As my second sortie into the classics after Les Miserables, this did not disappoint. The characters were beautifully drawn and I loved Dantes from the start - what an astonishing character. The narrator used his voice to full effect and brought all the characters to life so well. Its another long listen, but the time just passed so quickly and I couldn't wait for the working day to end so that I could get in the car and immerse myself in this story again. An awesome listen and I was left wanting more. I felt like I was waving goodbye to an old friend at the end.
This is a novel that I wouldn't read,I would and did find it tedious, but....... In audio form with a great narrator, I must say,it's truly great!.The spoken word evokes much more to me than a printed text.My eyes now see pictures generated by the description of a master storyteller without being distracted by reading.A book is only a record of words to speak, but the voice was the way all stories were told,passed on by word of mouth.So listen to this novel and hear for yourself all the facets of the spoken word,in this marvellous adventure
"my favourite book so far"
Amazing author and the narration was fantastic.
Going to be hard to find the next book to out do this one.
46 hours of riveting story with many interwoven stories all brought together at an even pace throughout. I almost did not want it to end I was so engrossed.
It was brilliant, enough said. Can't believe it was written so long ago. Unabridged version says so much more.
"Superbly read tale of revenge"
Involving, entertaining, disturbing
The Abbé Faria, for his cunning construction of tools, his mastery of the art of being a prisoner, his learning, and the inability to persuade his jailers that he was sane
Rich and luxurious pronunciation of the French names which wouldn't have achieved the same timbre in my inner reading.
A thoroughly enjoyable way of spending many hours. This is a super book, and the reader's voice is well suited to the writing. I found myself yearning for Monte Cristo's plans to succeed, and then perhaps to fail as the gradual understanding of quite how damaged his early experiences had left him.
Having read this book years ago I was keen to listen to it...I have a new found appreciation of the narrative. It is lengthy and at times one needs to persevere with the prose as it seems to deviate in what may possibly seem like non-focused direction, but it is exquisite in it's depth, colour and richness.
The narration was brilliant and brought the story to life. The intonation is exacting and held my attention throughout - even in the meandering prose..
The themes of love, betrayal, revenge and repentance with forgiveness are gritty and exceptional highlighting the human condition.
For some reason I had never got around to reading this classic and so when I found or available through Audiobooks I didn't hesitate to get it.
I am extremely pleased I did as I found it a wonderful, gripping and engrossing book. There are so any lives and stories interwoven together that there is never a dull moment!
"Slow start, gripping finish - highly enjoyable"
Dumas manages to cover everything from base treachery, Bonapartists versus Royalists, deepest dungeons, incredible escapes, treasure, romance, poison and the immaculately plotted revenge of the innocent working-class victim who becomes the aristocratic Count of Monte Christo (allowing the author to take us into every echelon of early 19th-century French society). This was my first ever Dumas, and I confess I found it a bit slow to get going as the author has to set the scene for the second half of the book, but the pace then really picks up so I highly recommend sticking with it. Lots of French names to remember but John Lee does a great job of the characterisations. A rollicking listen and hugely entertaining.
"A classic tale well told"
This is a wonderful reading of the classic story. I enjoyed it immensely. I'm sad it's ended! More please, Audible