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For Edmond Dantes, life couldn't be better. At 19, he is soon to be captain of his own ship and about to be married to his true love, Mercedes. But his life is suddenly turned upside down when on his wedding day he is arrested. Without a fair trial, he is condemned to solitary confinement in the miserable Chateau d'If. Soon, it is clear that Edmond has been framed by a handful of powerful enemies, jealous of his success.

While locked away, Edmond learns from another prisoner, Abbe Faria, of a secret treasure hidden on the island of Monte Cristo. Faria teaches Edmond history, science, languages, and philosophy, turning him into a well-rounded individual. Edmond concocts a daring and audacious plan: escape and find the treasure. But years pass before Edmond can escape. Once he does, he transforms himself into the Count of Monte Cristo and launches his plan for revenge against those who imprisoned him.

Alexandre Dumas was one of the most famous and prolific French writers of the 19th century, producing some 250 books. He is best known for his historical novels The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo, and was among the first authors to fully exploit the possibilities of roman feuilleton, or "serial novel". Dumas is credited with revitalizing the historical novel in France. His works are riveting, fast-paced adventure tales that blend history and fiction. As a master of dialog and character development, Dumas composed some of the most emulated teaser scenes for his suspenseful chapter endings.

©1989 Phoenix Recordings (P)2006 Tantor Media, Inc.

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Couldn't handle the unabridged version

Wish I'd have gotten this one first. With the 47 hour unabridged version my mind got lost and overloaded.

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Excellent story superbly narrated

Although this is an "abridged" version, it appears that it is abridged not so much to shorten the novel but to move it along. It remains an essentially full length novel. It is also expertly narrated by David Case/Frederick Davidson who is one of the best narrators in terms of range of characters and emotion.

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A Classic

This was one of those "I want to get to this someday..." books, and now I've gotten to it. I'm glad I did.

If you're not familiar with the story, a quick summary: Edmund Dantes is unjustly imprisioned in the Chateau d'If, where he falls in with a fellow prisoner who knows of a vast hidden treasure on the islet of Monte Cristo. After his escape, Dantes finds the treasure, purchases the title of Count of Monte Cristo and seeks to pay back his old friends....and his old enemies. [There's a lot more to it than this, of course.] It's very well written and a very well-done tale. Romance, adventure, revenge, it's all here.

I have a few minor quibbles, but they really are minor:
0. The editing it a bit glichy in places. Sometimes, instead of a pause between sentencesthenext sentence jumps right on top of the previous one.
1. Yes, it's long and yes, it bogs down in a few places, but not to the point of being intolerable. [That's one advantage to an audiobook...if it bogs down for a chapter or two, you can just wait it out.]

David Case's narration is good without being great. Dialogs, in particular, become hard to follow at times.

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Go on, read it...

As a high school English teacher, I knew I'd have to teach the classics. this text, however, is enjoyable for book enthusiasts and reluctant readers alike. most kids loved reading and discussing the implications of revenge. I highly recommend this text.

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Excellent

I haven't read the unabridged version but I felt this shortened was well written and I didn't feel that I had missed any of the story. The narrator was very good and I thoroughly enjoyed the book.

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The Count of Monte Cristo

Audible has abridged this classic work to the point where you can't even follow the plot. The main characters are strangers to you. I had to "abandon ship" and read the actual book. When so many books are 30 and 35 hours long, The Count of Monte Cristo has been shortened to 17 1/2 hours. For a 1400 page book! I was so confused that I couldn't even enjoy listening. There has to be a happy medium somewhere. Of course the book itself is tremendous. It has all the elements: escape, adventure, love, philosophy...but don't bother listening to it, at least not this version. Just read it!

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A bit boring in the beginning, but much better later on. Loved the book. Speaker was consistent and interesting.

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Top Pick

Wow what a book. My 13 year old son says this is now his favorite. The character come to life. Each one with it's own unique sound. The reading of this book is just wonderful.

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Brilliant

There are a number of technical glitches and the amazing David Case is breathless much of the time, but still one of the greatest of all voice actors.

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Abridged - Very Poor Quality

Very poor quality recording. The ends of chapters are cut off and many times I hear what seems to be cars and trucks in the background. It is an abridged version that skips many chapters entirely. Having said that, you do get the important parts of the story, so it is not a total loss.