Gaston Leroux's phenomenal novel, which inspired the hit Broadway musical, remains one of the most original suspense stories ever written. Erik, a brilliant but hideously disfigured musical genius, lives in the basement of Paris's National Academy of Music, where he haunts the opera crowd in his mask and fancy clothes. The Phantom falls in love with Christine Daai, a beautiful soprano, and gives her music lessons by magically throwing his voice. But Erik is stunned to learn that Christine loves Raoul, the Vicomte de Chagny, who disappears around the same time his brother, Count Phillippe, is found dead outside the Academy. A haunting tale of obsession, a touching story about internal beauty, and a top-notch detective drama, The Phantom of the Opera is a remarkable novel, narrated to perfection by Henry Butler.
This is a suspenseful tale of love, music, and obsession. Erik is a musical genius whose face is disfigured. He lives in the basement of the Paris Opera House, haunts the precincts, and torments the operagoers. He falls in love with Christine Daaé, a company Soprano, and becomes obsessed with the idea of making the girl fall in love with him at any cost. Henry Butler's performance of this French classic transports the listener into a dark and dangerous world of unfulfilled passions. Butler's voice is measured and cavernous, adding to the tension of this well-crafted story.
"The most fantastic of tales." (The New York Times)
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Great narration of one of my favorite books ever