But I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - J.D. Salinger ^(;,;)^
One of those grand epics like Les Misérables and David Copperfield that does more than create a world the reader temporarily inhabits. This is a novel which creates a whole grand myth. I would second Umberto Eco's take that this is one of the "most gripping novels ever written, and on the other hand one of the met badly written novels of all time and all literatures."
This is a story of an Übermensch/Byronic hero and the grandfather of all revenge and psychological thriller novels. I remember the first time I read 'Les Miserables', I almost read straight through. Now, 25 years older, I don't have the same reading endurance, but the feeling of urgency and addiction was close. I read this in 3 days (while working full-time and giving token attention to family duties). 'The Count of Monte Cristo's' plot doesn't just push you forward, rather it tosses you down cliff after cliff.
I give it four stars for the obnoxious writing, repetition of bad adjectives, and unnecessary descriptions of unnecessary events in a book that is already 1200 pages. While I'm not a big believer in editing or abridging a writer's work, Dumas would have been a bit better served with a modern, aggressive editor. For that I leave off one star ... perhaps one day I'll add it. For now, I will just 'wait and hope.'
The eventual redemption despite the relatively ambivalent and totally devastating sabotage to a mans life by those around him.
The prison scenes are the most memorable, thankfully none of the movie overdo is here.
The voice given to the emphatic blinking of a paralysed man is certainly something I could not have got from the written page.
I love long stories, this one is very good, but you would have to be very keen to do one 48 hr listen.
Very well drawn characters that are in no way black and white. Sad that so many of them have been lost from movie versions.
There is a comment that compares this rendition to that of Mr Lee, I would like to second that opinion. Even though I am very fond of that artists voice, this is a much more expressive rendition and I noticed some dumbing down of vocabulary in the segment of the other one, calling
Great story, but amazing performance by Bill Homewood. The different voices and accents he gives the many characters in this book are uncanny and perfect.
This was my first time reading the Count. Unbelievably great novel. I did a mix of reading and listening. Bill Homewood's narration was absolutely unbelievable. I typically prefer to read a book than to listen but with Bill's narration it was a joy any time I had a chance to listen.
Long car rides have rekindled my love for 'reading' I like a good history book, thriller and - most importantly - zombie fiction.
I will probably not listen to it again... not because of the story or narration... just because it is so incredibly long. It is a journey that - much like Edmond Dantes - once taken, one likely does not wish to repeat.
It has to be Edmond Dantes (aka. the Count). Really, is there another character in this book worth mentioning? He's wronged, revengeful, complicated, conflicted, and noble.
His capture of words and accents really brought the story to life. He always seemed to nail the various character voices (of which there were many) and you never get the feel that it's just one person speaking. I'm quite certain I would not have gotten the French or Italian words right if I read it myself.
Revenge... Hope and Wait.
This narrator Bill Homewood is my favorite and I've purchased all that I can find that he has done. This and Alan Quartermaine are among my favorites. The French names take some getting used to but the characters which Mr Homewood creates with naught but his voice quickly help you to identify each character until the names are firmly fixed in your mind. In a very short time the beatiful language and the power of the narrative will push you along until the point where you will wish that you could listen more quickly to the wonderful story playing out. My highest reccommendation.
The Three Musketeers and Alan Quatermaine...the narration of Alan Quatermaine is just as wonderful but the lost civiliazation/great white hunter story is very different. The three Musketeers sharing the same author has some similarities.
All of the scenes between the Abbe Fare in Chateau D'iif.
Tears and more tears.
Buy it and savor it.
This was the most entertaining and heartfelt stories that I have read ever. Anyone who calls themselves a serious reader, writer or enlightened being should read this amazing classic.