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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I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.
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.
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!
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!
I love literary fiction and I occasionally delve into non-fiction. I love books that are suspenseful and am really into well-told stories.
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!
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
"Wrath of The Wronged"
As gripping a tale of betrayal and revenge as one could hope for. The rich cast of characters, ranging from the morally decrepit to the unerringly loyal, are in turns savagely exposed layer by layer or enriched with further depths and histories as the plot progresses.
There's a lot on offer here, satire of courtly power struggles and royal loyalties, family ties, greed, old vendettas, the desperation of the falsely accused... All of these aspects and more are explored through the ever evolving central figure of Edmond Dantes, as his many tiered plans of revenge are revealed piece by terrifying piece.
Wonderfully and forcefully read by John Lee - A great production.
"Unexpectedly one of my best audible books"
Not the sort of book I would normally listen to, but I enjoyed it so much (all 52 hours) that when I reached the end, I went straight back to the start and listened to it again. Something I have never done before. It was even better the second time. The story is so clever with every chapter being of significance to the plot. I will certainly listen to more by Alexandre Dumas.
The narrator, John Lee, is brilliant. His speech is clear and easy on the ear and his French pronunciation added so much to the enjoyment of this epic book.
"Outstanding Monte Christo"
I have been totally enthralled by this version of the classic Count of Monte Christo, it is truly spellbinding and the descriptions are so evocative that you would think you were there, I find myself making excuses to listen to more and more.
A really outstanding listen.
"A great classic"
I really enjoyed listening to this great classic about the determination of the count to devise appropriate retribution for the people who wronged.
"Too much of a good thing?"
I found this to be just as much of a monolithic work as I had guessed. I loved the narration and the prose is superb. Please proceed with caution though because this is a very long book with many characters in complicated interlacing relationships. At times I wished I had been taking notes or been able to flip back though a printed copy.
"Possibly the best book I have ever listened too!"
I chose this book because it was narrated by John Lee (who has an absolutely wonderful voice!) and because it was really long and I wanted something to last me the whole month.
A lot of the story is about the Count of Monte Cristo taking his revenge but rather than it being negative and depressing I found it really cleverly written and extreemly absorbing.
I would certainly recommend it!
"Not so good"
This is a great story - but the translation used in this recording is not very good. I say that as someone with a PhD in French and who was using this as a double reading with the actual original novel. In places it's actually quite wide of the mark, if not wrong in its rendition. I don't know if there is a recording of Penguin's translation by Robin Buss; will have to have a hunt for it or a suitable replacement. The Buss is a very good translation. I'm a bit frustrated that I used a credit on this dire version.
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