The Phantom of the Opera (version 2)


Read by Ralph Snelson

(4.6 stars; 63 reviews)

Christine Daae was brought up in the Paris Opera house. Her musician father suddenly dies, telling her he will send her an angel of music to look after her. She grows up and discovers that she is hearing a voice, telling her and teaching her to sing. She believes he is the angel of music but he is known in the Opera House simply as The Phantom. Although she is fascinated and drawn towards the phantom, she falls in love with her childhood sweetheart, The Vicomte de Chagny - or Raoul - but the Phantom won't take this lightly... (Summary by Ralph Snelson)

(8 hr 39 min)

Chapters

00 - Prologue 11:11 Read by Ralph Snelson
01 - Is it a Ghost? 19:05 Read by Ralph Snelson
02 - The New Margarita 19:00 Read by Ralph Snelson
03 - The Mysterious Reason 15:49 Read by Ralph Snelson
04 - Box Five 24:29 Read by Ralph Snelson
05 - The Enchanted Violin 31:49 Read by Ralph Snelson
06 - A Visit to Box Five 5:43 Read by Ralph Snelson
07 - Faust and What Followed 26:30 Read by Ralph Snelson
08 - The Mysterious Brougham 15:18 Read by Ralph Snelson
09 - At the Masked Ball 19:28 Read by Ralph Snelson
10 - Forget the Name of the Man's Voice 10:17 Read by Ralph Snelson
11 - Above the Trap-Doors 14:30 Read by Ralph Snelson
12 - Apollo's Lyre 42:46 Read by Ralph Snelson
13 - A Master Stroke of the Trap-Door Lover 21:00 Read by Ralph Snelson
14 - The Singular Attitude of a Safety Pin 11:33 Read by Ralph Snelson
15 - Christine! Christine! 7:44 Read by Ralph Snelson
16 - Mme. Giry's Revelations 22:10 Read by Ralph Snelson
17 - The Safety-Pin Again 12:06 Read by Ralph Snelson
18 - The Commissary, the Viscount and the Persian 10:29 Read by Ralph Snelson
19 - The Viscount and the Persian 13:07 Read by Ralph Snelson
20 - In the Cellars of the Opera 29:23 Read by Ralph Snelson
21 - Interesting Vicissitudes 29:33 Read by Ralph Snelson
22 - In the Torture Chamber 14:12 Read by Ralph Snelson
23 - The Tortures Begin 13:18 Read by Ralph Snelson
24 - Barrels! Barrels! 22:28 Read by Ralph Snelson
25 - The Scorpion or the Grasshoper: Which? 16:23 Read by Ralph Snelson
26 - The End of the Ghost's Love Story 20:44 Read by Ralph Snelson
27 - Epilogue 19:12 Read by Ralph Snelson

Reviews

thrilling and captivating

(5 stars)

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I've watched one of the movies and it was never as thrilling as this book. the reader did a wonderful job! the book did leave me feeling sorrowful as it was apparent he was a man made the way he was by the cruelty of others and the appearance he was born with that prevented him from being happy. it was rather sad. but a good book all the same.

loved it

(4 stars)

I was quite shoked of the storyline being so different from the Andrew Loyd Webbers opera but loved it none the less. The reading was very pleasant and I found no fault in it. Thank you :)

(4 stars)

even tho i get lost at times when listening, I still got back in track. maybe because of how the story is read. i just noticed the weird cuts in between idk

Excellent reader

(5 stars)

Excellent reader. I'll certainly listen to his next works. The book itself is pretty good too, albeit the ending is kinda weird. Recommended.

Amazing Classic

(4.5 stars)

Other than some mispronounced names, this was a great audio recording of an amazing classic novel.

an excellent book, a magnificent voice! thank you!

(5 stars)

Ugh, can we say melodrama?

(2.5 stars)

I love the adaptations I've seen of the novel. I LOVE the soundtrack to A.L.Weber's version, but this was tough to get through. Characters were bland and over dramatic, dialogue was repetitive and excruciating, and scene and POV changes were confusing. I did not enjoy this book, and that is a surprise and disappointment to me. The reader was pretty good overall, but all of his men sounded the same and all of his women sounded like Winnie the Pooh. Please forgive me. I'm very grateful to the reader for volunteering his time to read. Seriously, you're a rock star human being.

good reader, but not as good a recording

(2.5 stars)

The vocal performance was good, but could have been so much better if higher quality recording equipment and a few simple techniques were used. My primary frustration was the peaking of audio levels when the narrator raised his voice for dramatic effect (resulting in a digitally "fuzzy" obfuscation of his voice). Even a simple elongation of the distance between lips and mic at those dramatic points would have preserved the emotion while evening the audio input levels (which would have resulted in a more consistent output volume). Alas.