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The Count of Monte Cristo

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Published: 1845
Language: English
Wordcount: 464,450 / 1321 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 80.9
LoC Category: PQ
Downloads: 167,379 2356

A classic adventure novel, often considered Dumas' best work, and frequently included on lists of the best novels of all time. Completed in 1844, and released as an 18-part series over the next two years, Dumas collaborated with other authors throughout. The story takes place in France, Italy, and the Mediterranean from the end of the rule of Napoleon I through the reign of Louis-Philippe.

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quite right to refuse. If you mean as responsible agent when you ask me the question, I believe there is nothing to say against him, and that you will be content with the way in which he has performed his duty."

"But tell me, Dantes, if you had command of the Pharaon should you be glad to see Danglars remain?"

"Captain or mate, M. Morrel, I shall always have the greatest respect for those who possess the owners' confidence."

"That's right, that's right, Dantes! I see you are a thoroughly good fellow, and will detain you no longer. Go, for I see how impatient you are."

"Then I have leave?"

"Go, I tell you."

"May I have the use of your skiff?"


"Then, for the present, M. Morrel, farewell, and a thousand thanks!"

"I hope soon to see you again, my dear Edmond. Good luck to you."

The young sailor jumped into the skiff, and sat down in the stern sheets, with the order that he be put ashore at La Canebiere. The two oarsmen bent to the

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4.7 from 41 reviews: *****

I read this book a few years ago. I became a huge fan of Alexandre Dumas just after reading the book, though it was an abridged version. Now I am looking forward to reading this book without any editing.

It is a must read for anyone who loves the theme of revenge, love, and careful plotting.


A fascinating and intense tale of revenge. One of the greatest novels I have ever read.

Sire of Devil

Very good read. I like this type of classic novels. They are like pearls in the ocean of literature.


I became a fan of Dumas because of this book. For me, this is one of the greatest books of all time.


Just started reading the book and I am already drawn into it. A bit difficult to read but that just makes your mind work harder and the book even more enjoyable. Great characters and storyline.


I have found that this book is best digested in parts, not whole. The style is very different from modern prose. So, today\'s reader can find it to be a chore at times (I know I did!) .

That being said, this is a wonderful book that is still very exciting to read. It is well worth reading.

Wilbur Donovan

My fav book of all time

Farhan raza

My Favorite And An Excellent Noval.


One of my favorite novels of all time!
The novel is Excellent.


revenge full story,all characters are memorable ones


just finished this great book last night. Ever since seeing the 70's movie i always loved the story. The most recent movie was great too. And i liked the way it finished with albert being revealed as dantes son, explaining why mercedes married fernand, and mercedes and dantes ending up together. The count never expressed any love for haydee, even at the end really. Was surprised and a little disappointed at the ending. Still, a great read.


Fantastic read, a real pleasure.


I saw the movie only half and since then i was finding the book. this is a excelent story and the best novel i have ever read.


One of my favorite novels of all time!


I've seen the movie and i like it...since then i want to read the book... thanks.


This is, by far, my favorite book....EVER! Edmond is so angsty and turns into this amazing wrathful god who is gentle and loving one moment, and vengeful the next. Sweet Haydee, who adores him is all the sweetness of Woman. The characters are intelligent and thought provoking. They show themselves to be all the evil and goods of humanity. The perfect story of love, hate, revenge and redemption.

As a side note, read the unabridged version (this one is unabridged). You miss so much in the abridgements of this classic.


For the most part, a very well written novel. There were a few points where the language got quite fanciful but considering it was a collaborative work over an extended period that sort of thing is prone to happen.

Brian Nguyen

The best book I've read. This book weighs a ton but once you get started you won't be able to put it down. I was hoping for Albert to be his son but oh well. Also, Dumas developed the character of Countess G to be so interesting but he missed the chance to do anything with it. I was hoping for this character to be more involved in Paris but nothing there.

subitha shiju

Wow... One of the most magnificient books i have ever read.


disgusting novel

Rita Bowyer

A very good read that embodies all emotions that everyone can relate to; love, happiness, grief, anger, bitterness, hope...everything.
Truly a book I shall be reading again.

Jodi Abdillah

Thanks a million to . I'm an English Literature student of Gadjah Mada University (Yogyakarta, Indonesia), who will write a graduating paper about this book. However, I did not find any printed version of this book in any library in my town, therefore I am so happy to find this site. Now I can start my graduating paper as I've downloaded the book's pdf. I will recommend this site to all my friends who needs free ebooks. This site truly deliver genuine value to people like me. Great job!!


Fantastic romantic and adventure. Thank you


Wow. I've never read a book that instill so much emotion in me. When was the last time I cried after reading a book? Never? Well, until I read this one. Thank you for putting it on for a free download,!

Incredible. I can safely say that this is the best book I've ever read. Alexandre Dumas is literary genius, this book is so thought provoking that I will no doubt read and reread this book.

My only problem with the ending was it came too soon, if only he had written a sequel.


A literary gem.

shahrin sumpalon

this book was too fantastic.I feel sorry for whom that not read this novel.This novel full of depression.I like the way of Edmond(The Count)that are patient for his vengeance.

Aseel Goro

A magnificent book, a story that should be read

Xitij Dixit

Read this book one more time since my last review. Still want to read it once more.


Great book. Easy to read, though long and filled with well written and complex characters.

I agree with a recent comment though: the ending was good, but not what I had hoped.


Amazing read! Everyone should read this classic novel.

Rachael T.

It's a massive read, but intriguing! The author truly get you committed and emotionally involved with Edmond Dantes, a.k.a. the Count of Monte Cristo, and the large cast of characters.

My biggest reason I removed one star is that I'm not sure if I totally liked the ending was written. It wasn't bad - gosh no! - but I truly think it could have been done better.

This book is perfect for reading in an e-book format. You won't be daunted by the size of the book. Instead, your focus will be enjoying the story.


A must read.Its the favourite of everyone.Its also the favourite novel of the founder of the country of Pakistan, Mohamed Ali Jinnah.

I recommend everybody read it !!!!!


Utterly absorbing.Dumas has fantastically reduced a complex subject to it's fundamentals.


This is an amazing story, with a timeless quality that has made it last for this long. Your attention is held every minute as you see the plot unfold before your eyes.

Matt Little

Seriously, this is a great book. If you are afraid of it because of its length, try it on for size. You just may find it to be much more managable than you think.

r k shenoi

this is one of the books which will withstand the onslaught of time and it is such a complete book that you name anything, be it is literature, geography, chemistry, philosophy you will find it inside. enjoy repeated readings and one is sure to find something new everytime.

Xitij Dixit

A Complete Novel. You can not ask for more. I read it 3 times, but i am still obsessed by it.


I have to agree with Joshua, it's one of the best tales of revenge ever!

Joshua Crowe

This book is probably the most wonderful tale of love, hate, drama, revenge, and finality that I have ever had the pleasure to read. Finding it here assures me that I will never lack a good book at the airport, the bus station, or any boring family function. Thanks.

R. Moxie Broadt

This is a fantastic book and I am very pleased to have found it here on your website. Thank you very much, V/R Moxie



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