I haven't read the print version, but the blackstone audio edition is fantastic.
compelling, spirited, believeable
The Count of Monte Cristo is one of my favorite books of all time, but the narrator killed it for me. John Lee barely differentiates among the characters' voices, so while he has a very pleasant voice to listen to (fall asleep to), the 47 hours droan on and on. I was very disappointed.
The writing is amazing, the story is thus terrific, and this version has a narrator that is certainly up to the task.
Whatever I'd compare it to, it'd have to be an epic, but most of Dumas' other works are equally epic!
John Lee is unforgettable in his portrayal of the story, in a good way.
There are film versions of this book already, I don't remember their tag lines.
The story is engaging, the trusting and unsuspecting protagonist subjected an terribly unjust fate. His battle for simple freedoms ultimately leading him to fabulous wealth that he uses to rise from the ashes and become the fire and wrath breathing phoenix that revisits those who put him there - ironically with an inclination to look for any sign of good first.
Obviously the self made count of monte cristo.
Again, the count.
The count will reveal what's in your closet.
In my top 5 all time stories.
As I listened to this I told friends and family how wonderful it is. Most replied by saying they had already seen the movie, or that it was too long.
Take the plunge. Sure, the films have covered the rough outlines of some parts of the story, but there is far, far more to the book. As for the length, as I continued to download and progress through the parts, my anxiety increased, for I was in no hurry for it to end. My first two reactions to finishing this were to search for more Dumas and to search for any other narrations by Mr. Lee.
One caution, though. It's easy to lose track of the characters in the audio format. One suggestion is to take notes. Another, what I did, is to simply Google: Count of Monte Christo characters.
Take the plunge, I say. You will be rewarded by many hours of pure enjoyment.
Vigilante, Out-of-control Conciousness, white knuckling the steering wheel of this Meat Vehicle I am strapped into.
Just to get this out of the way: The Count of Monte Cristo, one of the greatest literary achievements to ever be printed. Alexandre Dumas, one of the finest authors to ever wield a quill.This is my fifth time with this book, three on paper, one on my Kindle, and this last, obviously, in audio format. I was reticent to order it because I had read it multiple times, but considering it is my favorite book of all time, I took a chance.And it paid off. John Lee absolutely destroyed in his performance. The voices were all unique, it was quite easy to tell as he switched characters in conversations, regardless of who was talking. Several times I have seen good stories not exactly ruined but muddled by poor character voicing (I feel like it happened a bit in A Tale of Two Cities with Simon Vance, for example).This book is worth two credits easy, at one, it's a steal.
Come on, its a classic for a reason.
All of them.
I am a huge fan of the narrator, John Lee, and his performance as King Louie XIII sends chills. By far one of his best performances throughout the novel.
absolutely not, this is a book to be enjoyed when you have time to sit, relax, and loose yourself in the voice of the narrator while absorbing all the detailed nuances and descriptions of the writing.
This is fantastic book and I found myself listening at every available opportunity. I would suggest listening to the sample audio prior to acquiring as the language could be difficult for some people to get used to. I found that after listening for awhile I was able to adapt.
Absolutely, cheap to buy, twenty something hours long, and great narration.
Nothing springs to mind to compare this to
No - too long.
I'd compare this to any revenge story, and favorably. This seems like the template for all such stories that have come since.
He gives each character a unique voice, which with so many characters is no small feat.
This is too long and involved to read/listen to all at once. It rewards listening and absorbing over time. It's one to savor.
This story is classic, if a bit ornate. You'll be hooked, I'm sure. Just luxuriate in the language and the winding plot. It's a fun, twisting, turning tale.