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The Count of Monte Cristo | [Alexandre Dumas]

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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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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    Joseph E. Mercier Trinity National Forest 12-09-12
    Joseph E. Mercier Trinity National Forest 12-09-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Love every minute of it"

    Great narration and true to Dumas. Made the historic perceptive of France in the early 1800's live for me better than when I read it. Thanks Audible

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    bee arcadia ca 12-07-12
    bee arcadia ca 12-07-12 Member Since 2012

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    "incredible yarn"
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    Dumas never looses your interest as he adds another amazing twist in his brilliant tale of love & revenge .
    The reader enhances this story with his telling. I have to say this is storytelling at its best.

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    Jim United States 12-05-12
    Jim United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story by a great narrator"

    Suggest writing down character's names from the beginning so as they re-occur, you can make the connection as the story weaves them throughout the story.

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    Brittani OMAHA, NEBRASKA, United States 09-05-12
    Brittani OMAHA, NEBRASKA, United States 09-05-12 Member Since 2009
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    "So much better than I remembered!"

    I remember reading the abridged version of The Count of Monte Cristo when I was in high school and back then I liked the book but since some important scenes where missing from the abridged version, I could not fully enjoy all that this book offers. However, now having listened to this book in its entirety, I can say that it is so much better than I remembered from high school.

    I love revenge plots in the first place and the precision that The Count executes with each of his revenges is one of the reasons why this book is a classic. The sarcastic humor is another and there are certainly plenty more.

    The narrator of the book was wonderful! I loved how Homewood was able to pronounce the European names of places and people correctly, especially the French ones. Each character had a distinct voice and it brought this old tale to life. I really enjoyed all 52 hours and 45 minutes of The Count of Monte Cristo.

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    James 08-31-12
    James 08-31-12
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    "Laborious with some gems"

    Written in such an old, classic literature style that the pedantic lethargy with which the plot moves left it feeling like a chore to me to endure in parts. The reading couldn't have been better - Homewood's got a great voice for this epic and exotic tale. And even the plot is full of tension and drama and revenge. But the convoluted prose Dumas employs in his descriptions often rob the reader of suspense and charm. I know part of the problem is me and my impatient brain which is unschooled in the enjoyment of classic literature and seeks the more immediate gratification of modern fiction. In the end, I'm glad I made it through and found myself appreciating the characters and the Count's fine exploits but I know I'd have never made it through a paper version of this. Thank you, Bill Homewood, for getting me through so that I could savor some of the fine moments threaded into this complex weave.

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    Christine ALBEMARLE, NC, United States 08-30-12
    Christine ALBEMARLE, NC, United States 08-30-12 Member Since 2015
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    "A joy! Could not put it down...."
    What did you love best about The Count of Monte Cristo?

    The well done storyline. The age old good-versus evil with redemption was well portrayed. It took me a small amount of time to get straight all of the characters as they were introduced but all that required was paying close attention as it was being narrated. It is definitely one that you have to listen to whole heartedly to get the most out of it.


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

    Each of the moments in which he exacted his "unveiling" were memorable, whether to the blessed or the cursed!


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

    Mr. Homewood brings individuality to each character of the book. He gave everyone of them more character than I could have imagined by just reading the story. I also don't have enough time to give this lengthy of a book the undivided attention it deserved by reading it.


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

    The devotion the Count was able to still impart after all of his adversity moved me throughout the whole story! I cannot pin it down to just one moment.


    Any additional comments?

    When I chose this book it was so different from anything I had read previously. I was truly surprised when I got "hooked" right away and COULD NOT put it down. It had opened up a whole new genre of titles to my interest!

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    kira United States 08-27-12
    kira United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    Great classic book. Narrator's voice droning sometimes but overall good. Loved it. It also teaches you some French history.

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    Hubert Burbank, CA, United States 08-26-12
    Hubert Burbank, CA, United States 08-26-12
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    Great Listening. Did not mind the traffic while listening, wanted more listening time. Great Story. Got more than enough housework done. I like the long listening novels.

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    Marion 08-21-12
    Marion 08-21-12
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    "A Classic"
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    This had been my mother's favorite book and I thought it was high time I "read" it. Listening to Bill Homewood voice these characters for over 50 hours has been nothing short of heaven. Thank you Audible.

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    Mary-Ann PUEBLO, CO, United States 08-20-12
    Mary-Ann PUEBLO, CO, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2013

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    "Couldn't finish this one"

    I had truly looked forward to starting The Count of Monte Cristo, but the book did not live up to my expectations. I think one of the biggest problems was with the accents. My husband in particular is hard of hearing and accents can be difficult for him. The narrator did a great job, but in the end the accents were too strong and rather than settling in to enjoy the story we were irritated and finally decided to give up on this one.

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