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The Count of Monte Cristo Audiobook

The Count of Monte Cristo

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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.

(P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    J Livingston, TX, United States 05-06-12
    J Livingston, TX, United States 05-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "How did I ever miss this?"

    I'm nearly 70 years old and somehow managed to miss reading this wonderful, wonderful classic! It may be the absolute best adventure story I've ever read, with all the elements presented in appropriate ways and with a happy ending for the good guys.

    In many ways, I found allegories for my own life throughout the book. I've been up and down and have prevailed (revenged myself) over most of my antagonists, albeit knocked down by a few. I have lost and gained many loves over the years, including my current and wonderful Daisy -- who began as my own "slave" and has become the final and permanent resident of my heart. In our small way, we have begun our own journey over the horizon looking for Rainbows End.

    This is a wonderful book, well narrated, but also very long. Be sure to set aside sufficient uninterrupted time to savor it. I managed it in about 15 sessions, each about 1/3 of a file.

    I'm something of a history buff and have served my time in state and municipal politics. I find it interesting that politics and bureaucracies are no more enlightened and no less corrupt today than they were in Dumas' time. This saddens me, but the knowledge itself is valuable in these turbulent times.

    If you have not read The Count of Monte Cristo, do so immediately. You may not find a financial treasure trove as Dantes did, but the book is saturated with other treasures.

    -J

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    P. R. Ecker 05-04-12
    P. R. Ecker 05-04-12

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    "Well done, and long."
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    The story is classic and has been the inspiration for so many other stories over the years. The recording is long but never boring and the reading is very good on this edition. Romance, tragedy, revenge, adventure and redemption-it covers most of the basis in such an elegant way.

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    Marcus Jeffery 05-04-12
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    "An enjoyable marathon"

    This was a very enjoyable story but at over 36 hours in length It was a marathon listen. This was a story I always wanted to read but I was put off by its length. I thought an audio book might be the right approach and I was not disappointed.

    It is an excellently tangled tale and I found Dumas' dialogue style, perhaps a result of time and translation, to be quirky but absolutely delightful. John Lee's performance was a perfect match to Dumas story.

    This was definitely 36 hours well spent.

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    Merlone 05-03-12
    Merlone 05-03-12 Member Since 2013
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    "A wonderful classic"
    Would you listen to The Count of Monte Cristo again? Why?

    Yes, it was a wonderful experience


    What did you like best about this story?

    How it articulated along the whole book


    What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    How he was effective "depicting" each character


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Revenge is a dish best served cold


    Any additional comments?

    This is THE BOOK

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    Amazon Customer 05-02-12 Member Since 2016

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    "More than just an action-adventure story"

    Having never read this book before, I had an idea that it was just some Errol Flynn movie with capes and swords, but in print. I couldn't have been more wrong. Along with period romance and period adventure and period action, there are deep lessons in revenge, forgiveness, love, mercy, politics, religion, class warfare, mortality, destiny, foreign policy, criminal justice, and even bubble economics. I cried at several points and especially at the heart-throbbing and poetic end. The narration is superb and appropriately dignified for the flowery and formal language of the times.

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    R. O'Hare 05-01-12
    R. O'Hare 05-01-12 Member Since 2016

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    "A classic! Really enjoyed"

    I totally enjoyed the story and the performance. I can see why this is such a classic.

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    Richard Eastwood, Australia 04-11-12
    Richard Eastwood, Australia 04-11-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Great story, great reader. Mesmerising!"
    Where does The Count of Monte Cristo rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best, most engaging audio book experiences I've had so far. One of those stories that makes me want to sit in the car listening long after I have reached my destination.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story of Dantes and the Count is filled with excitement, passion, compassion and human interest. The Count's plans prove, if proof were needed, that revenge is truly a dish best served cold.


    Any additional comments?

    John Lee is one of the best readers I have listened to. His diction is clear and precise, his pronunciation correct, and, while he does subtly differentiate the dialogue spoken by various characters, this is done delicately and without distraction.

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    gloria 04-09-12
    gloria 04-09-12
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    "Great Classic Read"
    What made the experience of listening to The Count of Monte Cristo the most enjoyable?

    The narration helped the listener distinguish among a large cast of characters. A long and complicated plot line can make for a difficult read or listening experience but this narrator made me want to pay attention and catch the subtleties of the story so that the whole book would eventually make sense. This is a long and intertwined plot with complicated relationships between / among the characters. It should be listened to when the listener has lots of time to devote to it such as on a long trip in the car. I used it as entertainment while I rode my stationary bike and it encouraged me to spend more time exercising so that I could find out what happened next in the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Count until he escaped from prison. He was a humble and real human at that time.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Edmund meeting the Abbe in the jail.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I would not be able to stay awake and pay attention for over 40 hours. I can't imagine to listening to it for more than 2 hours at a stretch.


    Any additional comments?

    Good story about a different time in history with different customs, etiquette and moral code. Well done!

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    Nancy Waterloo, Ontario, Canada 04-09-12
    Nancy Waterloo, Ontario, Canada 04-09-12 Member Since 2014

    I love learning, teaching and exploring!

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    "A great classic"

    This is a creative story of revenge. The later half of the book is very different from the movie (the Count of Monte Cristo part). It is quite long, so save it for when you have some free time. The narrator gives an excellent performance.

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    Andrew Wesley Chapel, FL, United States 04-05-12
    Andrew Wesley Chapel, FL, United States 04-05-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Count of Monte Cristo to be better than the print version?

    Granted they are the same text, I loved listening to this book more than reading. Mainly that John Lee knows how to speak French, and it really adds authenticity to the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The drama, romance, and tragedy that takes place for all of the characters in the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene when Mercedes first addresses the Count of Monte Cristo as Edmund.


    Any additional comments?

    This is probably my favorite book of all time. I love listening to it, reading it, watching the movie, and anything else to do with it. I have to say, listening is probably my favorite, and John Lee does an amazing job.

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