The Mysteries of Udolpho


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(3.8 stars; 26 reviews)

Considered a change agent in early Gothic romance; oft-referenced in later literary works or paid homage to by such authors as Jane Austen (influential novel ready by her heroine, Catherine Morland, in Northanger Abbey); Edgar Allen Poe (borrowed plot elements for the short story The Oval Portrait); and Sir Walter Scott. - In The Mysteries of Udolpho, one of the most famous and popular gothic novels of the eighteenth century, Ann Radcliffe took a new tack from her predecessors and portrayed her heroine's inner life, creating an atmosphere thick with fear, and providing a gripping plot that continues to thrill readers today. - The Mysteries of Udolpho, set in Europe in the year 1584, is the story of orphan Emily St. Aubert, who finds herself separated from the man she loves and confined within the medieval castle of her aunt's new husband, Montoni, after being forced to travel through France and Italy. Inside the castle, she must cope with an unwanted suitor, Montoni's threats, and the wild imaginings and terrors that threaten to overwhelm her. - The mysterious happenings in the story always have a natural and probable explanation because Radcliffe was a very rational person and did not believe in the supernatural. Radcliffe's strengths in writing were in describing scenery as well as suspense and terror. Many critics have called the work "dreamlike" and "suggestive of the cinematic technique of slow-motion." (Summary by Wikipedia/Michelle Crandall)

(32 hr 0 min)

Chapters

Vol 01, Ch. 01, part 1 24:43 Read by Michelle Crandall
Vol 01, Ch. 01, part 2 23:51 Read by Michelle Crandall
Vol 01, Ch. 02 20:01 Read by Linda McDaniel
Vol 01, Ch. 03 23:23 Read by kristiface
Vol 01, Ch. 04 34:53 Read by kristiface
Vol 01, Ch. 05 19:51 Read by kristiface
Vol 01, Ch. 06 42:57 Read by Sibella Denton
Vol 01, Ch. 07 20:56 Read by Sean O'Hara
Vol 01, Ch. 08, part 1 23:26 Read by Martin Geeson
Vol 01, Ch. 08, part 2 25:25 Read by Martin Geeson
Vol 01, Ch. 09 12:25 Read by iscatel
Vol 01, Ch. 10 48:20 Read by Alison Raouf
Vol 01, Ch. 11 11:22 Read by Lady Maria
Vol 01, Ch. 12, part 1 24:33 Read by Missie
Vol 01, Ch. 12, part 2 27:37 Read by Missie
Vol 01, Ch. 13, part 1 24:17 Read by Diana Solomon
Vol 01, Ch. 13, part 2 31:48 Read by TriciaG
Vol 02, Ch. 01 27:04 Read by Debra Lynn
Vol 02, Ch. 02 29:28 Read by Debra Lynn
Vol 02, Ch. 03, part 1 35:02 Read by Anna Simon
Vol 02, Ch. 03, part 2 23:48 Read by Anna Simon
Vol 02, Ch. 03, part 3 23:25 Read by Anna Simon
Vol 02, Ch. 04 29:14 Read by Andrew Drinkwater
Vol 02, Ch. 05, part 1 31:37 Read by Andrew Drinkwater
Vol 02, Ch. 05, part 2 35:09 Read by Andrew Drinkwater
Vol 02, Ch. 06, part 1 32:00 Read by iscatel
Vol 02, Ch. 06, part 2 28:30 Read by iscatel
Vol 02, Ch. 06, part 3 28:55 Read by iscatel
Vol 02, Ch. 07, part 1 34:56 Read by Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
Vol 02, Ch. 07, part 2 28:20 Read by Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
Vol 02, Ch. 08 12:40 Read by Denise Albury
Vol 02, Ch. 09, part 1 18:35 Read by iscatel
Vol 02, Ch. 09, part 2 24:06 Read by iscatel
Vol 02, Ch. 10, part 1 19:17 Read by iscatel
Vol 02, Ch. 10, part 2 22:06 Read by iscatel
Vol 02, Ch. 11 17:52 Read by iscatel
Vol 02, Ch. 12 27:28 Read by redabrus
Vol 03, Ch. 01 32:37 Read by redabrus
Vol 03, Ch. 02 16:20 Read by redabrus
Vol 03, Ch. 03, part 1 19:11 Read by redabrus
Vol 03, Ch. 03, part 2 24:09 Read by redabrus
Vol 03, Ch. 04 12:00 Read by iscatel
Vol 03, Ch. 05 38:13 Read by iscatel
Vol 03, Ch. 06, part 1 18:22 Read by Sheila Morton
Vol 03, Ch. 06, part 2 20:24 Read by Sheila Morton
Vol 03, Ch. 06, part 3 24:12 Read by Sheila Morton
Vol 03, Ch. 07 27:18 Read by Lizzie Driver
Vol 03, Ch. 08, part 1 22:21 Read by Andrew Drinkwater
Vol 03, Ch. 08, part 2 44:13 Read by Andrew Drinkwater
Vol 03, Ch. 09, part 1 16:50 Read by Andrew Drinkwater
Vol 03, Ch. 09, part 2 29:57 Read by Andrew Drinkwater
Vol 03, Ch. 09, part 3 23:55 Read by Andrew Drinkwater
Vol 03, Ch. 10 31:58 Read by iscatel
Vol 03, Ch. 11 34:39 Read by Belinda Brown
Vol 03, Ch. 12 18:35 Read by TriciaG
Vol 03, Ch. 13, part 1 23:53 Read by Missie
Vol 03, Ch. 13, part 2 17:02 Read by Missie
Vol 04, Ch. 01 21:19 Read by redabrus
Vol 04, Ch. 02 8:33 Read by Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
Vol 04, Ch. 03 24:05 Read by Fran
Vol 04, Ch. 04 22:50 Read by iscatel
Vol 04, Ch. 05 17:58 Read by Nichole Karl
Vol 04, Ch. 06 34:38 Read by redabrus
Vol 04, Ch. 07 31:47 Read by redabrus
Vol 04, Ch. 08 8:40 Read by Zachary Brewster-Geisz
Vol 04, Ch. 09 21:39 Read by Kele
Vol 04, Ch. 10 33:25 Read by redabrus
Vol 04, Ch. 11 14:02 Read by Martin Geeson
Vol 04, Ch. 12, part 1 17:57 Read by Anna Simon
Vol 04, Ch. 12, part 2 19:39 Read by Anna Simon
Vol 04, Ch. 12, part 3 18:37 Read by Anna Simon
Vol 04, Ch. 13 28:16 Read by Anna Simon
Vol 04, Ch. 14 22:38 Read by Anna Simon
Vol 04, Ch. 15 12:14 Read by Ted Nugent
Vol 04, Ch. 16 38:12 Read by Kele
Vol 04, Ch. 17 34:47 Read by valli
Vol 04, Ch. 18 16:27 Read by Belinda Roussel
Vol 04, Ch. 19 7:16 Read by Jim Mowatt

Reviews

A classic that feels really slow for modern audience

(3 stars)

Udolpho is a classic, considered to be a part of the histories of fantastical, horror and romantic literature, but I have to confess I found it not just a little tedious at times. Long descriptions of environments and atmospheres, action scenes described in a long-winded way that loses the action, and idiotic characters that I wanted to kick to get them to actually do something. Especially the main character, Emily, frustrated me with her proper manners and goodness that prevented her from acting against the monstrous situations she floated into. I do realize times were different and the role of women was much more constricted, but still, her inactivity was suffocating for me. The book was read by several different readers, which is understandable since it's so long. Some of them were better, some not so good, but overall good work. Just one thing: if one wants to record a book situated in France and Italy, one should really learn to pronounce Italian and French names... That aside, I want to thank you all!

Exhausting Length

(2.5 stars)

A worthy historical insight into the development of classical romance novels. Not much worthy of reading based on early 21st century expectations, but any review today is spoiled as the product of modern likes arrogantly applied to a historical era. We simply are not there and then. With that qualification in mind, this is a good novel expanded into twice its deserved length. Rife with self-indulgent “poetry” squares forced into rounds holes. A foundation for melodrama. I appreciate narration by late stage students of English, but too many important chapters here are relegated to primary students of the language with whom we jointly cringe.

(3 stars)

The text is long and filled with intricate details of nature and surroundings in general, what makes it a bit hard to get through. If you are not a fan of picturesque descriptions you might find it quite slow paced. But the thing that bothered me a lot was a lot of different readers with strong accents.

Good story

(3 stars)

I have heard good things about this book. I was debating listening because I don't like different narrators. it takes away from the story especially those hard to listen to. in this case there were many that made listening difficult.

deedee575

(5 stars)

very enjoyable. loved the intricacies of the intricacies of the story.

(4.5 stars)

Wonderful book. Some of the readers were not so wonderful.

The Mysteries of Udolpho

(4.5 stars)

Thrilling and deliciously horrifying