I'm Robert's wife, a retired physician and homeschool mom whose grown kids now love history, literature, sci-fi, fantasy, historical fiction
Great book, great story, and a great narrator. I always thought (from chit-chat, abridgments my kids read, and glimpses of movies) that I would hate this story. I was so wrong. This is even on my short list of got-to listen to it agains. Don't let anything spoil it for you. Just get into the story and see all the places it takes you. A classic deserving of the name, and I wasn't even depressed when I finished it! (A rare mix.)
The best so far
Read this book four or five times but immensely enjoyed it this time, as this was more or less a true story that was taken and made into fiction by Dumas, I always liked the happy ending to this story rather than the true one, of course I would have to say Edmond Dantes.
No this is the first time and I am inclined to be an avid fan of his, his performance was terrific saw the book in a new light, a delightful read.
Mainly listened to the book driving to and from my work place, which takes about 30 minutes one way, find myself going in a circuitous route whenever possible, making my wife anxious as to why I wasn't back at the appropriate time, regretted reaching the ending.
I've listened to it twice and relish all its twists and unexpected turns.
I think it was published in serial, like Dickens' novels. Consequently, the scope of the story is similarly huge, which I like. Dumas, like his contemporary, is a great story teller but other similarities would be a stretch.
it is solid in every way
John Lee is among my favorites!
Intense and involved. Stories within stories with lots of geography and history thrown in for good measure.
I found myself continuously comparing Alexandre Dumas to the mystery/intrique writers of today and did not find him lacking in any way, in fact, in most cases found him vastly superior. Even though I thought I knew the whole story, the twists and turns kept me wanting to read more. John Lee as the narrator is excellent and brought the story to life even more. You won't be disappointed.
I think I would rather read than listen if I had to do it again.... or maybe listen and read.
Mercedes - such an innocent victim.
When Edmund got out of prison.
Passionate about reading, listening and widening my comprehension of the world. My favourite sentence: we have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.
I prefer the printed version, more faithful to the original book
The Count; obviously he is a perfect character
I can't say; all characters are very well performed
both laugh and cry. You can't just stay insensible to this masterpiece
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.