One of the best, most engaging audio book experiences I've had so far. One of those stories that makes me want to sit in the car listening long after I have reached my destination.
The story of Dantes and the Count is filled with excitement, passion, compassion and human interest. The Count's plans prove, if proof were needed, that revenge is truly a dish best served cold.
John Lee is one of the best readers I have listened to. His diction is clear and precise, his pronunciation correct, and, while he does subtly differentiate the dialogue spoken by various characters, this is done delicately and without distraction.
The narration helped the listener distinguish among a large cast of characters. A long and complicated plot line can make for a difficult read or listening experience but this narrator made me want to pay attention and catch the subtleties of the story so that the whole book would eventually make sense. This is a long and intertwined plot with complicated relationships between / among the characters. It should be listened to when the listener has lots of time to devote to it such as on a long trip in the car. I used it as entertainment while I rode my stationary bike and it encouraged me to spend more time exercising so that I could find out what happened next in the story.
The Count until he escaped from prison. He was a humble and real human at that time.
Edmund meeting the Abbe in the jail.
No. I would not be able to stay awake and pay attention for over 40 hours. I can't imagine to listening to it for more than 2 hours at a stretch.
Good story about a different time in history with different customs, etiquette and moral code. Well done!
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This is a creative story of revenge. The later half of the book is very different from the movie (the Count of Monte Cristo part). It is quite long, so save it for when you have some free time. The narrator gives an excellent performance.
Granted they are the same text, I loved listening to this book more than reading. Mainly that John Lee knows how to speak French, and it really adds authenticity to the story.
The drama, romance, and tragedy that takes place for all of the characters in the story.
The scene when Mercedes first addresses the Count of Monte Cristo as Edmund.
This is probably my favorite book of all time. I love listening to it, reading it, watching the movie, and anything else to do with it. I have to say, listening is probably my favorite, and John Lee does an amazing job.
I have never read the printed version, but nothing, to me, compares to a well performed audio book anymore. There are several great reviews of this version and my writing another is probably not necessary, but I just couldn't pass up a chance to include mine in the mix.
The story is amazing, and the performance was riveting.
Edmund of course. His transformation from clueless and pitiful to cunning and magnificent was what made the story so wonderful.
The final scene in my mind of Edmund and Haydee sailing away for their final happiness.
It has been done many times, but I am sure never to do the story justice.
Don't miss the chance to spend the time on this book. You will not be sorry.
Really enjoyable and, as I'm finding for most audiobooks, easier to get through than the printed version. Not the total masterpiece of writing or perhaps translation...too many uses of terms like "indescribable" and "impossible to describe"...that's your job Dumas! :-) But overall fantastic, brilliant, a must read classic.
I've read this classic at least three times in the past and have always enjoyed it. John Lee's reading of it enhances the experience so much that I believe the listening of it was even better.
Oh I think once is enough, the unabridged version took me a month to
Every nuance and story sidetrack had an eventual explanation that made the journey worthwhile. This was my second John Lee narration performance (Fall of Giants by Ken Follett). Lee was the leading reason for buying the book. Dumas language was so rich with antiquated vocabulary that occasionally I had to stop and do a little self translation to make sense of the description. Dumas may have been a French author which may be the reason the translation was so convoluted.
Monsieur de Villefort going mad after his entire family desserts him.
A classic tale of revenge
I read this book in print while in high school in the late 1960's and it was one of my favorites. This time I could listen with a more mature perspective, and it is still a darn good historical novel. There is a lot of dialogue and John Lee narrated well for the most part, but sometimes everyone sounded the same; that didn't ruin it. The book is way too long to listen to in one sitting (47+ hours!) but well worth it for me.
When I write a review, it's fun for me but they are not always considered very helpful.
Indeed a masterpiece of storytelling. No motion picture could tell all the details of this book. But then movies serve a different purpose and manner of storytelling. This is a long book worth every penny ...John Lee is a great narrator, holding steadfast throughout, to deliver every nuance of this classic story. Ours to enjoy forever.