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Publisher's Summary

The Count of Monte Cristo is an adventure novel by Alexandre Dumas.

Published in 1844, it is often considered one of the great thrillers of all time and, along with The Three Musketeers, Dumas' most popular work.

Falsely accused of treason, the young sailor Edmund Dantes is arrested on his wedding day and imprisoned in the island fortress of the Chateau d'If. After staging a dramatic escape, he sets out to discover the treasure of Monte Cristo and catch up with his enemies.

Alexandre Dumas (1802 - 1870) was a French writer, best known for his numerous historical novels of high adventure, which have made him one of the most widely read French authors in the world.

Please note: This is a vintage recording. The audio quality may not be up to modern day standards.

(P)2009 RNIB

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Incredible!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, because I believe that the main reason classics like this aren't as universally read in the unabridged version is because people may be intimidated by the length (this audio book, for instance, clocked at an astonishing 77 hours!) But the time i've spent listening to it has just flown by.

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

The moment the Count reveals his true identity to the assassin Caderousse. I was chilled to the bone.

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

I have never listened to one of Mr. Timothy's recordings but I was so impressed by his performance that I will without a doubt do so again soon.

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

the moment the Count and Mercedes spent walking through the garden. You knew what Mercedes knew although she never said it. Her emotion touched me deeply.

Any additional comments?

What words can I say? The book was just...incredible!

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  • Mary
  • WASHINGTON, DC, United States
  • 05-18-12

A great novel

Where does The Count of Monte Cristo rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Excellent. It kept me entertained for 50+ hours which is quite an accomplishment.

What about Andrew Timothy’s performance did you like?

His voice was perfect. I enjoyed his rendition and even liked that I could, at times, hear him turn the pages. It seemed authentic.

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  • Geoffrey
  • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • 11-01-11

The Great Tale of Injustice

It is simply one of the greatest tales of injustice, love, and retribution written by a master of the novel. I could not praise enough the writing by Dumas of his brilliantly moving and tragic story, but to be abandoned by the world, alone with "The Count of Monte Cristo", I would survive to read and reread this beautiful book.

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50.47 hours of great Listening

I just listened to the book for the second time in the past year. The second time through I picked up on more of the old English that I missed before. The narrator is great and its a low budget production since one can hear the pages being turned in the background. Regardless I strongly recommend it.

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Classic Story

Classic story. Good narration regarding voice and accent. Many fumbled words and lost moments, but tolerable given the rest of it.

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The best story, I loved it!

A fantastic story. Kept me at full attention through the whole 50+ hours. I was sad for it to end, I could have kept listening and listening. I didn't care one bit that the narrator sometimes stuttered on words or paused a bit long and yes, even could hear pages turning. Who cares? For what I spent on this recording, I was 100% satisfied. If you want a well known narrator, then go pay more and you will get it. But I will recommend this version to my friends. Thank you Audible, for letting us decide what is more important to us in an audible book.

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Ok book, bad Narration

This book is drawn out. I have never wanted a book to be abridged except this one. Good story though. The interesting thing is the narrator makes a mistake every 5 minutes mis pronouncing words, or re reading messed up sentences, paper being ruffled. He has a good voice though he just could have used an editor. If you are like me you can afford the expensive books and you used your 2 credits already.

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  • Timothy
  • Dearborn Hts., MI, USA
  • 05-05-10

praise

The unabridged version is probably the best novel in all of literature. Robert Louis Stevenson called it "A perfect piece of story telling", enough said.

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  • mollymoon1
  • 08-25-11

Hard work...!!!

Goodness knows how I have tried….. and tried…. and tried…. to get on with this audio book. I love the films, which whittles everything down to the essentials of the story, but the tedium and durge (which I will probably have to put 50% down to the narration by Andrew Timothy – very dull – sorry!) makes it very difficult to get on with. I know this is a very good story and indeed a classic. I would hazard a guess that if you are going to buy this audio book, you already know the content and you want the full version because you need to, but it’s a long story and I'm afraid this version is very hard work.

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  • Stephen
  • 07-18-11

Jump in and ENJOY

As others have said an audio book over 50 hours for less than a fiver, what fantastic value. Do not expect the most polished of readings, there are hesitations and short chapter intro's which might grate at first (they did with me, however I did find them helpful as the story unfolded) and some page rustling now and again. However Mr Timothy does not intrude on this magnificent story, wonderfully written and told. An 'old school' adventure told in an 'old school' way, like having your granddad read to you a spiffing yarn. Fantastic a really wonderful old fashioned ripping yarn and morality tale, if you only know the story via Hollywood buy this now and be beguiled and transported on an epic journey you will not forget.......
The barking lion

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  • Rupert
  • 04-16-11

Wow, the Full Monty!

Terrible Pun, but at circa 53 hours great value and for once you really get to listen to the whole story. Very well read and although some parts tend to seem interminable you are so engrossed with how he manages to extract his revenge that the hours pass very quickly. A definite buy!

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  • Serena
  • 03-21-11

What a discovery!

I bought this audio book slightly with trepidation, but it was absolutely wonderful! I loved every minute (and there's lots of minutes - being around 50 hours long!). I've been using audio books to urge myself to go on long walks, and this was a brilliant inspiration to walking further and further.
There's not a wasted word in the writing, and the delivery is rather like when my dad used to read to us kids on wet Sunday afternoons.
Trust me - it's a brilliant addition to life.

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  • Graham
  • 12-14-10

Epic and Brilliant

I thoroughly enjoyed this reading of an epic tale. This is where audio books come into their own. I would never have the patience to read such a large novel, but for someone to read it to me in such a clear and vivid voice was a joy. It made my commute to work disappear into an adventure of revenge.

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  • Jonathan
  • 07-19-10

The power of a good story

'The Count' is a good example of the power of a good story. In this case the story drives along and makes you forget the already referred to eccentric reading. After a while you'll get over the overly mannered reading and swallowed and mispronounced French and be caught up in the plot's depth and your ever developing sympathy for Edmund Dantes himself. At under a fiver for 50 hours you can't really complain. It's a bargain!

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  • M. Hands
  • 06-07-10

Good old fashioned adventure!

I read this book when I was a youngster and forgotten how good it is. Recently laid up due to illness I bought this to help the time pass. Well, I was amazed by the quality of the recording, its read so well. Also the story, so gripping and exciting, I was sad when it finished.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-03-10

excellent

Well read, and the fact that you can occassionally hear a page turning and there is an odd stumble over a word, gives a very personal feel to this reading.

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  • John
  • 12-15-13

All round excellence

Where does The Count of Monte Cristo rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top Marks. Highly recommended. Excellently read. Excellent story. Excellent voice too.This is a must.

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

From start to end.

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  • ed
  • 12-14-12

brilliant narrator

brilliant story that ive read several times before. what makes this is the narrator - absolutely perfect english diction. a delight.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful