I have always wanted to read the Count of Monte Cristo, but the size of the book was daunting. When I found the audio book I was excited to have the story read to me. John Lee was great. He had a distinct voice for each character, especially for Caderousse. Amazing!
While I completely enjoyed this book, I must admit to getting quiet confused, esp in the middle section. I had to kind of just let the story roll and unfold. Between the French names, the fact that some people changed their names and the introduction of new characters 3/4 of the way into the book as though we had always known them and they turn out to be fairly important, I had to surrender to befuddlement for a few hours. I think a story this complex is probably better read in print form unless you are already familiar with the plot and characters. I throughly enjoyed Dumas' writing style and John Lee did a fantastic job with the voices. I'd love to see this as a movie set in modern day times. That'd be a hoot! The count is so slick. Loved him. Might even listen again some time now that I have a grasp on the characters and plot twists.
Loved it, a very enjoyable way to experience a classic I would otherwise have missed, gripping narration, a perfect on the go companion, with so many twists and turns. A wonderful journey.
I read this many years ago, back when it was an assignment, enjoyed it then. We've all seen the movie adaptions. Ever wonder how they squeeze 40 or so hours of reading down to 100 minutes of visual? This is a wonderful listen. The reader captures each character perfectly and even though I know the outcome, the journey is fantastic!
This is THE audiobook. John Lee is excellent and the story is one of tragedy, intrigue, resilience, vengeance, and redemption. The story, while elaborate, is truly a masterpiece and the characters are immensely deep and compelling. Listen to this book! It is a bargain at 1 credit!
It took me a while to get use to the narrator's voice and style, but I absolutely loved the story and by the end loved the narrator. A wonderful story.
The book in and of itself is a masterpiece but it's always great when it's read by such a great narrator. John Lee speaks deliberately, at a proper speed and with enough variety to set apart the various characters. This is key in such a lengthy book such as this one. Very enjoyable.
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.