Summary

The story begins with an investigation into some strange reports of an "opera ghost", legendary for making the great Paris opera performers ill-at-ease when they sit alone in their dressing rooms. Some allege to have seen the ghost in evening clothes moving about in the shadows. Nothing is done, however, until the disappearance of Christine during her triumphant performance. With an increasing pattern of fear and violence, The Phantom of the Opera begins to strike, but always with a beautiful young performer at the center of his deadly desires.
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2005 Audie Award Nominee, Classic
2005 Audie Award Nominee, Classic
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3 out of 5 stars
By phantom lover on 27-04-16

Let down by the narrator

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I didn't enjoy this much because of the strange way the narrator reads it.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Glad I'd got to the end of it.

What three words best describe Ralph Cosham’s performance?

Stilted,strange,disengaging

Was The Phantom of the Opera worth the listening time?

it's a good story so I persevered

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5 out of 5 stars
By Miriam on 12-02-05

Phantom of the Opera

I was quite impressed by this book. I did not know that this was a book and was eager to listen to the full unabriged story. The story was quite fascinating and I was eager to listen straight through without stopping. The narrator Ralph Cosham did a good job narrating the story. He has a nice clear voice and was able to make the different characters stand out from each other. I really enjoyed this title and would recommend it to others.

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54 of 56 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By S. P. Zaengle on 06-03-07

Book better than the movie

I'm usually a purist and read the book before I watch the movie. However, my children persuaded me to watch Andrew Lloyd Weber's "Phantom" and I found the story to be haunting and unsettling, so much so that I decided to get the book.

This audio book was fantastic! The reader did an outstanding job infusing emotion into the reading. Leroux develops the characters so much more than a movie is able to. I understood so much more of the emotions, character backgrounds, and even the plot than I had with the movie. I ached for Christine Daae with the decisions she had to make and the final outcome of the story.

If your only exposure to Phantom of the Opera has been either Weber's Phantom or any of the other movies made based on this story, you must read (or listen to) this book. If you've never been exposed to any version of the Phantom, you must read this book. It is Beauty and the Beast set in an opera house. In the end, the only thing that can defeat evil is love.

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86 of 90 people found this review helpful

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