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.
I don't know because I did not read the printed one however, I think that for such a book the audio version might be better
When the count understands that he is not as strong as god and no matter how carefully he plans his revenge he could not foresee all the consequences of his action and he start to regret.
Yes I have listed to a few books that were narrated by him. They are all good, he is just a very good Narrator my favorite so far.
The story and the characters were wonderfully developed. You hated the the evil doers and rooted for the good guys.
Too many characters to pick just one.
The parting of Edmund and Mercedes.
love, loss and revenge
Nortier, he must communicate through his eyes
It was great
Yes, but it is long and the dialogue is a little tedious
A lot of people will like this book. The story has potential but it goes on forever in such detail that I got tired of it.
Not at all.
The narrator actually wasn't bad. He did very well
It did. I think a lot of people would like it. The story at many times got very good but then it got boring again. It was just too long
At one point I had to go online and read the plot becasue I could not figure out the caracters. It was hard to remember who was who. It was easier to follow after that. I made sure I did not find out what happend at the end so it was still a surprise. I am looking forward to renting the movie because I thought it was a pretty good story but it lost me and if it wasn't for the fact I wanted to say I had read it I would have given up on it.
Exciting, Suspenseful, Intricate
The story is so intricate, but every moment and word is completely necessary. Dumas does a great job making the plot strong and exciting, while still allowing the reader intimate connection with the characters.
Listened to 3 Musketeers. John Lee does a fantastic job of pronouncing the french, distinguishing the voices and not making female characters sound stupid. One of the best audiobook readers I've ever heard. Highly recommended and sought after.
Definitely cried through the last few chapters.
Favorite book ever. Best audiobook version.
I would absolutely recommend this to anyone I know who likes audiobooks. It's not a great way to start listening to audiobooks since it is so long (it took me about a month of listening to hear it all). The Count of Monte Cristo is a book I had always wanted to read and always been a bit intimidated by the length. The performance of this book in this recording makes it almost episodic - John Lee's voice carries you through even the action-less parts. It makes it easy to pick up and put down and remember exactly where you were. It definitely takes longer than actually reading the book yourself, but it feels a breeze. And the story is amazing, one of my favorite reads ever.
No, as I would have to be either an insomniac or Mr. Smith of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington to manage that.
I just began listening to audible books on the drive to and from work. This book not only keeps me awake on my drives but I'm so interested in the story that I find myself sitting in the car a few more minutes even if I've arrived at my destination. The narrator John Lee does a great job at doing different voices for different characters. Highly recommended.