It is difficult to restrain my desire to use too many adjectives of praise for The Count. I will simply say, this book should be read by everyone at some point in their lives, preferably early on, as it serves as inspirational fuel for excellent living. Engaging from the first paragraph, I digested the entire audiobook over a space of two weeks. John Lee provides voices perfectly true to their characters. And Dumas' eloquence evokes the full spectrum of emotion and invigorates the imagination. This book, and particularly this version, is the most credit-worthy purchase you can make. Do not cheat yourself of the joy provided by the unabridged version; it is well worth the additional time.
I've avoided reading this book for about 25 years now. I only wish I had audible.com a quarter-century ago! This classic is referenced in so many places that I've always felt I'm missing out. Thanks to John Lee, this book was not only surmountable, it was exciting. I spent many hours walking and gardening while listening to the book - and embarassed myself by gasping or laughing at some of the twists and turns of this remarkable story. John Lee's voice talent is impressive and makes this VERY long book a joy to listen to.
We bought this book primarily for a long road trip for family members, but I quickly became enthralled with the many twists and turns within the plot. Initially, I had trouble following the characters due to French names, but before long, each one shone clearly within my brain. This was a grand chance to experience a classic that I forgot to read in high school or college! (Familiarity with geography of France and surrounding areas would enhance your listening, I would think.)
Dumas and Lee make a fabulous pair. While this is an incredibly long book, the payoffs are worth it. Listening to this I felt that Dumas must have had as much fun writing this as I was having reading it. A complete joy.
OK, so it is extremely well written and the narrator is excellent. I would expect no less from Alexandre Dumas and John Lee. What I didn't expect is how it kept me listening. It is as romantic and adventurous as you could immagine. The characters are well drawn the plot, multifaceted and original. I couldn't stop listening.
I should have gotten the abridged version. 47 hours is just TOO LONG! I wanted so bad to get to the point when the Count revealed his true indentity but after over 30 hours of listening I simply gave up! A tremendous work. Literary masterpiece.
I read this book in my youth; thanks to this recording and my age, I appreciate the artistry and beauty of this Dumas classic in wonderfully new ways. It took me a while to get used to the narrator, then found I loved his presentation. And the book, well, it's simply fabulous - a tremendous journey, one that you won't want to stop.
I Listened to this book every chance I got. Walking my dogs, riding in the car, walking on the treadmill........
A great, but tragic story of revenge.
Loved John Lee's narration.
Very classical and very apt. Nicely put regardless of the era: the truths are still VERY relevent. Man is man whatever the date.