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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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    "This is the definitive reading!"

    There are two fantastic Unabridged recordings of this book on Audible.

    * This one by Naxos Audiobooks, released in 2011, narrated by Bill Homewood, and
    * Blackstone Audio's version, released in 2008, narrated by John Lee.

    Now, at first glance, the John Lee version seems more energetic and might seem superior, but that's absolutely wrong. Listen to the audio sample of that version, and you'll be treated to a monotone reading where -every- -single- -character- -sounds- -exactly- -the- -same-. Most of the time you can't even hear the difference between him narrating the story or speaking a character's lines. I assure you that nearly 50 hours of the same monotone voice, where every character blends together, is not the best way to experience the book.

    Now listen to THIS recording instead, by Bill Homewood. Listen to the sample all the way until the end, and you'll hear that he expertly crafts a UNIQUE voice for EVERY character, and gives each character a vibrant portrayal. It's an absolute joy to listen to him narrate the work with such talent for voices and accents, and it's really easy to follow along with what's happening since the voices are so distinct.

    The book itself? It's a classic for a reason. If you have a taste for epic revenge and adventure stories, then this is for you. I suggest you choose this reading of the book and sit back, relax and enjoy. You'll be in for the ride of a lifetime.

    88 of 90 people found this review helpful
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    james 03-05-13
    james 03-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "This is the one to spend 50 hours listening to!"

    There are plenty of other versions, but after listening to some samples I went with Bill Homewood. He's the man. A different voice/ characterization for each person in the story - different enough that sometimes I forgot their names but remembered them from earlier in the story by the voice!

    It's a good story, and I'd tried to get through the book before but could never fight through Dumas' long winded prose. Mr Homewood battered it down for me in style and has a great dramatic style.

    If you like the classics, you should give this a listen. If you're going to listen to The Count, you should listen to this one.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce L. Stimpson Pleasant Hill, MO USA 04-04-13
    Bruce L. Stimpson Pleasant Hill, MO USA 04-04-13
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    "Excellent story, be sure to get Homewood version"
    If you could sum up The Count of Monte Cristo in three words, what would they be?

    Thrilling, massive, fantastic


    Any additional comments?

    You MUST get the Bill Homewood (reader) version of this novel. The characters come alive, and his intonation and in-depth understanding of the characters enrapture the listener. I started to listen to a different version of this book, but that performance was not good. I'm so glad I tried again with Bill Homewood.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Colton 03-19-12
    Colton 03-19-12
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    "Excellent classic that everyone should read."

    An epic tale of revenge, The Count of Monte Cristo is one of the most fun books I have read in some time.

    The narration was skillfully performed, and the narrators voice sold me on this version of the book. HOWEVER by the time I finished the book the sound of his mouth had me squirming. He kept making squishy mouth noises throughout the book, which was likely related in some way to the mic.

    4 of 4 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

    "... there are times when silence is a poem." - John Fowles, the Magus ^(;,;)^

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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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    Amazon Customer Bayonne, NJ, United States 07-10-14
    Amazon Customer Bayonne, NJ, United States 07-10-14 Member Since 2014

    I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.

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    "Fantastic narration / book unlike movie"

    This is the longest book I've tackled on audible--and the first classic. I don't think I could have gotten through this without the fantastic narrator, Bill Homewood, bring it to life.

    I was worried that this book would be a 50-hour version of the movie that I liked so much. Indeed, it was not. The book offers a richer cast of characters, a much more nuanced protagonist, and countless ambiguities that turn the book into something very surprising and deep.

    The age of the novel is very apparent. A lot of the science it employs does not stand the test of time. The use of poisons and drugs is just plain silly at times. Additionally, the the mindset of the french aristocracy is so foreign and bizarre that the motivations and emotions of characters is downright bizarre to modern listeners at times. This causes some of the impact of the drama to be nullified, which is a shame.

    I was fairly captivated the entire time, which surprised me given that the language and setting of the novel provided many obstacles to true immersion in the story. Here is where the narrator did his job phenomenally well. I have to say that I truly delighted at his portrayal of Noirtier.

    Listeners will probably need to follow along with a chapter summary at parts, as almost every character has two or more names, and some of the Dumas subtleties cause confusion that remains unresolved for long stretches. The language barrier led me to wonder if I misunderstood certain things, or if Dumas was just giving his readers credit by not spelling everything out (it was always the latter).

    I highly recommend this book with this narrator.

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    "Fabulous"
    What did you love best about The Count of Monte Cristo?

    Terrific insights into the human spirit.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Count.


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

    Inflection.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    You can't even imagine the deepth of The Count.


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    Dr. Dan Berlau Denver, CO 07-05-12
    Dr. Dan Berlau Denver, CO 07-05-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Maximum Recommendation!"
    If you could sum up The Count of Monte Cristo in three words, what would they be?

    Well worth it!


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator for this book was amazing. He was able to give personalities to the dozens of characters in the book each with a unique European accent. Amazing!

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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

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Valarie BOSTON, MA, United States 12-31-11
    Valarie BOSTON, MA, United States 12-31-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Outstanding! A must read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Count of Monte Cristo to be better than the print version?

    I have just finished reading (on Kindle)and listening to this story. I had seen the Jim Caviezel movie, which was good, but has changed much of the original story. The drama ,, humor and and fascinating commentary on human nature was extraordinary. This performance was more than a narrative. He changes voices for certain characters and the most dramatic scenes are transfixing. This is truly a timeless classic that is under-appreciated. I had actually read the first half of the book on my new Kindle Fire, but mostly listened to the rest while reading along at some juncture. Due to the length of this novel- over 100 chapters, it is better listened to vs reading it. While I read it, I started to get confused because of all the characters and I was unclear if I was fully understanding the plot because I had to stop and start so often while reading. But I could not stop listening to the audible performance, which held my attention.


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

    The drama of the poisoner and the reading of the letter by Franz of his father's death were the most memorable. However, I did not listen to the beginning of the story, so I may actually go back and listen to the whole thing again. This is my new favorite.


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

    The emotion and drama between characters was clearer in his performance. All the complicated interactions and intention so the characters came to life.


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

    I was stunned, amazed, and laughed at and cry with the characters. The spiritual insights were powerful and worthy of reflection. This is more than a revenge story, that is a very superficial reading of this story, but the prevailing view. This view of human nature is very insightful. Recently, I was made aware of


    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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  • Richard Irwin
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    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!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • daddy_boglin
    9/15/14
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    "Fabulous start but fades fast."
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Everyone else by the other reviews! The first part was gripping, well written and fascinating, giving seven hours of excellent entertainment. Then the story reaches Rome, and goes incredibly long winded, of its time and soo boring. I am v close to giving up. The characters are two dimensional, uninvolving - presumably it gets better, but this needs abridging desperately.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Alexandre Dumas again?

    No. If you like this sort of historic adventure book, Patrick O'Brian is far better written, funnier and infinitely more exciting. Otherwise Dickens, Hilary Mantel or Susannah Clarke


    Which character – as performed by Bill Homewood – was your favourite?

    Bill H is an excellent narrator? Liked the priest


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

    Severe disappointment after an excellent start.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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