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The Count of Monte Cristo Audiobook

The Count of Monte Cristo

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Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure. After 14 years of hopeless imprisonment, Dantès makes his daring escape and follows his secret map to untold fortune. Disguised now as the mysterious and powerful Count of Monte Cristo, Dantès seeks out his enemies - and nothing will stand in the way of his just revenge.

Filled with thrilling episodes of betrayal, romance, and revenge, The Count of Monte Cristo is one of the greatest adventure stories ever written.

(P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Amazon Customer 09-04-09 Member Since 2017
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    "Absolutely AMAZING!!! Read this review."

    This is an amazing book. If you have watched the movie(which was also awesome!) you'll find the book a little different. Of course it's impossible to fit a 47 hour long book into a 2.5 hour movie. The book is 47 hours long and has 119 chapters. So I recommend you listening to this book as if you're watching a tv series otherwise it may take over your life - so expect to listen to it over a period of time. The narrator is as good as the story itself. This will be one of the best books you'll have listened to. Download it and enjoy! :)

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Diane 11-24-08
    Diane 11-24-08
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    "Great read"

    Really enjoyed this, the story is great, the writing is wonderful -- a few very unlikely coincidences, but who cares? Great for commuting. Enjoy!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 11-19-16
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 11-19-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Hate the prose, LOVE the book."

    “All human wisdom is contained in these two words - Wait and Hope”
    ― Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo

    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 revenge 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 most 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 3.5 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.'

    18 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca 03-31-13
    Rebecca 03-31-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Betrayal, Revenge and Forgiveness"

    This book has many characters and twists and turns - I love that kind of book, but if you don't, this isn't a book for you.

    Edmond Dantès is betrayed by four people. He is anonymously accused of being a Bonapartist by a jealous co-worker, Danglars, and a rival for the love of Dantès' betrothed, Mercédès, Fernand. A neighbor, Caderousse, could avert the plot, but does not because he is afraid of the impact it would have on him. Villefort, the deputy crown prosecutor in Marseille, at first appears to be sympathetic, but when he discovers the case could implicate his father, he puts Edmond in a cell without trial.

    Edmond spend 14 years in this cell. Towards the end of his incarceration, he meets the mad priest, Abbé Faria, named mad because he insists of his treasure. The rest of the book is about Edmond's escape, recovering the treasure on the island of Monte Cristo, and then seeking vengance on the four who betrayed him, and helping others who helped him and tried to rescue him.

    In the end, Edmond wonders if he has taken the place of God, and discovers that in all, one should Wait and Hope.

    I read "The Black Count" before this, Dumas used many stories he heard from his father about imprisonment in Italy which made that part very interesting.

    Overall, really enjoyed - maybe slightly less than The Three Musketeers.

    John Lee's narration was fabulous.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    J. Locke Tampa FL 03-07-13
    J. Locke Tampa FL 03-07-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Keep your monarchs but..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Count of Monte Cristo to be better than the print version?

    ...bring back the men and women of such character. This story might as well have been written about a world of pure fantasy or written of a world in a distant galaxy. Where are the people of this character today? While at times the formalities seem stiff and nonsensical, to a man of the 21st century anyway, the level of respect to oneself and to others is astonishing.I sometimes, more than I would care to admit, imagine what life would be like if I lived in a time and place where character and self-worth, without the title and birthright of this story, were commonplace. BTW, America is the closest any peoples have come to realizing my dream. This was a first read (listen) for me but won't be the last. The life lessons available in this story are numerous and very well laid out. Could our children of today (America) even understand the lessons and experiences? Doubtful. When stealing from large and small retail chain stores is seen as harmless because "they can afford it", you began to lose hope.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Edmond Dantes was my favorite, typical right?First because he was the wronged innocent, then because I sympathized with his desire for vengeance, then I cringed from his heartlessness and then to admiration for his selflessness.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not exactly my favorite but the most important in my eyes. The time that Edmond Dantes and Abbe Faria spent in prison together. How close they became and all that the Abbe shared with Edmond. Edmond could have used his knowledge and newly found wealth for great evil. Actually, an argument can be made that he did commit evil on multiple occasions, disguised in the cloak of providence.


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

    Not an emotional reaction more of a visceral one. Over and over I thought, "how far civilization has fallen, all the while making fantastic technological and medical strides forward."


    Any additional comments?

    A simple wish. I wish I could get my son and daughters to read this, but I fear it is hopeless.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    B.J. Minneapolis, MN, United States 10-22-12
    B.J. Minneapolis, MN, United States 10-22-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A Great, Looong Story"

    I managed to avoid this book for years. I was certain I knew exactly what it was about. I was wrong.

    This is one good long listen. Yes, sometimes I got lost in the characters. Sometimes I was confused. But I was always entertained.

    I think about writing a book like this - in long-hand with a quill - and shudder at the thought. There's a reason it's always on the "Best Books Ever" lists. It is.

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    Kimberly 06-10-12
    Kimberly 06-10-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Wonderful"

    A very long story and I thank goodness for Wikipedia ??? they have a ???relationship??? map that keeps nearly all of the relationships straight. The narration was flawless ??? John Lee is the king!! He did all the accents and languages so well it was easy to get lost. I can???t say any more than others. Five stars!!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tango Texas 03-17-12
    Tango Texas 03-17-12
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    "Challenging and TOTALLY worth it!"
    What did you love best about The Count of Monte Cristo?

    The intricate plot is fascinating and weaves through a past time and foreign places in a way that makes you feel that you are there.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eugenia Danglar was my favorite character because she was the only woman in the novel who was not evil or avaricious and still had a real backbone. All other women characters were either sweet and wimpy or clever and evil.


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

    This book is so long that it is really a great one to have read to you versus reading it for yourself because you can still do laundry or clean house while listening. Reading the book would be a delight but would require so much dedicated time. However, this would have been a difficult book to listen to but for the outstanding narrator. The many French names would have been difficult to keep straight without seeing them in print had the narrator not been so very good at helping the listener keep easy track of the conversations between characters by assuming distinctive speaking styles and accents for each character. He even had specific ways of conjuring the different personas of the Count so you had a real image in your mind of how Edmund was presenting himself in each situation.


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

    Wait and Hope


    Any additional comments?

    It takes until about halfway through the first section of the book for the story to really get going and it is not until about the 3rd section of the book that the plot totally pulls you in. If you stay with it though, you will understand why this book has become a

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Ewing, NJ, United States 02-21-12
    Joseph Ewing, NJ, United States 02-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "This is one of my favorite stories."
    Where does The Count of Monte Cristo rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is easily one of the more enjoyable audiobooks I've listened to.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It's a long book so I'm not sure I have a single favorite scene. The plot, the web of adventure and intrigue is simply captivating.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read this before in hardcopy but I have to say my enjoy increased ten-fold when listening to it. As I am not French, when reading I would stumble or confuse the names, especially if there was a gap between when I could do serious reading, this problem vanished when having it read to me. I will be moving onto The Three Musketeers by the same narrator very shortly.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    JessM 11-22-11
    JessM 11-22-11 Listener Since 2009
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    "One of the BEST audio books ever!"

    Not only is "The Count of Monte Cristo" a captivating story with interesting and extremely well developed plot and characters, this is one of my favorite books to listen to because John Lee does and AMAZING job reading it. He gives voice and personality to each of the characters in the most amazing way - it's not silly or overdone - just perfect. I absolutely loved listening to it, and I am sure you will too.

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  • Claire
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    3/9/16
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    "Fab"

    It was brilliant, enough said. Can't believe it was written so long ago. Unabridged version says so much more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • George
    12/1/15
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    "Superbly read tale of revenge"
    If you could sum up The Count of Monte Cristo in three words, what would they be?

    Involving, entertaining, disturbing


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Abbé Faria, for his cunning construction of tools, his mastery of the art of being a prisoner, his learning, and the inability to persuade his jailers that he was sane


    What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Rich and luxurious pronunciation of the French names which wouldn't have achieved the same timbre in my inner reading.


    Any additional comments?

    A thoroughly enjoyable way of spending many hours. This is a super book, and the reader's voice is well suited to the writing. I found myself yearning for Monte Cristo's plans to succeed, and then perhaps to fail as the gradual understanding of quite how damaged his early experiences had left him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • eatough1999
    Northumberland, UK
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    "Sublime"

    Having read this book years ago I was keen to listen to it...I have a new found appreciation of the narrative. It is lengthy and at times one needs to persevere with the prose as it seems to deviate in what may possibly seem like non-focused direction, but it is exquisite in it's depth, colour and richness.
    The narration was brilliant and brought the story to life. The intonation is exacting and held my attention throughout - even in the meandering prose..
    The themes of love, betrayal, revenge and repentance with forgiveness are gritty and exceptional highlighting the human condition.
    Bravo!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Siobhan Kennedy-Hall
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    6/4/15
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    "Engrossing! "

    For some reason I had never got around to reading this classic and so when I found or available through Audiobooks I didn't hesitate to get it.
    I am extremely pleased I did as I found it a wonderful, gripping and engrossing book. There are so any lives and stories interwoven together that there is never a dull moment!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Karen Williams
    3/28/15
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    "Slow start, gripping finish - highly enjoyable"
    Any additional comments?

    Dumas manages to cover everything from base treachery, Bonapartists versus Royalists, deepest dungeons, incredible escapes, treasure, romance, poison and the immaculately plotted revenge of the innocent working-class victim who becomes the aristocratic Count of Monte Christo (allowing the author to take us into every echelon of early 19th-century French society). This was my first ever Dumas, and I confess I found it a bit slow to get going as the author has to set the scene for the second half of the book, but the pace then really picks up so I highly recommend sticking with it. Lots of French names to remember but John Lee does a great job of the characterisations. A rollicking listen and hugely entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • AC
    2/24/15
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    "A classic tale well told"

    This is a wonderful reading of the classic story. I enjoyed it immensely. I'm sad it's ended! More please, Audible

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • hfffoman
    Kent
    1/21/15
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    "A fascinating but strange literary construction"
    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    It is competently read but extremely mannered. I thought at first he was doing it to match the author's pompous language, then I heard him doing something else and his style was the same. After so many hours of listening to it, I found his voice unpleasantly grating.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a story of personal revenge plotted and enacted on a monumental scale. It is so well constructed it is like a massive edifice in which stones we see on page 200 hold up towers we visit 900 pages later. It is populated with honourable villains, corrupt aristocrats, suffering innocents, virtuous poor and virtuous rich (not so many of those) and everywhere we see fortunes and reputations made and destroyed.

    I found it gruesomely compelling as the story unfolded relentlessly, adorned all the way with witty and wise commentaries on society, providence and the human condition. It is the ultimate expression of the proverb Revenge is a dish best served cold. (I thought Dumas might have been the source of the idea but wikipedia tells me it originated in France a century earlier.)

    I make a few observations which are not criticisms but are worth being aware of before you embark on a novel as long as 3-4 ordinary ones.

    The story is (presumably by intention) completely unrealistic. There is one particular challenge to the laws of medicine which is so extreme that I wonder if it didn't seem absurd even in Dumas's day.

    The narration is extremely stylised. The best way I can explain is to say that it reminded me of Italian opera. Even if you have never seen an opera you will have an idea how far it departs from the dramatic conventions of theatre, expressing instead stylised or archetypal events and feelings. In consequence (and I am not talking about the language) Dumas's novel feels much older than it is. I think it is interesting that it was written within a couple of years of Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and David Copperfield, which feel much more modern.

    While I don't have a problem with the slow pace, nor the dated style of the language, I did feel frustrated at times with the amount of padding in the description of trivial events and especially in the dialogue. I know that scholars consider his style to be masterful but I don't think they will deny that it feels pedantic compared with the flowing writing of many classic mid 19th century novels.

    I enjoyed it and recommend it but, to be honest, 1300 pages was enough for me and I probably won't read his other novels.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mary
    1/4/15
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    "Dumas had a wonderful ghost writer"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Count of Monte Cristo to be better than the print version?

    The narrator did a fine job vocalizing different characters - no mean feat in a book of this length, and as the book is out of copyright (excepting recent translations) it is available for free off some sites. This means you can read as well as listen if you have an e-book, which I found helpful for a book of this length.


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

    Dumas had an excellent ghost writer, Auguste Maquet, who drafted the plot-lines, which in turn were drawn from true stories of the day. In that sense the book is like any other where the author(s) create fiction from fact. It is nothing more than high melodrama in places, but the count's revenges are so very clever that the melodrama is secondary to the ingenious plot.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    John Lee was an authoritative narrator who managed some fine distinctions between characters - in a variety of accents - again, no mean feat when he is reading an English translation and depicting characters with subtle variations in English-with-a-variety-of-French-accents.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    7/13/14
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    "Epic tale of revenge"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    To be able to listen for longer periods. I was only able to listen for short periods and I would lose continuity


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Lee’s performances?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    If you have untold wealth you can do anything and I think the Count of Monte Christo lacked imagination, he wasn't very creative with his plans for revenge which would have made for a more satisfying ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • PishPash
    Northampton, UK
    1/20/14
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    "Long, long, long, but a superb narration!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend the book, and this particular audio book, to any would be listeners of audio-books and, in particular, classic fiction.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The depiction of extremes in despair, through imprisonment, and seemingly eternal damnation, on to escape, towards a subsequent, aided, rise in status, and absolute, beautifully crafted revenge.


    Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    John Lee provided a fantastic narration for this epic novel. I have only heard his part in Audible's Dracula otherwise, with Alan Cummings and Tim Curry. His articulation is very clear and easy to follow, and his characterisations are very well portrayed!


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    'The film that should have always stayed a book!' (I watched a 2002 film portrayal of the story, I don't know why, I should have known better. A 2hr movie couldn't do it justice, which should go without saying. I believe there is a french series with Gérard Depardieu as Edmond Dantes which, if I am to believe the ratings, should be better, but who knows?)


    Any additional comments?

    It really is a very long listen, of course a longer listen than a read would be for most people, however it is well worth going through, with John Lee at the helm.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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