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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1116 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Brown (March 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613820976
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613820971
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #632,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A piece of perfect storytelling." --Robert Louis Stevenson

"From the Trade Paperback edition."

About the Author

<DIV><DIV>Alexandre Dumas (1802 1870) wrote plays, travel books, children s stories, memoirs, and novels, including The Three Musketeers.</DIV></DIV>

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Unabridged version is highly recommended.
Viktor Pless
This a good story of turning around injustice and achieving and overcoming- a long read but well worth the effort.
Heather Magee
High adventure, intrigue, romance, suspense, history, action and comedy--a Dumas' story has it all.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Anthony L. TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
In this review, I'm not going to say anything that has not already been said.
In a numbered list, I'm going to give my honest opinion, clear up some misunderstandings about this novel, and explain why YOU should read this book.
Let's go.

1. MISUNDERSTANDINGS
One reviewer [PurpleKat] suggested that you should ONLY read this book if you have 3 days to spare, since "you won't be able to put the book down, or if you do, you'll move zombie-like through your everyday tasks while your mind stays with the adventures of Edmund Dantes." I'm sorry, but this isn't a genre piece. It's just not. You WON'T be able to skim through it like a Dan Brown or Stephen King novel.It's just not happening. Too bad, PurpleKat.

I guess the main reason young people ignore this book today is because of its length - something close to 1,500 pages of small text. The length may seem daunting to young readers, since the books we read today average in the 200 page mark, if even. But step back a century and the books are a LOT longer.
Think of some great novels from the 18th Century: War and Peace, Madame Bovary, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, the Man in the Iron Mask. Those books are looong.
They are daunting reads. I'm sure you know the feeling of holding a 4 inch thick, 3 kilo, size 8 print, 100+ chapter book in your hands, or reading all day on your Kindle to find the progress bar reads 3%. It's enough to put off anyone. But, once you get involved in the narrative, the length won't matter. I have NEVER heard of someone not liking a good book because of its length. Basically, this is the promise that Alexandre Dumas makes to you when you start his book: "Are you willing to take a leap of faith [and stick with the book through the slow parts]?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Xenacat on September 21, 2013
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Intrigue, suspense, revenge, love, betrayal, greed, jealousy, crime, drugs, politics, grief, despair are all here. I liked this all encompassing portrayal of the human condition.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By tef1303 on September 24, 2013
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I read this in high school and did not get it. Forty years later the book now makes sense. I enjoyed following the Audible recording with the e-book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Mendoza on September 22, 2013
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Some of the old language is tuff on the eyes. The story line more than makes up for it. Enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Koby on March 20, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is long. Seriously long. It is also worth it. If (like me) all you know about this story is the 2002 movie of the same name, you're only getting the basic brushes of the story and missing out on a ton of stuff. Granted, I understand why, if they were to make this into a true movie, said movie would be at least 2 parts (but more likely three), with each part being at least three hours in length.

This is a revenge tale. It's not a revenge tale where the hero goes off and kills everyone. This is methodically, meticulously, planned revenge. The author spends so much time jumping locations, describing the scenery and the emotions that it's pretty easy to get caught up in the story and the characters. You feel for some, you hate others, and you feel excited when some things come to pass.

It's a good story. A great read. I feel guilty for having put it off so long.

P.S. Make sure you read an unabridged version. There are some shortened versions out there, don't read those.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sardan on August 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
Judging by the reviews here, criticizing this book is like criticizing Shakespeare -- anything less than full throated praise is dismissed. Let me be clear: I loved this book and it was well worth the time it took to read. It is deservedly considered a timeless classic.

Nevertheless, it definitely has a pace that is not seen in modern books. If this had been created by a contemporary writer it would probably be about 25% shorter. I'm not saying that would make it better, it would simply make it a book created for modern sensibilities.

If you like fast-paced modern writing, you will definitely need to recalibrate your expectations. Once you accept this book on its own terms, it is a very rewarding read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Minroad on September 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
Le Comte de Monte-Cristo, or The Count of Monte Cristo, has often been refered to as the greates adventure novel of all time. The novel begins with a great betrayal of the lead--Edmond Dante, the count of Monte Cristo, etc -- by four associates--Fernand, Caderousse, Villefort and Danglars--which results in a lengthy imprisonment for Dante in the dreaded Castle d'If. During this imprisonment, Dante becomes highly educated under the tutelage of a fellow prisoner, Abbe Faria, and undergoes a spritual awaking; Dante henceforth wishes "...to be Providence myself, for I feel that the most beautiful, noblest, most sublime thing in the world, is to recompense and punish.'"

What follows is a daring escape, the discovery of great treasure and an elaborate plan, taking place over more than a decade, to bring all to justice. There are approximately 45 different characters (of which 5 or 6 are aliases of the lead), and a complex, interwoven relationship among them. (I suggest creating a 'character map' as you go along to keep things straight.) Additionally, and unlike 'modern' novels, there is purpose in each carefully crafted scene; each element serving to drive the plot forward to the unforgettable climax. This is undoubtly a classic that is as relevant and exciting today as it was 170 years ago. Highly recomended.
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