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For generations, readers have enjoyed classic literature. They have delighted in the romance of Jane Austen, thrilled at the adventures of Jules Verne, and pondered the lessons of Aesop. Introduce young readers to these familiar volumes with Great Illustrated Classics. In this series, literary masterworks have been adapted for young scholars. Large, easy-to-read type and c For generations, readers have enjoyed classic literature. They have delighted in the romance of Jane Austen, thrilled at the adventures of Jules Verne, and pondered the lessons of Aesop. Introduce young readers to these familiar volumes with Great Illustrated Classics. In this series, literary masterworks have been adapted for young scholars. Large, easy-to-read type and charming pen-and-ink drawings enhance the text. Students are sure to enjoy becoming acquainted with traditional literature through these well-loved classics.


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For generations, readers have enjoyed classic literature. They have delighted in the romance of Jane Austen, thrilled at the adventures of Jules Verne, and pondered the lessons of Aesop. Introduce young readers to these familiar volumes with Great Illustrated Classics. In this series, literary masterworks have been adapted for young scholars. Large, easy-to-read type and c For generations, readers have enjoyed classic literature. They have delighted in the romance of Jane Austen, thrilled at the adventures of Jules Verne, and pondered the lessons of Aesop. Introduce young readers to these familiar volumes with Great Illustrated Classics. In this series, literary masterworks have been adapted for young scholars. Large, easy-to-read type and charming pen-and-ink drawings enhance the text. Students are sure to enjoy becoming acquainted with traditional literature through these well-loved classics.

30 review for The Count of Monte Cristo (Great Illustrated Classics)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    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 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 abridged version to teenagers+adults. 7. I WANNA WATCH THE MOVIE NOW! Let me know in the comments below if you think the movie is worth watching! Thanks, Amy

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sadhbh Rubinson

    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.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Hilery

    My 10 year old and I enjoyed reading this one.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Quincy Carroll

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The count of monte cristo is a awesome book! I recommend reading it because there is adventure and treasure! I hope you enjoyed the book as much as I did! Have a wonderful and happy day!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Gina

    This is my favorite novel by Alexandre Dumas, and this condensed adaptation is very good; it's fast-paced, easy to understand, and great for all readers, young and old. This is my favorite novel by Alexandre Dumas, and this condensed adaptation is very good; it's fast-paced, easy to understand, and great for all readers, young and old.

  6. 4 out of 5

    J

    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

    Mitchell

    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 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 throughout the entire book, but knowing what he is hiding adds meanging to what he says and does. His every move is carefully calculated, and the book ends up having a very strong psychological aspect as you come to realize how much of a master Monte Cristo is at manipulating people. At times you can track the outcomes of his actions four of five major events back in the book and it is almost astounding that he could make such brilliant manoeuvres. It really is a masterpiece of classical fiction.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sienna

    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 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 realizes that he took things way too far. Great book: I recommend it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    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. 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.

  10. 5 out of 5

    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 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 prison, he exacts his revenge on the people who were responsible for his imprisonment. This book is the boiled-down version of the classic novel. It is only 237 pages, of which half are illustrations. I had a hard time reading the original text not because of the language but because of the sheer number of characters that the good Count encounters in the second half of the novel. There are a lot of sub-plots running around in the second half too to keep it confusing. I also tried reading the Cliffs' Notes version and also got lost. So I found this and gave it a try. I really just wanted to know what the revenge ended up being, I didn't care about all of the sub-plots anyway, so in that regard this book was very satisfying in that it answered almost all of my questions about the revenge. There were a couple of unanswered questions but I can live with those. This book is good for kids, though, probably like 12-15 year olds. It is highly sanitized. There are some scenes where violence is implied, such as when one character shoots another, or stabs another, but there is no blood or gore. No adult language, though some of the revenge parts may require adult explanations (think financial investments). I think there is some wine. A good book for those who want to read a classic but don't want to commit to that 1200 page behemoth.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Hopkins

    Alexander Dumas's book, The Count of Monte Cristo [ Abridged Version ] presents an idea to the reader that not everyone is a friend, some can be deceiving, and how the power of backstabbing can genuinely destroy a life of a person. Although this book provides entertainment and adventure to entertain the reader, the actual theme comes from the purpose of the experience and what the protagonist faced complex challenges throughout the story. The protagonist, Edmond Dantes, lived in Marseilles, France. Alexander Dumas's book, The Count of Monte Cristo [ Abridged Version ] presents an idea to the reader that not everyone is a friend, some can be deceiving, and how the power of backstabbing can genuinely destroy a life of a person. Although this book provides entertainment and adventure to entertain the reader, the actual theme comes from the purpose of the experience and what the protagonist faced complex challenges throughout the story. The protagonist, Edmond Dantes, lived in Marseilles, France. It was 1815, during Napoleon's fall of his empire. He was an ordinary sailor who worked at the docks to earn a living. His goal was to marry Mercedes, a beautiful woman in France. Even though his life seemed quite chipper, happy, some people despised him, which may turn his life around for the future. Alexander Dumas expressed the personalities of all the essential characters, and not just the protagonist, making the reader connect to the characters or feel them on an emotional level. His use of expressing the feelings of the characters makes the story more lively and more relating to the reader from the book. He has this distinctive writing style of using punctuation like someone is speaking like a natural person in the story, as can also be said with the use of more uncommon or complex words etched into the dialogue of the story. Dumas's way of writing makes the reading enticing and not-so-time consuming to those who read the book. This work of literature possessed feeling, perhaps empathy on some level, to the perspective of the reader. Any teenager would love this book, or perhaps adults, too, but the value of its theme and passion for adventures, twists, and turns, can bring the people into a book that is true to a heart of an adventurous reader.

  12. 4 out of 5

    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 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 this case, curiosity got the best of me. I had just completed the unabridged, nearly 40-hour audio book. I knew it would be brutally cut for the GIC version, and it was, but I have to admit nonetheless, they did maintain the primary thread without altering its course. And truly, Dumas' version is a hugely wandering tale, with lots of side characters and side plots with excessive amounts of detail, so overall it was not a total devastation.

  13. 4 out of 5

    John Shore

    I think this book is a bit boring and depressing. Not even the pictures could save it for me. If I want to read a revenge book, I want it to be exciting and full of suspense, not misery, misery, misery. At least it wasn't a total copout with the ending, giving the hero everything he wanted like the dumb movie did. I like how the good guy was unable to retrieve everything though, revenge should be more satisfying but at the same time more brutal. This book delivered the brutality, but was scant o I think this book is a bit boring and depressing. Not even the pictures could save it for me. If I want to read a revenge book, I want it to be exciting and full of suspense, not misery, misery, misery. At least it wasn't a total copout with the ending, giving the hero everything he wanted like the dumb movie did. I like how the good guy was unable to retrieve everything though, revenge should be more satisfying but at the same time more brutal. This book delivered the brutality, but was scant on the satisfaction factor.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    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:)

  15. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    H8 likes it and was able to follow the story. Probably better for a 10 -12 year old.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Joann

    Adequate children's adaptation of one of my favorite books. Adequate children's adaptation of one of my favorite books.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Susy *MotherLambReads*

    Didn't work as a read aloud. DD likes these tho. Didn't work as a read aloud. DD likes these tho.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Caspar Vega

    Loved this series as a kid.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    Outstanding

  20. 5 out of 5

    Elliott Vaughn

    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." 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."

  21. 5 out of 5

    Maitreyi

    One of my favourite books of all time. Focus of my distracted eyes...

  22. 4 out of 5

    Janna Odenthal

    Amazing book! My son and I read it together and both loved it. I'll definitely be reading more by this incredible story-telling master. Amazing book! My son and I read it together and both loved it. I'll definitely be reading more by this incredible story-telling master.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Dionne

    A great tale, and a readable version that isn't 1,400 pages long. A great tale, and a readable version that isn't 1,400 pages long.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Gunnar

    There aren't a huge number of characters in this book, but each one has several names and it's difficult to figure out who is the subject at times. There aren't a huge number of characters in this book, but each one has several names and it's difficult to figure out who is the subject at times.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tabitha Lockhart

    PHENOMENAL! I could not put this book down and ended up binge reading it. The plot is fantastic and the characters are constantly surprising you. 100% recommend.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    I loved it.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Anamika

    It's a quick read if you haven't started the actual version. Surely motivates you to read the actual Count of Monte Cristo. Super fun reading this book! It's a quick read if you haven't started the actual version. Surely motivates you to read the actual Count of Monte Cristo. Super fun reading this book!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Evan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A thrilling tale of wrongful imprisonment, romance, and patient revenge converge in the classic novel The Count of Monte Cristo. The lead protagonist, Edmond Dantes, has his life just the way he wants it: he will captain his own ship and marry the love of his life soon. Three conspirators don’t favor Edmond’s good fortune, and “take a hand in things.” He is sent to prison for life without knowing why. After fourteen years, Dantes makes a daring escape and inherits massive wealth. It is with this A thrilling tale of wrongful imprisonment, romance, and patient revenge converge in the classic novel The Count of Monte Cristo. The lead protagonist, Edmond Dantes, has his life just the way he wants it: he will captain his own ship and marry the love of his life soon. Three conspirators don’t favor Edmond’s good fortune, and “take a hand in things.” He is sent to prison for life without knowing why. After fourteen years, Dantes makes a daring escape and inherits massive wealth. It is with this power that he systematically destroys his opponents. I particularly enjoyed this book because the main character is flawless. In every action there is purpose, and in every thought there is foresight. The opposition seems to crumble at his delicate actions and patience. He carries a sense of importance and power about him, even though some characters have just learned of his [fake] identity (page 138-145). The novel also has great historical accuracy. It takes place from just before the Hundred Days (when Napoleon returned after his exile) all the way through King Louis-Philippe I of Prussia (1836). The fortune that Edmond inherits was once owned by a wealthy cardinal, who had paid for his position (page 54-55). The general news is transmitted by telegraph, which was in it’s infant stages. Edmond also employs a steward, and his partisans throw parties in each other’s honor. All of these activities are very typical of this time period. Alexandre Dumas has a very good sense of emotion as well. Pure terror is exercised by the targets of Dantes’ revenge as he destroys their lives. All hope leaves Dantes in prison, but it is restored when he escapes. I don’t see the communication of characters’ emotions very well in modern novels (I may have poor choice here). It’s something I’ve come to appreciate out of this book as well. Several of the characters contemplate or even carry out suicide. I saw this as a connection to other romantic works. Suicide is found in many other romances (particularly Shakespeare) - Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, Les Misérables, The Awakening… I think that the suicides and thoughts in The Count of Monte Cristo weren’t the characters being pretentious about life, but rather that they just live very melodramatically. They find themselves in a world without meaning or purpose regularly. For a final rating, I would give this book a 4.5/5. The later parts get a bit too romance centered for me, but it was still an interesting read.

  29. 5 out of 5

    JD' D'Souza

    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 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 donkey. Fernand was so jealous of Edmonds whistle that he no longer wanted his donkey. Edmund Dantes was content with being in poverty and having nothing, yet when he received the smallest gift he was so grateful and full of joy that others became jealous. David said in the Psalms, "God, my joy and my delight," (ps 43:4) This story reminds me to be content with what I have, and that the greatest joy is not in have riches and material wealth or donkeys, but in having God who alone, will, "make my joy complete," (Philippians 2:2) and can make me satisfied when all that I receive is but a small whistle and nothing more. By the end of the book, Edmond Dantes toils in the darkest dungeons but by perseverance he escapes and finds the treasure of Spada becoming the richest man alive. What do you want in this world? You can have anything in the world so long as you are patient. In this world God holds many secrets, but the greatest of these is found in I Cor 13:4, "Love is patient," people in this world want things right away and because of lack of patience we have envy and wanting something we are unable to be patient and wait for. They are selfish, jealous people who covet things that do not belong to them and they ruin it. These people become impatient and more unsatisfied. When we have true love in our heart, we will be able to wait for anything. When we are patient, and hold out to the end, you will see evil people lose interest and passion, but the man or woman of God who never tires and perseveres in the darkest of dungeons will find the greatest treasure and be blessed. "Blessed is the man who perseveres." James 1:12

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Being an Illustrated Classic, this was a quick read. Edmond Dantes is a young sailor who takes over the ship Pharaon when the captain dies at sea. Before returning home to France, the ship makes a quick stop at the island where Napoleon is exiled. Now in possession of a mysterious letter to be delivered to Paris, Edmond arrives home and sets about preparing to marry his fiancee, Mercedes. Just before they marry, soldiers arrive at the festivities to arrest Edmond! A jealous fellow sailor and a ma Being an Illustrated Classic, this was a quick read. Edmond Dantes is a young sailor who takes over the ship Pharaon when the captain dies at sea. Before returning home to France, the ship makes a quick stop at the island where Napoleon is exiled. Now in possession of a mysterious letter to be delivered to Paris, Edmond arrives home and sets about preparing to marry his fiancee, Mercedes. Just before they marry, soldiers arrive at the festivities to arrest Edmond! A jealous fellow sailor and a man who wishes to marry Mercedes falsely accused Edmond of conspiring to get Napoleon back on the throne! Edmond pleads his case well to the Assistant Prosecutor, who is ready to release Edmond until he discovers that the letter he carries is addressed to the AP's own father who is planning to help Napoleon return! The AP has spent years building a reputation and cannot have it ruined by anyone finding out that his father is a traitor, thus, Edmond must disappear. Edmond spends the next 14 years in prison. While there, he befriends an old priest who educates him, turning him into a gentleman. When the priest is dying, he makes Edmond his heir; heir to a fabulous fortune. After the death of the priest, Edmond makes his escape from prison and sets out to claim his inheritance and seek revenge on the men who ruined his life. Once he retrieves the treasure, Edmond returns to France and sets about ruining the lives of the men who betrayed him. Alas, his father has died and Mercedes has disappeared. He finds her eventually, only to discover that she married the other man who loved her! He however, is accused and convicted of murder and ends up committing suicide. I was really liking this story, not that I liked Edmond taking revenge and ruining other people, but it was an engaging, thrilling story. But the ending! It was set up so perfectly that Edmond and Mercedes could finally be together, and they aren't! Edmond sails off alone and Mercedes returns to the house she grew up in to live. Seriously! Not a good ending to a very interesting book. So it gets four stars.

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