Definitly. in the movies Dante gets his revenge. In the book he drags them slowly over the coals, digs up every dirty little secret, sets events in motion and lets them destroy themselves utterly
Dante- Simply the way he evolves and untimately understands
yes, and just as good as the others
I work. I ski. I play. I write. I have a family. I garden. I coach. I volunteer. I sketch. I run. I read.
The story is outstanding. There is great depth and detail.
When Benedetto lets everyone know that Villefort is his father is pretty cool.
The narrator did a good job with each character and kept the story moving well.
When Mondego killed himself, I felt the vengeance of Dantes being fulfilled.
Between this book and Crime and Punishment, I can't say which one I like best.
I would absolutely recommend this novel to anyone out there that enjoys a well crafted drama. The story shared in The Count of Monte Cristo is one many people may think they know, due to the wonderful 2002 film adaptation... however, they would be wrong. While Hollywood did it's best summerize the wide cast of character's and the events that bring them together, the storyline that ensued is far from the written word. And that is a true shame.
While an obvious moment in the book to favor Edmund's "big reveal" I would have to say that the part I replay in my head is the scene in which Edmund is trying to convince his fellow shipmates to leave him on Monte Cristo to recover from his "fall". The dedication, even devotion that is shown towards this character is remarkable.
The author of the book does a bit of speaking directly to the reader, to remind us of a scene earlier described or just to keep us on our toes. Having John Lee cut character and speak directly to me "the reader" was a wonderful way to personalize the story.
The introduction of the Abbe Faria was especially touching for me. I must admit that it was not purely due to Alexandre Dumas' admirable character creation. While he did craft the Abbe, it was Richard Harris that brought him to life for me and his remarkably accurate portrayal left me slightly grieved when I was re-introduced in the novel.
While I make it a rule that the audiobooks are strictly for driving and lab time - I found myself looking for ways to pro-long solo activities (such as grocery shopping and making dinner) so that I could squeeze in a few more minutes with the characters.
Very well written, good narration. I enjoyed this book a lot, there's definetely a good reason for it to be a classic. The only thing I would change is that it is very long, and some parts could be shorter. I was not disappointed, from begining to end it's a book that holds your attention.
At first I wondered if I could listen to a book this long but once I began I could not stop. The narrator was wonderful and with the many accents used in this book. The story was very long but it was worth it. I must admit I got board a couple of times because I lost track of who the narrator was taking about. The book is NOTHING like the movie. I think the movie should have been more like the book however because it had much more intrigue and mystery. If you can handle the long story it is worth your time.
I fully intend this book to become one of my "re-reads". it is an unforgettable story
It had all of the classic ideas, love thwarted, revenge, evil and good . I had never read this before but am so glad I did!!!! this is a must have in any library
He truly made the characters come to life The superciliousness of the up jumped aristocracy is so evident that you realized who were the bad guys
I tried to but with it being in six volumes I had to sleep sometime
The Count of Monte Cristo is a worthwhile purchase. Don't be afraid that the od world language wil be misunderstood, quite the contrary it is necessary to the story to be heard in this context
The top 5.
The trials and tribulations of Edmond Dantes.
When 'Count Monte Cristo' goes to a party of Fernand and Mecedes...mhm! And when Albert admits his fault to Monte Cristo for challenging him to a duel...excelent!
Dantes's realization that Idai really does love him.
And we think we know what revenge is? Ha! Read or listen and find out what revenge is!
John Lee's performance was riveting. It added so much to the book. He really brought the characters to life. The book itself was wonderful. Just a good ol' fashioned good vs. evil story. You will get sucked in, no doubt - even if you're a cynical person like me. It's a grand achievement - by the writer Dumas and the narrator. Bravo!
Great reading of a fun revenge fantasy. It's definitely one of the most entertaining stories written in the 19ty century. And Lee's reading really brings it to lIfe. Audible should be giving this away from free as an introductory offer. Lee showcases what is unique and special about audio books.
Yes, Absolutely. There is no better writer nor a story teller than Alexander Dumas bringing to life such complex characters as those on display in the story of Count of Monte Cristo. Every line of this very long but gripping and fascinating story is essential to the overall plot line and every character is so exquistely endowed with a range of emotions, life experiences and the very contradictory forces present in all of us that we could relate to all of them and even feel sorry for those who we know are evil and have done so much wrong in their past lives yet at the moment they are humbled through adversity by Monte Cristo's design we can not but feel their pain and wish that they could have been spared their punishment as just as it may be.
The reson this audio book is so enjoyable apart from the actual story is the excellent narration of John Lee who switches effortlessly between so many diiferent characters. His voice is rich, warm and exciting and makes the read of the book an absolute joy.
The complexity of the characters and the humanity that Dumas offers to those characters who deserve it the least.
No, but I have just got the three Musketeers and can not wait to listen to it.
When Monte Cristo visits his old cell at chateu D'IF and revaluates his feelings towards those who sent him there and those who abandoned him there and realises that although he took his revenge too far he was right to feel so wronged and hurt by them. It was the only time apart from the very begining of the book that Monte Cristo was back in touch with his emotions and was unguarded about expressing his feelings and rememebred tenderly and reverendly the Abbe Faria. In a strange way it was in that cell that Monte Cristo was free to be himself again and think of his life not by the measure of the revenge he had exacted on his enemies but by how far he had come in realizing that no revenge was going to bring back what was lost to him be it his wasted youth in prsion or his old father dying of hunger or poor Abbe Faria who never manged the escape from prison he so desperately sought.
SO far the best audio book I have listend to. Highly recommend to everyone but mostly fans of Dumas.