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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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If you spent years studying literature in school, it's hard not to love this story that recruits three of literature's greatest abandoned lovers to undertake one last mission in the name of love.
I thoroughly enjoyed this one, particularly the playful banter of the phantom with the other characters. A well written story that was a lot of fun to listen to presented by a narrator who enhanced the experience through his skillful reading.
Definitely 5 stars in my book.
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