The Count of Monte Cristo (version 3)


Read by David Clarke

(4.9 stars; 2308 reviews)

Le Comte de Monte-Cristo is an adventure novel and one of the author's most popular works. He completed the work in 1844. The story takes place in France, Italy, islands in the Mediterranean and in the Levant during the historical events of 1815-1838 (from just before the Hundred Days to the reign of Louis-Philippe of France). It deals with themes of hope, justice, vengeance, mercy and forgiveness. The book is considered a literary classic today. (Summary by David Clarke, ref. Wikipedia)

(54 hr 16 min)

Chapters

001 - Marseilles - The Arrival 22:34 Read by David Clarke
002 - Father and Son 18:07 Read by David Clarke
003 - The Catalans 28:36 Read by David Clarke
004 - Conspiracy 19:11 Read by David Clarke
005 - The Marriage Feast 39:37 Read by David Clarke
006 - The Deputy Procureur Du Roi 30:59 Read by David Clarke
007 - The Examination 24:55 Read by David Clarke
008 - The Chateau D'If 21:31 Read by David Clarke
009 - The Evening of the Betrothal 12:40 Read by David Clarke
010 - The King's Closet at the Tuileries 21:29 Read by David Clarke
011 - The Corsican Ogre 21:38 Read by David Clarke
012 - Father and Son 20:06 Read by David Clarke
013 - The Hundred Days 18:06 Read by David Clarke
014 - The Two Prisoners 22:13 Read by David Clarke
015 - Number 34 and Number 27 35:14 Read by David Clarke
016 - A Learned Italian 29:22 Read by David Clarke
017 - The Abbes Chamber 53:12 Read by David Clarke
018 - The Treasure 32:29 Read by David Clarke
019 - The Third Attack 26:33 Read by David Clarke
020 - The Cemetry of the Chateau D'If 12:12 Read by David Clarke
021 - The Island of Tiboulen 23:04 Read by David Clarke
022 - The Smugglers 18:55 Read by David Clarke
023 - The Island of Monte Cristo 19:42 Read by David Clarke
024 - The Secret Cave 20:15 Read by David Clarke
025 - The Unknown 19:59 Read by David Clarke
026 - The Pont Du Gard Inn 37:58 Read by David Clarke
027 - The Story 37:56 Read by David Clarke
028 - The Prison Register 16:16 Read by David Clarke
029 - The House of Morrell and Son 30:20 Read by David Clarke
030 - The 5th September 38:44 Read by David Clarke
031 - Italy: Sinbad the Sailor 58:42 Read by David Clarke
032 - The Waking 14:51 Read by David Clarke
033 - Roman Bandits 1:13:47 Read by David Clarke
034 - The Coliseum 1:13:52 Read by David Clarke
035 - La Mazzolata 35:48 Read by David Clarke
036 - The Carnival at Rome 42:46 Read by David Clarke
037 - The Catacombs of San Sebastian 39:36 Read by David Clarke
038 - The Compact 20:40 Read by David Clarke
039 - The Guests 18:13 Read by David Clarke
040 - The Breakfast 54:53 Read by David Clarke
041 - The Presentation 33:18 Read by David Clarke
042 - Monsieur Bettuccio 11:01 Read by David Clarke
043 - The House at Auteuil 16:23 Read by David Clarke
044 - The Vendetta 57:18 Read by David Clarke
045 - The Rain of Blood 38:08 Read by David Clarke
046 - Unlimited Credit 34:40 Read by David Clarke
047 - The Dappled Greys 36:11 Read by David Clarke
048 - Ideology 32:56 Read by David Clarke
049 - Haidee 13:28 Read by David Clarke
050 - The Morrel Family 25:06 Read by David Clarke
051 - Pyramus and Thisbe 33:33 Read by David Clarke
052 - Toxicology 47:39 Read by David Clarke
053 - Robert Le Diable 43:17 Read by David Clarke
054 - A Flurry of Stocks 30:05 Read by David Clarke
055 - Major Cavalcanti 27:10 Read by David Clarke
056 - Andrea Cavalcanti 33:15 Read by David Clarke
057 - In The Lucerne Patch 30:30 Read by David Clarke
058 - M. Noirtier de Villefort 22:42 Read by David Clarke
059 - The Will 22:35 Read by David Clarke
060 - The Telegraph 26:42 Read by David Clarke
061 - How a Gardner May Get Rid of the Dormice that Eat His Peaches 22:26 Read by David Clarke
062 - Ghosts 21:58 Read by David Clarke
063 - The Dinner 26:01 Read by David Clarke
064 - The Beggar 21:52 Read by David Clarke
065 - A Conjugal Scene 26:48 Read by David Clarke
066 - Matrimonial Projects 26:53 Read by David Clarke
067 - At the Office of the King's Attorney 31:12 Read by David Clarke
068 - A Summer Ball 16:49 Read by David Clarke
069 - The Inquiry 22:16 Read by David Clarke
070 - The Ball 22:04 Read by David Clarke
071 - Bread and Salt 10:30 Read by David Clarke
072 - Madame de Saint Meran 30:07 Read by David Clarke
073 - The Promise 1:07:01 Read by David Clarke
074 - The Villefort Family Vault 23:28 Read by David Clarke
075 - A Signed Statement 27:14 Read by David Clarke
076 - The Progress of Cavalcanti The Younger 24:35 Read by David Clarke
077 - Haidee 57:42 Read by David Clarke
078 - We Hear From Yanina 48:05 Read by David Clarke
079 - The Lemonade 28:44 Read by David Clarke
080 - The Accusation 14:58 Read by David Clarke
081 - The Room of the Retired Baker 39:17 Read by David Clarke
082 - The Burglary 31:05 Read by David Clarke
083 - The Hand of God 15:33 Read by David Clarke
084 - Beauchamp 15:23 Read by David Clarke
085 - The Journey 23:44 Read by David Clarke
086 - The Trial 30:52 Read by David Clarke
087 - The Challenge 15:50 Read by David Clarke
088 - The Insult 23:23 Read by David Clarke
089 - A Nocturnal Interview 21:43 Read by David Clarke
090 - The Meeting 29:24 Read by David Clarke
091 - Mother and Son 15:14 Read by David Clarke
092 - The Suicide 21:18 Read by David Clarke
093 - Valentine 17:43 Read by David Clarke
094 - Maximilian's Avowal 28:22 Read by David Clarke
095 - Father and Daughter 23:14 Read by David Clarke
096 - The Contract 26:30 Read by David Clarke
097 - The Departure for Belgium 14:55 Read by David Clarke
098 - The Bell and Bottom Tavern 28:51 Read by David Clarke
099 - The Law 24:05 Read by David Clarke
100 - The Apparition 16:45 Read by David Clarke
101 - Locusta 13:46 Read by David Clarke
102 - Valentine 13:15 Read by David Clarke
103 - Maximilian 21:34 Read by David Clarke
104 - Danglars Signature 25:19 Read by David Clarke
105 - The Cemetry of Pere-La-Chaise 32:28 Read by David Clarke
106 - Dividing the Proceeds 37:21 Read by David Clarke
107 - The Lion's Den 18:21 Read by David Clarke
108 - The Judge 24:45 Read by David Clarke
109 - The Assizes 14:29 Read by David Clarke
110 - The Indictment 18:49 Read by David Clarke
111 - Expiation 21:55 Read by David Clarke
112 - The Departure 37:52 Read by David Clarke
113 - The Past 29:28 Read by David Clarke
114 - Peppino 25:05 Read by David Clarke
115 - Luigi Vampa's Bill of Fare 14:43 Read by David Clarke
116 - The Pardon 12:53 Read by David Clarke
117 - The Fifth of October 37:45 Read by David Clarke

Reviews

Classic novel and excellent reader

(5 stars)

Masterpiece of French fiction and is riveting throughout. This book is so fun to read, and the reader does an incredible job with all the accents throughout - no easy feat with this novel. five stars well deserved for both the book and the reader.

Masterpiece

(5 stars)

Having always wanted to read the full story but never finding the time, I was delighted to learn of the LibriVox app. Initially I started listening to another version but found the various voices a distraction before finding this version by the superb David Clark. I am in no doubt that it was his skill in narration that made me enjoy this classic tale so much. Despite the extreme length I too couldn’t get enough of the numerous twists and turns and delayed playing the final few chapters to prolong my pleasure. Thank you LibriVox and David Clark for bringing me this masterpiece.

Fantastic reading of a fantastic book!

(5 stars)

I first read this book on my own about 5 yrs ago and, to this day, count it as one of my favorite stories. I'm delighted to have found this recording by such a strong reader. Hearing the story read in such an engaging way really brings it to life and has made my second "read through" of the book even more enjoyable than the first.

Amazing!

(5 stars)

The story is amazing and you can see why it is a piece of literature history. The reader, David Clarke did a fantastic job. Between the numerous amount of characters and different accents...he did an amazing job. Well done!!

Gripping heartfelt masterpiece, excellent reader, unbearable Italian accent

(4.5 stars)

Having had the pleasure to read this riveting novel many years ago, I wanted to revisit it with an audiobook. I am listening to version 3. The reader is expressive, professional, and has a pleasant voice... until he starts speaking with an Italian accent. It is positively unbearable, and despite my best efforts, I cannot get myself to listen any further (I have reached the chapter written in the POV of an Italian). I understand the importance of having an accent to clarify who is speaking, but it has reached the point where it affects my ability to focus on what is being said. I’ll probably skip the audiobook for this chapter and finish reading it on paper. The reader is not at fault, has he’s faithful in the adoption of a stereotypical Italian accent. Stereotypical, yet not representative of any of the common Italian accents. I suppose it must have been as painful to record that chapter as it was to listen to it. This has turned into a mini rant on a tangential topic to the book, but I’m posting it anyway as a warning to future potential listeners.

Hours of listening well spent!

(4.5 stars)

Even with 117 chapters I didn't want it to end. The story was everything promised on the front end and more; the location and style were a satisfying change from present-day novels of coarse language and shocking situations. My highest praise to David Clark, whose mesmerizing voice made Dumas's characters come to life, consistently believable, to the very end. The story presents the best and worst of human behavior and leaves the reader-hearer with resolve to imitate the Count's wisdom and kindness to his fellow man. (Even without his incredible fortune.!) Last word: I understand the value of commercials, but their decibel level and hyper-attack style are seriously annoying!

Epic

(5 stars)

WARNING: you will be spoiled for all other readers. Sorry about that. :( Seriously, if you only listen to one LibriVox book in your life, this should be it. There is a slog near the beginning, around chapters 10-13, but push through! Try to retain as much info as you can from those conversations, but don’t let them hang you up. I guarantee this book will be one of, if not THE favorite. Mr. David Clarke, bravo for putting your time and talent into this amazing (and long) book. I just finished it for the second time, and will definitely go through it again in the future.

WOW!!!!!

(5 stars)

Like many of the other commentators I had never read this long epic, and, again like them, I am overwhelmed by it's power and philosophy. I might add two thoughts. First, the bitter antagonism toward Mercedes seems unrealistic; I can only believe it to be a cultural thing. The second is the translation. Most novels do not translate well into English; the story comes through, but the emotion does not. This novel, however, carries all of the grandeur, pathos, suffering, and the other emotions in it's presentation. Much is no doubt due to the remarkable narration. Thank you for this Herculean effort. Do not miss this one.