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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This book started out a little slow and I was frustrated with the obvious bad luck that was coming the main characters way. It eventually picked up and got better, but I sometimes found the fact that the Count was always in the right place at the right time sometimes way beyond belief and it kind of detracted from the story. No one has that kind of luck. But overall, I really enjoyed the book.
I love the story, but the person reading it has a very dry, monotone voice and doesn't place the right emotion or enunciation to the story.
I downloaded this book after listening to Les Miserables and The Brothers Karamazov. I was hoping for another thoughtful and exciting piece of humanist 19th century literature. I was really really really disappointed. Alexandre Dumas can't hold a candle to Hugo or Dostoyevsky. Dumas's work is a self-aggrandizing tribute to the 19th century French aristocracy. Our "hero," the Count of Monte Cristo, is a self-obsessed French "dandy," a slave owner who learns nothing from his years of imprisonment other than the "correct" way to wear his fancy-pants frock coat or whatever crap they wore in those days. I wish I could get the credit back that I spent on this terrible, terrible book. Dumas is an idiot, and I wish he were alive today just so I could key his car. Women in this book are objects, and characters talk at length about the novelty and prestige of owning African slaves. A certain measure of political-incorrectness by today's standards always goes along with novels written in this time period, and usually I can overlook it, but this is the first 19th century novel I have read that deeply offends me. I wish it took place during the French Revolution instead of after it, so all the characters would die. I only listened to half the story, that was all I could stomach, and the hardest part is knowing that so many of the awful people that Dumas tries to convey as sympathetic characters are going to have happy endings.
Narration was good and enjoyable. The overall story is good but for me it was so slow paced I could barely stand it. The pace didn't pick up until the last 2 parts. It took me even longer to get through it because I kept getting distracted (it just didn't hold my attention very well) and would have to rewind.
after the prision break the whole middle of the book is hard to follow and then the ending is left up in the air. I am glad I did not read this as a book because I would have certainly stopped, but feeling obligated to listen to the book since I bought it, I did and on the whole was just average.
This book really goes back and forth. The first section I really enjoyed, but things really slowed down. Then it picked up, then it got really boring again. It was much longer than it needed to be. I am usually against abridged versions, but in this case I may recommend going that route.
...I found the story far too predictable.
What I didn't like about the book/story was how, after escaping from prison and finding his "treasure," everything seemed to happen too easily. Edmund was able to put all the wheels in motion with hardly a hitch. Furthermore, real people, even in that day and age, weren't nearly so noble. People don't "forgive" such deliberate grievous wrongs done to them quite so easily.
One of the things I loved about the book, however, was what seems to put others off. I happen to be a lover of the language of the period. It was elegant and exceedingly polite. Even when people didn't like each other or, more to the point, even when they despised each other, they were ALWAYS polite and cordial.
Furthermore, I enjoyed the purse scope of the story. It strove to encompass a wide range of society, as it was known then, and a large number of characters.
I do recommend this as a classic read. Unfortunately, I fear I entered into the story with high expectations and was somewhat disappointed.
That sounds horrible. I usually never like movies more than books but this one tanked. Sorry, I know it's a classic. I loved the Three Musketeers and had high hopes for this book too. The first part was really good and held my attention, but then after the Count gets his gold he turns into a creep. I couldn't finish it. There were too many gross details too, about gangs and executions that I was surprised about. Finally I looked up the summary on Wikipedia and after reading the whole plot, then didn't bother to finish the book.
I gave this audiobook a fair go but it failed to capture my attention. Three hours into the book and it got a bit interesting but, disappointingly, that died off shortly afterwards. Excellent storyline but terribly boring.
Great stroy, I had only known the movies before now. The book is better. However, this copy is very long and full of wonderful detail, but if I we to do it over again, I would have picked a shorter version of the book.
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