I do think this book was worth my time. However, I wish I would have read it rather than listened to it. There was a lot of material here to absorb and listening to it once through didn't do the story justice.
I read the unabridged Count of Monte Cristo late last year, and it quickly became apparent to me that I was reading my new favorite book. It is an amazingly intricate and complexly woven narrative, truly a marvel of planning and organization, while being so simple and pleasurable to read. As long as it is and as flowery and overblown as the language can be, I truly feel that none of it could have been left out without a real detriment to the story as a whole. I honestly think it is the perfect book, it's so beautifully written and with such an EXCELLENT plot and characters that you will truly come to both love and hate.
But, my recent excitement for this book is related to the audiobook version. I wanted to reread this book as soon as I finished it, so I figured listening to it would be much more time effective. I almost bought the version read by another narrator, because frankly Bill Homewood's sample sounded rather slow and boring to me and the other narrator sounded more lively. Then I read a review that said that the other narrator may sound more lively in the sample, but it's the same voice for all characters for 40 hours; while Homewood's got so much variety in his reading of the characters that you'll never be bored. This persuaded me to buy this one instead, and every time I listen to this book I am mentally thanking god for that reviewer!!
Homewood has such a gift with characters. He has distinct voices for each character, even minor characters like the jailers, complete with authentic and varied accents. Listening to him is such a treat, because he truly brings the characters to life. You can actually hear the anxiety and sorrow in his voice as Dantes in the early novel, or the slippery tones he uses for Danglars. It's so hard to describe the magic he works in this audiobook, but in all the narrators I've listened to I have NEVER come across one nearly so gifted. I can truly see myself listening to this book again and again and again. It's just such a pleasure.
Also, I listen to it on 2x speed and it is still perfectly intelligible (especially if you know the plot and don't have to think on it overmuch). It also makes the book half as long, of course ;)
If you like stories that make you reflect and give you some insight on life, you'll love this one. And it is under 2 hours and $2... honestly, what better way to spend your time and money? This book is great food for thought in an economic little package.
DeWees doesn't stand in the way of this book with his narration. A lot of narrators, to me, do too much dramatization/interpretation of their own. I love that DeWees's delivery isn't flat/boring, but he just reads it simply and directly, not adding too much personal flair to it. Really helped me to get into the story in my own head.
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