since there is no way to mark books as read in the library I thought this might be a way to mark them
I love to read. I don't often talk about the ones I read but would love to change that.
Yes, for me the audio version brought the book and characters to life in away print couldn't. having no french background the language was hard pronounce correctly. Lee brought the setting and characters into sharp focus for me, and let me enjoy the story without worrying about pronunciation.
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Edward, the Count of Monte Cristo himself is the best character in the book. His quest for vengeance is appealing to one's sense of justice. As Edward thinks "May God give me justice!" An original cat-and-mouse epic tale of betrayal, revenge, justice, and finding one's place in the world.
John Lee's steady voice and pace make one want to Re-read the book again and again. His melodic sounds create a sense of tension and the story steadily builds towards Edward's goals are achieved and he surpasses his own designs.
This is a book you want to savor. I listened to the first four part several times before listening the last part of the book.
Makes me want more literature favorites like Les Miserable and anything by Charles Dickens.
Yes, I would, and plan to. This is the type of story that has so many layers that it will probably take a few reads through to figure everything out. However, it will probably be a while before I get around to it.
The end (roughly part 5 and 6) when everything starts to come together was a real treat. I had been about ready to give up on the book because the middle really does drag on (the fact that Dumas was paid by the word and writing to an audience that doesn't have TV and the Internet to compete for it's reading time was not lost on me). But the last parts, when the traps set begin to snap was really enjoyable.
I haven't but I really enjoyed the reading.
Hell hath no fury...
On another note, see the movie. Diverges with the book in some significant ways, but still a great story in itself.
At almost 50 hours, this book is a commitment, but power through, because the slow parts are more than made up for by the moments of excitement that are frequent throughout the book. A wonderful case study in revenge, power and love.
Do yourself a favor and get this, right now. The reading is superb, and the author handles the beautiful 19th century English and the pronunciation of French names superbly. The story is simply enthralling, as well. I have listened to this audiobook in its lengthy entirety probably a half-dozen times, and each time I still pick up on new, subtle nuances. This is simply a delight to the mind and the ears, and you will not want to press the pause button.
Italian translated in America in 2001, work in Hospitality industry and I am an avid listener.
The plot itself is amazing, intricate, full of entertainment, John Lee made it the perfect package.
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No but I was dreading the moment it would end.
It's a must have, plain and simple
It's long and I got a bit lost with the characters that the count pretends to be but it's a great story if you are looking for providence in person.
The existentialism of human character and glimpses into thought processes to understand motivation and intent.
The banter, the clever use of vocabulary and the pull of each storyline.
I valued Lee's voice inflection, his ability to the transcend the time-period of the publication and draw me into a world of passion, jealousy, betrayal, pain, revenge and forgiveness ....simple amazing!
! Monte Cristo !
Intriguing, mysterious, coincidence.
The mouth-watering anticipation of revenge.
With the exception of Jeremy Irons reading Nabokov, I have not heard such a fantastic narration as that by John Lee. The Count himself was superbly delivered. He brought a sophistication and a sense of menace to it. Wonderful.
His incarceration was very moving. Also his final victim's fate was dreadful and piteous.
If I have a couple of slight criticisms they would be that sometimes the coincidences were just far too much so. Also I didn't like the very end. That is to say that I hated it. Simply because I found the prose to be poor in comparison to the rest of the book and I also found the resolution a bit creepy in a Woody Allenesque sort of way. Its probably of its time and in any case I'll say no more.
It's a classic story that should be read by everyone I try and reread it every few years. a Prison break, money, love and revenge.