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Written by French author Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo follows the life of Edmond Dantes as he embarks on a journey of revenge after being wrongly imprisoned and set up by none other than his so-called friends. Set during the years after the fall of Napoleon’s empire, the story unwinds in several locations including Paris, Marseilles, Rome, Monte Cristo and Constantinople. A handsome young sailor and soon to be ship captain Edmond Dantes seems to have it all in life, as he returns to Marseilles to wed the love of his life and fiancée, the beautiful Mercedes. However, Edmond’s supposed friends have a hard time staying indifferent to his growing success, and their true jealous nature is revealed. Each has their own reason to envy Edmond. Danglers, who is a colleague of Edmonds, envies his career success, Fernand Mondego is in love with Edmonds fiancée, while his neighbor Caderousse is envious of his luck in life in general. Just as Edmond is about to pick the fruits that life has bore him, he is framed by the dangerously jealous trio, accused of being a traitor and unjustly sentenced to life in prison. As Edmond makes certain acquaintances in prison, he is determined to escape from his confinement and take the vengeance that is rightfully his. When Edmond does in turn return to the world of the free, he acquires a new identity and is motivated by his hunger for revenge. It is not said in vain that revenge is a dish best served cold. An intriguing novel of justice, vengeance, mercy and redemption, The Count of Monte Cristo follows its protagonist as he goes through his numerous masks shifting into several aliases including the Count of Monte Cristo, Sinbad the Sailor, Lord Wilmore, and Abbé Busoni. What makes the novel even more captivating is the fact that it is based on a true story. Captivating and keeping the reader at full throttle from beginning to end, it is no wonder the novel is a worldwide literary classic.
Chip from Florida is amazing! Pity there wasn't more of his reading! The Russian lady and at times the Asian college student were so hard to understand I had to go find a copy of the book and read those chapters to fill in.
great story, great readers! the alternative readings solve previous problems with understanding foreign accents
Its hard to understand..
i enjoy the acting reading, the story the book... very good. i am sure that if i would have start tesding bymiself not listening i would have abandon it after few chapters... thanks for making me enjoy it.
Some of the readers where very hard to understand and required these chapters to be listened to a couple of times to maintain the plot this distracted from the enjoyment.
Awesome classic, lonnngggg by worth every minute
I nearly gave up after Chapter 6 - as I couldn't understand the non-English accents. Yes they are volunteers BUT there should be some screening for intelligibility.
Excellent book, cleverly crafted. Well read.
Ok what everyone has said is true, some of the readers are awful, truly, you have to strain to understand them. But most of them are passable and even great and the story is so amazing I personally thought it was well worth it!
Enjoyed almost all the readersame but a few chapters were hard to get through but since its voulenteers I appreciate it all
I have just finished listening to The Count of Monte Cristo chapter 36. It was very difficult to understand what was being read because it was read very rapidly. It also seems that people with strong accents not only mispronounce words but skip some especially "THE". Do you screen these readers?
Unfortunate that some narrators are very hard to understand. Taking away from the storyline.
i made it to chapter 8, the first reader was good and got me going. the 2nd made it come to life. the following reader, I am so sorry to say it sounds like a great book. but can not continue because of the readers that have been taken up.
Do NOT miss this book because of 10% of it's readers. Read along so you don't get lost, if you can. The other fine readers will fill you in enough as the wonderful story unfolds. The 10% might make you cry, but this book should not be missed. Thank you PS 90% is an "A"!!
I love this book. But, depending who is reading, it becomes a completely different book altoghether. Some readers are so good, that I would pay money for having him reading the entire book. Others are not bad, but when a flat voice, with a strong foreign accent misreading the book appears, I cry. If Dumas could hear....
One of the best readings I have ever heard.
I realize that these readers are volunteers but whoever is making the final decision on what we end up with should be fired. I challenge anyone not familiar with the story to get through chapter 36 and know what the heck is going on. Not only is her English horrific but she is reading so fast that understanding her is impossible.
People that have English as a second language should not be aloud to read for this . since my eyes stopped working as they should this is the only way i can listen to my favorite story's chapter 25 is very very bad
Great book. Accents heavy, but I didn't have trouble with them. I wonder why so many non-native speakers volunteer to read? Is it part of a class assignment? Bad idea.
As stated below many times best book ever, so it is really sad that some of the readers massacred this story by their narration...
Readers who have English as a second language make this book difficult to listen to. There are many excellent readers but those with ESL make it very hard at times to follow this magnificent story.
This is such a great book and often found myself staying up past midnight listening. I do have to say that some of the readers really were bad and the thought crossed my mind more than once that they were reading a chapter as a part of an English as a Second Language class assignment. I wouldn't let the reading discourage you though. This was worth it and the reading gradually got better. Five stars for the book, three for the reading.
The book is very good but some of the readers make it impossible to keep track it got 20 hours in and had to give up really was a struggle to keep track. There is a perfect copy on a well known pirate site i found. so i listened to the full book so glad i did. Really is a amazing book
The book is excellent. However, some of the readers do not have an excellent command of the English language and made it difficult to listen to portions of the book. Those with less than perfect English should not volunteer to read. Ultimately, it provides a less than desirable listening experience.
This is an awesome book, I loved the first part especially, although the revenge is pretty sweet too. I liked the ending also, overall probably my favorite book. Alexandre Dumas is the man!
This is an amazing story, very much worth following through to the end. Some of the readers are quite fantastic and it was great to hear such an array of voices. However, I concur with past comments that certain chapters may need to be re-recorded. I hate to draw attention to one reader in particular, but the voice of the 25th chapter, who may be from Portugal, is one of the hardest to comprehend. I get the impression she struggles with the meaning of certain words which are not expressed correctly and appear to be glossed over too quickly. I don't mean to offend, I think she does overall a great service by volunteering, and her recordings improve throughout the book. Still, chapter 25 demonstrates how hard it can be to follow the story line.
I wish I could hear this fascinating story everyone is talking about! I am afraid I got lost in all the terrible narration starting in the 5th chapter area. I tried to push through but I just gave up.
I haven't listened to it here but I've read it 3 times. I absolutely love it!!!
Was enjoying the book but after about the 28th chapter I couldn't understand the accent of the reader, I had to stop listing to it because I couldn't understand It.
Early chapters were good. The readers in the middle had a French accent that made it impossible to understand most of it. Finally had to give up and borrow it from the library.
Yes! A great book. Readers are mostly good, but the story really is the best part of this.
Very long, but very good intertwined story.
This was a great book for me.
I agree that it was hard to understand a few of the readers.. Unfortunate..
As the previous reviewers have said. The book is quite excellent, but some of the narrators are just not good. The first two are okay and they last you to chapter 5, but after that the third reader makes listening quite unbearable.
As describe in other reviews some chapters are hard to listen to because of the strong accents of some readers. But you get so involved that you can get past it. The story holds your attention and is very thrilling
Although this is such a great book, this reading is very difficult to listen to at times. Instead of the entire book being read by one reader, chapters are read by different readers. Some of the chapters are great because the reader has an excellent command of the English language. While some, are not so good. The combination of, at times, poor quality audio as well as the heavy accent of the reader makes it hard to understand. These chapters are not enjoyable. And just when you think that you've gotten through a chapter and hope that you never hear this person speak again, they are again reading a few chapters later. Although I do appreciate the effort of the readers, I would not recommend this to anyone.
I can't get past the second reader. They mispronounce things and I find that the midwestern accent just doesn't really work with the material in this case.