I was drawn to this book because it was read by John Lee and it was on sale! I kept putting off its reading and found the first part (pre-prison) to be frustratingly predictable. The remainder of the book is worth it, though. As one reviewer noted, it appears Dumas was paid by the word; but that just serves to prolong the pleasure. Fans of Pillars of the Earth, World Without End, and other epic unabridged novels will enjoy listening to this book. John Lee never disappoints, and his narration is perfect.
I have rarely come across a story as captivating and as beautifully written AND beautifully narrated as this one, thank you Mr. Lee, can you bring alive more classics for us! I downloaded this on a whim, and almost didn't start listening to it when I saw six long parts, but every second was totally worth it. Set against a rich backdrop of 19th century Europe, you can almost see the story unfolding as you listen to it, with minute details bringing the narrative alive. Totally recommended!
What you will hear from me is echoed, in large part, by the numerous other reviews. First, the Dumas story is not only a classic, but written with such elegance (in this fine translation) that one realizes such use of language is a lost art. Second, do not be put off by the length. Not only is this how Dumas wrote it, but the word pictures he paints are breathtaking. That is why abridged books are, in my view, simply a bad road to travel. Third (and frequently noted by others), John Lee's narration is not simply "read"; it is crafted, and entirely perfect, both in accents (several) and in his careful modulations of voice. I have listened to several of his other narrations, and he would do justice to a telephone book were he called upon to record it. Just look at all the books in Audible that he has narrated. I would choose any with his name on it. This recording belongs on your bucket list.
This book was my absolute favorite one when I was 12 year old. I decided to listen English translation now and while I find translation and narration excellent, I did not enjoy it this time. It is problem with most classic books - we are more sophisticated and better educated than our ancestors and our perception of the world is different. Alas, "Tempora mutant et nos mutamur in illis". Alas, I could not make myself to listen till the end. Somewhat sad about it.
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.