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Loomis, CA
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  • The Count of Monte Cristo

  • By: Alexandre Dumas
  • Narrated by: Alan Munro
  • Length: 57 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 382
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350

An adventure story primarily concerned with themes of hope, justice, vengeance, mercy, and forgiveness, it focuses on a man who is wrongfully imprisoned, escapes from jail, acquires a fortune and sets about getting revenge on those responsible for his imprisonment. However, his plans have devastating consequences for the innocent as well as the guilty.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely awful narrator!

  • By Janneke on 02-22-13

Over 100 chapters. Long but good

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-18

Many books end with a feeling of dissatisfaction, but using over 100 chapters Dumas has followed each rabbit trail and character profile until every last detail has been explained. Sometimes those trails were a bit tedious but as the story comes to fruition, the reader is running down the trails anxious to know what they will find. I enjoyed the story very much.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Severe Mercy

  • By: Sheldon Vanauken
  • Narrated by: Peter Chanice
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225

Beloved, profoundly moving account of the author's marriage, the couple's search for faith and friendship with C. S. Lewis, and a spiritual strength that sustained Vanauken after his wife's untimely death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By Jeffrey on 12-03-16

Definitely one of my husband's and my favorites of all time

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-05-17

This book is both deep and romantic and both stay with you forever if you fully digest these beautiful words. A warning though: it takes some work on our part to ingest, to chew, and to swallow. It took listening to some parts over and over again. The insights into the person, C.S. Lewis were amazing. This is a must read for any of his fans. You will love him even more.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Pillars of the Earth

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 40 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,876
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,323

The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame...and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't Take My Buds Out

  • By Judith on 11-08-07

Horrific rape scene of young girl too much.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-17-16

Would you try another book from Ken Follett and/or John Lee?

John Lee was a great reader. I would never read a Ken Follett book again. Not just graphic sexuality but gratuitous and from the scintillating perspective of the rapist, not the poor girl being raped in front of her brother. It was too much and it made me angry at the writer.

Any additional comments?

Not sure why historical fiction needed all the sexuality. Even the loving sexuality was graphic and really, not that loving. But one horrible character, the author delighted in letting us see into his degenerated and perverted mind while he performed sick and cruel sexual acts on innocent women. It was a little weird to say the least. I am actually shocked that other women haven't mentioned this in their reviews. I know the person that recommended it to me, read the book and so skipped down until the rapes were over with, not so easily done with an audiobook. John Lee was such a good reader, even though I put it on the fastest speed, I still understood every word. The period of history was really interesting but the story wasn't that good to tempt me to endure that (what I feel is a really unhealthy male perspective on sexuality) in the next book of the series.