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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I really tried. I love reading the classics - the longer the better. I was swayed by the rave reviews, and the length.
I have to say, I'm baffled by the gushing reviews- it was so cornball and over the top melodramatic. I stuck it out for 4 hours, and then realized - life is too short to suffer like this.
This is an excellent story and the reader's performance is superb! Be prepared, the book is quite different from the recent movie.
At first I was deterred of really getting into this novel by all the French names. But the character of Edmund Dantes became quite compelling, especially during his years in captivity. The second half of the book seemed to go off on long tangents as he seeks his revenge, but by then I felt bonded to the main character enough to enjoy it. I would, like another reviewer, recommend printing out a list of who is who as in the second half of the novel many of the initial character names had changed, and as I was listening it took me a spell to figure out who was who in the later narration. I do recommend this book to someone who wants to read a classic that has a compelling story. If you don't like long novels or stories that don't stick closely on a straight and narrow task, or if you dislike a great deal of verbosity that could be expressed more simply, perhaps pick a different novel. I also would add that while the character of Edmund Dantes was very well developed, there were a great deal of periphery characters that were hard to keep track of at times and were delivered through Edmund's perspective so we don't meet them with the same intimacy. The reading of this story by John Lee was excellent and is the reason I originally selected the novel.
Reader, listener, book consumer.
This classic story of love, betrayal and revenge is a winner in any format, but John Lee adds a whole new dimension to the pleasure one derives from this story through his superb narration. The speed of his reading, the intonation of his voice and the brilliant interpretations of the various accents all combine to become a listening pleasure. I found myself impatient for the next opportunity to block out the world and immerse myself in the narration.
After finally finishing the audiobook The Count of Monte Cristo (written by Alexandre Dumas and narrated by John Lee), I have to say it is an outstanding novel and the best classic I have ever read, or rather heard. The book itself has an excellent and complicated plot (another words, not predictable), terrific themes, and overall was a well written book. Once again I have to say it is the best novel and classic I have ever heard!
John Lee was a fabulous narrator! He has such a skill with changing his voice to suit the characters. I have to say because of his skills as a narrator, I went on to buy the audiobook The Three Musketeers (another novel by Alexadre Dumas). The story was excellant and a masterpiece in itself, but I am not writing a review on it now. With John Lee's talents as a narrator, he made the novel come alive from the pages of the book.
Overall, the audiobook and narrator are well worth it!
John Lee makes this audible book come alive... a great story to begin with is made even better by the way Lee "becomes" each of the character he portrays... Well done!!!
This is one of my favorite books of all time! To listen to this story being read was even more enjoyable than reading it myself. The narrator did an excellent job of bringing Edmond Dantes to life and of reading with variations of accents. Excellent narration and highly recommended!
John Lee is the reason I chose this title. I am glad I chose it, I feel smarter now. The vocabulary used by Dumas is very broad, though somewhat verbose by today's standards. The episodes can be a bit tedious with the flowery dialogue and detailed setting and costume description. However, having tried to write, I recognize brilliance when I see it.
Plenty of surprises if your only exposure to the story is movies. Excellent way to pass a daily commute. If used on long trips, your traveling companion should be a fan of literature and the written word.
I will be as brief as possible. I have meant to read some of Dumas' work (specifically, The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo) for quite a number of years, but have never made time for them, for various reasons???most of which now seem... utterly ridiculous. I am kicking myself! I have now read them both, with the aid of Audible and the great John Lee. Both are excellent books! I wish I had read them long ago. The Three Musketeers was great fun. I count it among my favorites, and will no doubt read it again; however, The Count of Monte Cristo is stunning???astonishing???amazing???incredible! The combination of Alexandre Dumas and John Lee brought it to life for me in a way I've never experienced. The Lord of the Rings has long been my favorite book, but I find myself struggling with that choice now. The Count of Monte Cristo is so good. I doubt I will ever watch a movie of this book, even if the great Peter Jackson remakes it. I never want to lose the wonderful images in my mind and the feelings in my heart that reading this amazing book has left me with.
***NOTE 1: Thanks to Audible and John Lee for making this experience possible. It was important to me that the experience be authentic, realistic, and free flowing. Through Audible's and John Lee's efforts, everything that I feared would make reading a huge classic like this cumbersome or difficult???has disappeared. Instead, it was just... amazing!
***NOTE 2: Mr. Lee, PLEASE narrate James Clavell's Shogun and King Rat! I think only you could really do them justice.
"A MUST LISTEN!"
This tale has been chopped about over the years until the true essence of a wonderful writer has all but been lost! Here, though is the complete story. Anyone who wishes to know just how to write should study this!
John Lee is one of the most talented narrators I have ever listened to. As I have said before, with other stories, his characterisation is perfect!!
"Wonderful story brilliantly narrated!"
It's a long, long story, but the time flies by and the narrator is positively excellent! He tells it in such a wonderfully engaging way that you can't help but get carried away with the plight of each character. In short, it's a brilliantly interesting tale of a man wrongly imprisoned and his cleverly calculated revenge...! I couldn't put my headphones down!
"my favourite book"
this epic tale is my favourite story and I was delighted to find it available on audible, the narrator does a fantastic job of bringing this story to life and I am now able to enjoy The Count even when I am busy doing other jobs.
"Excellent but sags a little in the middle"
I had always wanted to read this and have no regrets at listening to the 40+ hours. I would only recommend this if you have a lot of time on your hands and are prepared for it to go a little off the boil in the middle third. It is still an excellent story and full of twists and turns that should keep you interested until the end. I loved it and as I do have a lot of time on my hands (3hrs car commute every day) I found it a very enjoyable listen. You would benefit from listening to it in large chunks as keeping track of who is who over the many years of the story, with early family names changing to the "Count of X" and "Baron Y" confused me a little.
"One of the best stories in the World"
This is a wonderful story and well read by John Lee. Some narrators are difficult to listen to for a long time but I really had no problem during the 47 hours that this book is read over. The Count of Monte Cristo has to be Unabridged to be fully appreciated, any cutting would ruin the story and the understanding of the character development. There is really no other way to "read" a classic like this. Easily a multi-listen book.
"Huge and so enjoyable"
This was one of those classics that seemed too daunting to begin, but this format fits like a dream.
Sit back and let this marvellous story grab you.
Abolutely loved this book. The narration took me a little while to get into (I had just listened to the brilliance that is Simon Vance reading The Three Musketeers) but once I did, I can't fault it. John Lee has the perfect voice for the Count of Monte Cristo. I listened to this on my iPod walking to and from work and would frequently be striding down the street with a big smile on my face. Have started telling everyone I know to read the book or listen to the audiobook! It is a long reading, but a great chance to 'read' a book that I might not have stuck with in its paper form - though I have now bought it!
Loved the structure, the plot and the characters. Absolutely brilliant. A work of genius.
"Long but enjoyable"
This book unabridged is long - but the detail is brilliant and vital. Before Dantes escapes prison, Dumas mostly writes at the speed and from the view of Dantes which means that sometimes you are just as confused as Dantes as to why something has happened or not happened. Thankfully you're not kept waiting for the solution for long! Later you are at the mercy of what the count is willing to allow you to know and again there are moments when you wonder how one or more characters are going to get their come-uppance. I love the numerous identities of the count and found I frequently couldn't stop listening. John Lee does a fabulous job of the reading and if it wasn't for the family names and titles getting muddled at the beginning in my mind I am sure this would have been a 5 star book and reading
"The book and a great reading"
The Count if Monte Cristo is one of the greatest stories ever written. This reading is an excellent quality that reflects the tension and suspense of reading it yourself.
Exellent, I love this book and the reading is perfect. A bit wordy but entertaining.
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