I was a little worried that this would be dry, or that the language would be too difficult to follow, but neither was true. The story was engaging and the narration was the best I've ever heard. If you are interested in getting some classics under your belt, this is a great selection.
This is a very long book but I really enjoyed it. The story is very rich and the narrator was great. I had seen the movie and knew the story so I wasn't sure what to think. It is definately a lot better than the movie and quite different. I had seen the book on a website listing the "top 100 novel's of all time." I decided to give it a shot and was not disappointed.
The Count of Monte Cristo is one of my favorite books, but the narrator has me happy I got this on the $5 sale and didn't spend more. It is almost monotone with so little difference between narration and dialogue that it can be difficult to follow.
I only have 1 novel I love more than this (Atlas Shrugged). This book is an absolutely amazing journey with splendid characters, tremendous development, and all the adventure possible.
You will not regret getting this novel.
I have listened to this two times through. The reader is excellent. He brings each character to life with different accents and timbre. The story itself is one of the best told tales of revenge, but the reader makes the story truly come alive. I highly recommend this. I bought it at full price and felt it was worth every penny.
I can't believe I waited so long to read this. I agree with a previous reviewer about looking over some
Cliff Notes for both background information, and to help keep the characters straight (several characters have multiple names). The plot is intricate, and though some machinations are a bit contrived, the end result is the ultimate tale of betrayal and revenge.
I'm not sure how much I can add other than to say you must read this! If you haven't yet had the opportunity you should. John Lee is an amazing narrator and I am tempted to buy many more books just because he is narrating them!
Of course the story is a classic and so very fun to listen to. There are a few times where I was confused as to where we were and what was going on, but that was the way it was supposed to be, everything gets explained, you just have to be patient. I had a great time listening and will probably listen again!
I didn't have any real preconceived notion about what this book concerned or if it was any good. I ended up absolutely loving every part of this book. It was written in 1844 but has an almost contemporary feel in the way it was written. It was a real page turner with the suspense, intrigue and engaging characters.
The book is structured as if it were a series of connected short stories. As I am a big fan of that format, it made for a great novel. There were a lot of intriguing characters that I would love to go back and find out further what happened with them.
I would highly recommend this book. Plus they couldn't have found a better narrator.
I would like to add my heartfelt recommendation to the growing list for this audiobook.
As a 19yr old who has been listening to audiobooks since she was 5, I can assure anyone thinking of purchasing this book that the quality of John Lee's narration is superb. And is quite in keeping with the quality of the story.
The language and descriptions in this book are delightfully rich and the story itself is a perfect mix of emotion, philosophy and rollicking adventure!
Not having read this in school, and only having read current 20th century novels, this 19th century story is the best novel I've read in 52 years. The author fills the imagination with suspense, drama and intrigue. The story contains many levels and, through an incredible writing style, transports the reader back in time whilst intermittently provoking self-analysis. Despite its length, this story is on my list to read again! Having been written so long ago, this reader did not expect to find such powerful dialogue reinforcing my belief in the power of words!