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The Count of Monte Cristo: Abridged Edition

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Here is an all-new adaptation of Dumas's classic, retaining the integrity of the original novel and using original dialogue and narration. Color illustrations.


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Here is an all-new adaptation of Dumas's classic, retaining the integrity of the original novel and using original dialogue and narration. Color illustrations.

30 review for The Count of Monte Cristo: Abridged Edition

  1. 4 out of 5

    Aqsa (On Hiatus)

    It was not at all what I expected after watching the awesome movie.. The movie was merely a third of the book and although the basic plot was same, the vengeance that Edmond Dantes takes is quite different . I was disappointed at first to read the different characters (there are many characters) which weren't in the movie and seemed irrelevant but actually they are completely relevant owing to the fact that the next 2 thirds of the book are nothing like the movie... **Spoiler** I wish Edmond had It was not at all what I expected after watching the awesome movie.. The movie was merely a third of the book and although the basic plot was same, the vengeance that Edmond Dantes takes is quite different . I was disappointed at first to read the different characters (there are many characters) which weren't in the movie and seemed irrelevant but actually they are completely relevant owing to the fact that the next 2 thirds of the book are nothing like the movie... **Spoiler** I wish Edmond had ended up with Mercedes as he does in the movie and I actually found myself feeling pity for the Villefort family. They did suffer a lot. I hated Mme Villefort. She just doesn't give up poisoning.. I Wish Danglers too had finally found that it was Edmond who caused his ruin but actually he fleas before that. Overall, I loved it, especially the first and last thirds as they were so so thrilling and I read them quite fast. The middle part was kinda slow partly due to the introduction of so many new characters and their lives and because we don't immediately know the plans of Monte Cristo for them.. If you have watched the movie first as I did then please don't expect the revenge to be as small as it was in the movie. You have to have patience and let the book do its magic.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Camille

    There is a reason this book is a classic. There is more effort and time put into these books but the pay out is way bigger. This is one of those books that the more time that passes the more I appreciate it because there is so much to think about. I need more reads like this in my life. I think I would have liked the unabridged version even better.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bogdan Balostin

    I stared at a blank page for some tens of minutes before I started writing "I stared at..." How could I express the complexities, the emotions, the epic scale of this novel? It's everything I want to see in a modern fantasy tale (I'm a fantasy reader because I like epic stuff) but I never find. And this is a classic. Ugh. I used to avoid classics like the plague because of the pompous vocabulary and dragged-out descriptions and because of school, of course. While I do think this is a fantastical I stared at a blank page for some tens of minutes before I started writing "I stared at..." How could I express the complexities, the emotions, the epic scale of this novel? It's everything I want to see in a modern fantasy tale (I'm a fantasy reader because I like epic stuff) but I never find. And this is a classic. Ugh. I used to avoid classics like the plague because of the pompous vocabulary and dragged-out descriptions and because of school, of course. While I do think this is a fantastical tale of revenge and a fantastic character development without a single page of boredom (there are some dialogue that I think should have been shorter but that's only because I'm not used to the style, more on this later), I would not recommend it for reading in school, unless you're okay with not understanding and appreciating everything this story has to offer. It's still epic compared to other classics and probably the easiest classic to read because of the constant adventures but I'm glad I'd skipped it during my impatient years when I needed more action and less talk. And then how could there be no plotholes? How can this evoke so many feelings? How can it trick you with one-dimensional character and then make them amazing character, some more successful than others? How could a tale of revenge feel too much? Damn, every character deserved what was coming to them but I felt so bad for some of them (view spoiler)[(Villefort, I'm looking at you. Mercedes, why would you end up like that?) (hide spoiler)] and some of them felt a little bit not satisfying enough (view spoiler)[(Danglars) (hide spoiler)] and I think it was intentional because if you look closely, their flaws dictate their undoing and it's not about being fair or unfair. It's also a tale of redemption. And a tale of intrigues. And did I mention it's a page-turner? Now, the cons. I always find the cons. As I said, I don't particularly enjoy the style of writing of the classics. But in The Count of Monte-Cristo, it's a matter of getting used to, because the style of writing has relevance to the characters. If you read modern fantasy or historical fantasy, you may have a nagging feeling that the characters don't really speak as people should talk during that era (fictional or not). They are a little bit anachronistic. And it's because they talk in translation for the modern reader. You will not have this problem here. The characters may not talk realistically but the dialogue is fitting for that era because well, it was written then. What more do you want from immersion? So this one turns out to not be a con. Even if the book is called the Count of Monte-Cristo we don't see him that much and I'm still not sure if that's the best way to tell his story. But it's a choice that makes you pay attention to what is happening. Every banter the characters have, even if it sounds irrelevant to the plot, it is. The second part of the book is like a puzzle. Can you guess what Monte-Cristo is doing? Another thing I liked is that Monte-Cristo is not God and he's also a hero and a villain. He cannot predict everything (like in the modern books where the things happen exactly as planned and the failure seem forced) and because he cannot predict everything, some things become really, really dark and others not satisfying enough. Something that shocked me because I thought I already knew the story. Turned out I was wrong about a lot of things. (view spoiler)[ Do you realize Edmond Dantes was in prison for 14 years??? I expected a year, maximum a few, but 14 years? Damn, no wonder he turned so bad. (hide spoiler)] Before I finish this long review (that doesn't sound like a review), I want to point that there are some surprisingly healthy life lessons in here, the sort of life lessons you get from modern self-help books. Of course, they are not yelled in your face but they are there. And no, it's not about the revenge.

  4. 5 out of 5

    DYLAN KAPP

    I thought that this was an great and captivating story. The story takes place in France during the 1800's. The main character is a sailor name Edmond Dantes, who is framed for a crime he didn't commit, and he is thrown in prison. While in the prison, he meets an old man who tells him of a huge hidden treasure on the island of Monte Cristo. One day, he makes a daring escape and finds the hidden treasure. He becomes the Count of Monte Cristo, and begins plotting his revenge on the people who got h I thought that this was an great and captivating story. The story takes place in France during the 1800's. The main character is a sailor name Edmond Dantes, who is framed for a crime he didn't commit, and he is thrown in prison. While in the prison, he meets an old man who tells him of a huge hidden treasure on the island of Monte Cristo. One day, he makes a daring escape and finds the hidden treasure. He becomes the Count of Monte Cristo, and begins plotting his revenge on the people who got him sent to prison. A problem shown in this book is how Edmon Dantes is betrayed and thrown in prison. This problem is resolved when he escapes and gains a massive fortune.He starts planning his revenge on his enemies, which involves a lot of thought and careful planning. Eventually, he gets revenge, and he helps his friend reunite with his fiancee. At times, this book was a little confusing, but I really liked it.It kept me interested to see Edmond's cunning plan to get revenge unfold. One thing I didn't like is how the story kept going off in completely different directions, but it all came together in the end. I thought that this was a great book because it was complex and very descriptive.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Teressa

    I have been meaning to read this book for a few years and finally got around to it. I discovered, after I started reading this version, that it was the abridged version. I have heard that the unabridged is better, but will have to read THAT over the summer. I saw the movie many years ago, but, honestly, there is much more to the story. I started out slowly, then read more and more the past couple of days (I'm on spring break). Dantes is such a kind, honorable person, you only want the best for h I have been meaning to read this book for a few years and finally got around to it. I discovered, after I started reading this version, that it was the abridged version. I have heard that the unabridged is better, but will have to read THAT over the summer. I saw the movie many years ago, but, honestly, there is much more to the story. I started out slowly, then read more and more the past couple of days (I'm on spring break). Dantes is such a kind, honorable person, you only want the best for him. I sort of felt badly for those who had wronged him, but they would always do something stupid and selfish, so that sorrow I felt from them dissipated pretty quickly. Near the end, it seemed to be over the top, and he realized it. I was totally taken aback by the very ending of the story. Obviously, not what I had expected based on what I recalled from the movie. However, it was really a wonderful story. So, there's a lot that is unbelievable, and some of the language is a bit strange, but I think that's because it is translated from French. I try to read a classic each month, and this was an excellent choice.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    Dumas is another author whose works I have heard much about but really haven't explored. Since most of them are Classics they are the types of books that I shove away since I don't feel like challenging myself to figure out what the author is saying and/or to keep all the crazy plot tracks straight. In this particular edition you get a very frank and straightforward story to read. Unfortunately I did some more research afterwards and was really quite surprised to see how much of the story was a Dumas is another author whose works I have heard much about but really haven't explored. Since most of them are Classics they are the types of books that I shove away since I don't feel like challenging myself to figure out what the author is saying and/or to keep all the crazy plot tracks straight. In this particular edition you get a very frank and straightforward story to read. Unfortunately I did some more research afterwards and was really quite surprised to see how much of the story was actually removed to be able to make this more accessible to children. So is the story lacking? For an adventure tale that makes for a quick read it will do the trick but shouldn't be relied on if you looking for a complete read. The characters aren't as built-up nor as numerous while at times it does seem quite linear more than it would have with any original telling. Like many of the Illustrated Classic types this book does have nice sketch drawings on every other page. As a result the book can be used as miniature coloring book if you want to add some color. As an introductory book it was a good read but for those who want more of a handful the original shouldn't be overlooked.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    I felt like I was missing out on a lot with the abridged version of this book. Want to read the full version later.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Brett

    There's a reason it's a classic. Gripping story.

  9. 4 out of 5

    C30net

    Writer compromises contradictions like death and life.

  10. 5 out of 5

    LyssaReadsBooks

    This book is a little dry/slow in spots but I attribute that to a) how long ago the book was written and b) the necessity of setting up everything so the revenge can be executed/feel more satisfying. 4.5-5 stars out of 5. Once revenge starts actually happening and all the pieces fall into place it gets realllllly good.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Abhinav

    The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas is a slow, but exciting revenge story. It has very nice and great characters. It has a very nice plot with a lot of twists. The book is a classic. I normally don't read classics but, I liked this classic a lot. The story takes place in France during the time of Napoleon Bonaparte and is about how a sailor Edmond Dantes is falsely accused of treason. He is sent to jail and the rest of the story is about how he escapes and takes revenge on those you ruin The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas is a slow, but exciting revenge story. It has very nice and great characters. It has a very nice plot with a lot of twists. The book is a classic. I normally don't read classics but, I liked this classic a lot. The story takes place in France during the time of Napoleon Bonaparte and is about how a sailor Edmond Dantes is falsely accused of treason. He is sent to jail and the rest of the story is about how he escapes and takes revenge on those you ruined his life. What I really liked is that Alexandre Dumas was able to convey almost all the characters feelings and how I really felt like I was there. I really felt like I was there because, Dumas gave so many descriptions and did it so well that you could vividly imagine how it all looked. What I liked about the story the most is the way that Edmond Dantes decides to take revenge. It is a really interesting way and I don't want to spoil it because you should read to see how Edmond does it for yourself. Something else I really like about the book is you aren't able to predict the ending every time you go "Oh this is totally gonna happen." the story takes on a whole different course. The very last thing I liked about the book was Alexandre Dumas did not just focus on the main character. Sometimes Dumas would cut to a different scene and tell us about something going on elsewhere that our main character does not know. The Count of Monte Cristo is a very good book that I personally enjoyed and I think you will too.

  12. 5 out of 5

    David R

    The Count of Monte Cristo Edmond Dantes has just returned from a long voyage across the sea, ready to marry his fiance, Mercedes. Before the wedding, three people named Villefort, Danglars, and Fernand plan to frame Edmond for treason. He is sentenced to a prison called the Château d’If for life. While in prison, he meets a man named Abbe Faria, who teaches him all sorts of subjects to make him well educated. He also tells Edmond of a map leading to a treasure on the island of Monte Cristo. When The Count of Monte Cristo Edmond Dantes has just returned from a long voyage across the sea, ready to marry his fiance, Mercedes. Before the wedding, three people named Villefort, Danglars, and Fernand plan to frame Edmond for treason. He is sentenced to a prison called the Château d’If for life. While in prison, he meets a man named Abbe Faria, who teaches him all sorts of subjects to make him well educated. He also tells Edmond of a map leading to a treasure on the island of Monte Cristo. When Faria dies, Edmond sneaks into his shroud, tossed off into the ocean, and becomes free. He finds the treasure, becomes a Count, and plans to get his revenge. I really enjoyed reading the book. The vocabulary was a little tough, but I could still understand it well. It was enjoyable to watch him get back at the people for framing him. In my opinion, this was a great book. The only reason I read this book in the first place is that I watched the movie a while ago. The book went into more detail then the movie and had parts that were different. The author did really well filling in gaps in the story. One bad thing I would have to say is that it is confusing. I would recommend this to someone that can pay attention and can understand the vocabulary in it. Even though it’s a great book, it's not easy to read. Even if you can’t, it’s a good book to at least try to read. I read most of it (80%).

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nicholas

    This was without a doubt one of the most thrilling books that have read in a while. Edmond Dante a young soon to be captain of the phantom has been falsely accused of treason against the king. With his innocence gone Dante will use his new wealth to live on multiple personas to get revenge on those who sent him into prison and get back his fiance. He uses his new power of wealth and knowledge to save his new friends. This novel has a certain uniqueness it gives off a sense of attachment to the c This was without a doubt one of the most thrilling books that have read in a while. Edmond Dante a young soon to be captain of the phantom has been falsely accused of treason against the king. With his innocence gone Dante will use his new wealth to live on multiple personas to get revenge on those who sent him into prison and get back his fiance. He uses his new power of wealth and knowledge to save his new friends. This novel has a certain uniqueness it gives off a sense of attachment to the characters which causes a larger blow I suppose when certain actions unfold. Its one of those attachments that will tug at the heart strings. However, nothings perfect the ending will leave you wondering almost too much about whats to happen next. One of the things to look out for is the name exchange that each of the characters have. This is a crucial fact to keep an eye out for because all it takes is one miss read and you'll be completely lost so pay close attention towards the middle of the book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Michael Hewitt

    Translation Errors The Count of Monte Christo itself is a literary masterpiece. However, the translation errors in this particular version (e.g., "the door laid her down" instead of "the doctor laid her down") occur frequently enough to detract from this fine piece of work. I encountered the misuse of an English word almost every time I sat down to read. Most times I was able to guess what Dumas had really meant, but many other times I was not. I read the Count of Monte Cristo for the first time a Translation Errors The Count of Monte Christo itself is a literary masterpiece. However, the translation errors in this particular version (e.g., "the door laid her down" instead of "the doctor laid her down") occur frequently enough to detract from this fine piece of work. I encountered the misuse of an English word almost every time I sat down to read. Most times I was able to guess what Dumas had really meant, but many other times I was not. I read the Count of Monte Cristo for the first time about 15 years ago. I remember that version being a complete page turner. I could not put it down. This version was enjoyable but did not quite have the same effect. Perhaps it left out key details that I found interesting the first time.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jared

    yup I love the abridged version so much better. It is so much easier to see the pattern of humanity that is being taught. Injustice, social pressures, fake people, selfishness, trying your best but nope that is not enough, lost love ect.......I loved the count he didn't ruin there lives he just exposed it. That is the only way true connection can be built on honesty, so he really helped them out. The only thing I don't like is that the count and his wife are the only people who get the wealth of yup I love the abridged version so much better. It is so much easier to see the pattern of humanity that is being taught. Injustice, social pressures, fake people, selfishness, trying your best but nope that is not enough, lost love ect.......I loved the count he didn't ruin there lives he just exposed it. That is the only way true connection can be built on honesty, so he really helped them out. The only thing I don't like is that the count and his wife are the only people who get the wealth of connection and love in the end. I don't think that had to be the case, if Alexander Dumas had a belief in God.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    I read this hoary chestnut (ahem, classic) novel for a high school required reading book club. Yes, the adventure and suspense still hold up after all this time, but the reams of exposition can be tiring and the female characters all seem cut from the Madonna/Whore template. The revenge theme is also still powerful and that makes the story timeless. But, I don't think the novel is really a great classic of literature. This version was abridged and thank God for that. I'd rather read Dickens.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Marie Peeples

    One of the best required reading books. I do not regret reading this masterpiece at all. I want it hardcover, silk bound, and purfumed before it is put on the highest shelf in my library. This is a definite re-read and it's well-written. Don't hesitate to read it, but try the abridged version. I haven't read the original, but I don't feel this one takes from the narrative.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Girijaram

    Amazing book by Alexandre Dumas. It brings in various flavors of life & depicts the gradual personal transformation of the protagonist. Brings in front of our eyes the life style in & around Paris in the 18th century. Portrays the inner soul of the protagonist then & there and shows really well, the magnanimity of a few other very honest characters in it. Amazing book by Alexandre Dumas. It brings in various flavors of life & depicts the gradual personal transformation of the protagonist. Brings in front of our eyes the life style in & around Paris in the 18th century. Portrays the inner soul of the protagonist then & there and shows really well, the magnanimity of a few other very honest characters in it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Grok15

    any network and click back option it should takes to the cs app page. on clicking ok in the airplane mode dialog it should launch the cs app page. Actual Result: On Clicking Ok button in the Airplane mode dialog. It shows the contact us phone number only not the CS app page. This was repeated as same as When trying to connect Wifi

  20. 4 out of 5

    Gabi

    This book was absolutely excellent! Edmond's plan for revenge and the many obstacles he faces in achieving it makes this a great novel. It is very well written and it kept me interested the whole time.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kaycee

    I read this abridged version in high school and absolutely loved it. The only issue is that there were a lot of cliffhangers that didn't lead to anything BECAUSE this book was abridged. I plan to read the full one soon, if I can read that many pages!!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Brooke

    This book was pretty good. It had a good plot, and ended up the way Edmond wanted it, but in surprising ways, making it interesting to read.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ben

    I did read the abridged version since it's a mandatory reading book, but I still loved the plot and meaning behind this story. A bit too much luck, huh?

  24. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    CAN I JUST SCREAM I'M STILL CRYING HELP ME

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rowan

    A masterpiece! Rarely have a found a classic that lives up to its reputation. This is one of the exceptions. So incredibly composed and written!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    3.5* it wasn't as bad as Jane Eyre. Revenge is a dish best served cold.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mostafa Ibrahim

    This edition is too much simplified but still a very great story.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dana M

    Listened to this book in its entirety on the Craftlit.com podcast, which provided context and great information about this very long, but well-worth-the-time, book. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Breanna

    If I’m being honest, I absolutely loved this book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Joshua

    This book is just fabulous. Quite possibly the greatest book ever written. A classic from when books had morals, a lesson to learn. Without a doubt, worth your time to read.

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