I had only seen the movies before listening to this book. That usually spoils a book for me. This book, though, has all the elements that make a REAL classic! The characters are well developed and I loved and hated them. The lessons were not didactic, but easy to relate to my own circumstances. The scenes are well painted and interesting. The language is inspiring.
There were some minor imperfections in the reading-but those all made it more cozy in my opinion. I love, love this narrator! I love his style, I love his voice, I would love to sit at his knee and listen to him all day! I kind of did.
My only issue is with the sound production and editing or lack thereof. While I quite enjoyed Andrew's voice and reading style the decision to leave in the reading missteps and false starts baffles me. I will say it does make it precisely like listening to a grandfather read you a book, it was not what I was looking for. If you are looking for that experience. It should suit you perfectly.
I never read the unabridged. While it got long at times, it is a great tale of slowly sought revenge. It's Drastically different from the movie that came out around 2000, so if you're expecting that plot, you'll be disappointed. I like both versions, but this one wins out.
Similar to other French authors like Hugo - he can be long winded with the details, but it's good!
He stumbles now and again, but not to a distracting extent. He varies his voices nicely.
Someone that didn't have to pay for the book might have lower expectations and enjoy it more.
I couldn't understand the story because I was so distracted by the poor narration and production.
This was not professionally done. You can hear the narrator drinking and rustling papers. He is not constant with character voices. Not good at all! I can't believe this was allowed on this site.
The story is good, but it's hard to hear and understand because the narration and production is so poor.
Can I be refunded for this credit to download another version of the story?
This is a great story and the narrator's voice is fantastic.
The narrator stutters or stumbles over words frequently. Often several times in a paragraph. It is very disrupting to the flow of the story. The book appears to have had absolutely no editing. All mistakes and stumbles are left in place. There is also noise from pages turning or being rustled. The voice and acting is fantastic other than these porblems. It is a shame that such a good voice didn't have an equally good audio editor.
Also, the narrator seems to ad-lib the introduction of each chapter adding his own little spin instead of simply stating the chapter number and name.
You might try one of the other versions of this book due to the poorly edited reading of this version.
Yes, because I believe that the main reason classics like this aren't as universally read in the unabridged version is because people may be intimidated by the length (this audio book, for instance, clocked at an astonishing 77 hours!) But the time i've spent listening to it has just flown by.
The moment the Count reveals his true identity to the assassin Caderousse. I was chilled to the bone.
I have never listened to one of Mr. Timothy's recordings but I was so impressed by his performance that I will without a doubt do so again soon.
the moment the Count and Mercedes spent walking through the garden. You knew what Mercedes knew although she never said it. Her emotion touched me deeply.
What words can I say? The book was just...incredible!
Excellent. It kept me entertained for 50+ hours which is quite an accomplishment.
His voice was perfect. I enjoyed his rendition and even liked that I could, at times, hear him turn the pages. It seemed authentic.
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It is simply one of the greatest tales of injustice, love, and retribution written by a master of the novel. I could not praise enough the writing by Dumas of his brilliantly moving and tragic story, but to be abandoned by the world, alone with "The Count of Monte Cristo", I would survive to read and reread this beautiful book.