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The Prisoner of Zenda

Narrated by: Peter Joyce
Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
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Summary

The hugely successful romantic adventure story which continues to thrill a century after it was written. It has all the classic ingredients - a twisting plot of betrayal and deception, love interest, great swashbuckling action and a most beguiling villain in Rupert of Hentzau, who captured the public’s imagination and had them begging the author for a sequel.

Rudolph Rassendyll visits Ruritania, with whose Royal Family he has a connection because of a scandalous sexual indiscretion in the past. When the heir apparent is kidnapped, Rudolph by virtue of his physical similarity to the new ruler, is plunged into a sequence of events in which he is crowned, then must rescue ‘The Prisoner of Zenda’ in order to continue the royal line and pay court to the Princess Flavia - the latter task coming very easy to him as he falls deeply in love. A terrific, original tale much imitated by succeeding authors - but never bettered. Great entertainment and part of literary history!

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About Assembled Stories: Over the years the national press have reviewed Assembled Stories titles as "excellent", "remarkable", "entrancing", "superb", "magic for sure", "masterly", "wonderful", "a class act" and "a splendid example of audio at its best".

"Peter Joyce is the most remarkable one-man band in audiobook publishing. Joyce, an experienced actor, reads them all himself." (The Independent)

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I was a little uncertain when buying this book as I felt it might have dated. Peter Joyce really makes the book come alive and dramatises it so you feel that you can really see what is happening. I was totally engrossed right up to the end. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a book well written, with a good story and someone reading it who really manages to convey what the author had in mind.

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awesome! favourite book of all time!!

brilliant performance. wonderful swashbuckler. comedy, romance and adventure. favorite book of all time. buy it

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Passion versus honour

A good reading of a classic novel of derring-do, with sword fights, gun fights, fake identity, secret plots, passionate love. Hmm. It’s starting to sound a bit like The Princess Bride, but this is no parody. Its an enjoyable tale from simpler times.

The reader generally does a good job, but is a little weak on the female voices especially when they are impassioned.

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  • Phillip A Kelley
  • 08-03-19

One of my all-time favorites!

Read this book many years ago and always remembered it as a top 20 books ever, but this production puts it close to the top 10 in my opinion!

You owe it to yourself to read/listen this book!