"A piece of perfect storytelling." (Robert Louis Stevenson)
Trust. Betrayal. Revenge. The Count of Monte Cristo is the quintessential masterpiece of Alexandre Dumas. In Edmond Dantes we find an early materialization of the modern superhero. He is a dashing young sailor imprisoned unjustly for treason. While in prison he meets a holy man who imparts to him all his wisdom of languages, philosophy, science, and literature. The "abbe" also divulges the profound secret of a hidden treasure. Dantes realizes that with such immense wealth one could do a generous amount of good for one's friends. On the other hand, one could also wreak a hateful vengeance on one's enemies.
Now freed from prison, and armed with untold riches, a wealth of intelligence, and a countenance utterly unrecognizable, Dantes fulfills his vow to wreak complete and utter revenge on those who conspired against him.
Public Domain (P)2015 B.J. Harrison
The Narrator is a key point when embarking on an audio book that is over 50 hours long. To that point B.J. Harrison is to be highly praised for his performance! I will be looking for more titles graced with his narration.
Host of CraftLit and Just-the-Books podcasts, editor of What Would Madame Defarge Knit? series, mother of boys, knitter of things, teacher of stuff...
The book is better than, more complex than, more unbelievable than, any of the filmed versions.
I particularly liked how much I learned about the time period and this area of the Mediterranean.
B.J. Harrison is one of the best readers I've heard. Able to do many voices compellingly, believably, and back-to-back. Even my kids were stunned when they realized it was all one reader.
I am so glad I listened to the samples and just didn't go with the book with the most ratings. Harrison's narration is far superior than any of the others. In some of the other recordings you can hear the narrator breathe, I hate that. Not with this one, it is perfect.
Very hard to put down. I fell asleep listening to this in bed more than once. Not because it was boring at all, but because I stayed up too late and should have been asleep hours ago.
I found the narration to be very good and the ability of the reader to add depth to the voices made it easy to follow dialogue changes.
So many... The interview with the King's Attorney, the meeting with the Abbey in solitude, and the vengence
First performance I have heard by BJ Harrison
At 52 hours length this would hardly be possible
At first when I decided to listen to this book I was scared not only because of its length but also by the time from which It was written. Being of the younger generation I felt that I may not be able to understand the writing style of this book. Now finished with the book, I can reflect that my fears were for nothing for this book kept me interested til the very end. In the end I was not complaining about its length but the fact that the reading was done and the story over. This is an extraordinary book and is definitely one of the best I have read. If you are interested in getting this book, don't worry about the length or the time in which it was written. This book will surprise you. I did to me and I am 20 years old.
Another fantastic reading by BJ Harrison. His voice is capable of all the emotion, both subtle and grand, that is necessary to maker this great work come alive.
The creativity of the story is over and over again unbelievable in its complexity! Such a long story flew by with my desperation to read more. The reading of this book was so well done, haunting and sweet, accents were on point and was so enjoyable!
Not the Kwisatz Haderach after all.
Don't just surrender and allow oneself to be carried along by the story. Reading the life of Edmond Dantes, think of how a human being becomes an avenging god and a savior. Think of how this avenging god and savior is saved himself. Think of the final teaching on the nature of death. This is the story of the Count of Mt. Christ.
As for the performance, B.J. Harrison does about as well as anyone can, who is not Simon Vance.
"Excellent in all respects"
As my beloved wife used to say, it's a classic for a reason. Harrison's narration is easy on the ear and consistently engaging, no small feat in over 50 hours with such a broad cast of characters and ages.
I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it without hesitation.
"Best story ever written"
Love the book, really enjoyed the audiobook. Must have taken months to record! Hats off to the narrator, especially as this story has so many characters!
"This was tough 52 hours to get through."
The essence of the story is not bad, but there is too much detailed conversation that dilutes it, if you ask me. Narrator was awesome and I think I would have given up without him.
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