The Scarlet Pimpernel, by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Publish Date: 1905 (audiobook published March 16, 2007)
Published by: librivox.org
Narrated by: Karen Savage
Length: approx. 8 hours
Genre: Classic Literature/Historical Fiction
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 out of 5 stars)
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 disguises 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.
This was interesting for the most part, but I felt so annoyed for most of the story at how Marguerite kept being referred to as clever and full of wit, and yet couldn’t figure out the most obvious things that were right in front of her face. The story and writing flowed well, but I just did not really love it entirely. It was enjoyable to listen to, and kept my interest throughout, but just didn’t stir my emotions except to make me annoyed at Lady Blakely’s inability to use her so-called wit to make obvious connections. I was also turned off by the description of Jews, and I know that the majority opinion was different around the time when this was written, bit it still makes me cringe.
Overall, an enjoyable audiobook and story to listen to, but not something that I love immensely.
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