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The Count of Monte Cristo (Great Illustrated Classics)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  2,314 ratings  ·  101 reviews
A young sailor returns home from a dangerous voyage. His father and his sweetheart are waiting for him. But an act of jealous treachery changes his life forever! An unexpected meeting changes everything and the man who was once an unknown sailor emerges as The Count of Monte Cristo, mysterious, rich, and powerful enough to take the ultimate revenge against his enemies. Ret ...more
Hardcover, 236 pages
Published 2005 by AST (first published 1979)
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Amy
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. I've heard So STINKIN MUCH ABOUT IT that I had to read it for myself. I'm so glad I finally did.

~My thoughts~
1. This is a historical goodie! *not true story, btw*
2. It was a relish of the moral JUSTICE. After Edmund Dantes is attacked by three mongrels who ruin his life, he finally gets revenge.
3. It was an easy fun read.
4. I love the illustrations
5. Characters were well developed and the plot flowed nicely.
6. I recommend this to kids, I would recommend a less abridge
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Hilery
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My 10 year old and I enjoyed reading this one.
Quincy Carroll
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mitchell
Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
I read this book last summer and I absolutely loved it. It is a super long read (1400+ pages I think?), but it is totally worth it. Dumas plays the long game here and sets up loads and loads of intricately woven plot lines that at the time seem insubstantial or negligible, but in the end all get woven together to form an incredible tapestry. It easily has the most satisfying ending that I have ever read. The character's are pretty great too. Monte Cristo always seems aloof and high class through ...more
Sadhbh Rubinson
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always wanted to know this story. However, the original text is such a huge under taking. This condensed version accomplished what I wanted: learn the story of the Count of Monte Cristo & provide a fun read. ...more
Sienna
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was well written, intriguing, and just great. It will definitely go down as one of my favorite books.
If you're a person who preferes books in which the lead is a near-to-perfect being, this book might not be for you. Although Dantes (the main character), is someone to root for - especially in the beginning - his quest for revenge is the main theme of the book, and dims ones good feelings towards him. But (slight spoiler alert!) he does sort of learn his lesson in the end. He at least
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Megan
Apr 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in French and English. It loses something in translation, but it is still an amazing book. I'm looking forward to rereading it soon.
Nancy
This is Alexandre Dumas' classic novel originally written in France in 1844. This is a story of love and hate and passion and revenge best served cold. Edmond Dantes is an up and coming sailor who is sent to prison for some hopped up charges of treason. While in prison he meets a mad Priest who has been there long enough to teach himself various other languages and useful skills like breaking out of prison and cave exploration for riches and wealth. When Dantes manages to free himself from priso ...more
Katherine VanderSluis
I have very ambivalent feelings about Great Illustrated Classics in general (though my view has improved somewhat since I have seen younger readers and English learners gain access to stories they otherwise would not be able to read). Certainly a tremendous amount is lost as these stories are simplified, in terms of detail , character development, etc. I don't read them, but occasionally will compare the beginning of one to its unabridged counterpart as an object lesson for students. However, in ...more
Lauren
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
since the book is so short compared to the original it is easy to read but it definitely leaves out the details. it is a great summary book and fun to read since there are pictures on every page. enjoyable:)
Robert
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: with-the-kids
H8 likes it and was able to follow the story. Probably better for a 10 -12 year old.
Joann
May 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adequate children's adaptation of one of my favorite books.
Susy  *MotherLambReads*
Jul 17, 2019 marked it as dnf-too-many-books-too-little-time  ·  review of another edition
Didn't work as a read aloud. DD likes these tho.
Caspar Vega
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this series as a kid.
Brian
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding
Elliott Vaughn
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quoe from Capt. Malcolm Reynolds captures the novel perfect: "Ah Hell... I'm a fan of all seven. But right now... I'm gonna have to go with wrath."
Gerri R.
Oct 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Movie much better.
Myra
One of my favourite books of all time. Focus of my distracted eyes...
Drake Benedict Sully
You will love this! Guaranteed👍🏼.
Evan
Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jason D'Souza
Oct 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alexandre Dumas' book the Count of Monte Cristo is set in France in the year 1815. The movie stars Jim Caviezel who is the hero Edmond Dantes a poor sailor man, in love with the French girl, Mercedes with beautiful long dark locks, and the best man Fernand, the son of a count, a rich and powerful man. Mercedes recalls the time when they were children how Fernand received a donkey and Edmond received a whistle. The poor boy was more excited over his little whistle than the rich boy cared for the ...more
Sarah
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mitchell Appleton
Sep 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, revenge, classic
Count of Monte Cristo

Summary: This book is a intriguing tale of a man framed for treason. In prison he meets an old man nicknamed the crazy priest, who changes his life forever. Determined to find who set him up, this book describes the efforts Edmond Dantes makes to make his back-stabbers pay.

Commentary: For me, the best part of the novel what when he gets revenge on the people who put him in prison. Ripped away from his family and home, Edmond was enraged and went out to give them what they d
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Ashley
Sep 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of Alexandre Dumas's timeless classics, The Count of Monte Cristo recounts the trials of one man who, after a betrayal most foul, vows to exact his revenge upon his rivals. France is a nation on the brink of civil disorder; tales of Napoloen's return from the Isla of Elba give rise to two political factions, and the greed and ambition in the hearts of men will drive them to design the most diabolical of schemes. Caught in all this is Edmond Dantés, a loyal son, a fine sailor, and the man who ...more
Annabelle
Well, this is supposed to be a great piece of literature. The abridged version is a tome of 700 pages. Did anyone know that Dumas was paid by word for the original serialized edition? The introduction of my edition said that Dumas created the first super hero with Edmond Dantes, in prison on an island for 14 years, he learned to have sensitive hearing. I think everyone knows the story. Dantes is a young, earnest sailor befriended by shipowner Morrel. He has a betrothed Mercedes and they are insa ...more
Kristoff
Nov 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Count of Monte Cristo is a story about a young man named Edmond Dantes who gets wrongly exiled to a prison on an island at the Chateau d'If. Edmond had just been named captain of a ship, and was engaged to be married to a beautiful woman named Mercedes. Unfortunately he had an enemy, Danglars, who was jealous that he was to become captain of the ship. And another man named Fernand was jealous of him because he wanted to marry Mercedes. He wrongly accused Edmond of treason which resulted in E ...more
Sally
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I initially gave this book 5 stars, but now I'm giving it 4. The beginning was sensational. About halfway through, it got a little slow, then it picked up again and became somewhat implausible (I mean, the whole damn thing is implausible, but some parts are better than others). I am anxious to read The Three Musketeers. I read an abridged version, and I think I might actually like to read the unabridged translation, as I think that would tie up some loose ends.

All in all, this book was super goo
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Rebecca
May 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was another one of those books that I'm pretty sure I was supposed to read in school and claimed I did, but didn't. Sigh, evidently that teacher had taste afterall! I love these older, well written books that make you feel better just to listen to the flow of the language they used. At first I thought I wouldn't really like the revenge thing that Dantes was so obsessed with, but I loved seeing how so much of what we do, really can come back around to either help or hurt us. I loved the end ...more
Alicia
Jan 28, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm reading this abridged version to my 11 year old son. He keeps asking me to keep reading when it's time to stop. We'll see how this version compares with the real thing, which I love.
We liked this abridged version. However, I'm so in love with the original that this just doesn't measure up. It was a good starting point for my son though. I think when he's a little older he'll want to tackle the original.
Hunter
Feb 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before I tell you how good the book was, I just want to let you know it was a struggle sometimes to understand what the heck these people were saying in this stupip book. But once you look past the weird words that I guess is from the authors translation, you get hooked. From reading the back of the book it would be impossible to see what the whole book is about. It was a great book with many different plots, perspectives, and complications woven together in a great book.
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