Vigilante, Out-of-control Conciousness, white knuckling the steering wheel of this Meat Vehicle I am strapped into.
Just to get this out of the way: The Count of Monte Cristo, one of the greatest literary achievements to ever be printed. Alexandre Dumas, one of the finest authors to ever wield a quill.This is my fifth time with this book, three on paper, one on my Kindle, and this last, obviously, in audio format. I was reticent to order it because I had read it multiple times, but considering it is my favorite book of all time, I took a chance.And it paid off. John Lee absolutely destroyed in his performance. The voices were all unique, it was quite easy to tell as he switched characters in conversations, regardless of who was talking. Several times I have seen good stories not exactly ruined but muddled by poor character voicing (I feel like it happened a bit in A Tale of Two Cities with Simon Vance, for example).This book is worth two credits easy, at one, it's a steal.
Come on, its a classic for a reason.
All of them.
I am a huge fan of the narrator, John Lee, and his performance as King Louie XIII sends chills. By far one of his best performances throughout the novel.
absolutely not, this is a book to be enjoyed when you have time to sit, relax, and loose yourself in the voice of the narrator while absorbing all the detailed nuances and descriptions of the writing.
This is fantastic book and I found myself listening at every available opportunity. I would suggest listening to the sample audio prior to acquiring as the language could be difficult for some people to get used to. I found that after listening for awhile I was able to adapt.
Absolutely, cheap to buy, twenty something hours long, and great narration.
Nothing springs to mind to compare this to
No - too long.
I'd compare this to any revenge story, and favorably. This seems like the template for all such stories that have come since.
He gives each character a unique voice, which with so many characters is no small feat.
This is too long and involved to read/listen to all at once. It rewards listening and absorbing over time. It's one to savor.
This story is classic, if a bit ornate. You'll be hooked, I'm sure. Just luxuriate in the language and the winding plot. It's a fun, twisting, turning tale.
This book caught me completely by surprise. I absolutely loved it - I couldn't get enough of it (which is great, since it is LONG), and although I raced to the finish line, was so sad to have finished. The narration is very well done, with a different voice (and often accent) for each character. I really can't recommend this book enough - what an adventure!
I've been an audio book fan for years and years, since borrowing Books-on-Tape from my local library, buying cassettes from BOT, then migrating to Audible eight years ago. My audio library has become extensive. But still waiting for James Michener's work to get over here.....
Man, that was a long story. I decided to take on Count of Monte Cristo after an underwhelming experience with Jeffrey Archer’s Prisoner of Birth, a book based on the Monte Cristo plot, or at least a modern version of it. Archer took a lot of shortcuts in plot development and ended up with a Reader’s Digest condensed novelette. Talk about taking a trip on a swinging pendulum – Alexandre Dumas’ went totally the other way, his details had details. I recall thinking, “Do I really need to know all this stuff? Isn’t this going way off on a tangent?” Overall, I think the story contained a lot of fat, but also I felt very satisfied at the end of the book. Danglars, Fernand and Villefort received their just desserts and Edmund Dantes got his revenge without sacrificing his soul in the process, though it was very close. One thing I wondered about and will have to do a little research – did people really talk that way or did writers just do dialogue like that in the mid-19th Century? You'd get punched out if you spoke that way on the playground today. Might have to roll into a little Charles Dickens next to keep this thing going.....
I listen to a lot of audiobooks. I like them.
To be honest this book sat in my library for a while before I got around to listening to it. The 47 hour long classic can be a little bit intimidating. But I finally picked it up and stuck to my 'once started it must be finished before moving on' rule. Let me just say-
Boy I'm glad I did!
This story is amongst some of my favorites.
The epic story of justice both for revenge and reward is captivating and moving. Mr. Dumas has done a great job with plot in this book. With seemingly random characters and surprise twists galore, what seems lengthy before reading is actually building superb suspense that you may not even know is there
until it is relieved.
John Lee does a great job with the narration also, I took some time picking the narrator when I purchased the book and I think I did well. I especially liked his portrayal of Gaspard Caderousse, creating a aural picture well suited to the character.
If you have started this book but put it down after the first hour or so- PICK IT UP AGAIN!.
If you haven't started it yet, I highly recommend doing so.
It is worth finishing.
I'd recommend with this book:
by Alfred Lansing
by Michael Crichton