The Count of Monte Cristo


Read by LibriVox Volunteers

(4.4 stars; 176 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)

This book contains alternate versions of a number of chapters – indicated by an alt after the file number. The Zip files contain both versions of these chapters.

There are 2 versions of the M4Bs made , one containing the original files for these chapters (4 parts), the other containing the alternate files for the chapters (5 parts).

(49 hr 43 min)

Chapters

Marseilles–The Arrival 19:39 Read by Kristin LeMoine
Father and Son 19:17 Read by Gord Mackenzie
The Catalans 31:38 Read by Gord Mackenzie
Conspiracy 18:52 Read by Gord Mackenzie
The Marriage-Feast 33:33 Read by Betsie Bush
The Deputy Procureur du Roi 26:03 Read by Jc Guan
The Examination 21:24 Read by Jc Guan
The Chateau D’If 21:14 Read by Kristin LeMoine
The Evening of the Betrothal 10:58 Read by J. M. Smallheer
The King’s Closet at the Tuileries 18:03 Read by J. M. Smallheer
The Corsican Ogre 20:51 Read by Chip
Father and Son 16:59 Read by Chip
The Hundred Days 16:45 Read by wolvrin
The Two Prisoners 22:25 Read by Lizzie Driver
Number 34 and Number 27 33:03 Read by R. Francis Smith
A Learned Italian 28:08 Read by Lizzie Driver
The Abbe’s Chamb 50:33 Read by Vicki Barbour
The Treasure 29:05 Read by Nathalie M.
The Third Attack 23:03 Read by Ransom
The Cemetary of Chateau D’If 12:42 Read by Kristin LeMoine
The Island of Tiboulen 23:36 Read by Kristin LeMoine
The Smugglers 18:24 Read by Kristin LeMoine
The Island of Monte Cristo 19:36 Read by Justin Brett
The Secret Cave 17:33 Read by telkins
The Unknown 20:56 Read by Ana Simão
The Unknown, alternate version 18:32 Read by Anka
The Pont du Gard Inn 38:16 Read by Ana Simão
The Pont du Gard Inn, alternate version 31:28 Read by Anka
The Story 28:31 Read by featherheadfop
The Prison Register 15:33 Read by Chip
The House of Morrel & Son 29:27 Read by Chip
The Fifth of September 36:29 Read by Lady Maria
Italy: Sinbad the Sailor 57:21 Read by Ana Simão
Italy: Sinbad the Sailor, alternate version 49:25 Read by Anka
The Waking 14:44 Read by Ana Simão
The Waking, alternate version 12:48 Read by Anka
Roman Bandits 1:09:21 Read by Ana Simão
Roman Bandits, alternate version 1:03:54 Read by Anka
The Colosseum part 1 35:21 Read by Jc Guan
The Colosseum part 2 34:56 Read by Jc Guan
La Mazzolata 30:42 Read by featherheadfop
The Carnival at Rom 38:57 Read by Lady Maria
The Catacombs of Saint Sebastian 35:09 Read by vrk74
The Compact 19:18 Read by Jennifer Stearns
The Guest 17:31 Read by Jennifer Stearns
The Breakfast 48:15 Read by rakkar
The Presentation 28:05 Read by featherheadfop
Monsieur Bertuccio 9:16 Read by Luisa Hall
The House at Auteuil 16:11 Read by Ana Simão
The House at Auteuil, altenate version 19:21 Read by Ruth Golding
The Vendetta 54:11 Read by Ana Simão
The Vendetta , alternate version 54:28 Read by Annise
The Rain of Blood 34:40 Read by Ana Simão
The Rain of Blood, alternate version 35:21 Read by Philippa
Unlimited Credit 32:39 Read by Heather Duncan
The Dappled Greys 32:22 Read by Caitlin Kelly
The Ideology 30:23 Read by Kristine Bekere
Haidee 13:54 Read by Westwinds12
The Morrel Family 18:37 Read by David Jaquay
Pyramus and Thisbe 28:37 Read by David Jaquay
Toxicology 36:29 Read by David Jaquay
Robert le Diable 36:04 Read by Kirsten Ferreri
A Flurry in Stocks 23:11 Read by Kirsten Ferreri
Major Cavalcanti 21:09 Read by Kirsten Ferreri
Andrea Cavalcanti 24:46 Read by Ophelia Darcy
In the Lucerne Patch 26:47 Read by George Coutts
M. Noirtier de Villefort 27:29 Read by Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
The Will 26:49 Read by Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
The Telegraph 29:02 Read by Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
How a Gardener… 21:33 Read by Westwinds12
Ghosts 21:43 Read by Westwinds12
The Dinner 21:51 Read by George Coutts
The Beggar 23:43 Read by |CBW|Simon
A Conjugal Scene 23:31 Read by Paul-Gabriel Wiener
Matrimonial Projects 23:33 Read by Faris
At the Office of the King’s Attorney 25:04 Read by Dan Threetrees
A Summer Ball 17:07 Read by Robin Cotter
The Inquiry 22:28 Read by Robin Cotter
The Ball 21:34 Read by Robin Cotter
Bread and Salt 8:48 Read by chriss the girl
Madame de Saint-Meran 29:30 Read by bozgeez
The Promise, part 1 28:11 Read by Julie Bynum
The Promise, part 2 24:50 Read by Julie Bynum
The Villefort Family Vault 23:38 Read by Clarke Bell
A Signed Statement 7:50 Read by Mark Nelson
The Progress of Cavalcanti the Younger 26:20 Read by Mark Nelson
Haidee 56:45 Read by Mark Nelson
We Hear from Yanina 39:02 Read by Thomas Wells
The Lemonade 25:35 Read by Aruna
The Accusation 12:23 Read by Thomas Wells
The Room of the Retired Baker 32:01 Read by Catherine Fitz
The Burglary 26:42 Read by Alex Foster
The Hand of God 13:15 Read by Jenilee
Beauchamp 13:47 Read by Catherine Fitz
The Journey 19:54 Read by Catherine Fitz
The Trial 27:28 Read by Catherine Fitz
The Challenge 13:37 Read by Catherine Fitz
The Insult 19:41 Read by Adam M Smith
A Nocturnal Visit 23:48 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
The Meeting 37:08 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Mother and Son 20:34 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
The Suicide 16:58 Read by Kevin McAsh
Valentine 14:44 Read by Kevin McAsh
Maximilian’s Avowal 29:05 Read by Ana Simão
Maximilian’s Avowal, alternate version 28:22 Read by Philippa
Father and Daughter 24:40 Read by Robin Cotter
The Contract 20:50 Read by J. M. Smallheer
The Departure for Belgium 12:16 Read by J. M. Smallheer
The Bell and Bottle Tavern 24:46 Read by David Jaquay
The Law 22:06 Read by Kevin O'Coin
The Apparition 16:01 Read by Sam Fold
Locusta 13:19 Read by Nichole Karl
Valentine 11:22 Read by Christie Nowak
Maximilian 16:05 Read by Christie Nowak
Danglars Signature 22:32 Read by Claire Goget
The Cemetery of Pere-la-Chaise 30:26 Read by Kristine Bekere
Dividing the Proceeds 33:54 Read by Ernst Schnell
The Lions’ Den 14:38 Read by Kurt Copeland
The Judge 24:03 Read by Aruna
The Assizes 13:04 Read by Monika Bruss
The Indictment 14:23 Read by Kurt Copeland
Expiation 23:25 Read by Robin Cotter
The Departure 38:55 Read by Robin Cotter
The Past 31:11 Read by Robin Cotter
Peppino 28:38 Read by Tammy Sanders
Luigi Vampa’s Bill of Fare 14:04 Read by Seth P. Mariscal
The Pardon 11:26 Read by katyleah
The Fifth of October 32:28 Read by Kristine Bekere

Reviews

A bit here and there

(2 stars)

This book have been a favorite of mine for many years, but I have never read it in English, and decided I wanted to listen to it here. Unfortunatly it seems that the PL haven't done their job properly, because there are several chapters which have several issues. To many of the readers speak badly English, and several readers buthcer the French names. To many chapters have backround noise, speed readers(skipping-over-the-words-fast) and other issues that should have been easy enough to fix. Edit: Chapter 115 cuts off very sudden, not really sure if it's actually finished or nor...

Proof that librivox is for the readers, not the listeners

(3 stars)

The recordings of Ana Simão are proof of the Librivox philosophy that Librivox is for the readers, not the listeners. While I admire and appreciate Ms. Simão's generosity in volunteering her time to read for Librivox, I have to say I found her reading exceedingly difficult to understand, and very frustrating to listen to. It's like listening to someone who is unable to pronounce certain vowel sounds or combinations of letters. At times she sounds almost as if she speaks with a lisp. In some instances I had to give up trying to understand her reading and instead read the text online. If you have the patience to listen to several of her recordings you will began to better understand her reading, but it is still frustrating. Whenever I began listening to a new chapter and discovered it was not her reading, I thought, "Thank God!"

Loved the story, couldn't finish

(2 stars)

Listened to most of the book as I travelled on weekends but as I approached the end it became difficult to understand some of the readers in some of the chapters and I had to quit. I was missing a lot of the detail which was not doing the book justice...I will finish reading the book myself. Some of the chapters have excellent readers.

To good a book

(2 stars)

This Book is to good to be read the way it is on this reading. English is the second or third language for some of the readers. The diction is horrible in some chapters. Before you download listen to chapter 30 as a sample. There are a few outstanding readers but whole chapters are lost because of others.

Sorry to say

(2 stars)

Different readers with different pronunciations of names made it confusing and some were very difficult to follow, sometimes style and quality of recording made chapters and sections difficult to understand. If using earphones, a few chapters go from quiet to Very Loud, be aware.

excellent

(4 stars)

This was one of my first LibriVox experiences (last year) and I loved it. I got a kick out of all the readers and their bdifferent voices and quirks, and I didn't find them at all unintelligible. By the end of the book some of them felt like old friends. I'm saddened by the number of reviewers here who are being downright mean to people who volunteered to read. You get what you pay for -- if you want a professional reading, buy one.

(1 stars)

It is too bad that the first time I heard or read this book it was in this recording. The different people accents and molds of talking made it very difficult to follow the very very many different names. I have listen to LibriVox books for many years and this is absolutely the worst I have ever listen to. The book itself is a wonder and a dream it’s lovely. The recording’s were just haphazard and somewhere just totally unintelligible

No complaints

(4 stars)

Didn't have a problem with the readers. No trouble understanding accents just fine, though some were a bit muffled. Only problem was that chapter seven was cut a little early. But it's free, I enjoyed it, can't complain.