An adventure story primarily concerned with themes of hope, justice, vengeance, mercy, and forgiveness, The Count of Monte Cristo focuses on a man who is wrongfully imprisoned, escapes from jail, acquires a fortune, and sets about getting revenge on those responsible for his imprisonment. However, his plans have devastating consequences for the innocent as well as the guilty.
Considered a literary classic today, The Count of Monte Cristo has become a fixture of Western literature, as inescapable and immediately identifiable as Mickey Mouse, Noah's flood, and the story of Little Red Riding Hood.
Complete and unabridged; a 55-hour epic adventure!
Public Domain (P)2014 Trout Lake Media
I only have two problems with this recording of the book:
1) It's missing parts of the book. Therefore, unusable.
2) The narration is dreadfully irritating at times (e.g. the entire Louis Vamper sequence is like listening to a pig butchering)
The book is one of the best there is. But not this recording.
It's fine during normal narrator-speak. The minute he tries to do a woman or an Italian, all bets are off.
It's unabridged, so none.
Dumas is a genius. The story has so many characters and twists and turns that I benefitted from reading it twice to catch all the nuances. Also helpful was Wikipedias breakdown of the characters and plot!
This is an incredible story and Peter Batchelor does a fantastic job ensuring that all the voices and accents remain with their proper characters throughout the entire read. If you haven't read/listened to the Count of Monte Cristo, then this is the best way to do it.
5 Stars given for all categories as Alexandre Dumas has written a fully descriptive tale that is keeping this reader enthralled from the first word in the first chapter.
I must admit that I have seen the movie first and that I did compare the movie to the book. After the first 40 or so chapters I have now forgotten the comparison and am now hanging on to every word and paragraph of the book.
After having read a few classic books from the 17 and 18 hundreds, my opinion is that The Count Of Monte Cristo far exceeds all others in its genre except for, maybe, Dumas' own The Three Musceteers.
The performance by the reader is bang on as he tries, and succeeds, to put a different voice, even though subtly changed in a few, for each character that is introduced. Certainly he makes some small errors, though he professionally continues on as he makes his corrections: that is why the 5 stars for his performance.
I can hardly wait to hear what will happen next. The book is so much better than the movie!
Started and ended strong but dragged in the middle. Loved that the characters learned along the way.
I suggested that we read The Count of Monte Cristo for our book club, on the recommendation of my sister, who claims it is the best book she has ever read. Because of my busy schedule, I looked to Audible ( my favorite place), and purchased this recording. I love long novels, and I looked forward to over 40 hours of listening to a classic. I should have just bought the book. Honestly, I can't say that Alexander Dumas's story was disappointing because as hard as I tried, I couldn't get into it because of the horrible narration. Peter Batchelor's performance made it so difficult. His characters all sounded high pitched and silly. His phrasing felt stilted.I finally gave up. I don't normally give bad reviews. As an actress, I recognize the difficulty of the art, but Batchelor and his producers failed their audience.
I'm sure Mr Batchelor is a lovely person, but damn, he was zipping through this like he was being charged by the minute. That, with a lot of gravel, made the performance exceedingly grating. I kept tinkering with the speed of playback, unable to find a happy medium. Didn't finish the second chapter; found a different recording.
"Great story ruined by poor narration"
I love this story but the narrator ruined this version for me. I tried several times to carry on but each time gave up because the narrator was unable to speak clearly or create characters that were credible. Also, he needs to learn how to pronounce French names properly.
"Worth every moment"
This is an amazing story that encompasses all emotions, virtues and vices. Each one is explored in a tale that consumed me from start to finish.
I know that I shall return to this again and again.
"Narration captures the atmosphere…."
Yes - this recording kept me enthralled
Edward Dantes escape from the prison Island
The depth and professionalism of his narration as well as the credibilty of his characterisations
I thoroughly enjoyed this version of the great classic by Alexander Dumas. I was completely swept away by the sense of adventure conveyed by Peter Batchelor who seemed to be wholly absorbed in this great epic. One of the marks of a good narrator is that one is almost unaware of his presence. His characters were so real and credible that it was almost like watching a movie. I highly recommend this version to anyone who is thrilled by the intrigue and creative story-telling of this prodigious author.
"There are bits missing!"
Obviously this is a classic, but there are bits missing. I like to have the book as well. Sometimes I read, sometimes I listen. This is advertised as unabridged, but unfortunately, although all the chapters are there, they are not all complete.
"Great story. excellent naration"
as most people I sort of knew the basic plot but the full detail is extraordinary. at 43 hours long It's the longest audio book I have ever listened to but well worth perseverance as it did not drag but kept moving on. a great commentary on the times as well and some fascinating historical commentary. highly recommended.
"Long winded, but a good storey"
Quite complicated, lots of characters and in some places too long winded. However, a great storey over all. I think if I had been reading this I'd have got bored, or would have forgotten who was who, so it was good to have it as an audio book
Awesome book...if ever a book deserved to be called a classic..then The Count of Monte Christo is it...It was so brilliantly read..that i couldnt resist listening to that one final chapter before sleep.
brill book and we'll read! really enjoyed and would recommend to any one who enjoys the classics.
I enjoyed this story and I think the count was great the way he gets his revenge is really awesome ..
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