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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Yes -- a great story, long enough to really sink into it, suspenseful in all its parts. Structured with great love for the form and great respect for the reader/listener.
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One of the best readers I've heard, and I've been an audiobooks fan for 2 decades. Clear diction, excellent dramatic skills (doesn't overdo as so many readers do), distinct voices without any jarring, even when he does women, great sense of timing and suspense -- an excellent fit for a wonderful book.
Impossible -- six long parts, and still not long enough. I could live with this book forever.
I read it when I was a kid, sank right into it, and loved it, as with the rest of Dumas (pere). Wonderful to revisit it in this format as a lady of a certain age, and still be immediately drawn into it. I'm at the sixth and last part of the audio series, and will be very sorry to have it end.
There is a reason that the Count of Monte Cristo has been a classic for more than a 100 years. Alexandre Dumas weaves an unhurried story full of all the motivations that drive human existence, while maintaining a sense of hope throughout.
Those emotions of love, betrayal, fear, anger, sacrifice, revenge, loyalty and forgiveness (just to name a few) are handled with subtlety and balance. The story is thoroughly engaging with just enough grit to be gripping without being horribly scary.
And the expressive presentation by Bill Homewood, enhanced the enjoyment of the story.
You can hear a bird in the background randomly throughout the book. There are occasionally big differences in the room sound I'm sure from recording in different locations. This was obviously not recorded in a real studio but probably someone's house.
Bill Homewood gives a masterful performance of Alexander Dumas's classic tale of betrayal, suffering, vengeance, and redemption in this audiobook. Edmond Dantes is a young man on top of the world at age 19, with his professional and personal ambitions on the verge of attainment, when his world comes crashing down as he is unjustly imprisoned. During his time in his dungeon cell, he meets with unexpected intellectual fortune and matures into a learned man. Upon gaining his freedom, he dedicates his life towards avenging those who have wronged him, and aiding those who were loyal to him.
Dumas goes into great detail in his descriptions, and the story does tend to drag on at times. I had some difficulty with the character names, as people's names changed as they attained status in French society. The story takes some abrupt and major jumps in location and story-line in a couple of places, which left me wondering if I had missed a chapter or two. I found Spark notes online that helped me to keep things straight.
I was a bit hesitant in starting a 52-hour audiobook. Bill Homewood did a marvelous job with the voices for each character, and he helped to keep the story moving along. I finished it in a month, and found myself wishing it would continue as I neared the end. It was well worth the time.
YES. I consistently state that this is my favorite read; now that I own the audio book I can power through it regularly and in less time than grabbing a book.
When Mercedes reveals to The Count that she has known his true identity (Edmund Dantes) since he arrived in France. Then proceeds to construct a scheme to get both Edmund and her son to lay down arms in a duel.
Everything is eventual.
This is hands down my favorite book and the narrator is amazing!! I listen to this book 2-3 times a year as find there is much wisdom to be gained throughout the story. If you haven't read it, get it. If you read the abridged than listen to the unabridged. If you only saw the movie and enjoyed it than you need to listen to the unabridged book as it will captivate you even more as so many details are left out or changed in the previously mentioned other versions. Dumas also did the Three Musketeers saga which I highly recommend too.
The narrator is a master of varying voices. He brings to life a wide variety of characters, male and female, young and old, sinister and noble, French, Italian Greek and British. Exquisite inflection and intonation.
"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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