I so enjoyed "The Count of Monte Cristo" and found John Lee's narration to be pitch perfect the entire way.
The story, despite a few seeming cul de sacs, ties together well at the end, and it seems that unlike "Les Miserables," the information Dumas presents really is integral to the resolution in some way.
Here's my question: Are we to assume that the Count manipulated *all* that occurred in his long quest for vengeance against Danglars, Villesfort and Fernand (and Caderousse)? In other words, did he carefully plot and plan all the happened, over the course of many years? If so, he was in some sense god-like in his abilities.
Or should we assume that there was some luck involved?
At any rate, this "children's story" (?!) kept me in rapt attention for 47 hours of listening. Not many books can do that. Outstanding.
This classic novel has been wonderfully performed to truly lift the readers overall experience. A tremendous tale that has stood the test of time and will remain one of the all time great novels.
Quite long but I found myself completely absorbed for the entirety. Highly recommended.
My kids were doing a play based on the book, so I decided to give it a shot. I'm so glad I did. I didn't know anything about the story before I began, but after a chapter or two, I was hooked. Some reviewers were confused by all of the characters, many with multiple identities. As long as this book is, I expected that could be an issue. It wasn't. The book was easy to follow through many twists and turns over four or five decades. It was a consistent "page turner" for me. I looked forward to the traffic jams on my way to work. That got me more time to listen. It took about a month to get through, but when it was over, I wanted more.
So far started listening to the first volume, like it very much. The most attractive is the narrator, who reads it as if he is narrating to you. Highly recommend this book and along with the narrator!
I like read books and maybe someday I will write one!
This audio edition is as good as the print version. The book becomes alive as you hear it.
The book is well written and unique. There is none like it.
The book makes me realize that revange neither takes away your pain or solves one's problems.
I definitely recommend The Count of Monte Cristo to anyone who appreciates classic books and their beauty.
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I admit, I never read this book growing up. When I saw it here, I had to listen to it to feel more well rounded in a "literary" sense. This is such a good story, the performance was great. Even though it was a time commitment, it held my attention to the end. It is easy to understand how this book has stayed alive with every generation - its themes are timeless.
The reader was incredible and dynamic! The story was a true classic indeed!
It's hard to separate the two because the characters and the story is so powerful.
The Count of course. Although seemingly resolute and fixed in his will, I like the change that happens in him towards the end. He experiences remorse and unexpectedly questions whether what he is doing is right after all.
Don't watch this movie. Read the book.
The Count of Monte Cristo is widely branded a tale of revenge, but it is also a story of love, charity, adventure and forgiveness. I loved it.
I would and have already recommended this to my friends and family. I enjoyed the movie version (2002) and had always wanted to read the book but was too busy for a sit down read. I was delighted to see I might be able to experience the story on Audible.The narrator is fabulous and the story is gripping. I did feel like the story ended too soon for what I was expecting (although it was like 50 hours) and maybe that was designed by the Author so there might be a sequel. However I was completely engaged to the very end and even though it didn't end exactly how I wanted, I really truly loved the story. The narrator, John Lee, did a terrific job with the characters voices and feelings and I will be looking for more stories narrated by him.
John Lee's voice inflection and ability to own so many characters was incredible! What a truly talented individual. To be able to go from Man to woman, from poor to rich and origin to origin made it facinating. Wonderful at accents and a great story teller.
Yes, however it was very lengthy and I found myself listening to it in the car, making myself late to work a few times....but it was well worth it!
John Lee, is a sublime narrator. His pronunciation perfect, his accent astounding. He brings Dumas, characters to life with a a reading that would be worthy of Dumas himself.
The Count of Monte Cristo of course.
I cannot say for I found them all so enjoyable.