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Kristi

Middleton, WI, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (3923)
    Performance
    (2237)
    Story
    (2289)

    Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

    Sanford Rosenberg says: "What a pleasure to read a classic!"
    "A Few Tips"
    Overall

    I like to catch up with missed classics through Audible.com. While an excellent book, the Count of Monte Cristo can be a difficult audio book to listen to because many of the characters have several different names and their lives are intertwined in convoluted and complex ways. Since paging back and forth in audio is really hard, I highly recommend some sort of Cliff's Notes to familiarize yourself with the characters. Also, remember that Dumas wrote the novel in serial form which is why some points may seem to be belabored - he had a quota to fill!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Saturday

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (460)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (115)

    New York Times best-selling author Ian McEwan's novels have inspired sweeping critical acclaim and won such prestigious awards as the Booker Prize for Amsterdam and the National Book Critics Circle Award for his modern masterpiece, Atonement. With Saturday, McEwan has crafted perhaps his most unique achievement to date.

    Deena says: "Extraordinary"
    "Good, not Great"
    Overall

    I thought this novel was strong were it should have been understated while it was understated where it should have been strong.

    The central story of the bad man who comes into the life of the protagonist sometimes seems a little thin, whereas the smallest detail of this day in the life story can be laid on a little thick.

    The subplot of the Iraq War protests are very interesting seen from our current point of view.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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