Fantômas


Read by Alan Winterrowd

(4.2 stars; 27 reviews)

Fantômas is the first of 32 novels penned from 1911 to 1913 by Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre. The title character is a ruthless thief and killer, a bloodthirsty successor to LeBlanc's Arsène Lupin. The first five novels were made into silent film serials. The character and the movies caught the eye of the French Surrealists who admired the primal violence of Fantômas, as well as his portrayal in the films, which are considered landmarks in French Cinema. In Fantômas, the Marquise de Langrune is savagely murdered and Inspector Juve, who is obsessed with capturing Fantômas, arrives to solve the murder. (Summary by Alan Winterrowd) (10 hr 11 min)

Chapters

01 - The Genius of Crime 23:20 Read by Alan Winterrowd
02 - A Tragic Dawn 29:30 Read by Alan Winterrowd
03 - The Hunt for the Man 16:27 Read by Alan Winterrowd
04 - 'No! I am not Mad!' 22:10 Read by Alan Winterrowd
05 - 'Arrest Me!' 13:14 Read by Alan Winterrowd
06 - 'Fantomas, it is Death!' 33:25 Read by Alan Winterrowd
07 - The Criminal Investigation Department 27:31 Read by Alan Winterrowd
08 - A Dreadful Confession 21:12 Read by Alan Winterrowd
09 - All for Honour 25:20 Read by Alan Winterrowd
10 - Princess Sonia's Bath 27:49 Read by Alan Winterrowd
11 - Magistrate and Detective 15:51 Read by Alan Winterrowd
12 - A Knock-out Blow 17:09 Read by Alan Winterrowd
13 - Therese's Future 14:13 Read by Alan Winterrowd
14 - Mademoiselle Jeanne 12:25 Read by Alan Winterrowd
15 - The Mad Woman's Plot 20:23 Read by Alan Winterrowd
16 - Among the Market Porters 15:19 Read by Alan Winterrowd
17 - At the Saint-Anthony's Pig 21:14 Read by Alan Winterrowd
18 - A Prisoner and a Witness 19:47 Read by Alan Winterrowd
19 - Jerome Fandor 12:38 Read by Alan Winterrowd
20 - A Cup of Tea 12:15 Read by Alan Winterrowd
21 - Lord Beltham's Murderer 18:05 Read by Alan Winterrowd
22 - The Scrap of Paper 9:51 Read by Alan Winterrowd
23 - The Wreck of the 'Lancaster' 11:16 Read by Alan Winterrowd
24 - Under Lock and Key 14:00 Read by Alan Winterrowd
25 - An Unexpected Accomplice 10:34 Read by Alan Winterrowd
26 - A Mysterious Crime 17:40 Read by Alan Winterrowd
27 - Three Surprising Incidents 20:04 Read by Alan Winterrowd
28 - The Court of Assize 16:45 Read by Alan Winterrowd
29 - Verdict and Sentence 21:55 Read by Alan Winterrowd
30 - An Assignation 22:51 Read by Alan Winterrowd
31 - Fell Treachery 25:39 Read by Alan Winterrowd
32 - On the Scaffold 21:40 Read by Alan Winterrowd

Reviews

This book is painful


(3 stars)

Young Charles is framed for the murder of the Marquis, and even his own father believes he is guilty. Inspector Juve appears on the scene and takes it all in. His verdict? The killer is none other than Fantomas, the sociopathic killer that Juve has spent much time tracking. I found the books to be predictable. I figured out who Fantomas was impersonating, and the ending was awful, IMHO. Yes, it fit, but man, it's a major turnoff. I haven't decided if I will continue to listen to or read the other books in the series, and there are quite a number of them. The reader did an excellent job; so my compliments there. I just couldn't get past the painful spots at the end. Ugh.

Free Listens review


(4 stars)

Fantômas's criminal exploits and his pursuit by Juve make for an entertaining read, but the characters do not have the brilliance of Sherlock Holmes nor the humor of Arsene Lupin. Although the characters are not so deep, the plot twists so much that even when I thought I knew the identity of Fantômas, there were still several more surprises. Fantômas belongs in the middle ground between the pulps and the great classics of the crime genre. For full review and reviews of other free audiobooks, visit http://freelistens.blogspot.com

Poor Inspector Juve!


(4 stars)

People think he's a genius, because he can explain how Fantomas got away with things, He, however, would actually like to catch Fantomas, so he seems to spend his entire life in the throes of frsutration. Well read. Characters are very distinct. The plot takes a while to get going, but its because the author is assembling the shorthand of tropes which will be usedi n later detective fiction.

excellent reader


(3.5 stars)

The story starts of good but it’s a bit slow ; however it was well read and so I stool with it to the end


(5 stars)

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Great Story!


(5 stars)

Loved the story! Felt myself being drawn in the more it went on!

Fantomas


(3 stars)

A dated tale but still with a little something to keep the listener interested.

One of my favourite books ever. the reader did a splendid job!


(5 stars)