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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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    Nicole Holly Springs, NC, United States 01-26-13
    Nicole Holly Springs, NC, United States 01-26-13
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    "If you think you know this book ... you don't!"

    John Lee, WOW, makes every character come alive. How does he do it? Alexander Dumas would also say "Wow!". I thought I knew this story, but I was so wrong. Get ready for the ride of your life into a time and culture you will never forget. Thank you Audible for giving us a luxury that is priceless.

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    Keith Richmond, Texas, United States 01-09-13
    Keith Richmond, Texas, United States 01-09-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent!"

    This is truly a classic tale. I kept driving just to hear more of the story.

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    Waykuy 01-03-13
    Waykuy 01-03-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Good Classic Tale"
    What made the experience of listening to The Count of Monte Cristo the most enjoyable?

    It gave a great deal of insight into the period.


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

    Undoubtedly the 14 years in prison.


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    The Count of Monte Cristo


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

    That would have required missing a great deal of sleep. It was much more compelling toward the end.


    Any additional comments?

    The reader, Alexandre Dumas, made it much easier to get through a book of this length.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 12-30-12
    Robert 12-30-12

    I'm Robert's wife, a retired physician and homeschool mom whose grown kids now love history, literature, sci-fi, fantasy, historical fiction

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    "always thought I'd hate this but I was wrong!"

    Great book, great story, and a great narrator. I always thought (from chit-chat, abridgments my kids read, and glimpses of movies) that I would hate this story. I was so wrong. This is even on my short list of got-to listen to it agains. Don't let anything spoil it for you. Just get into the story and see all the places it takes you. A classic deserving of the name, and I wasn't even depressed when I finished it! (A rare mix.)

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    Prof. Hyun Woo Kim Korea 12-26-12
    Prof. Hyun Woo Kim Korea 12-26-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved the experience"
    Where does The Count of Monte Cristo rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The best so far


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Read this book four or five times but immensely enjoyed it this time, as this was more or less a true story that was taken and made into fiction by Dumas, I always liked the happy ending to this story rather than the true one, of course I would have to say Edmond Dantes.


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

    No this is the first time and I am inclined to be an avid fan of his, his performance was terrific saw the book in a new light, a delightful read.


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

    Mainly listened to the book driving to and from my work place, which takes about 30 minutes one way, find myself going in a circuitous route whenever possible, making my wife anxious as to why I wasn't back at the appropriate time, regretted reaching the ending.


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    Adam Washington, DC, United States 12-20-12
    Adam Washington, DC, United States 12-20-12 Member Since 2017
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    "I adore this book!"
    What did you love best about The Count of Monte Cristo?

    I've listened to it twice and relish all its twists and unexpected turns.


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

    I think it was published in serial, like Dickens' novels. Consequently, the scope of the story is similarly huge, which I like. Dumas, like his contemporary, is a great story teller but other similarities would be a stretch.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    it is solid in every way


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

    Impossible


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    Pamela 12-19-12
    Pamela 12-19-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Classic literature!"
    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    John Lee is among my favorites!


    Any additional comments?

    Intense and involved. Stories within stories with lots of geography and history thrown in for good measure.

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    Tori CASHMERE, WA, United States 12-11-12
    Tori CASHMERE, WA, United States 12-11-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Intrique worthy of today"

    I found myself continuously comparing Alexandre Dumas to the mystery/intrique writers of today and did not find him lacking in any way, in fact, in most cases found him vastly superior. Even though I thought I knew the whole story, the twists and turns kept me wanting to read more. John Lee as the narrator is excellent and brought the story to life even more. You won't be disappointed.

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    S. Crivello Stockton, CA USA 11-12-12
    S. Crivello Stockton, CA USA 11-12-12 Member Since 2016

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    "Top of my list"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Count of Monte Cristo to be better than the print version?

    I think I would rather read than listen if I had to do it again.... or maybe listen and read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mercedes - such an innocent victim.


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    Sinbad


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Edmund got out of prison.


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    Fabio Genoa, Italy 11-11-12
    Fabio Genoa, Italy 11-11-12 Member Since 2015

    Passionate about reading, listening and widening my comprehension of the world. My favourite sentence: we have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.

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    "Wonderful romance read by an outstanding narrator"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Count of Monte Cristo to be better than the print version?

    I prefer the printed version, more faithful to the original book


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Count; obviously he is a perfect character


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    I can't say; all characters are very well performed


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

    both laugh and cry. You can't just stay insensible to this masterpiece


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  • Harriet Morris
    Essex, England
    4/21/09
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    "A MUST LISTEN!"

    This tale has been chopped about over the years until the true essence of a wonderful writer has all but been lost! Here, though is the complete story. Anyone who wishes to know just how to write should study this!
    John Lee is one of the most talented narrators I have ever listened to. As I have said before, with other stories, his characterisation is perfect!!

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Rachael
    Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
    7/11/12
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    "Wonderful story brilliantly narrated!"

    It's a long, long story, but the time flies by and the narrator is positively excellent! He tells it in such a wonderfully engaging way that you can't help but get carried away with the plight of each character. In short, it's a brilliantly interesting tale of a man wrongly imprisoned and his cleverly calculated revenge...! I couldn't put my headphones down!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Paula
    bolton, lancs, United Kingdom
    2/1/09
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    "my favourite book"

    this epic tale is my favourite story and I was delighted to find it available on audible, the narrator does a fantastic job of bringing this story to life and I am now able to enjoy The Count even when I am busy doing other jobs.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Lorna
    High Wycombe, buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
    11/13/10
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    "Long but enjoyable"

    This book unabridged is long - but the detail is brilliant and vital. Before Dantes escapes prison, Dumas mostly writes at the speed and from the view of Dantes which means that sometimes you are just as confused as Dantes as to why something has happened or not happened. Thankfully you're not kept waiting for the solution for long! Later you are at the mercy of what the count is willing to allow you to know and again there are moments when you wonder how one or more characters are going to get their come-uppance. I love the numerous identities of the count and found I frequently couldn't stop listening. John Lee does a fabulous job of the reading and if it wasn't for the family names and titles getting muddled at the beginning in my mind I am sure this would have been a 5 star book and reading

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Paul Conder
    Auckland New Zealand
    5/15/10
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    "The book and a great reading"

    The Count if Monte Cristo is one of the greatest stories ever written. This reading is an excellent quality that reflects the tension and suspense of reading it yourself.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Sara
    Llanwrtyd wells, United Kingdom
    1/26/09
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    "Excellent but sags a little in the middle"

    I had always wanted to read this and have no regrets at listening to the 40+ hours. I would only recommend this if you have a lot of time on your hands and are prepared for it to go a little off the boil in the middle third. It is still an excellent story and full of twists and turns that should keep you interested until the end. I loved it and as I do have a lot of time on my hands (3hrs car commute every day) I found it a very enjoyable listen. You would benefit from listening to it in large chunks as keeping track of who is who over the many years of the story, with early family names changing to the "Count of X" and "Baron Y" confused me a little.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    Southampton, Hampshire, United Kingdom
    12/24/12
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    "One of the best stories in the World"

    This is a wonderful story and well read by John Lee. Some narrators are difficult to listen to for a long time but I really had no problem during the 47 hours that this book is read over. The Count of Monte Cristo has to be Unabridged to be fully appreciated, any cutting would ruin the story and the understanding of the character development. There is really no other way to "read" a classic like this. Easily a multi-listen book.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • catherine
    bolton, United Kingdom
    7/21/12
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    "Huge and so enjoyable"

    This was one of those classics that seemed too daunting to begin, but this format fits like a dream.
    Sit back and let this marvellous story grab you.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • AmazonCustomer
    Glasgow, United Kingdom
    11/8/11
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    "Genius"

    Abolutely loved this book. The narration took me a little while to get into (I had just listened to the brilliance that is Simon Vance reading The Three Musketeers) but once I did, I can't fault it. John Lee has the perfect voice for the Count of Monte Cristo. I listened to this on my iPod walking to and from work and would frequently be striding down the street with a big smile on my face. Have started telling everyone I know to read the book or listen to the audiobook! It is a long reading, but a great chance to 'read' a book that I might not have stuck with in its paper form - though I have now bought it!

    Loved the structure, the plot and the characters. Absolutely brilliant. A work of genius.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Tron
    Merthyr Tydfil, United Kingdom
    4/24/12
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    "Outstanding listen"

    Exellent, I love this book and the reading is perfect. A bit wordy but entertaining.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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