I've only listened to audiobooks on long road trips before, so that was my intention when I purchased this audiobook. I was so captivated by the story; John Lee's excellent storytelling really brings Dumas' characters to life. I kept listening long after the trip was over. I listened while walking my dog, when I was working, and it made the best kind of bedtime story.
I quickly fell in love with the novel's protagonist, young D'Artagnan, who is around my age. He won my heart, but Athos won my everything else. Cool, clever, and with the irresistible "tortured hero" background story, it's no surprise he's a leader within the group.
John Lee made sure each character had a distinct voice, so even when it wasn't stated, I could easily recognize which character was speaking. Lee's voice is just a pleasure to hear and he narrated excellently. Every bit of tension feels so real; it feels like you're actually in the story!
Yes, and though it's nearly 24 hours in total and took me about 3 weeks to listen to completely, I devoted every second of my spare time to listening to this audiobook.
A must-have for fans of adventure!
I had forgotten what a good story this tale was. John Lee's reading is phenomenal. Who knew so many accents were in one person? And now I finally know how to pronounce some of those French terms!
Terry Pratchett Fan
The book was good. I hadn't realized that the book was mainly about d'Artagnan and seen mostly through his eyes.
A classic by Alexander Dumas, the reader transports the listener well into the story. It is a lengthy book but it is easy to listen to, and while descriptive not overly burdened by too much detail.
Dumas created a charming universe where high ideals are easy to follow and common courtesy iz the triviality of the commoner. The narrator does a decent job of givng each charater a distinct voicebut I would sometimes say things differently than he did
Of the many dozens of audiobooks which I've enjoyed, this is the book I recommend first of all.
D'Artangnon is my favorite character. I love his bold, clever nature.
I listen to audiobooks at 2x or 3x speed. I find my mind wanders when I listen slower. John's speech was clear and did not distort at higher speeds.
Alexandre Dumas masterfully wove his story through hope and despair, love and loss. I enjoyed the full spectrum of emotion in his story.
I've listened to it through twice now. I can't wait to experience the remaining books in this series.
Sadly, I think that BBC TV is doing a better job with the spirit of this text and the text does on its own. This book is far longer than it needs to be and is totally unfulfilling. The characters have highly questionable morals and the plot is just weak. John Lee is a brilliant narrator; The performance was great it's just that the text itself was disappointing.