This book caught me completely by surprise. I absolutely loved it - I couldn't get enough of it (which is great, since it is LONG), and although I raced to the finish line, was so sad to have finished. The narration is very well done, with a different voice (and often accent) for each character. I really can't recommend this book enough - what an adventure!
I've been an audio book fan for years and years, since borrowing Books-on-Tape from my local library, buying cassettes from BOT, then migrating to Audible eight years ago. My audio library has become extensive. But still waiting for James Michener's work to get over here.....
Man, that was a long story. I decided to take on Count of Monte Cristo after an underwhelming experience with Jeffrey Archer’s Prisoner of Birth, a book based on the Monte Cristo plot, or at least a modern version of it. Archer took a lot of shortcuts in plot development and ended up with a Reader’s Digest condensed novelette. Talk about taking a trip on a swinging pendulum – Alexandre Dumas’ went totally the other way, his details had details. I recall thinking, “Do I really need to know all this stuff? Isn’t this going way off on a tangent?” Overall, I think the story contained a lot of fat, but also I felt very satisfied at the end of the book. Danglars, Fernand and Villefort received their just desserts and Edmund Dantes got his revenge without sacrificing his soul in the process, though it was very close. One thing I wondered about and will have to do a little research – did people really talk that way or did writers just do dialogue like that in the mid-19th Century? You'd get punched out if you spoke that way on the playground today. Might have to roll into a little Charles Dickens next to keep this thing going.....
I listen to a lot of audiobooks. I like them.
To be honest this book sat in my library for a while before I got around to listening to it. The 47 hour long classic can be a little bit intimidating. But I finally picked it up and stuck to my 'once started it must be finished before moving on' rule. Let me just say-
Boy I'm glad I did!
This story is amongst some of my favorites.
The epic story of justice both for revenge and reward is captivating and moving. Mr. Dumas has done a great job with plot in this book. With seemingly random characters and surprise twists galore, what seems lengthy before reading is actually building superb suspense that you may not even know is there
until it is relieved.
John Lee does a great job with the narration also, I took some time picking the narrator when I purchased the book and I think I did well. I especially liked his portrayal of Gaspard Caderousse, creating a aural picture well suited to the character.
If you have started this book but put it down after the first hour or so- PICK IT UP AGAIN!.
If you haven't started it yet, I highly recommend doing so.
It is worth finishing.
I'd recommend with this book:
by Alfred Lansing
by Michael Crichton
Top 3 I have ever heard........
All the change ups, and the context and the detail. The patience of the writer
The count and his babe
It's a good story, fast paced with great characters. This is a fun escape. Keeps you going. Rich language and descriptions. Wronged man escapes island prison hell, finds fabulous treasures, lives incredible life-style, rescues victims, revenge against bad guys.
One of my favorite characters was the paralyzed grandfather. He can only move his eyes, but speaks with them in signals to his grand-daughter. But he is a power figure with a secret and saves his grand-daughter. Don't want to spoil it, but it's very imaginative. First described as helpless, but then . . .
Excellent reader. Wonderful voice, a pleasure to listen to. The florid language and descriptions flow. Excellent pronunciation. All the characters are presented with accents appropriate to their nationality and background. Great vocal characterization. Keeps up the pace of the story and carries you along.
This is the bedtime story that will keep you awake and listening longer, make you forget you're waiting too long wherever you're stuck. Just relax, unwind and have some listening fun.
I'm currently listening to it for the 2nd time and will definitely listen to it again multiply times at later dates. The story has everything you could want, love, betrayal, retaliation, redemption, trials and much more. The readers way of reading the story adds to depth of the story and gives feeling to it unlike some readers. I loved the story when I read the book many years ago but I feel like the reader brought it alive. Every time the story is read, new aspects that you didn't think about open to you. It gets you thinking about some of the history that happened during the period of the story and makes you curious to find out more details which makes the story come alive even more.
The abbey that was in prison with Edmond was my favorite character. He showed how we are not limited by the restrictions of our circumstances but how we go grow beyond them. And how we can be contented, pleasant and helpful to others even in our trials. If even 2% of the people in the world where like he was, things would be so much better.
I had never listened to John Lee before. I will definitely be checking out the available books to see what else he had done.
Power, corruption, betrayal, lust, murder, retaliation, money, love, intrigue this story has it all in such depth that you will be unable to turn away for wanting to know and see more.
gripping, thrilling, exciting.
I learned a lot about French history, but I love the way Dumas teases the reader by drawing out the tension.
I don't speak French, so it was great to hear the French names pronounced correctly.
I loved the bit where he escaped from the prison by hiding in a shroud.
Best book ever. Just love it
John Lee, WOW, makes every character come alive. How does he do it? Alexander Dumas would also say "Wow!". I thought I knew this story, but I was so wrong. Get ready for the ride of your life into a time and culture you will never forget. Thank you Audible for giving us a luxury that is priceless.