The Count of Monte Cristo (version 2)
The story takes place in France, Italy, islands in the Mediterranean and the Levant during the historical events of 1815–1838 (from just before the Hundred Days through the reign of Louis-Philippe of France). The historical setting is a fundamental element of the book. It is primarily concerned with themes of justice, vengeance, mercy, and forgiveness, and is told in the style of an adventure story. (Summary by Wikipedia) (49 hr 48 min)
great story, a few less than great readers
My husband and I enjoyed the story, but found many of the readers impossible to understand. When seeking volunteers, please keep in mind that very often audio books are listened to in settings with significant background noise, and readers with strong accents or soft, sweet voices are unsuitable for listening while on the treadmill or while traveling in the car. Several times we were forced to read a chapter from the print version or we would have completely lost the thread of the story.
Can't understand much of Ch 40
I can't understand the reader in Chapter 40. Her unnecessary quickness of pace combined with her accent and lack of enunciation through detailed parts of sentences, makes this chapter about 25% incomprehensible. Also there is no consistency among the pronunciation of the characters' names or even the author's name! Literally every reader pronounces Alexandre Dumas differently!! So annoying. Quality and consistency of recordings aside, this is a great book!
Great story, Could not understand narration
Whoever narrates this book mispronounces so many words, even simple ones like flecked and french words like gendarmes. With each proceeding chapter it is increasingly more difficult to comprehend the speech. I've tried to listen to this several times but I had to buy the book in order to understand what was going on. I'd reccomend a new recording so people can enjoy this tale to the greatest extent.
Difficult to understand
I have read this book before, and it is wonderful. I decided to listen to it my second time around and have been disappointed to find that a couple of the readers have heavy accents that make them very difficult to understand. If it were simply accents, that wouldn't bother me, but they are also not good readers in English. I could easily believe that some of these were recorded as part of ESL practice, as the reader not only stumbles over words, but also skips over some words entirely (particularly articles). It's difficult to learn another language, I completely understand that, but I think it's important not to use unwilling people as your practice listeners, and not to record chapters of a book if you are unable to read smoothly and include all the words.
M. Lackey 3,3,2017
I've read several reviews about the quality of this recording. People complain about accents improperly pronounced English words at Etc. let me give you my take. People from all over the world have contributed to reading a classic for your and my enjoyment. The fact that some have accents that are unfamiliar to my particular dialect, the fact that there are mispronounced words as it relates to what I believe the way they should be pronounced, all add to the character and the enjoyment. I am working and have had many someones who have taken their time to read this book out loud for my personal enjoyment. How dare I complain. yes there are accents and words that are pronounced not properly compared to an English speaker. Does that make it bad? Absolutely not! I have enjoyed this reading tremendously. Thank you so very much for everyone was willing to take their time to share the reading of this classic with anyone who's willing to pick it up and do nothing more than listen. Kudos and thanks to you all!
The Country of Monterey Cristo
Fantastic story I typically only listen to audio books while I drive bit with this story I found myself listening to it instead of watching TV. while I worked out even as I cooked dinner. The story of suffering and determination to have justice. Fantastic book. Fair warning there are 4 chapters where the narrator is difficult to understand but even with this info please listen and enjoy its worth it.
With such a long complex story containing so many characters, I found this recording particularly hard to follow. Most every reader pronounced characters names slightly different and of course spoke their lines in different tones making it very easy to forget who a character was for chapters at a time. Most every narrator did a good job reading that if they had read alone would have been very good, it's just the mix from chapter to chapter. I would recommend a single narrator or one where it's always the same reader for a certain character. There's also a 15-40 second preface to each chapter that after 117 parts really adds up and becomes annoying.
Ruin, remorse and vengeance...
Jordan D. Ulmer
Alexander Dumas has certainly contrived an engaging adventure, which draws the reader from the fancies of youth into the despair of dungeons, from the beauty of maidens to the menace of murderers. With extravagant dialectics and prompting reflections the reader is carried through the life of an ordinary man of an implacable demeanor and an unbelievable fortune. Though there are a few noble characters, this composition is really a story of ruin, remorse and vengeance and I thus wish readers to embark with caution.