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The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
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The Count of Monte Cristo

159 ratings, 56 reviews

The Count of Monte Cristo (French: Le Comte de Monte-Cristo) is an adventure novel by Alexandre Dumas, père. It is often considered, along with The Three Musketeers, as Dumas’s most popular work. The writing of the work was completed in 1844. Like many of his novels, it is expanded from the plot outlines suggested by his collaborating ghostwriter Auguste Maquet.The story takes place in France, Italy, islands in the Mediterranean and the Levant during the historical events of 1815–1838 (from just before the Hundred Days through the reign of Louis-Philippe of France). The historical setting is a fundamental element of the book. It is primarily concerned with themes of justice, vengeance, mercy, and forgiveness, and is told in the style of an adventure story. (Summary from Wikipedia)

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159 ratings, 56 reviews
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Saman Soheili

April 23, 2016

An exciting adventure of intrigue peppered in with some true history portrayed by one of the masters of the realm of adventure. Chip from Tampa is a fantastic narrator who elevates the excitement of the story. Ana from portugal and a few others drive one to insanity with their horrible accents.

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Joni M Baxter

April 23, 2014

Loved the book and the story. Some readers did not know how to pronounce basic English words and were hard to understand. Very frustrating!

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Peter Hailey

January 19, 2014

One of my all time favourite books. An archetypal story that resounds in all of us - as a good archetypal story should.

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Elisabeta Bezati

January 14, 2014

I was unable to understand the girl from Portugal. Someone needs to review the recordings prior to posting.

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James Malone

December 25, 2013

Good

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June Kitson

October 06, 2013

An excellent story of the time with moral issues dealt with in an appealing way. However, I agree with many other reviews concerning the quality of the narration. Some were extremely difficult to understand and some irritating in their pronunciation of some basic French (and English) words, e.g. Monsieur. One reader, who actually read quite well in other respects, did not appear to realise that M. Is the abbreviated form of Monsieur. My friends were amazed that I actually continued listening. However, I still felt that the quality of the writing made it worth persevering. Also, to balance it up a bit, there were some really excellent readers e.g. Alt. chapter 94.

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Dan Turcan

October 05, 2013

?!

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Robert Dumcum

September 12, 2013

Dumas was a creative story teller and I am sure the translator was very talented but Librivox does a great disservice by trashing great works with terrible readers. Please, Librivox, review your reader's work. If they aren't up to standard have those chapters read by somone else. I am grateful for the good readers. I hope to be able to suffer through to finish because the part I can understand is a great story.

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Plamen Prodanov

September 09, 2013

Funny

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Ross Bishop

August 10, 2013

A great story, but uneven recording really detracts. I couldn't understand one woman at all.

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Rick Tad

July 15, 2013

The book is great! The readers allowed to read-terrible. I'm not sure why some of the readers are accepted. Is there no quality control? If I read a book in a way that no one can understand a word I'm saying, then it would get posted? There is a woman who sounds Russian and another Chinese...can't understand them. If I hear them begin a chapter, I simply skip it. What a shame as its a really good book, and I missed a lot. Re-record please and please screen the readings.

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Tess Day

July 07, 2013

I would have left more stars but I only listened to 19 mins which is equivalent to chapter 1 only! I deleted & re-instslled it x many times but the sane 1 chapter downloaded in my iphone 4 :( So disappointed!

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Fred Allen

June 24, 2013

A great story and very entertaining. I was disappointed with some of the choppiness of different narrators, but nothing that took away from the story!! A few of the chapters were stopped without finishing the reading...but still worth it!!

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Carol Goossens

June 15, 2013

Great story. Some chapters were extremely difficult to understand due to accents. I only realized after the last chapter that there are alternate versions of some chapters. If you are having difficulty with a chapter check to see if that difficult chapter has an alternate in the chapter listings.

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Susan Maher

May 13, 2013

The book is well written and the story is compelling. It keeps you interested throughout and you identify with the main character. The author takes time to introduce each character in depth and the reader comes to understand the motivations for their actions. Good message at the end. Narrators with heavy accents made the chapters they read difficult if not impossible to understand. There should be some form of QA performed. I actually felt that if these readers continued I would have had to find a printed copy to complement the audio. Luckily most of the chapters were ok.

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Pamela Spencer Stradley

May 09, 2013

Loved the story. Very entertaining and exciting. But a good portion of the narrators are hard to understand. If you listen closely it's ok, but some just don't need to be reading an english story aloud.

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Annette Lether

April 12, 2013

Great

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Tasha Mac Brayd

March 03, 2013

Okay...

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Lisa Auerbach

December 19, 2012

Loved the story but cringed at some of the readers who made it extremely difficult to understand. Great story!

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David Siggins

October 30, 2012

Very disappointing,volume on maximum extremely faint. Waste of money.

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Dean Wescott

October 30, 2012

Amazing book some bad narration though especially chapters 25 and 26 horrid pronunciation it's bad when monte cristo is called " mount crist " it is slightly irritating when you are immersed in the book and then it is ruined by such a narration they should atleast give the popular classics to decent narrators

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Michael Smallwood

October 22, 2012

A great story. Not quite 5 stars owing to some readers with heavy accents and a poor knowledge of English.

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Nick Gentile

October 17, 2012

Amazing story, but some bad readers. About 15 different readers, too many. But still one of the best stories I've read.

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Ben Sotiris Yanlopoulos

October 17, 2012

It's a great book, but where from these readers.my grandmother can read better than them

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Miranda DeFluiter

October 02, 2012

I love the book but some of the readers have the WORSE accents and it is impossible to understand them! It is so infuriating! I really wish there was a rule about that! The readers with the thickest accents read the longest chapters and I cringe every time they start reading. I just started skipping those chapters because I would get a headache. But the book is great. The readers ruin it. I wish Chip from Tampa could have read the entire book.

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Vam Romeo

September 22, 2012

Great!

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Miguel Solis

August 27, 2012

This book is good

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Doug Horton

August 03, 2012

STUPID ACCENTS!!! SPEAK ENGLISH!!! Great story STUPID HORRIBLE ACCENTS!!!!!!!

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Margy Nelson

July 27, 2012

Amazing, I have been obsessed about listening to it constantly until I have finished it! Loved it thouroygjly!

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Colleen Jewell

July 26, 2012

I love this story! I have seen two movie versions of this classic, but listening to the book, in all of its dramatic detail, is very engaging and entertaining. 90% of the narrators are excellent.

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Elizabeth Grant

July 22, 2012

Great book! Highly recommend.

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Dina Marcazzolo

July 15, 2012

Loving the story but I can't understand some of the chapters due to thick accents..I hope I can finish this book! Why would they have people with such thick accents doing this? Very frustrating!

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Agustin Umanzor

July 09, 2012

Groggy

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Leslie Pritchard

June 28, 2012

It was a great listen but the Count is kind of a drama queen!!

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Chris Palasz

June 23, 2012

Great book. Some chapters are too hard to understand because French Canadians who arent so good at English feel its their duty to read. But its not that many chapters considering there are 100+

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Mahmoud Yousif Ali

May 17, 2012

Great !!!!

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Donna Stevens Walker

May 15, 2012

Have not finished it yet

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Olga Jimenez

April 25, 2012

good

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Natasha Snodgrass

April 22, 2012

Wonderful book! The readers vary in ability, but the story itself makes up for any distraction that comes from switching readers.

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Bonnie Dorr

April 16, 2012

Loved the story. Couldn't understand the reader for chapter 6 and 7. Couldn't finish the book. I'll read it myself instead.

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Sal Credendino

March 12, 2012

Great book! Please use people that speak English clearly. :(

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Lindsey Esqueda

February 15, 2012

The Count of Monte Cristo is a work of art and deserving of its placement as a classic piece of literature. As far as the readers are concerned, well, it is difficult to know what is being said for entire chapters. While I applaud bilingual speakers and realize that English is a difficult language, I wonder why in the world anyone with such a strong accent would volunteer to read a book in English for an English speaking audience. Several chapters are badly in need of being re-read.

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James Ashton

January 24, 2012

Why have readers who's 1st language is NOT English? It made it very hard to understand. Otherwise an incredible story!!!!

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Carydad Valdes

January 14, 2012

Is the best!

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Susan Huntington

December 27, 2011

Fantastic suspense . Some readers were unintelligible. Frustrating. I wish they would redo those "lost chapters."

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Mike Garrard

December 12, 2011

Good book

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Claudia Duarte

December 09, 2011

Good book! I've seen the movie and it's one of my favourites... Interesting choice of readers though, I couldn't understand some of them!!! But enjoyed listening to the book....

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Mrsz Pinksz

December 06, 2011

In love with movie and reading it made it a tad more clearer

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Justin Beveridge

November 23, 2011

I really loved this book, yes spots very boring. I finally finished it. I has some of life's greatest lessons too. Read it for yourself.

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Lucero Acosta

November 11, 2011

It's truly unfortunate that books like this one, with an amazing story, are turned into boring ones thanks to a bad reader. I agree, some chapters are unbearable and disappointing; however I loved a few readers like Chip from Tampa Florida, he should have read the whole book. I wish you could rate each chapter.

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Sally Twellman

November 09, 2011

Loved it! Probably one of my favorite books. The readers were fine, so great so not so great, but I am grateful they took the time to read it for me :)

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Raymer Maguire

November 07, 2011

If one has not previously been exposed to the Count of Monte Cristo, I suggest you list at least the first ten characters introduced and then list any applicable relatives under those ten names.

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Abel Becerra

September 07, 2011

Love book, people reading ranged from very good to almost unbearable .

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Kristen Boos

August 04, 2011

The book was great

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Michael Leyderman

June 10, 2011

You musn't let just anyone read. I couldn't get past chapter five. I'm sure these are wonderful people but I'm unable to listen to them. Sharp nails on a blackboard would be more pleasing.

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Pat Myles

June 07, 2011

Good