It gave a great deal of insight into the period.
Undoubtedly the 14 years in prison.
The Count of Monte Cristo
That would have required missing a great deal of sleep. It was much more compelling toward the end.
The reader, Alexandre Dumas, made it much easier to get through a book of this length.
I'm Robert's wife, a retired physician and homeschool mom whose grown kids now love history, literature, sci-fi, fantasy, historical fiction
Great book, great story, and a great narrator. I always thought (from chit-chat, abridgments my kids read, and glimpses of movies) that I would hate this story. I was so wrong. This is even on my short list of got-to listen to it agains. Don't let anything spoil it for you. Just get into the story and see all the places it takes you. A classic deserving of the name, and I wasn't even depressed when I finished it! (A rare mix.)
The best so far
Read this book four or five times but immensely enjoyed it this time, as this was more or less a true story that was taken and made into fiction by Dumas, I always liked the happy ending to this story rather than the true one, of course I would have to say Edmond Dantes.
No this is the first time and I am inclined to be an avid fan of his, his performance was terrific saw the book in a new light, a delightful read.
Mainly listened to the book driving to and from my work place, which takes about 30 minutes one way, find myself going in a circuitous route whenever possible, making my wife anxious as to why I wasn't back at the appropriate time, regretted reaching the ending.
I've listened to it twice and relish all its twists and unexpected turns.
I think it was published in serial, like Dickens' novels. Consequently, the scope of the story is similarly huge, which I like. Dumas, like his contemporary, is a great story teller but other similarities would be a stretch.
it is solid in every way
John Lee is among my favorites!
Intense and involved. Stories within stories with lots of geography and history thrown in for good measure.
Very much so. The reader did an outstanding job and the author captures humanity's worst and best in such an amazing and facinating manor.
The complexity and depth of the book is fantastic.
First time listening to John Lee. I hope that all his other readings are as good.
A must listen/read for people who like books.
I found myself continuously comparing Alexandre Dumas to the mystery/intrique writers of today and did not find him lacking in any way, in fact, in most cases found him vastly superior. Even though I thought I knew the whole story, the twists and turns kept me wanting to read more. John Lee as the narrator is excellent and brought the story to life even more. You won't be disappointed.
I think I would rather read than listen if I had to do it again.... or maybe listen and read.
Mercedes - such an innocent victim.
When Edmund got out of prison.
Passionate about reading, listening and widening my comprehension of the world. My favourite sentence: we have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.
I prefer the printed version, more faithful to the original book
The Count; obviously he is a perfect character
I can't say; all characters are very well performed
both laugh and cry. You can't just stay insensible to this masterpiece