I downloaded this book because my daughter was reading it in school and I wanted to keep up with her and discuss it with her. She is still reading and I have finish and I was blown away. I ordered all the available DVD copies so I could compare the book. A true classic!! Hooked is what I am!! Long live the Count!!
I loved it. With the help of the narrator, I was able to get through all the French pronunciatons, which was difficult for me when I tried to read the book.
I love the narrator, the story and everything about it.
I forgot HOW DIFFERENT the book is from the movie. I read the book 20 years ago, but saw the movie a couple months back which prompted me to buy it here.... The book was fantastic. What a great and convoluted story. If I could give it more stars, I would. The length was criticized by some reviewers, but every word created a picture and I wouldn't want to eliminate one of them.
This is a fantastic audio version of this book. The book itself is so incredible, one must read/hear it to understand. The narrator for this version does an incredible job of differentiating between voices. His pace is steady and he has wonderful inflection and intonation. This has been a very pleasurable 47 listening hours. I was sorry to have it end.
This book started out a little slow and I was frustrated with the obvious bad luck that was coming the main characters way. It eventually picked up and got better, but I sometimes found the fact that the Count was always in the right place at the right time sometimes way beyond belief and it kind of detracted from the story. No one has that kind of luck. But overall, I really enjoyed the book.
I love the story, but the person reading it has a very dry, monotone voice and doesn't place the right emotion or enunciation to the story.
I downloaded this book after listening to Les Miserables and The Brothers Karamazov. I was hoping for another thoughtful and exciting piece of humanist 19th century literature. I was really really really disappointed. Alexandre Dumas can't hold a candle to Hugo or Dostoyevsky. Dumas's work is a self-aggrandizing tribute to the 19th century French aristocracy. Our "hero," the Count of Monte Cristo, is a self-obsessed French "dandy," a slave owner who learns nothing from his years of imprisonment other than the "correct" way to wear his fancy-pants frock coat or whatever crap they wore in those days. I wish I could get the credit back that I spent on this terrible, terrible book. Dumas is an idiot, and I wish he were alive today just so I could key his car. Women in this book are objects, and characters talk at length about the novelty and prestige of owning African slaves. A certain measure of political-incorrectness by today's standards always goes along with novels written in this time period, and usually I can overlook it, but this is the first 19th century novel I have read that deeply offends me. I wish it took place during the French Revolution instead of after it, so all the characters would die. I only listened to half the story, that was all I could stomach, and the hardest part is knowing that so many of the awful people that Dumas tries to convey as sympathetic characters are going to have happy endings.
Narration was good and enjoyable. The overall story is good but for me it was so slow paced I could barely stand it. The pace didn't pick up until the last 2 parts. It took me even longer to get through it because I kept getting distracted (it just didn't hold my attention very well) and would have to rewind.
after the prision break the whole middle of the book is hard to follow and then the ending is left up in the air. I am glad I did not read this as a book because I would have certainly stopped, but feeling obligated to listen to the book since I bought it, I did and on the whole was just average.