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. After 14 years of hopeless imprisonment, Dantès makes his daring escape and follows his secret map to untold fortune. Disguised now as the mysterious and powerful Count of Monte Cristo, Dantès seeks out his enemies - and nothing will stand in the way of his just revenge.
Filled with thrilling episodes of betrayal, romance, and revenge, The Count of Monte Cristo is one of the greatest adventure stories ever written.
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The reader's voice, which is varied and excellent. His ability to jump into the feminine coy is impressive.
Maximilian Morrel, for his steadfast devotion to Valentine
The Abbé Faria. I felt every nuance of his imprisoned world-walking soul and brilliant mind
I clenched my fists in enjoyment as the Count took down his enemies first in their own parlors, in their own fortresses, with his wit. I wasn't expecting to revel so much in the intellectual revenge he exacts on them before he dismantles their lives with their own misdeeds. It made me marvel at what we've lost in modern storytelling, and extremely grateful for the work you've all done to keep this alive in spoken form. We have endless wisdom to mine from the older storytellers.
Too bad that John Lee didn't spend some of his fee on hiring a French consultant. There are so many mispronounced French place names and proper names that it's a bit embarrassing, and detracts from the story. The hardest one to hear continually was Maître Pastrini, read as Maïtre, (as a diphthong.) Champ de Mars, with silent S, was just one Parisian place name mispronounced among many. More research into the French would make this read as timeless and unassailable as its reader is compelling and easy on the ear. Such a good reader, so quite a shame about the French.
The meeting in Paris.
All high school students should have it for required reading.
I love long books! This one is great and it is read by John Lee! Love him! I can listen to him for hours and not get tired!
I can compare this book to Ken Follet's books.
Perfect as usual!
Made me very anxious and sad! But it was GREAT!
There isn't much I can say about the novel itself that hasn't been covered in the last hundred-and-sixty years, but suffice it to say that the plot is just as thrilling, the characters as vibrant, and the themes as relevant as they were when the book was first published.
It's John Lee's narration that makes listening to Dumas' seminal work such a great pleasure. His ability to create the most distinct voices without resorting to caricature is a rare ability, even for a vocal performer, and his mastery of the varied accents of Dumas' world -- Italian, Greek, British -- and his impeccable pronunciation of French names and places, is a marvel to behold.
Next to The Rise and Fall of The Third Reich, this has been the longest audiobook I've taken on, at about 46 hours, and not for a moment was I the least bored. For a whole month, Edmund Dantes, his myriad personas, friends and enemies were my constant companions. I hope you too decide to take the extraordinary journey offered by the great Alexandre Dumas, and his modern interpreter John Lee.
This is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to. I found that the story kept me entertained for the entire 46 hours.
John Lee does an excellent job at bringing to life all the characters. Plus, he saves me from butchering all of the French names and places.
I'm nearly 70 years old and somehow managed to miss reading this wonderful, wonderful classic! It may be the absolute best adventure story I've ever read, with all the elements presented in appropriate ways and with a happy ending for the good guys.
In many ways, I found allegories for my own life throughout the book. I've been up and down and have prevailed (revenged myself) over most of my antagonists, albeit knocked down by a few. I have lost and gained many loves over the years, including my current and wonderful Daisy -- who began as my own "slave" and has become the final and permanent resident of my heart. In our small way, we have begun our own journey over the horizon looking for Rainbows End.
This is a wonderful book, well narrated, but also very long. Be sure to set aside sufficient uninterrupted time to savor it. I managed it in about 15 sessions, each about 1/3 of a file.
I'm something of a history buff and have served my time in state and municipal politics. I find it interesting that politics and bureaucracies are no more enlightened and no less corrupt today than they were in Dumas' time. This saddens me, but the knowledge itself is valuable in these turbulent times.
If you have not read The Count of Monte Cristo, do so immediately. You may not find a financial treasure trove as Dantes did, but the book is saturated with other treasures.
The story is classic and has been the inspiration for so many other stories over the years. The recording is long but never boring and the reading is very good on this edition. Romance, tragedy, revenge, adventure and redemption-it covers most of the basis in such an elegant way.
This was a very enjoyable story but at over 36 hours in length It was a marathon listen. This was a story I always wanted to read but I was put off by its length. I thought an audio book might be the right approach and I was not disappointed.
It is an excellently tangled tale and I found Dumas' dialogue style, perhaps a result of time and translation, to be quirky but absolutely delightful. John Lee's performance was a perfect match to Dumas story.
This was definitely 36 hours well spent.
Yes, it was a wonderful experience
How it articulated along the whole book
How he was effective "depicting" each character
Revenge is a dish best served cold
This is THE BOOK
Having never read this book before, I had an idea that it was just some Errol Flynn movie with capes and swords, but in print. I couldn't have been more wrong. Along with period romance and period adventure and period action, there are deep lessons in revenge, forgiveness, love, mercy, politics, religion, class warfare, mortality, destiny, foreign policy, criminal justice, and even bubble economics. I cried at several points and especially at the heart-throbbing and poetic end. The narration is superb and appropriately dignified for the flowery and formal language of the times.
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