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The Count of Monte Cristo Audiobook

The Count of Monte Cristo

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On the eve of his marriage to the beautiful Mercedes, having that very day been made captain of his ship, the young sailor Edmond Dantès is arrested on a charge of treason, trumped up by jealous rivals. Incarcerated for many lonely years in the isolated and terrifying Chateau d'If near Marseille, he meticulously plans his brilliant escape and extraordinary revenge.

Of all the "masked avengers" and "caped crusaders" in literature, The Count of Monte Cristo is at once the most daring and the most vulnerable. Alexandre Dumas (père), master storyteller, takes us on a journey of adventure, romance, intrigue, and ultimately, redemption.

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    Steve Sagamihara-Shi, Japan 02-20-12
    Steve Sagamihara-Shi, Japan 02-20-12 Member Since 2009
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    What did you love best about The Count of Monte Cristo?

    The eventual redemption despite the relatively ambivalent and totally devastating sabotage to a mans life by those around him.


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

    The prison scenes are the most memorable, thankfully none of the movie overdo is here.


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

    The voice given to the emphatic blinking of a paralysed man is certainly something I could not have got from the written page.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I love long stories, this one is very good, but you would have to be very keen to do one 48 hr listen.


    Any additional comments?

    Very well drawn characters that are in no way black and white. Sad that so many of them have been lost from movie versions.
    There is a comment that compares this rendition to that of Mr Lee, I would like to second that opinion. Even though I am very fond of that artists voice, this is a much more expressive rendition and I noticed some dumbing down of vocabulary in the segment of the other one, calling

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Valarie BOSTON, MA, United States 12-31-11
    Valarie BOSTON, MA, United States 12-31-11 Member Since 2011

    vbpatriot

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    "Outstanding! A must read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Count of Monte Cristo to be better than the print version?

    I have just finished reading (on Kindle)and listening to this story. I had seen the Jim Caviezel movie, which was good, but has changed much of the original story. The drama ,, humor and and fascinating commentary on human nature was extraordinary. This performance was more than a narrative. He changes voices for certain characters and the most dramatic scenes are transfixing. This is truly a timeless classic that is under-appreciated. I had actually read the first half of the book on my new Kindle Fire, but mostly listened to the rest while reading along at some juncture. Due to the length of this novel- over 100 chapters, it is better listened to vs reading it. While I read it, I started to get confused because of all the characters and I was unclear if I was fully understanding the plot because I had to stop and start so often while reading. But I could not stop listening to the audible performance, which held my attention.


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

    The drama of the poisoner and the reading of the letter by Franz of his father's death were the most memorable. However, I did not listen to the beginning of the story, so I may actually go back and listen to the whole thing again. This is my new favorite.


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

    The emotion and drama between characters was clearer in his performance. All the complicated interactions and intention so the characters came to life.


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

    I was stunned, amazed, and laughed at and cry with the characters. The spiritual insights were powerful and worthy of reflection. This is more than a revenge story, that is a very superficial reading of this story, but the prevailing view. This view of human nature is very insightful. Recently, I was made aware of


    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 01-12-14
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 01-12-14

    I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^

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    "One of the most gripping/badly written novels ever"

    One of those grand epics like Les Misérables and David Copperfield that does more than create a world the reader temporarily inhabits. This is a novel which creates a whole grand myth. I would second Umberto Eco's take that this is one of the "most gripping novels ever written, and on the other hand one of the met badly written novels of all time and all literatures."

    This is a story of an Übermensch/Byronic hero and the grandfather of all revenge and psychological thriller novels. I remember the first time I read 'Les Miserables', I almost read straight through. Now, 25 years older, I don't have the same reading endurance, but the feeling of urgency and addiction was close. I read this in 3 days (while working full-time and giving token attention to family duties). 'The Count of Monte Cristo's' plot doesn't just push you forward, rather it tosses you down cliff after cliff.

    I give it four stars for the obnoxious writing, repetition of bad adjectives, and unnecessary descriptions of unnecessary events in a book that is already 1200 pages. While I'm not a big believer in editing or abridging a writer's work, Dumas would have been a bit better served with a modern, aggressive editor. For that I leave off one star ... perhaps one day I'll add it. For now, I will just 'wait and hope.'

    32 of 43 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin R. 09-02-16
    Kevin R. 09-02-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing."

    Mind blown. Narration, incredible. Story, stellar. I didn't know that fiction could be so beautiful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Roger 07-05-16
    Roger 07-05-16
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    "Fulfillment"

    Without the presentation of this treasure by Mr. Homewood, I would never had had the opportunity to join in humanities collective experience.

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    Amazon Customer 12-02-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Amazing Performance"

    Great story, but amazing performance by Bill Homewood. The different voices and accents he gives the many characters in this book are uncanny and perfect.

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    Robert Brownyard 11-16-15
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    "Best story and performance you can buy"

    This is the best story and performance you can buy... Worth every penny ... Enough said !!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    roguearbor 11-16-15
    roguearbor 11-16-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Incredible story and narration"

    This was my first time reading the Count. Unbelievably great novel. I did a mix of reading and listening. Bill Homewood's narration was absolutely unbelievable. I typically prefer to read a book than to listen but with Bill's narration it was a joy any time I had a chance to listen.
    So good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donna W. 11-13-15
    Donna W. 11-13-15
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    "Outstanding story with excellent narration!"

    This is a classic masterpiece that is wonderfully narrated. I highly recommend it to all.

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    JJ 11-10-15
    JJ 11-10-15 Member Since 2014

    Long car rides have rekindled my love for 'reading' I like a good history book, thriller and - most importantly - zombie fiction.

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    "A Classic, well-read"
    Would you listen to The Count of Monte Cristo again? Why?

    I will probably not listen to it again... not because of the story or narration... just because it is so incredibly long. It is a journey that - much like Edmond Dantes - once taken, one likely does not wish to repeat.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It has to be Edmond Dantes (aka. the Count). Really, is there another character in this book worth mentioning? He's wronged, revengeful, complicated, conflicted, and noble.


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

    His capture of words and accents really brought the story to life. He always seemed to nail the various character voices (of which there were many) and you never get the feel that it's just one person speaking. I'm quite certain I would not have gotten the French or Italian words right if I read it myself.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Revenge... Hope and Wait.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Ashleigh M
    7/27/15
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    "Amazing!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Count of Monte Cristo the most enjoyable?

    I have the Penguin Clothbound edition of this on my bookshelf, I picked it up and was struggling. Listening to it, however, gave it a new lease of life which I wasn't expecting. The listening experience was fantastic and has really sold me on audiobooks


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I know he was meant to be the bad guy, but I did love Noirtier. I also rather liked Eugénie and Valentine. Noirtier said very little yet conveyed a lot and as for Eugénie and Valentine, they were rather strong women for their time period. Eugénie and her elopement should have a side novel of its own!


    What does Bill Homewood bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The depth of character. Dumas is by no means slacking in characterisation but Bill Homewood is a fantastic narrator who I only discovered through this book, but one I am intent to explore more in the future.


    Any additional comments?

    I said on my blog review that if you want to read, or listen to, one classic (pre-1900) in your life, make it this one! It is just amazing!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lea
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    7/24/15
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    "Incredible!"

    Fantastic narrator, heartbreaking and wonderfully variated story! A must-listen! I cried, laughed and marveled in the beautiful language and intense story. One of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • M. G. Down
    Crediton, Devon, UK
    12/28/12
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    "Great Thriller"

    I took the risk of listening to this story, as I have never read it, and loved it. This is firstly a great thriller and secondly a love story. How greed, honour, revenge, and love can drive you to your doom or destiny, how a man can walk to the edge of the abyss, and step back and walk away; and cheat death! This is a long book, and there are some low or dull moments, but overall a very satisfying story. Bill Homewood is excellent as the narrator. I certainly will listen to it again.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Paola Piglia
    4/8/12
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    "Great book OK reading"

    Great classic and generally good reading. However I found some mispronunciations of French and Italian recurrent names really annoying ( the word Peppino in particular, where the accent falls on the i and not the e). Why cannot reader do a bit of homework in that department?

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Richard Irwin
    Wiltshire, England
    4/13/13
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    "Gripping tale really well read!"

    I have tried to read this book and gave up because of the small print and its length. However, I was gripped by the audio book. The films I have seen really do not do justice to this fantastic tale of betrayal and revenge. Thank goodness I had some long car journeys!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • John
    London, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "My All-Time Favourite Novel..."

    I initially read The Count of Monte Cristo in 2003, in print, and it immediately became my favourite novel.



    This story will take you on a rollercoaster ride, you'll cry, laugh, yearn and be thrilled and excited throughout. More than that, it has a wealth to say about human nature, what it is to be wronged, what it is to be a good person or a bad person, and the impact that revenge has on all concerned with it.



    But more than these thems, essentially it's a ripping good yarn. Over 50+ hours it will keep you gripped, weaving a pattern with its many fascinating characters, drawing them all towards their inevitable destiny.



    If you choose to read only one more book in your life, make it this one, you'll love it and be a more rounded person for the experience,



    J

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Lata Mayer
    12/13/16
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    "19th century melodrama"

    As such it is an entertainment. Bill Homewood does justice to the (soap) operatic fireworks. If I could I would say 4 stars for fun 2 stars for substance and so settled for 3.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eric Dale
    11/20/16
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    "Classic"

    Wonderful well read absorbing a truly great story retold by very professional readers. Thank you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • TB
    10/27/16
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    "Belter"

    An epic tale that has it all, surprisingly holds the attention given the length, the Paris scenes do feel a little drawn out, but all the loose ends are neatly tied up to give a satisfying conclusion to a ripping yarn. Good performance by reader who brings a surprising depth to the extensive cast list, good stuff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DDR
    10/4/16
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    "A classic always worth revisiting"

    This is a great story told sublimely.
    You cannot fail to wonder at what drives the characters, extreme though the consequences are there is much to ponder about human nature and the purpose of life.
    The narrator is wonderful, the 52 hours flew by.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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