The Phantom of the Opera (version 2)

Read by Ralph Snelson

(4.6 stars; 135 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)


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


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.

(5 stars)

This book and reading are amazing. For those who love the musical and want to keep adoring the phantom, do not listen. The phantom and raoul show the difference between healthy and abusive relationships, and unfortunately for webber, the phantoms written quite well as an abusive manipulator. The book is full of mystery and outdoes the musical most people know of in every way! This is one of my all time favorites, only second to Les Mis!!!

Sad but fascinating

(4.5 stars)

Quite different from the musical version, and far more enjoyable as it provided an exceptional backstory. Much darker. Also, I adore Mr. Ralph's reading!

Excellent Reading

(4 stars)

As a mystery, it is no more fantastic than a lot of 21st century stuff. The story is well constructed, moves along and builds suspense and intrigue well. A couple of chapters could have been shorter. Realism and character development are in short supply, until the end when the phantom is revealed. The reader has done an excellent job.

(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 story/adequate reader

(3.5 stars)

Very dramatic tale and an interesting listen. The reader was fluent, and not completely without feeling. His pronunciation faced aome issues. Still an enjoyable listen.

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.