I have just finished reading (on Kindle)and listening to this story. I had seen the Jim Caviezel movie, which was good, but has changed much of the original story. The drama ,, humor and and fascinating commentary on human nature was extraordinary. This performance was more than a narrative. He changes voices for certain characters and the most dramatic scenes are transfixing. This is truly a timeless classic that is under-appreciated. I had actually read the first half of the book on my new Kindle Fire, but mostly listened to the rest while reading along at some juncture. Due to the length of this novel- over 100 chapters, it is better listened to vs reading it. While I read it, I started to get confused because of all the characters and I was unclear if I was fully understanding the plot because I had to stop and start so often while reading. But I could not stop listening to the audible performance, which held my attention.
The drama of the poisoner and the reading of the letter by Franz of his father's death were the most memorable. However, I did not listen to the beginning of the story, so I may actually go back and listen to the whole thing again. This is my new favorite.
The emotion and drama between characters was clearer in his performance. All the complicated interactions and intention so the characters came to life.
I was stunned, amazed, and laughed at and cry with the characters. The spiritual insights were powerful and worthy of reflection. This is more than a revenge story, that is a very superficial reading of this story, but the prevailing view. This view of human nature is very insightful. Recently, I was made aware of
Kristen Johnston's candid humor confronts her addiction head, heart and stomach first. If you or a loved one struggling with addiction, this is an important work to experience. Just hearing how she moves through life and then is forced to face the ramifications of drug and alcohol abuse is worthwhile; but Kristen makes it so enlightening, entertaining and hilarious that you feel you are there witnessing every gut-retching pain and triumph she faces, and even if this is not your addiction, you gain a great respect for her desire to lay it all to there in a way that only she can!
Kristen and her sidekick, Mr. M (Morphine). Kristen's story of facing her addiction after a devastating gut explosion due to drug & Etoh addiction is a wild ride. She goes back to her childhood self esteem problems, but does not blame anyone else for her addiction. She owes it, or acknowledges how it owed her without her knowing it.
Yes, her humor even in the most painful moments is captivating, you can't stop listening or laughing.
No way! Now that I have seen how much of this is not the actual story, but only commercials.
I will go back and listen to the unabridged version of Count of Monte Christo with an even greater appreciation. There must be a happy medium- a better and more faithful abridged version.
The actor's performance was fine. There was just not much of the story to work with, and the change of him being arrested was not a good one.
All the beginning conversation with between Danglars and Morel was not needed in conparison to showing hos relationship with his father, which was ignored. So there was parallel fo the fatherly figured needed in his life and development for Abbe Faria and his father.
The story was too abreviated- to the point of embarassment. This is not enough of the original to even warrant comment. The radio nostalgia is interesting, but not at the expense of the story. The actors interview at the end is insipid and annoying. Not enough of the drama an passion of the story is allowed to shine in this version, which is half commercials for Lux and other unnecessary fluff.
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