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.
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.