A friendly BEWARE of what version you're reading, whatever the title! Abridged or unabridged, that is the issue... I have always preferred UNabridged. I do not like "shortened while still maintaining the context of the story" books! I want the full, complete, as the author intended, ALL of the stories I read. I have a paperback copy of The Count of Monte Cristo. I had picked it up from a friend who was cleaning out before a move last year... It states nowhere in the pages or on the cover that it is a cheapened (my opinion) abridged version of this masterful story. So... how did I find out? I have been listening to the beginning of this tale with Audible, enjoying every bit of it. I decided to open the book to do a bit of reading and couldn't find my place in the story. A whole chapter was actually missing! Arrrrrgh! And the chapters did not match up title or number in many places to the unabridged Audible book. A quick visit online and I found the correct version of this book. I am a happy reader once again.