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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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    Z. Ullom Dallas, TX 05-13-12
    Z. Ullom Dallas, TX 05-13-12

    Psyctroll

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    "A great story with wonderful narration"
    Where does The Count of Monte Cristo rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to. I found that the story kept me entertained for the entire 46 hours.


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

    John Lee does an excellent job at bringing to life all the characters. Plus, he saves me from butchering all of the French names and places.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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."
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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  • Harriet Morris
    Essex, England
    4/21/09
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    "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!!

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Rachael
    Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
    7/11/12
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    "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!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Paula
    bolton, lancs, United Kingdom
    2/1/09
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    "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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Sara
    Llanwrtyd wells, United Kingdom
    1/26/09
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    "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.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    Southampton, Hampshire, United Kingdom
    12/24/12
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    "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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • catherine
    bolton, United Kingdom
    7/21/12
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    "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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Glasgow, United Kingdom
    11/8/11
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    "Genius"

    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Lorna
    High Wycombe, buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
    11/13/10
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    "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

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Paul Conder
    Auckland New Zealand
    5/15/10
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    "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.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Tron
    Merthyr Tydfil, United Kingdom
    4/24/12
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    "Outstanding listen"

    Exellent, I love this book and the reading is perfect. A bit wordy but entertaining.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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