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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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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 01-12-14
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 01-12-14

    But I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - J.D. 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.'

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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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    Amazon Customer Middle America 11-02-15
    Amazon Customer Middle America 11-02-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Good beyond words"
    What made the experience of listening to The Count of Monte Cristo the most enjoyable?

    This narrator Bill Homewood is my favorite and I've purchased all that I can find that he has done. This and Alan Quartermaine are among my favorites. The French names take some getting used to but the characters which Mr Homewood creates with naught but his voice quickly help you to identify each character until the names are firmly fixed in your mind. In a very short time the beatiful language and the power of the narrative will push you along until the point where you will wish that you could listen more quickly to the wonderful story playing out. My highest reccommendation.


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

    The Three Musketeers and Alan Quatermaine...the narration of Alan Quatermaine is just as wonderful but the lost civiliazation/great white hunter story is very different. The three Musketeers sharing the same author has some similarities.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of the scenes between the Abbe Fare in Chateau D'iif.


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

    Tears and more tears.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy it and savor it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron 10-24-15
    Aaron 10-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Mouth noises"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, it was extremely annoying to hear the noises of his mouth before he spoke each sentence. If this bothers you at all in person, it's even worse through headphones.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Even though the reader was great in terms of character expression and variety, the technical recording sounded very bad, allowing for the sounds of his mouth to be heard every sentence.


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  • Martin
    Poulton-le-Fylde, United Kingdom
    8/18/11
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    "The Count of Monte CristoNarrated by Bill Homewood"

    I'm revisiting in audio form some of the classics which I can only just remember from old TV films. This is truly a another masterpiece, the detail of human greed, aspirations and dejections is superb and very moving, never boring I have been hooked from start to finish of this 52 hour delight and as for the narrator-I can't believe it could be read any better, his warmth and the humanity in his performance along with his acting capabilities are first class and have done credit to a terrific story..

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Dr. John A. Fenney
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    12/23/12
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    "Long but really exciting"

    I read this book very sketchily when young. Hearing it re-read to me by Bill Hammond was sheer delight. His 'acting' with his voice so well paced, enabled the huge number of characters to be sorted in my mind and Dumas' intricate plot unfolded wonderfully. I was able to enjoy being 'in the know' while the people who ruined Edmond Dantes life and love were unaware of what was happening to their world and their ill-gotten gains as disaster after disaster fell upon them. I was really sorry to get to the end!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • lilywhite63
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    10/1/13
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    "Absolutely Fantastic"
    Would you listen to The Count of Monte Cristo again? Why?

    This was my first book chosen from Audible and I couldn't have chosen better. Quite a long listen so it's not for you is you're short of time. The narrator is brilliant; there's a different voice for every character and is very easy on the ear. If you like intricate, well written, full bodied stories this is for you.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Jyoti
    Howth, Ireland
    4/23/12
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    "Simply brilliant"

    The story, the narration... This was my first ever audio book. I don't think I'd have enjoyed this book as much had I read it myself. The narration is superb. So is the writing. I'm dreading the day it's going to finish.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • KathrynS
    Beijing, China
    1/30/15
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    "I couldn't take my headphones off!"
    Would you listen to The Count of Monte Cristo again? Why?

    Having read this several times, I decided to give listening a try. This book is a timeless yarn that completely engages the listener and pulls you into it's web of narrative. It is beautifully written and captures me every time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The development of the principle character, Edmund Dantes, is intriguing and compelling.


    Have you listened to any of Bill Homewood’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    This is my first experience of listening to a performance by Bill Homewood, and he clearly defined each character and gave emphasis and appropriate emotion to the narrative.


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

    Without giving anything away, the pulling together of the threads of story at the end of the novel is gripping.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is my favourite 'go to' when I want a classic, well written, proper yarn that engages. It is also a good length for travelling long distances!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • TechMonkey
    12/8/14
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    "Long time wish list. Was not disapointed"
    What made the experience of listening to The Count of Monte Cristo the most enjoyable?

    Bill Homewood's narration of the book is phenomenal. You instantly recognise each character the minute he start's speaking. He can immerse you and drag you in to the story in a way no other narrator has ever done (for me anyway).

    I started speaking like a 19th century french after a few days listening. YESSSSS!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I cant fully explain why but I truly loved Noirtier. At the beginning of the story you have him in your head as one of the bad guys, but you learn to love him.


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

    See above! I think if I had read this rather than listened to Bill Homewood's narration I wouldnt have made it through the book. Truly brilliant!


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

    I think the "is there, isnt there" duel between the Count and Albert de Morcerf really gripped me and had me sitting in the car outside work so I could hear how it ended.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have ever thought about it, but weren't sure, then all I can say is do it, do it now and dont look back.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • M de Bethlen
    London United Kingdom
    11/24/12
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    "best of a bad lot."

    Great voice of Bill Homewood, despite Naxos doing their best to ruin things by not bothering to edit out the echo, or prevent it in the first place.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Diane
    2/4/16
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    "I am richer for this book. a delight!"

    after taking a short while to get used to the readers style I grew to quickly love this book and am so sad for having finished it...the sublime language, the drama, twists and turns so vividly described transported me as an observer to the plot unfolding. treat yourself to one of the greatest books ever written. wonderful! the film is such a pale imitation!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • big square
    12/5/15
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    "Wonderful story told with passion"
    What did you like most about The Count of Monte Cristo?

    The narration is outstanding.


    What about Bill Homewood’s performance did you like?

    Each voice is distinct and ages with the character.


    Any additional comments?

    You think you know the story. But if you haven't read the book you don't.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Saj
    7/30/15
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    "Excellent narration"

    This is one of my favourite stories. It has everything that you could want. And this has not been let down by the narration. Bill does an excellent job in my opinion he sets a good pace and keeps up the different voices throughout without getting mixed up. I love this story and will listen to it again

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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