The Count of Monte Cristo

  • by Alexandre Dumas
  • Narrated by Andrew Timothy
  • 50 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Count of Monte Cristo is an adventure novel by Alexandre Dumas. 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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Amazing fast paced action

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.
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- John H. Foster

Put it on your 'MUST' listen list!

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!
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- Joe

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-08-2009
  • Publisher: RNIB