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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Loved this book. I think I avoided reading this in my high school English class. What a great novel. The action never stops and it has everything in it from current news items.. from.ponzi schemes to good deed surprises. A wonderful book with deep meaning woven into every page. If you have never read this novel (written in 1847?) goive this a listen. John Lee is my favorite narrator and is outstanding in his performance.
I was disappointed when it ended. I laughed I cried, I was rivoted to the characters and the story from beginning to end.
I read this many years ago, and have now listened to the audio version and loved it. Yes it is long, and yes sometimes it moves slowly and at those points you perhaps want to have something else to do at the same time so that you don't feel impatient with it, but it is worth sticking with it. I think I would regret an abridged version as the details in the story do matter.
At one point I was starting to worry that I was losing track of the characters and who was who, but then found that if I just let it all wash over me then it would make sense at a later moment. I love this narrator, a very clear and easy voice to listen to.
John Lee is great in reading this book. I was listening it over and over again. I have never listened any book that make me feeling reallying into it this deep.
I will wait a year and listen to it again. That is how much I enjoyed this classic as an audiobook read by John Lee, who never disappoints.
Alexandre Dumas was a genius!
Published in 1846 as a serial novel, the end product has 117 chapters and 1,200 pages, ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’ is truly an epic tale. Translated from the original French, and set primarily in post-Napoleonic France, it tells the story of Edmond Dantes.
We witness Edmond’s transformation from wide-eyed 19-year old sailor, about to become captain of his own ship and marry beautiful Mercedes, the girl of his dreams, to a prisoner, a victim of treachery forgotten in a dungeons of the infamous Chateau d’If, to one of the most enigmatic and multi-layered characters ever written – fabulously wealthy, awesomely powerful and patiently bent on the cleverest, darkest revenge.
Spanning the course of 24 years, this is a saga so rich, so intricate and so enveloping, it makes movies’ attempts to capture masterpieces in the space of a few hours laughable. The reader is mesmerized from the very first chapter. We are sickened by the plots of Edmond’s jealous friends and colleagues plotting his demise. We sense the imminent danger that our guilelessly lovable protagonist is in, but we read on, because we know things will not end well for those who have done wrong as they are steered unknowingly along the inexorable course of fate.
With brilliantly rich characters and surprisingly interconnected events, the masterful plot develops seamlessly and with great eloquence and beauty. Dumas weaves a timelessly brilliant work that captures every facet of human nature and life; it is a story of intrigue, greed and revenge, but also of generosity and determination, self-examination and forgiveness, restoration, redemption and love. A masterpiece.
Having heard about this classic for some time, I decided to give it a listen. In the beginning of the book, the pace is quite good, and one feels there is some suspense. However, after the emergence of the Count, it almost slows to a halt, and turns into something akin to a soap opera. I also found it hard at times to keep all the french names apart, but that might be just me. If you can tolerate the old style, give it a try, but if you are looking for an action-adventure, you might get a bit bored.
I really tried. I love reading the classics - the longer the better. I was swayed by the rave reviews, and the length.
I have to say, I'm baffled by the gushing reviews- it was so cornball and over the top melodramatic. I stuck it out for 4 hours, and then realized - life is too short to suffer like this.
This is an excellent story and the reader's performance is superb! Be prepared, the book is quite different from the recent movie.
At first I was deterred of really getting into this novel by all the French names. But the character of Edmund Dantes became quite compelling, especially during his years in captivity. The second half of the book seemed to go off on long tangents as he seeks his revenge, but by then I felt bonded to the main character enough to enjoy it. I would, like another reviewer, recommend printing out a list of who is who as in the second half of the novel many of the initial character names had changed, and as I was listening it took me a spell to figure out who was who in the later narration. I do recommend this book to someone who wants to read a classic that has a compelling story. If you don't like long novels or stories that don't stick closely on a straight and narrow task, or if you dislike a great deal of verbosity that could be expressed more simply, perhaps pick a different novel. I also would add that while the character of Edmund Dantes was very well developed, there were a great deal of periphery characters that were hard to keep track of at times and were delivered through Edmund's perspective so we don't meet them with the same intimacy. The reading of this story by John Lee was excellent and is the reason I originally selected the novel.
Reader, listener, book consumer.
This classic story of love, betrayal and revenge is a winner in any format, but John Lee adds a whole new dimension to the pleasure one derives from this story through his superb narration. The speed of his reading, the intonation of his voice and the brilliant interpretations of the various accents all combine to become a listening pleasure. I found myself impatient for the next opportunity to block out the world and immerse myself in the narration.
"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!!
"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
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
Exellent, I love this book and the reading is perfect. A bit wordy but entertaining.
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