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 would absolutely recommend this to anyone I know who likes audiobooks. It's not a great way to start listening to audiobooks since it is so long (it took me about a month of listening to hear it all). The Count of Monte Cristo is a book I had always wanted to read and always been a bit intimidated by the length. The performance of this book in this recording makes it almost episodic - John Lee's voice carries you through even the action-less parts. It makes it easy to pick up and put down and remember exactly where you were. It definitely takes longer than actually reading the book yourself, but it feels a breeze. And the story is amazing, one of my favorite reads ever.
No, as I would have to be either an insomniac or Mr. Smith of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington to manage that.
I just began listening to audible books on the drive to and from work. This book not only keeps me awake on my drives but I'm so interested in the story that I find myself sitting in the car a few more minutes even if I've arrived at my destination. The narrator John Lee does a great job at doing different voices for different characters. Highly recommended.
Ok, I took a chance on this, I usually pick easy books that entertain my brain the way cake would entertain my tongue, so I was a little worried this would be too heavy.
Well it was everything it was promised to be, entertaining and engrossing, with characters to love and hate (often at the same time) and a story that kept you wanting to know 'what will happen next??!'
I did go back & forth over whether to give the story 4 or 5 stars because it had one spot that dragged a bit (but only 1, in a story that goes on for 47hours) and the author tells the story by switching the point of view from character to character and that can take some getting used to.. but I decided it has to be 5 stars because I loved almost every bit of the book & was missing it for DAYS after it was finished.
Take a chance and buy this book it really is a great story. To go back to my previous analogy, my usual books would be like supermarket birthday cake on my tongue but this is like a rich layered french torte, still a delicious sugary treat, but sooo much more :D
Too many to list.
Passion. Color. Depth.
When Dantes watches from afar as the new Farron returns to port.
I loved this book, it ranks up near the top, I'd say about third currently based on my current Audible library.
My favourite bits of the book were those that revolved around real historical events, such as Napolean's return and the history of the family who hid the treasure.
I love fiction that revolves around real events, such as the Metal Gear Solid franchise.
I really liked how The Count was controlling events.
This book had loads of great scenes, but my favourite was where Caderousse tried to break into The Count's house in Paris, he was greated by Abbé Busoni. Then went outside and got stabbed.
It took a while for me to get into this book, but when The Count got to Paris I didn't want to stop listening.
I've added Andre's other main books to my wishlist.
John Lee gave a great performance here!
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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