The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo

by Alexandre Dumas
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The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Set against the turbulent years of the Napoleonic era, Alexandre Dumas's thrilling adventure story is one of the most widely read romantic novels of all time. In it the dashing young hero, Edmond Dantès, is betrayed by his enemies and thrown into a secret dungeon in the Chateau d'If -- doomed to spend his life in a dank prison cell. The story of his long, intolerable years in captivity, his miraculous escape, and his carefully wrought revenge creates a dramatic tale of mystery and intrigue and paints a vision of France -- a dazzling, dueling, exuberant France -- that has become immortal.

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BN ID: 2940149807789
Publisher: TRIPOLAR
Publication date: 06/21/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

One of the most widely read French authors famed for his historical fiction of high adventure, Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870) wrote more than a hundred plays and novels, including the famous Three Musketeers trilogy, The Count of Monte Cristo, and The Man in the Iron Mask. His books have been translated into more than 100 languages.

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The Count of Monte Cristo 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1627 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an abridged version -- an incomplete story -- and a terrible abridged version. There are several key parts of the story missing, which significantly change the story. It is an offense to Dumas and readers.
Reddog7 More than 1 year ago
On a Nook, the search did not describe this book as one of several volumes. It starts on chapter XLVII. The scan of the book is horrible, rendering the story illegible. For example, it starts with this sentence, reproduced exactly as it appears on a Nook; "~F the Count of Moiito-Oristo harl lived for a very long time ill Parisian society, lie would liavo fully appreciated the value of the stej* wluflh M. do ViUefort had taken." I'm not going to waste any time on this book. I'm not going to waste any more time on reviewing this junk.
LAndawey More than 1 year ago
I must say that this is one of the best books - if not the best book - I've ever read in my entire life. I do not say this lightly. From the very beginning, I fell in love with the character, Edmound Dantes, and cheered him on throughout his struggles. But my admiration turned to awe when I saw what he was capable of, and upon seeing the carefully plotted, fatal revenges he planned for his enemies had me stunned. Even so, it was the fact that he was a complex character, composed with both good and evil, that really fascinated me and makes me say, without a doubt, that Edmound Dantes is the best character I've ever seen, and the Count of Monte Cristo the most thrilling book I've ever read. I highly recommmend it, and will be reading it again in the near future.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although this timeless classic may seem to be printed in its entirety, be warned. I recently purchesed this novel hoping to delve into a 19th century classic but found myself faced with an abridged novel. How can one fully appreciate an author's talent when part of his work has been removed? Furthermore, who is to say what should be taken out or not. The cover says nothing about being abridged, therefore decieving the general public. If you want the Sparknotes version of a classic, or don't have enough time to enjoy Dumas' amazing literature, then this is a book for you.
Nicola_The_Reader More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I am beginning to read 'The Classics', a daunting task, nontheless. But this book could be appreciated without a backround of classical literature. The plot was thrilling and unique, the writing style original and captivating, and nothing will be written like it again. It had everything a book should have: romance, revenge, action, adventure, heartbreak. I think that is what has made it one of the best books I have ever read.
EDNurseDee More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I loved all 600+ pages. I read a review somewhere that said "It's harder to stop reading this book than it is to start." I agree with that. It was difficult for me to initially pick it up because it is so HUGE, but once I did it was was even harder to put down. The characters are well developed and it moves easily from one adventure to another. I would (and have) highly recommend this to anyone who wants to read a good adventure.
Tori Lee More than 1 year ago
I got stuck on the first page on my nook. But after i closed the book, opened another, and then returned to this one, i was able to turn the pages with ease. I dont know if it will always work, but its just a suggestion since youve already spent your time and money on this. Happy reading!
Mr_Morning More than 1 year ago
To the kid in honors english, can honestly say this is one of the greatest novels ever written. I am a guy though and dumas tended to favor a more male point of view when he wrote. But i personally think this book is for all ages and genders, i have read it more than 20 times that should put a better perspective on how much i enjoy reading this novel.
Kumori-chan More than 1 year ago
The Count of Monte Cristo is a fantasic book full of a thrilling plot of revenge and reward. Great book for anyone to read, even if you don't read books. This book will definately keep your attention.
TexWR More than 1 year ago
Dumas weaves a beautiful tale of revenge and compassion that makes The Count of Monte Cristo one of the finest works of fiction of the past two hundred years. Classics Illustrated certainly opened this story to me as a pre-adolescent but nothing beats reading the book. The characters develop slowly and the reader has no doubt about the honesty and integrity of the few 'good' people and knows the dark side of the 'baddies'. This book is all meat and potatoes and the dessert comes in the final 150 pages. Do yourself a favor and pick this classic up for a wonderful reading experience. Now, on to The Three Musketeers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jesus christ,enough with you morons just writing nonsense.just about every review section i read ,has a bunch of idiots spouting nonsense. You would think barnes and noble would remove them , but nooooo!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
at first ok but then every third page brings up error message and gradually every page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a masterfully written piece of literature that explores the fundamental nature of man and his propensity towards grace and savagery regardless of class; though the backbone of the storyline is Edmond Dantes' quest for vengeance, vengeance per se is not the ultimate theme. At a little over 3,000 pages, it takes awhile for the real action to pick up, but once it does you won't be able to put it down. The way Dumas brings multiple plot lines together is ingenious and would be extremely difficult to repliccate on the silver screen without losing something significant. Like a finely crafted wine it takes awhile for the various elements of this plot to ferment into a perfection that is unpredictable and surprisingly inspirational.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a tru lover of classics, i love to sit down with sherlock holmes,les mis, and other great masterpieces like such. As i read this book, i was completley captivated. The book revovles around edmond dantes, who must take his vengeance on those that have wronged him terribly.the way he does this will keep you reading. There are inspirational quotes in this book. If you watched the movie, please erase that story from your mind,because the movie was so loosely related to the book. The book is much different. Usually movies are a little more in line with the book. I strongly urge you to read this amazing book. It was the BEST book have read in my entire life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wouldn't recommend downloading this copy of The Count of Monte Cristo. There were very few illustrations - I remember seeing only 3 or 4 in the whole book (or maybe they just didn't show up as there were several pages that had large amounts of blank space in them). The book also froze my Nook up a lot (i.e. pages wouldn't turn, took a long time to open). None of my other books on my Nook ever freeze like this one did.
usafbrat More than 1 year ago
I had no idea when I purchased this book that it was abridged; however, that did not cause me to enjoy this novel any less! I was engrossed with the story from about the 5th page! This book has it all, jealousy, love and retribution. What an excellent introduction for me to the world of Dumas! I can see why The Count of Monte Cristo has been one of the most popular books in Europe. I wish I had picked up this wonderful classic earlier!
bbgeek12 More than 1 year ago
In the Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas, a French sailor runs into some hard times. It all started when his captain on his ship got brain fever and dies. The Captain's last request is that Edmond goes to the Isle of Elba to deliver a letter and take whatever is received and deliver that also. When Edmond returns to Marseilles and prepares to deliver his letter. He decides he will travel to Paris after he marries his beautiful fiancée Mercedes. Also along with the great joy of about to become a married man Edmond is told by the ship owner that he will become the new captain of the ship. With all of this good news Edmond makes some rivals unknowingly. These rivals conspire together to write an anonymous letter to the public prosecutor telling of how Edmond had a letter from Napoleon to the Bonapartist party of Paris.Due to this letter Edmond was arrested and sent to the public prosecutor. While there the deputy public prosecutor, Villefort, interrogates Edmond, discovers that Edmond was innocent and is about to release him when he finds out the letter from Napoleon was to his father. Villefort does not want to be one day blackmailed with this information so he sends Edmond to a prison at the Chateau d'If to die without ever knowing what put him in there. Edmond spends fourteen years in this prison during which he meets a priest who holds the secret to a hidden treasure. The priest teaches Edmond many things in exchange for his help on a tunnel which is to be their escape. But the priest does not escape with Edmond instead dies allowing Edmond a unique opportunity for escape. Edmond does escape and find the treasure the priest told him about and then uses the fortune he receives to extract revenge from the people who stole fourteen years of his life; Danglars the second mate, Fernand the jealous friend, and Villefort who accused him wrongly. The rest of the book explains how Edmond creates and executes his great revenge. The best part of this book was the plot. Dumas does a great job of weaving a tangled web that becomes unraveled by the Count of Monte Cristo's (Edmond) revenge. The complex way the Count using this entire web to fit his purpose makes for an intoxicating read. The worst part of this book was the changes that Edmond had to go through to achieve his revenge. Edmond went from enjoying all that life had given him to becoming a cruel, vindictive man who revels in the demise of his enemies. Edmond became the Count of Monte Cristo who knows no bounds and cannot be stopped by anyone other than God. The Count made his self into a person who smiled at the most terrible sights. All the Count had was his revenge and what that revenge had made him into. This book was a great read due to the involved plot. Edmond used all his resources in unique ways and provided interesting outlooks on life due to his altered personality. Also Dumas made it so all of Edmond's enemies had great schemes with each other so if you took one down the others followed quickly. Edmond's revenge would not have been as great if the other characters had not left themselves in positions that if uncovered would ruin them. These subtle turns in the book add suspense and extra umph to an already interesting book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. The first time I read it I was shocked by the great plot and characterization. I bought the book later on and read it again and had the same effect. I mean you have to read this book...Alexandre Dumas is a fantastic author
four-elyse-clover More than 1 year ago
oh my god. that's almost all i can say. its almost an understatement to say this was the most amazing book i've ever read. i am only disappointed that i read the abridged version. . . we read this in my english class and i am without words to decribe how much i truely love this book. there are about 52 characters in this book, so i'd recommend a character chart (which will come in handy, believe me. write the relations amoung the characters; husband of..., daughter of..., ect) in the begging the reader is introduced to a bunch of seemingless unassociated characters, but as the story progresses, you begin to see how small of a world they really live in. from illegitimate children to murder to adventure and outright scandal, this book is extremely thrilling and a definate page-turner. from start to finish its unparallelable. i would recommend this book to anyone and everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have roughly 200 to 300 books in my collection with a great array of authors. But this by far is one of the best books I've ever read. I originally purchased it in paperback, and have just ordered the HardCover book for my elite collection. (I dont think I will ever crack the spine on it)
Alastair_Browne More than 1 year ago
I must admit, I didn't know this book was abridged until after I bought it and looked at the title page. I've seen other editions, at Barnes & Noble, no less, that were even MORE abridged, about 57 chapters or so. This particular edition has 71 chapters, and many other editions, not just B&N, are this long.   I've only found out that the unabridged editions are 1000 to 1200 pages. What do the missing parts contain, and are they worth reading? I don't know, but if you are interested, reading this particular edition might be a good start, and may help you understand it a little better should you want to proceed to the entire unabridged edition.That being said, I really didn't mind the book, and I've always wanted to read it. It is a tale of a seemingly  innocent man, Edmond Dantes, who, as he started out in life, was a sailor for a merchant ship, captained by  Morrel, who earned his favor, and had the love of a beautiful woman, named Mercedes. This is where the plot comes in; Dantes fortune is eyed with envy by two others,  Fernand, who knows and wants the girl, and Danglers, who was jealous of Dantes position on the merchant ship. So they plot his demise by framing him with a false accusation by way of a letter  implicating him as an ally of Napoleon, where he is arrested at his betrothal to Mercedes, and with the compliance of a Judge, Villefort, throws Dantes in a prison on the an island called the Chateau d'If. There he remains for 14 years, where he meets up with another prisoner, where they exchange stories of their lives, how they were unjustly thrown in this dark dungeon, and how, as Dantes' friend dies, he leaves him a fortune on the Isle of Monte Cristo should Dantes successfully escape. Dantes, when his friend dies, puts himself in the sack of his friend, where it is tossed into the ocean.  Dantes, escapes, and goes to the Isle of Monte Cristo to claim his inheritance.An Innkeeper updates him on the  goings on of his peers, where he finds that Mercedes, with Dantes gone, marries his rival  Fernand and has a son (Albert), and the three families of those responsible for his demise  all live close to one another in Paris.Dantes then takes on the title Count of Monte Cristo, and then goes to Paris to live among  these families, observe their goings on and whatever corruption may surface and he exploits it,  but passively, without any hint of him being involved, and without any of them knowing who he  really is, thinking they've forgotten about their evil deed.So the plot comes in like a soap opera. There is no swashbuckling like in the movies, but the plot is interesting. Also, the Count saves those who helped him early on, and the villains have  acquired new names, but the Count see through them, and from here, I'll let the reader figure out the rest. You will like the ending, but I that's all I'll say.Anyway, it's a classic, even in it's abridged form, but you do have to go back a few chapters to  understand the present situation. Also, you have to pair the names (Fernand=Morcerf, etc.)Part of it gets confusing, with the plots and situations of each individual family of which the Count is involved.  I have the impression the the full version may be boring, but that's just a guess. It may also clear up what is missed here, but after reading this particular version, still worth reading, you may or may not want to read the full version, depending on what you think of this edition.
pma03 More than 1 year ago
I totally liked this book ... so much that I decided to read the critical analysis of the various characters, and then I realized this abridged version isn't at all like the original. Very disappointing! Whole segments are missing.
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
Dashing young Edmond Dantès, a sailor from Marseilles, France, has everything. At age nineteen, he is engaged to a beautiful woman named Mercedes, is about to become the captain of a ship, and is well liked by almost everyone. But in 1815, the fateful year of Napoleon’s brief return to power, he unknowingly carries a politically incriminating letter home, merely as a favor to his dying captain, and his perfect life is shattered when he is framed by jealous rivals—Danglars, who wants his position as captain; Fernand, who wants his girlfriend; and the deputy procrureur de Villefort, who wants to keep secret the fact that his father, to whom the letter was addressed, is a Napoleonist. As a result of their betrayal, Dantes is thrown into a dark prison cell at the Château d'If for fourteen years. There he befriends a fellow-prisoner, the Abbé Faria, and learns of a vast fortune on the island of Monte Cristo. Following the Abbe’s death, Dantes escapes, locates the fortune, and becomes “the Count of Monte Cristo.” Several years later, the Count comes to Paris where all three of his betrayers now live. Danglars is a rich banker. Fernand, who married Mercedes, is now the Count de Morcerf. And de Villefort is the chief procureur of the King. Dantes seeks both justice and revenge. How will he go about achieving his goals? And what will be the results? The Count of Monte Cristo began serialization in the Journal des Débats in 1844 and was published in book form in 1846, shortly after Dumas’s most famous book, The Three Musketeers, and did even better than its predecessor. The book is not for young children. There are several references to drinking alcohol and using tobacco. The language is not too bad, but the words “God” and “Lord” are occasionally used as interjections. Three individuals contemplate suicide, and two other individuals actually commit it. One instance of ballroom dancing occurs. While no overt sex scenes are described, as in The Three Musketeers, a couple of references to men who have mistresses are found. A character literally goes insane. Seventh grade and up is suggested for the reading level. While some might see only justice in thwarting the plans of evil men, revenge is clearly and obviously the theme of the story. However, there are instances where Dantes in mercy relents from his desire for revenge, and in the end he learns that seeking vengeance can cause some unintended yet hurtful consequences for those whom he loves. References to seeking God’s will and trusting in the Lord abound. The beginning and ending are both quite exciting; the middle drags a bit slowly and is a little confusing with all the new names, but, of course, the information is necessary in understanding the conclusion. In Homeschooling Today magazine, Betty Burger wrote, “This story’s plot is crafted so superbly and intricately that nothing can be left out without damaging the story. Read an unabridged version. It is worth all 123 chapters.” Well, if you have infinite wealth to afford a book with 1000+ pages and unlimited time to devote to reading it, that is all right, but for those of us who are lacking in both funds and time, the abridged version, in which the removed sections are explained in brief detail by footnotes, is satisfactory.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loveed this book five stars
nitya More than 1 year ago
The Count of Monte Cristo was a suspenseful novel that took place in Marseilles, France. The story about a man named Edmond Dantes, who is framed for crime by three men who are jealous of his success and happiness. The novel had some very interesting parts, and I learned a lot about the history in France during the time after Napoleon’s rule. Although the book was very long, it was never too dull. The vocabulary was difficult at times, but I learned many new words. My favorite part of the novel was Edmond’s escape from prison. The feeling of not knowing if Edmond would survive or not, was extremely dramatic. It was written magnificently with many details, which made it easy to visualize what was happening. Edmond’s struggle with revenge and learning how he hurt so many people around him was eye opening. I realized that though it might feel good to get revenge on people who have wronged you; it is possibly not the best choice. Edmond got carried away with his revenge and it really showed in the novel. His actions hurt many innocent people. When Caderousse gave Edmond vital information without knowing who he really was, it taught me to be careful about what you say to strangers. You never know what another person will do with the information you give him or her. The ending of the book was great because it showed a different side of Edmond. He finally realized his mistakes, and he reconsidered the people who had caused his downfall. Overall, I would recommend this book to young adults. Some parts were confusing and hard to understand, so I would not recommend this book to the younger readers. I think this book teaches many lessons, and it is a good tale about revenge and heartbreak.