The Monk: A Romance


Read by James K. White

(4.6 stars; 96 reviews)

Matthew Gregory Lewis's The Monk: A Romance is a story of frustrated and unrequited desire between mentor and pupil mixed with elements of the supernatural. It includes several subplots: rape, torture and incest. It is the old story of the forces of good versus the forces of evil, except that in this one evil comes out ahead.

When The Monk was first published in 1795, it was received well by readers and reviewers causing a second edition to be printed the following year. But by the third year, there began a growing criticism of the book and of Lewis mostly on the basis of immorality. In fact, the book caused such a scandal that Lewis published another version complete with redactions and entire rewrites so as to remove the shame it had brought upon his family and the political institution of which he was a part.

The Monk finds itself straddling the genres of Gothicism and Decadence, and includes elements of Romanticism. Lewis also chose to blend the roles of gender in this work--particularly in the character of Rosario/Matilda. The sexual tension between Ambrosio and this character--along with the eventual revelation of true identity--are an exposé on the topic of same-sex love and makes this work an early contribution to LGBT literature.

In spite of the mountains of criticism against the book, it remained a best seller well into the 19th century. The version I will read for you is the unexpurgated version including all of the “scandal and immorality” of the original. (Introduction by James K. White) (16 hr 17 min)

Chapters

Introduction/Preface/Advertisement 38:08 Read by James K. White
Chapter I (part 1) 41:52 Read by James K. White
Chapter I (part 2) 26:29 Read by James K. White
Chapter II (part 1) 58:28 Read by James K. White
Chapter II (part 2) 56:28 Read by James K. White
Chapter III (part 1) 33:56 Read by James K. White
Chapter III (part 2) 40:47 Read by James K. White
Chapter IV (part 1) 58:54 Read by James K. White
Chapter IV (part 2) 43:58 Read by James K. White
Chapter IV (part 3) 28:27 Read by James K. White
Chapter V (part 1) 35:52 Read by James K. White
Chapter V (part 2) 31:53 Read by James K. White
Chapter VI (part 1) 46:01 Read by James K. White
Chapter VI (part 2) 24:49 Read by James K. White
Chapter VII 53:27 Read by James K. White
Chapter VIII 50:15 Read by James K. White
Chapter IX (part 1) 46:18 Read by James K. White
Chapter IX (part 2) 37:32 Read by James K. White
Chapter X (part 1) 41:37 Read by James K. White
Chapter X (part 2) 30:11 Read by James K. White
Chapter XI (part 1) 41:21 Read by James K. White
Chapter XI (part 2) 55:41 Read by James K. White
Chapter XII 55:14 Read by James K. White

Reviews

thankyou reader


(4 stars)

thank you. I don't think I could have made it through this tedious tale for uni without your reading!

gripping, ghastly, & some funny parts


(4.5 stars)

This is a great reading. The reader pronounces all of the names with an accurate Spanish accent, and his voice is engaging and easy to follow. Sometimes, the poems are just really slow and long, and I’ll zone out during those. Overall, a very engaging experience with a spicy and sometimes utterly shocking novel.

a gem of a story


(5 stars)

This story is well worth reading, the story development is outstanding! A many faceted ruby of a story. Very well read through out the story. Thank you for your reading!

S-class narration


(5 stars)

the phonetic ability of the reader is excellent across all the languages that appear. Setting-appropriate tone and tempo and comfortable color of his voice only bring it further

Great narration.


(5 stars)

I wouldn't have read this novel and continue to at various times if it wasn't the reader, tank you. For the time it was first published the work must have been nicely shocking, A gothic classic?

Great Reader!


(4 stars)

James White does a wonderful job reading this steamy gothic novel from 1796. Matthew Gregory Lewis wrote the book in ten weeks when he was nineteen years old.

If you like Gothic lit, you need to read this


(5 stars)

Melodramatic and scandalous and wonderful. Reader is very clear and does a great job too.

Amazing novel


(4 stars)

I can see how scandalous this book would have been on its release! Very well read, if a little slow