The Extraordinary Adventures of Arsène Lupin, Gentleman-Burglar


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(4.6 stars; 42 reviews)

A contemporary of Arthur Conan Doyle, Maurice Leblanc (1864-1941) was the creator of the character of gentleman thief Arsène Lupin who, in France, has enjoyed a popularity as long-lasting and considerable as Sherlock Holmes in the English-speaking world. This is the delightful first of twenty volumes in the Arsène Lupin series written by Leblanc himself. In an unprecedented act of literary pastiche and cross-over, Sherlock Holmes and Lupin actually meet, briefly in this first volume, and more substantially in the next. But after legal objections from Conan Doyle, the name was changed to "Herlock Sholmes." (adapted from Wikipedia by a.r.dobbs)

(5 hr 54 min)

Chapters

The Arrest of Arsene Lupin 23:39 Read by Karen Savage
Arsene Lupin in Prison 47:32 Read by Gesine
The Escape of Arsene Lupin 45:24 Read by Peter Yearsley
The Mysterious Traveller 35:43 Read by Gesine
The Queen's Necklace 33:21 Read by Julian Jamison
The Seven of Hearts 1:05:17 Read by Tim Bulkeley
Madame Imbert's Safe 20:31 Read by Alex Patterson
The Black Pearl 32:03 Read by Gesine
Sherlock Holmes Arrives Too Late 51:17 Read by Tim Bulkeley

Reviews

(4 stars)

I love Sherlock Holmes more but I enjoyed this. I can see why Conan Doyle put a stop to using Holmes with Lupin. At the end Lupin gets Holmes' goat a bit in a way that would never happen. I wish that part wasn't in the book but it did make me chuckle. I like that Lupin isn't just a cold selfish thief. He shows he has a tiny bit of heart inside that beats at times! I like the format where each chapter is a new tale & he has a friend who records them. I am ignorant regarding French names & places so I didn't notice if anything was mispronounced. More often than not I couldn't make them out anyway whether the reader was American, British, or French but I still enjoyed the stories & the readers.

Much appreciated

(4 stars)

A most enjoyable presentation. If fault there be, it is that the reader slurs his French place-names and outright mispronounces as "Sant" the name of the famous Paris prison La Santé (the proper sound of which is "la santay"). As this crops up more than once, this error grates on the ear.

An outstanding reading

(5 stars)

I jokingly tell everyone that this is the audio book I have heard the most, but it's true. Every single one of the performers has a nice calm voice that makes this an enjoyable experience

great set of stories

(5 stars)

Good set of different yet somewhat interconnected short stories that give a prelogue to the main stories

Great find

(5 stars)

Great stories and great reading. So glad I happened upon this.

great fun

(4 stars)

Thanks to Librivox for presenting this wonderful collection of Lupin adventures!

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(2.5 stars)