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Steve

Sagamihara-Shi, Japan | Member Since 2009

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  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (52 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By Bill Homewood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (450)
    Performance
    (407)
    Story
    (408)

    On the eve of his marriage to the beautiful Mercedes, having that very day been made captain of his ship, the young sailor Edmond Dantès is arrested on a charge of treason, trumped up by jealous rivals. Incarcerated for many lonely years in the isolated and terrifying Chateau d'If near Marseille, he meticulously plans his brilliant escape and extraordinary revenge.

    A User says: "This is the definitive reading!"
    "Second opinion"
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    What did you love best about The Count of Monte Cristo?

    The eventual redemption despite the relatively ambivalent and totally devastating sabotage to a mans life by those around him.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Count of Monte Cristo?

    The prison scenes are the most memorable, thankfully none of the movie overdo is here.


    What does Bill Homewood bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The voice given to the emphatic blinking of a paralysed man is certainly something I could not have got from the written page.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I love long stories, this one is very good, but you would have to be very keen to do one 48 hr listen.


    Any additional comments?

    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

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • De Profundis

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 10 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Corin Redgrave
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Performed by Corin Redgrave in Reading Prison to mark Oscar Wilde's centenary. With an introduction by Merlin Holland, Oscar Wilde's grandson.

    Steve says: "Unworthy to comment, but here goes"
    "Unworthy to comment, but here goes"
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    What did you love best about De Profundis?

    The performance and the final passages.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Not an appropriate question. I guess I would have had Mr Wilde find the humble cure he thirsted for upon release from prison and produce more work rather than succumb to the drain of society.


    What about Corin Redgrave’s performance did you like?

    Very expressive performance well beyond a simple reading with the wonderful hint of Irish accent. Also very appropriate echoes from the walls within which your man was encarcerated.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Passages like that about the balm to be found in the


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very short work, but it does give a direct insight into the way the life of an interesting man was virtually snubbed out after he was torn from the pedestal he never really needed. It is worth a little trip to Wikipedia to find out something of the context that surrounds this epistle from the depths. But perhaps also worth listening to it for yourself before you read any kind of literary criticism of it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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