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.
Narration is fine, comparable to the other immersion reading text, it is the story which I take issue with. And all the films and shows that take their characters from Dumas' book, the musketeers are virtuous, honorable, and though amorous it is not without faithfulness. However Alexander Dumas' actual characters Dartanian Athos, Porthos and Arimis are not the paragons of honor and a virtue which the films portray. Aside from that the book is at times quite slow and tedious.
This is a captivating rendition, well paced and clearly delivered. Definitely a best-in-class performance. I highly recommend this.
After seeing so many movies based on the book I decided to read the book. Boy was I shocked when I read it! Where is half the garbage you see in all Hollywood movies? Why wasn't the truth in them? Here we get the whole unadulterated facts of the story and it’s well worth the time. In the end I thought I was reading a parody book, but I also learned in the end it was well worth the read.
The original BFFs
D'Artagnan is heartbroken when his lady love dies. The Musketeers, D'Artagnan, and the Count D'Winter go after the murderer of D'Artagnan's mistress. At that point Athos reveals the Countess D'Winter as his wife. D'Artagnan had already known, but the other Musketeers did not.
Persistence. A book of this length, despite how busy it is can be a bit daunting when you work for a living. By listening while driving my long daily commutes I managed to listen in 2 days. It was wonderful.
Many moments in this book made me chuckle. A few moments made me groan in sympathy or exasperation. I can't say it exactly moved me the way one classically think of being moved. This book is not really meant to draw out an emotional outpouring.
If you enjoyed the movies but have never taken time to read this book, I highly recommend this experience. The listen is every bit a good.... better than the movies. You see it all, because some of course you've seen before. The rest is easy to imagine, Dumas is an artist that way.
The friendship for the main character.
This was my first but I really enjoyed the performance.
I love Dumas, because in his stories, almost all of his characters, even "the good guys", are generally not very nice people. They all tread in that grey area between good and evil.
The the main protagonist d'Artangnan. You instantly fall in love with him when you witness his first encounter with the musketeers in which he shows true bravery, willing to risk his life against three opponents, each of which he knew could dispatch him individually. But it doesn't take long to realize that he is not truly a hero, but holds many qualities that could almost be considered villainous. In fact he is a liar, a classist, sexist, murdering, thieving, adulterer. Needless to say he is a deep and complicated character, and is the entire story which is a much read.