The Count of Monte Cristo

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What to expect

Dashing young Edmond Dantes has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Edmond is locked away for life in the infamous prison at the French Chateau d’If. But it is there that he learns of a vast hidden treasure.

After fourteen years of hopeless imprisonment, Dantes makes his daring escape and follows his secret map to untold fortune. Disguised now as the mysterious and powerful Count of Monte Cristo, Edmond seeks out his enemies—and nothing will stand in the way of his just revenge.

Filled with thrilling episodes of betrayal, romance, and revenge, The Count of Monte Cristo is one of the greatest adventure stories ever written.

Critics Review

  • “A piece of perfect storytelling.”

    Robert Louis Stevenson
  • “Lee’s deep muscular voice works well for this swashbuckler…His reading is highly expressive, his pace brisk, his tone rich with foreboding.”

    Kliatt (audio review)
  • “John Lee imbues this classic with exactly the right balance of solemnity and compassion…Lee works with Dumas’s text to give each character complexity and emotion. The listener regrets the story’s end, wishing to live with Edmund and his adventures just a little longer. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

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