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Joel

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  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • ABRIDGED (17 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By David Case
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    (116)
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    (41)
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    For Edmond Dantes, life couldn't be better. At 19, he is soon to be captain of his own ship and about to be married to his true love, Mercedes. But his life is suddenly turned upside down when on his wedding day he is arrested. Without a fair trial, he is condemned to solitary confinement in the miserable Chateau d'If. Soon, it is clear that Edmond has been framed by a handful of powerful enemies, jealous of his success.

    Gary says: "Excellent story superbly narrated"
    "A Classic"
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    This was one of those "I want to get to this someday..." books, and now I've gotten to it. I'm glad I did.

    If you're not familiar with the story, a quick summary: Edmund Dantes is unjustly imprisioned in the Chateau d'If, where he falls in with a fellow prisoner who knows of a vast hidden treasure on the islet of Monte Cristo. After his escape, Dantes finds the treasure, purchases the title of Count of Monte Cristo and seeks to pay back his old friends....and his old enemies. [There's a lot more to it than this, of course.] It's very well written and a very well-done tale. Romance, adventure, revenge, it's all here.

    I have a few minor quibbles, but they really are minor:
    0. The editing it a bit glichy in places. Sometimes, instead of a pause between sentencesthenext sentence jumps right on top of the previous one.
    1. Yes, it's long and yes, it bogs down in a few places, but not to the point of being intolerable. [That's one advantage to an audiobook...if it bogs down for a chapter or two, you can just wait it out.]

    David Case's narration is good without being great. Dialogs, in particular, become hard to follow at times.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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