Wow! This book opened insights I never had to the "3 Musketeer's" author and his father. I thought the book got off to a slow start, with the author spending a good deal of time as to his gathering of the information, but once it got into the story, it was fascinating.
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.
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.
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.
Loved this audio book. If you like the time period this is the book fit you because it is filled with historical delights!
a fascinating part of history most of us never knew about. makes you want to learn more!
Tom Reiss does a masterful job telling the marvelous story of a black man in a pivotal time in the history of France and equal rights. General Alexandre Dumas was born a slave yet rose to the highest ranks of the French army. Reiss does a masterful job of weaving his prodigious research on the man, Dumas, into the bigger backdrop of revolutionary France. Reiss takes time to explain the political and social landscape of the various seasons of Dumas' life in a way that heightens interest, builds significance, yet doesn't bore or distract. Prior to reading this book I read "Bearing the Cross," a biography of Martin Luther King. Both books added to my understanding of the fight for racial freedom, but in comparison the book on King was a two dimensional reciting of events, while Reiss' Black Count provides a multi-dimensional interpretation of an extraordinary man in an extraordinary era.