Reviews for Count of Monte Cristo : Library Edition


AudioFile Reviews 2006 December/January 2007
The lightning transformation of Edmond Dantes, blameless sea captain with hair "dark as the raven's wing," from joyous manhood to dungeon wretch is one of the great first acts in literature. Dantes is a Frenchman, but we--as Americans--expect our classics read with an English accent. And so Richard Matthews is spot-on for this sweeping and voluptuous romance. Our imprisoned hero educates himself--yes, students, you mustn't neglect your homework--escapes the dread dungeon of the Chateau d'If, and becomes rich beyond the dreams of avarice. He returns and wreaks a terrible vengeance on the treacherous. Man, woman, French nobility, and Italian banditry, Matthews has the range for a variety of accents and emotions. Excellent performance, great sound. B.H.C. (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine

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