I will be as brief as possible. I have meant to read some of Dumas' work (specifically, The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo) for quite a number of years, but have never made time for them, for various reasons???most of which now seem... utterly ridiculous. I am kicking myself! I have now read them both, with the aid of Audible and the great John Lee. Both are excellent books! I wish I had read them long ago. The Three Musketeers was great fun. I count it among my favorites, and will no doubt read it again; however, The Count of Monte Cristo is stunning???astonishing???amazing???incredible! The combination of Alexandre Dumas and John Lee brought it to life for me in a way I've never experienced. The Lord of the Rings has long been my favorite book, but I find myself struggling with that choice now. The Count of Monte Cristo is so good. I doubt I will ever watch a movie of this book, even if the great Peter Jackson remakes it. I never want to lose the wonderful images in my mind and the feelings in my heart that reading this amazing book has left me with.
***NOTE 1: Thanks to Audible and John Lee for making this experience possible. It was important to me that the experience be authentic, realistic, and free flowing. Through Audible's and John Lee's efforts, everything that I feared would make reading a huge classic like this cumbersome or difficult???has disappeared. Instead, it was just... amazing!
***NOTE 2: Mr. Lee, PLEASE narrate James Clavell's Shogun and King Rat! I think only you could really do them justice.
I hesitated to get the unabridged version of this book due to the length, but I'm glad I did. Even though it consumed a lot of my time, I got it, listened all the way through and enjoyed every minute.
Some of the chapters were so good, I've listened to them more than once.
It pulled me in right from chapter one and held my attention all the way to the end. It is probably one of the best books I've gotten from audible. ...very entertaining.
I really enjoyed this lengthy but beautiful story of Edmund Dantes. The narration was some of the best I've heard. It is very long, with only a couple of times thinking that Dumas was just stretching the text, but most of the time I enjoyed the detours into details and side stories that eventually, ended up being folded into the plot in very ingenious ways. This one has made it to my favorite list and I highly recommend it!
I love classics and I've listened to John Lee before and enjoyed him very much. But, this book was torturous. I listen to audiobooks on my commute to work and this one nearly put me to sleep. I quit after the first hour.
I bought this book because I'm addicted to narrator John Lee's fantastic voice, and wasn't disappointed by Dumas's amazing tale of the Counte. I felt that the book was far better than the movie, I'm to the point where I look for books narrated by Mr. Lee because he does such a great job with all the character's voices. I just can't get enough of this guy! If you want one that you can't turn off, get this one. I'm sure I'll be listening to this one again and again.
I live in Vermont. My freelance work requires reading critical and expository prose, so I like fanciful escapist fare for fun.
Rollicking adventure, colorful, detailed, old-fashioned writing, long but elegant, lots of interesting characters. The reader's pace is just right, clarity and expression are very good; pronunciation of the French not great ("du" sounds like "doo"). Great choice for snowstorm or long dreary sick day.
ok, it's a really really long book... but I know I'll be listening to this again. Amazing story (can't believe I'm in my mid 30s and still hadn't read it), incredible twists and turns and subplots and just pure genius. The narrator was wonderful, gorgeous voice, and gave great life and complexity to each of the characters. Absolutely wonderful, hope you don't mind me adding to the long list of rave reviews :)
WOnderful writing - wow - so beautifully written. wonderful story and characters and fantastic narrator. only negative is it's long, i mean, really long. 6 parts and some of them do get slow. i took a break midway through and then continued later. but really so worth it.
I have always wanted to read the Count of Monte Cristo, but the size of the book was daunting. When I found the audio book I was excited to have the story read to me. John Lee was great. He had a distinct voice for each character, especially for Caderousse. Amazing!