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The Count of Monte Cristo Audiobook
The Count of Monte Cristo
Written by: 
Alexandre Dumas
Narrated by: 
Andrew Timothy
The Count of Monte Cristo Audiobook

The Count of Monte Cristo

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Publisher's Summary

The Count of Monte Cristo is an adventure novel by Alexandre Dumas.

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.

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    Kerri 03-19-12
    Kerri 03-19-12
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    "A classic novel that deserves the title "Classic""

    I had only seen the movies before listening to this book. That usually spoils a book for me. This book, though, has all the elements that make a REAL classic! The characters are well developed and I loved and hated them. The lessons were not didactic, but easy to relate to my own circumstances. The scenes are well painted and interesting. The language is inspiring.

    There were some minor imperfections in the reading-but those all made it more cozy in my opinion. I love, love this narrator! I love his style, I love his voice, I would love to sit at his knee and listen to him all day! I kind of did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Louis E. Kennedy 07-14-15
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    "Great!!"

    I highly recommend this audiobook. Very well written and very well presented. Listening for the second time and loving it more than the first.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Seth 06-12-15
    Seth 06-12-15
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    "Love the story. Narrator has excellent voice but.."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    My only issue is with the sound production and editing or lack thereof. While I quite enjoyed Andrew's voice and reading style the decision to leave in the reading missteps and false starts baffles me. I will say it does make it precisely like listening to a grandfather read you a book, it was not what I was looking for. If you are looking for that experience. It should suit you perfectly.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    susan 01-01-15
    susan 01-01-15
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    "One of my fav. classics."
    What made the experience of listening to The Count of Monte Cristo the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What other book might you compare The Count of Monte Cristo to and why?

    Similar to other French authors like Hugo - he can be long winded with the details, but it's good!


    What three words best describe Andrew Timothy’s performance?

    He stumbles now and again, but not to a distracting extent. He varies his voices nicely.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Emily 12-17-14
    Emily 12-17-14
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    "Terrible Recording!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone that didn't have to pay for the book might have lower expectations and enjoy it more.


    What was most disappointing about Anlexandre Dumas’s story?

    I couldn't understand the story because I was so distracted by the poor narration and production.


    What didn’t you like about Andrew Timothy’s performance?

    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.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story is good, but it's hard to hear and understand because the narration and production is so poor.


    Any additional comments?

    Can I be refunded for this credit to download another version of the story?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris M. Morris Bells, TN 05-08-14
    Chris M. Morris Bells, TN 05-08-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great voice but too much stuttering"
    What did you love best about The Count of Monte Cristo?

    This is a great story and the narrator's voice is fantastic.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dante, obviously.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    You might try one of the other versions of this book due to the poorly edited reading of this version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    V. Vela California USA 08-04-13
    V. Vela California USA 08-04-13
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    "Incredible!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Count of Monte Cristo?

    The moment the Count reveals his true identity to the assassin Caderousse. I was chilled to the bone.


    Have you listened to any of Andrew Timothy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    What words can I say? The book was just...incredible!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary WASHINGTON, DC, United States 05-18-12
    Mary WASHINGTON, DC, United States 05-18-12 Member Since 2015
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    "A great novel"
    Where does The Count of Monte Cristo rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Excellent. It kept me entertained for 50+ hours which is quite an accomplishment.


    What about Andrew Timothy’s performance did you like?

    His voice was perfect. I enjoyed his rendition and even liked that I could, at times, hear him turn the pages. It seemed authentic.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Geoffrey Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 11-01-11
    Geoffrey Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 11-01-11 Member Since 2010

    Say something about yourself!

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    "The Great Tale of Injustice"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    artistmx 10-20-11
    artistmx 10-20-11 Member Since 2014
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    "50.47 hours of great Listening"

    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.

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  • j nkemp
    7/11/16
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    "One of my favorites.... BUT"

    I Love this story it's one of my favorites. Wish I have read many times.
    This reading isn't perfect as its not flowing but it's the best I've found.

    Except on audible it jumps and misses bits out although it's "unabridged" so frustrating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • android1968
    Brighton
    4/28/16
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    "Wonderful"

    This is the third time I have listened to this audiobook over the last few years. it is an absolute delight. Andrew Timothy's naration is completely engaging and I never tire of the story. Dumas at his absolute best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    1/27/16
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    "Try a different version!"

    The story of Edmund Dante is great and I can see why this is a classic - all I would recommend is to try a different version - and an abridged version at that.

    Dumas must have been paid by the word as the level of repetition is alike to me trying to reach a word limit on an essay. Each scene is a drawn out tedium and an editor of merit would reduce this down book down by half if not more. As I say in my intro the actual story underneath all the words is great.

    Secondly, the performance is very poor - the worst I've experienced so far on audible. There are numerous blunders by the reader, stumbling over words and long pauses for no reason. On top of that there is a constant rustling and sound of pages turning. I don't need to be told that the name of the book and author at the start of each chapter either.

    I'm certain another version of this would be a very enjoyable read/listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    8/9/15
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    "Brilliant brilliant"

    The reading style complements the language perfectly. I would highly recommend this version. Very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J. MacInnes
    UK
    9/11/14
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    "Great story poorly narrated"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not this version as the narration and recoding are poor. In several places you can hear pages being turned and very annoyingly, crosstalk either from tape or other recordings.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Not the expected ending at the start but makes sense.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He sounded like a 1960's preacher - particularly when he read the chapter headings and then told you what the next chapter was about. Very dry, little characterisation or emotion.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend anyone wanting to read this book to look for another narrator and possibly an abridged version as there are several parts of the book which can drag. But it is an enjoyable story and deserves its classic status.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John
    Hoddeson, United Kingdom
    12/15/13
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    "All round excellence"
    Where does The Count of Monte Cristo rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top Marks. Highly recommended. Excellently read. Excellent story. Excellent voice too.This is a must.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    From start to end.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Katherine E. Parnell
    12/27/12
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    "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...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ralph
    Dublin, Ireland
    12/9/11
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    "Poor narration"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. G. J. Walker
    Leicester, UK
    9/21/11
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    "Awful Narration"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mollymoon1
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    8/25/11
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    "Hard work...!!!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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