The Monk by Matthew Lewis audiobook

The Monk: A Romance

By Matthew Lewis
Read by Nicholas Boulton

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14.98 Hours Unabridged
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A masterpiece of gothic fiction, The Monk is a cautionary tale of madness, horror, lust, and despair. Father Ambrosio, the most pious and venerated monk in all of Madrid, is held as a paragon of virtue. But after thirty years of study and prayer, evil thoughts begin to permeate his mind. As two plots cleverly converge, torture, murder, incest, rape, poison, and magic prevail, sustained by an elegance in the writing of the nineteen-year-old Matthew Lewis. The book was banned upon its initial publication in 1796, but later caught the attention of Lord Byron and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, with Coleridge naming it “the offspring of no common genius.”

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Summary

Summary

A masterpiece of gothic fiction, The Monk is a cautionary tale of madness, horror, lust, and despair.

Father Ambrosio, the most pious and venerated monk in all of Madrid, is held as a paragon of virtue. But after thirty years of study and prayer, evil thoughts begin to permeate his mind. As two plots cleverly converge, torture, murder, incest, rape, poison, and magic prevail, sustained by an elegance in the writing of the nineteen-year-old Matthew Lewis.

The book was banned upon its initial publication in 1796, but later caught the attention of Lord Byron and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, with Coleridge naming it “the offspring of no common genius.”

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This classic gothic novel is filled with mystery, romance, and horror. Narrators Nicholas Boulton and Georgina Sutton tell Matthew Lewis’ sordid tale of a monk who was left at the steps of an abbey as a baby and the strange cast of characters he is surrounded by as an adult. Boulton and Sutton share the storytelling, each bringing his or her best to the performance. This tale of lust and madness is shocking by eighteenth-century standards and still spine-tingling today. The listener will quickly be drawn in by Boulton and Sutton’s expert delivery. Originally banned, The Monk still ranks as a premier gothic thriller filled with the love triangles and dark secrets of priests, nuns, and politicians.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Matthew Lewis

Author Bio: Matthew Lewis

Matthew Lewis (1775–1818) was an English novelist and dramatist, often referred to as “Monk” Lewis because of the success of his 1796 Gothic novel, The Monk. He is also known for the play The Castle Spectre as well as his many translations of other texts. He attended Christ Church, Oxford, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1794 and a master’s in 1797.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 14.98
Audience: Adult
Language: English