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.
Of all the "masked avengers" and "caped crusaders" in literature, The Count of Monte Cristo is at once the most daring and the most vulnerable. Alexandre Dumas (père), master storyteller, takes us on a journey of adventure, romance, intrigue, and ultimately, redemption.
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The narrator, Bill Homewood, does great characterizations! This story is a classic for a reason. Yes, it is a lengthy read. But what pictures Dumas paints! Even for a reader who has no concept of Rome, or Carnival, you can't help but understand!
This was an exceptional book and it was read exceptionally. I thought because the book had so many chapters it would be very hard to get through. The book was very difficult to put down and I breezed through it within a week. I would recommend it to anyone. Great book.
Yes. The narrator of this book is spectacular. I tried reading the book years ago and never got through it, but Bill Homewood was so entertaining that I kept listening to the end. He does lots of different voices and really plays up the sarcasm and melodrama.
I've never read anything quite like it. It's so old fashioned. A book like this would never be published today-- but that's what's fun about it.
Prepare for a roller coaster!
It takes a lot of patience to get through this book because there are all kinds of side plots that really aren't relevant to the story. (For the example, we learn the entire history of a bandit who is important in the plot, but we don't need to know his background.) I think it's worth the time invested, though--especially if you are listening while you're doing something you don't want to be doing, like walking circles around a track! It's a good distraction. And it taught me some things about French history.
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I enjoyed the dynamics of the story line. Dumas really wrote this to be a popular novel of the time, not a timeless classic. The story is intriguing listening to Edmond Dontes exact his revenge on those who betrayed him.
The story is a bit slow moving at times and would benefit from an abridgment. The narrator does an excellent job and I think I gained more depth from him pronouncing some of the difficult French words I would have stumbled over in print. There does seem to be some faint background noises at times during the performance.
This classic tale is often portrayed as THE story of vengeance - but it as much a story of hope and patience. This is one of those novels that will enter the fibre of your being. This performance does it full justice.
a classic tale, so well narrated by Mr. Homewood that I we and bought the other Dumas books read by him.
a must have
Loved this classic tale! A long book, but it never feels long because it keeps you so intrigued. And the reader is one of the most talented actors on earth for sure!
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