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
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.
Reading, the arts and physical activity clarify, explain, illustrate, and interpret life’s goods and bads.
If someone has ever done you wrong, and I mean very wrong, then you need to read TCMC, as your guidebook to retribution. If you need to learn how to endure Dumas provides the inspiration. If you want to be instructed as to what in life is truly of value and to learn by reading dozens of little interesting tales, all culminating in one grand operatic tale leading you to a better understanding of humanity; buy the book, enjoy the read and become erudite on what life is really about. Oh yes, and if you want to consider whether there is a God or not, well then . . .
Perhaps one is not really learned in western literature until one reads TCMC (and War and Peace, and Pride and Prejudice, The Sun Also Rises, etc.)
I actually, whispersynced my way through the book; which made it more enjoyable. Actually I started the read and listen with the John Lee version but it did not sync properly and was enjoying myself so much that I switched to the Homewood version. Both editions are superb. So if you intend to whispersync do not buy the Lee narrated version. Audible/Kindle tried to help but got nowhere.
The audio version has definite advantages, especially for those reading the unabridged version. Though the story is a timeless and engaging classic, 12000 pages can be daunting. This lengthy novel benefits from the interjection of the narrator's lively and imaginative voicework; there are 100 characters, but you will never have to wonder which of them is talking at any given moment. The narration can be painfully slow at times, but it is overall a great reading.
Dumas' colorful description of the night on which Franz d'Epinay first meets the Count and spends the night in his grotto will never leave me. When the echoes of that beautiful passage ring in my ears as I drift to sleep I know that I will have pleasant dreams.
It would be impossible to listen to this in one sitting, but you will want to try.
The narrator has a great voice and good pronunciation of french. It was a pleasure to hear the tale told, my french is not at all good so when I read the book years ago I would stumble over all those french names in my head.
I found I kept finding all kinds of opportunities to listen when normally I only listen to books in my car. Even though I knew the story it kept me enthralled and I just wanted to keep listening and hear it unfold.
Well worth listening too!!!
Yes. I already have.
No, because it was incredibly long, but I listened to it over the course of a couple of months while I was in the gym. To be honest, I haven't even finished it yet but liked it enough to write this recommendation and review.
The story is timeless, this translation was good, and the interpretation/narration was superb.
I am a 50 year old accountant. My interests are mostly on self help books. I also enjoy good historical books (either factual or historical fiction). Lastly, I enjoy novels about legal proceedings.
Yes, I would recommend this book. It is very entertaining and the narrator does a fabulous job at performing the lines of the different characters in the book.
The twist of the revenge
Monte Cristo of course!
When Mercedes reveals that she knew all along that the Count was Edmond
I thought Bill Homewood did a phenomenal job!! His accent in French, Italian and British English are incredible, and how he manages to change his voice for each character is skillful and also helpful to follow the conversation along. He makes the book very entertaining.
Yes. It's a really long piece of work and to appreciate it in full, I would have to go back to the beginning to better understand what was going on. There were so many French names and events going on, twists and turns that weren't explained until later, I was forced to resort to cheat notes on the web.
The style. At first, Dumas told the story by focusing on the main character, Dantes. When Dantes escaped from the prison, he assumed alter egos and from that point was referred to as a secondary character - acquaintance of the new-found subjects (changing from chapter to chapter).
I haven't yet listened to Bill Homewood's other performances, but if this is anything to go by, I can hardly wait. I couldn't have handled the book with all these French names. I certainly couldn't have even faked any accents, but Bill's performance is truly masterful.
If the book takes 50 hours to read, the film must be a mini-series, lasting about 20 episodes.
It's a masterpiece. I saw they made a film about it years ago and never felt the urge to look into it. A friend of mine was listening to the audio book and told me it was one of the most exciting books she'd ever been involved in - she loved it. This peaked my interest, and sure enough, once I started to get the swing of the cast, I could hardly bring myself to press pause on the player. I even had to listen to it at work, on my iPhone. I will be getting the Three Musketeers next.
I have somewhat mixed feelings about this one, although in general I rate it highly.
Let me get the bad out of the way:
First, when I started listening, I was immediately dismayed to hear an echo in the recording that I had not noticed when listening to the sample. But with decent headphones in my ears, it sounded like the narrator was in a cavern, or perhaps a high-ceiling house. Also, you can hear the faint chirping of a bird in the background. I marveled at the fact that the engineer (or the company behind him/her) could allow such unfavorable recording conditions. Can Naxos not afford studio time? Can they not think about putting the mic a bit further away from the bird? Or, bear with me...what if we put the birdcage in this house over here, and record the 52-hour audiobook over here in this recording studio?
My first instinct was to try to return it and get another version, but I kept listening, and to be honest, after a while it didn't bother me at all (probably because of the reader's jaw-dropping performance).
Second, it took me a very, very long time to finish this audiobook. Although the story is much revered as a classic, and, in my opinion, rightly so in many respects, I found certain stretches to be interminable and boring, laying down an unbelievably intricate web of intrigue that sometimes seems to have nothing to do with what went before, and only has its payoff much later. This is why I gave the story 4 stars instead of 5. However, once the various threads started to come together I was drawn back in and riveted to the end. I have heard some people say that they prefer an abridged version of The Count of Monte Cristo, and I suspect I agree. Alexandre Dumas is one long-winded dude.
Granted, the book was originally written in serial form, printed chapter by chapter over time and devoured by an eagerly awaiting audience, just as we might do with the latest episode of our favorite TV series. And that helps explain its length and intricacy, I suppose. But it also makes me wonder if some of it was written in order to fulfill that demand, and not necessarily because it was essential to the story.
I will also say that despite these two shortcomings, the overall experience is very gratifying, and I'm glad I pushed through to the end.
Now the good:
The narrator, Bill Homewood, is quite simply phenomenal. His ability to create nuance and breathe life into the book's huge assortment of characters is just outstanding. I was stupefied throughout by the subtleties in and mastery of each character's voice. In short, I can't imagine a better reading. He deserved better recording conditions.
The story, apart from the monumental digressions, the seemingly unmerited attention to certain characters or details, and the florid prose and dialogue, is a spectacular adventure that touches on all sorts of universal themes. Love, patience, murder, betrayal, and most of all revenge, to name a few. The characters all seemed very much alive to me (and I grudgingly admit that the extreme detail probably helps in that respect), and it's easy to submerge yourself in the story (though you might have a nap during the more tedious parts).
Having read over this review, I now realize that some of Mr. Dumas' wordiness might have rubbed off on me, so I'll leave it at this: Overall, I would recommend this audiobook to anyone considering it. My only advice would be to have faith that, although the story lags, it will come back around, and things that seemed almost entirely unrelated will make sense in the end. Just sit back and enjoy a master performer reading a classic. Oh, and don't mind the chirping bird. After a while you get used to it.