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.
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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.
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.
Really enjoyed this, the story is great, the writing is wonderful -- a few very unlikely coincidences, but who cares? Great for commuting. Enjoy!
Love to read, and Audible has made the two-hour daily commute enjoyable!
This book has many characters and twists and turns - I love that kind of book, but if you don't, this isn't a book for you.
Edmond Dantès is betrayed by four people. He is anonymously accused of being a Bonapartist by a jealous co-worker, Danglars, and a rival for the love of Dantès' betrothed, Mercédès, Fernand. A neighbor, Caderousse, could avert the plot, but does not because he is afraid of the impact it would have on him. Villefort, the deputy crown prosecutor in Marseille, at first appears to be sympathetic, but when he discovers the case could implicate his father, he puts Edmond in a cell without trial.
Edmond spend 14 years in this cell. Towards the end of his incarceration, he meets the mad priest, Abbé Faria, named mad because he insists of his treasure. The rest of the book is about Edmond's escape, recovering the treasure on the island of Monte Cristo, and then seeking vengance on the four who betrayed him, and helping others who helped him and tried to rescue him.
In the end, Edmond wonders if he has taken the place of God, and discovers that in all, one should Wait and Hope.
I read "The Black Count" before this, Dumas used many stories he heard from his father about imprisonment in Italy which made that part very interesting.
Overall, really enjoyed - maybe slightly less than The Three Musketeers.
John Lee's narration was fabulous.
...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.
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.
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.
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."
A simple wish. I wish I could get my son and daughters to read this, but I fear it is hopeless.
Say something about yourself!
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!!!
Two great passions - dogs and books! Sci-fi/fantasy novels are my go-to favorites, but I love good writing across all genres.
The intricate plot is fascinating and weaves through a past time and foreign places in a way that makes you feel that you are there.
Eugenia Danglar was my favorite character because she was the only woman in the novel who was not evil or avaricious and still had a real backbone. All other women characters were either sweet and wimpy or clever and evil.
This book is so long that it is really a great one to have read to you versus reading it for yourself because you can still do laundry or clean house while listening. Reading the book would be a delight but would require so much dedicated time. However, this would have been a difficult book to listen to but for the outstanding narrator. The many French names would have been difficult to keep straight without seeing them in print had the narrator not been so very good at helping the listener keep easy track of the conversations between characters by assuming distinctive speaking styles and accents for each character. He even had specific ways of conjuring the different personas of the Count so you had a real image in your mind of how Edmund was presenting himself in each situation.
Wait and Hope
It takes until about halfway through the first section of the book for the story to really get going and it is not until about the 3rd section of the book that the plot totally pulls you in. If you stay with it though, you will understand why this book has become a
This is easily one of the more enjoyable audiobooks I've listened to.
It's a long book so I'm not sure I have a single favorite scene. The plot, the web of adventure and intrigue is simply captivating.
I've read this before in hardcopy but I have to say my enjoy increased ten-fold when listening to it. As I am not French, when reading I would stumble or confuse the names, especially if there was a gap between when I could do serious reading, this problem vanished when having it read to me. I will be moving onto The Three Musketeers by the same narrator very shortly.
Not only is "The Count of Monte Cristo" a captivating story with interesting and extremely well developed plot and characters, this is one of my favorite books to listen to because John Lee does and AMAZING job reading it. He gives voice and personality to each of the characters in the most amazing way - it's not silly or overdone - just perfect. I absolutely loved listening to it, and I am sure you will too.
"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!!
"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!
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
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.
"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
"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.
Exellent, I love this book and the reading is perfect. A bit wordy but entertaining.
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