Published in 1844, it is often considered one of the great thrillers of all time and, along with The Three Musketeers, Dumas' most popular work.
Falsely accused of treason, the young sailor Edmund Dantes is arrested on his wedding day and imprisoned in the island fortress of the Chateau d'If. After staging a dramatic escape, he sets out to discover the treasure of Monte Cristo and catch up with his enemies.
Alexandre Dumas (1802 - 1870) was a French writer, best known for his numerous historical novels of high adventure, which have made him one of the most widely read French authors in the world.
Please note: This is a vintage recording. The audio quality may not be up to modern day standards.
The story is amazing and the old English readers really add to the feel.
Edmund/The Count - One of the greatest characters of all time!
When Dantes lifts up Morrel's family from ruin.
Listen at 1.5x speed. My only complaint is that the narration is a bit slow, but thanks to audible adding speed choices that is completely remedied.
I never read the unabridged. While it got long at times, it is a great tale of slowly sought revenge. It's Drastically different from the movie that came out around 2000, so if you're expecting that plot, you'll be disappointed. I like both versions, but this one wins out.
Similar to other French authors like Hugo - he can be long winded with the details, but it's good!
He stumbles now and again, but not to a distracting extent. He varies his voices nicely.
Someone that didn't have to pay for the book might have lower expectations and enjoy it more.
I couldn't understand the story because I was so distracted by the poor narration and production.
This was not professionally done. You can hear the narrator drinking and rustling papers. He is not constant with character voices. Not good at all! I can't believe this was allowed on this site.
The story is good, but it's hard to hear and understand because the narration and production is so poor.
Can I be refunded for this credit to download another version of the story?
This is a great story and the narrator's voice is fantastic.
The narrator stutters or stumbles over words frequently. Often several times in a paragraph. It is very disrupting to the flow of the story. The book appears to have had absolutely no editing. All mistakes and stumbles are left in place. There is also noise from pages turning or being rustled. The voice and acting is fantastic other than these porblems. It is a shame that such a good voice didn't have an equally good audio editor.
Also, the narrator seems to ad-lib the introduction of each chapter adding his own little spin instead of simply stating the chapter number and name.
You might try one of the other versions of this book due to the poorly edited reading of this version.
Yes, because I believe that the main reason classics like this aren't as universally read in the unabridged version is because people may be intimidated by the length (this audio book, for instance, clocked at an astonishing 77 hours!) But the time i've spent listening to it has just flown by.
The moment the Count reveals his true identity to the assassin Caderousse. I was chilled to the bone.
I have never listened to one of Mr. Timothy's recordings but I was so impressed by his performance that I will without a doubt do so again soon.
the moment the Count and Mercedes spent walking through the garden. You knew what Mercedes knew although she never said it. Her emotion touched me deeply.
What words can I say? The book was just...incredible!
Excellent. It kept me entertained for 50+ hours which is quite an accomplishment.
His voice was perfect. I enjoyed his rendition and even liked that I could, at times, hear him turn the pages. It seemed authentic.
Say something about yourself!
It is simply one of the greatest tales of injustice, love, and retribution written by a master of the novel. I could not praise enough the writing by Dumas of his brilliantly moving and tragic story, but to be abandoned by the world, alone with "The Count of Monte Cristo", I would survive to read and reread this beautiful book.
I just listened to the book for the second time in the past year. The second time through I picked up on more of the old English that I missed before. The narrator is great and its a low budget production since one can hear the pages being turned in the background. Regardless I strongly recommend it.
I'm addicted to Audible books. I listen while riding my bike or driving or house cleaning. I can never pass up Audibles' sales. Right now my favorite male narrators are Humphrey Bowers and Simon Vance. Favorite female narrators are Edwina Wren and Caroline Lee.
A fantastic story. Kept me at full attention through the whole 50+ hours. I was sad for it to end, I could have kept listening and listening. I didn't care one bit that the narrator sometimes stuttered on words or paused a bit long and yes, even could hear pages turning. Who cares? For what I spent on this recording, I was 100% satisfied. If you want a well known narrator, then go pay more and you will get it. But I will recommend this version to my friends. Thank you Audible, for letting us decide what is more important to us in an audible book.
"All round excellence"
Top Marks. Highly recommended. Excellently read. Excellent story. Excellent voice too.This is a must.
From start to end.
"Not well read..."
This book was a bit of a mix for me: I found myself quite engrossed in the bits surrounding his imprisonment, but my attention rather drifted in other parts. It wasn't helped by the fact that it was badly narrated (though what can you expect at such a low price?!) It certainly filled up a good bit of time, but I'd suggest listening to it when you can concentrate properly, rather than when doing something else...
Despite the description, the audio quality was fine to my ears, but like another reviewer I did have a problem with the rustling pages and the introduction of what was going to happen in the coming chapter.
The book itself is good, but there are a couple of occasions where the author goes of on a complete tangent (for up to an hour if felt like) on an introduction to a new set of characters.
I think its poor audio production rather than quality that spoils this one for me.
I'd always wanted to read this book, but decided to get it on audio. Bad mistake. The narration is boring, flat and emotionless. The narrator rustles pages (which isn't too bad). The narrator also introduces chapters in the vein "And in Chapter 3 of The Count of Monte Cristo we find poor Dante getting done over again". I'm just going to have to add it to the pile of books to read instead, I think.
Goodness knows how I have tried….. and tried…. and tried…. to get on with this audio book. I love the films, which whittles everything down to the essentials of the story, but the tedium and durge (which I will probably have to put 50% down to the narration by Andrew Timothy – very dull – sorry!) makes it very difficult to get on with. I know this is a very good story and indeed a classic. I would hazard a guess that if you are going to buy this audio book, you already know the content and you want the full version because you need to, but it’s a long story and I'm afraid this version is very hard work.
"Maybe we should start a club"
Maybe we should start a club with badges and everything!! Those who have listened to the whole of this monster. I started off thinking the story was brilliant, but the reading a little "idiosyncratic". Then Edmond jumped off the cliff and we had to meet a completely new set of seemingly disconnected characters, which left me a little disorientated.
The reading continued to be a little odd, but I got used to the odd pauses, the coughing and the strange backgound noises. During (if memory serves)Chapter 25 or 26 an outburst of wind however was a little unnerving to say the least! However I was in for the whole adventure by that time, and I can say it was well worth it. By the end of the book I was completely hooke. Highly recommended
"Jump in and ENJOY"
As others have said an audio book over 50 hours for less than a fiver, what fantastic value. Do not expect the most polished of readings, there are hesitations and short chapter intro's which might grate at first (they did with me, however I did find them helpful as the story unfolded) and some page rustling now and again. However Mr Timothy does not intrude on this magnificent story, wonderfully written and told. An 'old school' adventure told in an 'old school' way, like having your granddad read to you a spiffing yarn. Fantastic a really wonderful old fashioned ripping yarn and morality tale, if you only know the story via Hollywood buy this now and be beguiled and transported on an epic journey you will not forget.......
The barking lion
"Wow, the Full Monty!"
Terrible Pun, but at circa 53 hours great value and for once you really get to listen to the whole story. Very well read and although some parts tend to seem interminable you are so engrossed with how he manages to extract his revenge that the hours pass very quickly. A definite buy!
"What a discovery!"
I bought this audio book slightly with trepidation, but it was absolutely wonderful! I loved every minute (and there's lots of minutes - being around 50 hours long!). I've been using audio books to urge myself to go on long walks, and this was a brilliant inspiration to walking further and further.
There's not a wasted word in the writing, and the delivery is rather like when my dad used to read to us kids on wet Sunday afternoons.
Trust me - it's a brilliant addition to life.
"Epic and Brilliant"
I thoroughly enjoyed this reading of an epic tale. This is where audio books come into their own. I would never have the patience to read such a large novel, but for someone to read it to me in such a clear and vivid voice was a joy. It made my commute to work disappear into an adventure of revenge.
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