I have recommended this book to everyone who asks! The narration is perfect, the story line is captivating and there are amazing life lessons to learn! I recounted the story each night to my kids and they all were dying to hear what was happening to the "winking Grandpa", Maximilian and the Count!
How John Lee makes this complicated story just flow off his tongue is beyond me. We've read it to our teenagers as part of a listening course. Although Alexandre Dumas' stories can get a bit long winded, they are always worth the wait and the brilliance of the characters and subplots in this novel kept me riveted to the very end.
Listening to the patient reintroduction with his former enemies keeps the tension high and the reader always filled with new information that just makes the story more intoxicating by the chapter.
This is my favorite novel and John Lee is one of my favorite narrators. This is my favorite narration by John Lee. He just makes it sound so effortless, easy, and entertaining. You never feel far from the story and often you feel as if you are right in the middle of it.
None of the TV series or movies do this masterful work any justice, but the multipart TV series did a much better job than I thought they would.
Alternate Tagline? That's a tough one and I honestly can't think of one that flows well with the complexity of the story.
If you want a story that will entertain you for HOURS and HOURS and help you shed the chaos of the day, then dive on in, you won't be disappointed.
Revenge is a dish best-served cold, in this case really, really cold. Edmond Dant??s takes twenty years or more to exact his revenge on the men who stole his fiancee, his happiness, and years of his life.
This is one of the longest audiobooks I've ever listened to. It took me over 3 months to finish, but the story and the narrator made me excited to listen every chance I got. Great book! Highly recommended.
The narrator brought this classic to life. He was spectacular. The story lagged at times, due to the fact it was written almost 200 years age and the use of language has changed. However, the narration was fabulous and brought the Count to life, as well as, every character.
I enjoyed this Audiobook. The story itself is well written and an intricately woven tale of revenge. The acting of this book was phenomenal. Close your eyes...(not while you're driving) and you can envision the characters with their costumes. I almost missed my exit a few times because I got caught up in the tale.
The reader's voice, which is varied and excellent. His ability to jump into the feminine coy is impressive.
Maximilian Morrel, for his steadfast devotion to Valentine
The Abbé Faria. I felt every nuance of his imprisoned world-walking soul and brilliant mind
I clenched my fists in enjoyment as the Count took down his enemies first in their own parlors, in their own fortresses, with his wit. I wasn't expecting to revel so much in the intellectual revenge he exacts on them before he dismantles their lives with their own misdeeds. It made me marvel at what we've lost in modern storytelling, and extremely grateful for the work you've all done to keep this alive in spoken form. We have endless wisdom to mine from the older storytellers.
Too bad that John Lee didn't spend some of his fee on hiring a French consultant. There are so many mispronounced French place names and proper names that it's a bit embarrassing, and detracts from the story. The hardest one to hear continually was Maître Pastrini, read as Maïtre, (as a diphthong.) Champ de Mars, with silent S, was just one Parisian place name mispronounced among many. More research into the French would make this read as timeless and unassailable as its reader is compelling and easy on the ear. Such a good reader, so quite a shame about the French.
The meeting in Paris.
All high school students should have it for required reading.
I love long books! This one is great and it is read by John Lee! Love him! I can listen to him for hours and not get tired!
I can compare this book to Ken Follet's books.
Perfect as usual!
Made me very anxious and sad! But it was GREAT!
There isn't much I can say about the novel itself that hasn't been covered in the last hundred-and-sixty years, but suffice it to say that the plot is just as thrilling, the characters as vibrant, and the themes as relevant as they were when the book was first published.
It's John Lee's narration that makes listening to Dumas' seminal work such a great pleasure. His ability to create the most distinct voices without resorting to caricature is a rare ability, even for a vocal performer, and his mastery of the varied accents of Dumas' world -- Italian, Greek, British -- and his impeccable pronunciation of French names and places, is a marvel to behold.
Next to The Rise and Fall of The Third Reich, this has been the longest audiobook I've taken on, at about 46 hours, and not for a moment was I the least bored. For a whole month, Edmund Dantes, his myriad personas, friends and enemies were my constant companions. I hope you too decide to take the extraordinary journey offered by the great Alexandre Dumas, and his modern interpreter John Lee.