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 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.
Just an all around awesome person.
This book is drawn out. I have never wanted a book to be abridged except this one. Good story though. The interesting thing is the narrator makes a mistake every 5 minutes mis pronouncing words, or re reading messed up sentences, paper being ruffled. He has a good voice though he just could have used an editor. If you are like me you can afford the expensive books and you used your 2 credits already.
The unabridged version is probably the best novel in all of literature. Robert Louis Stevenson called it "A perfect piece of story telling", enough said.
"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.
I bought this because it was a classic that I felt I should listen to. However I was amazed at the sheer brilliance of the story which I thought I knew. I found that the abridged retelling/films had given no clue to the twists and turns of the plot. The recording is a little amateur but don't let that put you off a recording that is incredible value. This is the first review I have written in two years, so draw your own conclusions!
"The power of a good story"
'The Count' is a good example of the power of a good story. In this case the story drives along and makes you forget the already referred to eccentric reading. After a while you'll get over the overly mannered reading and swallowed and mispronounced French and be caught up in the plot's depth and your ever developing sympathy for Edmund Dantes himself. At under a fiver for 50 hours you can't really complain. It's a bargain!
"Good old fashioned adventure!"
I read this book when I was a youngster and forgotten how good it is. Recently laid up due to illness I bought this to help the time pass. Well, I was amazed by the quality of the recording, its read so well. Also the story, so gripping and exciting, I was sad when it finished.
Well read, and the fact that you can occassionally hear a page turning and there is an odd stumble over a word, gives a very personal feel to this reading.
brilliant story that ive read several times before. what makes this is the narrator - absolutely perfect english diction. a delight.
"Good book, irritating reading"
I got this because of the bargain price even though I knew from the sample that the reader insisted on pronouncing the protagonist's name as Dante out of a mistaken view that 'Dantes' is French so the 's' must be silent. Wrong. It's Occitan or some other language prevalent in the south of France and the 's' is definitely pronounced, as it is in so many local place names. Every time he said the name it was like the clang of a cracked bell and I couldn't tune it out no matter how I tried. Splendid story if this doesn't bother you. It is a noisy recording as well, but at this price what do you expect?
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