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.
This is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to. I found that the story kept me entertained for the entire 46 hours.
John Lee does an excellent job at bringing to life all the characters. Plus, he saves me from butchering all of the French names and places.
I'm nearly 70 years old and somehow managed to miss reading this wonderful, wonderful classic! It may be the absolute best adventure story I've ever read, with all the elements presented in appropriate ways and with a happy ending for the good guys.
In many ways, I found allegories for my own life throughout the book. I've been up and down and have prevailed (revenged myself) over most of my antagonists, albeit knocked down by a few. I have lost and gained many loves over the years, including my current and wonderful Daisy -- who began as my own "slave" and has become the final and permanent resident of my heart. In our small way, we have begun our own journey over the horizon looking for Rainbows End.
This is a wonderful book, well narrated, but also very long. Be sure to set aside sufficient uninterrupted time to savor it. I managed it in about 15 sessions, each about 1/3 of a file.
I'm something of a history buff and have served my time in state and municipal politics. I find it interesting that politics and bureaucracies are no more enlightened and no less corrupt today than they were in Dumas' time. This saddens me, but the knowledge itself is valuable in these turbulent times.
If you have not read The Count of Monte Cristo, do so immediately. You may not find a financial treasure trove as Dantes did, but the book is saturated with other treasures.
The story is classic and has been the inspiration for so many other stories over the years. The recording is long but never boring and the reading is very good on this edition. Romance, tragedy, revenge, adventure and redemption-it covers most of the basis in such an elegant way.
This was a very enjoyable story but at over 36 hours in length It was a marathon listen. This was a story I always wanted to read but I was put off by its length. I thought an audio book might be the right approach and I was not disappointed.
It is an excellently tangled tale and I found Dumas' dialogue style, perhaps a result of time and translation, to be quirky but absolutely delightful. John Lee's performance was a perfect match to Dumas story.
This was definitely 36 hours well spent.
Yes, it was a wonderful experience
How it articulated along the whole book
How he was effective "depicting" each character
Revenge is a dish best served cold
This is THE BOOK
Having never read this book before, I had an idea that it was just some Errol Flynn movie with capes and swords, but in print. I couldn't have been more wrong. Along with period romance and period adventure and period action, there are deep lessons in revenge, forgiveness, love, mercy, politics, religion, class warfare, mortality, destiny, foreign policy, criminal justice, and even bubble economics. I cried at several points and especially at the heart-throbbing and poetic end. The narration is superb and appropriately dignified for the flowery and formal language of the times.
Not a minute of listening wasted in the unfolding of this detailed and complex tale. This classic had passed me by in my youth, but is worth all the hours of thought and exploration and listening invested now! Beautifully paced and expressed, read with clarity and compassion, this book has enriched my life.
I love listening to books when cycling, paddleboarding, etc but I press pause when I need to concentrate. Its safer & I don't lose the plot!
Yes. Its a good story that captivates, and very well narrated
Cant think of another book like it
No, but he was superb in this
When he escapes from prison
Although it was great fun to listen to, the plot stretched my ability to suspend disbelief all too often. There are also some patches where I lost the plot, but, in fairness, my listening context (on a bike, often) may have been to blame