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The Count of Monte Cristo | [Alexandre Dumas]

The Count of Monte Cristo

Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.
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Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure. After 14 years of hopeless imprisonment, Dantès makes his daring escape and follows his secret map to untold fortune. Disguised now as the mysterious and powerful Count of Monte Cristo, Dantès seeks out his enemies - and nothing will stand in the way of his just revenge.

Filled with thrilling episodes of betrayal, romance, and revenge, The Count of Monte Cristo is one of the greatest adventure stories ever written.

(P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Harry 02-21-09
    Harry 02-21-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Don't Hesitate: Download Now !"

    This is a fantastic book. Period. The story is wonderfully constructed and beautifully written. The narration is clear and the characters rendered perfectly by narrator John Lee. I could not stop listening to this book. I would sit in my car at lunch or in my driveway at night, listening to "just one more section."

    I heartily recommend this book, it's a great one !

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-04-09
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    "Absolutely AMAZING!!! Read this review."

    This is an amazing book. If you have watched the movie(which was also awesome!) you'll find the book a little different. Of course it's impossible to fit a 47 hour long book into a 2.5 hour movie. The book is 47 hours long and has 119 chapters. So I recommend you listening to this book as if you're watching a tv series otherwise it may take over your life - so expect to listen to it over a period of time. The narrator is as good as the story itself. This will be one of the best books you'll have listened to. Download it and enjoy! :)

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Tom Parc DisneylandCyprus 03-26-08
    Tom Parc DisneylandCyprus 03-26-08
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    "Terrific book"

    I've always wanted to read this book. Since I was 17 years of age. Finding a copy was the hardest part. Most copies were in abridged form or else French, which I only recently learnt to speak. So this recording was a godsend. It's well read, extremely interesting and inspiring. Well worth a listen and the pace and content, although belonging to another era, bring a wonderful sense of authenticity to the story.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Castro Valley, CA, USA 03-06-10
    Richard Castro Valley, CA, USA 03-06-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Captivating Story; Incredible Narrator"

    I've now listened to three marathon audiobooks narrated by John Lee: this one and Ken Follet's two medieval historical novels. Easily over 100 hours listening to one narrator, but I keep wanting more. In this instance, Monte Cristo is one of my favorite novels, and this is unquestionably the best way to experience it.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Louis Sakura Cherry Blossom City, Japan 12-05-08
    Louis Sakura Cherry Blossom City, Japan 12-05-08 Member Since 2014
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    "A Best Value in Audiobooks"

    48 hours of a Classic French literature, translated into impeccable English prose, convincingly delivered by narrator John Lee, all for 1 Audible credit? Clearly, one of the best values in audiobooks to be found anywhere.



    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    kieu Canley Heights, Australia 08-03-08
    kieu Canley Heights, Australia 08-03-08 Member Since 2011
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    "Magnificent! Touching!"

    Choosing the unabridged version was a good choice. I could have missed out a lot if I did otherwise. It's a fairy tale, and yet, it is so real, full of life saga and wisdom. Already I knew the story through movie, and yet, the book still brought incomparable joy. After listening to the book, I decided to find myself a hard copy. The text is so poetic. I would read it again. Alexandre Dumas is unique in the way he can make us pondering about life, without having one word of dry preaching. Life comes out of his book full of love and sufferings. As it's been said, once one started, one cannot stop reading until reaching the end.

    Last but not least, the narrator is truly a great one. He too, deserves a lot of credit.

    Thanks Audiobook.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Rene 01-31-08
    Rene 01-31-08
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    "The Count"

    Awesome listen. Wordy and flowery but delicate and spell binding all at the same time. Loved the movie and the book as always is much better.

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    Tad Davis 10-19-10
    Tad Davis 10-19-10
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    "Incredibly long, incredibly great"

    This is one of the longest audiobooks I've tackled, and it was worth every minute. John Lee keeps things roaring along at a fast pace throughout; and Alexandre Dumas packs the story with more incident than any one story has a right to have. (The various film versions have only scratched the surface.) It's more than an adventure story. It's a gripping morality tale as well, and it doesn't end quite the way you'd expect.

    One of the more gripping parts of the story is actually one of the most static, in terms of external action: the account of the paralyzed revolutionary Noitier and his efforts to communicate with his granddaughter by blinking his eyes. John Lee gives "voice" to this effort, and to the character, with great determination and compassion. A terrific listen.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kyle Cincinnati, OH, USA 02-14-09
    Kyle Cincinnati, OH, USA 02-14-09
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    "Outstanding Audio Book"

    Having read The Count of Monte Cristo many times, I was skeptical that an audio book with only one narrator would be able to capture the book's depth and subtlety entirely. I assure anyone thinking of buying this version that the audio book delivers well beyond expectations. While the narrator is not always consistent with his intonation for specific characters' voices, he still makes listening to the story almost as enjoyable as reading.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    B.J. Minneapolis, MN, United States 10-22-12
    B.J. Minneapolis, MN, United States 10-22-12 Member Since 2010

    I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.

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    "A Great, Looong Story"

    I managed to avoid this book for years. I was certain I knew exactly what it was about. I was wrong.

    This is one good long listen. Yes, sometimes I got lost in the characters. Sometimes I was confused. But I was always entertained.

    I think about writing a book like this - in long-hand with a quill - and shudder at the thought. There's a reason it's always on the "Best Books Ever" lists. It is.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • Patricia
    Clacton on Sea,, Essex, United Kingdom
    4/21/09
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    "A MUST LISTEN!"

    This tale has been chopped about over the years until the true essence of a wonderful writer has all but been lost! Here, though is the complete story. Anyone who wishes to know just how to write should study this!
    John Lee is one of the most talented narrators I have ever listened to. As I have said before, with other stories, his characterisation is perfect!!

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Lorna
    High Wycombe, buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
    11/13/10
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    "Long but enjoyable"

    This book unabridged is long - but the detail is brilliant and vital. Before Dantes escapes prison, Dumas mostly writes at the speed and from the view of Dantes which means that sometimes you are just as confused as Dantes as to why something has happened or not happened. Thankfully you're not kept waiting for the solution for long! Later you are at the mercy of what the count is willing to allow you to know and again there are moments when you wonder how one or more characters are going to get their come-uppance. I love the numerous identities of the count and found I frequently couldn't stop listening. John Lee does a fabulous job of the reading and if it wasn't for the family names and titles getting muddled at the beginning in my mind I am sure this would have been a 5 star book and reading

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Rachael
    Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
    7/11/12
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    "Wonderful story brilliantly narrated!"

    It's a long, long story, but the time flies by and the narrator is positively excellent! He tells it in such a wonderfully engaging way that you can't help but get carried away with the plight of each character. In short, it's a brilliantly interesting tale of a man wrongly imprisoned and his cleverly calculated revenge...! I couldn't put my headphones down!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Paula
    bolton, lancs, United Kingdom
    2/1/09
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    "my favourite book"

    this epic tale is my favourite story and I was delighted to find it available on audible, the narrator does a fantastic job of bringing this story to life and I am now able to enjoy The Count even when I am busy doing other jobs.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    Southampton, Hampshire, United Kingdom
    12/24/12
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    "One of the best stories in the World"

    This is a wonderful story and well read by John Lee. Some narrators are difficult to listen to for a long time but I really had no problem during the 47 hours that this book is read over. The Count of Monte Cristo has to be Unabridged to be fully appreciated, any cutting would ruin the story and the understanding of the character development. There is really no other way to "read" a classic like this. Easily a multi-listen book.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • catherine
    bolton, United Kingdom
    7/21/12
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    "Huge and so enjoyable"

    This was one of those classics that seemed too daunting to begin, but this format fits like a dream.
    Sit back and let this marvellous story grab you.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • TigerEyes
    Glasgow, United Kingdom
    11/8/11
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    "Genius"

    Abolutely loved this book. The narration took me a little while to get into (I had just listened to the brilliance that is Simon Vance reading The Three Musketeers) but once I did, I can't fault it. John Lee has the perfect voice for the Count of Monte Cristo. I listened to this on my iPod walking to and from work and would frequently be striding down the street with a big smile on my face. Have started telling everyone I know to read the book or listen to the audiobook! It is a long reading, but a great chance to 'read' a book that I might not have stuck with in its paper form - though I have now bought it!

    Loved the structure, the plot and the characters. Absolutely brilliant. A work of genius.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Paul Conder
    Auckland New Zealand
    5/15/10
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    "The book and a great reading"

    The Count if Monte Cristo is one of the greatest stories ever written. This reading is an excellent quality that reflects the tension and suspense of reading it yourself.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Sara
    Llanwrtyd wells, United Kingdom
    1/26/09
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    "Excellent but sags a little in the middle"

    I had always wanted to read this and have no regrets at listening to the 40+ hours. I would only recommend this if you have a lot of time on your hands and are prepared for it to go a little off the boil in the middle third. It is still an excellent story and full of twists and turns that should keep you interested until the end. I loved it and as I do have a lot of time on my hands (3hrs car commute every day) I found it a very enjoyable listen. You would benefit from listening to it in large chunks as keeping track of who is who over the many years of the story, with early family names changing to the "Count of X" and "Baron Y" confused me a little.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Tron
    Merthyr Tydfil, United Kingdom
    4/24/12
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    "Outstanding listen"

    Exellent, I love this book and the reading is perfect. A bit wordy but entertaining.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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