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Publisher's Summary

"A piece of perfect storytelling." (Robert Louis Stevenson)

Trust. Betrayal. Revenge. The Count of Monte Cristo is the quintessential masterpiece of Alexandre Dumas. In Edmond Dantes we find an early materialization of the modern superhero. He is a dashing young sailor imprisoned unjustly for treason. While in prison he meets a holy man who imparts to him all his wisdom of languages, philosophy, science, and literature. The "abbe" also divulges the profound secret of a hidden treasure. Dantes realizes that with such immense wealth one could do a generous amount of good for one's friends. On the other hand, one could also wreak a hateful vengeance on one's enemies.

Now freed from prison, and armed with untold riches, a wealth of intelligence, and a countenance utterly unrecognizable, Dantes fulfills his vow to wreak complete and utter revenge on those who conspired against him.

Public Domain (P)2015 B.J. Harrison

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The proof is in the narrator!

The Narrator is a key point when embarking on an audio book that is over 50 hours long. To that point B.J. Harrison is to be highly praised for his performance! I will be looking for more titles graced with his narration.

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A book to last the ages

At first when I decided to listen to this book I was scared not only because of its length but also by the time from which It was written. Being of the younger generation I felt that I may not be able to understand the writing style of this book. Now finished with the book, I can reflect that my fears were for nothing for this book kept me interested til the very end. In the end I was not complaining about its length but the fact that the reading was done and the story over. This is an extraordinary book and is definitely one of the best I have read. If you are interested in getting this book, don't worry about the length or the time in which it was written. This book will surprise you. I did to me and I am 20 years old.

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One of the best readers (esp for the classics)

If you could sum up The Count of Monte Cristo [Classic Tales Edition] in three words, what would they be?

The book is better than, more complex than, more unbelievable than, any of the filmed versions.

What did you like best about this story?

I particularly liked how much I learned about the time period and this area of the Mediterranean.

Have you listened to any of B.J. Harrison’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

B.J. Harrison is one of the best readers I've heard. Able to do many voices compellingly, believably, and back-to-back. Even my kids were stunned when they realized it was all one reader.

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Bravo!

What about B.J. Harrison’s performance did you like?

I am so glad I listened to the samples and just didn't go with the book with the most ratings. Harrison's narration is far superior than any of the others. In some of the other recordings you can hear the narrator breathe, I hate that. Not with this one, it is perfect.

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

Very hard to put down. I fell asleep listening to this in bed more than once. Not because it was boring at all, but because I stayed up too late and should have been asleep hours ago.

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What did you love best about The Count of Monte Cristo [Classic Tales Edition]?
I love, love, love this classic novel. Definitely one of my all time favorites. The complexity of it is just brilliant. It's not just a revenge story (though the revenge is juicy and deserved!) but also a story of hope and forgiveness.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Count of Monte Cristo [Classic Tales Edition]?
Edmund's final revenge that turns into forgiveness.

Have you listened to any of B.J. Harrison’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
He narrates a few of Poe's short stories I love and his voice work is amazing.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Revenge at all costs!

Any additional comments?
The length of the novel can be intimidating but it is so engaging, and the prose is so poetic. I book marked a lot of sections. There are so many details between the events and the characters' connections. There is just so much planning involved that A) I would have loved to see the outlines that Dumas made and B) I don't know how anyone can read an abridged version. So many little details from early in the story come back later. You may think something is insignificant, but it's not. Every subplot has a purpose. I love the evolution of Edmund's character from innocent and naive to worldly, educated and cunning. I don't know how Edmund juggled all those identities and stories.

#Revenge #FrenchHistory #Exciting #Classic #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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best narrative performance i have ever heard.

of course the story is a classic, but the reading performance is the best ive ever heard. please dont miss it.

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How did I go so long without reading ?

This was an amazing "read" that I cannot believe took me this long to "pick up"

It is very long but very worth it.
This title may now be one of my favorite books... and I am an avid reader.

I have seen reviews on the abridged versions that were negative and I have to say pick up this copy. The full length work is worth it. This version has nearly 50 more hours of content then some of the abridged copies.

none of it did I find tedious ... I sat listening to this great narrator who has many voices and keeps them consistent. it is like listening to an old radio show. you can tell who a character to a scene is before they are introduced.

Great Book.

So Good!

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A fun classic.. except for the fillers.

The story is pretty good, but drags in sections. I chose the unabridged version to experience the complete story. I think an abridged version would be more enjoyable. You could easily cut out half of the book and still get the same story. Sometimes it feels like there is a lot of filler in-between the juicier parts of the story. The Narrator is fantastic, and a joy to listen to. His voice acting is what kept me coming back for more. Overall, I recommend it. It is a classic and the story overall is good. But be wary that as you listen, parts may lull you into a bit of boredom before picking up again.

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Can't beat the CLASSICS

very long book but I couldn't put it down. i thoroughly enjoyed it. narrator is excellent.

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Terrific narration but too long

BJ Harrison did a wonderful job narrating this novel. I was super impressed with all of the different character voices, and the depth of feeling which he gave. However, Alexander Dumas is one of the ‘wordiest’ authors I’ve ever read. He takes a whole page to explain what could be written in a sentence or two. If that type of thing doesn’t bother you, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this novel. It’s a great story of revenge and how bitterness can shape a person’s soul. But it’s also about love and loyalty. Try it for yourself. :)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-10-17

This was tough 52 hours to get through.

The essence of the story is not bad, but there is too much detailed conversation that dilutes it, if you ask me. Narrator was awesome and I think I would have given up without him.

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  • Stephen
  • 10-10-15

Excellent in all respects

As my beloved wife used to say, it's a classic for a reason. Harrison's narration is easy on the ear and consistently engaging, no small feat in over 50 hours with such a broad cast of characters and ages.
I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it without hesitation.

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  • Alfred
  • 07-18-16

Still my favourite book of all time

The best revenge plot ever written. Great book. Well read, although I find the Yorkshire accents a bit strange when depicting Spanish sailors. Nevertheless a brilliant audiobook

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  • Cate
  • 11-09-17

An epic tale

was heavy going at times but is a great story and well worth the listen

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  • Constant Reader
  • 04-29-22

Excellent version of this classic tale

I really enjoyed this audio book. It is long and sometimes the pace slows down, but this is 19th century story telling not airport fiction. However, the language and the characters and the glimpse into 19th century French society make up for slow pace. And the last 10 hrs or do are excellent and exciting.

I thought the narater did a great job. He resistef the urge to ham things up but brought a characterful performance to the reading.

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  • Devon Girl
  • 03-25-22

The greatest tale of revenge ever written

Dumas' brilliant story is not simply a superb adventure but also a reflection on the price of a vengeance relentlessly pursued. The narrator's occasional mangling of French is annoying but overall it is a wonderful listen. I was sorry to get to the end.

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  • Laurence Gillian
  • 07-31-21

fantastic delivery of a truly epic tale

a fantastic delivery of a truly epic tale, great audio quality, excellent narration and a gripping tale - if you've not read the book you are in for a treat! this epic took me 12 months to listen too, but it keep the covid lockdown filled with excitement 🌞

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  • Gareth
  • 07-20-21

A Masterpiece

I cannot praise this book highly enough, a true masterpiece. B J Harrison’s performance is also first class!

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  • W. Xu
  • 07-15-21

This is the best story and performance

My father used to tell me the story when I was younger and I was fascinated by the treasure and secret notes had the escape. I didn’t read and listen to Harrison’s until now and it is even more fascinating. Harrison’s performance was exceptional, sometimes I even thought “is it really him alone bring so many voices alive?” and so consistent. If you like the story in the first place, this is no doubt the best audio version.

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  • RickyJayStrange
  • 04-26-21

Outstanding.

This was a riveting story, although I sometimes had to go back as it is very intricately detailed with sub-stories and many characters.
I thought the narrator was excellent, having tried a different narrator to begin with of whom I could not follow.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-07-21

best narrator!

Incredible narrator. If you're trying to decide which version of the count of monte cristo to listen to, this is the one!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-01-21

A masterpiece

A true masterpiece of fiction. Great plot and depth of characters. I also liked the history and learnt a few things. it's such a great story and really well narrated.

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  • fisher562
  • 01-28-21

great, just great ,revenge, love ,murder, it's,

great listen, don't miss out, one of my favorite books to listen to, don't hesitate

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-05-20

what an ordeal

listening to this book became such a chore, the detail of conversations amongst minor characters was unnecessary and dragged it out for far too long. Edmond was a sympathetic character to begin with, but as the Count he was cold, calculating and cruel. Finishing this novel was an exercise in grim determination, it would be greatly improved by an enthusiastic editor wielding a large red marker.

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  • Scott
  • 10-14-19

Always a classic.

I drive for a living and it took more than 2 weeks to finish. It was a very good 2 weeks.

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  • Mac Leung
  • 09-26-18

Excellent in every aspect

This unabridged version of Count of monte Cristo lasts 50 long hours, I like it firstly because of the fact that it’s unabridged, loyal to the original.

The Narrator played every sing character, imitated their respective accent and personalities according to the setting of each chracrer.

The book was emotional, and the narrator was as well emotional, bringing all characters to life. I finished it in a few months, for the sake of studying( while reading the book alongside with the audiobook), and I it is the best audible book I’ve ever downloaded.

Recommend without hesitation!

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  • Helen
  • 07-02-16

A real gem

i loved the setting and description of life in this era......it was full of romance and human emotion.