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.
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.
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.