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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I love the movie, so I thought I'd read the book. Little did I know there is so much more to this work a few hours of a motion picture. It's a very different story, with only little resemblance in the names of the characters and the high-level view, but the rest is a whole other story in itself.
I enjoyed the beginning, and the broad outlines of the plot, and I enjoyed the ornate language. But the story got bogged down in endless, pointless minutiae, and I lost interest.
best book I have ever listened to. amazing narrating job. get this book. it's amazing.
I breezed through this audiobook in no time, doubtless due to the mastery of accents, languages, and energy by the reader. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to be transported to the setting of this story rather than just have a book read to them.
Incredible story with the most amazing presentation.
I love this book.
Alexandre Dumas is a marvellous writer.
You will inspired, empowered and humbled by this story.
you can hear the saliva in the narrators mouth at every pause. This becomes extremely distracting and annoying very quickly. It is akin to noticing that someone says "um" every third word or so. Once you notice it, that is all that you hear. This is a show stopper for me, it drives me insane in person, and it is so much worse in headphones... especially since you will spend fifty-ish hours listening to it.
If this kind of thing doesn't bother you then the narration is awesome, and I say five stars! If you are like me however, find a different narrator... I had to quit mid way through.
I didn't know what to expect getting into this book. It was recommended to me by a colleague as one of his favorites, but it's been 20 years so he couldn't tell me exactly why.
Starting of the narrator seemed to me overly dramatic in the way he expressed the different characters and their emotions. But after finishing I cannot fathom it being done in any other way. I get chills remembering the pronunciation of the simple word "yes" by one of the characters.
As someone who listens on average ~30 min a day this took me a while. Looking forward to more by Dumas.
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!
"The Count of Monte CristoNarrated by Bill Homewood"
I'm revisiting in audio form some of the classics which I can only just remember from old TV films. This is truly a another masterpiece, the detail of human greed, aspirations and dejections is superb and very moving, never boring I have been hooked from start to finish of this 52 hour delight and as for the narrator-I can't believe it could be read any better, his warmth and the humanity in his performance along with his acting capabilities are first class and have done credit to a terrific story..
"Long but really exciting"
I read this book very sketchily when young. Hearing it re-read to me by Bill Hammond was sheer delight. His 'acting' with his voice so well paced, enabled the huge number of characters to be sorted in my mind and Dumas' intricate plot unfolded wonderfully. I was able to enjoy being 'in the know' while the people who ruined Edmond Dantes life and love were unaware of what was happening to their world and their ill-gotten gains as disaster after disaster fell upon them. I was really sorry to get to the end!
This was my first book chosen from Audible and I couldn't have chosen better. Quite a long listen so it's not for you is you're short of time. The narrator is brilliant; there's a different voice for every character and is very easy on the ear. If you like intricate, well written, full bodied stories this is for you.
The story, the narration... This was my first ever audio book. I don't think I'd have enjoyed this book as much had I read it myself. The narration is superb. So is the writing. I'm dreading the day it's going to finish.
"I couldn't take my headphones off!"
Having read this several times, I decided to give listening a try. This book is a timeless yarn that completely engages the listener and pulls you into it's web of narrative. It is beautifully written and captures me every time.
The development of the principle character, Edmund Dantes, is intriguing and compelling.
This is my first experience of listening to a performance by Bill Homewood, and he clearly defined each character and gave emphasis and appropriate emotion to the narrative.
Without giving anything away, the pulling together of the threads of story at the end of the novel is gripping.
This book is my favourite 'go to' when I want a classic, well written, proper yarn that engages. It is also a good length for travelling long distances!
"Long time wish list. Was not disapointed"
Bill Homewood's narration of the book is phenomenal. You instantly recognise each character the minute he start's speaking. He can immerse you and drag you in to the story in a way no other narrator has ever done (for me anyway).
I started speaking like a 19th century french after a few days listening. YESSSSS!!
I cant fully explain why but I truly loved Noirtier. At the beginning of the story you have him in your head as one of the bad guys, but you learn to love him.
See above! I think if I had read this rather than listened to Bill Homewood's narration I wouldnt have made it through the book. Truly brilliant!
I think the "is there, isnt there" duel between the Count and Albert de Morcerf really gripped me and had me sitting in the car outside work so I could hear how it ended.
If you have ever thought about it, but weren't sure, then all I can say is do it, do it now and dont look back.
"best of a bad lot."
Great voice of Bill Homewood, despite Naxos doing their best to ruin things by not bothering to edit out the echo, or prevent it in the first place.
"I am richer for this book. a delight!"
after taking a short while to get used to the readers style I grew to quickly love this book and am so sad for having finished it...the sublime language, the drama, twists and turns so vividly described transported me as an observer to the plot unfolding. treat yourself to one of the greatest books ever written. wonderful! the film is such a pale imitation!
"Wonderful story told with passion"
The narration is outstanding.
Each voice is distinct and ages with the character.
You think you know the story. But if you haven't read the book you don't.
This is one of my favourite stories. It has everything that you could want. And this has not been let down by the narration. Bill does an excellent job in my opinion he sets a good pace and keeps up the different voices throughout without getting mixed up. I love this story and will listen to it again
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