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.
Problems don't spoil a great story
The two stars are for the quality of the production, not the story. I've loved this story for years, it's one of my favourites. So I was excited to find an unabridged audio recording at a reasonable price. But... the reading itself is fine, but the reader frequently makes little hesitations or mistakes, which he quickly corrects but disrupt the flow of the reading. In addition, at each chapter, he adds his own little narrative, for example, "And now we come to chapter xx, of The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, in which we learn about (chapter title)." These chapter headers are completely unnecessary (as if we had forgotten which book we were listening to), disrupt the flow, and are downright irksome.
The background noise is at times quite noticeable, including page rustlings, a high-pitched hum, even at one point the sound of a text message received on a phone. This alone wouldn't be that big a problem, but added to it all accounts for my low rating.
Having said all that, most of the time it is very enjoyable, as it is one of the most fascinating stories I've read, definitely worth putting up with a few problems. Just be ready to turn down the volume at each chapter end if you don't want the extra commentary.