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!
Love to read, and Audible has made the two-hour daily commute enjoyable!
First Dumas I've read, and it was a romp. Loosely on history of the King's Musketeers and the siege of La Rochelle which was a Protestant rebellion or the Huegenots, this is a tale of intrigue and the battle of good vs evil.
Fictionalized historic characters include King Louis XIII, Cardinal Richelieu, Monsieur de Tréville, Anne of Austria, Duke of Buckingham, and his assassin, John Felton. The characters, both historical and not, are fabulous, and the setting and descriptions wonderfully detailed.
While different from the many movies based on it, this makes me want to go back and see some of those treasures again, and to read more by Dumas.
John Lee's narration was superb and kept the pace of this book wonderfully.
Enjoyable, romp through 17th Century France, and briefly, England, with colorful heroes and really vile villains, both male and female.
I really thought I would like this book so much more than I did!
I think I like the idea of it more than the actual facts of the story.
I listened to the whole thing and was dismayed because doggone it, I like it when the good guys win decisively and I have a happy ending.
So the decadent lifestyles were distressing to me and I wanted different outcomes to many parts.
So I see why it's a classic, but I won't listen to it again. Just not my cup of tea.
I guess the only thing I feel qualified enough to rate is the performance of John Lee- I found his performance outstanding. The characters discernable, and his alliteration is superb. Lee provides the reading this classic deserves.
Totally immersive, stunningly precise and beautiful translation, riveting from beginning to end. John Lee deserves the hall of fame for his delivery.