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Publisher's Summary

When the wife of Napoleon Bonaparte is kidnapped by the mysterious Man in the Iron Mask, who can he trust to get her back? The Broken Bards of Paris! 
What three men, despite deformity and unrequited love, will unite to become a trio of heroic troubadours? The Broken Bards of Paris! 
When France is in peril, who will sing the songs, fight the throngs, and right the wrongs? The Broken Bards of Paris! 
Join Cyrano De Bergerac, Quasimodo the Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Erik the Opera Ghost in their first daring ensemble adventure! With special appearances by Voltaire, Joan of Arc, and Napoleon himself!
©2014 Aaron Hollingsworth (P)2018 Aaron Hollingsworth
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5 out of 5 stars
By Ray Johnson on 04-19-18

Napoleon, the Phantom, Cyrano, and Quasimodo

Sounds like an early french version of the league of extraordinary gentlemen, but it is way better than that. Napoleon's bride and love of his life is kidnapped, and he gathers Cyrano de Bergerac, Quasimodo, and the Phantom of the Opera to get her back. We also get to see some other famous french folks including Voltaire and the Man in the Iron Mask.

In my opinion, the Phantom steals the show, as the man who is more than he appears to be, although I must say that each character is given appropriate "screen time" and not everyone gets what they deserve in the end. You will feel for Cyrano and Voltaire, but be enheartened by Quasimodo in the end. For so short a tale this carries real weight, and you really get to know the characters.

I have no qualms admitting that Hollingsworth is one of my favorite writers, and I was highly enthused when this book came out! I listened to it immediately, stopping another book I was in the middle of to listen to it as soon as I could. He has never disappointed, and his take on this League is better than Moore's. I also have to admit that I was surprised to hear Ferguson narrating. The majority of leds in the book are male, and I know that the original audio had narration problems. She comes through admirabley, though, and does a great job playing the men. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Keith LaDue on 05-29-18

Very interesting/humorous story!

Great concept! Getting some of the best-known Frenchmen that lived roughly in the same historical period was a novel approach. Coo-doo's! At this point, I do not remember if this is going to be a series or not. If not, I would be disappointed. The possibilities of where to go next are limitless. I wish it were a longer story though. It could very easily have been filled out to be a complete novel. I highly recommend this book. And now for the obligatory: "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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