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The Phantom of the Opera

Gaston Leroux

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Genres:

Classics

Description:

Gaston Leroux's novel The Phantom of the Opera, first published in 1910, remained a perennial favorite throughout the twentieth century and into the millenium. It was adapted to several popular motion pictures and into one of the most successful stage musicals of all time. Its main character, Erik, is a romantic figure and sensitive soul whose appeal reaches across different cultures and times. He is an accomplished composer and musician whose great unfinished work, Don Juan Triumphant, is described as breathtakingly beautiful by the one person he allows to hear it. Erik is an object of pity, whose face has been disfigured from birth, causing him to hide behind a silk mask; and he is hopelessly in love with a young woman. He can never seriously hope she will love him back. Gaston Leroux was born on May 6, 1868 in Paris, but was brought up in Normandy where he went to the College of Eu. While attending law school in Paris, his short stories and poetry were published in Left Bank magazines. He gave up law after three years to work for a local paper. It was when he was working for the daily newspaper, Le Martin, that he gained fame for interviewing celebrities. From there he travelled to Asia, Europe, Africa and Russia, often in disguise, to get to leads for stories, and soon became a celebrity himself. In 1907, he decided to become a full-time novelist. In 1919, he formed a film company in Nice, where he had settled in 1908. His final home was in Rue Gambetta, where he died unexpectedly of uremia on April 15, 1927.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Barrett Whitener

Length:

9h 24m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

11:42


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

20:51


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

21:45


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

16:44


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

28:50


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

37:30


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:13


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

29:03


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

17:22


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

22:17


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

11:21


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

17:28


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

46:46


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

23:17


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

12:25


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:36


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

23:25


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

12:48


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

11:01


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

13:14


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

31:33


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

29:40


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

15:15


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

13:58


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

23:20


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

16:31


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

21:36


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

19:21


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

00:12