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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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    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 10-06-09
    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 10-06-09 Member Since 2013

    BJS

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    "Things have not changed, the evil that men do."

    As early as we can go back in time man has been betraying man. This is a classic tale of Greed, Lust, used against a young man to his down fall. However there is a happy ending. Too bad in this day of Enron and Bernie Madoff we can't have the same. Beautifully read as well.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Haydenville, MA, USA 11-24-08
    Diane Haydenville, MA, USA 11-24-08
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    "Great read"

    Really enjoyed this, the story is great, the writing is wonderful -- a few very unlikely coincidences, but who cares? Great for commuting. Enjoy!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jayne K. Thompson 09-20-08
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    "Superb Storyteller"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Impossible to put down. The narrator is excellent.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Melinda Shoreline, WA, United States 05-04-09
    Melinda Shoreline, WA, United States 05-04-09 Member Since 2013

    I love literary fiction and I occasionally delve into non-fiction. I love books that are suspenseful and am really into well-told stories.

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    "Amazing, Breathtaking, Beautiful!"

    I got this download from Audible.com and it is brilliantly read by James Lee. I was completely captivated and transported to the world of Edmund Dantes and 17th century France. I did consult spark notes every 5 or 10 chapters, because when listening to a book of this magnitude where aristocrats are changing their names (and sometimes needing aliases) and getting titles, it could be easy to get lost and hard to keep track of who is who. But I never felt lost or dragged down by this story that must be the blueprint for every romantic, adventure or character study novel that came afterwards. The novel is rich with sumptuous prose and unforgettable characters and is on par with other masterpieces like Lord of the Rings. It has everything and feels surprisingly contemporary. The language is not stilted at all and I found it to be extremely witty at some points. With Monte Cristo the first superhero is created by Dumas as he seems (to characters in the book) to posses superhuman strength, wealth beyond imagination and can always see 10 moves ahead in this very intriguing game of revenge chess he is playing with the people who falsely imprisoned him. James Lee is an amazing reader, so if audible books is your thing, go for it. I was never bored and was sad when it all, finally ended. It could have even been longer for me. I can't imagine being satisfied with an abridgment of this novel...it is too rich, and why let someone edit it for you when you can have the whole, glorious tale. And if you prefer print books, then I really don't see how you could go wrong. The Count of Monte Cristo is a hell of a good ride and deserves every single recommendation it gets. This is one of those once-in-a-decade books that deserves a whole constellation of stars instead of just five. Fantastic! Bravo!

    6 of 7 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J. Locke Tampa FL 03-07-13
    J. Locke Tampa FL 03-07-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Keep your monarchs but..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Count of Monte Cristo to be better than the print version?

    ...bring back the men and women of such character. This story might as well have been written about a world of pure fantasy or written of a world in a distant galaxy. Where are the people of this character today? While at times the formalities seem stiff and nonsensical, to a man of the 21st century anyway, the level of respect to oneself and to others is astonishing.I sometimes, more than I would care to admit, imagine what life would be like if I lived in a time and place where character and self-worth, without the title and birthright of this story, were commonplace. BTW, America is the closest any peoples have come to realizing my dream. This was a first read (listen) for me but won't be the last. The life lessons available in this story are numerous and very well laid out. Could our children of today (America) even understand the lessons and experiences? Doubtful. When stealing from large and small retail chain stores is seen as harmless because "they can afford it", you began to lose hope.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Edmond Dantes was my favorite, typical right?First because he was the wronged innocent, then because I sympathized with his desire for vengeance, then I cringed from his heartlessness and then to admiration for his selflessness.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not exactly my favorite but the most important in my eyes. The time that Edmond Dantes and Abbe Faria spent in prison together. How close they became and all that the Abbe shared with Edmond. Edmond could have used his knowledge and newly found wealth for great evil. Actually, an argument can be made that he did commit evil on multiple occasions, disguised in the cloak of providence.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not an emotional reaction more of a visceral one. Over and over I thought, "how far civilization has fallen, all the while making fantastic technological and medical strides forward."


    Any additional comments?

    A simple wish. I wish I could get my son and daughters to read this, but I fear it is hopeless.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Justin Clay, WV, United States 01-25-13
    Justin Clay, WV, United States 01-25-13 Member Since 2014

    Mainly a fantasy reader, but switching more to Historical Fiction and History in general.

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    "Get an Abridged Version."
    Would you try another book from Alexandre Dumas and/or John Lee?

    I enjoy John Lee as a story teller, but Dumas's writing style is too long winded for my taste. Listen to an Abridged version of this, I gurantee it will be better. There is far too much detail, and it follows to many story arcs.


    Has The Count of Monte Cristo turned you off from other books in this genre?

    After listening to this, I deleted the 3 Muskateer audio books that were on my wish list, I no longer want to listen to Dumas.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    John Lee is a good story teller, but there are far better. Michael Kramer and Roy Dotrice are my two favorite male story tellers.


    Was The Count of Monte Cristo worth the listening time?

    The Count of Monte Cristo story was not worth the 47 hours dedicated to it. This is one of the few instances where I rather enjoyed the most recent movie more than the novel.


    2 of 2 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 09-07-12
    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 09-07-12 Member Since 2012

    I just achieved App Scholar!! 1000 hours in 1 yr 7 mo and 10 days!!! I never thought I would make it this far!! Thanks Audible

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    "It's a long long book!!!!"

    I've seen the movie and loved it. The book is totally different,they say the book is always better. Not in this case.. The first part was great starts off with Edmond on top of the world then his fall from glory,it all falls apart... Then he goes to prison,I couldn't put the book down.. It was great,you think he is done for then he meets his only friend,he learns about life,knowledge,the world.. Then he plans his escape it works, then I look down I have 40 hours to go!!!! What !!!! It's hard to keep up with you get lost then you get back into it and lost again... I finished it I'm glad,I thought it would be better. Watch the movie don't waste a credit......

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly 06-10-12
    Kimberly 06-10-12 Member Since 2007

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Wonderful"

    A very long story and I thank goodness for Wikipedia ??? they have a ???relationship??? map that keeps nearly all of the relationships straight. The narration was flawless ??? John Lee is the king!! He did all the accents and languages so well it was easy to get lost. I can???t say any more than others. Five stars!!!

    2 of 2 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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