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The Count of Monte Cristo Audiobook

The Count of Monte Cristo

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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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    Richard Castro Valley, CA, USA 03-06-10
    Richard Castro Valley, CA, USA 03-06-10 Member Since 2016
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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.

    7 of 7 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 2016
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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.



    7 of 7 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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    Wolfpacker Fort Mill, SC 05-27-12
    Wolfpacker Fort Mill, SC 05-27-12 Member Since 2014

    Curtis

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    "What a Book! Worth The Time Investment"

    This is a wonderful book read by one of my favorite narrators. This story is so full of love, hatred, revenge, nobility, and friendship. It keeps you enthralled through its long hours and meandering twists and turns. Do not be put off by the time investment required to get through the many hours of listening. What a great way to spend 40+ hours, and what a bargain for that credit you are looking to spend!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen saint petersburg, FL, USA 03-06-09
    Stephen saint petersburg, FL, USA 03-06-09
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    "A true classic"

    I have read the Count at least 3 times, not including the audio version I just completed, and this rendition is wonderful. The narrator does a very commendable job, I will listen to this again and again.

    13 of 14 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.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 11-19-16
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 11-19-16

    I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^

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    "Hate the prose, LOVE the book."

    “All human wisdom is contained in these two words - Wait and Hope”
    ― Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo

    One of those grand epics like Les Misérables and David Copperfield that does more than create a world the reader temporarily inhabits. This is a novel which creates a whole grand revenge myth. I would second Umberto Eco's take that this is one of the "most gripping novels ever written, and on the other hand one of the most badly written novels of all time and all literatures."

    This is a story of an Übermensch/Byronic hero and the grandfather of all revenge and psychological thriller novels. I remember the first time I read 'Les Miserables', I almost read straight through. Now, 25 years older, I don't have the same reading endurance, but the feeling of urgency and addiction was close. I read this in 3.5 days (while working full-time and giving token attention to family duties). 'The Count of Monte Cristo's' plot doesn't just push you forward, rather it tosses you down cliff after cliff.

    I give it four stars for the obnoxious writing, repetition of bad adjectives, and unnecessary descriptions of unnecessary events in a book that is already 1200 pages. While I'm not a big believer in editing or abridging a writer's work, Dumas would have been a bit better served with a modern, aggressive editor. For that I leave off one star ... perhaps one day I'll add it. For now, I will just 'wait and hope.'

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Leni Ramberg Los Angeles, Ca, United States 11-02-13
    Leni Ramberg Los Angeles, Ca, United States 11-02-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Amazing, Surprising..."

    Excellent reviews and an Audible sale prompted me to buy The Count of Monte Cristo. I’d read one chapter in a French II class decades ago. I mistakenly thought the novel was about a guy languishing in prison. I knew I wasn’t going to like it. But I mostly listen to classics and Audible reviewers had raved. So, after months of sitting in my Audible library, I finally downloaded the first part. Wow.

    At 47 hours with foreign names and places, it’s a commitment, but when it ended I wished for more. I’ve “read” dozens of Audible books and this one of my top five favorites. John Lee’s narration: impeccable.

    I listened while I cleaned, while I cooked, while I drove, while I was supposed to be sleeping…
    This complex story with its fascinating cast of characters knocked me out.

    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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  • Lesley
    Isle of Skye, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Brilliant"

    As my second sortie into the classics after Les Miserables, this did not disappoint. The characters were beautifully drawn and I loved Dantes from the start - what an astonishing character. The narrator used his voice to full effect and brought all the characters to life so well. Its another long listen, but the time just passed so quickly and I couldn't wait for the working day to end so that I could get in the car and immerse myself in this story again. An awesome listen and I was left wanting more. I felt like I was waving goodbye to an old friend at the end.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • john
    haswell, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Epic saga."

    This is a novel that I wouldn't read,I would and did find it tedious, but....... In audio form with a great narrator, I must say,it's truly great!.The spoken word evokes much more to me than a printed text.My eyes now see pictures generated by the description of a master storyteller without being distracted by reading.A book is only a record of words to speak, but the voice was the way all stories were told,passed on by word of mouth.So listen to this novel and hear for yourself all the facets of the spoken word,in this marvellous adventure

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • M. Hewitt
    12/9/16
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    "Timeless Classic beautifully narrated."

    Flawless and well crafted epic worthy of any list of top five classic fiction novels of all time ( so far). Don't neglect to read (listen to) this thinking you know the oh so familiar story as you've seen the film. The film adaptation is but a pale shadow of the riches found within the book. It's exquisitely written and beautifully narrated. It gripped me for the full 47 hours and I'm saddened it's ended. One of a handful of books I wish I could experience again for the first time....

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  • David
    11/4/16
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    "classic ."

    epic story telling, plot after plot , amazing collection of genious intercourse....the Count cannot be beaten.better on audio than the big screen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sunil G.
    9/3/16
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    "my favourite book so far"

    Amazing author and the narration was fantastic.
    Going to be hard to find the next book to out do this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Simon Reid
    5/2/16
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    "Superb"

    46 hours of riveting story with many interwoven stories all brought together at an even pace throughout. I almost did not want it to end I was so engrossed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Claire
    Rugeley, United Kingdom
    3/9/16
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    "Fab"

    It was brilliant, enough said. Can't believe it was written so long ago. Unabridged version says so much more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • George
    12/1/15
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    "Superbly read tale of revenge"
    If you could sum up The Count of Monte Cristo in three words, what would they be?

    Involving, entertaining, disturbing


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Abbé Faria, for his cunning construction of tools, his mastery of the art of being a prisoner, his learning, and the inability to persuade his jailers that he was sane


    What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Rich and luxurious pronunciation of the French names which wouldn't have achieved the same timbre in my inner reading.


    Any additional comments?

    A thoroughly enjoyable way of spending many hours. This is a super book, and the reader's voice is well suited to the writing. I found myself yearning for Monte Cristo's plans to succeed, and then perhaps to fail as the gradual understanding of quite how damaged his early experiences had left him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • eatough1999
    Northumberland, UK
    8/4/15
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    "Sublime"

    Having read this book years ago I was keen to listen to it...I have a new found appreciation of the narrative. It is lengthy and at times one needs to persevere with the prose as it seems to deviate in what may possibly seem like non-focused direction, but it is exquisite in it's depth, colour and richness.
    The narration was brilliant and brought the story to life. The intonation is exacting and held my attention throughout - even in the meandering prose..
    The themes of love, betrayal, revenge and repentance with forgiveness are gritty and exceptional highlighting the human condition.
    Bravo!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Siobhan Kennedy-Hall
    Bristol
    6/4/15
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    "Engrossing! "

    For some reason I had never got around to reading this classic and so when I found or available through Audiobooks I didn't hesitate to get it.
    I am extremely pleased I did as I found it a wonderful, gripping and engrossing book. There are so any lives and stories interwoven together that there is never a dull moment!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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