The Prisoner of Zenda


Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)

(4.8 stars; 175 reviews)

The Prisoner of Zenda tells the story of Rudolf Rassendyll, an English gentleman on holiday in Ruritania, a country not a thousand miles from Bavaria. There, by reason of his resemblance to the King of Ruritania he becomes involved in saving the King’s Life and his Throne from the King’s dastardly brother and his allies. Woods, moated castles, pomp, swordplay, gallantry, villainy and a beautiful princess. What story could ask for more? (Summary by Andy Minter)

The sequel Rupert of Hentzau is also available as a LIbriVox recording. (5 hr 42 min)

Chapters

The Rassendylls with a Word on the Elphbergs 13:41 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)
Concerning the Colour of Men's Hair 14:33 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)
A Merry Evening with a Distant Relative 17:24 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)
The King Keeps his Appointment 13:34 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)
The Adventures of an Understudy 15:29 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)
The Secret of a Cellar 14:25 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)
His Majesty Sleeps in Strelsau 14:06 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)
A Fair Cousin and a Dark Brother 17:23 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)
A New Use for a Tea-Table 17:10 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)
A Great Chance for a Villain 16:30 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)
Hunting a Very Big Boar 17:27 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)
I Receive a Visitor and Bait a Hook 15:13 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)
An Improvement on Jacob's Ladder 16:07 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)
A Night Outside the Castle 15:18 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)
I Talk with a Tempter 16:37 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)
A Desperate Plan 15:17 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)
Young Rupert's Midnight Diversions 14:54 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)
The Forcing of the Trap 13:12 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)
Face to Face in the Forest 14:25 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)
The Prisoner and the King 17:11 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)
If Love Were All! 16:44 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)
Present, Past--and Future? 15:49 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)

Reviews

Perfect reader for this book!


(5 stars)

I highly recommend this version of The Prisoner of Zenda. Andy Minter has the most pleasant voice for this tale. One might even believe that he is secretly a Ruritanian. :-)

Another Gem by Andy Minter


(5 stars)

I had never heard of this author, or book, and listened simply because I'm a fan of Andy Minter. What a fun story! Love, intrigue, duels and treachery. Andy does an excellent job of bringing the characters to life with his reading.

Romance, Intrigue, and, Royalty


(5 stars)

This is such a perfect little story, expertly read by LibriVox Volunteer, Andy Minter. It has all the action-adventure-romance aspects one would expect, delighting the average listener, and suitable for youngsters as well.

Great Story


(5 stars)

Great story with lots of intrigue, daring-do, pathos, and bloodshed, told first hand in a somewhat self-deprecating and ironic tone. You can see why the book was immensely popular and spawned the “Rutherian” genre, stories set in or involving a mythical Central European kingdom. This is the grandfather of some more recent movies of this type: The Great Race (directly borrows from the book), The Court Jester, The Princess Bride, and The Princess Diaries. This is no comedy, however, quite serious, and well worth the listen, especially as read by Andy Minter.

Thank you, Mr. Hope and Mr. Minter


(4.5 stars)

Can't believe I never heard of this story until recently, that was well written. And in reading it so well, Mr. Minter's voice will always be linked to it for me. Hard to say what exactly was so excellent about it, but I found myself constantly appreciative of his performance, and his service in preserving and presenting this story. A classic tale of adventure and romantic ideals.

A very enjoyable reading


(5 stars)

An enjoyable listen - the reader's time nis perfect for this style of fiction. Sad to see that Andy Minter the reader has passed away - I am sure that many people will continue to enjoy the recordings he has left behind.

Good book; great recording


(5 stars)

I had never heard of this book until I found it on Librivox. It's a fun short novel full of adventure and humor. Anthony Hope delivers a deadpan British reading that perfectly suits the voice of the narrator.


(5 stars)

Very enjoyable! Plenty of action and heroics. A little mushy, though. Excellent Reader!