Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
This is one of my favorite novels and well worth a credit. I loved it!
I listen while driving. When I review, I'm much more apt to discuss the performance than the content. Sometimes, a bit of both.
I've been listening to this version read by Walter Covell and there are a couple dire issues I found with the audio. First, it is very compressed (the same effect you get from listening to someone on a telephone earpiece). This makes it slightly more difficult for me to hear when listening on my iPhone connected to the car audio (even with the car A/C fan is set on low). Second, it seems to me that the producers, or those charged with post-producing the audio, probably amplified the volume to compensate for the compression. That leaves me stuck listening to audio that sounds like a telephone...only very loud and, sometimes, distorted (over-modulated). This makes the whole experience quite annoying! I've stopped listening anymore. I experienced a lot of this in the old days of audiocassettes (yes, those are now officially considered, "the old days"--long may they be forgotten!)
Of course, I went back to Audible only to discover there are other unabridged versions performed by readers that avid fans of audiobooks will know and love. It doesn't help to also learn that the widely accepted English translation of "The Three Musketeers" was altered by the censorious attitudes of Victorian England in order to disallow the sexual overtones of the French language! I now wish to wait and see if Audible will provide an excellent performance of the Richard Pevear translation from 2006 which, from what I've read, is supposed to be faithful to Mr. Dumas' original.
If you liked the voice from 1940's british government reading your French based novel, not bringing any performance craft, and inflection without concern to what activities are occurring in the story.... Then this is the book for you! I was excited to listen to another book, after reading the Counte of Monte Christo myself. I really tried to get into the story, but the narrator kept me from getting into the book. I will look for a better narrated edition of the novel, and try again.
A wonderful book, but I feel that this recording does not do it justice. It sounds as if it was recorded off of a 1960's transistor radio speaker! Also, Mr. Covell has this odd habit of pausing at many of the french phrases, and also emphasizing them when saying them, which can get a bit annoying.
The story is very funny, however the narrator has so special intonation, that for me as a non-english native it sounded so strange, I couldn't enjoy the story at all.
This a fine Dickens novel -- not too long, full of drama, suspense, even a good amount of action in the riot scenes set during the French Revolution. The reader for this version is a bit hammy, but, hey, it's Dickens, so not inappropriate. However the sound recording is very poor, sounding muffled and indistinct unless you turn it up pretty high and even then it's sometimes difficult to understand. I'd listen on headphones only, and people who find British accents difficult should take a pass.