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The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
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The Phantom of the Opera

by Gaston Leroux

218 ratings, 43 reviews

The Phantom of the Opera, or Le Fantôme de l'Opéra, is novel by French author Gaston Leroux. It was first published in a serialized form, then was released as a book in 1910. It is the classic story of Christine Daae, an opera singer who is coached in her singing by a mysterious voice emanating from the walls of her room. It is set in the Paris Opera house, and like the novel Dracula, is a collection of supposed news clippings and police reports. There is also the dashing nobelman Raoul de Chagney,who is also in love with her...but the thrilling mystery kicks in… when the voice says she's to love only it!

Gaston Leroux was born in Paris in 1868. He was a lawyer who at one point inherited millions of francs, which he spent like a maniac until he went bankrupt. Later he'd becomes a court reporter and theater critic for L'Écho de Paris. He'd cover the Russian Revolution in 1905, and later the former Paris Opera, which was discovered to contain a secret jail for prisoners of the Paris Commune, a communist group. During his investigation he became captivated and thrilled by the old Opera, and when he left journalism in 1907, the setting would form the backdrop for his most famous story. The Phantom of the Opera is best known as the 1925 film version or Andrew Lloyd Webber's massively popular 1986 musical, but Leroux's classic thriller is a great read.

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Naomi Rice

October 08, 2555

Absolutely amazing!! And so much better than the movie, and that's saying a lot because the movie was fantastic. :)


Blackk Bobbyy

August 07, 2014

Amazing! It kept me in suspense from the very beginning. Mysterious!


Cari Stevens

June 29, 2014

The Phantom of the Opera is the best most wonderful book thats romantic and thriller. The play to the book is also wonderful. I love it. U should read it.


Paola Setters

February 01, 2014

Awesome book the movie didnt do him justice


Fer Nanda

December 13, 2013



Joanna Campos

December 01, 2013

It is such a good book!!!


Andrew Hanson

November 08, 2013

The phantom of the opera is a ghostly book, It's one I found in the library and I meerly took. Its extravegant in song, and glorious in script, if I met the charactor, I think I would trip. This book is mysterious in almost every way, that's why I must read it, each and every day.


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October 29, 2013

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Kkk Kk

October 02, 2013

This is boring i cant understand it the movie is awesome the book is. Ahahahah no. Vsd sca wdfvwvfewevfc cascqdscqsceqfcbb. Nbb. N 😳😰😁😅😅😅😓😒😩😒😫😞😣😨😱😢😙😢😗😗😫😠😡😡😆😋😷😎😴😵😯😯👷👿😈😈😧😏😦😇🐗🐗🐱🐭🐭🐹🐰🐰🐯🐯🐨🐻🐷🐧🐇


Jared Gill

September 25, 2013

Sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good


Lee Fallin

September 17, 2013

I love this book! :)


Beatrice Jones

August 23, 2013

I love this book! Simply genius!


Alli Love

August 11, 2013

I love reading this interesting book over and over again!


Angela Pinkhas

July 22, 2013

This book is phantomistic!


Sarah Borden

July 16, 2013

Monsieur Gaston Leroux, in my opinion had a bit of genius himself! I love this book! No comparison to the movies which I also enjoyed!


Jayashina Parthiban

July 07, 2013

My favourate classic ever!



May 15, 2013

I fell... KINKY


Jeffrey Dicke

May 13, 2013

I have been a huge fan of the phantom. From the first time I had seen the original black and white version to seeing the musical at Pantages theatre in California. To me the phantom is the hero. Every time I see anything about him I wish he won in the end.


Tyler Haven

April 02, 2013

Hated it hence the 1 star naomi rice its terrible the movies suck go read tarzan or beowulf maybe even the 32 page alldin and the magical lamp.


Haleigh The Bookworm

April 01, 2013

Great book! I am a "Phan" of the musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and basically have it memorized. If you have seen the movie version of the musical and that's it, you don't don't know what you're missing out on. Might I suggest the 25th Anniversary version at the Royal Albert Hall? And once you fall in love with that (because Sierra Boggess [Christine], Ramin Karimloo [The Phantom], and Hadley Fraiser [Raoul] are absolutely spectacular...), you must read this (if you haven't already). This book enhances the musical and vice-versa. This is a captivating love story that holds you at the edge of your seat with horror. It's creepy, mysterious, and sad. Written beautifully, you're never bored. Leroux has a way of captivating you, while getting right to the point. You will not be disappointed.


Cassidy Anne

April 01, 2013

stephanie turner if you ever saw the second movie that is the phantom still peeping on christine,


Stephanie Turner

March 21, 2013

I love the movie and book!❤If you do to google phantom of the opera: love never dies Its the second one, a bit creepy though!


Geisha Cielos

February 17, 2013

I loved it!


Samantha Lirag

February 07, 2013

I love Phantom of the Opera.I have seen the movie and its a great movie how Sarah Brightman sang it.The Phantoms love of Christine is so romantic and realistic.I love the cover how the phatk. Has a rose and the red is christine's dress and shes in it! winderful book Gaston =) It really womderful.


Eden Orjinta

February 06, 2013



Hayden Strickler

January 05, 2013

Its ok but the retold is easyer to under stand!:)


Brenna Kobes

December 16, 2012

I love this book and the play, I've read the kids version of this, but in this book Christine sounds like a young child, Roual sounds like a creepy stalker person, and Erik sounds like a child molester. But other than that this is a very good book


Anton Lotter

October 25, 2012

Mystery, murder, music, romance...and the French...has to be worth it! Enjoyed the easy read...reminded me of the atmosphere Nathaniel Hawthorne conjures in some of his short stories.


Rachel Kappler

September 05, 2012

This is a well-written, but cliched story. I enjoyed it, but found the villain more interesting than the heroes.


Ken Moody

August 23, 2012

Love it


Navita Ghisiawan

July 22, 2012



Caira Spenrath

July 14, 2012

One of the best books I've ever read - WAY better than the musical or movie! I couldn't put it down!


Barry Stirling

July 08, 2012

Wish I had given up early instead of ploughing on to the end. Too fanciful for me.


Devina Lee

June 25, 2012

I love it cause My Friend requsted this book and she say it was a Good book thank Sasa to remind me about this book


Ryan Bloomfield

June 06, 2012



Judy Quilang

June 03, 2012



Katie G

May 30, 2012

The book was absolutely amazing


Kaley LastName

April 21, 2012

It was phenomenal! I don't know who I love more, Erik the tortured soul or Raoul for his unceasing love. The ending was simply beautiful.


Ho Ho

March 23, 2012

The end part in which the phantom fails to get Christine to love him is sooooooooo sad!!!!!


Georgia Oswald

January 22, 2012

I loved the book it's good to read even for the age of twelve :D


Alecsander Robinson

January 10, 2012

This was the best book ever


Breanna Book

December 12, 2011

This book is awesome. Even for a teen like me


Heather Davies

September 13, 2011

Love triangle between the lovers and the phantom of the opera.