The Phantom of the Opera

  • by Gaston Leroux
  • Narrated by Keith Wickham
  • 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In a Paris Opera House, Chorus singer Christine DaaƩ develops a relationship with a disfigured Phantom, who she believes to be the Angel of Music, promised to her by her late father.
The Phantom tutors Christine, but the relationship breaks down when the Phantom discovers Christine's love for her childhood sweetheart Raoul. Who will win Christine's heart and with what consequence?

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Great Voice Acting, Terrible Volume Consistency

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The narration was very well done, however the volume kept changing and it was very annoying. One minute, I have to turn the volume down because the narrator is screaming in my ear. The next, I'm turning it up, because he was whispering and I could barely hear it. Volume would go up and down even when he was speaking normally. Voice acting was very good, I appreciated the voice of each character.

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- Carson Bendel

One of my all-time favorite books!

Gaston Leroux's "The Phantom of the Opera" is one of my all-time favorite novels, seamlessly blending mystery, romance, horror, and suspense, so five stars for the story itself.

As to the performance, Keith Wickham is the best narrator of all the "Phantom" audiobooks available on Audible at present. He gives an energetic, emotive reading, which perfectly suits the breathless pace of the story, and carefully avoids either overacting or lapsing into monotone, as many other narrators do. He does an excellent job of creating unique voices and accents for each character, though I didn't care for those of the Persian and the Phantom/Erik, which is too bad, as a good portion of the story, particularly towards the end, is told in their voices. The Persian sounded more Hungarian or Russian than Middle Eastern to my ear, and the Phantom/Erik's gruff, growly baritone (which sounded like a combination of Claude Rains and Sydney Greenstreet) was at odds with the playful nature and angelic voice described by Leroux. I also found some of Wickham's pronunciations a bit annoying, such as rushing through "Daae" so that sounded like "Day."

While enjoyed this audiobook, I wouldn't call it the definitive interpretation, and would love to see someone like Dan Stevens try their hand at bringing this story to life.

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- M. Secaur

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-21-2013
  • Publisher: Aquarium Audio Books