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!
Monte Cristo is one of my favorite books of all times--I read it every year or so. This recording was very pleasant to listen to, and John Lee used just the right amount of accent in his characters voices so that you felt like you were there, and could follow this sometimes-complicated story.
Don't hesitate to download this book. It is SO worth more than one credit.
by far the best audiobook i have listen to. i had seen various film versions of the story but have always been intimidated by length of the book or the 50 hour listen ..... the book is very different than the movie versions so seeing the movie will not ruin it for you ..... john lee really brings the book alive and the 50 hours flew by
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.