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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
"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.
The reading style complements the language perfectly. I would highly recommend this version. Very good.
"Great story poorly narrated"
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.
Not the expected ending at the start but makes sense.
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.
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.
"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.
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