Fascinating historical gem.
I have always loved the tales woven by Alexandre Dumas. In this story I found that the father was the real life prototype for his famous son's best heroes. As a man and a father I found that to be very appealing.
Being a historical narrative rather than a novel, this question is not really relevant. The reader was adequate to the task neither making or breaking the value of the audiobook.
No, I didn't find "The Black Count" to be so compelling that I couldn't walk away from it for a while, but it certainly held my interest while I was able to listen. As a non-fiction recounting of a man's life and times it was better than most.
This audiobook really fleshed out for me a time in history (i.e. the French revolution) which has been somewhat lacking and it did it in a way which has caused me to search for other material pertaining to the life of slaves in the Caribbean, especially Haiti. I found "The Black Count" to be a very enjoyable and worthwhile investment in time and a book credit.
The best history I've listened to on Audible.
Clarity and pronunciation of the French names, places and words.
The book's tag line is great.
Would love to discover other untold stories of historical characters of color.
This is a riveting account of Alexander Dumas' father. If you loved The Count of Monte Cristo or The Three Musketeers or any of Dumas' other works, it is especially interesting to discover the real life people and events that shaped the characters and events in Dumas' novels. Even if you have not read Dumas' works, this book is an fascinating look into France from the mid 1700s through Napoleon. The insights it provides into France's relationship with racial equality are particularly interesting. I highly recommend this book.
Yes...It is a historical treasure
It connects the dots to another book that I appreciate, the Count of Monte Cristo.
The life of General Alex Dumas is by far the most interesting true life story I have ever come across. Written very well and voiced perfectly. I'm actually going to listen from the beginning again after this review.
Reiss shines a light on the life of a man who should not have been forgotten. General Alexandre Dumas, the father of the famous author, was born into slavery yet rose to one of the highest ranks in the French army only to fall to the depths of obscurity when the egalitarian values of the Republic were overturned by Napoleon. It should be required reading.
Very interesting portrait of a little known hero of france during a critical time of european history. The biography and the setting of his life were both fascinating to any student of history.
a fascinating part of history most of us never knew about. makes you want to learn more!