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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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    Fredrick Bunt 01-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "An Excellent Book and Performance!"

    This book is one of my favorites and Bill Homewood does it justice. My one gripe was that he spoke so slowly. I easily overcame this, however, by listening to the book at 1.5x. At that speed everything sounds great. Thanks Bill!

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    Fernando J. 01-14-15
    Fernando J. 01-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing story"

    Amazing story, It is such a great book. I enjoyed every minute. Awesome performance by the narrator.

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    Benjamin K. 01-09-15
    Benjamin K. 01-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing"

    Beautiful story, superb narration. A little slow at the start, but when it picks up it just keeps building.

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    David SPRINGFIELD, VA, United States 01-03-15
    David SPRINGFIELD, VA, United States 01-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    All around incredibly well done entertainment. Engaging story performed to a tee by a true ctaftsman.

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    menary kitchen 12-25-14 Member Since 2015
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    Would you listen to The Count of Monte Cristo again? Why?

    many times. so many details to overlook


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

    not sure that there is a comparison. i suggest "the wonan in white"


    Which scene was your favorite?

    YES


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

    over and over again. hwever, it should be main focus. it is a very busy novel adn requires constant attention


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    David 12-25-14
    David 12-25-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Hard to listen to. I preferJohn Lee's performance"

    I could not understand the narrator easily. I will say that I couldn't handle it past the first chapter and I was really wanting it to work out.
    Downloaded the same title on Audible with narration by John Lee and thought it deserves a rating of 5 across the board.

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    Nambovi Carter 12-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Cut short"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This has been an extremely enjoyable way to keep my mind pleasurably occupied while doing mindless work, cooking, cleaning, etc.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I have two favorites: Eugenie and M. Noirtier. They are both strong-minded people who are not afraid of going against custom. Eugenie believes in taking care of herself by her own merits in music and the arts, rather than rely on either her father's fortune or a husband. M. Noirtier is the first literary character I know with ALS, and he refuses to back down from life despite the slow removal of all physical abilities.


    What about Bill Homewood’s performance did you like?

    Homewood's tone and pace are a perfect fit for a book from this time period and level of solemnity. I particularly enjoy his accents and inclusion of French pronunciation (something lacking in other performances I sampled before deciding on Homewood's narration).


    Do you think The Count of Monte Cristo needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Certainly not! Firstly, the original author is long dead, and a sequel by anyone else simply would not work. There would undoubtedly be certain elements missing pertaining to the time period in which the story took place. Secondly, the ending to this story is so fitting that to go beyond it would ruin the effect.


    Any additional comments?

    My one complaint (which is rather a large one), is that the narration cut off short (mid-sentence even). I feel cheated of listening to the last several chapters narrated so beautifully by Bill Homewood. So far as I can tell, it's not simply an error with my internet connection, as the time marked it as the end, despite leaving me in the middle of Valentine's funeral. Fortunately, I read the book years ago, so I know how it ends. Still, it is quite frustrating to come so far only to be thwarted in the end.

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    Voltron the Engineer Pittsburgh, PA 12-13-14
    Voltron the Engineer Pittsburgh, PA 12-13-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Long and wonderful read"
    Would you listen to The Count of Monte Cristo again? Why?

    Absolutely. The book is very long (comparatively speaking of course) and was very much enjoyable.


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

    When the Count returns to d'If was chilling, may have been my favorite part.


    What about Bill Homewood’s performance did you like?

    Not speaking french and not being very good at any pronunciation in any language, I very much enjoyed Mr. Homewoods.


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

    Heavens no. 52 hours is a bit long for one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    I found Mr. Homewoods reading a little slow for my taste and listened to the book at 1.25x speed.

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    Amazon Customer 12-10-14
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    "A long adventure"
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    I think the abridged version would have been better for me. I enjoyed the story but I feel as though this story was drug out forever. A more condensed version that hit the key points would have suited me better. I enjoyed the performance of the narrator but I am very distracted by all the excess noises, like lip smacking, that he does.

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    Chris Coyne 10-17-14
    Chris Coyne 10-17-14 Member Since 2015
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    "The Count is in."
    What made the experience of listening to The Count of Monte Cristo the most enjoyable?

    It was a great adventure story, the kind of story you have to listen to at least once in your life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like revenge stories. I like it when the bad guy gets what he deserves.


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

    He is a great voice talent. He makes the story a joy to listen to.


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

    My only problem with the story, was the scenes with the young lovers was to campy. Their decorations of love and that they would kill themselves or go to a convent if they couldn't mary each other was to much for me, made me want to gag. I almost skipped their parts of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I was also surprised by the lesbian love affair that was in the book. I had no trouble with it, just wasn't expecting it in a 19 century book. Never saw that in a movie adaption of the book. Great story.

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