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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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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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    Mark Naugatuck, CT, United States 03-09-12
    Mark Naugatuck, CT, United States 03-09-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great story, wonderful reader"
    What made the experience of listening to The Count of Monte Cristo the most enjoyable?

    The reader did an excellent job with the characters, each having their own voice. The story is very good although it is a little slow after the hero has escaped from prison.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Edmond Dantes, pre-escape.

    Post escape, the Count himself is not sympathetic - he is a demonic character through much of the book, having a vampire-like visage, knowledge of chemistry, poison, hashish, many languages including Arabic, legal knowledge, and incredibly sophisticated. Once he finally realizes that maybe his vengeance has gone too far, he once again becomes more believable as a human being and more sympathetic.

    One of the things that is upsetting is that even when the Count is doing good things for people he loves, he drags it out usually risking their lives. It makes for better drama but makes him seem heartless even towards his friends. Not telling Maximillian that Valentine is not dead for a month or two is so strange but makes for a grand finale even though the reader has deduced it all along. The way the Count drags out his aid to Morrel, Maximillian's father, is also life-threatening.

    A favorite secondary character is Noirtier, the paralyzed father of Villefort. Dumas manages to get so much drama and character out of this basically immobile man who uses his eyes to


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The prison escape. The trial.


    Any additional comments?

    The middle portion of the book is too long. It is a wonderful read, and the stories in the middle portion and their building to the final results are well done, but could have been edited down, I think. (I had no reaction like this to The Three Musketeers.) The first part up to the prison escape is riveting, and the ending moves along at a great pace.

    So it is a bit on the long side but a very enjoyable story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    cynthia silverado, cA, United States 01-07-14
    cynthia silverado, cA, United States 01-07-14
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    "Never looked forward to going back to this book."
    Would you be willing to try another one of Bill Homewood’s performances?

    The performance was bad for me…I could hear chirps in the background and the reader sounded like he had a sticky mouth, I just couldn't block it out.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    boredom


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to most of it because I hate to not finish a book, but in this case I just couldn't do it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Old Bridge, NJ, United States 09-01-12
    Anthony Old Bridge, NJ, United States 09-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Awful Narrator"
    Would you try another book from Alexandre Dumas and/or Bill Homewood?

    No.


    Has The Count of Monte Cristo turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    How could the performance have been better?

    yes. much.


    What character would you cut from The Count of Monte Cristo?

    Didnt get that far


    Any additional comments?

    I really tried to listen to this- but the narrator is just awful.. very quiet at times and his accent is hard to understand and i find myself not paying attention. I want to hear this book, I've never read it. Disappointing. I wish i had one with a different narrator. I gave the story 1 star because i didn't even get to it. I tried to leave it blank.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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