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- 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
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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 ›
It has made me just order another book by the same author from Amazon.
It was originally written as a serialisation which is why it is lengthy and sustains interest from one chapter to the next and, therefore, to the very end.
Primarily, the story is about a man's revenge but it incorporates so many other things. It is about travel and adventure (which for a 19thC reader was intriguing, but is also for today's reader), disguise (and deception), morality (putting right an injustice and the consequences), romantic intrigue, religion (confession, forgiveness and Spada/Vatican riches), wealth and poverty, history and politics (Napoleon's escape from Elba, girondiste v jacobins), justice (courts and duelling/sword-fighting), social etiquette and graces (equipages, dress, being seen at the right soirees, etc.), disgrace (being made bankrupt), scandal (burying a live baby), and even some comedy (satire).
Overall, the prose moves along very easily, though there are occasions when some dialogue is just a bit too long. The translator of the book also explains that some of the dates can be inaccurate, which can make the reader occasionally lose the chronological thread, but it is minor in carrying the story along.
I recently visited Port Marly (France) to see Alexandre Dumas' home, which is named "Chateau de Monte Cristo" (Monte Cristo in reality being an Italian island in the Tyrrhenian Sea) and Chateau d'If, but found the locations of the novel much more interesting.
In the 800+page novel there are more twists and turns than the recent filmed version can begin to include.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Exceptional beginning, drawing you deep in. Be patient with the middle, it's justified. Relish in the final section for it' makes this the best book ever written.Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
There's only one thing better than opening up a good new book, and that's re-opening an old favourite, like this sweeping great 19th century drama, especially when it's long enough... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Nigel Melville
what a waste of money. could the print be any smaller? prob not. not sure its my age (im 35). just as well ive read this before. no chance of reading this copy. v disappointed!Published 1 month ago by NaomiKelly
I thought the curse of chicken pesto was great, particularly when he fought those windmills. If I had to rate this book I would rate it 8Published 1 month ago by Chris
Best story ever. Stands the test of time. Good production here too. I've had other versions that don't work so well when transferred to Ipod, skipping and dropping out and so on. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Roger C