The passionate Andre-Louis Moreau makes an unexpected entrance into the French Revolution when he vows to avenge his best friend's death. His target: Monsieur de La Tour d'Azyr, the aristocratic villain who killed his friend. Andre-Louis rallies the underclass to join him in his mission against the supreme power of the nobility. Soon the rebel leader must go underground, disguising himself as "Scaramouche" in a traveling group of actors. In the midst of his swashbuckling adventures and his country's revolution, he discovers the secret of his own identity.
Truly great historical literature often reflects the era it's written in as much as the era written about, and it typically resonates well into the future for the same reasons. In our modern world where civil liberties are dying one at a time and the power of the masses is called into question, this book will most definitely resonate. This is not my first venture into the world of Scaramouche, nor will it be my last. I mark this not only as one of my all-time favorites, but also as Sabatini's best in my humble opinion. The author's prose is spot-on in defending the morals of liberty, denouncing the over-privileged, and smirking into the face of opposition with a laugh and a wit as sharp as the sword of his hero. Eloquent, dangerous, and unrelenting, Scaramouche and his author are timeless in their righteousness. If you've not read this one, I can't recommend it enough.
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Would you consider the audio edition of Scaramouche to be better than the print version?
Yes - I would have had trouble with the French names and I liked having them pronounced correctly and beautifully.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Toward the end I neglected my life and had my headphones on for a good four hours. I was transported. :)
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Though enjoyment that makes you long for a sequel. I read it every year faithfully.
I know the story well and was looking forward to an audio version. While not suggesting I could do any better, the problem I had was the reader's accent.
It was a little precious and cloying after a while and he seems to have the same problem so many male readers (Jim Dale excluded) have doing womens' voices. I do realize how difficult it is maintaining all those different characters, but- just sayin'.
Surprisingly contemporary and wonderfully written, Simon Vance's performance brings Sabatini's masterpiece to life. At once subtle, inventive, thrilling, and informative, it is a pure pleasure to experience.
Any additional comments?
I was curious about this novel having loved the 1950's MGM movie. This was the first Sabatini novel and found it very well written and entertaining. There was also a lot of great historical information about the start of the French Revolution mixed into the tale. Kind of a melodramatic ending was it's only fault but that is forgiven considering it's age. Simon Vance is a wonderful narrator and brings the story to life with fantastic french pronunciation which puts the ones in my head while reading to pathic shame. If you are a historical novel lover this is a classic and well worth putting on you listening list. And oh.....MGM changed the story a lot although the silent version was just on AMC and it did an excellent job of translating the story to film.
one of the best French revolutionary novels. Although some turns may border on the fantastic he weaves the. sufficiently into the realms of believability. quite surely his finest work.
One of the best books I have ever read. Interesting from start to finish. The book would have been great by itself, but with Simon Vance (in my opinion the best in the business) narrating, it is absolute gold. Would recommend to anyone looking for a good story. Sabatini is a wonderful author.
Scaramouche is a hidden gem. I only bought it becauseSimon Vance is the greatest storyteller of out time and I was stunned at the quality of Sabatini's writing. I will be purchasing all of his books on audible, and I suggest you do the same.