I live in Vermont. My freelance work requires reading critical and expository prose, so I like fanciful escapist fare for fun.
Rollicking adventure, colorful, detailed, old-fashioned writing, long but elegant, lots of interesting characters. The reader's pace is just right, clarity and expression are very good; pronunciation of the French not great ("du" sounds like "doo"). Great choice for snowstorm or long dreary sick day.
I was dreading the end of that book. Not because of the end itself. But because it HAD to end, and after 47 hours of my life spent with Edmond Dantès, Count of Monte Cristo, I just couldn't leave him. Edmond Dantès is one of the monuments of French lit., a kind of Batman (seriously), a sublimely well educated avenging angel who can charm while talking of art or poisons. John Lee's narration is flawless--I will not hold against him the mangled French words.. that is a common flaw of all audiobooks I have read so far, and unless you are French as I am, it won't spoil your pleasure--and his deep warm voice perfectly portraits the superhuman nature of the awe inspiring Count. I also wish to add that the English translation matches in elegance Dumas's French. Very highly recommended for a true dark, romantic ride.
ok, it's a really really long book... but I know I'll be listening to this again. Amazing story (can't believe I'm in my mid 30s and still hadn't read it), incredible twists and turns and subplots and just pure genius. The narrator was wonderful, gorgeous voice, and gave great life and complexity to each of the characters. Absolutely wonderful, hope you don't mind me adding to the long list of rave reviews :)
WOnderful writing - wow - so beautifully written. wonderful story and characters and fantastic narrator. only negative is it's long, i mean, really long. 6 parts and some of them do get slow. i took a break midway through and then continued later. but really so worth it.
I have always wanted to read the Count of Monte Cristo, but the size of the book was daunting. When I found the audio book I was excited to have the story read to me. John Lee was great. He had a distinct voice for each character, especially for Caderousse. Amazing!
While I completely enjoyed this book, I must admit to getting quiet confused, esp in the middle section. I had to kind of just let the story roll and unfold. Between the French names, the fact that some people changed their names and the introduction of new characters 3/4 of the way into the book as though we had always known them and they turn out to be fairly important, I had to surrender to befuddlement for a few hours. I think a story this complex is probably better read in print form unless you are already familiar with the plot and characters. I throughly enjoyed Dumas' writing style and John Lee did a fantastic job with the voices. I'd love to see this as a movie set in modern day times. That'd be a hoot! The count is so slick. Loved him. Might even listen again some time now that I have a grasp on the characters and plot twists.
Loved it, a very enjoyable way to experience a classic I would otherwise have missed, gripping narration, a perfect on the go companion, with so many twists and turns. A wonderful journey.
I read this many years ago, back when it was an assignment, enjoyed it then. We've all seen the movie adaptions. Ever wonder how they squeeze 40 or so hours of reading down to 100 minutes of visual? This is a wonderful listen. The reader captures each character perfectly and even though I know the outcome, the journey is fantastic!
This is THE audiobook. John Lee is excellent and the story is one of tragedy, intrigue, resilience, vengeance, and redemption. The story, while elaborate, is truly a masterpiece and the characters are immensely deep and compelling. Listen to this book! It is a bargain at 1 credit!
It took me a while to get use to the narrator's voice and style, but I absolutely loved the story and by the end loved the narrator. A wonderful story.