- Audio Download
- Listening Length: 52 hours and 45 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 8 Aug. 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008QZBHPI
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank:
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
The Count of Monte Cristo Audio Download – Unabridged
|New from||Used from|
|Audio Download, Unabridged, 8 Aug 2011||
|Free with your Audible trial|
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
That being said, reading the "wrong" version of this book can change the reader's experience for the worse. Amazon has combined all of the reviews for this book across the many different versions available, which can be very misleading. There are two things that affect the story, the translation, and the context.
I strongly encourage everyone to get the UNabridged version of this story. The abridged version cuts out more than half of Dumas' novel and while the story is still enjoyable, the reader misses out on many exciting chapters in the book. Do not let the length fool you. I found every bit of this book exciting, and never got bored.
Secondly, look for the Robin Buss Translation. Many of the versions of this book use a translation from 1846 (including the Modern Library and Oxford World's Classics editions) that, because of social restrictions at the time, altered some of the story, especially that dealing with sexuality. The Robin Buss translation is more faithful and restores this language, as well as making it an easier read for modern readers.
Edmond Dantes is a man who, to use a cliche - has it all. He is young and just beginning to see success in his career, and has a beautiful fiance with whom he is madly in love. However, his world falls apart when he is thrown into prison on trumped-up treason charges and the world forgets about him - his father dies in poverty; his fiance, thinking he is lost to her forever, eventually marries another man. And Edmond himself spends years languishing in jail, coming close to insanity, before he meets another prisoner who gives him the skills and the courage to think about escaping and tracking down the men responsible for ruining his life...
"The Count of Monte Cristo" is an astounding novel in terms of its scope and its subject matter. We are led across Europe and through the lives of a wide cast of characters, seeing how their fates unfold over their lifetimes. The novel is also remarkable for dealing with some surprising subjects (if we consider the time it was written), including drug use and lesbianism, not to mention a murderer who is steadily working their way through an entire family.
The book does have a few problems - as other reviewers have mentioned, the Rome section drags.Read more ›
Make no mistake; this will be a long and sometimes bumpy ride. Dumas occasionally will drop his reader into a chapter that seems to have no relevance to any of the chapters before it. After a while though, it will all become crystal clear as this master storyteller weaves his magic. There will be twists and turns that the reader will not be able to foresee and in the end you will marvel at the scope of the story and the extent of both the vengeance and kindness of the story's hero.
As with many great works of literature, there have been many film adaptations of this book. Some were of course better than others were but none of these films come close to doing this book justice. If you have watched any or all of these films, be prepared to find that the book will often only resemble the films in that the characters have the same names. At least the characters that make it into the films will have the same names but many of the characters in the book never make it into the films. This book is simply too rich and too deep to be captured on film. To really experience Dumas' work you simply must read the book.
This is a story of love lost, of deception, jealousy and murder.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I actually bought this as a present for my brother having had my own copy for many years. The Count of Monte Cristo is a rollicking boys' own adventure of suffering and revenge and... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Jesmond Lewis
Fantastic story telling. Keeps the interest level high . You will live it rather than reading it. Masterclass. Phenomenal . Engrossing.Published 11 days ago by Mr. N. Ramanathan
This book is so unique, it is a bit hard to read as the story is quite complicated, I had to 're-read certain parts. But you need to persist with it, and then the story unfolds. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Denise Woodhead
wow, was a pretty long book to read, but it is worth every second. Amazing story and so well writtenPublished 14 days ago by Harry Smalls
The count of Monte Cristo is a classic for a good reason. When it was released in its serialised form in newspapers, it would have been the equivalent of the modern day Game of... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Callum Hall
Exciting story BUT the quality of the "leather" and gold print/details is sub par. Moving the book around from table to table makes the gold rub off, and the blue color... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Thor
It took me a while to get through it but it was definitely worth the effort. Having previously only read ' The Three Musketeers', I was taken aback by the darkness and intricacy of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Melanie