Russian’ in chapter 6 (Who is supposed to be one of the most ‘well spoken’ characters in the book) and the list goes on. I feel sorry for the actual readers, if they had just read the chapters this would be a 4-5 star. The 2 I have given is solely for them. I had to stop listening to this although the chapter 2 is worth a listen for comical value.
Reviewer: - August 11, 2013
Subject: Scarlet Pimpernel Audiobook Review
The recording was a poor quality (sound mastering was uneven or non-existent). The conglomeration of various voices throughout made it impossible to listen to. Thankful for the free recording, but it was, overall, very distracting and disappointing.
July 20, 2013
Subject: Scarlet Pimpernel
The reader of ch.13 was horrible.
Reviewer: - July 6, 2013
Subject: Review
Although not all the voices were great, overall I thought they were collectively outstanding and made for an enjoyable story. Very entertaining.
Reviewer: - June 20, 2013
Subject: Scarlet Pimpernel
While I understand the desire to introduce drama in the form of different voices, this book was written to be read, not dramatized. The choice of accents was dubious and added a further distraction. I'm afraid I could not listen past chapter 3. Voices used for dialogue sounded tinny or dull.
Reviewer: - June 5, 2013
Subject: Scarlet Pimpernel
This was just a lot of fun. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Any minor defects in the reading did not detract at all. Worth every penny I paid, and a lot more.
Reviewer: - June 5, 2013
Subject: The Book
LOVE IT!


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