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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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!
St. Louis, Missouri
...and the guy says, "With a lawn as big as yours, you really need a riding mower." I smiled, knowing I had the perfect counterargument to his sales pitch. "That's ok, I have an iPod and I just started The Count of Monte Cristo."
As the words left my mouth I realized I just forfeited any chance I had that this guy would treat me as a man and a brother. In the horsepower-and-self-propulsion world of your average lawnmower shop, literary discussions are not the ticket to respect. I imaged the thought that was forming under his feed cap: "What a dweeb."
Instead, his jaw dropped, his eyes popped and he said "That's a great book! I read the unabridged version, and there's a lot of detail, but it's just fantastic!"
A few weeks later I was catching the train to work. A guard I've become friendly with was supervising the restocking of the vending machines. My train wasn't for a few minutes so I made a detour. After a few casual remarks about the weather the guard noticed the iPod clipped to my jacket and asked what I was listening to. I said The Count of Monte Cristo, with that same shrinking feeling I had at the lawnmower emporium. But the vending guy stood bolt upright, his eyes wide and his hair a-bristle: "That's a great book!"
I was now convinced I was the only person in the universe who hadn't read The Count of Monte Cristo. And thanks to John Lee and Audible, that flaw in an otherwise blameless upbringing has now been repaired.
Yes, it includes everything I don't like about 19th Century novels (Jane Austen excluded): it is sloppily, even glutinously sentimental. It is overwrought. It is insanely improbable. It is Gothic. It is Romantic in that overly-ripe, Victorian/Dickensian way that gets under my skin.
And it is also one of the greatest books I have ever read. Or listened to.
For all its improbabilities it is true to life. For all it's sentimentality it almost moved me to tears. For all its Gothic cloak-and-dagger antics it is a profoundly, even beautifully Catholic work of literature. It is a big, baggy story full of cul-de-sacs and blind corners, memorable characters and quotable sentences. Yes, the good people are a little too saintly and the bad ones a shade too bad. But what holds it all together is the Count himself. What he suffers, what he does and, finally, what he learns about revenge, forgiveness and redemption are well worth the 56 hour journey. And the lawn looks really good, too.
John Lee's clean, clear delivery seldom falters. In a six-part audiobook I needed to back up and re-listen only a handful of times to catch something I'd missed. Sometimes the male characters get a little mixed, but that's to be expected in conversations where 4 or 5 are speaking at once. And an invaluable aid to keeping the story straight is supplied by Dumas himself. Since the novel was originally serialized, he's always reminding us of when we last saw a character he's reintroducing to the story--knowing that the newspaper with that vital information has long since been wrapped around a fish in a Parisian gutter.
I got this one on sale, but even at full price it is a bargain.
This is a fabulous classic book. The reading was flawlessly superb and sadly, no one will ever write the English language so eloquently again.
A must read for everyone. Relish, not only the story, but the exquisite language.
Mainly a fantasy reader, but switching more to Historical Fiction and History in general.
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.
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.
John Lee is a good story teller, but there are far better. Michael Kramer and Roy Dotrice are my two favorite male story tellers.
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.
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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......
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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.
"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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