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The Count of Monte Cristo Audiobook

The Count of Monte Cristo

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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    Cameron 08-24-15
    Cameron 08-24-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Fantastic"

    This story and its reader were perfect - and the language is stunning! Loved every minute of it

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    Jessica 08-23-15
    Jessica 08-23-15
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    "My favorite book ever!"

    This intricate book is brought to life through Bill Homewood's artistic reading of Dumas' literary master piece.

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    Book Worm 08-11-15
    Book Worm 08-11-15
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    "Buy the abridged version"

    After seeing the movie, I went into this book expecting it to have similar outcomes. However, the movie is way off in left field and isn't a true representation of Dumas' book at all. But I still ❤️ the movie.

    After I got into the recording, I wished I would've invested in the abridged version. Sometimes the book got so muddled down in details that I had a hard time staying focused and found my thoughts wandering and at times it was hard to keep all of the characters straight. Some characters were introduced and then not reintroduced into the story until several hours into the recording. The storyline is very good tho. The emotions of hate, crime, love and loyalty are well laid out with the overlying thought that it is only God who brings justice to those who wait and hope.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Allen 08-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "excellent"

    Bill Homewood was a pleasure to listen to. I found the book to be so much better than the movie which is usually the case.

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    M 08-06-15
    M 08-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Stayed interesting for 52 hours"

    I had somehow never read Dumas before, this book was in a buy one get one free sale and everyone loved the narrator so I went with it. Everyone was right! The narrator is great, the book is great, and I spent a very enjoyable 52 hours listening to it. While the book itself is interesting, I don't know I would have gotten though it without the excellent narration-- the narrator really makes a difference in keeping the story interesting to listen to and Bill Homewood did accents and voices to great effect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tony 08-06-15
    Tony 08-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "My favourite book."

    I loved this book. The story is a true classic. It's extremely long but I would happily listen again and will probably own it in hardcover some day.

    The reader was superior. His voice inflection of the various characters was extremely consistent, making the dialogue of each, quite easy to follow.

    The quality of the audio was top notch.

    Everything was perfect.

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    Shilo california 07-30-15
    Shilo california 07-30-15 Member Since 2014

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    "My Favorite Audiobook of the Decade!!!"

    Fabulous in every way -- the story, characters, and incredible narrator. I cried when it was over from the overwhelming emotion due to the magnitude of the greatness of the journey I had just completed. Wow! Thank you, Mr. Dumas and Mr. Homewood.

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    cass 07-28-15
    cass 07-28-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Good long haul"

    Abundant detail and lengthy story. If u have the time it's worth the listen! Enjoyable

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    Anthony Tortorici 07-28-15 Member Since 2012
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    "No words can explain this book."

    My heart still reels from the picture painted on my thoughts as I adventures through this book. Never a character so amazing as Edmund, never an author quite like Dumas.



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    LD 07-19-15
    LD 07-19-15
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    "Bravo!"

    I first read Alexandre Dumas' abridged version of "The Count of Monte Cristo" in high school over 20 years ago. Twelve years ago I read the unabridged version. It remains my absolute favorite work in literature to date. Intrigue, revenge and redemption are the prevailing themes in my opinion, and I can't resist this audiobook. The reading was superb. It's wonderful to finally have it read to me.

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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..

    18 of 18 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!

    6 of 6 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.

    3 of 3 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!

    2 of 2 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.

    2 of 2 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
  • 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
  • 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.

    4 of 6 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

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