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 so enjoyed "The Count of Monte Cristo" and found John Lee's narration to be pitch perfect the entire way.
The story, despite a few seeming cul de sacs, ties together well at the end, and it seems that unlike "Les Miserables," the information Dumas presents really is integral to the resolution in some way.
Here's my question: Are we to assume that the Count manipulated *all* that occurred in his long quest for vengeance against Danglars, Villesfort and Fernand (and Caderousse)? In other words, did he carefully plot and plan all the happened, over the course of many years? If so, he was in some sense god-like in his abilities.
Or should we assume that there was some luck involved?
At any rate, this "children's story" (?!) kept me in rapt attention for 47 hours of listening. Not many books can do that. Outstanding.
This classic novel has been wonderfully performed to truly lift the readers overall experience. A tremendous tale that has stood the test of time and will remain one of the all time great novels.
Quite long but I found myself completely absorbed for the entirety. Highly recommended.
My kids were doing a play based on the book, so I decided to give it a shot. I'm so glad I did. I didn't know anything about the story before I began, but after a chapter or two, I was hooked. Some reviewers were confused by all of the characters, many with multiple identities. As long as this book is, I expected that could be an issue. It wasn't. The book was easy to follow through many twists and turns over four or five decades. It was a consistent "page turner" for me. I looked forward to the traffic jams on my way to work. That got me more time to listen. It took about a month to get through, but when it was over, I wanted more.
So far started listening to the first volume, like it very much. The most attractive is the narrator, who reads it as if he is narrating to you. Highly recommend this book and along with the narrator!
I like read books and maybe someday I will write one!
This audio edition is as good as the print version. The book becomes alive as you hear it.
The book is well written and unique. There is none like it.
The book makes me realize that revange neither takes away your pain or solves one's problems.
I definitely recommend The Count of Monte Cristo to anyone who appreciates classic books and their beauty.
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I admit, I never read this book growing up. When I saw it here, I had to listen to it to feel more well rounded in a "literary" sense. This is such a good story, the performance was great. Even though it was a time commitment, it held my attention to the end. It is easy to understand how this book has stayed alive with every generation - its themes are timeless.
The reader was incredible and dynamic! The story was a true classic indeed!
It's hard to separate the two because the characters and the story is so powerful.
The Count of course. Although seemingly resolute and fixed in his will, I like the change that happens in him towards the end. He experiences remorse and unexpectedly questions whether what he is doing is right after all.
Don't watch this movie. Read the book.
The Count of Monte Cristo is widely branded a tale of revenge, but it is also a story of love, charity, adventure and forgiveness. I loved it.
I would and have already recommended this to my friends and family. I enjoyed the movie version (2002) and had always wanted to read the book but was too busy for a sit down read. I was delighted to see I might be able to experience the story on Audible.The narrator is fabulous and the story is gripping. I did feel like the story ended too soon for what I was expecting (although it was like 50 hours) and maybe that was designed by the Author so there might be a sequel. However I was completely engaged to the very end and even though it didn't end exactly how I wanted, I really truly loved the story. The narrator, John Lee, did a terrific job with the characters voices and feelings and I will be looking for more stories narrated by him.
John Lee's voice inflection and ability to own so many characters was incredible! What a truly talented individual. To be able to go from Man to woman, from poor to rich and origin to origin made it facinating. Wonderful at accents and a great story teller.
Yes, however it was very lengthy and I found myself listening to it in the car, making myself late to work a few times....but it was well worth it!
John Lee, is a sublime narrator. His pronunciation perfect, his accent astounding. He brings Dumas, characters to life with a a reading that would be worthy of Dumas himself.
The Count of Monte Cristo of course.
I cannot say for I found them all so enjoyable.
"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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