Under the Paris Opera House lives a disfigured musical genius who uses music to win the love of a beautiful opera singer. The actors, singers, and patrons of the Paris Opera House say that a ghost haunts the labyrinthine chambers beneath its stage. While there are those who laugh off such superstitions, they always do so nervously, in the bright light of day. Nearly everyone connected with the Opera House in any way has felt the phantom's vague, troubling presence. But beautiful, talented young singer Christine Daae will soon experience a terror far more acute than any vague feeling of unease. For she is about to learn the secret of why the man who has made the tunnels beneath Paris his private domain must forever hide his face behind a mask. Part horror story, part historical romance, and part detective thriller, the timeless tale of a masked, disfigured musical genius who lives beneath the Paris Opera House is familiar to millions of readers, as well as to movie and theater-goers. At the heart of the story's long-standing popularity lies a universal theme: the relationship between outward appearance and the beauty or darkness of the human soul.More
Gaston Leroux’s timeless tribute to love, sacrifice and the "Angel of Music" is given a sonorous send-up in the dulcet strains of acclaimed actor Grover Gardner, performing here as his prolific audiobook alter ego, Alexander Adams. A perennial "Golden Voice" award recipient, Gardner’s silky baritone has been aptly described as the "voice of sandpaper and velvet". Gardner’s singsong stylings befit Leroux’s tale of a Parisian opera house, haunted by a cellar-dwelling anomaly. The virtuosic "opera ghost" is as jealous and manipulative as he is lonely and lovelorn. Gardner is crisply articulate, yet emotive and intimate, as he traces the twists and turns of the phantom’s stormy relationship with prodigious young opera talent Christine Daaé, her heart torn by the affections of two lovers worlds apart.
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