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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

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It's fine... until it skips chunks of the story

What disappointed you about The Count of Monte Cristo?

I only have two problems with this recording of the book:<br/><br/>1) It's missing parts of the book. Therefore, unusable. <br/>2) The narration is dreadfully irritating at times (e.g. the entire Louis Vamper sequence is like listening to a pig butchering)

What did you like best about this story?

The book is one of the best there is. But not this recording.

What didn’t you like about Peter Batchelor’s performance?

It's fine during normal narrator-speak. The minute he tries to do a woman or an Italian, all bets are off.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Count of Monte Cristo?

It's unabridged, so none.

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Enjoyed but...

It was very well done. However ch 26 and 56 are incomplete. I compared to my well worn hard copy.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Classic

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!
Hope. Always.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Greatly performed

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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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An Old And Wonderful Classic: The Count Of Monte Cristo

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!

Bravo!!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Big bang for two bucks...

Took a long time, but well worth it. Very well read too. Cross off a classic!

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  • Maeve
  • Lewisville, TX, United States
  • 03-26-15

I can see why it is a classic!

Started and ended strong but dragged in the middle. Loved that the characters learned along the way.

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Not Unabridged

There are multiple partial chapters especial towards the end of the book. For instance the last conversation with Fernand and also the last conversation with Mercedes are missing. I am guessing it was bad editing, but still sad to listen to a favorite book and know there are parts missing.

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The performance ruins the story

What would have made The Count of Monte Cristo better?

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.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Change the speed

You have to switch to 0.75x speed else he speaks too fast. I enjoyed this book a lot. Much better than Librivox versions.

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  • Mnirs
  • 05-19-16

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • r
  • 02-07-15

There are bits missing!

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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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • JSC
  • 10-15-17

Unabridged?

I enjoyed listening to this classic tale of adventure and revenge. Peter Batchelor worked hard to read each character distinctly in what must have been a marathon recording. Unfortunately I noticed towards the end that it skipped an important scene which is in the book by shortening chapter 112. I don't know if this is a technical fault or an oversight but it spoiled the audio book for me -I don't know if other parts were missing without my noticing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Elinor Squire
  • 02-18-17

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

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  • Adaline
  • 05-30-15

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.

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  • Howardb
  • 03-02-15

Narration captures the atmosphere….

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

Yes - this recording kept me enthralled

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

Edward Dantes escape from the prison Island

What about Peter Batchelor’s performance did you like?

The depth and professionalism of his narration as well as the credibilty of his characterisations

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

Incredible adventure

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • maureen mcintosh
  • 10-29-17

Escaping and

This book was a favourite when first read in my younger life.
In listening to the familiar tale I found entir

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  • Keith
  • 03-20-17

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.

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  • John Zippo
  • 02-02-17

Terrific

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.

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  • Johnm
  • 11-21-16

excellent

brill book and we'll read! really enjoyed and would recommend to any one who enjoys the classics.