The Mysteries of Udolpho


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(3.9 stars; 62 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

In appreciation of Udolpho


(4 stars)

I'm writing this in response to the previous review by sarahm. A long book such as this one took a very long time to record on Librivox. If you were to wait for another group of volunteers to even attempt "Udolpho" again, you might be waiting in vain. I respectfully remind everyone that this is a volunteer recording; that many who volunteer for Librivox don't have professional recording studios. So there may be variations in sound quality from time to time. If one reads along from the text link provided at the Librivox catalog page for Udolpho, a listener can get around those occasions when you don't like a certain reader of a chapter.

Fortunately We Have Alternatives


(0 stars)

UPDATE: Read along? I listen to books while I am gardening or cooking. But if honest comments are not wanted, I will simply comment without stars. You are correct that there is no need to redo. I can always download and listen TTS or on Kindle. Original Comment: The novel is sure to entertain anyone who delights in atmospheric Gothic stories about rambling old castles with secret passages and danger. Unfortunately, many chapters include distracting background noises or indistinct readings.


(5 stars)

A great book!! But I had a problem understanding some of the readers therefore missing out on some of the chapters. I think all the readers should have to speak clear English!

Good for long commuting


(2.5 stars)

Please get some better readers! Some of them were really bad! You should have some type of standard for who reads.

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.

Could have been shorter


(2.5 stars)

I love the classics but not this one. There were beautiful phrases here and there that I loved and highlighted, but overall the plot was a meandering mess. Thank you, LibriVox volunteers, for your contributions. It was weird and jarring to have the narrators change from chapter to chapter, and the pronunciations of European names likewise varied wildly with each narrator… so I suppose that's one aspect that perhaps could be looked into for future collaborations. At least have everyone on the same page regarding how the names should be pronounced (including names of locations).


(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.