The Phantom of the Opera

  • by Gaston Leroux
  • Narrated by Henry Butler
  • 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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Audible Editor Reviews

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 DaaƩ, 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.

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What the Critics Say

"The most fantastic of tales." (The New York Times)

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Customer Reviews

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Great narration of one of my favorite books ever

I first read the novel many years ago after becoming a big fan of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. I am so happy that now I have such an excellent narration of it! I think Henry Butler does a really great job. He has a very good voice for audiobook narration. After listening for a few minutes I got so into the story that I didn't even notice that it was him reading anymore. You just forget that anyone is reading aloud to you and get so engrossed in the story. You even forget that it's just one person reading when there are different characters speaking and he has to alter his voice or tone a bit for each one. He does it so subtly and well that you don't even notice that it's him and you think it's each character that's speaking! I was especially impressed by how he read the "Persian's narrative" chapters with a slight Persian accent. I can't say enough about how much I enjoyed listening to this audiobook!

The only drawback about this audiobook is that when I transferred it onto my Audible Otis player, it didn't allow me to skip a chapter or a few chapters at a time. Thus whenever I accidently left my player on for a long time, I had to hold the rewind botton down to rewind hundreds of minutes of the book. It wasn't the end of the world, but it was a slight inconvenience. Anyhow, I would still heartily recommend this audiobook to fans of the musical, musical lovers, and people who love the city Paris.
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- Sharon

Amazing

Henry Butler does an excellent job narrating this book. I have had it for a year now and have listened to it three times. He brings each character to life and engages the listener. This one is a must hear!
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- Jennifer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-1999
  • Publisher: Recorded Books