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.
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To be quite frank I bought this because I wanted a long audiobook to while away the hours whilst clearing the garden for winter. Much to my surprise I was bowled over by the pace of the action. I've downloaded several modern thrillers and this beats them all. Even when the author takes you on a seemingly pointless detour you find yourself entwined in a wicked twist of the plot as the many faceted Count works his revenge.
It's rare to listen to a book deserving of the word classic. In a nutshell this is in the top 5 greatest books I've ever listened to and it was a sad day when I finished it. It's just great storytelling with one of the most complex and compelling plots that I've ever heard. I think the only thing some listeners struggle with is the language used. Dumas wrote this around 1844 and as you would expect its very much in the narrative language of the 19th century. I'm sure Dumas didn't intend me to laugh out loud as I did at certain points but how can you not with lines like; 'Pray sir, tell me more, for you excite my senses to their very limits.' Probably not an exact quote but I'm sure you get my point. Please don't think this in any way detracts from the book, the gripping storyline never lets up and as with all Dumas' books you slowly begin to appreciate that this is a morality tale on a grand scale. Nothing that's ever been filmed has given anything like an accurate account of The Counts carefully planned retribution, so if you've ever watched a film or read an abridged version and think you know the story, let me assure you that you don't. Listen to it and kick yourself that you never heard it sooner!
What a magnificent story! This is the first time I've listened to or read any of Dumas' work, and it definitely won't be the last.
The narrator does a very good job and ensures an authentic and enjoyable listen, but the sound quality isn't the best in the world; you can sometimes hear chatting in the background and 'swishing' noises. Nevertheless, I found it excellent value for money and will recommend.
I really didn't know what to expect from this audiobook having seen at least two of the movie representations of the same name.... but I have been completely blown away by this- at 50 hours long I was happy at the apparent value for money but then after the first few chapters the best part of my day was the hour long commute to and from work where i got to shut everything out and emerse myself in the intrigue and marvel at every twist and turn... this story is up there with the best that i have ever heard
For me, the Count of Monte Cristo is the greatest story every written and although I have read it twice before, having it read to me via this audiobook brought its wonder even more to life!! The narration is excellent and for so thrilling a story of 50+ hours, this edition is superb value for money.
I came to this audiobook somewhat tentatively (almost fifty hours for under four quid seemed too good to be true) and after a couple of hours I really thought I'd made a mistake as the recording seemed amateurish compared to the polished productions of all the modern Audible recordings I'd been listening to over the previous few months. However I persevered for a little while more and I'm so glad that I kept going. This is a riveting story, beautifully constructed, with a pace that is unrelenting. This is certainly a long book, but it's a superb read and is unlikely to disappoint anyone. I've been downloading modern audiobooks till now and enjoyed most of them, but based on this experience I'll be trying out more of the classics in future.
I listen to A LOT of audiobooks maybe 1-2 per week as I drive alot and run alot. This book cought my eye at the price and the long known title. It was superb it kept my attention and I was able to listen to it in 3 weeks. I did extra running and driving listening every chance I get - my vote is SUPERB!
This was a fantastic story and a great reading. I loved the fact that you could hear the page turning and the reader occasionally taking a drink of water. It was like being read a really good book by your granddad. The reader does good voice characterisations. For the most part he's not putting on voices but its always clear who is talking.
For such a long story it is very well paced and stands up very well against modern books. I now want to listen to more Dumas books.
Maybe we should start a club with badges and everything!! Those who have listened to the whole of this monster. I started off thinking the story was brilliant, but the reading a little "idiosyncratic". Then Edmond jumped off the cliff and we had to meet a completely new set of seemingly disconnected characters, which left me a little disorientated.
The reading continued to be a little odd, but I got used to the odd pauses, the coughing and the strange backgound noises. During (if memory serves)Chapter 25 or 26 an outburst of wind however was a little unnerving to say the least! However I was in for the whole adventure by that time, and I can say it was well worth it. By the end of the book I was completely hooke. Highly recommended
Having not listened to an audiobook before I jumped in at the deep end, with over 50 hours to keep me company.
The narration was delightful (if perhaps a little eccentric, with the occasional odd noise and sound of page turning) and really added flesh to the bones of the book I had read a few years before.
Excellent value for money and highly recommended.
Dumas, you were a genius!
The writing is great, of course. The sound quality is good, if casual. (It's not a highly edited production.) The reader is rarely distracting, and usually is very easy to understand, and reads very accurately, with good understated characterizations. (Not overly theatrical.) One thing I look for in an audiobook is that it should good listening not just one time, but many times. You will likely want to listen to this book over and over through the years.
Some of the reader's pronunciations are a bit distracting, you frequently can hear pages being turned, and sometimes the reader corrects himself after misreading a word or phrase. These are not, however, annoying, for the most part. Another reviewer compared it to a "grandfatherly" reading, and I think that is apt.
"Great book... pretty old recording"
This review is about the recording quality, not about the book. It is obvious that this recording is very old. While the narrator does a good job it is not up to par with today's high quality recorded books. The audio of the narration is not as "close up" as more recent audio books sound. You can also clearly hear pages turn throughout the audiobook. Also the narrator messes up throughout the book and corrects himself. So while he does a good job reading it, it has more of the feel like your grandpa reading you a story next to a warm fire. Not necessarily a bad thing, but not the quality of some of the newer audiobooks out there.
This is one of my favorite audio books out of hundreds I have listened to. I thought the narration and production fabulous. Yes you hear a page turned now and again, but unless you wear earplugs when reading a book yourself, you're probably used to the sound. And there are some stumbles and stutters, but these issues are non-factors. They did not detract at all from a suspenseful, engaging, and intelligent book. Some people need to settle down about perfection. I'm not a fan of it myself. I think much more often when listening to books that perfect radio voices get old. I don't have a perfect voice, my mother and girlfriend and friends do not either. So it is nice to hear someone slightly less than perfect do a merely excellent job. And for the price difference between this and newer versions, trust me, you'll be happy for those hiccups.
"Old school sensibilites..."
While I have seen many of the movie and tv productions of this piece of work and thought I knew the plot (in a very general way), I could not have been more wrong. For the price and the massive scope of, what I feel, is Dumas' mangnum opus, you will not be disappointed with this reading. This oral edition may not have some of the finished polish of some other editions, since you can clearly hear page turning and there are more than a few stumbled words and sentences, but Andrew Timothy was like listening to your grandfather read you a story and that rather added, than subtracted from the whole fee.
In short, this is the best purchase I have made so far from the enjoyment of the story itself and the reader.
This was first time listening to this classic. I saw the movie version and I thought I knew it all. The book is 100 times better. I will admit I missed a lot the first time I listened ( I listen at work and in the car) So to get a better handle on all the many characters, I went to wikapedia. I read the short version and I listened a second time. Loved it more. It has it all love, deceit, good wins over evil and a handsome rich guy!
I borrowed an unabridged version of this from the local library many years ago and wanted to own a copy for myself. This wasn't the same narrator, but I liked this one so much better. The pronunciations of the foreign words sounded authentic, even with the narrator occasionally correcting himself. If I closed my eyes I could imagine myself as a child having my grandfather reading to me at bedtime. The story is the original 'revenge is a dish best served cold' example. Dumas is a favorite of mine, his attention to detail borders on obsessive, but adds so much to the story line that no fault can be found. All in all, this is an outstanding value for the money!
"One of my all time favorite books"
I love this book. It has quite a bit of darkness in it, but it is still such a great story of love and revenge. I really don't personally believe in revenge, but I think all of us harbor a secret desire to get even with people who have wronged us. In Dante's case, he is well justified in seeking revenge, and he goes about it in a very calculating way. He does so much good along the way, however, to those deserving of it. Yes, he plays God to some extent, but justifies that by the fact that he prays about what he should do, and because ways are opened up for him to accomplish what he wants,he believes he has God's blessing.
I read this book years ago, and loved it then. It was delightful to get to read it again. Although I rarely reread fiction, I am sure this will not be the last time for this book.
A word about Andrew Timothy, narrator: No, he is not the best narrator I have ever listened to, but neither is he the worst - far from it. I loved listening to him, in spite of his occasional correction of a word, and a little rustling of pages. Big deal! He is a fabulous reader, and like many other reviewers, I felt like my kindly old (and very articulate and intelligent) grandfather was reading it to me. I would take him any day over many other narrators who never make a mistake and never get caught turning a page.
"Good story, unbearable narrator"
I see that some of the other reviewers likened the narrator to being like having your grandfather read a story to you. However, I found the narrator and the way he narrated to be dull, unimaginative, boring due to too-long pauses between words and phrases, and even annoying. I tried hard to like the story but the narrator detracts from it. The pausing to correct words or pronunciations is blatently unprofessional, which is unlike most other narrated books to which I've listened. I would recommend the book, but not this narrator.
This is one of my top five favorite books I have ever read. Hearing this audio version felt like someone was actually reading to you; the sounds of paper being turned and the slight stumbles didn't once pull me away from such a wonderful tale of revenge. All the little things like that put me in a mind set of sitting in a bookstore or library and listening to someone read to me as a child. The narrator has no problem switching voices between characters as he reads, and each sentence is heard as clearly as the previous one. For how long this audiobook is, and for how well it is read, you get more than your money's worth and this should be in every listener's collection.
"Flawed Performance cannot Flaw a Classic"
Narrator added so much time to the reading by introducing each chapter with book title, author, and a brief summary that we could have saved almost 2 hours of listening. He also did not edit his recordings of any mispronunciations or mistakes, of which there were many. When he misread a word, or struggled with the pronunciation, his mistakes are recorded and plain for all to hear. Great book! Great story! Wished for an improvement of narration.
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