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Mass Market Paperback The Count of Monte Cristo Book

ISBN: 0451521951

ISBN13: 9780451521958

The Count of Monte Cristo

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The story of Edmund Dantes, self-styled Count of Monte Cristo, is told with consummate skill. The victim of a miscarriage of justice, Dantes is fired by a desire for retribution and empowered by a stroke of providence. In his campaign of vengeance, he becomes an anonymous agent of fate.

Customer Reviews

19 ratings

Be Aware...Abridged

As others have said, I ordered this because it was unabridged and received an abridged copy. I see no way to confirm a selection of unabridged, other than to look at the covers and pick from those (and even then, I'm not sure). Will be looking elsewhere for an unabridged version.


I ordered what I thought was unabridged but it was not. Seems to be a problem here.

Please put “Abridged Version” in the listing in a large bold print

Ordered VGC Hardcover. It arrived on time and in exactly the condition as advertised, but this copy is an abridged version which was not made clear at all by the listing which was very disappointing. Likely going to buy a new copy of the Penguin Classics version to actually read and this will just be decorative I guess.

Not what I wanted

This was a very small book Part of an original collectors series no doubt NOT a regular hard back


No indication in the description that this was the abridged version. Also, giant, ugly sticker on side of book.

Illustration is Off

Alexandre Dumas was a black man! This photo is misleading. A wonderful book though! Had to give it a 3 only because the photo is misleading.

Not the full version of book

The listing did not make it clear that it was not the full version of the book.

I did not want nor order the abridged version.

The review is for the version and edition of the book not the book itself. Maybe specify next time somewhere in the title that it is the abridged version because I thought I was ordering the unabridged edition.

Great book--mistake in order

I carefully selected an unabridged copy based on the number of pages, but I received an abridged one.

Copy is in good shape but is abridged version

I was warned to check the edition ordered carefully, but I guess I didn't. Received Bantam classics version which is translated and abridged by Lowell Bair. Will have to find unabridged version somewhere else.

Book condition

Bought in vgc but received a copy with marker marks on the edge of book and there are tear on endpapers

Worth the read

This book has 117 chapters that are each a story on its own and they are wonderfully woven together. It does take some time to read but it’s definitely worth it. Wait & hope.

Take me to the Unabridged!(James Brown Style)

Great price for a great classic, cannot wait to read it, however i found my edition to be the bland old abridged version by B&N. So check carefully at the edition details. Gotta get me that unabridged version!


The Count of Monte Cristo was a fantastic read. It was enthralling, adventurous, and always kept me on my feet. I would recommend him to anyone. I loved it so much I finished it in a little under 2 days.


I was pleased with my purchase it came very quickly and the price was great.

Absolutely wonderful! Definately a 4-5 star book!

I think that Count is a really good book. I was hesitant to read it, at first, but once I got started, I couldn't stop. The action, once it gets started, is amazing. There's never a dull moment. Alexandre Dumas has created a wonderful picture of life in 18th century France.

Alexandre Dumas - Creative Writer or Tedious Instinct?

My AP English teacher recommended this book for me to read over the monthly required reading list, and I thought, "Oh great, what a great idea....". But it was for two months because of its length, so I took it.Each chapter includes a specific idea to the plot that keeps you wanting to read more. I would bring this book to work and read a chapter a day during my 15 minute break and would go overboard reading two chapters because it just keeps getting better and better! Each new idea came as a surprise for me, and so much is in it that I would recommend it to anyone who wants a good book.Alexandre Dumas sure knew what he was doing when he read this, so I definitely recommend this.

Count of Monte Cristo Day

If you've ever thought life was unfair, you need to read this book. Revenge has never been so complete, and the avenger even has a spiritual awakening at the end. There's sword fights for guys and fancy clothes and romances for the girls. I first read the abridged version in the 8th grade, I read the full version a year later, and I'm reading it again right now. It's really that good. Any crime-ring or revenge themed book you will ever read draws references from this Dumas classic. And hey, there's a movie now too!(p.s. this is coming from a now 18-year-old actress with a very short attention span)

The Unabridgement Is Well Worth The Time !!!

This is more of a note to compare the Oxford unabridged version to abridged versions of this story.Previously, I read an abridgement of The Count of Monte Cristo and enjoyed it thoroughly. The story is a classic Man-Done-Wrong-Wreaks-Revenge tale.Eventually, I decided to read the unabridged version, even though it is over 1,000 pages, and I'm exceedingly glad that I did!There is an incredible amount of tension in this book, which miraculously enough is retained throughout the entire work. In the unabridged version, the reader is inserted into the story in a "you are there" sense, moment by moment, which is, in my opinion, the thing that retains this tension.Not to disparage the abridgement, but - in shortening the story - the reader is sometimes not a participant in the storyline, but merely hears about the events in an off-hand summary. As a result of this, part of the soul of the book is removed.That is a shame - especially with this work - because you are partly robbed of the emotional reward of following Edmond Dantes' journal from hell along his complicated strategy to struggle toward heaven ... which is a long journey from Marseilles!You should set aside the time to read the unabridged version of this work! You will not feel the time a useless sacrifice!

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