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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.

Public Domain (P)2010 Naxos Audiobooks

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Outstanding story with excellent narration!

This is a classic masterpiece that is wonderfully narrated. I highly recommend it to all.

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  • JJ
  • 11-10-15

A Classic, well-read

Would you listen to The Count of Monte Cristo again? Why?

I will probably not listen to it again... not because of the story or narration... just because it is so incredibly long. It is a journey that - much like Edmond Dantes - once taken, one likely does not wish to repeat.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It has to be Edmond Dantes (aka. the Count). Really, is there another character in this book worth mentioning? He's wronged, revengeful, complicated, conflicted, and noble.

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

His capture of words and accents really brought the story to life. He always seemed to nail the various character voices (of which there were many) and you never get the feel that it's just one person speaking. I'm quite certain I would not have gotten the French or Italian words right if I read it myself.

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

Revenge... Hope and Wait.

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Good beyond words

What made the experience of listening to The Count of Monte Cristo the most enjoyable?

This narrator Bill Homewood is my favorite and I've purchased all that I can find that he has done. This and Alan Quartermaine are among my favorites. The French names take some getting used to but the characters which Mr Homewood creates with naught but his voice quickly help you to identify each character until the names are firmly fixed in your mind. In a very short time the beatiful language and the power of the narrative will push you along until the point where you will wish that you could listen more quickly to the wonderful story playing out. My highest reccommendation.

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

The Three Musketeers and Alan Quatermaine...the narration of Alan Quatermaine is just as wonderful but the lost civiliazation/great white hunter story is very different. The three Musketeers sharing the same author has some similarities.

Which scene was your favorite?

All of the scenes between the Abbe Fare in Chateau D'iif.

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

Tears and more tears.

Any additional comments?

Buy it and savor it.

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Great! Truly One of the classic stories.

Be prepared, for this book is fairly long. This version is 52+ hours. But it's easy to listen to because the story is so great.

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Hard to listen to. I preferJohn Lee's performance

I could not understand the narrator easily. I will say that I couldn't handle it past the first chapter and I was really wanting it to work out.
Downloaded the same title on Audible with narration by John Lee and thought it deserves a rating of 5 across the board.

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Malevolence, Retribution & Providence

If someone has ever done you wrong, and I mean very wrong, then you need to read TCMC, as your guidebook to retribution. If you need to learn how to endure Dumas provides the inspiration. If you want to be instructed as to what in life is truly of value and to learn by reading dozens of little interesting tales, all culminating in one grand operatic tale leading you to a better understanding of humanity; buy the book, enjoy the read and become erudite on what life is really about. Oh yes, and if you want to consider whether there is a God or not, well then . . .

Perhaps one is not really learned in western literature until one reads TCMC (and War and Peace, and Pride and Prejudice, The Sun Also Rises, etc.)

I actually, whispersynced my way through the book; which made it more enjoyable. Actually I started the read and listen with the John Lee version but it did not sync properly and was enjoying myself so much that I switched to the Homewood version. Both editions are superb. So if you intend to whispersync do not buy the Lee narrated version. Audible/Kindle tried to help but got nowhere.

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  • Cess
  • Brooklyn, NY, United States
  • 05-04-13

Thoroughly engaging and endlessly fascinating

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

The audio version has definite advantages, especially for those reading the unabridged version. Though the story is a timeless and engaging classic, 12000 pages can be daunting. This lengthy novel benefits from the interjection of the narrator's lively and imaginative voicework; there are 100 characters, but you will never have to wonder which of them is talking at any given moment. The narration can be painfully slow at times, but it is overall a great reading.

Which scene was your favorite?

Dumas' colorful description of the night on which Franz d'Epinay first meets the Count and spends the night in his grotto will never leave me. When the echoes of that beautiful passage ring in my ears as I drift to sleep I know that I will have pleasant dreams.

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

It would be impossible to listen to this in one sitting, but you will want to try.

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  • Katrina
  • East Lismore, Australia
  • 11-22-12

Excellent narration of an all time CLASSIC

The narrator has a great voice and good pronunciation of french. It was a pleasure to hear the tale told, my french is not at all good so when I read the book years ago I would stumble over all those french names in my head.
I found I kept finding all kinds of opportunities to listen when normally I only listen to books in my car. Even though I knew the story it kept me enthralled and I just wanted to keep listening and hear it unfold.
Well worth listening too!!!

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  • J G
  • APO, AE, United States
  • 11-17-12

Spectacular performance, timeless story

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

Yes. I already have.

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

No, because it was incredibly long, but I listened to it over the course of a couple of months while I was in the gym. To be honest, I haven't even finished it yet but liked it enough to write this recommendation and review.

Any additional comments?

The story is timeless, this translation was good, and the interpretation/narration was superb.

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Outstanding performance!

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

Yes, I would recommend this book. It is very entertaining and the narrator does a fabulous job at performing the lines of the different characters in the book.

What did you like best about this story?

The twist of the revenge

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

Monte Cristo of course!

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

When Mercedes reveals that she knew all along that the Count was Edmond

Any additional comments?

I thought Bill Homewood did a phenomenal job!! His accent in French, Italian and British English are incredible, and how he manages to change his voice for each character is skillful and also helpful to follow the conversation along. He makes the book very entertaining.

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  • Tyrannosaurus Magnum
  • 09-28-17

One of the greatest stories ever told

Have put this off for quite a while, now somewhat glad I did. Going into it with an understanding of post-revolutionary France adds a lot of colour to proceedings.

That being said everything about the story is majestic. The narration in this version is also exemplary. If you’re looking for something that actually makes your commute enjoyable, look no further.

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  • Stephen
  • 09-19-17

Brilliant

Listen to this book once a year, keeps getting better, looking forward to next year already.

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  • The B
  • 09-15-17

Great Narrator

Bill Homewood is a fantastic narrator. His voice is of a sufficient quality so as to be calm without being monotonous, and he voices each character with considerable skill. 52 hours or so is easily doable with this in mind.

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  • happuccino
  • 08-09-17

In for the long haul

My favourite story and love the book. This unabridged version is a long term commitment. Narrator good in the male voices but weaker on the female. A separate actress for these would have helped.

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  • Mike K
  • 06-23-17

A great listen

This is one of the best books you can get to listen during long work hours! I love the old language used!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-15-17

Fantastic Story!

It is a fantastic and terrifying story of human life. It is a shame that it was not performed better.

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  • Anony Mouse
  • 06-02-17

What an extraordinary performance!

This was a marathon to listen to, but what a project it must have been for Bill Homewood, the superb narrator. He has gravitas, a persuasive and engaging tone, and command of a huge range of voices which he deploys sensitively and consistently throughout this book.

It's a wonderful novel, of course, but the performance is just outstanding.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-20-17

Well told, engaging, incredible story!

Excellent narrator makes this very long book easy to listen to. Highly recommend this classic in this format. I found it much easier to listen to than reading. The story is incredible.

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  • alisondo
  • 03-24-17

Totally gripping experience

If you could sum up The Count of Monte Cristo in three words, what would they be?

Revenge served very cold, with collateral damage.

What did you like best about this story?

I read and loved this story many years ago as a teenager, and was bowled over by this rendition, which has been my in- car listening for several weeks. Bill Homewood's narration completely drew me in. It's a great story and he does it full justice, bringing a wide range of characters fully to life. I shall feel quite lost without it!

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

You couldn't possibly listen to it in one sitting. It is very long and you need to commit to it.

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  • Mr TC Prescott
  • 03-14-17

Best book ever written

Need I say more than wait and hope my dear friends, wait and hope ...