The Mysteries of Udolpho

  • by Ann Ward Radcliffe
  • Narrated by Alison Larkin
  • 31 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This was the most popular novel of Radcliffe's time; Radcliffe's portrayal of her heroine's inner life raised the Gothic romance to a new level. The atmosphere of fear and the gripping plot continue to thrill today.
This is the story of the orphaned Emily St Aubert, who finds herself separated from the man she loves and confined within the Castle of Udolpho by her aunt's new husband Montoni. Here she must cope with an unwanted suitor, Montoni's threats, and the wild imaginings and terrors which threaten to overwhelm her.

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Audible Editor Reviews

Ann Radcliffe's most popular novel, The Mysteries of Udolpho, with its titular enigmatic castle, vivid landscapes, supernatural portents, and brooding characters is considered by many to be the standard by which all Gothic novels are judged. When her father dies, Emily is forced to live at the castle of her aunt's new husband, the malevolent Count Montoni. The drama unfolds as Emily is treated cruelly by Montoni and alarming events constantly trouble her. Alison Larkin performs the grotesque and the sumptuous elements of the audiobook with equal dexterity, excelling at the villainous men who inhabit the story. If you're ready to escape into a romantic and chilling world, you won't want to stop listening to this classic tale.

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Luscious indulgent listen

You have to like gothic fiction to tolerate this book. Luckily I love it, so really enjoyed this reading of a book I already knew. Alison Larkin reads the sections of poetry really nicely, I often don't 'get' poetry but this made the passages enjoyable, rather than a struggle which I normally skip over to return to the narrative.

The characters are French and Italian in this book, but to differentiate between different persons, Ms Larkin uses Scottish, West Country and Yorkshire accents! This however does not spoil the story and makes it easy to tell who is speaking. The heroine Emily St Aubert is a little insipid for modern tastes perhaps, always with unsupportable spirits and fainting away, but remember what kind of novel this is and enjoy the luscious description of the landscape and, once about a quarter of the way in, a really gripping tale of mysteries.
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- Miss

A newly discovered literary gem.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Mysteries of Udolpho to be better than the print version?

Yes, I would never have the time or patience to read the novel.


Have you listened to any of Alison Larkin’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have not but will look out for other titles.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No, the whole novel was a sheer delight and difficult to stop listening to.


Any additional comments?

Pure quality literature and narration. So so enjoyable.

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- M S Kent

Book Details

  • Release Date: 28-06-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios