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Harry Sandwith, a Westminster boy, becomes a resident at the chateau of a French marquis. After various adventures he accompanies the family to Paris at the height of the French Revolution. Imprisonment and death reduce their number, and Harry finds himself beset by perils with the three young daughters of the house in his charge. After narrow escapes they reach Nantes. There the girls are condemned to death in the coffin ships, but are saved by the unfailing courage of their young protector.
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Awesome

This is a great listen. Much adventure and faithfulness on the part of the main character. Good for all ages.

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10 stars gripping a must do

I totally loved this book incredibly moving and exciting written in 1858, run to get it now, I am telling everyone. Beautifully narrated too, fantastic say no more!

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Wonderful!

I’m an old girl (60) and never listen to boys adventure tales but I was riveted to this one. The historical setting, characterization and unending excitement were quite mesmerizing. At times it is a bit dated because, well, it IS dated! But that only added to the charm and exotic allure of the story. The narrator was a pleasure to listen to. His French accents were subtle and not intrusively theatrical, but just enough to lend flavor to the sauce. Never heard of Henty before in my life but I’m off to another adventure tale right after this.

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Excellent Book

This book kept me interested from beginning to end. I’d love to see this book made into a movie. Wonderful characters, terrific characters set in a historic setting. Absolutely recommend.

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Would make a 5 star mivie

Some scenes as written were to my ears... a little too pedantic. Most characters could have been a little less subtle, to hold the attention of young people today*. And the narrative voice night be replaced with more action & dialogue. But courage, moderation, devotion and adventure filled the heart of this “reader”. (*Sentimentality is out of fashion?)

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Reminiscent of A Tale of Two Cities, my favorite book of all time!

Very well written, a delight to the ears! I’ve found a new author to enjoy. I love the classics and this fits right in there. Very happy with this choice.

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Great BOOK!

I love this book! I have listened to it 3 times! The reader of this audio book did a great job! The story is exciting, romantic, and has so much great tension.

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A Glad Discovery

I had never heard of Henty until a friend was moving and offered a collection of his books. With kids starting to read I was happy to obtain the books and thought I'd try the author out here to get a sense of them. I thoroughly enjoyed the story - I was hoping for something well written, morally unambiguous, exciting, and certainly found it. it's not great literature but certainly stands the test of time and appears to be of some historical value too. Recommended.

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A Superb Adventure with Faithful Friends

Over a century after it was published, this book holds up remarkably well today. I think it’s because now our literary landscape is populated with tales of grim nihilistic despair, protest novels, and a general angst. It is so refreshing to see a story about people sticking together through the worst of times, especially Revolutionary France where so many high-minded ideals were sacrificed in the blood of innocent people.

You can tell Henty did his research. The reader gets a great snapshot of life in another era long past. It’s not comparable to historical study, but as this was a book written for a young audience I think it was immersive. I will certain check out more of Henry’s work.

And as always Stuart Langdon does a marvelous job.

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One of Henty's Best

Harry Sandwith's adventure takes him through a great deal of the French revolution. The story is not unduly graphic, but cannot be told without the backdrop of terror and executions - including several members of Harry's host family in France. The journey is harrowing, but ends well for Harry and his small party who are able to escape to England.