The Phantom of the Opera


Read by LibriVox Volunteers

(4.5 stars; 128 reviews)

An old theatre under new management; a diva who thinks she can sing; a young ingenue who really can; a masked man who wreaks havoc if he doesn't get his own way. Secrets, intrigues, falling chandeliers! The Phantom of the Opera is here! (Summary by Karen Savage)

(9 hr 10 min)

Chapters

Prologue 11:37 Read by Cori Samuel
Is It a Ghost? 21:28 Read by Betsie Bush
The New Margarita 19:42 Read by Betsie Bush
The Mysterious Reason 16:33 Read by Betsie Bush
Box Five 27:19 Read by Kristin Hughes
The Enchanted Violin 31:04 Read by Jamey Osborne
A Visit to Box Five 6:57 Read by Annie Coleman Rothenberg
Faust and What Followed 26:38 Read by Annie Coleman Rothenberg
The Mysterious Brougham 18:33 Read by Robin Cotter
At the Masked Ball 22:02 Read by Robin Cotter
Forget the Name of the Man's Voice 11:21 Read by Kristin Hughes
Above the Trap-Doors 14:01 Read by Claire Goget
Apollo's Lyre 41:07 Read by Kristin LeMoine
A Master-stroke of the Trap-Door Lover 21:51 Read by Kristin LeMoine
The Singular Attitude of a Safety-Pin 10:53 Read by Claire Goget
Christine! Christine! 9:04 Read by katyleah
Mme. Giry's Revelations 25:54 Read by Marlo Dianne
The Safety-Pin Again 13:44 Read by Peter Eastman
The Commissary, the Viscount and the Persian 12:03 Read by Peter Eastman
The Viscount and the Persian 11:31 Read by Alex Foster
In the Cellars of the Opera 22:53 Read by Justine Young
Interesting Vicissitudes 33:25 Read by Peter Eastman
In the Torture Chamber 11:05 Read by ciaran.mooney
The Tortures Begin 13:15 Read by Betsie Bush
Barrels! Barrels! 23:53 Read by Mark F. Smith
The Scorpion or the Grasshopper: Which? 15:53 Read by Mark F. Smith
The End of the Ghost's Love Story 22:52 Read by Mark F. Smith
Epilogue and the Paris Opera House 33:49 Read by Mark F. Smith

Reviews

A Wonderfully Pleasing Novel

(5 stars)

This book is wonderfully narrated. Especially the first reader. The narration was mostly consistent throughout, and I recommend it to anyone who is interested in love stories that are rather different than most.

Excellent!!

(5 stars)

I’ve loved The Phantom of the Opera musical/movie(the 2004 version with Gerard Butler as Erik) since I was a pre-teen. I’ve always planned on reading the book, but somehow never found the time. I’m so glad I found the audio version or it might’ve taken me years to start the book, let alone even finish. The book is wonderful! There is so much detail, and surprisingly to me, a lot of humor in the characters. Gaston Leroux’s writing style is more modern than I expected, which was great because classical authors can sometimes be hard to follow just because the style is so antiquated. The version I listened to, each chapter was read by a different reader. All of the readers did a pretty good job; there were only a few that I didn’t like. The first version I tried to listen to was a dramatic reading. Wouldn’t recommend that one! The audio for the different voices ranged from alright, okay, and downright terrible. Also, in the dramatic reading version, whoever read the part of Erik/Phantom really rolled his R’s, to the point where I couldn’t understand what he was saying. I’m glad I found the second version or I might not have stuck with the story just because the reader in the first was so difficult to understand

Very different than what I expectec

(5 stars)

I didn't know this story before listening. All narrators did a good job. usually I find it distracting when readers change, not so here. The story is darker than I expected and well written. Lots of surprises and mostly believable.

Voice acting

(4 stars)

Excellent reading but a couple readers need to leave the voice acting and accent attempts at home and just read in their own voice. It goes way over the top toward the end

Great Classical Novel!

(4 stars)

The last narrator was especially good, giving voice to the characters. I only wish the narration had been consistent.

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(4 stars)

(4 stars)

Thanks to the volunteer readers. Sometimes less is more though...

Thank you for a good recording :)

(5 stars)