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I Will Repay
by Emmuska Orczy
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Published in 1906, this tale of high romance and intrigue, set during the bloodiest days of the French Revolution, is the first of several sequels to The Scarlet Pimpernel. It has aged well. Johanna Ward is fun to listen to. She puts the author's rather melodramatic prose in the best possible light by reading with restraint, gravity and authority. She also renders fluently the frequent names and phrases in French. Although character voices are not highly differentiated, it's always clear who's speaking and how he or she feels. Good production values top off the welcome reappearance of an old friend. J.N. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
Adèle was very lovely and a veritable tower of greed and egotism. The Marnys were rich and the little Vicomte very young; and just now the brightly-plumaged hawk was busy plucking the latest pigeon- newly arrived from its ancestral cote.\' (Excerpt from Chapter 1)
And God spoke to her at last; through the eternal vistas of boundless universe, from that heaven which had known no pity, His voice came to her now, clear, awesome, and implacable.
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