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The Count of Monte Cristo (version 3)

Gelesen von David Clarke

(4,9 Sterne; 1523 Bewertungen)

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

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002 - Father and Son

18:07

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003 - The Catalans

28:36

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004 - Conspiracy

19:11

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005 - The Marriage Feast

39:37

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006 - The Deputy Procureur Du Roi

30:59

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007 - The Examination

24:55

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008 - The Chateau D'If

21:31

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009 - The Evening of the Betrothal

12:40

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010 - The King's Closet at the Tuileries

21:29

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011 - The Corsican Ogre

21:38

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012 - Father and Son

20:06

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013 - The Hundred Days

18:06

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014 - The Two Prisoners

22:13

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015 - Number 34 and Number 27

35:14

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016 - A Learned Italian

29:22

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017 - The Abbes Chamber

53:12

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018 - The Treasure

32:29

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019 - The Third Attack

26:33

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020 - The Cemetry of the Chateau D'If

12:12

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021 - The Island of Tiboulen

23:04

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022 - The Smugglers

18:55

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023 - The Island of Monte Cristo

19:42

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024 - The Secret Cave

20:15

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025 - The Unknown

19:59

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026 - The Pont Du Gard Inn

37:58

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027 - The Story

37:56

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028 - The Prison Register

16:16

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029 - The House of Morrell and Son

30:20

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030 - The 5th September

38:44

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031 - Italy: Sinbad the Sailor

58:42

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032 - The Waking

14:51

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033 - Roman Bandits

1:13:47

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034 - The Coliseum

1:13:52

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035 - La Mazzolata

35:48

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036 - The Carnival at Rome

42:46

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037 - The Catacombs of San Sebastian

39:36

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038 - The Compact

20:40

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039 - The Guests

18:13

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040 - The Breakfast

54:53

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041 - The Presentation

33:18

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042 - Monsieur Bettuccio

11:01

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043 - The House at Auteuil

16:23

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044 - The Vendetta

57:18

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045 - The Rain of Blood

38:08

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046 - Unlimited Credit

34:40

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047 - The Dappled Greys

36:11

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048 - Ideology

32:56

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049 - Haidee

13:28

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050 - The Morrel Family

25:06

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051 - Pyramus and Thisbe

33:33

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052 - Toxicology

47:39

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053 - Robert Le Diable

43:17

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054 - A Flurry of Stocks

30:05

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055 - Major Cavalcanti

27:10

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056 - Andrea Cavalcanti

33:15

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057 - In The Lucerne Patch

30:30

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058 - M. Noirtier de Villefort

22:42

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059 - The Will

22:35

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060 - The Telegraph

26:42

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061 - How a Gardner May Get Rid of the Dormice that Eat His Peaches

22:26

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062 - Ghosts

21:58

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063 - The Dinner

26:01

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064 - The Beggar

21:52

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065 - A Conjugal Scene

26:48

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066 - Matrimonial Projects

26:53

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067 - At the Office of the King's Attorney

31:12

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068 - A Summer Ball

16:49

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069 - The Inquiry

22:16

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070 - The Ball

22:04

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071 - Bread and Salt

10:30

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072 - Madame de Saint Meran

30:07

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073 - The Promise

1:07:01

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074 - The Villefort Family Vault

23:28

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075 - A Signed Statement

27:14

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076 - The Progress of Cavalcanti The Younger

24:35

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077 - Haidee

57:42

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078 - We Hear From Yanina

48:05

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079 - The Lemonade

28:44

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080 - The Accusation

14:58

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081 - The Room of the Retired Baker

39:17

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082 - The Burglary

31:05

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083 - The Hand of God

15:33

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084 - Beauchamp

15:23

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085 - The Journey

23:44

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086 - The Trial

30:52

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087 - The Challenge

15:50

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088 - The Insult

23:23

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089 - A Nocturnal Interview

21:43

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090 - The Meeting

29:24

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091 - Mother and Son

15:14

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092 - The Suicide

21:18

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093 - Valentine

17:43

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094 - Maximilian's Avowal

28:22

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095 - Father and Daughter

23:14

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096 - The Contract

26:30

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097 - The Departure for Belgium

14:55

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098 - The Bell and Bottom Tavern

28:51

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099 - The Law

24:05

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100 - The Apparition

16:45

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101 - Locusta

13:46

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102 - Valentine

13:15

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103 - Maximilian

21:34

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104 - Danglars Signature

25:19

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105 - The Cemetry of Pere-La-Chaise

32:28

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106 - Dividing the Proceeds

37:21

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107 - The Lion's Den

18:21

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108 - The Judge

24:45

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109 - The Assizes

14:29

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110 - The Indictment

18:49

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111 - Expiation

21:55

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112 - The Departure

37:52

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113 - The Past

29:28

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114 - Peppino

25:05

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115 - Luigi Vampa's Bill of Fare

14:43

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116 - The Pardon

12:53

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117 - The Fifth of October

37:45

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Bewertungen

Long but worth it!

(4 Sterne)

Very well read - the voices and accents were great and as Dumas tells the story mostly through dialogue it was great that I always knew which character was speaking. I would definitely recommend this audio and reader. As for the story itself - it was my first time reading (hearing) The Count of Monte Cristo and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's a wonderful tale of revenge, love and hubris, and though Dante sometimes reached Batman levels of Mary Sue I was rooting for him anyways. At times Dumas did get overly wordy, but he made sure every detail counted and very few loose ends were left at the end.

impeccable -- the Count would be proud ;)

(5 Sterne)

I really appreciated being able to listen to this as an audio book. The reader does an excellent job Ellen all the pronunciations -- Italian, Latin, Spanish, and lots of French. And of course, the story is amazing in scope and drama -- love, revenge, letters, plots, diamonds, duels, scandals, suicides, poison, broken hearts, tragic irony, prison fortresses, Italian banditti, underground palaces -- with all strings leading back to Edmund Dante. In short, you're reading this review because you're considering listening to it, right? -- do it!

(5 Sterne)

An amazing reading by David Clarke of a classic story. This is a long, complex tale with many twists and turns weaving a rich tapestry. The epitome of all revenge novels is given life by David Clarke's character voices which I thoroughly enjoyed. The silky smooth voice of The Count as he carries out his vengeance gave this reading such tension. A deeply sinister but ultimately redemptive story read with absolute perfection by Mr Clarke. Brilliant. 5 stars.

One of the Best

(5 Sterne)

I had heard this work mentioned many times but never seriously considered reading it. The reviews here were so positive that I started listening. After the first three or four chapters I was ready to give it up. I had no interest in the story at all. Then I remembered a reviewer mentioned the same sense of dullness in the initial chapters and encouraged continuing. So I did. After the slow start, the plot grabbed me and I could not wait to find out what was next with each new chapter. As long as this book is, I still found that I hated to see it end. There are few modern authors with the imagination and talent of Dumas. The story is fresh and timeless. Many thanks to the reader who is extremely gifted and obviously devoted to have completed such a long project.

An excellent story

(5 Sterne)

This is an excellent story of suffering, pain and revenge, and at the same time of happiness, compassion and forgiveness. The Count of Monte Cristo or Edmond Dantés starts life as a happy young man who is on the verge of marrying a wonderful girl, and becoming the captain of one of his employer’s ships. But all this changes when some of his “friends” seek to ruin his life for their own gain. He ends up in prison which he miraculously escapes, then he spends the rest of the story destroying the lives of the people who wronged him. Although he does make some people happy and finds peace and contentment in the end. This also has good Christian parts as it talks of Providence, and the ways of God, although the Count starts as a good man he becomes evil in his revenge. But he sees his fault in the end and repents of it. As he says he thought for a moment like Satan he was the equal of God. Overall a great story!

Hours of listening well spent!

(4,5 Sterne)

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!

Excellent reading of a Great Book

(5 Sterne)

This is the most excellently narrated book I've heard on Librovox, ever. The book itself is fascinating and full of a thousand different angles and characters, but the reading really took it over the top from just good to amazing. It's a very long book, but I immensely enjoyed listening to it on walks with the dogs. The only downside is that it can be hard to keep up with how Dumas uses the titles and names of people interchangeably. That is a common thing to do, but without seeing the names, it's harder to remember who is who.

Wonderful

(5 Sterne)

What can be said of great efforts, who through hours of toil produce fruits renewed upon picking, endless in supply, to friends and strangers alike. Through the voice of David Clark the ghost of Dumas weaves an epic of joy, suffering, revenge, and repentance. A tale worthy of its place among the classics and the adoration bestowed by its many progeny of film and television. Listen and you will hear the many voices of a good man tell the story of a great one.