• by Eleanor Updale
  • Narrated by Stephen Fry
  • 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When a petty thief falls though a glass roof in his attempt to escape from the police, what should have been the death of him marks the beginning of a while new life. After his broken body is reconstructed by an ambitious young doctor, he is released from prison, and, with the help of Victorian London's extensive sewer system, he becomes the most elusive burglar in the city. He adopts a dual existence as a respectable, wealthy gentleman named Montmorency, and his degenerate servant Scarper. But Montmorency must always be on guard. The smallest mistake could reveal his secret and ruin both his lives. Eleanor Updale's writing is witty and wholly original. With a unique perspective and a voice reminiscent of Edgar Allan Poe, Montmorency is a cleverly told, gripping adventure story.


What the Critics Say

"Montmorency's heart-pounding brushes with discovery add a palpable layer of suspense." (Booklist)
"Readers will find themselves drawn not only to Montmorency's compellingly bizarre biography, but also to his clever and mischievous nature that eventually leads him to both a realization of his past wrongs and a valid career where he can put his "best" skills to good use." (School Library Journal)


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Stephen Fry is an incredible narrator of this book, making all the characters and descriptions really come alive. He does a fantastic job. Can't wait to hear him as the voice of the book in Hitchiker's movie. The story of Montmorency is fascinating too, especially at the beginning when he is plotting. I loved how all the details of the plan are explained. You really get the sense of someone taking you into their confidence and telling you delicious secrets. Too bad the ending is a considerable let down and just a set up for making this an ongoing series.
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- Adira "Writer of YA fiction books: "Little Jane Silver" and "Little Jane and the Nameless Isle""

Fun, well written escapist fiction

Unlike a lot of other escapist fun reading, Montmorency is very well written. Imaginative, involving plot pulls you right in to the historical era and the moral dilemmas that the protagonist encounters as he uses wit and daring to pull himself out of prison, the gutter, and near-death to the highest society. Loved this "underdog fights back" story with lots of historical color, authentic sounding dialogue and a great ending! Great narration on this audiobook adds to the enjoyment.
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- Constance

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-30-2004
  • Publisher: Listening Library