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The writing is great, of course. The sound quality is good, if casual. (It's not a highly edited production.) The reader is rarely distracting, and usually is very easy to understand, and reads very accurately, with good understated characterizations. (Not overly theatrical.) One thing I look for in an audiobook is that it should good listening not just one time, but many times. You will likely want to listen to this book over and over through the years.
Some of the reader's pronunciations are a bit distracting, you frequently can hear pages being turned, and sometimes the reader corrects himself after misreading a word or phrase. These are not, however, annoying, for the most part. Another reviewer compared it to a "grandfatherly" reading, and I think that is apt.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
This review is about the recording quality, not about the book. It is obvious that this recording is very old. While the narrator does a good job it is not up to par with today's high quality recorded books. The audio of the narration is not as "close up" as more recent audio books sound. You can also clearly hear pages turn throughout the audiobook. Also the narrator messes up throughout the book and corrects himself. So while he does a good job reading it, it has more of the feel like your grandpa reading you a story next to a warm fire. Not necessarily a bad thing, but not the quality of some of the newer audiobooks out there.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
To be quite frank I bought this because I wanted a long audiobook to while away the hours whilst clearing the garden for winter. Much to my surprise I was bowled over by the pace of the action. I've downloaded several modern thrillers and this beats them all. Even when the author takes you on a seemingly pointless detour you find yourself entwined in a wicked twist of the plot as the many faceted Count works his revenge.
18 of 18 people found this review helpful
It's rare to listen to a book deserving of the word classic. In a nutshell this is in the top 5 greatest books I've ever listened to and it was a sad day when I finished it. It's just great storytelling with one of the most complex and compelling plots that I've ever heard. I think the only thing some listeners struggle with is the language used. Dumas wrote this around 1844 and as you would expect its very much in the narrative language of the 19th century. I'm sure Dumas didn't intend me to laugh out loud as I did at certain points but how can you not with lines like; 'Pray sir, tell me more, for you excite my senses to their very limits.' Probably not an exact quote but I'm sure you get my point. Please don't think this in any way detracts from the book, the gripping storyline never lets up and as with all Dumas' books you slowly begin to appreciate that this is a morality tale on a grand scale. Nothing that's ever been filmed has given anything like an accurate account of The Counts carefully planned retribution, so if you've ever watched a film or read an abridged version and think you know the story, let me assure you that you don't. Listen to it and kick yourself that you never heard it sooner!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
I saw the early 2000s film long ago and loved it. I would say the ending in the film is more "neat ribbon".This story is so engaging and socially grandiose. I found the dialogue slightly overly descriptive at times, but I'm probably not used to the French style. Delivery of the voice actor was broad and present. He only stammered rarely, and only in the final chapter. Unlucky.
Narrator keeps losing his place and mispronouncing words.
Also begins every chapter with "and now we come to chapter x of alexander dumas book the count of monte cristo in which ... happens" which really breaks the flow of the story