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 have recommended this book to everyone who asks! The narration is perfect, the story line is captivating and there are amazing life lessons to learn! I recounted the story each night to my kids and they all were dying to hear what was happening to the "winking Grandpa", Maximilian and the Count!
How John Lee makes this complicated story just flow off his tongue is beyond me. We've read it to our teenagers as part of a listening course. Although Alexandre Dumas' stories can get a bit long winded, they are always worth the wait and the brilliance of the characters and subplots in this novel kept me riveted to the very end.
Listening to the patient reintroduction with his former enemies keeps the tension high and the reader always filled with new information that just makes the story more intoxicating by the chapter.
This is my favorite novel and John Lee is one of my favorite narrators. This is my favorite narration by John Lee. He just makes it sound so effortless, easy, and entertaining. You never feel far from the story and often you feel as if you are right in the middle of it.
None of the TV series or movies do this masterful work any justice, but the multipart TV series did a much better job than I thought they would.
Alternate Tagline? That's a tough one and I honestly can't think of one that flows well with the complexity of the story.
If you want a story that will entertain you for HOURS and HOURS and help you shed the chaos of the day, then dive on in, you won't be disappointed.
Revenge is a dish best-served cold, in this case really, really cold. Edmond Dant??s takes twenty years or more to exact his revenge on the men who stole his fiancee, his happiness, and years of his life.
This is one of the longest audiobooks I've ever listened to. It took me over 3 months to finish, but the story and the narrator made me excited to listen every chance I got. Great book! Highly recommended.
The narrator brought this classic to life. He was spectacular. The story lagged at times, due to the fact it was written almost 200 years age and the use of language has changed. However, the narration was fabulous and brought the Count to life, as well as, every character.
I enjoyed this Audiobook. The story itself is well written and an intricately woven tale of revenge. The acting of this book was phenomenal. Close your eyes...(not while you're driving) and you can envision the characters with their costumes. I almost missed my exit a few times because I got caught up in the tale.
The reader's voice, which is varied and excellent. His ability to jump into the feminine coy is impressive.
Maximilian Morrel, for his steadfast devotion to Valentine
The Abbé Faria. I felt every nuance of his imprisoned world-walking soul and brilliant mind
I clenched my fists in enjoyment as the Count took down his enemies first in their own parlors, in their own fortresses, with his wit. I wasn't expecting to revel so much in the intellectual revenge he exacts on them before he dismantles their lives with their own misdeeds. It made me marvel at what we've lost in modern storytelling, and extremely grateful for the work you've all done to keep this alive in spoken form. We have endless wisdom to mine from the older storytellers.
Too bad that John Lee didn't spend some of his fee on hiring a French consultant. There are so many mispronounced French place names and proper names that it's a bit embarrassing, and detracts from the story. The hardest one to hear continually was Maître Pastrini, read as Maïtre, (as a diphthong.) Champ de Mars, with silent S, was just one Parisian place name mispronounced among many. More research into the French would make this read as timeless and unassailable as its reader is compelling and easy on the ear. Such a good reader, so quite a shame about the French.
The meeting in Paris.
All high school students should have it for required reading.
I love long books! This one is great and it is read by John Lee! Love him! I can listen to him for hours and not get tired!
I can compare this book to Ken Follet's books.
Perfect as usual!
Made me very anxious and sad! But it was GREAT!
There isn't much I can say about the novel itself that hasn't been covered in the last hundred-and-sixty years, but suffice it to say that the plot is just as thrilling, the characters as vibrant, and the themes as relevant as they were when the book was first published.
It's John Lee's narration that makes listening to Dumas' seminal work such a great pleasure. His ability to create the most distinct voices without resorting to caricature is a rare ability, even for a vocal performer, and his mastery of the varied accents of Dumas' world -- Italian, Greek, British -- and his impeccable pronunciation of French names and places, is a marvel to behold.
Next to The Rise and Fall of The Third Reich, this has been the longest audiobook I've taken on, at about 46 hours, and not for a moment was I the least bored. For a whole month, Edmund Dantes, his myriad personas, friends and enemies were my constant companions. I hope you too decide to take the extraordinary journey offered by the great Alexandre Dumas, and his modern interpreter John Lee.
"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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